Viola Davis applauds Annalise Keating’s pansexuality in ‘HTGAWM’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Annalise Keating may have her fair share of problems on “How to Get Away with Murder” but her sexuality isn’t one of them.

Show creator Pete Nowalk revealed during the TCA summer press tour that Annalise is pansexual. The headstrong lawyer was married to Sam Keating (Tom Verica) and has had a relationship with detective Nate Lahey (Billy Brown). Annalise had a serious relationship with fellow lawyer Eve Rothlo (Famke Janssen). She has also had an on-off flirtation with her colleague, Bonnie Winterbottom (Liza Weil).

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Chelsea Manning gives first TV interview post-prison release

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Chelsea Manning gave her first TV interview since being released from prison last month to ABC’s “Nightline.”

Excerpts of the interview with “Nightline” co-anchor JuJu Chang, which touched on Manning’s reasoning behind leaking military documents, aired on “Good Morning America” on Friday.

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ABC cancels ‘The Real O’Neals’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABC has canceled “The Real O’Neals” after a two-season run.

“The Real O’Neals” followed the seemingly perfect O’Neal family as they handle the aftermath of revealing their secrets. Middle child Kenny (Noah Galvin) comes out as gay, oldest brother Jimmy (Matthew Shively) is anorexic, younger sister Shannon (Bebe Wood) thinks she might be an atheist and parents Eileen (Martha Plimpton) and Pat (Jay R. Ferguson) are getting divorced.

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ABC renews ‘Modern Family’ for two more seasons

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABC has renewed “Modern Family” for season nine and 10.

The series, which premiered in 2009, is ABC’s top-rated comedy and the second biggest comedy behind sitcom phenomenon, “The Big Bang Theory.” Over its eight-season run, the show has won 22 Emmy awards and received 75 Emmy nominations.

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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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Words To Live By: Courage

By : Rick Claggett
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Rick_ClaggettBy the time I was in the ninth grade I accepted the fact I was a homosexual. I wasn’t out or proud.  I was scared. I had done my time with self-loathing and trying to talk myself into being normal. My knowledge of the homosexual world revolved around what I’d picked up from TV, church, family and friends. Homosexuals were sinners, gross deviants who were to be laughed at and avoided. Although I didn’t feel that described me, I came to terms with it. After all, I thought boys were cute.

Toward the end of my freshman year of high school, I was given a glimmer of hope that maybe I wasn’t such a terrible person. I had a teacher who decided to stray from the normal health-class curriculum by sharing her story of homosexuals. She started the lesson off by referring to the community as gay. A student quickly asked if she meant homosexuals. She answered yes, but said they preferred to be called “gay” because their lives were about whom they love and not necessarily about with whom they have sex, a pretty ballsy move for a Southern teacher in 1990. She went on to describe gay people as normal. This was a first for me. I remember living next to a gay couple when I was in elementary school. Plenty of words were used to describe them, but normal wasn’t one of them.

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‘When We Rise’ chronicles gay history

By : Keith Loria of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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Starting Feb. 27, ABC will begin airing “When We Rise,” a seven-part, eight-hour miniseries about the history of the gay rights movement, written and created by prominent gay filmmaker, Dustin Lance Black.

“I started working on this about four years ago, and never would have guessed it would land in times like these where unfortunately, it feels so necessary,” Black says. “I would give anything in the world for it to feel less necessary.”

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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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Transgender child actor to guest star on ‘Modern Family’

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ModFamLOS ANGELES (AP) – A transgender child actor will guest star on Sept. 28 night’s Modern Family.

Director Ryan Case has posted a picture of herself alongside 8-year-old Jackson Millarker on Instagram . She writes that Millarker will play Lily’s friend, Tom. Lily is the daughter of Cam and Mitchell, played on the show by Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson. A spokeswoman for ABC has confirmed Millarker’s appearance.

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LGBT voters overwhelmingly support Clinton heading into the first presidential debate

By : Jeremy Williams
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A majority of registered LGBT voters plan to vote for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential race this November, according to the latest NBC News/Survey Monkey poll.

Polling shows that, if the election were held today, 72 percent of registered LGBT voters would support Clinton, compared to 20 percent for Trump.

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8.13.16 ABC ‘Anything But Clothes’ Party at Southern Nights Tampa

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#SwankSaturdays Invites you to our ABC ‘Anything But Clothes’ Party also Kylie Blak’s Birthday!

NO COVER before 10pm 21+ (18+ Welcomed)

WIN $150 in cash and prizes for the most original ABC costume

Hosted by Roxxxy Andrews, Jade Embers, and Jeffrey Kelly with special performance by Birthday Girl Kylie Blak

Ellen coming out picked as one of the most influential pop culture moments by Entertainment Weekly

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Ellen DeGeneres’ coming out episode on the ABC series Ellen is one of the most influential pop culture moments of the last 25 years, according to Entertainment Weekly.

The unofficial bible to many who worship pop culture turns 25 this year, and to celebrate this milestone, EW is releasing a 25th anniversary issue listing the 10 most influential pop culture moments since 1990.

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