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Brian Michael Smith

Birth Place: Ann Arbor, MI

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Actor and advocate, Brian Michael was born and raised in Ann Arbor, MI. He attended Kent State University where he continued to study acting and found a deeper passion for screen work. Upon graduating from Kent State, Brian returned to Michigan and began teaching drama and filmmaking to teens in the U of M's OAMI Gear Up program. Soon afterward he moved to New York City to continue his youth work at the LGBT Community Center in Manhattan and pursue his career in acting. His professional acting career began training under Terry Knickerbocker at the William Esper Studio in 2011. Building on his gift for comedy, Brian also trained and performed with several sketch and improv troupes, most notably Gotham City Improv. His Off-Broadway and regional theatre performances include Ivy Theatre Co.'s A Real Boy (59E59th Theatre; NYC) and Mitch Albom's Duck Hunter Shoots Angel (Penobscot Theatre; Maine). TV credits include Girls, Chicago P.D. and Homeland. He is most proud of his role as trans police officer, Toine Wilkins on OWN's Queen Sugar. Brian Michael Smith can currently be seen portraying the role of Paul Strickland Fox's 9-1-1: Lone Star.

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Queer Prom Returns For Its Second Year!

Queer Prom is back for a second consecutive year. Queer activist, designer, entrepreneur, and event producer NiK Kacy presents Queer Prom - Behind the Velvet Rope!
Fox & Tubi Announce Black History Month Content

FOX's new documentary features Malcolm-Jamal Warner (THE RESIDENT), Brian Michael Smith (9-1-1: LONE STAR), Dulcé Sloan (THE GREAT NORTH), Kyla Pratt (CALL ME KAT), Sierra McClain (9-1-1: LONE STAR), Karin Gist (OUR KIND OF PEOPLE) and Debbi Morgan (OUR KIND OF PEOPLE), as they discuss their triumphs and personal experiences working in Hollywood.
Lauren Zakrin, Anthony Lee Medina, Brian Michael Smith & More to Take Part in Wingspan Arts' Panel

Wingspan Arts is set to host a panel discussion in the impact of arts education with rising talent from the stage and screen on Thursday, May 20th at 7pm ET Live. INDUSTRY INSIGHTS will be moderated by Emmy-Award winning host, Frank DiLella, of NY1's On Stage.
VIDEO: GLEE Cast Tributes Naya Rivera, THE BOYS IN THE BAND Wins, and More at the 2021 GLAAD Awards

GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, tonight hosted a virtual ceremony to announce the award recipients of the 32nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards. GLAAD partnered with Google to exclusively premiere the ceremony on GLAAD’s YouTube.
FOX Announces Winter Premiere Dates

FOX is announcing premiere dates for THE MASKED DANCER (Dec. 27), CALL ME KAT (Jan. 3), LAST MAN STANDING (Jan. 3), HELL’S KITCHEN (Jan. 7), THE RESIDENT (Jan. 12), PRODIGAL SON (Jan. 12), 9-1-1 (Jan. 18), and 9-1-1: LONE STAR (Jan. 18).
All-Trans Cast Will Lead Live Reading of BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

The New York LGBTQ Film Festival has announced that they will produce a live reading of 'Brokeback Mountain,' featuring an entirely trans cast. 
Ben Platt, Theo Germaine, & More Join GLAAD MEDIA AWARDS Lineup

GLAAD announced additional stars of the stage and screen that will be joining the 31st Annual GLAAD Media Awards virtual ceremony.
Beanie Feldstein, the Cast of POSE, & More to Appear During Virtual GLAAD Media Awards

GLAAD, the world's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, today announced that it will host a virtual ceremony for the 31st Annual GLAAD Media Awards on Thursday, July 30 in place of the original ceremonies planned for earlier this year.
Virtual Theatre Today: Friday, June 26- Lea Salonga, Sara Bareilles and More

Today (June 26) in live streaming: A new Next on Stage, Lea Salonga visits Backstage Live! and so much more!
New LGBTQ Festival Alliance, North American Queer Festival Alliance (NAQFA), Debuts With Online

The premiere North American LGBTQ film festivals: Frameline (San Francisco), Inside Out (Toronto), NewFest (NYC), and Outfest (Los Angeles), today announced their commitment to supporting LGBTQ film and filmmakers across their markets through the formation of NAQFA: the North American Queer Festival Alliance. This alliance will work collaboratively to produce, present and expand initiatives and programming while offering support to the LGBTQ film festival sector in the US and Canada. The announcement was made today by the Executive Directors of each festival, James Woolley of Frameline, Andria Wilson of Inside Out, David Hatkoff of NewFest and Damien S. Navarro of Outfest.
A 2020 Pride Guide- When & How to Celebrate Virtually!

While the world will celebrate a bit differently this year, June is still a month for Pride. Social distancing might keep the LGBTQ+ community physically apart, but many organizations are providing ways to come together... virtually.
Netflix Documentary DISCLOSURE, Transgender Lives on Screen, Launches This June

Netflix is pleased to announce the Netflix Original Documentary DISCLOSURE, which will launch globally on Friday, June 19 during Pride Month.
Video Roundup: Cast of JAGGED LITTLE PILL, George Salazar, Alex Newell, and More Perform in GLAAD's 'Together in Pride: You are Not Alone'

Last night, GLAAD hosted a digital event to highlight the LGBTQ response to COVID-19 and to raise money for CenterLink and local LGBTQ centers affected by COVID-19. Included were performances and appearances from the cast of Jagged Little Pill, George Salazar and Mj Rodriguez, Alex Newell, and more.
Barbra Streisand Joins Lineup For GLAAD's 'Together in Pride: You Are Not Alone'

Barbra Streisand has joined the lineup for GLAAD's upcoming livestream event!
VIDEO: Watch Billy Porter, Alex Newell, JAGGED LITTLE PILL Cast, and More on GLAAD's TOGETHER IN PRIDE

Just last night, GLAAD presented 'Together in Pride: You are Not Alone,' highlighting the LGBTQ response to COVID-19 and amplifiying messages of acceptance and affirmation to the LGBTQ community and people living with HIV during this unprecedented time. The livestream raises funds for LGBTQ community centers that are members of CenterLink.
Billy Porter, Alex Newell, JAGGED LITTLE PILL Cast, and More Join GLAAD's Fundraising Livestream

Billy Porter, the cast of Jagged Little Pill, Alex Newell, George Salazar, and more have joined GLAAD's livestream event, a?oeTogether in Pride: You are Not Alone,a?? on Sunday, April 26 at 8pm ET on GLAAD's YouTube channel and Facebook Live.
Showtime Orders Second Season of THE L WORD: GENERATION Q

SHOWTIME has ordered a ten-episode second season of THE L WORD: GENERATION Q, the sequel to the groundbreaking drama series THE L WORD®. Season one has followed the intermingled lives of Bette Porter (Jennifer Beals), Shane McCutcheon (Katherine Moennig) and Alice Pieszecki (Leisha Hailey), along with new characters Dani Nùñez (Arienne Mandi), Micah Lee (Leo Sheng), Finley (Jacqueline Toboni), Sophie Suarez (Rosanny Zayas) and Gigi (Sepideh Moafi), as they experience love, heartbreak, sex, setbacks and success in L.A. Currently airing Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT, season one is executive produced by showrunner Marja-Lewis Ryan (The Four-Faced Liar, 6 Balloons), with series creator Ilene Chaiken, Kristen Campo, Allyce Ozarski, Steph Green (pilot), and original series stars Jennifer Beals, Katherine Moennig and Leisha Hailey. The season finale is set to air on January 26. The announcement was made today at the Television Critics Association's Winter Press Tour.
VIDEO: FOX Shares Sneak Peek at 9-1-1: LONE STAR, Premiering January 19

FOX has shared a new sneak peek at 9-1-1: LONE STAR, which premieres with a special two-night event, Sunday, Jan. 19 (10:00-11:10 PM ET/7:00-8:10 PM PT live to all time zones), following the NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME,  and Monday, Jan. 20 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT).
FOX Announces Winter Premiere Dates, Including FLIRTY DANCING, LAST MAN STANDING, & More!

FOX is announcing premiere dates for FLIRTY DANCING (Dec. 29), LAST MAN STANDING (Jan. 2), DEPUTY (Jan. 2), GORDON RAMSAY'S 24 HOURS TO HELL AND BACK (Jan. 7), 9-1-1: LONE STAR (Jan. 19, following the NFC Championship Game, and Jan. 20), OUTMATCHED (Jan. 23), THE MASKED SINGER (Feb. 2, following Super Bowl LIV), LEGO MASTERS (Feb. 5) and DUNCANVILLE (Feb. 16). Additionally, 9-1-1 and EMPIRE will return in the spring, when new dramas FILTHY RICH and neXt also will premiere.
Transgender Actor Brian Michael Smith Joins 9-1-1: LONE STAR

According to The Hollywood Reporter, trans actor Brian Michael Smith has joined the cast of '9-1-1: Lone Star' on Fox. The series stars Liv Tyler and Rob Lowe.

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