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‘Moonlight’ heads Dorian Awards nominations

‘Moonlight’ earns seven nominations



(Screenshot via YouTube)

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The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA) have announced the nominees for the 2017 Dorian Awards with “Moonlight” leading the pack at seven nominations.

The Dorian Awards celebrates the best in mainstream and LGBT movies and television chosen by a select group of film and T.V. critics and entertainment journalists

GALECA will also honor Baltimore native John Waters with its career achievement honor, Timeless Star.

Winners will be announced on Jan. 26. GALECA will celebrate the winners with its annual Winners Toast on Feb. 18 in Los Angeles.

The complete list of nominees is below.

Film of the Year
“Jackie”- (Fox Searchlight)
“La La Land” – (Summit/Lionsgate)
“Manchester by the Sea”-  (Roadside/Amazon Studios)
“Moonlight”-  (A24)
“20th Century Women”-  (A24)

Director of the Year
(Film or Television)
Barry Jenkins- “Moonlight” (A24)
Pablo Larraín- “Jackie” (Fox Searchlight)
Kenneth Lonergan- “Manchester By the Sea” (Roadside/Amazon Studios)
Park Chan-wook- “The Handmaiden” (Amazon Studios)
Damien Chazelle- “La La Land” (Summit/Lionsgate)

Film Performance of the Year — Actress
Annette Bening- “20th Century Women” (A24)
Viola Davis- “Fences” (Paramount)
Isabelle Huppert- “Elle” (Sony Classics)
Emma Stone- “La La Land” (Summit/Lionsgate)
Natalie Portman- “Jackie” (Fox Searchlight)

Film Performance of the Year — Actor
Casey Affleck- “Manchester by the Sea” (Roadside/Amazon Studios)
Mahershala Ali- “Moonlight” (A24)
Ryan Gosling- “La La Land” (Summit/Lionsgate)
Trevante Rhodes- “Moonlight” (A24)
Denzel Washington- “Fences” (Paramount)

LGBTQ Film of the Year
“Being 17”- (Strand)
“Closet Monster”-  (Strand)
“Moonlight”-  (A24)
“Other People”-  (Vertical)
“The Handmaiden”-  (Amazon Studios)

Foreign Language Film of the Year
“Elle”-  (Sony Classics)
“Neruda”-  (The Orchard)
“The Handmaiden”-  (Amazon Studios)
“Things to Come”-  (Sundance Selects)
“Toni Erdmann”-  (Sony Pictures Classics)

Screenplay of the Year
Barry Jenkins- “Moonlight” (A24)
Efthymis Filippou, Yorgos Lanthimos- “The Lobster” (A24)
Damien Chazelle- “La La Land” (Summit/Lionsgate)
Kenneth Lonergan- “Manchester by the Sea” (Roadside/Amazon Studios)
Mike Mills- “20th Century Women” (A24)

Documentary of the Year
(theatrical release, T.V. airing or DVD release)
“I Am Not Your Negro”- (Magnolia)
“O.J. Made in America”- (ESPN Films)
“13th”- (Netflix)
“Tickled”- (Magnolia)
“Weiner”- (Netflix)

Visually Striking Film of the Year
“Arrival”- (Paramount)
“Jackie”- (Fox Searchlight)
“La La Land”- (Lionsgate)
“Moonlight”- (A24)
“The Handmaiden”- (Amazon Studios)

Unsung Film of the Year
“American Honey”- (A24)
“Captain Fantastic”- (Bleecker Street)
“Christine”- (The Orchard)
“Other People”- (Vertical)
“Sing Street”- (The Weinstein Company)

Campy Film of the Year
“Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie”- (Fox Searchlight)
“King Cobra”- (IFC Midnight)
“Nocturnal Animals”- (Focus Features)
“The Dressmaker”- (Broadgreen/Amazon Studios)
“The Neon Demon”- (Broadgreen/Amazon Studios)

T.V. Drama of the Year
“Black Mirror”- (Netflix)
“Game of Thrones”- (HBO)
“Stranger Things”- (Netflix)
“The Crown”- (Netflix)
“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”- (FX)
“Westworld”- (HBO)

T.V. Comedy of the Year
“Atlanta”- (FX)
“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”- (CW)
“Insecure”- (HBO)
“Transparent”- (Amazon)
“Veep”- (FX)

T.V. Performance of the Year — Actor
Riz Ahmed- “The Night Of” (HBO)
Sterling K. Brown- “The People v. O.J. Simpson” (FX)
Donald Glover- “Atlanta” (FX)
Jeffrey Tambor- “Transparent” (Amazon)
Courtney B. Vance- “The People v. O.J. Simpson” (FX)

T.V. Performance of the Year — Actress
Claire Foy- “The Crown” (Netflix)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus- “Veep” (HBO)
Thandie Newton- “Westworld” (HBO)
Sarah Paulson- “American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson” (FX)
Winona Ryder- “Stranger Things” (Netflix)

T.V. Current Affairs Show of the Year
“Anderson Cooper 360”- (CNN)
“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee”- (TBS)
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”- (HBO)
“The Rachel Maddow Show”- (MSNBC)
“Real Time with Bill Maher”- (HBO)

T.V. Musical Performance of the Year
Beyonce- “Lemonade,” “MTV Video Music Awards” (MTV)
Kelly Clarkson- “Piece by Piece,” “American Idol” (Fox)
Lady Gaga – “Til It Happens to You,” “The 88th Academy Awards” (ABC)
Jennifer Hudson- “I Know Where I’ve Been,” “Hairspray Live!” (NBC)
Kate McKinnon-“Hallelujah,” “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)

LGBTQ T.V. Show of the Year
“Looking: The Movie”- (HBO)
“Orange Is the New Black”- (Netflix)
“RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars”- (Logo)
“The Real O’Neals”- (ABC)
“Transparent”- (Amazon)

Unsung T.V. Show of the Year
“Fleabag” (Amazon)
“Lady Dynamite” (Netflix)
“London Spy” (BBC America)
“Please Like Me” (Pivot)
“The Real O’Neals” (ABC)

Campy T.V. Show of the Year
“Finding Prince Charming”- (Logo)
“Fuller House”- (Netflix)
“Hairspray Live!”- (NBC)
“RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars”- (Logo)
“Scream Queens”- (Fox)
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” – (Fox)

We’re Wilde About You! Rising Star of the Year
Millie Bobby Brown
Lucas Hedges
Connor Jessup
Ruth Negga
Trevante Rhodes

Wilde Wit of the Year
(honoring a performer, writer or commentator whose observations both challenge and amuse)
Samantha Bee
Carrie Fisher
Bill Maher
Kate McKinnon
John Oliver

Wilde Artist of the Year
(honoring a truly groundbreaking force in the fields of film, theater and/or television)
Viola Davis
Barry Jenkins
Kate McKinnon
Lin-Manuel Miranda




PHOTOS: Baltimore Pride Parade

Thousands attend annual LGBTQ march and block party



A scene from the 2024 Baltimore Pride Parade. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The Baltimore Pride Parade and Block Party was held on Charles Street in Baltimore, Md. on Saturday, June 15. 

(Washington Blade photos by Michael Key)

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Washington Mystics to hold annual Pride game

Team to play Dallas Wings on Saturday



(Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The Washington Mystics will be having their upcoming Pride game on Saturday against the Dallas Wings.

The Mystics Pride game is one of the team’s theme nights they host every year, with Pride night being a recurring event. The team faced off against the Phoenix Mercury last June. Brittney Griner, who Russia released from a penal colony in December 2022 after a court convicted her of importing illegal drugs after customs officials at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport found vape canisters with cannabis oil in her luggage, attended the game. 

Unlike the NBA, where there are currently no openly LGBTQ players, there are multiple WNBA players who are out. Mystics players Emily Englster, Brittney Sykes, and Stefanie Dolson are all queer.

The Mystics on June 1 acknowledged Pride Month in a post to its X account.

“Celebrating Pride this month and every month,” reads the message.

The game is on Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Entertainment and Sports Arena (1100 Oak Drive, S.E.). Fans can purchase special Pride tickets that come with exclusive Mystics Pride-themed jerseys. 

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Queers win big at 77th annual Tony Awards

‘Merrily We Roll Along’ among winners



(Photo courtesy of the Tony Awards' Facebook page)

It was a banner night for queer theater artists at the 77th annual Tony Awards, honoring the best in Broadway theater at the Lincoln Center in New York on Sunday. Some of the biggest honors of the night went to the revival of the Stephen Sondheim musical “Merrily We Roll Along” and the dance-musical based on Sufjan Stephens’ album “Illinoise.

“Merrily We Roll Along,” which follows three friends as their lives change over the course of 20 years, told in reverse chronological order, picked up the awards for Best Revival of a Musical and Best Orchestrations. 

Out actor Jonathan Groff picked up his first Tony Award for his leading role as Franklin Shepard in the show, while his costar Daniel Radcliffe earned his first Tony Award for featured performance as Charley Kringas. 

Groff gave a heartfelt and teary acceptance speech about how he used to watch the Tony Awards as a child in Lancaster County, Pa.

“Thank you for letting me dress up like Mary Poppins when I was three,” he said to his parents in the audience. “Even if they didn’t understand me, my family knew the life-saving power of fanning the flame of a young person’s passions without judgment.”

Groff also thanked the everyone in the production of “Spring Awakening,” where he made his Broadway debut in 2006, for inspiring him to come out at the age of 23.

“To actually be able to be a part of making theatre in this city, and just as much to be able to watch the work of this incredible community has been the greatest pleasure of my life,” he said. 

This was Groff’s third Tony nomination, having been previously nominated for his leading role in “Spring Awakening” and for his featured performance as King George III in “Hamilton.” 

Radcliffe, who is best known for starring in the “Harry Potter” series of movies, has long been an ally of the LGBTQ community, and has recently been known to spar with “Harry Potter” creator JK Rowling over her extreme opposition to trans rights on social media and in interviews. It was Radcliffe’s first Tony nomination and win.

Lesbian icon Sarah Paulson won her first Tony Award for her starring role in the play “Appropriate,” about a family coming to terms with the legacy of their slave-owning ancestors as they attempt to sell their late father’s estate. It was her first nomination and win.

In her acceptance speech, she thanked her partner Holland Taylor “for loving me.” Along with Paulson’s Emmy win for “American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson,” she is halfway to EGOT status.

The Sufjan Stephens dance-musical “Illinoise,” based on his album of the same name, took home the award for Best Choreography for choreographer Justin Peck. It was his second win.

During the ceremony, the cast of “Illinoise” performed “The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades is Out to Get Us!”, a moving dance number about a queer romance.

A big winner of the night was the adaptation of the S.E. Hinton novel “The Outsiders,” which dominated the musical categories, earning Best Director, Sound Design, Lighting Design, and Best Musical, which earned LGBTQ ally Angelina Jolie her first Tony Award.

Also a big winner was “Stereophonic,” which dominated the play categories, winning the awards for Best Play, Featured Actor, Director, Sound Design, and Scenic Design.

“Suffs,” a musical about the fight for women’s suffrage in the U.S., which acknowledges the lesbian relationship that suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt had in song called “If We Were Married,” took home awards for Best Book of a Musical and Best Score, both for creator Shaina Taub. 

Had “Suffs” also won for Best Musical, producers Hilary Clinton and Malala Yousafzai would have won their first Tony Awards. 

Other winners include Maleah Joi Moon for her lead role and Kecia Lewis for her featured role in the Alicia Keys musical “Hell’s Kitchen,” Jeremy Strong for his lead role in An Enemy of the People, and Kara Young for her featured role in “Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through the Cotton Patch.”

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