Madonna to be honored at GLAAD Media Awards

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NEW YORK (AP) | Madonna will be honored at the 30th annual GLAAD Media Awards for a lifetime of accelerating acceptance of the LGBTQ community.

The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer advocacy group announced Feb. 5 it will present Madonna with its advocate for change award. The 60-year-old singer is the second person and first woman to receive the award that honors a person who, through their work, changed the game for LGBTQ people.

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YouTuber Logan Paul announces plans to ‘go gay’ in March, receives backlash

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YouTuber Logan Paul is no stranger to controversy. Paul found himself in hot water last year after a video, which has since been taken down, went viral featuring Paul laughing at a suicide victim in Japan’s “suicide forest” Aokigahara.

On Jan. 9, Paul made waves once again after announcing that he would “go gay” for the month of March.

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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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Campaign urges Kristin Chenoweth to cancel Mormon Tabernacle Choir show

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Rights Equal Rights has launched #BowOutKristin, a campaign urging Kristin Chenoweth to “bow out” of her scheduled performance with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir because of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ anti-LGBT views.

President of Rights Equal Rights Fred Karger penned an op-ed for the Salt Lake Tribune explaining why the organization feels Chenoweth’s performance sends a harmful message.

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Author Erica Silverman pens trans-focused children’s book ‘Jack (Not Jackie)’

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“Creating books that tell all of our stories empowers all of us,” children’s author Erica Silverman says. “There’s so little out there for transgender and gender fluid children … if you don’t see yourself in a book, you feel invisible; like you don’t exist.”

That lack of representation in traditional publishing led to the creation of “Jack (Not Jackie).” It’s the second picture book in a partnership between GLAAD—the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization—and Bonnier Publishing USA, which publishes over 150 books annually.

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Study finds LGBTQ characters on network TV hit a record high

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LOS ANGELES (AP) | A record-high percentage of LGBTQ characters are part of the new TV season’s prime-time network series, according to the media advocacy group GLAAD.

The annual study by media advocacy group GLAAD out Oct. 25 also found an increase in the characters’ ethnic diversity, with slightly more LGBTQ people of color than white for the first time.

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GLAAD releases second LGBT-friendly children’s book ‘Jack (Not Jackie)’

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GLAAD and Bonnier Publishing USA have released “Jack (Not Jackie),” the second book in their LGBT-friendly children’s book series.

“Jack (Not Jackie)” is written by Erica Silverman and illustrated by Holly Hatam. It aims to teach children about gender identity and expression.  According to GLAAD, “the story centers around a big sister, Susan, who learns to understand and appreciate that her younger sibling identifies as ‘Jack’ rather than ‘Jackie.’ The book also features a loving and supportive Mom, who listens to Jack and is patient with Susan.”

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‘Superman’ actor Dean Cain slammed for speaking at anti-LGBT event

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Actor Dean Cain, best known for portraying Superman on the TV series “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” came under fire after he agreed to speak at the Family Research Council’s Value Voters summit over the weekend.

The Family Research Council has been labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center which describes the group’s intention as “to denigrate LGBT people as the organization battles against same-sex marriage, hate crime laws, anti-bullying programs and the repeal of the military’s ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy.” The summit’s lineup included names such as Michele Bachmann, Mike Pence, Tony Perkins and Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips.

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Cher reflects on the first time she met gay men

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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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Demi Lovato’s GLAAD fundraiser raises thousands of dollars in hours

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Demi Lovato started a Facebook fundraiser to raise money for GLAAD and within a few hours the fundraiser had reached beyond its targeted goal.

“I’m celebrating Pride by raising money for GLAAD, an organization that has been fighting for LGBTQ+ inclusion and justice since 1985,” Lovato posted on Twitter.

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GLAAD report finds decline in LGBTQ representation in Hollywood

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ABOVE: ‘A Fantastic Woman’ from Sony Pictures Classic is one of the few films with solid LGBTQ representation in 2017. Screenshot via YouTube.

Major film studios are severely lacking in LGBTQ representation, according to GLAAD’s annual Studio Responsibility Index.

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GLAAD to publish LGBTQ-friendly children’s books

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GLAAD and Bonnier Publishing USA have teamed up to release a children’s book series featuring LGBTQ stories.

“We’re partnering with @littlebeebooks on a series of children’s books aimed at integrating and elevating positive LGBTQ representation in children’s literature starting with “Prince & Knight.” Everyone deserves to be represented,” GLAAD posted on Instagram along with a photo from “Prince & Knight.”

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