‘American Horror Story’ unveils season 7 title, new trailer

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Ryan Murphy announced “American Horror Story” season seven will be titled “American Horror Story: Cult” at San Diego Comic Con on Thursday.

Murphy has said the upcoming season will be themed around the 2016 election but President Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will not be characters.

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Jussie Smollett, Tituss Burgess keep #EyesOnChechnya in MTV advocacy video

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Jussie Smollett, Tituss Burgess and Carson Kressley, among others, have joined forces with MTV to bring awareness to the anti-gay persecution in the Russian republic of Chechnya.

“In Chechnya, gay and bisexual men have been hunted down, rounded up, and continue to be illegally detained in prison. Many have been tortured and at least three men have been murdered,” reads a post on MTV’s website. “In spite of these horrors, not enough people are aware of what’s happening or taking action.Together we can raise the volume on the public outcry, and let the world know that we have our #EyesOnChechnya.”

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Chechen leader invokes damnation for gay persecution claims

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MOSCOW (AP) – Chechnya’s strongman leader has harshly denounced claims that his southern Russian republic has tortured and even killed gay men, denying that there even are any homosexual men in his region.

Kremlin-backed Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov has faced wide international criticism since a Russian newspaper reported this spring that his security forces had detained some 100 gay men, torturing or killing some of them.

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Thomas Dekker comes out as gay after producer Bryan Fuller outs him

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Heroes” actor Thomas Dekker has come out as gay and married after producer Bryan Fuller outed the star.

While speaking at an Outfest event, “Heroes” producer Bryan Fuller mentioned “het-washing” on the series, when an actor’s management team did not want his character to be gay on the show.

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‘The L Word’ lives on: Groundbreaking series to return to Showtime

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They lived, laughed, loved, fought, caused unimaginable amounts of drama…and they’re BACK! A revival of the award-winning 2004 Showtime series, The L Word, is currently in production.

Ilene Chaiken’s groundbreaking series about a group of friends in Los Angeles, California changed the face of television by being the first ever dramatic series exclusively about lesbian characters who were complex and open about their sexuality and relationships.

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race,’ ‘Feud’ earn Emmy nominations

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards nominations were unveiled Thursday morning with both “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and “Feud: Bette and Joan” earning nominations.

“Westworld” and “Saturday Night Live” received the most with 22 nominations each. “Feud: Bette and Joan” received a nomination for Best Limited Series and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” is a contender for Best Reality Competition Program. RuPaul is up for Best Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program.

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Nico Tortorella gets candid about polyamorous relationship with lesbian partner

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, courtesy of The National Gay Media Association
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“Younger” star Nico Tortorella opened up about his polyamorous relationship with his partner Bethany Meyers in an interview with The Advocate.

Tortorella, who identifies as pansexual, and Meyers have been together for 11 years.

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‘Degrassi: Next Class’ character comes out as non-binary

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Netflix’s hit teen drama “Degrassi: Next Class” is known for having inclusive characters such as gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender. Now, the Canadian series can add non-binary representation to the list.

In a preview clip for the upcoming fourth season, Yael (Jamie Bloch) kisses her friend Lola (Amanda Arcuri) to determine if she’s gay. Yael decides she isn’t gay but confesses to Lola she’s feeling confused about her gender.

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‘Big Brother 19’ contestant upsets fans with transphobic comments

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Cody Nickson, a construction sales rep and Marine vet houseguest on “Big Brother 19,” has come under fire from fans offended by his transphobic comments.

Nickson, 32, was captured on “Big Brother” live feeds discussing tucking with another houseguest, Jessica Graf.

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‘Will & Grace’ teases revival in new promo

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“Will & Grace” celebrated the Fourth of July by releasing a brand new promo for the upcoming fall revival.

“11 years and a few [martini emojis] later, they’re back! #WillAndGrace, Thursdays this Fall on @nbc,” the show’s Twitter posted.

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Canceled ‘Sense8’ gets two-hour series finale special

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Netflix has announced that “Sense8” will return from cancellation for a two-hour series finale in 2018.

The streaming service posted a video on Twitter making the big announcement. “Sense8” was canceled in June after two seasons with a major cliffhanger.

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Hollywood legend sues Ryan Murphy, FX over ‘Feud’ depiction

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Hollywood great Olivia de Havilland is launching her own sequel to the TV series “Feud” – a lawsuit.

The double Oscar-winning actress sued FX Networks and producer Ryan Murphy’s company, alleging unauthorized and false use of her name and invasion of privacy.

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