Adam Rippon is off the market, meets new man on Tinder

By : Jeremy Williams
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Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon is having quite the year, and it’s only April.

He won a bronze medal at the Winter Olympics earlier this year becoming the first openly gay U.S. male athlete to do so. Rippon also became a headline maker, first calling out Vice President Mike Pence for his anti-LGBTQ views, then doing a media tour as the self-proclaimed new “America’s Sweetheart,” and making huge fans out of everyone from E! News host Justin Sylvester to Sally Field’s son to to another American Sweetheart, Reese Witherspoon. He even got social media buzzing when he appeared on the red carpet of the Academy Awards in a leather harness/tux combo.

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Perez Hilton says he doesn’t want his son to be gay because it’s ‘easier’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Perez Hilton posted a YouTube video to clarify remarks he made on his podcast that he doesn’t want to enroll his five-year-old son Mario in dance class because boys who dance “end up being gay.”

“This is all stemming from me saying on [my] podcast that I wouldn’t put my son into dance class because I think dance class might help make your son gay,” the celebrity blogger begins. “And I wasn’t even joking.”

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Watch: Shangela shocks kid fans with surprise video message

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 3” wrapped its season after Trixie Mattel’s win but some fans still aren’t over Shangela not taking the crown.

In a video posted on Facebook, Shangela surprised some of her young fans, who were left in tears at her loss, with an uplifting message.

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Fox News exec who called U.S. Olympic team ‘darker, gayer’ leaves network

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Fox News executive John Moody has retired from the network following outrage from his recent critique of the Winter Olympics.

“Unless it’s changed overnight, the motto of the Olympics, since 1894, has been ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger.’ It appears the U.S. Olympic Committee would like to change that to ‘Darker, Gayer, Different,’” Moody wrote in the controversial op-ed last month.

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Impulse Group goes viral with HIV-prevention video featuring drag queens

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Impulse Group is getting the word out about HIV prevention methods with a new video featuring the fictitious reality show Real Dragwives of Prevention and starring some of the biggest names in drag.

“With all the prevention options available today, the Real Dragwives of Prevention are here to help you make the choice that’s right for you,” the video’s message reads.

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Laverne Cox shares her own #MeToo story

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Laverne Cox shared her own #MeToo story and explained the importance of male representation and intersectionality in the movement during an interview for “The Katie Couric Podcast.

“I got to confront a man that I’d had a sexual encounter with that the encounter was consensual but then something happened that wasn’t consensual. And I was able to recently confront him about that,” Cox says. “And what was interesting to me in the confrontation is that he had no idea that his behavior was predatory, that he didn’t have consent.”

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GLAAD Media Awards 2018 releases nominees

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards announced its 2018 nominees at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday via Trace Lysette (“Transparent”) and Wilson Cruz (“Star Trek: Discovery”).

Netflix raked in the most nominations for television with seven nominations. ABC, CBS and NBC came in at a close second with six nominations. This was also the first time the category Outstanding Kids & Family Programming was introduced which recognizes “Andi Mack,” and “Doc McStuffins,” among others, for their LGBT inclusion.

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YouTuber wins landmark revenge porn case, gets engaged to girlfriend

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ABOVE: Chrissy Chambers. Photo via Instagram.

Chrissy Chambers, one-half of the YouTube duo BriaAndChrissy, has become the first person in the U.K. to win damages in a revenge porn case.

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2017 LGBTQ Pop Culture Alphabet

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It was the year of #MeToo, as this one story seemed to dominate the pop culture landscape of 2017. Victims came out saying “enough is enough” and called out their attackers and predators by name.

It was also a year of important stories being told on television and in films. We honored the voices of women, people of color and the LGBTQ community in movies like Moonlight and The Life and Death of Marsha P. Johnson, and on shows like When We Rise and Master of None. Plus we got Will & Grace back!

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Taylor Swift’s new app taken over by Trump supporters, homophobic users

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Taylor Swift’s new social networking app The Swift Life has been taken over by political commentary, Trump supporters and homophobic comments.

The Swift Life is for Swifties to access news, video footage, pictures and Taylor Swift themed-emojis. Fans can also post content that Swift can see and discuss their favorite artist in forums.

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Gay couple announces pregnancy with Lego fairytale

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A gay couple announced the upcoming birth of their twin boys via a Lego fairytale short film.

Sean Gannon and Spencer Clinton Parker posted the video on Facebook which shows two princes who are in love but feel something is missing from their lives. The princes go on a journey and encounter a mermaid who has magic beans that can tell them what they need. They come across a dragon, a wizard and finally a brave princess who gives the princes twin Lego babies.

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Gay U.S. couple arrested in Thailand for exposing their butts at Thai temple

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A couple is facing jail time for exposing their butts at the Temple of Dawn in Bangkok, Thailand.

Travis and Joseph Dasilva, both 38, run the Instagram account “Traveling Butts,” which features pictures of the couple exposing their butts at international locations. The Instagram account has since been deleted.

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