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March 6, 2019

Billie Eilish New Track "I wish you were gay"

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Before her long-awaited debut album WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? arrives on Mar. 29, Billie Eilish has shared another taste of what the expect from the project.
The newly released "wish you were gay" follows "bury a friend," which has already amassed an impressive 72 million views on YouTube with its horror-inspired video.
Speaking about the new song with Zane Lowe, Eilish explained, "With 'wish you were gay,' it's like, it's a selfish song. It's a goofy, selfish joke, you know?" The song originally appeared online months before its official release, with Eilish teasing it via her Instagram on a previous live stream. "It's like I wish for my own sake that you didn't like me because you don't like girls. Not because it's anything to do with me. Don't worry. It's not personal at all. It's because I don't like any girls at all in the whole world."
Listen to "wish you were gay' above, and check out Eilish go Sneaker Shopping with Complex below. 
The release of the track also coincides with a new short video produced by YouTube Music in which Eilish speaks about the thought process behind the lyrics. She previously did a similiar segment on her song "bury a friend," which can be seen here

September 21, 2018

Christine and The Queens: I Think I was Emasculating Men in Some Way

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“Chris is another way to tell the same story that it was with Christine. I’m just trying to confuse what it means to be trapped in theatricality,” Letissier says. “It’s fun because you kind of get to man-spread and still be a woman and [ask] what does it mean to be a woman flexing and stealing away that [space].”
“Sometimes I love the idea of being a bro,” Letissier says. “The short hair excites me because sometimes when I want to pretend I’m a guy, I can. It’s easy, people call me like sir, and then: oops, miss! And it’s like, don’t be sorry, it’s fine.” She laughs. “I like exploring that.”

January 24, 2018

Rainbow Voices in Mumbai, India's Only LGBT Choir

Every time Vinodh Philip tried telling his mother why he didn’t want to marry a girl, he said she would innocuously ask, “Have you joined a choir in Mumbai?”
“This was her way of averting an uncomfortable discussion, and she tried this trick at least a dozen times!” Philip laughed as he recalled the conversation.
Now 42, Philip said he had been part of a church choir since the age of four. But after moving in 2012 from his hometown of Chennai to work in Mumbai, he left his choir life behind.
To please his mom, he decided to revisit his singing talent in 2014. But when he asked his friend Sibi Mathen, a gay-rights advocate, for an LGBTQ-friendly church choir in the city, Mathen was so astonished that he turned around and said, "Are you joking?"
 Rainbow Voices Mumbai performing at the Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival. Courtesy Of QGraphy
That’s when the idea of Rainbow Voices Mumbai (RVM), India’s first LGBTQ choir, was born. The duo launched the ensemble with a performance by 22 singers in the summer of 2014. Today, they are a team of 40, and they have been practicing assiduously for one of their most ambitious concerts.
On January 27, as part of Mumbai Pride Month, RVM will team up with singers from LGBTQ choirs around the world — including those from the U.S., the Netherlands, England, Australia and France. The theme for the concert, “Mile Sur Mera Tumhara,” which is Hindi for “Let Our Voices Unite,” is a reflection of their deeper vision for the community.
“India believes in unity in diversity, and we want to extend that thought to sexuality as well,” Philip said. Each song in their choral repertoire is inspired by the belief that music has the transformative power to construct a future devoid of oppression and discrimination.
India has still not warmed up to the idea of homosexuality and considers it a Western import. However, earlier this month India's Supreme Court agreed to review Section 377 of the country's penal code, a Victorian-era law that penalizes “carnal intercourse against the order of nature” with a 10-year prison sentence.
“This brings a ray of hope to the LGBTQ community,” said Ashish Pandya, one of the oldest choir members, who works for a branding agency. Choir director David Williamson, an American citizen based in India, said he feels very fortunate to be part of India's fight for LGBTQ rights, especially through a creative medium like Rainbow Voices Mumbai.
“Here I get the real sense of what the struggle is,” he said, adding that he finds the fight for LGBTQ equality to be more tangible in India than in the U.S. “To see that struggle and celebration through the eyes of the choir members is incredible,” he added.
Manasi Manoj, 24, said she joined the choir to be a part of the cause. “We want to show that we’re regular people and sing the same songs that touch everyone’s heart."
Jnanasiddhy Bommisetty, a 30-year-old patent analyst who joined the choir more than two years, said, “If people can enjoy our music, why can’t they treat us as equals? Why do they deny us our rights?"
The choir’s membership is not limited by age or training. Members vary between 18 and 55 years old. Some are trained, while others are good singers who never went to music school. For every member, however, Sunday afternoon rehearsals appear to hold a special place.
“I love the ritual of meeting every Sunday,” said Bommisetty, who initially joined Rainbow Voices Mumbai due to his love of singing but said he eventually found a family there. “It is the only place where I can drop all guard, talk, laugh and trade silly lines; it gives me a sense of a community."
Post-rehearsal discussions about relationships, coming out, acceptance and other topics that cannot be discussed openly outside the community (especially by those in the group who are closeted) are a significant part of the weekly gatherings.
 Members of Rainbow Voices Mumbai participating in the London Pride March in July 2017. Choir director David Williamson is second from left, and Ashish Pandya is in the middle holding a rainbow flag. Courtesy Of QGraphy
Rainbow Voices Mumbai’s first acknowledgment from the international LGBTQ community came when the Pink Singers, Europe’s longest-running LGBTQ choir, got in touch with them to perform in India last January and later invited them to sing during the London Pride celebrations in July.
In London, Bommisetty observed how easy it was for the Pink Singers to get on with their lives because they didn’t need to hide their sexuality. “It’s such a relief when people don’t have to .... reorganize their thoughts or body language before approaching a new person,” he said.
Manoj said she was fascinated that the Pink Singers could openly celebrate their love. “I would love to see that happening in my country."
Following their Mumbai Pride collaboration, RVM already has another international collaboration lined up: an upcoming album with Petter Wallenberg, a Swedish singer, music producer and founder of Rainbow Riots, an organization advocating for LGBTQ rights.
“We are coming together as a force for change and breaking stereotypes about the gay community by demonstrating what we can achieve artistically as a group of LGBTQ singers,” Williamson said of the collaboration.
Philip, who called the creation of Rainbow Voices Mumbai "my coming out the story to my parents," said he hopes the group continues to change hearts and minds across India and the world. And one day, he added, maybe RVM can even perform in a church.

September 29, 2017

US Rapper Rocks The Homophobia Tree in Australia

U.S. rapper Macklemore is wading into Australia’s gay-marriage debate by vowing to sing his marriage equality anthem “Same Love” during a weekend rugby final.

Benjamin Haggerty, whose stage name is Macklemore, will be headlining the pre-game entertainment in Sydney on Sunday at the National Rugby League Grand Final, the Australian version of the Super Bowl.

But with the nation in the midst of a two-month postal ballot to gauge public opinion toward legalizing gay marriage, some opponents of change want “Same Love” censored.

Macklemore told Los Angeles Radio KPWR before flying to Sydney on Thursday that he was aware of the controversy but would not change his song list.

“It’s interesting actually because I’m playing ‘Same Love’ and they’re going through right now trying to legalize same-sex marriage in Australia, so I’m getting a lot of tweets from angry, old white dudes in Australia,” Macklemore said.

“I think there was a petition today to ban me from playing,” he added. “I’m gonna go harder.”

Some senior government figures who oppose gay marriage and other high-profile rugby fans accused the league of politicizing the game.

League chief executive Todd Greenberg said his organization had to take a position on same-sex marriage as part of its diversity policy.

“I think it is one of the bravest and best decisions we have made for pre-match entertainment, but people will be the judge of that on Sunday,” Greenberg told reporters.

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, a gay marriage opponent who determined two years that his government should ask the Australian public to decide the issue, tweeted on Wednesday that rugby fans “shouldn’t be subjected to a politicized grand final. Sport is sport.”

“Everyone has a right to express their opinion. The opinion that I expressed yesterday was that the NRL had made a poor call in doing what they did,” Abbott told reporters on Thursday

Attorney-General George Brandis, who supports gay marriage, supported Macklemore’s performance of “Same Love” in a stadium filled with 85,000 people and to be broadcast nationally. 

“It is one of his most popular songs, and for Mr. Abbott or anyone else to say that it should be banned, I think is a bizarre thing to say,” Brandis told Australian Broadcasting Corp. “I thought Mr. Abbott believed in freedom of speech.” 

More than 16 million Australians have been asked in a postal ballot whether they think the law should be changed to allow same-sex marriage.

The result will be announced Nov. 15. If a majority of mail-in responses support marriage equality, Parliament will consider a bill to legalize gay marriage within a month. Some lawmakers have said they will vote down a same-sex marriage bill regardless of public opinion.

By Rod McGuirk | AP

August 29, 2017

Rob Halford of Judas Priest Expresses Disappointment LGBT Have Not Advance More Rapidly


Judas Priest singer Rob Halford said he remains frustrated about the state of the LGBT equality battle.

He also said that he had always hoped things would have gotten far better than they have over the years. But he recalled the warmth he received from the hard-rock community when he came out as gay in 1998, after having become convinced he was going to suffer a “fallout” effect.

“I just get so frustrated and angry that here we are in 2017,” Halford told Fox Sports 910 via Blabbermouth. “Because of that society I grew up in, and to a still great extent today, we have this tremendous push back in equality. I always kind of felt as I was going through my teen years, my twenties and my thirties, things would be better – but they’re not. There’s still a long way to go in America and in my home country. And in some parts of the world, people like me get thrown off buildings. People like me get hung, just because of who we are.”

He compared LGBT struggles to those experienced by “people of color” and “people that have tremendous difficulties with accepting religions,” and added, “It’s a crazy world. You’d think that by now we’d have just figured things out – live and let live, love each other and just accept each other for who we are. Life is short.”

Recalling the moment he came out during an MTV interview, Halford noted, “The thing about gay people is that, until we come out of the closet, we’re always protecting other people – ‘I can’t do this because it’s gonna hurt so-and-so.’ We’re trying to live the lives of other people, and that’s the worst thing you can do. You’ve gotta learn to love yourself, then you can go out in the world and try and figure everything else out. So I said that thing, and I went back to the hotel and I thought, ‘What have I done? There’s going to be a fallout.’

“I’d never seen such an outpouring of love in all my life from everybody in the metal community,” he recalled. “‘Rob, we don’t care. We want you to be who you are.’ That was a tremendously uplifting moment for me. This just goes to show you that we in the metal community – probably because of the push back we felt because of the music we love – we are the most tolerant, the most open-minded, the most loving, the most accepting of all the kinds of music in rock’n’roll. So it was a great moment.”

Judas Priest is completing work on the follow-up to their 2014 album Redeemer of Souls. Halford will receive the inaugural Lemmy Lifetime Achievement Awards at the first annual Loudwire Awards on Oct. 24 in Los Angeles.

 Rob Halford on LGBT Rights: ‘I Always Thought Things Would Be Better’


June 29, 2017

Martin Garrix, Sam Bruno and Other Artists Record Love Letters to The LGBT Community for Pride

For Gay Pride Month, Billboard asked numerous pop culture luminaries to write 'love letters' to the LGBTQ community.   By 

Rachel Kaplan
Martin Garrix

I've been raised with the belief that everyone is equal no matter what gender, skin color, or sexual orientation. I'm from The Netherlands which is one of the most liberal and accepting countries when it comes to LGBT rights, but even here, not everyone is accepting. 
A couple of weeks ago, two gay men were assaulted in Holland because they were holding hands. A tragic event which sparked a beautiful response; a couple of days after the event took place hundreds of people walked hand in hand through Amsterdam to show their solidarity including many politicians. When people unite and stand up for other people's rights it creates such a beautiful and powerful message. We will not be defined by these heinous acts but instead how we band together and react to them, loyal, united and filled with love.  Whenever I'm on stage it makes me so happy to see all these different people in the crowd having fun together. Music really unites people and no matter who tries to get in our way, it will always continue to do so. This Pride month I'm sending my love and immense gratitude to the entire LGBTQ community which includes my friends, colleagues, fellow artists, and of course my incredibly loyal fans.
Love is love.  Martin Garrix

Beautiful LGBTQ Family,
Your shades and colors shine. Your vibrant spirit lights up the room. Your powerful message to be true to your self-moves the world. Your resilience in the face of judgment, hate and fear are respected.

I have the best fans from the LGBTQ community. You expand my heart, inspire me and move me with your love and loyalty. I will always celebrate you. I will always support you. I will always love your beautiful souls for exactly who you are.
Sam Bruno.  
 Read more Pride Month love letters here. (Billboard site, outside adamfoxie)

July 21, 2016

Third Eye Band Teaches the GOPrs Out for a Night a Lesson

Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind performs during the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival 
on June 12, 2016 in Manchester, Tenn. 

90's rock band Third Eye Blind  stuck it the manTuesday night when frontman Stephan Jenkins opted to express his frustration with Republican values during a charity concert held at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland instead of performing his hits as he had initially agreed to do. 
The concert hosted by the Recording Industry Association of America and AT&T was billed as a pro-America event for GOP voters attending the nearby Republican National Convention. But Jenkins soon began lecturing the crowd about LGBT rights. 
"We believe in tolerance, acceptance," he said, as the crowd booed, according to multiple media reports.  At another point, he taunted the crowd: “Raise your hand if you believe in science." 

Jenkins also refused to play many of Third Eye Blind's hits during the 10-song set list, including its alt-rock anthem "Semi-Charmed Life." 
"You can boo all you want, but I'm the motherf****** artist up here," Jenkins told the crowd.
The angst continued online. 

Witnesses at the group’s Tuesday night show in Cleveland, a charity gig inside the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, reported that Jenkins used the occasion to say he “repudiates” what the Republican party now stands for. Clips uploaded to social media platforms show the crowd booing, followed by Jenkins exclaiming: “You can boo all you want, but I’m the motherf—-in’ artist up here.”
 "Third Eye Blind is playing new s--- and I am not pleased," tweeted Elizabeth Harrington, a writer for the Washington Free Beacon, a conservative website.
After Twitter user Liza White tweeted at the band’s account, “I have never been more disappointed," the verified band’s account snipped back: "Good."  the New York Daily News reported. Jenkins did perform the band's hit "Jumper," a story of a gay man committing suicide, while sharing the story of his cousins, who are gay.
"To love this song, is to take into your heart the message and to actually, actually have a feeling to arrive and move forward and not live in fear and imposing that fear onto other people," said Jenkins.
Republican nominee Donald Trump promised a star-studded Republican convention this year, but the star power that showed up was not exactly A-list material. There was Antonio Sabato Jr., a former Calvin Klein model, and golfer Natalie Gulbis. Trump supporters Mike Tyson and NASCAR chairman Brian France decided to skip the event. 


April 11, 2016

“The Boss” Springsteen Cancels NC over Anti gay Law

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On Friday, Bruce Springsteen cancelled his upcoming show in Greensboro, North Carolina, citing his opposition to the state’s sweeping new anti-LGBTQ law. “North Carolina has just passed HB2,” Springsteen wrote on his website, explaining that the law “dictates which bathrooms transgender people are permitted to use.”

Just as important, the law also attacks the rights of LGBT citizens to sue when their human rights are violated in the workplace. No other group of North Carolinians faces such a burden. To my mind, it’s an attempt by people who cannot stand the progress our country has made in recognizing the human rights of all of our citizens to overturn that progress. Right now, there are many groups, businesses, and individuals in North Carolina working to oppose and overcome these negative developments. Taking all of this into account, I feel that this is a time for me and the band to show solidarity for those freedom fighters. As a result, and with deepest apologies to our dedicated fans in Greensboro, we have canceled our show scheduled for Sunday, April 10th. Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry—which is happening as I write—is one of them. It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.
Springsteen is a longtime gay rights supporter. In 1996, in an interview with the Advocate, he explained that he “didn’t buy a lot of those negative attitudes” about homosexuality as a teenager and had gay friends. He also noted that he considered himself a misfit at the time:

Basically, I was pretty ostracized in my hometown. Me and a few other guys were the town freaks—and there were many occasions when we were dodging getting beaten up ourselves. So, no, I didn't feel a part of those homophobic ideas. Also, I started to play in clubs when I was l6 or 17, and I was exposed to a lot of different lifestyles and a lot of different things. It was the sixties, and I was young, I was open-minded, and I wasn't naturally intolerant.
The Boss then delivered a nice soliloquy on “the values that are at work in my work”:

Certainly tolerance and acceptance were at the forefront of my music. If my work was about anything, it was about the search for identity, for personal recognition, for acceptance, for communion, and for a big country. I've always felt that's why people come to my shows, because they feel that big country in their hearts.
Springsteen is also known for passionately kissing male band mate Clarence Clemons on stage. 

Mark Joseph Stern is a writer for Slate. He covers the law and LGBTQ issues.

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