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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Director Bryan Singer sued for alleged rape of 17-year-old boy

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Director Bryan Singer has been accused of allegedly raping a 17-year-old boy at a party in 2003.

According to court documents filed in King County, Wash., Cesar Sanchez-Guzman claims he met Singer at a yacht party hosted by Lester Waters, who “was a wealthy tech investor who frequently hosted parties for young gay males in the Seattle area.”

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Director Bryan Singer fired from Queen biopic

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Director Bryan Singer has been fired from directing the Queen biopic, “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

According to the Hollywood Reporter, 20th Century Fox made the decision after Singer repeatedly failed to show up to set. The director also had confrontations with stars Rami Malek, who plays Freddie Mercury, and Tom Hollander, who plays Queen manager Jim Beach.

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Rami Malek transforms into Freddie Mercury for Queen biopic

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The first look from Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” has been released and it gives a sneak peek of Rami Malek channeling frontman Freddie Mercury.

The “Mr. Robot” star wears a mustache, white tank top and jeans as he strikes a pose holding a microphone.

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Queen confirms Bryan Singer’s Freddie Mercury biopic starring Rami Malek is happening

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Queen has confirmed that the Freddie Mercury biopic starring Rami Malek is “finally happening.”

The film, which is tentatively titled “Bohemian Rhapsody,” is scheduled to start filming mid-September in the U.K., the band confirmed on its official site.

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Screened Out – X-Men: Apocalypse

By : Stephen Miller
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James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Oscar Isaac, Rose Byrne, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ben Hardy

Apparently the four horsemen of X-Men: Apocalypse are Too Many Characters, Too Much Exposition, Too Little Joy, and The World Gets Destroyed…Again…

True, there are so many cool people in Marvel’s X-Men universe that sometimes filmmakers don’t know how to focus.

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Screened Out – Stonewall

By : Stephen Miller
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Jeremy Irvine, Jonny Beauchamp, Jonathan Rhys Meyer, Ron Perlman, Otoja Obit, Ron Perlman

The Stonewall Riots of 1969 are such a seminal moment in LGBT rights. So, it’s frustrating – and even insulting – to see the center of this film be compromised with dull, melodramatic fictions.

The phrase “melodramatic fictions” is the key to everything wrong with Stonewall. The events were only 46 years ago – people who were there are still alive and able to tell their stories. Yet, this main plot here is artificial, inaccurate, shallow, drippy, meandering, and histrionic. I am flummoxed as to why the filmmakers couldn’t have interviewed a few people – or picked up a book – to introduce a real story!

I hated this on so many levels, and I wanted to support it – or any film that takes on our struggles for equal rights. After seeing this flick, I believe people who know the history will find Stonewall offensive and disturbing. Audiences who don’t know about that New York City summer won’t find the movie’s overly dramatic characters at all intriguing, engaging, or sympathetic. Until the actual riots in the last part, the film is boring.

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