Listen: Ciara joins Todrick Hall’s ‘Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels’ remix

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Todrick Hall and Ciara, photo via Ciara’s Instagram.

Todrick Hall released a remix version of his latest single “Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels” featuring Ciara.

The pair performed the song together during the WorldPride opening ceremony in New York City.

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Sam Smith gets candid with fans about mental health

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Sam Smith, photo via Smith’s Facebook.

Sam Smith got candid about mental health in a series of tweets offering encouraging words to his fans.

The 27-year-old singer explained that he was reflecting on mental health while on his “first holiday in a long long time.”

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Lady Gaga plans to donate school supplies to classrooms in El Paso, Dayton and Gilroy

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Lady Gaga. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Lady Gaga plans to donate school supplies to fund classroom projects in three cities recently affected by mass shooting violence.

Gaga and her Born This Way Foundation are partnering with Donors Choose to fund 14 projects in Dayton, Ohio; 125 in El Paso, Texas; and 23 in Gilroy, California.

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Orlando LGBTQ clubs bring the queens for GayDayS weekend

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GayDayS weekend will not only be popping at the host hotel. Orlando’s clubs and bars are having parties of their own and they are certain to be lit!

Below we have gathered information on some of the hottest queens taking Orlando’s GayDayS weekend by storm.

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Taylor Swift explains why she got vocal for LGBTQ rights

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Taylor Swift in her music video for “You Need to Calm Down.” (Screenshot from YouTube)

Taylor Swift revealed that she was inspired to get vocal about LGBTQ activism after having a conversation with her friend, choreographer and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” judge Todrick Hall.

In an interview with Vogue, Swift says Hall made a comment to her that changed her perspective on staying quiet.

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European band pulls out of Lebanon festival after organizers cancel LGBTQ group’s concert

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ABOVE: Rock band Within Temptation. (Photo from Facebook)

BEIRUT (AP) | European rock band Within Temptation says it is cancelling its concert at a Lebanese music festival in solidarity with a local group whose show was pulled from the program under pressure from Christian groups.

In a statement posted on Facebook, Within Temptation said Aug. 4 they would withdraw from the Byblos International Festival in solidarity with Mashrou’ Leila and in support of tolerance and freedom of speech. It said Lebanese authorities have been unable to provide artists the security “to perform in peace.” Within Temptation was to perform Aug. 6.

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Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ breaks Billboard chart record

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Lil Nas X in “Old Town Road” video. (Screenshot from YouTube)

Lil Nas X’s hit single “Old Town Road” is now the longest-running number-one single in the 61-year history of Billboard’s Hot 100.

“Old Town Road” has spent 17 weeks at number one outlasting “One Sweet Day” by Mariah Carey and Boys II Men (1995-1996) and “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber (2017), which tied for the record at 16 weeks.

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Lebanon music festival cancels show after Christian pressure

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ABOVE: Lebanese indie rock band Mashrou’ Leila in concert at the Mawazine Rhythms of the World Festival in June. (Photo from Mashrou’ Leila’s Twitter)

BEIRUT (AP) | An international music festival in Lebanon said July 30 that it has cancelled a planned concert by a popular Mideast rock band whose lead singer is openly gay, apparently caving to pressure after weeklong calls by some Christian groups to pull the plug on the show, as well as online threats to stop it by force.

Festival organizers released a statement saying the “unprecedented step” of cancelling the performance by Mashrou’ Leila was done “to prevent bloodshed and maintain peace and stability.”

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Lance Bass came out to Britney Spears on her wedding night

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Lance Bass. (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)

Lance Bass revealed that he came out as gay to Britney Spears after her Las Vegas wedding to Jason Alexander in 2004.

The former NSYNC member shared the story during his appearance on “Watch What Happens Live.”

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Lil Nas X scores top MTV VMA nominations

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Lil Nas X. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Lil Nas X is among the most-nominated artists for the 2019 MTV Music Video Awards with eight nominations.

The 20-year-old “country trap” artist, who recently came out as gay, received nominations for his breakout hit single “Old Town Road” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus. The video received nominations for Song of the Year, Video of the Year, Best Collaboration, Best Hip Hop, Best Direction, Best Editing and Best Art Direction. Lil Nas X also is nominated for the Best New Artist category.

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Tituss Burgess slams Trump in ’45’ music video

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Tituss Burgess has released a catchy political anthem blasting President Donald Trump.

“45,” featuring Daniel J. Watts, begins with a group of tuxedoed people with painted blue eyes over their eyelids dancing as if they are being controlled by a puppet master. Burgess and Watts are tied to pillars and trying to escape. Burgess can also be seen singing while in a straight jacket in a padded room.

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Watch: Sam Smith releases video for ‘How Do You Sleep?’

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Sam Smith in ‘How Do You Sleep?’ music video. (Screenshot via YouTube)

Sam Smith released the music video for his new single “How Do You Sleep?” featuring an all-male, shirtless dance troupe.

The singer channels his “inner dancing queen” with some hip-shaking choreography. The video also features some BMX bike action.

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