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Angelica Ross to Be First Trans Lead in Broadway’s Chicago
Angelica Ross is making history in her Broadway debut as the first trans lead in the revival of the musical Chicago, which will premier September 12.From September to November, Ross will star as Roxie Hart in an eight-week limited engagement. Her first show will take place at Ambassador Theater in New York City, according to Playbill. Known for her breakthrough roles as Candy Ferocity in the groundbreaking, Emmy-nominated series Pose and as Nurse Rita in American Horror Story, Ross will take on Roxie after Pamela Anderson performed as the same character in her own limited run earlier this year.Anthony Allen Ramos Vice President of Communications & Talent at GLAAD said in a statement, "Chicago's Roxie Hart is one of the most recognizable, iconic, and beloved characters in the history of Broadway, and a true talent like Angelica Ross will delight audiences with her impressive acting, singing and performance skills.” “Angelica is also a respected leader in the transgender community, and joins L Morgan Lee as trans women of color currently starring on Broadway," Ramos said.L Morgan Lee was the first Black trans woman to earn a Tony nomination for her role in A Strange Loop.Playbill notes that Ross will join a small group of out trans performers to play lead roles on Broadway — those performers include Wicked's Alexandra Billings, Head Over Heels' Peppermint, and Straight White Men's Kate Bornstein.In addition to her Broadway debut, she released her first music video and single "Only You" this past June.
6 gay/bi men die of meningococcal disease, CDC urges vaccination
press release issued Wednesday, it said it had now counted 24 cases and 6 deaths among gay and bisexual men.Related: CDC issues health alert to gay and bi men in FloridaIt has again called for gay and bi men to speak to a health adviser about getting the meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY), which is free in Florida because of the outbreak.“Getting vaccinated against meningococcal disease is the best way to prevent this serious illness, which can quickly become deadly,” said José R. Romero, M.D., Director, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.“Because of the outbreak in Florida, and the number of Pride events being held across the state in coming weeks, it’s important that gay and bisexual men who live in Florida get vaccinated, and those traveling to Florida talk to their healthcare provider about getting a MenACWY vaccine.”If you’re likely to be traveling to Florida, speak with a health provider about being vaccinated at least two weeks before visiting the state.The two most common types of meningococcal infections are meningitis (an infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord) and bloodstream infection, both of which can quickly become deadly.Related: Monkeypox: International Mr Leather event in Chicago linked to casesIn a separate development, a clinic in New York City yesterday invited gay and bi men to get the Monkeypox vaccine.
WATCH: Throuples, circuit parties and homoerotic wrestling… oh my!
Billy Eichner‘s gay rom-com Bros via a sexy, uncensored “Red Band” teaser, we’ve now got a full theatrical trailer that promises “it looks way bigger in theaters.”This new preview welcomes us into the world of Bros, a world that looks a lot like our own—except for the fact that all of the principal characters are played by LGBTQ actors.While we’ve known the film, touted as the “first romantic comedy from a major studio about two gay men,” would concern itself with the bumpy courtship of podcaster Bobby (Eichner) and the hunky Aaron (Luke Macfarlane), this new look provides a clearer idea of the specifics, including their nightclub meet-cute where they bond over gay gays being “so stupid.” But is that enough for these two to find love, or will their insecurities and use of GIFs from The Office get in the way?It also appears that the opening of a new LGBTQ+ museum will play a big role, a task that unites a board of quibbling queers like Glee‘s Dot-Marie Jones, Community‘s Jim Rash, and internet sensation, activist, and diva of our hearts, Ts Madison. To paraphrase the icon: Bros really stepped its p*ssy up with this one.The whole thing promises to be a gay fantasia like we’ve never seen on the big screen, boasting shirtless dudes, witty pop culture references (“It’s like they injected steroids into Dumbledore!”), and a gag-worthy cast that also includes SNL‘s Bowen Yang, comedian Guy Branum, the stunning Miss Lawrence, Scandal’s Guillermo Díaz, Dispatches From Elsewhere‘s Eve Lindley, Chicago Fire‘s Monica Raymund, and theater legend Harvey Fierstein.
Chicago officially the City of Chicago, is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Illinois, and the third-most-populous city in the United States. With an estimated population of 2,693,976 in 2019, it is also the most populous city in the Midwestern United States. Chicago is the county seat of Cook County, the second-most-populous county in the US, with a small portion of the northwest side of the city extending into DuPage County near O'Hare Airport. Chicago is the principal city of the Chicago metropolitan area, often referred to as Chicagoland. At nearly 10 million people, the metropolitan area is the third most populous in the United States.