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Outfest opens with Trixie Mattel and Circus of Books

The 10 day LGBT+ film fest launched Thursday night at The Orpheum Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles, two-thirds of the films are directed by women and people of color. The festival opened with two documentaries: the Netflix-bound Ryan Murphey produced Circus of Books and Trixie Mattell: Moving Parts, an in-depth profile piece on drag superstar and skinny legend, Trixie Mattel.

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The 10 day Outfest LGBT+ film fest launched Thursday night at The Orpheum Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles, two-thirds of the films are directed by women and people of color. The festival opened with two documentaries: the Netflix-bound Ryan Murphey produced Circus of Books and Trixie Mattell: Moving Parts, an in-depth profile piece on drag superstar and skinny legend, Trixie Mattel.

Circus director Rachel Mason took to the stage and asked if all the audience members who’ve been to Circus of Books, the now-closed gay porn store, to please stand. More than half the crowd stood up, cheering. “I am so happy that this is a crowd that really, really, really, really, really, really gets it and knows the store and cares.” The film stars Mason’s parents, the owners of Circus of Books.

Damien Navarro, who will take on the role of Outfest’s executive director next year stated, “As a lifelong lover of film and storytelling it is both exhilarating and pretty, pretty overwhelming to be standing here in this theater with you guys tonight. However, I couldn’t be more excited to join this Outfest family. I cannot wait to dig in with this crew and continue to dream about what’s possible for Outfest in the future. Unfortunately as we sit here tonight, there are people in power in Washington, state capitals and all over the country who are actively working to reverse the progress we have made and to silence our voices yet again. Let’s face it — this is especially true for our trans, people of cover and non binary family members. This cannot stand. We have to expand our reach, our impact and our influence.”

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Jay Leno Mocks Jussie Smollett and Lori Loughlin on ‘Real Time’ with Bill Maher

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Jay Leno Mocks Jussie Smollett and Lori Loughlin on 'Real Time' with Bill Maher

LOS ANGELES (TMZ) — Bill Maher is just the best, even from home!!! He had Jay Leno on Friday night on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” who took aim at Jussie Smollett and Lori Loughlin, and it was hilarious.

Bill asked Jay how the rich folks are faring in Bev Hills, and Jay was quick to answer. We’d tell you what was said, but the video is way funnier.

And Jay has an update on Olivia Jade, who could soon be donning a white smock … for humanity, of course. It’s really funny.

Speaking of Bill Maher, he’s doing his show from home, but it’s produced way better than most other shows. The locations are cool, and he intercuts shots of old TV audiences applauding his jokes. It’s hysterical.

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Mister Rogers Told Co-Star Don’t Come Out as Gay, and Marry a Woman

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Mister Rogers Told Co-Star Don't Come Out as Gay, and Marry a Woman

(TMZ) — “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” was no place for gay people … so says one of the stars.

Francois Clemmons, who played Officer Clemmons from 1968 – 1995, says in his new memoir, Fred Rogers got wind of the fact Clemmons was gay, pulled him aside and said, “Franc, you have talents and gifts that set you apart and above the crowd. Someone has informed us that you were seen at the local gay bar downtown. Now, I want you to know, Franc, that if you’re gay, it doesn’t matter to me at all.”

And, then the other shoe dropped … “Whatever you say and do is fine with me, but if you’re going to be on the show as an important member of the ‘Neighborhood,’ you can’t be out as gay.”

Clemmons told People Rogers told him secrecy was the only way … “You must do this Francois … because it threatens my dream,” adding, “I was destroyed. The man who was killing me had also saved me. He was my executioner and deliverer. But, at the same time, I knew that he would know how to comfort me.”

According to Clemmons, whose memoir is titled, “Officer Clemmons,” Rogers also told him the audience didn’t care who he was sleeping with … “especially if it’s a man.”

And, there’s more … according to Clemmons, Rogers urged him to marry a woman, and he obliged. Clemmons married La-Tanya Mae Sheridan. They divorced in 1974 and later Clemmons came out.

He says he forgives the legendary TV host … “Lord have mercy, yes. I forgive him. More than that, I understand. I relied on the fact that this was his dream. He had worked so hard for it. I knew Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood was his whole life.”

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Residents of Whitley Ave Hold Dance Party From Windows, Balconies

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Residents of Hollywood apartment complex hold dance party from their windows, balconies

HOLLYWOOD (KABC) — Dancing is just one of the ways people are turning their self-isolation at home into opportunities to feel connected to those around them.

On Friday, residents of a Hollywood apartment complex on Whitley Avenue danced it out on their balconies as a DJ blasted some music for them. They’ve started the weekly singalong and dance fest featuring DJ Shammy Dee who plays from the rooftop of his apartment building.

Participants says the goal is to lift spirits and create a community bonding […]

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