Cape Coral to host first-ever Pride event

By : Jeremy Williams
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CAPE CORAL, Fla. | Cape Coral has not been seen as being supportive to the LGBTQ community, at least not based on the scores the city has received from the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index.

Cape Coral has scored at or near the bottom of Florida cities every year, receiving a final score of 39 out of 100 on the 2018 index; but some organizations in the city want to change that.

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Watch: gay couple’s ‘Voice’ audition brings Kelly Clarkson to tears

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Kelly Clarkson got emotional after a gay couple’s audition on “The Voice” impressed the judges.

Singing duo OneUp,  Adam and Jerome, performed “Could It Be I’m Falling in Love” by The Spinners. Their vocals caused Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson and Blake Shelton to turn their chairs around.

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Frenchie Davis to kickoff Pride weekend with a soulful concert at the official COWP Weekend Launch Party

By : Jaime Donelson
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Come Out With Pride has an entire week of festivities planned for locals and visitors alike to celebrate their coming out. One event is the official Come Out With Pride Weekend Launch Party which will feature Grammy-nominated performer Frenchie Davis.

Davis came out as bisexual in 2012. As a strong advocate for the LGBTQ community, she has performed at Pride events in Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Honolulu and San Francisco.

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‘Orange is the New Black’ stars Vicci Martinez and Emily Tarver are dating

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Orange is the New Black” stars Vicci Martinez and Emily Tarver are involved in a real life, off-screen romance.

Martinez portrays Daddy on the Netflix series. Before joining the show, she came in third on the debut season of “The Voice.”

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Christina Aguilera releases new music for first time in six years

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Christina Aguilera dropped the single “Accelerate” on Thursday marking the first time she has released new music in six years.

The song features Ty Dolla $ign and 2 Chainz and was produced by Kanye West. Aguilera debuted the song along with a brand new music video.

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Lesbian ‘The Voice’ contestant calls out Kelly Clarkson for being ‘small minded’

By : Maia Monet
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Kelly Clarkson decided to give her point of view after a former “The Voice” contestant accused the coach of being “small minded.”

Out lesbian singer Molly Stevens, who was eliminated on Monday’s episode, explained in a since-deleted Instagram post that she didn’t like Clarkson comparing her to other lesbian singers like Melissa Etheridge and the Indigo Girls.

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Chris Weaver returns to ‘The Voice’ for drag version of ‘Bang Bang’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Former contestant Chris Weaver returned to the season finale of “The Voice” as his drag queen persona Nedra Belle to perform “Bang Bang” along with Jessie J.

Weaver, who was picked by Jennifer Hudson for her team, was eliminated during the playoff rounds. He returned as Nedra Belle alongside fellow drag queens Jan Sport, Lagoona Bloo and Rosé. The performance started off with a black and white video playing “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” by Nancy Sinatra.

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Gay twins Bec & Sebastian are ready for COWP

By : Steve Blanchard
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They shared a womb, they shared their coming out experience and now they’ll share their inaugural trip to Florida in October.

The 30-year-old Australian fraternal twins Bec and Sebastian Ivanov will experience their first-ever Come Out With Pride during their first trip to Orlando. And the timing is perfect—right at the height of their burgeoning music career.

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