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Annual GLAAD film report finds alarming drop in LGBTQ characters - From a news release - Los Angeles, CA — GLAAD, the world's largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today released its sixth annual Studio Responsibility Index ( SRI ), a report that maps the quantity, quality, and diversity of LGBTQ people in films released by the seven largest motion picture studios and their subsidiaries during the 2017 calendar year. For the full report visit: www.glaad.org/sri . ...


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SHOWBIZ Donald Glover, Adore Delano, Jason Statham, Jennifer Aniston - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Donald Glover has backed suggestions that his Star Wars character is pansexual—despite a reported zero same-sex interactions on screen, according to PinkNews. Fans accused Star Wars producers of queer-baiting after claims that fan favorite character Lando Calrissian is actually pansexual. Glover ( taking over the role that Billy Dee Williams originated ) told SiriusXM, "Yeah… How can you not be ...


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'Queer Eye' co-host helps Lowe's, GE roll out product line - Design specialist and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy star Bobby Berk pulled into Chicago on May 16 to help Lowe's Home Improvement/Hardware and General Electric rollout a new product line and retail format. The invitation-only event took place at Lowe's flagship store at 1360 N. Ashland Ave., and featured refreshments, goodie bags, and a short presentation from Berk, General ...


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TELEVISION Series continues to examine transgender people's lives - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In 2004, Dr. Bruce Hensel hosted and co-directed The Opposite Sex: Rene's Story and The Opposite Sex: Jamie's Story—two series that looked at two trransgender individuals' quests to undergo their long-awaited gender-confirmation surgeries.  Fast-forward to 2018, and Hensel is back with Showtime's Beyond the Opposite Sex, which look at Rene Pena's and Jamie Alter's continuing journeys. Windy City Times: How ...


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NUNN ON ONE TV Transgender actor Marquise Vilson talks pivotal 'SVU' episode - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit recently introduced a storyline surrounding transgender people serving in the military. Titled "Service," the episode involved a trial about an escort who is allegedly raped in a hotel room. One of the reluctant witnesses in the case was soldier named Jim Preston ( who later reveals he is transgender ), played by Marquise Vilson. ...


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Weather Channel to offer chance for kids - The Weather Channel, in partnership with Lands' End, has launched their Mini Meteorologist Contest. From now through May 21, kids between 6 and 16 are encouraged to submit an essay describing their love of science and the weather. Four lucky winners will travel to The Weather Channel headquarters in Atlanta for the opportunity to deliver a weather report on air ...


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29th annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York includes groundbreaking speeches - Videos below. From a press release - New York, NY, Monday, May 7, 2018 — GLAAD, the world's largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, honored Ava DuVernay, Samira Wiley, and outstanding LGBTQ images in film and television at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York. The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of the LGBTQ community and the ...


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SHOWBIZ 'Tales of the City,' Kehlani, Bradley Cooper, Cosby fallout - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Netflix has ordered a 10-episode limited series revival of Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City, and production is expected to start later this year for a 2019 premiere, Deadline reported. Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis will reprise their roles as Mary Ann Singleton and Anna Madrigal, respectively; Ellen Page joins the cast as Shawna, the daughter of Linney's character, Mary ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Mishel Prada of 'Vida' on boundary-pushing show - Starz series Vida is breaking down borders with its depiction of the LGBT community. Based on the book Pour Vida by Richard Villegas Jr., this is a half-hour original story about two Mexican-American sisters, Emma and Lyn, who return to their old neighborhood in East Los Angeles. The show was created by HBO's Girls writer Tanya Saracho, who along with ...


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Ted Allen talks Dining Out for Life, 'Chopped' and 'Queer Eye' - Ted Allen was originally introduced to the country when he was one of the original quintet in Bravo network's television program Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, which ran 2003-07. After appearing on Top Chef as a judge, Allen ( who still has ties to the Windy City, years after writing for Chicago magazine and living here throughout the 1990s ...


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GLAAD Media Awards honors Spears, Parsons - The GLAAD Media Awards took place April 12 in Los Angeles, with comedian/actress Wanda Sykes as host. GLAAD honored Britney Spears, Jim Parsons and outstanding LGBTQ images in film and television at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. Halle Berry, Chloe Grace Moretz, Ryan Murphy, Adam Rippon, Gus Kenworthy, Rachel Bloom, Wilson Cruz, ...


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NUNN ON ONE TV Ross Marquand on his gay character in 'The Walking Dead' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Hailing from Colorado, performer Ross Marquand grew up impersonating celebrities that eventually led to a career in voiceover work. His talents have been heard on the cartoons Robot Chicken, and Phineas and Ferb, as well as video games like Battlefield Hardline.  It was when this straight actor grabbed the opportunity to portray The Walking Dead's first openly gay character that ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Gay superhero Surge flies onto small screen - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Cinema's first out gay superhero Surge is flying onto the small screen, thanks to creator Vincent J. Roth. Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel follows the story of Surge battling the Metal Master in Big City. Stars from the past have joined this case, including Star Trek's Nichelle Nichols and Robert Picardo, comedian Bruce Vilanch, Incredible Hulk Lou Ferrigno, ...


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SHOWBIZ Kelly Clarkson, Sam Smith, comic-book movies, 'Drag Race' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - After a booted contestant on The Voice called Kelly Clarkson "small-minded" for comparing her to fellow gay artists, the coach had something to say, People.com noted. Contestant Molly Stevens, who is openly gay, revealed in a now-deleted Instagram post that she was upset by a comparison that Clarkson made during the battle rounds, as Clarkson said Stevens reminded her of ...


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'Model' winner DiMarco at ISU on March 29 - Nyle DiMarco—the winner of Dancing with the Stars and America's Next Top Model—will give a talk titled "Living Out Loud with Nyle DiMarco" for Illinois State University's ( ISU's ) Student Access and Accommodation Services. An ambassador for the deaf community, DiMarco will address the audience at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, in the Brown Ballroom of the Bone ...


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TV festival takes on 'Roseanne' situation, LGBT themes - The 54th Chicago International Television Festival presented by Cinema Chicago held several screenings at the AMC on March 20-22. There were two sessions on the first night—one with Woke TV and the other with ABC's Roseanne. Woke TV is spotlighting new, fresh LGBT content with web series that run the gamut on content. The T, Kissing Walls and Easy Abby ...


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SHOWBIZ Harry Styles, Wanda Sykes, Anderson Cooper, 'Gotham' co-star - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - During a live performance, Harry Styles debuted an unreleased song called "Medicine," and one set of lyrics in particular has his fans in a whirlwind, Billboard noted. In a verse, Styles appeared to sing "The boys and the girls are here/ I mess around with him/ And I'm OK with it." Twitter users immediately called the song a bisexual anthem, ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MOVIES Greg Berlanti shows the 'Love' in newest film - There's a new gay coming-of-age drama called Love, Simon that has the potential to cross over to straight audiences. Simon Spier has one big secret in his otherwise perfect life. Set in a high school where social media opens communication in unexpected ways, Simon will have you guessing what will happen until the end. Will his secret destroy his relationships ...


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SHOWBIZ 'Glee' reunion, Charlie Carver, Michael B. Jordan, Whitney Houston - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The cast of Ryan Murphy's musical series Glee reunited in Los Angeles a little over a month after their disgraced former cast mate Mark Salling committed suicide, Page Six noted. "It's a GLEE-Union!!" Matthew Morrison wrote alongside a photo of the crew, which included Jane Lynch, Naya Rivera, Heather Morris, Amber Riley, Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale, Jenna Ushkowitz, Becca Tobin ...


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Chicago International TV Festival March 20-22 - The 54th Chicago International Television Festival, presented by Cinema/Chicago, will celebrate U.S. and international television programming, web series and television commercials March 20—22 at the AMC River East, 322 E. Illinois St. The lineup includes a look at Chicago-made web series; a preview of an episode of ABC'S revival of Roseanne, with actress Lecy Goranson ( the original Becky ) ...


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SHOWBIZ Elton John, RuPaul, Marilyn Monroe, Lena Waithe - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - While performing his hit "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" during his Million Dollar Piano concert residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Elton John regularly invites a group of fans to gather around his grand piano—but he recently stormed off a fan got too overzealous, NewNowNext.com reported. The legendary singer-songwriter eventually returned to finish his set. "No more coming on ...


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NUNN ON ONE PERFORMANCE Chatting with the multilingual Matteo Lane - Matteo Lane returns to Chicago after making it big in New York. He performed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and on Comedy Central. He can be seen on TV with IFC, MTV and MTV2, and soon on Netflix. He not only studied storyboard and fashion illustration at School of the Art Institute of ...


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'RuPaul's Drag Race' cast revealed - VH1 revealed the cast for the milestone 10th season of Emmy-winning RuPaul's Drag Race. The newest queens vying for the title of "America's Next Drag Superstar" were announced during an episode of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars, followed by a Facebook Live that introduced fans to the 14 competitors. The season of "Drag Race" premieres Thursday, March 22, at 7 ...


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SHOWBIZ Ryan Murphy, Lena Waithe, Big Freedia, 'Kinky Boots' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Another TV mega-producer is leaving their longtime studio home to head to Netflix, Deadline noted. In what is believed to be the biggest TV pact ever, Ryan Murphy—an Emmy, Golden Globe and Peabody Award-winning producer, director and writer—has signed a five-year overall deal with Netflix that could reach as high as $300 million, sources said. It starts July 1. Netflix ...


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FOOD Out chef Anne Burrell cooks it up - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Recently, Anne Burrell blew into town for a Cooper's Hawk event at the Skyline Lofts in Chicago. The out celebrity chef whipped up some major dishes demonstrating her skills while answering questions from the audience. How to expertly cut an onion and mentioning her favorite flower is cauliflower were all part of the instructional act that night. Burrell brings a ...


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NUNN ON ONE MOVIES Mike Farrell channels Chicagoan Miglin in Gianni Versace - Gay executive producer Ryan Murphy is on a roll with his second installment of FX's American Crime Story. The first season's The People v. O.J. Simpson was a critical success, earning many awards including an Emmy and Golden Globe for Sarah Paulson, who portrayed Marcia Clark. This year's The Assassination of Gianni Versace is based on Maureen Orth's book Vulgar ...


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LGBTQA TV/film critics announce Dorian winners - GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics—composed of more than 200 LGBTQA entertainment journalists in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom—has announced its ninth annual Dorian Award winners. This year's 26 TV and film categories ( from mainstream to LGBTQ-centric ) include inaugural awards for Supporting Film Performance. A handful of select recipients will join the group for GALECA's ...


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SHOWBIZ Zachary Quinto, gay fitness model, Octavia Spencer, Streisand - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - History is bringing back In Search Of, based on the 1970s franchise, as a 10-episode docuseries, hosted and executive-produced by Emmy-nominated Zachary Quinto ( Star Trek; Snowden; I Am Michael ), according to Deadline.com. From the mythical to the scientific, each episode will follow Quinto as he investigates a different subject within a dynamic theme—such as alien encounters, mysterious creatures, ...


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PASSAGES Actor John Mahoney dies at 77 - Actor John Mahoney—a longtime Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble member and someone known to millions for playing the title character's father on the NBC television sitcom Frasier—died Feb. 4 of cancer at age 77, multiple outlets have reported. Mahoney, who long lived in Oak Park, was born to British parents and grew up in England. He first visited Illinois in the 1950s, ...


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SHOWBIZ Ndegeocello, Meryl Streep, James Franco, Dolly Parton - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Meshell Ndegeocello has announced her new album of cover songs, Ventriloquism, Broadway World noted. The album, out March 16, features versions of songs by TLC, Janet Jackson, Tina Turner and more. In anticipation, she has released the album track "Tender Love" ( originally by Force MDs ). Additionally, she has released her version of Prince's "Sometimes It Snows In April" ...


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Former 'Glee' actor dies at 35 - Actor Mark Salling—best known for playing Puck on the Fox series Glee—was found dead near a riverbed in Sunland, California. He was 35. Salling's death came as he awaited sentencing in a child-pornography case, after reaching a plea agreement in October. Salling pled guilty to possessing about 25,000 images of children engaged in sexual conduct, the U.S. department of Justice ...


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Acorn TV's New British Drama Girlfriends returns - From a press release - Following the debut of BAFTA-winning writer Kay Mellor's critically-acclaimed Acorn TV Original and BBC One drama Love, Lies & Records, Mellor's next addictive British drama, GIRLFRIENDS, makes its exclusive North American Premiere as an Acorn TV Original Series beginning weekly on Monday, January 29, 2018. The six-part contemporary ITV drama follows three friends struggling with the responsibilities that come with ...


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HRC to Honor Betty DeGeneres For Her Decades of LGBTQ Advocacy - From a press release - HWASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation ( HRC ) announced that it will honor longtime ally and LGBTQ advocate Betty DeGeneres with an Upstander Award at the organization's fifth annual Time to THRIVE Conference on February 16-18 at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek in Orlando. The announcement comes on the day her daughter, Ellen DeGeneres, who came out ...


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SHOWBIZ Grammys, Pam Grier, Lee Daniels, Ryan Reynolds - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Recording Academy has expanded its lineup for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards ( to air Jan. 28 with host James Corden ) with seven-time Grammy winner and current nominee Kendrick Lamar; four-time Grammy winner Sam Smith; and a special performance by 22-time Grammy winners U2, according to a press release. Also, Miley Cyrus will take the stage with five-time ...


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TELEVISION TV special, Sighted Eyes, Feeling Heart, tells Lorraine Hansberry's story - In high school, Tracy Heather Strain's grandmother took her to see a production of Young, Gifted and Black, a play drawn from the writings of Lorraine Hansberry. The young playwright's powerful interior monologue riveted Strain, who would grow up to become a celebrated filmmaker, and who hopes her new documentary about Hansberry—Sighted Eyes, Feeling Heart—will spark the same wonder for ...


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SHOWBIZ Oprah & RuPaul, Well Strung, Obama film, 'Modern Family' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Oprah Winfrey talks with RuPaul in the February issue of O Magazine, NewNowNext.com noted. This isn't the first time the two have crossed paths. In 1995, RuPaul was on Winfrey's daytime talk show and sat down with her to discuss life and his book Letting It All Hang Out for an episode entitled "Look At Me Now." Trevor Wadleigh and ...


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BRUJOS, radical queer web series returns - From a press release - In January, on the heels of the Trump inauguration, the first four episodes of the dark, sexy web series BRUJOS debuted online to a cult following. Following four gay Latinx grad students who are also witches as they battle the wealthy, straight white male descendants of the first New World colonizers, villains, BRUJOS seemed more timely than ever. As creator ...


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Showbiz news: Oprah, Jim Parsons, Morrissey, Kristin Chenoweth - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Oprah Winfrey is the next luminary who will receive the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Cecil B. DeMille Award, TheWrap noted. Presented annually at the Golden Globes ceremony, the prize recognizes "a talented individual who has made an incredible impact on the world of entertainment," according to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Winfrey's honor was announced by actor Morgan Freeman—who won ...


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Drag Race' queens in Chicago Dec. 21 - The queens of RuPaul's Drag Race are spreading cheers and queers throughout the world this holiday season in their new musical-comedy show, Christmas Queens. They will be in Chicago on Thursday, Dec. 21, at the Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., at 8 p.m. Michelle Visage will host with live performances by Manila Luzon, Ginger Minj, Jinkx Monsoon, Sharon Needles, Phi ...


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Showbiz news: Laverne Cox, 'Queer Eye,' Patti LaBelle, Rogers-Berlanti wedding - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Emmy Award nominee Laverne Cox is set to host the Lifetime beauty-competition series Glam Masters, set to air Wed., Feb. 28, a press release noted. The eight-episode series ( which has Kim Kardashian West and Diana Madison as executive producers ) puts beauty influencers through themed challenges in order to impress Cox, celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic, YouTube makeup expert ...


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Showbiz news: Ryan Murphy, Mariah Carey, MIssy Elliott, Armie Hammer - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Producers Guild of America ( PGA ) has selected Ryan Murphy as the recipient of its 2018 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television, Variety noted. Murphy will receive the award at the 29th Annual Producers Guild Awards on Jan. 20 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. He has won four Emmys and two PGA Awards; also, he was the recipient ...


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GLAAD releases TV diversity report - GLAAD has released its annual "Where We Are on TV" report. The report 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 the 2017-18 TV season. This marks the 22nd year that GLAAD has tracked ...


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Showbiz news: Armistead Maupin, Wendy Williams, Taylor Swift, 'House of Cards' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Jennifer M. Kroot's The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin, winner of an Audience Award at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival, will premiere on Independent Lens on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, a press release noted. The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin examines the life and work of one of the Tales of the City storyteller, following his evolution from a conservative ...


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VIEWPOINT Will and Grace 2017: You Can't Go Home Again - The return of Will & Grace is a miracle of sorts, a pinch-me moment in the history of television. The #VoteHoney video, created to support Hillary Clinton's run for president and which led to the show's revival, reminded me again what I loved about the original show, and why with Mike Pence in the White House, as a gay man, ...


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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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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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