Betty Who headlines the Come Out With Pride festival concert

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Betty Who is a 26-year-old Australian singer-songwriter best known for her infectious dance songs. Her singles “Human Touch,” “Somebody Loves You” and “I Love You Always Forever” have all hit No. 1 on the U.S. Dance charts.

Who also opened the Australian leg of Katy Perry’s “Prismatic World Tour” and Kylie Minogue’s “Kiss Me Once Tour,” as well as headlined her own worldwide tours in 2015 and 2017.

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Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its new class of nominees on Tuesday, which includes Janet Jackson. This marks Jackson’s third nomination for the prestigious recognition. She was also nominated in 2016 and 2017.

The rest of the nominees include Def Leppard, Devo, John Prine, Kraftwerk, LL Cool J, MC5, Rage Against the Machine, Roxy Music, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Stevie Nicks, The Cure, The Zombies and Todd Rundgren.

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Report: Rosie O’Donnell is engaged to girlfriend Elizabeth Rooney

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Rosie O’Donnell and her police officer girlfriend Elizabeth Rooney are engaged, according to a report from Radar Online. 

O’Donnell, 56, reportedly proposed to Rooney, 33, over the summer but they kept the engagement quiet due to Rooney’s job.

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PHOTOS: COWP and QLatinx screen international short film ‘MAR’ at Reel Pride

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ORLANDO | A week of Pride continued on Oct. 10 when Come Out With Pride, in partnership with QLatinx, presented the inaugural Reel Pride at The Venue in Orlando.

Reel Pride screened the international LGBTQ short film “MAR (The Sea),” directed by Portuguese-Canadian filmmaker William Vitoria. Vitoria was on hand for the event and held a Q&A session after the audience watched his film.

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Amandla Stenberg: I’m still finding my voice

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NEW YORK (AP) | Actress Amandla Stenberg was named after a 1989 Miles Davis album — a lush, African-tinged funk fusion that takes its name from the Zulu and Xhosa word for “power.”

In South Africa under apartheid, “amandla” was — and still is — a rallying cry against oppression. It’s a lot for Stenberg to live up to.

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Katy Perry is taking a break from music

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Katy Perry is taking a break from making music.

The 33-year-old pop star told Footwear News she plans to relax after wrapping up “Witness: The Tour.”

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BD Wong marries partner Richert Schnorr

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Actor BD Wong married his partner Richert Schnorr in Brooklyn on Sunday.

According to the New York Times, the couple met in 2010 at a singles event in New York.

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Taylor Swift makes politics personal with endorsement

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) | Taylor Swift’s first big jump into politics might have gained her some extra haters, but her endorsement in a competitive midterm U.S. Senate race isn’t likely to result in a massive backlash against the country-singer-turned-pop-star, observers say.

Republicans now have some bad blood with the star after a surprise endorsement on Instagram Oct. 7 for Tennessee Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen and an argument against Republican candidate Marsha Blackburn.

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Cameron Monaghan announces exit from ‘Shameless’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Cameron Monaghan is leaving the Showtime comedy/drama “Shameless.”

Monaghan, 23, has portrayed Ian Gallagher since the series’ premiere in 2011. Ian’s storylines have included coming out as gay, illegally joining the military and managing his bipolar disorder.

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GLAAD releases second LGBT-friendly children’s book ‘Jack (Not Jackie)’

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GLAAD and Bonnier Publishing USA have released “Jack (Not Jackie),” the second book in their LGBT-friendly children’s book series.

“Jack (Not Jackie)” is written by Erica Silverman and illustrated by Holly Hatam. It aims to teach children about gender identity and expression.  According to GLAAD, “the story centers around a big sister, Susan, who learns to understand and appreciate that her younger sibling identifies as ‘Jack’ rather than ‘Jackie.’ The book also features a loving and supportive Mom, who listens to Jack and is patient with Susan.”

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CNN’s Kaitlan Collins apologizes for homophobic tweets

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CNN White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins apologized on Sunday for anti-gay tweets that resurfaced from her college days.

Collins, 26, posted the tweets in 2011. In one tweet, Collins calls her friend a “fag.” In another tweet, she says she doesn’t know if she wants to room with a lesbian. The tweets were screenshot and shared by Log Cabin Republicans.

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Kacey Musgraves is ‘pissed’ country music isn’t LGBT-inclusive

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Country singer Kacey Musgraves is frustrated that the country music industry isn’t LGBT-inclusive.

During the New Yorker Festival on October 5, Vulture asked Musgraves about her LGBT following.

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