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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‘American Gods’ will feature the most explicit gay sex scene on TV

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Fantasy series “American Gods” will include the most explicit sex scene on TV, according to multiple reports.

The series, an adaptation of the novel by Neil Gaiman, follows old gods such as Love and Evil as they prepare to battle new gods like Technology. Salim (Omid Abtahi), who has recently moved to New York City, crosses path with the Jinn (Mousa Kraish), a mythological Middle Eastern god posing as a taxi driver. The pair meet in a taxi and go back to a hotel room to have sex.

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