Watermark Giveaway: A pair of tickets to see Kesha and Macklemore in concert

By : Jeremy Williams
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Do you want to see The Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore Sunday, Aug. 5 at 7 p.m. at the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa? Well, here’s your chance!

To enter, comment below and tell us your favorite Kesha or Macklemore song. We will choose a winner at random Aug. 1 at noon.

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Demi Lovato hospitalized after possible drug overdose

By : Layla Ferris
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Demi Lovato has been hospitalized July 24 after a possible drug overdose.

TMZ, which broke the story, reports that paramedics found Lovato, 25, unconscious at her home in the Hollywood Hills. She was then taken to an L.A. hospital. Lovato is being treated, and is now “stable,” according to PEOPLE.

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Jason Mraz opens up about his sexuality and ‘experiences with men’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Jason Mraz got candid about his sexuality in an interview with Billboard revealing that he considers his sexuality “two spirit” and that he has had sexual experiences with men.

Speculation swirled about his sexuality after the 40-year-old singer/songwriter penned apoem for Billboard’s “Love Letter to the LGBTQ Community.” One line from the poem had people questioning if Mraz was coming out as bisexual.

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Harry Styles declares ‘We’re all a little bit gay’ at concert

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Harry Styles showed his support for the LGBTQ community yet again during his final concert stop in Inglewood, Calif.

During the show, Styles spotted a fan holding a sign that read “I’m gay and I love you.” After reading the sign out loud Styles replies, “I mean, we’re all a little bit gay, aren’t we?”

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MTV VMAs noms include Hayley Kiyoko, Cardi B

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the Natioan LGBT Media Association
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The MTV VMAs announced its 2018 nominations which include big recognition for Cardi B and the Carters.

Cardi B received the most nominations (10) including for Video of the Year, Artist of the Year and Song of the Year. The Carters (Beyonce and Jay-Z) followed close behind with eight nominations for their video  “Apeshit.” Childish Gambino and Drake earned seven nominations each, Bruno Mars received six and Ariana Grande and Camila Cabello came in at five nominations.

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Mariah Carey helps her backup dancer propose to his partner on stage

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the Natioan LGBT Media Association
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Mariah Carey helped her backup dancer’s partner give a special proposal on stage during her concert.

Carey paused her Las Vegas residency show “The Butterfly Returns” to allow her backup dancer to take the stage with his partner.

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Watch: Harry Styles helps Maryland fan come out to her mom on stage

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Harry Styles helped a fan come out to her mom in a video that has gone viral.

Grace, who is from Baltimore, traveled to Styles’ concert in San Jose, Calif. and brought a sign that read, “I’m gonna come out to my parents because of you.”

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Teddy Geiger Shares Transition Story

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the Natioan LGBT Media Association
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Singer/songwriter Teddy Geiger opened up about her transition story in an interview with the New York Times.

“I can remember back to being 5 and looking in the mirror, feeling like a girl and wanting that,” Geiger, 29, says of her childhood. “But growing up in Rochester, there were limited resources. I’d never met a trans person before.”

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Gay-affirming Panic! back with tight new pop-leaning record

By : Thom Murphy of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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For those of us who were teenagers in the late 2000s, pop punk music was defined not only by its sound, but also its look — skinny jeans, band T-shirts and Vans shoes. Skater-inspired teenagers adamantly defended their favorite bands and devoutly followed major acts such as My Chemical Romance and Fall Out Boy. Lesser-known bands performed in small venues where fans would push against each other (light “mosh”-ing) while the bands played overloud guitars, singing snappy choruses in a nasal tenor. Frontmen and band members alike attracted devoted followings, drawing attention to their sometimes ambiguous sexuality in performative ways.

After signing to Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz’ label Decaydance Records (later renamed DCD2), Panic! At The Disco became a major force in the scene with albums “A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out” (2005) and “Pretty. Odd.” (2008). Frontman Brendon Urie, the only original member who still remains in the group, has continued to release hugely successful music under the original band name. He recently made his Broadway debut in “Kinky Boots.”

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Brendon Urie donates $1 million to support LGBT youth

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the Natioan LGBT Media Association
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Panic! at the Disco frontman Brendon Urie has teamed up with GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) to establish GSA (Gender & Sexuality/Gay-Straight Alliance) clubs in high schools across America.

“For years my fans have inspired me with their determination and creativity as they have created a safe and inclusive community,” Urie said in a statement. “I felt the time had come for me to join them boldly, to bring that energy and power to bear on the huge challenges facing our whole society.”

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Erasure vocalist Andy Bell talks about going acoustic, the new tour and being embraced by LGBTQ fans

By : Gregg Shapiro
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It’s been 30 years since the release of Erasure’s third album “The Innocents,” the disc that aided the duo of gay vocalist Andy Bell and synthesizer mastermind Vince Clarke into crossing over into mainstream success with songs such as “A Little Respect” and “Chains of Love.”

Of course, the gays (and the cool kids) had been dancing to them for a couple of years by then. Since the release of “The Innocents,” Erasure has put out more than a dozen studio discs. Bell has even released a handful of solo albums.

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Keiynan Lonsdale turns into ‘Rainbow Boy’ in music video for single ‘Preach’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Love, Simon” and “The Flash” star Keiynan Lonsdale has released the music video for his new single “Preach.”

Lonsdale, 26, surprised fans with the video tweeting, “Hi.. My name is Keiynan Lonsdale aka ‘Rainbow Boy’, & I believe in Magic.”

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