Tampa Bay’s soulful singer Jennifer Real is ready to go global

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Watch out, J.Lo: Tampa Bay has a Jennifer of its own, and she knows a thing or two about being “Real.”

Jennifer Real’s commitment to her craft has ensured that her career has flourished in the St. Petersburg community. The sultry singer won last year’s “Favorite Local Performer – Musician” WAVE Award and performs regularly throughout Tampa Bay, including last year’s WAVE Award celebration and (you may have heard of it), St. Pete Pride.

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Rapper Lil Peep comes out as bisexual

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Rapper Lil Peep, real name Gustav Åhr, has come out as bisexual on Twitter.

The 20-year-old rapper from Long Island, N.Y. made the announcement simply tweeting, “yes I’m bi sexual.”

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Singer Aaron Carter comes out as bisexual

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Pop singer Aaron Carter has come out as bisexual.

The 29-year-old revealed he is attracted to both men and women in an open letter posted on Twitter.

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Lady Gaga kicks off ‘Joanne’ tour with message for LGBT rights

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Lady Gaga kicked off the first night of her “Joanne” world tour with a message for LGBT equality.

While performing in Vancouver, Lady Gaga noticed a rainbow flag off stage on the floor. She asks security to bring her the flag and then holds it up proudly.

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Pet Shop Boys revisit recent albums with three-disc deluxe reissues

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Reservoir wells for popular acts vary greatly in quality and quantity. There are almost always some little gems nestled in the outtakes, B-sides and deep album cuts the casual fans miss out on, but longtime fans know that Pet Shop Boys’ B-sides are often as essential as their singles and album cuts.

Sixteen years after a 2001 series of double-disc expanded editions, the veteran synthpop duo is once again mining their back catalog and this time they’re presenting fans with even more ear candy than before.

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Singer Greyson Chance comes out as gay

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Singer Greyson Chance has come out as gay.

The 19-year-old explained in an Instagram post on Wednesday that he has known he was gay since he was 16. At first he chose to keep his sexuality private but after receiving an inspiring message from a fan, he decided to be open.

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Queen confirms Bryan Singer’s Freddie Mercury biopic starring Rami Malek is happening

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Queen has confirmed that the Freddie Mercury biopic starring Rami Malek is “finally happening.”

The film, which is tentatively titled “Bohemian Rhapsody,” is scheduled to start filming mid-September in the U.K., the band confirmed on its official site.

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Bette Midler impersonator Jennica McCleary wants to give you a Bette-ducation

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Growing up in a small, midwestern town in Ohio can be tough for a girl with aspirations of big city fame, but that journey can be a bit more motivated when you share a likeness to one of the greatest stage entertainers in the world.

“As I was growing up and getting into dance and theater everyone would always tell me, ‘Do you know who you look like? You look like a young Bette Midler,’” says Jennica McCleary. “And I would say ‘I hear that all the time.’”

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B-52s star Cindy Wilson climbs into the clouds for her new brand of solo dream-pop

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What’s that on your head? “A wig!” I said, what’s that on your head? “A WIG!”

Few bands have successfully reached the pinnacle of kitsch in the manner that the B-52s (named after the signature bouffant hairdos that Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson sported) pulled off in the early ‘80s. The band was also one of the initial LGBTQ influences to populate the charts from 1977 on, churning out classics like “Rock Lobster,” “The Girl from Ipanema Goes to Greenland,” and, of course, “Love Shack” and “Roam,” which you will hear at any and every public event that requires dancing. The history of the B-52s is the stuff of legend. In 1976, Wilson – along with her brother Ricky – joined in a sacred contract with Fred Schneider, Keith Strickland and Kate Pierson to make the band a band. And they did it at a Chinese restaurant, as you do. They ended up in that clunky mix of people who played Max’s in Kansas City and CBGB in New York while pulling hair nationwide. Was it new wave, or was it punk? It was both.

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Tyler, the Creator may have come out on new album

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Tyler, the Creator might have come out as gay or bisexual on his latest album, “Scum Fu*k Flower Boy.”

The album was meant to be released in two weeks but was leaked, to the delight of fans, on Sunday night. But some lyrics raised a few eyebrows and had some people wondering if the rapper was coming out the closet.

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Lady Gaga stands up for Ed Sheeran amid cyberbulling

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Lady Gaga is standing up for fellow musician Ed Sheeran after he quit Twitter due to cyber abuse from Gaga’s Little Monsters.

In an interview with The Sun, Sheeran confessed he had quit Twitter because he was being attacked online.

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JAY-Z reveals his mom is a lesbian on new album

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JAY-Z addresses several intimate topics on his 13th studio album, 4:44, released June 30. He opens up about the infamous elevator fight from 2014, his infidelity against wife Beyonce, his beef with rapper and friend Kanye West; but it’s his track which his mother, Gloria Carter, appears on that carries the biggest emotional weight.

On the track “Smile,” JAY-Z openly discusses, for the first time, his mother’s sexual identity rapping, “Mama had four kids, but she’s a lesbian / Had to pretend so long that she’s a thespian.”

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