Apple releases gender-neutral emojis

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Apple is releasing hundreds of new emojis including gender-neutral characters in various skin tones and age ranges.

Other emojis making their debut will be a mermaid, a dinosaur, a woman with a headscarf, a carton of Chinese food and a breastfeeding mother. There will be also an emoji hand signing “I love you” in American Sign Language.

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Willam Belli called out for transphobic remarks on talk series

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Willam Belli was blasted by Courtney Act for spewing transphobic remarks during the Fullscreen series, “Suck Less.”

Belli, who appeared on season four of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” did an advice segment on the series along with season six contestant, Act.

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One Million Moms boycotts ‘Roseanne’ reboot over gender-fluid character

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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One Million Moms is outraged that “Roseanne” is including a gender-fluid character.

In the reboot, Darlene (Sarah Gilbert) and David (Johnny Galecki) have a nine-year-old son, Mark (Ames McNamara). The character is described as “gender creative” who “displays qualities of both male and female young child traits.”

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Armie Hammer drags James Woods for age-gap dating history

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Armie Hammer went toe-to-toe with James Woods in defense of his upcoming gay drama, “Call Me By Your Name.”

The film, which is receiving Oscar buzz ahead of its Nov. 24 release, tells the story of a teenage boy (Timothée Chalamet) who falls in love with his father’s 24-year-old teaching assistant, played by Hammer.

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Fans react to a fake coming out tweet from Shawn Mendes

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Shawn Mendes fans rallied together to stop a fake coming out tweet from spreading online.

“Guys my sexuality shouldn’t be anyone’s business. Yes, I’m gay and I’m proud,” the tweet reads.

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Ruby Rose called ‘disgusting human being’ for donating to Houston LGBT center

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Ruby Rose’s contribution to an LGBT center in Houston for Hurricane Harvey relief was met with harsh criticism.

Musician Jack Antonoff announced he would be donating $10,000 to the Montrose LGBT Center which spurned Rose to announce she would match the donation.

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Chelsea Manning appears in Vogue’s September issue

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Chelsea Manning seemed to officially kick off her new life in a profile piece for Vogue’s September 125th Anniversary Collector’s Edition issue.

Manning, who served seven years in prison for leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks, sported a red, one-piece swimsuit for the upcoming issue in a photo shot by Annie Leibovitz.

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Watch: Elders react to gay love story ‘In a Heartbeat’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The viral sensation “In a Heartbeat” may be a cartoon but the “React” YouTube series proves it can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

In “Elders React to In a Heartbeat” a group of older individuals watch and react to the short animated film, “In a Heartbeat.” In the film, created by Beth David and Esteban Bravo, a boy “runs the risk of being outed by his own heart after it pops out of his chest to chase down the boy of his dreams.” It has received more than 20 million views on YouTube.

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Singer Aaron Carter comes out as bisexual

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Pop singer Aaron Carter has come out as bisexual.

The 29-year-old revealed he is attracted to both men and women in an open letter posted on Twitter.

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New animated short film is about young gay love and the internet is going crazy for it

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A new animated short film was released on YouTube yesterday and it is hitting everyone in the feels.

“In a Heartbeat,” created by Beth David and Esteban Bravo, was produced by Ringling College of Art and Design and has already generated nearly 3 million views.

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YouTuber comes out to five-year-old brother

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YouTuber OliverVlogss came out as gay to his five-year-old brother in a sweet video that has gone viral.

Oliver Potter, 20, starts the video by asking his little brother Alfie what he thinks about love.

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Russian violinist comes out in emotional YouTube video

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Russian violinist Artem Kolesov has come out as gay in a YouTube video that has since gone viral.

The 23-year-old musician filmed the video as part of the Russian “Children-404” project, in which teenagers share their stories related to LGBT issues. In order to protect their anonymity, participants hold a “Children-404” sign in front of their faces.

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