Mormon county commissioner in Utah comes out as gay

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) | Republican lawmaker Nathan Ivie says it took him more than 20 years to come to terms with his identity.

But on May 22 the 40-year-old Utah County commissioner sat in front of his computer and publicly shared the secret that has caused him pain and confusion since he was nine years old: He is gay.

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Watch: Billy Eichner bombards NYC strangers with the Jonas Brothers

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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The Jonas Brothers joined Billy Eichner on his web series “Billy on the Street” to share the news that the band is back together.

Along the way they encounter people who are excited about the reunion and people who weren’t interested that the band has reunited. One woman criticized the name of their comeback single “Sucker” and another woman was quick to congratulate Nick Jonas on his recent wedding.

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GLAAD film report spotlights zero trans representation in major studio films

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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There were no transgender characters in the 110 major studio films released in 2018, according to a film report from GLAAD.

GLAAD’s annual Studio Responsibility Index observed that when it comes to transgender representation television is putting in the work while film is lagging far behind.

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Real Housewife Lisa Vanderpump apologizes for transphobic joke about Erica Jayne

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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“Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Lisa Vanderpump has apologized for making a transphobic joke about castmate Erika Jayne.

The episode, which aired on May 21, included a storyline where Vanderpump, 58, takes a lie detector test. Vanderpump has been battling with her co-stars this season over a dog adopted by her ex-friend Dorit Kemsley from her rescue center, Vanderpump Dogs. After the dog bit Kemsley’s child and husband, Kemsley dropped the dog off at a shelter. Kemsley and Kyle Richards have accused Vanderpump of leaking the story to the press.

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VIDEO: Lena Waithe locks lips with Halle Berry on National TV

By : Troy Masters of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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With Jimmy Kimmel out hosting his “All in the Family and Jeffersons” special on ABC on May 22, talented pal Lena Waithe stepped in to host the show for him.

And boy did she get it right.

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Ellen DeGeneres renews talk show for three more seasons

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” will remain on the air through 2022.

DeGeneres made the announcement May 21 that she signed a deal to continue her talk show for three more seasons.

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Orlando artist Nick Smith turns literary classics into original works of art

By : Jeremy Williams
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Once upon a time, in a land far, far away known as Orlando, an artist by the name of Nick Smith was rediscovering his love of art and began creating original pieces based on classic novels and popular stories.

“I’ve been drawing since I was a wee little lad,” Smith says. “I actually started tracing, that’s one of the things I always tell people, learn how to trace when you’re young so you get an idea of shapes and figures.”

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Author Rob Sanders revolutionizes picture books with ‘Stonewall’

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Self-described “writer who teaches and teacher who writes” Rob Sanders appreciates anniversaries. In celebration of the LGBTQ pride flag’s 40th in 2018, he released “Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag,” the first picture book detailing the LGBTQ symbol’s origin. Now, just ahead of the Stonewall Uprising’s 50th, he’s made history again with “Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution.”

The openly LGBTQ author’s follow up is the first picture book to detail the Stonewall Inn and its role in the LGBTQ civil rights movement. Its story of strength, unity and equality was released April 23 from Random House Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books; the world’s largest English-language children’s trade book publisher.

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2019 Orlando Fringe Review: “Pack Animals”

By : Danny Garcia
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S.E. Grummet and Holly Brinkman bring the comical story of two summer camp scouts lost in the woods to life in the quirky comedy “Pack Animals.”

Brinkman is a highly skilled camper and is paired up with Grummet who is, well, not a highly skilled camper.  Grummet actually has no clue  about camping and doesn’t really want to be there. These two embark on an adventure reminiscent of an 80’s sitcom, but raunchier and more fun. To fully explain what this show is about would require a few bites of some questionable berries found in the woods. This hilarious comedy includes ukuleles, musical numbers about mansplaining, a bear attack and even sex with mythical woodland creatures. Not to mention the show also features animal puppets.

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2019 Orlando Fringe Review: ‘Dandy Darkly’s All Aboard’

By : Danny Garcia
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There’s something so dandy and a little dark how Dandy Darkly masterfully delivers his stories, hence the name. In “Dandy Darkly’s All Aboard” he goes back to his Southern roots and tells the tale of Lil’ Biscuit, Aunty, the Colonel and the sleepy little Southern town they reside in.

Like a symphonic locomotive, this storytelling drag clown skillfully wove several stories together of various topics including racism, mysticism, gender identity as well as an observation of our world’s obsession and addiction to technology.

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2019 Orlando Fringe Review: ‘A Briefs History In Time’

By : Danny Garcia
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Our favorite Canadian burlesque boys are back with their new show, “A Briefs History In Time.”  The adventure begins with Furry Rosa (emcee and host, Shangina Twain) having traveled back in time from the year 3000 during Fempocalypse, an event that has left men (not the species but the gender) extinct. Rosa has come to our time to observe, study and find male specimens, so why not the male specimens of BoylesqueTO.

“A Briefs History In Time” is a departure from what Orlando Fringe patrons may have seen with “Oh Manada!” and “‘Mo Manada!” but this latest show is still very entertaining.

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2019 Orlando Fringe Review: ‘Daphne and Me: A Boy Meets Girl Story’

By : Danny Garcia
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Real, raw, passionate and—thanks to the Rainbow Venue—up close and personal.

BeeJay Clinton’s autobiographical, one-person show “Daphne and Me: A Boy Meets Girl Story” is all of that and more. A brutally honest look into the psyche of a man who is as unsure of himself as BeeJay as he is sure of himself as Daphne, his drag persona.

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