Adam Rippon will be a judge on ‘Dancing with the Stars: Juniors’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon will be a judge on the junior edition of “Dancing with the Stars.” Rippon won season 26 of “DWTS,” a shortened athlete edition of the dance competition show, along with his dance partner Jenna Johnson.

“DWTS”  pro alum Valentin Chmerkovskiy and professional choreographer Mandy Moore, known for her work on “La La Land” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” will round out the judging panel.

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Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe become first same-sex couple in ESPN’s Body Issue

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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WNBA star Sue Bird and professional soccer player Megan Rapinoe made history as the first same-sex couple to be featured in ESPN’s Body Issue.

Rapinoe, 32, is the midfielder/winger for the Seattle Reign FC in the National Women’s Soccer League and is on the U.S. women’s national team. She served as guest editor of the Washington Blade’s sports issue in 2014. Bird, 37, is a point guard for the Seattle Storm. The couple was a part of 14 other athletes who all posed nude for the 10th annual issue.

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Adam Rippon wins ‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Adam Rippon and his dancing partner Jenna Johnson were crowned the winners of “Dancing with the Stars: Athletes.”

The 28-year-old is the first male figure skater to receive the title.

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Gus Kenworthy to headline DNC’s annual LGBTQ gala

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Olympic freeskier Gus Kenworthy will attend the Democratic National Committee’s 19th annual LGBTQ gala as a special guest on June 25 in New York City.

“I couldn’t be more excited to join the DNC at their LGBTQ Gala this Pride season,” Kenworthy said in a statement. “Over the last year, the Trump-Pence administration has pushed our community to the sidelines, attacking us for who we are and who we love. It’s time we take a stand against this administration by electing representatives this upcoming November who actively support and believe in equality for everyone.”

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Adam Rippon slays ‘Sissy That Walk’ performance on ‘DWTS’

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ABOVE: Jenna Johnson and Adam Rippon dancing to ‘Sissy That Walk’ on ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ Screenshot via YouTube.

Adam Rippon and his dance pro partner Jenna Johnson skyrocketed to the top of the leaderboard with their cha cha performance of “Sissy That Walk” by RuPaul.

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Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy skip Olympic athletes visit to the White House

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump welcomed Team USA Olympic athletes to the White House on Friday, congratulating them on representing the U.S. at the 2018 winter games.

“You made us very proud,” Trump said to the rows of young men and women standing on the White House’s north portico in matching windbreakers. “You overcame setbacks, you powered through obstacles. And I will tell you this, because of your hard work and your sacrifice, you were given the greatest honor in sports: to represent the United States as an Olympic athlete.”

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Britney Spears ‘broke’ the GLAAD Media Awards

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Britney Spears was honored with the Vanguard Award at the 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Thursday but her appearance caused a stir.

Spears, who attended the ceremony with her boyfriend Sam Asghari, was recognized for promoting LGBTQ acceptance and equality. Jennifer Lopez, Cher, Antonio Banderas and Demi Lovato are among the award’s past recipients.

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Report: Adam Rippon, Tonya Harding join ‘Dancing with the Stars’ all-athlete cast

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ABC is striving to keep the Winter Olympics frenzy alive by casting two athletes fresh from the competition and one former athlete who made a pop culture comeback this year.

Figure skater Adam Rippon, snowboarder Jamie Anderson and retired figure skater Tonya Harding have joined the all-athlete edition of “Dancing with the Stars,” Us Weekly reports.

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Adam Rippon is off the market, meets new man on Tinder

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Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon is having quite the year, and it’s only April.

He won a bronze medal at the Winter Olympics earlier this year becoming the first openly gay U.S. male athlete to do so. Rippon also became a headline maker, first calling out Vice President Mike Pence for his anti-LGBTQ views, then doing a media tour as the self-proclaimed new “America’s Sweetheart,” and making huge fans out of everyone from E! News host Justin Sylvester to Sally Field’s son to to another American Sweetheart, Reese Witherspoon. He even got social media buzzing when he appeared on the red carpet of the Academy Awards in a leather harness/tux combo.

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Pence criticized for excluding media from breakfast with gay Irish PM

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ABOVE: Vice President Mike Pence (center) and Second Lady Karen Pence (right) met with the gay Irish PM Leo Vardakar for St. Patrick’s Day breakfast. Photo courtesy Twitter.

Vice President Mike Pence is taking heat for excluding the media from his breakfast meeting with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, who is gay.

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E! host asks Adam Rippon on a date in live interview

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Adam Rippon received a date offer live on air in the middle of an interview on “E! News.”

“Daily Pop” host Justin Sylvester asked Rippon if he was single to which the figure skater responds that he’s been too busy for dating.

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Fans think Harry Styles is hinting at being bisexual in new song

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Harry Styles debuted an unreleased song during his Paris tour stop and fans believe the singer got candid about his sexuality.

“The boys and the girls are here I mess around with them / And I’m okay with it / I’m coming down/ I figured out I kinda like it / And when I sleep I’m gonna dream of how you tasted,” Styles, 24, sings on the new track “Medicine.”

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