Gay teen rom-com ‘Love, Simon’ releases ‘romantic as F’ second trailer

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The second trailer for coming-of-age film “Love, Simon” has dropped and shows the film is a typical teen drama except for one thing. Simon, the main character, is gay.

In the trailer, Simon (Nick Robinson) shows that he enjoys spending time with his family and friends. However, he’s been hiding that he’s gay. When another student at school, anonymously named “Blue,” reveals online that he’s closeted, he and Simon strike up an online friendship.

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YouTuber wins landmark revenge porn case, gets engaged to girlfriend

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ABOVE: Chrissy Chambers. Photo via Instagram.

Chrissy Chambers, one-half of the YouTube duo BriaAndChrissy, has become the first person in the U.K. to win damages in a revenge porn case.

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Watch: first official trailer for ‘Queer Eye’ reboot

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Netflix has released the first trailer for its “Queer Eye” reboot featuring a brand new Fab Five.

The show follows Bobby Berk (design), Karamo Brown (culture), Antoni Porowski (food and wine), Jonathan Van Ness (grooming) and Tan France (fashion) as they help transform lives and instill confidence.

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RuPaul chats with Oprah about the spiritual side of drag

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Oprah sat down with RuPaul to discuss the spirituality of drag, why “RuPaul’s Drag Race” has become so popular and the lessons he’s learned from the drag world for the February issue of O, The Oprah Magazine and for her podcast “Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations.”

RuPaul shared when he first realized that life shouldn’t be taken seriously when he was a child watching TV.

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Out St. Pete filmmaker and life coach Eric Casaccio seeks to empower the world

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St. Petersburg transplant Eric Casaccio, an out filmmaker and international life coach, has published Empowerment from Narcissistic Situations, a manual designed to help move readers’ lives forward.

The e-book provides a roadmap for moving beyond narcissistic situations and “clearing out feelings of doom that come as a result,” Casaccio says. “It’s a workbook guide for taking the story of your disempowered past in the now and transforming it into a story of your empowered future.”

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George Michael made secret donations to charity after the death of his partner

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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George Michael made secret donations to Project Angel Food, a Los Angeles-based charity aimed at feeding people with critical illnesses, after the death of his partner, Anselmo Feleppa, in 1993.

Feleppa’s death, which was caused by HIV/AIDS, spurned Michael to donate to Project Angel Food. Over the years, Michael donated more than $685,000 to the charity.

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ star Katya is taking a break from drag

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“RuPaul’s Drag Race” alum Katya is taking a break from drag.

Katya, real name Brian McCook, opened up in an Instagram Live video, spoken entirely in French, about his need to take a break for his mental health.

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Demi Lovato wants to date Rihanna

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Demi Lovato revealed her crushes in the entertainment industry during “Who’d You Rather?” on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Monday. While she had a couple top picks, Rihanna was Lovato’s clear favorite.

Lovato, 25, picked Rihanna over the likes of Harry Styles, Zac Efron, Milo Ventimiglia, Drake, Rita Ora, Chance The Rapper and Kristen Stewart.

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Finnish court acquits duo’s gay bar stunt on Russian plot

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Swedish comedy and rap duo has been acquitted of building a makeshift gay bar in 2015 on a plot of land in Finland owned by Russian president Vladimir Putin to protest against Russia’s anti-gay laws.

The court on Aland islands off the southwestern Finnish coast rejected Thursday a Russian charge against Frej Larsson and Simon Gardenfors, the local Nya Aaland daily said. The Russian charge said the two unlawfully constructed on the grounds of Putin’s summer residence and demanded a fine.

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Vogue drops Mario Testino, Bruce Weber amid sexual misconduct allegations

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Photographers Mario Testino and Bruce Weber have been dropped from Vogue and Condé Nast over sexual misconduct allegations from numerous male models in a report from the New York Times.

15 former and current male models accused Weber, known for his sexually charged ad campaigns for Abercrombie & Fitch, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren, of being inappropriate with them during photo shoots.

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‘Modern Family’ to end after next season

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“Modern Family” will come to an end after season 10, according to co-creators Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd.

Levitan and Lloyd told the Hollywood Reporter they “can’t imagine” the show continuing past next season.

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Watermark Giveaway: Two tickets to Lisa Lampanelli at Hard Rock Live Orlando

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Known as “Queen of the Roasts” for her Friars Club comic take downs of Chevy Chase, Pamela Anderson, William Shatner, Flava Flav, and Donald Trump, stand-up comedian Lisa Lampanelli is bringing her unique brand of biting no-holds-barred comedy to the Hard Rock Live Orlando on February 3rd at 8pm.

Better yet, Watermark is giving away two (2) tickets to see her show in Central Florida.

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