Grindr shutters its digital publication Into

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Grindr unexpectedly laid off the editorial and social media staff for its digital LGBT publication, Into, on Jan. 15  in an effort to shift to video content.

According to the Advocate, Grindr’s communications department issued a statement to the press explaining the pivot.

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Watch: Troye Sivan lights up a beach romance in ‘Lucky Strike’ video

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Troye Sivan indulges in a beach romance in his latest music video “Lucky Strike.”

The video, directed by Emma Westenberg who also directed Janelle Monáe’s “Pynk” video, shows Sivan lounging on the beach. The bartender catches his eye and he makes his way over to get a drink. He whips up a special drink for Sivan which includes blood from Sivan’s heart.

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The LGBTQ impact on movies, music, television, sports and fashion in 2018

By : Jeremy Williams
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From groundbreaking television to record-setting events, this year in LGBTQ pop culture has been explosive. Legends were remembered, new icons were formed and history was made—one certain gay athlete even became America’s new sweetheart.

Here we have compiled just a snippet of the LGBTQ impact on movies, music, television, sports and fashion in 2018 with our annual LGBTQ Pop Culture, A-Z.

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Watch: Gus Kenworthy helps gay college student come out to parents

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the national LGBT media association
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Gus Kenworthy surprised a 20-year-old gay college student to offer some advice on coming out for Ellen DeGeneres’ digital series “Fearless.”

John explains that he has already come out to his friends but has yet to come out to his parents.

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Watch: Netflix releases new trailer for Jennifer Aniston film ‘Dumplin’

By : Meghan Sweeney
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What do Jennifer Aniston, Dolly Parton and Ginger Minj all have in common? They’re all apart of the new Netflix original movie “Dumplin’.”

“Dumplin'” — based on the Julie Murphy novel of the same name — follows Willowdean “Dumplin” Dickson, played by Danielle Macdonald, and her former pageant star mother Rosie, played by Jennifer Aniston.

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Fit for Print: Millennials, you’re up!

By : Steve Blanchard
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Millennials fascinate me.

Recently, my work-life has brought me within close proximity of these young adults born after 1980. Many members of this first generation to come of age in the 21st century can be loud, obnoxious, socially awkward, distracted by their phones and dismissive of older generations.

But there are many stereotypes they don’t fulfill. I’ve yet to see one eat avocado toast and have met several who own their own homes!

While they don’t fit all of those stereotypes created by online surveys, they do seem to be far more intelligent than many give them credit for. They look at life in a way that is different than those of us who came before them and now that they are in society as adults, they can be the game-changers who can have a lasting effect for years to come.

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Trans of Thought: Radically Visible

By : Maia Monet
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In Oct. 2007 I decided to shave my beard. This was a big deal considering I’d had my beard for 13 years.

However, Halloween was coming up and I’d had a brainwave for a costume that required me to be clean-shaven. You see, my wife at the time and I had been invited to an adult party thrown by married straight friends, and the husband was famous for dressing in drag at their events. My intention was to beat them at their own game by showing up in our own gender-bending outfits.

We went through a few options, including my wife as a football player and me as cheerleader, but all seemed too cliché or safe. We ultimately settled on my suggested “edgy” spin, which was to go as a matched set of lesbian cheerleaders. That I was in fact a lesbian trans woman deep in the closet, and had never gone out in “drag,” probably played a large role in my inspiration. Looking back now, I can see heaping helpings of projection in my idea, and it is more than a little embarrassing.

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Watch: Randy Rainbow urges you to vote in ‘Wicked’ parody

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Randy Rainbow wants you to vote.

The YouTuber known for his political musical parodies has taken on everyone from Brett Kavanaugh to Kellyanne Conway but now he’s focused on the midterm elections.

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Watch: Rufus Wainwright blasts Trump in ‘Sword of Damocles’ video

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Rufus Wainwright took aim at President Donald Trump in his new music video for “Sword of Damocles,” a reference to the ancient Greek parable, which also stars actor Darren Criss.

The video begins with a note from Wainwright to Trump saying that the story of Damocles reminds him of the president.

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Deadmau5 apologizes for ‘homophobic,’ ‘transphobic’ comments

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Deadmau5 (real name Joel Zimmerman) has issued an apology after he was accused of making “homophobic” and “transphobic” comments during an online argument about his mouse helmet.

The comments began when a user made a jab about the Canadian DJ’s neck getting sweaty in the helmet.

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Twitter permanently bans anti-LGBTQ conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, Infowars

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NEW YORK (AP) | Twitter permanently banned right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his Infowars show for abusive behavior, a day after CEO Jack Dorsey testified before Congress about alleged bias against conservatives on the platform.

The company said Jones won’t be able to create new accounts on Twitter or take over any existing ones. In a tweet, it said it would continue to monitor reports about other accounts potentially associated with Jones or Infowars, and will “take action” if it finds any attempts to circumvent the ban.

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Cuban YouTubers document LGBTI life, issues

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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SAGUA LA GRANDE, Cuba — A growing number of Cuban internet users are using YouTube to document LGBTI life and issues on the Communist island.

Nelson Julio Álvarez Mairata, who lives in Sagua la Grande, a small city on Cuba’s north central coast that is located roughly three hours east of Havana, launched his YouTube channel, Nexy J Show, in 2016.

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