New children’s picture book recounts the history of Stonewall

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Tampa Bay author Rob Sanders will unveil “Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution,” the first picture book detailing the history of the Stonewall Inn’s role in the LGBTQ civil rights movement, at the fifth annual SunLit Festival in St. Petersburg on April 27.

Sanders, the author of the celebrated “Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag,” will welcome all ages to a book launch performance at The Studios@620 from 6-8 p.m. with Tombolo Books. The Studios@620 Artistic Director Bob Devin Jones and an ensemble cast will join, celebrating the upcoming 50th anniversary of the infamous uprising.

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John Oliver’s parody book among most ‘challenged’ works

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NEW YORK (AP) | Not everyone was amused by the John Oliver send-up of a picture book by the wife and daughter of Vice President Mike Pence.

“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver Presents A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo,” in which the Pence’s family bunny turns out to be gay, was among the books most objected to in 2018 at the country’s public libraries. The best-selling parody ranked No. 2 on the list of “challenged” books compiled by the American Library Association, with some complaining about its gay-themed content and political viewpoint.

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Florida school district: Gay bunnies’ book needed approval

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SANFORD, Fla. (AP) | A Florida school district says a teacher should have asked before reading a picture book about gay bunnies.

The Orlando Sentinel reports Seminole County Public Schools issued a report after parents complained teacher Tyler Bond read “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo.” The title is a gay-themed spoof by HBO host John Oliver of a book by the wife and daughter of Vice President Mike Pence.

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Posthumous memoir by gay rights pioneer due in October

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NEW YORK (AP) | A posthumous memoir by gay rights pioneer Edie Windsor will be released in October.

Windsor’s “A Wild and Precious Life” will draw upon her uncompleted manuscript and other personal papers, St. Martin’s Press announced Feb 28. The book was finished by Joshua Lyon, with cooperation from her spouse, Judith Kasen-Windsor. “A Wild and Precious Life” will include everything from her childhood to her coming out as a lesbian to the 2013 Supreme Court ruling she helped bring about that led to same-sex marriage nationwide.

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Author writes of boy discovering he’s gay in deep South

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) | After service one Sunday, little Greg Howard wandered past one of the church ladies, who was confiding to another nearby.

“It would kill his mama,” the woman said, “if she knew he was funny.”

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Team that spoofed Pence book has new picture story

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NEW YORK (AP) | The creative team that brought you the best-selling parody of the Pence family rabbit has a new book coming.

Writer Jill Twiss and illustrator EG Keller are collaborating on “The Someone New,” HarperCollins Children’s Books announced Wednesday. Scheduled for June 4, the book is a parable about welcoming outsiders. It tells of a forest in which a chipmunk worries that the entrance of a snail will ruin the world he knows. The publisher will donate some proceeds to a charity aiding immigrant children.

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The LGBTQ impact on movies, music, television, sports and fashion in 2018

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From groundbreaking television to record-setting events, this year in LGBTQ pop culture has been explosive. Legends were remembered, new icons were formed and history was made—one certain gay athlete even became America’s new sweetheart.

Here we have compiled just a snippet of the LGBTQ impact on movies, music, television, sports and fashion in 2018 with our annual LGBTQ Pop Culture, A-Z.

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Book reflects on Rock Hudson’s stardom, closeted love life

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Had Rock Hudson not died of AIDS in 1985, he might be best remembered as the most successful of the postwar male stars who got into the movies solely on their looks. He remained on the screen for decades because of a likability that can’t be learned or manufactured.

Instead, Hudson became the first celebrity to acknowledge that he suffered from the mysterious disease that seemed to target gay men. The potentially career-ending sexual secret he had protected was all but confirmed in the last months of his life.

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Mel B says she would be ‘open’ to another relationship with a woman

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Mel B details her relationships with exes, including with Eddie Murphy and her explosive 10-year marriage to Stephen Belafonte, in her memoir “Brutally Honest” but notably absent is her relationship with her ex-girlfriend.

In an interview with Gay Star News, Mel B explains why she chose not to write about that relationship.

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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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Watch: Michelle Obama tells Ellen how she tried to escape the White House to celebrate same-sex marriage

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Michelle Obama promoted her new autobiographical memoir “Becoming” on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Nov. 15. During the interview, the former first lady recalled a story from her book about the night she tried to escape the White House with her daughter Malia to celebrate the Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage.

The night of June 26, 2015, the White House was lit with the colors of the LGBTQ Pride flag and people were gathered outside the White House to celebrate, which Mrs. Obama was notified of and tried to take part in.

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New children’s book explains Pulse tragedy to kids

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ABOVE: Miss Sammy reads “My Tio’s Pulse” to Come Out With Pride festival attendees at Lake Eola’s Amphitheater. Photo by Danny Garcia

ORLANDO | Leaders of the Orlando community gathered for National Coming Out Day Oct. 11 to introduce a new book meant to help children understand tragedies such as the Pulse shooting.

“My Tio’s Pulse” follows main character Angel and his Uncle Luis, who was at Pulse Orlando on June 12, 2016. The story intends to help parents start a conversation with their children about gun violence, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mental health.The book was created and written by local author Keith Newhouse. As a queer person, Newhouse was deeply affected by Pulse and wanted to do something to help the community.

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