Damon Wayans Jr. apologizes for past anti-LGBT tweets

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Damon Wayans Jr. issued an apology to the LGBT community after past homophobic tweets resurfaced.

In the tweets, which date back to 2010 and 2011, Wayans tweeted: “Being on the road during the day sucks tranny balls.” He called another user “tranny” and used the homophobic slur “faggot” and the phrase “no homo.”

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Jussie Smollett calls himself ‘the gay Tupac’ in first public appearance since attack

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Empire” star Jussie Smollett made his first public appearance on Feb. 2 following a reported homophobic and racist assault in Chicago on Jan. 29.

Smollett performed at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, Calif., a concert that had been scheduled prior to his attack. His siblings prefaced his performance with a message of support for their brother.

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Rami Malek says working with Bryan Singer was ‘not pleasant’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Rami Malek opened up for the first time about his experience working with Bryan Singer on “Bohemian Rhapsody,” calling his time with the director “not pleasant.”

Malek was honored at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival last week for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Malek was asked about Singer’s numerous sexual assault allegations from men who were, at the time of the alleged assault, underage.

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Watch: Andy Warhol eats a Whopper in Burger King Super Bowl ad

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Andy Warhol made a surprise appearance in a new Burger King commercial which aired during the Super Bowl on Sunday.

The artist, who died in 1987, takes the Whopper out of a Burger King bag and unwraps it. He pours some ketchup on the side; dips the Whopper in the ketchup and eat it. At the end, the hashtag #EATLIKEANDY flashes on the screen.

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Showtime sets ‘The L Word’ sequel with Jennifer Beals

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PASADENA, Calif. (AP) | Showtime will air a sequel to its groundbreaking drama series “The L Word,” which explored lesbian and bisexual life in Los Angeles.

Jennifer Beals, Katherine Moennig and Leisha Hailey, stars of the original 2004-09 series, will reprise their roles, Showtime said Jan 31.

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Trans actor Zach Barack cast in ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’

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Zach Barack, a 23-year-old transgender actor from Chicago, has landed a role in the upcoming Marvel film, “Spider-Man: Far From Home.”

Though it is not confirmed how large his role will be, Barack’s manager tells NBC News that Barack will have a “significant role.”

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WATCH: Actress Ellen Page calls out Vice President Mike Pence for anti-LGBTQ views

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Out actress Ellen Page stopped by “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Jan. 31 to promote her new Netflix original series “The Umbrella Academy.”

During the interview, Page expressed her concerns with how the media is handling LGBTQ issues, treating them as debates rather than actual problems.

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Steven Universe finale praised for transgender narrative

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The season five finale of Cartoon Network’s “Steven Universe: Change Your Mind,” reveals a transgender narrative and has been praised by fans online.

“Steven Universe,” whose producer Rebecca Sugar came out as nonbinary in July, is a coming-of-age animated television series that first aired in 2013.

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‘Superstore’ actor relishes true-to-life gay Filipino role

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PASADENA, Calif. (AP) | For Nico Santos, the role he plays on NBC’s sitcom “Superstore” is personal.

“I never thought in a million years I’d be involved in a project that celebrated the fullness of my identity of being queer and Asian,” Santos told a TV critics’ meeting Jan. 29.

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Out comedian Michele Balan talks about how her life and times have changed

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Michele Balan was the last lesbian comedian left standing on “Last Comic Standing” in 2006, and has appeared on “Where are they Now?,” “Comics Unleashed” and “The Joy Behar Show.” Life has been constant travel for the self-described “bi-comical” entertainer, as for the past seven years, she has been consistently packing, unpacking and repacking some more for comedy shows on popular cruise ships.

Balan said that every time she was about to quit comedy, something came her way. She worked temporary and bartending jobs and had to overcome many financial and cultural obstacles to get to where she is now. She says she feels lucky to be working every week and making a living doing something she has a passion for, whether that’s performing on cruise ships or for LGBTQ audiences in comedy clubs.

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‘Perfect Arrangement’ brings America’s gay witch hunt to Tampa Bay

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America celebrated the rise of the sitcom in the early 1950s, collectively declaring “I Love Lucy.” But as the country welcomed the golden age of television, fear-mongering politicians in D.C. were only seeing red.

That’s because Sen. Joseph McCarthy had introduced the second Red Scare to the masses, claiming that communists had infiltrated the U.S. federal government. Perhaps even more dangerous, Republican leadership asserted, were the gay men and lesbians who had done the same—deemed communist sympathizers and security risks susceptible to blackmail due to their homosexuality. Their hatred gave way to the Lavender Scare, a parallel witch hunt and the mass firing of gay and lesbian federal workers in the early 1950s.

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