After apology, Azealia Banks doubles down on homophobia

By : John Paul King of the washington blade, courtesy of the national LGBT media association
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ABOVE: Azealia Banks performing at Brixton Academy in London in 2012. (Photo by Tim Boddy, courtesy of Flickr)

In what might be described as a social media whirlwind over the last few days, controversial rapper Azealia Banks has apologized for one homophobic rant, before sending out a new one in a post that teased her retirement from music altogether.

It started in October, when the 28-year-old Banks posted a video on Instagram in which she called out queer singer Frank Ocean a “dumbass n****” for launching a club event called “PrEP+” and implied that gay men use the drug as an excuse for promiscuous behavior.

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A look back at some of the biggest LGBTQ pop culture moments over the last quarter century

By : Jeremy Williams
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Pop culture has always been ahead of the game when it comes to opening the hearts and minds of society. Long before the majority of the U.S. supported marriage equality, believed LGBTQ rights were human rights and accepted that we were born this way, the LGBTQ community was being acknowledged in movies, music, TV shows, books and more.

We have gathered the ABC’s of LGBTQ pop culture moments from over the last quarter century on this page to remind you of a few of those times that made us feel like we were being seen.

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Frank Ocean gives surprise serenade to Brad Pitt at FYF Fest

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Brad Pitt made a surprise appearance during Frank Ocean’s set at FYF Fest in Los Angeles on Saturday.

Ocean, 29, began singing a cover of “Close to You” by Stevie Wonder when Pitt appeared off stage holding a phone to his ear. It appears as if Ocean is singing to the 53-year-old actor who looks like he’s listening sadly. Then Ocean transitions into a cover of Jackson 5’s “Never Can Say Goodbye.”

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Tyler, the Creator may have come out on new album

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Tyler, the Creator might have come out as gay or bisexual on his latest album, “Scum Fu*k Flower Boy.”

The album was meant to be released in two weeks but was leaked, to the delight of fans, on Sunday night. But some lyrics raised a few eyebrows and had some people wondering if the rapper was coming out the closet.

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Frank Ocean releases new single ‘Chanel’

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, courtesy of The National Gay Media Association
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Frank Ocean dropped his new single “Chanel,” a song some have interpreted to be about his bisexuality, on Friday.

During his Beats 1 radio show Blonded Radio, the 29-year-old played the new song. The song begins with the lyrics, “My guy pretty like a girl/ And he got fight stories to tell/ I see both sides like Chanel/ See on both sides like Chanel.”

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Frank Ocean debuts ‘Blonde,’ his 1st album in 4 years

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The wait for Frank Ocean’s latest album is finally over.

The singer’s 17-track album Blonde was released Aug. 20 on Apple Music, one day after the R&B singer released a 45-minute “visual album” on the streaming service.

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