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May 23 2016
Renewed Push To Make FROZEN's Elsa A Lesbian Comments (0)

This whole #GiveElsaAGirlfriend movement is, well, moving!

At last night's Billboard Music Awards, presenter Idina Menzel was asked what she thought of the idea of her character getting a girlfriend—and she's down:

I think it's great. Disney’s just gotta contend with that. I’ll let them figure that out. No matter what, [Elsa] changed my life.

Though there is less than a 0% chance of Disney actually doing this, it's nice to have friends who simply won't let go on gay visibility in the arts.

 
Madonna & Stevie Wonder Pay Homage To Prince @ The Billboard Music Awards Comments (0)

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I didn't have high hopes for Madonna's tribute to Prince on Sunday's Billboard Music Awards, but I was pleasantly surprised—she took on the very big song “Nothing Compares 2 U,” sounded great, looked great (and appropriate, in her purple paisley suit by Gucci's Alessandro Michele, who said, “It's more than a performance, it's a real act of love.”), and overall seemed very much in awe of Prince rather than making the tribute an act of ego. Anyone who thought she didn't sound good, I guess she's never sounded good, then, and is not for them. Anyone objecting to her daring to pay tribute to her peer and ex needs to find a hobby.

The inclusion of Stevie Wonder was a surprise, but I'm glad he was with her on “Purple Rain”—their voices blended nicely and I don't think she'd have done as well solo on that one.

It seemed heartfelt and unpretentious, not at all like it was attempting to put itself forth as the be-all, end-all, definitive Prince tribute.

Grotesquely, BET immediately tweeted an ad for its own awards show, touting a Prince tribute with the phrase, “Yeah, we saw that. Don't worry. We Got You.”

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Nothing like a naked attempt to stir up racial resentment (like that puny Change.org petition had tried to do) and to commercialize Prince's death and legacy.

 
May 22 2016
Walking Billboard: Demi Lovato Wants To Get Her Pro-Trans Feelings Off Her Chest! Comments (0)

Calling her a music megastar, GLAAD trumpeted the fact that Demi Lovato wore a T-shirt with an inclusive bathroom symbol on it in protest of North Carolina's abhorrent HB2 law.

GLAAD's President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement: 

Demi Lovato continues to be a fearless ally for LGBT equality and acceptance. By wearing her support for the transgender community, Lovato is raising critical visibility for vulnerable LGBT North Carolinians and sending an invaluable message of support to transgender people everywhere.

Lovato will be selling the shirt on her upcoming Honda Civic: Future Now tour, with proceeds going to LGBT orbs in North Carolina.

In April, Lovato and tourmate Nick Jonas nixed a North Carolina appearance over HB2.

 
Apr 28 2016
BILLBOARD Honors Prince, Multiple Outlets Conjecture About Roles Of Drugs & AIDS In His Death Comments (0)

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When I was in magazine publishing, I had to write entire tribute issues to Princess Diana (sold over a million copies; I made $800 as a bonus only, because I was salaried) and JFK Jr. When Michael Jackson died, my boss decided not to do one because it would be distasteful, a decision he soon regretted when he realized every thrown-together tribute was making scads of cash.

Every time someone really, really famous dies, to this day I think, Man, we would've done a tribute to them.

Prince tributes are already clogging the newsstands, but Billboard, one of the most appropriate sources, is now out with theirs.

Inside, Tom Carson dubs Prince the greatest artist of his generation, Claire Hoffman chronicles his flip-flopping views on sex and homosexuality thanks to his devotion as a Jehovah's Witness,  Sheila E. opens up about her ex-lover and longtime friend and Prince's final concert's set list is devoured in detail.

Sadly, it's looking more and more likely that Prince had a long drug addiction. Media reports are also ramping up that he was struggling with AIDS—not just HIV—due to refusing medication in favor of seeking a cure from God. What a devastating black mark on his overall legacy if it turns out the man refused treatment for HIV, when he could have lived with it for decades more rather than dying at 57.

 
Mar 09 2016
Take Me To Your Leader ... And By That, I Mean RuPaul Comments (0)

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RuPaul speaks to Billboard about his new Butch Queen album, as well as his thoughts on gay rights and on the function RuPaul's Drag Race has in the gay world.

On the latter:

When I was coming up, I had mentors who taught me about Tennessee Williams and Tallulah Bankhead and Truman Capote and [Federico] Fellini—all that stuff. That sort of went away at one point, for young gay people. So I'm so proud of Drag Race for taking up the slack in that department, because so many young kids around the world, in remote places around the world, get to watch Drag Race and learn about Paris Is Burning or Grey Gardens. Even just attitudes toward drag—different styles of drag. At Drag Race and through my music, I sort of carry the torch of the gay movement, the drag movement. Really, the outsider movement.

He says of his new album that he means it as a full-on tribute to all things drag:

You know, drag queens are like the Marines of the LGBT movement. Drag queens show up, they suit up, and they're ready to serve. Butch Queen is really paying homage to that. It's as if I had a vogue ball, this album would be the soundtrack to it....

More here.

 
Feb 24 2016
6-PACK — Chris Crocker On Transition To Socially Acceptable Hotness + Hiya, Sailors! + Troye Sivian Hearts Taylor Swift + Brett Lawrie's Bum + Gay Dad 101 + BORN THIS U.K.! Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2016-02-24 at 12.10.39 PMChris Crocker (Image via Instagram @itschriscrocker)

*widget boy cultureTrans Chris Crocker calls his muscly transformation adapting to his surroundings.

*widget boy cultureHot Canadian sailors make out to roar of crowd's approval.

*widget boy cultureTroye Sivian “really, really, really” wants to write with Taylor Swift.

585410266703df6c852142f79a174826Brett Lawrie in 2010 (Image via Vice)

*widget boy cultureBrett Lawrie's ass.

*widget boy cultureIf you're a gay man who wants to become a dad, here ya go!

*widget boy cultureU.K. Sound of Music cast paid homage to Lady Gaga following Oscars.

 
Jan 20 2016
Cher Describes The Folly Of Trump Perfectly Comments (0)

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Cher turns her nose up at Trump and praises Hillary's toughness in a new Billboard interview, in which she also talks about her recent gift of bottled water to the residents of beleaguered Flint, Michigan.

Best quote:

I don't like anything about Donald Trump. It's a joke at a time when you really need serious people. I don't think he wants the job, or I don't think he actually wants to do the work. I think he wants the job because it's the ultimate deal, and he's the ultimate ego. I don't know that I've heard or seen anybody like him, and I also never thought that Americans would go for someone like him, a person of his quality.

 
Dec 27 2015
How Many Can You Hum? Comments (0)

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Billboard's Hot 100 songs of 2015. I'm ashamed to say I've barely heard or never heard of most of these songs. Even the very most popular ones, I had to search them out on Vevo to listen a bit before deciding if I'd heard them.

 


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