New HBO miniseries ‘Gentleman Jack’ explores life of ‘first modern lesbian’

By : Brian T. Carney OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Gentleman Jack,” now playing on HBO, is a fascinating portrait of Anne Lister, an English landowner often descried as “the first modern lesbian.” The splendid eight-part series, a co-production of HBO and BBC One, is a rollicking portrait of life in Regency England, a time of great social, political and economic upheaval.

Set in Halifax in 1832, the series opens when Anne Lister (the delightfully swaggering Suranna Jones) returns to the family manse after foreign travel and a collapsed affair with Vere Hobart (Jodhi May) who has decided to marry a man (something that has happened to Lister before).

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Kid Fury and Lena Waithe are developing new HBO comedy series

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Kid Fury and Lena Waithe are working to bring a “surreal dark comedy” focused on a gay, black man to the small screen.

Variety describes the upcoming series as a “surreal dark comedy that follows Greg, a 20-something sarcastic gay black man navigating adulthood and responsibility in New York City while struggling to wrap his head around his undiagnosed clinical depression.”

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‘Westworld,’ ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ actress Tessa Thompson comes out as bisexual

By : Jeremy Williams
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With two days left in Pride month, Tessa Thompson — who portrayed bisexual superhero Valkyrie in last year’s Marvel mega-hit film “Thor: Ragnarok,” — has come out as bisexual herself in an interview with Net-A-Porter.

Thompson, who also stars in the hit HBO series “Westworld” and can be seen in this fall’s “Creed” sequel, has been rumored to be in a relationship with singer/actress Janelle Monae since appearing in Monae’s “Pynk” and “Make Me Feel” music videos earlier this year. Monae recently came out as pansexual.

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Sarah Jessica Parker endorses Cynthia Nixon for governor

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NEW YORK (AP) _ Sarah Jessica Parker has endorsed her “Sex and the City” castmate Cynthia Nixon’s run for governor of New York.

Parker endorsed Nixon on Instagram on Thursday, calling her “my sister on and off screen.”

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Issa Rae is developing a comedy about a bisexual black man for HBO

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Issa Rae is working on a comedy for HBO about a bisexual black man’s dating life, according to Deadline.

The series, titled “Him or Her,” will explore “the distinctly different worlds and relationships he finds himself in.” Rae will serve as executive producer. Former “Daily Show” writer Travon Free created the series which is based on his own experiences dating as a bisexual black man.

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Issa Rae considering LGBT storyline for season three of ‘Insecure’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Issa Rae’s hit HBO series “Insecure” has covered a variety of hot-button topics from open marriages, cheating and threesomes but the show has only lightly touched on LGBT issues.

In the show’s first season, Molly dated car salesman Jared, who confessed to having had oral sex with another man.

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Homo Erectus: The Evolution of Us – LGBTQA: Be a Dragon

By : Steve Yacovelli
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DISCLAIMER: this article has nothing to do with grand wizards or Harry Potter stuff (but “Expelliarmus David Duke!”). However, it does have some “Game of Thrones” spoilers in it … so be warned!

When I mention the names “Grey Worm,” “Little Finger,” “Ramsay Bolton” or “The Queen of Thorns,” I’m not talking about new categories for gay men nor of adult porn stars or even that new sarcastic bitch you met at brunch last week.

No friends: we’re talking “Game of Thrones” … the HBO sensation whose Season Seven finale aired recently. As I’ve been watching this amazing series this season it struck me what we who are fighting for the rights and equity for the LBGTQ Community have faced, and continue to face, has some striking similarities to the themes and stories within the “Game of Thrones” world, and I think there’s some lessons we can learn from a trip to The Seven Kingdoms.

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Chechen leader invokes damnation for gay persecution claims

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MOSCOW (AP) – Chechnya’s strongman leader has harshly denounced claims that his southern Russian republic has tortured and even killed gay men, denying that there even are any homosexual men in his region.

Kremlin-backed Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov has faced wide international criticism since a Russian newspaper reported this spring that his security forces had detained some 100 gay men, torturing or killing some of them.

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Paula Poundstone looks for happiness in her new book and on the road as her tour brings her to Florida

By : Jeremy Williams
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Paula Poundstone is what one would call an old-school standup comedian. She got her start at 19 doing open mic nights in Boston, then hopped on a bus and went city to city, examining the different comedy scenes in different regions of the country. Now after almost 40 years in the business, she is comedy royalty (she was named one of the top 100 comics of all time by Comedy Central), an accomplished writer (her new book, The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness, comes out May 9) and extremely intelligent (she’s on NPR!).

Poundstone brings her witty, smart and hilarious standup to Florida with stops at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater March 10 and the Plaza Live in Orlando March 11; but before hitting the Sunshine State, Poundstone took a few minutes to talk with us about comedy, happiness and why she has so many cats.

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Milo Yiannopoulos, Larry Wilmore go head-to-head on ‘Maher’

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NEW YORK – While conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos insulted comics Lena Dunham, Leslie Jones, Amy Schumer and Sarah Silverman, his appearance on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” was relatively tame — at least until the television cameras were turned off.

It was later, during an online-only “Overtime” segment of Maher’s Friday night show, that two of Maher’s three panelists hurled expletives at the Breitbart News senior editor.

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New HBO documentary ‘The Trans List’ premiering tonight

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nicole-mainesORONO, Maine (AP) – A transgender student whose battle over the right to use a girls’ bathroom led to a landmark court ruling in Maine is being featured in a new HBO documentary.

The Trans List premieres tonight, Dec. 5, and explores what it means to be a transgender American.

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Kate McKinnon, Sarah Paulson finally win at Emmy Awards

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Saturday Night Live‘s Kate McKinnon and The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story‘s Sarah Paulson took home their first Emmy trophy after multiple nominations at the 2016 Emmy Awards Sept. 18.

Paulson, who was also nominated for her supporting role in American Horror Story: Hotel, represented one of five of the Emmy trophies taken home by the Ryan Murphy miniseries The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.

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