The LGBTQ impact on movies, music, television, sports and fashion in 2018

By : Jeremy Williams
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From groundbreaking television to record-setting events, this year in LGBTQ pop culture has been explosive. Legends were remembered, new icons were formed and history was made—one certain gay athlete even became America’s new sweetheart.

Here we have compiled just a snippet of the LGBTQ impact on movies, music, television, sports and fashion in 2018 with our annual LGBTQ Pop Culture, A-Z.

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Political commentator Sally Kohn looks at owning your hate in her new book

By : Scottie Campbell
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A story of bullying frames Sally Kohn’s book “The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Humanity.” Vicky was a young girl in Kohn’s fifth grade class who was bullied in school by her peers, her teachers and even Kohn herself.

Now because of Kohn’s ability to have levelheaded discussions as a liberal political commentator — first for Fox News, and currently for CNN — the self-professed “lefty lesbian” has developed a reputation for being “nice.” Yet in the aftermath of the 2016 election, Kohn was surprised by her quickness to anger, and the memory of her treatment of Vicky began to haunt her.

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Actor Lee Pace reluctantly comes out

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Actor Lee Pace, whose acting credits include “The Hobbit” and “Pushing Daisies,” has revealed he has dated men and women but wasn’t keen to discuss his sexuality.

Pace spoke with W Magazine in promotion for his role as Joe Pitt, a closeted gay Mormon man, in the Broadway revival of “Angels in America.”

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Ian McKellen celebrates his 30th anniversary coming out as gay

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Actor Ian McKellen celebrated an important milestone over the weekend, the 30th anniversary of his public coming out.

“I’ve never met a gay person who regretted coming out – including myself. Life at last begins to make sense, when you are open and honest. Today is the 30th anniversary of the BBC radio discussion when I publically said I was gay. So I’m celebrating,” McKellen, 78, tweeted.

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Ian McKellen denounces India’s anti-LGBT law

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Mumbai, India (AP) – British actor Ian McKellen has criticized India’s use of a British colonial law to crack down on gay people, saying in an interview with a Mumbai newspaper published May 24 that “India needs to grow up.”

The 76-year-old actor was in the west coast Indian city this week to promote the British Film Industry’s “Shakespeare on Film” series coinciding with the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. He also dined with Bollywood stars, and was planning to open the regional LGBT-themed Kashish Film Festival on Wednesday.

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