Watermark’s 2017 Ultimate LGBTQ Anthem – OPENING ROUND

By : Watermark Staff
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Last year, we asked you to tell us who the Ultimate LGBTQ Icon is. After four rounds of a knockdown,drag-out brawl and a few surprises (Adam Lambert brought down Lady Gaga!) you named the first openly gay person to be elected to American public office, Harvey Milk, the winner.

This year, we are asking our beloved readers and fans to pick another LGBTQ Ultimate, the Ultimate LGBTQ Anthem.

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Cast of ‘Transparent’ releases PSA to support Gavin Grimm

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The ACLU and the cast of “Transparent” have partnered together for a PSA in support of Gavin Grimm and for the inclusion of transgender rights in Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination.

Although Grimm’s lawsuit against Gloucester High School’s school board over their refusal to allow him to use the boys’ restroom was sent back to the federal appeals court, the ACLU is encouraging people to continue to support transgender individuals.

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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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Anti-LGBTQ Pat McCrory finally concedes, Roy Cooper becomes North Carolina’s new governor

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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory conceded the governor’s race Dec. 5, clearing the way for Democrat Roy Cooper to be declared the winner nearly four weeks after Election Day.

The win by Cooper, the state’s outgoing attorney general, gives Democrats an important consolation prize after a disappointing election across the country. However, Republicans retain super majorities in both legislative chambers.

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VP-elect Pence gets a colorful, surprising welcome to new DC home

By : Chelsea Santiago
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Vice President-elect Mike Pence is being welcomed to his temporary Washington D.C. home by rainbows and well wishes.

Of course for the consistently anti-LGBTQ former Indiana governor, rainbow flags may not be appreciated. Nor will the well wishes that he change his stance on LGBTQ rights.

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Orlando musician Craymo wins World Wide Music Contest with anti-bullying song

By : Chelsea Santiago
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ORLANDO – Craymo, an inspirational LGBTQ singer/songwriter from Orlando, was the winner of Best Song in the third edition World Wide Music Contest. He was one of over 1200 entries in the contest.

Craymo won Best Song for his anti-bullying anthem, “Be Myself,” according to a press release Nov. 19.

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NBC releases a first look at the network’s next live musical “Hairspray”

By : Jeremy Williams
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After the success of The Sound of Music, Peter Pan and The Wiz; NBC continues its ratings juggernaut of live musicals with Hairspray Live!, airing on the peacock network Dec. 7 at 8:00 ET.

The live television event, based on the Tony-winning Broadway musical (which in turn is based on the 1988 John Waters film), tells the story of Tracy Turnblad, a “pleasantly plump” teenager (played by newcomer Maddie Baillio), landing a spot on a TV dance show in her hometown of Baltimore.

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Ellen DeGeneres among those awarded top US civilian honor

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WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama awarded the nation’s highest civilian honor to 21 groundbreaking actors, musicians, athletes and innovators who inspired him over the years and “helped make me who I am.”

“Everybody on this stage has touched me in a very powerful, personal way, in ways that they probably couldn’t imagine,” Obama said in concluding an hour-long ceremony Nov. 23 in the White House East Room.

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Gay director Xavier Dolan takes on family and death in latest film “It’s Only the End of the World”

By : Jeremy Williams
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its-only-the-end-of-the-worldXavier Dolan is only 27 years old, but the French-Canadian actor/writer/director is making a name for himself in Hollywood.

Dolan has written and directed six feature films, he was also the director of Adele’s smash hit music video “Hello” and he is even the voice of Ron Weasley in the French dubbed versions of the Harry Potter films.

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ABC releases trailer for miniseries on history of LGBTQ rights

By : Jeremy Williams
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The trailer for the ABC miniseries When We Rise has been released and it looks epic.

When We Rise is a chronicled re-telling of the LGBTQ rights movement in the United States, beginning with the Stonewall riots in 1969 and up to present day. The miniseries was created for ABC by the director and screenwriter from 2008’s Harvey Milk biopic Milk, Gus Van Sant and Dustin Lance Black, respectively.

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‘Hamilton’ member gives Pence earful, Trump: “Apologize!”

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NEW YORK (AP) – President-elect Donald Trump demanded an apology Nov. 19 from the Hamilton cast member who gave Mike Pence an onstage earful about equality.

Actor Brandon Victor Dixon told Pence after the curtain call that the multiracial and multicultural cast is concerned about the Trump administration.

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National Park designation for Stonewall Inn brings an auction of fabulousness! Hello, Cher. Hello, Madonna.

By : Billy Manes
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It’s so heartwarming to see our friends across the country offer support to Orlando after the summer of hell. Last night, an auction kicked off – sadly on the day the death of Dead or Alive lead singer Pete Burns’ passing – that includes some things you might need (OK, NEED!!!!) for your collections. Back in June, Stonewall became a a national monument, the first LGBTQ national monument in our history. Last night, an auction kicked off to buffet the cause and to raise awareness. Here’s what we know about the auction, as sent by a friend:

“We are working on a historic auction for the newly designated —by President Obama—Stonewall National Park. The auction opened online at Charitybuzz.com/Stonewall at midnight on Oct 25 through the first week of November. Among the confirmed luminaries are: Madonna, Cher, Bette Midler, Taylor Mac, Anderson Cooper, Stevie Nicks, George Clooney, Cindy Lauper, Bryan Lourd, Andy Cohen, Jonathan Adler, Bob Gruen, Mick Rock,  Dustin Lance Black, Mick Rock, Troye Sivan, CEO & Founder of Tumblr David Karp and more.

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