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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‘Love, Simon’ wins Best Kiss at MTV Movie & TV Awards

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Nick Robinson and Keiynan Lonsdale in ‘Love, Simon.’ Screenshot via YouTube.

The 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards was filled with LGBTQ representation including a Best Kiss win for “Love, Simon” and a Trailblazer Award honor given to Lena Waithe at the ceremony which aired on Monday night.

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Lena Waithe brings Pride to Met Gala with rainbow cape

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Lena Waithe made a powerful LGBTQ fashion statement at the Met Gala on Monday. Waithe, who is an out lesbian, donned a black suit with a flowing rainbow cape designed by Wes Gordon.

Her fashion statement was particularly meaningful as the Met Gala’s theme this year was “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.”

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Britney Spears ‘broke’ the GLAAD Media Awards

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Britney Spears was honored with the Vanguard Award at the 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Thursday but her appearance caused a stir.

Spears, who attended the ceremony with her boyfriend Sam Asghari, was recognized for promoting LGBTQ acceptance and equality. Jennifer Lopez, Cher, Antonio Banderas and Demi Lovato are among the award’s past recipients.

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Lena Waithe’s comedy about a queer black woman gets pilot at TBS

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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TBS has greenlit a pilot episode for “Twenties,” a comedy from the mind of “Master of None” star and writer, Lena Waithe.

According to Deadline, the show follows “queer black girl” Hattie and her two straight friends living their lives in Los Angeles.

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No LGBTQ role or film winners at 75th Golden Globes, despite multiple nominations

By : Rebekah Sager OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Start of the 75th Golden Globes live from the Beverly Hilton Jan. 7, 2018.

The 75th anniversary Golden Globes featured Hollywood actors donning all-black gowns and suits, and wearing #TimesUp pins in support in of those who have spoken out about sexual harassment and to protest gender inequality. It was a hugely important night celebrating women and women’s stories.

But many in the LGBTQ community were left puzzled by the lack of representation among the acting, directing and screenwriting category nominees and winners, even though #TimesUp resonates against homophobia too.

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The new fall season brings back ‘Will & Grace,’ and a plethora of LGBTQ characters, to the small screen

By : Anna M. Johnson
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At the 2017 Primetime Emmy Awards, Lena Waithe became the first black woman to win the award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series.

The Emmy was awarded for an episode of Netflix’s show Master of None. She co-wrote the season two episode titled “Thanksgiving” with show co-creator Aziz Ansari, which chronicled her experience coming out as a lesbian to her family.

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