‘Feel Good’ on Netflix, Freeform’s ‘Motherland: Fort Salem’ are quirky, engaging

By : Brian T. Carney OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: From left, Lisa Kudrow, Charlotte Ritchie, Adrian Lukis and Mae Martin in ‘Feel Good.’ (Photo by Matt Squire, courtesy Netflix)

While you’re sheltering in place or just trying to observe the proper social distancing, streaming TV is an excellent way to keep yourself occupied and connected.

Luckily, two great new series with strong LGBTQ content are premiering this week.

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RuPaul series cancelled by Netflix

By : John Paul King OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: RuPaul in “AJ and the Queen,” photo courtesy Netflix.

After a debut season that was mostly dismissed by critics even as many fans embraced it, RuPaul’s Neflix series “AJ and the Queen” has been cancelled.

The show, which debuted on the streaming platform less than two months ago, followed a “down-on-her-luck” drag queen named Ruby Red (RuPaul), who embarks on a cross-country tour a rundown 1990s R/V with an 11-year-old stowaway orphan named AJ (Izzy G) after being swindled out of her life savings by a shady ex-lover.

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Netflix revisits ‘The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez’ in harrowing but essential docuseries

By : John Paul King OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The name of Gabriel Fernandez still hangs heavy over the City of Los Angeles.

From the day the 8-year-old was found by Fire Department personnel on the floor of his Palmdale home after they responded to a 911 call from his mother, his story loomed large in the daily news. The paramedics had found Gabriel badly bruised and unresponsive, with profound injuries – broken ribs, a cracked skull, missing teeth, burnt skin, and BB bullets imbedded in his lungs and groin – that didn’t fit with the explanation they had been given for his condition.

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Netflix announces drop date for Ryan Murphy’s ‘Hollywood’

By : John Paul King of the washington blade, courtesy of the national LGBT media association
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The entertainment juggernaut that is Ryan Murphy just keeps on coming.

Netflix officially announced Feb. 20 the launch date for “Hollywood,” the prolific writer/director/producer’s second series on the network.

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Ben Platt to perform at GLAAD Media Awards

By : John Paul King OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Actor and singer Ben Platt will perform at the GLAAD Media Awards in New York City next month.

GLAAD announced on Wednesday that the Tony-winning “Dear Evan Hansen” actor and star of Netflix’s “The Politician” will be singing as part of the New York ceremony, which is the 31st annual presentation of the awards, taking place at the Hilton Midtown on Thursday, March 19.

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Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee speaks out on Netflix doc, rumors of his sexuality

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ABOVE: Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins speaking with “Good Morning America.” (Screenshot from ABC News’ YouTube)

BOSTON (AP) | The fiancee of former NFL star Aaron Hernandez spoke publicly for the first time since the release of a documentary series examining his life more than two years after he killed himself in his prison cell.

Hernandez’s fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, said in an interview with “Good Morning America” Jan. 29 that she had been unaware the late New England Patriots tight end was bisexual. Jenkins said she “would not have loved him differently” if he had told her.

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Taylor Swift explains why she got political in new Netflix doc

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“I need to be on the right side of history,” pop icon Taylor Swift says about her jump into the political arena in the trailer to a new documentary film coming to Netflix Jan. 31. “Miss Americana,” directed by Emmy-winning filmmaker Lana Wilson, follows Swift throughout the making of her album “Lover” and as she finds her political voice over the last few years.

Prior to the 2018 mid-term elections, Swift had been quiet publicly on matters of politics until she came out in an Instagram post endorsing two Democratic candidates in her home state of Tennessee in October 2018. Less than a year later, Swift encouraged her fans to support The Equality Act — legislation designed to protect LGBTQ Americans from discrimination on the basis of  sexual orientation and gender identity — in the music video for her single “You Need To Calm Down,” which featured dozens of LGBTQ entertainers.

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‘AJ and the Queen’ actor Josh Segarra on his new Netflix show with RuPaul

By : Brian T. Carney OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Josh Segarra and RuPaul in ‘AJ and the Queen.’ (Photo by Beth Dubber; courtesy Netflix)

Actor and ally Josh Segarra has been very busy lately. His new show “AJ and the Queen” started streaming on Netflix and Segarra and his wife Brace Rice brought their second son Hank home from the hospital on Jan. 10, the same day this interview took place.

Segarra says the show’s audience will have a fun ride with star RuPaul and a beautiful bevy of queens from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (including guest appearances by Pork Chop, Vanessa Vanjie, Chad Michaels, Trixie Mattel, Valentina and Trinity the Tuck) as well as delicious cameos from Adrienne Barbeau, Marc Singer, Lorraine Bracco, Laura Bell Bundy, Mary Kay Place, Mario Cantone and Bridget Everett.

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Brazil’s Supreme Court allows gay Jesus film on Netflix

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ABOVE: Porta dos Fundos’ “First Temptation of Christ.” Image courtesy of Netflix.

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) | The president of Brazil’s Supreme Court on Jan. 9 issued an order that allows streaming service Netflix to continue exhibiting a satirical film depicting Jesus as a gay man and reaffirmed Brazilians’ right to free speech.

“It is not to be assumed that a humorous satire has the magic power to undermine the values of the Christian faith, whose existence goes back more than two thousand years,” Supreme Court President Jose Antonio Dias Toffoli wrote in his decision.

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Sundance Film Festival aims for more movie critic diversity

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ABOVE: Sundance Film Festival marquee, photo via Facebook.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) | A Sundance Film Festival program designed to increase diversity among media members covering the annual event in Park City boomed in popularity in the initiative’s second year.

For this year’s festival, 51 journalists were selected out of a pool of 319 applicants to receive travel stipends provided in the program, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

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Rio police identify suspect of attack on Netflix filmmakers

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) | Police in Rio de Janeiro have identified one of the people responsible for a gasoline bomb attack targeting satirists behind a Christmas program on Netflix that some critics have described as blasphemous.

The 41-year-old businessman, named Eduardo Fauzi Richard Cerquise, has a “violent profile” and remains at large, according to Marco Aurelio de Paula Ribeiro, the detective in charge of the investigation. Police had a warrant for Cerquise’s arrest Dec. 31 but were unable to locate him.

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A look back at some record-breaking moments in LGBTQ entertainment

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It was a history-making year in film, TV, music, sports, even cartoons and toylines, for the LGBTQ community in 2019.

We look back on a few of those amazing moments in our annual LGBTQ Pop Culture ABCs.

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