<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - ]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbcmiami.com/feature/nbc-6-pridehttp://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.pngNBC 6 South Floridahttps://www.nbcmiami.comen-usTue, 20 Mar 2018 17:34:34 -0400Tue, 20 Mar 2018 17:34:34 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[RuPaul Honored on the Hollywood Walk of Fame]]>Fri, 16 Mar 2018 18:06:36 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-932919220.jpg

Entertainment icon and world-famous drag queen RuPaul received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Friday.

RuPaul Andre Charles is the 2,631st celebrity to get his own star.

The two-time Emmy winner was introduced by Oscar-winning actress Jane Fonda at the ceremony, who remarked that his star should be "at least three sizes bigger than any other star on the Walk of Fame."

RuPaul reflected on his lifelong aspiration to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, sharing, "It was a dream I wasn't sure how I would achieve it but I had so much support from my family and from my faith in a benevolent universe. And that is what has brought me here today."

The ceremony took place outside of World of Wonder production offices -- the company that produces VH1's "RuPaul's Drag Race,'' which brought RuPaul prime-time Emmys as outstanding host of a reality or reality-competition program in 2016 and 2017.

"RuPaul is a revolutionary performer who brought the art of drag into the American public eye and made it mainstream,'' said Ana Martinez, producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Born RuPaul Andre Charles on Nov. 17, 1960, in San Diego, he later studied theater at the North Atlanta School of Performing Arts. He settled in New York City in the mid-1980s, becoming a popular fixture on the nightclub scene earning himself the title "Queen of Manhattan.''

RuPaul's first prominent national exposure came in 1989, with a featured role dancing in the B-52's "Love Shack'' music video.

RuPaul released his first album, "Supermodel of the World'' in 1993, which topped Billboard's Heatseekers chart for new and developing recording artists. He has released 10 more studio albums, two soundtrack albums, six compilation albums, three remix albums, one extended play and 32 singles.

RuPaul has produced and hosted the competition series "RuPaul's Drag Race,'' since 2009. He also hosted "RuPaul's Drag U,'' where women are given drag makeovers and "Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul,'' both on Logo.

RuPaul has also been a judge on the Game Show Network's body-painting competition, "Skin Wars.''

RuPaul has appeared in more than 50 films and television shows both in and out of drag including "Crooklyn,'' "The Brady Bunch Movie,'' "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar,'' and "But I'm a Cheerleader.''

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<![CDATA[Adam Rippon Reflects on His Olympic Moments]]>Thu, 15 Mar 2018 09:31:03 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2018-03-14+at+3.31.10+PM.png

Figure skater Adam Rippon became a star at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, but his rise to stardom was not without political controversy. Rippon, the first openly gay U.S. Olympic figure skater, turned down an invitation to meet Vice President Mike Pence in Pyeongchang.

<![CDATA[Trantalis Wins Runoff to Become Fort Lauderdale's Next Mayor]]>Wed, 14 Mar 2018 09:09:20 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/031318+Trantalis+Mayor.png

Dean Trantalis has won a runoff election to become the next mayor of the city of Fort Lauderdale.

Trantalis served in the city's commission for eight years. He faced off against Bruce Roberts for the mayoral position.

"Congratulations to Dean Trantalis on making history in Fort Lauderdale tonight! Mayor-Elect Trantalis has a true passion for public service and fighting for civil rights," U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said in a statement. "This is a massive victory for Broward County and the LGBT community nationwide."

With all precincts reporting, Trantalis won with 64.57 percent of the vote compared to Roberts' 35.43 percent, according to the Broward County Supervisor of Elections.

Trantalis will be the city's first openly gay mayor.

<![CDATA[Oklahoma Senate OKs Adoption Bill LGBT Group is Fighting]]>Wed, 14 Mar 2018 09:01:29 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/baby-generic.jpg

A bill that opponents say would allow religious-based adoption agencies to discriminate against same-sex couples, single people and non-Christians has cleared the Oklahoma Senate.

Senate Bill 1140 passed 35-9 Tuesday and now heads to the House.

The bill would cover child-placing agencies that block adoptive parents who do not meet the agencies' religious or moral standards.

Republican Sen. Greg Treat sponsored the bill and said it would protect that practice from potential lawsuits.

Gay rights advocates say the measure is unnecessary and would keep children from loving homes. The group Freedom Oklahoma launched a campaign Monday to kill the bill.

Similar laws have been passed in at least seven other states, including Alabama, South Dakota and Texas last year. A bill with similar language has been introduced in U.S. Congress.

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<![CDATA[Bill Revived Pitting 'Religious Freedom' Versus Gay Marriage]]>Tue, 13 Mar 2018 11:51:38 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/LGBT-Sacramento-Capital.jpg

The First Amendment Defense Act, commonly known as FADA, has been reintroduced in Congress by Senator Mike Lee of Utah and 21 other Republicans — despite being called “harmful,” “discriminatory” and the “vilest anti-LGBT religious freedom bill of our time" by gay rights advocates.

The bill, Lee said, is “designed to prevent the federal government from discriminating against individuals or institutions based on their beliefs about marriage.”

The bill, Lee said, is “designed to prevent the federal government from discriminating against individuals or institutions based on their beliefs about marriage.”

Read more here at NBC News.

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<![CDATA[LGBT Community Celebrated at the Equality Miami Gala]]>Mon, 12 Mar 2018 12:00:54 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/160*120/031118+pride+1.jpgHundreds gathered for the annual Equality Miami gala in Miami Beach. Guests enjoyed delicious food while watching key members of the LGBT community be recognized for their work.. ]]><![CDATA[Gus Kenworthy Named Celebrity Grand Marshal for Pride]]>Fri, 09 Mar 2018 18:12:20 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Gus-Kenworthy-Closing-Ceremony.jpg

Miami Beach Gay Pride Board Member Sean Michael breaks the news to Roxanne Vargas that Olympic Medalist Gus Kenworthy will serve as Grand Marshall at Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade in April 2018.

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<![CDATA[2018 Equality Florida Miami Gala]]>Thu, 08 Mar 2018 13:30:44 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/2018_Equality_Florida_Miami_Gala.jpg

Celebrate the LGBTQ community this weekend at the 2018 Equality Florida Miami Gala.

<![CDATA[NBC 6 Hosts 'Will & Grace' Finale Watch Party at Palace Bar]]>Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:50:32 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Will+and+Grace+Revival+Season+Finale+Watch+Party.jpg

Comedy’s fabulous foursome, the cast of “Will & Grace,” is wrapping up an award-winning reintroduction to television.

NBC 6 and Gulfstream Park partied for the season premiere, now we’re partying for the finale. Join us on Thurs., April 5th at 7 pm at Palace Bar located at 1052 Ocean Drive in Miami Beach as we end the season revival with a bang.

We’ll honor the hilarious season with giveaways, contests – and that’s right, honey – drink specials.

Click here for more details and to let us know you’ll be celebrating the finale with us.

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<![CDATA[Advocates Sue Federal Agencies to Obtain LGBTQ Policy Docs]]>Wed, 07 Mar 2018 14:42:51 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/Department-of-Housing-and-Urban-Development-shutterstock_691831237.jpg

A lawsuit was filed in a federal court last week by a progressive advocacy group against the Departments of Justice and Housing and Urban Development, calling them to release documents related to changing federal policy toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

The organization filed the lawsuit in Washington, D.C. after the agencies failed to comply with Freedom of Information Act requests that Right Wing Watch, a project of People for the American Way, sent in September.

You can read the details of the lawsuit by clicking here.

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<![CDATA[Top 10 U.S. Cities With Most Married Same-Sex Couples: Study]]>Tue, 06 Mar 2018 18:51:04 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-839383450.jpgHere are the top 10 cities with the highest rate of same-sex married couples:

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<![CDATA[Will Elsa Have a Girlfriend in 2019 'Frozen' Sequel?]]>Thu, 01 Mar 2018 22:47:13 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_6021218434142.jpg

The director of Disney’s “Frozen” is keeping options open for Queen Elsa as fans call for the character to have a romance with a female in the upcoming “Frozen 2” sequel.

In an interview for her upcoming movie, “A Wrinkle in Time,” co-director of “Frozen” Jennifer Lee she said she wouldn't be opposed to seeing Elsa have a lesbian relationship in the 2019 sequel.

Although she said no final decisions on Elsa’s love life have been made, Lee loves that the film is “creating dialogue.”

“I love everything people are saying [and] people are thinking about with our film — that it’s creating dialogue, that Elsa is this wonderful character that speaks to so many people,” Lee said to HuffPost on Monday. “It means the world to us that we’re part of these conversations. Where we’re going with it, we have tons of conversations about it, and we’re really conscientious about these things.”

Fan speculation about Elsa possibly being lesbian began with many finding the lyrics to “Let It Go” having underlying LGBTQ themes, some even going as far as calling it a coming out anthem.

"Don't let them in, don't let them see, be the good girl you always have to be. Conceal, don't feel, don't let them know," Elsa sings. "Let it go, let it go—can't hold it back anymore.…I don't care what they're going to say."

#GiveElsaAGirlfriend trended on Twitter in 2016 after FeministCulture.com creator Alexis Isabel tweeted, "I hope Disney makes Elsa a lesbian. Imagine how iconic that would be #GiveElsaAGirlfriend.” Within hours the hashtag was trending with LGBT activists reportedly tweeting the hashtag nearly 5,000 times an hour.

“For me...Elsa’s every day telling me where she needs to go, and she’ll continue to tell us,” Lee said. “I always write from character-out, and where Elsa is and what Elsa’s doing in her life, she’s telling me every day. We’ll see where we go.”

Actress Idina Menzel, the voice of Elsa, said in a May 2016 interview on Entertainment Tonight, "I think it's great. Disney's just gotta contend with that. I'll let them figure that out."

“Frozen” became an instant hit in 2013 with fans of all backgrounds and ages, and it also became the first Walt Disney Studios picture to win the Oscar for best animated feature. At the worldwide box office the movie clocked in $1.27 million.

The anticipated release date for “Frozen 2” is Nov. 27, 2019.

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<![CDATA[1st Openly Transgender Recruit Signs Up for US Military]]>Wed, 28 Feb 2018 17:01:11 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Pentagon4.jpg

A transgender recruit has signed a contract to join the U.S. military for the first time since a federal court ruled late last year that the military would have to accept openly transgender people, the Pentagon said on Monday.

Military officials do not know how many transgender people have begun to enlist since Jan. 1, when the Defense Department began accepting openly transgender recruits, but this is the first time one has officially signed a contract to join the military, NBC News reported.

"(The Pentagon) confirms that as of February 23, 2018, there is one transgender individual under contract for service in the US Military," Major David Eastburn, a Pentagon spokesman, said. The person has signed a contract but not yet started basic training.

President Donald Trump announced in July that he would prohibit transgender people from serving in the military, reversing former President Barack Obama’s policy of accepting them. Trump had said the military “cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.” However, numerous federal judges blocked the ban, saying it would likely violate the Constitutional right to equal protection under the law.

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<![CDATA[For Gay Parents, First Comes the Baby, Then Debt]]>Sat, 24 Feb 2018 19:34:19 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/babyfeetgenericgetty_1200x675.jpg

For a heterosexual couple having a baby can be expensive but for gay couples having a baby means more than just hospital bills, NBC News reported. 

The average US hospital baby delivery can costs up to $3,800 according to a 2011 Agency for Healthcare Research report. But fertitlity treatments, surrogacy, legal fees and hospital care can costs more than 10 times the average delivery costs.

The Family Equality Council, an advocacy organization for LGBTQ families, said for gay couples the cost easily exceeds $100,000, NBC News reported. Legals fees are an additional costs depending on state laws. 

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<![CDATA[Thousands Party at Gay8 Festival in Little Havana]]>Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:30:32 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Gay8+Festival+Miami+2018+%2828%29.JPGThousands of partiers flocked to Little Havana to experience the third annual Gay8 (Gay Ocho) Festival. The massive block party-style festival featured live music, food trucks, fashion shows, a doggie village, and a thought-provoking literary event hosted by the Miami International Book Fair. ]]><![CDATA[The Story Behind Kenworthy’s Rainbow Stars and Stripes Flag]]>Sun, 18 Feb 2018 13:15:00 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/kenworthy-milkas-flag-thumb.jpg

Gus Kenworthy and boyfriend Matthew Wilkas, with a rainbow stars and stripes flag, cheered Adam Rippon at the Olympic men’s free skate on Saturday.

Wilkas brought the flag to Kenworthy’s ski slopestyle event Sunday morning to cheer him on.

That flag was purchased for $60 at a store in West Hollywood, California, Wilkas said while holding the flag at the bottom of the course as qualifying began.

“I knew [we would bring it] as soon as I knew [Kenworthy] was coming [to the Olympics],” Wilkas said. “I was like, we have to.”

Kenworthy met with his parents, Wilkas and friends before his first of two qualifying runs.

“Did you see Britney’s tweet?” was one of the first things Kenworthy said to the group when he saw them.

Wilkas arrived in South Korea late last week, in time to watch an Olympic event for the first time as Rippon skated to 10th place.

Wilkas and Kenworthy sat together and cheered Rippon with the flag.

“We wanted to have an American-slash-pride flag just because of the Olympics and Gus and Adam representing the gay community and the U.S.,” Wilkas said. “It was a great combo.”

Four years ago, Kenworthy wondered about coming out at the Olympics by winning a medal and then embracing his boyfriend at the time.

The place and timing were not right. Kenworthy came out in October 2015.

“Since coming out, I’m definitely, like, the gay skier now,” Kenworthy said in September. “I knew I was stepping into that role when I did it. It’s like, in some ways I don’t really care if that’s the label that sticks because I very much am the gay skier.”

Kenworthy and Wilkas went on their first date on Kenworthy’s birthday on Oct. 21, 2015.

The difference from four years ago wasn’t lost Sunday on Wilkas, who kissed Kenworthy in front of cameras and reporters before Kenworthy’s first run.

“I can’t really speak for Gus. I can only assume it’s monumental for him,” said Wilkas, who was wearing a shirt that read USGAY in red, white, blue and gold letters. “I think it’s overwhelming. I think he probably won’t be able to fully process it until later. This whole experience has been unexpectedly moving for him. I think he feels the pressure of it. The pressure of representing the community here and wanting do so well here for people who love him and also people who hate him and are wishing him to not do well just because of who he is. The pressure of that is intense for him.”

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<![CDATA[Thousands Hit Fort Lauderdale Beach for Pride]]>Mon, 12 Feb 2018 19:59:27 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/Fort+Laudedale+Beach+Pride+2018+Photos+%281%29.JPG]]><![CDATA[7 Times Adam Rippon Was Hella Fierce on Instagram]]>Mon, 12 Feb 2018 18:42:00 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-853814976.jpg

Adam Rippon, a 28-year-old figure skater from Scranton, Pennsylvania, is known for his flashy moves and even flashier personality. And his first Olympic appearance didn't disappoint.

Rippon's near-flawless performance in the free skate helped Team U.S.A. earn a bronze medal Sunday night.

Not only does Rippon excel on the ice, but this 5-foot-6 skater has a larger-than-life personality. His Instagram account is filled with countless sassy poses and snarky captions.

Check out some of his fiercest posts here:

1. Haters Make Him Famous

Rippon can't help but give a shout out to his haters for motivating him to get where he is today.

2. Major Olympic Mood

See the Olympic skater strike a pose.

3. No One Rocks a Tank Top like He Does

Especially one with black sparkles. 

4. Self Love is Important

Rippon won't even leave his healing crystals behind.

5. A Message to His Competitors

No one is on his level.

6. Serving Looks on the Beach

Fierce is a dish best served hot.

7. Sassy and Bold

Rippon giving the people what they want: Sass.

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<![CDATA[Iconic Palace Bar Celebrates 30th Anniversary]]>Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:29:38 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/206*120/New+Palace+Bar+Location+on+Miami+Beach.jpg

The Palace Bar, one of the most iconic locations on Miami Beach, is celebrating its 30th Anniversary and everyone is invited to the party.

<![CDATA[Pride Fort Lauderdale on the Beach Forecast]]>Sun, 11 Feb 2018 13:18:53 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_100000005044354_1200x675_1159020611800.jpg

Heading to Pride Fort Lauderdale? Overall, it should be a nice day! Here's your forecast.

<![CDATA[Openly Gay Olympian: Pence a 'Bad Fit' to Lead US Delegation]]>Fri, 09 Feb 2018 18:51:04 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Kenworthy-20180130_15095_0574r.jpg

Freestyle skier and LGBT activist Gus Kenworthy told Ellen DeGeneres he's disappointed by the decision to have Vice President Mike Pence lead the U.S. delegation to the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, calling it a "strange choice."

"To have someone leading the delegation that’s, like, directly attacked the LGBT community, and just a Cabinet in general that stands against us and has tried to do things to set us back, it just seems like a bad fit,” Kenworthy told "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" host in an interview set to air Monday.

The silver medal-winning freeskier, along with figure skater Adam Rippon, are the first openly-gay U.S. men to ever compete at the Winter Games. Following the opening ceremony Kenworthy took to Instagram to take another pointed jab at Pence.

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Kenworthy noted the Olympics "are all about inclusion and people coming together," and the selection of Pence by an administration that has rolled back protections for LGBTQ people is not representative of those values.  

Pence has been criticized by gay rights advocates over his long record of anti-LGBTQ policies and socially conservative views. As governor of Indiana, he passed one of the country's most restrictive "religious freedom" laws and during his first successful run for Congress in 2000 a statement on his website appeared to suggest funding for HIV programs should be directed instead to anti-LGBTQ conversion therapy, NBC News reported.  Pence has since denied that he supports gay conversion therapy, though advocates aren't convinced. 

Pence also opposed the addition of sexual orientation to the federal hate crime law, attempted to alter Indiana’s state constitution to ban same-sex marriage, opposed President Barack Obama's decision to end "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" and rejected the Obama administration's directive on transgender bathrooms.

Kenworthy's comments mirror those made by Rippon, who has also condemned the White House's decision to select Pence to lead Team USA. In an interview with USA Today last month, Rippon, who came out publicly in October 2015, said he would decline to meet Pence in the traditional meet-and-greet between the delegation and the athletes ahead of the opening ceremony.

“I would absolutely not go out of my way to meet somebody who I felt has gone out of their way to not only show that they aren’t a friend of a gay person but that they think that they’re sick,” Rippon told USA Today.

A spokesperson for Pence said the vice president will be "enthusiastically supporting all the U.S. athletes competing next month in Pyeongchang."

On Monday, Pence’s office confirmed that Fred Warmbier will be his guest at the opening ceremony. Warmbier’s son Otto died last year days after his release from a North Korean prison, where he was jailed for allegedly stealing a propaganda poster.

The White House says Pence will stress U.S. commitment to stability in the region to leaders of South Korea and Japan during his time as leader of the delegation.

Meanwhile, Kenworthy said he's excited to compete at this year's Olympics as an openly-gay man. He's even more excited to get on top of a different stage in South Korea. 

"Everyone told me that there is truly karaoke everywhere in South Korea, and I live for karaoke," Kenworthy said.

Asked what his go-to song is, Kenworthy replied, "Rhythm of Love" by Plain White T's.

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<![CDATA[Florida Panthers To Host Pride Night]]>Wed, 07 Feb 2018 15:48:03 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-888002102.jpg

The Florida Panthers will be hosting their third annual pride night this Friday night. Roxanne Vargas spoke to Jon Adams and Juan Mansilla about what fans can expect.

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<![CDATA[Gay Rights Group to Amazon: Don't Come to South Florida]]>Fri, 02 Feb 2018 07:47:59 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Amazon_Packages_Don_t_Arrive_at_Miami_Woman_s_Home.jpg

Amazon is a corporate leader in LGBTQ benefits, protection and advocacy – which is why activists are telling the company to stay out of the Sunshine State.

Just last week, Amazon announced Miami is on its short list of cities to build HQ2, a $5 billion second headquarters that'll create 50,000 high paying jobs and tens of billions of dollars in additional investments.

But a campaign called “No Gay, No Way” is urging Amazon not to give Florida any business since there is no state wide protections for LGBTQ citizens, just like eight other states on Amazon’s list of 20 city finalists.

“We need to send a signal to states that if you want to compete for innovative, the best innovative businesses you can’t have discrimination on your books,” said the campaign’s manager, Connor Gaughan. “You have to protect your citizens.”

But Miami-Dade County, which bid with Broward and Palm Beach, is ahead of the rest of Florida in gay rights. Housing, employment and bathroom discrimination are all banned.

Officials behind the bid promote South Florida has having “the most progressive community in the entire state of Florida” and urge the organization to take up the issue with state officials.

Equality Florida issued a statement saying it is a “shame that our state legislature’s failure to pass these protections statewide may put us at a competitive disadvantage” – while hoping Amazon will choose the South Florida bid and help their efforts.

<![CDATA[Miami Beach Gay Pride 'Soiree by The Sea' ]]>Mon, 29 Jan 2018 19:10:59 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/228*120/Miami+Beach+Gay+Pride+Soiree+Photos+%283%29.jpg

Photo Credit: Stephen R. Lang, SRL Media, Inc.]]>
<![CDATA[Elton John Says Upcoming Tour Will Be His Last]]>Wed, 24 Jan 2018 23:26:34 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/eltonjohninconcert_1200x675.jpg

Elton John is retiring from the road after his upcoming three-year global tour, capping nearly 50 years on stages around the world. He calls it a "way to go out with a bang."

"I've had a good run, I think you'd admit that," John said Wednesday, adding that he wanted to "leave people thinking, 'I saw the last tour and it was fantastic.'"

The 70-year-old singer, pianist and composer said he wanted to spend time with his family. His children will be 10 and 8 when he stops in 2021, and John said he hoped he might be able to take them to soccer practice. "My priorities now are my children and my husband and my family," he said. "This is the end."

John made the announcement at an event in New York in which he sat at a piano and performed "Tiny Dancer" and "I'm Still Standing." He wore his signature glasses and a colorful suit jacket that read "Gucci Loves Elton."

His final tour — dubbed "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" — starts in September. It will consist of 300 shows in North America, Europe, Asia, South America and Asia. Tickets go on sale beginning Feb. 2.

John said he decided on his retirement plans in 2015 in France. "I can't physically do the traveling and I don't want to," he said. He also ruled out a residency but vowed: "I will be creative up until the day I die."

At the Grammy Awards, to be presented in New York on Sunday, John is to perform alongside Miley Cyrus and will collect the President's Merit Award. His Vegas residency ends in May after six years.

His hits include "Your Song" and "Candle in the Wind." He has won five Grammys, an Oscar, a Golden Globe for "The Lion King" and a Tony Award for "Aida." He is the recipient of a Kennedy Center Honor.

John, who has sold 300 million records, launched his first tour in 1970 and boasts having performed over 4,000 times in more than 80 countries. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

He has suffered several medical setbacks of late, including a bacterial infection last year that he contracted during a South American tour and an E. coli bacterial infection in 2009. He's also suffered an appendicitis and has been fitted with a pacemaker.

From 1970-76, John released 10 original studio albums and seven consecutive chart toppers. He remained a hit maker over the following four decades, from "The Lion King" soundtrack song "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" to a revision of his Marilyn Monroe ode "Candle in the Wind," released in 1997 after the death of John's friend Princess Diana and one of the best-selling singles of all time.

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<![CDATA[Miami Beach Gay Pride Kicks Off with "Soiree by the Sea"]]>Thu, 25 Jan 2018 12:51:54 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Miami_Beach_Gay_Pride_Kicks_Off_with__Soiree_by_the_Sea.jpg

Roxanne Vargas sits down with Executive Director of Miami Beach Gay Pride, Dave Cook, to talk about the festival kick-off event.

<![CDATA[Miami Beach Gay Pride Donates Thousands to Point Foundation]]>Mon, 23 Oct 2017 16:19:42 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/102317+PrideQ.jpg

The Miami Beach Gay Pride organization has donated $7,500 to the Point Foundation, a national scholarship fund that helps LGBTQ students in their academic and leadership goals.

The Point Foundation is the United States' largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBT students of merit, the groups said in a joint statement. Miami Beach Gay Pride made the donation during a VIP reception on Saturday at a private Miami Beach residence.

“Miami Beach Gay Pride is all about celebrating community,” Mark Fernandes, chair of the Pride board of directors, said. “In alignment with that mission is the commitment to give back to the community and we are proud to be able to do so by contributing to the scholarship program at Point Foundation. By fostering education, we help cultivate the next generation of LGBTQ individuals.”

Miami Beach Gay Pride describes itself as an organization that unites the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, along with their friends, allies and supporters.

The Point Foundation non-profit has awarded about 400 scholarships since 2002.

“A truly proud and strong community is one that invests in helping its young people reach their potential,” Jorge Valencia, Point Foundation's executive director and chief executive officer said. “Miami Beach Gay Pride’s generous support of Point’s scholarships and programs sends a message to LGBTQ youth that their community cares about them and about creating a better future for all.”

Photo Credit: Stephen R. Lang/Point Foundation]]>
<![CDATA[Rainbow Themed Crosswalk Installed Outside Pulse Nightclub]]>Wed, 11 Oct 2017 11:44:17 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/219*120/101117+pulse+rainbow+crosswalk.JPG

The latest memorial for those who were killed in the deadly 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando was created in the early hours of Wednesday as a crosswalk near the building has a rainbow colored theme.

Workers from the city painted the crosswalk with the six colors of the Pride flag after the club’s owner, Barbara Poma, spoke with members of the community about what they wanted to be done, according to NBC affiliate WESH-TV.

Thousands signed a petition asking for the colorful memorial, set to honor the 49 people who were killed in what was once the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.

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<![CDATA[National L.G.B.T.Q. Task Force Gala]]>Tue, 03 Oct 2017 13:23:17 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/National_L.G.B.T.Q._Task_Force_Gala.jpg

The 21st Annual National L.G.B.T.Q. Task Force Gala takes place this weekend and will honor Gloria Estefan.

<![CDATA['Will & Grace' Premiere Watch Party at Rosie's Bar & Grill]]>Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:48:16 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Will+and+Grace+Watch+Party+Invite+Cut.jpg

Comedy’s most fabulous foursome is back on NBC 6 – meaning the cast of "Will & Grace."

To celebrate the nostalgic return, NBC 6, along with the Village at Gulfstream Park, is hosting a Will & Grace premiere watch party on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. at Rosie’s Bar & Grill located at 2449 Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors.

Join us as we welcome the wittiest ensemble of Will, Grace, Jack, and Karen back to television with giveaways, contests – and that’s right, honey – drink specials.

Click here for more details and to let us know you will be watching the revival with us.

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<![CDATA[Gay8 Festival Returns to Little Havana in February 2018]]>Thu, 10 Aug 2017 14:06:43 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/Gay8+Festival+by+Felix+Becerra+IMG_3243.JPG

The third-annual Gay8 festival is coming back this year and will take over Calle Ocho in February.

The event will take place President’s Day weekend on Sunday, February 18. However, due to a scheduling conflict with the annual Three Kings Day parade, the 2018 Gay8 Festival on Calle Ocho in Little Havana in January had to be rescheduled.

“The City has only heard positive reviews of the event. We have respect for its organizers, and we are excited when we think of the growth prospects for the Little Havana neighborhood,” said Acting City Manager Fernando Casamayor.

The event features live music, food, art events and historic walking tours.

“Gay8 Festival has been a diverse fun festival that catapulted onto Calle Ocho with 17,000 people year one and more than doubled to 35,000 people year two,” said Joe Cardona, the festival’s organizer. “It did so because thousands of people believe working together across all communities is a good thing.” 

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<![CDATA[Florida Journalist, Gay Activist Dies]]>Mon, 24 Jul 2017 20:57:06 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/145063403.jpg

Billy Manes, a Florida journalist who became a national voice for Orlando's gay community in the months after the Pulse nightclub shooting, has died. He was 45.

Manes died Friday after complications from pneumonia led to organ failure, according to a statement Manes' husband gave to his former employer, the Orlando Weekly.

Anthony Mauss said Manes had been ill for several weeks.

Manes worked at the Orlando Weekly for years before becoming editor of the Watermark, central Florida's leading gay publication. He announced Sunday on Facebook that he had been let go from Watermark.

After the shooting at the gay nightclub Pulse in June 2016, Manes became a voice for the gay community, doing interviews on NPR and NBC. Forty-nine people died during the massacre.

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<![CDATA[Gay Rights Group Launches $26M Campaign Ahead of Midterms]]>Wed, 12 Jul 2017 19:24:08 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-810774198.jpg

The Human Rights Campaign, one of the nation's leading gay rights groups, is launching a $26 million political organizing effort ahead of next year's midterm elections.

While the effort is nationwide, the group is focusing its resources in particular on several key states: Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Nevada. All six states are expected to have competitive Senate races next fall, and each is a presidential battleground.

HRC president Chad Griffin said the effort, which will include hiring at least 20 additional political staffers, aims to go "beyond resistance" — drawing from the phrase used by opponents of President Donald Trump's administration. He said the group will focus on fighting legislation curbing gay rights and backing "pro-equality candidates and initiatives."

"Resistance is really important — all of the marches and the rallies, that's all important," Griffin said. "But it's also important to not only sustain that, but to take that to the next level."

HRC's announcement comes as Democrats and liberal organization grapple with how to rebound from devastating defeats across the country in November. Despite Trump's sluggish approval ratings, Democrats have failed to pull out victories in several special elections this year, and the party faces a difficult electoral map in 2018, with many competitive Senate races in Republican-leaning states.

Griffin said the Human Rights Campaign is drawing in part on its efforts last year in North Carolina, where Democrat Roy Cooper defeated incumbent Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, who signed the controversial ""bathroom bill" law. The measure required transgender people to use restrooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates in many public buildings, but was rolled back as part of a compromise plan signed by Cooper after he took office.

HRC spent more than $3 million in North Carolina ahead of last year's election.

"There weren't a lot of bright spots for our community in the last election but North Carolina was a milestone," Griffin said.

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<![CDATA[Iconic Palace Bar Closing Its Doors This Week]]>Mon, 03 Jul 2017 06:31:00 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/pridela123GettyImages-450302900.jpg

Celebrations are underway Sunday as the iconic Palace Bar enjoys their final brunch.

After serving South Florida’s LGBTQ community for almost 30 years, the queens at Palace Bar are shutting their doors and looking for a new place.

“I tried to negotiate and stay in this corner but they are renovating the building. It’s in bad shape,” said Thomas Donall, the owner of Palace Bar.

The music, food and drinks, paired with world-renowned drag performances made the popular spot on 12th and Ocean a staple for South Beach pride.

“The Palace is one of the main reasons I’ve come to South Beach for about six to seven years now,” said Jason Graham, a regular at The Palace, “I didn’t find out about its closing until I got here and it’s honestly a shame.”

The bar has historically supported and rallied for gay rights. Last year, Palace hosted a special ceremony honoring the Orlando gay night club shooting victims. Events like those share Palace’s message of equality.

“We’re the voice right now. We’re the voice on the streets showing people who we are and showing the gay community in a positive way,” said Noel Leon, a performer at Palace.

“I was actually physically crying because it’s not okay. Things and places like this make a community and when you take away part of a community, you’re taking away a part of a person,” said Katie Olsen, a tourist from Chicago.

But Palace lovers can hold back their tears, as the oceanfront bar is working on re-opening in a new location.

“I’m working hard to get us a place that’s going to be just as magical as this,” said Donall.

The festivities will continue until July 4th, when Palace Bar will shut its doors for good on its Ocean Drive location.

The owner is currently scouting four locations on Miami Beach.


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<![CDATA[Rainbows Shine as Cities Across the US Celebrate Pride]]>Sun, 25 Jun 2017 15:49:01 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/pridefeuerherdVI.jpgJune marks Pride Month in the U.S. Take a look at scenes from marches and rallies around the country that call for support of the LGBTQ community.

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<![CDATA[Community Comes Together for Stonewall in Wilton Manors]]>Sat, 17 Jun 2017 23:44:40 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/pridela123GettyImages-450302900.jpg

A South Florida community came together on Saturday in the name of equality.

Nearly 30,000 people lined the streets of Wilton Manors for the Stonewall Parade on Saturday afternoon.

The city hosted the day of fun to mark the serious events of the Stonewall riots in the late sixties.

Parade officials also held memorial ceremonies for victims of violence against the LGBTQ community, including victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting.

This year’s grand marshal was actress Sharon Gless from the “Queer as Folk” series. 

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<![CDATA[150 Citizens Welcomed in Ceremony Celebrating LGBT Month]]>Fri, 16 Jun 2017 17:50:56 -0400https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/faces+of+america.JPG

A group of over 100 immigrants became naturalized citizens Friday in South Florida.

Hailing from countries ranging from Cuba to Germany to Haiti, 150 people took the Oath of Allegiance at a special ceremony at the USCIS Kendall Field Office.

The keynote speaker of the ceremony was Steve Rothaus, the LGBTQ issues reporter for The Miami Herald. He's speaking because June is LGBTQ month. LGBT Month is a month-long celebration and observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history and the history of the gay rights and related civil right movement.

"It's very important that the people who come to the United States have an understanding of how we do things here," Rothaus said. "The agreements and the disagreements that we have."

One of the disagreements Rothaus talks about is the difference in cultures from other countries when it comes to LGBTQ rights.

"Perhaps the country where they came from LGBT people may be persecuted," he said. "The governments may actually execute people for being LGBTQ."

As families become citizens of the United States, many will now have the freedoms that they might have never had. This might be for some it will be a culture shock for some, but Rothaus wants newcomers to this country to not only be tolerant and understanding of the rights of others, but something bigger than that.

"Embrace them in terms of who they are, that they have the same rights, same responsibilities that they have, especially now that they're new citizens," Rothaus said.

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