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07/12/2014

Gay Iconography: Can't Get Kylie Minogue Out of Our Heads

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Big icons come in small packages. The petite pop princess Kylie Minogue is not just a gay icon, but, according to a survey printed in The Sun, she’s the biggest gay icon of all time.

You’re free to disagree, but there’s plenty more evidence in her favor. Even Rufus Wainwright named her one of his top gay icons, saying “I love Kylie, she's the anti-Madonna. Self-knowledge is a truly beautiful thing and Kylie knows herself inside out. She is what she is and there is no attempt to make quasi-intellectual statements to substantiate it. She is the gay shorthand for joy.”

She’s acknowledged and celebrated her gay audience throughout her decades-long career.

“I didn’t become a gay icon or become popular in the gay community for doing something specific. That happened just because I was being myself,” she told The Advocate last year. “When I’m on tour, I think there’s a little bit of everything there. From a row of muscle Marys and drag queens to dads, moms, grandmas, and three generations of girls – everyone is there. So I try to put into my shows and albums a little bit for everyone and I hope that colors my work in the best way.”

Whether LGBT audiences adore her for her disco-flavored dance tunes, flashy costumes or charming personality, Kylie’s fervent fans have made her an institution since the late 1980s.

See her in action in some of our favorite clips, AFTER THE JUMP

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Posted Jul. 12,2014 at 12:55 PM EST by in Gay Iconography, Kylie Minogue | Permalink | Comments (0)


Laverne Cox Featured In John Legend's Moving 'You And I': VIDEO

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Though she has an Emmy nomination and a Time cover under her belt, there is no sign that Laverne Cox is slowing down. These days the actress/activist is everywhere, including the music video for John Legend's eye-watering and treacly single "You and I (Nobody in the World)."

The music video features women of many shapes, ages, sizes, and backgrounds staring into the camera while going about their daily routines. In the accompanying song, John Legend sings words of unconditional love. Taken together it's a bit of a tear-jerker, so if you're not in the mood to get a little misty, don't say we didn't warn you!

Keep your eyes peeled not just for Cox, but also for other recognizable faces in cameos — comedian Tig Notaro and Tatyana Ali of Fresh Prince fame make appearances.

Check the video out AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Jul. 12,2014 at 11:55 AM EST by in Laverne Cox, Music Video | Permalink | Comments (2)


Federal Appeals Court Orders Utah to Recognize Gay Marriages; State to Appeal to SCOTUS

Gay couples married in Utah may soon have their marriages recognized by the state.

State_utahThe ACLU reports:

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit denied Utah's request to suspend a lower court's ruling ordering the state to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples who were legally married after a federal court struck down a state ban, but before the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily halted additional marriages from taking place. Over 1,000 same-sex couples married in Utah during that time period. In May, a federal court ordered the state to recognize those marriages as legally valid, but Utah had asked that the lower court's order be suspended as the appeals process continued. Today's ruling denies that request, but does give the state 10 days to decide to seek a stay from the U.S. Supreme Court.

The couples are represented by American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Utah, and Strindberg & Scholnick, LLC, who sought the preliminary injunction for the marriages to be recognized while their lawsuit continues. 

"It's a relief to our clients and the 1,000 other lawfully wedded same-sex couples in our state that their marriages will be recognized throughout this process," said John Mejia, legal director of the ACLU of Utah. "We continue to fight to ensure that these loving and committed couples get the permanent recognition they deserve."

SupremesThe Salt Lake Tribune adds that the state will appeal to Justice Sonia Sotomayor:

In a statement released by the attorney general’s office, Utah announced its intention to promptly file an application for a stay with the U.S. Supreme Court "to avoid uncertainty."

"The State recognizes that pending cases regarding same-sex marriage in Utah impact the lives of many individuals and families and is diligently seeking uniform certainty through proper and orderly legal processes until Kitchen v. Herbert is resolved," the statement said, referencing Utah’s other pending same-sex marriage appeal aimed at reviving a voter-approved ban on gay and lesbian unions.

Posted Jul. 12,2014 at 10:53 AM EST by in Gay Marriage, Utah | Permalink | Comments (2)


Australian Olympian Swimmer Ian Thorpe Comes Out as Gay

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Australian Olympian swimmer Ian Thorpe comes out of the closet in an interview airing tonight on Australian TV, the Daily Telegraph reports:

After years of personal struggle, Olympic hero Ian Thorpe has bravely revealed he is gay.

The 31-year-old confirms his sexuality for the first time Sunday in an exclusive interview on Channel 10, telling all to veteran British interviewer Sir Michael Parkinson.

It’s understood the interview, which Parkinson has described as one of the best he has ever conducted, includes a full admission from Thorpe that he is gay despite having dated women in the past.

In the emotional sit-down shot last month, Thorpe also details the years of depression he has battled while denying his sexuality from the world. Part of that concealment included his own autobiography This Is Me, published in 2012, in which Thorpe wrote that he found questions about his sexuality hurtful.

Thorpe's sexual orientation has been the focus of the media for more than a decade, since the 2000 Olympics. Staying in the closet in the public eye for so long has to be incredibly damaging. Hopefully he's found some peace.

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Posted Jul. 12,2014 at 10:00 AM EST by in Australia, I'm Gay, Ian Thorpe, News, Olympics | Permalink | Comments (35)


Drive By Compliments 2: VIDEO

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What happens when a guy with no reservations and a megaphone delivers compliments to random passerby while driving around town? Some mild confusion, some awkward smiles, and a whole lot of "Thank yous."

It's an exceptionally charming video, and you can watch it AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Jul. 12,2014 at 9:30 AM EST by in Video | Permalink | Comments (2)


Fox's Keith Ablow Doesn't Understand Marriage Equality, Warns Of Man-On-Dog Marriage: VIDEO

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Isn't this the very thing that led to Rick Santorum's "Google problem"?

Fox News talking head and quack psychiatrist Keith Ablow weighs in on California Governor Jerry Brown's decision to replace the terms "husband" and "wife" with "spouse" in the state's marriage laws, with the predictable level of absurd misinformation that even other Fox hosts have called him out for:

Here's the thing, the states need to get out of the marriage business. There's no way that the state of California can deny a marriage license to four spouses now. Eight spouses, or I would say three human spouses and the canine they absolutely love because if love is the foundation of marriage, they can love their dog, too.

Because in his diseased mind, equitable and reciprocated love between two sentient humans who happen to be the same gender engaging in a legal union that requires informed consent is the same thing as an orgy with a corgi - or "corgy", if you will.

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Posted Jul. 12,2014 at 8:55 AM EST by in Gay Marriage, Keith Ablow, Video | Permalink | Comments (17)


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