WFTV’s Jorge Estevez tackles LGBTQ issues in new podcast ‘Under The Rainbow’

By : Jeremy Williams
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Podcasts are fast becoming a primary medium for people to get their news. A CBS News poll conducted earlier this year found that nearly two-thirds of Americans listen to podcasts at least occasionally, with nearly a quarter of the people polled saying they listen several times a week.

With numbers like those, Central Florida’s WFTV Channel 9 knew they needed to get into the podcast business.

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New music video released for Freddie Mercury’s birthday to spread AIDS awareness

By : Lora Korpar
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To celebrate what would have been LGBTQ musical icon Freddie Mercury’s 73rd birthday Sept. 5, Universal Music Group released a new music video for his song “Love Me Like There’s No Tomorrow.”

Mercury found fame as the front man for the British rock band Queen. Though he died of AIDS in 1991, the singer’s legacy still looms large, especially after last year’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” — a biographical movie about his life and rise to fame. “Bohemian Rhapsody” was one of the biggest cinematic hits of 2018 earning more than $900 million at the worldwide box office and won four Oscars, including one for actor Rami Malek who portrayed Mercury in the film.

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A look back at some of the biggest LGBTQ pop culture moments over the last quarter century

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Pop culture has always been ahead of the game when it comes to opening the hearts and minds of society. Long before the majority of the U.S. supported marriage equality, believed LGBTQ rights were human rights and accepted that we were born this way, the LGBTQ community was being acknowledged in movies, music, TV shows, books and more.

We have gathered the ABC’s of LGBTQ pop culture moments from over the last quarter century on this page to remind you of a few of those times that made us feel like we were being seen.

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Listen: Watermark, Metro, more discuss American Stage’s ‘Fun Home’

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ABOVE: (L-R) Mollie Posnik, Adrianna Hick and David Mann in American Stage’s “Fun Home.” Photo courtesy American Stage.

ST. PETERSBURG | American Stage has released the latest episode of “Spotlight: The American Stage Podcast,” a community conversation surrounding their production of “Fun Home” featuring representatives from Watermark, Metro Inclusive Health and more.

“Spotlight” exists to illuminate the artistry and ideas behind the theatrical stories American Stage produces. The company closed out its 2018-2019 season with the hit musical “Fun Home” on Aug. 18.

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LGBTQ YouTubers file discrimination lawsuit against YouTube

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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A group of LGBTQ YouTubers have filed a class-action lawsuit against the video-sharing website, and it’s parent company Google, for restricting LGBTQ content, therefore, preventing them from making money.

The Washington Post reported that the class-action lawsuit was filed in federal court in California on Tuesday.

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Mario Lopez apologizes for ‘ignorant and insensitive’ comments about transgender children

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Mario Lopez. (Photo by Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons)

Mario Lopez has apologized for the controversial comments he made regarding transgender children while appearing on the conservative PragerU video series “The Candace Owens Show.”

Owens asked Lopez about the “weird trend” of celebrities, such as Charlize Theron, whose children are “picking their gender.” Theron has been open about her 7-year-old child Jackson who told her at age 3, “I am not a boy.”

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LGBTQ publication Gay Star News closes

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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U.K.-based LGBTQ publication Gay Star News is closing immediately after running for eight years.

Gay Star News founders Tris Reid-Smith and Scott Nunn announced the news on the website saying that the publication is “now more widely read, watched and loved by the international LGBTI audience than ever” but “our problem has been entirely financial.”

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Patti LuPone slammed for telling Lindsey Graham to come out

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Performer Patti LuPone (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Broadway star Patti Lupone came under fire after she told Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to “come out” on Twitter.

Graham supported Donald Trump after the president made comments telling four congresswomen of color to “go home.” Trump also stood in silence while a crowd of people at his rally chanted “send her back,” referring to Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).

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Gay teen goes viral for performing death drop at graduation

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A gay teenager has gone viral for performing a death drop after accepting his diploma at graduation.

Brandon Austin, whose drag queen persona is Sophia Stardust, decided that he wanted to make a big impression during his commencement ceremony from West Kent College, near London, England.

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New Republic retracts controversial Pete Buttigieg op-ed

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Pete Buttigieg, Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key.

The New Republic, a magazine that covers art and politics, has retracted a controversial op-ed about Pete Buttigieg written by openly gay literary critic Dale Peck.

NBC News reports that the op-ed, titled “My Mayor Pete Problem,” references the South Bend, Ind. mayor as “Mary Pete” throughout the article. Peck also refers to Buttigieg as “the gay equivalent of Uncle Tom.”

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YouTube star Phil Lester comes out as gay

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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YouTuber Phil Lester came out as gay in a video released on Sunday.

Lester, 32, boasts more than four million subscribers. His coming out video has received more than two million views.

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The Try Guys’ Eugene Lee Yang comes out as gay in dance video

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Eugene Lee Yang. (Screenshot via YouTube)

Eugene Lee Yang, one-fourth of the YouTube collective the Try Guys, came out as gay in a powerful dance video.

The 33-year-old never says the words “I’m gay” but instead tells his story through a choreographed dance with music by Odesza.

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