RuPaul among celebs to get star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

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RuPaul, Lynda Carter and Ryan Murphy will be immortalized with stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced on Thursday the 2018 class of inductees which also includess Lin-Manuel Miranda, Simon Cowell, Jennifer Lawrence, Zoe Saldana, Jack Black, Anthony Anderson, Carrie Underwood, Snoop Dogg, Shonda Rhimes, “Weird Al” Yankovic and Mary J. Blige.

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Shonda Rhimes to remake ‘Queer as Folk’ creator’s gay dramedies

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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T.V. showrunner Shonda Rimes and “Wonder Woman” screenwriter Allan Heinberg are joining forces to remake Russell T. Davies’ gay dramedies, “Cucumber” and “Banana.”

According to Deadline, Heinberg has signed a deal with Rimes’ ShondaLand production company for the series titled, “Adult Behavior” for ABC. The show will be based on the the T.V. show “Banana,” it’s companion web series, “Cucumber” and the online documentary, “Tofu.” Davies is best known as the show creator for the U.K. version of “Queer as Folk” and for the sci-fi revival of “Doctor Who.”

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Dietrich exhibit honors gender-bending film icon

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Interestingly it was not Marlene Dietrich’s status as an icon of early film that appealed most to Kate Lemay, curator of a new National Portrait Gallery exhibit on the star, but rather her penchant for extreme gender bending.

Lemay tells a story of Dietrich being photographed at a Paris train station in 1933. She’d been told she could be arrested for wearing pants but she wore them anyway. And not just pants — she donned a men’s tweed suit, sunglasses and beret.

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‘The Switch’ features trans actors in new comedy

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In today’s media, transgender characters are seen on screen more than ever before. Gone are the days of small roles in “Law & Order” featuring transgender characters who have dismal storylines. Now, transgender representation in media has advanced into the world of comedy with shows like “Transparent” and “Orange is the New Black” and films like “Tangerine.”

While there are funny moments for transgender characters, there is still an underlying theme of darkness surrounding these shows as they fight for acceptance, or more often, simply fight to stay alive.

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James Corden sends 297 copies of ‘Philadelphia’ to Trump

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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James Corden is determined to raise HIV/AIDS awareness to President Donald Trump following the news that six members of Trump’s presidential advisory committee on HIV/AIDS have resigned citing that Trump does not care about the issue.

In a segment on Tuesday night’s “The Late Late Show,” Corden says in the midst of the controversy surrounding Trump’s Russia investigation, the advocacy work for HIV/AIDS had been suffering.

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Xbox Live introduces gender-neutral avatar clothing

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Xbox Live Avatars will soon have a gender-neutral clothing option, Microsoft revealed during a Xbox Daily live stream at E3.

In addition to gender-neutral clothing, users can create pregnant avatars or customize avatars with prosthetic limbs or in wheelchairs.

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Chris Colfer to make directorial debut with ‘The Wishing Spell’ film

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“Glee” star Chris Colfer will make his film directorial debut with “The Wishing Spell” for FOX, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps company will produce the big-screen film.

“The Wishing Spell” will be an adaptation of the first book in Colfer’s fantasy children’s book series, “The Land of Stories.” The six-part series focuses on twins, who after the loss of their father, find themselves magically transported into a world where fairy tale characters are real.

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HIV program deals with budget cuts

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STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) – The man with the cane who came to the clinic in 2003 was certain.

“I have it,” he said.

“What do you have, sir?” Ivette González recalled asking him.

“I have HIV,” he said.

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Mother, transgender son write book about coping

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WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) — Donald Collins’ arms are covered with tattoos. Some have metaphorical meanings. The dandelion symbolizes resilience. The robin and the moth represent new beginnings.

Though only 24, he is an old pro at resilience and new beginnings. In his senior year at Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, Donald came out as transgender. Since then, as he progressed through his transition from female to male — which affected his body, his lifestyle, his name, his interactions with others — he and his mother struggled with their emotions and differing opinions about what was happening to his body and to their family dynamic.

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China censors gay kiss in ‘Alien: Covenant’

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Moviegoers in China will miss out on watching Michael Fassbender make out with himself in “Alien: Covenant.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, cyborgs Walter and David, both played by Fassbender, kiss each other in the latest “Alien” film. China has removed the scene, as well as some gory violent scenes, from its screenings. About six minutes of footage has been cut from the film.

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RuPaul covers Entertainment Weekly Pride issue

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RuPaul is the cover girl for Entertainment Weekly’s Pride edition.

The issue chronicles Ru’s rise to stardom and examines the influence he’s had as the first drag queen to break mainstream.

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‘Transparent’ releases season four teaser

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“Transparent” has released a teaser trailer for season four that checks in on the Pfefferman family.

The trailer shows Shelly (Judith Light) participating in an acting class and youngest daughter Ali (Gaby Hoffmann) giving Maura (Jeffrey Tambor) a weed gummy bear.

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