Out Music: Wrabel “Since I Was Young” (With Kesha)

Out singer-songwriter Wrabel shares this new collaboration with Kesha, “since i was young.”

“Kesha is like a sister to me,” the artist shared in a statement. “She’s changed my life and changed the way I want to create and showed me what it means to be an artist and what it means to celebrate life, for all of its ups and downs and all-arounds.”

“This song was basically just a conversation on that,” he added. “It’s rare to get to work with someone that’s seen you as so many things and in so many phases. From drunk and sad, to sober and still sad, to sober and in-love and happy.”

I’m a big fan of Wrabel’s work. You can find my previous coverage of his music here.

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“ since i was young (with @iiswhoiis) “ is out everywhere now ! ( link in bio ) writing this song really was a dream come true . with two of my best friends, kesha and @stint__ . it was our first day all together and i’d been messing around with the idea at home on my toy piano . i sent stint a voice note of it and by the time we got to the studio , he had almost a full on track built up that was so inspiring and powerful . the lyrics kind of just fell from the sky . kesha is like a sister to me . she’s changed my life and changed the way I want to create and showed me what it means to be an artist and what it means to celebrate life for all of its ups and downs and all arounds . this song was basically just a conversation on that . it’s rare to get to work with someone that’s seen you as so many things and in so many phases . from drunk and sad to sober and still sad to sober and in love and happy . i cherish the day we started this song and i am so proud to share it . BIG THANKS to @zanelowe @beats1official @hookdegan @applemusic for kicking things off this morning ❤️💙💜💚💛

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Photos: Cyndi Lauper’s 9th Annual ‘Home For The Holidays’ Benefit Concert

Billy Porter at the 9th Annual “Home for the Holidays” event for True Colors United

Cyndi Lauper – the Grammy, Emmy and Tony-winning icon and advocate – hosted for her 9th annual Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays benefit concert, presented by Marriott International and AEG, on December 10th.

Along with Cyndi and her band, guests this year included modern pop icon Kesha, Grammy/Tony/Emmy-winner Billy Porter, 3x Grammy-winning artist Brandi Carlile, prolific chart-topper and staunch LGBTQ advocate Belinda Carlisle, punk icon Henry Rollins, legendary comics Carol Leifer and Lily Tomlin, and Grammy & Emmy-nominated actress/performer Margaret Cho, among many others.

Cyndi also welcomed back Emmy-winner and TCU board member Carson Kressley as host.

Belinda Carlisle and Cyndi Lauper perform ‘True Colors’

Home for the Holidays is known for always having a cool and eclectic mix of performers,” said Lauper. “I mean, c’mon. Where else are you gonna see Billy Porter and Henry Rollins on the same bill! It’s going to be such a great night.”

100% of the net proceeds from the concert will support True Colors United’s programs to prevent and end homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.

In America, up to 40% of the 4.2 million youth experiencing homelessness in America are LGBTQ and, according to a recent study from Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, LGBTQ young people are 120% more likely to experience homelessness than non-LGBTQ youth.

Among many other initiatives, Lauper, who co-founded the organization eleven years ago, has testified and helped secure funding in Congress for a new federal program that is working to finally bring an end to youth homelessness in over 70 communities nationwide.

Head over to the official website for more information.

The one and only Cyndi Lauper
Cyndi Lauper with Kesha
L-R Margaret Cho, Kesha, Cyndi Lauper, Billy Porter, Justin Tranter
Emmy and Grammy Award winner Billy Porter

(all photos courtesy of True Colors United)

Music Video: Kesha “I Need A Woman”

Last week I reported on the new collection of re-gendered songs – Universal Love – recorded by some of the biggest names in the music industry and produced by longtime LGBT ally MGM Resorts.

From the press release:

The album includes boundary-changing songs from some of today’s most-beloved artists. Bob Dylan, one of the most influential and successful recording artists in American history, is among the visionary artists participating in this unprecedented project. Dylan re-recorded “She’s Funny That Way” as “He’s Funny That Way.” The album features five additional stellar artists whose involvement is a testament to the urgency of equality in entertainment: Kesha (“I Need a Woman to Love Me”), St. Vincent (“And Then She Kissed Me”), Benjamin Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie (“And I Love Him”), Kele Okereke of Bloc Party (“My Guy”), and Valerie June (“Mad About The Girl”).

Phyllis James, MGM Resorts’ Chief Diversity & Corporate Social Responsibility Officer, said, “We believe projects like this will help all of us reach a point where seeing the world through the lens of people who happen to be different from us becomes natural and commonplace. It is an immense honor for MGM Resorts to spearhead this inspirational project which celebrates LGBTQ dimensions of the universal emotion of love.”

Today we get the music video for Kesha’s contribution to the project “I Need a Woman.”

The video was shot on location in my town of Las Vegas at The Bellagio.

The music video not only features Kesha’s take on the song, but she also officiates the wedding of lesbian couple Lindsey and Dani.

The nuptials took place on March 26th, the anniversary of the first U.S. same sex marriage license.

This is pretty awesome. Watch below.

Podcast: Texas “Bathroom Bill” Dies In Special Session; Kesha Dedicates “Rainbow” to LGBTs

In this week’s podcast:

• The special session of the Texas legislature closed this week without passing a proposed anti-transgender bathroom bill

• A Missouri lawmaker thinks there’s a difference between human beings and the gays

• Kesha penned an open letter to LGBTs explaining the title track to her new album, Rainbow

Those stories and more on this episode of The Randy Report

News Round-Up: July 6, 2017

Matthew Camp

Some news stories you may have missed:

• The pic above is one of hottie designer Matthew Camp’s more ‘innocent’ posts on his Instagram.

• A gay orgy was reportedly held in the Vatican City apartment of a high ranking Vatican official. The Pope is apparently really pissed…

• Did you hear about the “Gays For Trump” rally in Washington, D.C.? The one that had only 18 people show up?

• Fox News host Trish Regan suggested that it would “do a lot in terms of saving a lot of lives” if the U.S. sent in assassins to kill “crazy fat kid,” North Korea President Kim Jong-Un.

• A gay man in Belfast has suffered years of homophobic attacks including stones being thrown through his windows last week.

• After years of legal battles with her former producer, pop star Kesha has released her first single, “Praying.” The track is from her upcoming album, Rainbow.

Pop star Kesha comes out as bisexual?

“I don’t love just men. I love people. It’s not about a gender. It’s just about the spirit that exudes from that other person you’re with. I’m all about standing up to gay/lesbian/transgender bullying, but it’s also about my little brother. He’s 13 and he gets made fun of because he has a stutter. I just have zero tolerance for people making fun of others.” – Pop star Kesha, coming out as bisexual to Seventeen Magazine.