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Many hit shows return with queer themes and characters



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A scene from ‘The McCarthys,’ a new gay-themed CBS sitcom. (Photo courtesy CBS)

Season one of “BoJack Horseman,” Netflix’s first animated original series, is now available. The show focuses on BoJack Horseman (Will Arnett), an anthropomorphic horse and former sitcom star (stay with me) trying to recapture his relevance. Amy Sedaris plays his agent, a pink Persian cat. Alison Brie provides the voice of BoJack’s ghostwriter while Aaron Paul voices BoJack’s slack roommate. Stanley Tucci has a minor role as a gay comedian.

The McCarthys” premieres Oct. 30 at 9:30 p.m. on CBS. The family comedy centers around Ronny McCarthy, a 29-year-old gay Bostonian. Laurie Metcalf plays Ronny’s mother.

Looking” has recently added Daniel Franzese (Damian, “Mean Girls”) to the cast. Season two returns to HBO in early 2015.

Dancing with the Stars” season 19 premieres Sept. 15 on ABC. Contestants include Jonathan Bennett (Aaron Samuels, “Mean Girls”), designer Betsey Johnson and Sadie Robertson of “Duck Dynasty.”

Masters of Sex,” starring Lizzy Caplan (another “Mean Girls” alum) and Michael Sheen, airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on Showtime with the second season finale airing Sept. 28. Allison Janney recently won an Emmy Award for her portrayal of Margaret Scully, the wife of Beau Bridges’s closeted Provost Barton Scully.

Logo TV’s “Secret Guide to Fabulous” premiered on Sept. 3 at 11 p.m. The show, produced by Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, features four experts in fitness, fashion, entertaining and home design who help people revitalize their lives. Comparisons to “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” are not unfounded.

Seasons one and two of the Netflix juggernauts “Orange is the New Black” and “House of Cards” are both available for streaming. Both shows are queer inclusive, and “Orange’s” Laverne Cox is the first openly trans actress to have been nominated for an Emmy.

Chelsea Handler’s stand-up special “Uganda Be Kidding Me” will be released on Netflix Oct. 10. The special is a live recording from a show on her recent tour of the same name.

HBO will air Beyonce and Jay-Z’s “On the Run Tour” on Sept. 20. The broadcast will feature performances from the musical power couple’s performances in Paris this month.

The Comeback,” starring Lisa Kudrow, will make a comeback after nine years in November on HBO as six-episode mini-season.

The Newsroom,” starring Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer and Jane Fonda, returns for its final season in November on HBO.

American Horror Story: Freak Show,” created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, premieres on FX on Oct. 8 at 10 p.m. Returning actors include Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett and Francey Conroy, among others. They welcome series newcomers Matt Bomer and Patti LaBelle.

Gustin Grant stars in “The Flash,” premiering Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. on the CW.

Casey Wilson and Ken Marino star in “Marry Me,” which premieres Oct. 14 at 9 p.m. on NBC. The show is loosely based on series creator David Caspe’s (“Happy Endings”) recent marriage to Wilson, also of “Happy Endings” fame.

Jeffrey Tambor and Judith Light star in the Amazon series “Transparent.” Tambor plays a family patriarch who recently came out as a trans woman. The show debuted Feb. 6 and premieres in full this month on

How to Get Away With Murder” premieres Sept. 25 at 10 p.m. on ABC, the same night as fellow “Shondaland” juggernauts “Grey’s Anatomy” (8 p.m.) and “Scandal” (9 p.m.). In “Murder,” Viola Davis stars as Professor Annalise Keating, a lawyer. Jack Falahee plays Connor Walsh, a gay student of Keating’s. The three Thursday night Shonda Rhimes dramas are all prominent, queer-inclusive hits.

The Walking Dead” returns to AMC on Oct. 12 at 9 p.m. Series creator Robert Kirkman has recently suggested that fan favorite character Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) may be gay, which would make him the show’s first LGBT character.

John Mulaney (“Saturday Night Live”) stars in “Mulaney,” which premieres Oct. 5 at 9:30 p.m. on Fox as part of the network’s Sunday night comedy block (along with “Family Guy” and “The Simpsons”). Mulaney may be most known for creating the popular SNL character Stefon, played by Bill Hader.

Season 25 of “The Amazing Race” premieres on Sept. 26 on CBS at 8 p.m., a change from its previous Sunday night time slot. A consistently queer-inclusive program, season 25 features a gay couple competing on a team together.

Emmy magnet “Modern Family” returns to ABC on Sept. 24 at 9 p.m.



Put this out gay trailblazer’s supportive coach in your bracket

‘Coach Willard’s awesome,’ says Derrick Gordon of Maryland’s Kevin Willard



Kevin Willard is not just a seasoned coach, but a strong LGBTQ ally. (Screen capture via Inside the Hall YouTube)

When the 8th seeded Maryland Terrapins faced off against No. 1 Alabama in the second round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships last weekend, it wasn’t just the players on the hardwood who were working hard for the win. Nate Oats coached the Crimson Tide to a 73-51 victory less than an hour from their home court. And on the other side was Kevin Willard, who is not just a seasoned coach, but a strong LGBTQ ally. 

Willard was Derrick Gordon’s coach at Seton Hall when he transferred from UMass in 2015, a year after he came out as the first out gay Division I Men’s basketball player in the NCAA. 

Gordon has credited Willard with creating a comfortable environment, after he “bumped heads” with former UMass coach Derek Kellogg during his two seasons with the Minutemen. In contrast, he said he instantly connected with Willard, and told his teammates and Willard following his final season at Seton Hall that he wished he had another year of eligibility remaining. He’s said he considered Willard the best coach he’d ever played for.

“He just made it comfortable for me,” Gordon told Glenn Clark Radio in an interview broadcast on March 22, 2022. “He said, ‘You know what, we’re more focused on who you are as a person and a basketball player and what you bring to the team.’ He voiced that over and over again. When I went on my visit, I just felt even more comfortable, met a couple of the guys. They made me feel right at home as well, so it was kind of like an easy decision. Coach Willard’s awesome. He’s an amazing guy.”

If you don’t believe Gordon, ask the West Virginia Mountaineers, who lost to the Terrapins in the first round 67-65. Maryland’s win “took the paint off the floor at Legacy Arena” in Birmingham, Ala., as Brendan Quinn wrote in The Athletic. He described Willard’s style of coaching this way:

“Willard paced the sideline, as he does. The man is intense. Doesn’t suffer fools. Serious stuff. No BS. Black eyes screwed deep in a bald head, no pupils. He regards things sideways, incredulous toward anyone who doesn’t come correct. It’s his whole thing. If Guy Ritchie cast a college basketball coach, it’d be Willard.” 

Gordon told Glenn Clark Radio that he particularly recalled the kind of support Willard gave him in one practice early in his Seton Hall career, according to Press Box Online.

“I remember a particular situation that happened in practice — came down the court and I was wide open and I didn’t shoot it,” Gordon said in the 2022 interview. “[Willard] stopped practice and he said, ‘You’re not at [UMass] anymore. I trust you. I believe in you. Shoot the ball.’ Ever since then, my confidence was through the roof, especially dealing with I had to deal with when I was at UMass with that coach to playing under Coach Willard and him telling me that specifically, he just let me play my game.”

Last July, Gordon posted on Instagram that after playing a few seasons in Europe for Cyprus and Germany, “I decided to end my career as a professional athlete.”

Gordon is now 31, and he told his followers he is working on a book about his life “on and off the court,” in hopes he might “help gay young people, student athletes in particular and others who are struggling to pursue careers in professional sports or any career paths they chose without fear or shame.” 

Since Christmas, he’s been sharing posts that include photos with his boyfriend, actor Scott Backman of Los Angeles, including one from last week, captioned: “Every time we’re together, it’s like falling in love all over again.”

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Out & About

10 LGBTQ events this week

Drag, dancing and kite flying among highlights



Events this week include, from left, an AGLA/Go Gay DC-sponsored Drag Show for Charity at Freddie's Beach Bar, Kicks & Giggles Glow Crazy party, and Bombalicious Eklaver brings her show to Cambria Rooftop. (Washington Blade photos by Michael Key)

Below are our picks for some of the most fun and creative things to do this week in the DMV that are of special interest to the LGBTQ community.

Drag Queen Trivia Tuesday

Tuesday, March 21
7 p.m.
Slash Run
201 Upshur Street, N.W.
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Tara Hoot leads a game of trivia at Slash Run on Tuesday.

Daddy Issues

Wednesday, March 22
9 p.m.
915 U Street, N.W.
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Crystal Edge leads the weekly drag show at Kiki on Wednesday.

DC Boys of Leather – March Happy Hour

Thursday, March 23
6-9 p.m.
1410 14th Street, N.W.

Grab your gear and make your way to Trade for the March Happy Hour of the DC Boys of Leather.

RuPaul’s Drag Race Viewing Party

Friday, March 24
8 p.m.
JR.’s Bar
1519 17th Street, N.W.

Citrine leads the RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 15 Viewing Party at JR.’s Bar on Friday.

Kicks & Giggles Glow Crazy! Blacklight-Glow Paint Party

Friday, March 24
9 p.m.
Green Lantern
1335 Green Court, N.W.
No cover

Kicks & Giggles bring you a glow-tastic time on Friday with a blacklight-glow paint party at the Green Lantern. There is a clothes check and there are free rail drinks if you are painted with glow paint between 9 and 10 p.m.

Good Times (Disco House Party)

Friday, March 24
11 p.m.
DC9 Nightclub
1940 9th Street, N.W.
$10 advance / $15 door
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Cake Pop! and DJ Matt Bailer entertain on Friday with a feel good Disco House Party at DC9 Nightclub.

Candela! UPROAR’s Latinx Party

Saturday, March 25
9 p.m.
UPROAR Lounge & Restaurant
639 Florida Avenue, N.W.

UPROAR Lounge & Restaurant hold a Latinx party on Saturday with a performance by Ivanna V Love.

Cherry Blossom Kite Festival

Cherry Blossom Kite Festival (Photo by 3000ad/Bigstock)

Saturday, March 25
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Washington Monument
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The annual kite festival is back on Saturday by the Washington Monument.

Cambria Drag Brunch

Sunday, March 26
11 a.m.
Rooftop Cambria Capital Riverfront
69 Q Street, S.W.

Bombalicious Eklaver leads a fun drag brunch on Sunday with performers Jalah, Nadia and Amara. $35 covers the buffet and show, but bring your dollar bills to show your support to the performers.

Drag Show for Charity

(Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Sunday, March 26
8-10 p.m.
Freddie’s Beach Bar
555 23rd Street S
Arlington, Va.

AGLA and Go Gay DC present a drag show for charity at Freddie’s Beach Bar on Sunday.

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PHOTOS: Freddie’s Follies 20th

Arlington drag show celebrates milestone



Freddie's Follies performers gather on the newly-named Destiny B. Childs Stage at Freddie's Beach Bar in Arlington, Va. on Saturday, March 18. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Freddie’s Follies had a 20th anniversary show at Freddie’s Beach Bar in Arlington, Va. on Saturday, March 18. Performers included Destiny B. Childs, Monet Dupree, Patti Lovelace, Sasha Adams Sanchez and Ophelia Bottoms.

(Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

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