Hayley Kiyoko and Kehlani fall in love in romantic ‘What I Need’ music video

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Lesbian pop star Hayley Kiyoko and queer R&B singer Kehlani give into their feelings for each other during a road trip for the music video “What I Need.”

The video opens with Kehlani packing her bag and fighting with her aunt.

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issue 25.11: In The Beginning

By : Jake Stevens
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With changes to Orlando’s Big Gay Weekend coming in 2019, we look back on the history of Gay Day at the Magic Kingdom and how we got from there to here, two years after later, groups and individuals remmeber those affected by the Pulse, Polk Pride celbrates diversity in its fourth year, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Butterfly Talks offers new LGBTQ support group for women

By : Jeremy Brener
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ORLANDO | Olivia Sain could not find a support group of people like herself. When she came out in October, she was isolated and lonely, but then she forged her own path and looked to create the group she could not find.

“My motto is, “If you can’t find it, create it,” Sain says.

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Lesbian sheriff wins Dem nomination in Texas gubernatorial race

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez won the Democratic nomination to become governor of Texas. (Photo courtesy Valdez campaign)

Former Dallas County Sheriff and out lesbian Lupe Valdez won the Democratic nomination Tuesday night to take on anti-LGBT Republican incumbent in the upcoming Texas gubernatorial election.

According to results from The New York Times, Valdez secured 53.1 percent of the vote in the Democratic run-off compared to the 46.9 percent won by her competitor, businessperson Andrew White. After polls closed in Texas at 7 p.m., the Associated Press called the race a few hours later at 9:37 Central Time.

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Jennifer Aniston to play lesbian U.S. president in Netflix political comedy

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Jennifer Aniston has been cast as the United States’ first female and lesbian president in a Netflix political comedy, “First Ladies.”

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Aniston will star opposite Tig Notaro who will play her wife and first lady.

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GD2018: Watermark’s Complete Guide to Orlando’s Big Gay Weekend

By : Jake Stevens
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The most comprehensive listing of all the events and fun surrounding the first week in June, celebrating 28 years of Gay Day at Disney!

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Issue 25.10: 10 Years Later

By : Jake Stevens
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A decade after Caylee Anthony went missing, former Orange County CSI Robin Maynard-Harris recalls the events that captivated a nation, Pulse interim memorial opens to the public, Jane Castor officially kicks off mayoral campaign, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Watermark’s Wedding Guide 2018

By : Jake Stevens
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It’s time to celebrate your LGBT love! Watermark is very, very proud and excited to present our fourth annual Wedding Guide. A wedding guide made specifically to help out YOU plan your big day.

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Issue 25.09: Queer Fringe

By : Jake Stevens
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The 27th annual Orlando International Fringe Festival presents the Fringe-o-matic, GayDayS Inc. moves dates for 2019 event, while One Magical Weekend, Girls in Wonderland remain, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay seeks LGBTQ mentors, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!

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Jackie Chan’s daughter claims she is homeless due to homophobia

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Andi Autumn and Etta Ng. Screenshot via YouTube.

Etta Ng, Jackie Chan’s estranged daughter, is claiming she and her girlfriend Andi Autumn are homeless due to homophobia.

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Keeping It Real: No, it’s not over yet

By : Nathan Bruemmer
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So, how many days until summer vacation? After spring break all across this nation, this is one “critical” question most middle and high school students would probably get right. While kids beam with pride when they recite the exact number of days, parents across this nation fall back into shock and awe that another school year is about to end.

Why aren’t we asking our youth a truly critical question—Do you know about HIV and AIDS? April 10th is National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day. This year we celebrate the fifth annual observance of a day created to educate about the impacts of HIV and AIDS on youth.  According to the CDC, 1 in 5 new HIV diagnoses were in young people aged 13-24 years, but only 10 percent of high school students have ever been tested for HIV. That means there is a significant gap between those who have it and those who know they have it. Without knowledge, you cannot prevent transmission. But where do our youth get their education on HIV and AIDS?

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LGBTQ teens start tradition with state’s first ‘rainbow’ prom

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INSTITUTE, W.Va. (AP) — For many teens the prom is the epitome of their high school experience. But for students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer, it can be a challenge to feel like they belong. This year, some West Virginia students decided to start a new tradition: The Rainbow Formal, the state’s first dance for LGBTQ youth.

Last weekend’s event drew students from at least 10 counties to the student union at West Virginia State University. One of them, 15-year-old Steve Sartin from Mingo County, managed the jitters while adjusting his rainbow suspenders and rainbow Converse sneakers.

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