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Thu Feb 21 11:23:05 2019 GMT

After Jussie, We Cannot Be Shamed Out of Supporting Victims

Like most people, I’ve been watching the Jussie Smollett story unfold with an increasing sense of dread. When the news of the attack first broke, it was terrifying. It felt like the mounting hostility toward the LGBTQ community (and the increase of anti-LGBTQ hate crimes) was being writ large for a widespread audience that can […]

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UPDATE: Jussie Smollett Has Been Indicted By A Grand Jury For Filing A False Report To Chicago PD Regarding An Alleged Hate Crime

Felony charges have been confirmed filed by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office after a day of Grand Jury hearings where evidence was presented by the Chicago police department. “Smollett is considered a suspect for filing a false police report, a felony, and detectives are presenting the case to a grand jury,” said  Chicago police […]

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Blood Born: The Horror Of AIDS In Pop Culture

Infected, transformed and destroyed bodies appear regularly in the horror genre: The Walking Dead, True Blood etc. Our fears are often fueled by the uncanny otherness of the monster – a familiar figure transformed or possessed and made unrecognizable. The HIV-positive body becomes reduced to its potential to transmit risk. Ultimately, infection films play with […]

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Video Shows Brothers Linked to Alleged Jussie Smollett Attack Buying Red Hat and Ski Masks

CBS Chicago has acquired video of  Ola and Abel Osundairo, the two brothers arrested last week and released without charges amid reports they were paid by Empire actor Jussie Smollett to stage an alleged hate crime, purchasing a red hat and ski masks the day before the alleged attack took place. EARLIER: ‘New Evidence’ from Jussie Smollett’s Lawyers […]

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People’s Sexiest Man Alive To Host ‘SNL’

A tweet from SNL details the next few weeks of guest hosts. Coming to #SNL in March! ☘️ @mulaney ☘️ @ThomasRhett☘️ @idriselba☘️ @thegreatkhalid pic.twitter.com/TMQJ8aKhNw — Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) February 20, 2019 Ummm, and as much as we love John Mulaney and everything, it’s the man named sexiest in the world by People […]

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‘We Didn’t Go In There To Talk About Our Wedding, We Went To Talk About Our Taxes’ Says Lesbian Couple Refused Service By Preparer

“We thought it was just a boring trip to the tax office, but it turned into a lot more than that,” Samantha Brazzel told NBC affiliate WTHR. Brazzel has used the same tax preparer for four years and suddenly when she found out she was married to a woman she refused. Nancy Fivecoate, owner of Carter […]

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Trevor Noah Says Jussie Smollett Story Shows How People Are Too Enthusiastic To Confirm Their Biases: WATCH

In a “Between the Scenes” segment, Noah says Jussie Smollett’s story doesn’t add up the way the media has presented it and shares his thoughts on the Smollet case and confirmation bias.

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Ariana Grande Gives The TNT Boys the Surprise of Their Lives: WATCH

If you’ve been watching the new reality competition The World’s Best you’re probably familiar with The TNT Boys, three pint-sized tween performers who are already famous in their home country of the Philippines. On last night’s Late Late Show, host James Corden (who’s also the host of World’s Best), gave the boy band the shock […]

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Aaron Altaras, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anthony Rapp, Sam Smith, Soulja Boy, Everyone’s Gaga Over the Oscars, and More: HOT LINKS

GO PRO Can’t hit the slopes this winter? Enjoy them vicariously via Bobby Brown and Go Pro. One way down.@GoPro pic.twitter.com/ZZ4tqpLk3H — Bobby Brown (@BobbyBrown) February 19, 2019 SKETCHBOOK Artist Jeff Deka’s sketch of Death from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series from DC Comics, at c2E2. RAPP SHEET Anthony Rapp’s response to trolls? CAPTAIN MARVEL VERSUS MISOGYNY The movie […]

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‘New Evidence’ from Jussie Smollett’s Lawyers Delays Testimony of Brothers Who Said They Were Paid to Stage Attack: REPORT

Ola and Abel Osundairo, the two men arrested last week and released without charges amid reports they were paid by Empire actor Jussie Smollett to stage an alleged hate crime, were scheduled to testify before a Cook County grand jury today but their testimony was postponed because of “new evidence” presented by Smollett’s lawyers, according […]

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Bret Easton Ellis Is Happy With LGBTQ Depictions In Oscar Noms

The last time we checked in on author Bret Easton Ellis he was trolling the academy about Black Panther, “being shoved down his throat.” Back then Ellis said: “Even though there is no one out here in La La Land I’ve met who thinks Black Panther is that good as a movie. Yet, as a piece of […]

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The Oscars, RHONJ, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Gay Storyline and More TV This Week

Check out our weekly guide to TV this week, and make sure you’re catching the big premieres, crucial episodes and the stuff you won’t admit you watch when no one’s looking. This season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey felt like a return to its wine-throwing, McMansion roots. Watch the ladies re-litigate the season’s wrongs on […]

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Remembering Trump’s Mentor Roy Cohn: WATCH

Roy Cohn, the man who taught Donald Trump all about manipulating the media, was born on this day in 1927. Cohn would eventually die of AIDS–denying he had the disease until the end. ” …the essence of Cohn’s influence on Trump was the triad: “Roy was a master of situational immorality . . . . […]

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Gavin Grimm’s Former School District Considers Ending the Discriminatory Transgender Bathroom Ban That Made National Headlines

Gavin Grimm’s four year battle against the Gloucester County School Board’s discriminatory transgender bathroom ban may finally be bearing some fruit. Grimm’s case against his former Virginia school district, which made its way to SCOTUS before that court handed it back to the lower courts without considering it, is still in flux, but the Gloucester […]

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Are You ‘Pressed’ About Big Dipper? What Are You Waiting to See?

Queer L.A.-based rapper Big Dipper has released the latest colorful and furry video from his debut LP, Late Bloomer. “Pressed” is “an exploration of a multifaceted artist; featuring makeup looks reflecting the different sides of Big Dipper’s ego,” according to the rapper, and is a collaboration with Chicago based cinematographer and special effects editor Michael […]

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