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Mika to Headline Free Concert in Paris to Celebrate Marriage Equality, Fight Homophobia

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Mika will headline a free concert on May 21 in Paris to celebrate France's marriage equality law and bolster the fight against homophobia in France, ACT UP reports:

The Franco-British artist, who has made public his homosexuality last September, will occur on the place de la Bastille at this concert for all» scheduled from 7 p.m. to midnight in a spirit "festive and protest", said Nicolas Gougain, spokesman of the federation of the leading associations for the defence of the rights of homosexuals.

The concert was originally planned may 17, the international day against homophobia, but it had to be shifted to practical issues. It will finally take place five days before a national demonstration of opponents of the law opening up marriage and homosexuality to same-sex couples. "We continue to occupy space and express ourselves," said Nicolas Gougain.

Here's the Facebook event page for the concert.


Mika's Video for 'Popular' is Here: WATCH

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Ariana Grande and Mika plot to rid a school of its bullies in "Popular Song", which is a remake of "Popular" from the Broadway show Wicked. Some of the lyrics have been rewritten.

Arjan writes:

"Popular Song" is partly based on "Popular" from the musical Wicked that Mika skillfully incorporated into his own version. In a making-of series on YouTube, Mika explains that the song's original composer Stephen Schwartz came to his studio one day and listened to his second album. "Even though we never wrote together, I sent him an email after meeting to ask if I could play with ['Popular'] a little to change up its meaning," he explains. "I respect him as a songwriter and wanted to make sure he was okay with it."

The song's lyrics describe in not-so subtle terms what it was like for Mika to turn from a misfit into the most popular kid of the class - so to say. "I never was a scholar/You were always popular/You were singing all the songs I don’t know/Now you’re in the front row/Cause my song is popular." It's an important message about the profound effects of bullying that now comes with a playful yet meaningful new video that raises awareness about this issue we should all deeply care about.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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I'm Gay: The 50 Most Powerful Coming Outs of 2012

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2012: GAYEST YEAR EVER

"The fact is, I'm gay." Anderson Cooper's long-awaited announcement sums what it meant to come out in 2012. Again and again we heard the same sentiment — from pop singer Mika's equally anticipated confirmation, "If you ask me am I gay, I say yeah," to actor Andrew Rannells casually remarking about relating to a gay character, "I am gay in real life, so I definitely get it." —  proving that coming out today is in many cases a non-event, and certainly secondary to other achievements.

Yes, a lot has changed in the 15 years since Time magazine ran that cover of Ellen DeGeneres declaring, "Yep, I'm Gay," and even in the six since Lance Bass told People, "I'm Gay." Entertainment Weekly published a cover story this summer called "The New Art Of Coming Out," concluding, "The current vibe for discussing one’s sexuality is almost defiantly mellow."

Yet most of this positive change has happened in familiar territory.

Former NFL star Wade Davis' coming out was a first, as was current professional boxer Orlando Cruz's. And Lee "Uncle Poodle" Thompson from Here Comes Honey Boo Boo helped broaden the overall discussion about LGBT people. But there are a few people on this list who were less valiant, like Republican Sheriff Paul Babeu, and still others who remained quiet about their sexuality to the day they died. The debate over balance between privacy and responsibility is still one worth having, and clearly there are more arenas where LGBT people need space to shine.

All in all, though, 2012 shows that gay people who break down that closet can have it all.

Who had the 50 Most Powerful Coming Outs of 2012?

Find out (in alphabetical order), AFTER THE JUMP...

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Mika's Purple and 'Popular': VIDEO

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In honor of GLAAD's Spirit Day, here's a performance from Mika he did this week at NYC's Webster Hall of his track "Popular Song" with deals with bullying (specifically, the haters in high school who want to be his friend now that he's famous) and contains a sample from the Broadway musical Wicked.

Popular, I know about popular
And all that you have to do, is be true to you
That’s all you ever need to know
Catch up, cause you got an awful long way to go
Catch up, cause you got an awful long way to go

I was on the lookout for someone to hate
Picking on me like a dinner plate
I'd hit during classes, and in between them
Dunk me in the toilet sounds you that cleans 'em

You tried to make me feel bad with the sh#t you do
It ain’t so funny when the joke’s on you

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Mika Talks Coming Out, 'The Origin of Love': VIDEO

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British singer-songwriter Mika paid a visit to CNN's Starting Point this morning to speak with Soledad O'Brien and Richard Socarides about his new album The Origin of Love. He also talked about his recent decision to come out of the closet.

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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1203

MARY J BLIGE: Supports marriage equality.

MIKA: Sample his full album.

SH*T APPLE FANATICS SAY: Some of you will relate.

NOH8: L.A. officials line up for the activist portrait campaign.

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