Karamo Brown deletes Twitter after calling Sean Spicer a ‘good guy’

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Karamo Brown. (Photo by Alex Rhoades)

“Queer Eye” star Karamo Brown has deleted his Twitter account after coming under fire for calling Sean Spicer “a good guy.”

Brown and Spicer will compete on season 28 of “Dancing with the Stars.” In an interview with “Access Hollywood,” Brown refers to the controversial former Trump White House press secretary as “a good guy; a really sweet guy.”

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Watermark 25: Tampa Bay Bureau Chief’s Desk

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Watermark began covering Tampa Bay’s LGBTQ community in 1995, not long after its 1994 founding in Orlando.

It was more than a decade before I would move to Florida and more than two before I would be fortunate enough to become Watermark’s Tampa Bay Bureau Chief, but it’s a decision I’m very thankful that our founder Tom Dyer made just the same.

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‘Andi Mack’ star Joshua Rush comes out as bisexual

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Joshua Rush as Cyrus Goodman on ‘Andi Mack.’ (Screenshot via Twitter)

Actor Joshua Rush has come out as bisexual.

The 17-year-old actor is best known for his portrayal of Cyrus Goodman on the Disney Channel series “Andi Mack.” Cyrus is the first openly gay main character on the Disney Channel.

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Rhode Island baseball team criticized for Sean Spicer throwing out pitch, offering free Chick-fil-A on Pride Night

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PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) | A decision to have President Trump’s former communications director Sean Spicer throw out the first pitch at a Rhode Island minor league baseball game on “Pride Night at the Ballpark” is getting pushback.

Some fans said on Twitter they felt Spicer’s appearance at the Pawtucket Red Sox game July 19 was an insult to the LGBTQ community, given Trump’s policies.

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Patti LuPone slammed for telling Lindsey Graham to come out

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Performer Patti LuPone (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Broadway star Patti Lupone came under fire after she told Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to “come out” on Twitter.

Graham supported Donald Trump after the president made comments telling four congresswomen of color to “go home.” Trump also stood in silence while a crowd of people at his rally chanted “send her back,” referring to Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).

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Central Florida singer-songwriter Billy Mick releases new single ‘Flesh and Bone’

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ORLANDO | Central Florida singer-songwriter Billy Mick released the first single from his upcoming debut album on YouTube July 1.

The song, titled “Flesh and Bone,” is an upbeat track preaching tolerance, acceptance and understanding.

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Take the 2019 LGBTQ community survey and have your voice heard

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Want to help out your LGBTQ community and get the chance to win $50? Of course you do! All you have to do is take part in the 13th Annual LGBTQ Community Survey.

Participation in this survey gives important feedback to our LGBTQ community media and organizations, and provides valid data to companies interested in serving our community, sponsoring our charities and supporting their LGBTQ employees. Last year’s survey yielded 45,000 respondents from 150 countries!

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck prayed after hearing Rosie O’Donnell had a crush on her

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Elisabeth Hasselbeck says she “immediately started praying” after hearing that Rosie O’Donnell had a crush on her when they were co-hosts on “The View.”

In O’Donnell’s new memoir “Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of ‘The View,’” O’Donnell revealed she once had a “little bit of a crush” on Hasselbeck but that it wasn’t sexual.

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Chicago prosecutors drop all charges against Jussie Smollett

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Prosecutors in Cook County, Illinois have dropped all charges against “Empire” star Jussie Smollett. On March 14, Smollett was indicted by a grand jury on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for filing a false report. He pled not guilty.

Smollett was summoned to an emergency court hearing at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday where State Attorney Kim Foxx told him that all charges against him had been dropped and his record expunged. Smollett forfeited his bond and the judge also granted a motion to seal the case from the public.

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Sam Smith comes out as non-binary

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Sam Smith opened up about identifying as non-binary and his struggles with body image in an interview with Jameela Jamil for the new Instagram series “I Weigh Interviews.”

“I’ve always had a bit of a war in my body and my mind. I do think like a woman in my head at times. I’ve sometimes sat there and questioned, do I want a sex change? It’s something I still think about, but I don’t think it is,” Smith told Jamil.

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Poland’s ruling chief speaks strongly against LGBT rights

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WARSAW, Poland (AP) | The leader of Poland’s right-wing ruling party used hostile language March 16 while speaking against rights for LGBT persons, a subject that has risen to prominence in his political campaign ahead of crucial elections in Poland this year.

Jaroslaw Kaczynski spoke to Law and Justice party activists and government members at a convention in Katowice, ahead of both the European Parliament election, slated in Poland for May 26, and of Poland’s general election in the fall. The elections will decide whether Law and Justice, which is critical of European Union ways and values, will preserve the control of Poland’s parliament it has since 2015.

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Terry Crews apologizes for calling children of same-sex parents ‘severely malnourished’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Terry Crews has apologized for saying that children of same-sex parents will be “severely malnourished,” calling his remark “poorly worded.”

The comment was sparked after the “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star began to criticize a New York Times’ op-ed titled “Why Does Obama Scold Black Boys?”

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