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Leslie Jordan, The Lover of Straight boys and life


By: Dino Thompson-Sarmiento

Leslie Jordan is in town and TONIGHT! You can see his new show at 8 PM at Park Tavern, tickets at chriscolemanenterprises.com. and get an autographed book at Blake’s on Friday night!

I had a little chat with Mr. Jordan and I could barely get through the interview because he kept me laughing the whole time. From now on I’ll only do it on camera with him because I can barely make out my notes.

Tell me about your new show, “Say Cheese.”

(I cannot publish what he initially said legally – LOL – but I have a feeling he will tell it at the show) the show is about my intimate life – Why I am 60 years old and single and my affair with straight boys and the fact that my lover the last 33 years has been show business. However, I do focus on these straight boys relationships and you know what? I’ve never been lonely. By the way most of these boys I met at Swinging Richards… You know my friend Del Shores says my problem stems from childhood and the repressed lives we had in our generation…That’s not it. In any case this is the best show yet!

I heard you were on Big Brother in the UK – What was that like?

Two ways to look at it. The worst experience of my life or maybe the best. No, it was 12 days of Hell. I’m not good at chit chat with strangers and there I was locked up with these CRAZY PEOPLE! Eating rice and beans and these English people are up all day and all night. Any ways I got kicked out for bad behavior…Ugh, this girl cut up my underwear with scissors and then I kept getting called in to the office because they said I was being rude and offensive. Oh, and I hate than awful man, Gary Busey – he is really crazy – I mean he would leave the toilet unflushed…who does that?

Brother boy is my favorite character of yours, do you have one you have attachments to?

It would have to be Brother Boy. “Sordid Lives”, from its inception, Del Shores included me. I remember he came to me with a bunch of short stories and somehow he weaved them all together in to this brilliant script. I still remember the nicotine fit scene (laughs out loud) I don’t how he took all those different stories and made it work but he did. Brother Boys character will always be favorite.

Drugs and alcohol played a big role in your life. Why did you choose sobriety and how did you do it?

In recovery a person needs to decide on their own when its time. You can’t force anyone in to sobriety. I was 42 and had my third DUI sitting in a jail cell. Meth was my problem. I have an addictive personality. Meth would calm me down. For 10 years it was my medicine. It wasn’t a party drug for me. When I quit I moved on to alcohol with a vengeance.

I had to get comfortable with living in my own skin and be happy about it. I was riddled with internal homophobia- I felt ashamed. Now, sober, I am the closest I have ever been to my authentic self. It is the miracle in my life. I remember looking back at my performances and the acting was there, the humor was there, but I wasn’t. I could see it my dead eyes. I decided to quit and Atlanta has great programs and recovery groups. But like I said you do it when you are ready.

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More Than Half-Way: SCOTUS Move Widens Same-Sex Marriage To 30 States


By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

We were hoping that the Supreme Court Justices would take up the question on whether or not states should be allowed to ban gay marriage. Instead, the justices refused to review lower court decisions that struck down state bans on same-sex marriage on October 6. But without saying a word they still made a pretty loud and clear statement on the issue by choosing NOT address the issue just yet.

Because the effect of saying nothing on the matter means the rulings of the lower courts stand, which, in the case of 11 more states – Utah, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Indiana, and Wisconsin – will allows same-sex marriage. The here-and-now effect? As of Monday same-sex couples could get a marriage license and get married in those states – legally. And the total number of states where same-sex marriage is legal is now up to 30 – more than half of all American states.

So what happens if some of the lower courts move to uphold the ban on same-sex marriage? That’s when the Supreme Court is likely to step in and officially address the issue – or at least make it clear that couples that have been married and have marriage licenses will stay married. Under all circumstances this decision (or indecision) will put additional pressure on the remaining states that do not yet allow gay marriage. Even though this is not a national constitutional right just yet, this move has paved the way for freedom to marry in what accounts for 60% of the American population. And that’s a pretty big step on the way.

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DirecTV Introduces Gay Football Fans In New Ad


By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

DirecTV just aired an ad for their NFL Sunday Ticket featuring a gay couple. Sure, if your gaydar is really off or really obvious signs often escape your attention, you could just see a football bromance floating across your screen. But take the flawless and not too feminine decor, the perfectly groomed lap dog, the guys’ embrace (or rivalrous tackle?), and their agreement to switch to DirecTV (meaning that they live together, duh) into consideration and you have a couple of football-loving gays. Still not convinced? How about one of the guy’s comment on them being “just like any other couple” and you have a signed, sealed and delivered slew of a whole lotta gay signifiers.

In light of Michael Sam being drafted as the first openly gay player this ad is really spot on, and it is notable to add that it is liberatingly free of gay stereotypes. Well, maybe except for the dog.. The surprisingly inclusive ad was aired unannounced during Thursday night’s football game between Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks and was met with a surprising surge of approval by fans. Hopefully, this is the first of many  sports themed ads with a more or less subtle gay twist. We can only say: well played Directv!

Watch the adorable Directv ad right here:

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BLENDERtunes: Jennifer Hudson’s New Dance Hit


By Keoki/BLENDERtunes

#thefeels

Just when that throwback 90s house music trend was starting to wear… up pops Gorgon City with their killer track “Go All Night” featuring the always incredible Ms. Jennifer Hudson. Yeah… ish just got real.

Can you imagine if Jennifer Hudson was around back in the day singing those 90s club bangers like “Rhythm Is A Dancer” by Snap! or “Finally” by Cece Peniston?! Her voice just demands songs like those and Gorgon City’s new song is the closest we will get to a 90s Jennifer Hudson hit.

If you don’t know who Gorgon City is then listen up. The duo helms from London and are on the same record label as Jess Glyne, Rudimental, and the fabulous Clean Bandit. “Go All Night” was also co-written by Kiesza (“Hideaway”) who definitely knows how a 90s house music hit should be.

Gorgon City’s album Sirens drops today (October 7) and in addition to Jennifer Hudson features other phenomenal artists like Laura Walsh, MNEK, and Katy B.


What do you think about the new dance song? Let us know below.

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Fergie’s New Song “L.A. Love (La La)”


 

By Keoki/BLENDERtunes

It’s been eight long years but Fergie Ferg has finally unleashed her new single “L.A. Love (La La)”.

So all of that time out of the game should have given her some time to grow and mature as an aritst, right? Well it didn’t unfortunately. The 39-year-old singer sounds like she is just coasting through this dated and clichéd song (Is it still cool to name drop cities?). And by the way, knowing full well that Naughty Boy and Sam Smith had a HUGE hit with their song “La La La” why would you release THIS?!

The song is a bit catchy and has an OK beat produced by DJ Mustard who has worked on recent hits like Tyga’s “Rack City”, Trey Songz “Na Na”, and T.I.’s “No Mediocore”. However, Fergie doesn’t really do anything memorable to the lackluster track.

I have big expectations for Fergie – maybe too big of expectations. Maybe the song will grow on me. But lezbehonest though – it wont. With other comebacks expected in the near future from Gwen Stefani, Mary J, Madonna, and Janet, if the rest of Fergie’s album sounds like this mess, she will definitely get swept up under a rug and nobody will even care. Let’s just hope that this is a minor set back and the rest of her new album will be more Fergalicious and less La La Lame.

 

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Court In Session: The End of Gay Marriage Bans?


By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

Today the nine Supreme Court Justices met privately to discuss whether or not they should take up cases that challenge state same-sex marriage bans.

Right now a total of seven cases challenging state bans on same-sex marriage are pending in the states of Indiana, Wisconsin, Virginia, Utah and Oklahoma.

And this time around the potential outcome could be the greatest yet, because should the nine Supreme Court Justices decide to take up the question of whether states are allowed to ban gay and lesbians to get married, their ruling could be applied to all the states, which ban same-sex marriage. Georgia, along with 30 other U.S. states, is among the states that still ban same-sex marriage.

So, potentially the decision to take up this question and the ensuing ruling (should it deem marriage bans not allowed) in the current seven cases, could mean that bans on same-sex marriage wouldn’t be allowed in any state on a federal level. And that’s a pretty big deal! For Georgia it could be a kind of ‘win by default’ because technically (and legally) the state ban on same-sex marriage would be dissolved.

But don’t start hearing those distant wedding bells just yet, because the meeting was held under private circumstances and the Supreme Court doesn’t reconvene officially until next week. When back in session the justices must vote on whether or not to take up the cases and if four or more justices vote for a case, it will be heard. The fact that the justices met before actually commencing their new term goes to show that they want to be up to speed on the issue and want to be able to make the right move when the decision is made.

There’s no denying that this issue is of great importance to the Supreme Court being one of the first to be taken into consideration in the new term – so even though we’re not quite there yet, here’s hoping that this will be a step in the right direction to end bans on same-sex marriage all together.

 

Source: Queerty, Pink News

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Hilary Duff Debuts Video for New Single “All About You”


 

By Dustin Shrader

The much-anticipated “All About You” music video premiered last night on Vevo. This is Hilary Duff’s second single off her upcoming album, slated to be released within the next few months.

Since launching her summer single, “Chasing The Sun” Hilary has been crusading a strong come-back on the music scene. Her 2007 album, “Dignity” was her last. Within her seven-year break, Hilary took time to enjoy married life and give birth to her son, Luca.

Now she is back and better than ever. Her new single is already burning up the charts with its full-force pop melody, catchy handclap beats and hair-flipping hooks.

Check out the “All ABout You” video below!

 

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Vassy Releases New Club Banger Hustlin’ With Crystal Waters


By Dustin Shrader

Following up her rebel anthem “Bad” a collaboration with David Guetta, Vassy is continuing her hot streak with her latest hit, Hustlin’. The song pays homage to Crystal Waters and was inspired by her smash 1991 track, “Gypsy Woman.” Hustlin’ recently claimed the #1 spot on Beatport.

Vassy is also gearing up to release her long-awaited pop collection, We Are Young. The title track was featured in the trailer for Disney’s Oscar-winning film “Frozen” and will include all of her current hits. The album is described as “fun, upbeat, quirky, while tackling life and reaching for the stars.”

We Are Young will hit iTunes shelves and all other major retailers on October 28.

See the video debut for Hustlin’ below, as well as the Top 10 climber, “Bad” featuring David Guetta.

Happy Hump Day!

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Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” Followup


By Keoki/BLENDERtunes

If you have a radio… and the ability to hear… then you undoubtedly have heard “All About That Bass” at least TWENTY FOUR times already. You can’t help it that you know the chorus word for word. And you can’t also help that you are humming it right now. It has become the song of the Summer and basically the song of my life. Between Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda,” anything by Iggy Azalea, and Meghan Trainor… this has been quite the voluptuous year of the booty! 

So what’s Miss Meghan Trainor got up her sleeves for us next? Could the cupcake loving Princess of Booty Doo Wop Pop (TM) follow up her “All About That Bass” smash? Sure. Why not!

“Dear Future Husband” is Meghan’s follow up single and it is just as tongue-in-cheek as her first single. The song has that same retro-pop vibe as her debut single and it’s just as refreshing. How could we not love this woman when she writes lyrics like these…

You got that 9 to 5 / Okay but so do I / So don’t be thinking I’ll be home and making apple pie / ’cause I never learned to cook.”

AND

“I’ll be sleeping on the left side of the bed / Open doors for me and you might get some… kisses.”

Now this is the type of girl I want to hangout with! Put on a blonde wig, pillow fight, dance on the bed, and make fun of Sandra Dee – that blonde bimbo.

Don’t you love her latest song? Let us know below.

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Target Gives Middle Finger to Anti-Gay Boycott


By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

 What does a national and major retail store do after being boycotted by anti-gay organization because of signing a legal brief supporting marriage equality? Does it succumb to the pressure of a boycott and withdraw its inclusive stance? Or does it show the proverbial middle finger to those organizations that do not support basic equality by rubbing their argument in their faces? The last is exactly the case with Target, the red dot retailer, that had anti-gay organizations like The National Organization for Marriage, the Liberty Counsel and American Decency Association saying that the company’s public support of same-sex marriage was “slap in the face to millions of pro-family customers.” The so-called pro-family organizations urged a massive boycott of Target. Now, less than a month later of signing the equality legal brief that backed dissolving the ban on same-sex marriage in Indiana and Wisconsin, Target sends a very clear message to the gay haters by launching a national ad campaign promoting their ‘Made To Matter’ hand-picked products that showcases a gay couple and their kid.

The ad campaign is backed by a quote from Target Executive Vice President of Human Resources Jodee Kozlak, who wrote on the company’s blog: “It is our belief that everyone should be treated equally under the law, and that includes rights we believe individuals should have related to marriage.”

Now we get to see if an actual anti-gay boycott will manifest itself on Target’s financial bottom line, because this counter measure ought to have those anti-gay bigots stay far, far away from Target (wouldn’t that be nice?). One thing is certain, though: Target’s got my buck!

Source: lgbtqnation.com, Right Wing Watch

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