Madonna releases new track ‘Medellín’ feat. Maluma

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Madonna has released “Medellín,” the first track from her new album “Madame X.”

The song, sung in both Spanish and English, is a collaboration with Columbian singer Maluma.

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Madonna announces new album ‘Madame X’

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the Natioan LGBT Media Association
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Madonna has announced that she is releasing a new album titled “Madame X.”

The pop legend made the big reveal in a teaser video where she describes the multi-faceted character of Madame X.

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Ariana Grande’s new song sparks queerbaiting controversy

By : Mariah Cooper Of The Washington Blade, Courtesy Of The National LGBT Media Association
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Ariana Grande says she doesn’t like to label her sexuality after some people were skeptical about her new song’s bisexual lyrics.

Grande released “Monopoly” with her friend and singer-songwriter Victoria Monét. In the song, Grande and Monét both sing the lyric “I like women and men (yeah).” Grande also sings the line by herself later in the song.

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‘Dear Evan Hansen’ star Ben Levi Ross talks living authentically and launching a national tour

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Since its world premiere in 2015 and its Broadway debut the following year, “Dear Evan Hansen” has captivated audiences with its contemporary and cautionary tale of a high school student waving through a window and yearning to be found.

The megahit musical—which features a book by Tony Award winner Steven Levenson, direction by Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (“Rent”) and a score by Grammy, Tony and Academy Award winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (“La La Land” and “The Greatest Showman”)—quickly became a household name. In 2017, it was nominated for nine Tony Awards and won six, including Best Musical. The following year, its original Broadway cast recording won the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.

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Lesbian rapper Young M.A. responds to Kodak Black’s homophobic lyrics

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Lesbian rapper Young M.A. responded to rapper Kodak Black’s homophobic lyrics towards her calling him “weird.”

In Kodak Black’s song “Pimpin Ain’t Eazy,” he name drops female rappers who have been rumored to be lesbian such as Missy Elliott and Dej Loaf and Young M.A., who is an out lesbian.

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Paramount wants to edit Elton John’s gay sex scene in ‘Rocketman’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Paramount Studios wants to censor a gay sex scene featured in the Elton John biopic “Rocketman” to help the film achieve a PG-13 rating, according to Baz Bamigboye of the Daily Mail.

Bamigboye reports that Paramount Studios are pressuring director Dexter Fletcher and producer Matthew Vaughn to edit down a gay sex scene featuring Elton John (Taron Egerton) and John’s manager and lover John Reid (Richard Madden). The 40-second scene shows the couple’s “fully exposed white derrieres” but Bamigboye says the scene is “tastefully done.”

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PHOTOS: Elton John returns to ‘Crocodile Rock’ Orlando at Amway Center

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ORLANDO | The legendary Sir Elton John’s “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” returned to Orlando’s Amway Center March 19 after a last-minute cancellation due to an ear infection which prompted him to cancel both his Orlando and Tampa shows in November.

The arena was filled to the brim with fans in their most flamboyant and glamorous wears of feathers, sequins and fun glasses to celebrate the five-decade career of John, who announced that his will be the final tour he plans to do.

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Hard Rock partners with onePULSE Foundation for Taylor Dayne’s Velvet Sessions

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ORLANDO | Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando’s Velvet Sessions lobby concert will not only feature Grammy-nominated singer Taylor Dayne—who is responsible for 80s hits “Tell It to My Heart,” “Love Will Lead You Back” and “Prove Your Love”—on March 29, but will also benefit onePULSE Foundation.

A dollar from every ticket sold, along with all proceeds raised by the event’s silent auction, will go to onePULSE Foundation as they work towards building a Pulse museum and memorial honoring the 49 angels lost at the Pulse tragedy.

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‘Aladdin,’ ‘Mean Girls,’ more featured in Straz Center’s 2019-2020 Broadway season

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The Straz Center for the Performing Arts announced its nine-show, 2019-2020 Broadway season March 17.

Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” leads the season Oct. 8-13, 2019. It features songs from the original film and a “toe-tapping and ear-tickling new score.”

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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ director wants to include LGBT rights movement in new film

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Mary Poppins Returns” director Rob Marshall would love to include the LGBT rights movement in the third “Mary Poppins” film.

Marshall, who is gay, told the Advocate if he had his way the next “Mary Poppins” film would tackle LGBT rights.

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Sam Smith comes out as non-binary

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Sam Smith opened up about identifying as non-binary and his struggles with body image in an interview with Jameela Jamil for the new Instagram series “I Weigh Interviews.”

“I’ve always had a bit of a war in my body and my mind. I do think like a woman in my head at times. I’ve sometimes sat there and questioned, do I want a sex change? It’s something I still think about, but I don’t think it is,” Smith told Jamil.

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Kesha to headline Dan Reynolds’ LGBTQ festival LOVELOUD

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NEW YORK (AP) | Kesha wants you to bring as much glitter as possible and sport the brightest colors of the rainbow when she visits Utah in June to headline the LOVELOUD Festival, the LGBTQ+ event founded by Imagine Dragons’ frontman Dan Reynolds.

And if you’re “skeptical or don’t understand the LGBTQ community,” Kesha invites you to attend to help change your perception.

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