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.

Keiynan Lonsdale Learned to Celebrate His Black Queerness. Then Came the Defiant Music.

Once Keiynan Lonsdale made no apologies for who he is, the music followed suit. The star of the CW's "The Flash" and 2018's gay teen comedy "Love, Simon" celebrates his Black queer identity on his 14-track anthemic solo debut "Rainbow Boy." [...]

Jason Mraz Talks Protesting, Pride and His Journey to Being Openly Bisexual

The coronavirus pandemic has forced Pride events around the world to go virtual this year. For Jason Mraz, that means he can, for the first time, take part in the annual summer festivities. After all, thanks to the virus, the "I'm Yours" [...]

Haaz SleimanTalks Visibility, His Gay Marvel Kiss, and Why He Wants to Play James Bond

Actor Haaz Sleiman is on a mission to take part in stories that broaden the pool of queer perspectives on the screen. And if you already know his work, you know he's on a roll.  For "The Son," an episode of Apple TV+'s acclaimed anthology [...]

Q&A: Indigo Girls on Pandemic Life, Trump-Era Inequality & How Pride Can Help Heal Country's Divisions

The day before I got on a call with Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, famously known as the Indigo Girls, the longtime folk-rock duo and LGBTQ activists were playing a set for fans during a Facebook Live concert. They had planned on performing in public [...]

Q&A: Tori Amos Talks Bad Days, Memorable Mornings & Wearing Your Big Boy Boots

In her second book, "Resistance: A Songwriter's Story of Hope, Change, and Courage," flaming piano queen Tori Amos shares her personal stories against a world-in-crisis backdrop and discusses how they've shaped songs from her three-decade career. [...]

Q&A: Janelle Monáe Talks 'Too On the Nose' Pandemic, LGBTQ Representation & Pride Plans

I really hadn't planned on telling queer powerhouse singer-actress-activist Janelle Monáe that I made food for my boyfriend the night before I got on Zoom with her.  That afternoon, Monáe was feeling it all. This global pandemic, the [...]

They Sold Gay Porn. Now, Their Daughter Tells Their Story.

Gay porn is not what straight, religious-conservative married couple Barry and Karen Mason thought they'd become known for. But for over 35 years, they owned a bookstore that sold videos like "Confessions of a Two Dick Slut" and "Meat Me at the [...]

Patti LuPone on 'Hollywood,' Her Basement Videos & Why 'Ladies Who Lunch' Will Never Be the Same

In Ryan Murphy's "Hollywood," the wife becomes the boss, the "black screenwriter" is simply a screenwriter, and the gay leading man is just himself. Naturally, it stars Broadway icon Patti LuPone, who, in conversations like the one we had recently, [...]

Melissa Etheridge Has Chosen Hope for 'Beautiful Change' Over Fear in Uncertain Times

Throughout her dynamic three-decade career, Melissa Etheridge has beat cancer and weathered the devastating emotional toll of the AIDS crisis. Having overcome her own battles, the music legend consequently became a beacon of strength, resilience [...]

Q&A: Sean Hayes on Playing a Woman in Earnest and the Definitive End of 'Will & Grace'

Under any other conditions, it might seem strange to tell Sean Hayes what I'm wearing. Given that Hayes dons a plush robe to play a do-nothing cisgender woman named Susan O'Connell – hence the movie's name, "Lazy Susan" – it makes some sense that I [...]

Q&A: Brandy Clark Talks Being Gay in Country Music, Coming Out and Politics

So, about doing an LGBTQ press interview such as this one: coveted out country music singer-songwriter Brandy Clark is really into it. "This is exciting for me," she tells me one recent afternoon. To be clear, Clark, who's been carrying the torch [...]

Wilson Cruz Talks 'Visible,' His Groundbreaking Gay Role & Its Legacy

The first openly gay actor to play an openly gay series regular in a leading role on TV, Wilson Cruz has witnessed firsthand the changing tides of TV representation. Cruz paved the way for shows such as "Will & Grace" and "Ellen" with his [...]