#LoveHandlin’: Together

By : Jerick Mediavilla
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There is a sort of divine spark within each of us that constantly follows us through life wherever we go. Some people call it a vibe, an energy, a wisdom that keeps pulling us towards what some say is our true calling.

I started writing at age 10, right around the same time I first saw the Jean-Claude Van Damme movie “Bloodsport.” My dad loved his movies for the kicking, the punching and the blood. I loved them for… well, obvious reasons. His splits, stretching between two chairs, helped me realize I was gay—Van DAMN!

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Smollett now a suspect for filing false police report

By : Staff Reports OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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UPDATE: A Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokesperson has confirmed Feb. 20 to the Los Angeles Blade that felony charges have been filed against actor Jussie Smollett. The actor was indicted for filing a false report after a Grand jury heard evidence from Chicago police investigators in connection to the alleged hate-crime incident last month.

Smollett will be charged with Class 4 felony which is punishable with a prison term of between 1 to 3 three years if found guilty.

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Andy Cohen reveals he’s having a baby boy

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Andy Cohen will be the father of a baby boy.

Cohen, 50, revealed the sex of his first child while hosting CNN’s New Year’s Eve special with Anderson Cooper.

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Anderson Cooper debunks hurricane conspiracy photo tweeted by Donald Trump Jr.

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Anderson Cooper devoted nearly 10 minutes of his live CNN broadcast on Monday to debunking a hurricane conspiracy photo that was shared by Donald Trump Jr.

“It’s a shame that CNN’s ratings are down 41%. What’s worse is there’s a simple solution that they refuse to accept. Stop Lying to try to make @realDonaldTrump look bad,” Trump Jr. tweeted along with a photo which shows Cooper standing waist-deep in water while filming a report for CNN. A crew member is seen standing above him in much shallower water.

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Anderson Cooper splits with longtime boyfriend Benjamin Maisani

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Anderson Cooper and his longtime boyfriend Benjamin Maisani have broken up.

“Benjamin and I separated as boyfriends some time ago,” Cooper, 50, said in a statement. “We are still family to each other, and love each other very much. We remain the best of friends, and will continue to share much of our lives together.”

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Elton John announces retirement, farewell world tour

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Elton John’s days of touring the world are coming to a close.

In a live stream interview from Gotham Hall in New York City with CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, John announced he will have one more epic world tour before retiring.

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2017 LGBTQ Pop Culture Alphabet

By : Jeremy Williams
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It was the year of #MeToo, as this one story seemed to dominate the pop culture landscape of 2017. Victims came out saying “enough is enough” and called out their attackers and predators by name.

It was also a year of important stories being told on television and in films. We honored the voices of women, people of color and the LGBTQ community in movies like Moonlight and The Life and Death of Marsha P. Johnson, and on shows like When We Rise and Master of None. Plus we got Will & Grace back!

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Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper reveal which one is kinkier on ‘WWHL’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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(Screenshot via YouTube.)

Real life best friends Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper got personal yet again on an episode of “What What Happens Live” on Sunday.

“Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Kim Zolciak-Biermann asked the duo questions to see how well they know each other. The questions started out tame with “Does Andy wear boxers or briefs?” and “What is Anderson’s favorite TV show?” kicking off the game.

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Kellyanne Conway tempts Anderson Cooper in ‘It’ ‘SNL’ spoof

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Kellyanne Conway tries to tempt Anderson Cooper to let her on his show in a parody of Stephen King’s thriller “It” on “Saturday Night Live.”

Cooper (Alex Moffat) encounters Conway (Kate McKinnon)in a sewer Pennywise-style, where she tries to entice Cooper with wacky quotes to get her on the show.

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Andy Cohen replaces Kathy Griffin as co-host of CNN’s New Year’s Eve special

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Andy Cohen, left, and Anderson Cooper in their joint show AC2.  (Photo by Glenn Kulbak)

Andy Cohen will join Anderson Cooper as co-host of CNN’s New Year’s Eve special. He replaces Kathy Griffin who was fired following her controversial Trump severed head photo shoot.

“Andy is the life of the party wherever he goes, and what bigger party is there than New Year’s Eve?” Cooper said in a statement. “It’s going to be a blast.”

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Kathy Griffin spills ‘scandalous gay tea’ on ex-friend Anderson Cooper

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Kathy Griffin made her stand-up comedy comeback at the Best in Drag fundraiser in Los Angeles over the weekend where she wore a Donald Trump mask, blasted Harvey Weinstein and spilled “gay tea” on Anderson Cooper.

“I’m going to spill the f*cking tea,” Griffin says in her first stand-up routine since the Trump photoshoot controversy. “I was part of an international scandal, under federal investigation for two months, my sister died, my dog died, and my mother turned on me. My mother took Sean Hannity’s side. She was a little drunk. She goes, ‘Kathleen, I was watching my Fox News and do you know not one of those guys took your side. Not once.’ I said, ‘Yes.’ I got letters from them saying they wanted to shoot me in my cu*t.”

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Andy Cohen joins best bud Anderson Cooper on stage at the Straz Center for a night of conversation

By : Jeremy Williams
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Andy Cohen is the wide-eyed, energetic host of everything. He executive produces the wildly popular Real Housewives reality television franchise on Bravo, and moderates the explosive reunions of the show’s housewives. He also hosts Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, and is the first openly gay host of an American late-night talk show.

This past summer, Cohen rebooted the ‘80s classic show Love Connection, which he also hosted, and hosts his own SiriusXM radio show called Radio Andy. As if that wasn’t enough to fill the schedules of a dozen people, Cohen also joins his best buddy Anderson Cooper on the road as they tour the U.S. with their show AC2: An Intimate Evening With Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen, coming to the Straz Center for the Performing Arts Oct. 7.

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