News Round-Up: January 21, 2020

Joss Mooney and Rogan O’Connor

Some news items you might have missed:

Chippendales: MTV’s “The Challenge” hottest dynamic duo and reality star heartthrobs, Joss Mooney and Rogan O’Connor (aka JOGAN) will join the world-famous Chippendales as celebrity guest hosts for four shows only, January 24 and 25 (8:30 pm and 10:30 pm) at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

New York Times: The impeachment trial of Donald Trump is underway, and it’s pretty much what I expected. Check-in with the New York Times for the lowdown on today’s developments including the Senate Republicans blocking subpoenas for new evidence.

OUT: Katie Sowers, who is an assistant coach for the San Francisco 49ers, will make history when she steps on the field. Having been with the 49ers for just two seasons, she will become the first female, and the first openly LGBTQ+ assistant coach to work at the event

The Gaily Grind: Vice President Mike Pence called on all Americans to remember the words of Martin Luther King Jr. “in these divided times” while attending a church where an anti-LGBTQ bishop claimed that homosexuality is caused by “a demonic spirit” and is wrong because of “plumbing.”

Davey Wavey: It seems porn star Diego Sans finds kissing even more intimate than having sex (I can understand that) and so sex-positive DW offers some tips on the art and intimacy of kissing. Note – NSFW language.

HRC: The Human Rights Campaign has released its 2020 Corporate Equality Index, an annual report that measures how effectively America’s leading companies include and protect their LGBTQ employees and this year’s results show a record-high 686 businesses and law firms earned a perfect 100 on HRC’s scoring system.

Self-Improvement: Singer Calum Scott shared pics of his progress to get fit in 2020 and it’s pretty impressive. Good on him – slow and steady wins the race.

Podcast: The Best Of LGBTQ Music, Movies & Pop Culture

What? You thought I wasn’t going to count down and recap the year that was 2018?

Fat chance.

Here’s my take on the best that the year had to offer in terms of LGBTQ music, movies, television and pop culture moments, as well as the stories that resonated most with my readers.

Please kick back, pour a cocktail, and take a little journey on the way back machine as I review 2018 in terms of the LGBTQ community.

And, as always, I would muchly appreciate it if you would share The Randy Report podcast with your friends.

So, here we go. Let me know in the comments what you thought I might have missed.

See you all in 2019! Thanks to all of you for visiting The Randy Report. It totally wouldn’t be any fun without you here.

Calum Scott’s “No Matter What” Shares His Deeply Personal Journey Of Acceptance

Calum Scott’s new music video “No Matter What”

The new music video for UK recording artist Calum Scott’s latest single, “No Matter What,” is certain to resonate with viewers on a deeply authentic level.

The powerfully emotional video chronicles Scott’s own personal journey of acceptance both of himself and of his family.

When I was a young boy I was scared of growing up

I didn’t understand it but I was terrified of love
Felt like I had to choose but it was outta my control

I needed to be saved, I was going crazy on my own
It took me years to tell my mother, I expected the worst
I gathered all the courage in the world

She said, “I love you no matter what

I just want you to be happy and always be who you are”
She wrapped her arms around me
Said, “Don’t try to be what you’re not
Cause I love you no matter what”
She loves me no matter what

The song and video also address how Scott’s friends changed how they treated him as he began to wrestle with his personal demons.

Calum Scott

“‘No Matter What’ is without question, the most personal song I have ever written and the one I am most proud of,” says Scott. “It’s a song born from loneliness and the heartbreaking but liberating tale of my coming-out experience.”

“What I love about this song is that it isn’t just limited to a story of sexual identity, but about the relationship between parent and child and acceptance as a whole,” he added.

Scott explains the song wasn’t included on the initial release of his debut album, Only Human, because, “I simply wasn’t ready at that time to give it to the world.”

“It felt too personal to share,” he continued. “But as with all of my songwriting, I’ve written this from the heart to try and inspire confidence and compassion in people and put some love back in to the world, which we could always use more of.”

The track is part of a new Special Edition of Only Human, set for release on November 30.

It’s been a whirlwind since Scott became a worldwide sensation after making the finals of Britain’s Got Talent in 2015.

His cover of Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own” went viral with over 1.5 billion streams worldwide and was nominated for a Brit Award for Best Single.

Only Human, released in March 2018, hit #1 on iTunes in over 20 countries, sold more than 1.5 million in adjusted album sales, and is fast approaching 2 billion combined streams.

The critics have gushed.

“Scott’s stunningly pure voice is affecting enough in itself, but his lyrics on every one of the [album’s] tracks are vulnerable and raw.” – Billboard

“Calum Scott makes an impressive splash with his compelling debut album.” – The Huffington Post

Check out Calum Scott’s “No Matter What” below.

News Round-Up: October 11, 2018

Some news items you might have missed:

• The above graphic is dedicated to any and everyone considering National Coming Out Day… #comeoutcomeoutwhereveryouare

• Activists are warning people with HIV and other chronic illnesses to check small print when getting a new health insurance policy. Some insurers are refusing to allow co-payment assistance coupons from drug manufacturers from counting towards annual deductibles.

• Americans have ranked Barack Obama as the president who’s done the best job in their lifetimes.

• Observing the 20 anniversary since Matthew Shepard was kidnapped and beaten then left to die on a cold Wyoming night tied to a fence, his parents have announced his remains will be interred at the Washington National Cathedral later this month.

• The 750,000 citizens of North Dakota, where Democrat Sen. Heidi Heitkamp is struggling in the polls, could very well decide for the country who controls the Senate after midterm elections.

• UK recording artist (and Randy Report favorite) Calum Scott offers his own coming out story for National Coming Out Day.

Scott recounts a painful part of his young adult life – processing the complex emotions of being a gay teen and letting the world around him aware of his sexual orientation. Friends abandoned him early on, and it hurt. But in the poignant profile, he says he found the courage to be honest about himself through music.

New Music: Calum Scott “What I Miss Most”

Calum Scott

Calum Scott drops the new video for “What I Miss Most” today. Happy Dance!

Way strong track. Great hook, expansive vocals, a bit of Coldplay layering going on… If you like mainstream pop (like I do) you’ll definitely like this.

The video takes us on a bit of a time-flip from childhood to wild child teens to adulthood.

“This song is all about nostalgia and missing ‘home,’ for me that’s Hull!” says Calum.

Calum was recently honored at the British LGBT Awards. In a note to his fans, he wrote:

This award signifies to me how far I’ve come with my sexuality which is beyond what I thought I was capable of, but not only that, I feel like the album I’ve created through my own experiences is for people to use as a source of inspiration or motivation for their own battles. It gives me the greatest sense of pride, honour and responsibility and for that I want to say, thank you

DVR alert: Don’t miss Calum’s upcoming appearance on Good Morning America June 6 performing “You Are The Reason” with Leona Lewis.

Check out the new video for “What I Miss Most” below. Me like.

News Round-Up: March 9, 2018

(via Instagram)

Some news stories you might have missed:

• This is what happens (above) when you actually work out. #ThenTheresMe

• Outsports will host its third annual Pride celebration in New York City, June 21-24, 2018. The event will bring together LGBTQ athletes, coaches, sports executives, members of the media and fans for a weekend of “the celebration of courage.”

• More and more gay men are using PrEP to prevent HIV infection but wide ethnic and racial disparities persist in its use.

• Republican senators have reintroduced the First Amendment Defense Act which would give the federal government’s blessing to discriminate against LGBT people and others in the name of religious beliefs.

• Fox News invited a comedian cowboy on air to proclaim “The worst thing you can be today in America is a white, heterosexual, Christian Male.” #OhReally

Whitney, Kevin Macdonald’s documentary about the life and career of Whitney Houston, will be released July 6 in the United States.

• UK singer/songwriter Calum Scott’s debut album Only Human is out today and available to download/stream at all digital providers. You can check out my previous posts about the awesomely talented Mr. Scott here.

News Round-Up: March 7, 2018

Ammar Alkatib

Some news items you might have missed:

• Hat-tip to Towleroad for pointing up InstaHunk Ammar Alkatib (above). How about that face??? About all I know is he lives/spends time in Madrid and is uber-handsome. Imma gonna just sit here and stare at that gorgeous face, m’k? #WOOF

• Hawaii’s state Senate voted to protect LGBTQ youth from harmful “conversion therapy.” The legislation now moves to the state House of Representatives.

• During the after show of Watch What Happens Live last night, out Olympian Adam Rippon was asked if there was anything to the rumors that figure skater-turned-announcer Johnny Weir might have been jealous of the attention Adam received at the PyeongChang Olympics. Check out Adam’s answer below as he makes it clear he’s not looking for Weir’s job.

• Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi paid a visit to RuPaul’s Drag Race and praised the queens: “You’re an inspiration, I hope you know. Because you really know your power. It’s about taking pride, and you take pride in yourself when you know your power.”

• New Hampshire’s House of Representatives passed HB 1319 which would prohibit discrimination based on gender identity in employment, housing, and places of public accommodation. The bill, HB 1319, now heads over to the state Senate.

• Out singer/songwriter Calum Scott recently teamed up with 3-time Grammy nominee Leona Lewis for a duet version of his hit single, “You Are The Reason.” Check out the newly-released music video below. Scott’s debut album, Only Human, drops on Friday.

Out Music: Calum Scott “What I Miss Most”

U.K. singer and songwriter Calum Scott releases his new track, “What I Miss Most” today.

The track is from the breakout British artist’s debut album, Only Human, due out March 9.

According to press materials, the song unfolds as a triumphant homage to Calum’s hometown of Kingston upon Hull, located in Northern England.

Lyrically, the song dismisses the trappings of “steel and stones,” and the earthbound vessels of “skin and bone.” Instead, Scott’s memories are planted in adventures “under the sun, up on the waves, under three climbs” that took him away.

Sonically, the track takes full advantage of Scott’s obvious gifts trading off bare, sparse moments of exposed emotion to surging like an incoming tide as if to wash the scene clean.

The lead single for the album, “You Are The Reason,” has already surpassed 100 million streams worldwide while views of the official video topped 20 million in the first two weeks and are fast approaching 60 million.

Recorded with a dream team of producers whose resumes include projects with Adele, Ellie Goulding, Imagine Dragons, Taylor Swift and Britney Spears, Only Human showcases Calum’s soulful vocals and heartfelt lyrics.

Many of the tracks showcase Scott’s delicate approach to unrequited longing like the aching piano ballad, “Hotel Room.”

Or the deeply personal “Only You” celebrates a friend who helped the him during times when he was bullied and isolated from other kids during childhood.

“To me, Only Human means being okay with how you feel,” says Scott. “My hope is that these songs encourage people to embrace who they are, so that there’s a little less fear in the world and a lot more love.”

Watch Calum perform “What I Miss Most” below and check out more from the upcoming album Only Human by clicking here.

News Round-Up: February 20, 2018

Great Britain’s bob sled team

Some news items you might have missed:

Kenneth-in-the-212 points up that Great Britain’s bobsled team (above) has a lot to offer both on and off the track 😉

• Newly-installed Army Secretary Mike Esper says the issue of transgender soldiers serving in the military “hasn’t come up” when he talks to American soldiers.

• South Carolina lawmakers have filed legislation that would define marriage as only between men and women, and deem same-sex unions as “parody marriages.” One of the authors of the bill calls same-sex marriage “an impersonation of actual marriage.”

• The latest Quinnipiac poll shows a staggering 97% of Americans support requiring background checks for all gun purchases.

• The Department of Defense’s new policy on service by transgender troops is due tomorrow. Does Defense Secretary James Mattis have a plan?

• Out UK singer Calum Scott covers Gay Times Magazine. In his interview, Scott explains how his songwriting changed after coming out: “When I was honest about myself and my feelings and especially my sexuality, it started flowing out of me like a river.”