Tom Petty’s final tour supported transgender rights

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Tom Petty, who died from cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu on Monday, gave a nod to transgender rights during his final tour.

Petty and his band The Heartbreakers were celebrating their 40th anniversary on their latest tour. On July 27, President Donald Trump tweeted that he intended to ban transgender people from the military. During Petty’s show at Forest Hills Stadium in New York, he gave an encore performance of “American Girl.”

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Sam Smith spotted kissing ’13 Reasons Why’ star Brandon Flynn

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Sam Smith and “13 Reasons Why” star Brandon Flynn were spotted locking lips on the streets of New York City, TMZ reports.

Smith, 25, and Flynn, 23, were photographed kissing and holding hands while taking a walk in Greenwich Village. This is the first time the pair has been seen together. It’s unknown what their relationship status is.

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Macklemore wades into Australia’s same-sex marriage debate

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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) – U.S. rapper Macklemore is wading into Australia’s same-sex marriage debate by vowing to sing his marriage equality anthem “Same Love” during a weekend rugby final.

Benjamin Haggerty, whose stage name is Macklemore, will be headlining the pre-game entertainment in Sydney on Sunday at the National Rugby League Grand Final, the Australian version of the Super Bowl.

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Lady Gaga on being famous: ‘Not all it’s cracked up to be’

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Lady Gaga has written an emotional message to fans to mark of the release of her new Netflix documentary.

In a note posted to Twitter Sept. 21, Gaga writes that the film reveals “that fame is not all it’s cracked up to be.” She says fame is lonely, isolating and “very psychologically challenging” because it “changes the way you’re viewed by people.” She says her relationship with fame is “complicated” because she knows it’s her “destiny to be a performer.”

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Harry Styles opens solo tour with rainbow flag

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Harry Styles kicked off his first solo tour at the Masonic Auditorium in San Francisco on Tuesday with a nod to the LGBT community.

A fan threw a rainbow flag onstage prompting Styles, 23, to attach it to his mic stand while performing his set.

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Aretha Franklin to perform at Elton John’s AIDS gala

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NEW YORK (AP) – Aretha Franklin will sing in honor of Elton John before she retires later this year.

John announced Sept. 12 that the Queen of Soul will perform at his annual AIDS charity event on Nov. 7 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. This year marks the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s 25th year.

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Kid Rock asks why ‘is everything so gay?’ in political rant

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Kid Rock got political at his concert in Detroit on Tuesday addressing everything from marriage equality and transgender bathroom rights to white supremacy and “deadbeat dads.”

The outspoken Trump supporter has been teasing a possible run for Senate in Michigan since the launch of his “Kid Rock for Senate” website this summer. Although no official announcement has been made, Rock gave a brief rundown on his views on some political issues.

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Aaron Carter takes HIV test in emotional ‘The Doctors’ interview

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Aaron Carter learned he is HIV negative during an emotional, two-part interview on “The Doctors,” which aired this week.

Carter, who came out as bisexual in August, shared that he feared he could be HIV positive because of his low weight. The 29-year-old singer learned he weighs just 115 pounds at six feet tall.

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George Michael’s first posthumous single ‘Fantasy’ released

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The first posthumous single from George Michael dropped on Thursday, nine months since his death on Dec. 25, 2016.

Producer Nile Rodgers remixed Michael’s “Fantasy” which debuted on “The Chris Evans Breakfast Show” on BBC Radio 2.

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Rami Malek transforms into Freddie Mercury for Queen biopic

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The first look from Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” has been released and it gives a sneak peek of Rami Malek channeling frontman Freddie Mercury.

The “Mr. Robot” star wears a mustache, white tank top and jeans as he strikes a pose holding a microphone.

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Fans react to a fake coming out tweet from Shawn Mendes

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Shawn Mendes fans rallied together to stop a fake coming out tweet from spreading online.

“Guys my sexuality shouldn’t be anyone’s business. Yes, I’m gay and I’m proud,” the tweet reads.

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Sam Smith teases new music after two-year hiatus

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Sam Smith is making his comeback this fall after a two-year hiatus.

Smith has kept under the radar since the release of his single “Writing’s on the Wall” for the James Bond film “Spectrum.” It’s been even longer since his critically-acclaimed debut album, “In the Lonely Hour” was released in 2014.

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