‘Transparent’ considering writing Jeffrey Tambor out of season five

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Transparent” writers are considering writing its star Jeffrey Tambor out of season five in the wake of Amazon’s investigation into a sexual misconduct allegation against Tambor.

Deadline reports that series creator Jill Soloway and the “Transparent” writing team are looking at options to write Maura Pfefferman (Tambor) off the show. Writers are also debating changing the title of the show.

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‘Star Trek’ makes history with first gay male kiss

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Star Trek: Discovery” aired a gay male kiss on Sunday’s episode marking a monumental moment for the “Star Trek” franchise.

In the scene, Lt. Stamets (Anthony Rapp) and his partner Dr Hugh Culber (Wilson Cruz) shared their first on-screen kiss of the season. It is the first gay male kiss to appear in a “Star Trek” movie or show.

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The Three Baritones reunite as a part of Opera Orlando’s stunning rendition of Puccini’s ‘La Boheme’

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Mark Twain once wrote, “I have attended operas whenever I could not help it.” It is an art form that is rarely given its due in the mainstream and ignored by those who write it off as dull or boring, often without ever having attended a performance.

For those who have been too intimidated to give opera a try, Opera Orlando is launching their new season with one of the genre’s most beloved classics.

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Love is alive: an interview with ‘Love Never Dies’ actress Karen Mason

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ABOVE(L-R) Mary Michael Patterson (“Meg Giry”), Meghan Picerno (“Christine Daaé”), Karen Mason (“Madame Giry”) and Sean Thompson (“Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny”) star in Love Never Dies. Photo by Joan Marcus.

Broadway actress and award-winning cabaret goddess Karen Mason is one of the hardest working women in show business. Perhaps you’ve caught her on Broadway as Tanya in Mamma Mia!, as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard (when she was Glenn Close’s standby), as Velma Van Tussle in Hairspray or as the Queen of Hearts in Wonderland.

Mason is a regular on the cabaret circuit, you might have heard her when she performed at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, or in New York at Lincoln Center, Feinstein’s at The Regency, Rainbow & Stars and the Algonquin, or in Los Angeles at The Cinegrill, or at The Plush Room in San Francisco or Davenport’s in Chicago. Could be that you purchased, or received as a gift, one of her CDs. Maybe you’ve seen her on TV in an episode of Law & Order.

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Rapper Lil Peep dies at 21

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Rapper Lil Peep, real name Gustav Åhr, died on Wednesday night in Tucson, Ariz., of an overdose. He was 21.

Lil Peep’s friend Adam Grandmaison confirmed to the Guardian Peep was taken to the hospital following an overdose. His manager Chase Ortega confirmed Peep’s death tweeting, “I’ve been expecting this call for a year. Mother f*ck”.

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‘Difficult People’ canceled by Hulu after three seasons

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Difficult People” is coming to an end after three seasons.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Hulu will not bring back the series for a fourth season. The show streamed its last episode of season three in September.

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Rosie O’Donnell says ‘everyone’ knew Whitney Houston’s sexuality

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Rosie O’Donnell got candid about Whitney Houston’s sexuality on “Watch What Happens Live” on Thursday claiming that “everyone” knew about the late singer’s sexuality and her romantic relationship with assistant Robyn Crawford.

When Andy Cohen asks O’Donnell what Houston and Crawford were like as a couple, she admits that she didn’t know them on a personal level but it was common knowledge they were a couple.

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TLC fires Derick Dillard over transphobic comments about Jazz Jennings

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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TLC has cut ties with Jill Duggar’s husband Derick Dillard over transphobic tweets he made against fellow TLC star Jazz Jennings.

On Thursday, Dillard, 28, referred to Jennings using male pronouns in a tweet that claims her parents are using her “in order 2 (sic) promote their agenda.”

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Bijou Phillips apologizes for gay-shaming Daniel Franzese on set of ‘Bully’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Bijou Phillips has apologized for gay-shaming and harassing her “Bully” co-star Daniel Franzese.

Franzese, also known for his roles on “Mean Girls” and “Looking,” accused Phillips of being homophobic and fat-shaming him on the set of the 2001 film “Bully.”

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George Takei among latest celebs to be accused of sexual misconduct

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NEW YORK (AP) – George Takei took to Twitter Nov. 11 to deny groping a male model and Richard Dreyfuss said he never exposed himself to a female writer helping him with a TV script, both back in the 1980s.

Takei, the 80-year-old “Star Trek” icon, said in a series of tweets that events described by Scott R. Brunton in The Hollywood Reporter “simply did not occur,” and he does not remember ever knowing Brunton.

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Ellen Page opens up about Brett Ratner sexually harassing, outing her at 18

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NEW YORK (AP) – Ellen Page says director Brett Ratner outed her in front of “X-Men” cast and crew when she was a sexually unsure 18-year-old, leaving her feeling violated and ashamed.

In a Facebook post Friday, Page said Ratner used a pre-production meeting for the 2006 film “X-Men: The Last Stand” to make the comment she called “horrific.”

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Ridley Scott cuts Kevin Spacey from J. Paul Getty film

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NEW YORK (AP) — Matt Damon walked onto the set of “The Martian” one morning to find Ridley Scott speaking into multiple walkie-talkies and directing an army of camera operators.

“He was shooting four cameras at a time. I was skeptical about it, and each frame is, like, a Ridley Scott frame — beautiful,” Damon recalled in 2015. “I said, ‘God, Ridley, each of those shots is perfect.’ He says, ‘They’ve been perfect for a long time!’”

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