St Pete Pride announces VASSY as replacement headliner

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ST. PETERSBURG | St Pete Pride has announced that VASSY will replace Rita Ora as the inaugural After Parade Concert headliner on Saturday, June 22.

VASSY is a multi-platinum, award-winning international recording artist and songwriter, St Pete Pride shared June 17. She replaces British pop singer Ora, whose cancellation was announced June 8.

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Rita Ora cancels St Pete Pride performance

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ST. PETERSBURG | St Pete Pride announced June 8 that entertainer Rita Ora has canceled all upcoming tour dates, including her scheduled St Pete Pride performance Saturday, June 22.

Known for hits like “Your Song” and “For You” from “Fifty Shades Freed,” the British singer was scheduled to headline St Pete Pride’s inaugural After Parade Concert. While the concert was free, VIP tickets including options for a meet and greet with Ora were available for purchase.

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St Pete Pride 2019 welcomes Lisa Loeb, Rita Ora

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ST. PETERSBURG | St Pete Pride announced April 24 that entertainers Lisa Loeb and Rita Ora will headline concerts for the organization’s 17th annual celebration in June.

Loeb is a singer-songwriter who began her career with the platinum-selling hit “Stay (I Missed You)” from “Reality Bites.” Other singles include “Do You Sleep” and “Let’s Forget about It,” which she’s sure to perform as she headlines the organization’s SP2 Concert June 21 from 7-10 p.m.

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Cardi B explains ‘Girls’ collaboration, apologizes to LGBTQ community

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Cardi B explained her collaboration on the controversial song “Girls” and apologized to the LGBTQ community in a series of tweets on Tuesday.

“Girls,” which also features Rita Ora, Bebe Rexha and Charli XCX, has come under fire for exploiting the LGBTQ community. Lesbian pop singer Hayley Kiyoko released a statement calling the song “tone deaf” which “does more harm than good for the LGBTQ+ community.”

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Hayley Kiyoko calls Rita Ora’s song ‘Girls’ ‘tone-deaf,’ ‘harmful’

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Hayley Kiyoko has called out Rita Ora’s new single “Girls” for exploiting the LGBTQ community.

“Girls,” which features Ora, Bebe Rexha, Charli XCX and Cardi B, is a song about women having an attraction to other women.

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Demi Lovato wants to date Rihanna

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Demi Lovato revealed her crushes in the entertainment industry during “Who’d You Rather?” on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Monday. While she had a couple top picks, Rihanna was Lovato’s clear favorite.

Lovato, 25, picked Rihanna over the likes of Harry Styles, Zac Efron, Milo Ventimiglia, Drake, Rita Ora, Chance The Rapper and Kristen Stewart.

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‘America’s Next Top Model’ will crossover with ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“America’s Next Top Model” will crossover with “RuPaul’s Drag Race” for its 24th cycle.

The contestants will be paired with “Drag Race” alums Katya, Valentina, and Manila Luzon for a photo shoot challenge, according to Entertainment Weekly.

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