Demi Lovato to Take Part in iHeartMedia & P&G’s “Can’t Cancel Pride” Virtual Benefit Concert

Demi Lovato is celebrating Pride in a big way…

The 28-year-old half-Mexican American singer/actor will be taking part in iHeartMedia and P&G’s second annual “Can’t Cancel Pride,” a virtual benefit concert featuring some of the biggest LGBTQ names in music appearing to offer special performances, while also raising funds for nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping LGBTQ people around the world.

Demi Lovato

Hosted by Elvis Duran and Bebe Rexha, the event will take place on June 4, and will feature appearances and performances from Lovato, Lil Nas X, Troye Sivan, Rexha, Brothers Osborne, Busy Phillips, Hayley Kiyoko, Jennifer Hudson, JoJo Siwa, Marshmello, MJ Rodriguez, Nina West, P!nk, Ricky Martin, Regard and Tate McRae.

Along with putting on a good show, iHeartMedia and P&G are also partnering with Greater Cincinatti Foundation to help distribute the funds raised from the event to six organizations supporting the LGBTQ community in 2021, including GLAAD, SAGE, The Trevor Project, the National Black Justice Coalition, CenterLink, and OutRight Action International.

“As the country is returning back to normal and we are slowly starting to gather again, LGBTQ+ communities around the world are still feeling the devastating effects of COVID-19,”  iHeartMedia’s chief  marketing officer Gayle Troberman said in a statement. “We look forward to once again celebrating the incredible voices and allies of the LGBTQ+ community with an amazing night of music that will honor Pride and the communities’ fight for equal rights, all while benefiting six remarkable nonprofits that make an everyday positive impact.”

“Can’t Cancel Pride” will take place on June 4th at 9:00 p.m. ET on iHeartRadio’s TikTok, YouTube, Facebook and Instagram TV pages, PrideRadio.com and Revry, while also being broadcast on iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide and on the iHeartRadio App.

Learn more about the upcoming event here.

Christina Aguilera Releases New Line of Pride-Themed Merchandise

Christina Aguilera is showing her support for the LGBTQ community…

With Pride Month just a few weeks away, the 40-year-old half-Ecuadorian American Grammy-winning singer is helping her fans gear up for the season with some brand-new merchandise.

Christina Aguilera

Xtina recently shared a line of merch to celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month, with portions of the proceeds being donated to LGBTQ organizations.

The new line includes four new items, including a sweatshirt, a mesh tank top, a pair of briefs and a face mask, all emblazoned with different, rainbow-themed variations of the singer’s nickname “Xtina,” her face with dripping, rainbow-colored makeup, and a pair of lips.

Christina Aguilera Merch

Along with providing new attire for her fans, Aguilera is also making sure to give back to the transgender community with her new merch. Thirty percent of all proceeds from the line will go toward two organizations: TransLash, a nonprofit organization using personal storytelling to “shift the cultural understanding of what it means to be transgender in order to foster social inclusion and reduce anti-trans hostility,” and TransTech, an organization founded by actress and activist Angelica Ross to “economically empower” transgender people through employment opportunities, workshop programs and more.

“Fighters gonna be looking fly this pride,” Aguilera captioned an Instagram post showing off her new merch. “I’m so excited to announce my new PRIDE collection! I am also proud to support @transtechsocial & @translashmedia, two organizations doing such important work for the community.”

Shop the collection by clicking here.

 

Rita Indiana Releases New LGBTT Anthem “Miedo”

Rita Indiana isn’t scared…

The 43-year-old queer Dominican singer-songwriter is celebrating Pride Month with a new reggaeton track “Miedo,” which pays homage to the LGBTT community.

Rita Indiana

“For the LGBTT community, fear (miedo) is something to be conquered every day, fear of violence, rejection and injustice,” she says. “This song is for my community, for whom love has always been a heroic trait.“

Known for poignant lyrics that often tackle topics like queerness, non-conforming sexuality and class, the singer and author of the Spanish novels Papi and Tentacle, was recently signed by Warner Chappell Music.

“Rita is an artist that fearlessly speaks her mind and tackles critical issues impacting society head on through her writing,” says Lazaro HernandezWarner Chappell Music‘s vp, a&r, U.S. & Latin America. “All of us at Warner Chappell are not only fans of her music, but are also fierce supporters of what she stands for. We look forward to helping amplify Rita’s voice and message through her music.”

Rita Indiana is set to release her forthcoming album later this year, her first solo set in a decade. Titled Mandinga Times, the album was produced by fellow Warner Chappell Music writer Eduardo Cabra, a.k.a. Visitante of Calle 13.

Pabllo Vittar Starring in Calvin Klein’s New Pride Campaign

Pabllo Vittar is showing her pride in a big way…

The 25-year-old Brazilian drag queen and singer-songwriter, who has spoken out about the issues the LGBTQ+ community singer the beginning of her career, is now sharing her pride in a global way.

Pabllo Vittar Calvin Klein Pride Campaign

Vittar has been announced as one of the newest members of Calvin Klein‘s brand new Pride campaign, #PROUDINMYCALVINS

In the official photo released from the star’s shoot, Vittar’s big and bold drag persona is replaced with a minimally made-up Vittar posing in the brand’s yellow Pride crop top.

Pabllo Vittar Calvin Klein Pride Campaign

But Vittar isn’t the only proud artists named to the campaign lineup…

The campaign also includes queer stars Chella ManMaryVTommy DorfmanJari JonesMina GergesGia WoodsReese King and Ama Elesser.

Pabllo Vittar Calvin Klein Pride Campaign

The shoot’s photographer made it clear the importance of having these stories told by queer people for queer people.

“Using a cast and crew that spans the full LGBTQ+ spectrum, we wanted to make sure that the entire community feels represented, included and celebrated,” said Ryan McGinley. “My goal is always to create honest photos that connect to the viewer on a human level and show the subject’s power and vulnerability as human beings. This mix is perhaps my most core value as an artist.”

Hulu to Stream Michael Cimino’s LGBTQ-Themed Series “Love, Victor”

Michael Cimino’s Love is headed to Hulu

Love, Victor, starring the half-Puerto Rican actor, is moving from Disney+ to the Disney-controlled Hulu streaming service. It will debut in June, during LGBTQ Pride month.

Michael Cimino

The half-hour comedy, inspired by the acclaimed film Love, Simon, has been re-titled Love, Victor after its protagonist. 

The series, from This Is Us executive producers/co-showrunners Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger, who wrote the film, and 20th Century Fox Television, just wrapped production on its 10-episode first season. 

Hulu appears bullish on the show and has already commissioned a writers’ room to start exploring stories for a possible second season.

Hailed for its LGBTQ inclusivity, the 2018 Love, Simon,based on Becky Albertalli’s young adult novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, is a coming-of-age film about Simon, a closeted gay teen growing up in the suburbs of Atlanta.

The series centers on Victor (Cimino), a new student at Creekwood High School, the high school featured in the movie, on his own journey of self-discovery, facing challenges at home, adjusting to a new city, and struggling with his sexual orientation.

Love, Victor’s move from Disney+ to Hulu mirrors a similar relocation from Disney+ to Hulu of another series based on a movie, High Fidelity, headlined by Zoë Kravitz

Both involve realistic portrayal of issues faced by young adults that may not be appropriate for families to watch with their young kids, something that has become imperative for a Disney+ program.

Love, Victordepicts alcohol use, parents’ marital issues and sexual exploration. At Hulu, it will join several other comedic series with drama elements about teens in high school, including fellow Hulu originals PEN15 and Looking For Alaskaand Freeform’s Grown-ish,which streams on Hulu.

Pabllo Vittar Releases First English-Only Single “Flash Pose,” Featuring Charli XCX

Pabllo Vittar has released her first-ever single sung entirely in English.

The 24-year-old Brazilian singer and drag artist has joined voices with longtime collaborator Charli XCX on “Flash Pose.”

Pabllo Vittar

Touted as the first single off her upcoming album 111, “Flash Pose” is an infectious club anthem that feels eminently danceable, fun as hell and offers a new take on classic Pabllo-sounds. 

“Come over, come over baby/ Come in my picture, that’s right/ Because I wasn’t trying to get a nice picture by myself!” Vittar sings wickedly.

“I can’t describe the feeling — I am super excited! This is my first song in English and I have my friend Charli with me,” Vittar tells Billboard. “I couldn’t be happier right now.”

Vittar, who’s known for creating modern dancehall tracks in both Portuguese and Spanish, has become increasingly popular Stateside, even among non-multilingual listeners. 

Her fresh take on international pop music as well as her powerful message of queer empowerment — she’s an outspoken critic of Brazil’s conservative president, Jair Bolsonaro— has won her powerful accolades and brought her performances to Pride festivities across the U.S., including a headlining spot on Pride Island during WorldPride NYC 2019. 

“We have to show those kinds of people that you can be who you want and do whatever you want, as long as you respect other people’s space and feelings,” says Vittar. “I am not hurting anyone, I am trying to do my share to make a better world for everyone. I am an LGBTQ artist and I am proud of it, and no one can tell me what I can or cannot do.”

With her popularity in North America growing, it makes sense that Vittar’s next move would be to release an English-language song.

Rodriguez Earns Dorian Award Nomination for Her Starring Role on CW’s “Jane the Virgin”

Gina Rodriguez is feeling the love from the LGBT community…

The 30-year-old Puerto Rican actress, who picked up her first-ever Golden Globe award on Sunday, has earned special recognition from The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association.

Gina Rodriguez

Rodriguez earned a Dorian Award nomination from the association, which is comprised of more than 100 critics and entertainment journalists nationwide, in its The “We’re Wilde About You!” Rising Star Award category.

She earned her first-ever Dorian Award nomination for her critically acclaimed starring role on the CW’s Latino-themed series Jane the Virgin, which earned a nod in the Campy TV Show of the Year category.

Meanwhile, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu earned his latest Film Director of the Year nomination for helming the dark comedy Birdman, which earned for nods. Birdman was nominated for film of the year, along with Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game and Pride.

In all, the group – which says its mission is to honor content “from mainstream to gaystream” – unveiled nominations in 24 film and television categories.

Winners will be announced on January 20, with a Winners Toast set on March 1 in Los Angeles.

Here’s the complete list of Dorian Award nominees follows:

Film of the Year
Birdman – Fox Searchlight
Boyhood – Sundance Selects/IFC
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Fox Searchlight
The Imitation Game – The Weinstein Company
Pride – CBS Films

Film Performance of the Year – Actor
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher – Sony Pictures Classics
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game – The Weinstein Company
Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler – Open Road
Michael Keaton, Birdman – Fox Searchlight
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything – Universal

Film Performance of the Year – Actress
Essie Davis, The Babadook – Sundance Selects/IFC
Anne Dorval, Mommy – Lionsgate
Julianne Moore, Still Alice – Sony Pictures Classics
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl – 20th Century Fox
Reese Witherspoon, Wild – Fox Searchlight

Film Director of the Year
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel – Fox Searchlight
Ava DuVernay, Selma – Paramount
David Fincher, Gone Girl – 20th Century Fox
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Birdman – Fox Searchight
Richard Linklater, Boyhood – Sundance Selects/IFC

LGBTQ Film of the Year
The Imitation Game – The Weinstein Company
Love is Strange – Sony Pictures Classics
Pride – CBS Films
Stranger by the Lake – Strand Releasing
The Way He Looks – Strand Releasing

Foreign Language Film of the Year
Force Majeure – Magnolia Pictures
Ida – Music Box Films
Mommy – Lionsgate
Stranger by the Lake – Strand Releasing
Two Days, One Night – Sundance Selects/IFC

Unsung Film of the Year
Obvious Child  – A24
Love is Strange – Sony Pictures Classics
Pride – CBS Films
The Skeleton Twins – Roadside Attractions
Snowpiercer – Radius/TWC

Documentary of the Year 
(theatrical release, TV airing or DVD release)
The Case Against 8 – HBO
CitizenFour – Radius/TWC
Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me – Sundance Selects
Life Itself – Magnolia Pictures
Regarding Susan Sontag – HBO

Visually Striking Film of the Year 
(honoring a production of stunning beauty, from art direction to cinematography)
Birdman – Fox Searchlight
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Fox Searchlight
Interstellar – Paramount
Snowpiercer – Radius/TWC
Under the Skin – A24

Campy Flick of the Year
Annie
Gone Girl
Into the Woods
Maleficent
Tammy

TV Drama of the Year
Fargo – FX
The Good Wife – CBS
How To Get Away with Murder – ABC
Mad Men – AMC
The Normal Heart – HBO

TV Comedy of the Year
The Comeback – HBO
Modern Family – ABC
Orange is the New Black – Netflix
Transparent – Amazon
Veep – HBO

TV Director of the Year
Lisa Cholodenko, Olive Kitteridge – HBO
Jodie Foster, Orange is the New Black –Netflix
Andrew Haigh, Looking – HBO
Ryan Murphy, The Normal Heart – HBO
Jill Soloway, Transparent – Amazon

TV Performance of the Year – Actor
Matthew Bomer, The Normal Heart – HBO
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective – HBO
Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart – HBO
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards – Netflix
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent – Amazon

TV Performance of the Year – Actress
Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder – ABC
Lisa Kudrow, The Comeback – HBO
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife – CBS
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black – BBC America
Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge – HBO

TV Musical Performance of the Year
Beyonce, MTV Video Music Awards – MTV
Neil Patrick Harris, “Sugar Daddy,” The Tony Awards – CBS
Jessica Lange, “Life on Mars,” American Horror Story: Freak Show – FX
Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Madonna, et al., “Same Love,” The Grammys – CBS
Prince, Saturday Night Live – NBC

LGBTQ TV Show of the Year
Looking – HBO
Modern Family – ABC
Orange is the New Black – Netflix
Please Like Me – Pivot
Transparent – Amazon

Unsung TV Show of the Year 
Getting On – HBO
Looking – HBO
Orphan Black – BBC America
Please Like Me – Pivot
Transparent – Amazon

TV Current Affairs Show of the Year
Anderson Cooper 360 – CNN
The Colbert Report – Comedy Central
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart – Comedy Central
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver – HBO
The Rachel Maddow Show – MSNBC

Campy TV Show of the Year 
American Horror Story: Freak Show
How to Get Away with Murder
Jane the Virgin
Peter Pan Live!
Penny Dreadful

Music Video of the Year
Nicki Minaj, “Anaconda”
Perfume Genius, “Queen”
Sia, “Chandelier”
Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”
Meghan Trainor, “All About That Bass”

The “We’re Wilde About You!” Rising Star Award
Ansel Elgort
Jack Falahee
Ellar Coltrane
Jack O’Connell
Gina Rodriguez
Finn Wittrock

Wilde Wit of the Year 
(honoring a performer, writer or commentator whose observations both challenge and amuse)
Stephen Colbert
Rachel Maddow
Bill Maher
John Oliver
Jon Stewart

Wilde Artist of the Year 
(honoring a truly groundbreaking force in the fields of film, theater and/or television)
Xavier Dolan
Neil Patrick Harris
Richard Linklater
Jill Solloway
Tilda Swinton

Timeless Award 
(to an actor or performer whose exemplary career is marked by character, wisdom and wit)
George Takei