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10 LGBTQ-Themed Distractions, From Saved by the Bell to Gay Vodka

Saved by Inclusion

Transgender teen actress Josie Totah (Champions) will portray Lexi, the most popular girl at Bayside High, in the 2020 reboot of the popular ‘90s sitcom Saved by the Bell. The series is set to debut this year on Peacock, NBCUniversal’s streaming platform.

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Pose the Casa Down

Revry’s new docuseries The Category Is explores how the vogue scene and ballroom culture are evolving and shaping queer spaces outside of New York City. The series is available now.

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New Wave of Old School

Pet Shop Boys’ new album Hotspot (the third in a series produced by Stuart Price) was written by founding duo Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe while traveling between Berlin and L.A. Depeche Mode: Spirits in the Forest, an Amazon Prime documentary directed by that band’s longtime artistic collaborator Anton Corbijn, follows Depeche Mode’s 2017-2018 Global Spirit Tour, performing for over 3 million fans at 115 shows worldwide.

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The Black American Dream

The perfect read for Black History Month, Making Our Way Home: The Great Migration and the Black American Dream (Penguin Random House) by queer activist, speaker, and author Blair Imani covers the fascinating 60-year period during the 20th century in which some 6 million African-Americans left the South in search of safety, opportunity, and a better life.

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How Ellegent

TV producer and entertainment journalist Robert Ell’s new company ELLegent Creations creates vintage-inspired, hand-glittered, queer-leaning greeting cards, gift boxes, and novelties, as well as charming pins and Pré de Provence soaps. Totes adorbs. 

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Changing Music Herstory

DJ Tracy Young — a 25-year industry veteran who’s created famous remixes of hits by artists like Lady Gaga, Cher, Britney Spears, and Madonna — became the first woman to win in the category of Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical at this year’s Grammy Awards.

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Hello, Angels

Trans model and activist Sasha Colby hosted “Heavenly Bodies,” the first of many monthly parties at The Chapel at The Abbey (@TheChapelWeho) in West Hollywood, in December. The night featured live performances by other trans activists and models, and donations were collected for the Trans Wellness Center of Los Angeles.

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Boss Birds

We are obsessed with Birds of Prey: The Album — the fierce, all-female-artist official soundtrack for the new Harley Quinn film of the same name. With bops like “Boss Bitch” by Doja Cat, “Diamonds” by Megan Thee Stallion, and “Experiment on Me” by our cover star Halsey, you’ll be feelin’ hella good.

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Liberating Libations

Ogden’s Own is the first distillery to take a humorous stand against patriarchal heteronormativity in Utah. Company founder Steve Conlin, an outspoken LGBTQ ally, first caused a stir in the predominantly Mormon state by introducing Five Wives vodka several years ago — an obvious pun on the once-heavily practiced Mormon polygamous lifestyle.

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