News Round-Up: April 20, 2021

TV hosts Jaymes Vaughan and Jonathan Bennett are the first gay couple to appear on the cover of The Knot Magazine

Jaymes Vaughan and Jonathan Bennett cover The Knot Magazine

Some news items you might have missed:

Instagram: Celebrity Page TV host Jaymes Vaughan and actor Jonathan Bennett are the first gay couple to grace the cover of The Knot magazine.

The Advocate: Black LGBTQ activists see justice in Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdicts in the murder of George Floyd, but also acknowledge the work ahead. “Today, humanity won over indifference.”

Instinct Magazine: After many queens have impersonated her on RuPaul’s Drag Race, the indomitable Cher is hinting she may finally appear on the Emmy Award-winning series  as a guest judge.

NewNowNext: Gender-affirming healthcare bans are making life hell for transgender kids. Trans kids and their families are “in a state of panic,” one doctor in Arkansas told the AP.

HuffPost: Former boy-bander Lance Bass says ‘Bachelor’ star Colton Underwood is catching flack from the LGBTQ community because some queer folks aren’t down with him ‘monetizing’ coming out.

The Daily Beast: Ted Nugent, the right-wing rocker who’s spent the past year declaring the coronavirus a ‘scam’ has announced that he’s fallen badly sick with COVID-19.

Music: Jaymes & James, Team Chippendales on The Amazing Race, release debut single

Jaymes & James – Team Chippendales from “The Amazing Race” – are releasing their first single, “Light Up the Skies,” produced by Tanzer, and available at iTunes and Amazon.

The Chippendales breakout stars of CBS’ “The Amazing Race” have gone musical. Or if you want to get technical, they’ve actually just gone back to their musical roots.

“Long before Chippendales ever happened, we were both in music,” explains Vaughan.

Vaughan (Jaymes) has released several pop songs in the past and performed in various reviews throughout the world, while Davis (James) has fronted several successful progressive metal bands, including most recently, My Name Engraved. Both have had success in their individual music careers but never released any collaborative efforts, until now.

For the first single off their upcoming EP, the duo has teamed up with international producer Tanzer to blend their styles and create the dance track “Light Up The Skies.”

But, the song is more than just about having fun, for the duo it has real meaning too.

“To me it’s about losing my Dad and making the most of every moment after to make him proud,” says Vaughan. “I told him he’d see me win a Grammy one day, and dammit I am still gonna make that happen!”

Davis adds “But, it’s also about us taking the leap to start this musical journey together,” says Davis. “It’s even got a few hints of the fear you face when starting a new relationship – something for everyone.”

Follow Jaymes and James on Twitter @JaymesV and @James_MNE.

(via press release)

AMAZING RACE contestants to 12 year old – “It Gets Better”

Amazing Race winners The Beekman Boys says they’ve received more than 8,000 letters of congratulations from various fans. One of them happened to be from a woman who says her son Colin is gay and bullied:

“I’m sure you guys are way too busy to read this, but I want you to know how inspirational you two are to my 12 year old son. He is gay and is dealing with bullying and harassment in middle school. It’s so hard to see him going through this, and sometimes the “It Gets Better” message is lost on a 12 year old who feels that middle school will never end…We cheered you on every Sunday night and agonized every time you had difficulties. My son was so incredibly thrilled when you two won last night (as was I!). Thank you for helping him see that not only DOES it get better, it gets AMAZING.” 

In response, Brent and Josh asked each of the teams on this year’s show to send a message of support to Colin, and all of them did so.

Team Chippendales of Amazing Race – Jaymes Vaughan & James Davis

Interview with “silver medalists” Team Chippendales of THE AMAZING RACE

 

Join Candi & I as we chat with Team Chippendales – James Davis & Jaymes Vaughan of The Amazing Race.

We discuss winning, losing, the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat, what it’s like to WATCH the race having run it.

Plus they share their plans to continue raising funds for Jaymes’ father who is battling advanced stage  cancer.  To help Jaymes’ dad, go to www.forgetcancernow.com  

 

Chippendales escort Mayor Carolyn Goodman to kick off holiday event

Chippendales Sami Eskelin and James Davis (currently on The Amazing Race) with Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Chippendales Sami Eskelin and James Davis escorted Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman at the pre-race festivities for The Great Santa Run – organized by Opportunity Village – at Town Square this past weekend!

Chippendales’ James Davis is half of “Team Chippendales” on the CBS hit show THE AMAZING RACE. He and partner Jaymes Vaughan have made it to the final episode airing this Sunday evening. Don’t miss it!