Singer Greyson Chance comes out as gay

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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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

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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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RuPaul among celebs to get star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

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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

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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

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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

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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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