Elton John announces retirement, farewell world tour

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Elton John’s days of touring the world are coming to a close.

In a live stream interview from Gotham Hall in New York City with CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, John announced he will have one more epic world tour before retiring.

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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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‘Mamma Mia 2’ trailer introduces plot twist, Cher

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The trailer for “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again” has dropped and revealed a possible plot twist to the storyline.

The film’s preview appears to be hinting that Donna Sheridan, played by Meryl Streep, is now dead. Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) greets Donna’s friends Rosie (Julie Walters) and Tanya (Christine Baranski) at the wharf and drops a bombshell.

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Report: Lady Gaga finalizing deal for Las Vegas residency

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Lady Gaga is in talks to become the latest pop diva to have a residency in Las Vegas, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

She is reportedly finalizing a deal to perform 36 shows at The Park Theater at Monte Carlo for an estimated $400,000 per show. The shows are expected to kick off in late 2018. The Park Theater has welcomed big name acts such as Cher, Bruno Mars and Ricky Martin.

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Cher joins ‘Mamma Mia’ sequel

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Cher has joined the cast of “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again.”

The pop diva confirmed the rumors she was filming for the ABBA musical in a series of tweets. She did not reveal exactly what her role will be but did tweet “Fernando,” the title of one of ABBA’s songs.

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Dragtastic! Featuring Randy Roberts

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The Best PRIDE Kick Off event this year! Join us for Dragtastic, a Drag Show Featuring Randy Roberts. Movie Star, Entertainer, Musical Performer and Key West Headliner. As seen on America’s Got Talent, you won’t want to miss this party! He’s the Whole Package! Bette Midler, Cher and more. Tickets are only $35++ and include a specialty Signature Drink. After the Opening Ceremonies in Straub Park, walk over to The Birchwood and kick off PRIDE in STYLE!

Cher announces Broadway musical coming in 2018

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Cher’s life story will be brought to the Broadway stage in a musical set to debut in 2018, the pop icon announced on Twitter on Tuesday.

The singer teased that the production was in the works back in January after attending the read through.

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Watermark’s 2017 Ultimate LGBTQ Anthem – Sweet Sixteen

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The first round of Watermark’s “March Fabness” is complete as we go into spring in search of the Ultimate LGBTQ Anthem.

Some of the opening match-ups were nail biters (RuPaul and Queen were back and forth) and some were runaway trains that weren’t even close (Katy Perry and Beyonce didn’t stand a chance against legends Gloria Gaynor and Whitney Houston).

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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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Colton Haynes gets engaged to Jeff Leatham with help from Cher

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, courtesy of The National Gay Media Association
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Colton Haynes and Jeff Leatham are engaged.

The “Arrow” star announced on Instagram that Leatham, a floral designer, proposed to him over the weekend with a little help from Cher.

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DCX for LGBT: The Dixie Chicks are back! Here are 10 reasons you should be freaking out!

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The Dixie Chicks are touring the U.S. for the first time in a decade, and they will be jamming out in Tampa at the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds August 19.

Just like *NSYNC, The Backstreet Boys, Blink 182 and The Spice Girls, the Dixie Chicks were a music group in the late ‘90s/early ‘00s that added a fun, youthful voice to their respective genres, but the Chicks did something that no other group at the time did and that very few musical acts are able to do: They appealed to everyone: men and women, young and old. They reached out to fans of country, rock, pop and everything in-between, and yes, they appealed to the LGBT crowd.

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Bette Midler talks early LGBT support, ‘diva’ degradation, twerking and equal wig rights

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Before the whole world knew her as “The Divine Miss M,” Bette Milder was ours. In the early ’70s, bawdy, belt-y Bette was performing for the NYC bathhouse boys, and don’t think she’s forgotten it, either. “I mean, if I had a nickel for everybody that said they saw me at the baths,” says Midler in our recent interview, “I would be Joe Billionaire by now!”

Midler would go on to global fame, reaching beyond music to become a celebrated name in film, television and on the stage, winning Grammys, Golden Globes, Emmys and a special Tony Award. And in fall 2014, the eagerly awaited return of one of show business’s most versatile performers arrived with the release of her first album in eight years, It’s the Girls!, a tribute to some of the greatest female harmonies in history.

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