MTV invites transgender military members to VMAs

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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MTV has invited active transgender military service members to attend the 2017 Video Music Awards on Sunday.

Pentagon Spokesman Lt. Col. Paul Haverstick confirmed the report to CNN and says the military is considering it.

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Katy Perry ‘wasn’t allowed to interact with gay people’ as a child

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, courtesy of The National Gay Media Association
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Katy Perry opened up about her conservative, Christian upbringing in a recent interview with Vogue.

Perry, 32, grew up with evangelical Pentecostal pastors as parents. She admits her family would picket Madonna and Marilyn Manson concerts and watch Bill O’Reilly. They also didn’t celebrate Halloween.

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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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Katy Perry speaks about praying the gay away at HRC event

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Katy Perry says she “prayed the gay away” during her “unconscious adolescence.”

The 32-year-old singer opened up about her sexuality and praised the gay community while receiving an award from the Human Rights Campaign on Saturday in Los Angeles.

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Katy Perry surprises a Pulse survivor on “Ellen”

By : Jeremy Williams
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Ellen DeGeneres interviewed one of the Pulse survivors on her talk show, airing Sept. 8, and gave him a very big surprise.

30-year-old Tony Marrero worked with Luis Vielma, one of the 49 victims from the June 12 shooting, at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. They had gone to Pulse that night together.

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Overheard in Tampa Bay: St. Pete Pride right around the corner!

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Desperately seeking a Katy
Diva galore Katy Perry is scheduled to perform at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Monday, June 30, and local radio station Wild 94.1 has been on the hunt for an impersonator to attend the show—and probably promote the station. A call was issued earlier this month for impersonators and no specific gender requirements were included. Queens from throughout the area have expressed interest but as of press time there was no confirmation onto who may have landed the gig. Blue hair and some Tarzan/Jane inspired outfits no doubt helped the station select its winner. Expect to see some photos and announcements soon on the station’s website, Wild941.CBSLocal.com.

Blevins needs our love
As you’re reading this, it’s very likely that residents of St. Petersburg are voicing their opinions over who should be the city’s next Police Chief. Mayor Rick Kriseman is expected to select the person for that role within the next month, and LGBT community member and Assistant Police Chief Melanie Blevins is one of four finalists! On June 19, the Coliseum Ballroom will no-doubt be packed with supporters and detractors of Blevins, who has been with the police department for two decades. When she’s not doing police work, Blevins, who has a Ph.D. in organizational leadership, teaches community leadership at the University of South Florida-St. Petersburg. If you missed the meeting but want to express support for Blevins, email Kriseman at Mayor@StPete.org to show her some love.

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