Troye Sivan drops new single, looks to assist artists impacted by COVID-19

By : John Paul King of the washington blade, courtesy of the national LGBT media association
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ABOVE: Troye Sivan. (Photo from Instagram)

Troye Sivan is doing his best to keep us entertained during the COVID-19 pandemic – while also giving some much-needed support to artists struggling to find work – with the early release of his latest single, “Take Yourself Home.”

Originally slated to drop later in the year, Sivan decided on an early release after considering the song in a new context as he headed home to Australia for a period of isolation due to the global spread of the coronavirus.

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Come Out With Pride to host virtual event to benefit LGBTQ community

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | Come Out With Pride announced March 31 a virtual event to benefit Central Florida’s LGBTQ individuals, nonprofits and organizations effected by the coronavirus pandemic.

“Stay In With Pride” will be an online, interactive event that will broadcast live April 3 starting at 8 p.m. on Come Out With Pride’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

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Dolly Parton to read bedtime stories online

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Legendary musician, philanthropist and LGBTQ ally Dolly Parton will launch “Goodnight with Dolly” April 2, reading bedtime stories online from her Imagination Library.

Parton launched the Imagination Library in 1995. The book gifting program has mailed more than 130 million free books to children from birth to age five in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia and the Republic of Ireland.

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Miley Cyrus says she left Christian church over ‘anti-LGBTQ’ beliefs

By : John Paul King OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Miley Cyrus. Photo via Cyrus’ Facebook page.

Miley Cyrus has revealed that she turned away from her Christian church as a teen because of its anti-LGBTQ beliefs.

The 27-year-old singer, who came out as pansexual in 2015, made the disclosure during her new Instagram Live talk show, “Bright Minded,” as part of an interview with model Hailey Beiber, who is the daughter of actor (and conservative Christian activist) Stephen Baldwin and the wife of pop star Justin Beiber.

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WATCH: Rosie O’Donnell recruits Broadway legends, Hollywood friends for her one-night-only, virtual talk show reboot

By : Kirk Hartlage
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Add Rosie O’Donnell and her daytime talk show to the ever-growing list of rebooted entertainment. Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic the outspoken host revived her popular chat fest March 22 for a one-night-only fundraiser for the Actor’s Fund, a charitable organization that assists performers and behind-the-scenes professionals in the Entertainment Industry.

Embracing social distancing the show was live-streamed online and featured O’Donnell, safe in her garage/craft room, interviewing Broadway celebs, also safe in whatever places they keep their computers or iPhones.

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UPDATED: Central Florida drag queens to stream shows on social media as people self-quarantine, bars and clubs close

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ABOVE: (L-R) Addison Taylor, Kitana Gemini and Twila Holiday are among the Central Florida drag queens hosting virtual shows on Facebook Live. (Photos from queen’s Facebook pages)

ORLANDO | Just because the bars and clubs are closed does not mean that you have to sacrifice your drag shows and cocktails.

Several queens across Central Florida are bringing their drag entertainment right into your home thanks to social media streaming.

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Hunky queer historian quenches thirst for knowledge on Instagram

By : John Paul King OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Dr. Eric Cervini, photo via Cervini’s Facebook page.

A hunky historian whose popular video series brought him Instagram fame and his own YouTube Channel has now written a book about an important chapter in the story of LGBTQ rights.

Dr. Eric Cervini, an “award-winning historian of LGBTQ+ politics and culture,” first garnered attention when he started an account on Instagram to feature “Magic Closet,” a series of one-minute videos about queer-centric topics from history, including the sexuality of figures like Alexander Hamilton and Michelangelo, the intersex goddess Ishtar, and even the question, “Who Invented Homosexuality?”

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Netflix revisits ‘The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez’ in harrowing but essential docuseries

By : John Paul King OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The name of Gabriel Fernandez still hangs heavy over the City of Los Angeles.

From the day the 8-year-old was found by Fire Department personnel on the floor of his Palmdale home after they responded to a 911 call from his mother, his story loomed large in the daily news. The paramedics had found Gabriel badly bruised and unresponsive, with profound injuries – broken ribs, a cracked skull, missing teeth, burnt skin, and BB bullets imbedded in his lungs and groin – that didn’t fit with the explanation they had been given for his condition.

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Lady Gaga launches new lipstick, features Orlando artist in campaign

By : Samantha Neely
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ABOVE: Lady Gaga shows off one of her new “Le Monster” Matte Lip Crayons. (Image from HausLabs.com)

ORLANDO | Local artist Ernesto Pena-Reagan showed his pride as a little monster as he modeled for Lady Gaga’s makeup brand, Haus Laboratoriesin their new lipstick campaign. 

The campaign features 11 other super fans of Gaga’s in her new “Le Monster” Matte Lip Crayon launchPena-Reagan was chosen in a casting call online to model the product and promote it on social mediaHe is wearing the shade, “Hot Rod,” in his photo. 

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Transgender flag, symbol among emojis coming in 2020

By : Jeremy Williams
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More than 100 new emojis will be added to texting and messaging platforms in 2020, including the transgender flag and symbol, as well as gender-inclusive emojis such as Woman in Tuxedo, Man with Veil and Mx. Claus.

The Unicode Consortium made the announcement Jan. 29 and says new emojis typically start showing up on mobile devices around September and October of each year, but stated some platforms may release them earlier.

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Viral photo project proves ‘Boys Can Be Princesses, Too’

By : John Paul King OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: The “Boys Can Be Princesses, Too” project. Photos via Facebook.

A children’s party planner has gone viral with a photo campaign she calls “Boys Can Be Princesses, Too.

In a profile on Parents.com late last month, photographer Kitty Wolf discussed the project, in which she assembles photoshoots with boys dressed as their favorite princesses, complete with actors in character, and its origins in her career as an event planner.

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YouTuber NikkieTutorials reveals she is trans

By : John Paul King OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A popular YouTuber who has been sharing beauty tutorials for the last 11 years has come out as transgender.

Nikkie de Jager, known as NikkieTutorials to her over 25 million combined followers on YouTube and Instagram, posted a video on Monday revealing that she began her transition with hormones at 14 – around the same time as she began filming makeup tutorials in her bedroom and posting them online. She had been identifying as a girl as early as age 6.

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