John Barrowman slams Target for refusing to let him buy items for a homeless man

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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John Barrowman, known for his roles on “Arrow” and “Doctor Who,” blasted Target for refusing to let him purchase items for a homeless man.

The out actor posted a video on Twitter claiming that he attempted to buy a homeless man a $40 gift card, jacket and shirt at a Target in West Hollywood. Barrowman says he was “lectured” by a staff member that he couldn’t make the purchase.

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Jimmy Kimmel apologizes to gay community for Sean Hannity jokes

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Jimmy Kimmel has apologized for using gay jokes to fuel his ongoing feud with Sean Hannity.

Kimmel made fun of first lady Melania Trump’s accent during a segment on his late night talk show earlier this week. Hannity blasted Kimmel for the joke on his Fox News show calling him a “despicable disgrace” and an “ass clown.”

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Listen: Bob Dylan, Kesha, more remake classic love songs for LGBTQ couples

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Bob Dylan, Kele Okereke, St. Vincent, Valerie June, Kesha and Benjamin Gibbard. Photo courtesy of MGM International Resorts.

Bob Dylan, Kesha, St. Vincent, Death Cab for Cutie lead singer Benjamin Gibbard, Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke and Valerie June reimagine classic love songs for LGBTQ couples in MGM International Resorts’ EP, “Universal Love.

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Watch: Marc Jacobs proposes to his boyfriend with Chipotle flash mob

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Fashion designer Marc Jacobs popped the question to his boyfriend, candle maker Char Defrancesco, with a surprise flash mob proposal at Chipotle on Wednesday.

Jacobs posted the video on Instagram which shows a group of people, including some of the restaurant workers, dancing to “Kiss” by Prince at a New York City Chipotle location. At the end of the dance, Jacobs gets down on one knee and proposes. Defrancesco can be seen nodding his head yes.

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‘Drag Race’ queens Farrah Moan and Shea Coulee caught in homophobic attack

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“RuPaul’s Drag Race” stars Farrah Moan and Shea Coulee faced a homophobic attack in a U.K. kebab shop on Sunday night. The incident was captured in a Snapchat video.

Moan and Coulee were on tour in Newcastle, U.K. and stopped to eat at a kebab shop. An allegedly drunk customer began verbally harrassing them with slurs like “slut” and “f*ggott.”

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Report: Adam Rippon, Tonya Harding join ‘Dancing with the Stars’ all-athlete cast

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABC is striving to keep the Winter Olympics frenzy alive by casting two athletes fresh from the competition and one former athlete who made a pop culture comeback this year.

Figure skater Adam Rippon, snowboarder Jamie Anderson and retired figure skater Tonya Harding have joined the all-athlete edition of “Dancing with the Stars,” Us Weekly reports.

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Local filmmaker to hold world premiere of religious LGBTQ film ‘At the End of the Day’ in Lakeland

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LAKELAND, Fla. | Kevin O’Brien, a local-area filmmaker, announced his first feature-length film “At the End of the Day” will premiere at the historic Polk Theatre in Lakeland May 18.

“At the End of the Day” is a dramatic comedy that explores the tensions between the evangelical church and the LGBTQ community. Dave Hopper, played by Stephen Shane Martin, is a conservative professor at a Christian college who goes undercover in a gay support group to try and stop them from launching an LGBTQ homeless youth shelter in his small town.

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The Bookworm Sez: ‘Would You Rather? A Memoir of Growing Up and Coming Out’

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You’re late! Oops, you overslept, got caught in traffic, the elevator was slow. Phone lines were down, email was down. You forgot, and you’re late, sorry. Or, as in the new book “Would You Rather?” by Katie Heaney, your understanding was just a bit delayed.

Where do you go when you’re looking for love?

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Dali and Duchamp’s unlikely friendship on display at The Dali

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ABOVE: (L) Salvador Dalí and Edward James, Lobster Telephone, 1938, telephone, steel, plaster, rubber, resin and paper. Edward James Foundation, West Dean / © 2018 Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Artists Rights Society. (R) Marcel Duchamp, Fountain, 1917/1964 Photography: © Schiavinotto Giuseppe © Association Marcel Duchamp / ADAGP, Paris / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 2018

Two powerhouses of surrealism converge in a dual exhibition at The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg. Marcel Duchamp, widely recognized as the father of conceptual art, and Salvador Dali, one of the most enigmatic and influential surrealist painters, are showcased together.

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The Enzian Theater brings a plethora of LGBTQ movies to the 27th Annual Florida Film Festival

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The Enzian Theater is Central Florida’s only full-time, nonprofit alternative cinema. Along with first-run independent features, Enzian offers a variety of special events including the nationally recognized Florida Film Festival which has been a staple in the area for more than a quarter century.

“The Tiedtke family started the Enzian Theater in 1985 championing the belief that ‘Film Is Art,’” says Valerie Cisneros, Enzian Theater’s marketing manager. “In the early ‘90s they decided to start a film festival, the Florida Film Festival, and it has been hosted at the Enzian since its inception 27 years ago.”

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Adam Rippon is off the market, meets new man on Tinder

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Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon is having quite the year, and it’s only April.

He won a bronze medal at the Winter Olympics earlier this year becoming the first openly gay U.S. male athlete to do so. Rippon also became a headline maker, first calling out Vice President Mike Pence for his anti-LGBTQ views, then doing a media tour as the self-proclaimed new “America’s Sweetheart,” and making huge fans out of everyone from E! News host Justin Sylvester to Sally Field’s son to to another American Sweetheart, Reese Witherspoon. He even got social media buzzing when he appeared on the red carpet of the Academy Awards in a leather harness/tux combo.

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Cynthia Nixon grants Wendy Williams first TV interview as gubernatorial candidate

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Cynthia Nixon will appear on “The Wendy Williams Show” for her first national TV interview as a gubernatorial candidate.

Nixon, who is gearing up for a New York election race against two-term Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo, will make her appearance on the show on Wednesday.

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