Legendary Italian director Franco Zeffirelli dies at 96

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ABOVE: Director Franco Zeffirelli. (By Alexey Yushenkov, from Wikimedia Commons)

ROME (AP) | Italian director Franco Zeffirelli, who delighted audiences around the world with his romantic vision and extravagant productions, most famously captured in his cinematic “Romeo and Juliet” and the miniseries “Jesus of Nazareth,” died on June 15 at 96.

While Zeffirelli was most popularly known for his films, his name was also inextricably linked to the theater and opera. He produced classics for the world’s most famous opera houses, from Milan’s venerable La Scala to the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and plays for London and Italian stages.

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‘The Tonight Show’ is dedicating a full episode to Cher

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Cher will be taking over a full episode of “The Tonight Show” on Monday, April 15.

The hour-long episode will feature performances of “Turn Back Time” and “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” from Cher. Stars of the Broadway musical “The Cher Show,” based on the life of the iconic pop star, will also join her.

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Chaz Bono meets cast backstage at ‘The Cher Show’ on Broadway

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Chaz Bono paid a visit to “The Cher Show” on Broadway on Jan. 5 and met with members of the cast who portray his real-life parents.

After the show, Bono met with Stephanie J. Block, Teal Wicks and Micaela Diamond, who all play Cher at various points in her life; Jarrod Spector, who portrays Sonny Bono, and the rest of the show’s cast.

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Colton Haynes and Jeff Leatham confirm they’re back together

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Colton Haynes and Jeff Leatham confirmed they are back together with both the ‘Arrow” star and celebrity florist posting touching tributes to each other on Instagram in honor of their one year wedding anniversary.

Leatham, 46, proposed to Haynes, 30, in March 2017 with help from Cher. The couple married in October 2017 in a ceremony officiated by Kris Jenner. However, in May news came that Leatham and Haynes had split and filed for divorce.

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Laverne Cox, Janet Mock, Cher respond to leaked anti-trans memo

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Celebrities are reacting to reports that the Trump administration has proposed a government memo that would roll back protections for transgender individuals by defining gender by a person’s genitalia at birth.

Actress Laverne Cox responded to the reports of the transgender community’s civil rights being revoked with an impassioned series of tweets.

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Homo Erectus: The Evolution of Us – When there’s a will there’s a gay

By : Dr. Steve Yacovelli
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Once upon a time I was a young 20-something twinkie gayling; working, playing and having a pretty fun and carefree life. I had a good job (actually using my degree!), lived in a cute one-bedroom apartment in downtown Orlando and was a little social butterfly most evenings out and about.

SIDE NOTE: How did many of us function as a 20-something going out about five days a week? Anyway, the last thing on my mind during this phase of my life was planning for the future, thinking about retirement and what to do with my possessions should I meet my demise.

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Cher wanted Kennedy Center honor during Obama years

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Cher will be a recipient of the 41st annual Kennedy Center Honors but the pop icon wanted to receive the honor sooner.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Cher says she “wanted to get it so badly” during Obama’s years in office.

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Cher’s ‘Here We Go Again Tour’ coming to Orlando

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Oh, Mamma Mia! Cher is coming to Orlando!

The one-and-only Cher announced that she is taking her love of ABBA on the road for a 30-city North American tour, and Orlando is on her list of stops.

The “Here We Go Again Tour” comes to the Amway Center on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, and will be the Grammy Award-winning singer’s first time touring the U.S. after five years.

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Cher, ‘Hamilton’ among 2018 Kennedy Center honorees

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The 41st annual Kennedy Center Honors announced its class of 2018 which will include actress and singer Cher.

Composer and pianist Philip Glass, country singer Reba McEntyre and composer and jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter will also be honored.

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Cher reflects on the first time she met gay men

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Cher recalled the first time she met gay men in an interview with GLAAD in promotion of the film ‘Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again.”

The music legend is asked why gay men love the music of ABBA so much. Cher laughs and prefaces with “Alright, you may not like this, but …”

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Watch: Cher eats cow tongue instead of saying something nice about Trump

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Cher, who is known for her frequent criticisms of President Donald Trump on Twitter, took her opinion one step further on “The Late Late Show with James Corden” on Tuesday night.

The pop diva took part in Corden’s game Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts where Corden and his celebrity guest must either answer difficult questions or eat something disgusting.

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Janet Jackson will receive Icon Award at 2018 Billboard Music Awards

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Janet Jackson will receive the Icon Award at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards.

“Can’t wait! Thank u @bbmas,” Jackson posted on Instagram.

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