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Art Smith, who served as Oprah Winfrey's personal chef, is among those from the LGBT community who have signed up for the fall 2014 CookOUT/RockOUT event.

New food festival to celebrate LGBT chefs, food luminaries

Thursday, April 10, 2014
Something new is coming to the parade of food festivals that has sprung up around the country - CookOUT/RockOUT, a food and music event celebrating LGBT chefs and other food luminaries. [ Read more → ]
Matt Sayles, APElton John and David Furnish

Elton John, David Furnish to exchange vows again to celebrate UK gay marriage

Saturday, March 29, 2014
LONDON -- Elton John and David Furnish say they plan to exchange vows for a second time to celebrate the legalization of same-sex marriage in the United Kingdom. [ Read more → ]
Brian Ach, Invision (AP)Laura Jane Grace

Against Me! lead singer Laura Jane Grace on transition, new album

Saturday, March 29, 2014
NEW YORK -- Laura Jane Grace, who came out as transgender two years ago, says she's able to sing in a new, liberated voice on her band's latest album because she's no longer hiding. [ Read more → ]
Mike Deerkoski (Wikimedia)Tyler Glenn

Neon Trees’ lead vocalist Tyler Glenn comes out as gay

Monday, March 24, 2014
Tyler Glenn, the lead vocalist of the alternative rock band Neon Trees, has come out as gay. [ Read more → ]

Exiled Iranian pop icon’s song about gay love causing stir in Islamic republic

Sunday, March 9, 2014
AMSTERDAM -- Iranian pop star Googoosh has released a video that addresses homosexual love - a major gesture by one of the country's top cultural figures in exile - causing a stir in the Islamic republic, where the topic is taboo and being convicted of homosexuality can carry the death penalty. [ Read more → ]

Rihanna weighs in with support for ‘Principle 6′ gay rights campaign

Sunday, February 16, 2014
SOCHI, Russia-- A campaign for gay rights in Russia and at the Sochi Games is getting some star backing from Rihanna. [ Read more → ]
Garrett Miller

Garrett Miller: Chasing his dreams with ‘Eyes Wide’

Saturday, February 8, 2014
Garrett Miller’s Rated G Radio is burning up the airwaves every weeknight, covering the latest in news, entertainment, and culture, culminating in a Friday night dance party. [ Read more → ]
Matt Sayles, Invision (AP)Ryan Lewis, left, and Macklemore accept the award for best new artist at the 56th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles.

At Grammys, Daft Punk, Pharrell, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis dominate

Sunday, January 26, 2014
LOS ANGELES — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis might shop at thrift shops, but they now have a ton of Grammy gold. The rap duo won four Grammy Awards so far Sunday, including best new artist and rap album for "The Heist," beating efforts from Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z, Kanye West and Drake. [ Read more → ]
Macklemore (right) & Ryan Lewis

Grammy Awards: 34 couples to marry on-air during performance of ‘Same Love’

Sunday, January 26, 2014
LOS ANGELES — Producers for Sunday's Grammy Awards are hoping that the biggest show-stopper of the night will be the an on-air wedding of 34 couples — gay and straight -- during a live performance by hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis of their Grammy-nominated song “Same Love." [ Read more → ]
Matt Sayles, Invision (AP)Musician Macklemore performs during a concert presented by T-Mobile at The Belasco Theatre, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 in Los Angeles.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis warm up for Sunday night’s Grammy Awards

Saturday, January 25, 2014
LOS ANGELES — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were a little-known rap duo from Seattle with an album that sold beyond modest expectations a year ago. As 2014 opens, Macklemore and Lewis are the focal point of the Grammy Awards — and few are more surprised than them. [ Read more → ]
Kevin Frayer, AP (File)The Dutch brass band Kleintje Pils, or Small Beer, entertains at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Dutch brass band may play ‘YMCA’ at Sochi to show its support for gay rights

Saturday, January 25, 2014
THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The Dutch brass band that always performs at Olympic speed skating ovals is considering playing a popular gay song — "Y.M.C.A." — at the Sochi Winter Olympics to show its support for gay rights. [ Read more → ]
Alex Brandon, APElton John

Elton John offers to introduce Putin to gay people to promote understanding

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
NEW YORK — Entertainer-songwriter Elton John is volunteering to introduce Russian President Vladimir Putin to gay Russians to help promote understanding. [ Read more → ]
Francois Mori, APGeorge Michael

George Michael to release new album, ‘Symphonica’

Monday, January 20, 2014
LONDON — After a spell of making headlines for mishaps rather than music, George Michael is coming back with a new album. Michael announced Monday that his sixth solo album, "Symphonica," is due for release March 17. [ Read more → ]
Charles Sykes, Invision (AP)Mary Lambert, left, Macklemore, right, and Ryan Lewis at the MTV Video Music Awards at on Aug.  25, 2013. “Same Love,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ same sex anthem featuring Mary Lambert, is nominated for song of the year at the Jan. 26, 2014 Grammy Awards.

For ‘Same Love,’ Mary Lambert says, ‘I was sort of a last resort’

Monday, January 20, 2014
In just six hours, Mary Lambert's life changed drastically. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis had written and produced a song called "Same Love," but they needed a special hook to finalize the emotional track. Like the rap duo, Lambert is from Seattle, though she had never met them before. [ Read more → ]
Al Powers, Powers Imagery / Invision (AP)Fun. performs at IHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas in Sept.  2013.

Pop-rock trio fun. plans to raise funds for at-risk LGBT youth in Detroit

Friday, January 17, 2014
NEW YORK -- The pop-rock trio fun. is launching a campaign to raise money for at-risk LGBT youth in Detroit. The band says it plans to raise $250,000 to build a community health center for the Ruth Ellis Center, which provides housing, meals, clothing and medical services for LGBT youth in need. [ Read more → ]
Charles Sykes, Invision (AP)Clay Aiken

Report: Clay Aiken ‘actively considering’ run for U.S. House

Saturday, January 4, 2014
Former “American Idol” finalist Clay Aiken is actively considering a bid to represent North Carolina’s 2nd congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives, according to a report by the Washington Blade. [ Read more → ]

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis score early Grammy nomination for ‘Same Love’

Friday, December 6, 2013
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were the early focus of "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!" with two nominations and one spirited performance. [ Read more → ]
AP (File)Elton John

Elton John dedicates Moscow concert to slain gay Russian, calls anti-gay law ‘inhumane’

Friday, December 6, 2013
MOSCOW -- British pop artist Sir Elton John, performing in Moscow on Friday evening, criticized the Russian government's recent passage of anti-gay laws, calling them "inhumane" and "isolating." [ Read more → ]
APMacklemore and Ryan Lewis

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis join United Nations’ gay rights campaign

Tuesday, November 26, 2013
UNITED NATIONS -- U.S. hip hop artists Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have joined the U.N. Free and Equal Campaign to encourage greater respect for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. [ Read more → ]
Chris Brown

Judge lets Chris Brown skip DC court date in alleged homophobic assault

Friday, November 22, 2013
WASHINGTON — A judge says R&B singer Chris Brown doesn't have to travel from Los Angeles to Washington to appear in court. [ Read more → ]
APChris Brown

Chris Brown, companion throw punches: ‘I’m not down with that gay shit’

Monday, October 28, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Chris Brown is accused of punching a man who says he tried to get into a photo with the singer outside a hotel, according to police, the latest legal trouble for the Grammy Award-winning artist. [ Read more → ]

LGBT History Month profile: Blues singer, recording artist Ma Rainey

Thursday, October 24, 2013
Ma Rainey, called the “Mother of the Blues,” was one of the earliest known American blues singers and recording artists. She is recognized as one of the great female blues vocalists. [ Read more → ]
Jeremy Simmons, FUSE/APThis undated photo released by FUSE shows New Orleans hip-hop artist Big Freedia in a recording session.

Openly gay rapper Big Freedia brings bounce to TV audience

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
NEW YORK — New Orleans hip-hop artist Big Freedia is twerking his way to TV screens. [ Read more → ]
Queen Latifah

LGBT History Month profile: ‘Hip-Hop’s First Lady,’ Queen Latifah

Monday, October 21, 2013
Known as "Hip-Hop’s First Lady," Queen Latifah is an acclaimed entertainer in music, film and television. She has received a Grammy, a Golden Globe and two Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards. [ Read more → ]
Tracy Chapman

LGBT History Month profile: Singer, songwriter Tracy Chapman

Sunday, October 13, 2013
Tracy Chapman is a multi-platinum, four-time Grammy-winning singer/songwriter. Two of her songs have reached the Top 10 on the BillboardHot 100 chart, and her first No. 1 hit, “Fast Car,” was named one of the best songs of all time by Rolling Stone. [ Read more → ]
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