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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 ...


-Web-series-looks-at-South-Side-queer-women-of-color-

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 ...


TELEVISION-Gender-non-binary-actor-set-to-star-on-Billions

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 ...


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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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LGBT critics to announce Dorian Award nods - The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association ( GALECA )—composed of more than 170 film/TV critics and entertainment journalists across the U.S., Canada and the U.K.—revealed its nominees for the best in film and television of 2016. The selections come across 24 categories, and are mainstream and LGBTQ-focused, with 20th Century Women and The Lobster among the titles in the ...


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NUNN ON ONE: CELEBRITY Meiling Jin travels from China to 'Chop Chop' - Meiling Chin has created an empire in media in just a short time. While born and raised in China, Chin eventually arrived in America to make her mark. In high school she began writing for QQ.com, the sixth-largest website in the world, and by the age of 21 she had garnered 100 million hits on various websites with celebrity interviews ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TV Chicago native Law Roach on judging 'Next Top Model' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Stylist Law Roach is hitting the big leagues these days. Hailing from the South Side of Chicago, this fashionista is changing the way celebrities are viewed. After taking over singer Celine Dion's wardrobe, the media has taken notice and applauded the change for the icon. Roach has designed for performer Zendaya since she was 14, turning the Disney star into ...


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Entertainment: Matt Bomer, George Michael, 'Sister Wives,' Jillian Michaels - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - It now looks like the mother of vamp fiction, Anne Rice, has set her cold-blooded sights on out actor Matt Bomer, MoviePilot revealed. Adapted into 1994's Interview with the Vampire and 2002's Queen of the Damned, it appears the live action versions of Rice's work are far from dead and buried. The vamp-fan and erotic fictional novelist has already confirmed ...


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GLAAD report reveals mostly good news - GLAAD recently 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 streaming services for the 2016-2017 TV season. This marks the 21st year that GLAAD has tracked the presence of LGBTQ characters ...


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World news: HIV and the Philippines, Malta's ban, UN news - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A human-rights watchdog says the Philippines is facing one of the fastest growing epidemics of HIV in the Asia Pacific, fueled by government policies that restrict intervention, including access to condoms by men who have sex with men, The Independent reported. Human Rights Watch said in a report that HIV prevalence among men who have sex with men has increased ...


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National Geographic chronicles 'gender revolution' in print, on TV - From a press release - It used to appear so simple for many of us: you were a boy or you were a girl. Girls wore pink, and boys wore blue; girls played with dolls, and boys played with trucks. Yet around the globe, these traditional notions of gender are changing rapidly, and labels are no longer so clear cut. National Geographic sets out to ...


GLAAD-launches-Trump-Accountability-Project

GLAAD launches Trump Accountability Project - From a press release - New York — GLAAD, the world's LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today launched theTrump Accountability Project ( TAP ). TAP is a resource for journalists, editors, producers, and other news makers reporting on the Trump administration which catalogues the anti-LGBTQ statements and actions of Donald Trump and those in or being considered for his administration. The resource also catalogues other discriminatory ...


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'The Trans List' to air Dec. 5 - HBO Documentary Films will debut The Trans List Monday, Dec. 5, 7-8 p.m. CT, on HBO. Directed by portrait photographer/filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders ( HBO's The Black List, The Out List and The Latino List, among others ) and featuring interviews by Janet Mock, The Trans List shines a light on prominent members of the transgender community. Individuals such as Amos ...


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Entertainment news: Andy Cohen, Ruby Rose, RuPaul, GALECA's top actresses, Madonna - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Bravo's Andy Cohen thinks Donald Trump is actually a Democrat, Page Six noted. During a panel with Sarah Jessica Parker at 92Y, Cohen said if he could talk to the president-elect, "I would say, 'I know you want to live in your gold-leaf tower but please don't; you're going to f—k up traffic.' I'd also say that 'you have the ...


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LGBT doc on Mariela Castro debuting Nov. 28 - A documentary about LGBT-rights activist Mariela Castro—the daughter of President Raul Castro and a member of Cuba's National Assembly—will debut Monday, Nov. 28, at 8 p.m. CT on HBO. Mariela Castro's March: Cuba's LGBT Revolution follows Castro and her LGBT supporters as they spread their universal message of equality across the country. In addition, Castro serves as the director of ...


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Report: LGBTQs lacking in Spanish-language scripted TV - GLAAD recently released its first-ever Spanish-Language media report, "Nearly Invisible." The report offers an analysis of LGBTQ characters in prime-time Spanish-language scripted television airing in the United States July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016. "Nearly Invisible" found that only 14 of the 516 characters examined were LGBTQ ( 3 percent )—and only seven of those characters appeared in more than half ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TV/PODCASTS Kirsten Vangsness talks 'Criminal Minds,' being queer - Actress Kirsten Vangsness currently portrays Penelope Garcia in the CBS series Criminal Minds. She has also play the role in Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders. The California native is appearing in new movies like Kill Me, Deadly and Axis, along with heading to Chicago for a live podcast reading. Windy City Times: So you began your ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-TV-Real-Housewife-Cynthia-Bailey-walks-the-runway-alone

NUNN ON ONE: TV Real Housewife Cynthia Bailey walks the runway alone - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Reality Star Cynthia Bailey worked the runway for Wilhelmina Models that led her from New York to Atlanta. She joined the third season of Bravo's The Real Housewives of Atlanta and has been a regular ever since. She appeared on The Next: 15 as well as Cupcake Wars. Her businesses include an eyewear line, a modeling school and a backpack ...


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Comcast and COH host reception for Pride collection and ERGs - Neither the pouring rain nor game seven of the World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians were enough to deter a large crowd of people from visiting the state-of—the-art Comcast Studio Xfinity corporate flagship store in Chicago's Old Town neighborhood Nov. 2. Co-sponsored by the Center on Halsted and in partnership with the LGBT Chamber of Commerce ...


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GLAAD Where We Are on TV report: LGBTQ representation hits record high - From a GLAAD press release - New York — GLAAD, the world's 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 streaming services for the 2016-2017 TV season. This marks the 21st year ...


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GLAAD releases 10th edition of media guide for reporting on LGBTQ people, issues - From a GLAAD press release - NEW YORK, NY - GLAAD, the world's leading LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today released the tenth edition of its Media Reference Guide, the industry standard style guide for reporting on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer ( LGBTQ ) people and the issues that affect their lives. For more than two decades, the GLAAD Media Reference Guide has provided journalists ...


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Brujos: A peek into a 'coven-fresh' web series - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For breakfast at the 5 Rabanitos Restaurant at 18th and Wood streets in Pilsen, you can get an amazing plate of carnitas chilaquiles, and skip the coffee in favor of cafe de olle, which has orange zest and cinnamon. While you're there you might also catch writer, director and performer Ricardo Gamboa hovering over a plate sprinkled with matchstick-sliced radishes ...


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NUNN ON ONE: Trans model Isis King struts out with a new show - Reality star Isis King first made a splash on America's Next Top Model, becoming the first transgender person to compete on the show. After that, she pursued fashion design that she studied in school. Now she is ready to come back with the new Oxygen Channel series Strut. With Whoopi Goldberg as executive producer, the show follows several transgender models, ...


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Jussie Smollett rules on 'Empire' - Jussie Smollett started as a kid actor in films like The Mighty Ducks and North, but has now grown into a full-fledged adult, garnering rave reviews for playing Jamal Lyon in the hit Fox TV show Empire. The musical series Empire was created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, and it debuted in 2015. It tells the story of the ...


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Fox anchor Smith comes out as gay - For the first time, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith has publicly acknowledged that he is gay—and it happened during National Coming Out Month. Smith did it while speaking about Fox News head Roger Ailes, who was ousted in a major sexual-harassment scandal. Responding to reports that Ailes had stopped Smith from coming out publicly years ago, Smith told The Huffington ...


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Gay series 'Feral' on Dekkoo.com - Like HBO's Looking or Girls, but set in Memphis, Tennessee—that's how creator Morgan Jon Fox characterizes Feral, a Dekkoo.com original TV series that debuts Oct. 6 exclusively on the subscription streaming service dedicated to gay men, according to a press release. In Feral, Fox ( who is also the series writer and director ) weaves a tale of survival as ...


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Rainbows in the magic box: LGBTQ talent featured in fall TV - by Lucy Diavolo - We're hot off an Emmys that saw several calls for better inclusion and representation in the world of television. Now, at the start of another season of fall programming, will Hollywood put its money where its mouth is and feature more LGBTQ talent? While it's certainly not resounding, it looks like the answer could be a ( somewhat tentative ) ...


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Entertainment: Wonder Woman, 'Horror Story,' Samira Wiley, Jared Leto - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The writer of the reborn Wonder Woman comics has revealed that the character is gay, according to Newsday. Greg Rucka told Comicosity that since Wonder Woman comes from the fictional all-female island nation of Themyscira, she "has been in love and had relationships with other women." Rucka isn't ruling out the potential for a romantic relationship with Steve Trevor, Wonder ...


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TELEVISION 'Prince Charming' contestant discusses controversial exit - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Local contestant Sam Provenzano indicated in his initial interview with Windy City Times ( WindyCityMediaGroup.com/lgbt/TELEVISION-Chicago-man-competes-on-groundbreaking-Prince-Charming/56401.html ) that he would make a big impression on the groundbreaking Logo show Finding Prince Charming—and, boy, did he ever. Clashing primarily with fellow contestant Dillon Powell on the show—a gay twist on The Bachelor—Provenzano stunned viewers during the third episode when he spat in ...


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Gay series 'Feral' on Dekkoo.com - Like HBO's Looking or Girls, but set in Memphis, Tennessee—that's how creator Morgan Jon Fox characterizes Feral, a Dekkoo.com original TV series that debuts Oct. 6 exclusively on the subscription streaming service dedicated to gay men, according to a press release. In Feral, Fox ( who is also the series writer and director ) weaves a tale of survival as ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Nico Scholly sets sail on 'Below Deck' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Chicago local Nico Scholly is on board for this season of Bravo's Below Deck. This series documents the crew onboard an $11-million luxury yacht and the drama that unfolds. Windy City Times interviewed gay cast member Dave Bradberry back in 2013. Scholly ( nickname: "Nico Freako" ) promises plenty of hijinks this season, and brings a strong background of working ...


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LGBTQ ghost hunters debuts online - From a press release - September 30, 2016, San Francisco, CA......The first show about LGBTQ ghost hunters debuts online Saturday, October 1st at 7pm EDT as we kick off LGBT History Month and the month of Halloween. The docu­series follows real people discovering stories of the queer past in places as diverse as the Ohio State Reformatory, where "Shawshank Redemption" was filmed. and just one ...


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Entertainment news: Marc Jacobs, Tituss Burgess, 'Hamilton,' 'Will & Grace' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Designer Marc Jacobs has apologized for having models with dreadlocks at his recent New York Fashion Week show, Page Six stated. "I apologize for the lack of sensitivity unintentionally expressed by my brevity," the designer wrote on Instagram. "I wholeheartedly believe in freedom of speech to express oneself through art, clothes, words, hair, music… EVERYTHING. Of course I do 'see' ...


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From This Day Forward, explores family with transgender dad, Oct. 10 - From a press release - A unique—and traditional—love story shows how a Midwestern family adapted to a life-altering transformation. What's it like to have a transgender parent—or spouse? How can a family stay together in the face of such significant change? What does a marriage-bound daughter want her father to wear for the traditional trip down the wedding aisle? Filmmaker Sharon Shattuck answers all these ...


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Entertainment news: Lady Gaga, Lance Bass, Alexis Arquette, Zayn Malik - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lady Gaga is reportedly inching closer to one of the biggest gigs on the planet: performing at the Super Bowl halftime show in 2017, Billboard reported. Sources have told the publication that Gaga is in talks for the 51st annual football showdown, scheduled for Feb. 5, 2017 at NRG Stadium in Houston. She released a new song, "Perfect Illusion," on ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Sophia Bush talks Chicago P.D., pro-LGBT activism - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Actress Sophia Bush continues on Chicago P.D. for another season, but she doesn't leave her activist roots behind. Known for the CW series One Tree Hill, in which she played Brooke Davis, she moved on to film roles like John Tucker Must Die and The Hitcher. The spinoff from Chicago Fire has her playing Erin Lindsey, a detective. Chicago P.D. ...


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'Transparent,' Paulson among Emmy winners - The LGBT community was well-represented Sept. 18 at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards. First, Amazon series Transparent ( which had 10 nominations going into the ceremony ) had a couple winners, including Jeffrey Tambor ( Outstanding Lead Actor, Comedy Series ) and newly out lesbian Jill Soloway ( Outstanding Directing, Comedy Series ). Tambor took time to urge producers to ...


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Entertainment: Megan Rapinoe, Sia, Neil Patrick Harris, 'Jersey Boys' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In the soccer world, the Washington Spirit prevented Seattle midfielder Megan Rapinoe, an out lesbian, from kneeling again during the national anthem by altering its pregame ceremonies rather than "subject our fans and friends to the disrespect we feel such an act would represent," LGBTQ Nation noted. The National Women's Soccer League team moved up the anthem, playing it while ...


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RuPaul scores historic Emmy win - RuPaul Charles finally nabbed his first Emmy nomination this year for the eighth season of his long-running Logo TV series RuPaul's Drag Race—and then proceeded to top the competition to earn his ( and the show's ) first Emmy Award at the Creative Arts Emmys on Sept. 11. Charles won for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program. This ...


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TELEVISION Chicago man competes on groundbreaking 'Prince Charming' - Starting Thursday, Sept. 8, Logo will break new ground with its brand-new reality dating competition series, Finding Prince Charming—which, in essence, is a gay twist on The Bachelor. Thirteen men will vie for the affections of interior designer Robert Sepulveda Jr. in a journey that promises many twists. Sam Provenzano—an affable, candid man who resides in Chicago and heads the ...


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Entertainment news: Melissa Etheridge, Matt Bomer, Sam Smith, Dolly Parton - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The fifth-season finale of the syndicated public TV music series Infinity Hall Live featured an hourlong solo performance from Melissa Etheridge, according to a press release. The set had some of her chart-toppers, along with a seven-minute cover of "Rock Me Baby" ( from her upcoming Stax tribute album, MEmphis Rock and Soul, out Oct. 7 ) as well as ...







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