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How the First LGBTQ Mariachi Became an Outlet for Advocacy
What social power does music have? Where does that power come from?
Mariachi musicians Carlos Samaniego and Natalia Melendez found out the hard way—first through discrimination, ridicule and professional blackballing among their musician peers, then via the challenging path of advocating for the acceptance of gay, lesbian and transgender people in the mariachi world.
Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds Donates $50,000 at GLAAD Benefit Concert
During a recent interview with The San Diego Tribune, Reynolds spoke about his stance on politics in music. "I think the whole reason for art, for music, for a voice, is to speak to the truth and to fight for what you believe," he declared. "Whether it’s injustices being done or just a simple song about love and what your beliefs on love are, I think every artist, if they’re not speaking their truth and not standing up for what they believe in — not just in (song), but in interviews — they aren’t deserving of that platform and it should be given to someone else who will make use of it."
Gus Kenworthy posts naked photo for his 27th birthday
Gus Kenworthy knows how to keep his fans happy. The Olympic-medal winning skier celebrated his 27th birthday yesterday. To commemorate, the gay athlete posted a naked selfie last night.
Gay Star News
New Barbra Streisand song blasts Donald Trump: 'How do you sleep when the world is burning?'
Armed with an impassioned perspective and lyrics taking aim at Donald Trump, Barbra Streisand is scaling the political divide with her new single “Don’t Lie to Me.”
Released as the first official preview of her upcoming 11-track studio album Walls — her largest collection of predominantly original tunes since Guilty Pleasures, her 2005 collaborative LP with Barry Gibb — “Don’t Lie to Me” sees the Oscar- and Grammy-winning performer criticizing the president’s leadership over sprawling pop production.
Switzerland made transphobia and homophobia as illegal as racism
Switzerland has voted to change its penal code to make homophobia and transphobia as illegal as racism.
The National Council voted 118 to 60 to make it illegal to discriminate against someone based on sexual or gender identity.
Anyone found guilty of transphobia or homophobia could be thrown in jail for up to three years.
Gay Star News
Esther Rolle 01-Oct-2018
Sam Sparro Marries Partner Zion Lennox in California
Australian singer-songwriter Sam Sparro, known best for his 2008 single “Black and Gold”, married his partner Zion Lennox in Joshua Tree, California. Lennox posted a photo to Instagram on Thursday night, captioned: “So excited to be marrying the love of my life tomorrow @samsparro.”
These Are the Trans People Killed in 2018
Transgender Americans are facing an epidemic of violence. Twenty-seven trans people, mostly women of color, were murdered in the U.S. in 2017, tying it with 2016 as the deadliest year on record. Of course, the number of victims in any given year is likely much higher, given that some are misgendered by police or media, and some homicides not reported at all.
As of mid-September 2018, 21 homicides of trans Americans have been reported.
Amandla Stenberg Came Out as Gay After Battling 'Internalized Homophobia': 'I Was Scared'
Amandla Stenberg isn’t afraid to talk about her true sexuality, even if she had to come out twice to get there.
Stenberg graces the cover of Seventeen‘s October/November issue where she sheds more light on her decision to clarify that she is gay in 2018 after previously coming out as bisexual two years prior.
“Gender and sexuality are so fluid—it’s okay to change your mind a million times and figure out what works for you,” she said. “It’s okay to take your time… I’d been out as bisexual, and people have known I’m queer for a long time. I saw some comments that made me chuckle, like, ‘Girl, we been knew!’ But I wanted to make it very clear that I have romantic love for women.”
HERO SHIELDED WOMAN FROM MACHETE-WIELDING MAN AT CALIFORNIA STARBUCKS: 'I COULDN'T JUST LET HER DIE'
When he saw a woman fearing for her life while being chased and slashed by a machete-wielding man -- he didn’t flinch.
Blaine Hodge, 27, a private security guard and musician, endured several machete gashes when he leaped into action to shield the woman while she was being stabbed by the woman’s alleged ex-boyfriend.
The machete-wielding suspect was identified as 31-year-old Robert Rivas, 31, who reportedly stalked his victim into the Starbucks located at the Stockdale Fashion Center in Bakersfield, California at around Noon on Sunday and tried to assault his ex-girlfriend by ambushing her.
Hodge threw himself between the man and the woman and managed to spare her of what may have been certain death.
Rapper Socalled made amateur gay porn to celebrate his 40th birthday
He filmed it in his parents' house
Canadian rapper Socalled said he celebrated his 40th birthday by making gay porn.
The openly gay star claimed that instead of a mid-life crisis, he wanted a ‘mid-life celebration’. And that celebration involved porn.
Filmed in his parents’ house.
The star realized his parents were out of town for a month, so he wrote a script with the house as the setting. They’ve now been told, and apparently it’s ‘still sinking in’ for his dad.
The 40-year-old recruited two porn stars for the dad-upsettingly-named film ‘The Housesitter’: Valentin Braun, to play the love interest, and River Wilson, as the main character.
Gay Star News
Burt Reynolds, Movie Star Who Played It for Grins, Dies at 82
Burt Reynolds, the charismatic star of such films as Deliverance, The Longest Yard and Smokey and the Bandit who set out to have as much fun as possible on and off the screen — and wildly succeeded — has died. He was 82.
Reynolds, who received an Oscar nomination when he portrayed porn director Jack Horner in Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights (1997) and was the No. 1 box-office attraction for a five-year stretch starting in the late 1970s, died Thursday morning at Jupiter Medical Center in Florida, his manager, Erik Kritzer, told The Hollywood Reporter.
The cause of death was cardiopulmonary arrest.
Meet the hot Latin singer who had everyone ‘salivating’ at the VMAs
For many at the VMAs on Monday, the big question of the evening wasn’t who would win Video of the Year — but the identity of a mysterious (and gorgeous) Latin performer.
Freaky Friday actress Barbara Harris dies aged 83
Actress Barbara Harris has died of lung cancer at the age of 83.
The star's film credits include the original Freaky Friday, released in 1976, and Family Plot - Alfred Hitchcock's final film.
Her career started on stage as part of the Second City comedy troupe in Chicago, which led her to Broadway.
She won the best actress Tony award in 1967 for her performance in The Apple Tree, and was also nominated in 1965 for On a Clear Day You Can See Forever.
Harris's former Family Plot co-star Bruce Dern tweeted: "With the passing of Barbara Harris today, our generation lost its true female comic genius and a girl for the ages."
Listen: Carol Burnett on Her ‘Unbelievable’ Emmy Nod, ‘Ridiculous’ Network Notes
Welcome to “Remote Controlled,” a podcast from Variety featuring the best and brightest in television, both in front of and behind the camera.
In this week’s episode, Variety’s executive editor of TV, Debra Birnbaum, talks with comedy legend Carol Burnett, who scored her 23rd Emmy nomination for “The Carol Burnett Show 50th Anniversary Special.”
Even with six Emmy Awards under her belt, Burnett is still immensely grateful at the recognition by the TV Academy, as well as audiences. “To have this happen now, it’s kind of unbelievable,” Burnett says. “I was happily surprised.”
The program, which is in contention for variety special, celebrated the 50th anniversary of “The Carol Burnett Show,” the variety series which ran from 1967 to 1978, and won 25 Emmys over the course of its run.