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  SHOWBIZ Tituss Burgess, IMDb, Halsey, Stephen Colbert, 'Queer As Folk'

Quibi has greenlit Dishmantled—described as "a high-octane cooking competition that will literally blow your socks off," with Tituss Burgess ( Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt; 30 Rock ) set to host, Deadline reported. Hosted by Burgess, each episode ...


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  Billy Masters

"I don't know if you noticed or not, but there's a bit of an age difference between the two of us. But on this cruise, nobody gives a shit."—Katharine McPhee's quip about her marriage to David ...


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  SHOWBIZ 'Elm Street,' 'Crime Story,' Tab Hunter, Lady Gaga

Gay actor Marc Patton is returning to the big screen, as himself, with the documentary Scream, Queen: My Nightmare On Elm Street, The Washington Blade noted. The film tells the story of how his "big break" ...


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  Ross Mathews brings bubbles and brunch to Chicago

Ross Mathews Presents Dragtastic Bubbly Brunch is a new endeavor for the television personality that combines local drag and a buffet brunch together in an intimate venue. Many will know Mathews from his numerous TV appearances ...


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  UPDATE: Travolta to attend Wizard World Comic Con

This year's Wizard World Comic Con Chicago will take place Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 22-25, at Rosemont's Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Rd.—and it has just gotten some serious star power. It was announced Aug. ...


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  Chicago Humanities Festival to host Rachel Maddow Oct. 12

The Chicago Humanities Festival will kick-off its 30th anniversary Fall Festival with MSNBC anchor and investigative reporter Rachel Maddow on Saturday, Oct. 12. Maddow announced her CHF appearance moments ago during The Rachel Maddow Show. Maddow ...


Billy-Masters

  Billy Masters

"But at the same time, my God, if you're 3 years old and you're saying you're feeling a certain way, or you think you're a boy or a girl or whatever the case may be, I ...


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  NUNN ON ONE Alex Newell, living outside the box

Performer Alex Newell refuses to be put in a box. Best known for the playing the character Unique Adams in the Fox series Glee, Newell competed on Oxygen's The Glee Project beforehand to eventually earn a ...


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  We need to talk about the 'Pose' hospital episode right now

The TV show Pose, on FX, is nothing less than astounding to me. So much could have gone wrong, with the era, the themes, the characters, and—the aspect of the show closest to my heart and ...


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  OP-ED How 'Queen Sugar' increases Black LGBTQ visibility

In 2018, there were more LGBTQ people of color on TV than their white counterparts. OWN's Queen Sugar is part of a quiet revolution of increasing queer representation on TV. Pose is rightfully getting the Emmy-nominated ...


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  Judge rejects Smollett request regarding special prosecutor

On July 31, Cook County Judge Michael Toomin rejected a bid from Jussie Smollett to reconsider his decision to appoint a special prosecutor in the controversial case against the embattled actor, The Chicago Tribune reported. Toomin ...


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  SHOWBIZ Lil Nas X, classic TV shows, Janelle Monae, NFL player

The country-trap smash "Old Town Road" ( by out rapper/singer Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus ) has broken the record for the longest-running number-one song on Billboard's singles chart. And faced with the task ...


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  SHOWBIZ Indya Moore, Janet Jackson, Cazwell & Miss Peppermint, Andy Cohen

CAA has signed actor, model, writer and social activist Indya Moore, Deadline reported. The transgender, non-binary, Haitian-Dominician actor is part of the FX series Pose, co-created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals, and which ...


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  Billy Masters

"I have had sex—and Jesus still loves me. And with how you feel, me fucking in a windmill, you probably want to leave. I didn't just go to the Fantasy Suite. I fucked in a windmill. ...


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  Smollett fighting special prosecutor appointment

Weeks after an Illinois judge ordered that a special prosecutor be appointed to investigate the handling of Jussie Smollett's abandoned criminal case, the embattled actor said July 19 that he wants that move nullified, Deadline reported. ...


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  Rupaul's Drag Race and Billy Porter among Emmy nominees

RuPaul's Drag Race was among the television programs the Television Academy announced as having earned Emmy nominations for 2019, according to the Academy's July 16 announcement. The VH1 competition-reality show received nine nominations. Pose's Billy Porter ...


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  SHOWBIZ Lance Bass, trans actor, Miley Cyrus, 'Queer Eye'

In California, Lance Bass is a co-owner of Rocco's WeHo—the latest iteration in a small chain of establishments that mixes a traditional sports bar with an Italian-American eatery, Advocate.com noted. However, this queer spot also includes ...


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  Billy Masters

"Do you know what? I've been giving that some thought recently because a couple of other parents said that to me as well. I think, you really don't start thinking about that until you are a ...


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  Handyman arrested in gay ex-actor's death

Oregon authorities arrested a man in connection with the death of actor Dennis Day, an original member of Disney's The Mickey Mouse Club, Deadline noted. The former Disney star was 76 when his husband, Ernie Caswell, ...


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  Renee Taylor lives her Life on a Diet

Renee Taylor will always be remembered as Sylvia Fine, the mother in the TV series The Nanny, but her accomplishments are many. She created 22 plays, four films and nine TV movies and series with her ...


Billy-Masters

  Billy Masters

"What? Really?"—Renée Zellweger's reaction to learning she's a gay icon. Ironically, I had the same reaction when I heard this news! Renée added, "A great deal of my closest friends are gay people"—not to mention several ...


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  FASHION Christopher Palu, 'Runway' alum talks designing for drag

JourneyCare Foundation is presenting for the first time an Allstars of Project Runway event with designers from the hit TV show. Five former celebrity designers are coming to town and raising funds with a runway show ...


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  Hemmert cutting back on WXRT duties (UPDATE)

Radio legend Terri Hemmert has said she is cutting back on her workload at WXRT 93.1-FM—where she was been involved for 45 years, according to RobertFeder.com. "After 45 years at WXRT, I'm going to figure out ...


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  SHOWBIZ Ryan Murphy, Billy Porter, Boy George, 'Queer Eye'

Ryan Murphy will direct and produce the feature adaptation of the Tony-nominated stage musical The Prom and has secured a cast that puts Netflix in new star-power territory, Deadline noted. Meryl Streep will star alongside James ...


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  Video, other items released in Smollett case

On June 24, Chicago authorities released a video of embattled actor Jussie Smollett wearing a noose on Jan. 29, the night when he was allegedly attacked—along with hundreds of other videos as well as hundreds of ...


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  Another investigation ordered in Smollett case

In the ongoing saga that is the Jussie Smollett case, things have taken yet another turn as Cook County Judge Michael Toomin ordered a special prosecutor appointed to re-investigate the circumstances of the embattled actor's alleged ...


Billy-Masters

  Billy Masters

"Gay liberation? I ain't against it. It's just that there's nothing in it for me!"—Bette Davis Picture it—Dallas, sometime in the late '90s. A lithe, energetic, naturally blond Billy was cavorting in Dallas' Oak Lawn gayborhood. ...


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  'U.S. v. Windsor' airing June 10

The World Channel is set to helm the broadcast debut of this multiple award-winning documentary To A More Perfect Union: U.S. V. Windsor on Monday, June 10, at 7 p.m. The film chronicles octogenarian Edie Windsor ...


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  Billy Masters

"My Administration has launched a global campaign to decriminalize homosexuality and invite all nations to join us in this effort!"—The tail end of Donald Trump's Pride Month proclamation. It's not so much a proclamation as a ...


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  Smollett not coming back to 'Empire'

Embattled actor Jussie Smollett will not be returning to the Fox show Empire for its sixth and final season, USA Today reported. Show co-creator Lee Daniels took to Twitter June 4 to refute a Variety report ...


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  SHOWBIZ Jane Fonda, Lee Daniels, Lady Gaga, 'The Babadook'

Jane Fonda said she suffered a nervous breakdown during the first season of Grace and Frankie because she felt "triggered" by her character's plotline of being abandoned by her husband for another man, Page Six noted, ...


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  JUSSIE SMOLLETT CASE Foxx releases items, talks recusal

On May 31, the Office of the Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx released more than 2,000 pages of documents related to the case of embattled actor Jussie Smollett. The previous week, Judge Steven Watkins issued ...


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  SHOWBIZ Cirque du Soleil, 'Downton Abbey' film, Mathew V, Whitney Houston

The producer of Cirque du Soleil and Dan Lin's Rideback have made a deal to develop feature films based on the stories and characters from the catalog of the iconic global live-entertainment franchise, Deadline noted. The ...


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  Wendy Williams talks snacks, LGBT pride

Talk-show personality Wendy Williams dropped into the Sweet & Snacks Expo in Chicago recently, thanks to her partnership with SNAX-Sational brands. She was promoting Operation Backpack, the new charity partner she's working with that gives backpacks ...


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  Judge orders Smollett files to be unsealed

Cook County Circuit Court Judge Steven Watkins, on May 23, ordered the case file in the now-defunct prosecution of openly gay Empire actor Jussie Smollett unsealed, The Chicago Tribune reported. Media outlets had sought to have ...


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  SHOWBIZ Matt Bomer, Megan Rapinoe, Tom Ford, MTV Awards, EBTG

Out actor Matt Bomer stars in the movie Papi Chulo, out June 7, a press release noted. The plot focuses on a newly single, gay TV weatherman ( Bomer ) who is put on leave following ...


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  WORLD Lyra McKee, controversial billboard, George Clooney, Chilean school

The detective leading the investigation into the murder of LGBT journalist Lyra McKee in Londonderry has called on the gunman to hand himself in to police, BBC.com reported. McKee, 29, was shot while observing rioting in ...


Billy-Masters

  Billy Masters

"Yes, I admit I was stalking Lou Pearlman into the bathroom!"—Ashley Parker Angel on how he met Pearlman and got cast on "Making the Band". He also was cast in Lou's private shower videos, but we'll ...


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  Lavender Scare tells of government's hunt for LGBTQs in the federal workforce on PBS

ARLINGTON, VA — Narrated by Glenn Close and featuring the voices of Cynthia Nixon, Zachary Quinto, T. R. Knight and David Hyde Pierce, The Lavender Scare tells the little-known story of an unrelenting campaign by the ...


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  SHOWBIZ Robin Roberts, 'Wicked Fun,' Fox shows, rock band Thunderpussy

Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts is receiving a special honor at the 2019 NBA Awards, Extra reported. Roberts will be honored with the Sager Strong Award—given to a trailblazer who exemplifies courage, faith, compassion and ...


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  Laquan McDonald doc '16 Shots' out June 14

Showtime Documentary Films announced it will premiere the new documentary 16 Shots, from Oscar-nominated director Richard Rowley ( Dirty Wars ), on Friday, June 14, at 8 p.m. CT. According to a press release, the feature ...


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  Billy Masters

"There's a whole lot of sins that will keep you out of the kingdom of God. Here's just a sample: Sexually immoral can't get in; idolaters can't get in; adulterers can't get in. Men who practice ...


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  SHOWBIZ 'Pose,' Julia Roberts, Jonas Brothers, Madonna

Season two of the groundbreaking FX drama Pose will debut Tuesday, June 11, a press release touted. Pose is a drama spotlighting the legends, icons and ferocious house mothers of New York's underground ball culture, a ...


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  Megan Mullally and Stephanie Hunt rock out as Nancy and Beth May 7

Actresses Megan Mullally and Stephanie Hunt are hitting the road as the band Nancy and Beth. The two met while making the indie film Somebody Up There Likes Me and discovered a music partnership together. The ...


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  MOVIES Non-binary actor Asia Kate Dillon talks 'John Wick 3,' 'Billions'

Asia Kate Dillon is known for the role of Taylor Mason on the Showtime series Billions, earning a Critics' Choice Television Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. When submitting for an Emmy ...


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  Pose, series focusing on ball culture, begins season June 11

Pose is a drama spotlighting the legends, icons and ferocious house mothers of New York's underground ball culture, a movement that first gained notice in the late 1980s. Making television history, Pose features the largest cast ...


Billy-Masters

  Billy Masters

"Although my career may seem to glitter with hits, it has also been splattered by plenty of trash. I don't remember who it was that said she only did things she was proud of—I've done SO ...


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  Foxx reveals thoughts in Smollett case emails

Thousands of emails and other communications revealed that Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx was involved in the Jussie Smollett case—even after she recused herself, The Chicago Tribune reported. Among other things, Foxx told her top ...


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  Chicago proceeds with suit against Smollett

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration has said it has gone to court to try to force Empire actor Jussie Smollett to pay Chicago back for an alleged hate-crime hoax even though Cook County prosecutors dropped all charges ...


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  SHOWBIZ 'Drag Race,' George Michael, 'The Talk,' Don Lemon

Production company World of Wonder and Voss Events are presenting The Official RuPaul's Drag Race: Season 11 Tour, to kick off a run of shows on Sunday, May 26, in Los Angeles, a press release noted. ...


Billy-Masters

  Billy Masters

"Let's see how long I last."—Patti LuPone says of her latest venture—as a member of Twitter. Her first Tweet? "Contain me with only 280 characters? Fuck that." All that with 240 characters to spare. If you're ...


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  Chicago to sue Smollett for $130K

The City of Chicago is planning on suing actor Jussie Smollett after he allegedly concocted an attack against himself. Outgoing Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the city is suing Smollett to repay the Windy City $130,106 for ...


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  NYC Pride announces World Pride opening ceremony June 26, Whoopi Goldberg to host

NEW YORK, NY, APRIL 05, 2019 — NYC Pride, the host of WorldPride 2019. Stonewall 50,formally unveiled today the location and initial talent line-up of the official Opening Ceremony of WorldPride. The Wednesday, June 26, 2019, ...


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  State rep proposes JUSSIE Act

In response to the Jussie Smollett case, Illinois state Rep. Michael McAuliffe filed the Just Usage of State Subsidies in Entertainment, or JUSSIE Act, according to WGNTV.com. "This bill prohibits any state tax credits from going ...


Billy-Masters

  Billy Masters

"'It didn't kill them' @BarbraStreisand did you really say that?!"—Dan Reed, director of Leaving Neverland, responding to Streisand's comments on the documentary. I look high and low for a quote to kick off each column. This ...


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  Reports: Prosecutors drop Smollett charges

Cook County prosecutors all dropped the 16 counts of disorderly conduct facing Empire actor Jussie Smollett, according to multiple sources. Smollett maintains that he was the victim of a brutal attack in Streeterville the early morning ...


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  Jussie Smollett Charges dropped, National Black Justice Coalition responds

WASHINGTON, DC— This morning, news broke that the charges against Jussie Smollett for allegedly orchestrating a hate crime have been dropped. In response to the news David Johns, executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition ...


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  WORLD Thailand feat, U.S. ambassador, MP assaulted, 'Game of Thrones'

Thailand, on March 24, elected filmmaker Tanwarin Sukkhapisit as its first transgender member of the House of Representatives, Gay Star News noted. It was the first general election since a military coup in 2014. Sukkhapisit decided ...


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  SHOWBIZ Hugh Jackman, Sam Smith, festival news, Taraji P. Henson

Hugh Jackman is set to be Broadway's next "Music Man," Page Six noted. Producer Scott Rudin officially confirmed Jackman's casting in his revival of The Music Man, telling The Hollywood Reporter he was psyched "about the ...


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  Smollett pleads not guilty

Embattled actor Jussie Smollett, who is African-American and openly gay, pled not guilty in Cook County court March 14 regarding 16 counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly staging a phony attack and claiming he was the ...


Billy-Masters

  Billy Masters

"He is circumcised. I have a gorgeous, circumcised penis and I want him to have the same."—Andy Cohen is not talking about what he looks for in a prospective paramour's equipment. He's talking about his son. ...


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  SHOWBIZ Tyler Blackburn, Ellen Page, Isaac Mizrahi, Annie Lennox

Former Pretty Little Liars actor Tyler Blackburn recently talked with Entertainment Weekly about the same-sex relationship his character, Alex, has on the new CW show Roswell, New Mexico with extraterrestrial jaded genius Michael. In part, Blackburn ...


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  SHOWBIZ 'Pose,' actor comes out, Miley Cyrus, Janet Mock

GLSEN will honor the cast and creative team of Pose with the Champion Award during the 2019 GLSEN Respect Awards: New York, on Monday, May 20, at Cipriani 42nd Street, a press release noted. Golden Globe-nominated ...


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  TV. Nafessa Williams breaks barriers as Black lesbian superhero

When Nafessa Williams' agent set her up to audition for the new CW network show Black Lightning, she had no idea who Black Lightning was, or even that it was going to be s superhero show—much ...


Billy-Masters

  Billy Masters

"I'm not crying because I'm on my period or anything. I can't believe a film about menstruation won an Oscar!"—Rayka Zehtabchi during the acceptance speech for Best Documentary Short Subject for Period. End Of Sentence. Another ...


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  NUNN ON ONE, TV. Silky is latest Chicago contestant to rev up 'Drag Race'

Silky Nutmeg Ganache is the stage name of Reginald Steele, the latest Chicago queen to join the ranks of RuPaul's Drag Race contestants. The popular Worlds of Wonder produced VH1 competition series is now in its ...


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  Smollett dropped from rest of 'Empire' season

The producers of the Fox TV show Empire are dropping Jussie Smollett's character from the final two episodes of this season "to avoid further disruption on set," WGN-TV reported. "While these allegations are very disturbing, we ...


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  SHOWBIZ Sean Hayes, drag wedding show, Jennifer Lopez, Colton Underwood

GLAAD plans to honor Emmy-winning actor/producer/author/comedian Sean Hayes with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award at the 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on March 28, a press release noted. The organization also announced stage ...


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  More Smollett news, controversial letter, Foxx recuses self

More developments have taken place regarding the case of Jussie Smollett—the openly gay Empire actor who claimed he was attacked in a hate-motivated crime Jan. 29, CBS 2 Chicago reported. Ola and Abel Osundairo—the two brothers ...


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  Police questioning people of interest in Jussie Smollett case (UPDATE)

Chicago authorities are questioning two people of interest who were seen on surveillance cameras in the area where openly gay Empire actor Jussie Smollett says he was attacked in Streeterville recently, The Chicago Tribune reported. Smollett ...


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  TELEVISION Who is John Presloid? Gay Jeopardy! champ makes waves

Telegenic research assistant John Presloid opened eyes last month when he appeared on the game show Jeopardy!—and won $94,200 in five appearances. However, he also garnered the attention of the LGBT community when he subtly indicated ...


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  SHOWBIZ Troye Sivan, 'Perfectionists,' Janelle Monae, Oprah

SHOWBIZ Troye Sivan, 'Perfectionists,' Janelle Monae, Oprah COMPILED BY ANDREW DAVIS Troye Sivan candidly discussed the correlation between his sexuality and his commercial success in a recent interview, NewNowNext.com reported. On Pop Idol winner Will Young's ...


Billy-Masters

  Billy Masters

"I don't know why. I just ... I always feel like I know him. I mean, maybe I have a little crush on him."—Carrie Ann Inaba on David Muir. OK, which of us is gonna tell ...


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  SHOWBIZ 'The L Word,' 'The Babadook,' Ben Platt, Ellen Page

Fifteen years after it first aired, Showtime plans to revive the lesbian drama The L Word, LGBTQ Nation noted. Original cast members Jennifer Beals, Kate Moennig, and Leisha Hailey will be returning as their iconic characters ...


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  Gay 'Empire' actor breaks silence after Chicago attack (UPDATE)

Just days after saying he was attacked in an apparent hate crime in Chicago, openly gay Empire actor Jussie Smollett released a statement Feb. 1. The statement was first published in Essence magazine. "Let me start ...







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