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The GLAAD Wrap: Comcast unveils LGBT Pride package; Pet Shop Boys release new single; FarFaria to launch LGBT-inclusive children's books

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1) In honor of Pride Month, Comcast is featuring an assortment of LGBT films, documentaries, and TV shows that can be streamed for viewing on platforms like the Xfinity TV application for Xbox 360, Xfinity.com and XfinityTV.com. By entering Xfinity.com/LGBT into the address bar, you will be taken to an exclusive LGBT media page. Some of the films available through Comcast's LGBT bundle include A Single Man, The Birdcage, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Kissing Jessica Stein and HBO's recently released Behind the Candelabra with Matt Damon and Michael Douglas.

2) Hailing from the United Kingdom, electronic music duo Pet Shop Boys, (Chris Lowe and out Neil Tennant), have released their new single, "Vocal." The hit single has been endorsed by high-profile DJ Armin Van Buuren, who used it in one of his remixes, now available on iTunes. "Vocal" is a prelude to the Pet Shop Boys' twelfth album, Electric, available July 15.

3) Indigo Girls' Emily Saliers may go the solo musician route with a new album within the next year. While rumors of a solo record have been swirling for a while, Saliers says she's been occupied with Indigo Girls symphony concerts and spending time with her partner in Canada. "I guess I’m not the type of person who can focus on a lot of things at one time," Saliers said. "I have a mound of creative energy that gets used up then has to be refreshed."

4) The winners of 25th Annual Lambda Literary Awards, hosted by comedian Kate Clinton, were announced on Tuesday at a ceremony that drew a crowd of nearly 500 spectators to celebrate contributions to LGBT literature. Among the many categories recognized during the ceremony were the recipients of the Transgender Fiction award. "For the first time, transgender people are accepting the award for transgender literature," said Imogen Binnie, author of The Fact That It's Funny Doesn't Make It A Joke and Stereotype Threat. A full list of the award recipients is available here.

5) FarFaria, the unlimited storybook iPad app, will be releasing four stories during June focusing on LGBT acceptance to honor Pride month. The first story, Patrick's Pride is about a lion cub and his two moms, and is available for download now. Future releases will come out on June 12 (Henry and the Venus Flytrap), June 20 (The Boy with the Pink Socks), and June 25 (Kindness Grows).

 

 

6) Winning Dad has nine more days to reach their $30,000 goal through Kickstarter to complete their film. The story focuses on Colby (Jake Street), who hopes to introduce his boyfriend Rusty (writer/director of Winning Dad, Arthur Allen) into his family. Colby's father (Chuck Sigars) refuses to discuss his son's sexuality, so Colby tricks his father into a camping trip with him and Rusty to see if they will get along. The Winning Dad team hopes to show viewers through the film that family love and acceptance of a relationship are values shared by all people.

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