LA Times - TV shows like “Euphoria,” “Batwoman” and “Pose” contributed to a record high for LGBTQ representation on television in the 2019-20 season, according to a report GLAAD released Thursday.

Last year, the advocacy group, which monitors representation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people in the media, challenged the television industry to reach 10% inclusion for LGBTQ characters on broadcast TV by 2020. The challenge was met: LGBTQ characters made up 10.2% of regulars in primetime scripted shows by broadcast networks.

LA Blade - Some of the buzziest films from the world’s top film festivals are headed to this year’s Outfest, part of the just-announced full lineup for its 37th edition. A slew of unique special events are also on tap, as is a shift in home base for the fest, to Hollywood’s historic TCL Chinese Theatres.

Kicking off as usual with a gala premiere at DTLA’s Orpheum Theatre, LA’s LGBTQ film festival will open on Thursday, July 18 with Circus of Books, a saucy and moving new documentary that’s fresh from its triumphant world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. With its local and long-beloved subject matter — the sadly recently-shuttered Circus of Books emporium of gay erotica on Santa Monica Boulevard — the doc is a natural prologue to this year’s Outfest.

LA Times - The advocacy organization GLAAD says that LGBTQ representation is up for major studio films released in 2018, but that none included transgender characters.

Of the 110 movies surveyed, 20, or 18.2%, contained an LGBTQ character. This is a significant improvement from 2017's all-time low of 12.8% and the second-highest in the seven years that GLAAD has been doing the report.

LA Weekly - In the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, it didn’t take much for a song to become a gay anthem: Take a powerful diva, lyrics about struggle or heartbreak (or boys) and a relevant issue the community was dealing with, and voila, a club hit to sing loud and proud. At the start of the gay rights movement, the LGBTQ community had to adopt mainstream songs and make them our own, from straight, cisgender classics like “I Will Survive,” “Dancing Queen” and “It’s Raining Men” to LGBTQ-minded songs that most didn’t realize came from LGBTQ artists, like “In the Navy” by the Village People and “I Want to Break Free” by Queen.

LA Weekly - Facebook's recent crackdown on propagandists and hate speakers looks to be stifling art, specifically gay art, maybe now more than ever. After 21 suspensions on the social media site in two years, revered photographer and filmmaker Rick Castro emerged from Facebook jail once again last week, but this time those who took notice and shared his plight were suspended too. Castro - who has shot the likes of Dior Men, Rick Owens and Ron Athey-was banned this time for posting an article from The Advocate about his thirty - three year career retrospective, “Rick Castro: Fetish King” at the famed Tom of Finland House.

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