“And I am telling you…I’m not singing” is the clear message coming belatedly from Broadway legend and gay icon Jennifer Holliday (see more at NPR), as she pulled out of performing at Donald Trump’s inauguration following a big backlash from her fanbase on social media, saying her original agreement to take the gig was “a lapse of judgement”.
A promo for 2017′s World Pride event in Madrid. Using footage from previous Pride events, it’s not an over-exaggeration of the atmosphere of LGBT events in Spain.
It runs from June 23rd to July 2nd, and also celebrates 40 years of Gay Pride events in the Spanish capital.
Alongside his legacy as a musician and composer, George Michael will be remembered for his unapologetic stance as an openly gay man, and for his support of LGBT and HIV/AIDS causes.
As this report from The Guardian reminds us, he came out in 1998 after being arrested by an undercover police office in the US. He was accused of engaging in “a lewd act”, and refused to treat the incident as a source of shame.
Kerstin Ott – who appears as the photographer in the video – isn’t your stereotypical German pop star, freely admitting she’s pretty much the opposite of artists like Helene Fischer; but her song Die Immer Lacht (which she wrote 12 years ago) has been one of the biggest hits so far this year in Germany and Austria, and the video has quickly gathered more than 50 million viewers.
Kerstin, who’s in her early 30s and has been out since she was 17, did a post-school apprenticeship as a painter and decorator, but her new-found success means she’s now a full-time musician. Her follow-up single, released this month, hit the iTunes Top Ten within 24 hours…
(more like this on our companion site That Gay Music Blog)
Be careful what you wish for when you demand equal treatment, certainly when it comes to reality television. US cable viewers are about to get two new series focusing on gay men in lurve and trans models looking glam, both of which live up/down to the quality of their more mainstream ancestors, and which have their fair share of queens and divas behaving badly, as befits the genre.
Oxygen is soon to premiere Strut, a fly-on-the-wall series about Slay Model Management, the first exclusively transgender modelling agency. Happily it appears less bowel-clenchingly earnest than I Am Cait (phew), but still looks to leave no cliche un-revisited even if some viewers will find it…er…educational. As with RuPaul’s Drag Race, the entertainment value partly consists of waiting for someone to fall off their stilettos and lose it. But it’s produced by Whoopi Goldberg and features the highly-articulate trans model and activist Laith Ashley, so may turn out to be less of a further round of transploitation than one might fear.
On Logo, a tried and tested format gets a gay twist with the arrival of Finding Prince Charming, which has everything thrown at it, including Lance Bass as host (who can give you dating tips if you need them). IMHO, this looks about as far from the reality of gay dating as you could possibly imagine, and underneath its greeting card commercial facade looks suspiciously like 80s softcore porn. Nonetheless, the team say serious issues affecting the lives of today’s gay men will be touched on throughout the series.
Some of the soft-focus gloss has been wiped away by seriously NSFW reports that the bachelor looking for love, Robert Sepulveda Jr, is a former rent boy, allegations which he hasn’t denied. Although that frisson of excitement may increase audience figures, it’s unlikely that we’ll see all his equipment in action. Oh, and one contestant will reveal they are HIV positive. Have a box of tissues handy.
Openly-gay Brian Justin Crum has reached the semi-finals of America’s Got Talent 2016, with polished performances of the usual mix of hits aimed at wowing a mainstream audience. He has a solid musical theatre background, so is well above karaoke standard. Although he’s filmed in the intro as though he’s the sweet and swarthy cub about to turn up at the apartment of a hot daddy in a gay porn movie (some will like this…a lot), what’s laudable is that it doesn’t dodge his sexuality and personal challenges he faced growing up. If he doesn’t win, he’ll doubtless pop up at Pride Events in 2017.