Sundance to include LGBTQ panels by Outfest

By : John Paul King of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Sundance Film Festival. (Photo by Film Inquiry)

LA’s Outfest has been hosting a famous Queer Brunch at the Sundance Film Festival for years, but this year the organization has announced plans to expand its presence there for the first time in more than a decade.

The world-renowned LGBTQ Film Festival announced Jan. 20 that it was launching the Outfest House @ Sundance, an afternoon of celebration and education for festival alumni, community and fans of cinema celebrating the LGBTQ films at Sundance. Taking place in the heart of the festival at Kimball Terrace, it will offer a program of panels and discussions with industry professionals, exploring the history, politics and purpose of queer cinema.

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Taylor Swift, Janet Mock to be honored by GLAAD

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Taylor Swift and writer-director-producer Janet Mock will be honored at the 31st Annual GLAAD Media Awards for their advocacy for LGBTQ issues.

The pop star will receive the Vanguard Award, which is presented to allies who have made a significant difference in promoting acceptance of LGBTQ people. Mock, who is best known for her work on the FX series “Pose,” will receive the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, presented to a LGBTQ media professional.

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Charges against California social workers over boy’s death thrown out

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Above: Gabriel Fernandez (Photo from Gabriel’s Justice on Facebook)

LOS ANGELES (AP) | A California appeals court threw out criminal charges against four former social workers Jan. 3 over the 2013 torture-death of an 8-year-old boy.

In a 2-1 ruling, a panel of the California 2nd District Court of Appeal found that the Los Angeles County social workers couldn’t be charged with child abuse and falsifying public records in the death of Gabriel Fernandez because, according to the ruling, they “never had the requisite duty to control the abusers and did not have care or custody of Gabriel,” the Los Angeles Times reported.

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Actress Sara Gilbert separates from wife, singer Linda Perry

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ABOVE: Sara Gilbert and Linda Perry at an Evening with Women event in 2014. (Photo by Greg Hernandez, from Wikimedia Commons)

LOS ANGELES (AP) | Actress Sara Gilbert has filed for legal separation from her wife of five years, singer and songwriter Linda Perry.

Gilbert filed the separation documents in Los Angeles Superior Court Dec. 27. The papers cite irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split, and requests that neither woman receive spousal support.

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Police investigate possible hate crime in LA bar ouster

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LOS ANGELES (AP) | The forceful removal of a group of transgender women and a gay man from a Los Angeles bar is being investigated as a possible hate crime, police said Aug. 27.

Cell phone video showing security guards shoving and dragging two transgender women and a gay man out of the downtown bar was widely shared on social media over the weekend. Top police officials and Mayor Eric Garcetti promised a thorough investigation.

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Juneau drag queen one of eight competing in national pageant

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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) | Gigi Monroe is going to Hollywood.

The Juneau drag queen will be one of eight competing in a new Drag Queen of the Year Pageant Competition Award Contest Competition debuting during RuPaul’s DragCon 2019 in Los Angeles.

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L.A. muralist paints Freddie Mercury on side of Floyd’s in Mills/50

By : Amanda Espinosa
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ORLANDO | Jonas Never, an artist and muralist from Los Angeles, brought his art skills to Central Florida to paint a pair of murals of cultural icons on the outside walls of two Floyd’s 99 Barbershops in Orlando.

Never painted a large mural of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury at the Mills/50 Floyd’s 99 located at 842 N Mills Ave.

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Los Angeles group buys gay resort in Oklahoma City

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) | An Oklahoma City hotel that bills itself as the largest gay resort in the Southwest has new out-of-state owners.

The Journal Record reports Los Angeles-based Alternatives Resorts has bought the 170-room Habana Inn. Oklahoma County property records show the property sold for $2.4 million.

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Anti-LGBT petitions before Supreme Court could make for dire term

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A number of anti-LGBT petitions are before the U.S. Supreme Court, although legal experts say adjudication of these cases — if justices agree to take them up — may not be as bad as some observers fear.

With one exception, each of the petitions before the court calls for a rollback of LGBT rights or a reversal of decisions from lower courts affirming LGBT rights within those jurisdictions.

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Valdez rejects anti-trans bathroom bill as ‘fear-mongering’ in Texas debate

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Lesbian candidate for Texas governor Lupe Valdez rejected anti-transgender bathroom legislation — once a priority for anti-LGBT Gov. Greg Abbott — as “fear-mongering” in a debate Friday night with her opponent.

During the debate at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, KSAT-TV anchor Steve Spriester asked Abbott whether he’d sign a bill barring transgender people from using the restroom consistent with their gender identity.

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Kevin Spacey’s ‘Billionaire Boys Club’ earns $126 on opening day

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Kevin Spacey’s latest film “Billionaire Boys Club” bombed at the box office over the weekend pulling in just $126 on Friday (opening day) and $162 on Saturday. The opening weekend total came in at $618, according to the Hollywood Reporter. 

This is Spacey’s first film to be released in theaters since his numerous sexual harassment allegations. Vertical Entertainment, the company that produced the film, chose to move forward with the film’s release because of the work of the rest of the cast and crew.

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Lance Bass ‘heartbroken’ after losing ‘Brady Bunch’ house bid

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Lance Bass was left “heartbroken” after he lost a bidding war for the “Brady Bunch” house.

Located in the Studio City neighborhood of Los Angeles, the two-bedroom, three-bathroom split-level home served as the exterior shots for the Brady family’s home.

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