2415 posts categorized "GAY ISSUES"
This almost feels like a made-up story inserted into the Internet — how could there have been a black, trans (that became official much later, but still) soul singer from Nashville who charted in Canada in the late '60s?!
Jackie Shane, who just granted her first media interview since disappearing from the public eye in 1971, had several successful singles in her heyday, and certainly didn't shy away from presenting as slightly more effeminate than Little Richard, if not exactly as a woman. In spite of how unorthodox this was at the time, she even made TV appearances.
When she lost popularity, she vanished so thoroughly nobody could ascertain whether she might still be alive.
Luckily, she is, a fact ferreted out after the 2014 short film Whatever Happened to Jackie Shane? It was still hard getting her attention, according to Canada's The Globe and Mail:
The task of getting Shane on board the new album following a 45-year hiatus from the music business was challenging, to put it mildly. Numero producer Douglas Mcgowan spent hours on the phone with the now 77-year-old; he let her know about the countless Jackie Shane tributes that exist online, from YouTube to blogs to Facebook and Instagram (Shane does not own a computer). When Mcgowan was finally invited to meet Shane at her home in Nashville, he was forced to patiently hang out outside as she stewed.
“She didn't open the door for me and we'd been talking for months!” Mcgowan says over the phone from Los Angeles. “I had to come to her with an open mind — not an agenda — because I knew a dozen people had already reached out wanting to do book projects. You have to understand, Funkadelic asked her to join the band and she flat-out said no. She would like to return to the public eye on her own terms and on her own time.”
So ... she may be about to perform live again!
I just can't get enough of this long-forgotten person's incredibly trail-blazing story. More here.
Huff Post: Seth Rich was NOT murdered by the DNC. Even Fox News now knows that. Finally, its Sean Hannity is giving up that ghost.
Str8UpGayPorn (Work Unfriendly): Men.com thought it was a good idea to show a guy impaled on a didgeridoo.
Gay Star News: On the other hand, Men.com was right in thinking a Pirates porn parody would be a good idea.
DListed: If you lie about your age, you can sue the media for pointing it out? Bizarre, Rebel Wilson.
Pink News: Taiwan is the first Asian nation to rule in favor of gay marriage!
BuzzFeed: Martyn Hett, the gay man confirmed dead after the Manchester blast, once used social media to thrill his depressed mother. So touching.
Met up with me mam for the first time since her viral fame. She's stocked up on materials and has had a very busy weekend knitting 😂💖 pic.twitter.com/fCO0fqoVnh— Martyn (@martynhett) December 4, 2016
UPDATE: Martyn Hett has been confirmed as among the 22 people killed in the suicide bombing outside the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester:
they found my brother last night. we are heartbroken.— Dan Hett (@danhett) May 24, 2017
Martyn Hett, a publicist who was at the Ariana Grande concert after which 22 people were killed by a suicide bomber, is still — as of this writing — missing.
Twenty-four hours later, he hasn't checked in, his phone is turned off and he is due, shortly, to board his flight for a dream vacation in the U.S that he had planned for a long time.
His family must be bracing for the worst.
A friend sent this heartbreaking video showing Martyn and his boyfriend Russell — who had once been on reality TV in the UK —camping it up as kids ...
Kenneth in the (212): Celebrate Yourself with Me Undies — just in time for Gay Pride.
Time Out NY: Speaking of which, for the first time ever, NYC's Pride March will be televised live!
Joe.My.God.: Morrissey continues to be a Brexit-loving, nationalist douche, fans flames of anti-Muslim sentiment over Manchester.
Huff Post: Trump PRAISES Duterte for murdering thousands as part of Philippines' drug war.
Politico: Is this man the next President of the United States? (After Pence, I mean.)
This is the Katy Perry the media chooses to ignore because it doesn't get them RT's or attention pic.twitter.com/PFm9YrAd25— ㅤ (@GraceOfKaty) May 24, 2017
Country singer Lorrie Morgan, who had been set to perform as part of GLAAD's Ty Herndon and Cody Alan-hosted Concert for Love and Acceptance in Nashville in June, has backed out after complaints regarding her thoughtless (at best) social media posts.
The name of the event had little to do with Morgan's Facebook page, on which she shared a nakedly racist anti-Michelle Obama meme, and on which she made clear she is firmly against trans bathroom rights.
She also shared a meme from an anti-marriage equality page, though she later professed to strongly believe in equality.
In her first stab at calming the complaints, Morgan pathetically claimed she had simply put her foot in her mouth, and chalked it up to wine. She never took responsibility for the content of what she posted, instead arguing that she is not anti-LGBT:
Shortly after the Pulse massacre, Univision aired a very strange interview with a man claiming to have been the gay lover of the killer, Omar Mateen.
You will recall the interview for the man's use of identity-obscuring prosthetics.
His story was apparently not believed by the FBI.
Now, a week ahead of the anniversary of the slayings, the same man has recorded a new interview with Univision's Maria Elena Salinas, revealing his true identity.
From a press release:
Via Vice: You may have read of the 141 men arrested in a gay sauna in Indonesia. The country does not criminalize homosexuality, but you'd never know it because police have been using other codes — such as anti-porn statues — to crack down on gay men.
The men detained are accused of participating in a gay sex party at a sauna in the capital city of Jakarta.
Jessica Stern, Exec. Dir. of OutRight Action International issued the following comment: