• How the word 'queer' has been reclaimed by a generation
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    Adam Bloodworth

    How the word 'queer' has been reclaimed by a generation

    Jameela Jamil announced she identifies as 'queer' this week - but what does the term mean and how has it been reclaimed in recent years?

  • Billy Porter hits back at critics who object to him wearing a dress on 'Sesame Street'
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    Amy Johnson

    Billy Porter hits back at critics who object to him wearing a dress on 'Sesame Street'

    "If you don’t like it, don’t watch it."

  • Jameela Jamil reveals she is queer amid 'Legendary' show backlash: 'This is absolutely not how I wanted it to come out'
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    Elise Solé

    Jameela Jamil reveals she is queer amid 'Legendary' show backlash: 'This is absolutely not how I wanted it to come out'

    "The Good Place" star defended herself amid complaints over her involvement with the HBO Max show about ballroom voguing — and subsequently revealed she is queer on Twitter.

  • A transgender flag emoji is finally coming to smartphones in 2020
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    Business Insider

    A transgender flag emoji is finally coming to smartphones in 2020

    The addition of the transgender flag and symbol is the latest step being taken to make emoji more LGBTQ friendly and gender-inclusive.

  • Kevin Feige says the MCU will introduce a transgender character in Phase Four
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    Tom Beasley

    Kevin Feige says the MCU will introduce a transgender character in Phase Four

    Feige hinted that the MCU's first transgender character will appear in this year's blockbuster 'The Eternals'.

  • 'Star Wars': Same-sex kiss cut from 'The Rise of Skywalker' in Singapore
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    Tom Butler

    'Star Wars': Same-sex kiss cut from 'The Rise of Skywalker' in Singapore

    The moment – the first ever LGBTQ+ representation of its kind in a Star Wars film – occurs very briefly towards the end of the film.

  • 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' features the franchise's first LGBTQ+ moment, but it's not much
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    Tom Butler

    'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' features the franchise's first LGBTQ+ moment, but it's not much

    After years of fans dreaming of LGBTQ+ representation in Star Wars the franchise has finally responded.

  • Hallmark Reverses Stance on LGBTQ Zola Ads Under Pressure, Looks to Reinstate Them
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    The Wrap

    Hallmark Reverses Stance on LGBTQ Zola Ads Under Pressure, Looks to Reinstate Them

    The Hallmark Channel is apologizing and reversing course after it had pulled four commercials for the wedding planning website Zola that featured a same-sex couple kissing during their marriage ceremony, saying Sunday night that it hopes to reinstate the ads.Hallmark CEO Mike Perry said in a statement:“Earlier this week, a decision was made at Crown Media Family Networks to remove commercials featuring a same-sex couple. The Crown Media team has been agonizing over this decision as we’ve seen the hurt it has unintentionally caused. Said simply, they believe this was the wrong decision. Our mission is rooted in helping all people connect, celebrate traditions, and be inspired to capture meaningful moments in their lives. Anything that detracts for this purpose is not who we are. As the CEO of Hallmark, I am sorry for the hurt and disappointment this has caused.Hallmark is, and always has been, committed to diversity and inclusion – both in our workplace as well as the products and experiences we create. It is never Hallmark’s intention to be divisive or generate controversy. We are an inclusive company and have a track record to prove it. We have LGBTQ greeting cards and feature LGBTQ couples in commercials. We have been recognized as one of the Human Rights Campaigns Best Places to Work, and as one of Forbes America’s Best Employers for Diversity. We have been a progressive pioneer on television for decades – telling wide ranging stories that elevate the human spirit such as August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson and Colm Tóibín’s The Blackwater Lightship, both of which highlight the importance of tolerance and understanding.Hallmark will be working with GLAAD to better represent the LGBTQ community across our portfolio of brands. The Hallmark Channel will be reaching out to Zola to reestablish our partnership and reinstate the commercials. Across our brand, we will continue to look for ways to be more inclusive and celebrate our differences.”Also Read: Zola Cuts Ties With Hallmark Channel After Ads of Lesbian Brides Kissing Are PulledGLAAD’s reaction to the news was swift.“Victory!” GLAAD’s president and CEO, Sarah Kate Ellis, said in a statement. “The Hallmark Channel’s decision to correct its mistake sends an important message to LGBTQ people and represents a major loss for fringe organizations, like One Million Moms, whose sole purpose is to hurt families like mine. LGBTQ people are, and will continue to be a part of advertisements and family programming and that will never change. GLAAD exists to hold brands like The Hallmark Channel accountable when they make discriminatory decisions and to proactively ensure families of all kinds are represented in fair and accurate ways.”Hallmark Channel had pulled four of six commercials for the wedding planning website that feature a lesbian couple celebrating their nuptials with a kiss after the conservative group One Million Moms called for a boycott of the network. The two women’s “public displays of affection” violates the channel’s policies, a spokesperson for Hallmark told The New York Times. An account representative at Hallmark’s parent company, Crown Media, also told the NYT that the channel did not accept ads “that are deemed controversial.”In response, a representative for Zola said in a statement Saturday that it would pull all of its advertising from the Hallmark Channel “for the foreseeable future,” saying, “We stand behind this commercial 150%. We want all couples to feel welcomed and celebrated and we will always feature all kinds of love in our marketing.”You can see one of the four ads by clicking here.Read original story Hallmark Reverses Stance on LGBTQ Zola Ads Under Pressure, Looks to Reinstate Them At TheWrap

  • Hallmark and Lifetime Have 70 New Holiday Movies – None With an LGBTQ Main Character
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    The Wrap

    Hallmark and Lifetime Have 70 New Holiday Movies – None With an LGBTQ Main Character

    So much for making the yuletide gay. Hallmark Channel is rolling out a total of 40 original holiday-themed movies across Hallmark and its sister network Hallmark Movies & Mysteries — not one of which features an LGBTQ character taking center stage.And Lifetime, the network’s closest competitor in the made-for-TV holiday movie space, has a similarly poor track record: Out of 30 new original Christmas movies, none feature primary storylines about LGBTQ couples.LGBTQ characters have appeared in Hallmark and Lifetime movies past and present — this year, Lifetime has four movies which feature queer relationships in supporting positions — but none have carried a holiday movie of their own as the co-owners of a candy cane company or lovers in Dollywood or whatever the premise may be.Also Read: A Christmas Competition: Inside Netflix-Hallmark Battle for Holiday ViewersNetflix, which has also moved into holiday programming with films like “The Knight Before Christmas” and the “A Christmas Prince” franchise, offers far fewer seasonal originals than Hallmark or Lifetime, but only one of its six new holiday movies for 2019 features an LGBTQ storyline: “Let It Snow.”Based on a 2008 young-adult novel billed as “‘Love Actually’ for teenagers,” the movie adaptation of “Let It Snow” adds a queer love story that wasn’t in the book, between Dorrie (Liv Hewson, who is nonbinary) and Kerry (Anna Akana) — one of several teenage couples who find onscreen romance.Executives at Hallmark parent company Crown Media and Lifetime say they’re aware of the omission — and hope to remedy it in the future. (A rep for Netflix declined to comment for this story.)Also Read: Here's Your Guide to All 40 of Hallmark's 2019 Holiday Movies“We are continuing to expand our diversity,” Michelle Vicary, executive vice president of programming for Crown Media Family Networks, told TheWrap. “We are looking at pitches for LGBTQ movies … and we are looking to expand and represent the United States as a whole.”In other respects, Hallmark and Lifetime have made a concerted effort toward inclusion over the past few seasons. Hallmark’s 2019 slate features multiple movies starring people of color and at least two films centered around Hanukkah instead of Christmas.Nearly all of Lifetime’s originals feature at least one non-white character in a major role.“As Lifetime has a diverse group of people working behind the scenes, we’re always looking at the environments we create with our holiday movies to ensure they are reflective of the world we live in,” said Meghan Hooper White, senior vice president of original co-productions and acquisitions for Lifetime and sister network LMN. “We want to see ourselves. While we are proud of the great strides we have made in having many inclusive and diverse storylines … we can always continue to expand.”Also Read: LGBTQ Series-Regular Characters Hit Record High on Broadcast TV, GLAAD Report SaysGLAAD’s annual “Where We Are on TV” report, published earlier this month, found that LGBTQ representation hit at an all-time high in 2019, with 10.2% of series regular characters in the 2019-20 broadcast television season falling under the non-straight umbrella. Cable saw a similar increase year-over-year. However, GLAAD also noted in the report that 20% of Americans between the ages of 18 and 34 identify as LGBTQ, and the scripted TV landscape has yet to meet that proportion.“I think that we are making great strides,” Vicary said. “And we are, [but] like the industry, there is a lot of work to be done to catch up in that area.”Read original story Hallmark and Lifetime Have 70 New Holiday Movies – None With an LGBTQ Main Character At TheWrap

  • Inter-Uni LGBT Network raps SIM for 'censorship' of bisexual singer in campus concert
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    Teng Yong Ping

    Inter-Uni LGBT Network raps SIM for 'censorship' of bisexual singer in campus concert

    SINGAPORE — A student-led LGBT group has criticised the Singapore Institute of Management for allegedly attempting to censor a queer singer because of his sexual orientation.