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May 09 2017
Billy Porter's Powerful Message: RESIST, RESIST, RESIST, RESIST, RESIST Comments (0)

Billy-Porter(Video still via GLAAD)

Billy Porter, who was given the Vito Russo Award from GLAAD this weekend, made as rousing a speech as Debra Messing, calling on  gay people to get it together and go to war against discrimination.

He said we need to get our “war clothes” on, because:

... From slavery to emancipation to the 13th Amendment to Jim Crow to the Civil Rights Movement to Stonewall to AIDS to marriage equality, we gotta remember the shoulders who we stand on, the ones who fought and died for those freedoms that we hold so dear.

He went on to call himself a survivor of the AIDS crisis and a grateful beneficiary of the marriage-equality movement:

It's time to take this moment and acknowledge that the reailty of  life is that it's ever-involving, and until we can figure out how to love on another unconditionally, no one wins — NO ONE. Freedom, equality, justice, have always come at a cost, and evidently they always will.

Keep reading to see his whole speech, which was punctuated by a repurposed gospel song ...

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Mar 08 2017
Matt Zarley's THE ESTROGEN SESSIONS Comments (0)

MattZarley_BillyPorterZarley & Porter (Images via Matt Zarley)

It's International Women's Day, and singer Matt Zarley is releasing his tribute to divas — The Estrogen Sessions.

ESTROGEN SESSIONS Cover Art

Among the covers on the new album is this remake of Des'ree's “You Gotta Be,” which he sings with Tony winner Billy Porter.

Says Zarley, via press release:

Billy and I have wanted to record together for years and we wanted to do a song with a powerful message, a message that felt relevant, and we did not want to do a ballad. This was the perfect fit and it’s definitely one of my favorite songs on the album because I feel the 28 years of friendship between Billy and me in this song. I'm so thrilled that we have this moment forever.

 
Jun 28 2014
It's Raining Divas: Martha Wash, Melba Moore, Billy Porter, Kevin Aviance & The Cast Of MIGHTY REAL On Gay Music History @ Sirius XM Comments (0)

I had so much fun during my visit to Larry Flick's Sirius XM radio show today, during which he was counting down the top gay anthems ever as part of Proud & Loud:A Celebration of Gay Anthems. Spoiler alert: “I Will Survive” came out on top, and yet as we all know, those on the bottom are often just as interesting, if not more.

Martha-Wash-Melba-Moore-Billy-PorterMs. Wash, Ms. Moore and Ms. Porter—3 divas 3

Martha Wash-Melba- MooreMartha's 60, Melba's 68—don't they look good?

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Anthony Sylvester Wayne

Anthony Wayne as Sylvester

Anthony Wayne performing

Anthony Wayne plus backups

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Anthony WayneAnthony Wayne, Anastacia McCleskey & Jacqueline B. Arnold slaying their star-studded audience.

Case in point, the countdown also featured songs by The Weather Girls and Melba Moore, and both Martha Wash and Ms. Moore were in attendance. It was especially cool that Martha was there, because Larry had invited Anthony Wayne, Jacqueline B. Arnold and Anastacia McCleskey, the cast of Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical, to sing two of the late, great disco diva's best-ever tunes. Martha being one half of the original Weather Girls meant she'd be watching people acting out a sliver of her own personal history.

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