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FILE - Frank Ocean attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "Camp: Notes on Fashion" exhibition on May 6, 2019, in New York. Ocean turns 33 on Oct. 28. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Pride Month Spotlight: Frank Ocean

On October 28, 1987, Frank Ocean was born with the name Christopher Edwin Breaux. Shortly after his birth in Long Beach, California, his family moved to New Orleans. Breaux was influenced by music early in his life through his mother’s CDs and by going to the jazz clubs in New Orleans. It wasn’t until 2015 that Breaux officially changed his name to Frank Ocean, according to NME. Working various jobs to pay for studio time, Ocean started creating his own music in high school. Hurricane Katrina interrupted Ocean’s college experience

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In this Dec. 4, 2017 photo, singer SZA poses for a portrait in New York to promote her latest album, "Ctrl." The album is at the forefront of the alternative R&B movement, with SZA earning praise for her vocal delivery and direct lyrics that both female and male fans vibe. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)

Pride Month Spotlight: Janelle Monáe

Eight-time Grammy nominee Janelle Monáe is a successful American songwriter and actress with hits including Make Me Feel, I Like That, and Primetime (feat. Miguel). The track Make Me Feel, from her album Dirty Computer, reached number nine on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs. Raised in Kansas, Monáe grew up a performer. She participated and won many talent shows and scored lead roles in multiple musicals put on at her school. Monáe also wrote plays and musicals during her time in Kansas City’s Coterie Theater Young Playwrits’. Monáe spent a

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FILE - In this Saturday, March 24, 2018, file photo, Demi Lovato performs "Skyscraper" during the "March for Our Lives" rally in support of gun control in Washington. Lovato says in her first public comments since an overdose put her into the hospital that she remains committed to overcoming addiction. In a post on Instagram, Lovato thanked her fans, family, team and staff at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles. She reportedly overdosed on drugs on July 24. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Pride Month Spotlight: Demi Lovato

Twenty-nine-year-old musician and actor Demi Lovato is an influential artist not only because of their music but also for being an avid mental health advocate. Having been diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2011, Demi has struggled with mental issues including depression, bulimia, and addiction. In the first episode of their podcast 4d with Demi Lovato, Demi came out as non-binary. “I feel that this best represents the fluidity I feel in my gender expression and allows me to feel most authentic and true to the person I both know I

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Troye Sivan with angel wings, looking down, on a cloudy day.

Pride Month Spotlight: Troye Sivan

Initially attracting attention by his presence on social media, Troye Sivan is a 26-year-old multi talented artist. Sivan’s career in music started when he performed with Guy Sebastian, an Australian Idol winner, in 2006 on the show Telethon. In the year proceeding, Sivan released his first EP, Dare to Dream. In 2009, Sivan played the role of young Wolverine in the movie, Z-Men Origins: Wolverine. When he was 12, Sivan started making videos on YouTube including lifestyle vlogs, trendy challenges, and music videos. Around the time that he acquired 500,000

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Kehlani wearing w white shirt, shaking her hair on the beach.

Pride Month Spotlight: Kehlani

Getting her first recognition with her band Poplyfe on the American TV show America’s Got Talent, Kehlani Parrish is now a two-time Grammy-nominated R&B artist. Kehlani has always been an artist. When they were a child, they aspired to be a professional dancer and attend Julliard in New York: however, Kehlani decided to focus on music instead after enduring a knee injury in middle school. The album Cloud 19 was Kehlani’s first mixtape release in 2014. The year following, Kehlani released their second mixtape You Should Be Here, which was

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Artist floating above a rive with butterflies, rainbows, trees, and flowers around him.

Pride Month Spotlight: Lil Nas X

After breaking into fame with his first hit, Old Town Road, Lil Nas X has exponentially grown in popularity. Nas is an American rapper and creates a variety of music in the genres R&B/soul, country, and hip-hop. He writes music in a unique way as he often combines these genres. As a young child, Nas dealt with his parents’ divorce. Nas first lived with his mother and grandmother at six years old when his parents separated. When Nas was ten years old, his father gained custody rights. Nas and his

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Phoebe Bridgers Stranger in the Alps Album Cover

Pride Month Spotlight: Phoebe Bridgers

Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Phoebe Bridges has been a performer since her early childhood. Growing up in Los Angeles, California, Bridgers first began learning how to play guitar when she was 11. Bridgers started making a name for herself in LA by performing around the city and writing original music during her teenage years.   Joining as the bass guitarist, Bridgers first started her music career by being in the band, “Sloppy Jane,” in 2012. At one of the band’s performances, an employee for a casting agency was in the audience

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profile of Adam Lambert

Pride Month Spotlight: Adam Lambert

Featured in the series Glee and the musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Adam Lambert is a unique American singer-songwriter and actor. At 40-years-old, Lambert is a two-time GLAAD Media Award winner. Getting his first recognition in the eighth season of American Idol, Lambert has been a performer his whole life. In high school, he was a part of choir, jazz band, and theater. In 2000, he performed at his high school graduation and sang It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday from Cooley High. Competing in American Idol

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Album cover of Doja Car's Plant Her album

Pride Month Spotlight: Doja Cat

Doja Cat is a 26-year-old hip hop/pop artist. She was raised by her mother and moved from New York to OAK PARK, Calif. Doja grew up loving to dance after starting dance lessons when she turned 5 years old. She learned jazz, tap, and ballet dance but found a love for breakdancing in high school. While in high school, Doja participated in a competing poplocking troupe. Her love for dance outweighed her desire to complete school. Doja left high school during her junior year. Spending most of her time singing and rapping, Doja self-learned

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Black and white profile of Sam Smith

Pride Month Spotlight: Sam Smith

Academy Award and Grammy Award winning artist Sam Smith grew a passion for music at a young age. Although Smith’s parents were non-musicians, their mother a stock banker and their father a truck driver, they were encouraged to pursue their passion for singing. Born in England, Smith was a part of numerous musical groups including a jazz band, Cantate Youth Choir, and an operatic group at Bishop’s Stortford Musical Theatre Company (BSMTC). Attention was first attracted to Smith because of their first two collaborations with the artists Disclosure and Naughty Boy. Smith worked with Disclosure

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