Ladyfingers: I am 28, going on 29

By : Sabrina Ambra
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I’m a day late [on my deadline] and another year older [in exactly one week]. I have a lot to reflect on and even more to look forward to. First and foremost, I want to give a shout-out to my anxiety for being consistent AF this past year. With that, I have to give “mad props” (are we still using that phrase?) to my girlfriend for consistently dealing with the aforementioned anxiety and constantly reminding me of how incredibly lucky I am. Another shout-out goes to my cats, Luna and Celine-Dion, who continue to keep my heart warm and occasionally give it palpitations.

The last year of my twenties is on the horizon, my friends. Any advice? Because 28 was a bit of a doozy. Don’t get me wrong, it definitely had some solid highlights: I went to my 10-year high school reunion, I celebrated three years of doing “it” with the love of my life (“it” being love AND the sex,) and I performed a Beyonce song with three of my favorite human beings in front of over 1,000 other humans I’m not completely familiar with yet … just to name a few. On the other hand, I did lose some friends. They didn’t die, but they must be under the impression that I have. Alas, I have not, but the lesson hath been learned. The old friends are still invited to my funeral, of course. I’d like them to be pallbearers so they can let me down one last time.

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Beyoncé and JAY-Z deliver emotional speech at GLAAD Media Awards

By : Mariah Cooper Of The Washington Blade, Courtesy Of The National LGBT Media Association
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Beyoncé and JAY-Z were honored with the Vanguard Award at the 30th annual GLAAD Media Awards on March 29 in Los Angeles. The Vanguard Award “is presented to media professionals who have made a significant difference in promoting equality and acceptance of LGBTQ people.”

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” alum Shangela gave a lip-sync performance to a medley of Beyoncé’s hits including “Bootylicious,” “Partition,” “Single Ladies” and “Flawless.” Beyoncé could be seen cheering in the crowd and gave Shangela a standing ovation.

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Beyonce and Jay-Z will be honored at 2019 GLAAD Media Awards

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Beyonce and Jay-Z will be presented with the Vanguard Award at the 2019 GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles.

The Vanguard Award honors “allies who have made a significant difference in promoting acceptance of LGBTQ people.” Other honorees include Britney Spears, Janet Jackson, Cher, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Aniston, among others.

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‘Queer Eve’ Fab Five pay tribute to Beyonce, Britney Spears on ‘Lip Sync Battle’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The “Queer Eye” Fab Five paid tribute to Beyonce, Britney Spears and Lady Gaga on the season five premiere of “Lip-Sync Battle.”

Bobby Berk, Tan France and Antoni Porowski lip-synced to “Work Bitch” by Britney Spears with all three donning some of Spears’ iconic music video looks. Berk was dressed in the red jumpsuit from “Oops..I Did It Again;” France wore the ringmaster outfit from “Circus” and Porowski rocked Spears’ flight attendant outfit from “Toxic.”

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Troye Sivan comments on ‘Watch What Happens Live’ spark another Azealia Banks Twitter rant

By : Meghan Sweeney
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Azealia Banks is known for her Twitter fights as much as she is known for her music, as the “212” rapper infamously posts extreme comments and engages in celeb fights online.

This year alone Banks has gone after Beyonce, Cardi B and Elon Musk all from her various social media accounts. This time her latest target is singer-songwriter, Troye Sivan.

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MTV VMAs noms include Hayley Kiyoko, Cardi B

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the Natioan LGBT Media Association
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The MTV VMAs announced its 2018 nominations which include big recognition for Cardi B and the Carters.

Cardi B received the most nominations (10) including for Video of the Year, Artist of the Year and Song of the Year. The Carters (Beyonce and Jay-Z) followed close behind with eight nominations for their video  “Apeshit.” Childish Gambino and Drake earned seven nominations each, Bruno Mars received six and Ariana Grande and Camila Cabello came in at five nominations.

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Todrick Hall opens up his forbidden side for his new album and tour

By : Randa Griffin
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Todrick Hall’s rise to fame has not slowed down since he first appeared on season 9 of “American Idol,” where he made it all the way to the semi-finals. He has established himself as an influential force in every aspect of performing, showcasing his talents for singing, dancing, theater and choreography on his YouTube channel—which currently has nearly 3 million subscribers—and his sold-out performances around the world.

Hall released his latest album “Forbidden” in March and is taking his talent back on the road in his new show “Todrick Hall American: The Forbidden Tour.” Watermark spoke to Hall about his rapidly changing career, his impact on his LGBTQ fans and his plans to win a “grand slam,” in show business.

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Cara Delevingne responds to backlash for praising Beyoncé’s Coachella performance

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Cara Delevigne has responded to the backlash she received for praising Beyoncé’s Coachella performance.

Delevigne, who identifies as bisexual, has been open about boycotting the music and arts festival because its owner Philip Anschutz has donated to a number of right-wing, anti-LGBTQ groups. The 25-year-old model didn’t attend the festival but took to Instagram to fangirl over Bey’s two-hour set which included a Destiny’s Child reunion.

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Tampa Bay’s Vanessa Vanjie Mateo sashays onto RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Tampa Bay’s Vanessa Vanjie Mateo has sashayed her way onto the upcoming tenth season of VH1’s RuPaul’s Drag Race.

The upcoming season’s queens were “ruvealed” in a promo following the latest episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars 3 late Thursday, Feb. 22, as well as the show’s official Twitter account:

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Pink will sing National Anthem at Super Bowl

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Pink is confirmed to sing the National Anthem for Super Bowl 52.

The NFL confirmed the news on Twitter on Monday.

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JAY-Z reveals his mom is a lesbian on new album

By : Jeremy Williams
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JAY-Z addresses several intimate topics on his 13th studio album, 4:44, released June 30. He opens up about the infamous elevator fight from 2014, his infidelity against wife Beyonce, his beef with rapper and friend Kanye West; but it’s his track which his mother, Gloria Carter, appears on that carries the biggest emotional weight.

On the track “Smile,” JAY-Z openly discusses, for the first time, his mother’s sexual identity rapping, “Mama had four kids, but she’s a lesbian / Had to pretend so long that she’s a thespian.”

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Watermark’s 2017 Ultimate LGBTQ Anthem – OPENING ROUND

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Last year, we asked you to tell us who the Ultimate LGBTQ Icon is. After four rounds of a knockdown,drag-out brawl and a few surprises (Adam Lambert brought down Lady Gaga!) you named the first openly gay person to be elected to American public office, Harvey Milk, the winner.

This year, we are asking our beloved readers and fans to pick another LGBTQ Ultimate, the Ultimate LGBTQ Anthem.

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