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ABC News reports: Green iguanas are crawling rampant in Florida — so much so that authorities are urging locals to kill the reptiles “whenever possible.” The critters are not native to Florida and are considered an invasive species because of the damage they can inflict on seawalls, sidewalks and landscape plants, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. …

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Newsweek reports: A Florida man was arrested over the weekend after he allegedly pelted a woman with condiment packets for bringing him the wrong food order from McDonald’s. Jesus Oscar Ferrer Jr., 30, is facing a felony charge after he allegedly battered a woman, with whom he shares a child, with “sweet and sour sauce packets” on Sunday evening because …

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Billboard Magazine reports: Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a 13th week, rewriting the record for the longest reign ever for a hip-hop hit. The track passes three such songs that led for 12 weeks each: “See You Again,” by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth, in 2015; “Boom Boom Pow,” …

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We return you now to Florida Man: Martin County deputies are asking for help identifying a modern day “hamburlgar” who has robbed two restaurants after breaking in and making himself food. “A suspect coined as the modern day Hamburglar doesn’t appear to have any problem making himself right at home after breaking into local food establishments to make himself a …

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New from our pal Matt Baume: Beverly LaSalle wasn’t the first female impersonator on television. But after years of TV treating drag performers as deranged psychopaths and literal punchlines, she was probably the first to be afforded dignity, love, and respect. Beverly was a recurring character on the show “All in the Family,” and she might embody the most remarkable …

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Gay anthems from now until Stonewall 50: Like so many LGBTQ anthems, ‘I’m Coming Out’ used Top 40 pop to convey more subversive messages to the community. ‘I’m Coming Out’ didn’t just allude to the former Supreme’s disco makeover, it was a sign of support to her gay fanbase (whether Diana Ross was overtly aware of it or not) crafted …

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Gay anthems from now until Stonewall 50: On “Queen,” Perfume Genius’ Mike Haedras leans into the stereotypes surrounding queer men, setting himself up as the titular monarch, prepared to rule over his kingdom. He makes clear the suffering and strife of the queer community, before also making clear that those struggles don’t define the community. The song was practically made …

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Gay anthems from now until Stonewall 50: There are a plethora of songs from the Pet Shop Boys’ stunning discography that tackle homophobia head-on. But one of their most effective was “It’s a Sin,” a tongue-in-cheek indictment of band member Neil Tennant’s Catholic upbringing, in which the star reiterates over and over again how ashamed of himself he should be …

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Gay anthems from now until Stonewall 50: Disco has always been a musical movement embraced by the gay community. But Carl Bean’s “I Was Born This Way” is largely recognized as one of the first disco songs openly created for the queer community at large. The lyrics proclaim the story of a man proud to be gay, set to an …

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Gay anthems from now until Stonewall 50: Performing for a live show in Sao Paulo on Sunday, British singer Lily Allen closed the concert with her track “Fuck You,” which she dedicated to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. “I’m going to jail,” she jockingly added. “I will probably never come back to Brazil. Fuck you, Bolsonaro.” The single was released in …

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Gay anthems every day until Stonewall 50: To this day, queer youth are still highly at risk of being thrown out of their homes for coming out. But in 1984, it was unheard of for a band to openly sing about that fact — until Bronski Beat released “Smalltown Boy.” The song follows the story of a young man uprooting …

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Gay anthems from now until Stonewall 50: Long considered to be the “gay national anthem” of Britain, Tom Robinson Band doesn’t hold back on 1978’s Glad To Be Gay. While the song may not have the fiery energy of other protest songs, the lyrics directly call out police brutality, homophobic violence and the insistence that queer people are less than …

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Another clip from Broadway Bares: At Broadway Bares 2019, a brief delay on the tarmac in the heat of the day caused the airport’s rugged, all-male ground crew to sweat through their shift – and their clothes. Adam Perry (Frozen) led a team of buff baggage handlers, choreographed by Andrew Turteltaub. Performers: Adam Perry with Dave August, Matthew Borchers, Juanfer …

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Billboard Magazine reports: The category is: renewal! FX, the now Disney-owned basic cable network, has picked up Pose, the ball scene drama from Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals, for a third season merely a week after its sophomore season debut. (Season two was announced after six of eight freshman season episodes aired.) The renewal comes as the drama, …

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Tampa’s CBS News affiliate reports: A Florida man in Hillsborough County is facing drug charges after a deputy caught him playing Pokemon Go in a closed Tampa park. Jonathan Ortiz, 29, was found in Beacon Meadows Park after hours by a Hillsborough deputy. A Hillsborough deputy observed Ortiz had marijuana in plain view and also noted Ortiz was actively trying …

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Playbill reports: Father’s Day was a bacchanalia at the Hammerstein Ballroom when theatre’s hottest dancers took to the stage for Broadway Bares: Take Off. This year, the 29th edition of show raised $2,006,192, breaking the previous record of $1.91 million. The cast and crew’s online fundraiser, Stripathon, raised $1,066,129, marking the first time it passed the $1 million mark, and …

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CNN reports: A Pakistani politician suffered a major catastrophe when his press conference was live-streamed on social media last week. A briefing by Shaukat Yousafzai, a regional minister in northwest Pakistan, was broadcast on his Tehreek-e-Insaf party’s official Facebook page Friday, in an attempt to keep constituents in the loop about local issues. But the video attracted attention for an …

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Billboard Magazine reports: Confused as to why Miley Cyrus has suddenly re-branded as a more cookie-cutter pop star named Ashley O (especially after releasing a new EP under her own name two weeks ago)? Never fear, Miley stans: Ashley O is simply the character that Cyrus plays in a new episode of Netflix’s sci-fi anthology Black Mirror, and “On A …

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Click Orlando reports: A Florida man has been arrested and charged after the Palm Bay Police Department said he stole pool floats for sex “instead of raping woman.” Authorities stopped Christopher Monnin, 35, on his bike around 1:25 a.m. Thursday as a suspicious person. According to officials, in the past seven months, the city of Palm Bay has been plagued …

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The Palm Beach Post reports: Florida man has done it again. A Sumter County man and his wife recently had one heck of a gender reveal. To assist them, they enlisted the help of a 10-foot alligator. Chad Wright and Stacie Childs-Wright of Lake Panasoffkee had a gender reveal party last week. They used Amos, their pet alligator, to help …

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