‘The Walking Dead’s Tom Payne ‘disappointed’ in his gay character’s story

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“The Walking Dead” killed off yet another character on its midseason finale on Sunday with Jesus (Tom Payne) dying after a zombie battle.

Jesus is gay in “The Walking Dead” comics but his sexuality was rarely mentioned on the show. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Payne admitted his character’s sexuality was so unacknowledged on the show, some fans didn’t know Jesus was gay.

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Actor Taron Egerton clarifies his sexuality

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Actor Taron Egerton clarified his sexuality in an interview with Radio Times after speculation swirled that he had come out.

Egerton, who appears as Elton John in the upcoming biopic “Rocketman,” had posted a photo of a man on his Instagram captioned “Cutie. My boy.” One user asked if this means Egerton had a boyfriend and Egerton liked the comment.

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Jackie Chan’s daughter Etta Ng marries her girlfriend Andi Autumn

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Etta Ng, Jackie Chan’s estranged daughter, revealed in an Instagram post that she and girlfriend Andi Autumn have gotten married.

Ng, 19, and Autumn, 31, wed in Toronto on Nov. 8. The couple posted video and photos of the occasion on their joint and seperate Instagram accounts.

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Ross Mathews splits from partner Salvador Camarena after nearly 10 years

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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TV personality Ross Mathews has split from Salvador Camarena, his partner for nearly a decade.

Mathews, who is a judge on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and was runner-up on “Celebrity Big Brother,” announced the news on Instagram.

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Shawn Mendes opens up about the stress of gay rumors

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Singer Shawn Mendes got candid about the stress the public’s interest in his private life has caused him specifically about “this massive, massive thing for the last five years about me being gay.”

The 20-year-old singer spoke with Rolling Stone on the pressure he’s felt to “prove” he’s not gay.

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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade airs historic same-sex kiss

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The 92nd annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was not only the coldest parade on record but also aired a groundbreaking LGBT moment on live television.

During the parade, the cast of the Broadway musical “The Prom” gave a performance which included a same-sex kiss between actresses Isabelle McCalla and Caitlin Kinnumen. The historic moment marks the first time a same-sex kiss has aired during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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Tampa, Orlando residents create expansive LGBTQ film database

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If you can’t name over 1,000 LGBTQ-focused films, Tampa Bay’s Brandon Taylor and Orlando’s Brock Cornelius would like to change that. The business partners—via the Orlando Entertainment Group, LLC—have created GayMovieDB.com, which they describe as the most comprehensive and easily navigable internet database available for films of interest to the LGBTQ community.

Launched in June 2018, GayMovieDB seeks to detail the whole of LGBTQ representation on film and make it easily accessible for users to discover new and interesting titles. The resource highlights selections from the silver to the small screen, listing over 1,150 full-length feature films, over 50 short films, 20 television series highlighting over 70 seasons and including data on over 9,000 celebrities.

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Orlando Ballet Artistic Director Robert Hill celebrates a decade on the job

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After a successful stint as a ballerina, the time finally came for Robert Hill to retire. He then turned his passion for ballet into a new career: teaching it.

In January, Hill will be celebrating his 10-year anniversary as artistic director at the Orlando Ballet company, where he has transformed classic pieces into modern performances anyone can enjoy.

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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ becomes highest grossing LGBT film

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Bohemian Rhapsody” has secured its place as the highest grossing LGBT film ever made after raking in another $15 million in its third week of release at the box office.

Overall, the film has earned $127 million in domestic sales and an estimated $384 million worldwide, Variety reports. “Bohemian Rhapsody” has been at the top of the box office since its Nov. 2 release but was finally pushed to third place by “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” and “The Grinch.”

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Queens of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ are all about the GP Yass! in ‘SNL’ skit

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“RuPaul’s Drag Race” queens Peppermint and Jiggly Caliente made a surprise appearance on “Saturday Night Live” Nov. 17 in a filmed skit advertising the new “GP Yass!” navigation system.

The video starts out with “SNL” cast member Heidi Gardner and guest host Steve Carell getting their trip mapped out on their vehicle’s ordinary GPS. After Carell comments on the GPS’s monotone voice,  Gardner offers to switch modes to the Drag Entertainer setting.

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Chinese writer sentenced to 10 years in prison for writing homoerotica

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A Chinese writer was sentenced to 10 years in prison because her books, which included gay sex scenes, were too popular, CNN reports.

Liu, known by her pen name Tian Yi,  penned the novel “Occupy.” She reportedly earned 150,000 yuan ($21,624) from sales of “Occupy” and her other novels. The book has been compared to the boys’ love genre, a group of books, TV shows and movies that display homoerotic stories between characters. The genre originated in Japan and has a mostly heterosexual female fanbase. Most of its authors are also female.

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Adam Rippon retires from competitive figure skating

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Adam Rippon is retiring from competitive figure skating.

Rippon, 29, confirmed to CBS News on Nov. 19 that he won’t be pursuing the career path any further. He already checked off plenty of milestones during the 2018  Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Rippon went on to place 10th in the men’s single skating competition and helped Team USA take home the bronze medal in a team figure skating event. This made him the first out U.S. male athlete to win a medal.

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