Jesus from ‘The Walking Dead’ comes out as gay

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“The Walking Dead” finally confirmed the character of Jesus’ sexuality on Sunday’s episode.

Hilltop Colony member Jesus (Tom Payne) opened up that he was gay in conversation with Maggie (Lauren Cohan).

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Jussie Smollett of ‘Empire’ gets political in new video

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NEW YORK (AP) – While TV star Jussie Smollett was in the recording studio working on his own music apart from “Empire,” set for release later this year, he couldn’t help but write a song about what’s going in the world, from injustice to President Donald Trump.

That’s when he penned “F.U.W.,” short for “(expletive) up world,” around President’s Day and immediately directed a music video to bring his words to life. The clip debuted late Wednesday on his YouTube page.

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‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ renewed for season two

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Netflix has renewed “A Series of Unfortunate Events” for a second season.

The streaming service tweeted a letter from Lemony Snicket, the fictional author of the YA children’s books and narrator of the series, announcing its renewal.

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Colton Haynes gets engaged to Jeff Leatham with help from Cher

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, courtesy of The National Gay Media Association
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Colton Haynes and Jeff Leatham are engaged.

The “Arrow” star announced on Instagram that Leatham, a floral designer, proposed to him over the weekend with a little help from Cher.

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Cast of ‘Transparent’ releases PSA to support Gavin Grimm

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The ACLU and the cast of “Transparent” have partnered together for a PSA in support of Gavin Grimm and for the inclusion of transgender rights in Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination.

Although Grimm’s lawsuit against Gloucester High School’s school board over their refusal to allow him to use the boys’ restroom was sent back to the federal appeals court, the ACLU is encouraging people to continue to support transgender individuals.

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Gay “conversion therapy” investigation to air on ’20/20′

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So-called “conversion therapy” has become a lucrative business in the U.S. as parents pay thousands of dollars in an attempt to change their child’s sexuality.

An episode of the long-running ABC news program 20/20 reports on a year long investigation into “conversion therapy” programs located around the country.

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Justin Timberlake to minority, LGBTQ youth: “You make the difference”

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The 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards started with Justin Timberlake speaking about inclusion and dedicating his award to children who feel different, and ended with a rousing performance by Bruno Mars that included crowd participation from Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Ty Dolla $ign, Heidi Klum and more.

Timberlake won the night’s first award, song of the year, for “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” – his massive No.1 hit that was nominated for an Academy Award last month.

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Jonny McGovern heads to the Parliament House to Werk Qween!

By : Felicia Roopchand
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Jonny McGovern makes no apologies for his sexualized, in-your-face alter-ego The Gay Pimp. Back before podcasts and YouTube, McGovern released a pop music video parody starring The Gay Pimp that went viral, making its way through the video clubs of New York City then eventually across the country in gay clubs and AOL inboxes.

“In the video The Gay Pimp was super gay AND in charge,” McGovern said in a 2015 interview with The Huffington Post. “He was in the power position turning the typically homophobic characters of frat boys and jocks into video hoes performing to please. We hadn’t really seen anything like that in a music video. It was a power flip that gay men found empowering and sexy.”

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Kristin Chenoweth brings some elegance (and that voice!) to Ruth Eckerd Hall

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UPDATE: Kristin Chenoweth’s concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall has been rescheduled for April 7. Tickets purchased for the March 13 concert will still be honored. 

 

Kristin Chenoweth, at 4 foot 11 inches, is proof that big things come in small packages. The award-winning actress and singer is known for her powerful voice and commanding stage presence.

Chenoweth, who debuted on Broadway 20 years ago in the musical Steel Pier,  has dazzled audiences with a Tony Award winning performance as Sally in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and as the original Good Witch Glinda in the smash hit Wicked.

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CBS cancels ‘Doubt’ starring Laverne Cox after two episodes

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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CBS has canceled its new law drama “Doubt,” starring Katherine Heigl and Laverne Cox, after just two episodes, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

After pulling in low viewership for its first two episodes and receiving poor reviews, “Doubt” has become the first show of the season to get canceled. “Doubt” followed attorneys at a New York City law firm including Heigl who played a lawyer falling for her client and Cox who portrayed a transgender lawyer.

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Central Florida LGBTQ+ Alliance sends letter to Univision requesting Pulse reenactments be pulled

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ORLANDO – The Central Florida LGBTQ+ Alliance sent a letter Feb. 24 to Isaac Lee, the Chief Content Officer for Univision Communications, asking for the media outlet to pull an episode of their documentary-style program Crónicas De Sábado which will feature reenactments of the Pulse massacre from June 12 of last year.

“We are reaching out, on behalf of the coalition of LGBTQ+ organizations of Central Florida, to ask for compassion and common-sense,” the letter begins. “We are requesting you cancel any airing of “Baño De Sangre” (translation “Blood Bath”) and not release any additional media content associated with this program.”

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