Jennifer Lopez, Laverne Cox earn GLAAD Media Awards

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Jennifer Lopez has added a couple of more trophies to her block.

The pop star and “American Idol” judge was honored April 12 night at the 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards with the Vanguard Award, which lauds efforts to increase visibility and understanding of the gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender community. In addition to being an outspoken advocate for gay rights, Lopez serves as executive producer of the ABC Family series “The Fosters,” which centers on a lesbian couple raising their children. “The Fosters” also won the award for outstanding drama series.

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Elton John and David Furnish planning quiet wedding for May

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Elton John and his partner David Furnish are planning a low-profile wedding in May, following a change in British law allowing gay marriages.

The singer told NBC’s Today show that he wants to celebrate “very quietly,” and added: “It will be a joyous occasion and we will have our children.”

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Lea Michele talks lesbian role on Looking, being called a diva and Glee legacy

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“No personal questions” is the caveat before getting on the phone with Lea Michele, TV’s Rachel Berry. It’s an acceptable exception given the Glee star’s painfully tragic last year: Her on- and off-screen boyfriend, Cory Monteith, died suddenly on July 13, 2013, from a drug overdose.

Recorded around the time of Monteith’s passing, those feelings of loss are still raw on Louder, Michele’s debut album. The singer dedicated “You’re Mine” to Monteith, and the crushingly beautiful “If You Say So” was inspired by his last words to her. “I can’t believe it’s true,” she laments on the latter. “I keep looking for you.”

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Boy George is back with a new album and a brand new look

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Boy George is truly a new man.

Boasting a trim physique, beard, and positive attitude, on This is What I Do, his first studio album in 18 years, the now 52-year-old George O’Dowd betrays a deeper, more mature voice, albeit still honey-like, with nods to lifelong musical influences including David Bowie. It’s a much different sound and image than followers of his work—from Culture Club to more recent dance music projects—are used to for sure.

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Adam Lambert will tour with Queen this summer

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Adam Lambert and Queen will be teaming up once again, this time for a 19-date North American tour this summer, but sadly none of these stops will be anywhere in Florida.

Lambert and Queen have a long, colorful history together.

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VIDEO: Iranian pop icon releases song about gay love

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AMSTERDAM (AP) – Iranian pop star Googoosh has released a video that addresses same-sex love — a major gesture by one of the country’s top cultural figures in exile — causing a stir in the Islamic republic, where the topic is taboo and being convicted of being gay can carry the death penalty.

The ballad’s lyrics speak of a forbidden love, and the video shows scenes of a happy young woman as seen through the eyes of her lover, contrasted with scenes of disapproval from her father and others. It withholds until the final moments the fact that her lover is another woman.

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New Romeo Santos song about gay rights and awareness

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Romeo Santos, the international bachata recording artist sensation, released his sophomore solo album Formula Vol. 2, which has been highly anticipated by many. With its release on Feb. 25, Santos takes his place as remaining the “King of Bachata,” as he calls himself, along with recording a song that shows Santos’ social awareness and accepting stance toward gay rights.

“No Tiene La Culpa,” which is listed as track No. 11 on his album and translates roughly to “It’s Not His Fault” in English, tells a story of the struggle of a gay Latino man by the external forces of his family, culture and lifestyle. Santos makes a bold statement in this track by telling the story of Manuel and his struggle with being unaccepted as gay and feeling uncomfortable with himself and his body.

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WATCH: First openly gay ‘American Idol’ contestant

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It may have taken 13 seasons, but  American Idol will be interesting to watch as the show’s Top 30 for this season includes the first openly gay constant.

Emkay “M.K.” Nobilette, 20, made it very clear she knew where she stood and that she was “… obviously very gay, and there’s always gonna be people in America and everywhere else who are definitely going to hate me.”

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AT&T says a fiber cut caused Grammys blackout

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Orlando As history was about to unfold on the live telecast of the Grammy Awards Jan. 26, some viewers in Orlando were stripped of the opportunity to see a live wedding ceremony featuring 34 gay and straight couples. Users of AT&T U-Verse HD lost the television signal just as couples were entering the Staples Center.

AT&T says it wasn’t a fear of advancing LGBT equality or any other form of bigotry that caused the outage. It was, a spokesperson said, a technical glitch.

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VIDEO: 33 couples married at 2014 Grammys

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Queen Latifah married 33 couples at the 2014 Grammy Awards January 26. The ceremony was woven into a performance of pro-LGBT-equality athem “Same Love,” performed by Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert and Madonna.

See the video and read about how Queen Latifah became “Queen Commish” after the jump:

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Huge stash of Madonna’s stuff from the 80s up for auction in St. Pete

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ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (AP) – Long before Newsweek called her a “tarted-up floozy,” way before she married and had babies and adopted babies, and a lifetime before she opened an Instagram account, Madonna was a young woman in New York, hanging out with her gay best friend and trying to make it big.

That ambition – and a good bit of innocence – can be seen in a collection of photos, art and drawings that are on the auction block Feb. 9 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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Jacques Snyman returns with his impressive voice, physique and an anti-bullying messsage

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You’d be hard-pressed to find a person with a more extensive resume than Jacques Snyman’s. Certified personal trainer, rugby player, bodybuilder, model, countertenor.

That’s right, countertenor.

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