The Transgender Day of Remembrance is an annual observance on Nov. 20 that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. TDOR was started by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998.
DETROIT — Aerialists and police radios, a theatrical podcast airing and the first multi-generational performance by an internationally renowned spoken word poet. These are just a few of this year’s performance highlights at the 2018 Detroit Fringe Festival.
Viola Davis Talks Journey to LGBTQ Acceptance, Finding Her Power & Why Her Favorite Role Was As a Man
Viola Davis taps my hand when she really means what she says. Each time the actress reaches over to make contact, the big bar in the big skyscraper in big Chicago where we are sitting [...]
Q&A: Actress Claire Foy Talks Objecting to Lesbian Sex Scene in Her New Film, All Those Dildos and Being Bi in ‘Unsane’
A pansexual man-avenger returns – this time, with English actress Claire Foy sporting the Swedish computer-hacker Lisbeth Salander’s leather gear and trademark dragon tattoo. Based on the novel from David Lagercrantz, written after original author [...]
After overcoming a battle with drug addiction and an HIV-positive diagnoses, musician Brennan Villines jumped into the national spotlight with a showstopping performance on Fox's "The Four." Villines imprinted upon viewers not only his musical [...]
Melissa McCarthy knows her way around a woman who doesn’t care what other people think. This is the foundation on which her bawdy and vanity-free slapstick characters are created. Anti-feminine hornball Megan in "Bridesmaids" dialed [...]
Kathy Griffin’s priorities shifted after, well, you know. The head. More precisely: a gory replica of President Trump’s own head made from a ketchup-dosed Halloween mask that Griffin holds in the infamous pic that spread [...]
Even if it's the first time you're listening to Fortune Feimster's comedy, chances are it's going to feel like a chance meeting with a great friend; immediately comfortable. The kind of natural slide into a [...]
Only a few months after the success of her pop song "Flowerbomb," Siena Liggins is back with the release of her second single, "Naked," out today — with a tailor-made campaign to promote body confidence, [...]
Eric McCormack’s Comedic Revolution: Actor on the Value of ‘Will & Grace’ Now & Why the Show ‘Could’ve Backfired’
Eric McCormack auditioned for the role of gay lawyer Will on "Will & Grace" without realizing the effect he’d have on closeted teenagers. “I was worried about network executives and what the gay community would [...]
Coming out stories. In the LGBTQ community, we all have one. Now, a unique collaboration between Kristi Faulkner Dance and the Ruth Ellis Center is turning those stories into art. "Not in my House' radically shifts the narrative about LGBTQ identity through the creative re-imagining of coming out stories in an evening-length performance blending vogue, contemporary dance and storytelling,” said event organizers.
Q&A: Cher on Knowing When She Was a Gay Icon, ‘Hope’ Gleaned from LGBT Community & ‘Breadcrumbs’ of Her Legacy
Cher is so low-key about being Cher that calling her is like calling your mom. “Hi,” she purrs with signature simplicity when I phone her presidential suite in late August. We are speaking matter-of-factly about [...]
Q&A: Keira Knightley on Gay Directors, a Lesbian Sequel to ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ and Her Drag-Inspired Sugar Plum Fairy
You know what’s to love, actually? How Keira Knightley has now played enough feminist roles to know her character, Juliet, in the bubbly holiday classic "Love Actually" doesn’t exactly fall into that category. In the [...]
Chloë Sevigny knows the power of words, so she’s very careful with them, warily tiptoeing to the end of an answer when asked about the influence of her seminal trans-landmark film "Boys Don’t Cry." The [...]
Oh, sure, actress Natasha Rothwell’s scene-stealing drama teacher in out director Greg Berlanti’s groundbreaking gay teen rom-com "Love, Simon" is bitter – and therefore, funny as all hell – about overseeing amateur teens in a student [...]
When a relationship ends, tensions run high – and the first thing many of us do to satisfy our anger and sadness is to toss or burn the photos, letters and other mementos our partners have given us. This act of aggression won’t solve anything, and, in fact, will only serve to hurt you more later. Quell the temptation to pitch your ex-relationships’ physical reminders with these five reasons to hold onto them.
The pitch is perfectly crazy in Anna Kendrick’s walk on the dark side of filmmaker Paul Feig’s warped sense of humor, "A Simple Favor." It’s martini-sipper mom versus martini-swigger mom. Target mom versus Met Gala [...]
Troye Sivan’s Queerness In Full Bloom: Out Pop Star Talks Uninhibited Second Album & Embracing His Femininity
Nobody is stopping Troye Sivan except for maybe Troye Sivan. No queer-averse label bosses, no identity-stifling pressure to be anything but who he is: the LGBTQ community’s precious paradigm of unapologetic, unicornian queerness. But even [...]
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, [...]