The 10 Best Queer Films of 2018, From ‘The Favourite’ to ‘Paddington 2’

From the challenging to the delightful, queer cinema is thriving more than ever.

It seems like an embarrassment of riches, but queer cinema has steadily grown to become one of the leading forces in film over the last five years. To have a brazenly queer film in the awards conversation four years running would have been unheard of ten years ago, even after “Brokeback Mountain.” The wave started in 2015 with “Carol,” which led to a historic Best Picture win for “Moonlight” in 2016, followed up by last year’s “Call Me by Your Name.” This year, Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite” is already dominating the conversation, with its three leads in the running for acting nominations.

In years past, the one standout queer film ends up eclipsing every other very good one. Not so this year: Marielle Heller’s “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” is also in the running for awards. As more filmmakers approach queer narratives, the message that representation behind the camera is just as important as the stories being told is slowly being received. Queer cinephiles are ready to reap the rewards.

The films below all had a theatrical release in the U.S. this year, letting audiences in on the LGBTQ experience in ways both artful and political. Here are the top 10 queer films of 2018.

10. “A Kid Like Jake”

A milestone in queer film passed quietly when Silas Howard became the first openly trans filmmaker to direct a film about a gender creative child. Daniel Pearle adapted his own hit play, which used the fourth wall to address the audience as Jake, a five-year-old who prefers dresses and princesses to cars and wrestling. Unlike the play, the film casts Jake (the also gender creative Leo James Davis), but his scenes are relatively few, and Howard is deliberately sparing with his close-ups. The real story here is the parents’ (Claire Danes and Jim Parsons) anxieties around Jake’s gender expression; its effect on their marriage and what it reveals about their own ideas of heteronormative gender roles.

Octavia Spencer, lit from within in any role, is equal parts warm and assertive as a lesbian guidance counselor urging the parents to encourage Jake’s gender expression. It’s immeasurably refreshing to see her in a contemporary role for once — and not wearing a maid’s outfit. Howard, an outsider in other ways, felt the same way. Representation behind the camera leads to progress in front of the camera.

9. “The Miseducation of Cameron Post”

While this critic had reservations about a gay conversion therapy drama from one of queer cinema’s precious few comedic filmmakers, Desiree Akhavan’s light touch proved just the ticket to saving her sophomore effort from sinking under the weight of its heavy subject matter. (Not so for the similarly-positioned “Boy Erased.”) Jennifer Ehle is chilling as the director of “God’s Promise,” a conversion therapy program; she seems to ripen with age, growing richer and more layered with each cliché-defying role. As Cameron Post, the ever-watchable Chloë Grace Moretz plays the character’s queer awakening from a gentle remove, opaquely absorbing her situation. When her staunchly pro-therapy roommate wakes her up for a fevered quickie, she attempts to return the favor, but it’s over before it began. Even with all the hot air about praying the gay away sucking the oxygen out of the place, Akhavan finds ways to let her characters breathe.

8. “Anchor and Hope”

If you’ve ever walked London’s Regent’s Canal path, (Victoria Park to Camden Town is a jolly good jaunt), you’ve likely peeked through circular windows wondering what kind of lives are lived on the city’s famous houseboats. Named after a local pub, Carlos Marques-Marcet’s light-hearted romance is set on one such boat, where the endlessly adorable Kat (Natalia Tena) and Eva (Oona Chaplin) are living the lesbian dream — until Eva wants a baby. Written by Marques-Marcet with Jules Nurrish, who is a queer woman, the film eschews clichés for natural, lived in characters who are as long on charm as they are on flaws.

Tena, who was underused as Tonks in the “Harry Potter” franchise but is a nonetheless indelible part of the canon, dons Kat’s masculine swagger as comfortably as the leather jacket and shaggy bob she sports. Her androgyny doesn’t feel put on — Tena has never been the ingenue, she’s far too interesting an actor for that. Chaplin, whose family tree includes Eugene O’Neill and Charlie Chaplin, (her mother, Geraldine Chaplin, also appears in the film), is about to become a huge star with a part in all four “Avatar” sequels. As the one who wants to abandon canal life for domestic life, Chaplin has the more challenging role, but her cool soulfulness ameliorates the risk of appearing conventional. Marques-Marcet likes to leave the camera lingering uncomfortably too long, but with characters this magnetic — you’ll want to stay.

7. “Gemini”

A slow-burn thriller with Sapphic undertones and overtones, “Gemini” slipped under the radar as coolly and assuredly as Lola Kirke’s Jill drives around the hills of Silver Lake. Jill is assistant and best friend to self-absorbed starlet Heather Anderson (Zoë Kravitz), whom she finds murdered in her house after a tense interaction with a fan. Jill becomes suspect number one to the detective (John Cho) pursuing the case, and is soon slinking around in a blonde wig in order to prove her innocence. The more she searches, the more something seems amiss. Was Heather tired of having to hide her relationship with Tracy (inveterate scene-stealer Greta Lee)? Kravitz, who is openly bisexual and grew up in the spotlight, no doubt knows what it’s like to hide in plain sight of prying eyes. A stalker-ish love letter to Hollywood, filmmaker Aaron Katz’s neo-noir owes as much to “All About Eve” as it does to “The Maltese Falcon,” with a sultry 2018 identity crisis all its own.

6. “The Gospel According to André”

“He was so many things he wasn’t supposed to be,” says Whoopi Goldberg of André Leon Talley, the longtime Vogue editor who has been an almost mythical figure of the fashion world for over four decades. As Kate Novack’s excellent documentary shows, André stuck out in the 1970s Paris fashion world where he began his career as a columnist for Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine. Black, gay, and enormously tall, he speaks impeccable French and lives life by the tenet that “fashion should have more joie de vivre.” When André declares, “you can be aristocratic without having been born into an aristocratic family,” you don’t just believe him because he’s wearing a red silk caftan with a bowtie; once you see this film, it’s hard to imagine elegance and sophistication looking any other way. There’s no question why, as Fran Lebowitz tells it, her mother thought he was an African prince. The documentary genre is overstuffed with rote biopics, but André is the rare subject whose infectious life force justifies — nay, demands — the cinematic treatment.

LGBT Site Writer Calls Ariana Grande’s New Video ‘Anti-Queer,’ Removes Byline After ‘Death Threats’

The LGBT news website INTO has removed the byline for an opinion piece accusing Ariana Grande’s new music video “thank u, next” of being “anti-queer” after the writer of the story received death threats.

“We have decided to remove the author’s name from this piece after the editorial team was alerted that a high number of death threats were being made against the writer as a result of the opinions presented in this piece,” read an editor’s note affixed to the top of the article.

“INTO has historically been a place for varying opinions from LGBTQ people around the world, and will remain such a place — but these opinions never warrant violence,” it continued. “And when a writer’s own life could potentially be at stake, we must take necessary steps to ensure their safety.”

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It’s unclear whether the death threats were coming from enraged Ariana Grande fans, or from anti-LGBT trolls. Website editor-in- chief Zach Stafford did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap.

In the piece, the now anonymous author, hit Grande for “blackface” and “transmisogyny.”

“Her music video failed to support the basic dignity of queer and trans people,” it reads. “Laden with transmisogyny, anti-queer jokes, and blackface, the video follows Ariana’s white feminist awakening through a celebrity-laden nod to several cult classics”

The story then went on to list a number of examples from the music video, including a moment when gay performer Troye Sivan says of Grande: “I heard she’s a lesbian now and dating some chick called Aubrey. It’s f—ing sick.” The line was part of a broader homage to the movie “Mean Girls.”

INTO, a news organization owed by the LGBT dating app Grindr, has produced a string of notable pieces in recent weeks, which have included sending reporters into Mexico to cover the migrant caravan. The site was also the first to report news that Grindr president, Scott Chen, did not believe in same-sex marriage.

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The LGBT news website INTO has removed the byline for an opinion piece accusing Ariana Grande’s new music video “thank u, next” of being “anti-queer” after the writer of the story received death threats.

“We have decided to remove the author’s name from this piece after the editorial team was alerted that a high number of death threats were being made against the writer as a result of the opinions presented in this piece,” read an editor’s note affixed to the top of the article.

“INTO has historically been a place for varying opinions from LGBTQ people around the world, and will remain such a place — but these opinions never warrant violence,” it continued. “And when a writer’s own life could potentially be at stake, we must take necessary steps to ensure their safety.”

It’s unclear whether the death threats were coming from enraged Ariana Grande fans, or from anti-LGBT trolls. Website editor-in- chief Zach Stafford did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap.

In the piece, the now anonymous author, hit Grande for “blackface” and “transmisogyny.”

“Her music video failed to support the basic dignity of queer and trans people,” it reads. “Laden with transmisogyny, anti-queer jokes, and blackface, the video follows Ariana’s white feminist awakening through a celebrity-laden nod to several cult classics”

The story then went on to list a number of examples from the music video, including a moment when gay performer Troye Sivan says of Grande: “I heard she’s a lesbian now and dating some chick called Aubrey. It’s f—ing sick.” The line was part of a broader homage to the movie “Mean Girls.”

INTO, a news organization owed by the LGBT dating app Grindr, has produced a string of notable pieces in recent weeks, which have included sending reporters into Mexico to cover the migrant caravan. The site was also the first to report news that Grindr president, Scott Chen, did not believe in same-sex marriage.

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Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis, Who Denied Same-Sex Marriage Licenses, Defeated by Democrat

Kim Davis, the clerk of Rowan County Kentucky who achieved 15 minutes of national infamy for refusing to grant marriage licenses back in 2015, was ousted form her office Tuesday evening.

Republican Davis was defeated by Elwood Caudill Jr. by a margin of about 700 votes, the Lexington Herald Leader reported.

“I genuinely offer gratitude to my family, and campaign supporters during the last year, for all their hard work, contributions, and commitment,” Caudill offered in a triumphant Facebook post shortly after the results were confirmed. “Moving our community forward means staying focused on our future. I believe that as a community we must continue to work together toward a more prosperous and cohesive Rowan County.”

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First of all, thank you Rowan County for getting out to vote. I appreciate your support and your confidence in me.I…

Posted by Elwood Caudill Jr on Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Once an unknown state bureaucrat, Davis made headlines back in 2015 after defying the Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage through the United States.

“Marriage is between one man and one woman,” she said at the time according to the New York Times, adding that in her view same-sex unions were “not of God.”

She became a minor celebrity on among evangelical Americans for her stand and decision to go to jail rather than grant the licenses. She attracted support from former Fox News host and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and met Pope Francis who thanked her for her “courage

Most recently, Davis made news over a book she was writing documenting the ordeal.

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“Kim chronicles her dramatic encounters with furious, fist-pounding, homosexual men and the hate mail that flooded her office,” reads a (now deleted) product description of the book, “Under God’s Authority: The Kim Davis Story.”

“Kim takes you behind-the-scenes of the unlikely saga that took America by storm in 2015. She tells how God transformed her life in 2011, why she almost retired in 2014, and how she knew-six months before the U.S. Supreme Court’s disastrous 2015 same-sex ‘marriage’ opinion-she was headed for jail.”

The book is being promoted by Liberty Counsel, a Christian legal organization which defended Davis during her campaign against same-sex marriage.

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Kim Davis, the clerk of Rowan County Kentucky who achieved 15 minutes of national infamy for refusing to grant marriage licenses back in 2015, was ousted form her office Tuesday evening.

Republican Davis was defeated by Elwood Caudill Jr. by a margin of about 700 votes, the Lexington Herald Leader reported.

“I genuinely offer gratitude to my family, and campaign supporters during the last year, for all their hard work, contributions, and commitment,” Caudill offered in a triumphant Facebook post shortly after the results were confirmed. “Moving our community forward means staying focused on our future. I believe that as a community we must continue to work together toward a more prosperous and cohesive Rowan County.”

First of all, thank you Rowan County for getting out to vote. I appreciate your support and your confidence in me.I…

Posted by Elwood Caudill Jr on Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Once an unknown state bureaucrat, Davis made headlines back in 2015 after defying the Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage through the United States.

“Marriage is between one man and one woman,” she said at the time according to the New York Times, adding that in her view same-sex unions were “not of God.”

She became a minor celebrity on among evangelical Americans for her stand and decision to go to jail rather than grant the licenses. She attracted support from former Fox News host and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and met Pope Francis who thanked her for her “courage

Most recently, Davis made news over a book she was writing documenting the ordeal.

“Kim chronicles her dramatic encounters with furious, fist-pounding, homosexual men and the hate mail that flooded her office,” reads a (now deleted) product description of the book, “Under God’s Authority: The Kim Davis Story.”

“Kim takes you behind-the-scenes of the unlikely saga that took America by storm in 2015. She tells how God transformed her life in 2011, why she almost retired in 2014, and how she knew-six months before the U.S. Supreme Court’s disastrous 2015 same-sex ‘marriage’ opinion-she was headed for jail.”

The book is being promoted by Liberty Counsel, a Christian legal organization which defended Davis during her campaign against same-sex marriage.

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Cardi B Denies Posting Transphobic Meme on Her Official Facebook Page

Cardi B denied Sunday that she posted a transphobic meme on her official Facebook, blaming the offensive post on a former employee with access to her account.

“It’s come to my attention that there have been offensive posts made on what used to be my Facebook page,” she wrote. “For the past year and a half a FORMER team member has been the only one with access to the account.”

TheWrap was able to capture the post, which has since been deleted.

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A rep for the rapper did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Cardi could be referencing a legal battle involving her former manager, Klenord “Shaft” Raphael.

The singer sued Raphael over his handling of her business affairs. Raphael has filed his own lawsuit. Both cases are still ongoing.

This isn’t the first time the singer has been accused of being insensitive to the LGBT community.

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In January, the she was forced to apologize after defending her then-fiance’ rapper Offset, after one of his verses included the line: “I cannot vibe with queers.”

While defending her now-husband, Cardi referenced a 2017 video in which she used the word “tranny.”

It’s come to my attention that there have been offensive posts made on what used to be my Facebook page. For the past year and a half a FORMER team member has been the only one with access to the account.

— iamcardib (@iamcardib) September 16, 2018

Left: @iamcardib tweet from May 2018

Right: Cardi B Facebook post an hour ago. pic.twitter.com/li07Wh04pW

— Yashar Ali ???? (@yashar) September 16, 2018

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Cardi B denied Sunday that she posted a transphobic meme on her official Facebook, blaming the offensive post on a former employee with access to her account.

“It’s come to my attention that there have been offensive posts made on what used to be my Facebook page,” she wrote. “For the past year and a half a FORMER team member has been the only one with access to the account.”

TheWrap was able to capture the post, which has since been deleted.

Facebook

A rep for the rapper did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Cardi could be referencing a legal battle involving her former manager, Klenord “Shaft” Raphael.

The singer sued Raphael over his handling of her business affairs. Raphael has filed his own lawsuit. Both cases are still ongoing.

This isn’t the first time the singer has been accused of being insensitive to the LGBT community.

In January, the she was forced to apologize after defending her then-fiance’ rapper Offset, after one of his verses included the line: “I cannot vibe with queers.”

While defending her now-husband, Cardi referenced a 2017 video in which she used the word “tranny.”

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Anne Hathaway Denounces ‘Damaging’ Myth ‘That All Races Orbit Around Whiteness’ (Video)

Actress Anne Hathaway says it’s time to do away with a “damaging and widely accepted myth” that “all races orbit around whiteness.”

Speaking at the 22nd annual Human Rights Campaign national dinner Saturday, the Oscar winner said it’s “important to acknowledge with the exception of [not] being a cisgender male, everything about how I was born has put me at the current center of a damaging and widely accepted myth.”

“That myth is that gayness orbits around straightness, transgender orbits around cisgender, and that all races orbit around whiteness,” Hathaway added.

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Hathaway, whose brother is gay, was recognized for her support of the LGBTQ community over the years. The event also included a speech by former vice president, Joe Biden. In 2012, Hathaway sold her wedding photos to benefit organizations fighting for marriage equality and has joined an HRC petition to protest an anti-LGBTQ discrimination bill in Georgia. She also appeared in the 2005 film “Brokeback Mountain,” considered one of the first gay-themed movies to achieve mainstream success.

“I really needed this,” Hathaway said as she accepted the award, presented by her “Oceans 8” co-star, Awkwafina.

“I think I’m probably walking around like most people right now. I’m pretty shell shocked by what I see every day, what I hear everyday,” Hathaway said. “And I really don’t like to admit this, but I get scared.”

“I appreciate this community because together we are not going to just question this myth, we are going to destroy it,” she went on to say.

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“Let’s tear this world apart and build a better one.”

Watch Hathaway’s full speech above.

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Actress Anne Hathaway says it’s time to do away with a “damaging and widely accepted myth” that “all races orbit around whiteness.”

Speaking at the 22nd annual Human Rights Campaign national dinner Saturday, the Oscar winner said it’s “important to acknowledge with the exception of [not] being a cisgender male, everything about how I was born has put me at the current center of a damaging and widely accepted myth.”

“That myth is that gayness orbits around straightness, transgender orbits around cisgender, and that all races orbit around whiteness,” Hathaway added.

Hathaway, whose brother is gay, was recognized for her support of the LGBTQ community over the years. The event also included a speech by former vice president, Joe Biden. In 2012, Hathaway sold her wedding photos to benefit organizations fighting for marriage equality and has joined an HRC petition to protest an anti-LGBTQ discrimination bill in Georgia. She also appeared in the 2005 film “Brokeback Mountain,” considered one of the first gay-themed movies to achieve mainstream success.

“I really needed this,” Hathaway said as she accepted the award, presented by her “Oceans 8” co-star, Awkwafina.

“I think I’m probably walking around like most people right now. I’m pretty shell shocked by what I see every day, what I hear everyday,” Hathaway said. “And I really don’t like to admit this, but I get scared.”

“I appreciate this community because together we are not going to just question this myth, we are going to destroy it,” she went on to say.

“Let’s tear this world apart and build a better one.”

Watch Hathaway’s full speech above.

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“Lizzie” (Sept. 14) 
Chloe Sevigny stars as the 19th-century axewoman who killed her father and stepmother — but also had a romantically charged relationship with the family’s live-in maid (Kristen Stewart).
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“Lizzie” (Sept. 14) 

Chloe Sevigny stars as the 19th-century axewoman who killed her father and stepmother — but also had a romantically charged relationship with the family’s live-in maid (Kristen Stewart).

“Colette” (Sept. 21) 

Keira Knightley stars as the early-20th-century French author who confronts not only the patriarchy (in the form of her husband, who initially takes credit for her books) but also dallies with women, including the cross-dressing noblewoman Mathilde de Morny (Denise Gough).

“Studio 54” (Oct. 5)

Matt Tyrnauer’s documentary, which debuted at Sundance, looks at the legendary New York City nightclub of the 1970s created by college pals Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager.

“The Happy Prince” (Oct. 10) 

Rupert Everett directs and stars as the Irish author Oscar Wilde as he lives out his last days in exile following his conviction for “gross indecency” with men.

 

“Boy Erased” (Nov. 2) 

Lucas Hedges (“Manchester by the Sea”) plays the gay son of a Baptist minister who is sent off to a gay conversion therapy program.

“Bohemian Rhapsody” (Nov. 2) 

In this eagerly awaited biopic Rami Malek stars as the flamboyant frontman of the British rock band Queeen, Freddie Mercury.

“El Angel” (Nov. 9) 

Luis Ortega’s debut feature, which debuted to raves in Cannes, follows the true-life story of a baby-faced thief who embarked on a murderous crime spree with his schoolmate.

“Postcards From London”  (Nov. 9)

Harrison Dickinson (“Trust”) stars as an Essex boy who arrives in London and falls in with older boys who teach him how to be a hustler to a high-class clientele.

“The Favourite” (Nov. 23) 

Yorgos Lanthimos’ new film is based on the apparently true story of an 18th-century lesbian love triangle involving England’s ailing Queen Anne (Olivia Colman), her adviser and secret lover, Duchess Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz) — and the duchess’ younger cousin (Emma Stone) who quickly captures the queen’s attention (and affection).

 

 

 

 

GLAAD Slams Wyoming Paper for Spreading ‘Debunked Lies’ About Transgender Candidate

A Wyoming newspaper is under fire from GLAAD after running an op-ed from conservative writer Mona Charen that referred to Vermont’s transgender Democratic gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist as a male “who now prefers to dress as a woman.”

“Instead of providing a platform for medically and scientifically debunked lies, media should use this moment to elevate voices who can properly share stories and insights with their readers about who transgender people really are,” said GLAAD vice president Zeke Stokes in a tweet from GLAAD’s official account.

“Instead of providing a platform for medically and scientifically debunked lies, media should use this moment to elevate voices who can properly share stories and insights with their readers about who transgender people really are.” — @zekestokes https://t.co/T1mVu6aMg8

— GLAAD (@glaad) August 22, 2018

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In her piece which ran in Wyoming’s Casper Star-Tribune on Tuesday, Charen said she didn’t consider Hallquist a woman and suggested that people should just be “polite and respectful” to her.

“If someone born a man now wears a dress and has breast implants and wants me to call him ‘she,’ I will respect that (even if I do not believe that makes him a woman). It’s important to be polite and respectful,” Charen wrote.

“Part of the progressive project is to shoehorn certain new nonconformists, particularly sexual nonconformists, into the minority category,” she added. “These favored groups — transgender people are the flavor of the month — are compared explicitly to African-Americans, and thus any accomplishment is celebrated as progress for them personally and for our society for shedding its prejudice.”

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Josh Wolfson, the Star-Tribune’s editor-in-chief, did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap.

Charen, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, is no stranger to controversy. At the Conservative Political Action Conference in February, she was booed after she denounced President Trump and had to be escorted from the venue for her own safety.

This is not the first time a prominent conservative has gotten into trouble over their coverage of Hallquist. Last week, “Fox & Friends” co-host Ainsley Earhardt called her “that transgender” before swiftly apologizing for the remark.

“I was responding to the reporter’s comments when I moved too quickly and couldn’t recall Christine Hallquist’s name,” Earhardt told TheWrap. “As a person of faith, I sincerely promise I never ever meant anything derogatory and I am sorry it may have come off that way.”

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A Wyoming newspaper is under fire from GLAAD after running an op-ed from conservative writer Mona Charen that referred to Vermont’s transgender Democratic gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist as a male “who now prefers to dress as a woman.”

“Instead of providing a platform for medically and scientifically debunked lies, media should use this moment to elevate voices who can properly share stories and insights with their readers about who transgender people really are,” said GLAAD vice president Zeke Stokes in a tweet from GLAAD’s official account.

In her piece which ran in Wyoming’s Casper Star-Tribune on Tuesday, Charen said she didn’t consider Hallquist a woman and suggested that people should just be “polite and respectful” to her.

“If someone born a man now wears a dress and has breast implants and wants me to call him ‘she,’ I will respect that (even if I do not believe that makes him a woman). It’s important to be polite and respectful,” Charen wrote.

“Part of the progressive project is to shoehorn certain new nonconformists, particularly sexual nonconformists, into the minority category,” she added. “These favored groups — transgender people are the flavor of the month — are compared explicitly to African-Americans, and thus any accomplishment is celebrated as progress for them personally and for our society for shedding its prejudice.”

Josh Wolfson, the Star-Tribune’s editor-in-chief, did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap.

Charen, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, is no stranger to controversy. At the Conservative Political Action Conference in February, she was booed after she denounced President Trump and had to be escorted from the venue for her own safety.

This is not the first time a prominent conservative has gotten into trouble over their coverage of Hallquist. Last week, “Fox & Friends” co-host Ainsley Earhardt called her “that transgender” before swiftly apologizing for the remark.

“I was responding to the reporter’s comments when I moved too quickly and couldn’t recall Christine Hallquist’s name,” Earhardt told TheWrap. “As a person of faith, I sincerely promise I never ever meant anything derogatory and I am sorry it may have come off that way.”

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‘Outfest’ 2018: 7 Films to See at North America’s Premier LGBTQ Film Festival

With a record two thirds of films made by women, people of color, and trans creators, Outfest is leading the charge for inclusion.

As far as gay film festivals go, Outfest takes the cake. Now in its 36th year, the Los Angeles-based festival is the country’s leading LGTBQ film festival, supporting independent queer film and filmmakers for over three decades. This year, two thirds of the program is directed by women, people of color, and/or trans filmmakers. “The reason we put on this festival is to encourage the LGBTQ community and the wider community — mainstream culture — to recognize the inherent value and infinite diversity,” said Outfest head programmer Lucy Mukerjee. “We have to continue to celebrate and showcase queer artists so they can get the same level of access and opportunity as white male directors.”

Outfest is celebrating its first year as an Academy Award-qualifying shorts festival, meaning any short that wins a grand jury prize will be eligible for an Oscar nomination. Following the examples set by Tribeca and Sundance festivals, Outfest added an episodic program to reflect the growing number of LGBTQ stories on TV. It’s also expanded into three new venues across the city, including Regal L.A. Live Cinema, the California African American Museum, and the community space Plaza de la Raza, which will host a Latinx day.

“We’ve identified a couple of venues in different parts of town, so that we could really be in everyone’s neighborhood,” said Brown, confirming that the new locations are part of a concerted effort to reach communities of color.

This year’s festival will host some of the year’s best forthcoming queer films, including Desiree Akhavan’s “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” the Molly Shannon-as-Emily Dickinson lesbian comedy “Wild Nights With Emily,” Sundance breakout “We the Animals,” and Yen Tan’s black-and-white AIDS drama “1984.” On the nonfiction side, the prolific Matt Tyrnauer has two films in the festival: “Studio 54” and “Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood.” Three SXSW documentaries, “Transmilitary,” “The Gospel of Eureka,” and “Call Her Ganda” will also screen.

Outfest 2018 runs July 12-22 in Los Angeles. In addition to the offerings mentioned above, Outfest is hosting 11 world, North American, and U.S. premieres. Here are six standouts.

1. “Bright Colors and Bold Patterns”

Drew Droege

Drew Droege

Photo by Russ Rowland

Gay audiences know Drew Droege from his iconic Chloe Sevigny send-ups, but fewer know that the chameleonic comedian is also an accomplished actor and playwright. A New York Times Critics’ Pick during its Off-Broadway run earlier this year, BroadwayHD delivers Droege’s one-man show to the masses yearning to be entertained. Directed by “Ugly Betty” star Michael Urie and written and starring Droege, “Bright Colors and Bold Patterns” follows the lead-up to a gay wedding in which the invitation dissuades guests from wearing “bright colors and bold patterns.” In a community so often celebrated for inclusivity, it’s refreshing to explore internal biases around flamboyance and gender-bending in funny and smart ways.

2. “Tucked”

“Tucked”

Outfest

When aging drag queen Jackie Collins discovers he has six weeks to live, it’s business as usual and the show must go on. In his final days, he strikes up a friendship with a younger drag queen, who is exploring their own gender identity. This feel-good comedy uses a cross-generational queer friendship to explore the nuances of gender in the drag world. “Tucked” is the sixth feature from British filmmaker Jamie Patterson, and his first queer film.

3. “Sodom”

“Sodom”

Outfest

What would you do if you discovered a cute guy naked and handcuffed to a lamppost? That is the premise of this BDSM-themed romantic comedy, which opens with former pianist Michael discovering 20-year-old soccer player Will in a sticky situation, left by friends in a bachelor party prank. Like “Weekend” with an age difference, the rest of the film takes place in Will’s apartment, as the strangers dance around their obvious attraction.

4. “Two in the Bush: A Love Story”

“Two in the Bush: A Love Story”

Outfest

After discovering her partner in bed with someone else on the day she loses her job, Emily must start fresh. She begins working for a dominatrix, and she eventually starts dating her new boss — and her boyfriend. Described as a “polyamorous romantic comedy,” the film takes a wise and witty look at bisexuality, kink, and polyamory. Directed by Laura Madalinksi, “Two in the Bush: A Love Story” is an unconventional love story for modern times.

5. “Cola De Mono”

Cola de Mono

“Cola de Mono”

Outfest

From Sebastián Silva’s pitch-black comedies to Sebastián Lelio making two of the year’s best queer films back to back, the Chilean film boom has had a major impact on LGBTQ films. Set in 1986, Alberto Fuguet’s latest feature follows a precocious teenager with a love of film over one explosive family Christmas holiday. Part family drama, part erotic thriller, “Cola De Mono” explores the dark side of repressed desire.

6. “Eva & Candela (¿Cómo Te Llamas?)”

Eva y Candela

“Eva & Candela”

Outfest

A filmmaker falls in love with her lead actress in this nuanced and passionate lesbian romance. Spanish filmmaker Ruth Caudeli makes her feature-length debut, delicately charting the evolution of attraction from sensual to intimate to routine. Though strictly fictional, the relationship between director and talent has never been more ripe.

7. “Canary (Kanarie)”

“Canary (Kanarie)”

Outfest

Drafted by the South African Army during apartheid, Johan lands a spot in the Kanaries, the military’s traveling choir, where a battlefield romance brings up his long-repressed sexual identity. Using Boy George and Depeche Mode as influences, this surprisingly fun musical examines the effects of nationalism on a tender soul, and the bond of brotherhood among misfits.

CrossFit Fires Spokesperson Over Anti-Gay Comment

CrossFit has fired its spokesman, Russell Berger, over anti-gay comments he made on Twitter, the company announced in a statement late Wednesday.

“CrossFit is a diverse community in every way, and that’s what makes us strong. No matter who you are, how you’re built, what you believe, or who or how you love–we are proud of you,” read a message posted to Twitter. “The statements made today by Russell Berger do not reflect the views of CrossFit Inc. For this reason, his employment with CrossFit has been terminated.”

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CrossFit is a diverse community in every way, and that’s what makes us strong. No matter who you are, how you’re built, what you believe, or who or how you love—we are proud of you.

— CrossFit (@CrossFit) June 6, 2018

The statements made today by Russell Berger do not reflect the views of CrossFit Inc. For this reason, his employment with CrossFit has been terminated.

– CrossFit (@CrossFit) June 6, 2018

The decision capped a brief, but potentially devastating PR disaster sparked after Berger tweeted his support for an Indianapolis CrossFit location that canceled a gay pride event on Wednesday.

“As someone who personally believes celebrating ‘pride’ is a sin, I’d like to personally encourage #CrossFitInfiltrate for standing by their convictions,” Berger said in a now-deleted tweet. “The intolerance of the LGBTQ ideology towards any alternative views is mind-blowing”

Looks like @CrossFit‘s @BergerRussell deleted that tweet so here’s a screenshot icymi pic.twitter.com/1I2sya7ACO

– Gaycey Musgayves (@ChrisDStedman) June 6, 2018

The company ousted Berger after an original decision to put him on unpaid leave failed to quell growing outrage.

As an update, I’ve been officially terminated.

– Russell Berger (@BergerRussell) June 6, 2018

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CrossFit has fired its spokesman, Russell Berger, over anti-gay comments he made on Twitter, the company announced in a statement late Wednesday.

“CrossFit is a diverse community in every way, and that’s what makes us strong. No matter who you are, how you’re built, what you believe, or who or how you love–we are proud of you,” read a message posted to Twitter. “The statements made today by Russell Berger do not reflect the views of CrossFit Inc. For this reason, his employment with CrossFit has been terminated.”

The decision capped a brief, but potentially devastating PR disaster sparked after Berger tweeted his support for an Indianapolis CrossFit location that canceled a gay pride event on Wednesday.

“As someone who personally believes celebrating ‘pride’ is a sin, I’d like to personally encourage #CrossFitInfiltrate for standing by their convictions,” Berger said in a now-deleted tweet. “The intolerance of the LGBTQ ideology towards any alternative views is mind-blowing”

The company ousted Berger after an original decision to put him on unpaid leave failed to quell growing outrage.

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Tucker Carlson Slammed for Attacking Survivor of Pulse Nightclub Massacre (Video)

Tucker Carlson is facing heat from GLAAD after the Fox News host dedicated a segment of his show Monday evening to attacking Pulse nightclub survivor, Brandon Wolf.

The gay rights organization said the Fox News host’s segment on Wolf led to “death threats” against the survivor.

“Last night Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson laughed and smiled during a discussion about the Pulse nightclub shooter and in doing so, unleashed a fury of online hate against Brandon Wolf,” the organization said in a blog post Tuesday. “Within minutes of Carlson’s on-air attack, Brandon’s social feeds were populated with Carlson viewers who wished violence and harm on Brandon.”

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“Now he is receiving death threats from Fox News Channel viewers and others on social media,” they added.

Wolf earned Carlson’s ire for an appearance he made on the Saturday morning episode of the MSNBC program “AM Joy.” The segment focused on old blog posts in which host Joy Reid made the number of disparaging comments towards LGBT individuals.

In the segment — designed ostensibly around the premise of exonerating Reid of responsibility for her past statements — Wolf used a bit of Mike Pence “whataboutism” to put Reid’s comments in context. On set, Wolf said “homophobic psychopaths” were running the country and suggested that if Mike Pence ever became president of the United States he would put gay people in “concentration camps.”

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The harsh critique — which raised eyebrows in conservative media — went uncorrected and unchallenged by Reid on set.

On his program, Carlson, and noted LGBT troll Chadwick Moore, gleefully filled that void.

‘It’s almost become a kind of a depraved fantasy on their part. They actually believe this could happen, that Mike Pence wants to do this,” said Moore. “I feel very bad for Mike Pence. He handles these attacks with such grace and such decorum. I really don’t think that there’s anything homophobic about Mike Pence.”

“Pulse nightclub was not attacked by the radical Amish,” Moore continued, as Carlson grinned. “The person who attacked Pulse nightclub did not pledge his allegiance to the Episcopalian caliphate.”

Reps for Carlson did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap.

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Tucker Carlson is facing heat from GLAAD after the Fox News host dedicated a segment of his show Monday evening to attacking Pulse nightclub survivor, Brandon Wolf.

The gay rights organization said the Fox News host’s segment on Wolf led to “death threats” against the survivor.

“Last night Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson laughed and smiled during a discussion about the Pulse nightclub shooter and in doing so, unleashed a fury of online hate against Brandon Wolf,” the organization said in a blog post Tuesday. “Within minutes of Carlson’s on-air attack, Brandon’s social feeds were populated with Carlson viewers who wished violence and harm on Brandon.”

“Now he is receiving death threats from Fox News Channel viewers and others on social media,” they added.

Wolf earned Carlson’s ire for an appearance he made on the Saturday morning episode of the MSNBC program “AM Joy.” The segment focused on old blog posts in which host Joy Reid made the number of disparaging comments towards LGBT individuals.

In the segment — designed ostensibly around the premise of exonerating Reid of responsibility for her past statements — Wolf used a bit of Mike Pence “whataboutism” to put Reid’s comments in context. On set, Wolf said “homophobic psychopaths” were running the country and suggested that if Mike Pence ever became president of the United States he would put gay people in “concentration camps.”

The harsh critique — which raised eyebrows in conservative media — went uncorrected and unchallenged by Reid on set.

On his program, Carlson, and noted LGBT troll Chadwick Moore, gleefully filled that void.

‘It’s almost become a kind of a depraved fantasy on their part. They actually believe this could happen, that Mike Pence wants to do this,” said Moore. “I feel very bad for Mike Pence. He handles these attacks with such grace and such decorum. I really don’t think that there’s anything homophobic about Mike Pence.”

“Pulse nightclub was not attacked by the radical Amish,” Moore continued, as Carlson grinned. “The person who attacked Pulse nightclub did not pledge his allegiance to the Episcopalian caliphate.”

Reps for Carlson did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap.

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‘Rafiki’: Kenya Bans First Cannes Movie Over Lesbian Romance Storyline

In a statement announcing the film’s restriction, the Kenya Film Classification Board said “Rafiki” “promotes lesbianism in Kenya contrary to the law.”

Kenyan authorities announced it would ban lesbian romance film “Rafiki” ahead of its Cannes Film Festival debut, on the grounds that it “promote[s] lesbianism” in violation of Kenyan laws prohibiting gay sex. “Rafiki” is the first Kenyan film ever invited to the internationally renowned festival.

The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) announced the ban on Friday, April 26, issuing this official statement: “A local film title ‘Rafiki’…has been RESTRICTED due its homosexual theme and clear intent to promote lesbianism in Kenya contrary to the law.” Board member Nelly Muluka tweeted: “Our culture and laws recognize family as the basic unit of society. The KFCB cannot, therefore, allow lesbian content to be accessed by children in Kenya.”

“I’m really disappointed because Kenyans already have access to watch films that have LGBT content, on Netflix, and in international films shown in Kenya and permitted by the classification board itself,” the film’s director, Wanuri Kahiu, told Reuters. “So to then just ban a Kenyan film because it deals with something already happening in society just seems like a contradiction.”

“Rafiki” is a love story between two girls, Kena and Ziki. Per the official synopsis: “Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls resist and remain close friends, supporting each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety.”

“Rafiki” will debut in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes, along with other boundary-pushing and women-directed films. The ban is similar to censorship faced by South African gay coming-of-age tale “The Wound” last year, which was only allowed to play in theaters licensed for adult entertainment in its home country.

IndieWire has reached out the film’s producers for additional comment.

Tribeca 2018: The Best LGBT Films to See at This Year’s Festival, From ‘Disobedience’ to ‘Studio 54’ Documentary

This year’s festival launches Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams as Orthodox Jewish lesbians, and sees Alia Shawkat embracing her inner tomboy in “Duck Butter.”

When the 17th annual Tribeca Film Festival opens this week, New York audiences will have a chance to catch some of the most anticipated queer films of the year. Sebastián Lelio’s “Disobedience” will play in New York days before its theatrical release; the film stars Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams as two women who must hide their attraction in their tight-knit Orthodox Jewish community. Desiree Akhavan’s Sundance winner “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” will also make its New York debut at the festival, with Chloë Grace Moretz and Sasha Lane. Provocateurs Andre Leon Talley and Robert Mapplethorpe each headline their own film, and prolific gay filmmaker Matt Tyrnauer uncovers the inside story of Studio 54.

This year’s Tribeca Film Festival takes place April 18 – 29. Check out our must-see LGBT films below.

“Disobedience”

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“Disobedience”

Courtesy of TIFF

Sebastián Lelio concludes his sumptuous triptych of films about women with “Disobedience,” the Chilean filmmaker’s first English-language film. Hot on the heels of his landmark Oscar win for transgender film “A Fantastic Woman,” Lelio manages to outdo himself yet again. Based on the eponymous novel by Naomi Alderman, the film begins with Ronit (Rachel Weisz) as she returns to her Orthodox Jewish community in London after learning of her father’s death. When she is cautiously welcomed by her childhood best friend Dovid (Alessandro Nivola) and his wife Esti (Rachel McAdams), her presence makes waves in the tight-knit community and awakens latent desires for both women.

Lelio presents the religious traditions with no hand-holding, dropping the audience down into the insular world as Ronit revisits her old life. Ever so subtly, he shifts focus from Ronit to Esti, and then to Dovid, traveling to unexpected places both nuanced and intensely passionate. The film is beautifully shot, somehow finding vividness in London’s grey-blues and the varnished wood of synagogue interiors. With three knockout performances and the slow burn of long-dormant passions, get ready to savor “Disobedience” like the light of the Sabbath candles.

“The Miseducation of Cameron Post”

“Appropriate Behavior” directer Desiree Akhavan returns with a drama about gay conversion therapy, which won the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The film stars Chloë Grace Moretz as the titular character, a teenager who is sent to the controversial program after she is caught making out with a girl on prom night. Once there, she must contend with the strict leaders of the camp, Dr. Lydia Marsh (Ehle) and her brother Reverend Rick (Gallagher Jr.), while also befriending fellow patients Jane (Sasha Lane) and Adam (Forrest Goodluck). An out bisexual, Akhavan has often spoken about the importance of making films that reflect her experience. In his positive review out of Sundance, IndieWire’s David Ehrlich called it “a humble, poignant, and extremely touching coming-of-age drama that unfolds like a seriocomic ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ set at a gay conversion camp for Christian teens circa 1993.”

“Duck Butter”

Duck Butter

Alia Shawkat (“Search Party”) and Laia Costa (“Victoria”) play two women who engage in a sex experiment in this dramedy from “Beatriz at Dinner” director Miguel Arteta and produced by the Duplass brothers. Shawkat co-wrote the script with Arteta and took on the lead role — originally written for a man — when they couldn’t find the right fit. As the tomboyish Naima, she plays an aspiring actor who loses a plum gig on a Duplass brothers project. Reeling from her setback, she meets the whimsical and manic Sergio (Costa), who after one night together suggests they make love every hour for 24 hours as an experiment in intimacy. There are virtually no men in the film, aside from early cameos by the brothers Duplass and Kumail Nanjiani; and too-brief appearances from Kate Berlant, Hong Chau, and Mae Whitman offer a comedic reprieve from the intense central romance.

“Studio 54”

Studio 54

Former Vanity Fair writer Matt Tyrnauer continues his prolific career with a look at the tumultuous history of New York’s most fabled night club, the 1970s disco Studio 54. The out gay filmmaker has steadily built an ouevre of documentaries that shed new light on important chapters in gay history; from the closeted stars of old Hollywood, savior of Greenwich Village Jane Jacobs, and iconic fashion designer Valentino Garavani. Sundance reviews praised “Studio 54” for limiting celebrity testimony in favor of interviews with owner Ian Schrager and bouncer Marc Benecke, gatekeeper of the infamous velvet rope. “Studio 54” covers the club’s short but unforgettable four-year run, the social climate that led to its meteoric rise, and the reasons behind its sudden closure.

“Call Her Ganda”

Call Her Ganda

Director PJ Raval follows investigative journalist Meredith Talusan as she reports on the brutal murder of a transgender Filipina woman in 2014. The primary suspect was a U.S. Marine, which prompted protests and shed light on pervasive transphobia and post-colonial tensions between the U.S. and the Philippines. An accomplished cinematographer before transitioning to directing, Raval lensed the 2008 Oscar-nominated documentary “Trouble the Water.” Raval’s first feature, “Trinidad,” followed pioneering gender confirmation surgeon Dr. Marci Bowers, a good sign that the sensitive material is in good hands. It’s a Tribeca Film Festival premiere.

“Blowin’ Up”

Blowin' Up

Taking its name from the slang term for leaving a pimp, this riveting documentary takes us inside the country’s first and only sex-trafficking court. The Queens, New York courtroom is presided over by the Honorable Toko Serita, who approaches her mission to clear women of prostitution charges with a sharp benevolence. She is aided by the tenacious Eliza Hook, a sharp and vivacious social worker, and a prosecutor sympathetic to the challenges faced by undocumented and low-income women that leads them to the sex trade. Forgoing title cards and introductory text, Wang-Breal focuses on the daily goings on of the courtroom, imbuing her film with verité immediacy. With the recent legislation of FOSTA-SESTA in the news, “Blowin’ Up” offers an artful take on timely issue that has been misunderstood for far too long.

Also of note: “McQueen,” “The Gospel According to Andre,” “Mapplethorpe.” 

Billy Baldwin Drags Sean Hannity Over Past Comments Like ‘All Gays Are AIDS Carriers’

Billy Baldwin ripped Sean Hannity over the weekend, tweeting out an old article that described how the Fox News host was fired from his job as a shock jock at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1989.

“Santa Barbara has fond memories of @seanhannity’s time here in the 80s,” said Baldwin. “He got the boot here as a shock jock cuz he and/ or his guests spewed such morsels of enlightenment as… “All gays are AIDS carriers”, “Gays eat fecal matter” & “Homosexuals are disgusting people” #ClassAct

The tweet has racked up more than 4,500 retweets since being sent Sunday.

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Santa Barbara has fond memories of @seanhannity‘s time here in the 80s.

He got the boot here as a shock jock cuz he and/ or his guests spewed such morsels of enlightenment as… “All gays are AIDS carriers”, “Gays eat fecal matter” & “Homosexuals are disgusting people”#ClassAct pic.twitter.com/OVMuqoEUus

— Billy Baldwin (@BillyBaldwin) April 8, 2018

The incident has been previously reported in numerous Hannity profiles since his show became Fox News’ top-rated program. In an interview with New York Times magazine last November, Hannity called his comments “ignorant and embarrassing,” and that his removal from the radio station had been “deserved.”

Hannity’s removal from the student radio program provoked a response from the ACLU, which took his case and threatened to bring legal action against the school on First Amendment grounds. The school relented and offered Hannity his old gig back, but the host declined to return unless offered a public apology — something which never occurred, the Washington Post reported.

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The unique moment in Hannity history likely received a boost in light of a week-long feud he has engaged in with late night comedian Jimmy Kimmel. The pair traded barbs on social media and their respective television programs after Kimmel joked about Melania Trump’s accent. In recent days Kimmel also took heat from LGBT groups who were displeased with his mocking suggestion that Trump and Hannity were in a gay relationship.

With Hannity promising to run anti-Kimmel content until he received an apology, the ABC host finally conceded.

“While I admit I did have fun with our back and forth, after some thought, I realize that the level of vitriol from all sides (mine and me included) does nothing good for anyone and, in fact, is harmful to our country,” said Kimmel in a tweeted statement Sunday.

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“By lampooning Sean Hannity’s deference to the President, I most certainly did not intend to belittle or upset members of the gay community and to those who took offense, I apologize,”

re. @seanhannity pic.twitter.com/DMtWJTMsDU

— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) April 8, 2018

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Billy Baldwin ripped Sean Hannity over the weekend, tweeting out an old article that described how the Fox News host was fired from his job as a shock jock at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1989.

“Santa Barbara has fond memories of @seanhannity’s time here in the 80s,” said Baldwin. “He got the boot here as a shock jock cuz he and/ or his guests spewed such morsels of enlightenment as… “All gays are AIDS carriers”, “Gays eat fecal matter” & “Homosexuals are disgusting people” #ClassAct

The tweet has racked up more than 4,500 retweets since being sent Sunday.

The incident has been previously reported in numerous Hannity profiles since his show became Fox News’ top-rated program. In an interview with New York Times magazine last November, Hannity called his comments “ignorant and embarrassing,” and that his removal from the radio station had been “deserved.”

Hannity’s removal from the student radio program provoked a response from the ACLU, which took his case and threatened to bring legal action against the school on First Amendment grounds. The school relented and offered Hannity his old gig back, but the host declined to return unless offered a public apology — something which never occurred, the Washington Post reported.

The unique moment in Hannity history likely received a boost in light of a week-long feud he has engaged in with late night comedian Jimmy Kimmel. The pair traded barbs on social media and their respective television programs after Kimmel joked about Melania Trump’s accent. In recent days Kimmel also took heat from LGBT groups who were displeased with his mocking suggestion that Trump and Hannity were in a gay relationship.

With Hannity promising to run anti-Kimmel content until he received an apology, the ABC host finally conceded.

“While I admit I did have fun with our back and forth, after some thought, I realize that the level of vitriol from all sides (mine and me included) does nothing good for anyone and, in fact, is harmful to our country,” said Kimmel in a tweeted statement Sunday.

“By lampooning Sean Hannity’s deference to the President, I most certainly did not intend to belittle or upset members of the gay community and to those who took offense, I apologize,”

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Hollywood’s Gay Double Standard: Why So Many Actresses Can Come Out, But Young Actors Stay in the Closet

In an age of “Call Me by Your Name” and Kristen “I’m like, so gay” Stewart, young leading men still fear coming out of the closet.

There’s never been a better time to be gay in Hollywood. “Moonlight” won Best Picture the same year Kristen Stewart told millions of people on “Saturday Night Live” that she’s “like, so gay dude.” Now in its 10th season, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” boasts two Emmy nominations and ever-increasing ratings. The “Roseanne” reboot has a gender-nonconforming child, and “Love, Simon,” the first major studio film about a gay teenager, is playing in 2,402 theaters nationwide. It seems everywhere you look, progress is slowly doing its thing.

So why are so many actors still in the closet?

This week delivered a stark reminder of the real state of affairs, when James Ivory gave a no-holds-barred interview in The Guardian lamenting the lack of full-frontal male nudity in “Call Me By Your Name,” the gay awards film of last year, which earned the Hollywood legend his first Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. The same story also noted how Ivory kept his 44-year romantic relationship with producing partner Ismail Merchant a secret — albeit an open one.

Surely such secrecy is a thing of the past, right? In a post-Call Me By Your Name” world (which is also a post-“Carol” and post-“Moonlight” world), why would anyone feel pressure to hide their sexuality in order to get work in Hollywood?

Well.

“A lot of people advise you not to do it. They tell you flat out — ‘Don’t do it,’” said “Westworld” actress Evan Rachel Wood, who came out publicly as bisexual in 2011. “They don’t want you to be less desirable to men. Because that sells tickets and that helps your career.”

“Star Trek” actor John Cho is straight, but played Billy Eichner’s boyfriend in “Difficult People,” as well as the latest iteration of Sulu in “Star Trek,” who is revealed as gay in the third installment. In an interview, Cho told IndieWire that he knows of one actor who “is not particularly in the closet, if you get my drift,” but is not out in the press. “I think he doesn’t want to … talk about that for 80 percent of each interview,” said Cho. “It’s natural, the attention, but I think this person would rather talk about the film. And heterosexual actors are afforded a much greater degree of privacy.”

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Evan Rachel Wood in “Westworld”

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A top-level talent manager who spoke on condition of anonymity put it in blunter terms. “It’s all about perception. They want to believe that the lead guy is fucking the lead woman,” he said. “If a studio is backing a film with a ton of money … they want everyone who is buying tickets to believe that that’s in fact the case. Sadly, if we know that in real life the lead guy is screwing around with another guy, the fear is that it may hurt ticket sales.”

The same logic does not apply to straight actors, like “Call Me by Your Name” stars Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet, for whom playing gay (albeit in a prestigious film) actually bolstered their careers. Loose-lipped though he was, Ivory did not elaborate on the reason “Call Me by Your Name” skimped on the skimpiness, other than to call “bullshit” on the assertion by director Luca Guadagnino that it was a “conscious aesthetic decision.”

But plenty of actors cut to the chase. “You see a lot of heterosexual actors playing queer characters on screen, but you don’t see that many queer actors playing straight people on screen,” said Lola Kirke, whose new movie, “Gemini,” has both explicit queer themes and nuanced undertones. The contemporary noir casts Kirke as an unwitting Philip Marlowe on the run after the death of her employer and friend, a prominent actress played by Zoë Kravitz, who must hide her sexuality from the paparazzi.

Kirke’s star has been steadily on the rise since she starred opposite Greta Gerwig in 2015’s “Mistress America,” but even she acknowledges that actors have very little power. “I am still lucky to get a job. It’s not entirely easy,” Kirke said. “So I think that’s why people might obscure certain parts of who they are, because it’s a privilege to be able to be recognized for what you do. Even if what you do is within a system that is extremely messed up, it can be tricky to be navigate if you overthrow the system or participate in it.”

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Lola Kirke in “Gemini”

Others try to rationalize that process. “As a producer, as someone who’s creating a role for TV, they’re going to want to have their lead actor, or actress believably play the role,” said the talent manager, who is openly gay. “Personally, I don’t blame them for that.”

With “Westworld” gearing up as HBO’s new “Game of Thrones,” Wood has weathered potential career hits, though she has had more prominent relationships with men than with women. “Nothing happened that people told me was going to happen,” she said.

There is a recent plethora of buzzy young actresses proudly stating their queerness, whether it be with much fanfare (Ellen Page’s HRC speech), or a slow trickle of glaring hints leading up to a giant middle finger to the president on “Saturday Night Live” (Stewart). Sasha Lane, Kate McKinnon, and Samira Wiley are just a few whose queerness has not hindered, and quite possibly has helped, their careers.

“I think it pertains mainly to young male, romantic leads,” said the manager. “Those are the roles that are written. That’s what’s out there. If the public is not going to buy you in those roles, if producers are not going to choose you in those roles, if you’re not being bought in those roles, what’s out there? That’s one of the hurdles that hasn’t been addressed yet.”

In that case, the solution may be to write fewer heterosexual romances altogether — which might not be a bad thing for actresses, straight or gay, as Hollywood attempts to reckon with its history of sexualizing women. It might lead to better movies, too.

The problem lies more heavily with young men; there are plenty of out gay character actors and comedians. Zachary Quinto, Alan Cumming, and Neil Patrick Harris have made no secret of being gay, but they either waited until later in life to come out, or did not reach the height of their fame until later in life.

“It hasn’t hurt some older character actors. You have actors for whom it’s like an open secret that they’re gay, but it hasn’t hurt their careers,” the manager said. “If you’re not established in the industry, which tends to be most young people, you [want to] make sure you’re not pigeonholed into certain roles, and into certain stereotypes. As you get older, as you get more established … roles open up. There are more parts [than just] the young hunk who’s the male romantic lead.”

Greg Berlanti, who directed “Love, Simon” and is pretty much single-handedly responsible for the proliferation of gay supporting characters on television, has been around long enough to be more optimistic. “When I would cast people in gay roles, there were so many conversations about it 10, 15 years ago. You’d have to talk to their agent, and you’d have to talk to them … There was a feeling that it would label an actor,” he said. “Those are not the kinds of conversations people are having now.”

Wood, who is as outspoken in real life as renegade “Westworld” cyborg Dolores, regrets nothing about coming out: “You might be leaving one community behind,” she said, “but you’re getting embraced by another.”

LGBT Specialist TLA Acquires Slamdance Movie ‘M/M’ (EXCLUSIVE)

LGBT movie distributor TLA Releasing has confirmed the acquisition of U.S., U.K. and French rights to Slamdance entry “M/M.” The deal was inked by Adam Silver, acquisition manager of TLA, and Xavier Henry-Rashid of Film Republic, which is handling world rights. Silver described the drama as “a wild, sexy and challenging film” and “a perfect […]

LGBT movie distributor TLA Releasing has confirmed the acquisition of U.S., U.K. and French rights to Slamdance entry “M/M.” The deal was inked by Adam Silver, acquisition manager of TLA, and Xavier Henry-Rashid of Film Republic, which is handling world rights. Silver described the drama as “a wild, sexy and challenging film” and “a perfect […]

‘Altered Carbon’ Creator on How Show Could Examine LGBTQ Issues in Season 2

A key concept in Netflix’s cyberpunk series “Altered Carbon” is the “stack,” an advanced hard drive installed on the brainstem on which a person can save a copy of their consciousness. The main effect of stack technology is a form of immortality, because a stack can be installed into another body if the original body dies. But there’s another a major implication only hinted at during the first season of “Altered Carbon”:

If you could choose your own body, would you go with the one you were born with?

That’s an especially important question for gender fluid or transgender people. The topic was only hinted at in the first season, but “Altered Carbon” creator Laeta Kalogridis told TheWrap it’s something she would like to explore in greater detail.

“The idea that this kind of technology creates interesting intersections between your idea of your physical self and your idea of your inner or spiritual self, or your idea of being fluid in some way, certainly the idea of reassigning your gender, becomes a whole lot easier if you don’t actually have to do it surgically,” Kalogridis said.

“At the very least it becomes different. You are still in a body you weren’t born in. And I think exploring the idea of being able to recreate the physical self in another different way, I mean we’ve barely scratched the surface of that,” she continued. “And LGBTQ, and so many issues and the ways in which we feel comfortable or uncomfortable in our physical bodies, are things that I think the show is very right to explore, but has not yet been able to do. Certainly first season. We touched on it a little bit — but not much.”

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However, Kalogridis is quick to clarify that it was a matter of time, and source material, not intent, and she would like to explore the issue much more deeply should the show get renewed for a second season.

“I mean if we did get a second season — which we don’t know yet — but if we were to get a second season, I would definitely say that was one thing we frankly didn’t have time to touch on, and wasn’t dealt with in the book at all,” Kalogridis added. “We went a little further than the book did, but honestly, it was just about time.”

“Altered Carbon” Season 1 is available for streaming on Netflix as of Feb. 2.

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‘Altered Carbon’ Star Dichen Lachman StudioWrap Portraits (Exclusive Photos)

A key concept in Netflix’s cyberpunk series “Altered Carbon” is the “stack,” an advanced hard drive installed on the brainstem on which a person can save a copy of their consciousness. The main effect of stack technology is a form of immortality, because a stack can be installed into another body if the original body dies. But there’s another a major implication only hinted at during the first season of “Altered Carbon”:

If you could choose your own body, would you go with the one you were born with?

That’s an especially important question for gender fluid or transgender people. The topic was only hinted at in the first season, but “Altered Carbon” creator Laeta Kalogridis told TheWrap it’s something she would like to explore in greater detail.

“The idea that this kind of technology creates interesting intersections between your idea of your physical self and your idea of your inner or spiritual self, or your idea of being fluid in some way, certainly the idea of reassigning your gender, becomes a whole lot easier if you don’t actually have to do it surgically,” Kalogridis said.

“At the very least it becomes different. You are still in a body you weren’t born in. And I think exploring the idea of being able to recreate the physical self in another different way, I mean we’ve barely scratched the surface of that,” she continued. “And LGBTQ, and so many issues and the ways in which we feel comfortable or uncomfortable in our physical bodies, are things that I think the show is very right to explore, but has not yet been able to do. Certainly first season. We touched on it a little bit — but not much.”

However, Kalogridis is quick to clarify that it was a matter of time, and source material, not intent, and she would like to explore the issue much more deeply should the show get renewed for a second season.

“I mean if we did get a second season — which we don’t know yet — but if we were to get a second season, I would definitely say that was one thing we frankly didn’t have time to touch on, and wasn’t dealt with in the book at all,” Kalogridis added. “We went a little further than the book did, but honestly, it was just about time.”

“Altered Carbon” Season 1 is available for streaming on Netflix as of Feb. 2.

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'Altered Carbon' Explainer: Here's Why Resolution 653 Is So Important

'Altered Carbon' Creator Explains How Her Show Isn't 'Blade Runner' — or Anything Else

'Altered Carbon' Explainer: Here's What It Means That Takeshi Kovacs Is an 'Envoy'

'Altered Carbon' Star Dichen Lachman StudioWrap Portraits (Exclusive Photos)

‘Call Me by Your Name’ Sweeps Gay and Lesbian Critics Association’s Dorian Awards

Leave it to the LGBTQ Critics Association to right the horrible wrong that is Michael Stuhbarg’s Oscar snub.

Is it any wonder that GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, has excellent taste? The leading LGBTQ critics association announced the winners of its annual Dorian Awards today, and “Call Me by Your Name” topped the list. Luca Guadagnino’s luch gay romance earned honors in five categories, including Film of the Year and LGBTQ Film of the Year. Timothée Chalamet was twice recognized; for his performance as Elio in “Call Me by Your Name,” and with the ‘We’re Wilde About You!’ Rising Star Award. The Dorians also did its small part to correct two of the greatest Oscar oversights ever, awarding Michael Stuhlbarg for his work in “Call Me by Your Name” as well as naming “BPM (Beats Per Minute)” the Best Foreign Language Film of the year.

On the television side, “Big Little Lies” was dubbed TV Drama of the Year, with Nicole Kidman winning for her acting work in the HBO series. Kyle MacLachlan was singled out for his work in “Twin Peaks: The Return.” “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” won Best Current Affairs Show, and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” won best LGBTQ Show of the Year. (RuPaul is also huge fan of “Call Me by Your Name”).

Previously known as the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, GALECA is comprised of over 200 gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally entertainment journalists in the U.S., Canada and U.K. (This writer is also a member).

The full list of Dorian Award winners is below.

FILM OF THE YEAR
Call Me By Your Name – Sony Pictures Classics

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR (FILM OR TELEVISION)
Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird – A24

BEST PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR — ACTRESS
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water – Fox Searchlight

BEST PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR – ACTOR
Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name – Sony Pictures Classics

SUPPORTING FILM PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR – ACTRESS
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird – A24

SUPPORTING FILM PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR – ACTOR
Michael Stuhlbarg, Call Me By Your Name – Sony Pictures Classics

LGBTQ FILM OF THE YEAR
Call Me By Your Name – Sony Pictures Classics

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
BPM (Beats Per Minute) — The Orchard

SCREENPLAY OF THE YEAR (ORIGINAL OR ADAPTED)
Jordan Peele, Get Out – Universal

DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR
Faces Places – Cohen Media Group

VISUALLY STRIKING FILM OF THE YEAR
(honoring a production of stunning beauty, from art direction to cinematography)
The Shape of Water – Fox Searchlight

UNSUNG FILM OF THE YEAR
God’s Own Country – Samuel Goldwyn Films

CAMPY FLICK OF THE YEAR
mother! – Paramount

TV DRAMA OF THE YEAR
Big Little Lies – HBO

TV COMEDY OF THE YEAR
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – Amazon

TV PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR – ACTRESS
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies – HBO

TV PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR — ACTOR
Kyle MacLachlan, Twin Peaks: The Return – Showtime

TV CURRENT AFFAIRS SHOW OF THE YEAR
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee – TBS

TV MUSICAL PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
Kate McKinnon, “(Kellyanne) Conway!” Saturday Night Live – NBC

LGBTQ SHOW OF THE YEAR
RuPaul’s Drag Race – VH1

UNSUNG TV SHOW OF THE YEAR
American Gods – Starz

CAMPY TV SHOW OF THE YEAR
Feud: Betty and Joan

‘WE’RE WILDE ABOUT YOU!’ RISING STAR AWARD
Timothée Chalamet

WILDE WIT OF THE YEAR AWARD
Kate McKinnon Jordan Peele

WILDE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Jordan Peele

TIMELESS STAR
(to a living actor or performer whose exemplary career is marked by character, wisdom and wit)
Meryl Streep

Berlin: Film Republic Acquires LGBT Drama ‘M/M,’ Launches Trailer (EXCLUSIVE)

Xavier Henry-Rashid’s London-based sales company Film Republic has acquired LGBT feature film “M/M,” which premiered Sunday at Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Film Republic will be shopping the film at next month’s European Film Market in Berlin. Variety has been given exclusive access to the trailer. The film, the debut of Canadian-born, Berlin-based […]

Xavier Henry-Rashid’s London-based sales company Film Republic has acquired LGBT feature film “M/M,” which premiered Sunday at Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Film Republic will be shopping the film at next month’s European Film Market in Berlin. Variety has been given exclusive access to the trailer. The film, the debut of Canadian-born, Berlin-based […]

‘Lady Bird,’ ‘Call Me by Your Name,’ ‘Will & Grace’ Among GLAAD Media Awards Nominees

The nominees for the 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards have been revealed. The list was announced via a live-stream from the 2018 Sundance Film Festival by “Star Trek: Discovery” star Wilson Cruz and “Transparent” actress Trace Lysette on Friday morning.

Among those included in this year’s list of 141 nominees are TV shows like “This Is Us,” “Will & Grace,” “Andi Mack,” and “The Voice,” the films “Call Me by Your Name,” “Lady Bird,” “A Fantastic Woman,” and “Battle of the Sexes,” and musical artists like Halsey, Kesha and Sam Smith.

GLAAD awards the honors to the media for fair, accurate, and inclusive portrayals of the LGBTQ community across platforms like film, television, music, journalism and comic books.

Also Read: Univision, Telemundo and UniMas Lagged in LGBT Characters This Year, GLAAD Study Finds

Jay-Z will receive a special honor for his song “Smile” and its accompanying music video, which focused on his mother Gloria Carter’s coming out story.

The list boasts 16 Spanish-language nominees and a new outstanding kids & family programming category, which will recognize TV shows that target a younger demo.

Netflix leads the pack in nominations with seven, followed by NBC, CBS and ABC, which tied with six each.

Also Read: GLAAD Slams Kevin Spacey for Coming Out in Response to Sex Assault Allegations

The 2018 GLAAD Media Awards will be held in Los Angeles on April 12 and in New York City on May 5.

See the full list of nominees below.

Also Read: LGBTQ Characters on TV Reach All-Time High, GLAAD Reports

OUTSTANDING FILM – WIDE RELEASE
Battle of the Sexes (Fox Searchlight)
Call Me by Your Name (Sony Pictures Classics)
Lady Bird (A24)
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (Annapurna Pictures)
The Shape of Water (Fox Searchlight)

OUTSTANDING FILM – LIMITED RELEASE
BPM (The Orchard)
A Fantastic Woman (Sony Pictures Classics)
God’s Own Country (Samuel Goldwyn Films/Orion Pictures)
Thelma (The Orchard)
The Wound (Kino Lorber)

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
The Bold Type (Freeform)
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX)
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW)
Modern Family (ABC)
One Day at a Time (Netflix)
One Mississippi (Amazon)
Superstore (NBC)
Survivor’s Remorse (Starz)
Transparent (Amazon)
Will & Grace (NBC)

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
Billions (Showtime)
Doubt (CBS)
The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Nashville (CMT)
Sense8 (Netflix)
Shadowhunters (Freeform)
Star (FOX)
Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access)
This Is Us (NBC)
Wynonna Earp (Syfy)

OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL EPISODE (in a series without a regular LGBTQ character)
“Chapter,” Legion (FX)
“Grace,” Pure Genius (CBS)
“Lady Cha Cha,” Easy (Netflix)
“The Missionaries,” Room 104 (HBO)
“Thanksgiving,” Master of None (Netflix)

OUTSTANDING TV MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES
American Horror Story: Cult (FX)
Feud: Bette and Joan (FX)
Godless (Netflix)
Queers (BBC America)
When We Rise (ABC)

OUTSTANDING KIDS & FAMILY PROGRAMMING
Andi Mack (Disney Channel)
“Chosen Family,”Danger & Eggs (Amazon)
“The Emergency Plan,” Doc McStuffins (Disney Channel)
The Loud House (Nickelodeon)
Steven Universe (Cartoon Network)

OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY
Chavela (Music Box Films)
Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric (National Geographic)
Kiki (Sundance Selects)
“Real Boy,” Independent Lens (PBS)
This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous (YouTube Red)

OUTSTANDING REALITY PROGRAM
Gaycation with Ellen Page (Viceland)
I Am Jazz (TLC)
RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)
Survivor: Game Changers (CBS)
The Voice (NBC)

OUTSTANDING MUSIC ARTIST
Miley Cyrus, “Younger Now” (RCA Records)
Halsey, “Hopeless Fountain Kingdom” (Astralwerks Records)
Honey Dijon, “The Best of Both Worlds” (Classic Music Company)
Kehlani, “SweetSexySavage “(TSNMI/Atlantic Records)
Kelela, “Take Me Apart” (Warp Records)
Kesha, “Rainbow” (Kemosabe/RCA Records)
Perfume Genius, “No Shape” (Matador Records)
Sam Smith, “The Thrill of It All” (Capitol Records)
St. Vincent, “MASSEDUCTION” (Loma Vista Recordings)
Wrabel, “We Could Be Beautiful” (Epic/Sony Records)

OUTSTANDING COMIC BOOK
“America,” written by Gabby Rivera (Marvel Comics)
“The Backstagers,” written by James Tynion IV (BOOM! Studios)
“Batwoman,” written by Marguerite Bennett, James Tynion IV (DC Comics)
“Black Panther: World of Wakanda,” written by Roxane Gay, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Yona Harvey, Rembert Browne (Marvel Comics)
“Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love, “written by Sarah Vaughn (DC Comics)
“Goldie Vance,” written by Hope Larson, Jackie Ball (BOOM! Studios)
“Iceman,” written by Sina Grace (Marvel Comics)
“Lumberjanes,” written by Kat Leyh, Shannon Watters (BOOM! Studios)
“Quantum Teens are Go,” written by Magdalene Visaggio (Black Mask Comics)
“The Woods,” written by James Tynion IV (BOOM! Studios)

OUTSTANDING DAILY DRAMA
The Bold and The Beautiful (CBS)
Days of Our Lives (NBC)
The Young & the Restless (CBS)

OUTSTANDING TALK SHOW EPISODE
“Australia Marriage Equality,” Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
“Danica Roem,” The Opposition with Jordan Klepper (Comedy Central)
“Laila and Logan Ireland, Transgender Military Couple,” The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated)
“Laverne Cox and Gavin Grimm,” The View (ABC)
“Trans Veterans React to Ban,” The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)

OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM – NEWSMAGAZINE
“A Boy Named Lucas,” 20/20 (ABC)
“China Queer,” The Naked Truth (Fusion)
“Gay Purge?,” Nightline (ABC)
“The Pulse of Orlando: Terror at the Nightclub,” Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN)
“Trans Youth,” VICE on HBO (HBO)

OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM SEGMENT
“The Abolitionists Face the Love Army,” KAPP-KVEW Local News (KAPP-35/KVEW-42 [Tri Cities/Yakima, Wash.])
“DJ Zeke Thomas Goes Public,” Good Morning America (ABC)
“Murders Raise Alarm for Transgender Community,” NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (NBC)
“Transgender Murders in Louisiana Part of Disturbing Trend,” CBS Evening News (CBS)
“Transgender Rights under Fire in Trump Era,” AM Joy (MSNBC)

OUTSTANDING NEWSPAPER ARTICLE
“Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: The Journey of a Transgender Man,” by Lauren McGaughy (The Dallas Morning News)
“Lesbian College Coaches Still Face Difficult Atmosphere to Come Out,” by Shannon Ryan (Chicago Tribune)
“Pulse Victims’ Families in Puerto Rico: ‘We Have to Cry Alone,’” by Jennifer A. Marcial Ocasio (Orlando Sentinel)
“Revised Guidance on HIV Proves Life-Transforming,” by Lenny Bernstein (The Washington Post)
“The Silent Epidemic: Black Gay Men and HIV [series],” (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

OUTSTANDING MAGAZINE ARTICLE
“America’s Hidden H.I.V. Epidemic,” by Linda Villarosa (The New York Times Magazine)
“Beyond ‘He’ or ‘She’: The Changing Meaning of Gender and Sexuality,” by Katy Steinmetz (Time)
“Forbidden Lives: The Gay Men Who Fled Chechnya’s Purge,” by Masha Gessen (The New Yorker)
“Free Radical,” by Nathan Heller (Vogue)
“Trans, Teen, and Homeless,” by Laura Rena Murray (Rolling Stone)

OUTSTANDING MAGAZINE OVERALL COVERAGE
The Advocate
Billboard
People
Teen Vogue
Time

OUTSTANDING DIGITAL JOURNALISM ARTICLE
“The Ballad of Bobby Brooks, the First Gay Student-Body President of Texas A&M,” by Lauren Larson (GQ.com)
“For Those We Lost and Those Who Survived: The Pulse Massacre One Year Later,” by James Michael Nichols (HuffPost Queer Voices)
“‘I Am a Girl Now,’ Sage Smith Wrote. Then She Went Missing,” by Emma Eisenberg (Splinter)
“Meet the Transgender Student Who Fought Discrimination at His Maryland High School (and Won),” by Nico Lang (INTO)
“Why Bisexual Men Are Still Fighting to Convince Us They Exist,” by Samantha Allen (Splinter)

OUTSTANDING DIGITAL JOURNALISM – MULTIMEDIA
“Former Patriots and Chiefs Tackle Ryan O’Callaghan Comes Out as Gay,” by Cyd Zeigler (Outsports/SB Nation)
“Made to Model: Trans Beauty in Fashion,” (LogoTV.com)
“‘This Is How We Win’: Inside Danica Roem’s Historic Victory,” by Diana Tourjée (Broadly.Vice.com)
“Transgender Day of Remembrance,” by Saeed Jones (AM to DM, BuzzFeed News)
“US Travel Ban Leaves LGBT Refugees in Limbo,” by Nina dos Santos (CNN.com)

OUTSTANDING BLOG
Autostraddle
Gays With Kids
My Fabulous Disease
Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents
Transgriot

SPECIAL RECOGNITION
In a Heartbeat (written & directed by Esteban Bravo and Beth David)
“Smile,” by Jay-Z featuring Gloria Carter, 4:44 (Roc Nation/Universal Music Group)

SPANISH-LANGUAGE NOMINEES

OUTSTANDING SCRIPTED TELEVISION SERIES
Las chicas del cable (Netflix)
La doble vida de Estela Carrillo (Univision)
Ingobernable (Netflix)

OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM – NEWSMAGAZINE
“Así viven los estudiantes transgénero después de que Trump anulara la ley de baños de Obama para escuela públicas,” Primer Impacto (Univision)
“Pulse, huellas de la masacre,” Docufilms (CNN en Español)
“Ser transgénero en Latinoamérica: sus experiencias y crecimiento,” Vive la Salud (CNN en Español)

OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM SEGMENT
“Comunidad LGBTQ vulnerable bajo nuevo gobierno,” Perspectiva Nacional (Entravision)
“Entrevista con Daniela Vega,” Showbiz (CNN en Español)
“Joven transgénero tiene un mensaje para las familias: ‘Acepten a sus hijos,’” Al Punto (Univision)
“El triunfo de una diseñadora mexicana transgénero en Nueva York,” Noticias Telemundo (Telemundo)
“Unidos contra la discriminación y el acoso contra la comunidad LGBT,” Despierta América (Univision)

OUTSTANDING DIGITAL JOURNALISM
“La compleja realidad de ser gay en América Latina” (cnnespanol.cnn.com)
“‘No aprobar el Dream Act significaría una sentencia de muert,’ jóvenes LGBT y DACA” (laopinion.com)
“Padres de familia de Dallas luchan por los derechos de su hija transgénero” (aldiadallas.com)
“Primera senadora trans aspira a impulsar medidas para sectores discriminados” (efe.com)
“Tres hermanitos para dos papás” (laopinion.com)

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GLAAD Slams Kevin Spacey for Coming Out in Response to Sex Assault Allegations

GLAAD Condemns Trump’s New Military Ban: ‘Direct Attack on Transgender Americans’

The nominees for the 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards have been revealed. The list was announced via a live-stream from the 2018 Sundance Film Festival by “Star Trek: Discovery” star Wilson Cruz and “Transparent” actress Trace Lysette on Friday morning.

Among those included in this year’s list of 141 nominees are TV shows like “This Is Us,” “Will & Grace,” “Andi Mack,” and “The Voice,” the films “Call Me by Your Name,” “Lady Bird,” “A Fantastic Woman,” and “Battle of the Sexes,” and musical artists like Halsey, Kesha and Sam Smith.

GLAAD awards the honors to the media for fair, accurate, and inclusive portrayals of the LGBTQ community across platforms like film, television, music, journalism and comic books.

Jay-Z will receive a special honor for his song “Smile” and its accompanying music video, which focused on his mother Gloria Carter’s coming out story.

The list boasts 16 Spanish-language nominees and a new outstanding kids & family programming category, which will recognize TV shows that target a younger demo.

Netflix leads the pack in nominations with seven, followed by NBC, CBS and ABC, which tied with six each.

The 2018 GLAAD Media Awards will be held in Los Angeles on April 12 and in New York City on May 5.

See the full list of nominees below.

OUTSTANDING FILM – WIDE RELEASE
Battle of the Sexes (Fox Searchlight)
Call Me by Your Name (Sony Pictures Classics)
Lady Bird (A24)
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (Annapurna Pictures)
The Shape of Water (Fox Searchlight)

OUTSTANDING FILM – LIMITED RELEASE
BPM (The Orchard)
A Fantastic Woman (Sony Pictures Classics)
God’s Own Country (Samuel Goldwyn Films/Orion Pictures)
Thelma (The Orchard)
The Wound (Kino Lorber)

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
The Bold Type (Freeform)
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX)
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW)
Modern Family (ABC)
One Day at a Time (Netflix)
One Mississippi (Amazon)
Superstore (NBC)
Survivor’s Remorse (Starz)
Transparent (Amazon)
Will & Grace (NBC)

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
Billions (Showtime)
Doubt (CBS)
The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Nashville (CMT)
Sense8 (Netflix)
Shadowhunters (Freeform)
Star (FOX)
Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access)
This Is Us (NBC)
Wynonna Earp (Syfy)

OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL EPISODE (in a series without a regular LGBTQ character)
“Chapter,” Legion (FX)
“Grace,” Pure Genius (CBS)
“Lady Cha Cha,” Easy (Netflix)
“The Missionaries,” Room 104 (HBO)
“Thanksgiving,” Master of None (Netflix)

OUTSTANDING TV MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES
American Horror Story: Cult (FX)
Feud: Bette and Joan (FX)
Godless (Netflix)
Queers (BBC America)
When We Rise (ABC)

OUTSTANDING KIDS & FAMILY PROGRAMMING
Andi Mack (Disney Channel)
“Chosen Family,”Danger & Eggs (Amazon)
“The Emergency Plan,” Doc McStuffins (Disney Channel)
The Loud House (Nickelodeon)
Steven Universe (Cartoon Network)

OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY
Chavela (Music Box Films)
Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric (National Geographic)
Kiki (Sundance Selects)
“Real Boy,” Independent Lens (PBS)
This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous (YouTube Red)

OUTSTANDING REALITY PROGRAM
Gaycation with Ellen Page (Viceland)
I Am Jazz (TLC)
RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)
Survivor: Game Changers (CBS)
The Voice (NBC)

OUTSTANDING MUSIC ARTIST
Miley Cyrus, “Younger Now” (RCA Records)
Halsey, “Hopeless Fountain Kingdom” (Astralwerks Records)
Honey Dijon, “The Best of Both Worlds” (Classic Music Company)
Kehlani, “SweetSexySavage “(TSNMI/Atlantic Records)
Kelela, “Take Me Apart” (Warp Records)
Kesha, “Rainbow” (Kemosabe/RCA Records)
Perfume Genius, “No Shape” (Matador Records)
Sam Smith, “The Thrill of It All” (Capitol Records)
St. Vincent, “MASSEDUCTION” (Loma Vista Recordings)
Wrabel, “We Could Be Beautiful” (Epic/Sony Records)

OUTSTANDING COMIC BOOK
“America,” written by Gabby Rivera (Marvel Comics)
“The Backstagers,” written by James Tynion IV (BOOM! Studios)
“Batwoman,” written by Marguerite Bennett, James Tynion IV (DC Comics)
“Black Panther: World of Wakanda,” written by Roxane Gay, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Yona Harvey, Rembert Browne (Marvel Comics)
“Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love, “written by Sarah Vaughn (DC Comics)
“Goldie Vance,” written by Hope Larson, Jackie Ball (BOOM! Studios)
“Iceman,” written by Sina Grace (Marvel Comics)
“Lumberjanes,” written by Kat Leyh, Shannon Watters (BOOM! Studios)
“Quantum Teens are Go,” written by Magdalene Visaggio (Black Mask Comics)
“The Woods,” written by James Tynion IV (BOOM! Studios)

OUTSTANDING DAILY DRAMA
The Bold and The Beautiful (CBS)
Days of Our Lives (NBC)
The Young & the Restless (CBS)

OUTSTANDING TALK SHOW EPISODE
“Australia Marriage Equality,” Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
“Danica Roem,” The Opposition with Jordan Klepper (Comedy Central)
“Laila and Logan Ireland, Transgender Military Couple,” The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated)
“Laverne Cox and Gavin Grimm,” The View (ABC)
“Trans Veterans React to Ban,” The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)

OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM – NEWSMAGAZINE
“A Boy Named Lucas,” 20/20 (ABC)
“China Queer,” The Naked Truth (Fusion)
“Gay Purge?,” Nightline (ABC)
“The Pulse of Orlando: Terror at the Nightclub,” Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN)
“Trans Youth,” VICE on HBO (HBO)

OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM SEGMENT
“The Abolitionists Face the Love Army,” KAPP-KVEW Local News (KAPP-35/KVEW-42 [Tri Cities/Yakima, Wash.])
“DJ Zeke Thomas Goes Public,” Good Morning America (ABC)
“Murders Raise Alarm for Transgender Community,” NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (NBC)
“Transgender Murders in Louisiana Part of Disturbing Trend,” CBS Evening News (CBS)
“Transgender Rights under Fire in Trump Era,” AM Joy (MSNBC)

OUTSTANDING NEWSPAPER ARTICLE
“Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: The Journey of a Transgender Man,” by Lauren McGaughy (The Dallas Morning News)
“Lesbian College Coaches Still Face Difficult Atmosphere to Come Out,” by Shannon Ryan (Chicago Tribune)
“Pulse Victims’ Families in Puerto Rico: ‘We Have to Cry Alone,'” by Jennifer A. Marcial Ocasio (Orlando Sentinel)
“Revised Guidance on HIV Proves Life-Transforming,” by Lenny Bernstein (The Washington Post)
“The Silent Epidemic: Black Gay Men and HIV [series],” (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

OUTSTANDING MAGAZINE ARTICLE
“America’s Hidden H.I.V. Epidemic,” by Linda Villarosa (The New York Times Magazine)
“Beyond ‘He’ or ‘She': The Changing Meaning of Gender and Sexuality,” by Katy Steinmetz (Time)
“Forbidden Lives: The Gay Men Who Fled Chechnya’s Purge,” by Masha Gessen (The New Yorker)
“Free Radical,” by Nathan Heller (Vogue)
“Trans, Teen, and Homeless,” by Laura Rena Murray (Rolling Stone)

OUTSTANDING MAGAZINE OVERALL COVERAGE
The Advocate
Billboard
People
Teen Vogue
Time

OUTSTANDING DIGITAL JOURNALISM ARTICLE
“The Ballad of Bobby Brooks, the First Gay Student-Body President of Texas A&M,” by Lauren Larson (GQ.com)
“For Those We Lost and Those Who Survived: The Pulse Massacre One Year Later,” by James Michael Nichols (HuffPost Queer Voices)
“‘I Am a Girl Now,’ Sage Smith Wrote. Then She Went Missing,” by Emma Eisenberg (Splinter)
“Meet the Transgender Student Who Fought Discrimination at His Maryland High School (and Won),” by Nico Lang (INTO)
“Why Bisexual Men Are Still Fighting to Convince Us They Exist,” by Samantha Allen (Splinter)

OUTSTANDING DIGITAL JOURNALISM – MULTIMEDIA
“Former Patriots and Chiefs Tackle Ryan O’Callaghan Comes Out as Gay,” by Cyd Zeigler (Outsports/SB Nation)
“Made to Model: Trans Beauty in Fashion,” (LogoTV.com)
“‘This Is How We Win': Inside Danica Roem’s Historic Victory,” by Diana Tourjée (Broadly.Vice.com)
“Transgender Day of Remembrance,” by Saeed Jones (AM to DM, BuzzFeed News)
“US Travel Ban Leaves LGBT Refugees in Limbo,” by Nina dos Santos (CNN.com)

OUTSTANDING BLOG
Autostraddle
Gays With Kids
My Fabulous Disease
Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents
Transgriot

SPECIAL RECOGNITION
In a Heartbeat (written & directed by Esteban Bravo and Beth David)
“Smile,” by Jay-Z featuring Gloria Carter, 4:44 (Roc Nation/Universal Music Group)

SPANISH-LANGUAGE NOMINEES

OUTSTANDING SCRIPTED TELEVISION SERIES
Las chicas del cable (Netflix)
La doble vida de Estela Carrillo (Univision)
Ingobernable (Netflix)

OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM – NEWSMAGAZINE
“Así viven los estudiantes transgénero después de que Trump anulara la ley de baños de Obama para escuela públicas,” Primer Impacto (Univision)
“Pulse, huellas de la masacre,” Docufilms (CNN en Español)
“Ser transgénero en Latinoamérica: sus experiencias y crecimiento,” Vive la Salud (CNN en Español)

OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM SEGMENT
“Comunidad LGBTQ vulnerable bajo nuevo gobierno,” Perspectiva Nacional (Entravision)
“Entrevista con Daniela Vega,” Showbiz (CNN en Español)
“Joven transgénero tiene un mensaje para las familias: ‘Acepten a sus hijos,'” Al Punto (Univision)
“El triunfo de una diseñadora mexicana transgénero en Nueva York,” Noticias Telemundo (Telemundo)
“Unidos contra la discriminación y el acoso contra la comunidad LGBT,” Despierta América (Univision)

OUTSTANDING DIGITAL JOURNALISM
“La compleja realidad de ser gay en América Latina” (cnnespanol.cnn.com)
“‘No aprobar el Dream Act significaría una sentencia de muert,’ jóvenes LGBT y DACA” (laopinion.com)
“Padres de familia de Dallas luchan por los derechos de su hija transgénero” (aldiadallas.com)
“Primera senadora trans aspira a impulsar medidas para sectores discriminados” (efe.com)
“Tres hermanitos para dos papás” (laopinion.com)

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