Listen: Bob Dylan, Kesha, more remake classic love songs for LGBTQ couples

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ABOVE: Bob Dylan, Kele Okereke, St. Vincent, Valerie June, Kesha and Benjamin Gibbard. Photo courtesy of MGM International Resorts.

Bob Dylan, Kesha, St. Vincent, Death Cab for Cutie lead singer Benjamin Gibbard, Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke and Valerie June reimagine classic love songs for LGBTQ couples in MGM International Resorts’ EP, “Universal Love.

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Imagine Dragons singer Dan Reynolds waves rainbow flag at Brazil festival

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Imagine Dragons lead singer Dan Reynolds showed his support for the LGBTQ community by waving a rainbow flag at the Lollapalooza Brazil Festival in Sao Paulo.

Reynolds, 30, documented the moment with a special Twitter post.

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Taylor Swift supports Hayley Kiyoko’s comments on homophobia in the music industry

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Taylor Swift has defended lesbian pop singer Hayley Kiyoko’s comments about homophobia in the music industry after Swift fans felt Kiyoko was shading the “End Game” singer.

Speaking with Refinery29, Kiyoko, 26, remarked that industry insiders have questioned why she continues to sing about women. The singer explained she’s just singing about her experiences in the same way Swift does.

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Disney Channel star Alyson Stoner comes out in emotional essay

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Disney Channel star Alyson Stoner got candid about her sexuality in an essay penned for Teen Vogue on Saturday.

Stoner, known for her roles on “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” and “Cheaper by the Dozen,” described meeting and falling in love with a woman in an essay titled “How I embraced my sexual idenyity.”

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Listen: Lady Gaga covers Elton John’s ‘Your Song’

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Lady Gaga put her Mother Monster spin on an Elton John classic with her rendition of “Your Song.” The single will be featured on the John tribute album “Revamp.”

“HERE WE ARE!!!” Gaga tweeted. “Here’s my cover of one of the greatest songs of all time. Elton John and Bernie Taupin’s “Your Song.” What an honor it was to record. THATS ME ON THE PIANO! THIS ONES FOR YOU!!”

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Aaron Carter says reports on bisexuality were ‘misconstrued’

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Tampa-born Aaron Carter has once again spoken out on his highly-publicized coming out, calling reports on his bisexuality “a little misconstrued.”

In an exclusive interview with HollywoodLife, the 30-year-old singer was asked about his coming out, as well as recent interviews in which he had discussed it more in-depth. “The other bomb that you dropped on us… you came out as bisexual,” one of the podcast’s hosts asked. “You didn’t really indicate that you’ve had a relationship with a guy… have you, or is it just more that you’re open to it?”

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Christina Aguilera spills to ‘Drag Race’ cast what song was about a gay ex

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Christina Aguilera got candid about the inspiration behind her song “Infatuation” from her 2002 album “Stripped” on the first episode of “RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked.”

Contestant Vanessa Vanjie Mateo asks Aguilera who she was referencing in the song which describes a Puerto Rican lover.

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Demi Lovato and Q-Tip honor LGBT culture in new music video

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Demi Lovato and Q-Tip have released a queer-themed music video for their cover of Elton John’s classic song “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”

The video, which doesn’t include Lovato or Q-Tip, is set at a gay bar where the patrons break out into a voguing party.

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Fans think Harry Styles is hinting at being bisexual in new song

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Harry Styles debuted an unreleased song during his Paris tour stop and fans believe the singer got candid about his sexuality.

“The boys and the girls are here I mess around with them / And I’m okay with it / I’m coming down/ I figured out I kinda like it / And when I sleep I’m gonna dream of how you tasted,” Styles, 24, sings on the new track “Medicine.”

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Elton John storms off stage after ‘rude, disruptive’ fan encounter

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Elton John surprised fans when he left the stage in the middle of his concert after an upsetting fan encounter on Thursday.

While performing a concert in Las Vegas, John invited fans to join him around the piano while he performed “Saturday Night.”

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Peppermint and Cazwell release transgender anthem ‘Blend’

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“RuPaul’s Drag Race” alum Peppermint and out rapper Cazwell have teamed up for their transgender anthem “Blend.”

Peppermint, who was the first openly transgender contestant on “RuPaul’s Drag Race,’ told Billboard that she and Cazwell have been performing together since 2000. Now, they have joined forces for their first full project together “Blend,” their joint EP which will be released on March 9.

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Mike Huckabee resigns from Country Music Association board

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ABOVE: Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.) speaks at the Values Voter Summit on Sept. 25, 2015. Washington Blade photo by Michael Key.

Almost 24 hours from his appointment as a board member of the Country Music Association Foundation, Mike Huckabee has announced his resignation after an outcry from the Nashville music industry.

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