Gospel singer Kim Burrell makes anti-gay comments days before a scheduled appearance on “Ellen”

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NEW YORK (AP) – Gospel singer Kim Burrell says she makes “no excuses or apologies” for a sermon at a Houston church where she referred to gays and lesbians as perverted.

A tape of Burrell preaching at the Love & Liberty Fellowship Church began circulating online. She said that “the perverted homosexual spirit, and the spirit of delusion and confusion, it has deceived many men and women.” She referred to specific homosexual acts as perverted.

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Pop A-Z: 2016 had no shortage of gorgeous distractions from its torrents of depression

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We know: 2016 kinda sucked. There were far too many passings of entertainment icons, including Prince, David Bowie, Harper Lee and Florence Henderson. Dreams of electing the first female president slowly faded on election night in November as one state after another turned red. And in just one night in June, Orlando – its notoriety as a world-class vacation destination long solidified – also became known as home to the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

This year, entertainment was more important than ever. A catchy tune, a thrilling novel, a TV program with twisty plot turns: anything that created some amount of joy in our lives was a welcome diversion from the real-world crap that each of the last 365 days seemed to bring. These were some of our favorites.

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Ricky Martin thanks fans for support over father’s illness

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – Pop star Ricky Martin thanked his fans Dec. 24 for their support following the hospitalization of his father, Enrique Martin.

The singer issued a statement saying that he is “close to his father along with his nuclear family.” Martin asked that people allow the family to deal with the illness in a private manner.

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The B-52s return to Orlando to Dance this Mess Around

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Despite popular belief, B-52s foghorn Fred Schneider does not squawk random thoughts about lobsters, umbrellas and Limburger cheese without paid provocation.

He’s a pretty downbeat guy, to be honest, one who has weathered the safety pins of late ‘70s punk, the fluorescence of ‘80s new wave, the experimentation of ‘90s shape shifting and everything pop thereafter. And he’s done it with a sense of biting humor, something many miss while shaking their asses to “Love Shack” on the wedding-reception dance floor.

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Una Voce kicks off 15th season with “We Three Queens” holiday performance

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Join the men of Una Voce on Dec. 9 and 11 for their whimsical 15th season holiday performance, “We Three Queens.”

The show is a silly twist on the traditional Three Kings/Wise Men of Christmas. But instead of following the Star of David, the three “queens” – Goldie, Frankie and Murray – follow their own star, Beyonce.

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Orlando musician Craymo wins World Wide Music Contest with anti-bullying song

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ORLANDO – Craymo, an inspirational LGBTQ singer/songwriter from Orlando, was the winner of Best Song in the third edition World Wide Music Contest. He was one of over 1200 entries in the contest.

Craymo won Best Song for his anti-bullying anthem, “Be Myself,” according to a press release Nov. 19.

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Country music and LGBTQ icon Dolly Parton talks how “Pure and Simple” her music, tour and life have all become

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“I have really accomplished a lot of things in my life and I’m proud of every one of them. I’m proud of every award. It just makes you feel like you might have done something right,” Dolly Parton says.

Parton has a lot to be proud of. She is one of the top-selling artists in music history, with sales reaching 100 million worldwide. She is the most honored female country performer of all time, winning multiple Grammys, American Music Awards and CMA Awards, including being one of only five women to be named CMA’s Entertainer of the Year and the only woman to win CMA’s Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Ellen DeGeneres to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

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WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is honoring performers Ellen DeGeneres, Robert DeNiro, Cicely Tyson and Tom Hanks with the nation’s highest civilian honor.

They are among 21 people Obama plans to recognize with the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House Nov. 22.

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Madonna plays surprise concert in New York park for Hillary Clinton

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NEW YORK (AP) — Madonna belted out some of her biggest hits Nov. 7 as she treated people in the city to a surprise outdoor concert in support of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

About 300 people jammed into Washington Square Park, in the heart of Manhattan, to watch the pop singer perform “Express Yourself,” ”Don’t Tell Me,” ”Imagine,” ”Like a Prayer” and “If I Had a Hammer” while they sang along.

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Cyndi Lauper hits Philadelphia gay bars for vote

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A 1980s pop star, a former governor, a senate hopeful and an actress walk into a gay bar — to encourage people to vote on Election Day.

Cyndi Lauper and former Will & Grace star Debra Messing are heading to a bar crawl in Philadelphia’s Gayborhood Nov. 4. They’re joining former Gov. Ed Rendell and Democratic Senate hopeful Katie McGinty to hit some hot spots and urge folks to vote Nov. 8.

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The LGBTQ community finds its voice and its musical escape on the air in Tampa Bay and Orlando

By : Billy Manes
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“Because you can’t see tits on the radio, I’ll give you five fingers for a one man show,” the Scissor Sisters belted out more than a decade ago. Well, some things have changed. For one, the industry that has typically been haunted by dusty faces that were, as they say, “made for radio,” have evolved into a different beast, for better and for worse.

On the one hand, the medium has been revitalized by the presence of satellite and internet stations. On the other, there are clouds from both sides now, wherein mainstream industry force presses up against a personality-driven culture, one perfectly suited for the huskiness of a DJ’s voice. More importantly, niche radio stations and mainstream ones alike have opened the door for LGBTQ culture to dance and be heard.

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Indie-pop duo Tegan and Sara don’t mind if you want to be like them, walk like them or talk like them

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The Canadian indie-pop twins Tegan and Sara have maintained one constant in their 20-year career together: being true to who they are. That is what has kept them unapologetically honest with themselves, their music and their fans.

The twin sisters are both out and proud lesbians, write all of their own music and play dozens of different instruments. They are also as much known for their look and style as they are for their unique sound that began in 1997 with their first band Plunk.

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