Charlize Theron says her oldest child is ‘not a boy’

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Charlize Theron revealed to the Daily Mail that her oldest child Jackson, 7, is “not a boy.”

The South African actress adopted Jackson as a baby in 2012 and her second daughter August, who is now 3, in 2016. Theron says she believed Jackson was a boy until Jackson told Theron she didn’t feel like a boy at a young age.

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VIDEO: ‘Drag Race’ stars join Lizzo for new ‘Juice’ music video

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Lizzo released a new version of her music video “Juice” featuring “RuPaul’s Drag Race” stars.

Soju, A’keria Davenport, Asia O’Hara, Detox, Morgan McMichaels, Sonique, Mayhem Miller, Mariah Balenciaga and Silky Nutmeg Ganache, who have all competed on “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” all appear in the video dancing around and squeezing fruit.

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Transgender actor Ian Alexander says ‘The OA’ helped his family accept his identity

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ABOVE: Ian Alexander on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show.’ (Screenshot via YouTube)

Transgender actor Ian Alexander opened up on how working on the Netflix series “The OA” helped his family accept his identity in an interview with “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

Alexander, 17, shared how he first began to understand he was transgender through watching YouTube videos when he was younger.

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Advocates call on Alaska school district to address bullying

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) | Advocates have called on an Alaska school district to do more to protect vulnerable students after a group of boys tried to enter a girls’ restroom at a high school to take photos for social media.

Multiple people spoke at a school board meeting of the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District on April 15, criticizing the district’s handling of the bathroom incident, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported.

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Colombians stage kiss-a-thon in support of LGBTQ rights

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BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) | Dozens of same-sex couples kissed simultaneously outside an upscale shopping mall in Colombia’s capital April 17, in the latest demonstration calling for LGBTQ rights in the South American country.

The “kiss-a-thon” was held just days after two gay men in their early 20s were harassed at the Andino shopping center by a man who pushed the couple, screamed profanities at them and accused them of fondling each other in front of a group of children.

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VIDEO: Mayor Bob Buckhorn says goodbye, thanks city for eight years

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TAMPA | Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn thanked the city for his eight years in office in a video released April 18.

“Thank you, Tampa, for allowing me the amazing honor to be your Mayor,” Buckhorn shared via social media. “There may be other mayors that are better than me, but I know that there will never be a mayor that loves this job as much as I do. I hope I made you proud.”

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Ryan Murphy is adapting ‘The Boys in the Band’ for Netflix

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Ryan Murphy is bringing the Broadway play “The Boys in the Band” to Netflix.

Murphy took to Instagram to make the announcement writing, “The Broadway cast of BOYS was so important to me, and as equally groundbreaking as Mart Crowley’s seminal work. Everyone in the cast was out and proud…and feeling so blessed to mark the 50th anniversary of Mart’s landmark play.”

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VIDEO: Jimmy Fallon parodies Pete Buttigieg on ‘Tonight Show’

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Jimmy Fallon debuted his impression of South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg in a skit for “The Tonight Show.”

Fallon appears on stage to give a speech about his 2020 election bid dressed in full Buttigieg attire.

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The Other Side of Life: Jane Castor and American Exceptionalism

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LGBTQ is not a qualification. Woman is not a qualification.

These are genetic characteristics, inscribed on a human’s chromosomes at conception (or, in a religio-metaphysical sense, since the conception of the heavens).

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Watermark’s Wedding Bells: Nicholas Relyea and Harry Myers

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Harry Myers had the surprise of a lifetime for Nicholas Relyea on his 40th birthday at Bern’s Park—a proposal. He had planned the engagement for four months and it was attended by 40-45 people. “Bern’s Park is our halfway point when we take walks at night, so it has great significance to us,” Relyea says.

The pair first met in March 2017. “We met through mutual friends on March 24, 2017, and the attraction, both physically and emotionally, were instant,” Relyea tells. “Neither of us was pursuing any kind of relationship. People say when you stop looking he will appear, and they are right! Love at first sight really does exist!”

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New children’s picture book recounts the history of Stonewall

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Tampa Bay author Rob Sanders will unveil “Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution,” the first picture book detailing the history of the Stonewall Inn’s role in the LGBTQ civil rights movement, at the fifth annual SunLit Festival in St. Petersburg on April 27.

Sanders, the author of the celebrated “Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag,” will welcome all ages to a book launch performance at The Studios@620 from 6-8 p.m. with Tombolo Books. The Studios@620 Artistic Director Bob Devin Jones and an ensemble cast will join, celebrating the upcoming 50th anniversary of the infamous uprising.

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Here We Go Again: American Stage in the Park is back with ‘Mamma Mia!’

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American Stage in the Park, a celebrated Tampa Bay tradition for over 30 years, is back—this time with the timeless pop of ABBA in “Mamma Mia!” The record-breaking musical, one of the longest running in Broadway history, is playing now through May 12 at Demens Landing at 8 p.m. every Wednesday through Sunday.

“On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago,” the production’s synopsis reads. “This enchanting tale of love, laughter, family and friendship features a large cast, non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers for an unforgettable night under the stars!”

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