Sean Hayes says his mother wanted him to go to therapy when he came out

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Sean Hayes is known for playing out and proud Jack McFarland on the hit sitcom “Will & Grace” but his real-life journey to being out was a difficult one.

Hayes, 47, told People that when he was younger he kept his sexuality a secret from his family as he started to understand it.

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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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2017 LGBTQ Pop Culture Alphabet

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It was the year of #MeToo, as this one story seemed to dominate the pop culture landscape of 2017. Victims came out saying “enough is enough” and called out their attackers and predators by name.

It was also a year of important stories being told on television and in films. We honored the voices of women, people of color and the LGBTQ community in movies like Moonlight and The Life and Death of Marsha P. Johnson, and on shows like When We Rise and Master of None. Plus we got Will & Grace back!

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2016 was the worst year ever, and 2017 was the year we found our footing

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In these very pages one year ago we proclaimed 2016 to be the worst year ever. It started off with so much promise and optimism, with the official passing of the torch as the former owner of Watermark turned the reins over to new owner Rick Claggett and Watermark Media became Watermark Publishing Group.

President Barack Obama was heading into the final year of his second term and everything seemed in place for another torch to be passed, that of the first black president passing the country off to the first female president.

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

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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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Will and Jack experiment with younger men in ‘Will & Grace’ clip

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Will (Eric McCormack) and Jack (Sean Hayes) try dating younger gays in a newly released clip from an upcoming episode of “Will & Grace.”

In the episode titled“Who’s Your Daddy?”, they both struggle with being the older men in the relationship. Jack tries desperately to look younger while Will looks for something he has in common with his 23-year-old date. He quickly finds out it’s not Madonna.

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‘Will & Grace’ reboot draws strong ratings, mixed reviews

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Did somebody say encore? A decade after their unforgettable eight-season run, comedy’s most fabulous foursome is back. Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally reprise their infamous roles as Will, Grace, Jack and Karen in a 16-episode season. (Photo courtesy NBC)

Eleven years after its last original episode, “Will & Grace” returned to NBC Thursday night to generally strong reviews and good ratings.

The episode averaged a 2.9 rating among adults 18-49 and about 10 million viewers, the Hollywood Reporter reports. That was enough to put it above all other shows for the evening except “Thursday Night Football” on CBS. It was also one of the top shows for premiere week just trailing “The Big Bang Theory,” “Young Sheldon” and “This is Us.”

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‘Will & Grace’ star Debra Messing regrets Megyn Kelly interview

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Will and Grace” star Debra Messing regrets her appearance on “Megyn Kelly Today” after Kelly made a couple gay jokes that didn’t sit well with some viewers.

Kelly brought out lawyer and “Will & Grace” superfan Russel Turner onstage and said that he had been inspired by Will, all the way down to becoming gay.

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Grateful cast, creators ready for ‘Will & Grace’ return

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — As soon as Eric McCormack stepped into the old “Will & Grace” kitchen, he was Will Truman again. Debra Messing says she still feels like Grace Adler, but these days, she has to physically warm up before stepping into that persona. Megan Mullally said finding Karen again was “like riding a bike.” For Sean Hayes, rediscovering Jack McFarland was “like waking up out of a coma, maybe — a Jack coma.”

However they came back to their characters, all four actors say it’s surreal that, 11 years after wrapping its award-winning run, “Will & Grace” is making an unprecedented return to prime time with its original cast, director and creative team. Inspired by a one-off, get-out-the-vote video ahead of the 2016 presidential election, the rebirth of “Will & Grace” begins Thursday. NBC has already ordered a second season.

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Hulu lands streaming deal for old and new episodes of ‘Will & Grace’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Will & Grace” is making a comeback to the small screen, but soon episodes will be available anytime, anywhere, thanks to Hulu.

The streaming service will be bringing all 194 episodes of the iconic ’90s sitcom on-demand. All eight seasons are currently available to watch in preparation for the upcoming reboot. Episodes from the new season will also be available on Hulu the day after its TV premiere date.

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Jane Lynch, Andrew Rannells will guest star on ‘Will & Grace’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Jane Lynch and Andrew Rannells have landed guest-starring roles on “Will & Grace.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lynch and Rannells will appear on the same episode. Details on their roles have not been released but production is scheduled to begin this week.

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Jack discovers Grindr in new ‘Will & Grace’ promo

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Jack delves into the digital age of gay hookups on Grindr in a new clip for the upcoming season of “Will & Grace.”

The promo starts featuring old school clips of the gang and their antics before giving a sneak peek at the foursome set in modern day using new technology.

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