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Gay pop star from Singapore, where gay sex is illegal, shares coming out story
How old were you when you realized you were gay?
At 13! I’ve been a singer for seven years being in the closet. When I hit 30, I told myself I can’t live my life being someone else anymore. It was just taking away all the joy from me when I was with my friends because I was just busy thinking about hiding my sexuality. All the time.
I couldn’t write another word for a song. I couldn’t sing without feeling like I was being truthful. It’s just painful that my life was basically a lie. And I didn’t want to be lying all the time. It was tiring and tearing me down.
I love my friends and family a lot. And I knew if I were to live a lie, I’d never be able to share the authentic part of my life to the ones I love. So I decided that this was it, accepted who I was, what I loved and told my old self ‘bye bish!’
Gay Star News
Doris Day, a LGBTI icon and Hollywood legend, dies at 97 years old
Hollywood legend Doris Day has died at 97 years old.
A LGBTI icon, she is fondly remembered for her on-screen partnerships with gay actor Rock Hudson.
She appeared in such classics as Pillow Talk and The Man Who Knew Too Much.
She was well known for her animal welfare activism in later life. She also has a string of chart hits, of which Que Sera Sera remains one of her most famous.
Many of her LGBTI fans also treasured the song Secret Love from 1953’s Calamity Jane. At a time when most people had to stay in the closet and keep their crushes secret, the song became an anthem.
Gay Star News
MADONNA SAYS GIVING PHONES TO OLDER CHILDREN ‘ENDED HER RELATIONSHIP WITH THEM’
Madonna has said giving phones to her two eldest children had a hugely negative impact on her relationship with them.
Despite having given 22-year-old Lourdes and 18-year-old Rocco phones when they were in their early teens, Madonna does not plan on doing the same for her 13-year-old son David.
"I'm going to stick that one out for as long as possible, because I made a mistake when I gave my older children phones when they were 13," the Madame X star told Vogue.
"It ended my relationship with them, really."
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Dan Reynolds speaks out against gay ‘cure’ therapy at Billboard awards
Dan Reynolds continues to prove his status as an LGBTQ ally.
The American singer-songwriter, who graced the cover of GAY TIMES in January year, and his band Imagine Dragons were the winners of the Top Rock Artist award at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards this week.
Dan used the opportunity to highlight a cause close to his heart, dedicating his speech to LGBTQ youth who have been – or are at risk of being – put through the harmful practice of gay conversion ‘therapy’.
“I just wanna take this moment to say there are still 34 states that have no laws banning conversion therapy, and on top of that 58% of our LGBTQ population live in those states,” he said.
“This can change, but its gonna take all of us talking to our state legislators [and] pushing forward laws to protect our LGBTQ youth.”
Taron Egerton: ‘I Had a Period of Feeling I Might Be Gay’
“I felt Richard’s penis … on my leg,” he told Attitude. “We shot a scene where we are both naked on a bed, and we are rolling around. I don’t really know how much further we could have gone.”
“In the script, this is the scene of Elton losing his virginity, and we wanted to try to do that justice, and also at that point, their relationship hasn’t broken down yet,” Egerton explained. “They were falling in love, and it’s beautiful because it should be. We didn’t want to play like they were a couple who were eventually going to fall apart, we wanted to play it like two guys in their early twenties who are falling in love and who are incredibly sexually attracted to each other.”
In the same interview, Egerton also opened up about discovering his sexuality saying, “When I was 14 or 15, I had a period of thinking I might be gay and I spoke to my mother about it.”
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Judith Light to receive honorary Tony Award for LGBTI and HIV activism
Will Young on school protests: 'Adults push insecurities onto children'
‘Adults just seem to focus on the sexual nature of LGBT and they kind of miss the point,’ British pop star Will Young has strong opinions about the people protesting LGBTI-inclusive lessons in English schools. ‘It’s really sad.’
Well, it is his job to have opinions on LGBTI matters. We started talking about the protests currently hitting headlines in the UK press while discussing his podcast Homo Sapiens. He’s the co-host with his best friend and film director Chris Sweeney.
‘I think it could be the people who are protesting it are protesting LGBT people in particular,’ Young added.
‘The problem is you get adults hoisting their insecurities onto children… But what you’re missing out on is the embracing and understanding and empathizing.
‘If you stop embracing differences in others you stop embracing it in yourself,’ he adds.
Gay Star News
Massive Boost in Herpes Cases Reported During Coachella
Much like hidden fees and $15 bottles of water, herpes is among the assortment of things you last want to see or otherwise experience during a music festival.
Still, 'twas a spike of the herpes variety that coincided with the recent Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio. According to a TMZ report filed Thursday that admittedly contains some truly inspired stock photo interpolating, the herp warners over at HerpAlert noticed quite a growth in Southern California cases during the first two days of the festival.
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Kristin Chenoweth 'proud to be a person of faith and activist for LGBTIs'
Kristin Chenoweth has said she’s proud to be ‘a person of faith and also an activist for the LGBTI community’ ahead of receiving an award for queer advocacy from the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus (SFGMC).
The Broadway star, who is Christian, will be given the Vanguard Award at the SFGMC’s 41st Season Crescendo Gala on Saturday night (27 April).
Speaking about the Chorus, Kristin said: ‘I feel as if I know them! They commissioned “I Am Harvey Milk” by my composer friend Andrew Lippa and I’ve listened to all their recordings!’
The performer, known for originating the role of Glinda in Wicked on Broadway, will also perform at the ceremony (‘but of course…’) at the Fairmont San Francisco.
Gay Star News
Grindr and pop superstar, LGBTQ activist Pabllo Vittar partner to create and offer exclusive content to the Grindr community
LOS ANGELES, April 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Grindr and Brazilian drag queen, pop superstar and activist Pabllo Vittar announced a partnership to develop and offer exclusive content to the Grindr user community.
The partnership will include exclusive Grindr and Pabllo Vittar video content and the release of new music to Grindr users before it's available to the general public. Grindr and Vittar will also work together to identify a project to support the LGBTQ community as part of the campaign. The partnership comes as Grindr celebrates a decade of helping users in virtually every country in the world to connect, thrive, and express their authentic selves.
"Arguably the most famous drag queen in the world, Pabllo is an inspiration to millions of people around the world. She stands for authenticity and empowerment through her work and her personal convictions – virtues we celebrate here at Grindr every day," said Alex Black, product marketing manager, Grindr. "Ours is a natural partnership as Grindr continues to be on the cutting edge of culture and evolve to provide our users with new and rewarding experiences.
Imagine Dragon's Dan Reynolds on living with 'frustrating' ankylosing spondylitis
Dan Reynolds is much more than the face of 'Imagine Dragons' and a dad of (almost!) four. The 31-year-old frontman of the Grammy-winning band is also campaigning to bring awareness to the painful and hidden disease that is ankylosing spondylitis (AS), which he was diagnosed with in his early 20s.
"I didn't know what the problem was," Reynolds says of his diagnosis process. "I wasn't diagnosed for so long...and the pain just continued and continued and that was super frustrating." The Vegas native was one of the millions living with the disease without realizing it. By that point, he was willing to try anything to alleviate the pain.
R. Kelly’s ex insinuates he might be “into boys” because he enjoys playing receiver in the bedroom
R. Kelly’s ex-girlfriend Lisa Van Allen recently sat down with DJ Vlad to talk about her experiences with the mired R&B singer and things quickly took a homophobic turn.
In the interview, Van Allen talks openly about her sexual experiences with Kelly, explaining in graphic detail what happened during their bedroom romps, and using them to raise questions about his sexual orientation.
“He likes dildos,” she recalls. “I know he likes fingers in the butt with him on all fours. You going in and he’s throwing it back at you.”
“I know that’s a little graphic, but that’s what he does.”
Michael Jackson's Streams Drop After 'Finding Neverland'
Michael Jackson's sales, streaming numbers, and radio airplay have all dipped in the wake of the two-part documentary Leaving Neverland.
According to Billboard, Jackson's combined album and song sales dropped by 5 percent after the Neverland premiere. His album sales alone dropped by 39 percent. Jackson's on-demand streams fell from 19.7 million to 18.7 million.
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Did Michael Jackson Abuse Because He Was Abused?
When Amanda Robson’s husband, Wade, first told her that he had suffered years of childhood sexual abuse at the hands of Michael Jackson, she grew worried for the safety of their son. “Is there any confusion as to what is appropriate in how you love [him]?” she says she asked Wade, in the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland.
Her concern, that as an alleged victim of molestation her husband may have been a threat that spread that evil to another generation, reflects a view so embedded in the culture that it rarely merits much discussion. But the “cycle of abuse,” as it’s often understood, is nothing less than psychological Lysenkoism: the belief, in the absence of clear, empirical evidence, that lived abuse tends to propagate across generations and reproduce itself in specific ways. The facts about the “intergenerational transmission of maltreatment,” as scholars call it, are very complicated, and while there’s some truth to the idea as it’s generally portrayed, there’s also a fair amount of falsehood.
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Desi Arnaz: A Pioneer of the Television Sitcom
Discover how the I Love Lucy star changed TV
Desi Arnaz was a Cuban-born American actor, musician, and TV producer. He is best known for his role as Ricky Ricardo in the cult classic American TV sitcom I Love Lucy. Co-starring alongside his then-wife Lucille Ball, the pair are credited as the inventors of the syndicated rerun as they were more than just actors in the show – they were key in making it into such a success. The show ran from 1951-1957 and spanned six seasons with 180 half-hour episodes in total, which was previously unheard of for a TV show.
Arnaz became part of one of the USA’s most watched shows, but his life wasn’t always glitz and glam, even if it might have seemed that way in the beginning. Born into a prominent Cuban family in Santiago in 1917, Arnaz’s father, Desiderio Arnaz II, was mayor of Santiago, the original capital of Cuba. His mother, Dolores de Acha, was the daughter of one of the founders of the Bacardi Rum Company. If that wasn’t enough of a claim to fame, Arnaz’s grandfather, Don Desiderio, was a physician who accompanied Theodore Roosevelt and the Rough Riders at the Battle of San Juan Hill in 1898.
Arts and Culture
Dolly Parton just slammed nonbinary & pansexual people (?)
Country music legend Dolly Parton has supported LGBTQ issues for a long time. She was one of the first major country stars to publicly support marriage equality and regularly says that gay men are her biggest fans.
She’s even gone so far as to say if she were born male, she would have “been a drag queen because I love all the flamboyant stuff.”
With more entertainers and celebrities defining themselves as gender fluid or bisexual, including her own goddaughter, Miley Cyrus, Parton is finding it hard to come to terms with the uptick.’
“For me, I’m still an old timer. Sometimes I think it’s just become kind of fashionable to speak out like that. I think some of them even say more than who they really are,” Parton told the tabloid.
“I think they just want to be part of that whole movement to make people think that they’re so free and all that. But I don’t really know how they feel inside. I know how I feel inside,” she said. “Miley, she does a lot of stuff for effect, and I think a lot of them do.”