Chris Pratt responds to Ellen Page accusations via Instagram

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“Lego Movie 2” actor Chris Pratt spoke out on Instagram following online accusations from actress Ellen Page, addressing claims that he supports an anti-LGBTQ church.

Pratt had stopped by “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” to discuss his upcoming film. While there, the actor spoke about his spirituality and mentioned his recent biblical-themed diet was inspired by his pastor from Hillsong Church.

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Ellen Page blasts Chris Pratt for attending ‘infamously anti-LGBTQ’ church

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Ellen Page called out Chris Pratt for attending Hillsong Church after Pratt discussed his spiritual beliefs on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

Pratt explained that he’s on the Daniel Fast, a fast inspired from the Bible, which is a “21-day diet during which he ate only fruits, vegetables, grains, and unleavened bread.”

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LGBT ally Kacey Musgraves wins big at queer-dominated Grammys

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Country singer Kacey Musgraves won the coveted Album of the Year award for her album “Golden Hour” marking the end of a Grammys award show filled with plenty of queer women representation.

Musgraves, who also won Country Album of the Year, has emerged as an LGBTQ ally in the country music world. She has spoken up for more LGBTQ inclusion in country music and her song “Follow Your Arrow” was hailed as a pro-LGBTQ anthem. Musgraves also served as judge on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Musgraves also took home Best Country Solo Performance (“Butterflies”), and Best Country Song (“Space Cowboy”) Awards for a total of four winning categories.

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‘SNL’ parodies bisexual Sen. Krysten Sinema in ‘Women of Congress’ sketch

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Saturday Night Live” imagined what an action movie starring the Democratic women of Congress would look like in their sketch “Women of Congress.”

Krysten Sinema (Cecily Strong), Nancy Pelosi (Kate McKinnon), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Melissa Villaseñor), Maxine Waters (Leslie Jones), Ilhan Omar (Ego Nwodim), Ann McLane Kuster (Aidy Bryant), Rashida Tlaib (Halsey) and Abigail Spanberger (Heidi Gardner) each appear in their own segment on how they plan to take down the male politicians who stand in their way. All of the women are wearing replicas of the all-white looks the Democratic women sported during Donald Trump’s State of the Union address last week in honor of the Women’s Suffrage Movement.

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Fans question if Ariana Grande is queerbaiting in new music video

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Ariana Grande has fans questioning if she is hinting at her bisexuality in her new music video for the single “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored.”

In the lyrics of the song, which appears on her latest album “thank u, next,” Grande describes her lust for her love interest who has a girlfriend. The video seems to follow the same storyline with Grande spotting Charles Milton (“Riverdale”) at the club. She appears attracted to him but notices he came with his girlfriend. The couple invites Grande to hang out with them and Grande, annoyed with their relationship, tries to get in between them.

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Jim Parsons will produce comedy series about a gay man with cerebral palsy

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Jim Parsons is tackling a new television venture on the heels of the end of the hit sitcom “The Big Bang Theory.”

Parsons’ production company That’s Wonderful Productions will produce “Special,” a new comedy series for Netflix based on Ryan O’Connell’s memoir and manifesto “I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves.”

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‘Sesame Street’ exec says it’s ‘OK’ to think Bert and Ernie are gay

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The speculation swirling around “Sesame Street” characters Bert and Ernie have caused debate on whether the puppets are simply roommates or have a romantic relationship.

In September, “Sesame Street” writer Mark Saltzman, who is openly gay, said he based Bert and Ernie’s relationship on his own romantic relationship with another man.

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Madonna to be honored at GLAAD Media Awards

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NEW YORK (AP) | Madonna will be honored at the 30th annual GLAAD Media Awards for a lifetime of accelerating acceptance of the LGBTQ community.

The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer advocacy group announced Feb. 5 it will present Madonna with its advocate for change award. The 60-year-old singer is the second person and first woman to receive the award that honors a person who, through their work, changed the game for LGBTQ people.

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Watermark’s Wedding Bells: Gavin and Patrick Cooper

By : Aaron Drake
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Gavin and Patrick Cooper agree they’ve been stuck on each other since the first time they met.

“A mutual friend thought that we would be good together and encouraged us to add each other on Facebook,” Gavin says. “So we did, but never took the time to really chat or schedule a time to meet in person. More than a year later, we had our first meeting and first date on Feb. 11, 2014. We were inseparable starting that very night.”

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The Last Page with Jason Leclerc

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What kind of writing do you do for Watermark?

Opinion and editorial.

When did you develop a passion for writing?

First grade. I won a creative writing contest for “Stinky, the Skunk that Didn’t Stink.” I understood what it meant to be different before there was a word in my vocabulary for it.

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New emojis for 2019 include gender-neutral, interracial couples

By : Abigail Brashear
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The complete list of the new 2019 emojis was announced Feb. 5 and includes four variants of gender, gender-neutral couples and multiple options for couples of different skin tones.

The Unicode Consortium, a nonprofit corporation designed to promote and maintain the Unicode standard, approved the final emoji list for 2019. The list has been in the works since early 2018 and is scheduled for release through the later months of 2019, according to Unicode’s blog.

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Billy Eichner to write, star in gay romantic comedy

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Billy Eichner will be writing and starring in a new romantic comedy set around a gay couple for a major Hollywood studio, the comedian announced on Twitter Feb. 5.

The yet-to-be-named Universal film will be directed by Nicholas Stoller, best known for hit comedic films “Neighbors” and “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.” Judd Apatow is set to produce.

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