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

By : Jeremy Williams
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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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Aussie actress Ruby Rose suits up as ‘Batwoman’ in new CW series

By : Susan Hornik OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Ruby Rose as Batwoman. Photo courtesy the CW.

As the Gotham City crime fighter Kate Kane in “Batwomam,” Ruby Rose’s character is one for the history books, as the first lesbian superhero in a leading television role. It’s been a fast-moving ride to the top for the young Australian actress/model, who caught everyone’s eye back in 2014 when she created “Break Free,” a short film on gender fluidity.

The YouTube video has been viewed more than 51 million times. Rose had no idea the impact it would make on her career.

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Confetti-throwing comic Rip Taylor dies at 84

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LOS ANGELES (AP) | Rip Taylor, the madcap mustached comedian with a fondness for confetti-throwing who became a television game show mainstay in the 1970s, has died. He was 84.

Taylor died Oct. 6 in Beverly Hills, California, publicist Harlan Boll said.

The man who would become known worldwide as Rip did not have a direct line into show business. He was born Charles Elmer Taylor Jr. in Washington, D.C., to a waitress and a musician and first worked as a congressional page before serving in the Army during the Korean War, where he started performing standup.

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For celebrities, an off-screen journey to on-screen equality

By : Steve Rothaus, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Gio Benitez. (Photo courtesy Gio Benitez)

ABC News correspondent Gio Benitez says that as a young reporter in Miami, he was inspired by the greats of television journalism: Peter Jennings, Tom Brokaw, Barbara Walters and Katie Couric. He didn’t seek out gay role models in the media, “because at the time I was very conflicted about it myself.”

“I thought that if anybody found out, that I would never be able to do this work,” says Benitez, 33. “Even a local reporter who was my friend at the time said to me, ‘Oh, you can’t be gay and successful in the news.’ He was around my age. That always stuck with me for a bit, but I ultimately said, ‘You know what? I can’t deal with this.’ And everyone at ABC was so supportive from the very beginning.”

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Wayne Brady heads home to Florida for interactive, improv rock concert

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Wayne Brady loves Orlando. The City Beautiful is where he grew up, where he went to school and where he created and honed the skills that have made him one of Hollywood’s most versatile entertainers.

“While I wasn’t born there—I was born in Columbus, Georgia—in terms of my life, Orlando is the place that I claim. I always get a sense of pride whenever I see anyone come out of Orlando that’s done anything really great,” Brady says.

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7 LGBTQ moments from the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards

By : Lora Korpar
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It was a historic night for the LGBTQ community inside the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles for the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 22.

While the nights top prizes went to “Game of Thrones” and “Fleabag,” many LGBTQ entertainers, shows and issues took center stage. Here are seven of the most talked about LGBTQ moments from the show.

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‘Queer Eye’ star Jonathan Van Ness reveals he is HIV-positive

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Jonathan Van Ness, the hair guru and grooming expert on Netflix’s hugely successful “Queer Eye” reboot, revealed in a New York Times article Sept. 21 that he is HIV-positive.

The diagnosis is just one of many topics Van Ness discusses in his new memoir, “Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love.”

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Billy Porter’s historic Emmy Award…and that hat

By : Troy Masters OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Billy Porter accepts his award at the 71st Emmy Awards. (Photo courtesy Invision/AP)

Billy Porter, megawatt star of Ryan Murphy’s phenomenon “Pose,” made Emmy history Sept. 22 becoming the first openly gay man to win for best actor in a drama for his role as Prey Tell.

“Oh my god, I’ve got to breathe. I’ve got to breathe. Oh my god, God bless you all. The category is love, you all. Love,” Porter said from the Emmy stage. “I am so overwhelmed and I am so overjoyed to have lived long enough to see this day.”

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Jane Lynch and Cyndi Lauper developing new ‘Golden Girls’ type comedy for Netflix

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ABOVE: (L-R) Carol Leifer, Cyndi Lauper and Jane Lynch. (from Leifer’s Facebook)

World famous entertainers and LGBTQ community icons Jane Lynch and Cyndi Lauper are developing a new comedy show which Lynch described as “kind of a ‘Golden Girls’ for today.”

The Netflix half-hour comedy will star Lauper and Lynch as well as two more people who have not been cast yet.

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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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‘Riverdale’ to receive award from LGBTQ education group GLSEN

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ABOVE: “Riverdale” cast. (Photo from Facebook)

LOS ANGELES (AP) | The cast and creators of “Riverdale” will receive an award from a gay rights education group for the show’s portrayal of LGBTQ relationships in a high school setting.

The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) announced Sept. 9 that “Riverdale” will be honored with its Gamechanger Award. The group cited the show’s “groundbreaking storytelling about LGBTQ relationships” as why it was chosen to receive the honor.

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Watch: teaser for ‘Queer Eye: We’re in Japan’

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: “Queer Eye” Fab Five: Tan France, Bobby BerkAntoni PorowskiKaramo Brown and Jonathan Van Ness. (Screenshot via YouTube)

“Queer Eye” will return to Netflix for a four-episode mini-series set in Japan.

The Fab Five “will bring their expertise to Tokyo to make-better four heroes while experiencing Japanese cuisine, fashion, design, grooming and culture firsthand,” according to Netflix.

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