Dominic Preston

Staff Writer at Tech Advisor and Macworld covering all things tech and gaming, Executive Editor at Outermode, and occasional freelancer on film, TV, videogames, food & drink, lifestyle and travel.

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Netflix Gives ‘Sense8′ a Second Season for its Birthday

Netflix renews the LGBT-friendly sci-fi show for a second season to celebrate its characters' birthday August 8th was the fictional birthday of the eight lead characters in the Netflix sci-fi drama Sense8, and the streaming service decided to celebrate the occasion by giving the show its own birthday present: a second season. The fate of Sense8 has been unclear ever since the first season was released in early June, with Netflix remaining tightlipped on whether any follow-up was planned. It’s
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Amber Monroe Becomes the 12th Trans Woman Murdered in the US This Year

20-year-old Amber Monroe is the latest tragic victim of the year's growing number of murders of trans women of color Amber Monroe, a 20-year-old trans woman from Detroit, has become at least the 12th transgender women to be murdered in the United States this year, and the 10th trans woman of color to be killed. Monroe was found dead early on Saturday morning after a shooting that may or may not have been motivated by transphobia. The news was first broken on social media by trans rights advoca
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Alexander Skarsgård Stuns in Drag for ‘The Diary of a Teenage Girl’ Premiere

The 6'4" Swedish star towered in high heels at the premiere for his latest film in San Francisco The 6-foot-4 Alexander Skarsgård stood even taller than usual at the San Francisco premiere for The Diary of a Teenage Girl, adding to his height with a pair of high-heels as he donned drag for the red carpet event. With a flowing, blonde wig and floor-length gold sequin gown, Skarsgård looked a far cry from his threatening role as vampire Eric on True Blood – he even had his own glittery clutch ba
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Six Wounded in Jerusalem Pride Knife Attack

None have died in the attack by the same man responsible for stabbing three people at Jerusalem Pride in 2005 Six people have been left wounded after a stabbing during Jerusalem’s Gay Pride parade perpetrated by the same man responsible for a similar attack ten years ago. Yishai Schlissel, an ultra-Orthodox Jew, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for stabbing three people at the 2005 Pride parade, and was released from prison just three weeks ago. Despite a heavy police presence at this year’
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Emmys 2015: ‘Transparent’, ‘Orange Is the New Black’ and ‘Grace and Frankie’ Score Nominations

Amazon's 'Transparent' leads the LGBT pack with 11 nominations, but 'Orange Is the New Black' has dropped down to just 4 2015 looks to be another great year for LGBT favorites at the Emmy Awards, with nominations for Transparent, Orange Is the New Black, Grace and Frankie and more. The big LGBT winner this year is Transparent, which picked up a total of 11 nominations – on a par with Mad Men and House of Cards – including Outstanding Comedy Series and Lead Actor in a Comedy for star Jeffrey Ta
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Years & Years Singer: It’s ‘Kind of Sad’ Gay Popstars Don’t Sing About Men

The frontman of the British pop group explains why he made a point of referencing male lovers in his song lyrics Olly Alexander, lead vocalist of British pop group Years & Years, has called it “kind of sad” that so many gay male singers avoid using male pronouns in their songs. Alexander spoke to Digital Spy about the band’s debut album Communion. The site noted that the singer, who is gay, included several lyrics that specifically reference male lovers, which remains unusual in mainstream mus
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Marvel Studios Boss Reveals We’ll See an LGBT Character ‘Within the Next Decade’

Studio boss Kevin Feige expects the films' first LGBT character 'in the next decade or sooner' Marvel Studios has gone from strength to strength over the last few years, but has come under consistent criticism for its lack of on-screen diversity. The studio’s first films featuring black and female leads are now on the way over the next few years, but LGBT characters remain conspicuously absent – though apparently not for long. Collider spoke to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige during the p
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Nintendo Includes Same-Sex Marriage in ‘Fire Emblem Fates’

The upcoming game will be the gaming giant's first to feature playable same-sex relationships Upcoming role-playing game Fire Emblem Fates is the first game published by Nintendo to include same-sex marriage, the company has confirmed in a statement. The Fire Emblem series has previously included the option for the main player character to pursue relationships with other characters, but Fates will be the first title in the series to include same-sex relationships. “We can confirm that Fire Em
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Scissor Sisters Frontman Jake Shears Takes to L.A. Stage in ‘Bent’ Revival

The singer will make his stage debut in a Los Angeles production of 'Bent' starting next month Scissor Sisters frontman and singer Jake Shears will make his acting debut on stage in Los Angeles in a revival of the play Bent later this summer. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Shears would join the production of Mark Sherman’s drama, set in Nazi Germany, which will play at L.A.’s Mark Taper Forum in July and August this year. Shears will play Greta, one of a group of gay men trying to
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Spider-Man Can’t Be Gay, Sony Hack Reveals

A license agreement from the Sony hack reveals Marvel's strict terms on Spider-Man's sexuality WikiLeaks has released a new batch of documents from last year’s Sony hack, leading to a fresh wave of revelations as the hundreds of thousands of files are slowly sorted through. Gawker has already found a doozy though: a 2011 legal agreement between Marvel and Sony, prior to the two Andrew Garfield-starring Amazing Spider-Man films, in which the comics company stipulates all of Spider-Man and alter
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Jamie Clayton and Miguel Ángel Silvestre Explain that Queer Love is the Heart of ‘Sense8′

Two of the stars of Netflix's sci-fi epic 'Sense8' discuss the show's LGBT characters, orgy scenes and why Pride is so important Sense8, the brand-new sci-fi series from Netflix, is groundbreaking in all sorts of ways, as we’ve already argued. Not only is its globe-spanning story of eight interconnected people ambitious on a scale rarely seen on the small screen, but the show has hefty LGBT credentials. It boasts a transgender creator and director in Lana Wachowski and two LGBT lead characters,
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‘Kill The Faggot’ Video Game Pulled From Steam Greenlight Service

The homophobic game was available through the Steam service for just hours before being taken down A homophobic and transphobic game called Kill The Faggot has been removed from PC game distribution platform Steam Greenlight after just hours following a rapid community backlash. The simple game sees players shoot people in the streets, scoring points for killing gay and transgender people and losing points for hitting “innocent” straight people. Low points include an announcer celebrating a ki