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Macklemore Takes A Trip To The Grouch Shop On Sesame Street: VIDEO

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The "Same Love" singer stopped by Sesame Street and brought a grouch-tastic remix of his hit song "Thrift Shop" to the show, teaching us that one grouch's trash is another grouch's outfit. 

Watch as Macklemore and the grouches go shopping, looking for some rubbish, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Grammy Nominated Mary Lambert On Growing Up Gay In A Christian Community - VIDEO

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Grammy nominated musician Mary Lambert has spoken to Take Part about reconciling her sexual orientation with her faith.

In the interview Lambert, known for her collaboration with Ryan Lewis and Macklemore on Same Love, talks about using music to prove that all kinds of love are valid and worthy of acceptance.

Lambert also reveals that she auditioned unsuccessfully for American Idol when she was 16.

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Macklemore and Ed Sheeran Perform 'Same Love' - VIDEO

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At the iHeartRadio festival in Las Vegas last night, Ed Sheeran and Macklemore performed "Same Love" together. Singing in place of Mary Lambert, Sheeran strummed along on acoustic guitar and put a fresh spin on the gay rights anthem. 

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Student Fired From University Job Last Year After Coming Out Says Things Have Changed: 'Life Is Absolutely Fantastic'

StephenlovegroveLast year, Stephen Lovegrove was fired from his position as a resident assistant at Charleston Southern University after coming out. He had been inspired by Macklemore's performance of "Same Love" at the 2013 VMA's to spread a message of acceptance as someone both gay and Christian; when the school found out about a series of videos he had created about the subject, he was subject to immediate discrimination. 

One year later and Stephen's quality of life is on the mend. 

GLAAD reports:

Earlier this week, Stephen sent GLAAD a one-year update, noting how much his life has changed for the better after leaving Charleston Southern University. He writes:

One year later, I am happy to report that my life is in a very different place. I am at a new university that is truly diverse, and absolutely loving it. Actually, I’m the director of Safe Zones, a program we have to create a more inclusive school for LGBTQ students. I also host a YouTube talk show and have spoken with lots of different guests about issues of sexuality and spirituality. Best of all, I get to volunteer with Human Rights Campaign in a program with a youth center helping homeless LGBTQ youth in my city. And I’m in talks for a new independent reality show portraying characters who are young queer individuals grappling with love and spirituality in their college years.

Life is absolutely fantastic. :D I am still speaking out about employment discrimination and other issues faced by the queer community. My story always gets people attention and helps them understand all the work that still needs to be done. We are all in this movement together.

MTV also did a follow-up interview with Stephen about his life now, the initiatives he feels passionately about, and his initial inspiration, "Same Love."

That song helped me believe that I could love another human being, that my love was good and real and equal to every other human being.

Here's to a bright future!


Fences feat. Macklemore & Lewis - 'Arrows': VIDEO

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The Seattle-based tattooed lumberjacks of indie group Fences have just released their album Arrows, getting a publicity boost by collaborating with "Same Love" duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. But you already knew that.

What you may not know is that they've released the music video for the song "Arrows", so if you've been on the fence (*rimshot*) whether or not the album is for you, you can check out the scrufftastic song and dance AFTER THE JUMP...

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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Join Seattle Indie Pop Group Fences to Sling Some 'Arrows': LISTEN

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis look set to give a big chart boost to Seattle indie pop group Fences with their new collaboration "Arrows", out this week. The "Same Love" songmakers lend their talents to the track which "is largely about letting go of control and searching for your identity" according to Billboard. That theme is part of the reason that Fences (aka Christopher Mansfield, asked Macklemore, an old friend, to join him on the track.

Said Macklemore to Billboard: "He's fu---d up in the same way that I'm f----d up. Because of that, our lives relate beyond the music. I've always admired his talent for illustrating with words and evoking imagery."

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