Apple TV+ doc series tracks evolution of LGBTQ portrayals

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ABOVE: Actor Wilson Cruz in the Apple TV+ documentary “Visible: Out on Television.” (Screenshot from YouTube)

Actor Wilson Cruz says a new documentary on the evolution of LGBTQ depictions on television is a “love letter” to the medium’s power.

It’s also a testament to how LGBTQ people and their allies harnessed TV to tell the community’s stories, said Cruz, who along with actor-comedian Wanda Sykes was an executive producer for “Visible: Out on Television.” The five-part documentary will be released Feb. 14 on the new Apple TV+ streaming service.

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Cyndi Lauper to receive UN honor

By : John Paul King OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Cyndi Lauper, photo via Lauper’s Facebook page.

LGBTQ ally and advocate Cyndi Lauper is about to add an award from the United Nations to her already long list of honors.

The Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award-winning songwriter and performing artist will become the first-ever recipient of The High Note Global Prize, an award honoring and celebrating major recording artists for outstanding achievement in using their music and celebrity platform to advocate for social justice worldwide.

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Cyndi Lauper announces line-up for 9th annual concert to benefit homeless youth

By : John Paul King of the washington blade, courtesy of the national LGBT media association
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(Image from True Colors United website)

Grammy, Emmy and Tony-winning icon and advocate Cyndi Lauper has announced the lineup for her 9th annual “Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays” benefit concert, presented by Marriott International and AEG. The concert’s proceeds will benefit Lauper’s True Colors United (TCU), a nonprofit whose mission is to prevent and end homelessness among LGBTQ youth.

The event will take place in Los Angeles for the first time ever at The Novo at L.A. Live on Dec. 10. Taking the stage with Lauper and her band this year will be a host of guests including Kesha, Billy Porter, Brandi Carlisle, Henry Rollins, Carol Leifer, Lily Tomlin, Margaret Cho, King Princess and more. Emmy-winner and TCU board member Carson Kressley will return as host.

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Comedian Matteo Lane brings his singing stand-up to Tampa

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Comedian Matteo Lane wants you to know that he’s gay. It’s something that he shares almost immediately with his audiences, whether they’re laughing with him on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” or logging onto Netflix for “The Comedy Lineup.”

“I walk up and say, ‘Hi, thanks so much, I’m obviously gay,’” he explains, “and then I move on. It’s a real power move, because I know they’re thinking it and I’m proud of it.” It’s a choice that’s served the classically trained opera singer and painter well, leading to captivated crowds for Comedy Central, Logo, HBO and across the world for his live tour.

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Margaret Cho says people don’t ‘get’ bisexuality

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Margaret Cho got candid about the stigma behind bisexuality in an interview with the Huffington Post.

The comedian reveals that at first she thought she identified as a lesbian before understanding she was also attracted to men.

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Comedian Margaret Cho on her new tour, bi-erasure and our LGBTQ family

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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“Everything about my life is intimately connected in gay history,” superstar comedian Margaret Cho says. “It’s my community; it’s where I live, where I grew up, who I am, all my friends, all my family.”

That’s been evident in Cho’s decades-long career, beginning with her stand-up in San Francisco near the gay bookstore her parents owned. It continues today with her accolades as a performer, in which her comedic takes on LGBTQ rights, sexuality, bullying and politics have led to five Grammy nominations, an Emmy nomination and being named one of Rolling Stone’s 50 Best Stand-Up Comics in 2017.

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02.22.18 Publisher’s Desk

By : Rick Claggett
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I consider myself to be a systems guy. I like rules and I like procedure. Systems are in place for a reason. They have been tried, tested and tweaked to produce the best results. I can even make a case for a system to create a system. I follow the plan and I don’t like to be late. I drive the speed limit and I follow recipes.

To a degree, I’ve always been this way. When a teacher left the classroom, I was the one asked to take down the names of unruly students. Naturally, I became a hall monitor and was on track to become part of the elite crosswalk security team.

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Del Rio’s comedy film ‘Hurricane Bianca’ gets release date

By : Jeremy Williams
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Bianca Del Rio, the fabulous forked-tongue queen best known for winning season six of RuPaul’s Drag Race, finally has a release date for her comedy film Hurricane Bianca.

Del Rio stars as a teacher in a small town in Texas who is fired for being gay. Del Rio is run out of town only to come back as “Bianca” ready to extract revenge on those who ran her off.

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