5 LGBTQ things you need to know today, April 16

1. Late last Friday, a federal judge ruled that the U.S. military's trans ban cannot be implemented. Judge Marsha Pechman, of the Western District of Washington, said that the second version of Trump's March ba...
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[Video] Check out ‘HEbrew’ — the new hookup site for gay Jewish men


Atlantans Julian Modugno and Jamie Hawkins-Gaar are best friends who share a passion for making films. Modugno is gay. Hawkins-Gaar is not (and not that that matters). Modugno's day-job is in the art department for CW's "Vampire Diaries" and Hawkins-Gaar works in the electrical departments of various movies and shows filmed in Atlanta. They both love pushing the limits in their solo projects.

The duo founded Bland Hack Pictures and have been making short films for the internet for several years. Today, they debut their newest film, "HEbrew," that has a very gay theme — a dating app for Jewish men created by the makers of Grindr and J-Date and a funny commercial filled with bad puns (bar mitvah becomes bear mitzvah, for example) to promote it.

"The thing that's great about Bland Hack is that we're composed of one straight white guy and one gay white guy which basically makes us one of the Internet's most diverse comedy groups," Modugno says. 

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Meme of the Week: Red Forman meets the neighbors

For folks my age, “That ‘70s Show” was a staple of television schedules for years. Even now, the show continues to thrive in syndication and still has a sizable fan-base.

"That 70's Show" was full of hilarious moments in its nearly 10 years on the air, including the one below, which is perfectly illustrated by this scene in meme-form.

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Culture club: The year’s biggest LGBT media moments

The year's top media stories

Chaz Bono danced with the stars, Lady Gaga spoke out after a “Little Monster” committed suicide, a gay teen’s video went viral when he defended his two moms to the Iowa legislature, and gay characters went all the way on “Glee.”

LGBT individuals and issues were everywhere in the media this year. Here are some of the biggest moments from social media, television, music, movies and theater.

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Google highlights ‘It Gets Better’ project in Chrome commercial

Google Chrome logoDuring last night's Fleetwood Mac-themed episode of “Glee,” Google ran a moving commercial highlighting the “It Gets Better” project to promote its Chrome internet browser.

Advertising space during one of television's most watched shows is quite valuable, and Google spared no expense with its one and a half minute spot.

The commercial featured videos from Lady Gaga, Adam Lambert, Anne Hathaway and others while showing off how Google's browser integrates the modern social web (and Google's family of products).

The Mountain View, California-based company has been on the cutting edge of workplace equality and has consistently maintained a perfect score from the Human Rights Campaign in its annual Corporate Equality Index.

Check it out below:

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Gay blog Queerty returns after short hiatus

Call it a break. Call it time apart. Whatever you want to call it, gay blog Queerty is back.

The popular gay blog that used snarky commentary and featured plenty of mostly naked boys, announced back in April that it was shutting down. Yes, it's really back. Go check it out. I'll wait.

The site's owner, David Hauslaib, sold Queerty to GayCities, an LGBT resource company based in San Francisco, according to an article on the site. GayCities says that many of the original staff, as well as some new faces, including my former co-worker Dan Renzi, are hopping onboard the new incarnation.

Reaction to the initial shuttering was far from mixed. Most of our readers and commenters online felt that Queerty regularly crossed the line in their coverage of closeted celebrities and the tone of the content was unnecessarily “snarky.”

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Best of Atlanta: Internet

After two months of online balloting and more than 20,000 votes cast, we present the best of the best — our inaugural Best of Atlanta winners.

It all started back at the beginning of May, when we asked you, our readers, to nominate your favorites for dozens of awards in the categories of Community, People, Nightlife, Dining, Retail, Pet Services, Internet, and Outside Atlanta.

The top three finalists — or more, in the case of a tie — in each category made it through to the next round of voting. For the month of June, a multiple-choice ballot asked you to pick among the finalists for who really represents the finest in LGBT Georgia.

Thanks to everyone who voted, and congratulations to all of the worthy winners and runners up.

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Vote for the Best of Atlanta

Nominate your favorites in dozens of categories, from nightlife and dining to people and community organizations