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Empire's Ilene Chaiken Is Fighting Against TV's Killing-Off of LGBT Characters: With Awareness, 'I Predict That It Will Change and Change Fast'

Empire's Ilene Chaiken Is Fighting Against TV's Killing-Off of LGBT Characters: With Awareness, 'I Predict That It Will Change and Change Fast'

Originally posted 05/24/2016 01:45PM

One of TV's power players a disturbing entertainment trend head-on.

Empire executive producer Ilene Chaiken, who was honored at this year's GLSEN Respect Awards, spoke to PEOPLE on Monday night about the "Bury Your Gays" trope in film and television.

"In what I do, which is make popular entertainment, it's been a lifelong battle for representation," Chaiken, 58, tells PEOPLE. "I think there's nothing more important than seeing ourselves reflected in the media, in our entertainment, in characters that speak to us. It means everything. It saves lives, it builds futures, it builds hope."

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New Couple Alert? Shay Mitchell Goes on Lunch Date with NBA Star Jimmy Butler

Originally posted 05/10/2016 02:00AM

Pretty Little Liars' Shay Mitchell is spending some time with NBA star Jimmy Butler.

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Shay Mitchell Won't Label Her Sexuality: 'I Could Be 50 and Dating a Woman'

Originally posted 05/05/2016 03:30PM

Shay Mitchell isn't one for labels.

Though Mitchell plays an out-and-proud lesbian on Pretty Little Liars, she reveals in Cosmopolitan's June cover story that she doesn't subscribe to pinning down her sexuality off screen.

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Boston Traffic Reporter Announces Gender Change: 'This Isn't the Body That I'm Supposed to Have'

Boston Traffic Reporter Announces Gender Change: 'This Isn't the Body That I'm Supposed to Have'

Originally posted 05/05/2016 12:55AM

Boston traffic reporter Scott Eck made a gender change announcement on Wednesday.

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Sarah Paulson: 'You Should be Able to Love Whomever You F----- Well Please'

Sarah Paulson: 'You Should be Able to Love Whomever You F----- Well Please'

Originally posted 05/04/2016 03:15PM

Sarah Paulson generally remains reserved when it comes to her views on sexuality, but the actress recently decided to share a few choice (and four-letter) words on the subject.

The American Crime Story star opens up about in the new issue of NO TOFU magazine about her love life, which has received a lot of attention since it was revealed she's currently in a relationship with actress Holland Taylor.

"I believe that everyone should be allowed to speak their truth and just say what they want to say and show the world who they are," says Paulson, 41 . "You should be able to love whomever you f----- well please."

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Fewer Diverse LGBT Characters in Hollywood Despite Year of Big-Name Performances, GLAAD Study Finds

Fewer Diverse LGBT Characters in Hollywood Despite Year of Big-Name Performances, GLAAD Study Finds

Originally posted 05/02/2016 12:15PM

Hollywood is still behind the curve when it comes to onscreen film LGBT diversity, despite notable performances by stars like Cate Blanchett in Carol and Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl, GLAAD's annual Studio Responsibility Index report found.

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Nick Jonas Hopes Canceling His N.C. Shows with Demi Lovato 'Moves Towards a Change' in State's Transgender Bathroom Law

Nick Jonas Hopes Canceling His N.C. Shows with Demi Lovato 'Moves Towards a Change' in State's Transgender Bathroom Law

Originally posted 04/28/2016 06:15PM

Nick Jonas hopes his decision with Demi Lovato to cancel their joint tour dates in North Carolina will lead to change in the state's controversial transgender bathroom law.

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Same-Sex Couple Fights California High School That Rejected Their Nomination for Prom King and Queen

Same-Sex Couple Fights California High School That Rejected Their Nomination for Prom King and Queen

Originally posted 04/28/2016 04:40PM

A California high school has rejected two female students' plea to be eligible for prom king and queen, despite the fact that the couple was nominated by their peers.

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Curt Schilling Fired From ESPN Over Anti-Transgender Comment on Facebook

Curt Schilling Fired From ESPN Over Anti-Transgender Comment on Facebook

Originally posted 04/20/2016 10:00PM

One of ESPN's biggest baseball analysts, Curt Schilling, has been fired from the network, the New York Times reports.

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James Franco Says He's 'a Little Gay' as He Discusses His Sexuality In New Interview

James Franco Says He's 'a Little Gay' as He Discusses His Sexuality In New Interview

Originally posted 04/20/2016 12:55AM

James Franco has once again discussed his sexuality in a new interview.

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