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Chris Azzopardi

Chris Azzopardi

Chris Azzopardi is the Editorial Director of Pride Source Media Group and Q Syndicate, the national LGBTQ+ wire service. He has interviewed a multitude of superstars, including Cher, Meryl Streep, Mariah Carey and Beyoncé. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, GQ and Billboard. Reach him via Twitter @chrisazzopardi.
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How Machine Dazzle Is Transforming Our Collective Michigan Garbage Into Queer Joy

The dildo sitting upright on the tabletop next to me looks like if it attacked me, I wouldn’t stand a chance. I don’t necessarily feel like I have to keep an eye on it, but I also can’t help it — it’s just that big. [...]

Her True Colors, Still Shining Through: Cyndi Lauper Talks Reflective New Era, Farewell Tour and Championing LGBTQ+ Causes

At 70, Cyndi Lauper’s special place in pop music history can be seen everywhere you look. Look around at abortion rights rallies and you’ll see “Girls Just Want to Have Fun(damental) Rights” signs held high. Look up at a gay [...]

How a Community of LGBTQ+ Artists in Ferndale Is Fostering Connection Through Creative Expression 

The first time I drew, I was the only gay boy in the room. Oftentimes, I did it alone, a scared kid afraid of what people would think of me — drawing wasn’t a sport, and weren’t boys supposed to play rough? Now, I almost can’t [...]

Ben Platt Talks Queering Folk Music, Why Beyoncé Is His 'Number One' and How Fiancé Noah Galvin Helped Him Embrace His Body Hair

The facial hair comes up because it has to. After all, the unofficial rulebook for any Americana artist stipulates somewhere that wherever an acoustic guitar shall go, a full beard must too. And so Ben Platt is all about his furry face, but not just [...]

Orville Peck Talks 'Stampede' Album, His Message to Queer Youth and Why Willie Nelson Is an Exemplary LGBTQ+ Ally

Orville Peck’s sexy video for “Cowboys Are Frequently Secretly Fond of Each Other” is unabashedly queer in ways the country music genre hasn’t historically seen. In it, Peck sings his cover of Latin country musician Ned [...]

‘I Saw the TV Glow’ Actor Justice Smith Talks Finding Refuge in Fandom and His Advice for Struggling Queer Youth

For struggling queer kids, pop culture can be a life-saving escape when faced with an unimaginable reality. This is true for two suburban teenagers who find themselves consumed by a supernatural TV series in “I Saw the TV Glow,” [...]

How David Archuleta Left Behind the Mormon Church and Is Now Flourishing As An Openly Queer Person 

When David Archuleta returned to the “American Idol” stage on April 22, he knew that singing his latest single, “Hell Together,” which he wrote about his mother’s show of unconditional allyship after he came out in 2021 [...]

Who Should Grace Detroit's Motor City Pride Stage?

A lot goes into selecting Motor City Pride performers — including the all-important money consideration. And so you won’t find Mariah Carey (if only), who headlined L.A. Pride in the Park last year, on this list. In fact, MCP [...]

Kathy Griffin Keeps on Surviving: Comedian Talks Tour, Longtime LGBTQ+ Allyship and Support From 'Civilian Gays'

Kathy Griffin has been through even more than you probably know. She lost a lung to cancer, lost her mother and lost many of her close friends. In 2020, the same year her beloved mom Maggie died, she attempted suicide. All the while, she was being [...]

Three Years Ago, Detroit Techno Icon DJ Minx Came Out. Now, She's Living a Life She Never Thought She Could.

Jennifer Witcher is better known as DJ Minx at the Spot Lite Detroit nightclub and coffeehouse, where she saunters in one weekday afternoon in late February in a cropped jacket that exposes the full length of her hip-hugging jeans. Upon entering, the [...]

Let’s Try This Again: Meet Cakes da Killa, a Rap ‘Foremother’ Who Just Happens to Be Queer

It’s a sign of the times that a rapper can be Black, openly queer and free from the genre’s deep-seated hypermasculinity, and not just be named Lil Nas X. Most of the artists currently expanding the limitations of hip-hop won’t end [...]

How Christian Cooper Spread His Wings After Racial Discrimination From a ‘Karen’ Put Him in the Spotlight

The red-winged blackbird has officially returned to southern Michigan — its trill can be heard starting in mid-to-late February and into mid-March, a harbinger of the transition from winter to spring. You might spot one, identifiable by its jet [...]