Ariana Grande’s new song sparks queerbaiting controversy

By : Mariah Cooper Of The Washington Blade, Courtesy Of The National LGBT Media Association
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Ariana Grande says she doesn’t like to label her sexuality after some people were skeptical about her new song’s bisexual lyrics.

Grande released “Monopoly” with her friend and singer-songwriter Victoria Monét. In the song, Grande and Monét both sing the lyric “I like women and men (yeah).” Grande also sings the line by herself later in the song.

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Chinese viewers balk at ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ film censorship

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BEIJING (AP) | A huge fan of rock legends Queen, Peng Yanzi rushed to see “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the biopic about the band’s late lead singer, Freddie Mercury, while he was traveling in Britain last October.

It was a touching film that made him cry hard, Peng says. He loved it enough to watch it a second time in his home city of Guangzhou after the film garnered a surprise China release.

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No longer behind a mask, gay MLB umpire is being recognized

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ABOVE: Left to right, Kirk Walker, Billy Bean and Dale Scott representing MLB Pride at NYC Pride. Image from Dale Scott’s Facebook.

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — After 31 years behind the plate as an MLB umpire, Dale Scott knows how to recognize a strike.

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Rupert Everett says gay actors treated as ‘second-class citizens’ in Hollywood

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Rupert Everett opened up that he has lost out on big roles because of his sexuality, in a Press Association interview.

“There’s tons of roles that I haven’t got for lots of different reasons, some of them probably for not being a good enough actor or doing a lousy audition — all that counts,” Everett, who is openly gay says.“But there were three or four big films, when I was successful, that I was absolutely blocked from, when the director and the other actors wanted me to be in the film, by a studio, just for the fact of being gay.”

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Former ‘American Idol’ contestant returns to compete in drag

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A former “American Idol” contestant returned to audition as their drag queen persona on Sunday night’s episode.

Adam Sanders first auditioned for the reality competition series in season 12 when he was 19 years old. Sanders was cut after making it to the top 50.

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Stewie opens up about his sexuality and accent on ‘Family Guy’

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“Family Guy” dug deep into Stewie’s psyche in a special episode that addressed his sexuality and a secret about his accent.

In the episode “Send in Stewie, Please,” Stewie is sent to Dr. Pritchfield, a therapist voiced by out actor Sir Ian McKellan, after he pushes his classmate down the stairs.

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NFL prospect Derrius Guice says a team asked if he likes men

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NFL prospect Derrius Guice says that while at the NFL Combine, his sexuality was questioned.

Guice, who is a LSU running back, shared on SiriusXM’s “Late Hits” that he was asked about his sexuality during the scouting process.

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Fox News anchor Shepard Smith opens up about his sexuality in speech to students

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OXFORD, Miss. (AP) – Longtime Fox News anchor Shepard Smith has opened up about his sexuality and the impact it has had on his career.

Smith mentioned in a recent speech at the University of Mississippi that he had never stood in front of a group of people to talk about being gay, but added that he has “nothing to hide.”

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‘Stranger Things’ star Shannon Purser comes out as bisexual

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Shannon Purser, best known for her roles as Barb on “Stranger Things” and Ethel Muggs on “Riverdale,” has come out as bisexual.

The 19-year-old actress revealed her sexuality on Twitter after fans of “Riverdale” accused the show of queerbaiting. Two of the main characters, Betty and Veronica, share a kiss in an earlier episode of the show. Nothing romantic has been explored between the two characters since and fans of the relationship, known as “Beronica”, have taken to social media to tweet their disappointment.

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Kristen Stewart explains why she opened up about her sexuality

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, courtesy of The National Gay Media Association
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Kristen Stewart’s public declaration that she is “like, so gay” during her “Saturday Night Live” monologue was a drastic change from the way she used to conduct her personal life.

In an interview with The Sunday Times, the 26-year-old actress says it felt “important and topical” to finally be candid about her sexuality.

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Kenyan judge upholds use of anal probes to determine sexuality

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A Kenyan court upheld the use of anal examinations to determine a suspect’s sexual orientation June 16, dismissing the argument that the procedure amounts to torture and degrading treatment.

There was no violation of rights or the law, Mombasa High Court Judge Mathew Emukule said.

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Gay army secretary speaks out about journey, struggles

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Washington (AP) — Army Secretary Eric Fanning calls his elevation to the job “remarkable.” Fanning is the first gay head of a military service branch.

Of his sexuality, Fanning tells NBC’s “Today” he initially preferred to have people talk about his qualifications. But he says, “Now, I embrace it.”

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