Police seek vandal who targeted Las Vegas LGBTQ center

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LAS VEGAS (AP) | Authorities are searching for a suspect who vandalized a Las Vegas community center serving LGBTQ people.

Las Vegas police say a man spray-painted a homophobic slur in black letters on the glass doors of the LGBTQ Center of Southern Nevada on Thursday morning.

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FBI arrests Las Vegas man accused of planning attack on synagogue, LGBTQ bar

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LAS VEGAS (AP) | A man who authorities say worked as a security guard has been arrested and accused of plotting to firebomb a Las Vegas synagogue or a bar catering to LGTBQ customers, officials said Aug. 9.

Conor Climo, 23, of Las Vegas, was arrested Aug. 8 by an FBI-led anti-terrorism task force, U.S. Attorney Nicholas Trutanich said in a statement.

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Lance Bass came out to Britney Spears on her wedding night

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ABOVE: Lance Bass. (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)

Lance Bass revealed that he came out as gay to Britney Spears after her Las Vegas wedding to Jason Alexander in 2004.

The former NSYNC member shared the story during his appearance on “Watch What Happens Live.”

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Janet Jackson announces Las Vegas residency

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Janet Jackson is now the latest pop star to embark on a Las Vegas residency.

Jackson announced that her new show “Metamorphosis” will take place at Park MGM’s Park Theater for 15 dates starting on May 17. The show will be “peeling back the layers of the immensely private life of Janet Jackson, sharing her transformation from a young girl with issues of self-esteem to global Icon” and include a “special 30-year anniversary celebration of her ground-breaking album Rhythm Nation,” according to the announcement.

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Bradley Cooper joins Lady Gaga for a surprise performance of ‘Shallow’

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Lady Gaga surprised fans who attended her “Enigma” show at the Park Theater in Las Vegas on Saturday night with a special performance with her “A Star is Born” co-star, Bradley Cooper.

Cooper was in attendance at the show when Gaga announced she was bringing him on stage to sing her finale song.

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Lady Gaga calls Mike and Karen Pence the ‘worst representation’ of a Christian

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Lady Gaga paused her Las Vegas show “Enigma” on Saturday to give some political commentary on the government shutdown and Karen Pence’s new teaching job.

“If the fucking President of the United States could please put our government back in business,” Gaga said in the middle of performing “A Million Reasons” on the piano. “There are people who live paycheck to paycheck and need their money.”

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Queen and Adam Lambert ‘Rhapsody’ tour dates include stop in Tampa

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TAMPA | Queen and Adam Lambert are hitting the road together again for a North American tour called “The Rhapsody Approaches,” the band announced on its website Dec. 3.

The six-week tour will hit 23 cities starting in July 2019 and has two planned stops in Florida — the BB&T Center in Fort Lauderdale Aug. 17, 2019, and the Amalie Arena in Tampa Aug. 18, 2019.

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Nevada detective fired after sex abuse charge in Utah

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MESQUITE, Nev. (AP)| A veteran Nevada police detective was fired Wednesday following his arrest last week on charges accusing him of sexually abusing a southern Utah teen he met on a social networking app geared toward gay and bisexual men.

Gary Erickson, who was arrested Sept. 12 in Las Vegas, is awaiting extradition to St. George, Utah, on one count of sexual abuse of a minor, one count of dealing in material harmful to a minor and three counts of sexual exploitation.

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Mariah Carey helps her backup dancer propose to his partner on stage

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Mariah Carey helped her backup dancer’s partner give a special proposal on stage during her concert.

Carey paused her Las Vegas residency show “The Butterfly Returns” to allow her backup dancer to take the stage with his partner.

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Homo Erectus: The Evolution of Us – Hope (and Thoughts and Prayers) for Our Gun-Totin’ Future

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The Parkland shooting has yet again re-ignited the great American gun control debate. Both sides of the coin have brought out their best arguments for control/freedom. It’s sadly yet another repeat of the same ol’ “thoughts and prayers” responses we have heard time and time again: from Sandy Hook to Virgina Tech to Las Vegas to our own Pulse massacre. Yet this time something feels a bit different; it feels like a tipping point of sorts.

While there was ample focus after Pulse within our community and beyond to look at common sense gun control, sadly we were constantly met with that “thoughts and prayers” shenanigans from politicians on both sides of the aisle. Some – like Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan and Florida State Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith – passionately reached out to lawmakers to change things. Groups like the Orlando chapter of Gays Against Guns and The Dru Project formed and shouted for gun reform. But nothing seemed to change. Some thought that, gee, if Washington wasn’t moved into action when kindergarteners were gunned down in their own classroom at Sandy Hook, maybe nothing could really turn the dial.

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Elton John storms off stage after ‘rude, disruptive’ fan encounter

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Elton John surprised fans when he left the stage in the middle of his concert after an upsetting fan encounter on Thursday.

While performing a concert in Las Vegas, John invited fans to join him around the piano while he performed “Saturday Night.”

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Britney Spears kicking off world tour at MGM National Harbor

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Britney Spears is bringing her Las Vegas residency “Britney: Piece of Me” around the world starting at the MGM National Harbor (101 MGM National Ave, Oxon Hill, Md.) on Thursday, July 12 and Friday, July 13.

“I’m so excited to announce that we’re bringing the #PieceOfMe tour to select cities in North America, Europe and the UK,” Spears teased the tour on Instagram. “See you guys this summer.”

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