News Round-Up: March 15, 2021

Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga (image via Instagram)

Some news items you might have missed:

LGBTQ Nation: Lady Gaga (above) and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow were among the LGBTQ folks who scored Grammy Awards Sunday night. Check out the list of artists honored at the intimate (but live) event last night.

The Advocate: A group of local merchants have proposed changing the name of Montreal’s historic Gay Village to simply “The Village” or “Montreal’s Village” in an effort to be more inclusive of the entire 2SLGBTQ community. The 2S stands for two spirit. Not all residents are on board with the proposed change, however.

The Gaily Grind: A disgruntled Trump supporter, Michael Challans, is playing the victim after he was caught on tape shouting homophobic slurs at his gay neighbor for flying a flag on his front porch celebrating Donald Trump’s 2020 election loss. After yelling phrases like “faggot ass flag,” “f*cking fag” and “mother f*cking queer,” Challans told police he “has no problems with gay people.”

HuffPost: Amazon announced plans last week to stop selling all books that frame transgender and other sexual identities as mental illness, a decision it reached after four Republican senators complained to CEO Jeff Bezos last month when the company pulled a single book on the subject from its virtual shelves.

Mediaite: A new poll shows 57% of Republicans believe the COVID-19 pandemic is “exaggerated.” Plus, a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll shows 49% of Republican men have no plans to get vaccinated.

Outsports: Conor McDermott-Mostowy just won 2 US Championships in speed skating. Now he’s coming out as gay.

 

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News Round-Up: March 8, 2021

Mykal Kilgore

Some news items you might have missed:

The Advocate: Click over to read the story of Dontai Carmon, who comes out at the intersection of Black, gay and autistic.

Stonewall Gazette: Mykal Kilgore (lead image) is the first openly gay man to be nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of “Best Traditional R&B.” Kilgore, an award-winning Broadway performer, received the nomination for his single, “Let Me Go”, which is the first release from his debut album, “A Man Born Black.”

BosGuy: Our favorite Boston-based LGBTQ blogger offered this tasty recipe for pasta with tomato and feta cheese. Who can’t use a new, easy recipe?

Kenneth-in-the-212: In this week’s Mugshot Monday post, Joshua James, 24, threw a 3.5 foot alligator through a Palm Beach County Wendy’s drive-thru window nearly four months ago, according to Florida Fish Wildlife and Conservation officials. He was also charged with illegally possessing an alligator and petty theft.

Joshua James (mugshot)

CNN: Republican Sen. Tom Cotton expressed his displeasure over folks in prison getting ‘stimulus relief’ checks. Prisoners were eligible for checks up to $1,200 per individual from the first bill Trump signed and up to $600 from the second bill Trump signed, depending on their income. Both of those bills were approved by a GOP-controlled Senate — and Cotton voted for both of them.

Twitter: A whole fight (straight out of Dynasty) happened at Bath & Body Works…

Podcast: Gay Rom-Com For V-Day, Billy Porter On Sesame Street, HRC Ranks States On LGBTQ Life

In this episode: the NFL's homophobic email scandal, Pete Buttigieg claps back, and new music from out singer/songwriter Michael Lazar.

The Randy Report podcast delivers the week's top stories in a quick, convenient podcast - 'the 60 Minutes of gay news - only shorter'

In this week’s podcast:

• A Kentucky high school is being sued for outing a queer teen

• Professional ice hockey player Zach Sullivan comes out

• The Human Rights Campaign issues its annual States Equality Index

• Freeform channel previews upcoming gay romantic comedy for Valentine’s Day “The Thing About Harry”

• Billy Porter is taking a stroll down Sesame Street

• LGBTQs and their allies score at the 2020 Grammy Awards

All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report

Lil Nas X And Other LGBTQ Artists Score At The 62nd Grammy Awards

Ariana Grande, Lil Nas X, Lizzo at 62nd Grammy Awards (image via Instagram/lilnasx)

It was a great night for LGBTQ artists and allies at the 62nd Grammy Awards Sunday night.

Several out artists picked up awards including:

Lil Nas X scored two trophies – Best Music Video and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for his mega-hit “Old Town Road” with Billy Ray Cyrus. The country rapper performed the song with all the artists who had been featured on “Old Town Road” remixes last year including BTS, Diplo, Mason Ramsey, and Cyrus.

Brandi Carlile, who came out in 2002, took home a Grammy as one of the songwriters of Tanya Tucker’s “Bring My Flowers Now” in the Best Country Song category. She also appeared in the broadcast performing the song with Tucker.

DJ Tracy Young made history as the first woman and the first lesbian to win for Best Remixed Recording for her remix of Madonna’s “I Rise.”

LGBTQ allies also had major moments throughout the night.

Lady Gaga picked up Grammys in two categories – Best Song for Visual Media (“I’ll Never Love Again”) from the A Star Is Born soundtrack and Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media.

Billie Eilish won in four big categories – Best New Artist, Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

Lizzo, the most nominated artist of the night with 8 nods, picked up trophies for Best Pop Solo Performance (“Truth Hurts”), Best Traditional R&B Performance (“Jerome”) and Best Urban Contemporary Album (Cuz I Love You).

And there were performances that stole the show.

Out singer Demi Lovato had one of the night’s most talked-about moments as she delivered a powerful performance of her song “Anyone.” The song immediately went to #1 on iTunes after the performance.

Pop diva and ally Ariana Grande, who didn’t go home with a Grammy, was a knockout performing a three-song medley of “Imagine,” “7 Rings,” and “Thank U, Next.”

Special shout-out to Darrion Gallegos, the male dancer in her corp who lived his best life dancing it out in heels and short shorts along with the other dancers.

Back in December, as Grande’s tour came to an end, he thanked the powers that be for letting him “gender-bend the fak out of this” and contribute his part for the LGBTQIA+ community.

And of course, it wouldn’t be an awards show without a red carpet and Billy Porter delivering the goods:

Lil Nas X didn’t disappoint, though, serving up a hot pink Versace cowboy suit complete with double-choker harness:

Anthony Ramos, GLAAD’s Head of Talent, spoke to Jojo, Rosalia, Victoria Monét, and Bebe Rexha about LGBTQ inclusion and the changing landscape of music:

Lil Nas X Wins Grammy Award For ‘Best Music Video’

Lil Nas X

Lil Nas X won the first award presented today at the Grammy Awards as he and Billy Ray Cyrus scored for Best Music Video for “Old Town Road” marking his first win of the evening and his first win ever.

“THANK U TO EVERYBODY!! I AM NOW GRAMMY AWARD WINNING ARTIST LIL NAS X !!!” he shared on Twitter.

He also shared a thank you on Instagram, posting a snippet of the modern-day Western video and writing “GRAMMY AWARD WINNING ARTIST LIL NAS X!!!!”

Shortly after that, the artist removed the social media posts out of respect for the loss of Koba Bryant.

Billboard reports:

Lil Nas could be a six-time Grammy winner by the end of the night, as he’s one of this year’s most-nominated artists with six nods. “Old Town Road” is also up for record of the year and best pop duo/group performance, “Panini” is up for best rap/sung performance, 7 is up for album of the year, and Lil Nas X is up for best new artist.

40 Years Later, Gloria Gaynor Honored With 2nd Grammy Award

Gloria Gaynor (photo: Flickr/TJStampCC License)

Forty years after receiving the only Grammy Award ever issued in the category for Best Disco Recording (the iconic “I Will Survive”), legendary diva Gloria Gaynor was honored with her second GRAMMY® Award win on Sunday night.

Gaynor received a Best Roots Gospel Album GRAMMY for Testimony, her powerful new gospel album, as well as a Best Gospel Performance/Song Nomination for “Talkin’ ‘Bout Jesus,” a stirring gospel track featuring Yolanda Adams.

Since its release last summer, Testimony has been drawing praise for its collection of original inspirational songs and soulful hymns – from Gaynor’s powerful take on “Amazing Grace” to “Man of Peace,” her cover of the Bob Dylan classic.

“I am ecstatic and truly grateful to God for gifts and favor, to the Academy for this recognition and honor and to the Gaithers, Primary Wave and ‘Team Gaynor’ for their love, support, and expertise,” said Gaynor.

“We are honored to represent this gospel release from Gloria,” stated Paul Sizelove, president of the label. “Not only did she make a stellar recording, she created a work of art that celebrated her journey of faith through trials and triumphs. It has been a joy to partner with her and her team to share these songs with the world.”

In 2015, Gaynor was nominated for a Best Spoken Word Album Award for the audio recording of her motivational book We Will Survive: True Stories of Encouragement.

(source: press release)

News Round-Up: January 23, 2020

(image via Instagram)

Some news items you might have missed:

InstaHunks: When you look like Brazilian tourism expert Kiko Riaze (above), I’ll FIND something in my house that needs to be painted. Follow Riaze on Instagram here.

HuffPost: L.A. Law star Harry Hamlin said he’s proud of his role in the groundbreaking 1982 gay flick Making Love but believes the film was ahead of its time. “It was like 10 years too early and it completely ended my career. That was the last studio picture I ever did. The door shut with a resounding smash.”

The Advocate: A month after the Hallmark Channel’s dust-up with LGBTQ people over removing an ad for Zola wedding planning that featured a lesbian wedding, the company’s president and CEO, Bill Abbott, has stepped down.

Out Music: The Pet Shop Boys new album Hotspot drops tomorrow, January 24, and in advance of that release we get to step behind the velvet rope for their new single “Monkey Business.“

Set in a sexy nightclub and featuring a wild bunch of characters who eventually end up in a champagne fight, the tribe bust their best moves on a dance floor straight out of Saturday Night Fever.

New York Times: Despite their fiery history on the debate stage, Sen. Kamala Harris of California is considering endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden for the Democratic nominee for president. Great – then he can pick her for veep duties and they’ll win.

BroadwayWorld: In a tribute to longtime GRAMMY executive producer Ken Ehrlich, and to acknowledge the importance of music education in schools to the Recording Academy, GRAMMY Museum® and Ehrlich, artists associated with Ehrlich’s 40-year career will gather to perform “I Sing The Body Electric” from the film Fame. The performance will feature current nominees Camila Cabello, Gary Clark Jr. and John Legend joined by Debbie Allen, Joshua Bell, Common, Misty Copeland, Lang Lang, Cyndi Lauper, Ben Platt, and The War And Treaty.

People: Did Prince Charles diss Vice President Mike Pence as he made his way down an assembly line of world leaders at the World Holocaust Forum?

News Round-Up: November 20, 2019

Some news items you might have missed:

• Instinct: A real-life gay couple (above) kissing in an Australian underwear ad got a lot of attention. Some called it “beautiful,” but others said the ad was “offensive.”

• Washington Blade: The number of hate crime incidents targeting gays, lesbians, and bisexuals in the United States in 2018 increased by nearly 6 percent over the previous year and the number of anti-transgender hate crime incidents increased by 41 percent during that same period, according to the FBI’s newly released annual Hate Crime Statistics Report.

Newsweek: Donald Trump regularly struggles to “remember what he’s said or been told,” an anonymous senior government official writes in the newly-released book, A Warning.

The Sun: A United Airlines passenger refused to sit next to 16-year-old Taylor Richardson on a plane “because she was black.”

NBC News: Preparing to enroll their two-year-old in pre-school, two gay dads were asked: “Who is the mother?”

Rolling Stone: Michelle Obama, Lizzo and Lil Nas X all scored Grammy Award nominations today.

Gaily Grind: Acrobatic dancers Guillaume Paquin and Arthur Morel Van Hyfte received a standing ovation after performing a dance routine meant to combat homophobia on La France a Un Incroyable Talent (France’s Got Incredible Talent) last night.

The dance routine is part of the CircusQueer project, which is described on social media as “a series of performance videos to address social issues and hopefully inspire a kinder world” and meant to address “gender identity, trans youth, and the conditioning of gender expectations.”

Great Night For LGBTs & Allies At The 2019 Grammy Awards

It was a great night at the 2019 Grammy Awards as fans saw out artists and LGBTQ allies take home many awards.

Brandi Carlile, who went into the awards ceremony as the most-nominated woman of the night, took home 3 Grammys for best American Roots performance and best American Roots song for “The Joke,” and best Americana Album for By the Way, I Forgive You.

“Americana music is the island of misfit toys,” said Carlile as she accepted one of her Grammys. “I came out of the closet at 15 years old, when I was in high school, and I can assure you that I was never invited to any parties. I never got to attend a dance.”

“To be embraced by this enduring and loving community has been the dance of a lifetime,” she added. “Thank you for being my island.”

Lady Gaga picked up three award last night beginning the evening’s televised festivities with a win for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Shallow,” followed by Best Song Written for Visual Media (“Shallow”) and Best Pop Solo Performance (for “Joanne”).

In her acceptance speech, Mother Monster said she was proud that her hit movie, A Star is Born, addressed mental health issues. “If you see someone that’s hurting, don’t look away” said the openly bisexual artist.

The Oscar nominee also made an appearance near the beginning of the show with Jennifer Lopez, Alicia Keys, Jada Pinkett Smith and former First Lady Michelle Obama. And yes, the standing ovation was awesome.

International out pop-star Ricky Martin opened the show performing alongside Camila Cabello, J Balvin and trumpeter Arturo Sandoval.

Out rocker St. Vincent snagged two Grammys: for Best Rock Song for “Masseduction” and Best Recording Package.

Pansexual artist Janelle Monáe, who was nominated for Album of the Year and also Best Music Video, brought down the house with her performance of “Make Me Feel.”

Monáe, who came out last year, dedicated her Grammy nominations to her “trans brothers and sisters.”

“My trans brother and sisters, they do it every day. And they are shunned from these sorts of events. So this one is for them,” she told Variety.

And longtime LGBTQ ally, Kacey Musgraves took home four trophies, including top honor “Album Of The Year.”

She dropped the gorgeous and touching new music video for her song, “Rainbow,” shortly before the Grammy festivities began. The video chronicles the everyday struggles of different people including a young queer teen coping with disapproving parents.

“I keep dreaming of the day when we have a gay country music icon, that is loud and proud and really, like, a hero for country music fans, especially in these small towns where [LGBTQ people] are terrified of being themselves and feel like they have to hide,” Musgraves told HuffPost last March.

Musgraves also scored for “Best Country Album,” “Country Vocal Performance,” and “Best Country Song.”

Here’s the list of folks who took home honors last night.

TELEVISED AWARDS

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance – “Shallow,” Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper

Song of the Year – “This is America,” Childish Gambino

Best Country Album – Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves

Best Rap Song – “God’s Plan,” Drake

Best R&B Album – H.E.R., H.E.R.

Best Rap Album – Invasion of Privacy, Cardi B

Record of the Year – “This is America,” Childish Gambino

Album of the Year – Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves


PRE-SHOW AWARDS

Best Recording Package – Masseduction, Willo Perron, art director St. Vincent

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media – Black Panther, Ludwig Goransson, Composer

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media – The Greatest Showman

Best Song Written For Visual Media – “Shallow,” Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, & Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper)

Best American Roots Performance – “The Joke,” Brandi Carlile

Best American Roots Song – “The Joke,” Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth & Tim Hanseroth, songwriters (Brandi Carlile)

Best Americana Album – By The Way, I Forgive You, Brandi Carlile

Best Music Video – “This Is America,” Childish Gambino, Hiro Murai, video director; Ibra Ake, Jason Cole & Fam Rothstein, video producers

Best Country Solo Performance – “Butterflies,” Kacey Musgraves

Best Country Song – “Space Cowboy,” Luke Laird, Shane McAnally & Kacey Musgraves, songwriters (Kacey Musgraves)

Best Pop Solo Performance – “Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?),” Lady Gaga

Best Pop Vocal Album – Sweetener, Ariana Grande

Best Urban Contemporary Album – Everything Is Love, The Carters

Broadway Stars Ben Platt & Patti LuPone Deliver Powerful Performances At 2018 Grammy Awards

Patti LuPone delivers stunning “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina”
at 2018 Grammy Awards

Last night’s Grammy Awards included tributes to Broadway legends Andrew Lloyd Webber and Leonard Bernstein performed by Tony Award winners Ben Platt (Dear Evan Hansen) and the one and only Patti Lupone (Evita).

Platt delivered a stirring “Somewhere” from Bernstein’s West Side Story, but it was LuPone’s electrifying “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” from the original Broadway production of Evita in 1979 (a true diva who can still deliver like a boss 39 years later) that stunned the Grammy audience.

LuPone quickly began trending on Twitter.

It was also a big night for Platt as the Dear Evan Hansen cast recording took home the 2018 Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album, moving Platt to the halfway mark to EGOT status ― that is, winning Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards.

Watch both performances below.

Two-time Tony Award winner Donna Murphy chimed in with praise as well: