Colton Haynes opens up about addiction, shares throwback hospital photos

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Colton Haynes, photo via Haynes’ Instagram.

Colton Haynes opened up about his pill addiction with a series of throwback photos including some pictures of the “Arrow” star in the hospital.

“Throwback. I don’t want worrying about if I look hot or not on Instagram to be my legacy,” Haynes captioned the photos. “I don’t want to skirt around the truth to please other people or to gain economic success. I have far more important things to say than what magazine I just shot for or what tv show I’m a part of (Although I’m very thankful I still get to do what I love). I no longer want to project a curated life.”

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Watch: Showtime releases first ‘The L Word: Generation Q’ trailer

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ABOVE, L-R: Returning cast members Jennifer Beals, Leisha Hailey and Katherine Moennig. Photo via “The L Word on Showtime” Facebook page.

Showtime has released the first trailer for “The L Word: Generation Q,” the sequel to the network’s groundbreaking LGBTQ series that ran for six seasons until 2009.

The original series, which premiered in from 2004, followed a group of friends in Los Angeles, California. It was the first dramatic series exclusively about lesbian characters, detailing their sexuality and relationships.

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VH1 renews ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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VH1 has renewed the “RuPaul’s Drag Race” franchise for two more seasons.

“RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 5” and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season 12 have been greenlit by the network, RuPaul announced in a video clip posted on Monday.

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Watch: trailer for Ryan Murphy’s first Netflix series ‘The Politician’

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Netflix has released the first trailer for Ryan Murphy’s first series for the streaming platform, “The Politician.”

The show follows Payton Hobart (Ben Platt) an ambitious high school student who plans to make his way up the political ladder to the White House. In the meantime, he hopes to win class president. He will stop at nothing to become president including getting rid of problematic running mates and scheming against his rivals.

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IMDb changes dead name policy for transgender industry professionals

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Laverne Cox (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb), the largest online resource for film and television, has revised its policy on talent profiles of transgender industry professionals including their birth names.

The controversy began when IndieWire reported that two trans actors with major television credits had their birth names listed on their profiles. Despite lobbying from Hollywood management, talent agencies, and GLAAD for the removal of the names, IMDb refused citing anti-discrimination laws.

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Watch: Bob the Drag Queen emcees a ‘Basic Ball’ for ‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’

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ABOVE: Bob the Drag Queen on “A Black Lady Sketch Show.” (Screenshot via YouTube)

Bob the Drag Queen emcees a “Basic Ball,” a “ball for the rest of the LGBTQ-ties,” on HBO’s “A Black Lady Sketch Show.”

The ball, which mimics the ballroom scene, has categories such as Clinical Depression, Barbecue Daddy and Just Awkward in the Body.

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Watch: Nyle DiMarco experiences deaf discrimination on ‘What Would You Do?’

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ABOVE: Nyle DiMarco on ‘What Would You Do?’ (Screenshot via YouTube)

Actor and model Nyle DiMarco, who identifies as sexually fluid, brought to light the challenges deaf people face on an episode of hidden camera show “What Would You Do?”

In the episode, J.W., a deaf actor, attempts to order food from a rude waiter (Tyler). Whenever J.W. tries to communicate his order, Tyler gets frustrated and begins harassing J.W. DiMarco, who is also deaf, watched the interactions behind-the-scenes with host John Quiñones.

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Maya Hawke reveals she suggested Robin should be a lesbian in ‘Stranger Things’

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ABOVE: Maya Hawke (Robin) and Joe Keery (Steve) in ‘Stranger Things.’ (Screenshot via YouTube)

Actress Maya Hawke revealed that her character Robin coming out as a lesbian wasn’t in the original script.

In “Stranger Things” third season, Steve admits that he has feelings for his Scoops Ahoy! co-worker, Robin. Instead of telling Steve she reciprocates his feelings, Robin comes out as a lesbian and shares that she once had a crush on his ex-girlfriend Nancy (Natalia Danielle Dyer).

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Fox: Jussie Smollet gone from ‘Empire,’ character lives on

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) | Jussie Smollett is gone from “Empire” but his character will live on, at least in photos.

Smollett’s Jamal Lyon, who last season married Kai (Toby Onwumere), will be away on his honeymoon when the Fox drama returns Sept. 24 for its sixth and last season, Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier said Wednesday.

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‘Rocko’s Modern Life’ reboot will include transgender storyline

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling,” Netflix’s revival of the ’90s cartoon, will include a transgender character.

In the 45-minute special, Rocko and his friends Heffer and Philbert return to Earth 20 years after floating around in space. They land to find that the world around them has drastically changed with updated technology. The gang also discover that their friend Ralph, the child of Mr. and Mrs. Bighead, has become Rachel.

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Watch: first look at Chella Man as Jericho in ‘Titans’ trailer

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ABOVE: Chella Man in “Titans.” (Screenshot via YouTube)

The new “Titans” trailer gave the first look of Chella Man — a deaf, genderqueer actor and model — as Jericho.

Jericho is the son of Deathstroke (Esai Morales) in the series. After his vocal cords are severed during his kidnapping, Jericho must communicate through sign language. He can also control people’s bodies and voices through eye contact.

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‘Queer Eye’ star Antoni Porowski and boyfriend Trace Lehnhoff split

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ABOVE: Trace Lehnhoff and Antoni Porowski. (Photo via Instagram)

“Queer Eye” star Antoni Porowski and his boyfriend “Flipping Out” star Trace Lehnhoff have split after a year of dating.

Porowski, 35, and Lehnhoff, 31, were first romantically linked with an Instagram post of the pair holding hands on Porowski’s page in December.

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