‘Drag Race’ queens Kim Chi and Miz Cracker are making Super Bowl history

By : Samantha Neely
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For the first time in the big game’s history, drag queens will appear in a televised Super Bowl commercial 

RuPaul’s Drag Race” alumni Kim Chi and Miz Cracker will appear in a commercial for the hummus brand, Sabra, during Super Bowl LIV between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers Feb. 2.

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Jane Castor, Mayor of Tampa

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After serving 31 years with the Tampa Police Department, Jane Castor became the 59th and first openly LGBTQ mayor of the city of Tampa this year.

She worked her way from a beat cop to the first female Chief of Police. Castor helped reduce major crime by 70% citywide, oversaw the security plan for Super Bowl XLIII and led the Department of Homeland Security’s Tampa Bay Urban Area Security Initiative. It was announced this year that Super Bowl LV will return to Tampa in 2021, its fifth time.

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NFL seeks LGBT-owned businesses for Super Bowl LV

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ABOVE: Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Business Connect gear, photo courtesy Super Bowl LV Business Connect.

TAMPA | The NFL is seeking LGBT and other minority-owned businesses for contracting opportunities during and after Super Bowl LV, touching down in Tampa Feb. 7, 2021.

The league’s Business Connect program is a partnership between the NFL and its Super Bowl LV Host Committee. The initiative will provide participants with development opportunities and create opportunities for 200-300 diverse, local businesses to compete for Super Bowl contracts.

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Philly Eagles fans mistake gay bar for Eagles fan bar

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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On Super Bowl Sunday, a group of Philadelphia Eagles fans wandered into the Eagle Bolt Bar, a bar in downtown Minneapolis, thinking it was the perfect place to catch the game. However, instead of a Philadelphia Eagles fan bar the group found themselves in a gay bar.

Regular patrons found it amusing that the fans didn’t seem to realize where they were.

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Out radio host suspended for calling Tom Brady’s daughter ‘a pissant’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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WEEI has suspended Alex Reimer, an occasional host of the sports radio show “Kirk & Callahan” after Reimer called New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s five-year-old daughter Vivian “an annoying little pissant.”

Reimer, who came out as gay in 2016, made the comment on a different WEEI radio show about the documentary “Tom vs. Time” which featured Brady, his wife Gisele Bündchen and their daughter.

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Pink will sing National Anthem at Super Bowl

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Pink is confirmed to sing the National Anthem for Super Bowl 52.

The NFL confirmed the news on Twitter on Monday.

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Gaga for Tampa, GLAAD for the Times and Bolts Pride

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Mother Monster is Gaga for Tampa

Anyone who saw Lady Gaga’s Halftime Show at the Super Bowl (and with more than 100 million people tuning in, it’s likely most of you did) saw the goddess that is Mother Monster put on one of the hottest shows to ever take the field.

Moments after her performance – filled with drones, Gaga’s biggest hits and a dive from the top of the stadium – the Poker Faced diva announced the dates for her next world tour, supporting her fifth studio album, Joanne.

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Texas ‘bathroom bill’ may pose big test for sports leagues

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Texas knows how to throw a party, and for the Super Bowl in Houston, a new 29-story luxury hotel with a rooftop pool shaped like a meandering “lazy river” is the kind of glitzy welcome mat that keeps big events coming back. But that status may soon be put to the test.

Undaunted by the NCAA and NBA punishing North Carolina over bathroom laws that target transgender persons, powerful Texas Republican lawmakers are pushing to pass similar measures by June, and in doing so are daring leagues to boycott some of the biggest cities and stadiums in the U.S.

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Amy Schumer, Seth Rogen take on gender identity in new Bud Light ad

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Bud Light released its newest ad in the ongoing commercial series, “The Bud Light Party,” starring Amy Schumer and Seth Rogen, and in the ad they take on labels.

“We are going to bring America together,” the two comedians say in the commercial. “A party for everyone: men, women, people of all genders.”

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Ellen coming out picked as one of the most influential pop culture moments by Entertainment Weekly

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Ellen DeGeneres’ coming out episode on the ABC series Ellen is one of the most influential pop culture moments of the last 25 years, according to Entertainment Weekly.

The unofficial bible to many who worship pop culture turns 25 this year, and to celebrate this milestone, EW is releasing a 25th anniversary issue listing the 10 most influential pop culture moments since 1990.

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Super Bowl, World Series champs back marriage equality

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Washington – The New England Patriots are for same-sex marriage. So are the San Francisco Giants. The reigning baseball and football champions, along with baseball’s small-market Tampa Bay Rays, are among the thousands of businesses, religious groups, advocacy organizations and politicians who are filing legal briefs at the Supreme Court in support of gay marriage.

The cases from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee will be argued April 28, and a decision is expected by early summer. Roughly six dozen briefs backing pro-gay rights plaintiffs in the four states were expected by the deadline. Included is a ”people’s brief” filed by the Human Rights Campaign with the signatures of 207,551 people.

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Scruff targets Superbowl fans outside of stadium

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Phoenix – Football fans headed to the big game might find themselves recruited to the opposite team.

Scruff, a gay social networking app, bought a 48-foot billboard outside the University of Phoenix Stadium, home of Superbowl XLIX.

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