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04/19/2007


Melissa Etheridge's 'Uprising Of Love' Helps Fight Russian Homophobia: VIDEO

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This week, lesbian singer Melissa Etheridge released a video for her song "Uprising of Love," which uses footage of demonstrations and anti-gay violence in Russia to encourage people to rise up against intolerance.

The video was released to help promote UprisingOfLove.org, a website dedicated to raising awareness about Russia's anti-gay "propaganda" law. All proceeds of Etheridge's new song will go to the Russia Freedom Fund, “a U.S. tax-deductible vehicle for making financial contributions in support of the LGBTI movement in Russia and efforts to combat discrimination and violence there based on sexual orientation and gender identity.”

Watch the video AFTER THE JUMP...

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Melissa Etheridge Says Goodbye To DOMA, Pledges To Get Married; Other Celebrities Celebrate SCOTUS Decisions

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Melissa Etheridge, the famous singer and one of Hollywood's earliest gay rights activists, has confirmed that she will marry her partner of three years, television producer Linda Wallem.  

Yahoo! reports:

"I look forward to exercising my American civil liberties and getting fully, completely and legally married this year to my true love of over three years, Linda Wallem," Etheridge said in a statement.

"Once again our constitution stands strong," the "Come to My Window" singer added. "All men, and women, and everything in between are created equal."

Yahoo! also makes mention of several Hollywood heavyweights who took to Twitter to announce their excitement at the DOMA and Prop 8 rulings.

Ellen degeneresComedienne and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, an early gay rights advocate, tweeted after the ruling on Wednesday, "It's a supremely wonderful day for equality. Prop 8 is over, and so is DOMA. Congratulations everyone. And I mean everyone."

"We stand tall today. #DomaStruckDown So many fought for so long. Be proud, the prejudice are now the minority," singer and prominent gay rights supporter Lady Gaga wrote to her more than 38 million Twitter followers.

"Big news from the Supreme Court. Goodbye #DOMA #Prop8. Hello #equality," tweeted Ben Affleck, the director and star of Oscar-winning film "Argo," while actor Leonardo DiCaprio tweeted the decision was a "historic day."

Singer Cyndi Lauper, whose True Colors Fund promotes gay rights and addresses homelessness in the gay and lesbian community, said, "Both of these decisions not only impact the lives of gay couples, but of gay and transgender youth who struggle to find acceptance from their family and friends."


The Great Etheridge-Michaels Kiss-Off

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As previously noted, singer Melissa Etheridge filed official papers on Friday to dissolve her domestic partnership with Tammy Lynn Michaels due to "irreconcilable differences." Etheridge is asking for joint custody of their twins and hopes not to have to pay any financial support to Michaels.

Apparently, she did this without notifying Michaels, who took to her blog and cooked up this poem (via Dlisted), after the jump...

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News: Alexander Skarsgard, Costa Rica, Paris Hilton, Octopus

 road Melissa Etheridge files to end her domestic partnership with Tammy Lynn Michaels.

Aa  road True Blood vamp Alexander Skarsgard doesn't have time for Twilght's blood-suckers.

 road Oil along Gulf Coast beaches found buried at least 2 feet in the sand.

 road Horrible: 15 men and women chased and attacked a gay couple in the UK.

 road Wanting to look like Lady Gaga, contact lenses from Asia are the latest fad: "Known as circle lenses, these are colored contacts — sometimes in weird shades like violet and pink — that make the eyes appear larger because they cover not just the iris, as normal lenses do, but also part of the whites."

 road Janet Jackson performs a steamy show in New Orleans.

 road Carrie Prejean is now Carrie Boller.

 road Costa Rican gay marriage update: "The Sala Constitucional (Constitutional Court) has ordered the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones to suspend the process of the referendum on same sex marriages that was to have been included in the December 2010 municipal elections."

 road Zack Rosen has won a scholarship to the NetRoots Nation. Now he has to pony up. 

 road Eastern Bank has purchased Wainwright Bank & Trust, an institution that has always been a strong supporter of LGBT rights.

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 road If you don't believe in psychics, you may have a hard time buying into a psychic octopus.

 road If Britney Spears says that if her kids told her they wanted to be in the entertainment business, she would lock them in their rooms until they're 30.

 road Paris Hilton was briefly detained and then unfortunately released by police in South Africa.

 road Madonna keeps helping her daughter promote her fashion line.

 road More kids: "A gay couple that made legal history when they were jointly registered as fathers are this weekend celebrating the arrival of their fourth and fifth children."


News: Sean Hayes, Chocolate, Mark Buse, Bucharest, Beckham

RoadDaily Mail: Bullying can be good for you?

Hayes RoadSean Hayes to host Tony Awards.

RoadTammy Lynn Michaels attacks Melissa Etheridge with her own special kind of poetry: "fucking rides a pole so far up my ass it nearly pierces my brain, and i can't take it anymore, now that i am back home where people don't live in the smoke and mirrors."

RoadHillary Clinton for Secretary of Defense? "Gates, who has long signaled an eagerness to retire, just launched what appears to be his final initiative, a tough push to scale back the Pentagon’s gargantuan bureaucracy. Clinton, with her hawkish image and ties to Gates and to military brass, would be his most logical successor — and some of her most senior allies have begun quietly to float the notion."

RoadBrittany Murphy's husband found dead.

RoadGetEQUAL heads to Mississippi. "Over sixty activists took part in a rally in Jackson, the state capital and then proceeded by caravan to the small town of Fulton. The town of near 4,000 is in northeast Mississippi in Itawamba county which is the home county of Constance McMillen."

RoadMadonna goes back to 1987.

RoadConnecticut Democratic party endorses first openly gay statewide candidate for office, Comptroller candidate Kevin Lembo.

RoadA hip-hop tribute to Lost.

Coach  RoadOpenly gay Oregon State coach a low-profile role model: "No rainbow flags hang from the front of his house; political causes have never stirred him. And truth be told, Walker, the longtime Oregon State softball coach, has always been so absorbed by his work that he has not given much thought to being possibly the only publicly gay man coaching a Division I sport."

RoadAlberta teen forbidden from wearing kilt at graduation.

RoadIs The Knife's Karin behind iamamiwhoami? "We asked Karin the big question, whether it meant anything to her, and there was no confirmation, nor a denial. There was some silence as she thought about an answer, before she responded: 'That's a lot of questions. I think it's much more interesting to ask questions that answer things so it's good.'"

RoadGay rights issues dog Bill McCollum in Florida.

RoadToronto gay-bashing victim Jake Raynard pleads guilty to assault in self-defense. "But wait a minute — how can Raynard be considered a victim and an assailant at the same time? Raynard says he's struggling with that very issue. 'In the process of defending myself and my friends, I did harm to my attackers,' says the 30-year-old artist, who says he and two other guys were attacked by a group of thugs outside a gay-friendly Thunder Bay bar on September 5, 2009."

RoadChocolate bar to fight wrinkles and slow aging...

Buse RoadGay man named John McCain's new campaign manager: "Buse is a veteran McCain aide who got his start in the 1980s as an intern in McCain's House office. More recently, he was McCain's Senate chief of staff. Buse replaces Shiree Verdone, who recently departed as part of a staff shake-up. Grant Woods, a former Arizona attorney general and another longtime McCain ally, has officially joined the campaign as a senior adviser." Flashback...

RoadDavid Beckham pays a visit to British troops in Afghanistan.

RoadBucharest, Romania holds sixth Gay Pride. Photo gallery.

RoadMale model fix: Mario Loncarski.

RoadTroublesome.

RoadNAACP silent on gay Malawi conviction. Gays in Iraq express solidarity.

RoadRecently-elected GOP Honolulu congressman Charles Djou opposes DADT, and civil unions: "Djou was the only candidate to come out against the state’s civil unions bill, which is currently awaiting a decision from Governor Linda Lingle. He issued a statement saying that one of his Democratic rivals, state senate president Colleen Hanabusa, had 'blatantly ignored the will' of Hawaii residents by supporting civil unions. 'Hawaii voters have spoken very clearly in support of traditional marriage,' he added, referring to a 1998 constitutional amendment that allowed legislators to ban marriage equality, which they did. He also supports the antigay Defense of Marriage Act..."


MUSIC NEWS: Courtney Love, Melissa Etheridge, Two Door Cinema Club, M.I.A., Regina Spektor; plus win tickets to Sia

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GuestbloggerMODERN TONIC

The editors of Modern Tonic — a free daily email that serves up eclectic pop-culture picks with a homo slant — present a weekly music update here on Towleroad.

RoadFEATURED NEW RELEASES:
 
HolecoverAs TMZ has told us time and again, Courtney Love’s a mess. But she’s put aside the scandals and she’s coming back strong with Hole. Nobody’s Daughter is Love as we like her: 11 caustic tracks of warts-and-all songwriting. When she lets loose with her primal yowl, Nobody’s Daughter is unstoppable. On the scathing single "Skinny Little Bitch" Micko Larkin (from the U.K.’s Larrikin Love) riffs with punk-rock efficiency while Love cuts down a "nasty piece of work." And "Samantha," about a whore who can’t remove "the gutter from the girl," is up there with anything on Live Through This. It’s rock-and-roll unhinged, with a chorus revolving around Love screaming "f**k" like a football chant. The only time Nobody’s Daughter stumbles is when she indulges her mellow side. The album closing "Never Go Hungry" is a whiney downer. But what a relief to see Love make news again for her music.

MelissacoverIt must be tough chick week because right behind the new Hole is Melissa Etheridge. (Um, don’t think too hard on that please.) Fearless Love is her 10th release since her self-titled debut in 1988. That’s 22 years of rock anthems, straight to the soaring title track of her latest. Has Etheridge been listening to Coldplay? Seems so. Those opening piano notes are very "Clocks," while elsewhere there’s some Edge-y U2 guitar work ("The Wanting of You"), some heartland rock ("Miss California") and some ZZ Top Texas swing ("Nervous"). Sure, there’s also some folkiness ("Heaven on Earth") and a few rough-and-tender ballads ("To Be Loved," "Gently We Row"). But after the recent announcement of her separation from her wife Tammy Lynn Michaels, it’s good to hear Etheridge getting fearless again.

TwodoorThe Irish trio Two Door Cinema Club sounds like Vampire Weekend weaned on world music. That is, on their debut Tourist History, they’re punky and maniacally fast but also playful and experimental. Hotly-tipped as a band to watch in 2010 in numerous U.K. year end polls, their debut arrives on our shores lean, mean and ready to make a scene. They rev up jangle pop to a head-spinning speed on "Do You Want It All?" On the U.K. single "I Can Talk" they ape the sinuous angularity of Editors with none of the Gothic overtones. And they out-stomp Franz Ferdinand on the foot-slamming "Come Back Home." The entire album’s a brief, dazzling tour of tasty alt-pop; if it were an actual movie you’d want to see it over and over.

RoadMUSIC NEWS:

SIA RoadWe have four pairs of tickets for Sia's current "The We Meaning You" tour; one pair each in Boston (May 1), Philadelphia (May 2), Washington, D.C. (May 4) and New York City (May 8). Click here to enter; contest ends at noon EST tomorrow (Wednesday April 28) and we will notify winners soon after then. The tour supports Sia's forthcoming album We Are Born, out June 22. See player above for a free download of the Diplo remix of single "Clap Your Hands" and click here for song's video

RoadM.I.A.'s new video was yanked from YouTube for excessive and graphic violence. If you really want to see it, go here.

RoadRapper Eve, dropped from Interscope a few months ago, talks for the first time about the rift with her former label.

USR1000594_210140_reginas.nosurprises RoadRegina Spektor released a  cover of Radiohead's "No Surprises" today to benefit Doctors Without Borders Emergency Relief Fund.

RoadRyan Murphy on the Glee concert tour : New Directions vs. Vocal Adrenaline.

RoadWhitney Houston's tour drama continues apace.

RoadBody Talk, Pt. 1, the first of Robyn's three new albums has leaked in its entirety online seven weeks before the June 15 (U.S.) release date. Here she talks about what's coming in this trilogy.

RoadMORE NEW RELEASES:

The Essential Carole King showcases the Brill Building songwriter in a novel way. Disc one features her 70’s smashes (like "It’s Too Late"); disc two features hits she wrote for others (like "The Loco-Motion"). Either way, you can’t go wrong.

Brazilian rhythms — courtesy of composer Berna Ceppas — highlight the latest Cirque du Soleil extravaganza touring the U.S., Ovo.

BAD Mick Jones’ post-Clash gig, Big Audio Dynamite’s debut gets the double-disc Legacy Edition treatment. This Is Big Audio Dynamite features the hits "E=MC2," "Medicine Show," and some elastic 12" remixes.

Avi Buffalo, four alt-happy young ‘uns from Long Beach, Cali, come on all Shins-y and folksy on their self-titled debut.

Also released:  Crystal Castles — Crystal Castles (digital now, CD May 25); Mary Chapin Carpenter — The Age of Miracles; Bullet for My Valentine — Fever; Balkan Beat Box — Blue Eyed Black Boy; Trashcan Sinatras — In the Music; James — The Night Before (import EP)

RoadMUSIC VIDEOS:

Wideband Network — "Attention"
This futuristic clip adds just the right level of menace to this low-key mid-tempo tale of caution from the Seattle/Toledo electro duo’s third album, Oxygen and Atmosphere.

Devendra Banhart — "Foolin’"
Banhart adds extra freak to his freak folk on his ska-inflected song from last year’s What Will We Be with this clip of a bi-racial same-sex S&M love affair.

The xx — "Islands"
The intimate Londoners translate their minimal electro with modern dancers reenacting each musical motif and variations with elegant precision.

The Bang Bang Club — "Chemistry"
This photogenic UK dance duo strikes evocative black-and-white poses until colorful paint drops stain their suits and they take it full in the face. The tune — like Empire of the Sun with added bass and beats — is from their forthcoming debut.




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