Cottonelle’s gay toilet paper ad draws criticism

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Cottonelle recently released a new ad that includes a gay couple but the 15-second spot angered some TV watchers.

In the commercial, one man is about to meet his boyfriend’s parents.

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Social media sensation Clawdeena lives her best life in DeLand

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Clawdeena is the name of a Monster High doll, but to the 19-year-old YouTube sensation who shares that name, it’s more. It’s the name that allows her to confidently express her true self in her day-to-day life.

Clawdeena created her feminine alter-ego after finding a love for recreating her doll’s looks and a passion for entertaining others. At first, being a 14-year-old with a love for makeup who had a father as a pastor and mother as an ordained minister was a tough situation.

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Fans question if Ariana Grande is queerbaiting in new music video

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Ariana Grande has fans questioning if she is hinting at her bisexuality in her new music video for the single “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored.”

In the lyrics of the song, which appears on her latest album “thank u, next,” Grande describes her lust for her love interest who has a girlfriend. The video seems to follow the same storyline with Grande spotting Charles Milton (“Riverdale”) at the club. She appears attracted to him but notices he came with his girlfriend. The couple invites Grande to hang out with them and Grande, annoyed with their relationship, tries to get in between them.

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Trans actor Zach Barack cast in ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’

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Zach Barack, a 23-year-old transgender actor from Chicago, has landed a role in the upcoming Marvel film, “Spider-Man: Far From Home.”

Though it is not confirmed how large his role will be, Barack’s manager tells NBC News that Barack will have a “significant role.”

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WATCH: Actress Ellen Page calls out Vice President Mike Pence for anti-LGBTQ views

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Out actress Ellen Page stopped by “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Jan. 31 to promote her new Netflix original series “The Umbrella Academy.”

During the interview, Page expressed her concerns with how the media is handling LGBTQ issues, treating them as debates rather than actual problems.

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LGBT duo makes historic debut in U.S. Figure Skating Championship

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Ice dancers Karina Manta and Joseph Johnson made history as the first LGBT duo to compete in the U.S. Figure Skating Championship which took place in Detroit over the weekend.

The duo skated to “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)” earning 104.81 points and finishing in seventh place overall.

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Sam Smith and Normani release ‘Dancing with a Stranger’ music video

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Sam Smith and Normani released the video for their new song “Dancing with a Stranger,” the first collaboration between the pop stars.

Directed by Vaughan Arnell, the video features Smith and Normani attempting to get over their exes by dancing “with someone new.” As they mull over their failed relationships, holographs of different people dance around them.

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YouTuber Logan Paul defends ‘going gay’ comments

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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YouTuber Logan Paul recently was criticized for saying he and his Impaulsive Podcast co-host Mike Mejlak intended to “go gay” for the month of March.

“It’s male-only March. We’re going to attempt to go gay for just one month,” Paul explained.

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British YouTuber raises over 200k in gaming stream for trans charity

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H.Bomberguy, a UK-based YouTuber, announced in a video Jan. 14 he would be playing “Donkey Kong 64” for charity on the popular streaming platform Twitch.

H.Bomberguy, whose real name is Harry Brewis, chose the charity Mermaids, an organization providing support services for transgender children and teenagers.

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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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