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Sep 14 2017
Tom Cruise Outed As Straight + BILLBOARD Glory + Right-Wing Gays + Ted Cruz On Sex Toys + Hula Hoop Hottie + Candice Bergen Recalls Teen Date With Trump — 6-PACK! Comments (0)

Colorofmoney3A dead mobster gur wanted the world to know that Tom Cruise is not gay.

In a new biography of Johnny Fratto, the frequent Howard Stern Show caller is quoted as saying Tom Cruise cozied up to some party girls in front of him, so can't be gay.

Keep reading for that and the day's hottest links, including gays attracted to the far right, Ted Cruz squirming on sex toys, a hung hula-hooper and more ...

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Jul 22 2017
Is Ariana Grande A Gay Icon? Comments (0)

Three days ago, Billboard published a piece arguing, with eight sensible points to support the claim, 6a0120a90ac194970b01b8d0c62101970c that Ariana Grande is the gay icon of her generation.

Casting aside arguments about what constitutes her generation (like, is Lady Gaga really of a previous generation?), and whether there is only one per generation, do you think this is accurate?

I have nothing bad to say about her, and she is definitely pro-gay, but I don't think of Ariana specifically in these terms. I'm not sure if there IS a gay icon anymore, so much as there are icons who gays love (of which Ariana is surely one).

Like, Judy, Donna, Madonna, these are people who were and are adored by (many, not all) gay people for their talents but also for their specifically gay appeal. I'm not sure many if any new stars these days have that — maybe the latest I can think of would be Gaga, who has spoken directly and specifically to and about gay people.

Am I wrong?

 
Jun 01 2017
Britney Spears, Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Sia & More Pop Luminaries Pen Love Letters To LGBTQ Fans For Pride Comments (0)

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Billboard cleverly asked dozens of pop luminaries to write love letters to the LGBTQ community for Pride Month, and the results are engrossing, to say the least.

Britney Spears responded with a handwritten note — millennials, she knows cursive — in which she states:

This is my letter of love to all my LGBTQ fans. Continuously throughout my career, you've always been so vocal about what a positive impact I've had on you — that I've instilled joy, hope and love in you at times when there was none. That my music is an inspiration. That my story gives you hope. But I have a secret to share w/you. You see, it's actually you that lifts me up. The unwavering loyalty. The lack of judgment. The unapologetic truth. Acceptance! Your stories are what inspire me, bring me joy, & make me and my sons strive to [be] better people. I love you. Britney

Nice!

Check Billboard for letters from lots of other gay-household and just plain household names.

 
May 21 2017
Cher's Left Boob For President! Comments (0)

Cher's spirited performances of “Believe” and “If I Could Turn Back Time” were among the highlights of Sunday night's Billboard Music Awards, along with her frank acceptance speech.

Not wild about her warmly mentioning the heinous Phil Spector, but otherwise, she won the night.

Watch her speech after the jump ...

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May 18 2017
Cher: I'M NOT A CHER FAN Comments (0)

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I've always said I don't think of Cher as a musical artist because she seems so detached from her work in that field, and her new interview with Billboard bears out my theory:

In the ’70s, her Hollywood friends -- Geffen, Warren Beatty, Jack Nicholson, Joni Mitchell — were making great art; Cher felt ashamed of her songs. She wanted to sound like Bob Seger, Bruce Springsteen, Mitchell or, especially, the Eagles. Anything but Cher. “I’m not a Cher fan,” says Cher. “I just don’t think my aesthetic taste lies in her direction.”

... Cher knows and accepts what people want from her. “My idea, every night before I go onstage, is that this is a gift I was given, and can give to people. While they’re watching my show, they don’t have to think of anything else. It’s something that makes people feel good. That’s all I do -- make people feel good.”

Great stuff on her Twitter, her disdain for Trump and her refreshingly candid approach to aging — she hates it! (Most stars pretend they love it.) She remains best at giving interviews — and being Cher.

 
Jan 06 2017
Did George Michael Have Another FAITH On The Way? Comments (0)

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George Michael's passing was somewhat stepped on by Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds in the same way people didn't really absorb the loss of Farrah Fawcett while focusing on the out-of-nowhere loss of Michael Jackson. With Carrie and Debbie being buried as we speak, Billboard shifts to George, giving him his final cover.

In the story, George's former manager Rob Kahane speaks out about George's music and how he perceived himself, saying George had just finished an 18-month rehab in Switzerland.

According to Kahane, George thought he'd come through it well and played him some new songs that he describes as:

...totally pop, like something that would’ve been on Faith. The songs weren’t depressing. That’s why I thought everything was okay with him.

Kahane also said George never shook a poor image he had of himself:

He never thought he was good-looking. When he looked in the mirror, he’d still see a pudgy, homely kid.

Read the rest here.

 

 
Dec 05 2016
BILLBOARD Woman Of The Year Madonna On Being Okay With Trump The Person, Not Trump The President, Plus: WOMEN HATE WOMEN Comments (0)

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In Billboard's new cover story, Madonna — the trade publication's choices for Woman of the Year 2016 — speaks articulately about the Trump phenomenon, as well as her own past with the Not-My-President-elect. Fabulously, she is interviews by the politically passionate Elizabeth Banks, who deliciously references their appearance together in the abysmal Swept Away, Madonna's so-far-last starring movie role.

Banks writes:

[Madonna] told me that my audition was funny and that I’d be good in the movie, and I just tried to keep ­breathing. I assume it was in that moment that Guy concluded I’d be the perfect, nubile idiot to cast in Swept Away. I won the part. The next few weeks were surreal for all of us. I had seen Madonna in concert as a teenager and had splurged on tickets for her Staples Center show scheduled for Sept. 11, 2001. Needless to say, that concert was postponed as the world came undone. But a couple of weeks after we met, I watched Madonna finish her Drowned World Tour. Before the music began that night, she started with a prayer for peace: “If you want to change the world, change yourself,” she told the crowd. Through tears, I sang along for the entire show.

On the topic of relevance and ageism, Madonna is painfully on-point:

I don’t ever think about my age until someone says something about it. I feel that I have wisdom, experience, knowledge and a point of view that is important. Can a teenager relate to that? Probably not. But that’s OK. I understand that. “Relevance” is a catchphrase that people throw out because we live in a world full of discrimination. Age is only brought up with regard to women. It’s connected to sexism, chauvinism and misogyny. When Leonardo is 60 years old, no one is going to talk about his relevance. Am I relevant as a female in this society that hates women? Well, to people who are educated and are not chauvinists or ­misogynists, yes.

Saying she felt “like someone died” when Hillary lost, Madonna speaks of interacting with Trump in the past. She is surprisingly even-handed, if clearly a critic:

I did a photo shoot years ago at [Trump’s] Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach [Fla.] for a Versace campaign. He’s a very friendly guy, ­charismatic in that ­boastful, macho, alpha-male way. I found his political incorrectness amusing. Of course, I didn’t know he was going to be running for ­president 20 years later. People like that exist in the world, I’m OK with it. They just can’t be heads of state. I just can’t put him and Barack Obama in the same ­sentence, same room, same job description.

On why so damn many women voted for the cheerfully misogynistic Trump, Madonna goes there fearlessly and ain't lie:

Women hate women. That’s what I think it is. Women’s nature is not to support other women. It’s really sad. Men protect each other, and women protect their men and children.

More of Madonna's pearls of wisdom from this fascinating piece here. Madonna will receive Billboard's Woman of the Year award at Billboard's Women in Music event December 9 in New York City. It airs on Lifetime December 12. 

 
Nov 29 2016
6-PACK — Alaska Doesn't Ask, Isn't Told About Album Sales + Nico: Que Rico! + Another Tragic LGBTQ Suicide + Not Another Gay Resort + Trump Hates Flag-Burners + Brazilian Plane Crash Kills Over 70 Comments (0)

WIDGETABOVE: Alaska here to fill the void created by Lady Gaga's retreat into folk/country/rock.

WIDGETNico Tortorella, tatted and Speedoed up.

WIDGETAustralian 13-year-old kills himself after years of bullying.

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WIDGETAre gay resorts still a thing? Hawaii's Sunseeker has rebranded, shedding its LGBTQ-specific status

WIDGETTrump randomly declares U.S. flag-burners belong in jail, or should lose citizenship.

Screen Shot 2016-11-29 at 11.00.32 AMSurvivor Alan Luciano Ruschel posted a video immediately prior to the deadly flight. (Video still via Ruschel)

WIDGETPlane carrying Brazilian soccer team crashes in Colombia, kills at least 75 of 81 on board.

After the jump, video posted by Ruschel from aboard the plane prior to the disaster:

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