News Round-Up: November 6, 2020

Juan Melecio (image via Twitter)

Some news items you might have missed:

Edge Media: Juan Melecio (above), better known as gay porn star Antonio Biaggi, finished 5th in a field of 6 candidates for two city commissioner seats in gay-centric Wilton Manors, Florida.

The Advocate: The GOP failed in its attempt to derail the campaign of Democrat Roger Montoya by shaming him over a gay porn past nearly 40 years ago. Montoya triumphed in his New Mexico race for House District 40, besting Republican opponent Justin Salazar-Torrez 56.8 percent to 43.2 percent.

Victory Fund: Todd Gloria has won his race to become the next Mayor of San Diego, California. He is the first openly LGBTQ person and first person of color to be elected to the office.

New Music: Australian superstar Kylie Minogue drops some super-cute disco beats with her latest single, “Where Does The DJ Go?” The pop diva will also be streaming a live 50-minute performance – Kylie: Infinite Disco – around the globe on Saturday, November 7.

NBC News: Defense Secretary Mark Esper has prepared a letter of resignation, according to three current defense officials. Defense officials say Esper prepared his letter because he is one of the Cabinet officials long expected to be pushed out after the election.

Vox: Georgia now has two Senate runoffs, both to be decided on January 5, 2021, as Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R) and Democrat Rev. Raphael Warnock failed to cross the majority threshold in Georgia’s special election Senate race.  Sen. David Perdue (R) and Jon Ossoff (D) are headed to a runoff as well as neither were able to clear the state’s 50 percent threshold.

Washington Examiner: Amid reports Donald Trump might not concede the election, a spokesman for Joe Biden’s campaign, Andrew Bates responded: “The American people will decide this election. And the United States government is perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House.”

New Music: Fab The Duo, Cazwell, Kylie Minogue

Greg Driscoll and Brendan Eprile in ‘Party For Two’

Catching up on new music releases this week:

Fab The Duo, biracial glam pop-rock duo and real-life couple, released their brand new single,”Party For Two.” The perfectly-timed quarantine bop is a celebration of staying in and bringing down the house with your dance partner of choice when you’ve got “nothing to do.”

The music video features the jubilant pair bringing the party to life as they tear up the floor with each other alongside a quartet of energetic backup dancers, offering inspiration in a time when it’s needed most:

“I know the world is frustrating and angry and oh so annoying. But sometimes you’ve got to close your eyes, grab that bottle of wine and dance the night away.”

Cazwell – “Ice Cream Truck 2020”

Out rapper Cazwell celebrates the 10th anniversary of his hit “Ice Cream Truck” with an updated version co-produced with Vjuan Allure, along with a fresh new music video (NSFW).

Cazwell was determined to have his video open up with rarely seen trans male representation. Artist and trans activist, Ezra Michel kicks it off by playing the opening drum line beat.

The video has a handful of hotties from the original “Ice Cream Truck” video from 2010 like Geronimo Frias and Alex Maravilla, plenty of new studs and an abundance of butt cheeks.

Kylie Minogue in “Magic”

Australian superstar Kylie Minogue drops her latest single and music video, the disco-tastic “Magic.”

Produced and mixed by PhD (also known as Peter Wallevik & Daniel Davidsen), “Magic” is an uplifting track interlaced with piano and brass, leading up to a feel-good, melodic chorus. The official video, filmed at London’s iconic Fabric nightclub, is an homage to British club culture, giving Kylie fans a moment of escapism to celebrate on a fantasy dancefloor.

News Round-Up: August 7, 2020

Pennsylvania legislator Brian Sims (via Instagram)

Some news items you might have missed:

LGBTQ Nation: A Republican lawmaker called the police this week on out Pennsylvania Democratic lawmaker Brian Sims saying that the gay legislator made him fear for his family’s safety. Sims denies the allegations.

Instinct Magazine: Walt Disney Studios and Hulu have decided to renew Love, Victor for a second season after the first season’s well-received debut in June. Hulu later announced that Love, Victor was the number one most-watched drama on the streaming platform during its premiere week in June.

theOUTfront: Premiering today on Disney+, the new documentary Howard pays tribute at the life of gay director/librettist/lyricist, Howard Ashman who also helped give a genie his magic and a carnivorous plant his menace and has made generations want to be part of that world.

Means Happy: Get ready to be celebrated because Gay Uncles Day is a thing. Since around 2016, Gay Uncles Day has been widely celebrated on the second Sunday in August – it’s a great way of recognizing the diversity of our families, and also the important contribution that queer men make to family life.

Washington Examiner: With the party’s presumptive presidential nominee, Joe Biden, leading President Trump by a wide margin in national polling, there could very well be a another “blue wave” come November. The nonpartisan Cook Political Report shifted ratings in four more House races this week in the direction of the Democrats.

New Music: Australian pop star Kylie Minogue recently released the music video to her new single, “Say Something,” and it is all you could want in galactic glitter goodness. The vibe of the video could be described as Xanadu meets Starlight Express as the pop princess galavants across the universe on a golden steed surrounded by shirtless men. #TotallyNotGayAtAll

Olivia Newton-John, Kylie Minogue & Magda Szubanski Honored On Australia Day

Kylie Minogue, Olivia Newton-John, Magda Szubanski

Three Australian LGBTQ allies – Olivia Newton-John, Kylie Minogue, and Magda Szubanski – were among the women announced on the 2019 Australia Day honors list.

On Saturday, Kylie, 50, and Magda, 57, were appointed Officers of the Order of Australia (AO) for their work in the performing arts.

Magda, the former star of the hit TV series Kath & Kim, was also honored for her tireless efforts as a proponent for marriage equality.

“To be acknowledged in this way is absolutely one of the highlights of my life,” Magda said.

She joked that people can now called her ‘Your Mag-desty’.

Olivia was honored with the Officer of the Order of Australia in 2006 for “service to the entertainment industry as a singer and actor, and to the community through organizations supporting breast cancer treatment, education, training and research, and the environment.”

This year, the ‘Physical’ singer received an upgrade, if you will, with the Companion of the Order of Australia ‘for her efforts in health service via the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness’ and Research Centre, in addition to her decades-long acting and music career.

The 70-year-old pop star said in a video greeting: “I just want to say how excited and delighted and honored I am to have this honor bestowed on me by the Governor General. I’m so proud to be an Aussie, and this couldn’t have come at a better time. Happy Australia Day!”

News Round-Up: February 27, 2018

Some news items you might have missed:

• InstaHunk Bernardo Belmar (above) reminds us why winter living is luscious on the left coast.

• Speaking of the left coast, California lawmakers have proposed legislation that would declare so-called “conversion therapy” an “unlawful practice” and fraud.

• In March of 2017, WikiLeaks tweeted it never had direct contact with long-time Trump friend/adviser Roger Stone. The Atlantic has obtained private Twitter messages between the two showing the denial was a lie.

• Donald Trump son-in-law and presidential adviser Jared Kushner has had his security clearance downgraded.

• “Goddess of pop” and awesome gay ally Kylie Minogue will headline New York City Pride.

• Trans actress Laverne Cox dropped her first single “Beat for the Gods” this week, and the music video gives glory to voguing, drag and club dance with some Fosse references thrown in for good measure.

News Round-Up: April 3, 2017

Some news items you may have missed:

• Brazilian fitness model Rodiney Santiago (above) says “Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.”

• Anti-LGBT radio host and all-around nut job Bryan Fischer says LGBTs “stole the rainbow from God.” #Seriously

• Former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says “the good news is the Human Rights Campaign lost the battle” over the state’s anti-LGBT law, HB2.

• The upcoming merger of AOL and Yahoo will create a new company named “Oath.” Really? Oath?

• At least 10 high school athletes in La Vernia, Texas, have been arrested for “hazing” after allegedly sexually assaulting a younger student with the threaded end of a CO2 tank.

• Pop goddess and long-time LGBT ally Kylie Minogue was told to cut shots of same-sex couples kissing from her awesome 2010 music video for “All The Lovers.” Kylie refused to cut the kisses because she felt the video was an “homage to her gay audience who helped propel her initial success.”

Kylie Minogue On ABC’s GALAVANT – “Off With His Shirt”

ABC will see the season premiere of it’s “comedy extravaganza” Galavant tonight.

And what better way to make a splash than to have Kylie Minogue guest star as the queen who performs a camp disco number with real-life boyfriend Joshua Sasse.

And yes, it IS his shirt that comes off.

The song is destined to gay bar “musical comedy video night” hall of fame status. Especially with the camp disco beat and check these lyrics:

“Don’t be shy boys / go to town / I’ll bet that chest / Is heaven blessed.”

“Save some room, boys, for dessert / Oh, off with his shirt.”

How have I never watched this show? You can bet I’ll be tuning in now 🙂

(h/t JMG)

Christmas Music: Kylie Minogue “Every Day’s Like Christmas” Remixed

Check this bright and shiny new remix of Kylie Minogue’s new “Every Day’s Like Christmas” (from her new album Kylie Christmas) by Mike Stock, Matt Aitken and Pete Waterman.

This marks the first mix in decades that reunites Kylie with the legendary producers that she worked with at the very start of her career.

Watch for Kylie’s Christmas concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall on December 11th – her first ever headline show at the prestigious venue. The show will be filmed for TV.

Merry merry!

Christmas: Kylie Minogue & James Corden Duet On “Only You”

Christmas comes early for Kylie Minogue fans as she shares the first single from her upcoming holiday album, Kylie Christmas.

Duetting with Late Late Show host James Corden, “Only You” is a cover of the 1982 hit by Yazoo.

About the track, Kylie says, “As a fan and friend, I’m so excited to have James Corden duetting with me on the song ‘Only You’. He suggested the song for my Kylie Christmas album and I just knew he would sound amazing on it. It’s so subtle and lovely and I think it will surprise a lot of people.”

The full album drops this Friday, November 13th. You can pre-order the album now and get “Only You” immediately at iTunes.