Chris Pratt responds to Ellen Page accusations via Instagram

By : Amanda Espinosa
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“Lego Movie 2” actor Chris Pratt spoke out on Instagram following online accusations from actress Ellen Page, addressing claims that he supports an anti-LGBTQ church.

Pratt had stopped by “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” to discuss his upcoming film. While there, the actor spoke about his spirituality and mentioned his recent biblical-themed diet was inspired by his pastor from Hillsong Church.

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Billy Eichner to write, star in gay romantic comedy

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Billy Eichner will be writing and starring in a new romantic comedy set around a gay couple for a major Hollywood studio, the comedian announced on Twitter Feb. 5.

The yet-to-be-named Universal film will be directed by Nicholas Stoller, best known for hit comedic films “Neighbors” and “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.” Judd Apatow is set to produce.

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Rami Malek says working with Bryan Singer was ‘not pleasant’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Rami Malek opened up for the first time about his experience working with Bryan Singer on “Bohemian Rhapsody,” calling his time with the director “not pleasant.”

Malek was honored at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival last week for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Malek was asked about Singer’s numerous sexual assault allegations from men who were, at the time of the alleged assault, underage.

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Trans actor Zach Barack cast in ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’

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Zach Barack, a 23-year-old transgender actor from Chicago, has landed a role in the upcoming Marvel film, “Spider-Man: Far From Home.”

Though it is not confirmed how large his role will be, Barack’s manager tells NBC News that Barack will have a “significant role.”

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‘The Favourite’ leads LGBT-inclusive Oscar noms

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The 91st Academy Awards announced the nominees for its class of 2019 with “The Favourite” and “Roma” tying for the most recognition with 10 nominations each.

“The Favourite” earned nominations for its three lead actresses with Olivia Colman scoring a Best Actress nomination for portraying Queen Anne and Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz receiving Best Supporting Actress nominations.

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Spacey lawyers claim 2016 groping incident was consensual

By : Sean Shealy OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Disgraced gay actor Kevin Spacey disputes the old adage that any publicity is good publicity. On Dec. 31, Nantucket, Mass. District Court Judge Thomas Barrett denied a motion filed by Spacey’s legal team asking to waive his Jan. 7 arraignment appearance on one count of felonious indecent assault and battery. Through his attorneys, Spacey argued that, “my presence will amplify the negative publicity already generated in connection with this case.”

The motion also indicated that Spacey intended to plead not guilty to the sexual assault allegation. If convicted, the actor faces up to five years in prison or up to 2½ years in jail and a requirement to register as a sex offender, according to court documents.

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‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ ‘Versace’ and other LGBT Golden Globes wins

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The 76th annual Golden Globes, hosted by Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh, recognized the best in film and television at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 6 with some prominent awards handed to LGBT projects.

“Bohemian Rhapsody,” the Queen biopic starring Rami Malek as queer frontman Freddie Mercury, won Best Motion Picture Drama. Malek’s portrayal of Mercury was also honored with the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama. Before raking in the accolades, the film was already a box office hit becoming the biggest-selling music biopic in history.

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Ellen comes to the defense of Kevin Hart, wants him to still host Oscars

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Ellen DeGeneres came to the defense of Kevin Hart in an interview with the actor-comedian on her talk show saying the Academy Awards should ask Hart back to host the Oscars.

Hart stepped down from hosting the annual Hollywood celebration after homophobic tweets sent between 2009 and 2011 resurfaced online.

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Elections, films help effort to ban gay conversion therapy

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NEW YORK (AP) | Activists urging more states to ban gay conversion therapy for minors are expecting major gains in 2019, thanks to midterm election results and the buzz generated by two well-reviewed films.

Fourteen states and the District of Columbia have already enacted laws prohibiting licensed therapists from trying to change a minor’s sexual orientation. Leaders of a national campaign to ban the practice are hopeful that at least four more states — Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts and New York — will join the ranks in the upcoming legislative sessions.



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

By : Jeremy Williams
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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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TIGLFF’s 2018 Audience Award-winning film returns to Lakeland theater in 2019

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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“At the End of the Day,” the winner of the 29th annual Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival’s (TIGLFF) Audience Award for best feature film, will return to the big screen in Lakeland this coming new year.

The film is Lakeland filmmaker and LGBTQ ally Kevin O’Brien’s feature directorial debut. It follows “a conservative, Christian professor who finds himself planted in an LGBTQ support group to stop their opening of an LGBTQ homeless youth shelter in their small town,” the synopsis reads.

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Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan to star as lovers in new period drama

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Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet and Oscar-nominated actress Saoirse Ronan have signed on to star opposite each other as lovers in the new period drama, “Ammonite.”

The film, set in a British coastal town during the 1840s, follows a fictitious lesbian romance between famed paleontologist Mary Anning and a wealthy woman visiting from London. Producers have not yet announced which actress is playing Anning and which one plays the wealthy visitor.

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