Janet Jackson will receive Icon Award at 2018 Billboard Music Awards

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Janet Jackson will receive the Icon Award at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards.

“Can’t wait! Thank u @bbmas,” Jackson posted on Instagram.

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Watch: Marc Jacobs proposes to his boyfriend with Chipotle flash mob

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Fashion designer Marc Jacobs popped the question to his boyfriend, candle maker Char Defrancesco, with a surprise flash mob proposal at Chipotle on Wednesday.

Jacobs posted the video on Instagram which shows a group of people, including some of the restaurant workers, dancing to “Kiss” by Prince at a New York City Chipotle location. At the end of the dance, Jacobs gets down on one knee and proposes. Defrancesco can be seen nodding his head yes.

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A toast and a stumble through 2016, the year we will never forget

By : Billy Manes and Jeremy Williams
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We could go on and on about our gripes with the letter “P” this year, generally circulating around two terms: “Pulse” and “Politics.” So, indeed, that’s what we’ll do. Though we may have seen some wonderful developments in the year that God forgot, for the most part, many of us are grabbing at straws, trying to make sense of how it is that we descended so deeply, that we became the eye of the target of absolute terror.

Some may say that 2016 was the backlash for all of the gifts we were given by 2015, most notably marriage equality in both state and nation. Others might opine that there is something else going on here with the media, with conspiracies, with a new Cold War. We can’t be certain, but we certainly have each other’s backs, as has been proven by the many acts of kindness that rose up to meet the beast of an election year gone awry and a local community cut to its core. We are not a weak people; we have seen trouble before. But this year owns a special place in our hearts, one we hope that heals over without forgetting those who suffered and those who commandeered offenses that none of us could have been prepared for.

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Have a Great Gay Weekend: May 20, 2016

By : Alex Storer
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Sing it loud!

Drama, dance and music are abound in Tampa Bay and Central Florida this weekend. Choose from a smorgasbord of theater (both mainstream and alternative), see a Drag Race finalist twice if it strikes your fancy or musical tributes that sing to the heavens and keep it Real.

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