RuPaul among celebs to get star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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RuPaul, Lynda Carter and Ryan Murphy will be immortalized with stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced on Thursday the 2018 class of inductees which also includess Lin-Manuel Miranda, Simon Cowell, Jennifer Lawrence, Zoe Saldana, Jack Black, Anthony Anderson, Carrie Underwood, Snoop Dogg, Shonda Rhimes, “Weird Al” Yankovic and Mary J. Blige.

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Pop pioneer Alison Moyet returns with a new record, a new tour and her same recognizable sense of aesthetic transcendence and attitude

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If you are unfamiliar with U.K. songstress Alison Moyet, it’s likely because you weren’t reading the liner notes while hiding in your bedroom in the 1980s and ruing your existence.

Moyet forged her career from bar-band bluster to synth-pop, bedsit belter when she joined Vince Clarke – later of Depeche Mode and Erasure – in pop duo Yaz. That band crowded the Top of the Pops with hits like “Only You,” “Don’t Go” and “Situation,” among others before acrimony set in. And though Yaz only lasted for two albums – Upstairs at Eric’s and You and Me Both – Moyet’s legendary status among fans came faster than the ability of the record label to press the music to the vinyl. She was, and is still indeed, the real deal.

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Lady Gaga releases rainbow drink line with Starbucks for charity

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Lady Gaga has teamed up with Starbucks to release a line of rainbow drinks that will raise funds for the singer’s Born This Way Foundation from June 13-19.

The “Cups of Kindness” campaign will donate 25 cents from each colorful drink sold at participating stores.

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Billboard ranks top 20 LGBT anthems for Pride

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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In celebration of Pride month, Billboard has released its picks for the top 20 LGBT anthems.

The list includes some obvious favorites such as “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga, ‘I’m Coming Out” by Diana Ross and “Vogue” by Madonna. However, some people were wondering why the list missed some other well known gay faves.

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Macy Gray gets stripped down for her Gay Days’ concert at Parliament House

By : Jeremy Williams
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Macy Gray isn’t your traditional artist. Her unique voice and style has allowed her to perform in many different genres without being fully submerged into one. It is unmistakably her when you hear her vocals on a track whether you are listening to R&B, hip-hop, soul, pop or jazz.

Her style – wild and crazy hair along with a relaxed, casual dress – have left many asking her, in interviews and online, if she is more than just an ally in the LGBTQ alphabet, which she is perfectly fine with.

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Lou Reed’s friends insist ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ wasn’t transphobic

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A Canadian university has apologized for playing Lou Reed’s hit song “Walk on the Wild Side” at a campus event because the song has been accused of being transphobic. However, Reed’s friends think the situation is “stupid.”

The student association at the University of Guelph in Ontario posted a since-deleted apology on Facebook for playing the song at a recent event.

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Cait Brennan delivers on classic-sounding new album

By : Chris Gerard OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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If you’re gonna record at the legendary Argent Studios in Memphis and call the resulting album “Third” (an homage to the 1978 classic of the same name by power-pop heroes Big Star), you better have the goods to back it up.

Fortunately, up-and-coming singer/songwriter/musician Cait Brennan has delivered an album worthy of its historic birthplace. It has not been an easy road for Brennan, who’s transgender, and her life experience has provided rich material for compelling songwriting, although she certainly knows how to tell a story as well. “Third” is consistently entertaining from start to finish, a well-crafted retro-leaning collection of rockers and ballads that will never leave you bored.

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New Kids on the Block’s Jonathan Knight sets wedding date

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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New Kids on the Block singer Jonathan Knight and his fiancé Harley Rodriguez have set a wedding date, or at least nailed down a year.

“The Insider” gave a behind-the-scenes look at New Kids on the Block’s “Today” show performance on Monday. Speaking with Keltie Knight, the couple decided on a wedding date in front of the cameras.

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The reigning queen of Broadway, Idina Menzel, is on top of the world and she isn’t letting it go anytime soon

By : Jeremy Williams
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Idina Menzel has the billion-dollar voice – that is billion with a “B.” It is in no small part because of that voice singing the hit song “Let It Go” that Disney’s Oscar-winning animated musical Frozen became the highest-grossing animated film of all time with a $1.2 billion worldwide box-office showing. Menzel’s powerful vocals in Wicked also began that Broadway musical’s ascension over the billion-dollar mark, which it crossed in 2016, only the third time that feat has been accomplished on Broadway.

The Tony-winning Broadway icon released her fifth studio album, Idina., in September 2016, starred in Lifetime’s remake of Beaches and will soon begin recording the voice of Queen Elsa for the much anticipated animated sequel, Frozen 2.

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Music duo PWR BTTM dropped from label after sexual abuse allegations

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Gay punk duo PWR BTTM has been dropped from their music label, and are on the verge of canceling their nationwide tour, amid sexual abuse and anti-Semitism allegations involving band member Ben Hopkins.

According to Jezebel, Kitty Cordero-Kolin wrote a Facebook post calling Hopkins a “known sexual predator” and alleged Hopkins had initiated “inappropriate sexual conduct” with multiple people. The post also included a photo of Hopkins posing and smiling with a swastika drawn in the sand.

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Patti LuPone shades Madonna’s acting skills

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Broadway legend Patti LuPone gave a cutthroat critique on Madonna’s acting ability during her appearance on “What What Happens Live with Andy Cohen!” on Tuesday.

Cohen asked LuPone what she thought of Madonna’s performance in the movie version of “Evita” and LuPone got brutally honest.

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From “Billy Elliot” to Rihanna, “Spider-Man” Tom Holland shows off his moves

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Marvel superhero Tom Holland, who plays everyone’s favorite neighborhood wall-crawler in this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, showed off some of his moves during a performance on Lip Sync Battle May 7.

Holland, who competed against his Spider-Man costar Zendaya, opened his performance with Gene Kelly’s “Singin’ in the Rain” before stepping off stage to strip off the fedora and trench coat and returning in a skin-tight outfit to finish up with Rihanna’s “Umbrella.”

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