Latinx diversity finds outlet on STARZ show ‘Vida’

By : Brian T. Carney OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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On Sunday, STARZ breaks down some serious barriers with the premiere of “Vida.” Set on the Eastside of Los Angeles, the series was created by a queer Latinx woman who also serves as showrunner, features a non-binary actor in a lead role and has a writer’s room where the entire staff is Latinx and most of the team is LGBT and/or female-identified.

The series got started when executives at STARZ called Tanya Saracho in for a meeting. Saracho is a Chicago-based writer who has written for “Devious Minds,” “Girls,” “Looking” and “How to Get Away with Murder.” Her plays include “Mala Hierbe” and “Fade,” which was inspired by her experience as a “diversity hire” for a television studio.

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Watermark’s Most Eligible – Tampa Bay: Aaron Drake

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Age: 31

Hometown: Tipp City, Ohio

How you identify: Gay

What’s your sign: Leo

It’s Aaron’s quest for adventure that led him to graduate high school early and leave his hometown behind to study abroad in college.

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Netflix acquires transgender activist Marsha P. Johnson documentary

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Netflix has picked up the worldwide rights to David France’s documentary, “The Life and Death of Marsha P. Johnson,” Variety reports.

Johnson played a pivotal role as one of the first people to fight back in the Stonewall Riots in 1969, along with Sylvia Rivera. In 1970, the pair would found the world’s first trans-rights organization, STAR (Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries). Johnson’s body was found floating in New York’s Hudson River in 1992 and ruled a suicide by investigators.

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Katy Perry speaks about praying the gay away at HRC event

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Katy Perry says she “prayed the gay away” during her “unconscious adolescence.”

The 32-year-old singer opened up about her sexuality and praised the gay community while receiving an award from the Human Rights Campaign on Saturday in Los Angeles.

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LGBT community centers vandalized with gay slurs in Los Angeles, Milwaukee

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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Photos from the Diverse & Resilient, the LGBT community center in Milwaukee, Facebook page.

LGBT community centers in Los Angeles and Milwaukee were the targets of anti-LGBT vandalism last week.

NBC News reports Diverse & Resilient, an LGBT center in Milwaukee, was spray-painted on the front of the building with the slur “F*g” on Thursday. It’s the third time in two months the center has been vandalized.

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‘Brady Bunch’ star fired after interview with gay actor

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susan-olsenLOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles radio station says former “Brady Bunch” star Susan Olsen has been fired after she got into an online confrontation with openly gay actor Leon Acord-Whiting.

LA Talk Radio announced Dec. 9 that it will not tolerate hateful speech and that it has severed ties with the host.

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George Takei gives personal collection to Los Angeles Museum

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Actor and activist George Takei is donating a trove of art and artifacts from his life and career to the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles.

The museum announced the gift Sept. 28 and said the collection will be featured in an exhibition next year. “New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei” is set to open March 12, 2017.

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Transgender actress Alexis Arquette passes away at 47

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Alexis Arquette, the transgender character actress and sibling of actors David, Rosanna, Richmond and Patricia Arquette, died Sept. 11 in Los Angeles. She was 47 and surrounded by family who serenaded her with David Bowie’s “Starman,” her siblings said in a statement.

“Alexis was a brilliant artist and painter, a singer, an entertainer and an actor,” her brothers and sisters said. “We learned what real bravery is through watching her journey of living as a trans woman. We came to discover the one truth – that love is everything.”

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Transgender actress and Warhol muse, Holly Woodlawn dies at 69

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Holly Woodlawn, the transgender actress made famous by Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey in their 1970s films “Trash” and “Women in Revolt,” has died.

Woodlawn died Sunday in Los Angeles after a battle with cancer, said her former caretaker and friend Mariela Huerta. She was 69.

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Sean Hayes stars in “An Act of God”

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NEW YORK (AP) – Sean Hayes will play God Almighty in the City of Angels next year.

Producers of the “An Act of God” said Oct. 26 that the Emmy Award-winning former “Will and Grace” star will step into the big role starting Jan. 30 at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. The divine part was filled this summer by Jim Parsons on Broadway.

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GLAAD study finds studio movies behind in LGBT roles

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New York (AP) — An annual study by GLAAD has found that Hollywood studios continue to lag in producing films representing gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, despite a slight improvement over the last year.

Examining the 114 films released by the seven largest movie studios in 2014, the study found that 17.5 percent of them included characters identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual. There were no identifiably transgender characters. The findings, released on April 15, are a slight uptick from the 16.7 percent of “inclusive” movies from 2013.

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Gender-neutral restrooms are now law in West Hollywood

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West Hollywood, Calif. (AP) – West Hollywood now requires gender-neutral restrooms under a law that aims to make those with a non-traditional “gender identity” more welcome.

The ordinance takes effect on Jan. 15, 2015 and requires that restrooms with only one stall in restaurants, businesses and public places cannot restrict it to a specific sex either by signage or fixtures.

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