Frank Ocean gives surprise serenade to Brad Pitt at FYF Fest

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Brad Pitt made a surprise appearance during Frank Ocean’s set at FYF Fest in Los Angeles on Saturday.

Ocean, 29, began singing a cover of “Close to You” by Stevie Wonder when Pitt appeared off stage holding a phone to his ear. It appears as if Ocean is singing to the 53-year-old actor who looks like he’s listening sadly. Then Ocean transitions into a cover of Jackson 5’s “Never Can Say Goodbye.”

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2016 WAVE Awards Spotlight: Jennifer Real

By : Jeremy Williams
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Many words are used to describe the musical stylings of Jennifer Real: powerful, soulful, sultry. But the most accurate may be the one given to her at birth: Real.

The New York native was practically ordained into music at birth.

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Issue 23.03: Should You Marry Me?

By : Jake Stevens
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Should You Marry Me? Yes, you marry now. But have you considered the legal ramifications? Local news, celebrity interviews, and much, much more!

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Longtime Off-Broadway hit launches full-frontal assault at the Parliament House

By : Billy Manes
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And, they’re off! Within approximately five minutes of musical pleasantries and coy sideways glances, the entire cast of longtime Off-Broadway bachelor/bachelorette-party revue Naked Boys Singing sheds its clothing and reveals its combined parcels of manhood. At the show’s Feb. 4 VIP/press engagement in advance of its Feb. 5 opening, the sound may have been a little bit quiet in the Footlight Theatre at Parliament House, but the message was writ large: Nudity isn’t just titillation; it’s bold and honest, especially on a stage in front of a packed house.

“I think it celebrates the male anatomy, but we do it in a humorous way,” William Bruce, he of the Prince Albert affectation and the cojones to match, tells us over an arranged lunch in advance of the performance. “It’s also really poignant.”

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Paddy’s grand opening

By : Jamie Hyman
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Paddy’s Gay Piano and Entertainment Lounge in Winter Park hosted a grand opening party all weekend Jan. 8 – 10, 2015.

In addition to full liquor and live piano and singing, Paddy’s offers a customer reward and loyalty program and each day, will support a charity or local cause. 

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Watermark’s Christmas Confessions, Vol. 2

By : Watermark Staff
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Last year, Team Watermark spilled it all for our first annual Watermark Christmas Confessions video.

This year, we did it again… WITH SINGING. If that does not strike fear into your sugarplum heart, click through to see the video: 

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There’ll be angels singing, “Our day has come.” Terri Binion’s simple (and amazing) syrup makes us cry at the holidays

By : Billy Manes
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There are a lot of stellar things we could say about local singer-songwriter Terri Binion, but she generally sings far better than our speaking cadence.

Last year, Binion filmed a video for a new song, “Goin’ to California.” This writer was there; he cried.

You see, Binion’s story is one of grace and patience, love and disappointment. Her wife, Tracy Irwin, passed in 2011 under dramatically terrible circumstances. The two were legally wed, but said marriage was not recognized in Florida. The legal battle was terrible by all accounts. (You can read said accounts here). Binion was not treated fairly. Still, she has soldiered on in the sweetest way you’d ever notice, and she has made a new record about her love and her loss. She’s running a Kickstarter campaign for her new album (and doing quite well, deservedly) called The Day after the Night Before and will be on WPRK 91.5 FM at 4 p.m. today with Julie Norris’ “Front Porch Radio” talkabout. Click through to watch “Goin’ to California” and tune in Norris’ show here. Try not to cry. We dare you.

Like a prayer: Suncoast MCC pastor Gina Durbin opens the doors and opens minds

By : Ciara Varone
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Gina Durbin was faced with a challenge when she was appointed as interim pastor for Suncoast MCC in August, after the church experienced the death of its beloved pastor, Rev. Dr. Sherry Kennedy in March – the only pastor Suncoast had ever known. Durbin has been working to help the church heal ever since.

“It’s been quite amazing to get started working here and to get to know this congregation and to love them as their interim pastor,” Durbin says.

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Radio Days Meets Garrison Keillor at Una Voce’s “The Fairy Home Companions”

By : Krista DiTucci
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Entertainment fans can experience live radio show entertainment and comic relief this holiday season at Una Voce’s “The Fairy Home Companions: A Comedic Satire,” on Dec. 11 and Dec. 13.

Joseph Caulkins, Una Voce’s artistic director, says he grew up in the Midwest listening to Garrison Keillor’s live radio variety show, A Prairie Home Companion. He thought it would be a fun idea to turn the show into a parody and “make it a little more gay and exciting.”

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Trevor Southey, artist and gay icon, dies at 75

By : Wire Report
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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Trevor Southey, a Utah artist who went from BYU teacher to gay icon, died Oct. 20 in a Salt Lake City hospice. He was 75.

Southey specialized in the human form, something that was considered old-fashioned the late 20th century, according to Utah Museum of Fine Arts Executive Director Gretchen Dietrich.

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Matt Zarley “bears” all

By : Kirk Hartlage
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It’s a weekend of many firsts for singer Matt Zarley. Today he releases hopefulROMANTIC, an original musical film about one gay man’s emotional journey through love, heartbreak and healing. And Saturday Zarley makes his first-ever bear event appearance at Orlando’s very own Bear Bust, performing live in concert at the Parliament House.

Zarley, who’s played the title roles in both Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and The Who’s Tommy on Broadway, is no stranger to new and unique situations. In 2002 he was the first openly gay man named to People Magazine’s annual “Hottest Bachelors” list.

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Screened Out – Pan

By : Stephen Miller
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Hugh Jackman, Levi Miller, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara, Amanda Seyfried

What a mess! This Peter Pan origin story strives to be something whimsical, weird and wonderful for the kids. It instead ends up clueless, confusing and cluttered. If all you’re looking for is stunning visuals, Pan is definitely for you. If you like your movies to have solid, even acting and some sense of tone, this Lost Boy never gets off the ground.

Pan doesn’t believe that characters with heart can carry a children’s movie. It instead overloads oddities, offering only optical onslaught.

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