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.

Pink’s Other Brave Summer Act: Modern Pro-Queer Protest Singer

I watched in gasping awe on Aug. 16 as Pink spun through the cool Detroit air, a soaring trapeze artist with a soaring voice to match. Take, for instance, the way she zipped to all corners of Comerica Park during her Summer Carnival Tour, her [...]

Deep Inside ‘Red, White & Royal Blue’—the Sex Scenes, Its ‘Harry Potter’ Inspiration and Why It Wasn’t a TV Show

Pro-queer viewers have spoken, and they’re royally head over heels for “Red, White & Royal Blue.” The film’s widespread success is a win for director and co-writer Matthew López, for Amazon Prime Video and, most [...]

Gay in the Ring: Pro Wrestler Anthony Bowens Gets Candid About Making History as AEW’s First Out LGBTQ+ Champion

Queer people everywhere are experiencing heightened discrimination, but if there’s hope to be found, it might just be in, of all places, the wrestling ring. That’s where Anthony Bowens recently experienced a tremendously heartening show [...]

Just How Gay Is "Barbie"? It Depends on Who You Ask.

Let's face it: "Barbie" was going to be gay. Maybe not gay enough, according to some gays. Maybe too gay, according to anti-gays.The fact is, this is a movie about Barbie, and wherever Barbie goes, some inherent queerness will go, too. As a kid, I [...]

Brandon Scott Jones Just Wants to Help Queer Youth Feel Seen

This year, Brandon Scott Jones is showing up in the most random of places. There’s his series regular role in “Ghosts,” portraying the spirit of American Revolutionary officer Captain Isaac Higgintoot, who is gay. There’s his [...]

Taylor Swift Makes Strong Case for Gay Icon Status During Eras Stop in Detroit

On my way to Ford Field in downtown Detroit for the first night of Taylor Swift’s brilliant and breathtaking Eras Tour, I joked with my concert mate that he’d have to remember the show for me, even though that was my job. That is if, of [...]

Gov. Whitmer Talks Pride, Violence Against Trans Women and Her Latest Reaction to Running for President

It’s Pride Month, but this one feels different. There’s both a sense of joy (because the Democratic majority in the Michigan legislature is still working to protect its queer population) and dread (because, nationally, anti-LGBTQ+ laws [...]

Letter from the Editor: Pride Marches On

As LGBTQ+ people across Michigan continue to celebrate our community out on the streets of big cities and small towns alike, another trans woman has been killed in Michigan. The loss of Ashia “Charm” Davis, just 34, is heart-wrenching. [...]

Motor City Pride Performer Jordy on His High Michigan Recording Sessions and Making His Career Work For Him

Emerging pop artist Jordy challenged himself on his recent tour and failed. The challenge? “I tried getting through the whole tour with one manicure,” he tells Pride Source over Zoom. “I got almost to the end of it, but I was like, [...]

Where the Past Meets the Present: Capturing Pride 40 Years Ago

Are we capturing history every day without even knowing it? Forty years ago, photographer Nicholas Blair wasn’t intentionally immortalizing a specific era of what we now call the LGBTQ+ community — he just felt compelled to take photos [...]

On His Latest Disco-Heavy Album, Jake Shears Dances Through the Heartbreak

Listening to his newest album, you wouldn’t know Jake Shears went through a pandemic breakup. After all, he doesn’t process his personal hardships through his music, Shears admitted to me during our recent interview.And so “Last Man [...]

The Best Places in the World to Hook Up, According to Bisexual Sex Writer Zachary Zane

Sex writer Zachary Zane’s first book, “Boyslut,” wasn’t even on shelves when we recently connected, but the author was already thinking about his next.“I might just transition more into sex travel,” says Zane, who [...]