‘When We Rise’ chronicles gay history

By : Keith Loria of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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Starting Feb. 27, ABC will begin airing “When We Rise,” a seven-part, eight-hour miniseries about the history of the gay rights movement, written and created by prominent gay filmmaker, Dustin Lance Black.

“I started working on this about four years ago, and never would have guessed it would land in times like these where unfortunately, it feels so necessary,” Black says. “I would give anything in the world for it to feel less necessary.”

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Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical practically transports audience members into the television special (that originally aired in 1964) as songs drive the plot while familiar and nostalgic set design with projections, costumes and characters are brought to stage. The cast brings new energy to the classic songs and dialogue, while irresistible and loveable puppets help showcase the charming “roughness” from the television show’s stop-motion effects.

The story tells the tale of a young Rudolph who, because of the appearance of his bright, shining nose, is ousted from the reindeer games in Christmas-town. He flees town, meets up with new friends Hermey and Yukon, and a series of funny and endearing adventures ensue including a visit to The Island of Misfit Toys. Rudolph journeys home, where a snowstorm of epic proportions is threatening Christmas. Can Rudolph save his family and friends and help Santa save the holiday?

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Bridget Everett: Pound It!

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Bridget Everett has been called “the most exciting performer in New York City” on the cover of The Village Voice and “raw and riotous” by The New York Times. Her film, theater and television credits include Inside Amy Schumer, Two Broke Girls, Sex and the City, the HBO series Girls and the Judd Apatow-produced film Trainwreck. Everett headlined comedy tours in the U.S. and has taken comedy festivals by storm all over the world. Her television series, Lady Dynamite, appears on Netflix.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Combining wit, keen insights and an encyclopedic handle on what humans know about the universe, award-winning astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson re-invigorated the public’s scientific curiosity when he took over where Carl Sagan left off in Cosmos, the hit television mini-series exploring the mysteries of space and the contributions of astrophysicists to the world as we know it. The only human in history to be both a New York Times bestselling author and People magazine’s “Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive,” Tyson’s massive appeal as a teacher and intellectual leads to sold-out lectures around the world.

Streaming services have more LGBT characters than network TV

By : Jeremy Williams
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You are more likely to find an LGBT character in a series on your favorite online streaming media provider than on network television, according to recent report from GLAAD.

The LGBT media watchdog group crunched the numbers and found that streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime featured 43 regular LGBT characters across 23 series such as Orange is the New Black, Grace and Frankie, Transparent, Sense8 and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

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Smithers comes out in new season of “The Simpsons”

By : Jeremy Williams
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EXCELLENT!

Waylon Smithers, the overly obsessive personal assistant to billionaire Mr. Burns on the hit FOX show The Simpsons, is coming out and it only took him 27 seasons.

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ABC picks up Dan Savage sitcom, upsets conservative groups

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Dan Savage, LGBT activist and sex columnist, has a new sitcom coming to ABC this fall but not everyone is ready to set their DVRs.

The Real O’Neals is a family comedy, produced by Savage, that centers around an Irish Catholic family who all seem to have secrets, including their 14-year-old son, Kenny, who’s gay.

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Queen Latifah inhabits bisexual blues legend in HBO biopic ‘Bessie’

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NEW YORK (AP) – Many viewers will come to the HBO biopic Bessie with scant knowledge of its subject, blues legend Bessie Smith.

But in the title role, Queen Latifah schools you with a bruising display of fierce drive, unstoppable talent and a gallery of personal demons.

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Fonda, Tomlin play “fierce” women with gay ex-husbands in new Neflix series

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LOS ANGELES — Age rarely catches a break in pop culture. But when Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin lend their outsized talents to a sitcom, expect something far removed from old-lady cliches and self-negating punchlines.

“Grace and Frankie,” the 13-episode Netflix comedy debuting Friday with the two longtime friends in the title roles, is striving to be funny, honest and, to use Fonda’s description, “really fierce.”

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The actor who plays one of the first gay characters on The Walking Dead talks about the role and his career as an actor and musician in Central Florida

By : Aaron Alper
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Orlando – Jordan Woods-Robinson’s career is at an upswing. He currently plays “Eric” on AMC’s blockbuster series The Walking Dead (one of the first gay male characters ever portrayed on the show) and co-stars in the upcoming Solace with Colin Ferrell and Sir Anthony Hopkins.

A full list of his credits and links to his other projects can be found at JordanWoods-Robinson.com.

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‘Gay geeks’ find their super-powers

By : Stephen Miller
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Like millions of LGBT people before them, gay geeks have come out of the closet! They and their straight counterparts will descend on Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center Apr. 10 through 12 for MegaCon, Central Florida’s massive multi-genre convention. Expect elaborate costumes, miles of merchandise, tons of games and multitudes of meet-ups!

Professing a love of X-Men, Harry Potter, anime, or live-action-role-play may seem trivial compared to LGBT struggles, but there are several definite similarities. For years, many gay geeks had trouble admitting their love. They were shamed, teased, and even bullied.

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‘Scandal’ star honored at GLAAD Awards

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Actress Kerry Washington, director Roland Emmerich, the film The Imitation Game and television shows Transparent and How to Get Away With Murder have received stamps of approval from GLAAD.

GLAAD is a U.S.-based group that promotes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender presence in the media, and celebrated its honorees at a ceremony on March 21.

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