Faux queen Sonique rocks the stage at VMAs

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Parliament House Orlando’s very own faux queen* Sonique shared the stage with Miley Cyrus for the closing of what will be remembered as a very gay year for the VMAs. Cyrus, who revealed in a recent issue of Elle U.K. that she was pansexual, ended her hosting gig of the 2015 show with a dynamic performance highlighting LGBT youth and contestants from RuPaul’s Drag Race, including Sonique.

“Congrats to our very own Footlight Player, Sonique and all 30 RuPaul’s Drag Race gals on last nights EPIC closing at the VMA’s! You all rocked it!” Parliament House said in a Facebook post.

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A Gay Bar Star Reborn: Janine Klein brings self-effacing cabaret madness back to Parliament House

By : Billy Manes
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Local off-off-off-Broadway (like downtown Orlando’s Broadway Avenue for purposes of context) sensation Janine Klein has popped into our living space and plopped onto our couch as the summer storms have inclined her to. She’s not running away from anything. She’s just running.

“That’s God talking,” she laughs, tugging from a drink. “He doesn’t want me to do this show again.”

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Drummer Jon Moss on the return of Culture Club and the underestimation of Boy George … by himself

By : Billy Manes
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“Just to reiterate, you’ll be speaking with the band,” a publicist tries to coyly clarify before a scheduled telephone interview with a member (or several members) of classic ‘80s swaying drama phenomenon Culture Club. Boy George, the veritable foghorn of Culture Club’s legendary pop-cultural reign, is not doing publicity today, nor was he the previous week when we were first attempting to connect. Presumably he’s saving his voice – his vocal troubles nixed the band’s big British Christmas comeback tour and album launch late last year – or, more than likely, he’s still not comfortable sharing a soapbox with his reunited bandmates after years of acrimony and stop-and-start reunion volleys. Least of whom among the instrument-wielding contenders, we can only assume, is the man who inspired lovelorn hits like “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me,” “Karma Chameleon” and “Victims,” drummer (and former lover) Jon Moss.

“Roy Hay [the band’s guitarist] is sitting next to me eating his eggs if you want me to pass the phone over,” Moss jokes. No, you’ll do just fine.

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Hilary Duff on marriage equality, her fascination with Grindr and why she took a break from showbiz

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“I’m like the dorky kid on the bus who’s like, ‘Hiiii.’”

Wait a minute. Is that you, Lizzie McGuire? Maybe? No.

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Condensed Milk: Harvey Milk Fest fundraiser raises $500

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“This year was like a $40,000 cesspool,” Sarasota’s Harvey Milk Festival President Shannon Fortner says, nearly two months after the festivities meant to honor the San Francisco (and global) legend of gay rights activism. This year’s party, featuring electro-pop emotion-driver Bright Light Bright Light (Rod Thomas), who recently opened for Elton John out west, was practically ruined by Florida’s fantastic flirtations with precipitation deluges. Though raw estimates of attendance were somewhere in the 2,000 to 5,000 range in its sixth year (a wide berth), inclement weather hindered the nonprofit from making up its financial losses, Fortner says.

“This is our sixth year and we’ve never had a rain problem,” she says. “And we already had our first protesters this year. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing … That, and the rain was a distraction.”

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Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles covers Britney Spears hit, pop diva in attendance

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The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles had a special guest come out and see them perform during their recent concert, Miss Britney Spears.

The pop diva was in attendance to watch the 225-man chorus covered her hit song “Work B*tch” performed with an eight member dance group.

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The Skivvies’ Nick Cearley talks about being on Broadway, Gay Pride Month

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NEW YORK — It seems like every summer there’s a production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” but Nick Cearley feels the one he’s starring in nicely compliments gay pride month.

“I think that the relationship between Puck and Oberon has some gay undertones, overtones, whatever you want to call them, so I think it lends itself perfectly,” Cearley said.

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Amy Schumer to open for Madonna during NYC concerts

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Amy Schumer has taken another step to becoming queen of everything and LGBT icon after announcing that she will be the opening act for Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour during the pop diva’s three NYC shows.

Schumer made the announcement via her Twitter account June 18.

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“I Am Harvey Milk”: An Elijah for LGBTQ People

By : Michael Kilgore
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Tampa Bay – Una Voce’s evening of choral music Friday, June 12 at St. Petersburg’s Palladium, then reprised at Tampa’s new USF Concert Hall June 13, was brilliantly conceived and executed. The main event was the Florida premiere of famed Broadway composer Andrew Lippa’s I Am Harvey Milk. Milk, the first elected openly gay official in the country, is an iconic transformative figure for the LGBTQ community. As important as his efforts were, the chorale’s program acknowledged other leaders for social justice upon whose shoulders we stand.

“The music we’re singing tonight,” ventured Tom Barker, Managing Director of Una Voce, “is important for all people in the Tampa Bay area. The evening honors heroes who have led the way for social justice.”

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Taking over Pride: Former Glee star Alex Newell talks with Watermark

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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He was known for his strong belting voice on Glee, always being sassy, dishing out the diva and just being “unique” all at the same time.

Alex Newell, who played transgender student Wade “Unique” Adams on Glee and was runner-up on The Glee Project, sat down with Watermark before he takes over the stage for St. Pete Pride’s annual 27/82 Concert on June 26. He told all us about what playing “Unique” on the show taught him, where his love from music all started and giving us a preview of what to expect from his first debut album coming out toward the end of this year.

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Nick Jonas replaces Azalea at Pittsburgh gay pride concert

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Nick Jonas is replacing Iggy Azalea as the headline performer at a Pittsburgh gay pride event June 13.

Azalea withdrew from the Pride in the Street concert amid criticism for making anti-gay and racist remarks on social media.

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Miley Cyrus says she is bisexual, poses nude for Paper Magazine

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Pop superstar Miley Cyrus posed nude and revealed her attraction to women in an interview with Paper Magazine.

Cyrus recently launched the Happy Hippy Foundation in order to raise funds and awareness for homeless and LGBT youth.

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