MCU’s first major openly gay character will be in ‘The Eternals’

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Kevin Feige. (Photo by Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons)

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige confirmed that the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first openly gay character will appear in “The Eternals.”

“He’s married. He’s got a family. And that is just part of who he is,” Feige spilled about the character to “Good Morning America” at the D23 Expo in California.

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‘Queer Eye’ cast member Karamo Brown among celebs on new ‘Dancing with the Stars’ season

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Queer Eye” star Karamo Brown will compete on season 28 of “Dancing with the Stars.” The cast was announced on “Good Morning America” on Aug. 21.

Brown will compete against former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, founding member of The Supremes Mary Wilson, “Pose” season one star James Van Der Beek, model Christie Brinkley, ex-NBA star Lamar Odom, country singer Lauren Alaina, former Fifth Harmony member Ally Brooke, former NFL star Ray Lewis, actress Kate Flannery and actor/comedian Kel Mitchell.

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Social media provides fuel for Jussie Smollett story

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CHICAGO (AP) | The story Jussie Smollett told police had it all: racism, homophobia, politics, celebrity — all tied up with a hangman’s noose. There was no question the news coverage was going to be massive.

In many ways, that coverage is an object lesson in the foibles of modern reporting. The story showed where news outlets teeter on the line between driving social media and being driven by it, between healthy skepticism and cautious credulity.

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Adam Rippon will be a judge on ‘Dancing with the Stars: Juniors’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon will be a judge on the junior edition of “Dancing with the Stars.” Rippon won season 26 of “DWTS,” a shortened athlete edition of the dance competition show, along with his dance partner Jenna Johnson.

“DWTS”  pro alum Valentin Chmerkovskiy and professional choreographer Mandy Moore, known for her work on “La La Land” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” will round out the judging panel.

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Disney announces new Rainbow Mickey Collection in time for Pride month

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Disney has released 11 new rainbow products just in time for Pride month, “Good Morning America” announced earlier today. The release of these new rainbow-themed items comes after Disney released new rainbow-colored Mickey Mouse ears exclusively in the parks last month. The new products include pins, shirts and sunglasses, all of which you can use to celebrate your Pride.

The full list of the new Pride-themed products follows and are available at shopDisney.com.

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Report: Adam Rippon, Tonya Harding join ‘Dancing with the Stars’ all-athlete cast

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABC is striving to keep the Winter Olympics frenzy alive by casting two athletes fresh from the competition and one former athlete who made a pop culture comeback this year.

Figure skater Adam Rippon, snowboarder Jamie Anderson and retired figure skater Tonya Harding have joined the all-athlete edition of “Dancing with the Stars,” Us Weekly reports.

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Chelsea Manning gives first TV interview post-prison release

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Chelsea Manning gave her first TV interview since being released from prison last month to ABC’s “Nightline.”

Excerpts of the interview with “Nightline” co-anchor JuJu Chang, which touched on Manning’s reasoning behind leaking military documents, aired on “Good Morning America” on Friday.

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Ellen DeGeneres among top Daytime Emmy winners

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“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” won the Daytime Emmy Award for best entertainment talk show April 30, 20 years to the day that her character came out as gay on the sitcom “Ellen.”

“She did it because it was the right thing to do,” said Mary Connelly, “Ellen” executive producer, of DeGeneres’ decision to be open about her sexuality and do the same for her character in 1997. DeGeneres was absent and Connelly accepted the award.

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Gay “conversion therapy” investigation to air on ’20/20′

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So-called “conversion therapy” has become a lucrative business in the U.S. as parents pay thousands of dollars in an attempt to change their child’s sexuality.

An episode of the long-running ABC news program 20/20 reports on a year long investigation into “conversion therapy” programs located around the country.

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Kim Davis tells “Good Morning America” she’s not a hypocrite

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FRANKFORT, Ky (AP) – She’s already spent five days in jail, and now a Kentucky clerk could be back in court soon for altering marriage license forms issued to same-sex couples.

Lawyers for two gay couples and two straight couples questioned the validity of the new marriage licenses and asked a federal judge to order Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis’ office to reissue them Sept. 21. If she refuses, the lawyers asked the judge to put the office in receivership and have someone else do it.

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ABC News keeps tight lid on Bruce Jenner interview

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NEW YORK (AP) – The first on-air promo for the broadcast interview with Bruce Jenner didn’t even show his face, an illustration of the line ABC News is walking in trying to drum up interest for the program while saying virtually nothing about it.

The two-hour interview special with the 1976 Olympic decathlon champion and estranged patriarch of television’s Kardashian clan is expected to touch on transgenderism and reports that he may be transitioning to a woman.

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