Billy Porter, Megan Rapinoe and Baby Yoda are among AP’s top TV moments of 2019

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NEW YORK (AP) | Many have noticed how fragmented our TV viewing is, with multiple competing streaming services and dozens of channels pulling us in different directions. But the year also saw some jaw-dropping moments that found huge audiences, whether it was a royal interview or a viral alien.

The Associated Press has put together a list of the best TV moments in 2019.

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Golden Globe nods recognize queer content, performers

By : John Paul King OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Billy Porter in “Pose.” Image via FX.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced the nominations for its 77th annual Golden Globe Awards, and once again the list of nominees includes nods for several LGBTQ-inclusive films, actors and characters.

The honorees were announced in a Los Angeles presentation Monday morning by Tim Allen, Dakota Fanning and Susan Kelechi Watson. They were joined by Golden Globe Ambassadors Dylan and Paris Brosnan, HFPA President Lorenzo Soria, and Dick Clark Productions Executive Producer and Executive VP of television Barry Adelman.

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Billy Porter teams with Idina Menzel to record a holiday classic

By : John Paul King of the washington blade, courtesy of the national LGBT media association
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ABOVE: Billy Porter and Idina Menzel keeping warm in their new video duet (Image via YouTube)

As Christmas approaches each year, it comes with the anticipation (and maybe also the dread) of the next glittery, fabulous new holiday single to be dropped by a pop star.

This season has already brought us Sam Smith’s rendition of Donna Summer’s classic “I Feel Love” (okay, not exactly a Christmas song, but coupled with those Target holiday commercials it seems as festive as “Jingle Bells”), but the winner might just have landed under our trees courtesy of not one, but two of Broadway’s brightest lights.

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Cyndi Lauper to receive UN honor

By : John Paul King OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Cyndi Lauper, photo via Lauper’s Facebook page.

LGBTQ ally and advocate Cyndi Lauper is about to add an award from the United Nations to her already long list of honors.

The Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award-winning songwriter and performing artist will become the first-ever recipient of The High Note Global Prize, an award honoring and celebrating major recording artists for outstanding achievement in using their music and celebrity platform to advocate for social justice worldwide.

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Cyndi Lauper announces line-up for 9th annual concert to benefit homeless youth

By : John Paul King of the washington blade, courtesy of the national LGBT media association
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(Image from True Colors United website)

Grammy, Emmy and Tony-winning icon and advocate Cyndi Lauper has announced the lineup for her 9th annual “Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays” benefit concert, presented by Marriott International and AEG. The concert’s proceeds will benefit Lauper’s True Colors United (TCU), a nonprofit whose mission is to prevent and end homelessness among LGBTQ youth.

The event will take place in Los Angeles for the first time ever at The Novo at L.A. Live on Dec. 10. Taking the stage with Lauper and her band this year will be a host of guests including Kesha, Billy Porter, Brandi Carlisle, Henry Rollins, Carol Leifer, Lily Tomlin, Margaret Cho, King Princess and more. Emmy-winner and TCU board member Carson Kressley will return as host.

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‘Saturday Night Live’ lampoons CNN town hall on LGBTQ issues

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” satirized CNN’s LGBT forum for Democratic presidential candidates Thursday in the comedy show’s opening sketch over the weekend.

Cast members Chris Redd impersonated Cory Booker, Colin Jost played Pete Buttigieg, Kate McKinnon impersonated Elizabeth Warren and Alex Moffat played Anderson Cooper. Guest host Lin-Manuel Miranda impersonated Julian Castro and special guest Woody Harrelson played Joseph Biden.

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7 LGBTQ moments from the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards

By : Lora Korpar
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It was a historic night for the LGBTQ community inside the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles for the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 22.

While the nights top prizes went to “Game of Thrones” and “Fleabag,” many LGBTQ entertainers, shows and issues took center stage. Here are seven of the most talked about LGBTQ moments from the show.

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Billy Porter’s historic Emmy Award…and that hat

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ABOVE: Billy Porter accepts his award at the 71st Emmy Awards. (Photo courtesy Invision/AP)

Billy Porter, megawatt star of Ryan Murphy’s phenomenon “Pose,” made Emmy history Sept. 22 becoming the first openly gay man to win for best actor in a drama for his role as Prey Tell.

“Oh my god, I’ve got to breathe. I’ve got to breathe. Oh my god, God bless you all. The category is love, you all. Love,” Porter said from the Emmy stage. “I am so overwhelmed and I am so overjoyed to have lived long enough to see this day.”

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Eric McCormack, Laurie Metcalf and more headline Concert for America in LA

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Eric McCormack. (Photo by David Shankbone via Wikimedia Commons)

“Will and Grace” star Eric McCormack and Tony winner Laurie Metcalf are among the headliners for Concert for America, a benefit concert for the National Immigration Law Center, at UCLA’s Royce Hall on Sept. 21.

Other recently announced performers include “Supergirl” co-stars and newlywed couple Melissa Benoist and Chris Wood, Grant Gustin (“The Flash”), Tony nominee Liz Callaway (“Anastasia”), Grammy Award-winning singer Melissa Manchester, Caroline Rhea (“Sabrina the Teenage Witch”) and Gina Torres (“Suits”).

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‘Pose’ scores six history-making Emmy nominations

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Pose” landed six Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series and a Best Actor nomination for Billy Porter, marking a historic milestone for the first television series to feature the largest cast of LGBTQ actors.

Porter, who portrays Pray Tell on “Pose” is the first openly gay black man to be nominated for an Emmy.

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‘Pose’ renewed for season three

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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FX has renewed “Pose” for season three just one episode into the groundbreaking series’ second season.

Deadline reports that the premiere episode of season two was the highest rated “Pose” episode bringing in 1.2 million viewers and 572,00 for adults 18-49. It brought in seven percent more total viewers than its series premiere in June 2018.

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Taylor Swift releases cameo-filled video for new single, calls for passing of Equality Act

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Taylor Swift released the music video for her latest single, a full-fledged Pride anthem called “You Need To Calm Down,” on her YouTube channel June 17 and it is packed full of cameos.

The three and a half minute video is directed by Drew Kirsch along with Swift who also doubles as executive producer with Todrick Hall.

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