Adam Rippon readies for bucket list, and beyond

By : Scott Stiffler OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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You’re on thin ice if you think Adam Rippon plans to rest on his laurels.

This year saw the good sport with the winning attitude take home a bronze Winter Olympics team event medal, get the gold (by coming in first on an athletes-only season of “Dancing with the Stars”), and shine, in the face of shade thrown from Donald Trump Jr.’s Twitter account. Having announced last month that his days as a competitive figure skater are over, Rippon is raring to parlay his recent comedic turn on “Will & Grace” into a robust acting portfolio.

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Adam Rippon retires from competitive figure skating

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Adam Rippon is retiring from competitive figure skating.

Rippon, 29, confirmed to CBS News on Nov. 19 that he won’t be pursuing the career path any further. He already checked off plenty of milestones during the 2018  Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Rippon went on to place 10th in the men’s single skating competition and helped Team USA take home the bronze medal in a team figure skating event. This made him the first out U.S. male athlete to win a medal.

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Watch: ‘Will & Grace’ drops first look at Matt Bomer, David Schwimmer

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Will & Grace” gave a first look at its numerous guest stars for its upcoming second season.

Entertainment Tonight went behind the scenes to chat with Sean Hayes, Eric McCormack, Debra Messing and Megan Mullally.

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Watch: ‘Will & Grace’ season two trailer teases possible wedding

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Will & Grace” returns for a second season this fall and its new promo teases someone could be getting hitched.

In the trailer, Will (Erick McCormack), Grace (Debra Messing), Jack (Sean Hayes) and Karen (Megan Mullally) are seen at a wedding. When the bride goes to throw the bouquet over her shoulder, all four scramble to be the one to catch it.

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Yara Shahidi, Ellen Pompeo to be honored by GLSEN group

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LOS ANGELES (AP)| Yara Shahidi will be honored by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network for her advocacy for girls’ education at a gala later this year.

The group known as GLSEN announced Wednesday that the “grown-ish” star will receive its Game Changer Award at its Respect Awards, presented in October in Beverly Hills, California. Shahidi has advocated for gender parity in science, technology and engineering fields.

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RuPaul, Ellen DeGeneres and Ryan Murphy among 2018 Emmy nominations

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ABOVE: RuPaul and Jane Lynch at the 2016 Emmy Awards. Photo courtesy of Emmys.com.

The 70th Primetime Emmy Award nominations were announced July 12.

After 18 years of leading the pack with the most nominations, HBO —which received 108 — was unseated by Netflix with its 112 nominations. Among those 112 nominations include one for the “Queer Eye” reboot for Best Structured Reality Program, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s” Tituss Burgess for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and “Grace and Frankie’s” Lily Tomlin for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

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Rotten Tomatoes releases the Top 10 LGBTQ TV shows for Pride month

By : Colton Adkins
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In celebration of Pride Month, Rotten Tomatoes has released a list with the highest-rated LGBTQ movies and TV shows from the 2010’s. Rotten Tomatoes’ “Tomatometer” determined the top 10 for each category. The list curated showcases the best TV shows and films that tell the stories of the LGBTQ community.

For those unfamiliar, the Tomatometer score is based on “the opinions of hundreds of film and television critics,” according to the Rotten Tomatoes website. For each movie or show individually, a minimum of five reviews need to be done before an official Tomatometer score can be determined. A rating can be considered “Fresh” or “Certified Fresh.” “Fresh” means that at least 60 percent of reviews are positive, and “Certified Fresh” means the movie or TV show needs a steady score of at least 75 percent. However, to be “Certified Fresh” a film with wide release needs a minimum of 80 reviews, films with limited release need a minimum of 40 reviews and individual seasons of a TV show need to have a minimum of 20 reviews.

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Sean Hayes kicks off ‘Ellen’ guest host gig with dance number

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Sean Hayes got the show started on the right foot with a dance number to kick off his guest hosting duties on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Wednesday.

Hayes began the show with a monologue listing the reasons DeGeneres wasn’t able to appear on the show. His list included that DeGeneres was at Home Depot “where all the lesbians go” down to she was getting “a boob job. And she’s going for the big one, so next time she’s here, watch out front row.”

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Fit for Print: History isn’t always pretty, or straight

By : Steve Blanchard
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I am a history nerd.

I love visiting historical places, reading up on history and even enjoying a book or film classified as historical fiction.

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Oklahoma governor signs first anti-LGBTQ law of 2018

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed into law on Friday a “religious freedom” bill enabling taxpayer-funded adoption agencies to deny placement into LGBTQ homes, marking the first time in 2018 a state anti-LGBTQ bill became law.

In a statement Friday, Fallin announced she signed Senate Bill 1140 into law “after many hours of consideration and investigation of Oklahoma’s current practice” amid a groundswell of opposition from LGBTQ rights supporters and child care agencies.

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Sweet Divinity: Not Banned, But Certainly Barred

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divine graceWhen the “Will & Grace” ensemble and their producers got the bright idea to resurrect their show and squeeze some new laughs out of today’s increasingly bizarre source material, many folks over in the offices at ABC TV (and one unstable has-been smoking weed on her nut farm) sat up to take notice.

Roseanne, a titan of television and one of the medium’s most powerful influencers, has seen her light dim since her meteoric rise in the ’90s. Stars in Hollywood are actually no different than stars in the heavens: Both are enormous balls of gas that eventually burn out. Also, much like their celestial counterparts, the bigger they are the more fiercely they burn. Eventually, they burn off all of that gas, slowly fading, dimming and becoming more obscure. Then they buy a macadamia nut farm in Hawaii, get drunk and lose their minds.

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NBC renews ‘Will & Grace’ for third season, orders expanded second season

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Will & Grace” isn’t leaving the small screen anytime soon.

Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes will be back for additional episodes, NBC announced during the Paley Center for Media’s Paleyfest in Los Angeles on Saturday. The revival series’ second season episode order has been increased from 13 episodes to 18. It will also return for an 18-episode third season.

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