Gay lead singer of Neon Trees denounces Mormon Church

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Salt Lake City (AP) – Two years after coming out as gay and praising the Mormon church for offering support, the lead singer of a popular rock band is denouncing his faith in his latest music video.

Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees, a Provo, Utah-based band, released the video April 29 for a single titled “Trash,” in which he appears to be trashing the church. The video includes images related to the church and shows Glenn drinking alcohol.

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Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas cancel North Carolina stops on Future Now tour

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Young pop stars Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas, who are currently touring together, are cancelling the North Carolina shows in Raleigh and Charlotte of their Future Now concert series. They made the announcement via a statement signed by both Lovato and Jonas, and posted to Lovato’s Twitter account.

“One of our goals for the tour has always been to create an atmosphere where every single attendee feels equal, included, and accepted for who they are,” the statement reads.

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Prince, 57, found dead in his home

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CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) — Pop superstar Prince, widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive and influential musicians of his era with hits including “Little Red Corvette,” ”Let’s Go Crazy” and “When Doves Cry,” was found dead at his home on Thursday in suburban Minneapolis, according to his publicist. He was 57.

His publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, told The Associated Press that the music icon died at his home in Chanhassen. No details were immediately released.

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Country music stars speak out about anti-gay bills, but record labels? Not so much

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Nashville (AP) – Several country music artists and songwriters have condemned proposed laws that discriminate against LGBT people, but anyone looking for reaction from the record labels and production companies on Nashville’s Music Row has heard only the sound of silence.

New laws in North Carolina and Mississippi have drawn the ire of businesses and celebrities alike, with Bruce Springsteen and Bryan Adams canceling shows in those states. Legislation dealing with the treatment of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people was vetoed by Georgia’s governor, but bills are still being considered in Tennessee and South Carolina.

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Bryan Adams cancels Mississippi concert in response to anti-gay law

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BILOXI, Miss. (AP) – Canadian rocker Bryan Adams is canceling a performance this week in Mississippi, citing the state’s new law that allows religious groups and some private businesses to refuse service to gay couples.

Adams said in a statement April 10 that he was canceling his April 14 show at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi.

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Bruce Springsteen cancels North Carolina concert due to anti-trans bathroom law

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Music legend Bruce Springsteen has canceled an April 10 concert in Greensboro, North Carolina because of the recently passed HB2, the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, which mandates transgender people can only use public restrooms that match the gender they were born and forbids municipalities from passing any LGBT protections.

“No other group of North Carolinians faces such a burden,” Springsteen wrote in a statement on his website. “To my mind, it’s an attempt by people who cannot stand the progress our country has made in recognizing the human rights of all of our citizens to overturn that progress.”

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GLAAD Media Awards honor Demi Lovato, Caitlyn Jenner

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Demi Lovato and Caitlyn Jenner are among the recipients of the 27th GLAAD Media Awards.

The awards honor those who further GLAAD’s mission of ensuring that stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are heard through media outlets.

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Pet Shop Boys return with Super after more than 30 years of pop and circumstance

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“We were never being boring,” Pet Shop Boys singer Neil Tennant slyly ruminated on 1990’s release Behaviour. “We were never being bored.”

He was right. Sandwiched somewhere between elegy and eloquence, the pop duo – Tennant out front, Chris Lowe fiddling with the keys and technology in back – have made a mark on pop culture in all of its facets over three decades, sometimes with a slight frown, but always with a pop hook. There have been films, ballets, books, scores and tours, but Pet Shop Boys have always had that somewhat cocked brow of high art threaded just so – along with an incredibly palpable dryness of humor – allowing for an unparalleled career in the pop pantheon.

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Orlando folk hero Terri Binion comes full circle with her personal tragedy on new release

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Terri Binion is smiling a lot more these days. Some of it comes from staying busy, downsizing, songwriting and performing. Some of it, though, is just spiritual self-preservation.

“Sometimes I forget events that have happened over the last four years,” she says, driving to her photo shoot for this story. Her spiritual adviser has told her that this is normal in cases of trauma, that sometimes things don’t stick or that, maybe, just maybe, your mind and heart are full at a certain point, a breaking point, a tipping point. Maybe you just remember the things you need to remember in order to keep moving forward. Or maybe it’s a clean slate and a new beginning.

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Jason and deMarco to Perform at SunCoast Cathedral MCC

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As part of their “Anything is Possible” tour, contemporary pop worship artists Jason and deMarco will be performing live at SunCoast Cathedral MCC in Venice on Friday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. The concert will be a free-will offering and coincides with the church’s 21st anniversary.

Susie Brenner, SunCoast MCC program developer, says she is excited about their music and the message they bring.

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Organist Cameron Carpenter to meet with LGBT adolescents

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On Feb. 27, world-renowned organist Cameron Carpenter will meet with members of Blake High School’s LGBT youth club Common Grounds for a lecture/demonstration at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts.

Carpenter will be meeting with 25 student members of Common Grounds to discuss his music, career and the International Touring Organ. He will then entertain students with a brief performance of the touring organ. Carpenter’s appearance is in conjunction with his concert later in the evening at the Straz Center.

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Did Aaron Carter just come out as Chris Crocker’s new beau?

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Tampa native and late 90s heartthrob Aaron Carter is burning up the gossip mill after some posts on Instagram that allude to his alleged coming out and possible relationship with ex-YouTuber-turned-porn-star Chris Crocker.

You might mostly likely remember Carter as the pre-teen performer who was Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter’s little brother. You might remember Crocker as the “leave Britney alone” kid from YouTube during Britney Spears 2007 meltdown.

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