12.26.19 Central Florida Bureau Chief’s Desk

By : Jeremy Williams
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“Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes / How do you measure, measure a year?”

If you are familiar with the Broadway show “RENT” — and let’s face it, if you’re reading this then you probably are — you know the answer to that question is “love, seasons of love.” Well, for me I measure a year by pop culture’s five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred “best of” year-end lists. All the greatest magazines, entertainment shows, YouTube channels and Starbucks baristas have them. Heck, this very issue of Watermark, our annual Year in Review, has an A-Z list of the best moments in LGBTQ pop culture.

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Bill Maher under fire for homophobic humor

By : John Paul King OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Bill Maher, photo via Janet Van Ham/HBO.

Talk show host Bill Maher is once again facing criticism for using homophobic humor, this time for a feature he did on the most recent episode of his HBO TV show, “Real Time with Bill Maher.”

In the segment, which was making fun of Senator Lindsey Graham, the comedian included several jokes based on outdated gay stereotypes.

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Lil Nas X explains why he came out on HBO series ‘The Shop’

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ABOVE: Lil Nas X on “The Shop.” (Screenshot from Twitter)

Lil Nas X explained why he came out while having the no. 1 song in the U.S. to the panel of guests, which included comedian Kevin Hart, on the HBO series, “The Shop.”

“For me, the cool dude with the song on top of everything to say this, any other time I’m doing this for attention in my eyes, but if you doing this when you are at the top, you know it’s like for real,” said the “Old Town Road” singer.

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Watch: Bob the Drag Queen emcees a ‘Basic Ball’ for ‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’

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ABOVE: Bob the Drag Queen on “A Black Lady Sketch Show.” (Screenshot via YouTube)

Bob the Drag Queen emcees a “Basic Ball,” a “ball for the rest of the LGBTQ-ties,” on HBO’s “A Black Lady Sketch Show.”

The ball, which mimics the ballroom scene, has categories such as Clinical Depression, Barbecue Daddy and Just Awkward in the Body.

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‘Euphoria’ renewed for season two

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Hunter Schafer and Zendaya in ‘Euphoria.’ (Screenshot via YouTube)

HBO series “Euphoria” has been renewed for a second season.

“‘Euphoria’ creator Sam Levinson has built an incredible world with an extraordinary cast led by the supremely talented Zendaya,” Francesca Orsi, executive VP HBO Programming, said in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter. “We are so grateful that he chose HBO as the home for this groundbreaking series. We look forward to following these complex characters as their journeys continue through the challenging world they inhabit.”

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Fit For Print: Stop It with the Elitism

By : Steve Blanchard
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We live in a weird time. That may be the understatement of the year if I were talking about the political world here and abroad or even the amazing technological advances that seem to make it into the headlines almost every day.

I’m talking about the odd social world that permeates our everyday lives, either in person or through our computer and cell phone screens. This new (or maybe not so new) elitist trend of making a public point of sharing our dislike of popular things and making a big deal about it has got to stop. It’s exhausting and a waste of energy.

One case in point: HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”

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New HBO miniseries ‘Gentleman Jack’ explores life of ‘first modern lesbian’

By : Brian T. Carney OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Gentleman Jack,” now playing on HBO, is a fascinating portrait of Anne Lister, an English landowner often descried as “the first modern lesbian.” The splendid eight-part series, a co-production of HBO and BBC One, is a rollicking portrait of life in Regency England, a time of great social, political and economic upheaval.

Set in Halifax in 1832, the series opens when Anne Lister (the delightfully swaggering Suranna Jones) returns to the family manse after foreign travel and a collapsed affair with Vere Hobart (Jodhi May) who has decided to marry a man (something that has happened to Lister before).

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Kid Fury and Lena Waithe are developing new HBO comedy series

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Kid Fury and Lena Waithe are working to bring a “surreal dark comedy” focused on a gay, black man to the small screen.

Variety describes the upcoming series as a “surreal dark comedy that follows Greg, a 20-something sarcastic gay black man navigating adulthood and responsibility in New York City while struggling to wrap his head around his undiagnosed clinical depression.”

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‘Westworld,’ ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ actress Tessa Thompson comes out as bisexual

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With two days left in Pride month, Tessa Thompson — who portrayed bisexual superhero Valkyrie in last year’s Marvel mega-hit film “Thor: Ragnarok,” — has come out as bisexual herself in an interview with Net-A-Porter.

Thompson, who also stars in the hit HBO series “Westworld” and can be seen in this fall’s “Creed” sequel, has been rumored to be in a relationship with singer/actress Janelle Monae since appearing in Monae’s “Pynk” and “Make Me Feel” music videos earlier this year. Monae recently came out as pansexual.

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Sarah Jessica Parker endorses Cynthia Nixon for governor

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NEW YORK (AP) _ Sarah Jessica Parker has endorsed her “Sex and the City” castmate Cynthia Nixon’s run for governor of New York.

Parker endorsed Nixon on Instagram on Thursday, calling her “my sister on and off screen.”

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Issa Rae is developing a comedy about a bisexual black man for HBO

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Issa Rae is working on a comedy for HBO about a bisexual black man’s dating life, according to Deadline.

The series, titled “Him or Her,” will explore “the distinctly different worlds and relationships he finds himself in.” Rae will serve as executive producer. Former “Daily Show” writer Travon Free created the series which is based on his own experiences dating as a bisexual black man.

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Issa Rae considering LGBT storyline for season three of ‘Insecure’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Issa Rae’s hit HBO series “Insecure” has covered a variety of hot-button topics from open marriages, cheating and threesomes but the show has only lightly touched on LGBT issues.

In the show’s first season, Molly dated car salesman Jared, who confessed to having had oral sex with another man.

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