PHOTOS: KindRED Pride Foundation’s We Are One concert kicks off RED Shirt Pride Days

By : Jeremy Williams
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KindRED Pride Foundation made quite a statement with its inaugural “We Are One: An Extravaganza for Diversity & Inclusion” benefit concert at Disney Springs’ House of Blues in Orlando May 30.

Hosted by WFTV’s Jorge Estevez and comedian Erin Foley, the star-studded fundraiser kicked off with some hilarious stand-up from co-host Foley and went nonstop with amazing talent.

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KindRED Pride Foundation combines multiple genres for its inaugural ‘We Are One’ concert

By : Jeremy Williams
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The KindRED Pride Foundation’s biggest goal when they decided to launch an annual benefit concert during the newly-named RED Shirt Pride Days was to unify one voice at one time in one location. An event like that could only be called one thing—We Are One.

“We Are One: An Extravaganza for Diversity & Inclusion” is “a star-studded fundraiser and benefit concert” bringing together different forms of entertainment and genres to support the nonprofits that support our community.

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Out country singer Ty Herndon among Orlando Citrus Parade performers

By : Jeremy Williams
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Florida Citrus Sports and Parades R Us are ready to go for this year’s all-new Orlando Citrus Parade on Dec. 29 in downtown Orlando.

As the parade makes its way through downtown it will air live from 10 a.m. to noon on WFTV, as well as be streamed live on WFTV Now. Emmy and WAVE Award-winning news anchor Jorge Estevez will give viewers the parade play-by-play alongside his co-host Miss Florida USA 2010 Megan Clementi.

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Ty Herndon talks about being out and proud in country music

By : Gregg Shapiro
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Country singer Ty Herndon, who began topping the country music charts nearly 20 years ago, came out publicly as a gay man a week before Thanksgiving 2014. That’s something for which country music fans, gay and straight, can be thankful. A country chart-topper in the 1990s, Herndon’s hits include “What Matters Most,” “Living In A Moment,” “It Must Be Love” and “Loved Too Much,” to mention a few. Now an out and proud gay man, with a partner of five years named Matty, Herndon is one of the LGBT artists in Nashville working to make the country music capital a safe and productive place for out musicians and LGBT followers of the popular musical genre. We spoke with Ty about coming out, his career and more in late November 2014.

WATERMARK: It’s been about five days since your coming out story ran on People.com and you were discussed on CBS’s The Talk, CNN and interviewed on Entertainment Tonight. How has the experience been so far?
TY HERNDON: I feel so incredibly blessed. I have struggled with being gay my entire career and life. Of course, I’ve had so much support from my friends and close family that supported me, that knew I was gay. But it’s been so freeing for the fans to know; the fans in country music, especially. They have really been supportive and awesome. There are always going to be the naysayers and we’ve had a few of those. 99% of the feedback from the fans and in Nashville has been incredibly supportive. It’s blown my mind, to be honest with you. I feel extremely happy. And I feel extremely excited about the future because, really, at the end of the day I just want to be authentic and continue to make great music. That’s what I was what put on this planet to do, that’s my gift. I’m singing better than I ever have. There’s lots of music coming in the new year. That really makes me happy.

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Country crooners come out

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Country stars Ty Herndon and Billy Gilman are out of the closet.

Herdon went first, in interviews with People Magazine and Entertainment Tonight. His revelation inspired Gilman to go public as well.

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