‘Sense8’ star Brian J. Smith comes out as gay

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ABOVE: Brian J. Smith celebrating Pride with the cast of “Sense8.” Photo via Smith’s Instagram.

Brian J. Smith, one of the sexy stars of the cult Netflix series “Sense8,” has come out of the closet.

In an interview with Attitude magazine, the 38-year-old actor talks about the difficulties of growing up in a rural Texas town where he says he “could never be who I was.”

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GLAAD report shows LGBTQ inclusion on television at record high

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ABOVE: Daniel Levy of “Schitt’s Creek,” Ruby Rose of “Batwoman,” MJ Rodriguez of “Pose.” Photos courtesy “Schitt’s Creek,” “Batwoman” and “Pose” Facebook pages.

The mood was light and spirits were high at the offices of United Talent Agency in Beverly Hills Nov. 7, as GLAAD held the presentation of its “Where We Are On TV” report for 2019-2020

The report was authored by GLAAD Director of Entertainment Research and Analysis Megan Townsend, who told the gathered crowd of journalists and industry professionals that the percentage of regular LGBTQ characters on broadcast television reached an all-time high in 2019 – exceeding last year’s challenge by the organization to reach 10 percent inclusion on primetime scripted series by 2020.

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Gay YouTuber Tai Couture dies by suicide

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ABOVE: YouTuber influencer Tai Couture, photo via Couture’s Facebook page.

Popular gay YouTuber and LGBTQ influencer Tai Couture has passed away from suicide.

Couture, whose real name was Tyree Williams, was primarily known for his work as a hairstylist and makeup artist, but he had also been vocal about his battle with depression. His death was reported on Friday of last week.

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Gay teen claims Netflix outed him to dad

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ABOVE: “Elite,” an LGBTQ-inclusive Spanish teen drama on Netflix. Photo via Elite’s Facebook page.

A 15-year-old Reddit user has told fellow users on the platform that he thinks Netflix outed him to his father.

The poster said it happened when he and his dad were looking for a movie to watch together and he volunteered to use his own Netflix account. It was a decision he quickly regretted.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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