Elton John blasts security guards with foul-mouthed rant over treatment of female fan

By : John Paul King of the washington blade, courtesy of the national LGBT media association
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Singer and LGBTQ icon Elton John lashed out verbally at security guards from the stage of his concert in Perth, Australia on Dec. 1, hurling expletives at them over their treatment of a woman in the audience.

The Grammy, Oscar, Tony and Golden Globe winner was in the middle of a performance at HBF Park Stadium when he exploded into a tirade full of four-letter words after spotting two concert security staffers attempting to remove the female fan from the stadium.

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Elton John coming back to Florida in 2020 and tickets are now on sale

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ABOVE: Elton John performing at his first Orlando stop of the “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour in March 2019. (Photo by Scott Kerill)

After iconic performances at Orlando’s Amway Center in March and Tampa’s Amalie Arena earlier this month, Sir Elton John is coming back to Florida with more concerts in May 2020, and tickets are available as of today. The 72-year-old legend announced Nov. 13 an additional 24 dates to his sold-out “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour. The additional dates include stops in both Orlando and Tampa.

These new dates will close out the second year of the North American leg of John’s three-year world tour, which he says will be his final tour ever.

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Delta blasted for straight-washing ‘Rocketman’

By : John Paul King of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Taron Egerton and Richard Madden star in “Rocketman” (Image courtesy of Paramount and Rocket Pictures).

“Rocketman,” the acclaimed musical biopic about Elton John, is making headlines again this week as Delta Air Lines defends itself against accusations of showing straight-washed, edited versions of its in-flight movies.

The new controversy began Oct. 29, when an outcry sprang up on social media after Entertainment Weekly’s digital director Shana Naomi Krochma went on Twitter to scold the airline for removing most of the film’s gay content.

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LGBTQ youth lead Come OUT St. Pete project for SHINE Mural Festival

By : Tiffany Razzano
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ABOVE: LGBTQ youth from Metro Inclusive Health and volunteers finalize the first mural for the fifth annual SHINE Mural Festival on Sept. 28. Photo courtesy Chad Mize.

Since the inception of St. Petersburg’s SHINE Mural Festival in 2015, multimedia artist and gallery owner Chad Mize has incorporated a community project into the annual art event.

SHINE transforms the city’s streets by curating large-scale murals painted by renowned artists from across the globe, he says. “We bring international talent to the city to elevate the scene here. It puts us on the map.”

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Samoa bans ‘Rocketman’ over gay sex scenes

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Rocketman,” the fantasy musical biopic about Elton John, has been banned in Samoa by the country’s censor Leiataua Niuapu Faaui over its depiction of homosexuality.

Faaui told newspaper Samoa Observer that the film conflicted with Samoa’s “culture and our Christian beliefs” and that it is “not good for public viewing and violates laws against same-sex marriage.”

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George Clooney stands by Brunei hotel boycott despite death penalty moratorium

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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George Clooney has pledged to continue boycotting hotels owned by Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah despite Brunei’s announcement that it has placed a moratorium on executions for same-sex sexual relations.

In March, Clooney called for a boycott of the nine international hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei including the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles. Celebrities such as Jamie Lee Curtis, Elton John and Ellen DeGeneres echoed his call. J.P. Morgan, The Goldman Sachs Group and Bank of America also prohibited their employees from staying at the hotels.

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‘Rocketman’ star Taron Egerton says he feels ‘at home’ at gay clubs

By : Mariah Cooper Of The Washington Blade, Courtesy Of The National LGBT Media Association
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Taron Egerton, who stars in the upcoming Elton John biopic “Rocketman,” opened up about how he feels more “at home” going to gay clubs than he does going to a football match in a new interview for GQ UK.

Egerton says he’s always felt “like something of an imposter” as “The ‘guy,’ the ‘bro,’ the ‘stunt guy’” like his role in “Kingsman.”

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Ellen DeGeneres, Billie Jean King support Brunei-owned hotel boycott

By : Mariah Cooper Of The Washington Blade, Courtesy Of The National LGBT Media Association
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More celebrities have expressed their support of George Clooney’s call to boycott hotels owned by Hassanal Bolkiah, the Sultan of Brunei, in protest of the country’s new anti-gay stoning law.

Brunei’s Sharia law-based penal code took effect on April 3. People found guilty of adultery or gay sex can be punished with death by stoning. Punishment for lesbian sex is 100 lashes with a whip.

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Paramount wants to edit Elton John’s gay sex scene in ‘Rocketman’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Paramount Studios wants to censor a gay sex scene featured in the Elton John biopic “Rocketman” to help the film achieve a PG-13 rating, according to Baz Bamigboye of the Daily Mail.

Bamigboye reports that Paramount Studios are pressuring director Dexter Fletcher and producer Matthew Vaughn to edit down a gay sex scene featuring Elton John (Taron Egerton) and John’s manager and lover John Reid (Richard Madden). The 40-second scene shows the couple’s “fully exposed white derrieres” but Bamigboye says the scene is “tastefully done.”

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PHOTOS: Elton John returns to ‘Crocodile Rock’ Orlando at Amway Center

By : Danny Garcia
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ORLANDO | The legendary Sir Elton John’s “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” returned to Orlando’s Amway Center March 19 after a last-minute cancellation due to an ear infection which prompted him to cancel both his Orlando and Tampa shows in November.

The arena was filled to the brim with fans in their most flamboyant and glamorous wears of feathers, sequins and fun glasses to celebrate the five-decade career of John, who announced that his will be the final tour he plans to do.

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The LGBTQ impact on movies, music, television, sports and fashion in 2018

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From groundbreaking television to record-setting events, this year in LGBTQ pop culture has been explosive. Legends were remembered, new icons were formed and history was made—one certain gay athlete even became America’s new sweetheart.

Here we have compiled just a snippet of the LGBTQ impact on movies, music, television, sports and fashion in 2018 with our annual LGBTQ Pop Culture, A-Z.

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Watermark’s Wedding Bells: Steven Robert Mayer and Luis Oviedo Valverde

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Steven Robert Mayer and Luis Oviedo Valverde met through Facebook in December of 2017. The two met in person on New Year’s Day of this year in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

“After one month chatting by Facebook and video call,[Steven] drove 5 hours on New Year’s Eve into Hilton Head Island and arrived at 9 a.m.,” Oviedo shares. “It was a big surprise for me.”

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