May 21, 2016

Bright Light Bright Light joins forces with Elton John

Bright Light Bright Light -- the stage name for one Rod Thomas -- has called on his friend Elton John to help out with his latest single "All In The Name."
This is the second time the two openly gay men have worked on a song; their last collaboration was for "I Wish We Were Leaving." They also toured together in 2014.
Rod is putting the final touches on his latest album, Choreography, which will be released on July 15, and features appearances from Jake Shears and Alan Cumming.

May 18, 2016

Fox teases with the first trailer for "The Rocky Horror Picture Event"

The Rocky Horror Picture Show Event teaser is out, and Laverne Cox has us shivering with anticipation!
The TV revival is a long way off; it doesn't air until Halloween on Fox.
Cox, obviously, will play Dr. Frank-N-Furter, the mad scientist “sweet transvestite.” She'll be joined by Victoria Justice (as Janet Weiss), Ryan McCartan (as Brad Majors), Reeve Carney (as Riff-Raff), Christina Milian (as Magenta), Annaleigh Ashford (as Columbia), Staz Nair (as Rocky), Adam Lambert (as Eddie), Ben Vereen (as Dr. Everett von Scott) and Tim Curry (as the Criminologist).

May 16, 2016

RuPaul releases "The Realness"

Realness is the eighth studio album from the fabulousness that is RuPaul. The single "Realness" was released last year, but a new video has been created for the song featuring Ru and some of her Drag Race drag queen pals!

May 14, 2016

"The Real O’Neals" renewed for another season

There's some bad news for members of the Catholic League: the sitcom The Real O'Neals has been renewed.
The show follows a Catholic family with a out and proud gay son. It was initially supposed to borrow heavily from sex columnist Dan Savage's life, but Savage said the show is no longer autobiographical.
Of course, with a gay positive point of view and with Savage as one of the show's executive producers, the Christian right has gone nuts that the series is even allowed to air. Bill Donohue, head of the Catholic League, even took out a full-page New York Times ad which compared Dan Savage to David Duke! He also called on advertisers to drop the show.
The American Family Association and the Family Research Council also called for a boycott and started a petition to prevent the series from airing.
Well, it was all a waste of time and money and resources because The Real O'Neals got the greenlight this week for a second season.
So you can suck it, Donohue!

May 1, 2016

Singer Tyler Glenn takes on the Mormon Church in latest single

Tyler GlennNeon Trees' singer Tyler Glenn has released his first solo single. If you look beyond the catchy bass and synthesizers, you'll find in "Trash" a whole lot of anger.
In the song, the openly gay and openly Mormon Glenn is calling out the Mormon Church for its stance on homosexuality. 
"My entire life and perspective on God, the afterlife, morals and values, my self-worth and my born sexual orientation has been wired within the framework of this religion that doesn't have a place for me," he explained. "I served [this church]. I was the square peg trying to fit into the round hole. I believed it till six months ago."
"I always tried to make being gay and being Mormon work," he added. But he realized it was meaningless in light of the Church's recent declaration that it would excommunicate anyone in a same-sex relationship.
"The big problem here is that they claim it's the only truth. There have been over 40 suicides within the church as a result of this policy. These aren't just grown men and women. Many are children. It's backwards. It's not of God. I needed to make this statement to artfully show the pain of a faith crisis and the darkness of doubt, but also that there's ways to reclaim what is yours."

April 28, 2016

Check out the trailer for "Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie"

The Absolutely Fabulous movie trailer has been released, and Patsy and Eddie are once again screwing up royally!
This time they've killed a supermodel. The two escape to the French Riviera, but how long before they get caught?
The film is filled with cameos, from Jon Hamm and Rebel Wilson to Kate Moss and Joan Collins.

April 26, 2016

Online gaming team can't compete because it's sponsored by porn company

Team YouPorn from the Electronic Sports LeagueThe Electronic Sports League (ESL) -- the biggest video game competition organization in the world -- has dropped a team for being sponsored by YouPorn, the x-rated video streaming site.
ESL said it made the decision to ban Team YouPorn because many of the countries in which its live events take place have anti-porn laws. 
"Advertising pornography is not legal in the markets we operate in," the company said in a statement. "The vast majority of partners we're working with have strict 'no drugs, no alcohol, no pornography' rules that we've contractually taken on board."
YouPorn even rebranded the logo to read Team YP. ESL still said no.
“I am disappointed that Team YP’s growth is being stunted by this decision, not to mention the effect that this will have on our roster of players,” Team YP manager Claire Fisher said. “While for some, our participation in esports has been controversial, stopping our players from competing because they are sponsored by us, in spite of Team YP operating as a completely SFW [safe for work] brand, clearly separated from any adult content, seems unfair to say the least.”
If the fear is "offending" countries in which gaming takes place, does this mean no gay teams are allowed to enter? Besides, everyone knows that when gamers aren't playing World of Warcraft, they're pirating porn.

Harvey Fierstein will appear in ‘Hairspray Live!’

Harvey FiersteinNBC, which aired The Wiz Live! in November, has announced that its next live production will be Hairspray.
Even better, Harvey Fierstein, who played Edna Turnblad (pictured) in the original Broadway production, will reprise his role as the main character's loving mother. (In the movie version of the play, John Travolta played Edna.)
“Harvey Fierstein created the role of Edna Turnblad on Broadway in an indelible Tony-winning performance that demanded to be memorialized on film, and we’re happy he wanted to step into her shoes one last, unforgettable time,” Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment, said.
He added, "We’re also so grateful that the incomparable Jennifer Hudson will play Motormouth Maybelle and we know her rendition of ‘I Know Where I’ve Been’ will literally stop the show.”
Fierstein will also be writing the script for the NBC special.
The show takes place in 1962 Baltimore. Edna’s daughter, Tracy Turnblad, wins a spot on “The Corny Collins Show," but risks her chances of becoming a local celeb by fighting to have the show allow dancers from different races.  
Hairspray Live! is set to air Wednesday, December 7, on NBC. 

April 17, 2016

More teasers about James Franco's "King Cobra"

King Cobra

Now that King Cobra has premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, the rest of us are getting a better idea of what we can expect from the gay porn biopic.

The film explores the real life murder of porn producer Bryan Kocis (Christian Slater). Garrett Clayton plays Sean Paul Lockhart (aka Brent Corrigan), whose career has been shepherded by Kocis. When Lockhart decides he’d be better off as a free agent, rival producers Harlow Cuadra and Joseph Kerekes (James Franco and Keegan Allen) aim to cash in by any means possible. 

Director Justin Kelly said the sex in the movie is unapologetic.

“We wanted to make it as unapologetic as possible," Kelly explained. "I didn’t have a desire to shock — it’s a part of the story. Myself and the actors discussed from day one that you can’t shy away.”
He added: “A few times, the actors took things further than the script." (Well, that has our interest piqued!)
The movie has been rated NC-17. Kelly blames the rating on homophobia.
“It’s a complete fact that graphic gay male sex will get you an NC-17 rating,” he said. “Straight men can [appear] completely naked and be choking a woman, and that’s PG-13. There are crazy rape scenes that get by, it’s mind-blowing.”
As for an official release date for the film? There isn't one. Currently it is popping up at a few film festivals, but hopefully it'll land in theaters or stream online sometime soon.
Until then, here's a tease of what to expect ...

April 16, 2016

Broadway Bares announces 2016 theme

Broadway Bares is back! The annual event, showcasing the talents - and hot bods  - of dancers from the biggest Broadway shows, raises money for the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS announced this year's theme is Broadway Bares: On Demand. Yep, it'll be a naked celebration of television!
If only we could watch the damn thing on TV.
Even if we don't get to see it, it has done the world a lot of good. After 25 editions of Broadway Bares, it has raised $14.3 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
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April 14, 2016

Queer Archie Comics' character gets new look

Kevin Keller

Out gay comic book character Kevin Keller is back, and he's sporting a very different look.

When he first appeared in Archie Comics, he was slim and clean cut. Now, he is a little more buff, and sporting a bit of scruff on his face.

The new series, Life With Kevin, is a digital comic exploring what Kevin's been up to the past little while.  “The new series explores Kevin’s life after high school and college, as he enters the real world," explained creator Dan Parent. "And we can explore all the career and romantic challenges that he has an adult.”

April 11, 2016

Derek Bishop channels a retro vibe for “Taffy”

Openly gay singer Derek Bishop has just released the video for his latest single, "Taffy."

“I wanted the video to look like a catalog of retro albums and posters flowing together, with each scene serving as its own little graphic moment," he explained. "I didn’t have an assistant, so I was running back and forth behind and in front of the camera. I filmed a lot of very blurry scenes not being able to see what was going on.”

For a DIY project, the video is pretty good.

March 26, 2016

Check out the latest Pet Shop Boys' single, "Happiness"

The Pet Shop Boys are back with a new album coming out on April 1, 2016. Two dozen songs were actually written for Super, but only 12 made the final cut.

This is the second single from upcoming release ...

March 17, 2016

Big gay spoiler for "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2"

My Big Fat Greek Wedding was a surprise hit back in 2002. The movie was written by and starred Nia Vardalos, and followed the trials and tribulations of a single Greek woman falling in love and being pressured to settle down by her very large family.
On March 25th, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is coming out; the sequel will focus on Vardalos' on-camera daughter's trip down the aisle.
But this time there will also be a homo twist. Joey Fatone’s character Angelo returns in the sequel ... and this time he’s gay!
The former 'NSYNC member says his character's sexuality is treated "with a shrug and a smile."
"Our gay and lesbian brethren and sisters are 10 per cent, if not more, of the population," Fatone said. "When my cousins came out, the love that came at them was so intense and unconditional that I thought, 'This is my chance to put a little message in of acceptance.'"
He said that he was touched to find out that he was given such an important, if small, moment in the movie.
"It was quite an honor for Nia to give me something like that, because not many people see the non-comedy side of me and to have to deliver something like that – telling your parents you are gay – it’s a tough thing. It was an exciting thing to do and it’s from life experience – one of my best friends, him coming out."
Will the sequel live up to the original? Probably not. But if we miss it in the theaters we definitely catch it when it comes out on Netflix.