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Billy Masters - "Black drag queen comes in and saves all the white folk ... that doesn't happen often!"—Billy Porter encapsulates the plot of Kinky Boots during his show at the Crown & Anchor in Provincetown. Over this column's long history, the line between celebrity and porn has been blurred beyond recognition. While prostitution and porn are not necessarily the same thing, there ...


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Trans-led documentary series launching soon - From a press release - The Trans Oral History Project ( TOHP ), the oldest transgender-led organization dedicated to sharing trans stories, announced it's launching a new documentary web series. America in Transition ( AIT ) [ https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/america-in-transition#/story ] will highlight social issues and positive role models from underrepresented trans communities across the US. "America in Transition is inspired by my experience coming out and ...


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Billy Masters - Filth: disgustingly offensive dirt, garbage, anything viewed as grossly indecent or obscene. That's how Mr. Webster defines "filth," and who would argue with him? With that definition and those words, this column was launched 20 years ago. Back then, it was called "Filth" and it was supposed to be a temporary gig. But here I am, two decades later, wondering ...


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Billy Masters - "Caitlyn's a Republican, she's on a reality show, and she's a Kardashian. We can't make fun of him or her?"—John Waters questions the political correctness of not making fun of Caitlyn Jenner. If it's good enough for John Waters, it's good enough for me. You fans are insatiable. Our server for BillyMasters.com was flagged as possibly being attacked by a ...


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Entertainment news: Ellen; Eddie Redmayne; Dolly Parton; Sam Smith - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Hillary Clinton, Caitlyn Jenner and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai will kick off the 13th season of Ellen DeGeneres' The Ellen Show," according to Page Six. "These 3 women are changing the world," The Ellen Show tweeted along with a photo of the trio. The new season of the show premieres Sept. 8 on NBC. Speaking of DeGeneres, she's ...


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Open TV's 'Nupita Obama Creates Vogua' explores queer love - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - As a network executive for Open TV, an online platform for indie arts and artists, Aymar Jean Christian would rather promote the careers of others than worry about himself. But even he admitted that the network's latest pilot, Nupita Obama Creates Vogua, which he wrote and directed, was influenced by his own affairs. The episode ( https://player.vimeo.com/video/134807299?color=c1f9bb, https://vimeo.com/134807299 ) explores ...


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TransReelization fest Aug. 29 features stars of Wachowski's Sense8 - The second annual TransReelization film fest will take place Saturday, Aug. 29, at Kinowerks Studio, 5645 N. Ravenswood Ave. The VIP reception is 6 p.m., with the general-admission part of the evening starting at 7:30 p.m. This evening of cocktails, celebrities and film supports the critical work of the Chicago House—TransLife Center. The studio is the production company of siblings ...


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Billy Masters - "Dude ... No underwear and pierced ... F—- me.. You never showed me that shit."—Steven Tyler texts his love/envy/astonishment at Lenny Kravitz's exposed private parts. But more on that later—or on BillyMasters.com. This week we have a plethora of penises. I almost called them a gaggle—but I know better than to underestimate my fans' gag reflex! While that surely whets ...


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Christy Webber subject of CNBC series - Christy Webber, founder of Chicago's Christy Webber Landscapes, is one of several entrepreneurs featured on CNBC's new primetime show, Blue Collar Millionaires. Blue Collar Millionaires, according to CNBC's press release announcing the shows debut, "celebrates the men and women who've gotten rich by getting their hands dirty." The eight-part series premiered July 15; Webber's episode, "Through the Roof," aired July ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION With RuPaul, 'Skin' is in - Drag personality RuPaul Charles keeps busy constantly working on projects from books, music, to a makeup line. Charles is currently reigning on television over at the Logo channel as well as now judging Skin Wars on GSN. RuPaul's Drag Race just received it's first Emmy nomination ever for Outstanding Makeup and Season 4 RuVealed premieres July 31. It was also ...


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'In the Life' series archived; Wolfe Video; Creating Change - Digital portal archives PBS' 'In the Life' Coverage of the 1993 march on Washington and the story of murdered transgender teen Fred Martinez are a couple of the new "In the Life" digital research portal that the UCLA Film and Television Archive has created. The videos and other resources are publicly accessible online as part of a new LGBT moving-image ...


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Billy Masters - "The only thing that worries me about Caitlyn ... it's the idea that there's going to be a big commercial thing about it. Well, the Kardashians, from what I've seen, are rather vulgar. I don't know, but I do wish her the best of luck."—April Ashley, one of Britain's first transsexuals ( and a dear friend of Billy's ), shares ...


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Billy Masters - "I thought I held my own."—Buzz Aldrin talks about dancing with John Travolta at a benefit for Buzz Aldrin's ShareSpace Foundation at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. I'm glad to hear Buzz held his own. I hope Travolta stuck to holding his own, too! You can check out the video of them tripping the light fantastic on BillyMasters.com. There ...


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Billy Masters - "@ariannahuff is unattractive both inside and out. I fully understand why her former husband left her for a man—he made a good decision."—Donald Trump Tweets his response to news that the Huffington Post is moving coverage of his campaign from the news section to the entertainment pages. If a story is published online and then pulled, did it actually happen? ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Kenya Moore is 'Gone with the Wind Fabulous' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The charismatic Kenya Moore started with pageants and wound up being "Gone With the Wind Fabulous." The Detroit native was crowned Miss USA in 1993, and then appeared in a flood of television shows such as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Martin and The Parkers. Her movie appearances include Waiting to Exhale and Deliver Us from Eva. She joined the ...


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LGBTs among Emmy nominations - The Emmy nominations were announced July 16, and HBO Game of Thrones led all shows with 24 nominations. ( HBO hauled in a total of 124 nods, Variety reported; ABC was a distant second with 42. ) There was plenty of LGBT-related recognition among the noms, with Transparent and Orange Is the New Black receiving nods. Transparent received a nod ...


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Billy Masters - "I'm sorry—are you THAT famous?"—Nicolle Wallace's response when Raven-Symone said that she doesn't sign autographs because it just goes on too long and she ends up getting a cramp in her hand. Yes, this is what The View has come to. People are insane. This is not a new observation, but it comes courtesy of a trio of stories which ...


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Entertainment: Marriage film; 'Million-Dollar Listing'; Ryan Reynolds - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Fox is developing a film based on the Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage in all 50 states, according to TheWrap. The studio's Fox 2000 division picked up the life rights to Jim Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in the landmark court case. The story will also partly be based on 21 Years to Midnight, a forthcoming book proposal by ...


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Billy Masters - "When you Google yourself and the first thing that comes up is 'Jeremy Renner gay,' it's like, 'Oh, now you've arrived. You're now a giant movie star.' So I just had a big laugh about it. I don't care, ultimately, if that's what people want to think, read, and care about. Fucking say whatever the hell you want about me."—Jeremy ...


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TELEVISION 'I Am Jazz' series documents famed transgender girl - Transgender teen Jazz Jennings has always had a strong sense of self and knew—from an early age—that she was a girl trapped in the body of a boy. It has been nine years since her transition and 14-year-old Jennings—along with her family—are set to star in their own TLC docuseries entitled I Am Jazz. Jennings talked to Windy City Times ...


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Billy Masters - "I have a gay ex-husband. People always say to me, 'How did you not know? He loves decorating and fashion and clothes.' But we actually did have sex a lot. I didn't know at the time, though, that in his mind he was fucking the bartender at the Olive Garden!"—Fran Drescher's speech after being honored by the Stonewall Community Foundation ...


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TELEVISION David Oyelowo talks personalities, sexuality in HBO's 'Nightingale' - The HBO movie Nightingale, starring Oscar nominee David Oyelowo ( Selma ), opens with a horrific act—and for the rest of the approximately 90-minute film, he holds court as the only character on the screen, as the viewer sees different layers of his character, Peter Snowden. Oyelowo recently talked with Windy City Times about different aspects of the movie, including ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Scott Turner Schofield, 'Bold' turn on daytime soap - Scott Turner Schofield is a diversity speaker who has created a pathway into acting on television. Schofield debuted this past May on The Bold and the Beautiful as Nick becoming the only transgender actor that is part of a regular broadcast daytime television cast. Several shows created by Schofield, Becoming a Man in 127 Easy Steps and Debutant Balls, have ...


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Billy Masters - "Fuck off. EVERY show has new stuff & YOU know I'm KNOWN for that."—Kathy Griffin tweets a response to someone who said he'd wait to see her "till u can com up w som new stuff." Them's fighting words. If you've learned nothing else from the two decades I've been writing this column, it's that the better looking you are, ...


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The mysteries of Debra Messing - This season of The Mysteries of Laura has just wrapped up but Debra Messing and the gang are already gearing up for second time around in the fall. In case anyone missed it the series follows a single mom NYPD homicide detective who cracks cases who is raising twin boys while clashing with her police detective ex-husband. The Mysteries of ...


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World: Soccer star comes out; 'Thrones' criticized; activist fined - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Swiss soccer star Ramona Bachmann has revealed she is a lesbian, according to Gay Star News. The 24-year-old has revealed she is in a committed relationship with Camille Lara, a 21-year-old student based in Sweden. The news has been welcomed by the mayor of Zurich, Corin Maunch—herself an out lebsian. Vitaly Milonov, the notorious architect of Russia's "gay propaganda" laws, ...


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Entertainment: John Barrowman; Dallas Buyers Club; Ellen Page; Downton Abbey - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Gay actor John Barrowman ( Doctor Who; Torchwood; Arrow ) is again in trouble with the trans community after using an anti-trans slur and then telling those who were offended to "lighten up," according to Gay Star News. The situation first started in October 2014, when the Scottish-American entertainer posted a video online in which he used the word "tranny-tastic." ...


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Trans teen to guest on USA's 'Royal Pains' - Transgender teen Nicole Maines makes her acting debut as a guest star in on the June 23 episode of USA Network's Royal Pains at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT. She will be on episode 704, "The Prince of Nucleotides." Maines will play Anna, a trans teenage choreographer whom Hank ( played by Mark Feuerstein ) treats. He soon discovers that ...


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Billy Masters - "You know what interested Brian about politics? Brian was obsessed with whether Mitt Romney wore the Mormon underwear."—An unnamed source at NBC talks about Brian Williams' diverse interests, or lack thereof. He'll have lots of time to investigate Mormon underwear, since we hear NBC will not be bringing him back to the anchor desk. I could have been rear-ended by ...


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TELEVISION Paula Abdul: So she thinks she can judge - Season 12 of the Emmy-winning TV competition show So You Think You Can Dance just kicked things off on Fox. It features open auditions around the United States, then more testing rounds eventually leading to finalists. A variety of dance styles are usually featured but this season there's a twist, with two teams of stage versus street. One contestant will ...


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Star Jones fights for diversity, equality in the workplace - Star Jones wears many hats—seemingly effortlessly. She is a respected attorney, former New York City prosecutor, entrepreneur, businesswoman, philanthropist, best-selling author, and former star of ABC's The View. The role closest to her heart, however, is the one she regularly carries out as president of the National Association of Professional Women ( NAPW ) and Professional Diversity Network ( PDN ...


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Billy Masters - "I believe I can't get nominated because of my views on gay marriage. I'm in favor of gay rights. I'm in favor of gay marriage. I see it as an issue of equality."—Rudy Giuliani explains to FOX News why he won't run for president. I'm not sure if we should get the blame ... or the credit. Like everyone else ...


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Billy Masters - "Girl, I got one or two you could have of mine. I'll give them to you!"—Sherri Shepherd returned to The View and responded to Raven-Symoné's desire to have a child. Some people have taken Sherri to task for this quip but, given the context, I thought it was hilarious. You know summer is here when ABC trots out The Bachelorette. ...


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TELEVISION 'Becoming Us': A real-life 'Transparent' - Evanston teen Ben Lehwald lets television viewers into his world when he introduces us to his family on the ABC Family docuseries Becoming Us, premiering June 8. This is not another family sitcom. Ben's parents divorced only a few years ago. The plot twist came later: when Ben's dad, transitioned from being Charlie Lehwald to Carly Lehwald. The series follows ...


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TV Genealogy Roadshow host talks her own roots, LGBT topics - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Professional genealogist Kenyatta D. Berry laughs and says, "I don't see dead people; I look for them" as she climbs family trees. A Detroit native and current Santa Monica, California, resident, Berry is also a businesswoman and technology lawyer. Most can see her detective work as she reveals people's roots on PBS' Genealogy Roadshow, which wrapped up its second season. ...


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TELEVISION The bold standard: Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda - Lily Tomlin was watching Jane Fonda weep. As the showbiz icon released a steady stream of waterworks—she's "wiping tears away," Tomlin noted—Fonda pauses slightly to collect herself before answering. The question? Why gay men have forever revered older women even when the rest of the world—and Hollywood—have not. "I find the question so moving that it makes me cry," said ...


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Billy Masters - "Toni, you need to start using your vagina more."—Toni Braxton shares some advice her doctor gave her. She went on to add that she hasn't used "it" in more than two years—which I assume also includes taking it out for a solo. Like Tony Geary's summers in Amsterdam, my frequent forays to Europe are shrouded in mystery. What I can ...


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Entertainment: GLAAD honors Ripa, Roberts; Rock 'n' Roll May 30; 'Queer Qomedy' - GLAAD honors Kelly Ripa, Thomas Roberts GLAAD Media Award recipients were announced in 15 of this year's 31 media categories at the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Waldorf Astoria New York on May 9. Television journalist Thomas Roberts received the Vito Russo Award ( with Lynda Carter presenting ) while Kelly Ripa was honored with the Excellence ...


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TELEVISION Gethin Anthony dives into Manson role in 'Aquarius' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - It's the Age of Aquarius for Gethin Anthony, who plays Charles Manson in the NBC series Aquarius. After conquering the HBO series Game of Thrones ( as gay character Renly Baratheon ), he set his sights on an indie film called Copenhagen. Anthony's theater credits include Boris Godunov at the Royal Shakespeare Company and In the Vale of Health at ...


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Billy Masters - "It wasn't a match on a lot of levels. My biggest complaint was the feeling that she kinda shit all over my mother's legacy in her statement on leaving."—Melissa Rivers speaks frankly about Kathy Griffin's disastrous run on Fashion Police. The Wall Street Journal recently published the findings of a survey showing that 61 percent of Americans would favor a ...


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Billy Masters - "@Louis_Tomlinson Remember when you had a life and stopped making bitchy comments about mine?"—Zayn Malik tweets a response to one of his former One Direction bandmates. With this much bitchiness, we've now answered the question if there is a gay guy in the group. The better question is this: Is there a straight guy in the bunch? After two decades ...


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NUNN ON ONE Sutton Foster grows 'Younger' on TV, will entertain at Goodman Gala - NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION - Broadway baby Sutton Foster just keeps getting Younger. However, she now tackles a TV show. Many fans know her humble beginnings from a breakthrough role in Thoroughly Modern Millie that won a Tony Award for Best Performance. She took home another Tony for Anything Goes, with multiple nominations over the years for parts in The Drowsy Chaperone, Shrek the Musical ...


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Entertainment: Andy Cohen; 'Chocolate City'; Taryn Manning; 'Empire' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On a recent episode of Watch What Happens Live, Bravo host Andy Cohen turned the tables and had Real Housewives of New York star Sonja Morgan grill him with a list of revealing questions, E! Online reported. It wasn't long before Cohen revealed he's had sex with ... Lance Bass. In a video of the moment, Morgan also asks Cohen ...


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Billy Masters - "Mark my words: If gay marriage goes through the Supreme Court and gay marriage becomes fine and they can put teeth in it so now they can go after churches, like the president's lawyer says, 50 percent of our churches will fall away."—Conservative radio host Glenn Beck's rant about gay marriage ruining the churches. But enough about the positives... I'm ...


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Queen Latifah starring in 'Bessie' May 16 - HBO has confirmed the debut date for Bessie, with the HBO Films presentation scheduled to debut Saturday, May 16, at 7 p.m. CT. Starring Oscar nominee Queen Latifah ( Chicago ) in the title role, Bessie focuses on legendary blues singer Bessie Smith's transformation from a struggling young singer into "The Empress of the Blues." The film also stars Michael ...


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Billy Masters - "This one won't come out. It's like the Queen Latifah of kittens."—Jennifer Coolidge's quip as Sophie on 2 Broke Girls while aiding a pregnant cat. Ironically, Latifah will be appearing in the upcoming HBO biopic Bessie, about jazz singer ( and lesbian ) Bessie Smith. My God—Latifah has been preparing to play this role for 40 years! The big news ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Raul Castillo: From 'Lampshade' to 'Looking' - Teatro Vista is bringing a new production to life with the help of actor/writer Raul Castillo. Set in a trailer home, Between You, Me and The Lampshade tells the story of immigration, ghosts and drugs—complete with a healthy mix of family drama. Castillo comes from a vast theater background including the Goodman Theater and Primary Stages. He is currently developing ...


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A Mind In Quicksand - Life With Huntington's premieres on WTTW-11 May 3 - From a press release - Produced by Black Cat Productions, Inc. and presented and distributed nationally by American Public Television ( APT ), A Mind In Quicksand - Life With Huntington's premieres on WTTW-11 May 3rd at 2 p.m. May is Huntington's Disease Awareness Month. A Mind In Quicksand - Life With Huntington's, is an award winning feature documentary that examines what it is like ...


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Entertainment: Andrew Rannells; Cher; Hugh Jackman; 'Orange Is the New Black' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Actor Andrew Rannells ( Girls ) is set to write and star in a new Judd Apatow movie with his real-life boyfriend, Mike Doyle ( Law and Order: SVU; the film Jersey Boys ), according to NewNowNext.com. Apatow is branching out; for example, although he has produced female-driven projects, he recently branched out by directing his very own female-centric film ...


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Billy Masters - "Yeah, I do my best work naked. ... It's all downhill from there."—David Burtka discusses his thoughts on appearing nude in plays. As I always say, know your strengths. This column is being filed to you from the friendly skies. Alas, I'm not flying out of Denver, where they get very friendly with you as you go through security. Last ...


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Billy Masters - "I don't care if Bruce Jenner is transitioning from one gender to another, one political party to another, one religion to another. What I do care about is that Jenner has been a passive participant in what can best be described as a cultural crime that has gone on for years."—Sam Rubin, an L.A.-based entertainment reporter, shares his views on ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Emily Deschanel makes no 'Bones' about it - The crime drama Bones has brought skeletons out of the closet for 10 seasons on Fox Each episode centers around a mystery of human remains investigated by FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth played David Boreanaz and forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan played by Emily Deschanel. Hailing from Los Angeles, with a BFA in theater at Boston University, Deschanel has ...


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Entertainment news: GLAAD Awards; Ellen; Dirk Shafer; Zachary Quinto - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The New York leg of the GLAAD Media Awards are May 9, and the LGBT watchdog group has just announced Jason Collins, Jeffrey Tambor, Jonathan Groff, Judith Light and Laverne Cox will be in attendance, NewNowNext.com reported. They're among the nominees, as well, with Tambor and Light co-starring in Transparent, Groff appearing in the recently canceled Looking, and Cox producing ...


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TELEVISION Jussie Smollett and Yazz: Lyons rule 'Empire' - In only a few short months, the Fox television show Empire, created by openly gay producer and director Lee Daniels, has conquered the world. The story centering around a dying music mogul named Lucious Lyon played by Terrence Howard and his broken family has struck a chord with many viewers. The network has already announced renewal of the show for ...


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Billy Masters - "Listen, my darling, you're never going to win the Nobel Prize for quantum physics ... but you are easy on the eyes."—Bruno Tonioli's critique on Dancing with the Stars of competitor Charlotte ... er, Charlotte something or other—the big-busted model who appeared in a Super Bowl ad. After her elimination, she proved his point by posing for topless photos. With ...


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DeGeneres show to air to Chicago - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - NBC has ordered eight episodes of First Dates, an observational documentary series from executive producer Ellen DeGeneres and Shed Media that takes a peek at what happens when a couple meets for the first time and love may be in the air. Based on a hit U.K. format, this unique hour-long series offers an authentic look at a variety of ...


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Entertainment: Celebs on Indiana; Bradley Cooper; Laverne Cox; Annie Lennox - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Several celebrities have spoken out against Indiana's religious-freedom law that make businesses and individuals immune from lawsuits so long as they are motivated by religious belief, The Huffington Post noted. Among them are Ashton Kutcher, Dustin Lance Black, Dan Savage, Miley Cyrus, James Van Der Beek, George Takei and Andy Cohen. Cyrus called Indiana Gov. Mike Pence an "asshole" on ...


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Sean Hayes on Who Do You Think You Are? Sunday - From a press release - Sean Hayes' estranged father has a troubled past, so Sean goes on a journey to discover the root of the problem on Who Do You Think You Are?, airing this Sunday, March 29 at 10/9c on TLC. Sean's journey takes him to Chicago where he uncovers the sad details of his grandfather's early death on skid row. Sean then follows ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Taryn Manning dishes on new music, 'Orange Is the New Black' - Taryn Manning is a multitalented machine. From her breakout role in the film Crazy/Beautiful to Hustle & Flow, she has played interesting parts with vulnerability and grace. She worked with music stars like Britney Spears in the movie Crossroads and Eminem in 8 Mile, all the while performing as a singer herself, having just released a new song this year ...


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Billy Masters - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "I don't know if he's gay or not, but I admit I did say if he's not gay he spends an awful lot of time in the gym. I don't know a lot of straight guys who go to the gym and parade around with their shirts off."—Barney Frank shares his impressions on Aaron Schock. And there may be something ...


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Billy Masters - "The only thing I would like is to go out one day, without being recognized, and go to a pizzeria for a pizza!"—Pope Francis told an interviewer the one downside to being pope—as if they don't have Domino's in Rome! I want to discuss a topic that's been bothering me for quite some time—actors who cap their teeth. Don't get ...


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Entertainment: Madonna; Matt Bomer; Billie Jean film; Josh Groban - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "People are a lot more open-minded to the gay community than they are to women," Madonna has claimed, according to Pink News. In an interview to Out magazine, the pop star said: "Women are still the most marginalized group. They're still the group that people won't let change. Gay rights are way more advanced than women's rights. People are a ...


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Entertainment: Kerry Washington; Alexander McQueen;'The Fosters'; Mario Lopez - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - GLAAD will honor Golden Globe- and Emmy-nominated actress Kerry Washington at the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton on March 21, according to a press release. Washington will receive GLAAD's Vanguard Award, which is presented to media professionals who have made a significant difference in promoting equality. Previous Vanguard Award honorees include Jennifer Lopez, ...


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Billy Masters - "I don't know that my family nor soul could take it."—Neil Patrick Harris answers the question if he would host the Oscars again. Of course, there's a bigger question—would he be asked! Life has a funny way of putting things into perspective. Last weekend, I was down in South Florida attending the Winter Party, an annual fundraiser for the LGTBQ ...


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TELEVISION Kevin Bacon talks 'The Following' and kissing James Purefoy - The third time is a charm for this season of the Fox television series The Following. The show began with FBI agent Ryan Hardy ( played by Kevin Bacon ) trying to recapture serial killer Joe Carroll ( James Purefoy ). Season two covered a new cult trying lure to Carroll out of hiding and introduces twins Mark and Luke ...


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'Empire' actor: 'There's never been a closet' - In a new interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Empire actor Jussie Smollett ( who plays gay brother Jamal on the show ) opened up about his personal life and addresses ongoing rumors surrounding his sexuality, ETOnline.com revealed. "There's never been a closet that I've been in," the 31-year-old actor told the talk show host backstage. "So that's why I choose not ...


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Billy Masters - "She's a hard act to follow! I just relate to that character, and I've loved it since I was a little girl."—Kelly Clarkson puts it out there that she'd be interested in headlining a Broadway revival of Funny Girl. And it might be fate—she shares a birthday with Babs. We'll share a video of her singing "My Man" in concert ...


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TELEVISION New Kids' Jonathan Knight competes on 'The Amazing Race' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - As a member of the New Kids on the Block, Jonathan Knight was always known as the shy one who never sought much attention. The openly gay Knight is still shy but he will soon be under the spotlight when he competes—along with his partner, Harley Rodriguez—on CBS' The Amazing Race. Windy City Times caught up with the very candid ...


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Entertainment: Wanda Sykes; Gaga; Mo'Nique; Eddie Redmayne - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Comedian Wanda Sykes says she was treated like a unicorn after coming out gay, On Top Magazine noted. Sykes, 50, came out as gay in 2008 during a rally to protest passage of California's gay-marriage ban, Proposition 8, which fell in 2013. Appearing on The Meredith Vieira Show, Sykes told Vieira that her coming out was not planned, adding, "Funny ...


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Billy Masters - "Benedict Cumberbatch—it's not only the most awesome name in show business, it's also the sound you get when you ask John Travolta to announce Ben Affleck."—Neil Patrick Harris' callback to last year's Oscars, and part of his introduction of Idina Menzel and John Travolta. How can I start this column without talking about Lady Gaga. Even I, who knew she ...


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RuPaul's 'Battle' tour comes to Chicago - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Several stars from previous seasons of RuPaul's Drag Race graced the stage at the House of Blues Feb. 19 for the annual "RuPaul's Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons." Among the Chicago line-up were Alaska 5000, Ivy Winters, BenDeLaCreme, Jinkx Monsoon, Sharon Needles, Manilla Luzon and Raja, hosted by Michelle Visage. "I'm happy to be in this frozen tundra with ...


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Entertainment: Darren Criss; Kelly Clarkson; chef Art Smith; Tom Ford - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Glee star Darren Criss is set to replace John Cameron Mitchell in the Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, according to NewNowNext.com. Mitchell is temporarily stepping out from the show to recover from a knee surgery, but is expected back late in February. After Mitchell leaves the show for good, though, Criss will step into those iconic heels ...


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Billy Masters - - "The audience, for the most part, is awake because they're bobbing up and down all the time. And we sit there, stone-faced, sober judges. But we're not—at least I wasn't—100% sober, because before we went to the State of the Union, we had dinner together."—Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg explains why she was dozing off during the State of ...


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NUNN ON ONE Vicki Lawrence takes 'Mama' on a road trip - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Vicki Lawrence has entertained generations for decades as a triple threat: an actress, a comedienne and a singer. She began on CBS playing multiple characters on The Carol Burnett Show for its entire run. During the sixth season, Thelma Harper was born, playing Eunice Higgins's mother. Mama's Family eventually got its own show and still remains popular in syndication. She ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TV Miss Fame journeys from the farm to 'RuPaul's Drag Race' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Searching for America's next drag superstar is never easy and now a whole race begins with season seven. RuPaul's Drag Race on Logo continues to grow in popularity on the Logo Channel. Revving up this time is New York candidate Miss Fame. First taking on the modeling world then moving into makeup has not been an easy road. Windy City ...







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