‘Pose’ scores six history-making Emmy nominations

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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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‘Orange is the New Black’ leaves legacy for women of color

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ABOVE: (L-R) Uzo Aduba, Samira Wiley, Danielle Brooks and Adrienne C. Moore in season two of Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black.” (Image from Netflix)

NEW YORK (AP) | From corrupt, brutal overseers to the fraught world of inmate hierarchy to unlikely friendships and romances, “Orange is the New Black” told deeply rich and complex stories about life for women behind bars that resonated far beyond prison walls.

While it was originally centered around the privileged white character of Piper Chapman (played by Taylor Schilling), the supporting characters — some quirky, some volatile, some comic, some tragic — became the show’s breakout stars.

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Ryan Murphy creates fund to vote out ‘anti-LGBTQ’ candidates

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The Trevor Project hosted its 2018 TrevorLIVE Los Angeles gala Sunday night, Dec. 2, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in a star-studded event that raised over $1.5 million.

The event was hosted by popular YouTuber Eugene Lee Yang, a writer, director, actor and video producer.

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Todrick Hall opens up his forbidden side for his new album and tour

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Todrick Hall’s rise to fame has not slowed down since he first appeared on season 9 of “American Idol,” where he made it all the way to the semi-finals. He has established himself as an influential force in every aspect of performing, showcasing his talents for singing, dancing, theater and choreography on his YouTube channel—which currently has nearly 3 million subscribers—and his sold-out performances around the world.

Hall released his latest album “Forbidden” in March and is taking his talent back on the road in his new show “Todrick Hall American: The Forbidden Tour.” Watermark spoke to Hall about his rapidly changing career, his impact on his LGBTQ fans and his plans to win a “grand slam,” in show business.

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Britney Spears ‘broke’ the GLAAD Media Awards

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Britney Spears was honored with the Vanguard Award at the 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Thursday but her appearance caused a stir.

Spears, who attended the ceremony with her boyfriend Sam Asghari, was recognized for promoting LGBTQ acceptance and equality. Jennifer Lopez, Cher, Antonio Banderas and Demi Lovato are among the award’s past recipients.

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Lena Waithe’s comedy about a queer black woman gets pilot at TBS

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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TBS has greenlit a pilot episode for “Twenties,” a comedy from the mind of “Master of None” star and writer, Lena Waithe.

According to Deadline, the show follows “queer black girl” Hattie and her two straight friends living their lives in Los Angeles.

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‘Modern Family’ to end after next season

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“Modern Family” will come to an end after season 10, according to co-creators Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd.

Levitan and Lloyd told the Hollywood Reporter they “can’t imagine” the show continuing past next season.

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Netflix says it will end ‘House of Cards’ with sixth season

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NEW YORK (AP) — Netflix says its political drama “House of Cards” will end after its upcoming sixth season.

The announcement Monday came on the heels of a sexual abuse allegation against series star Kevin Spacey.

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Hillary Clinton teared up watching Kate McKinnon’s ‘SNL’ tribute

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Kate McKinnon earned an Emmy award for her role as Hillary Clinton on “Saturday Night Live” but the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences isn’t the only one who took notice.

Clinton gave McKinnon her own shoutout in her new memoir “What Happened.” In the chapter titled “Grit and Gratitude,” Clinton relives watching McKinnon portray her on the first episode of “Saturday Night Live” post-election.

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ABC renews ‘Modern Family’ for two more seasons

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ABC has renewed “Modern Family” for season nine and 10.

The series, which premiered in 2009, is ABC’s top-rated comedy and the second biggest comedy behind sitcom phenomenon, “The Big Bang Theory.” Over its eight-season run, the show has won 22 Emmy awards and received 75 Emmy nominations.

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‘Yep, I’m Gay’: Happy 20th out anniversary, Ellen DeGeneres

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NEW YORK (AP) – With a headline of “Yep, I’m Gay” on the cover of Time magazine and the same declaration on her sitcom, Ellen DeGeneres made history 20 years ago as the first prime-time lead on network TV to come out, capturing the hearts of supporters gay and straight amid a swirl of hate mail, death threats and, ultimately, dark times on and off the screen.

The code-named “The Puppy Episode” of “Ellen” that aired April 30, 1997, was more than just a hit. It was one of those huge cultural “where were you” moments for anybody remotely interested in TV, or the advancement of LGBTQ people working in TV, or who were itching to come out of their closets at home at a still-perilous time.

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