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Beyoncé, Adele lead MTV VMA nominees

out musician Troye Sivan also lands nomination



Beyonce, gay news, Washington Blade
Beyonce, Lemonade, gay news, Washington Blade

Beyonce (Still courtesy Parkwood/Columbia)

MTV announced its 2016 VMA nominations with Beyoncé and Adele leading the pack.

Beyoncé received the most nominations, earning 11 for her visual album “Lemonade” and scoring a nomination for Video of the Year for “Formation.” Adele came in at second place with a total eight nominations, seven for “Hello” and one for “Send My Love (To Your New Lover).”

Troye Sivan’s “Blue Neighborhood Trilogy” music video series was also nominated for Best Long-Form Video. The series tells the story of Sivan and his childhood friend who encounter the struggles of a same-sex relationship. The series includes Sivan’s songs “Wild,” “Free” and “Take Me Down.”

The 33rd annual MTV VMAs air on Sunday, Aug. 28 from New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

Video of the Year

Adele- “Hello”

Beyoncé- “Formation”

Drake- “Hotline Bling”

Justin Bieber- “Sorry”

Kanye West- “Famous”

Best Female Video

Adele- “Hello”

Beyoncé- “Hold Up”

Sia- “Cheap Thrills”

Ariana Grande- “Into You”

Rihanna- “Work (featuring Drake)”

Best Male Video

Drake- “Hotline Bling”

Bryson Tiller- “Don’t”

Calvin Harris- “This is What You Came For (featuring Rihanna)”

Kanye West- “Famous”

The Weeknd- “Can’t Feel My Face”

Best Collaboration

Beyoncé- “Freedom (featuring Kendrick Lamar)”

Fifth Harmony- “Work From Home (featuring Ty Dolla $ign)”

Ariana Grande- “Let Me Love You (featuring Lil Wayne)”

Calvin Harris- “This is What You Came For (featuring Rihanna)”

Rihanna- “Work (featuring Drake)”

Best Hip-Hop Video

Drake- “Hotline Bling”

Desiigner- “Panda”

Bryson Tiller- “Don’t”

Chance the Rapper- “Angels (featuring Saba)”

2 Chainz- “Watch Out”

Best Pop Video

Adele- “Hello”

Beyoncé- “Formation”

Justin Bieber- “Sorry”

Alessia Cara- “Wild Things”

Ariana Grande- “Into You”

Best Rock Video

All Time Low- “Missing You”

Coldplay- “Adventure of a Lifetime”

Fall Out Boy- “Irresistible (featuring Demi Lovato)”

Twenty One Pilots- “Heathens”

Panic! At The Disco- “Victorious”

Best Electronic Video

Calvin Harris & Disciples- “How Deep is Your Love”

99 Souls- “The Girl is Mine (featuring Destiny’s Child and Brandy)”

Mike Posner- “I Took a Pill in Ibiza”

Afrojack- “SummerThing!”

The Chainsmokers- “Don’t Let Me Down (featuring Daya)”

Breakthrough Long-Form Video

Florence + the Machine- “The Odyssey”

Beyoncé- “Lemonade”

Justin Bieber- “Purpose: The Movement”

Chris Brown- “Royalty”

Troye Sivan- “Blue Neighbourhood Trilogy”

Best New Artist

Bryson Tiller


Zara Larsson

Lukas Graham


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DC Center to host estate planning seminar series

Three sessions presented by Murray Scheel



The DC Center hosts a series of talks on end-of-life planning next week.

The DC Center for the LGBT Community and the DC Department on Aging and Community Living will host “Estate Planning Tools with Murray Scheel” via Zoom. 

Scheel will walk guests through the process of taking care of the end-of-life planning business that needs to be addressed during the golden years. Scheel is Senior Staff Attorney at Whitman-Walker Health’s Legal Services.

This event series will consist of three 1.5-hour sessions:

Jan. 19, 3 p.m. – “Tools for while you’re living” (overview, general power of attorney, healthcare power of attorney, disposition of remains, etc.)

Jan. 26, 3 p.m. – “Tools for after you’re gone” (living wills, last wills, assets, etc.)

Feb. 2, 3 p.m. – “Healthcare insurance & long term care” (Medicare, Medicaid, correcting misinformation, skilled nursing, hospice care, etc.)

To register for this event, visit the DC Center website.

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DC Center to host legal seminar for trans people

Attorney Richard Tappan and paralegal Miranda Shipman to give legal advice



The DC Center for the LGBT Community will host a “Gender and Name Change Legal Seminar” on Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 5:30 p.m. online. 

Attorney Richard Tappan and paralegal Miranda Shipman will give legal advice and speak on the importance of the legal community within the LGBTQ community, the difficulties of the LGBTQ community in the legal field and name and gender changes. 

Guests can find the link at the DC Center website.

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Seeking love and community in Nicaragua

‘High-Risk Homosexual’ explores author’s youth, coming out



(Book cover image courtesy of Soft Skill Press)

High-Risk Homosexual: A Memoir
By Edgar Gomez
c.2022, Soft Skull Press
$16.95/304 pages

Here. Try this.

It fits you, but the color isn’t flattering. It’s too long, too short, too tight, too loose. That’s not your style, so try something else until you find the thing that looks like you. The perfect thing is out there. As in the new book “High-Risk Homosexual” by Edgar Gomez, when something’s right, it’s right.

He was 13 when he figured out that he was a problem to be solved.

Edgar Gomez’ mother had left him in her native Nicaragua with his tíos, just for a while because she had to return to Florida to work. He wasn’t there without her for long, but it took years for him to understand that his time with his uncles was meant to make him more masculine.

In retrospect, he says, nobody wanted him to be a man more than he did. He wanted to be liked by other kids and so he told lies in school to make himself stand out. He wanted his mother to see his love of pretty things and say that it was OK. He wanted his brother to acknowledge that Gomez was gay, and to tell him that he loved him.

Instead, after his brother left for college, Gomez got his first boyfriend, a boy he came out to but who couldn’t come out to himself. He was called names in school. He came out to his mother, who freaked out about it. He befriended a drag queen, but “Princess” used him.

Things he wanted: a real boyfriend. Love. A ban on the stereotype of a macho Latinx man.

Things he still had, while in college: his mother and older brother. A tormentor-turned-mentor. A part-time job. His weirdness. His virginity.

Things he wanted to lose, while in college: his room at his mother’s house. His virginity, but that wouldn’t happen until later, during a painful one-afternoon-stand with a hot man who said he had a girlfriend. That hurt, both physically and emotionally but like so many things at so many times, Gomez tried not to think about it.

If he never considered what he didn’t have, he says, “I wouldn’t miss it.”

In a way, you could say that “High-Risk Homosexual” is a book in search of a point. It’s really quite random and told (mostly) linearly, but not quite. It has its peaks, but also low valleys. And you won’t care about any of this, because you’ll be enjoying every bit of it.

Yeah, this memoir is good: author Edgar Gomez’s literary wandering makes it feel much like an honest conversation with readers. There are wince-worthy moments that allow empathy here, and experiences that are unique but oddly ubiquitous, that leave space for a sense of sympatico. There are passages that are so wistfully uncomfortable that you might squirm, or start “snort-laughing,” or want to stop a moment and just think.

And there’s room for that, too, so take your time. “High-Risk Homosexual” is an affable book with just enough seriousness to make it worth a try.

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