Radio Show: This Week In LGBT News 10/1/16

Happy Sunday, folks!

Here’s this week’s episode of The Randy Report on BlogTalkRadio.

My recap of popular & important stories of pop culture, politics and entertainment of interest to the LGBT community:

• Edie Windsor, LGBTQ hero who helped bring down the Defense of Marriage Act, finds love a second time.

• Anti-gay Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore suspended from the bench for instructing judges to not perform same-sex marriages even after SCOTUS ruled in favor of marriage equality.

• The first presidential debate came and went this week. Who won? I think Randy Rainbow did with his parody of a classic Mary Poppins song that recaps the Donald’s debate performance.

GLEE star Alex Newell teams up with the CDC to share new music and a new campaign to help stop HIV.

Tune in for these stories and more.

Out Music: Alex Newell “Collect My Love”

Pair a charismatic singer and a pop-y dance track with a new campaign to encourage gay men to talk about HIV and you have a winning formula to help curb the spread of HIV.

Alex Newell, out singer/actor of GLEE fame, teamed up with The Knocks for his new single “Collect My Love.”

Now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are working with Newell to utilize the song and music video to get out the word that gay men should “Start talking. Stop HIV.”

From the CDC:

Start Talking. Stop HIV., a new phase of CDC’s Act Against AIDS initiative, seeks to reduce new HIV infections among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men* by encouraging open discussion about a range of HIV prevention strategies and related sexual health issues between sex partners. Effective partner communication about HIV can reduce HIV transmission by supporting HIV testing, HIV status disclosure, condom use, and the use of medicines to prevent and treat HIV.

The video follows several gay couples, and along the way we see that they all have different ways of stopping the spread of HIV, whether through condom use, PrEP or testing for HIV via home test kits.

Click here for more info.

There’s also a “behind the scenes” video featuring Newell chatting on different options to help prevent HIV.

GLAAD & Interscope Records Release “Hands – A Song For Orlando”

Via press release:

GLAAD and Interscope Records today released “Hands,” a musical tribute to the victims of Orlando, featuring Mary J Blige, Jason Derulo, Tyler Glenn, Selena Gomez, Halsey, Ty Herndon, Imagine Dragons, Juanes, Adam Lambert, Mary Lambert, Jennifer Lopez, the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, Kacey Musgraves, MNEK, Alex Newell, P!nk, Prince Royce, Nate Ruess, RuPaul, Troye Sivan, Jussie Smollett, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, and Meghan Trainor.

Proceeds from the sale of the new tribute single in the United States will benefit Equality Florida Pulse Victims Fund, the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida, and GLAAD.

“Orlando’s broken hearts have been lifted by the outpouring of love and support from people near and far,” said Equality Florida Executive Director Nadine Smith. “There has been beauty in the midst of our grief and we are grateful to these talented artists, producers, and GLAAD for helping us mourn and laugh and cry and sing together.”

“The horrific attack on the LGBT community in Orlando has left us devastated, but not defeated,” said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “As we continue to mourn the crushing loss of 49 Americans, the majority of whom were Latino and whose lives were lost to hate, we stand resolved in paying tribute to their memory, supporting the victims and families, and working together to achieve full acceptance once and for all.”

“This senseless tragedy is a call to all of us to stand together and face down hatred, intolerance and violence…and having grown up a short drive from Orlando, it really brings it right to my doorstep,” commented John Janick, Chairman and CEO of Interscope Geffen A&M. “We all know music has the power to heal, and I’m honored and grateful to be a part of whatever our business can do to help.”

Listen below. Available on iTunes here.

Out Music: Alex Newell “Kill The Lights”

Glee star Alex Newell continues on his march to “dance diva-hood.”

Newell offers up this disco-fueled dance track, Kill The Lights, featuring legendary producer Nile Rodgers on guitar.

The track will be featured this weekend on HBO’s Vinyl as the show’s timeline moves into the disco era.

I have to say, I couldn’t sit still listening. This will definitely be a hit at the clubs. Great song to get your Saturday going.


Out Music: GLEE’s Alex Newell “This Ain’t Over”

GLEE’s Alex Newell, who played the ground-breaking trans character “Unique,” drops this lead single from his upcoming EP POWER.

The video, “This Ain’t Over,” opens with a bit of “Rocky Horror Picture Show” homage as Newell’s voice cuts like a laser through the disco/dance/pop tapestry.

The lyrics also speak to personal power:

“No doubt you wrote me off long ago / But now I won’t give up / This ain’t over / And each time you let me off, cut the rope / I just come back harder / This ain’t over.”

The single is out now; POWER will be available February 19th.

Newell hits the road with Adam Lambert February 23rd in Huntington, NY.