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Billy Masters - "And while my sister Madonna wanders around Cuba in a red caddy ... lets hope that she remembers the oppression of the press, political opposition, the gay community and the anti hero Che....who was just as brutal and murderous as Stalin....he just didn't have as many people to kill...thats all."—Christopher Ciccone's Facebook post about Madonna visiting Cuba. Frankly, I'd rather ...


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Entertainment news: Naomi Campbell, Ricky Martin, 'Xena,' Aretha Franklin - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Empire co-stars Naomi Campbell and Jussie Smollett spoke to Attitude magazine recently, according to a Deccan Chronicle item. In part, Campbell said, "I have been surrounded by gay men my entire life, and because I have grown up working in the creative and fashion industries, many of them have become like family to me. Without gay men, I wouldn't be ...


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Billy Masters - "I think the way David just described it was flawless. The fact that I was going into this event knowing that my identity is rooted in Christ and not what the result of this competition is just gave me peace."—Steele Johnson ( a porn name if ever there was one ) talks about winning the silver medal in synchronized diving ...


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'Transparent' director talks 'More Than T' documentary series - Beginning with a brightly animated title Trans 102, a nearly two minute Public Service Announcement ( PSA ) released in late June contains a cast of celebrated transgender and gender nonconforming individuals representing the full scope of the community's beautifully multifaceted spectrum. They each deliver a collage of voices to a succinct, powerfully written message sometimes highlighted by a perfectly ...


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Open TV hosts first-ever 'Friendraiser' - By Tarina Hargrays - Open TV's first annual Friendraiser was held recently to bring more exposure to the platform designed to showcase diverse independent artists' TV series, and build a larger network of supporters and investors. The intimate event was invite-only, and the guests mostly consisted of Open TV affiliates. Open TV also premiered its final original series in its first cycle of programming, ...


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Entertainment: Drag Race, Jared Leto, Melissa Etheridge, Where the Bears Are - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars season two debuts Thursday, Aug. 25, with a 90-minute episode, a press release stated. For the first time in "Drag Race" history, the full season will simulcast on Logo and VH1. Joining the main stage panel of Todrick Hall, Carson Kressley, Michelle Visage and RuPaul will be Raven-Symone, Ross Mathews, Jeremy Scott, Nicole Scherzinger, Graham ...


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Billy Masters - "I'm killing myself for this tour because there's a painting I want!"—Barbra Streisand explains the impetus behind this latest concert tour. Singers typically have a short professional life. Beverly Sills sang her last opera at 51, while Callas was only 42. When Judy Garland died at 47, she had already been in vocal decline for several years. And let's not ...


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No League of Their Own tells stories of trans athletes, airing Aug. 7 - From a press release - August 3, 2016 — 2015 was a formative year for transgender athletes with Caitlyn Jenner publicly announcing her name change, Chris Mosier becoming the first transgender man to make the U.S. National Team and the IOC adapting more progressive guidelines for the Summer Olympics in Rio. The conversation surrounding transgender athletes has reached a fever pitch and FUSION seeks to ...


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Lily Tomlin to be honored with 2016 SAG Life Achievement Award - From a press release - LOS ANGELES ( Aug. 4, 2016 ) — Lily Tomlin — an entertainment maverick whose talents put her at the pinnacle of comedy, acting, writing and producing — has been named the 53rd recipient of SAG-AFTRA's highest tribute: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Tomlin will be presented the performers union's most prestigious distinction at ...


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Billy Masters - "When I was dating a guy I was hiding everything that I did because everything personal felt like it was immediately trivialized, so I didn't like it. ... But then it changed when I started dating a girl. I was, like, 'Actually, to hide this provides the implication that I'm not down with it or I'm ashamed of it', so ...


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Billy Masters - "I used to think that I would be like Keith Haring or Robert Mapplethorpe. But instead I've become Neil Patrick Harris—only not as cool 'cause I can't tap dance."—Agustin ( Frankie J. Alvarez ) shares a secret with Patrick ( Jonathan Groff ) on Looking: The Movie. How does Paddy respond? "You could learn." And you wonder why the show ...


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Jen Richards talks Emmy nomination and Trans 102 - For former Chicagoan Jen Richards, who is transgender, the Emmy nomination for Her Story—the web series she co-wrote and co-stars in—seemed surreal. "It was a lot to process," said Richards, who now lives in Los Angeles. "I didn't think we were going to get it—not because I didn't think it was deserving. I think it was. It's just that it ...


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Billy Masters - "I think that it is a project that is misconceived and ( sadly for the players ) badly cast. The producer and director seem to have missed the point entirely."—Richard O'Brien, writer of The Rocky Horror ( Picture ) Show ( and the original Riff Raff ), gives his opinion on the FOX remake starring Laverne Cox as a "sweet ...


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Entertainment news: 'Tarzan' kiss, Christian Siriano, Abby Wambach, Mary Lambert - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The UK Mirror reported that a gay kiss was cut out of the final edit of the new Tarzan film—because test audiences were left "perplexed" by it, the director has revealed. The new film, The Legend of Tarzan, includes a character named Captain Leon Rom, a ruthless Belgian soldier played by Christoph Waltz, who is now rumored to be Tarzan's ...


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Billy Masters - "OK, Sheryl, don't sing unless you have to."—Loretta Devine onstage with co-stars Sheryl Lee Ralph and Jennifer Holliday at the special 35th-anniversary reunion of Dreamgirls. But she said it with love, as old friends often do. While I was frolicking at the Filth2Go Beach House in Provincetown on Independence Day, a gay man was being arrested at the beach in ...


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Billy Masters - "Trump seems to be very much for women. He seems very much behind the LGBT community because of what happened in North Carolina with the bathroom issue. He backed the LGBT community."—Caitlyn Jenner shares her thoughts on Donald Trump. This reminds me of her infatuation with Ted Cruz. Perhaps she wishes Trump were behind her! As we were preparing for ...


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Entertainment: Caitlyn Jenner, Matthew McConaughey, Latrice Royale, 'Queer As Folk' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Caitlyn Jenner poses with the gold medal she won with a stunning decathlon victory at the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games on the new cover of Sports Illustrated, according to People. The cover marked the first time she had the medal around her neck in 40 years. Jenner, who keeps the medal in her nail drawer, revealed that she used to ...


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Billy Masters - "I love my fans but sometimes think it's funny when they still speak to me when running into me. Try learning a little ASL ( American Sign Language ) if you want to make my day."—Nyle DiMarco lets people know that perhaps yelling at him from across the room isn't going to get his attention. This week, everyone is talking ...


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Entertainment news: Greg Louganis, Laverne Cox, Taylor Lautner, 'Hairspray' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Out, HIV-positive Olympic diver Greg Louganis ( who's 56 ) is one of the 10 men and nine women who will be featured in ESPN's annual Body Issue. Some of the others who will be featured include the Chicago Cubs' Jake Arrieta, U.S. women's national soccer team forward Christen Press, Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade, UFC fighter Conor McGregor and ...


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Billy Masters - "Dear World, I am leaving because I am bored. I feel I have lived long enough. I am leaving you with your worries in this sweet cesspool. Good luck."—George Sanders' suicide note from 1972. Well, after being married to two of the Gabor sisters, you could say he was ga-bored! Those of us who came of age in the '80s ...


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Entertainment: Nick Jonas, Pet Shop Boys, Whitney Houston, Mara Wilson - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - After months of wondering whether or not Nick Jonas' closeted character, Nate, from DirecTV's Kingdom would ever get the chance to live out his same-sex desires, fans were disappointed after Jonas' character is drugged at a party and forced into a threesome, NewNowNext reported. Kingdom fans erupted on Twitter to express their own rage and sadness about the turn of ...


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Billy Masters - "Give me, like, a young lesbian who grew up on Roseanne and I will get whatever I want."—Sara Gilbert admits when she will flirt with a stranger. In the wake of Richard Simmons' recent hospital stay, a fabulous rumor has emerged—that he's transitioning ( presumably from male to female—but don't quote me on that ). It bears mentioning that this ...


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CNN's "The Eighties: The Fight Against AIDS" episode airs June 2 - From a press release - This week's episode of the CNN Original Series The Eighties "The Fight Against AIDS" airs tomorrow, June 2, at 9pm ET/PT and focuses on the pandemic that created a movement and defined a decade. In the 1980s a mysterious and lethal illness developed into a pandemic with enormous political and cultural consequences. What started as a medical detective story grew ...


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Billy Masters - "She's a lucky girl 'cause there's a lot of good-looking guys. If I was gay, I'd be in paradise!"—Bachelorette contestant Daniel Maguire. On the season premiere, Daniel is the guy who was poking male contestants in the belly button, cruising the waiters, stripping down to his underwear to show off his body and then jumping drunkenly in the pool. Kinda ...


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Billy Masters - "I'm not opposed to anything. But if you're gonna pull your dick out, it'd better be from an Academy Award-winning movie."—Zac Efron lets us know what it would take to see him naked on film, which I'm guessing means he'll never appear naked on film—unless in some alternate universe, Neighbors 2 is considered an art film! I'd like to kick ...


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Entertainment news: 'Looking' movie, Maroon 5, 'Grey's Anatomy,' Whoopi - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - HBO has confirmed the debut date for Looking: The Movie, with the feature-length presentation scheduled to debut Saturday, July 23 exclusively on HBO, a press release stated. Starring Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez and Murray Bartlett, Looking: The Movie wraps up the story of three close friends living in San Francisco who explore the options available to a new generation ...


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Entertainment news: Mariah Carey, Gus Van Sant, Azealia Banks, Wilson Cruz - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - GLAAD honored Robert De Niro, Mariah Carey and the best in film, television, and journalism at the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Waldorf Astoria New York. Jennifer Lawrence, Aziz Ansari, Connie Britton, Diane Sawyer, Caitlyn Jenner, Tamron Hall, Noah Galvin, Andrew Rannells, Andreja Pejic and Jason Biggs were among the special guests. Recording artists Alex Newell and Bebe ...


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Trans actress Shakina Nayfack, out in the open - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Shakina Nayfack has starred in two autobiographical rock musicals, and played the role of the Statue of Liberty in Manuel Versus the Statue of Liberty. She is also the founding artistic director of Musical Theater Factory, and the first transgender woman to receive a Lilly Award. Nayfack will have a new addition to her long list of accomplishments this July, ...


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Latest 'RuPaul's Drag Race' winner crowned - Out of 12 competitors in season eight of the Logo show RuPaul's Drag Race, it all came down to Naomi Smalls, Chicago's Kim Chi and Bob the Drag Queen. In the end, Bob the Drag Queen prevailed. "Winning is a dream come true and a great opportunity," Bob The Drag Queen said in a news release, according to Entertainment Weekly. ...


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Billy Masters - "My presence was used for my celebrity, not my talent. I'm not surprised."—Jennifer Hudson talks about the snub for a Tony Award, but seems to be implying that she was cast in The Color Purple solely because her name recognition would get people to buy tickets. And that's a bad thing? During my years as an avid theatergoer, I've pored ...


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Web series features gay men of color in Chicago - by M Shelly Conner - Patrick Battle intends to place Chicago gay men of color at the forefront with REVERb, his Web series that follows three gay men of color as they navigate dating and life in the Second City. The series aims to highlight issues that disproportionately affect Black gay men, such as HIV and PREP treatment, sex-related issues and drug use as they ...


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Billy Masters - "He loved to play with his snake."—Gloria Vanderbilt tells Andy Cohen what her son Anderson Cooper was like as a child. After watching 20/20's report on the new book by the father of David Miscavige, head of the so-called Church of Scientology, one impression was seared into my brain. In the numerous photos they showed of Miscavige and Tom Cruise, ...


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Billy Masters - "There have been very few complaints the way it is. People go, they use the bathroom that they feel is appropriate. There has been so little trouble."—Donald Trump voices his opposition to North Carolina's so-called bathroom law. Who would have thought the voice of reason in the Republican Party would be Donald Trump? Picture it—a world where being in a ...


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Five Worth Finding: Black Deutschland, Pretty Little Liars, Panes cafe - Special to the online edition of Windy City Time - —Black Deutschland: Darryl Pinckney's intriguing novel focuses on Jeb, a Black Chicagoan who flees to Berlin, Germany. He indulges his fantasies—but can't avoid certain issues he attempts to escape. ( Note: Pinckney will discuss the book at the Chicago Humanities Festival's "Margo Jefferson & Darryl Pinckney: Style and the Black Bourgeoisie" on April 30. See ChicagoHumanities.org . ) —Pretty Little ...


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NUNN ON ONE Vanessa Williams talks gay classmates, fashion, 'Ugly Betty' - Vanessa L. Williams, not to be confused with the actress Vanessa A. Williams, is more than just a triple threat. The actress, singer, and dancer is now branching into fashion with V. by Vanessa Williams. She also adds writer to the list with a book teaming her up with mother Helen Williams. Williams is a Grammy nominated singer for hits ...


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'Chicago Med' actress talks diversity, diabetes - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - S. Epatha Merkerson may not be a household name but, judging from her resume, she should be. Her debut on TV came as Reba the Mail Lady on Pee-Wee's Playhouse, leading to small parts on other programs like The Cosby Show. Her portrayal of NYPD Lieutenant Anita Van Buren on Law & Order had her appearing on the hit drama ...


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Billy Masters - "With deepest apologies to our dedicated fans in Greensboro, we have canceled our show scheduled for Sunday, April 10th. Some things are more important than a rock show."—Bruce Springsteen cancels his concert with only three days' notice to protest the passing of HB2—North Carolina's so-called "bathroom law." Could upcoming concerts by Dolly Parton and Justin Bieber be next? With the ...


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LGBT tech partnership files comments with Federal Comm. Commission on proposal - From a press release - Today, the LGBT Technology Partnership ( LGBT Tech ), the premier organization representing the interests of the LGBT community with regards to communications and technology issues, filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission ( FCC ) regarding the agency's set-top box proposal. LGBT Tech is seriously concerned that the proposal permits third parties to gather, use and disseminate private information ...


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Fawzia Mirza plans feature film, Signature Move - From a press release - Signature Move, an upcoming feature film co-produced by Full Spectrum Features NFP and Newcity's Chicago Film Project, will be featured at Tribeca's "TFI Network" April 19-20. TFI Network will host 13 of the most unique cinematic projects from filmmakers worldwide, helping them establish relationships within the industry to secure funding and distribution. Signature Move is a featured project on Indiegogo, ...


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Transgender actress Shakina Nayfack joins Hulu's "Difficult People" cast - From a press release - "Difficult People" hails from the comedic minds of Julie Klausner ( "Ugly Americans" ) and Billy Eichner ( Emmy-nominated "Billy on the Streets" ), who star as themselves. As best friends living in New York City, their typical, irreverent behavior lands them in some very awkward situation. Ms. Nayfack joins the cast as the opinionated Lola, a new waitress at ...


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Billy Masters - "As a dude, I like to hang out with a guy with a big penis—that's why I like firemen. I'm just saying, I don't need a guy with a big penis—I want a guy with a big penis."—Comedian Christopher Titus has strong views on penises. Although he's heterosexual ( and twice-married ), he's always been one of our allies. So ...


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Entertainment: British actors, Rosie's divorce, Caitlyn on 'Transparent,' Nate Berkus - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Out individuals Ben Whishaw, Stephen Fry, Graham Norton and Sir Ian McKellen were among those receiving nominations for the BAFTA ( British Academy of Film and Television Arts ) TV Awards, according to Deadline. Downton Abbey, despite this being its final eligible year, received no nods; BAFTA did honor it with a special prize last summer, though. The awards will ...


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Chicago TV Awards April 18-20 - The Chicago International Television Awards will expand its programming April 18-20. All events will take place at the AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St. Among the events slated are a screening of the Chicago-based Fox show Empire, complete with a panel discussion including key crew members; and a screening of the newest episode of HBO's Veep, along with ...


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Billy Masters - "I'm fairly new to modeling but I've been a performer for many years in musicals, concerts and the like. I am a singer/songwriter first but I feel it's time for me to try my hand at modeling."—Steve Grand's post on a website while looking for modeling work a couple of years ago, under the name Finn Diesel. More on that ...


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Entertainment: Elton John, Maria Bello, Gwen Stefani, TMZ's Harvey Levin - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - An ex-bodyguard is suing Sir Elton John for allegedly grabbing his crotch, twisting his nipples and demanding he "say hello to Uncle Elton," The New York Daily News reported. Jeffrey Wenninger quit his security gig in 2014, ending a 12-year stint protecting the "Nikita" singer. Wenninger cited multiple incidents of "unwelcome and offensive touching and groping" in a lawsuit filed ...


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Billy Masters - "You can't put 10 pounds of shit in a five-pound bag."—Sally Field tells Howard Stern why she did not enjoy The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and why she had no interest in reprising the role. Clearly, being involved in a sex-tape scandal is the path to fame and fortune. It foisted the Kardashians upon us, and it just helped Hulk Hogan ...


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Gay reality-star student Matt Sarafa battles Brown University - Reality-show personality Matt Sarafa made it work with two Lifetime Channel programs, first in show called Threads and then Project Runway Junior. While he wasn't able to make it work and win the competition he obviously had a good time playing the game. His next step was continuing his education, and he began applying to colleges. His admissions interview for ...


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Billy Masters - "I don't feel like they're out to get us. Every conservative guy out there believes in everybody's rights."—Thus sprach Caitlyn Jenner. I don't know why they haven't considered her as a host for Meet the Press. I start this week with a cautionary tale. I was recently wondering what to make for dinner. I looked in the freezer and found ...


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PWR BTTM talks Ra Ra Riot and RuPaul - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Punk group PWR BTTM leaves out the vowels and rocks the house. Composed of Liv Bruce and Ben Hopkins, this queer band is known for outlandish live shows and frenetic energy. Meeting at Bard College in New York, the two teamed to create a symbol of empowerment rising to the top after starting at the bottom. Opening for indie rockers ...


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Entertainment: Jillian Michaels; Matthew Morrison; divas; reality star dies - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Jillian Michaels is getting married. According to an E! News item, on the season finale of the reality show Just Jillian, she got engaged to her longtime partner Heidi Rhoades. During an update, Michaels told Maria Menounos of Rhoades, ""It's not that she's not the one. I have this—I don't want to say fear—but I feel like I'm preparing myself ...


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New FYI TV series includes gay male couple, starts March 15 - From a press release - NEW YORK — FYI's new original series, "Bride & Prejudice," follows star-crossed couples as they decide to make a life-long commitment and get married in the face of staunch opposition from their friends and family. Six episodes are set to premiere on Tuesday, March 15 at 9pm ET, beginning with a two-hour season opener. The remaining hour-long episodes will premiere ...


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NUNN ON ONE TELEVISION: Tai Trang a 'Survivor' - The hit television reality show Survivor premiered for U.S. audiences back in 1997. It became a cultural phenomenon and an instant hit, while surviving for 32 seasons now. This season, Survivor: Kaoh Rong is set in Cambodia, where there are three tribes of beauty, brains and brawn. Hailing from San Francisco, 51-year-old Tai Trang was picked for the beauty tribe. ...


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Jillian Michaels engaged to Heidi Rhoades, proposal on video - From a E! News press release - It's official: Jillian Michaels is getting married. On tonight's season finale of Just Jillian, the E! reality star got engaged to her longtime partner Heidi Rhoades and only E! News has video of the emotional, tear-jerking proposal ( seriously, we dare you not to cry! ). Jill's proposal started out with a video montage telling the story of their journey ...


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'Downton' exhibit extended thru May 29 - The Richard H. Driehaus Museum, 40 E. Erie St., will exhibit "Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times" through May 29. May 8 had been the original end date. The exhibit features more than 35 costumes from the popular British television series Downton Abbey. The show is filming its sixth and final season. The award-winning costumes are produced by renowned ...


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Billy Masters - "If you're a cupcake maker and someone wants a cupcake, make them a cupcake. Let's not have a big lawsuit or argument over all this stuff—move on."—John Kasich refers to people like bakers who feel their religious rights are infringed upon by providing refreshments for same-sex weddings or serving gay people. Finally, a Republican who isn't insane. There are plenty ...


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Entertainment: Ruby Rose; Eddie Redmayne; Demi Lovato; 'Star Wars' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Orange Is the New Black may be an Emmy-winning show, but it's the Oscars the acclaimed Netflix series sends up in a new promo for the upcoming fourth season, NewNowNext.com noted. As the clip starts, Taystee bemoans how dull the Academy Awards are, declaring "even when white people TRY to be exciting they still bore me." The trailer also shows ...


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Billy Masters - "Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna's panties—I wasn't invited."—Chris Rock takes aim at Jada Pinkett Smith during his Academy Awards monologue. By the time you read this, I will be winging my way back to South Florida for the Winter Party. This annual soiree is presented by the LGBTQ Task Force and raises funds for oodles of ...


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Billy Masters - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "I'm not above taking my clothes off for money—that's the bottom line."—Ryan Reynolds discusses his much-touted nude scene in Deadpool. More on that later—or on BillyMasters.com. I recently spoke to my doctor about the possibility of going on PrEP. I wanted to get educated and find out the pros and cons. For me, there were no cons—aside from taking a ...


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"The Ronnie and Eddie Show" launch crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo. - From a press release - HOLLYWOOD — Friend Movement and Vertex Media are proud to announce the development of "The Ronnie and Eddie Show," a comedic reality show that follows the lives of actor and entrepreneur duo, Ronnie Kroell and "Laughing Eddie" Lobo. The Ronnie and Eddie Show follows the lives of BRAVO's, "Make Me A Super Model" fan favorite, Ronnie Kroell, ( pictured right ...


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Billy Masters - "It's funny. I play a gay character on a TV show. Whether it's me or the character, at the end of the day it's still my body, it's still telling the story. It's the character and his journey, but it's my body, my lips, my hands."—Nick Jonas When I came out in the late '80s, there were about eight seven-nights-a-week ...


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HRC to honor 'Empire', 'Hunger Games' producer Nina Jacobson - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) civil rights organization, announced that the critically acclaimed television series "Empire" will be honored at the 2016 HRC Los Angeles Gala Dinner. HRC also announced that producer Nina Jacobson, whose work includes the blockbuster hit "The Hunger Games" and ...


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Entertainment: Chaz Bono; Johnny Weir; Barry Manilow; Grammy non-performers - Chaz Bono is heading to the daytime soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful, according to People. The special guest star will be playing a minister in episodes airing March 31 and April 1. The author and activist was recently seen on TV during a catch-up with Oprah Winfrey on Saturday's Oprah: Where Are They Now?, where he opened up ...


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TELEVISION Two Windy City queens 'Drag Race' into herstory - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Start your engines as RuPaul's Drag Race revs up for an eighth season on Logo TV debuting Monday, March 7. Premiering in 2009, the show has gone on to increase in popularity and prize winnings. In the past the competition show usually has Chicago represented, but this time out there are two queens from our neck of the woods. The ...


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'Underground' screens at Dusable - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lucky invitees watched a sneak-peek first episode of the new WGN America series Underground at The Dusable Museum of African American History on Feb. 9. The anticipated drama focuses on the story of slaves during a tumultuous time in history. Two of the leads from Underground were on hand, with Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Aldis Hodge both speaking with Windy City ...


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Billy Masters - "Reporter Amanda Hess, in a story published Monday, acknowledges she wrongly wrote that 'one in three Black men who have sex with me is HIV-positive.' In fact, the statistic applies to Black men 'who have sex with men.'"—The Washington City Paper corrects a typo. It's amazing the difference in meaning caused by a dropped "n." In years to come, youngsters ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Amy Landecker lands dream job on 'Transparent' - Actress Amy Landecker has finally hit it big, playing Sarah Pfefferman in the breakout Amazon Studio hit Transparent. Her roots began in Chicago as the daughter of radio personality John Records Landecker. After a theater career in the Windy City, she moved to L.A. when she was 38 to begin films and TV commercials. She struck a chord in the ...


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Entertainment news: Nick Jonas; Laverne Cox; Abby Wambach; Hugh Jackman - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Nick Jonas—who's played gay on two different TV shows and has been accused of "baiting" the gay community—was asked to clarify his recent comments that he wouldn't "confirm nor deny" whether he's ever had sex with a man in an interview with Complex, NewNowNext.com reported. "It's funny. I play a gay character on a TV show," he said. "Whether it's ...


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Billy Masters - "Plus, who wants to watch a bunch of amateurs dancing on live TV?'"—Julianne Hough as the newly named Sandy Young from Salt Lake City in FOX's Grease: LIVE. Just what we need—a Mormon Sandy! Here's my opinion about remakes—if you're gonna bother, you better have a new take on the show or performers who blow you away. Neither was the ...


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RuPaul's Drag Race Season 8 - "Condragulations" to Chicago girls Kim Chi and Naysha Lopez, who are both competing in RuPaul's Drag Race Season 8. The new season, which sees Kim and Naysha competing in a field of 12 contestants, kicks off Mon., March 7, on Logo TV, with premiere parties all over the city. ...


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Billy Masters - "First of all, Lily should have won. And I would love to go down on you."—Amy Schumer's perhaps drunken acceptance speech for Best Actress in a Comedy at the Critics' Choice Awards. Given the recent rumors about Amy, perhaps she stole this joke from Jane Wagner. With discussions that diversity is missing from the current crop of Oscar nominees is ...


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Billy Masters - "I'm just a gay guy from Indiana who doesn't play basketball."—CBS Entertainment president Glenn Geller talks to the press about diversity both in front of and behind the camera. And yet CBS is the only major network NOT doing a Broadway musical. What's up with that? Did you hear about Shuttlegate? Because of increased security at the Golden Globes, everyone ...


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Entertainment news: Ellen Page; Bette Midler; Sam Smith; Chloe Grace Moretz - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Netflix kicked off a busy month for Sundance acquisitions by beating other companies to the punch for Tallulah—Sian Heder's dramatic comedy starring Ellen Page and Allison Janney, according to TheWrap. Page plays a rootless young woman who takes a toddler from a wealthy, negligent mother and passes the baby off as her own in an effort to protect her. Her ...


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Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times Opens at Driehaus Museum - CHICAGO — Celebrate the sixth and final season of the beloved period drama Downton Abbey®, at Chicago's Own American Palace, The Richard H. Driehaus Museum. On view from February 9 through May 8, 2016, Dressing Downton™: Changing Fashion for Changing Times features more than 35 costumes from the popular British television series Downton Abbey. The award-winning costumes are produced by ...


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Billy Masters - "Can I just ask you a question? What the fuck does sugar tits even mean?"—The bleeped question from Ricky Gervais to Mel Gibson at the Golden Globes. What was his response? "I dunno. Ask the guy who said it, it wasn't me." A likely story! Look, I loves me some Jane Fonda as much as the next gay man. But ...


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Surprises mark Golden Globes - Surprises marked the Golden Globes, which award excellence in television and movies and took place Jan. 10, airing on NBC. Among some of the unexpected wins were Maura Tierney, who won for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Limited Series, or TV Movie for her show, The Affair. A stunned Rachel Bloom ( Crazy Ex-Girlfriend ) won for Best Actress ...







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