Cyndi Lauper announces line-up for 9th annual concert to benefit homeless youth

By : John Paul King of the washington blade, courtesy of the national LGBT media association
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(Image from True Colors United website)

Grammy, Emmy and Tony-winning icon and advocate Cyndi Lauper has announced the lineup for her 9th annual “Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays” benefit concert, presented by Marriott International and AEG. The concert’s proceeds will benefit Lauper’s True Colors United (TCU), a nonprofit whose mission is to prevent and end homelessness among LGBTQ youth.

The event will take place in Los Angeles for the first time ever at The Novo at L.A. Live on Dec. 10. Taking the stage with Lauper and her band this year will be a host of guests including Kesha, Billy Porter, Brandi Carlisle, Henry Rollins, Carol Leifer, Lily Tomlin, Margaret Cho, King Princess and more. Emmy-winner and TCU board member Carson Kressley will return as host.

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Erica Roberts and Rebekah Piatt turn SAVOY Orlando into a piano bar every Friday

By : Lora Korpar
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Orlando community members can belt out their favorite show tunes every Friday night at the city’s first drag queen piano bar experience thanks to Central Florida drag queen Erica Roberts and local gay bar SAVOY Orlando.

Roberts started the piano bar night over the summer and pianist Rebekah Piatt joined the team in September.

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Orlando Gay Chorus to welcome the holiday season with ‘Sleigh Queen’

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ORLANDO | The Orlando Gay Chorus (OGC) will be performing their annual holiday performance that they promise will “put the jingle in your bells” on Dec. 14 and 15.

Titled “Sleigh Queen,” the concert will feature a variety of holiday music, featuring everything from Christmas classics like “Run, Run, Rudolph” to songs by Sia and Eric Whitacre. There will also be a special guest appearance by “one who knows a thing or two about reindeer games,” according to a press release.

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Cher extends tour, includes Tampa stop

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ABOVE: Cher, photo courtesy Amalie Arena.

TAMPA | Cher is coming to Tampa.

The LGBTQ advocate will perform at Amalie Arena on March 26, 2020, Live Nation shared Nov. 4. The iconic performer has extended her “Here We Go Again Tour” after selling 540,000 tickets in the U.S. alone.

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Sam Smith surprises with cover of Donna Summer disco classic

By : John Paul King of the washington blade, courtesy of the national lgbt media association
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In a surprise move, out singer Sam Smith has released a new cover version of the iconic Donna Summer disco track, “I Feel Love.”

It’s been a busy year for Smith, who has already enjoyed global hits with songs like “Dancing With A Stranger” and “How Do You Sleep?,” and who came out in March as nonbinary and genderqueer, asking people to use “they” and “them” pronouns in reference to them.

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Adam Lambert is happy to see more LGBTQ artists finding success

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ABOVE: Adam Lambert performs on stage in 2017. (From Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK (AP) | Adam Lambert, who rose on the music scene as the runner-up on “America Idol” in 2009, says he’s happy to see more mainstream LGBTQ artists find major success.

“I think it’s less taboo to be queer in the music industry now because there’s so many cases you can point to like, ‘Oh, it worked for him. It worked for her.’ I think 10 years ago, it was a lot different,” Lambert said in a recent interview. “Ten years ago, it was kind of like no one really knew. And I met a lot of amazing people in the industry — executives, people, publicists, marketing people — who on a personal level were cool with me and totally open, but didn’t understand how this was going to work in mainstream America, or the world for that matter.”

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Watermark Giveaway: Tickets for Gus Dapperton in Tampa on Halloween

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Recording artist Gus Dapperton, who released his first full length album “Where Polly People Go to Read” earlier this year, will spend Halloween in Tampa—and Watermark has your opportunity to join him!

The album followed the release of “In Passing: 001,” the artist’s EP benefiting LGBTQ youth. Dapperton’s music is a blend of R&B, indie and pop, which he’ll showcase during “The Polly People US Tour” Oct. 31 at The Orpheum in Tampa beginning at 7 p.m.

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Gay man in Rwanda notes ‘intense pressure’ after coming out

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ABOVE: Albert Nabonibo. Screenshot via YouTube.

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) | A Rwandan gospel singer who recently came out as gay says he has quit his day job as an accountant after “intense pressure” from colleagues.

Albert Nabonibo says he felt alienated and no longer a part of the beverages company that employed him in the capital, Kigali.

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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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