How Sinéad O’Connor found herself—and how the gay community helped

By : Chris Azzopardi
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In 1992, Sinéad O’Connor was at the height of her career following the success of “Nothing Compares 2 U” when, during a one-woman protest against sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, she tore up a photo of Pope John Paul II on Saturday Night Live. Causing an uproar, and eventually thwarting her pop-culture presence (not that she cared), that defiance would come to define the Irish singer’s life and career.

Does Sinéad have balls? Of course she does. Big ones. She talked about that region during our recent conversation, insisting that sex—whether it’s with a man or a woman—isn’t necessary for making her “dick hard.” Still, she lets it all hang out on her 10th studio album, I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss, which was released Aug. 12. On it, she candidly reveals that, “Everybody wants something from me / They rarely ever wanna just know me.”

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Shawn Thomas brings his songs of faith to Florida’s west coast

By : Steve Blanchard
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Over the past 10 years, Shawn Thomas has received critical acclaim and recognition for his music and his service to the community. He’s made a name for himself in the Contemporary Christian music world by not only being an out singer and songwriter, but for sharing his story of coming to terms with his sexuality and his faith.

As the owner of Shawn Thomas Studios in West Palm Beach, the 45-year-old gets a chance to write, record and perform with varied artists from across the country. But he also steps out of the studio, and will bring his free, one-man concert to several churches along Florida’s west coast this summer and fall. A love-offering will be accepted at each performance.

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UN music video on LGBT rights features Indian actress Celina Jaitly

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) – The United Nations says a Bollywood-inspired United Nations music video promoting equal rights for gays, lesbians, transgender people and bisexuals has been watched by more than one million people online and millions more on television since its release on April 30.

Charles Radcliffe of the U.N. Human Rights Office said July 15 that for the United Nations the novel approach has “paid off.”

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Idol vet Melissa McGhee re-emerges in Tampa Bay’s music scene

By : Zach Caruso
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St. Petersburg – If you see Melissa McGhee walking down the street, and swear you’ve seen her somewhere before, you’re not alone.

“I get a lot of, ‘You look so familiar,’” she says with a laugh.“I’m not the boastful type so I usually just end up saying ‘Oh yeah, I don’t know why,’ but then I have friends that will start yelling, ‘She was on Idol!’ Leave it to a friend to call you out.”

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Singer and songwriter Alyssa Hailey discovered her voice after transitioning

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St. Petersburg – Alyssa Hailey wants you to get to know her Alter-Ego.

The 28 year-old transgender pop singer/songwriter (who simply goes by “Alyssa”) recently released her debut album, Alter-Ego, and since it dropped in January, she has been on the go.

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Omaha songwriter releases CDs of gay love songs

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – An Omaha songwriter is releasing two new CDs of love songs created for same-sex marriages.

Karen Sokolof Javitch says she wanted to make sure gay couples had some of their own love songs, so she wrote the songs for the “Women in Love” and “Men in Love” CDs.

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L.A. Pride featured in Demi Lovato’s ‘Really Don’t Care’ music video

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Demi Lovato took L.A. Pride: The TLGB Celebration by storm! Lovato used the event as the location for her newly released music video – “Really Don’t Care” featuring Cher Lloyd.

The Disney Channel-kid star-turned-platinum pop princess took over the June 8 event, riding on a float in the parade and interacting with the crowd during the festival. At the beginning of the music video, it shows anti-LGBT demonstrators at L.A. Pride event, where she then says to the crowd right before the song begins “You don’t have to hate, because my Jesus loves all!” Check out the video after the jump: 

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Pride’s 27/82 Pride Concert returns with Mary Lambert and Hunter Valentine

By : Steve Blanchard
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St. Petersburg – Expect packed crowds and a lot of love during this year’s second annual 27/82 Pride Concert at the State Theater on Friday, June 27. Performers Mary Lambert—who wrote the chorus to “Same Love”—and band Hunter Valentine of The Real L-Word fame are co-headliners of the official Pride event.

It will be Lambert’s first time in St. Petersburg. She gained national acclaim with Macklemore and Lewis’ “Same Love” and is now one of the most popular LGBT artists in the recording industry.

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Israeli transgender singer in controversial video

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JERUSALEM (AP) – A video promoting Tel Aviv’s Gay Pride Parade has been taken offline after the family of a youngster claimed they did not provide consent to participate.

The video features Israeli transgender star Dana International dancing in a synagogue in the presence of religious children.

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LeAnn Rimes adds a first-of-its-kind (for her) Gay Days Weekend performance at the Parliament House

By : Kirk Hartlage
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Shame on us.

We’re quietly hoping LeAnn Rimes’ Gay Days Weekend performance doesn’t go completely well, if only because her back-up plans sound so entertaining. While Saturday’s show at Orlando’s Parliament House won’t be Rimes’ first appearance at a gay nightclub, it will be the first time the 31-year-old singer performs an entire concert of her numerous dance hits.

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Gee Golly, It’s Dolly: Legend talks boobs, drag and Christianity

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When Dolly Parton calls you, greeting you by name with her unmistakable Tennessee twang, it’s a good idea to immediately establish that the lady on the line is the actual legend herself.

“Am I talking to the real Dolly or is this an impersonator?” I ask, just to be sure.

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Harvey Milk Festival returned with music, film, art and fun!

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The Fifth Annual Harvey Milk Festival was held in Sarrsota, Fla. May 15 to 17.

The festival featured a variety of attractions, including live music, film and performing and visual artists, speakers and vendors.

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