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If the Olympics aren't your bag, everyone from Babs to Angie Stone are here to entertain you.

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Inferno: A Queer Dance Party Benefit in Pittsburgh

The City of Champions is poised to champion an often-ignored segment of the population Friday, when Illegal Queers Pittsburgh hosts Inferno: A Queer Dance Party Benefit, starting at 9 p.m. at 2911 Pennsylvania Ave., the venue formerly known as CJ's. Kick off your weekend grinding for justice in the "69th Circle of Hell," where all proceeds will benefit formerly incarcerated black trans woman Ashley Diamond, who spent three years in Georgia men's jails, where she was repeatedly raped and assaulted. Proceeds will also benefit black trans man Ky Peterson, the subject of The Advocate's award-winning investigative series uncovering how the 25-year-old was improperly sentenced to 20 years in a women's prison for killing the stranger who was raping him.

Cover for the 21+ event is on a sliding scale from $5 to $20, while a donation of $10 or more gets you a raffle ticket. Organizers stress that the benefit is for "queer and transfolks, but everyone is welcome," while noting that all attendees should be prepared to "actively, consistently" seek "verbal informed consent... Creepers will be asked to leave." Get all the details at the Facebook event page.

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Barbra Streisand in concert

Many female singers have claimed the title of "diva," but on her current concert tour, Barbra Streisand is showing she's still queen of them all. Kicking it off in Los Angeles Tuesday, she performed a mix of familiar hits and deep album cuts, showed videos of career highlights, got in digs at Donald Trump, and duetted with Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Seth MacFarlane, and Jamie Foxx -- with the latter, doing a showstopping rendition of "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" from The Sound of Music. Streisand solo didn't disappoint either -- in fine voice and charismatic as ever, she had the audience at hello, or at least with her first number, "The Way We Were," setting the concert's theme of memories. In the mix of tunes were not only "Evergreen," the big hit from A Star Is Born, performed with Edmonds, but a lesser-known track from the film, "Everything"; not only plenty of Stephen Sondheim-- "Being Alive," "Losing My Mind," and "Children Will Listen" -- but also Carole King's politically charged "Being at War With Each Other," backed with video projections of events from the 1960s to today, from the civil rights movement to women's liberation to gay pride to Black Lives Matter.

Speaking of politics, the famously liberal Streisand made clear she despises Trump, at one point saying, "He has no mind," and strongly supports Hillary Clinton. She noted that she's sung "Happy Days Are Here Again" for three sitting presidents -- John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Bill Clinton -- and she hopes to sing it for another President Clinton. Not that she's eager to see the current occupant of the White House go; "I love Obama," she exclaimed at one point. The evening wasn't entirely about looking back; Streisand is promoting a new album, Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, featuring duets with Foxx, MacFarlane, and a star-studded cast of other singing actors. It will be out August 26. Before that, you can catch her in concert Saturday in Las Vegas; next Tuesday in Chicago; August 11 and 13 in Brooklyn; August 16 in Boston; August 18 in Washington, D.C.; August 20 in Philadelphia; and August 23 in Toronto. Find more details here.


One of These Things First by Steven Gaines

With the Republican Party platform supporting parents' right to subject their children to "ex-gay" therapy, it's a good time to hear from a survivor of the discredited and harmful practice. In One of These Things First, Steven Gaines tells of being sent to Manhattan's Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic as a teenager in the early 1960s to "cure" him of being gay. He also details life with his colorful Brooklyn family and the fellow patients he encountered at Payne Whitney, including a Broadway producer who became his mentor and a woman who claimed to be the mistress of President Kennedy. The memoir is out Tuesday from Delphinium Books; learn more about it here.

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Indigo Girls in concert

The rocker team of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, a.k.a. the Indigo Girls, perforn at Los Angeles's Fonda Theatre next Thursday. The "girls" are promoting their latest release, One Lost Day, which was recorded in Nashville and features musicians like Carol Isaacs and Butterfly Boucher. Album info here and performance info here.

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Angie Stone, Covered in Soul

Soul goddess Angie Stone has been in the game since the '70s, beginning with her influential group Mantronix and, later, the trio Vertical Hold. In the '90s she went solo and endeared herself to gay clubgoers with her sultry hit, "Wish I Didn't Miss You." Stone's back with a new covers album, appropriately titled Covered in Soul. Stone's luscious voice is a perfect match for classics like "In These Eyes," "In the Air Tonight," and "Red Red Wine." Out now.

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Rio Olympics

The XXXI Olympiad -- the first ever in South America -- begins today in Rio de Janeiro. The opening ceremonies happen today at 4:30 p.m. Rio time, but won't air in the U.S., on NBC, until 7:30 p.m. Eastern/Pacific and 6:30 p.m. Central/Mountain. Michael Phelps serves as the U.S.'s flag bearer for tonight's event, and Hoda Kotb and Meredith Vieira will help narrate the action from Maracana Stadium. Click here for the schedule of the events, which occur over the course of the next two weeks (the closing ceremonies are on August 21). There is no shortage of out athletes at these troubled games; check out the full list here.


Little Men

Gay filmmaker Ira Sachs is known for films like Keep the Lights On and Love Is Strange, which tackle the beautiful and messy intricacies of same-sex relationships. However, his latest production, Little Men, turns a lens on a new subject: adolescent friendship. The film centers on Jake (Theo Taplitz) Tony (Michael Barbieri), two 13-year-old boys in Brooklyn who aspire to careers in art and acting, respectively. Their friendship is imperiled by tension between their families. Jake's father (Greg Kinnear) owns the property rented by Tony's mother (Paulina Garcia). Money, as it tends to do, puts a strain on all parties. Although there are no obviously LGBT characters in Little Men, many LGBT viewers will relate to this intergenerational drama as well as the bonds that form in that first same-sex friendship. See it in select theaters this weekend.

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