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Broadway's Telly Leung Talks His Alan Menken Connection Ahead of Tribute with Boston Pops

Broadway's Telly Leung Talks His Alan Menken Connection Ahead of Tribute with Boston Pops

ENTERTAINMENT | By John Amodeo | May 20

This week Broadway's Telly Leung joins colleagues in celebrating Disney composer Alan Menken with the Boston Pops. Leung talked with EDGE about his Alan Menken connection, as well as diversity and LGBTQ+ equality.

Netflix Renews LGBTQ+ Series 'Heartstopper' for 2 More Seasons

Netflix Renews LGBTQ+ Series 'Heartstopper' for 2 More Seasons

ENTERTAINMENT | May 20

Netflix announced Friday that its popular LGBTQ+ series "Heartstopper" has been renewed for two more seasons.

Outrage Ensues as Netflix Lays Off Queer, Diverse Staff in 150 Employee Cut

Outrage Ensues as Netflix Lays Off Queer, Diverse Staff in 150 Employee Cut

ENTERTAINMENT | By Emell Adolphus | May 20

Social media was not kind to the streaming giant after learning that employee cuts included entire diversity departments for programming.

Watch: Amazon Lands Queer Comedy 'My Fake Boyfriend'

Watch: Amazon Lands Queer Comedy 'My Fake Boyfriend'

ENTERTAINMENT | By Emell Adolphus | May 20

Amazon acquires queer comedy "My Fake Boyfriend." The streamer acquired the film from BuzzFeed Studios and Lionsgate for distribution beginning this summer.

Monkeypox Spreads in West, Baffling African Scientists

Monkeypox Spreads in West, Baffling African Scientists

NEWS | By Maria Cheng | May 20

As more cases of monkeypox are detected in Europe and North America, some scientists who have monitored numerous outbreaks in Africa say they are baffled by the unusual disease's spread in the West.

Reports: Rihanna and A$AP Rocky Welcome Baby Boy in LA

Reports: Rihanna and A$AP Rocky Welcome Baby Boy in LA

ENTERTAINMENT | May 20

Rihanna and A$AP Rocky have welcomed a baby boy, according to multiple reports.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Says She's Engaged to Longtime Partner

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Says She's Engaged to Longtime Partner

NEWS | May 20

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Thursday she's engaged to her longtime partner Riley Roberts, a marketing professional she met over a decade ago while they were undergraduates at Boston University.

Despite Progress, 'Gay And Trans Panic' Defense Continues To Victimize LGBTQ People

Despite Progress, 'Gay And Trans Panic' Defense Continues To Victimize LGBTQ People

NEWS | By Alex Terrono | May 20

While LGBTQ rights have been on the rise in Western nations, one disturbing trend is the ongoing use of "gay and trans panic" as a defense in capital crimes.

Ellen DeGeneres: Proud of What She, Daytime TV Show Achieved

Ellen DeGeneres: Proud of What She, Daytime TV Show Achieved

ENTERTAINMENT | By Lynn Elber | May 20

DeGeneres spoke recently with The Associated Press about why her Daytime Emmy-winning show worked, and she reflected on her influence.

Neil Patrick Harris Apologizes Again for Old Joke about Amy Winehouse's Death

Neil Patrick Harris Apologizes Again for Old Joke about Amy Winehouse's Death

ENTERTAINMENT | By Kilian Melloy | May 19

In yet another example of how comments made online are forever, openly gay actor Neil Patrick Harris is apologizing once more for a joke from 2011 about the death of beloved singer Amy Winehouse.

News

Maine Removes LGBTQ+ Teaching Video Assailed in Republican Ad

Maine Removes LGBTQ+ Teaching Video Assailed in Republican Ad

NEWS | May 19

The Maine Department of Education removed from its website a video containing an LGBTQ lesson plan for kindergarten students that was the subject of a Republican ad targeting Democratic Gov. Janet Mills.

Business

Consumers Shift Again, Flummoxing Big Retailers Like Target

Consumers Shift Again, Flummoxing Big Retailers Like Target

BUSINESS | By Anne D'Innocenzio | May 19

The pandemic vastly changed the way Americans spend money and now as they return to pre-pandemic behavior, they're tripping up retailers again.

Technology

Boeing Crew Capsule Launches to Space Station on Test Redo

Boeing Crew Capsule Launches to Space Station on Test Redo

TECHNOLOGY | By Marcia Dunn | May 20

Boeing's crew capsule rocketed into orbit Thursday on a repeat test flight without astronauts, after years of being grounded by flaws that could have doomed the spacecraft.

Finance

'Twitter Philanthropy' Reveals Chasms in Social Safety Net

'Twitter Philanthropy' Reveals Chasms in Social Safety Net

FINANCE | By R.J. Rico | May 20

Millionaire Bill Pulte practices what he calls "Twitter philanthropy," providing financial relief to people who reach out to him for help via social media. But he can only help a fraction of those who ask.

Style

Something Old, Something New — the Costumes of 'Downton Abbey'

Something Old, Something New — the Costumes of 'Downton Abbey'

STYLE | By Hilary Fox | May 19

Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue — all these elements went into the costuming of "Downton Abbey: A New Era."

Health/Fitness

Jill Biden, Selena Gomez Lead Talk on Youth Mental Health

Jill Biden, Selena Gomez Lead Talk on Youth Mental Health

HEALTH/FITNESS | By Darlene Superville | May 19

Selena Gomez joined first lady Jill Biden and U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy at the White House on Wednesday for a conversation about youth mental health.

Travel

2022 is the Year of All-Inclusive Travel, and Here's Why

2022 is the Year of All-Inclusive Travel, and Here's Why

TRAVEL | By Sally French, NerdWallet | May 19

The image of all-inclusive travel is changing, as hotel companies expand their offerings, while redefining what all-inclusive means.