Rosie O’Donnell’s ex-wife Michelle Rounds found dead of apparent suicide

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Michelle Rounds, Rosie O’Donnell’s ex-wife, was found dead of an apparent suicide on Monday, TMZ reports. She was 46.

“I am saddened to hear about this terrible tragedy. Mental illness is a very serious issue affecting many families. My thoughts and prayers go out to Michelle’s family, her wife and their child,” O’Donnell said in a statement to TMZ.

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Aaron Carter gets emotional in front of crowd at Hamburger Mary’s in Brandon

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Tampa-born Aaron Carter crooned, crushed and cried from the stage last night at Hamburger Mary’s in Brandon—and hey, there’s video!

Ever the social media aficionado, Carter had previously announced his first performance since his heartfelt coming out on Twitter via Facebook. “Looking forward to seeing all my fans in my hometown of Tampa Bay Aug. 10 at Hamburger Mary’s Brandon​,” Carter had written, calling his upcoming performance an “intimate evening and pop up acoustic showcase.”

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Comedian Lil Duval defends transphobic remarks, refuses to apologize

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Lil Duval is defending the transphobic comments he made on “Breakfast Club” last week, which led to a Twitter hashtag campaign to boycott the popular morning radio show.

When asked how he would react if he found out he was dating a transgender woman, Duval responded that he would kill her.

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Floyd Mayweather calls Conor McGregor anti-gay slur during press event

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Floyd Mayweather’s press tour with Conor McGregor got especially heated for the crowd when Mayweather hurled an anti-gay slur at McGregor during their London press event.

Mayweather called McGregor a “f*gg*t* which caused the crowd to boo, but McGregor had no reaction. A representative for Mayweather told TMZ that Mayweather’s use of the anti-gay slur was in response to McGregor calling Mayweather a “monkey” off mic. At a previous press event, McGregor also told Mayweather, “Dance for me, boy” in what some people thought came across as a racially charged remark.

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Adore Delano sues management for allegedly stealing millions

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“RuPaul’s Drag Race” alum Adore Delano (Danny Noreiga) is suing his management company Producers Entertainment Group (PEG) for embezzlement, according to TMZ.

Delano, 27, claims in the past three years he earned $2.5 million from his two studio albums, “Till Death Do Us Party” and “After Party” as well as various concerts. However, Delano says he only received $300 thousand of the earnings. TMZ reports Delano says he has found “multiple examples” of PEG “nickel-and-diming” him out his expenses.

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Charlie Sheen to announce he is HIV-positive

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Charlie Sheen will go on NBC’s Today show Nov. 17 to announce he is diagnosed with HIV, according to TMZ.

The announcement will come a day before the National Enquirer releases a story discussing Sheen’s sex life. Reports indicate that the story will accuse Sheen of contracting HIV and spreading it to dozens of women in what they call a “multi-million dollar cover-up,” TMZ reports.

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Overheard in Tampa Bay: Rocky Horror, Nick Carter’s strip club advice and Ben Carson

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Let’s do the Time Warp right meow!
Few things scream Halloween more than a public showing of the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show and it’s made even better when it’s done for charity. The Burns Court Cinema in Downtown Sarasota will have an all-out, costumed viewing over at the Frankenstein place on Halloween night. Admission will be a $25 donation and includes the Rocky Horror bag-o-goodies for the enhanced cinematic experience. Proceeds will go to the CAT DEPOT; a rescue, adoption, education and resource center for homeless cats and kittens. Hot Patootie, bless their souls. The donation also gets you a free raffle ticket and a free drink at the Starlite Room after party. Dammit Janet, if you’re a Rocky Horror virgin and don’t know the words don’t worry they’ll have subtitles and plenty of people will be there to help you touch-a, touch-a, touch your inner Rocky.

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Caitlyn Jenner files docs for gender, name change, but fears threats

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Caitlyn Jenner, who revealed she was transitioning to be a woman on the cover of Vanity Fair in June, asked a judge to formally change her gender to female and legal name to Caitlyn on Sept. 15, TMZ reports.

However, not everyone has been supportive of Caitlyn’s transition, and some may even be trying to hurt her. Caitlyn is asking L.A. County Superior Court to keep her private information sealed, due to threats of physical harm. 

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Overheard in Orlando

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Deadbeat drag?

RuPaul’s Drag Race season 2 winner Tyra Sanchez wants to make a film called Drag Dad, documenting his life with his nine year old son. The problem is, according to TMZ, Sanchez, whose real name is James Ross, owes a lot of child support. According to TMZ’s sources, Sanchez has been asked to turn over financial records and sources also say that Sanchez has not paid any child support and rarely sees his son.

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Indiana restaurant raises $160,000 after supporting ‘religious freedom’ law

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Supporters of an Indiana pizza restaurant that was thrust into the national spotlight after one of its owners said she wouldn’t cater a gay wedding have raised more than $160,000.

Donations for Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana, have poured in to the website gofundme.com on April 2 to help “relieve the financial loss endured by the proprietors’ stand for faith.” The site had collected 5,777 donations totaling $163,621 as of 1:15 p.m. Thursday in New York.

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Parliament House: Lil’ Kim will “absolutely” perform Saturday night

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Lil’ Kim is making some Orlando fans nervous with some cryptic Tweets, but according to Parliament House, Saturday night’s show will go on as scheduled.

The first sign that something might be amiss came Oct. 4, when the rapper skipped out on a scheduled pre-appearance meet-and-greet at The Manor in Ft. Lauderdale. According to TMZ, the meet-and-greet was booked mostly by gay fans.

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Tyra Sanchez arrested for assault

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Virginia Beach, Va. – It seems like RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 2 winner and former Orlando resident Tyra Sanchez is in trouble again.

Sanchez, whose real name is James Ross, was arrested Sept. 9 in Virginia for a misdemeanor assault. Virginia Beach court records say Sanchez was arrested 15 days after the offense.

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