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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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Good times with Nick Jonas

Posted: June 24th, 2016 | Arts & Entertainment, Interviews, Top Story | No Comments

Pop’s dreamboat on standing up for LGBT rights, his “very welcoming” gay club experience and his man bod

By Chris Azzopardi

Boys do Nick Jonas sometimes, but it’s mostly girls.

They dress up as the pop star, emulating his rousing onstage persona and donning denim that looks practically painted on. Yes, if we needed further proof about why the 23-year-old former Jonas Brother is a celebrated beacon in the LGBT community, for his abs and for his advocacy — for standing up against the North Carolina “bathroom bill” by canceling two upcoming gigs there — look to the drag kings. Those kings are sure to find even more fodder for their glitzy acts on “Last Year Was Complicated,” Jonas’ second solo album.

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The Butch beneath our wings

Lea DeLaria reflects on her landmark TV moment, talks ‘hero’ Bette Midler and making tough lesbians cry

By Chris Azzopardi

First the screwdriver, then the peanut butter.

But Lea DeLaria’s love for “Orange Is the New Black” goes beyond the craftiness of her shenanigans with both a hand tool and a classic sandwich spread as a regular on TV’s Emmy-winning prison drama. Sure, Netflix has afforded the veteran actress a deep cargo-pocket of outrageous antics, but “Orange” isn’t only here for your amusement. More importantly, the series and DeLaria’s riotous, randy character, Big Boo, are part of the show’s heralded inclusivity.

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The unruly world of Rufus Wainwright

Posted: May 27th, 2016 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, Interviews | No Comments

Singer-songwriter on being ‘the gay Elizabeth Taylor,’ giving up on Björk and not jibing with the LGBT community By Chris Azzopardi “I’m not at the psychiatrist’s office.” Rufus Wainwright realizes that now, years later. There was a time, he acknowledges, amused by the notion that interviews such as the one we’re engaged in passed as therapy. For that reason, the singer and composer is transparent, a book that never closes. That frankness has long marked […]

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Tales from beyond the tracksuit

Jane Lynch talks life after “Glee,” Catholic guilt and crushing on Susan Sarandon

By Chris Azzopardi

You better believe Jane Lynch can sing, and even if you don’t, “I think by the time you buy the ticket and come to the show, you hope I can sing! You’ve got your fingers crossed!” the “Glee” alum said of her touring act “See Jane Sing,” cracking her signature booming laugh.
Lynch is best known as iconic cheer coach Sue Sylvester, who tormented McKinley High for six seasons of Fox’s musical-dramedy behemoth “Glee,” which brimmed with all sorts of songs — just not many sung by Lynch herself. There was, of course, the playful homage to Madonna, when Lynch donned black lace for a frame-by-frame remake of the Queen’s video “Vogue.” But on “Glee,” the 55-year-old Emmy winner was better known for her tyrannical outbursts and hair taunts (poor Mr. Schuester) than she was for breaking into song.

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King Tituss

Posted: April 29th, 2016 | Arts & Entertainment, Interviews, Top Story | No Comments

‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ actor on being out, Tina Fey pushing his limits and that ‘ode to black penis’

By Chris Azzopardi

The internet loves a good penis pun.

One of 2015’s biggest breakout stars, Tituss Burgess, discovered this fact last year, when the “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” actor’s already-escalating showbiz profile reached new heights thanks to a song he sang called “Peeno Noir: An Ode to Black Penis.”

So Burgess can retire now, right?

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Boy problems

Posted: April 15th, 2016 | Arts & Entertainment, Interviews, Top Story | No Comments

Steve Grand talks new music, touchy-feely fans and moving beyond ‘All-American Boy’

By Chris Azzopardi

Steve Grand can barely stand himself — that is, the superficial, internet-packaged version of the singer/songwriter/dreamboat presented to the public since even before his 2013 viral hit rocked our gay world.

“I don’t like the me that most people probably see,” admitted Grand, 26.

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Gwen Stefani speaks her (gay) ‘Truth’

Pop star talks sharing a queer posse with boyfriend Blake Shelton, “The Danish Girl,” and her gay support system

By Chris Azzopardi

Don’t speak? Gwen Stefani can’t help it as she opens up about her latest release — the “record that saved my life.”

Featuring a multitude of diary-like outpourings related to Gavin Rossdale, whom the No Doubt frontwoman divorced in 2015 after 13 years of marriage, “This Is What the Truth Feels Like” is Stefani’s third solo album and first since 2006’s “The Sweet Escape.”

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In good company

Posted: March 18th, 2016 | Arts & Entertainment, Interviews, Top Story | No Comments

Alan Cumming on sappy songs, bisexuality and his proudest moments

By Chris Azzopardi

As a child, Alan Cumming cried as his older brother sang “Danny Boy” to him from across the bedroom they shared.

“He would do it to make me cry,” Cumming says, recalling his reaction to the Irish staple. “It’s just the emotion of the song. I’m Scottish, so the ‘pipes’ are kind of a direct route to my tear ducts.”

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Mr. Jackson, if you’re nasty

Cheyenne Jackson on Botox, his ‘bi phase’ & getting his butt grabbed by Lady Gaga By Chris Azzopardi Has Lady Gaga touched your butt lately? It’s a box Cheyenne Jackson can happily check off after his recent run on “American Horror Story: Hotel,” playing a bisexual fashion designer who, by the grace of Gaga, got felt up by Mother Monster herself. Of course, the screen and stage singer-actor’s resume is far more extensive: Jackson has […]

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Jillian Michaels sets the record straight

Posted: February 5th, 2016 | Features, Interviews, Top Story | No Comments

On misperceptions, reclaiming gay slurs, how Madonna helped her come out and her feelings about marriage

By Chris Azzopardi

The “shred” will put you through the sweat fires of hell, but despite her extreme workouts, Jillian Michaels wants you to know she is no monster. To set the record, ahem, straight, the out fitness guru is opening the doors to her very “normal,” sometimes emotional, not-at-all-what-you-thought life during E!’s “Just Jillian,” where she laughs (you read that right) and … cries?!

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