Thousands attend Creating Change conference in Dallas

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Houston-based transgender activist Monica Roberts speaks at a rally against transphobic violence at the National LGBTQ Task Force’s Creating Change conference in Dallas on Jan. 16, 2020. Photo courtesy of the National LGBTQ Task Force.

DALLAS | Thousands of activists from the U.S. and around the world attended he National LGBTQ Task Force’s annual Creating Change conference that took place last weekend in Dallas.

A rally against anti-transgender violence took place on Jan. 16 before the conference officially began with a keynote speech from Rev. angel Kyodo williams, founder of the Center for Transformative Change in California. The Task Force on the same night honored Monica Roberts, a Houston-based trans activist and blogger.

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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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GLAAD to present Ryan Murphy with Vito Russo Award

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

LGBTQ entertainment mastermind Ryan Murphy has been announced by GLAAD as the winner of one of its most prestigious honors, the LGBTQ media advocacy group revealed on Thursday.

Murphy, the award-winning screenwriter, producer, and director behind “Glee,” “American Horror Story,” “Feud,” and “Pose,” among a host of other LGBTQ fan-favorite projects across various media, will be honored as part of the 31st Annual GLAAD Media Awards in the Spring. The GLAAD Media Awards honor media for fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues, this year with over 175 previously-announced nominees competing in 30 categories.

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Taylor Swift, Janet Mock to be honored by GLAAD

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Taylor Swift and writer-director-producer Janet Mock will be honored at the 31st Annual GLAAD Media Awards for their advocacy for LGBTQ issues.

The pop star will receive the Vanguard Award, which is presented to allies who have made a significant difference in promoting acceptance of LGBTQ people. Mock, who is best known for her work on the FX series “Pose,” will receive the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, presented to a LGBTQ media professional.

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Billy Porter, Megan Rapinoe and Baby Yoda are among AP’s top TV moments of 2019

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NEW YORK (AP) | Many have noticed how fragmented our TV viewing is, with multiple competing streaming services and dozens of channels pulling us in different directions. But the year also saw some jaw-dropping moments that found huge audiences, whether it was a royal interview or a viral alien.

The Associated Press has put together a list of the best TV moments in 2019.

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Golden Globe nods recognize queer content, performers

By : John Paul King OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Billy Porter in “Pose.” Image via FX.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced the nominations for its 77th annual Golden Globe Awards, and once again the list of nominees includes nods for several LGBTQ-inclusive films, actors and characters.

The honorees were announced in a Los Angeles presentation Monday morning by Tim Allen, Dakota Fanning and Susan Kelechi Watson. They were joined by Golden Globe Ambassadors Dylan and Paris Brosnan, HFPA President Lorenzo Soria, and Dick Clark Productions Executive Producer and Executive VP of television Barry Adelman.

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Billy Porter teams with Idina Menzel to record a holiday classic

By : John Paul King of the washington blade, courtesy of the national LGBT media association
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ABOVE: Billy Porter and Idina Menzel keeping warm in their new video duet (Image via YouTube)

As Christmas approaches each year, it comes with the anticipation (and maybe also the dread) of the next glittery, fabulous new holiday single to be dropped by a pop star.

This season has already brought us Sam Smith’s rendition of Donna Summer’s classic “I Feel Love” (okay, not exactly a Christmas song, but coupled with those Target holiday commercials it seems as festive as “Jingle Bells”), but the winner might just have landed under our trees courtesy of not one, but two of Broadway’s brightest lights.

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GLAAD report shows LGBTQ inclusion on television at record high

By : John Paul King OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Daniel Levy of “Schitt’s Creek,” Ruby Rose of “Batwoman,” MJ Rodriguez of “Pose.” Photos courtesy “Schitt’s Creek,” “Batwoman” and “Pose” Facebook pages.

The mood was light and spirits were high at the offices of United Talent Agency in Beverly Hills Nov. 7, as GLAAD held the presentation of its “Where We Are On TV” report for 2019-2020

The report was authored by GLAAD Director of Entertainment Research and Analysis Megan Townsend, who told the gathered crowd of journalists and industry professionals that the percentage of regular LGBTQ characters on broadcast television reached an all-time high in 2019 – exceeding last year’s challenge by the organization to reach 10 percent inclusion on primetime scripted series by 2020.

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Trans of Thought: Dying to be seen

By : Melody Maia Monet
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A few weeks ago, the very first National Trans Visibility March was held in Washington, D.C. As described in their call to action, the purpose of the march was to bring attention to “the social structures that have oppressed us and disenfranchised our communities.”

Thanks to the One Orlando Alliance and generous sponsors, about 50 transgender people, including myself and a few allies, made the road trip to our nation’s capital to participate. It was without a doubt a profound and inspiring experience for all of us who went, but perhaps not as successful in making our issues more “visible” to the cisgender, queer community.

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New HRC president lights up crowd at annual dinner

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David speaks at the 2019 HRC National Dinner. Washington Blade photo by Michael Key.

Alphonso David energized the room at the Human Rights Campaign’s annual national dinner Sept. 28, receiving thunderous applause as he announced new initiatives for LGBT people facing challenging times.

As much of Washington reels from the Ukraine-call scandal that has landed President Trump at the center of an impeachment inquiry in Congress, the new president of the Human Rights Campaign made himself a beacon of hope for the estimated 3,500 people in attendance at the 23rd national dinner.

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Billy Porter’s historic Emmy Award…and that hat

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ABOVE: Billy Porter accepts his award at the 71st Emmy Awards. (Photo courtesy Invision/AP)

Billy Porter, megawatt star of Ryan Murphy’s phenomenon “Pose,” made Emmy history Sept. 22 becoming the first openly gay man to win for best actor in a drama for his role as Prey Tell.

“Oh my god, I’ve got to breathe. I’ve got to breathe. Oh my god, God bless you all. The category is love, you all. Love,” Porter said from the Emmy stage. “I am so overwhelmed and I am so overjoyed to have lived long enough to see this day.”

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A look back at some of the biggest LGBTQ pop culture moments over the last quarter century

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Pop culture has always been ahead of the game when it comes to opening the hearts and minds of society. Long before the majority of the U.S. supported marriage equality, believed LGBTQ rights were human rights and accepted that we were born this way, the LGBTQ community was being acknowledged in movies, music, TV shows, books and more.

We have gathered the ABC’s of LGBTQ pop culture moments from over the last quarter century on this page to remind you of a few of those times that made us feel like we were being seen.

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