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Transforming minds one truth at a time

Posted: February 17th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Interviews, Top Story | No Comments

By Chris Azzopardi

For Ian Harvie, it’s not about earning the title of “first trans person in the world with a one-hour standup special” — though that’s a tag the FTM comedian can now claim — for him, he’s hopeful more trans comedians will walk through the door he swung open with “May the Best Cock Win,” airing on NBC’s digital network, SEESO.

“I’m so excited that a digital network like SEESO, an NBC-based company, has said ‘Yes’ to the first trans comic special, which will provide a pathway for others to come through,” said the Portland, Maine native.

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Yes, they can (and did)

Posted: February 3rd, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Interviews, Top Story | No Comments

By Chris Azzopardi

Marriage equality was a mere pipe dream when Indigo Girls duo Emily Saliers and Amy Ray came out in 1988, coinciding with the release of their eponymous Epic Records debut. There was no groundbreaking television sitcom. Melissa Etheridge wasn’t formally out, and wouldn’t be until 1993, when she released “Yes I Am.”

With regard to popular entertainment, particularly within the music business, Saliers and Ray were at the forefront of the queer rights movement. They won a Grammy and released chart-toppers like “Closer to Fine.” And they refused to let their sexuality get in the way of their success, brazenly being themselves at a time when being a gay public figure was uncommon and even downright scary.

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This little light

Posted: January 20th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Interviews, Top Story | No Comments

By Chris Azzopardi | Q Syndicate

“It was a lot,” Tarell Alvin McCraney said of his oddly coincidental evening recently, when the out playwright attended the premiere of “Moonlight” in Miami, the city where he grew up.

Family he hadn’t met before came out in droves; his brother showed up and longtime friends, too.

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Good things come to those who are Megan Mullally

Posted: December 23rd, 2016 | Arts & Entertainment, Interviews, Top Story | No Comments

By Chris Azzopardi | Q-Syndicate

Tip one back for Megan Mullally, who’s making a move to the big screen in “Why Him?” after a drove of indie roles, including gay-affirming mom Mrs. Van Camp in 2013’s “G.B.F.,” and a variety of TV stints.

But when it comes to the small screen, it was the 58-year-old actress’s eight-year role on the groundbreaking late ’90s NBC sitcom “Will & Grace” — as quippy, martini-swigging socialite Karen Walker — that changed Mullally’s life as much as it changed ours.

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Love is love is love

Posted: November 11th, 2016 | Arts & Entertainment, Interviews, Top Story | No Comments

Michael Bublé on leaving an LGBT-affirming legacy, man crushes and male admirers

By Chris Azzopardi

“You know what I’ll be Googling tonight: Bublé, gay, queer, all that stuff,” said Michael Bublé one recent afternoon, after being informed that said search terms render colorful results.

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Coming out of the dark

Posted: October 28th, 2016 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, Interviews | No Comments

Tyler Glenn opens up about resisting suicide, losing his religion and being ‘unapologetically’ gay By Chris Azzopardi “To be honest …” Tyler Glenn begins, following a telling deep breath. Glenn’s lead-in could serve as the prologue to his new no-holds-barred solo debut album, “Excommunication.” Here, however, it precedes the heavy moment when Glenn, the lead singer of Neon Trees, reveals that he’s considered suicide twice this year. Perhaps that comes as a surprise.

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It’s raining Menzel

Posted: October 14th, 2016 | Arts & Entertainment, Interviews, Top Story | No Comments

Idina Menzel on working toward LGBT-icon status, a lesbian Elsa and angry gays who oppose her “Beaches” remake Chris Azzopardi | Q Syndicate Though it arrives nearly 20 years after her debut album, the timing couldn’t be more perfect for a self-titled Idina Menzel release. Menzel’s latest is a declaration of self — of her real self, that is. “It’s how you pronounce my name,” the Broadway star says during our recent interview about the […]

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My 11 minutes with Dolly Parton

Posted: September 30th, 2016 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Interviews, Top Story | No Comments

Queen of Country on inspiring gay family members to come out, her LGBT kinship and ‘queer’ introduction

By Chris Azzopardi

There are no angel wings.

Instead, Dolly Parton scoots into a drab backstage garage on her own two legs like a unicorn dream: knee-length canary yellow dress, rhinestones, more rhinestones, and a glow that can apparently turn even an industrial underground into heaven on earth.

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Broadway by way of San Diego

Posted: September 16th, 2016 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, Features, Interviews | No Comments

Join ‘Lube: A Modern Love Story!’ reading at The Center By Stacey Blanchet Novelist Jack Turner is setting out on a mission to bring his musical “Lube: A Modern Love Story” to the bright lights of Broadway. “Lube” is a gay-themed play, written by a gay man, with music composed by a gay composer, intended for gay and gay-supportive audiences. It is a musical comedy that takes a serious look at growing up gay, including […]

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Suddenly she sees

Posted: September 16th, 2016 | Arts & Entertainment, Interviews, Top Story | No Comments

KT Tunstall on why kissing girls wasn’t just a phase, admiring gender-fluid teens and channeling her masculinity

By Chris Azzopardi

Is she or isn’t she?

Truthfully, KT Tunstall understands the confusion regarding her sexuality — she’s responsible for it, after all. Tunstall, whose breakthrough song, “Suddenly I See,” became every dreamer’s anthem after it was prominently featured in “The Devil Wears Prada,” opened up about those rumors — and why kissing girls was “a really important part of my formative years” — on the heels of her latest album, “KIN.”

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LGBT rumors gone amok

Posted: September 2nd, 2016 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, Features, Interviews | No Comments

Kathy Griffin’s #LikeABoss tour comes to town By Morgan M. Hurley | Editor Getting on a phone call with the two-time Emmy and Grammy Award winning Kathy Griffin is like being caught up in a tornado; she has a monologue already prepared and if you’re lucky, you might get a word in edgewise. That was the case last week when I got the opportunity to speak to the comedic great. Once I was finally able […]

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Alexander the Great Ally

‘True Blood’ alum on coaching gay sex scenes, his outsider perspective, and Tarzan vs. Farrah Fawcett

By Chris Azzopardi

Alexander Skarsgård sure knows how to offset the uproar over his missing loincloth in “The Legend of Tarzan.”

“I’m actually wearing it right now,” Skarsgård teases, joking about the brouhaha regarding this Tarzan’s more civilized article of clothing as he portrays the jungle warrior in Warner Bros.’ new take on a classic tale.

“I do all my phoners in a loincloth.”

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