Sean Hayes on new film, saying farewell to Jack

By : Brian T. Carney OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Sean Hayes stars as Susan in “Lazy Susan.” (Photo courtesy Shout! Studios)

Even though he’s sheltering in place with his husband Scott Icenogle, this April is going to be a very busy month for award-winning actor Sean Hayes.

He’s starring as the lead female character in “Lazy Susan,” a movie he also co-wrote and co-produced, which drops on VOD and streaming channels on April 3.

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Trailer reveals Sean Hayes as ‘Lazy Susan’

By : John Paul King of the washington blade, courtesy of the national LGBT media association
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ABOVE: Sean Hayes stars as “Lazy Susan” (Image courtesy Shout! Studios)

Thanks to years of portraying Jack McFarland on the hit NBC sitcom “Will & Grace,” we’re all used to seeing Sean Hayes in the role of a comically self-absorbed, shallow schemer who has no shame when it comes to manipulating others into taking care of him.

This spring, we’ll get to see him play it again – only this time, he’ll be doing it as a woman.

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Shelley Morrison, Rosario on ‘Will & Grace,’ dies at 83

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ABOVE: (L-R) Sean Hayes, Shelley Morrison and Megan Mullally in an episode of “Will & Grace.” (Screenshot from Hulu)

LOS ANGELES (AP) | Shelley Morrison, an actress with a 50-year career who was best known for playing a memorable maid on “Will & Grace,” died Dec. 1, her publicist said.

Morrison died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles from heart failure after a brief illness, publicist Lori DeWaal told The Associated Press. She was 83.

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11.27.19 Tampa Bay Bureau Chief’s Desk

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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My husband and I recently marked three years of marriage, which is as strange to type as it was to celebrate. Not because I didn’t think we’d make it, I looked forward to our decades to come long before our wedding day, but because I’ve lost my perception of time.

A number of factors have contributed to my inability to understand the calendar year, Tampa Bay Bureau Chief among them operating in Watermark’s two-week press cycle, but I mostly attribute it to living in Florida. Even though I moved here more than a decade ago, I have yet to adjust to the lack of proper seasons; time flies when you’re having sun.

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‘Will & Grace’ to pay tribute to ‘I Love Lucy’ in upcoming episode

By : Lora Korpar
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ABOVE: “Will & Grace” cast as there “I Love Lucy” counterparts. (Photo from Entertainment Weekly’s Twitter)

“Will & Grace” will be airing an episode inspired by iconic sitcom “I Love Lucy” as a part of their final season this spring.

The episode will feature three dream sequences that re-create iconic scenes from the sitcom and even features a cameo from Lucie Arnaz, daughter of “I Love Lucy” stars Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, according to Entertainment Weekly.

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Nick Offerman talks television, touring and being on the side of decency

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Nick Offerman is a New York Times-best selling author, reality show host and woodworker, but you probably know him best as the scene-stealing Ron Swanson. The performer brought the character to life on NBC’s comedic “Parks and Recreation” from 2009-2015.

Before, during and after, Offerman has used his platform to advocate for equality on all fronts – often beside his wife, fellow entertainer Megan Mulally. The actress and LGBTQ icon originated the role of Karen Walker on the groundbreaking LGBTQ series “Will & Grace,” on which he’s also guest starred.

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Debra Messing to headline CAN Community Health fundraiser

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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ABOVE: Debra Messing will headline CAN Community Health’s second annual Red Ribbon Gala. Photo courtesy CAN’s Facebook page.

SARASOTA | CAN Community Health announced Oct. 7 that LGBTQ ally, actress and activist Debra Messing will headline the organization’s second annual Red Ribbon Gala at the Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota on Feb. 22, 2020.

Messing is best known for her award-winning role on “Will & Grace,” NBC’s groundbreaking LGBTQ television series.  Its revival will end in 2020 with a third season, its eleventh overall.

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Trump again attacks ‘Will & Grace’ actress Debra Messing

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NEW YORK (AP) | President Donald Trump is again attacking Debra Messing, calling the liberal activist and “Will & Grace” star a racist and saying she should be fired from the NBC sitcom.

Messing apologized earlier this week after tweeting in support of an Alabama church sign which reads “a black vote for Trump is mental illness.” Trump tweeted Sept. 5 that Messing was being held to a different standard than what was used for Roseanne Barr, whose show “Roseanne” was cancelled in 2018 by ABC after she made racist comments about former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett.

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A look back at some of the biggest LGBTQ pop culture moments over the last quarter century

By : Jeremy Williams
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Pop culture has always been ahead of the game when it comes to opening the hearts and minds of society. Long before the majority of the U.S. supported marriage equality, believed LGBTQ rights were human rights and accepted that we were born this way, the LGBTQ community was being acknowledged in movies, music, TV shows, books and more.

We have gathered the ABC’s of LGBTQ pop culture moments from over the last quarter century on this page to remind you of a few of those times that made us feel like we were being seen.

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‘Will & Grace’ revival to end with third season

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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NBC’s “Will & Grace” revival will end in 2020 with a third season, its eleventh overall.

The groundbreaking series returned to NBC in 2017 to strong ratings, leading to its two-year renewal. The sitcom has earned 91 Emmy nominations with 18 wins, including one for each cast member.

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Matt Bomer stars in the new dramatic comedy, ‘Papi Chulo’

By : Gregg Shapiro
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In “Papi Chulo”—written and directed by John Butler—openly gay actor Matt Bomer plays Sean, a TV weatherman who has an onscreen breakdown. His sensitive but ratings-obsessed boss Ash, played by Wendi McLendon-Covey, gives him a leave of absence. Unfortunately, the recently single Sean doesn’t know what to do with the time and repeatedly calls his ex Carlos to get his voicemail.

Sean soon notices his home needs repairs, leading him to hire migrant worker Ernesto, played by Alejandro Patiño. Lacking companionship, Sean loses sight of boundaries and socializes with Ernesto in spite of the language barrier and the fact that he is a straight, married man.

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New NBC sitcom ‘Abby’s’ sparkles with strong veteran cast

By : Brian T. Carney Of The Washington Blade, Courtesy Of The National LGBT Media Association
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New sitcom “Abby’s” starts with the interesting announcement that the show was filmed in front of a live outdoor audience. But while shooting the show live and outside (and in a multi-camera format) gives the show a distinctive look and pacing, that’s not what makes the show a milestone for LGBT representation and inclusion.

The show is historic because it’s the first sitcom with a bisexual female lead that’s played by an out actress. It premieres on March 28 at 9:39 p.m. on NBC following “Will & Grace.”

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