Well-Strung members to compete on ‘Amazing Race’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Trevor Wadleigh and Chris Marchant on Well Strung. Screenshot via YouTube.

Trevor Wadleigh and Chris Marchant, two members of the all-gay string quartet Well-Strung, will be competing on season 30 of “The Amazing Race,” CBS announced.

Well-Strung is known for their pop/classical music crossovers which have caught the attention of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

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Director Bryan Singer sued for alleged rape of 17-year-old boy

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Director Bryan Singer has been accused of allegedly raping a 17-year-old boy at a party in 2003.

According to court documents filed in King County, Wash., Cesar Sanchez-Guzman claims he met Singer at a yacht party hosted by Lester Waters, who “was a wealthy tech investor who frequently hosted parties for young gay males in the Seattle area.”

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Adult film star August Ames dies after backlash for ‘homophobic’ tweet

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(Image from August Ames’ Instagram.)

Adult film star August Ames was found dead at her home in Camarillo, California on Tuesday. She was 23.

The Ventura County Medical Examiner told the Blast that Ames died from asphyxiation due to hanging. Her death is believed to have been a suicide.

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‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ character Rosa Diaz comes out as bisexual

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“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” marked its 99th episode of the series on Tuesday but the episode was also a monumental moment for its character Rosa Diaz.

During the scene, Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) gets a phone call from a woman while talking to Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio). The woman calls Rosa “Babe” causing Boyle to question who she is. Rosa says its her sister but Boyle inquires “What’s really going on?”

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“Liberal Redneck” Trae Crowder talks about his ties to the LGBTQ community and incoming tour

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Trae Crowder, the 31-year-old comedian better known as the “Liberal Redneck,” gained national notoriety after he and his southern drawl supported transgender rights in April 2016.

He’d been a stand-up comedian for nearly six years at the time, but it was his condemnation of North Carolina’s bigoted HB2 “bathroom bill” that thrust him into the viral video spotlight. That first video, originally uploaded to his personal Facebook page, has garnered over 980,000 YouTube views to date. In total, his hot takes have drawn over 50 million.

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Well-Strung applies their Popssical formula to some Christmas classics for their performance at The Abbey

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The all-male, all-gay string quartet known as Well-Strung has been entertaining the world since 2012 with their unique blend of pop and classical music, mashing the two together to create a distinct sound they call “Popssical.”

The group — which consists of Edmund Bagnell (first violin), Christopher Marchant (second violin), Daniel Shevlin (cello) and Trevor Wadleigh (viola) — plays classical pieces from the likes of Beethoven and Mozart while singing Top 40 hits from popstars such as Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga and Kelly Clarkson.

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‘Exorcist’ showrunner slams fans offended by gay kiss

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“The Exorcist” executive producer Jeremy Slater had some harsh remarks for fans offended by a gay kiss scene in a recent episode.

In an interview with Sci-Fi Bulletin, Slater says he’s “glad” if people were offended by the kiss between Father Marcus Keane (Ben Daniels) and Peter Morrow (Christopher Cousins).

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Pink is raising her children to be gender-neutral

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Pink is raising her children in a gender-neutral household.

The 38-year-old singer opened up to The People about how she is raising her six-year-old daughter Willow and one-year-old son Jameson. She says that she and her husband Carey Hart run a ” label-less household.”

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Director Bryan Singer fired from Queen biopic

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Director Bryan Singer has been fired from directing the Queen biopic, “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

According to the Hollywood Reporter, 20th Century Fox made the decision after Singer repeatedly failed to show up to set. The director also had confrontations with stars Rami Malek, who plays Freddie Mercury, and Tom Hollander, who plays Queen manager Jim Beach.

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‘American Gods’ showrunners Bryan Fuller, Michael Green depart series

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ABOVE: Omid Abtahi and Mousa Kraish in ‘American Gods.’ Photo via Starz

Showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green are departing from “American Gods,” according to Variety.

Fuller and Green, who also served as the show’s executive producers, have exited the show due to “budget and creative direction” clashes with producer FremantleMedia.

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The Last Page with Business Manager Kathleen Harper

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Watermark and Kathleen are a match that almost never was. Although she gave a spectacular interview, Kathleen was originally passed up for the position of administrative assistant.

Luckily for Watermark, the first hire didn’t work out. We knew immediately after that Kathleen was the right person for the job and did not open the position back up.

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Stories from gay and straight women in Central Florida, Tampa Bay and the nation during the AIDS epidemic

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It was the late 1980s. All across America, including right here in Central and West Central Florida, gay and straight women were suddenly finding that their gay male friends and relatives were dying from a tragic and perplexing new disease.

From our vantage point in 2017, AIDS has become a chronically manageable disease instead of a death sentence and PREP has dramatically reduced the likelihood of transmissions. It can be hard to remember just how dire a time it was.

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