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Elton John not playing at Trump’s inauguration

I mean, really? Who thought this was gonna happen?!

From The Hill:

“Elton will not be performing at Trump’s inauguration,” the rep told the New York Post. Anthony Scaramucci, a vice chair of the presidential inaugural committee, claimed Tuesday that John would play on the National Mall for the inauguration in January.

John endorsed Hillary Clinton over Trump during the 2016 race, however, and headlined fundraisers for the Democratic presidential nominee as recently as last month.

Source: Elton John not playing at Trump’s inauguration: rep | TheHill


PETITION OF THE DAY: White House: Have Fetty Wap Perform “Trap Queen” At Nancy Reagan’s Funeral ·

Full text from petition by “David D.”:

She was married to the money and introduced America to the stove…

Nancy Reagan passed away on March 6th, 2016, leaving an unforgettable legacy as the First Lady of the United States. But beyond being the First Lady, Nancy Reagan holds the important legacy as being the most famous Trap Queen in American history.

While her husband, Ronald Reagan, was linking up with Papi to flood the streets with narcotics, Nancy was on TV telling kids to “Say No To Drugs.” Her infamous “anti-drug” phrase encouraged strict laws on drug possession that led to a school-to-prison pipeline we’re still dealing with now. Blacks and Latinos went to jail in droves for possessing drugs her husband gave them. It was an incredible sleight of hand that would make any wannabe Trap Queen hide in shame for her inability to be as diabolical as Nancy.

So, to commemorate her contribution to the Trap, we’d love to have Fetty Wap perform “Trap Queen” at Nancy’s funeral. To usher her to a better place…where she’s probably cooking pies with her baby.

via Petition · White House: Have Fetty Wap Perform “Trap Queen” At Nancy Reagan’s Funeral ·

This may or may not have inspired by the commentary of radio host Charlamagne tha God.

See also the criticisms of the Reagans’ reaction to the AIDS pandemic in the 1980s, including her now-infamous ignorance or rejection of the plight of a dying actor, Rock Hudson.

GLAAD REPORT: “Debunking the ‘Bathroom Bill’ Myth – Accurate Reporting on LGBT Nondiscrimination: A Guide for Journalists”

From the press release:

Debunking the “Bathroom Bill” Myth – Accurate Reporting on LGBT Nondiscrimination: A Guide for Journalists dispels the myths that are often used to demonize transgender people. We’ve created this guide in collaboration with a coalition of state and national LGBT organizations to ensure fair and accurate reporting, and we will be working to get into the hands of every journalist covering these important issues.

Read the report

via Debunking the ‘Bathroom Bill’ Myth – Accurate Reporting on LGBT Nondiscrimination: A Guide for Journalists | GLAAD.

GLAAD Announces Nominees for 2016 Media Awards

nominees_gma_featuredGLAAD announced today their full list of nominees for their 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, which will be televised on Logo TV in April 2016. Ethnic and gender diversity in the wake of the fallout from #OscarsSoWhite has played a large role in the nominating process for GLAAD. Here’s the full list:

English-language categories:

Outstanding Film – Wide Release

Outstanding Film – Limited Release

  • Tangerine
  • 52 Tuesdays
  • Appropriate Behavior
  • Boy Meets Girl
  • Drunktown’s Finest

Outstanding Drama Series

  • Empire
  • Sense8
  • How to Get Away With Murder
  • The Fosters
  • Grey’s Anatomy
  • Arrow
  • Black Sails
  • Nashville
  • Orphan Black
  • Shameless

Outstanding Comedy Series

  • Master of None (stars out actress and producer Lena Waithe who plays a lesbian)
  • Orange Is the New Black
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Faking It
  • Grace and Frankie
  • Looking
  • Modern Family
  • Please Like Me
  • Transparent
  • Vicious

Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a regular LGBT character)

  • blackish – “Please Don’t Ask, Please Don’t Tell” (epi features Raven-Symoné)
  • The Carmichael Show – “Gender”
  • Royal Pains – “The Prince of Nucleotides” 
  • NCIS New Orleans – “Rock-a-Bye-Baby” 
  • NCIS – “We Build, We Fight” 

Outstanding TV Movie or Limited Series

Outstanding Reality Program

  • I Am Cait
  • I Am Jazz
  • New Girls on the Block
  • The Prancing Elites Project
  • Transcendent

Outstanding Daily Drama

  • The Bold and The Beautiful

Outstanding Documentary

  • Kumu Hina
  • Limited Partnership
  • Mala Mala
  • Tab Hunter Confidential
  • Tig

Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine

  • “Bruce Jenner: The Interview” 20/20 (ABC)
  • “The Courage Game” SportsCenter (ESPN)
  • “Dividing The United Methodist Church” To The Contrary (PBS)
  • “Showdown in Indiana: The Battle Over Religious Rights” CNN Special Report (CNN)
  • True Life: I’m Genderqueer (MTV)

Outstanding Newspaper Article

  • “Cold Case: The Murders of Cosby and Jackson” by Dianna Wray (Houston Press)
  • “Gay and Transgender Catholics Urge Pope Francis to Take a Stand” by Laurie Goodstein (The New York Times) 
  • “Meet Dr. Levine, The State’s Top Doc” by Michael A. Fuoco (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
  • “Navy’s First Openly Gay SEAL Builds His Life Anew” by David Zucchino (Los Angeles Times) 
  • “Transgender Today” [series] (The New York Times)

Outstanding Magazine Article

  • Essence Magazine – “Pride & Prejudice” by Linda Villarosa
  • “Behind Brazil’s Gay Pride Parades, a Struggle with Homophobic Violence” by Oscar Lopez (Newsweek)
  • “The First Black Trans Model Had Her Face on a Box of Clairol” Jada Yuan and Aaron Wong (New York)
  • “Gus Kenworthy’s Next Bold Move” by Alyssa Roenigk (ESPN The Magazine)
  • “Just Your Average (Transgender) Teen” by Andrea Stanley


Outstanding Talk Show Episode

  • Super Soul Sunday (OWN) – “Janet Mock”
  • Late Night with Seth Myers (NBC) – “Alison Bechdel”
  • The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated) – “Aydian Dowling”
  • The Meredith Vieira (syndicated) – “Jazz Jennings”
  • Last Week with John Oliver (HBO) – “Transgender rights”

Outstanding Musical Artist

  • Brandi Carlile, The Firewatcher’s Daughter
  • Miley Cyrus, Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz
  • Adam Lambert, The Original High
  • Le1f, Riot Boi
  • Troye Sivan, Blue Neighbourhood

Outstanding Comic Book

  • Angela: Queen of Hel, by Marguerite Bennett, Kim Jacinto, Israel Silva, Stephanie Hans (Marvel Comics) 
  • Harley Quinn, by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Chad Hardin, John Timms, Jed Dougherty (DC Comics)
  • Lumberjanes, by Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh, Carolyn Nowak, Brooke Allen (BOOM! Studios)
  • Midnighter, by Steve Orlando, Aco, Hugh Petrus, Alec Morgan, Stephen Mooney (DC Comics)
  • The Wicked + Divine, by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Kate Brown, Tula Lotay (Image Comics)

Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage

  • The Advocate
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Seventeen
  • Time
  • Variety

Outstanding Digital Journalism Article

  • “How the Killing of a Trans Filipina Woman Ignited an International Incident” by Meredith Talusan (
  • “The Faces of Transgender Teen America” by David Yi (
  • “The Ky Peterson Saga” [series] by Mitch Kellaway and Sunnivie Brydum (
  • “This Is What It’s Like To Be An LGBT Syrian Fleeing For Your Life” by J. Lester Feder (
  • “This Tiny Clinic is Fighting for Trans Patients Illegally Denied Medical Care” by Jennifer Swann (

Outstanding Digital Journalism – Multimedia

  • “Freed Trans Woman Ashley Diamond On Life Behind Bars In Men’s Prison” HuffPost Live (
  • “Holler if You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church” by Clay Cane (
  • “Queerness On The Front Lines Of #BlackLivesMatter” MSNBC Originals (
  • “Stopping HIV? The Truvada Revolution” Vice Reports (
  • “Transgender, at War and in Love” by Fiona Dawson (

Special Recognition

  • Beautiful As I Want To Be (
  • This is Me (Amazon Instant Video)

Spanish-language categories:

Outstanding Novela

  • Antes muerta que Lichita
  • Celia
  • Los miserables
  • Rastros de mentiras

Outstanding Daytime Program Episode (Spanish Language)

  • “La armonía de su casa se rompió”Casos de Familia
  • “¿El marido de mi padre o yo?”Caso Cerrado

Outstanding Television Interview (Spanish Language)

  • “La confesión de Bruce Jenner” Showbiz (CNN en Español)
  • “Entrevista con Claudia Valenzuela y Karolina López” Enfoque (Telemundo)
  • “Lucha por su identidad” Al Punto (Univision)
  • “Matrimonio igualitario” Cala (CNN en Español)
  • “Orientación sexual y acoso escolar” Realidades en Contexto (CNN en Español)

Outstanding Local Television Interview (Spanish Language)

  • “Entrevista con Kael Escobar” Vida Mujer (WGBO-Univision 66 [Chicago])
  • “Entrevista con Tony Lima, SAVE Dade” Ahora en Nuestra Comunidad (WLTV-Univision 23 [Miami])
  • “La nueva transgeneración” Enfoque Los Ángeles (KVEA-Telemundo 52 [Los Ángeles])
  • Reacciones al caso Jenner” A Primera Hora (KMEX-Univision 34 [Los Ángeles])

Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine (Spanish Language)

  • “Abre su corazón: entrevista con Patricia Velásquez” Al Rojo Vivo (Telemundo)
  • “Amor que rompe barreras” Un Nuevo Día (Telemundo)
  • “En cuerpo ajeno” Aquí y Ahora (Univision)
  • “Reveladora historia: entrevista con Patricia Velásquez” Un Nuevo Día (Telemundo)
  • “Viviendo con dos mamás” Primer Impacto (Univision)

Outstanding TV Journalism Segment (Spanish Language)

  • “Decisión histórica en Estados Unidos” Noticiero NTN 24 NTN
  • “Entrevista con Tamara Adrián” Encuentro CNN en Español
  • “Parejas del mismo sexo celebran la legalización del matrimonio entre personas del mismo sexo en todo el país”  CNN en Español
  • “Permiten matrimonios” Noticiero Telemundo Telemundo
  • “Víctimas de abusos” Noticiero Univision Univision

Outstanding Local TV Journalism (Spanish Language)

  • “Aprendió a vivir en plenitud con el virus del VIH” Noticias Arizona (KTVW-Univision 33 [Phoenix])
  • “Cada 29 horas” Noticias 19 (KUVS-Univision 19 [Sacramento])
  • “Decidí ser feliz” Noticias 34 (KMEX-Univision 34 [Los Ángeles])
  • “Descubriéndose” Noticiero Telemundo (KVEA-Telemundo 52 [Los Ángeles]
  • “Reporte especial” Noticias 14 (KDTV-Univision 14 [San Francisco]

Outstanding Newspaper Article (Spanish Language)

  • “La constitucionalidad del matrimonio gay en EE.UU. queda en suspenso” por Selene Rivera (Hoy Los Ángeles)
  • “Iguales bajo la lluvia” por Marcos B Guzmán Rivera (El Nuevo Día) (El Nuevo Día)
  • “Indocumentados y gays: Un romance con desafíos” por Laura Wides-Muñoz (Prensa Asociada)
  • “Mujeres transgénero piden respeto a sus derechos” por Jorge Morales Almada (La Opinión)
  • “Padres transgénero – El único requisito para ser papá es el amor por los hijos” por Virginia Gaglianone (La Opinión)

Outstanding Digital Journalism Article (Spanish Language)

  • “Bruce Jenner o el nuevo rostro de las personas transgénero en los medios” por José Ángel Gonzalo (
  • “Inquietud en la comunidad transgénero ante el incremento de asesinatos” por Juan Carlos Gomi (
  • “Mujeres transgénero latinas exigen fin de violencia física contra colectivo” por Aitana Vargas (
  • “Perú: violaciones correctivas: El terrible método para ‘curar’ a las lesbianas” por Leire Ventas (
  • “Soy Jazz retrata la vida de una niña transgénero de 14 años” por Marinés Arroyo (

Outstanding Digital Journalism – Multimedia (Spanish Language)

  • “Así reciben la legalización del matrimonio gay en Florida” por Hirania Luzardo (
  • “Caitlyn Jenner quiere ser legalmente reconocida como mujer” por Isis Sauceda (peopleenespañ
  • “Campeones de la igualdad” (
  • “Undocuqueer, dos palabras, un tema” por Joanna Rentería (
  • “Voy a ser mamá, mi novio está embarazado” por Andrés López (

Outstanding Music Artist (Spanish Language)

  • Ricky Martin, A quien quiera escuchar (Sony Music Latin)

EVENT March 16: Elton John LIVE at Columbus Civic Center

Elton JohnElton John will be performing LIVE at the Columbus Civic Center on March 16 at 8:00pm.

From Ledger-Enquirer:

Elton John is coming to Columbus for the first time for a concert on March 16 at the Civic Center.

The concert, which is part of a nine-city tour, will feature his iconic hits and classic album tracks from his five-decade career.

It also will feature some tracks from his upcoming album Wonderful Crazy Night.

Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 20 at, which is the only official online ticket source for the concert. There will be an eight-ticket purchase limit per person to keep scalping down.


“The simple truth is I want to spend more time with my family and less time touring,” said John, who has a home in Buckhead. “I am all too aware of how precious the time ahead is. My sons are growing up so quickly. Their early years are just flying by and I want to be there with them. This concert will give me a chance to say thank you to my fans here who have been so faithful over the decades. It’s always important for me to bring my music to everyone.”

From Richard Hyatt at Ledger-Enquirer:

Elvis left the building before he performed at the old Municipal Auditorium – a building Bob Hope compared to a parking garage.

Now comes Elton John, and we can only hope he survives long enough to play at the Columbus Civic Center in March.

Tickets went on sale Friday and online buyers were spending obscene amounts of money to see him perform just nine days before his 69th birthday. John will be the biggest name ever to grace a local stage, though we’ve also enjoyed Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Prince and other members of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.

Get your tickets now at Not many are left as of this writing.

Alan Rickman Dead at 69

I was really disappointed with this news. The Guardian reports:

Alan Rickman, one of the best-loved and most warmly admired British actors of the past 30 years, has died in London aged 69. His death was confirmed on Thursday by his family. Rickman had been suffering from cancer.

A star whose arch features and languid diction were recognisable across the generations, Rickman found a fresh legion of fans with his role as Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films. But the actor had been a big-screen staple since first shooting to global acclaim in 1988, when he starred as Hans Gruber, Bruce Willis’s sardonic, dastardly adversary in Die Hard – a part he was offered two days after arriving in Los Angeles, aged 41.

His sensational breakthrough came in 1986 as Valmont, the mordant seducer in Christopher Hampton’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses. He was nominated for a Tony for the part; Lindsay Duncan memorably said of her co-star’s sonorous performance that audiences would leave the theatre wanting to have sex “and preferably with Alan Rickman”.