Showing posts with label Gay Performers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gay Performers. Show all posts

May 10, 2020

Little Richard, Gay and Talented, Dead at 87 From Bone Cancer

        Photos: Little Richard, founding father of rock 'n' rollPhotos: Little Richard, founding father of rock 'n' rollLittle Richard dies at 87: Rock and roll legend called Nashville ...

Stars took to social media to pay tribute to early rock legend Little Richard, who died at 87 on Saturday.
The genre's early days were blessed with outsized personalities – Elvis and his shockwave-generating gyrations, super-slick Chuck Berry and the combustible Jerry Lee Lewis – but none as wild as Richard Penniman. Those remembering him today reflected on the "Tutti Frutti" singer's influence on music as well as his kindness. 
In an interview, Richard's former bass guitarist Charles Glenn, 61, recalled fond memories of playing with the late rock 'n' roll legend and says Richard would've wanted people to be happy right now, to celebrate, not be sad.
"He was always the most loving person at all times. The guy that we saw on TV, that was (him) 24 hours.  People thought it was an act, (but) that was not an act, that was Richard," Glenn says. "I don't think anybody can rock 'n' roll like Richard... he always made sure to entertain you, even if he was just saying 'Hello.' His 'Hello' was the most entertaining 'Hello' you could ever want to have."
Former first lady Michelle Obama honored Little Richard's creativity and wished his family well.
"With his exuberance, his creativity, and his refusal to be anything other than himself, Little Richard laid the foundation for generations of artists to follow. We are so lucky to have had him," she tweeted. Sending all my love to his family and friends today."
Spike Lee shared a 90's Nike commercial he directed that featured Little Richard.

January 29, 2020

SNL Bowen Yang Explains His Coming Out and His Forced Gay Conversion Therapy

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The "Saturday Night Live" breakout star says his Chinese parents struggled with their discovery that he was gay: "Where we come from, this doesn't happen."
Bowen Yang, who has made a huge mark in a short time on "Saturday Night Live," becoming the show's first Chinese-American cast-member, opened up for the first time about his experiences with gay conversion therapy when he was a teenager.
The 29-year-old comedian first gained national recognition for his impression of Kim Jong-un -- stepping in from the writer's room last season -- before breaking boundaries and joining the repertory cast this season where he has continued to shine. 
But Yang showed a more serious and compassionate side in opening up about some of the darker experiences in his life with The New York Times, including how his parents found out he was gay and their drastic next move.
According to Yang, he never got the chance to come out formally to his parents because they discovered it on their own when they found a rather lewd AOL conversation he was having with someone. It's certainly not the kind of conversation anyone would want their parents to see at 17 years old, and it's even worse than he was outed this way.
To say it came as a culture shock to his Chinese parents is a huge understatement. "They just sat me down and yelled at me and said, ‘We don't understand this. Where we come from, this doesn't happen,'" Yang said.
He also said that he'd only ever seen his father cry at his grandfather's funeral, "and now he's sobbing in front of me every day at dinner." 
Yang said he was devastated to have thrown his parents into such turmoil and so desperate to do whatever he could to make it right that he even went along with it willingly and determinedly when his dad surprised him with gay conversion therapy sessions.
"I allowed myself the thought experiment of: ‘What if this could work?'," he said. "Even though as I read up on it, I was just like, ‘Oh, wait, this is all completely crackers.'"
Unfortunately, as Yang explained the process by which the therapist tried to work him through and away from his homosexuality, it was clear that he was much smarter than whatever this technique was, seeing through its circular logic and disjointed data.
"The counselor would go through the circular reasoning thing of, ‘Well, weren't you feeling uncomfortable a little bit when saw that boy you liked?' And I was like, ‘Not really,'" Yang recalled. "He goes, ‘How did your chest feel?' And I was like, ‘Maybe I was slouching a little bit.' And he goes, ‘See? That all stems from shame.' It was just crazy. Explain the gay away with  
He said he even tried his best to be straight when he first went away to college, even going so far as to almost convince himself he'd developed a crush on a female student. But it didn't last, obviously, and so he found himself having to have a second "coming out" with his parents.
This one, at least, was on his own terms. And as he was older, and had certainly been through some experiences by this point, he was able to deal with their lack of acceptance from a healthier and more self-aware place.
"Eventually, I just got to this place of standing firm and being like, ‘This is sort of a fixed point, you guys. I can't really do anything about this. So either you meet me here or you don't meet me.'"
Through it all, Yang continued to love his parents unconditionally and he was able to accept that this wasn't malicious on their part; it was just something they weren't able to deal with yet. And he says they're still working on it. "I can't rush them," he said.
Nevertheless, they were both there when Yang made his debut appearance on "Saturday Night Live," showing their support and love as he realized a dream.

May 14, 2019

Just A Little of Rachel Maddow Out of The MSNBC Cams

Since The Rachel Maddow show premiered on MSNBC in 2008, Rachel Maddow has been the face of the network. Beloved by newsies, Maddow isn’t afraid, to be honest with her audience about her emotions and motivations. Trusted as a master storyteller, the first openly gay primetime news host has always been unconventional. From an early age, she hit the gun range. In her teens, she loved punk rock, especially the band The Dead Kennedy’s. The story of Rachel Maddow off the air is one that needs to be known. How many jobs do you think she had before her big break? The number will surprise you.

She Met Her Partner In A Very Desperate Housewives Way

In 2010, Rachel Maddow told People that when she met her partner of nearly 20 years, “it was very Desperate Housewives.” They weren’t set-up on a date, and they didn’t meet at a bar or online. Maddow had just moved to Massachusetts at the time and was hired by Susan Mikula to do yard work.

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Maddow has never been shy about her feelings and said it was “love at first sight” when she and her partner Mikula met in 1999. They’re still going strong today.

When Rachel Maddow and Susan Mikula went on their first date, they chose to avoid the classic “dinner and movie” scenario. Instead, they went to a gun range, where Mikula got to show off her skills to Maddow. Surprisingly, the date didn’t turn Maddow away, even though she’s a noted liberal.

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“I think shooting ranges are an excellent place to both learn about guns and to freak your friends out,” Maddow explained to CBS Sunday Morning in 2016. She also admitted that shooting is fun, before reiterating her strong beliefs about gun safety and gun control.

Maddow has always had a knack for getting people’s attention. As a teenager, she fell in love with punk rock music. In particular, she loved The Dead Kennedys and Husker Du. Her parents hated it, and even grounded her once after discovering an album with a risque cover.

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Looking back on her life, Maddow says her love of bands like Meat Puppets and Black Flag was the “apex of my coolness.” Not everyone would agree with that statement, as she has a large following of a vast audience.

Before entering the television world, Maddow was a fixture on the radio. Her start in radio would never have happened if a friend hadn’t dared her to try, though. Maddow wasn’t sure what she wanted to do with her life when a “sidekick spot” opened up on a local radio show.

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According to her friend, “we thought it might pay more than the minimum wage.” Maddow won the job and fell in love with talk radio right away. At the time, she had no idea her tiny radio gig would lead to much larger things.

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March 1, 2019

Olly Defended Ariana Grande Headlining Manchester Pride

It was recently announced that pop superstar Ariana and Olly’s synthpop band Years & Years will be the main artists performing at the new-and-improved Manchester Pride Live celebrations in August this year.
But while many fans are ecstatic at the chance to see their favourite artist perform and celebrate equality, some are unhappy that a straight performer is headlining an LGBTQ festival, and have accused Ariana of ‘exploitation’.
After the singer defended herself, explaining that she just wants to make LGBTQ fans “feel special and celebrated and supported” with her performance, fellow headliner Olly took to Twitter to share his own views on the controversial topic.
“I’d love to see more LGBT+ headliners across all bills, the reality is line ups are a mix of artists depending on their availability and the need to sell tickets,” he wrote.
“Pride’s normally raise money so they can put on their events and donate to various (usually local) causes. That being said I think more LGBT+ people will understand how problematic Pride can be.
“Every year we get a couple of days (or… a month?) and we’re meant to be grateful Starbucks have rainbow cups. I’m glad to see people demand change, the absence of people of colour in these spaces is shamefully obvious.”
Olly went on to defend Ariana’s status as an ally to the LGBTQ community, and argued that if more people supported queer artists, they’d be more likely to get headline slots at pride festivals.
“In the case of Manchester Pride – Ariana has shown more than most that she cares about us and loves Manchester,” he continued. “Does that mean we shouldn’t try harder to celebrate all the amazing queer talent? No!
“But – can’t stress this enough – if more people listened to and supported LGBT+ artists – they’d get more slots.”

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