Pride Music: Taylor Swift “You Need To Calm Down”

Taylor Swift dropped her awesome new music video for “You Need To Calm Down” and it’s packed to the gills with LGBTQ stars, celebs and personalities.
Taylor Swift in “You Need To Calm Down”

Taylor Swift dropped her awesome new music video for “You Need To Calm Down” and it’s packed to the gills with LGBTQ stars, celebs and personalities.

Featured in the video are Ellen DeGeneres, Laverne Cox, Karamo Brown, Antoni Porowski, Jonathan van Ness, Bobby Berk, Tan France, Ciara, RuPaul, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and husband Justin Mikita, Billy Porter, Adam Lambert, Adam Rippon, Ryan Reynolds, Hayley Kiyoko, Todrick Hall, Chester Lockhart, Dexter Mayfield, Hannah Hart, and Katy Perry.

Billy Porter

The song shows Taylor’s “all-in” support for the LGBTQ community as the video is full of plastic wading pools, crowns for queens, bouncy beats, glitter, and queer references like GLAAD and shade.

The music video’s release arrives just weeks after Swift shared an open letter to her Republican Tennessee U.S. senators calling for their support for the Equality Act, which would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

And Friday night, she surprised folks at the historic Stonewall Inn with an impromptu performance of her mega-hit “Shake It Off.”

The climax of the vid is an epic trailer park food fight followed by the message:

“Let’s show our pride by demanding that, on a national level, our laws truly treat all of our citizens equally.

“Please sign my petition for Senate support of the Equality Act on Change.org.

Go, Taylor, go!

RuPaul

Gay Son Of A Pastor Sings Emotional “Landslide” Dedicated To His Parents

Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, the gay son of a Maryland pastor, delivered an emotional performance of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” on American Idol Sunday night.
Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon on American Idol (screen capture via YouTube)

Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, the gay son of a Maryland pastor, delivered an emotional performance of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” on American Idol Sunday night.

For his first AI audition, Harmon performed an original song titled, “After Heaven,” which wonders if there would be a place in heaven for him.

At the time, he was working as a janitor in his dad’s church. But, he’s since left that job.

The 26-year-old shared that his “Landslide” performance was dedicated to his parents, who he revealed have not accepted him since he came out as gay.

“They were really on my mind when I sang that,” he said in a clip interspersed with his performance. “I just want them to know that I love them, and I tried to communicate that.”

The song choice made for powerful reflection as he sang the song before a live audience:

Can the child within my heart rise above?
Can I sail through the changing ocean tides?
Can I handle the seasons of my life?

“I just gotta keep telling myself that I can do this,” said Harmon through tears to the camera. “I’m doing this for me. I’m doing this for everyone who’s been outcast by their loved ones.”

“I know that this isn’t just my experience, and if I can be open about it and vulnerable, then maybe that can bring hope to somebody else.”

After the performances, Harmon sat down to hear what the judges had to say.

Katy Perry, who is also the child of a pastor, connected with Harmon relating how her parents didn’t groove on her first hit song, “I Kissed a Girl.”

“It was difficult for me because I felt very alone in what is supposed to be a very exciting time in my life,” she shared. “It has taken some time, but we’ve all come around to agree to disagree.”

“I just want to say, from one pastor’s kid to another, that I see you, and I love you, and I accept you, and I’m so proud of you,” she added.

And with that, she told Harmon he would be moving on to the round of Top 20 aspiring singers.

The ginger singer has definitely struck a chord with the TV audience.

Up to now, the decisions have been left to the judges. Here’s hoping the viewers at home pick up the phone and vote for Harmon.

And, depending how far he goes, will his parents show up along his American Idol journey?

Well, I’ve been afraid of changing
Cause I’ve built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Even children get older
And I’m gettin’ older, too

Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, the gay son of a Maryland pastor, delivered an emotional performance of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” on American Idol Sunday night making the Top 20.

Hillary Clinton Surprises UNICEF Ball Attendees To Honor Katy Perry

Hillary Clinton, the woman who beat Donald Trump in the popular vote for president by more than 2.3 million votes, surprised attendees at the UNICEF Ball last night in New York to introduce Katy Perry, who was honored with their Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award.

Deadline reports:

“We need champions like Katy, now more than ever,” Clinton said. Her appearance was among her first since losing the presidential election to Donald Trump, and was greeted with a standing ovation.

Audience members tweeted that Perry was surprised by Clinton’s arrival on stage, and was moved to tears.

“Truly my work has just begun, and this award is a starting line, not a finish line,” Perry said in a part of her acceptance speech that was later tweeted by UNICEF.

Thanking Clinton, Perry said, “Hillary has lit that voice inside of me, and that light will never go out. It will continue to get brighter and brighter and brighter.”

Katy Perry’s “Roar” Featured In New Clinton Ad

Check out the powerful and uplifting new campaign ad from Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton featuring Katy Perry’s hit “Roar.”

The 60-second ad will air 11 states as she closes out the race against Republican Donald Trump.


UPDATE: I feel it’s only fair to share Donald Trump’s “closing ad” as well.  He’s running this 2 minute ad in 10 battleground states.

Trump begins and remains cynical and dark throughout the ad. “Failed,” “corrupt,” “destruction” and “disastrous.” Those are the words he emphasizes. He ends the spot with his raised fist against a dark sky.

Optimism wins elections. Tell me which ad inspires you.


News Round-Up: March 3, 2016

Some news stories you might have missed:

• It looks like Katy Perry is a really big Hillary Clinton fan.

• Speaker of the House Paul Ryan “laughed out loud” when he heard Donald Trump’s comment that the Wisconsin Republican would “pay a big price” if he couldn’t work with him.

• Oscar winner Sam Smith actually hated his own performance at this year’s Academy Awards.

• When this NFL star went to look at a gym he wanted to buy, the employees called the cops. Nope, nothing racist going on there.

• A Kentucky lawmaker tries to run around same-sex marriage by replacing the word “marriage” with “matrimony” throughout all state laws. #NotGonnaHappen

• Failed gay Republican organizers of GOProud now regret getting Donald Trump into politics.

• Victory! South Dakota lawmakers fail to override Governor Daugaard’s veto of HB1008, which would have banned transgender students from using the restroom which corresponded with their gender identity.

Army Ranger Ken Yasger Invites Katy Perry to the 2013 Ranger Ball

Army Ranger Ken Yasger invites Katy Perry to the 2013 Ranger Ball

I think this is so sweet.

What our musical heroes do for us and our lives is hard to quantify. The impact, the lift, how they help us carry ourselves through the days.

I applaud Army Ranger Yasger here. Honest, direct and open-hearted. I’m keeping my fingers crossed he gets a response from Katy Perry.

From International Business Times:

In a new video uploaded by Yasger, the first openly gay Ranger in his unit, he requests the company of “Roar” singer Katy Perry at his Ranger Ball later this month.

“Katherine Elizabeth Hudson, I would like to formally invite you to the Ranger Ball October 10, 2013. Katy Perry, will you please go to the Ranger Ball with me?” said Yasger in the two-minute clip, all the while blasting Perry’s single “E.T.” in the background.

According to Yasger, Perry’s three studio albums and film “Part of Me” have been his solace while serving overseas. He tells the singer that her music speaks to him in a way no other artist’s does. “Katy, you’re an inspiration to me in a lot of ways, and this is what this video is for. This is the reason I’m inviting you and no other celebrity,” he said, adding his struggles with being an openly gay soldier have been helped through listening to her singles, specifically the 2012 hit song “Wide Awake.” “Your music really helped me get through it. I had family, friends, they helped me also, but I’d wake up in the morning and I’d been feeling really down… I’d listen to it while I got ready in the morning. No matter how down I felt, I would listen to that song and it would really help me get started for the day,” he said.

At this writing, the YouTube video has almost 20,000 views.


New music: Katy Perry “Walking On Air”

Perry says the inspiration for the new single “Walking On Air” came when she and a friend were strolling in Central Park and she saw a group of people roller-skating to deep house music.

“I looked at her and I said, ‘I have to do a song like that,’ ” she said of the song, which she said she is using to channel dance diva CeCe Peniston’s 1991 hit single, “Finally.” “I was like I really want to bring that authentic 90’s deep house song styling back.”