YouTube star Phil Lester comes out as gay

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YouTuber Phil Lester came out as gay in a video released on Sunday.

Lester, 32, boasts more than four million subscribers. His coming out video has received more than two million views.

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The Try Guys’ Eugene Lee Yang comes out as gay in dance video

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ABOVE: Eugene Lee Yang. (Screenshot via YouTube)

Eugene Lee Yang, one-fourth of the YouTube collective the Try Guys, came out as gay in a powerful dance video.

The 33-year-old never says the words “I’m gay” but instead tells his story through a choreographed dance with music by Odesza.

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Watch: Billy Eichner bombards NYC strangers with the Jonas Brothers

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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The Jonas Brothers joined Billy Eichner on his web series “Billy on the Street” to share the news that the band is back together.

Along the way they encounter people who are excited about the reunion and people who weren’t interested that the band has reunited. One woman criticized the name of their comeback single “Sucker” and another woman was quick to congratulate Nick Jonas on his recent wedding.

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Disney releases new rainbow collection ahead of Pride month

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ORLANDO | Disney released a new series of LGBTQ-themed items ahead of Pride month this June.

The items — collectively called the Rainbow Disney Collection — include T-shirts, hats, pins, jewelry, dolls and more featuring rainbow colors along with Disney mascot Mickey Mouse.

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Reebok introduces Pride collection

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Reebok has released a limited edition “Pride Pack” in celebration of Pride Month.

The shoes feature a rainbow flag in place of the Reebok logo and rainbow stitching. T-shirts and socks are also available. A portion of proceeds will be donated to Fenway Health, a medical clinic whose mission is “to enhance the well being of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and all people in our neighborhoods and beyond through access to the highest quality health care, education, research and advocacy,” through June 30.

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YouTuber James Charles loses three million subscribers after feud with Tati Westbrook

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Beauty YouTuber James Charles has lost three million subscribers in the midst of a feud with beauty guru and former friend Tati Westbrook.

Charles, 19, credits Westbrook, 37, for getting him interested in makeup. Westbrook also served as a mentor to Charles in the industry.

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Central Florida-based web series to feature four local trans leaders

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ORLANDO | “Unapologetically Trans,” a new web series filmed in Central Florida and featuring four local transgender community leaders, was announced via social media on May 11.

Jordyn Victoria Laos, Holly Gramm, Ashley Figueroa and Nikole Parker will host the series “about life through trans eyes while in the pursuit of happiness.” The show will feature candid conversations with community members and allies about various topics.

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Pornhub wants to purchase Tumblr and bring back its adult content

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Tumblr could become NSFW again.

Pornhub is reportedly “extremely interested” in acquiring the short-form blog platform, according to BuzzFeed News. Verizon purchased Tumblr as part of Yahoo in 2017 and is now interested in selling it.

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Cara Delevingne and Ashley Benson blast homophobic comment criticizing their relationship

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Model Cara Delevingne and actress Ashley Benson both blasted a homophobic comment posted on Benson’s social media page.

Delevingne, 26, and Benson, 29, have reportedly been dating since May 2018 but have been low-key about their relationship. However, they both defended their romance after a troll criticized their relationship.

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VIDEO: ‘Drag Race’ stars join Lizzo for new ‘Juice’ music video

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Lizzo released a new version of her music video “Juice” featuring “RuPaul’s Drag Race” stars.

Soju, A’keria Davenport, Asia O’Hara, Detox, Morgan McMichaels, Sonique, Mayhem Miller, Mariah Balenciaga and Silky Nutmeg Ganache, who have all competed on “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” all appear in the video dancing around and squeezing fruit.

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New online exhibit explores queer Asian Pacific American life

By : Joey DiGuglielmo OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Anybody with internet now has access to a burgeoning world most of us would never otherwise see. The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center has launched a new digital exhibition called A Day in the Queer Life of Asian Pacific America.

A joint partnership between the Smithsonian, AARP and Kundiman—a New York-based organization dedicated to the creation and cultivation of Asian American creative writing—the series will feature both solicited and crowd-sourced media of all types: film, photography, boomerangs, video poems; that explore queer life in Asian American and Pacific Islander communities throughout the country including lesser-known areas with a focus on everyday life.

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YouTuber Jeffree Star says $2.5 million worth of cosmetics stolen from his warehouse

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YouTuber and makeup mogul Jeffree Star says that $2.5 million worth of cosmetics were stolen from one of his warehouses in Los Angeles during a heist on March 16.

Star shared the news in a YouTube video posted on April 2.

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