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Showbiz news: Nico Tortorella, Hugh Jackman, Demi Lovato, Shaun T - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Since opening up about their polyamorous relationship, actor Nico Tortorella said tensions have been high with partner Bethany Meyers' family, according to Page Six. "Honestly, it's kind of a sensitive topic right this second," he told People at the World Wide Orphans Gala. In 2016, the 29-year-old actor revealed that he was sexually "fluid." This past June, he opened up ...


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Tambor leaving 'Transparent' after accusations - In the wake of two accusations of sexual harassment by members of the Transparent team that he has strongly denied, Jeffery Tambor decided not to return to the Amazon series, Deadline reported. "Playing Maura Pfefferman on Transparent has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life," said Tambor of the Emmy-winning role . "What has become ...


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Showbiz news: Aguilera, Robbie Rogers, 'Jane the Virgin,' Gal Gadot - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The American Music Awards has a packed performance lineup, including a special tribute to Whitney Houston, ABC13.com noted. Christina Aguilera will commemorate the 25th anniversary of "The Bodyguard." Other big performances include the U.S. television performance premiere of BTS, a mega-popular K-Pop band, and Selena Gomez's television debut of her new song "Wolves." Diana Ross, who is being honored with ...


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VIEWPOINTS Will and Grace 2017: You Can't Go Home Again - 1 Sitcoms, when they are done well, are like families. As a child of the Seventies and Eighties, I had very personal relationships with the TV shows I watched back then, and loving memories now of what they meant to me. I was eight when The Jeffersons came on at 9:30, past my bedtime. My sister and I would ...


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GLAAD: Broadcast TV has many LGBTQ characters, often lacks diversity and complexity - From a GLAAD press release - New York — GLAAD, the world's largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today released its annual Where We Are on TV report. Where We Are on TV analyzes the overall diversity of primetime scripted series regulars on broadcast networks and assesses the number of LGBTQ characters on cable networks and original streaming series on the services Amazon, Hulu, and Netflix for ...


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Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin to premiere on Independent Lens Jan. 1 - From a press release - ( San Francisco, CA ) —Jennifer M. Kroot's The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin, winner of an Audience Award at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival, premieres on Independent Lens, Monday, January 1, 2018, 10:30PM ET ( check local listings ) on PBS. The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin examines the life and work of one of the world's most beloved ...


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Showbiz: Andy Cohen, Cyndi Lauper, allegations/fallout, Scissor Sisters - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Andy Cohen has denied the allegations made against him by Kathy Griffin recently—but seems most upset that his Mariah Carey impression bombed, according to Page Six. "All I have to say about the mishegas of this weekend, and I only have one thing to say about this bag of bulls—t … it's so funny, because I was on my way ...


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Case of Kevin Clewer, murdered in 2004, focus of Nov. 11 Case Files Chicago - From a press release - Thirteen years after Chicago resident Kevin Clewer was murdered, his family still searches for answers to help police find his killer. Case Files Chicago and Area North Detectives have teamed to bring a renewed interest in this case. The crime and call for action will be featured in the television series Case Files Chicago, scheduled to air Saturday, Nov. 11, ...


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Kristin Chenoweth on touring, cartoons and 'American Gods' - The petite powerhouse Kristin Chenoweth continues to keep up a grueling touring schedule. Through the years she has crossed over from theater to film to television. Early in her career she won a Tony for You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown that led to a standout stint with Wicked as Glinda. Television credits include Glee and the current Starz television ...


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Billy Masters - "The whole time I was working there, I didn't know Andy Cohen wanted to be me."—Kathy Griffin on her long and, apparently, unhappy tenure at Bravo. Watch what happens, indeed! Just as we went to press, a story broke which we've already rewritten—twice. Anthony Rapp, original cast member of Rent and currently starring on Star Trek: Discovery, accused Kevin Spacey ...


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Showbiz news: Anderson Cooper, Kelly Clarkson, Shaun T, Coming Out Day - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Andy Cohen will co-host CNN's New Year's Eve celebration with Anderson Cooper, Deadline noted. Cohen—best known as host and EP of Bravo's Watch What Happens Live—will join Cooper in Times Square in New York City on "New Year's Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen" on Sunday, Dec. 31. CNN terminated its agreement with Kathy Griffin to appear in ...


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TRANSPARENT Jill Soloway discusses the future of the Pfeffermans - Transparent won't be winding down anytime soon. A fifth season of the multiple Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning series ( about a transgender female who began a gender transition late in life and her family's subsequent self-revelations ) began pre-production even before season four's recent premiere on Amazon Prime Video. This season, the Jewish-American Pfefferman clan ends up in Israel, where ...


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Showbiz news: 'Will & Grace,' drag show, Mario Lopez, Rosie's ex dies - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In addition to Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally returning to reprise their roles on Will & Grace, the cast of the classic sitcom has been teasing the return of guest actors from the original run like Minnie Driver and Harry Connick Jr., according to NewNowNext.com. Recently, Messing posted an on-set Instagram with Bobby Cannavale, announcing the ...


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South Africa celebrates PrideTV's first anniversary - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - South Africa became the first African country to launch an LGBT network when PrideTV made it debut in August 2016. Since that time, subscription has increased and LGBT people now have a platform where they can watch programs catering to their community. In an email interview, PrideTV's spokesperson, Joanna Raphael Katz discussed the need for the network, the evolution of ...


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Politics, diversity dominate Emmys - The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, held Sept. 17, was historic in several ways—and, with Stephen Colbert hosting, featured a mix of humor and politics. One of the historic developments that happened was out scribe Lena Waithe becoming the first Black woman to win the Emmy for Best Comedy Writing ( winning with Aziz Ansari for the show Master of None ...


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NUNN ON ONE Betty Thomas: Actress/director returns to Chicago - Second City is bringing the celebs to town to raise money for a good cause. "I Can't Believe They Wendt There: The Roast of George Wendt" has roastmaster Jason Sudeikis presenting friends such as Bob Odenkirk, Betty Thomas and David Koechner, among others, to poke fun of a comedy legend. The funds raised will benefit Gilda's Club Chicago and The ...


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TELEVISION Vicki Gunvalson, Kelly Dodd serve some reali-tea - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Bravo Channel's Real Housewives reality series premiered back in 2006 and became a worldwide hit. The Real Housewives of Orange County is currently in its twelfth season by filming the lives of several women in California. Vicki Gunvalson is an original cast member who was born and raised in the Chicago area. She owns Coto Insurance and Financial Services, Woo ...


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Showbiz news: Laverne Cox, Logic, Gloria Estefan, 'Teen Wolf' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Laverne Cox casually dropped the news that Beyonce asked the Orange Is The New Black star to collaborate on a new project, The Huffington Post noted. Cox broke the news on Access Hollywood, where Cox discussed the first time she met the singer and her Emmy nomination for "Orange." Cox said, "So, I have no idea [how this came about] ...


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Showbiz news: George Michael, Oprah, Adore Delano, Imagine Dragons - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - George Michael—the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter who died last Christmas at 53—was honored in Los Angeles for his decades of humanitarian work with Project Angel Food, the L.A. non-profit that delivers meals to people who are critically ill, Billboard reported. The occasion was Project Angel Food's 27th annual Angel Awards, during which Michael won the Elizabeth Taylor Leadership Award. Adam Lambert, who ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION ChaCha dances down the 'Runway' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lifetime Channel's Project Runway is entering into season 16 on Aug. 17. Thanks to host Heidi Klum and fashion mentor Tim Gunn, this talent competition remains popular. Finalists are eventually allowed to present at New York Fashion Week and also win prizes along the way, such as a fashion spread in Marie Claire and $100,000 to launch their own line. ...


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Showbiz news: Stephen Amell, 'Empire,' Michael Stipe, 'Sense8' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Arrow star Stephen Amell has hit back at fans who left homophobic comments on his Facebook page, PinkNews reported. The TV star took time out from filming Arrow in Vancouver to attend the city's Pride parade over the weekend, posting a snap of himself wearing a giant rainbow balloon contraption—and some fans left anti-gay messages. Amell responded, in part, "I ...


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Top US newscasts asked to shine a light on Chechnya's anti-gay abuses - From a Media Matters press release - A Media Matters study has found near silence on Chechen human rights abuses against queer men on evening cable and broadcast news. An Aug. 1, Media Matters study of evening cable and broadcast news found only three significant mentions of anti-LGBTQ abuses by Chechen authorities across the six cable and broadcast networks' evening programming over a four-month period. The New ...


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TELEVISION Out 'Major Crimes' actor talks LGBTs in Hollywood - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - With five successful seasons under its belt and a sixth on the way, TNT's hit drama Major Crimes is making waves. Windy City Times chatted with the series' Phillip Keene, who plays LAPD civilian investigator Buzz Watson, to get his take on the show. Windy City Times: How's your summer going? You must be busy with shooting season six! Phillip ...


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Showbiz news: Lady Gaga, Patti LaBelle, 'The L Word,' Louis Tomlinson - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In the middle of her first show on her world tour in Vancouver, Lady Gaga called security—to procure a gay-pride flag, USA Today noted. Gaga—who was standing on a stage in the middle of the floor—got her wish, and she was handed that rainbow flag from the audience. Thousands of fans cheered as the singer posed onstage with the flag, ...


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Showbiz news: Kerry Washington, 'Magic Mike,' Jinkx Monsoon, Ricky Martin - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - GLSEN announced that it will honor Scandal actress Kerry Washington with the Inspiration Award at the 2017 GLSEN Respect Awards on Oct. 20 in Beverly Hills, California, according to Page Six. GLSEN praised Washington for her work with President Barack Obama's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, advocating for marriage equality and championing anti-domestic violence campaigns. Shonda Rhimes—creator of ABC's ...


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Showbiz: Princess Di, 'Moonlight,' Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Lopez - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Two shows about Princess Diana—Diana and the Paparazzi as well as Diana: The Day We Said Goodbye—will air on the Smithsonian Channel on Sunday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. CT, respectively, a press release stated. This year marks the 20th anniversary of her passing. Smithsonian Channel will also premiere a four-part series on Sunday, Aug. 13, at ...


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Five Worth Finding: Invasion of the Pines book, culinary Gauguin special and more - —Mascara, Mirth & Mayhem: Mascara, Mirth & Mayhem is a 148-page collection of photographs taken by photographer Susan Kravitz over the past three decades at the annual LGBTQ event known as the Invasion of the Pines. ( Invasion of the Pines occurs every Fourth of July, and involves participants from the Fire Island communities of Cherry Grove and Fire Island ...


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Public funeral set for 'True Blood' actor - A public funeral for Nelsan Ellis—who played gay character Lafayette on the HBO show True Blood—will be held Saturday, July 22, at Holy Temple Cathedral, 15912 Lincoln Ave., in Harvey, Illinois, according to a Page Six item. Also, there will be a public viewing on Friday, July 21, 6-9 p.m., at Leak & Sons Funeral Home, 18400 Pulaski Rd., in ...


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New sitcom stars transgender actors - The Switch is a new sitcom starring five transgender actors in trans roles—making it the first of its kind in television history. The show's tagline is "Work. Love. Mortal Danger," and Amy Fox, one of the show's producers and cast members, said the six-episode first season touches on "urban gentrification, climate-change-driven eco terrorism, and trans Americans fleeing Trump's United States." ...


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NUNN ON ONE: CHEFS Kristen Kish dishes about coming out, being on 'Top Chef' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Top Chef Season 10 winner Kristen Kish knows her way around a kitchen. She learned to cook at a young age, then studied at Le Cordon Bleu in Chicago to perfect her craft. After working as chef de cuisine at Menton, Chef Barbara Lynch recommended her for the hit Bravo cooking competition Top Chef. After being eliminated during the Restaurant ...


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SHOWBIZ Thomas Dekker, Linda Perry, Chippendales, Mariah Carey - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A Heroes producer has revealed that the show had to axe a gay storyline, Attitude reported. The popular series, which ran during 2006-2010 before returning briefly last year, launched the career of actors such as Zachary Quinto and Hayden Panettiere. Bryan Fuller, who worked on the show from the start, admitted at Outfest that a gay storyline never went ahead ...


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Gays behind the American Bandstand - By Sari Staver - When The New York Post published a story that a new coffeetable book, Bandstand Diaries, revealed stories about the secret gay lives of some of the dancers, sales of the book went through the roof. Beginning at 6 a.m. on Sunday morning, March 12, when the Post story by tell-all journalist Jerry Oppenheimer was published, "We could barely keep up ...


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'True Blood' actor Ellis dies at 39 - Nelsan Ellis, best known for playing gay cook Lafayette Reynolds on HBO's True Blood, has died at age 39. Ellis, who joined the cast of CBS' Elementary this past season, was also in the Oscar Best Picture nominee The Help alongside Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis and Emma Stone. He was born in Harvey, Illinois, and he and his family moved ...


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Entertainment news: Sir Ian McKellen, 'Sense8,' Ryan Murphy, Halsey - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Actor Sir Ian McKellen said he'd fully support the idea of James Bond being portrayed as a gay man—and he thinks author Ian Fleming, who created the fictional Secret Service agent, would also fully support the thought, The Huffington Post noted, citing Variety. "If you play James Bond as an outwardly camp, silly gay man that no one took seriously," ...


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Open TV hosts potluck, preview - On June 27, Open TV ( beta ) hosted its Two Queens in a Kitchen preview and potluck. The free event was held at Reunion Chicago, an art gallery in the Humboldt Park neighborhood. Two Queens in a Kitchen ( 2QIK ) is one of Open TV's most popular series, and it aims to bring relevance to discussions about relationships, ...


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TELEVISION 'Downward Dog' stars talk Chicago, canine co-star - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - There's a new comedy series called Downward Dog barking its way onto ABC. "Dog" premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, making it the first network comedy to do so. It is based on a web series following the life of Nan played by Allison Tolman and her dog Martin, played by a rescue from PAWS Chicago named Ned. Andersonville native ...


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Entertainment news: Ryan Phillippe, Queen Latifah, Glenn Close, Ricky Martin - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Actor Ryan Phillippe, while promoting the movie Wish Upon, said that he's "proud" to have played daytime television's first gay teenager, according to NewNowNext. Phillippe played Billy Douglas, a high school student who comes out as gay, on the series during 1992-93. "There had never been a gay teenager portrayed on television at that point. It was before Will & ...


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TELEVISION Jason Matheson: Aiming to make it big - If Jason Matheson gets his wish, all eyes of the nation will be on him. Matheson is the openly gay host of The Jason Show, a Minnesota-based syndicated series that is middle of a four-week test run in four cities, including Chicago. The show aims to educate as well as entertain—although not necessarily in the traditional way. ( Who knew ...


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NUNN ON ONE Alexandra Billings talks 'Transparent,' tunes and Caitlyn - Alexandra Billings grew up performing in Chicago and recently returned to make an appearance at the Steppenwolf gala. Theater credits in Illinois include The Bailiwick Theater, Light Opera Works and Court Theatre. She has won a Joseph Jefferson Award and five After Dark Awards, and was a artistic associate for About Face Theatre. Now living in Hollywood, she has achieved ...


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TELEVISION Harry Shum Jr. talks motivation, 'Shadowhunters' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On the Freeform ( formerly ABC Family ) show Shadowhunters—loosely based on Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments—the title beings protect regular humans from demons ( also called "Downworlders" ). Glee alum Harry Shum Jr. plays Magnus Bane, a centuries-old bisexual warlock who is currently in a relationship with Alec, a fighter played by Matthew Daddario. Shum talked about the show, ...


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'Pickers' in Illinois throughout June - The show American Pickers—a documentary series that explores the world of antique "picking"—will be filming throughout Illinois in June. The History Channel show follows Mike and Frank, two skilled pickers, as they hunt for the country's most valuable antiques. They find sizeable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them. Those with large private collections of antiques that the ...


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TELEVISION Andy Cohen dishes on 'Love Connection' - Talk-show host Andy Cohen is expanding his empire. After beginning his career as an intern at CBS News, he became vice president of the cable network Trio. Trio was then bought by Bravo in 2004. He went on to win an Emmy and a Peabody Award as an executive producer for Top Chef and Project Runway, respectively. After hosting Watch ...


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'America in Transition' breaks convention, crosses boundaries - In his groundbreaking award-winning series of documentary films America in Transition, director André Pérez takes viewers on a visceral journey through the heart of the country. Pérez and the transgender and gender nonconforming individuals of color whose stories form the nucleus of each episode serve as resilient guides through often misconceived geographic and human terrain which is breathtaking in beauty, ...


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Entertainment: Nick Jonas, Darren Criss, 'Supergirl,' Wendy Williams - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Nick Jonas talked with Extra about the Met Gala and the possibility of a Camp Rock sequel. Regarding the latter, he joked, "Obviously, I hate working with Demi and Joe and Kevin, so it's going to be really tough. There's a lot of talk about this. The first two were beloved by the fans, who are now kind of millennial ...


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Entertainment news: LA gay chorus, 'Wonder Woman,' Scruff event, 'Arrow' star - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles ( GMCLA ) hosted the 6th Annual Voice Awards celebration May 20 at the J.W. Marriott in Los Angeles to honor members and allies of the LGBTQ community who use their voices to promote social change and equality, a press release stated. Some of those who attended included Lisa Vanderpump, Lance Bass, Stephen ...


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National roundup: Stephen Colbert, '30 Days of HIV,' drag-queen death - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Visiting Stephen Colbert's The Late Show, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow was asked if President Donald Trump's overseas trip was an opportunity to calm things down at home, and maybe his being too tired to tweet might be a "positive thing for him," Deadline noted. Maddow dismissed that idea, noting Washington Post reported, as Trump's plane took off, that there is a ...


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Feminist Frequency sets its sights on Trump in new show - San Francisco, CA—Today, Feminist Frequency premieres the second episode of their brand new series, The FREQ Show! In "The Unmanning of Trump," host Anita Sarkeesian examines how so much of the humor used to criticize and mock our 45th president resorts to homophobic and body-shaming rhetoric, or reinforces the very ideas of traditional masculinity that helped propel Trump to the ...


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Huberman named to board of gaming company - Ron Huberman—an openly gay man who, at times, headed both Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Transit Authority, and worked in several other official capacities for the city during the Richard M. Daley administration—has been named to the board of Pinnacle, a gaming company that runs casino properties mostly in the Midwest and South. Pinnacle Board Chair Anthony Sanfilippo said ...


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Web series looks at South Side, queer women of color - Quare Life is a comedy web series centering the lives of a group of Chicago queer women of color on the city's South Side. The series centers on Michelle Jones ( played by Ambria Sylvain ) who has a nice home, a girlfriend, and a foot on the rung of professional ascension. When her marriage proposal is rejected and work ...


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W. Kamau Bell in Oak Park on May 4 - W. Kamau Bell will stop at Oak Park's The Book Table, 200 N. Oak Park Ave., on Thursday, May 4, at 7 p.m. to promote his new book, The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of A 6' 4", African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama's Boy, Dad, and Stand-up Comedian. The book was due ...


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TELEVISION Lito's way: Miguel Angel Silvestro talks 'Sense8' - Netflix's soapy sci-fi series from Lana and Lilly Wachowski, Sense8, revolves around a telepathically connected group of strangers called Sensates. Located all over the world, these diverse individuals can see and even teleport via their fellow Sensates' minds to help each other, especially when avoiding the dangerous enemy Whispers, who is determined to track the Sensates down. Handsome Spanish actor ...


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Real Boy to premiere on Independent Lens, PBS, June 19 - ( San Francisco, CA ) — A moving and intimate story of a family in transition, Real Boy follows the journey of trans teen Bennett as he navigates adolescence, sobriety, and the physical and emotional ramifications of his changing gender identity. Through the process, his mother Suzy makes her own transformation — travelling a difficult road toward accepting that the ...


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Quare Life web series looks at South Side, queer women of color - From a press release - Quare Life is a comedy web series centering the lives of a group of Chicago queer women of color. Michelle Jones (Ambria Sylvain) is living the Black American dream. She has a nice home, a girlfriend, and a foot on the rung of professional ascension. When her marriage proposal is rejected and work contract ends; Michelle must rely on her ...


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Proposal would roll back existing net neutrality rules, Madigan responds - From a press release - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today condemned the FCC Chairman's proposal to roll back existing net neutrality rules that would allow internet service providers to charge customers for accessing certain types of content over others. Eliminating net neutrality rules could result in: Consumers being unable or forced to pay to access certain websites; Decreased competition as start-ups fight for ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Eugenio Derbez speeds into Chicago - Eugenio Derbez has risen to be one of the most influential forces in Latin America as an actor, writer, producer and director. Now he is ready to take the rest of the world by storm. In the Latin market, his Spanish TV shows were incredibly popular and, in 1992, he hosted a variety show called Al Derecho y al Derbez. ...


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RuPaul, Grimm named to TIME 100 list - TIME Magazine named entertainer RuPaul and trans activist Gavin Grimm to the 2017 TIME 100, its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. RuPaul is the Emmy-winning host and executive producer of RuPaul's Drag Race, now in its ninth season. Grimm, 17, is a senior at Gloucester County High School in Gloucester, Virginia. He filed a ...


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YouTube unblocks wrongly restricted LGBTQ videos, GLSEN responds - From a press release - The following statement can be attributed to GLSEN's Executive Director, Eliza Byard: "YouTube has become a vital lifeline to information for millions of LGBTQ youth around the world. GLSEN is very pleased to report that after significant communication from us and others, they have made tremendous strides in addressing glitches in their 'restricted mode' algorithm that led to the inappropriate ...


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Entertainment news: 'Feud,' Jackie Warner, Luke Evans, Laverne Cox - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Fans of Ryan Murphy's Feud: Bette and Joan have come to learn all about the tumultuous and tense relationship between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford—and The Hollywood Reporter reached out to 100-year-old actress Olivia de Havilland ( also featured in the series ) to find out the truth, People.com noted. Asked for her thoughts on the show, de Havilland emailed, ...


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Entertainment: VH1 slate, Kristen Stewart, 'Stranger Things,' Morrissey - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - VH1 has unveiled its 2017-18 slate, Deadline noted. It includes a season-10 renewal of recent transplant RuPaul's Drag Race for premiere in March 2018; five new series, including a project starring Ricky Martin and '90's House, co-hosted by Lance Bass; and 11 returning series. The network also announced a June 5 premiere date for new satirical scripted series Daytime Divas, ...


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'Survivor' outing generates controversy - On the April 12 episode of the longtime CBS show Survivor, Jeff Varner outed fellow contestant Zeke Smith as transgender—and that move sparked controversy. Varner, who is gay, shared the information during a Tribal Council, asking Smith, "Why haven't you told anyone you're transgender?" Other contestants criticized Varner for revealing a personal matter, with Varner responding that he outed Smith ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TV Ann Mahoney, from 'Walking Dead' to 'Sun Records' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Actress Ann Mahoney shot into the spotlight on the hit AMC show The Walking Dead, playing the a lesbian character named Olivia. Before meeting an untimely end, Olivia was in charge of the pantry and armory in the town of Alexandria Safe-Zone. Mahoney moved to New Orleans from New York when she was younger. She studied acting at Greensboro College ...


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Boy Butter ad banned in Chicago - A commercial for lubricant Boy Butter is reportedly not airing in Chicago. Unicorn Booty noted that company founder Eyal Feldman wrote on Boy Butter's blog, "I learned that my brand new Boy Butter commercial, currently airing on this season of RuPaul's Drag Race on VH1 in NYC, LA, San Diego and nationwide on Canada's OutTV was banned from airing on ...


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Entertainment news: Zachary Quinto, 'Walking Dead,' Prince, Lady Gaga - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Zachary Quinto, Emma Roberts and Julianne Nicholson are set to star in Who We Are Now, the follow-up movie for writer-director Matthew Newton after his SXSW-winning pic From Nowhere, Deadline reported. The drama centers on convicted felon Beth ( Nicholson ), who forms an unlikely alliance with a young public-defense lawyer Jess ( Roberts ), who does everything she can ...


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Television festival through March 23 - Cinema/Chicago announced initial programming details for the 53rd Chicago International Television Festival, which runs March 21-23 at AMC River East, 322 E. Illinois St. Called a "micro-festival," the event celebrates the best in local, national and international television and advertising productions with free screenings and insightful panel discussions. The festival culminates with an awards night honoring the achievements of producers, ...


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WNYC Studios to present NANCY podcast with new LGBTQ community voices - From a press release - ( New York, NY — March 1, 2017 ) — WNYC Studios — the premiere producer of top iTunes podcasts including Radiolab, 2 Dope Queens, andFreakonomics Radio — today announced the launch of its latest podcast, NANCY, on Sunday, April 9. Co-hosted by Kathy Tu and Tobin Low, two new voices in the LGBTQ community, NANCY features intimate and frank ...


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'Empire' stars visit BYC - MAC Cosmetics Viva Glam/MAC AIDS Fund spokespeople—and Empire co-stars—Taraji P. Henson and Jussie Smollett visited Howard Brown Health's Broadway Youth Center ( BYC ) on Feb. 13. After several years in temporary quarters, BYC has a permanent home. BYC held the grand opening of its new Uptown facility at 4009 N. Broadway on Feb. 22. ...


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Entertainment: Dorian Awards, 'All About Eve,' Ricky Martin, 'Biggest Loser' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association ( GALECA.org ) hosted its 6th annual Dorian Awards Winners Toast in Los Angeles, a press release noted. Moonlight star Trevante Rhodes and the film's Oscar-nominated composer Nicholas Britell took a few questions before the crowd before accepting GALECA's Film of the Year award ( as well as its four Dorian honors ) ...


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OUT Chicago broadcast from the Art AIDS America Exhibit March 12 - MB Financial Bank and its LGBTQ Business Resource Group is sponsoring the OUT Chicago ( WCPT AM 820 ) live remote broadcast from the Art AIDS America exhibition at the Alphawood Gallery, 2401 N. Halsted St., on Sunday, March 12, 11 a.m-1 p.m. This event will provide a panoramic historical perspective of the AIDS epidemic and will explore the future ...


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Major publications fail to identify anti-LGBTQ hate groups in coverage - From a press release - Major news outlets have failed to label the Alliance Defending Freedom and the Family Research Council — groups praising President Donald Trump's repeal of nondiscrimination protections for transgender students — as anti-LGBTQ hate groups. This failure is part of a larger trend of major news outlets failing to properly identify anti-LGBTQ hate groups or acknowledge their extremism. Major Print Outlets ...


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Dustin Lance Black on latest ABC project, When We Rise - Dustin Lance Black not only juggles three names but usually at least three jobs with screenwriting, directing, and producing. Activism is now part of the list and author is soon to be as well. This Mormon-raised talent started in fictional gay centered short films, then moved into a documentary called On the Bus. He wrote for HBO's Big Love and ...


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TELEVISION Amiyah Scott: Rising 'Star' - The Feb. 15 episode of the Fox show Star—about a girl group ( composed of actresses Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny and Brittany O'Grady ) attempting to make it big—had transgender actress Amiyah Scott front and center. In the episode, "Mama's Boy," Scott had a pivotal scene as transgender character Cotton, who agreed to meet with Pastor Harris ( portrayed by ...


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TELEVISION Gender non-binary actor set to star on 'Billions' - Performer, writer and director Asia Kate Dillon will be debuting in the groundbreaking role of Taylor on Showtime's Billions this season. Both Dillon and the character they ( Dillon's preferred pronoun ) are playing are gender non-binary indentifying. This marks the first time a gender non-binary indentifying actor has ever been cast in a major television series. "I will be ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-Queen-Latifah-wishes-on-a-Star

NUNN ON ONE Queen Latifah wishes on a 'Star' - Queen Latifah rules the entertainment kingdom; she acts, wries and is even a label president. Also, she was the first hip-hop artist to gain a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in 2006. After her debut on Spike Lee's Jungle Fever, she garnered praise with Golden Globe nominations for the musical Chicago, the life story of HIV-positive Ana Wallace ...


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Entertainment news: Alan Cumming, Carrie Fisher, 'Queer Eye' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - CBS has given pilot orders to two projects featuring key auspices from the network's legal drama The Good Wife: crime drama Killer Instinct, starring and executive produced by The Good Wife cast member Alan Cumming; and Perfect Citizen, a legal drama written and executive produced by former Good Wife executive producer Craig Turk, Deadline reported. Killer Instinct centers on a ...


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Lily Tomlin shines as SAGs gets political - The 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards honored acting achievements in film and television in Los Angeles on Jan. 29. Out actress/comedian Lily Tomlin took home the SAG lifetime achievement award, presented by her 9 to 5 co-star, Dolly Parton. Tomlin—who thanked wife Jane Wagner ( "My partner, Jane Wagner, are whose shoulders I stand the tallest" )—said, among other ...







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