MTV VMAs noms include Hayley Kiyoko, Cardi B

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the Natioan LGBT Media Association
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The MTV VMAs announced its 2018 nominations which include big recognition for Cardi B and the Carters.

Cardi B received the most nominations (10) including for Video of the Year, Artist of the Year and Song of the Year. The Carters (Beyonce and Jay-Z) followed close behind with eight nominations for their video  “Apeshit.” Childish Gambino and Drake earned seven nominations each, Bruno Mars received six and Ariana Grande and Camila Cabello came in at five nominations.

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Soccer game street closing blocks access to gay nightclub

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the Natioan LGBT Media Association
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As more than 20,000 fans exited Audi Field, the newly built stadium for the D.C. United soccer team on its opening night on July 14, D.C. traffic control officers temporarily blocked cars from entering the street leading to the nearby gay nightclub Ziegfeld’s-Secrets.

Among the motorists that the traffic control officers attempted to prevent from entering the section of Half Street, S.W., on which the nightclub is located, was its owner, Alan Carroll.

“I kept yelling that I work over there on this street and I have to get in there,” Carol told the Washington Blade.

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Radio host Elvis Duran gets engaged to boyfriend Alan Carr

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the Natioan LGBT Media Association
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New York City’s Z100 radio host Elvis Duran got engaged to his longtime boyfriend of almost eight years Alan Carr on Friday the 13th.

Carr, a zookeeper hailing from Staten Island, popped the question with the words “Elvis, Will You Marry Me?” written on an open umbrella, a Friday the 13th superstition.

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Mariah Carey helps her backup dancer propose to his partner on stage

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the Natioan LGBT Media Association
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Mariah Carey helped her backup dancer’s partner give a special proposal on stage during her concert.

Carey paused her Las Vegas residency show “The Butterfly Returns” to allow her backup dancer to take the stage with his partner.

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The Tender Activist: How gay is The Great American Read?

By : Scottie Campbell
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I recently bought someone a book as a present. I remembered them reading the genre of book, detective mystery, in the past. I had stumbled upon the book and found myself enjoying a genre I normally wouldn’t gravitate toward. I thought by gifting the book we would share something.

To my surprise, the recipient thanked me for the book then said they hadn’t read a book in a long time. There was tired weight given to the word long. What to me is a common habit was being expressed as nearly alien to them. Caught on the judgment barometer somewhere between a mindful well-that’s-okay and an arrogant what-the-fuck, I told them they didn’t need to feel obligated to read it. They said they would give it a try.

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St. Pete author Richard Randall shares tragedy and triumph in ‘One Hundred Little Men’

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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“You can go through a lot in your life and still come out on the other side to find happiness,” local author and artist Richard Randall says. “It happens.”

It’s the central point of his new book “One Hundred Little Men,” a mixture of written word and art. The autobiographical tale was published by local nonprofit Breaking Rules Publishing and follows the story of Eli, “a regular guy that you’d see at any coffee shop” as he grieves the loss of a child, begins life anew and comes out at the age of 59.

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‘Queer Eye’ renewed for season three

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the Natioan LGBT Media Association
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“Queer Eye” has been renewed for a third season, according to Variety.

The Netflix reboot of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” has already become a phenomenon after two seasons. The show has also earned four Emmy nominations including for Structured Reality Program.

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Cuban bars use right of admission to throw out LGBTQ people

By : Maykel González Vivero of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the Natioan LGBT Media Association
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HAVANA — Recently private bars in Havana have used the “right of admission reserved” to keep the doors closed on LGBTI+ people. Recent incidents expose the lack of Cuban legislation to prevent discrimination and protect victims.

At midnight on July 8, while Brian Canelles and Arian Abreu were having a drink at the Efe Bar in El Vedado, Havana, they decided to take a selfie of themselves giving each other a kiss. The bouncer told them they were not allowed to take the photo and the couple was eventually kicked out because “the bar didn’t want to have a gay image.” The bouncer argued, “We’re not interested in that type of publicity, and we don’t want to get that reputation.”

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Paris Jackson reaffirms she’s been in the LGBTQ community for years

By : Colton Adkins
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ABOVE: After posting on Instagram, Paris Jackson defends her place in the LGBTQ community she’s had for years. Image courtesy of Jackson’s Twitter. 

Gay Star News gave a delayed welcome to the LGBTQ community to Paris Jackson, who took to Twitter and Instagram to reemphasize when she came out.

Jackson, a 20-year-old model who currently performs in a duo called “The Soundflowers,” responded to the article and argued that she has been a part of the community for years.

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GOP convention could come to Democrat-friendly Charlotte

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) | Charlotte, North Carolina, a Democrat-dominated city whose transgender-friendly bathroom ordinance triggered a statewide political war, is a front-runner to host the 2020 Republican Convention where President Donald Trump seeks an anointing to run for a second term.

Charlotte’s mayor says that would be just fine.

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Meet Brazil’s first trans pro volleyball player

By : Felipe Alface of the washington blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Tifanny Abreu, the first transgender athlete to play professional volleyball in Brazilian League. Photo courtesy of Tifanny Abreu. 

Being a professional transgender athlete in the country that kills the most transgender people in the world does not escape Tifanny Abreu’s attention.

“We need more love and less hatred, more education and less discrimination, respect for all and all for respect,” she told the Blade. “That is the only way to build a better country for all.”

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MLB targets bullying with ‘Shred Hate’ program

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner meets school kids participating in the Shred Hate program on the field at Nationals Stadium. Photo courtesy of MLB.

On May 23, about 250 students from 11 D.C. public and charter schools met Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner at Nationals Stadium, and about 25 of them joined Turner on the field shortly before the start of the game between the Nationals and the San Diego Padres.

In addition to talking about baseball, Turner talked to the middle and high school students about a subject he said he knows about personally – bullying and a program sponsored by Major League Baseball and the ESPN TV sports network to prevent bullying in the nation’s schools.

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