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Billy-Masters

  Billy Masters

"I'm not gonna say that if you vote then I'll have sex with you, but if you don't then I can promise you that I won't."—Gus Kenworthy does his part to get out the vote. If ...


Billy-Masters

  Billy Masters

"God's greatest gift to me."—Tim Cook tells Christiane Amanpour how he views being born gay. I couldn't have said it better myself. Some of our queer celebs had inventive costumes this year. The one that stuck ...


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  Queer Eye's Karamo Brown in Evanston Dec. 5

Television host and culture expert on the Emmy-winning Netflix reboot of Queer Eye, Karamo Brown says that the key to his success is tapping into the many facets of his identity. Whether as an openly gay ...


Billy-Masters

  Billy Masters

"It was a little thing I did in London and Joe Fiennes played Michael Jackson and there was a lot of to-do about the fact that he was a white guy. And I always thought about ...


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  Wachowskis to sell Chicago studio space

Lilly and Lana Wachowski—transgender sibling filmmakers behind the Matrix trilogy and the lesbian-themed thriller Bound—are attempting to sell their Ravenswood Avenue studio space, Crain's Chicago Business reported Oct. 22. The Chicago-based filmmakers' family-owned firm, Kinoworks, is ...


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  SHOWBIZ: Jamie Lee Curtis, Latifah, Jim Parsons, 'Heathers'

Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis revealed to People magazine that she struggled with an opioid addiction she kept secret from the world since the late '80s, Page Six noted. She explained that she was prescribed painkillers ...


Amiyah-Scott

  Amiyah Scott

10 Questions with Vic

Before her upcoming role as "Cotton," a transgender hustler and sometimes dancer on Lee Daniels' series Star, Amiyah Scott attracted attention in the New Orleans underground ballroom scene. Windy City Times: Modesty aside, how would you ...


Billy-Masters

  Billy Masters

"I actually feel bad for him. What I saw was a minstrel show today. Him in front of all these white people—mostly white people—embarrassing himself and embarrassing Americans, but mostly African-Americans, because every one of them ...


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  SHOWBIZ 'Orange' ending, 'Tales of the City,' Rihanna, Jussie Smollett

Lionsgate's Orange Is the New Black, which streams on Netflix, will end with season seven in 2019, TheWrap.com reported. Season six dropped in its entirety on June 27. Creator Jenji Kohan said in 2017 that she ...







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  Chicago-made "the T" Wins Best Indie Series in Streamy Awards

Chicago, IL - The winners of 24 Streamy Awards were unveiled this past weekend, including Chicago-made web series "the T" ( Full Spectrum Features and OTV ), which won for Best Indie Series. The 8th Annual ...


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  Lesbian CEO takes reins at New Thought Channel

At New Thought Channel, Paula Langguth Ryan serves as the chief financial officer, chief operating officer, marketing director and promotions manager. Now, has taken on yet another role: CEO. In Indiana, Ryan was born on the ...


Billy-Masters

  Billy Masters

"Shit, I'm attracted to everything."—Jake Choi expresses his sexual orientation. If only I could place him. If only I could place him, although the nudes on BillyMasters.com sure look familiar. Melania Trump recently declared, "I'm the ...


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  TELEVISION 'Glitterbomb' engages queer Latinx community

Television now has its first national queer Latinx talk show with a gay Latino cast. LATV's Glitterbomb debuted last month and is broadcast to more than 22 million homes in the United States, according to Alexander ...


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  Billy Masters

"Please give it up for Garrett Colton."—Mariah Balenciaga introduces Garrett Clayton at Gay Days Anaheim. Oops. Clayton said, "Thanks, Mariah, for getting my last name wrong." I would have added the word "bitch," but y'know, I'm ...


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  Selling it like Ryan Serhant

Everything is coming up roses for Ryan Serhant these days. This year, the Bravo celebrity celebrates a seventh season of Million Dollar Listing New York; a spinoff called Sell It Like a Serhant premiered; his book ...


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  Leslie Jordan is now one of 'The 'Cool Kids'

Out actor Leslie Jordan may have finally landed his dream role of Sid on a new television show called The Cool Kids. Brought by executive producer Charlie Day, the series stars David Alan Grier, Martin Mull ...


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  Personalities speak against anti-LGBTQ bullying for Spirit Day Oct. 18

Videos below

New York, NY, Monday, October 11, 2018 — GLAAD, the world's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender ( LGBTQ ) media advocacy organization, today recognized National Coming Out Day with a launch the official countdown to Spirit ...


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  SHOWBIZ Madonna, Matt Bomer, bullying movie, Janelle Monae

In a new interview with WWD, Madonna talked about her MDNA Skin lineup—and confirmed that a new album of music is on the way, NewNowNext.com reported. "I'm finishing my record, which I'm going to release next ...







Billy-Masters

  Billy Masters

"What do you expect? I'm a Black lesbian."—Wanda Sykes' response when asked why she made jokes about Trump at a recent show in New Jersey. More than 1,500 people cheered, while a dozen or so walked ...


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  SHOWBIZ Aretha, Justin Bieber, Wanda Sykes, 'Wicked,' Robin Williams

The American Music Awards will honor Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin on Oct. 9, according to Page Six. Dick Clark productions said that Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin, CeCe Winans and musical director Rickey ...


Billy-Masters

  Billy Masters

"America's Got Talent got a bigger audience than the Emmys. Write your own punch line. It's a Jewish holiday."—Perennial awards show scribe Bruce Vilanch's quip on the ratings for the Emmy Awards. If you missed the ...


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  SHOWBIZ Greg Berlanti, Rihanna, 'Downton Abbey,' Ralph Lauren

Producer Greg Berlanti has taken on a side project—a one-night-only reading of Paramount Pictures' Terms of Endearment at The Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles on Monday, Oct. 1, to benefit Stand Up To Cancer, Deadline.com noted. ...


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  LGBT vampire film has Shakespearean twist

A dark Shakespearean love story hits the homes of millions with cable, satellite and telco operators including iTunes, Amazon, Direct TV, and more. Ronnie Kahlil, an award-winning producer, writer, and director of the new film, With ...


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  Billy Masters

"Makeup. Five pounds of makeup."—Cher explained why she looks so good in Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again. She added, "Also the director really liked me. I think he took extra special care to light me." ...


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  'Maisel,' 'Thrones,' RuPaul rule Emmys

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Game of Thrones and RuPaul's Drag Race were the big winners in the areas of comedy, drama and reality competition, respectively, at the 70th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, which took place Sept. ...


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  GLAAD celebrates LGBTQ-inclusive 70th Annual Emmy Awards

September 18, 2018, New York, NY — GLAAD today celebrated the LGBTQ-inclusive winners of the 70th Annual Emmy Awards, while encouraging greater diversity and LGBTQ representation throughout the entertainment industry. GLAAD's President and CEO, Sarah Kate ...


Billy-Masters

  Billy Masters

"How you feeling, Birmingham?"—Britney Spears greets the audience at the final stop on her "Piece of Me" tour. Alas, she wasn't in Birmingham—she was in Blackpool. Oops, she did it again. And we won't even discuss ...







Billy-Masters

  Billy Masters

"When I saw Ariana Grande on the program, I thought that was something at Taco Bell!" — Bishop Charles H. Ellis, who presided over Aretha Franklin's funeral, shares his thoughts on Miss Grande after her performance—a ...


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  SHOWBIZ Sia, Rain Dove, Justin Bieber, Grace Jones, Kathy Griffin

Australian singer Sia told Rolling Stone about that one time she refused to get her picture taken with Donald Trump, citing her queer and Mexican fans, LGBTQ Nation noted. In 2015, she performed on Saturday Night ...


Billy-Masters

  Billy Masters

"I do think it's dangerous, personally. I feel like in any of this sort of stuff, you have to take each situation. We copped a bit of flack at the time, 'Why are there three straight ...


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  TV Choreographer-dancer Travis Wall on 'Dance' series, being out

It's hard to believe that the Fox show So You Think You Can Dance is about to end its 15th season. Travis Wall has been there almost from the beginning. Wall—who was born and raised in ...


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  Billy Masters

"All of my best friends are gay. I support the community. I love the community. They love me. That has nothing to do with this."—Kim Kardashian speaks out about possibly accusing Tyson Beckford of being gay ...


Billy-Masters

  Billy Masters

"Is there anything more satisfying than seeing recent photos of someone you once lusted after now looking hideous? I also recognize: a ) this makes me a terrible person and 2 ) it is the definition ...


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  'Wendy Williams Show' in town Aug. 23

The tour promoting the 10th season of The Wendy Williams Show will stop at the House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn St., on Thursday, Aug. 23, 5:30-9 p.m. Williams will be hosting an evening filled with ...


Billy-Masters

  Billy Masters

"First of all, it's totally hogwash. My sister would never, ever have done anything to do any harm to any child, especially within our family. And for those lies to be perpetuated in this so-called documentary ...


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  TELEVISION Orange Is the New Black cast talk new season, LGBT issues

Orange Is the New Black is finally ready to be binge-watched on Netflix, with a newly released season six. The series is based on Piper Kerman's memoir Orange Is the New Black: My year in a ...







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  Drag reality show on YouTube in August

Camp Wannakiki is a new drag reality show airing on YouTube starting in late summer. The premise is seeing which of eight drag queens can last the week at an actual summer camp and claim the ...


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  Shriver Center starts Get Care Illinois website

The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law ( Shriver Center ) has launched the Get Care Illinois website, at GetCareIllinois.org . The website offers low-income individuals and families a road map to finding, obtaining and ...


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  Billy Masters

"I was gender-confused. My parents just let me grow out of it. As I look back, I knew they were frustrated. I was that kid that ran around in a T-shirt and a rubber band around ...


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  New Drag Reality Show Camp Wannakiki Coming Soon to YouTube

From a press release

Camp Wannakiki is a new drag reality show airing on YouTube starting in August 2018. The premise is simple… take eight drag queens to see who can last the week at an actual Summer Camp and ...


Billy-Masters

  Billy Masters

"I've had experiences with men, even while I was dating the woman who became my wife. It was like, 'Wow, does that mean—I am gay?' And my wife laid it out for me. She calls it ...


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  TV Getting crafty with 'Making It' contestant Jeffery Rudell

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Parks & Recreation stars Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman return to TV screens on Tuesday, July 31, with their new reality-competition show, Making It. The show will see eight crafty competitors from across the country compete ...


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  2018 ASANA Softball World Series Coming Live To A Screen Near You

From a news release

NEW ORLEANS, LA, JULY 5, 2018 — The Amateur Sports Alliance of North America ( ASANA ), organizers of the 2018 ASANA Softball World Series in New Orleans, September 18 — 22, has announced a partnership ...


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  SHOWBIZ Jennifer Hudson, 'Horror Story,' Kathy vs. Ellen, gay boy band

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Jennifer Hudson will be making a new movie "Memory" playing the "glamour cat" Grizabella in Universal and Working Title's big-screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's beloved stage musical Cats, TheWrap reported. Taylor Swift, James Corden and ...


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  TV 'Sharp Objects' screens at Chicago History Museum

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

The new limited series Sharp Objects on HBO already has audiences intrigued after just the first episode. On July 13, the second episode was screened at Chicago History Museum, with a couple cast members and the ...







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  Billy Masters

"Yes, I did offer them acting jobs in exchange for sex, but so did and still does everyone. But I never, ever forced myself on a single woman."—Harvey Weinstein's justification for his legal woes. Ladies and ...


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  NUNN ON ONE TV Mj Rodriguez strikes a 'Pose'

Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times

Actress Mj Rodriguez plays the character Blanca on FX's Pose, the show set in the '80s about ballroom culture in New York City. Co-creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals have made television history with ...


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  NUNN ON ONE TV Gay psychic Thomas John aims to take your mind on a trip

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Psychic Thomas John, who is openly gay, has said that he started at an early age communicating with dead relatives, including his grandfather. After graduation from the University of Chicago with a degree in psychology and ...


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  70th Annual Emmy nominations announced

The 2018 Emmy nominations have been announced. Outstanding Drama Series nods went to The Americans, The Crown, Game of Thrones, The Handmaid's Tale, Stranger Things, This Is Us and Westworld. Atlanta, Barry, Black-ish, Curb Your Enthusiasm, ...


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  Billy Masters

History was just made with the crowning of a trans woman as Miss Spain. She was not crowned because of or despite of her being trans—she was crowned because she was the best/most attractive contestant. Angela ...


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  PASSAGES '50s actor Tab Hunter dies at 86

Tab Hunter—who rose to movie stardom in the 1950s ( thanks to his surfer-by looks ) and who, in his later years, came out of the closet as gay—has died at 86. In his 2005 memoir, ...


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  Actress Thompson discusses sexuality

Tessa Thompson has spoken out about her relationship with queer musician Janelle Monae JustJared.com noted. The Westworld actress told PorterEdit about Monae, "We love each other deeply, we're so close. We vibrate on the same frequency. ...


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  TELEVISION Former 'Drag Race' contestant makes 'Dance' history

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Noah McCarthy

Miss Estranja ( AKA Jay Jackson, and sometimes known as Miss Laganja Estranja ) made her television debut on season 6 of RuPaul's Drag Race. Since, she has become known for her cannabis activism and choreography. ...


Billy-Masters

  Billy Masters

"Hands down, Justin Timberlake. 'Cause if we wanna talk about big..."—Patricia Clarkson when asked, "Who had your biggest chance of being your friend with benefits on the set of Friends with Benefits?" Needless to say, Andy ...







Billy-Masters

  Billy Masters

"I'm someone you can't put a label on. I'm much like a sponge. You can squeeze me and get everything out of me. But you'll never know unless you try."—More pearls of wisdom from self-proclaimed male ...


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  TELEVISION A fortified spirit, Angelica Ross of 'Pose'

Angelica Ross is busy. She's filming a movie in the fall with Whoopi Goldberg. She's the CEO of TransTech Social Enterprises, a firm she founded in 2014 that helps employ trans people. She's curating a shorts ...


Billy-Masters

  Billy Masters

"I will see anything with Chris shirtless in a field of flowers. Or Chris looking like Jesus in the rain."—Channing Tatum's comments after seeing stills of a shirtless Chris Hemsworth in Bad Times at the El ...


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  'Will & Grace' revival out on DVD

The first-season revival of Will & Grace—out 10 years after the original show ended—is now out on DVD, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally reprise their respective roles ...


Billy-Masters

  Billy Masters

"I'm gonna say one thing—'Fuck Trump!' It's no longer 'Down with Trump,' it's 'Fuck Trump!'"—Robert De Niro takes the Tonys ( and CBS ) by surprise and gets a standing ovation at Radio City Music Hall. ...


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  Rich Madaleno campaign ad with same-sex kiss aired on Fox & Friends

From a LGBTQ Victory Fund news release

Washington, DC — A new campaign ad for Maryland gubernatorial candidate Richard Madaleno — which focuses on his record of progressive accomplishments for the state — ends with him kissing his husband Mark Hodge on the ...


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  Billy Masters

"There was a beautiful model next to me in bed and so I did some Method acting. I got a little bit excited. The exhibitionist was acting up because there was 40 people running cameras. I ...


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  Mirza part of 'Red Line' series

Local Pakistani, Muslim, queer actress-activist Fawzia Mirza will be a writer on the CBS show Red Line. Ava Duvernay and Greg Berlanti are the executive producers of this Chicago-set series that looks at the lives of ...


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  TELEVISION REVIEW Pose

Director: Ryan Murphy ( first two episodes ). Starring: Evan Peters, MJ Rodriguez and Dominique Jackson, among others. Time: Varies. Premiere date: June 3 The new FX series Pose is set in the '80s, and tells ...







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  SHOWBIZ Dolly Parton, 'Orange' premiere, Kate Spade, Ryan Gosling

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Dolly Parton is working on an eight-episode anthology series for Netflix based on her music, Variety noted. Parton will serve as singer and songwriter for the show, as well as executive produce and co-star. Rumors of ...


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  NUNN ON ONE Kameron Michaels muscles in on drag scene

"Bodybuilder Barbie" Kameron Michaels continually walks the line between strength and beauty. His real name is Dane Young and he joined the tenth season of the hit TV show RuPaul's Drag Race hailing from the Nashville. ...


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  Roseanne canceled after star's racist tweets

Roseanne, television's most-watched show, has been canceled in the wake of star Roseanne Barr's racist tweet regarding former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett. Barr apologized to Jarrett after the comedian made a racially charged joke , and ...


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  Billy Masters

"You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you."—I came across this quote during my month abroad. My attempt to live by it lasted 24 hours. On the ...


Billy-Masters

  Billy Masters

"All men, if they are normal, go with women, women like that accost them on the street and then they go together. In Paris they have big houses for that. Papa has been there. Uncle Walter ...


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  Annual GLAAD film report finds alarming drop in LGBTQ characters

From a news release

Los Angeles, CA — GLAAD, the world's largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today released its sixth annual Studio Responsibility Index ( SRI ), a report that maps the quantity, quality, and diversity of LGBTQ people in ...


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  SHOWBIZ Donald Glover, Adore Delano, Jason Statham, Jennifer Aniston

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Donald Glover has backed suggestions that his Star Wars character is pansexual—despite a reported zero same-sex interactions on screen, according to PinkNews. Fans accused Star Wars producers of queer-baiting after claims that fan favorite character Lando ...


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  'Queer Eye' co-host helps Lowe's, GE roll out product line

Design specialist and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy star Bobby Berk pulled into Chicago on May 16 to help Lowe's Home Improvement/Hardware and General Electric rollout a new product line and retail format. The invitation-only ...


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  TELEVISION Series continues to examine transgender people's lives

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

In 2004, Dr. Bruce Hensel hosted and co-directed The Opposite Sex: Rene's Story and The Opposite Sex: Jamie's Story—two series that looked at two trransgender individuals' quests to undergo their long-awaited gender-confirmation surgeries. Fast-forward to 2018, ...







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  Billy Masters

Things are really ramping up for the royal wedding. The big news last week was that while William will be Harry's best man, Kate will not be the maid ( or, I suppose, matron ) of ...


Billy-Masters

  Billy Masters

"You obviously have your mother's incredible compassion ... and your father's steely ambition—whoever that may be."—Bill Maher to Ronan Farrow. It sounds like a case for 23AndMe.com. Marriage is kinda like eating at Chipotle. It seems ...


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  NUNN ON ONE TV Transgender actor Marquise Vilson talks pivotal 'SVU' episode

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit recently introduced a storyline surrounding transgender people serving in the military. Titled "Service," the episode involved a trial about an escort who is allegedly raped in a hotel room. One ...




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