2017 LGBTQ Pop Culture Alphabet

By : Jeremy Williams
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It was the year of #MeToo, as this one story seemed to dominate the pop culture landscape of 2017. Victims came out saying “enough is enough” and called out their attackers and predators by name.

It was also a year of important stories being told on television and in films. We honored the voices of women, people of color and the LGBTQ community in movies like Moonlight and The Life and Death of Marsha P. Johnson, and on shows like When We Rise and Master of None. Plus we got Will & Grace back!

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Harvey Fierstein wants everyone to know he is not Harvey Weinstein

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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(Image from Harvey Fierstein’s Instagram.)

Harvey Fierstein found himself having to clear his name after he became confused with Hollywood producer and alleged sexual assailant, Harvey Weinstein.

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You can’t stop the beat with ‘Hairspray Live!’ telecast

By : Wire Report
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UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) – In the steadily escalating battle of the TV musicals, NBC’s Hairspray Live! is the most ambitious contender yet.

It’s got a deep bench of stars, including Kristin Chenoweth, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande and Martin Short. It boasts strong themes of racial equality, tolerance and self-acceptance. And it has the outsized, joyful talents of Harvey Fierstein as writer and actor, reprising his Tony Award-winning role as Edna Turnblad.

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NBC releases a first look at the network’s next live musical “Hairspray”

By : Jeremy Williams
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After the success of The Sound of Music, Peter Pan and The Wiz; NBC continues its ratings juggernaut of live musicals with Hairspray Live!, airing on the peacock network Dec. 7 at 8:00 ET.

The live television event, based on the Tony-winning Broadway musical (which in turn is based on the 1988 John Waters film), tells the story of Tracy Turnblad, a “pleasantly plump” teenager (played by newcomer Maddie Baillio), landing a spot on a TV dance show in her hometown of Baltimore.

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Hollywood joins outcry against Russia in advance of 2014 Winter Olympics

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London (AP) – From Hollywood to Broadway, the entertainment industry is using its star power and financial muscle to raise a storm of protest over the anti-gay legislation in Russia that is battering the image of the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Actor-playwright Harvey Fierstein, British writer-actor Stephen Fry and `Star Trek’ actor George Takei are among those who have publicly condemned the new law, fueling an uproar that is overshadowing preparations for the Olympics scheduled to be held from Feb. 7 to 23, 2014.

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