‘When We Rise’ chronicles gay history

By : Keith Loria of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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A scene from ‘When We Rise,’ a new miniseries that dramatizes the lives of key players in the early years of LGBT rights. (Photo by Erike Schroter; courtesy ABC)

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Starting Feb. 27, ABC will begin airing “When We Rise,” a seven-part, eight-hour miniseries about the history of the gay rights movement, written and created by prominent gay filmmaker, Dustin Lance Black.

“I started working on this about four years ago, and never would have guessed it would land in times like these where unfortunately, it feels so necessary,” Black says. “I would give anything in the world for it to feel less necessary.”

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CPAC rescinds Milo Yiannopoulos invitation, citing pro-pedophilia comments

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos was trying to clarify past comments on relationships between boys and older men after a conservative site posted a collection of edited video clips that set social media abuzz.

After the polarizing Breitbart News editor was invited this weekend to speak at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference sparked a backlash, the Reagan Battalion tweeted video clips Feb. 19 in which Yiannopoulos discusses Jews, sexual consent, statutory rape, child abuse and homosexuality.

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Milo Yiannopoulos, Larry Wilmore go head-to-head on ‘Maher’

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NEW YORK – While conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos insulted comics Lena Dunham, Leslie Jones, Amy Schumer and Sarah Silverman, his appearance on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” was relatively tame — at least until the television cameras were turned off.

It was later, during an online-only “Overtime” segment of Maher’s Friday night show, that two of Maher’s three panelists hurled expletives at the Breitbart News senior editor.

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Evan Rachel Wood gets candid about being a bisexual woman

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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Evan Rachel Wood opened up about being a bisexual woman while accepting the HRC Visibility Award at the 2017 Human Rights Campaign North Carolina Gala on Saturday.

The 29-year-old actress confessed she found herself attracted to women at age 12 but didn’t think it was unusual.

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Kristen Stewart calls herself ‘so gay’ on ‘SNL’

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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Kristen Stewart publicly announced she is gay while hosting “Saturday Night Live” over the weekend.

The 26-year-old actress opened her monologue by recounting President Donald Trump’s interest in her relationship with fellow “Twilight” co-star Robert Pattinson.

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Tampa Bay Times, ‘Love Is Love’ comic among GLAAD Media Award nominees

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – GLAAD announced the 2017 Media Award nominees Jan. 31, and the list includes local and national projects done in the aftermath of the Pulse shooting.

“Worthy of Survival,” Kathleen McGrory’s Tampa Bay Times story on survivor Angel Santiago and Love Is Love, the IDW Publishing and DC Comics’ graphic novel tribute to the 49 victims, were among the nominees.

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Lily Tomlin accepts SAG Life Achievement Award with humor

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Lily Tomlin offered advice to young actors and a hearty dose of humor as she accepted the Screen Actors Guild’s Life Achievement Award.

“Don’t leave the house when you’re drunk,” she said to riotous laughter from her fellow actors at the Shrine Auditorium.

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Wait, they’re bringing back Queer Eye for the Straight Guy?

By : Billy Manes
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Many moons ago, when Will & Grace was just a child of the zeitgeist and pride parades were still scant in attendance, Bravo introduced the U.S. reality-television masses to a strange mess of a show, one that would involve five gay gentlemen remaking the life of one straight man. On paper, it was hilarious for its time, mostly because Carson Kressley – the blonde – would eat up the scenery as quickly as he would remake it. Now, Variety is reporting that Netflix, the home of shows that don’t fit on cable anymore (some of them really good, too!), has ordered eight new episodes of the quip-tastic makeover show featuring an all new cast. Kressley, Ted Allen, Kyan Douglas, Thom Filicia, and Jai Rodriguez will not be there to point and laugh, then. Oh, well.

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Mary Tyler Moore dead at 80

By : Billy Manes
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We’re certain the media will be crashing through your individual portals in the coming hours with the news of Mary Tyler Moore’s death. Moore, an icon for women and a hero to many, was reported to be gravely ill just hours ago. Now, it’s been called official. There isn’t much for us to add beyond this wonderful career retrospective from the Hollywood Reporter, except to say that Ordinary People, in which she put away her “concerned about being a career woman” likability for a turn to the dark side of suburban motherhood and grief. She was a wonderful soul, so important to many of us of a certain age going through certain issues with family. May she rest in peace. It’s a long way to Tipperary. Cry with us, won’t you? A couple of clips after the jump.

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Pull the vodka out of your desk drawer. Will & Grace is definitely back back back.

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By 1999, Will & Grace had established itself as a breakout hit. It would win umpteen Emmys, and change hearts and minds, through 2006. (L-R) Sean Hayes, Debra Messing, Erik McCormack, Megan Mullally.

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Amid a storm of bad news involving cabinets and those who exist within them, we can now praise the high heavens that Will, Jack, Grace and Karen will be back in our lives for a 10-episode run. What? After a quick clip thing that happened last year, NBC has announced a 10-episode run of the show that made your parents think you might be OK. Grab your drinks and hoodwinks.

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Ellen DeGeneres says her show is no place for anti-gay advocates

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NEW YORK (AP) – Pharrell appeared as scheduled on the Jan. 5 Ellen DeGeneres Show without fellow singer Kim Burrell. But the gospel star, who DeGeneres had disinvited days earlier, didn’t go unmentioned.

“I didn’t think that it was good of me to have her on the show to give her a platform,” said DeGeneres, citing the church sermon in which Burrell referred to gays and lesbians as perverted. A tape of Burrell preaching that message had circulated online.

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“Nashville” returns with transgender actress, new plot lines

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The new season of Nashville starts with traditional songs rooted in gospel and folk music rather than big production country songs.

Rayna, played by Connie Britton, finds a revelation after hearing a blind man singing “Wayfaring Stranger,” an Appalachian tune estimated to be two centuries old. And Juliette, played by Hayden Panettiere, sees an angelic vision in white singing the hymn “God Shall Wipe All Tears Away.”

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