Bill Maher under fire for homophobic humor

By : John Paul King OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Bill Maher, photo via Janet Van Ham/HBO.

Talk show host Bill Maher is once again facing criticism for using homophobic humor, this time for a feature he did on the most recent episode of his HBO TV show, “Real Time with Bill Maher.”

In the segment, which was making fun of Senator Lindsey Graham, the comedian included several jokes based on outdated gay stereotypes.

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Anthony Rapp announces engagement to partner

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ABOVE: Anthony Rapp and Ken Ithipol, photo courtesy Rapp’s Twitter.

Out actor Anthony Rapp is marrying his boyfriend, and he wants everyone to know about it.

The 48-year old Rapp went on social media Sunday to tell fans and followers he had proposed to partner Ken Ithiphol, saying: “So something happened tonight. I asked Ken if he would marry me and he said yes. I am so very happy and I’m so very thrilled to share this news.”

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‘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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‘The Politician’ season two begins filming

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Ben Platt announced on Twitter Nov. 5 that production for season two of the Netflix series “The Politician” is underway.

The series stars out actor Platt as Payton Hobart, a high school student determined to become the president of the United States, but starting smaller by running for class president. Throughout the first season, Payton must navigate the politics of his Santa Barbara high school and attempts to cultivate and maintain his perfect presidential image.

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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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Ellen DeGeneres to be honored by Hollywood Foreign Press

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ABOVE: Ellen DeGeneres, photo via DeGeneres’ Facebook page.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) announced on November 4 Ellen DeGeneres will receive the Carol Burnett Award at the next Golden Globe Awards.

DeGeneres, a three-time Golden Globe nominee, is the second recipient to be honored with the accolade (the first was Carol Burnett herself) and will accept the honor at the annual Golden Globes presentation on Sunday, January 5, 2020. The ceremony will air live coast-to-coast on NBC.

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‘Sherlock’ creators tease new homoerotic ‘Dracula’ series

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ABOVE: Claes Bang as the eponymous count in the upcoming BBC One series, “Dracula” (Image courtesy BBC/Netflix)

Halloween may be over, but that doesn’t mean we have to wait a whole year for more sexy scares.

The BBC just dropped a teaser trailer for their highly anticipated “Dracula” series, in which Danish actor Claes Bang portrays the iconic count, and it’s clear that this iteration of the classic tale plans to take a more pansexual approach than we’ve seen in the past.

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Netflix’s ‘She-Ra’ adds first nonbinary character

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ABOVE: “She-Ra and the Princesses of Power” newcomer Double Trouble. Screenshot via Twitter.

Gender nonconforming entertainer Jacob Tobia has joined Netflix’s “She-Ra and the Princesses of Power” as the animated series’ first nonbinary character.

Netflix’s reboot, a modern take on the 1980s classic “She-Ra: Princess of Power,” was nominated for a GLAAD Award earlier this year for its LGBTQ inclusivity. Tobia will play Double Trouble, a shape-shifting mercenary who joins forces with the villainous Horde in the show’s fourth season.

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‘Saturday Night Live’ lampoons CNN town hall on LGBTQ issues

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NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” satirized CNN’s LGBT forum for Democratic presidential candidates Thursday in the comedy show’s opening sketch over the weekend.

Cast members Chris Redd impersonated Cory Booker, Colin Jost played Pete Buttigieg, Kate McKinnon impersonated Elizabeth Warren and Alex Moffat played Anderson Cooper. Guest host Lin-Manuel Miranda impersonated Julian Castro and special guest Woody Harrelson played Joseph Biden.

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Ellen DeGeneres defends sitting with former president George W. Bush at football game

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Ellen DeGeneres stirred up controversy after a photo was posted online of her and wife, Portia de Rossi, sitting with former president George W. Bush and his wife, Laura Bush, at the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers game on Oct. 6.

Many took to Twitter to blast DeGeneres for sitting with a president who they pointed out, during his two terms in office, opposed same-sex marriage and led the U.S. into a war with Iraq on false pretenses.

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