Taylor Swift accepts ‘Video of the Year’ at VMAs with drag performers

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Taylor Swift opened MTV’s 2019 Video Music Awards on Monday with a performance of her pro-LGBTQ anthem “You Need to Calm Down” which ultimately won Video of the Year, the biggest award of the night.

Swift performed the song along with bestie Todrick Hall and a slew of drag performers who also performed with Miley Cyrus during her 2015 VMAs performance of “Dooo It.” Swift later slowed things down with her first live performance of the single “Lover.”

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Listen: Ciara joins Todrick Hall’s ‘Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels’ remix

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Todrick Hall and Ciara, photo via Ciara’s Instagram.

Todrick Hall released a remix version of his latest single “Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels” featuring Ciara.

The pair performed the song together during the WorldPride opening ceremony in New York City.

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Taylor Swift explains why she got vocal for LGBTQ rights

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Taylor Swift in her music video for “You Need to Calm Down.” (Screenshot from YouTube)

Taylor Swift revealed that she was inspired to get vocal about LGBTQ activism after having a conversation with her friend, choreographer and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” judge Todrick Hall.

In an interview with Vogue, Swift says Hall made a comment to her that changed her perspective on staying quiet.

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Taylor Swift releases cameo-filled video for new single, calls for passing of Equality Act

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Taylor Swift released the music video for her latest single, a full-fledged Pride anthem called “You Need To Calm Down,” on her YouTube channel June 17 and it is packed full of cameos.

The three and a half minute video is directed by Drew Kirsch along with Swift who also doubles as executive producer with Todrick Hall.

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‘Larger than ever’ crowds turn out for Capital Pride

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Organizers said last weekend’s Pride celebration brought out record crowds. (Washington Blade photo by Adam Hall)

Organizers and participants in D.C.’s Capital Pride parade and festival last weekend said the two annual events appear to have drawn more than the expected 400,000 people despite rainy weather during the festival on Sunday.

Observers who have participated in the Capital Pride parade and festival in past years said they have never seen crowds as large as those that lined the 1.5-mile Capital Pride Parade route on Saturday, June 8.

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ will crown a Christmas queen on holiday special

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“RuPaul’s Drag Race” will return to crown the first “Drag Race Christmas Queen” on a special holiday episode, according to Vulture.

Previous contestants from past seasons will come back to battle it out for a mini all-star competition. Returning queens include Kim Chi, Trixie Mattel, Mayhem Miller, Jasmine Masters, Eureka O’Hara, Latrice Royale, Shangela and Sonique.

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Todrick Hall apologizes for putting ex on blast on Instagram

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Todrick Hall has apologized for blasting his ex on Instagram to his 1.2 million followers for allegedly cheating on him.

In a lengthy Instagram story, Hall, 33, spilled the details of his failed relationship with his ex by posting what he’s looking for in his next partner.

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Todrick Hall opens up his forbidden side for his new album and tour

By : Randa Griffin
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Todrick Hall’s rise to fame has not slowed down since he first appeared on season 9 of “American Idol,” where he made it all the way to the semi-finals. He has established himself as an influential force in every aspect of performing, showcasing his talents for singing, dancing, theater and choreography on his YouTube channel—which currently has nearly 3 million subscribers—and his sold-out performances around the world.

Hall released his latest album “Forbidden” in March and is taking his talent back on the road in his new show “Todrick Hall American: The Forbidden Tour.” Watermark spoke to Hall about his rapidly changing career, his impact on his LGBTQ fans and his plans to win a “grand slam,” in show business.

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4.19.18 Publisher’s Desk

By : Rick Claggett
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I haven’t always loved my job. Who loves anything all of the time? Even a parent who loves their child might want to slap them “into the middle of next week” occasionally. So I hear. I don’t have children, but I have adorable dogs that drive me crazy as much as they warm my heart.

I remember I was at a low point in 2004 with my career at Watermark. The repetition of an administrative assistant position with a local niche newspaper was taking its toll on me. I was young, stupid and combative. Up to this point, I never held a job for more than a year and a half and I was currently over two years at Watermark. I was starting to get antsy, so I looked for another job. Walt Disney World accepted me to their entertainment team as a production assistant and I took a few days off at Watermark to enroll in the Disney training class known as Traditions. The only thing left to do was put in my notice and leave.

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‘Something Rotten!’ actor Nick Rashad Burroughs talks about being on Broadway, working with Todrick Hall and what inspires him

By : Jeremy Williams
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Nick Rashad Burroughs grew up singing in the church in Birmingham, Alabama. As the son of a preacher, Burroughs spent his days either with the youth choir or running track.

“Track was my focus at the time,” Burroughs says. “I found theater a bit late, but just in time to go to college for it.”

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ reveals season 10 trailer, guest judges

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“RuPaul’s Drag Race” released the first trailer for its upcoming tenth season.

Christina Aguilera is revealed to be the guest judge for the premiere episode. Later in the season, Shania Twain, Lena Dunham, Abbi Jacobson & Ilana Glazer, Kumail Nanjiani & Emily V. Gordon, Billy Eichner, Kate Upton, Halsey, Padma Lakshmi, Courtney Love, Nico Tortorella, Audra McDonald, Ashanti, Logan Browning, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Carrie Preston, Andrew Rannells, Miles Heizer, Todrick Hall and Lizzo will be guest judging.

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UCF opens LGBTQ History Month with Todrick Hall

By : Chelsea Santiago
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The atmosphere was that of excitement in the Cape Florida Ballroom at the University of Central Florida Oct. 4 for the university’s LGBTQ History Month opening ceremony.

Art displayed around the room emphasized UCF’s LGBTQ History Month theme, “Maintained the Pulse,” meant to honor the victims of the Pulse shooting. The art was provided by Hidden Artists and Sean Wiggins, and focused on the LGBTQ community and Wiggins’ One Love Project.

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