Sarah Shook had the makings of an artist from an early age. By 9 years old it wasn't uncommon to see her writing songs, poems and short stories that would become the precursors to the [...]
When Josh Winowiecki and Andrew Morton planned a trip to Paris, they planned it with their mothers in mind. “We took our moms with us because they both turned 60 this year,” said Winowiecki.
When social networks first gained popularity – back in the days of AOL chat rooms – it was exciting, fun, and a generally positive experience. For LGBT people like us, it existed as an outlet where we could be ourselves without fear of discovery and ridicule from the outside world.
The Freeing of Matt Dallas: ‘Kyle XY’ Alum Reflects on Living in the Hollywood Closet & Talks Leaving L.A. to Focus on Fatherhood
Matt Dallas can laugh now, but his former life as a gay man living as a straight man wasn’t a joke. Dallas was told to stay in the closet after moving to L.A. to pursue [...]
On Monday, July 23, contestants dressed in their fairy princess best to compete for the crown in the 10th annual Miss Woodward Pageant at the Woodward Bar & Grill in Detroit. [...]
For those with an obsession for counting things there are 10,000 alphabet letters in this review of pointillist artist Jon Strand’s exhibition: Oracles, Temples and Waves ... and a dragon named Raoul. But 10,000 is a piddling word count to be sure, compared to Strand’s creative dot, dot, dot detailing over nearly 50 years of painting and fascinated viewer acclaim in some 29 exhibitions of his art — including an onset exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts in 1971 (the DIA currently owns two of his pieces). Now, his work is scheduled to be shown from Aug. 3 through 24, at the Wayne State University Arts Gallery.
Company Members of the National Touring Company of "Wicked" will host Witches’ Night Off, an evening of entertainment and fundraising at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Royal Oak on Monday, Aug. 13. Net proceeds from the show will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA) and Open Hands Food Pantry.
Q&A: Justin Theroux on His New ‘Queer Eye’ Friends, Making Crop Tops & Why He Wouldn’t Date Any of the Guys He’s Played
No straight man has ever offered to make me a crop top, but Justin Theroux is no ordinary straight man. If you’ve seen him in all his shirtless, ripped, oiled glory in 2003’s "Charlie’s Angels: [...]
Olympian Gus Kenworthy Talks Hollywood Aspirations, a Promising Future for LGBTQ Athletes and Being a ‘Bad Gay’
Nobody reminds silver Olympic medalist Gus Kenworthy that he was in "Sharknado 5," and it’s hard to tell how that makes him feel after I casually drop that nugget of info as you do if [...]
Since 1993, the Concert of Colors has been a regular Detroit-based, diversity-themed music festival with a goal of "uniting Metro Detroit's diverse communities and ethnic groups." This is done with a variety of musical acts that are sourced from around the world. The free festival's acts this year include everything from the punk sounds of Pennsylvania-based group Tile, the pop and Hip-Hop-influenced work of Flint Native Tunde Olaniran and Iranian artist Mohsen Namjoo — hailed by the New York Times as Iran's Bob Dylan.
I hear this complaint all the time: “I never have enough money.” Truth is, we’ve all been there, but while some of us choose to confront the situation head on to get out of that rut, others continue the paycheck-to-paycheck lifestyle for a number of reasons. What are they? Find out where you fit in here.
Khiana Gaffney was living in Birmingham, Alabama, in 2016 when she made a quick trip home to Detroit to celebrate her grandmother’s 90th birthday. While back in the Motor City, Khiana spent a little time on social media to learn a bit about the local girls. One of those girls, one of those who caught her eye, was the woman who is now her wife, Aleeya Gaffney.
Jessica Newham, better known as Betty Who, is in a constant state of gay. A Pride festival one day, a stroll through Berlin with four gay friends another. Naturally, their afternoon walk is unfolding when [...]
Q&A: Sean Hayes Talks ‘Will & Grace,’ Jack’s Future (…with The Rock?) & Being ‘Part of the Chorus of the Movement’
Where would our queer world be without "Will & Grace"? That’s where my head was just before Sean Hayes phoned, recalling my lonely teen years, when gay white men on TV alone – here's to [...]
There are plenty of notable LGBTQ film festivals around the country, but the best and most overlooked by our community (in my opinion) is Miami’s OUTshine, which features two editions – South Beach in the [...]
Even in prison, Shea Diamond was a star. The concrete floor her stage, the men her audience. And the acoustics? “The best,” Diamond says. The 40-year-old soul songstress stretched her body over the hard ground, [...]
A recurring theme in Jax Anderson's life has been religion. Specifically, it's been the church. And from a very young age, it was where she found solace, hope, family and discovered her musical ability. Today, [...]
Antoni, At Your Service: ‘Queer Eye’ Star on ‘Open’ Sexuality, Crop Tops & the Sexy Anatomy of a Coconut
Even though Antoni Porowski is known for his avocados, on a recent afternoon he was contemplating the coconut, every sultry detail of the tropical fruit meticulously combed like that of someone’s body during a first [...]
Jussie Smollett’s Empire State of Mind: Out Actor-Activist Talks Defying Hollywood Limitations, Using His Voice For Good, and Pride Past and Present
Really, aside from a fame-catapulting role on "Empire" and a dreamy croon so velvety you could rest your head on it at night, Jussie Smollett is just like you. Or was: He remembers going to [...]
Q&A: Jennifer Nettles Talks Celebrating the Queer Community with New Sugarland Album & Why ‘Tolerance’ Isn’t Enough
Just before releasing a hotly anticipated new album with Sugarland bandmate Kristian Bush, duo frontwoman Jennifer Nettles summed up her history of progressive politics and queer advocacy and love for chicken with one defiant tweet: [...]
A Greater, Bigger, More Authentic World: Duo’s Chad King on Fashion Shows, Forthcoming Album (Their ‘Arrival Moment’) and Being Gay in Music Today
While you were crying, out musician Chad King and his friend Ian Axel were figuring out their next move. Could A Great Big World, as they’re collectively known, strike twice with another colossal Christina Aguilera-assisted [...]
Dan Reynolds Is On a Mission: Imagine Dragons Frontman Talks Being a Mormon LGBTQ Activist, Queer-Minded Music & Expanding LoveLoud
During the inaugural LoveLoud Festival in August 2017 on the campus of Utah Valley University in Orem, roughly 40 miles outside Salt Lake City, 17,000 people fell into the embrace of Dan Reynolds. Amid performances [...]
Q&A: Adam Rippon on Finding His Gay Power, What Inspires His Costume Design (‘Sex Stuff’) & His Post-Olympics Clapback For Guys Who Once Ghosted Him
“Yes, this is an interview,” a schoolgirl-giggly Adam Rippon deadpans to fellow figure skater Charlie White who, naturally, is curious about the current topic of conversation: sex and harnesses, and how both come together to [...]
A new web series is currently shooting its first season in Detroit. "Femme Queen Chronicles" seeks to tell the story of four trans women of color living in the Motor City. Created by activist Ahya [...]
Rachel Weisz’s Quest for Queer Stories – and Why She Thinks It’s ‘Essential’ LGBTQ Films Reach Out to Gay Press
Rachel Weisz has strong feelings on makers of queer films discussing their work with queer media. To not do so, she says, would be “ridiculous and wrong and unthinkable.” The topic is broached in light [...]
The soundtrack of my love life as a full-grown gay man was written by a 21-year-old woman. I’m 35, so this is slightly concerning to my queer confidante. He doesn’t think I need to try [...]
Through their poetry, photography and writing, the self-identified “alien femme” duo Alex Jenny and Effee Nelly showcase a fully-realized depiction of queer and transgender love in a decidedly unique way. The couple’s blog, appropriately titled [...]
Few artist are willing to take on topics as complex as the prison industrial complex, painkiller addiction and faith — let alone on one album — but the Indigo Girls certainly don't shy away from [...]
Q&A: Jessie Ware on Gaining Confidence from the Queer Community, Wig Snatching & Upcoming Dance Album
Jessie Ware only recently learned what “wig-snatching” means, and fresh off the European leg of her current tour, I’ve taught her “guncle.” The 33-year-old British songstress takes full advantage of this latest lesson in queer-speak, [...]
Even lesbian Jesuses get swept up by the grandeur of the Statue of Liberty. “I’ve never seen it before! It’s huge! Oh my god, it’s huge!” enthuses a giddy-as-ever Hayley Kiyoko, proclaimed “the lesbian Jesus” [...]
‘OK, Pumpkin?’: Toni Braxton Isn’t Kidding About These Untold Stories – and the Janet and Mariah Duets That Could’ve Been
When you have seven Grammys and an iconic voice that can drop to ocean depths, it’s your God-given right to also have a no-wings-in-my-dressing-room policy. This is Toni Braxton in 2018, still decrying the existence of [...]