Kid Fury and Lena Waithe are developing new HBO comedy series

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Kid Fury and Lena Waithe are working to bring a “surreal dark comedy” focused on a gay, black man to the small screen.

Variety describes the upcoming series as a “surreal dark comedy that follows Greg, a 20-something sarcastic gay black man navigating adulthood and responsibility in New York City while struggling to wrap his head around his undiagnosed clinical depression.”

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Adam Rippon will be a judge on ‘Dancing with the Stars: Juniors’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon will be a judge on the junior edition of “Dancing with the Stars.” Rippon won season 26 of “DWTS,” a shortened athlete edition of the dance competition show, along with his dance partner Jenna Johnson.

“DWTS”  pro alum Valentin Chmerkovskiy and professional choreographer Mandy Moore, known for her work on “La La Land” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” will round out the judging panel.

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‘Orange is the New Black’ stars Vicci Martinez and Emily Tarver are dating

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Orange is the New Black” stars Vicci Martinez and Emily Tarver are involved in a real life, off-screen romance.

Martinez portrays Daddy on the Netflix series. Before joining the show, she came in third on the debut season of “The Voice.”

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‘Queer Eye’s Skyler Jay sues employer over trans-exclusionary health care

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Skyler Jay on ‘Queer Eye’ (Screenshot via YouTube)

Skyler Jay, who appeared as the first transgender subject on the Netflix makeover series “Queer Eye,” is suing his employer the University System of Georgia (USG) for its trans-exclusionary health care policy.

USG, which oversees 26 public institutions and is governed by the Georgia Board of Regents, does not offer trans-inclusive healthcare to its employees.

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Queer literary legend Edmund White comes vividly to life in new memoir

By : Kathi Wolfe OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Edmund White (Photo courtesy of Bloomsbury)

Are you turned on by secretly perusing the dictionary? Do you drool with desire over the smell of library books? Probably not, in our Grindr, YouTube, Internet meme age. You likely don’t think reading is sexy or transgressive. But you will after dipping into “The Unpunished Vice” by Edmund White.

The word iconic is an overused cliche. Yet, there’s no other way to describe White, 78, our most eminent queer writer. The number of literary prizes he’s received is mind-boggling. This year alone, White, a memoirist, essayist and novelist, was awarded the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Career Achievement in American Fiction and the Lambda Literary Foundation’s Visionary Award.

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Kristen Stewart joins ‘Charlie’s Angels’ reboot

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Kristen Stewart has joined the cast of the Sony Pictures reboot “Charlie’s Angels,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Her fellow angels will be Naomi Scott, who played the Pink Ranger in the 2017 “Power Rangers” and will portray Jasmine in the Disney “Aladdin” remake, and Ella Balinska (“Midsomer Murders”).

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Cher, ‘Hamilton’ among 2018 Kennedy Center honorees

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The 41st annual Kennedy Center Honors announced its class of 2018 which will include actress and singer Cher.

Composer and pianist Philip Glass, country singer Reba McEntyre and composer and jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter will also be honored.

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Watermark Giveaway: A pair of tickets to see Kesha and Macklemore in concert

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Do you want to see The Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore Sunday, Aug. 5 at 7 p.m. at the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa? Well, here’s your chance!

To enter, comment below and tell us your favorite Kesha or Macklemore song. We will choose a winner at random Aug. 1 at noon.

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‘9 to 5’ sequel confirmed with original trio on board

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The hit 1980 comedy “9 to 5” is coming back and the film’s original female trio of Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton are all on board.

Rumors of a reboot began in February but Fonda confirmed the new movie this week, clarifying that it will be a sequel rather than a remake.

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Yara Shahidi, Ellen Pompeo to be honored by GLSEN group

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LOS ANGELES (AP)| Yara Shahidi will be honored by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network for her advocacy for girls’ education at a gala later this year.

The group known as GLSEN announced Wednesday that the “grown-ish” star will receive its Game Changer Award at its Respect Awards, presented in October in Beverly Hills, California. Shahidi has advocated for gender parity in science, technology and engineering fields.

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‘Riverdale’ is giving Kevin Keller a boyfriend in season three

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“Riverdale” will finally bring together Kevin Keller and Moose Mason in season three.

Casey Cott, who portrays Kevin, revealed to TVLine that the pair will become a couple this season but it will be a “complicated” relationship

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Drag Queen Story Hour is teaching kids about gender fluidity, acceptance

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Drag Queen Story Hour is teaching children throughout the nation about gender fluidity.

The 45-minute program is led by a drag queen who is trained by children’s librarians to read picture books, sing and guide children through craft activities, according to the New York Public Library website.

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