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Gay Iconography: Happy Birthday, Madonna

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Fifty-six years ago today, in Bay City, Michigan, Madonna Louise Ciccone came into this world. More than half a century later, the pop landscape is forever changed.

The Queen of Pop’s legacy extends beyond the more than 300 million records she’s sold worldwide. She’s appeared in films (with varying degrees of success), written children’s books and inspired an entire generation of pop stars. But what makes Madonna so iconic — worthy of not just a college class devoted to her impact, but to an entire academic field of study — is her mastery of multimedia, sexual defiance and ceaseless reinvention.

Friends with Keith Haring and a member of the 1980s New York downtown arts scene, Madonna grew out of a heavily queer community. (She’s even attributed her initial push to pursue stardom to her gay ballet teacher.) Madonna’s sound and image pulses with queer sensibility, from the gay ballroom culture referenced in “Vogue” (or “borrowed,” if you’re being kind; “misappropriated” if you’re being serious) to the sweaty rhythms ripped from the clubs. She’s loudly championed equality, spoke out on the AIDS crisis, and, though her track record is far from flawless, she’s driven a huge amount of conversation about queer issues into the mainstream consciousness.

Don’t just stand there, let’s get to it: Celebrate the birthday [material] girl with some of our favorite clips, AFTER THE JUMP

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Madonna Dubs New Lyrics For DJ Diplo: VIDEO

Annie Mac and Diplo

LA-based DJ Diplo had a new dubplate from Madonna of her 1987 single "La Isla Bonita" that he brought on to the British documentary by Annie Mac Superstar DJs to play for the documentarian. It turns out that the pop legend snuck in some new lyrics as a surprise for the DJ, giving an explicit shoutout to his work-in-progress project "Major Lazer."

Mac's reaction to the surprise is priceless, and you can watch it AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: Adam Lambert, Iraq, Star Trek, Meshach Taylor

RoadFlordia Governor Rick Scott talks out of both sides of his mouth: "Asked about gay marriage in questioning from reporters afterward, Scott refused to support an overturn to the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. He says 'people have differing views and 'what's important to me is that we don't discriminate against anybody.'"

Adam RoadAdam Lambert is all glammed up performing with Queen in Vancouver.

RoadPrince Harry busts a move while in Chile.

RoadDolly Parton performed "Jolene" at The Glastonbury Music Festival.

RoadTensions continue to escalate in Iraq as Isis declares caliphate straddling the borders of Iraq and Syria: "'We will break other borders,' a jihadist from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) warned in the video called End of Sykes-Picot."

RoadChris Pratt chops wood. Looks good doing it

RoadBefore Shia LaBeouf decided to cause a ruckus at Cabaret, he apparently got into a fight in front of a strip club

RoadNew video game Dragon Age: The Inquisition to have gay character: "As a person Dorian will be a fully gay character who is very intelligent, and has a rather sharp wit. This wit and intelligence has been cultivated over many years in a society where outdoing peers is required, and it also makes him incredibly sarcastic."

RoadKen Watanabe to star in revival of The King and I.

RoadAs our very own Ari Ezra Waldman expressed earlier, today's Hobby Lobby ruling at the Supreme Court has a lot of people worried about the greater impact of the case for the LGBT community and women.  

RoadMoving photo portraits of LGBT couples from the 20th century.

Dog RoadICYMI, the most invested canine soccer/futbol fan out there. 

RoadGay Pride Parades saw large crowds this past weekend. 

RoadMale Model Monday: Daan van der Deen.

RoadPippa Middleton apparently missed the memo that her sister's wedding to the future King of England was a big deal.

RoadSome browmance/showmance speculation is already underway on Big Brother 16.

RoadDiplo wrote a song with Maddonna called, "B-tch, I'm Madonna."

RoadStar Trek 3 director Roberto Orci open to a gay character in the next installment of the franchise: "I would like to see that...It can be part of a character and not be the whole shebang…It doesn’t’ have to be like South Park, like ‘what have we learned today.’ It can be so normalized that it just exists. I agree it can’t be shoe-horned in. And it is not necessary for it to be the whole point of the thing. It is an ensemble and there are lots of people to represent so no one point of view should hog it.”

MeRoadOrlando Bloom makes some interesting sartorial choices for a trip to the beach.

RoadCam Gigandet made sure to ditch the shirt on the premiere of new show Reckless last night.

RoadTilda Swinton did a Reddit AMA, proves more intriguing than ever. 

RoadFirst look at Henry Cavill in Clark Kent mode in the upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

RoadActor Meshach Taylor, perhaps most popular for his role on Designing Womenhas passed away at 67.


That Time Kathy Griffin Got Near Madonna: VIDEO

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There is a reason Madonna has a security posse. And her name is Kathy Griffin.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Madonna Thinks Vladimir Putin And Kale Are Gay, Just Like You

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While playing a word association game on Buzzfeed called "Madonna’s Opinion On 10 Completely Random Things," the Queen of Pop called kale and Russian President Vladimir Putin "gay."

Naturally some people are disappointed, especially considering the ad campaign discouraging people from using "That's so gay" as an insult and a study revealing that doing so harms young people


Madonna's New Album May Be Nigh

Mert Alas Madonna Photo

A few days ago photographer Mert Alas posted the above picture of Madonna to his Instagram account with the caption "In my room listening to the NEW ALBUM!!!!! Im DYING!!!!!! LET ME LOVE YOU FROM INSIDE OUT". It wasn't made clear whether Alas was listening to a final version or selected rough cuts of the upcoming album, but it was enough to stir up such a buzz to the point where Madonna fans' heads collectively exploded.

Her 13th studio album is collaborating with big name efforts, such as Avicii, who wrote the pro-trans "Silhouettes"; Maureen Anne MacDonald, who wrote Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball"; and Toby Gad, who wrote and produced Beyonce's "If I Were A Boy" and Fergie's "Big Girls Don't Cry."


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