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Blanchett terrifies as Phyllis Schlafly in trailer for upcoming miniseries



“Mrs. America” serves as “an origin story of today’s culture wars.” Cate Blanchett stars as Phyllis Schlafly, who died in 2016. (Image courtesy FX)

A new series featuring Cate Blanchett as late anti-feminist and homophobe Phyllis Schlafly is coming from FX on Hulu, and according to the star, the subject matter couldn’t be “more relevant.”

Blanchett’s comments were made last Thursday at the 2020 Television Critics Association winter press tour in Hollywood, where the cable network unveiled a trailer for the upcoming limited series, titled “Mrs. America.” The show documents the fight for women’s rights during the 1970s, and centers on the effort to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment – of which conservative advocate Schlafly was an aggressive opponent.

The Oscar-winning Blanchett, who is also an executive producer on the series, said, “It seemed that every passing day in the development process, and certainly during shooting, right up to Virginia debating the ERA right now, it became like “Groundhog Day.” The literal discussions that were happening during 1971,1972, going through the series, were constantly popping up in the media.”

Her point about the continued relevance of the subject matter was echoed by series creator Dahvi Waller, who said her show serves “as an origin story of today’s culture wars — you can draw a direct line from 1970 to today through Phyllis Schlafly and really understand how we became such a divided nation.”

Schlalfy, in addition to her vehement anti-feminism, was also known for her stance against LGBTQ rights.  She believed passage of the ERA would lead to same-sex marriage and unisex restrooms, and said marriage equality was not “about granting equality of human rights” but “about getting rid of the traditional values and institutions that have guided the Western world, including America.” She lamented the de-criminalization of homosexuality, and said the acceptance of transgender people was “just plain nuts.”

Ironically, Schlafly’s son John came out as gay in a 1992 interview with New York’s QW Magazine.

In addition to Blanchett, “Mrs. America” features Elizabeth Banks, Sarah Paulson, Uzo Aduba, Rose Byrne, Margo Martindale, John Slattery, James Marsden, Jeanne Tripplehorn, and Tracey Ullman.

It premieres April 15 on FX on Hulu. Until then, you can watch the trailer below.

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André Leon Talley dies at 73

Iconic Black fashion journalist was born in D.C.



André Leon Talley being interviewed in the 1990's (Screenshot via YouTube)

André Leon Talley, a formidable iconic fashion journalist and the former creative director and one-time editor-at-large of Vogue magazine, passed away at age 73 of unspecified causes at a hospital in White Plains, an inner suburb of New York City in Westchester County, New York.

News of the famed fashion journalist’s death Tuesday was first reported by celebrity news and gossip site TMZ.

Talley was known for his close friendships with designers like Karl Lagerfeld, Tracy Reese, Rachel Roy, and singer/actress Jennifer Hudson, and Vogue magazine editor-in-chief Anna Wintour among others.

Talley worked at Vogue during an unprecedented time of growth in the fashion industry in the 1980’s and 1990’s. From 1983 until late 1987, he was the magazine’s the news director and was then promoted to Vogue’s creative director in 1988, a post he held until 1995. He later came back to the magazine in 1998 as the editor-at-large until his departure in 2013.

Born in D.C. on Oct. 16, 1948 and raised in North Carolina, Talley graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French Literature in 1970 from North Carolina Central University. He later attended Brown University, after he was awarded a scholarship, where he earned a Master of Arts degree in French Literature in 1972.

Talley’s early career as a journalist saw him working at Andy Warhol’s Factory and Interview magazine. He later became the Paris bureau chief for Women’s Wear Daily.

His later career saw Talley hosting his own radio show principally concerned with fashion and pop culture on Sirius XM. He also released a book “The Chiffon Trenches: A Memoir” on May 19, 2020, which detailed his early career start and some of the issues he encountered as a Black man.

Talley was also an LGBTQ icon. When asked about his sexual orientation by daytime chat show host Wendy Williams during a May 29, 2018 appearance, he stated, No, I’m not heterosexual; I’m saying I’m fluid in my sexuality, darling.”

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DC Center to host estate planning seminar series

Three sessions presented by Murray Scheel



The DC Center hosts a series of talks on end-of-life planning next week.

The DC Center for the LGBT Community and the DC Department on Aging and Community Living will host “Estate Planning Tools with Murray Scheel” via Zoom. 

Scheel will walk guests through the process of taking care of the end-of-life planning business that needs to be addressed during the golden years. Scheel is Senior Staff Attorney at Whitman-Walker Health’s Legal Services.

This event series will consist of three 1.5-hour sessions:

Jan. 19, 3 p.m. – “Tools for while you’re living” (overview, general power of attorney, healthcare power of attorney, disposition of remains, etc.)

Jan. 26, 3 p.m. – “Tools for after you’re gone” (living wills, last wills, assets, etc.)

Feb. 2, 3 p.m. – “Healthcare insurance & long term care” (Medicare, Medicaid, correcting misinformation, skilled nursing, hospice care, etc.)

To register for this event, visit the DC Center website.

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DC Center to host legal seminar for trans people

Attorney Richard Tappan and paralegal Miranda Shipman to give legal advice



The DC Center for the LGBT Community will host a “Gender and Name Change Legal Seminar” on Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 5:30 p.m. online. 

Attorney Richard Tappan and paralegal Miranda Shipman will give legal advice and speak on the importance of the legal community within the LGBTQ community, the difficulties of the LGBTQ community in the legal field and name and gender changes. 

Guests can find the link at the DC Center website.

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