Celebrities express support and outrage after attack of ‘Empire’ star Jussie Smollett

By : Amanda Espinosa
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The recent attack of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett has sparked an outpouring of support and concern from celebrities on social media.

According to Chicago Police, Jussie was found with a rope around his neck and had bleach thrown at him, as well as having racial and homophobic slurs yelled at him. He was immediately hospitalized after the incident.

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Ellen comes to the defense of Kevin Hart, wants him to still host Oscars

By : Jeremy Williams
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Ellen DeGeneres came to the defense of Kevin Hart in an interview with the actor-comedian on her talk show saying the Academy Awards should ask Hart back to host the Oscars.

Hart stepped down from hosting the annual Hollywood celebration after homophobic tweets sent between 2009 and 2011 resurfaced online.

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Ellen DeGeneres makes list of most admired women in world

By : Jeremy Williams
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The queen of daytime talk, Ellen DeGeneres is among the 10 most admired women in the world according to Gallup.

The annual poll, released Dec. 27, asks Americans to name the man and woman living anywhere in the world today whom they admire most. DeGeneres, who came in eighth, is the only LGBTQ person to appear on either of the lists for 2018.

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The LGBTQ impact on movies, music, television, sports and fashion in 2018

By : Jeremy Williams
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From groundbreaking television to record-setting events, this year in LGBTQ pop culture has been explosive. Legends were remembered, new icons were formed and history was made—one certain gay athlete even became America’s new sweetheart.

Here we have compiled just a snippet of the LGBTQ impact on movies, music, television, sports and fashion in 2018 with our annual LGBTQ Pop Culture, A-Z.

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With Kevin Hart’s downfall, hosting the Oscars got harder

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LOS ANGELES (AP) | The “most thankless job in town” just got even more difficult.

The Oscars have a longstanding host problem, but Kevin Hart’s swift downfall over old anti-gay tweets has led to bigger questions about the gig and the liability of social media histories.

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Netflix releases trailer to new Ellen DeGeneres stand-up special

By : Jeremy Williams
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The queen of daytime talk is heading back to her roots.

Ellen DeGeneres has her first stand-up comedy special in 15 years coming to streaming giant Netflix on Dec. 18, and fans are getting a look at some of the new material with the release of the special’s first trailer.

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Watch: Gus Kenworthy helps gay college student come out to parents

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the national LGBT media association
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Gus Kenworthy surprised a 20-year-old gay college student to offer some advice on coming out for Ellen DeGeneres’ digital series “Fearless.”

John explains that he has already come out to his friends but has yet to come out to his parents.

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Watch: Michelle Obama tells Ellen how she tried to escape the White House to celebrate same-sex marriage

By : Melanie Ararat
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Michelle Obama promoted her new autobiographical memoir “Becoming” on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Nov. 15. During the interview, the former first lady recalled a story from her book about the night she tried to escape the White House with her daughter Malia to celebrate the Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage.

The night of June 26, 2015, the White House was lit with the colors of the LGBTQ Pride flag and people were gathered outside the White House to celebrate, which Mrs. Obama was notified of and tried to take part in.

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Ellen DeGeneres says she received a bomb threat after coming out

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Ellen DeGeneres was celebrated by many during her historic coming out in 1997 but now the talk show host is opening up about the hardships she faced.

In a new interview with Ad Week, DeGeneres reveals she received death threats including a bomb threat.

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RuPaul, Ellen DeGeneres and Ryan Murphy among 2018 Emmy nominations

By : Jeremy Williams
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ABOVE: RuPaul and Jane Lynch at the 2016 Emmy Awards. Photo courtesy of Emmys.com.

The 70th Primetime Emmy Award nominations were announced July 12.

After 18 years of leading the pack with the most nominations, HBO —which received 108 — was unseated by Netflix with its 112 nominations. Among those 112 nominations include one for the “Queer Eye” reboot for Best Structured Reality Program, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s” Tituss Burgess for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and “Grace and Frankie’s” Lily Tomlin for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

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Fit for Print: History isn’t always pretty, or straight

By : Steve Blanchard
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I am a history nerd.

I love visiting historical places, reading up on history and even enjoying a book or film classified as historical fiction.

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Ellen DeGeneres recalls how death of girlfriend started her comedy career

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Ellen DeGeneres’ successful comedy career was sparked by a personal tragedy.

In an interview for Dax Shepard’s podcast “Armchair Expert,” DeGeneres revealed that her girlfriend’s unexpected death pushed her into comedy.

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