Madonna announces new album ‘Madame X’

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Madonna has announced that she is releasing a new album titled “Madame X.”

The pop legend made the big reveal in a teaser video where she describes the multi-faceted character of Madame X.

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‘Love, Simon’ TV series coming to Disney’s streaming service

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“Love, Simon” is headed to the small screen.

Disney+, the company’s new streaming platform, has picked up a straight-to-series order of Greg Berlanti’s 2018 coming-of-age film “Love, Simon,” Deadline reports.

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‘The Tonight Show’ is dedicating a full episode to Cher

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Cher will be taking over a full episode of “The Tonight Show” on Monday, April 15.

The hour-long episode will feature performances of “Turn Back Time” and “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” from Cher. Stars of the Broadway musical “The Cher Show,” based on the life of the iconic pop star, will also join her.

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New online exhibit explores queer Asian Pacific American life

By : Joey DiGuglielmo OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Anybody with internet now has access to a burgeoning world most of us would never otherwise see. The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center has launched a new digital exhibition called A Day in the Queer Life of Asian Pacific America.

A joint partnership between the Smithsonian, AARP and Kundiman—a New York-based organization dedicated to the creation and cultivation of Asian American creative writing—the series will feature both solicited and crowd-sourced media of all types: film, photography, boomerangs, video poems; that explore queer life in Asian American and Pacific Islander communities throughout the country including lesser-known areas with a focus on everyday life.

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‘Transparent’ will kill off Jeffrey Tambor’s character in series finale episode

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“Transparent” creator Jill Soloway has confirmed that Jeffrey Tambor’s character Maura Pfefferman will be killed off on the series’ final episode.

The decision comes after Tambor was fired from the Amazon series amid multiple sexual misconduct allegations on set. Maura was the show’s central character. The show chronicled her journey coming out as a transgender woman to her children and wife.

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‘Dirtwoman’ lives on through documentary coming to Florida Film Festival

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Running for mayor, defecating in the back of a police car, mud wrestling and helping to raise tens of thousands of dollars for food banks: Donnie Corker, otherwise known as Dirtwoman, did it all.

Corker, who was a drag icon in Virginia’s LGBTQ community, is known for his outrageous attitude, raunchy acts and kind heart. The 350 lb. legend earned the nickname ‘Dirtwoman’ after a particularly interesting incident.

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Kate McKinnon cast as Elizabeth Holmes in Hulu miniseries ‘The Dropout’

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Kate McKinnon has been cast as Elizabeth Holmes, the disgraced CEO of the now-defunct company Theranos, in Hulu’s limited series “The Dropout,” according to Deadline.

The series, which will have six-10 episodes, will be based on the ABC Radio and ABC News podcast of the same title. It chronicles the rise and fall of Holmes who dropped out of Stanford to found Theranos, a blood testing company that alleged it had the technology to conduct multiple tests with a finger pick. Theranos received millions of dollars in funding from investors and was at one time estimated to be worth $9 billion.

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‘Paris is Burning’ will return to theaters for Pride month

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“Paris is Burning” will be re-released in theaters in time for Pride month.

The 1990 cult documentary followed the Latinx and African American underground ballroom scene in New York City during the 1980s. It brought ball stars Willi Ninja, Pepper, LaBeija, Octavia St. Laurent and Venus Xtravaganza into the spotlight chronicling their joys and hardships.

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Sara Gilbert is leaving ‘The Talk’

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ABOVE: Sara Gilbert. (Screenshot via Twitter)

Sara Gilbert will be leaving “The Talk” after season nine.

“The Connors” star made the announcement on the April 9 episode of the talk show. Gilbert has been on the panel since the show’s inception in 2010.

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Watch: Netflix releases trailer for ‘Tales of the City’ reboot

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Netflix dropped the first trailer for its sequel series to Armistead Maupin’s “Tales of the City” which brings Mary Ann Singleton (Laura Linney) back to 28 Barnaby Lane in San Francisco where a new cast of queer characters now reside.

In the trailer, Mary Anne is reunited with her adult daughter Shawna (Ellen Page) and ex-husband Brian (Paul Gross) who she left behind. It’s hinted that Shawna will develop a romance with Zosia Mamet (“Girls”). Murray Bartlett from HBO’s “Looking” also appears in the series. Other memorable faces to appear in the show will be Bob the Drag Queen, Molly Ringwald and Daniela Vega (“A Fantastic Woman”).

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Fans of ‘Queer Eye’ show raise nearly $100K for Kansas woman

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ABOVE: Bobby Berk hugs Jess Guilbeaux on her “Queer Eye” episode. (Screenshot via Netflix)

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) | A woman whose experience of being kicked out of her home as a 16-year-old because she’s a lesbian was highlighted on the Netflix show “Queer Eye” has a fresh shot at college after fans raised enough to pay off her student loans.

The show tells the story of 23-year-old Jess Guilbeaux attempting to put herself through college at the University of Kansas before dropping out due to debt. It led a supporter to set up a GoFundMe last month, with a goal of raising $100,000 to “Send Jess Back to College!” A total of $97,282 has been raised so far.

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Taylor Swift donates $113,000 to Tennessee LGBTQ advocacy group

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Taylor Swift donated $113,000 to the Tennessee Equality Project on April 8 along with a handwritten note on how a petition signed by more than 100 Tennessee faith leaders inspired her to show her support.

Chris Sanders, Tennessee Equality Project’s leader, posted the note to the organization’s Facebook group.

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