‘Rent—In Concert’ is the newest offering from the Suncoast AIDS Theatre Project

By : Aaron Alper
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Sarasota – Rent is a time-honored musical amongst the LGBT community. It’s a story of a group of impoverished young artists living in Alphabet City in NYC while living under the nightmare of the initial onslaught of AIDS. It’s the perfect musical for the Suncoast AIDS Theatre Project to present Nov. 3 and 10 at Florida Studio Theatre.

Rather than being maudlin or prone of victimizing it’s gay characters (as many Hollywood movies are want to do) Rent imparted a message of hope amidst the decimation and that is probably the reason why it continues to be relevant more than 20 years after its debut.

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Mary Lambert brings her heart to Clearwater

By : Zach Caruso
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Mary Lambert is wearing her heart on her sleeve, and she wants everyone to know it.

The 25 year-old singer-songwriter just released her debut full-length album for Capitol Records, entitled Heart On My Sleeve, which features two breakout singles—“Secrets” and “When You Sleep”—and her supporting tour has her coming to The Capitol Theater in Clearwater Saturday, Oct. 25. It’s a return trip to Pinellas County for the singer, who performed at St. Pete Pride’s benefit concert in June.

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Lil’ Kim at Parliament House for COWP 2014

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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COWP 2014 was a week full of events with Lil’ Kim’s performance at Parliament House being the cherry on top. The Queen Bee of Hip Hop performed Oct. 11, accompanied by performances from Parliament’s drag queens and Footlight Players.

The venue was packed before midnight; Lil’ Kim didn’t take the stage until after 12:30 a.m. She perfomed many of her hits like “Lighters Up” and “Magic Stick” along with  new hits from her newly released mixtape Hard Core Mixtape 2k14.

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Parliament House: Lil’ Kim will “absolutely” perform Saturday night

By : Jamie Hyman
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Lil’ Kim is making some Orlando fans nervous with some cryptic Tweets, but according to Parliament House, Saturday night’s show will go on as scheduled.

The first sign that something might be amiss came Oct. 4, when the rapper skipped out on a scheduled pre-appearance meet-and-greet at The Manor in Ft. Lauderdale. According to TMZ, the meet-and-greet was booked mostly by gay fans.

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Dario could double attendance at Sarasota Pride

By : Joseph Kissel
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Sarasota – If pop singer Dario can nearly double the number of people at Lexington’s 2014 Pride event, the organizer of Sarasota Pride believes he can do the same there.

“His commitment to the prides has been great,” said Sarasota Pride Chairman Cindy Barnes.

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Pride in Concert: AJR and Meghan Trainor

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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A part of the XL 106.7’s Pride in Concert Series, Meghan Trainor and AJR took to the stage Oct. 8 at The Abbey near Lake Eola as a part of the week long of events for COWP.

Trainor performed her hit “All About That Bass,” while interacting with the crowd for her set.

AJR took to the stage to open up for her, even jamming on a ukulele at one point. The group is most known for their single “I’m Ready,” which samples a part from the hit television show Spongebob Squarepants on the song.

Follow the jump for more photos of the event.

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Gay twins Bec & Sebastian are ready for COWP

By : Steve Blanchard
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They shared a womb, they shared their coming out experience and now they’ll share their inaugural trip to Florida in October.

The 30-year-old Australian fraternal twins Bec and Sebastian Ivanov will experience their first-ever Come Out With Pride during their first trip to Orlando. And the timing is perfect—right at the height of their burgeoning music career.

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Quench secures ‘Venue of Year’ in Talent Quest Florida competition

By : Zach Caruso
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Largo – The 14th annual Talent Quest national karaoke contest is slated to begin on Sept. 14 in Laughlin, Nev., and while the national winners have yet to be crowned, Tampa Bay already has plenty to celebrate.

Florida’s regional qualifying competition, Talent Quest Florida, saw Largo’s Quench Lounge take home Venue of the Year, their karaoke jockey Jackie Larson win KJ of the Year, and boast a number of contestants in the top 10 of several categories.

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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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