‘The Walking Dead’s Tom Payne ‘disappointed’ in his gay character’s story

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“The Walking Dead” killed off yet another character on its midseason finale on Sunday with Jesus (Tom Payne) dying after a zombie battle.

Jesus is gay in “The Walking Dead” comics but his sexuality was rarely mentioned on the show. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Payne admitted his character’s sexuality was so unacknowledged on the show, some fans didn’t know Jesus was gay.

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Ross Mathews splits from partner Salvador Camarena after nearly 10 years

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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TV personality Ross Mathews has split from Salvador Camarena, his partner for nearly a decade.

Mathews, who is a judge on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and was runner-up on “Celebrity Big Brother,” announced the news on Instagram.

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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade airs historic same-sex kiss

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The 92nd annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was not only the coldest parade on record but also aired a groundbreaking LGBT moment on live television.

During the parade, the cast of the Broadway musical “The Prom” gave a performance which included a same-sex kiss between actresses Isabelle McCalla and Caitlin Kinnumen. The historic moment marks the first time a same-sex kiss has aired during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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Queens of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ are all about the GP Yass! in ‘SNL’ skit

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“RuPaul’s Drag Race” queens Peppermint and Jiggly Caliente made a surprise appearance on “Saturday Night Live” Nov. 17 in a filmed skit advertising the new “GP Yass!” navigation system.

The video starts out with “SNL” cast member Heidi Gardner and guest host Steve Carell getting their trip mapped out on their vehicle’s ordinary GPS. After Carell comments on the GPS’s monotone voice,  Gardner offers to switch modes to the Drag Entertainer setting.

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MTV India dating show airs episode with gay contestants

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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India decriminalized homosexuality in September and already is including LGBT representation in its media. “Elovator Pitch,” a dating series on MTV India, aired its first episode on Nov. 16  featuring same-sex contestants.

The show’s premise involves 10 people giving an elevator pitch, the time it takes for the elevator to go to the next floor, to the contestant on why they should be picked to date. The series featured 10 men attempting to woo bachelor Atmaj Vyas.

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Watch: Michelle Obama tells Ellen how she tried to escape the White House to celebrate same-sex marriage

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Michelle Obama promoted her new autobiographical memoir “Becoming” on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Nov. 15. During the interview, the former first lady recalled a story from her book about the night she tried to escape the White House with her daughter Malia to celebrate the Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage.

The night of June 26, 2015, the White House was lit with the colors of the LGBTQ Pride flag and people were gathered outside the White House to celebrate, which Mrs. Obama was notified of and tried to take part in.

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Jussie Smollett didn’t want his ‘Empire’ character to have a white boyfriend

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Jussie Smollett was adamant that his character Jamal Lyon not have a white boyfriend on the Fox series “Empire.”

Speaking on the SiriusXM radio show “The Clay Cane Show,” the 35-year-old out actor says it was important for him to show a loving relationship between two black men.

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New Hulu series ‘The Bisexual’ is smart, sexy and funny

By : Brian T. Carney OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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After she’s slept with a man for the first time, Leila ruefully observes, “I thought sex with a man would be different, but it’s not.” Then she adds, “but with guys, there’s clean-up.”

This exchange is just one of the highlights of “The Bisexual,” a great new six-episode series premiering today on Hulu. The series is an insightful comedy of sexual manners that is smart, sexy and quite funny.

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Victoria’s Secret exec apologizes for anti-transgender model comments

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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L Brands, Victoria’s Secret’s parent company, Chief Marketing Officer Ed Razek issued an apology after saying he didn’t think the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show should cast transgender models.

In an interview with Vogue, Razek refers to transgender people as “transsexuals” and says transgender models shouldn’t be cast because “the show is a fantasy.”

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‘Dexter’ star Michael C. Hall says he’s ‘not all the way heterosexual’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Dexter” star Michael C. Hall got candid about his sexuality in a new interview with the Daily Beast. 

“I think there’s a spectrum. I am on it. I’m heterosexual. But if there was a percentage, I would say I was not all the way heterosexual,” Hall, 47, says.

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Singer Teddy Geiger and ‘Schitt’s Creek’ star Emily Hampshire get engaged

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Singer/songwriter Teddy Geiger and “Schitt’s Creek” star Emily Hampshire are engaged after two months of dating.

The couple announced the news in a series of Instagram posts on Nov. 9.

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Watch: Mac comes out to his dad via dance on ‘It’s Always Sunny’ finale

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Mac (Rob McElhenney) hit a milestone when he came out to his father through an interpretive dance on the season 13 finale of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”

He had previously come out to himself in the episode “The Gang Goes to Hell,” which aired in 2016. On Wednesday’s episode titled  “Mac Finds His Pride,” Mac comes out to his father Luther (Gregory Scott Cummins) in an emotional dance set to “Varuo” by Sigur Ros.

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