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Golden Globe nods recognize queer content, performers



Billy Porter in “Pose” (Image courtesy FX)

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced the nominations for its 77th annual Golden Globe Awards, and once again the list of nominees includes nods for several LGBTQ-inclusive films, actors and characters.

The honorees were announced in a Los Angeles presentation Monday morning by Tim Allen, Dakota Fanning and Susan Kelechi Watson. They were joined by Golden Globe Ambassadors Dylan and Paris Brosnan, HFPA President Lorenzo Soria, and Dick Clark Productions Executive Producer and Executive VP of television Barry Adelman.

In performance categories, several openly LGBTQ performers were nominated. Out actor Billy Porter received his second nomination in a row as Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series (Drama), for his role as Pray Tell in FX’s “Pose,” for which he won an Emmy in September. In the same category, Ben Platt was nominated for his lead role in Netflix’s “The Politician,” while the show itself was nominated for Best TV Series (Musical or Comedy). Out Irish actor Andrew Scott received a nod as Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series (Comedy) for his role as “Hot Priest” in “Fleabag.” For Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy), out actress Beanie Feldstein was nominated for her portrayal of high school overachiever Molly in the hilarious sleeper hit, “Booksmart.”

The performance nominations also include four LGBTQ allies playing queer characters: Taron Egerton for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) for playing Elton John in “Rocketman,” Antonio Banderas for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama) for Pedro Almodóvar’s “Pain and Glory,” Margot Robbie for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture in “Bombshell,” and Jodie Comer for Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series (Drama) in “Killing Eve.”

In addition to the aforementioned Best Comedy Series nod to “The Politician,” “Killing Eve” was also nominated for Best Television Series (Drama). In what was described by GLAAD as “one of the bigger snubs,” “Pose” was notably absent from the latter category. It also failed to score acting nominations for any of its leading actresses, all of whom are transgender.

In film categories, “Rocketman” received a nod as Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy). The Best Foreign Language Film nominations include two queer films, the period lesbian romance “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” and “Pain and Glory.” 

“Rocketman,” a musical fantasy biopic of singer Elton John, also snagged a nomination for John himself in the categort of Best Original Song (Motion Picture) for “I’m Gonna Love Me Again.”

Though it does not feature explicitly LGBTQ content, Taika Waititi’s Nazi-themed anti-hate satire “Jojo Rabbit,” which strongly implies a queer relationship between two supporting characters, picked up nominations for Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy), as well as Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) for juvenile leading actor Roman Griffin Davis.

In a statement, GLAAD’s Director of Entertainment Media Jeremy Blacklow said:

“Golden Globe nominations for LGBTQ-inclusive films including “Rocketman,”Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” and “Pain and Glory,” along with television series “The Politician” and “Killing Eve,” continue a tradition of recognizing extraordinary talent by the Hollywood Forward Press Association. Well-deserved nominations for several LGBTQ roles, as well as for out actors Billy Porter, Beanie Feldstein, Ben Platt, and Andrew Scott, provide both a reason to celebrate and a reminder for how audiences and critics alike support and applaud authentic LGBTQ storytelling.”

The 77th annual Golden Globe Awards will air live coast-to-coast on NBC from 8-11 p.m. ET (5-8 p.m. PT) on Jan. 5, 2020. Ricky Gervais will host for the fourth time.

You can read the full list of nominations here.

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10 LGBTQ events this week

Parties abound with Silver Pride, the ASANA Series and more



From left, join the Nice Jewish Boys for a happy hour, watch Brooklyn Heights host the Trailer Park Ball and catch a drag show hosted by Rickey Rosé this week. (Blade file 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.

Silver Pride

Rayceen Pendarvis hosts Silver Pride. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

UPDATE: Silver Pride was postponed; a new date is expected to be announced soon.

Join host Rayceen Pendarvis for ‘Back for the First Time: Silver Pride 2022″ at Studio Theatre this afternoon for a celebration of senior members of the LGBTQ+ community.

ASANA Series Opening Party

Tuesday, August 16
6:30-11 p.m.
Pitchers / ALOHO
2317 18th Street, N.W.

The Amateur Sports Alliance of North America kicks off its ASANA World Series in D.C. with a party at Pitchers/ALOHO on Tuesday. The event is hosted by Ba’Naka and features special guests DJ Tracy Young, Tatiyanna Voché and E-Cleff.

NJB Hot Boy Summer Happy Hour

Nice Jewish Boys held the “Mr. Nice Jewish Boy” competition last month. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Thursday, August 18
6:30-9 p.m.
Number Nine
1435 P Street, N.W.

The Nice Jewish Boys hold a happy hour on Thursday at Number Nine.

Kaftan Couture Happy Hour

Thursday, August 18
6 p.m.
1410 14th Street, N.W.

The D.C. Boys of Leather mix it up with a kaftan party at Trade on Thursday.

LGBTQ+ Speed Friending

Friday, August 19
7-9 p.m.
Moxy Washington
1011 K Street, N.W.
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Go Gay DC! hosts a meet-and-greet at Moxy on Friday. Come by to make some new friends in the LGBTQ community.

We The Kingz: Wet n’ Wild

Ricky Rosé (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Friday, August 19
10 p.m.
JR.’s Bar
1519 17th Street, N.W.
No cover

Rickey Rosé hosts the We The Kingz show featuring Artemis Demon, Atom Glambert, Baphomette and Phoenix King at JR.’s on Friday.

discoVERS Anniversary

Friday, August 19
10 p.m.
734 11th Street, N.W.

discoVERS returns to SAX for its one year anniversary with DJs Robbie Leslie and Alexis Tucci. There will be a special performance by KC B. Yoncé. The event will sell out, so get your tickets now.

ASANA Series Closing Party

Saturday, August 20
5:30-11 p.m.
DC Brau Brewing Company
3178 Baldensburg Road, N.E., Suite B

The ASANA World Series finishes with a bang. The Closing Party will be held at DC Brau on Saturday.

Miss Gay Eastern States America

Saturday, August 20
7-11 p.m.
Rehoboth Beach Convention Center
229 Rehoboth Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, Del.

Are you in Rehoboth this weekend? Catch a drag competition at the Convention Center on Saturday.

The Trailer Park Ball

Sunday, August 21
8 p.m.
Freddie’s Beach Bar
555 23rd Street S
Arlington, Va.

The Trailer Park Ball will be held on Sunday at Freddie’s. All Tips and donations are to benefit the Imperial Court of Washington and Reign X Charities.

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Award-winning gay comedian returning to D.C.

Sampson McCormick performs at Comedy Loft



Sampson McCormick brings his latest comedy show to D.C. later this month. (Photo courtesy Kola for 510 Media)

D.C. native and award-winning comedian Sampson McCormick will perform in a series of shows from Thursday, Aug. 25 to Saturday, Aug. 27 at the DC Comedy Loft. 

The themes of the shows will include cancel culture and sensitivity —especially as they relate to the rise in violence against comedians — LGBTQ issues and probe many of the other current topics that have been circulating in the news and in conversations on social media and among the public.

Tickets are available on DC Comedy Loft’s website.  

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Reel Affirmations to screen new film

‘Sweetheart’ to run at Landmark Theaters E Street Cinema



A scene from 'Sweetheart.' (Production still courtesy of Reel Affirmations)

Reel Affirmations, a branch of the DC Center for the LGBT Community that platforms LGBTQ film, will screen “Sweetheart” on Thursday, Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. at Landmark Theaters E Street Cinema. This film will be screened as part of its monthly series. 

“Sweetheart” is a coming-of-age film about a socially awkward and environmentally conscious teenager who meets a carefree lifeguard while on holiday with her family. 

In-person tickets cost $15 and virtual tickets cost $10. Virtual tickets can be purchased on this link. 

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