Google Home ad features busy gay dads

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Google Home’s latest commercial features gay dads preparing for a busy day.

Ross and Alex are getting their children and themselves ready for the day. Alex prompts the personal assistant device, “OK Google, tell me about my day.” The device informs Alex his commute will be 45 minutes due to heavy traffic. Ross asks Google Home to tell him about his day before the couple decides Ross will take their son and daughter to school.

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Caitlyn Jenner’s sequel ’20/20′ interview ratings decline

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Caitlyn Jenner’s catch up interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC’s “20/20” didn’t have the same success as her first 2015 interview.

According to Deadline, Jenner’s follow up only raked in 4.2 million viewers and came in at number three for the 10 p.m. timeslot. A rerun of “Blue Bloods” on CBS came in at number one with 6.5 million viewers. A two-hour “Dateline” on NBC was number two with five million viewers. “Dateline” was also more popular with the 18-to-49 demographic than Jenner’s interview.

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Magic Johnson gives advice for parents with gay kids

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Magic Johnson appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” this week and shared his advice for parents who have gay children.

Johnson’s 24-year-old son EJ, real name Earvin Johnson III, publicly came out in 2013. He starred on the reality show “Rich Kids of Beverly Hills” on E!.

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RuPaul, Sarah Paulson, ‘Moonlight’ director, trans teen activist make TIME’s 100 Most Influential People list

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Actress Sarah Paulson, “Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins, trans teen activist Gavin Grimm and drag superstar RuPaul are among the 100 Most Influential People, according to TIME magazine’s annual list.

The magazine breaks the list down into five categories; Pioneers, Artists, Leaders, Titans and Icons.

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Anti-gay pastor gets reality show on Oprah Winfrey Network

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Oprah Winfrey has added “The Book of John Gray,” a docuseries featuring pastor James Gray who has shared his anti-gay views on social media, to her network OWN.

“John, who is an associate pastor at Houston’s Lakewood Church under Pastor Joel Osteen, is just beginning to achieve success. Known for his loud, hilarious, unconventional ways, John will give viewers unprecedented and intimate access into his church and home life. John uses his deep convictions, hard-earned wisdom and famous sense of humor to help people overcome their greatest challenges, all while facing his own everyday struggles as a husband and father,” reads the show’s description on the OWN website.

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GLAAD to honor Debra Messing at annual awards ceremony

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NEW YORK (AP) – Debra Messing will be honored May 6 at the GLAAD Media Awards as a champion against discrimination.

The media LGBTQ advocacy organization announced Monday it will give the Will & Grace actress the Excellence in Media award at its 28th annual ceremony, to be hosted by Ross Mathews. Previous winners include Robert De Niro, Russell Simmons, Glenn Close and Diane Sawyer.

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Ricky Martin gets VH1 reality series

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Ricky Martin is getting his own reality show.

According to Deadline, Martin’s docuseries will follow the singer as he prepares for his Las Vegas residency.

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Designer Armando “Mondo” Guerra talks being on ‘Project Runway,’ coming out as HIV-positive and representing Dining Out For Life

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Denver designer Armando “Mondo” Guerra first made a splash with TV audiences in the eighth season of Lifetime’s Project Runway. Guerra not only wowed with his stylish designs but  also with his openness and honesty as he revealed he was HIV-positive on the show.

Guerra gained recognition on Project Runway opening up opportunities to come back and win the first season of Project Runway All-Stars, have his collection sold at Neiman Marcus and to be a mentor to aspiring designers on Tim Gunn’s spinoff series, Project Runway: Under the Gunn; but no other title gives him more pride than that of spokesperson for the Dining Out For Life, the annual dining fundraiser event to raise money for HIV/AIDS service organizations.

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‘Survivor’ contestant outs fellow competitor as transgender

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“Survivor” contestant Zeke Smith was outed as transgender by fellow competitor Jeff Varner on Wednesday night’s episode of the CBS reality competition. The move has prompted online criticism and condemnation by a major LGBT rights group.

Varner made accusations of “a deception” before revealing that Smith is transgender on the episode. Varner was immediately criticized by other players. He repeatedly apologized, but was voted out of the competition.

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Netflix drops ‘Sense8’ season two trailer

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Netflix has released the trailer for the upcoming second season of “Sense8.”

The trailer shows the Sense8 members becoming closer and learning more about their mental connection to each other. The eight are still under threat by the organization Whispers who consider the Sense8 crew, “a threat to secrecy.”

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Caitlyn Jenner reveals she underwent gender reassignment surgery

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, courtesy of The National Gay Media Association
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Caitlyn Jenner has revealed she underwent gender reassignment surgery in January of this year in her new memoir, “The Secrets of My Life.”

According to Radar Online, Jenner, 67, writes that part of her decision to undergo surgery was due to probing questions from the public about her genitals. Jenner also says she was tired of tucking her penis in.

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