Janet Mock becomes first trans woman of color to direct and write a TV episode

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Janet Mock has made history as the first transgender woman of color to write and direct an episode of TV with the recent “Pose” episode “Love is the Message.”

Mock posted a throwback photo from the episode’s filming in honor of the episode airing on Sunday.

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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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Janelle Monáe comes out as pansexual

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Janelle Monáe has hinted about her sexuality in her music, such as her songs “Mushrooms & Roses” and “Q.U.E.E.N” and the music video “Make Me Feel,” but now the singer has officially come out as pansexual in an interview with Rolling Stone.

“Being a queer black woman in America—someone who has been in relationships with both men and women—I consider myself to be a free-ass motherfucker,” she says.

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Janelle Monáe celebrates the female anatomy in ‘Pynk’ music video

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Janelle Monáe dropped the music video for her latest single “Pynk,” an anthem that celebrates womanhood of all types.

The video features Monáe and her backup dancers wearing labia pants that represent the female anatomy.

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Janelle Monáe celebrates bisexuality in funky ‘Make Me Feel’ video

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Janelle Monáe and Tessa Thompson in ‘Make Me Feel.’ Screenshot courtesy of YouTube.

Janelle Monáe finds herself torn between two love interests, a man and a woman, in the music video for her new single “Make Me Feel.”

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Screened Out – Moonlight

By : Stephen Miller
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Alex R. Hibbert, Naomi Harris, Mahershala Ali, Janelle Monaé, Ashton Sanders, Jharrel Jerome, Trevante Rhodes

The small and gritty Moonlight is a film that every LGBT and ally should see. Because it’s an eye-opener. This movie utilizes three periods in a life to tell the story of a poor, young, black man trying to negotiate his sexuality in the drug-infested streets of Miami. Because of this, Moonlight is that gorgeous type of film that shows us the universal struggles by being very specific to its characters, their lives, and their personal battles.

Everything is suffused with a painful sense of realism.

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Screened Out – Hidden Figures

By : Stephen Miller
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Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kevin Costner, Jim Parsons

The three black women at the center of this true story broke new ground. This biopic itself doesn’t.

Instead, Hidden Figures tells its tale with standard structure, arcs, and pacing. But it does it so well! The acting is phenomenal, the scenes are tight and relevant, the photography is sumptuous, and the art direction is joyous. This means the movie is simply a pleasure to watch.

So what if the plot never sends us into orbit. It’s still a well-made film.

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Janelle Monáe on her gay inspiration, gender-bending and lesbian rumors

By : Chris Azzopardi
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The ambiguity of Janelle Monáe can be summed up in her own two words: “top secret.”

That, and, “I’m sorry, I can’t tell you,” is all she says about her pompadour when asked how it stays in a perfect pouf. It’s the kind of James Bond elusiveness that’s left a lot to the imagination since the Kansas City native spawned her fembot alter ego.

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