GLAAD TV report shows LGBT characters more likely to be white, gay males

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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LGBT characters on TV are becoming closer to the norm but odds are they are white, according to the latest study released from GLAAD.

GLAAD’s “Where We Are on TV” diversity report shows that TV has made advances in LGBT inclusion with more LGBT characters appearing on shows than ever before.

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The new fall season brings back ‘Will & Grace,’ and a plethora of LGBTQ characters, to the small screen

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At the 2017 Primetime Emmy Awards, Lena Waithe became the first black woman to win the award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series.

The Emmy was awarded for an episode of Netflix’s show Master of None. She co-wrote the season two episode titled “Thanksgiving” with show co-creator Aziz Ansari, which chronicled her experience coming out as a lesbian to her family.

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Wilson Cruz and Anthony Rapp dish on ‘Star Trek’ gay romance

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Wilson Cruz and Anthony Rapp will portray the first gay couple onboard ship in the “Star Trek” franchise on ‘Star Trek: Discovery.”

Cruz will play medical officer Dr. Hugh Culber and Rapp will be starfleet officer Lt. Paul Stamets. The stars told CBS News that their relationship will be full of firsts for the series.

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‘Big Brother 19’ houseguests spark backlash with transphobic conversation

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Big Brother 19” contestants Jason Dent and Cody Nickson sparked a fan debate after they made transphobic comments captured on Sunday’s live feeds.

Dent and Nickson were in the hot tub with fellow contestants Jessica Graf and Matt Clines discussing season 17 of “Big Brother.” Graf mentions Audrey Middleton, the first transgender contestant in the show’s history, causing Dent to become confused about what that means.

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race,’ ‘Feud’ earn Emmy nominations

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards nominations were unveiled Thursday morning with both “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and “Feud: Bette and Joan” earning nominations.

“Westworld” and “Saturday Night Live” received the most with 22 nominations each. “Feud: Bette and Joan” received a nomination for Best Limited Series and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” is a contender for Best Reality Competition Program. RuPaul is up for Best Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program.

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‘Big Brother 19’ contestant upsets fans with transphobic comments

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Cody Nickson, a construction sales rep and Marine vet houseguest on “Big Brother 19,” has come under fire from fans offended by his transphobic comments.

Nickson, 32, was captured on “Big Brother” live feeds discussing tucking with another houseguest, Jessica Graf.

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Jim Parsons marries longtime partner Todd Spiewak

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Jim Parsons wed his longtime boyfriend Todd Spiewak at the Rainbow Room in New York City on Saturday, Page Six reports.

“The Big Bang Theory” star, 44, posted a photo of the wedding on Instagram captioned, “5.13.17 Rainbow Room, NYC.” Parsons and Spiewak were together for 14 years before tying the knot. Parsons is usually quiet about his private life, but he celebrated the couple’s anniversary last November with an Instagram post.

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‘Survivor’ contestant outs fellow competitor as transgender

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“Survivor” contestant Zeke Smith was outed as transgender by fellow competitor Jeff Varner on Wednesday night’s episode of the CBS reality competition. The move has prompted online criticism and condemnation by a major LGBT rights group.

Varner made accusations of “a deception” before revealing that Smith is transgender on the episode. Varner was immediately criticized by other players. He repeatedly apologized, but was voted out of the competition.

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CBS cancels ‘Doubt’ starring Laverne Cox after two episodes

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CBS has canceled its new law drama “Doubt,” starring Katherine Heigl and Laverne Cox, after just two episodes, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

After pulling in low viewership for its first two episodes and receiving poor reviews, “Doubt” has become the first show of the season to get canceled. “Doubt” followed attorneys at a New York City law firm including Heigl who played a lawyer falling for her client and Cox who portrayed a transgender lawyer.

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LGBT voters overwhelmingly support Clinton heading into the first presidential debate

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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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New ‘Star Trek’ series to feature gay character, female lead

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) – The start of production on the new “Star Trek” TV series is a month away and the debut date isn’t until next January, but the effort to build fan interest is already in motion – if not at warp speed.

Following up a Comic-Con panel in July about “Star Trek: Discovery,” executive producer Bryan Fuller shared details about the 13-episode series’ setting, characters and innovations at a Television Critics Association meeting Aug. 10.

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Overheard in Tampa Bay: 10th Rays Pride Night

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Tampa Bay Rays and a decade of Pride
The Tampa Bay Rays and Equality Florida are organizing another event to recognize LGBT fans during a Rays home game at Tropicana Field. The official Pride Night will be June 17 as the Rays take on the San Francisco Giants. Pride Night 2016 marks the 10th year the Rays have invited LGBT groups to participate in a night dedicated to the community at the field. The Rays have been active with the Tampa Bay LGBT community for many years. Not only do they hold Pride Night each year, the team also participates in LGBT events in the area including St. Pete Pride and Tampa Pride. In 2011, the Rays released a video for the Trevor Project and the It Gets Better campaign to help end bullying.Tickets for the Pride Night are $99 for field level near the Ray’s bullpen and $30 in the higher section.

Hamburger Mary’s in Primetime
The popular CBS show Undercover Boss kicked off its seventh season with a few firsts. It was the first time the show featured co-owners of a company, it was the first time it featured identical twins going undercover and it was the first time world famous Hamburger Mary’s was featured on primetime network television. Twins Ashley and Brandon Wright own the 13-restaurant chain, five of which are here in Florida, and decided to go undercover at several locations. For those who have not seen the show, the owners of a company go undercover to see how the business is running and how the employees act. The Wright twins went in disguised as servers, bartenders and drag performers and they visited Hamburger Marys across the country. While they didn’t visit the two amazing locations we have here in the Tampa Bay area, the Clearwater location does have a connection to the show. Kenny Lawson was a server the show followed at the Kansas City location. In the show, Lawson told the undercover owner how he came to Kansas City after being kicked out of his house in Texas after coming out and found a new family at Hamburger Mary’s. Lawson is now at the Clearwater location waiting tables and signing autographs (we assume) after the very adorable Lawson was featured. Thanks to the owners, Lawson is now cruising the coast in a new car and basking in the Florida sun. Oh, and boys, he’s apparently single.