Billy Porter teams with Idina Menzel to record a holiday classic

By : John Paul King of the washington blade, courtesy of the national LGBT media association
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ABOVE: Billy Porter and Idina Menzel keeping warm in their new video duet (Image via YouTube)

As Christmas approaches each year, it comes with the anticipation (and maybe also the dread) of the next glittery, fabulous new holiday single to be dropped by a pop star.

This season has already brought us Sam Smith’s rendition of Donna Summer’s classic “I Feel Love” (okay, not exactly a Christmas song, but coupled with those Target holiday commercials it seems as festive as “Jingle Bells”), but the winner might just have landed under our trees courtesy of not one, but two of Broadway’s brightest lights.

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VIDEO: ‘Frozen 2’ cast take to London gay bar to sing ‘Let It Go’

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While doing press on the other side of the pond, some of the stars of Disney’s “Frozen 2” decided to hit up a London gay bar for a little “Frozen” sing-a-long.

Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad — who voice animated characters Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf in the highly anticipated sequel, as well as the original — visited Heaven, a gay nightclub in London to perform (possibly after a few drinks?) the Oscar-winning hit song from the first film, “Let It Go.”

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VIDEO: Bullied gay teen fights back, goes viral

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A video of LaPorte High School student Jordan Steffy fighting a bully who called him a faggot has gone viral.

In the video, posted to Twitter, Steffy is seen hitting another student after the unnamed boy gets into Steffy’s face and calls him a faggot.

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New music video released for Freddie Mercury’s birthday to spread AIDS awareness

By : Lora Korpar
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To celebrate what would have been LGBTQ musical icon Freddie Mercury’s 73rd birthday Sept. 5, Universal Music Group released a new music video for his song “Love Me Like There’s No Tomorrow.”

Mercury found fame as the front man for the British rock band Queen. Though he died of AIDS in 1991, the singer’s legacy still looms large, especially after last year’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” — a biographical movie about his life and rise to fame. “Bohemian Rhapsody” was one of the biggest cinematic hits of 2018 earning more than $900 million at the worldwide box office and won four Oscars, including one for actor Rami Malek who portrayed Mercury in the film.

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Watch: Ricky Martin joins Maluma for ‘No Se Me Quita’ music video

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Maluma and Ricky Martin in “No Se Me Quita.” (Screenshot from YouTube)

Maluma released the music video for “No Se Me Quita” featuring Ricky Martin and set against a vibrant, colorful beach background.

The music video, filmed in Miami, shows Maluma falling for a lifeguard. Martin tries to help Maluma come up with a scheme for Maluma to kiss her.

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Watch: Bob the Drag Queen emcees a ‘Basic Ball’ for ‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Bob the Drag Queen on “A Black Lady Sketch Show.” (Screenshot via YouTube)

Bob the Drag Queen emcees a “Basic Ball,” a “ball for the rest of the LGBTQ-ties,” on HBO’s “A Black Lady Sketch Show.”

The ball, which mimics the ballroom scene, has categories such as Clinical Depression, Barbecue Daddy and Just Awkward in the Body.

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‘Queer Eye’ Fab 5 introduced Harry Styles to Grindr in Japan

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: The cast of Netflix’s “Queer Eye” on “Watch What Happens Live.” (Screenshot from YouTube)

Harry Styles was introduced to Grindr when he spent time with the cast of “Queer Eye” in Japan.

The Fab Five appeared on “Watch What Happens Live” where they were asked by a fan what it was like hanging out with Styles.

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Jake Gyllenhaal says Heath Ledger wouldn’t tolerate homophobic ‘Brokeback’ jokes

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Jake Gyllenhaal in a interview with TODAY. (Screenshot from TODAY.com)

Jake Gyllenhaal revealed that his “Brokeback Mountain” co-star Heath Ledger wouldn’t tolerate homophobic jokes about the award-winning film.

“Brokeback Mountain” became fodder for gay jokes after its release in 2005 and inspired the “I wish I knew how to quit you” meme, a line that Gyllenhaal’s character famously tells Ledger’s character.

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Lance Bass came out to Britney Spears on her wedding night

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Lance Bass. (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)

Lance Bass revealed that he came out as gay to Britney Spears after her Las Vegas wedding to Jason Alexander in 2004.

The former NSYNC member shared the story during his appearance on “Watch What Happens Live.”

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Watch: Sam Smith releases video for ‘How Do You Sleep?’

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Sam Smith in ‘How Do You Sleep?’ music video. (Screenshot via YouTube)

Sam Smith released the music video for his new single “How Do You Sleep?” featuring an all-male, shirtless dance troupe.

The singer channels his “inner dancing queen” with some hip-shaking choreography. The video also features some BMX bike action.

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Watch the first trailer for CW’s ‘Batwoman’ starring Ruby Rose

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The CW released the first full trailer for its new series “Batwoman,” starring Ruby Rose.

Rose, who identifies as a lesbian and gender-fluid, portrays Kate Kane, Bruce Wayne’s cousin. In the trailer, Kate is distressed when her love interest Sophie (Megan Tandy) is kidnapped. Kate finds Bruce’s secret lair and decides to suit up in his batsuit to rescue Sophie and save Gotham.

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VIDEO: Buttigieg supporters drown out anti-LGBTQ heckler

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Presidential candidate and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg calmly dismissed anti-LGBTQ hecklers with the help of his supporters during his first visit to Iowa April 16.

The initial heckler confronted Buttigieg at a town hall in Fort Dodge, the AP reports, after Buttigieg discussed marriage equality. “You betray your baptism!” the protester said before being escorted from the gathering.

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