EJ Johnson recalls crying with dad Magic Johnson after coming out

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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EJ Johnson and his mother Cookie Johnson recounted the emotional time for their family when EJ came out while speaking with Jada Pinkett Smith on her Facebook Watch series “Red Table Talk.”

Cookie remembers she was the first to notice EJ’s sexuality when he was 15 years old.

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Your son’ll come out tomorrow

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MattocS Productions, American Stage and the Suncoast AIDS Theatre Project will bring their latest Pride parody musical to St. Petersburg on June 25 with “Dannie.”

The spoof “skewers one of Broadway’s biggest blockbusters,” American Stage advises. It follows Scott Daniel’s Dannie, a young orphan with big dreams of starring on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” The awful Miss Mannigan (Matthew McGee) aims to stop her—while Sugar Daddy Bigbucks (Jonathan Harrison) tries to adopt the orphan to “bankroll her dreams of stardom.”

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Grandma goes viral for ironing bisexual granddaughter’s flag for Capital Pride

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A grandmother’s “simple gesture” of helping her bisexual granddaughter get ready for Capital Pride has gone viral.

Lexie, who lives in Virginia, tweeted a photo of her grandmother ironing her bisexual pride flag in preparation for the weekend’s festivities.

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British model Zander Hodgson comes out as gay

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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British model and actor Zander Hodgson has come out as gay.

“I wanted to tell everyone that I am gay, and although that doesn’t change anything for me, and hopefully not for you, I just thought it was a really important thing to share with everyone, because it is,” Hodgson revealed on his YouTube channel.

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3.22.18 Publisher’s Desk

By : Rick Claggett
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The first person I ever came out to was a complete stranger. It was surprisingly easy. The journey to get to that moment was not easy, nor the mountains I would have to climb after; but coming out to a stranger wasn’t difficult. It was freeing and desperate.

It was the early 1990s and he was a mentor with the Delta Youth Alliance, now the Orlando Youth Alliance. At the time, it was the only resource for gay youth to meet and support each other and it remains a vital component of the community today. My involvement with the group gave me the courage to come out to my high school best friend. That was difficult because it was someone close to me. It was a bigger gamble as there was more riding on her reaction than that of the stranger.

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VIDEO: The stars come out to name names and stories from the Pulse massacre in Orlando

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This is a must see. Ryan Murphy assembled stars from Lady Gaga to Jane Fonda to tell the stories of the 49 dead after the June 12 Pulse massacre.

Grab some tissues.

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Mills/50 Madcap Scavenger Hunt Pub Crawl

By : Jamie Hyman
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Sort of a Scavenger Hunt, Pub Crawl and Party all in one. Come out to the Mills/50 Neighborhood for a day of fun! Pre sale tickets and additional information can be found at www.mills/50.org

Did Aaron Carter just come out as Chris Crocker’s new beau?

By : Jeremy Williams
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Tampa native and late 90s heartthrob Aaron Carter is burning up the gossip mill after some posts on Instagram that allude to his alleged coming out and possible relationship with ex-YouTuber-turned-porn-star Chris Crocker.

You might mostly likely remember Carter as the pre-teen performer who was Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter’s little brother. You might remember Crocker as the “leave Britney alone” kid from YouTube during Britney Spears 2007 meltdown.

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Gay college student recites spoken words from the heart

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One gay college student shared his feelings about his first crush, while describing what it was like to come out 20 years later, in a unique way — through spoken word.

Steven Boyle, a poetry student,came out to his class, friends and complete strangers through a spoken word poem titled “I Hit Send, or Modern Meltdown.”

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