International drag superstar Pabllo Vittar headlines Orlando’s Pride Stage

By : Jeremy Williams
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Pabllo Vittar may not be as recognizable in the U.S. as she is in other parts of the world yet, but be prepared to remember that name because she is on the verge of becoming a global superstar. Vittar is a musical sensation in her home country of Brazil, has been called “the world’s most popular drag queen” by Vogue magazine and is widely seen as an important voice for South America’s LGBTQ community.

Vittar burst onto the scene in 2014 with an appearance on a Brazilin music-focused television show where she brought the house down with a rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing.” Since that performance, Vittar has released two albums, collaborated with some of music’s hottest stars and became the first ever Grammy-nominated drag queen.

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For celebrities, an off-screen journey to on-screen equality

By : Steve Rothaus, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Gio Benitez. (Photo courtesy Gio Benitez)

ABC News correspondent Gio Benitez says that as a young reporter in Miami, he was inspired by the greats of television journalism: Peter Jennings, Tom Brokaw, Barbara Walters and Katie Couric. He didn’t seek out gay role models in the media, “because at the time I was very conflicted about it myself.”

“I thought that if anybody found out, that I would never be able to do this work,” says Benitez, 33. “Even a local reporter who was my friend at the time said to me, ‘Oh, you can’t be gay and successful in the news.’ He was around my age. That always stuck with me for a bit, but I ultimately said, ‘You know what? I can’t deal with this.’ And everyone at ABC was so supportive from the very beginning.”

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Wayne Brady heads home to Florida for interactive, improv rock concert

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Wayne Brady loves Orlando. The City Beautiful is where he grew up, where he went to school and where he created and honed the skills that have made him one of Hollywood’s most versatile entertainers.

“While I wasn’t born there—I was born in Columbus, Georgia—in terms of my life, Orlando is the place that I claim. I always get a sense of pride whenever I see anyone come out of Orlando that’s done anything really great,” Brady says.

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The Highwomen’s debut album reaches No. 1

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ABOVE: Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, Natalie Hemby and Amanda Shires of The Highwomen (from Facebook)

Country music supergroup The Highwomen hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart this week with their self-titled debut album.

The group consists of Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, Natalie Hemby and Amanda Shires.

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Rwandan gospel singer comes out as gay, to country’s shock

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ABOVE: Albert Nabonibo. (Screenshot from YouTube)

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) | Friends of Albert Nabonibo, a well-known gospel singer in Rwanda who recently came out as a gay man, do not want their names revealed. It is too shameful, one says. Another says he is anguished because his family knows he often used to socialize with Nabonibo.

Nabonibo shocked many Rwandans in August when he revealed in an interview with a Christian YouTube channel that he is gay in a country where such a public assertion of homosexuality is unheard of. Although the central African nation has been relatively free of the anti-gay rhetoric commonly heard in some other parts of sub-Saharan Africa, homosexuality is still widely despised, and LGBTQ people keep a low profile.

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Sam Smith announces new pronouns of ‘they’ and ‘them’

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ABOVE: Sam Smith, photo courtesy Smith’s Facebook page.

NEW YORK (AP) | Sam Smith has declared the pronouns of “they/them” on social media after coming out as non-binary in what the pop star called a “lifetime of being at war with my gender.”

The English “Too Good at Goodbyes” singer was met with thousands of mostly supportive comments, along with some detractors questioned the need to change pronouns, an increasingly common practice both within and outside of the LGBTQ community.

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PHOTOS: Lizzo brings the juice to Tampa

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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TAMPA | More than 7,000 of superstar Lizzo’s ever-expanding fanbase—which she affectionately refers to as her Lizzbians—filled the Yuengling Center Sept. 10 for the singer’s sold-out stop of her “Cuz I Love You Too” tour.

Ari Lennox opened for the iconic LGBTQ ally, who subsequently performed 16 songs. Lizzo began with “Heaven Help Me,” making her way through “Cuz I Love You,” “Boys,” “Like A Girl” and ending with her megahit “Juice.”

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Eric McCormack, Laurie Metcalf and more headline Concert for America in LA

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Eric McCormack. (Photo by David Shankbone via Wikimedia Commons)

“Will and Grace” star Eric McCormack and Tony winner Laurie Metcalf are among the headliners for Concert for America, a benefit concert for the National Immigration Law Center, at UCLA’s Royce Hall on Sept. 21.

Other recently announced performers include “Supergirl” co-stars and newlywed couple Melissa Benoist and Chris Wood, Grant Gustin (“The Flash”), Tony nominee Liz Callaway (“Anastasia”), Grammy Award-winning singer Melissa Manchester, Caroline Rhea (“Sabrina the Teenage Witch”) and Gina Torres (“Suits”).

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Lil Nas X releases new video for ‘Panini’

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ABOVE: Lil Nas X with futuristic robot backup dancers in the “Panini” music video (from YouTube).

Breakout musician Lil Nas X released the music video for his single “Panini,” in which he shows how hyper-aware he is of his own popularity.

With his song “Old Town Road” spending a record-breaking 19 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, Lil Nas X knows that he is everywhere in media now. Lil Nas X came out as gay in June, making the point that artists should be able to come out at any time — even when at the top of the charts.

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New music video released for Freddie Mercury’s birthday to spread AIDS awareness

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To celebrate what would have been LGBTQ musical icon Freddie Mercury’s 73rd birthday Sept. 5, Universal Music Group released a new music video for his song “Love Me Like There’s No Tomorrow.”

Mercury found fame as the front man for the British rock band Queen. Though he died of AIDS in 1991, the singer’s legacy still looms large, especially after last year’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” — a biographical movie about his life and rise to fame. “Bohemian Rhapsody” was one of the biggest cinematic hits of 2018 earning more than $900 million at the worldwide box office and won four Oscars, including one for actor Rami Malek who portrayed Mercury in the film.

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Lil Nas X explains why he came out on HBO series ‘The Shop’

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ABOVE: Lil Nas X on “The Shop.” (Screenshot from Twitter)

Lil Nas X explained why he came out while having the no. 1 song in the U.S. to the panel of guests, which included comedian Kevin Hart, on the HBO series, “The Shop.”

“For me, the cool dude with the song on top of everything to say this, any other time I’m doing this for attention in my eyes, but if you doing this when you are at the top, you know it’s like for real,” said the “Old Town Road” singer.

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Watch: Ricky Martin joins Maluma for ‘No Se Me Quita’ music video

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Maluma and Ricky Martin in “No Se Me Quita.” (Screenshot from YouTube)

Maluma released the music video for “No Se Me Quita” featuring Ricky Martin and set against a vibrant, colorful beach background.

The music video, filmed in Miami, shows Maluma falling for a lifeguard. Martin tries to help Maluma come up with a scheme for Maluma to kiss her.

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