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Torchwood’s John Barrowman Marries

Top showman, entertainer and actor John Barrowman married his long term partner Scott Gill last week, after a 20-year committed relationship.

The couple had already entered into a civil partnership back in 2006, however following the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) recently, Barrowman and his partner Scott Gill were delighted to legally marry in the state of California.

Barrowman himself announced the news via a video clip before posting a photo after their special ceremony. During the short video John can be seen addressing the camera, saying: “It’s five after one and we’ve got our coffee and we’re in the car getting ready to leave, because where are we going, Scott?” The Torchwood star then turned the camera on his partner Gill, who replies: “To get married. Yay!”

He closes the video with a reference to the overturning of DOMA last week, adding: “We’re getting married in the state of California. Thank you Supreme Court, about time you made it legal. See you after we have the ceremony!”

The happy newlyweds later posted a photograph of themselves with their marriage certificate, writing: “We are now legally married. Thanks for all your great wishes. JB and Scott.”

The couple have always been open about their desire to get married telling many in the media they would just as soon as it became legal to do so in the US. They have also indicated in interviews that would like to have children too, when the time was right – “We haven’t ruled out having children ourselves but it depends where my career takes us.” John claimed in an interview in the UK’s Sun newspaper last year.

“We wouldn’t want a baby. We’d look at adopting an older child or teenager who might have been in trouble. We would also look at adopting a gay child, thrown out of their home because of their sexuality.”

We send our love and warmest wishes to John and Scott on their happy news and hope they have a long and happy married life together.

UK pop star was ashamed to be gay

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UK pop star has told a local London free newspaper that he was so ashamed of being gay he became depressed and addicted to porn.    The revelations will shock and upset many of the performers fans who considered him a guiding light in being a dignified rolemodel for young gays.

‘It got to the stage last year where I thought I was on top of work, that I’d find a boyfriend and everything would be all right,’ he told the Metro, ‘But something was going wrong. What I’ve realised is that growing up knowing I was gay from a young age, I always felt extremely ashamed. It’s a cliché but it’s true. ”

‘I’ve only just realised how s**t that’s made me feel about myself for a very, very long time.’ The 33-year-old says the ‘trauma’ of  relationships has left him single for the past five years.”    Adding   “It doesn’t even help when you have loads of money,  I’d buy houses and get nothing from it.  Bought cars, got nothing from it. I’ve gone out and spent £5,000 in Selfridges – and nothing. I don’t even wear the stuff. All those things I thought would bring me happiness, don’t.’

He added: ‘It never moved into sex addiction. For me, it was love addiction and fantasy. I was probably addicted to porn.’

The pop singer also caused offence when he repeatedly swore whilst performing at a live national radio concert in London’s Hyde Park in 2011.   The live radio 2 bash was broadcast live and the singer swore as he made excuses for being late on stage and giving a rather weak vocal performance.

Jason Shaw talks to Brandon Anderson

Gay writer, broadcaster and Rainbow Post contributor Jason Shaw interviews American singer song writer Brandon Anderson about his latest single ‘I’ll Keep On Driving’  his career and life that took him from the midwest to New York.

You may not know his name, at least not yet, but Brandon Anderson is on the cusp of great things, this handsome young man is already an award winning singer/songwriter who hails from Wisconsin, USA.  He creatively blends folk with piano rock with a pinch of other alternative influences to create a delightful sound that he terms ‘edgy folk rock’.   It is a sound when combined with his provoking lyrics is already garnering many fans all over America and further afield around the world.  

 

He was born and raised in a Mormon family from Kenosha, a medium sized city on the western shores of Lake Michigan, Wisconsin, USA.  Music was a key background ingredient to life in Brandon’s home during his early years, yet there was always something creative hiding under the surface and Brandon got involved with school plays and school musicals as a kid.  It was during his early teenage years when his family situation changed that Brandon began to have questions not only about his own Mormon faith but also about his sexuality. There were questions he needed answers to, but at the time answers seemed few and far between. However it wasn’t long before the young adolescent found the perfect outlet for his creative desires and ideas which was putting pen to paper and writing songs.

 

Brandon is now a resident of New York and regularly plays gigs at many of the Big Apples premier singer/songwriter hotspots as well as touring across America.   It is along these travels that he picks up stories, ideas and inspirations that form the basis for many of his songs.  Indeed his latest album, Guitars and Grievances, is largely inspired by the stories of hardship, human spirit and grievances he picked up along the way.  

 

His latest single is a perfect example of just that, taken from Guitars and Grievances,  I’ll Keep Driving is a moving, evolving story inspired by a young gay fan’s sense of despondency, isolation and the desire of seeking out a better place to be.  Brandon’s effervescent voice delicately conveys the emotion with surprising depth echoing feelings that we can all identify with at some stage during our lives, at least to some degree. 

New Voice of Radio One – Nick Grimshaw comes out!

The UK’s national radio scene just got a good deal brighter as Nick Grimshaw takes over the mic at BBC’s prime flagship breakfast show on Radio 1.

The delightfully witty and intelligent 28 year-old presenter breathed in like a breath of fresh air with his first breakfast show, waking up the nation as well as 1 Direction floppy haired hunk Harry Styles! So far the audience seems to be welcoming him with open arms and all indications are that the audience is set to rise rapidly.

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Stevie Wonder Thinks Gay People Are Confused!

The veteran blind singer Stevie Wonder had to issue a rapid apology this week after saying  he thought gays were confused!  The star made the derogatory remarks in a deep and wide ranging interview with the UK’s Guardian newspaper in which he  was asked for his views on rapper Frank Ocean’s supposed coming out in July on his tumblr blog.

“I think honestly, some people who think they’re gay, they’re confused. People can misconstrue closeness for love. People can feel connected, they bond. I’m not saying all [gay people are confused]. Some people have a desire to be with the same sex. But that’s them.” Wonder said, which has caused much consternation the media and anger especially from numerous gay media sites and equality activists.

The letter from Ocean that he published back in July on his Tumblr blog didn’t seem very confused to me, romantic and beautiful yet, confused, err nope!

“4 summers ago, I met somebody. I was 19 years old. He was too. We spent that summer, and the summer after, together. Everyday almost. And on the days we were together, time would glide. Most of the day I’d see him, and his smile. I’d hear his conversation and his silence…until it was time to sleep. Sleep I would often share with him. By the time I realized I was in love, it was malignant. It was hopeless. There was no escaping, no negotiating with the feeling. No choice. It was my first love, it changed my life.”

Wonder issued a hasty apology to anyone who might have misunderstood his comments  “I’m sorry that my words about anyone feeling confused about their love were misunderstood. No one has been a greater advocate for the power of love in this world than I; both in my life and in my music.

“Clearly, love is love, between a man and a woman, a woman and a man, a woman and a woman and a man and a man. What I’m not confused about is the world needing much more love, no hate, no prejudice, no bigotry and more unity, peace and understanding. Period.”

 

 

Super SIRPAUL interview

Guest Post from music blogger Howard Stump





SIRPAUL The Horse

In preparation for the stampede this week caused by the release of The Horse, I had the pleasure of sitting down with the creative force behind the album, SIRPAUL™, to learn what might hear on the album, and to just catch up with the amazing talent. But before we jump in, I thought it might be nice to get some background info on SIRAPUL. After moving to New York City in 1998, he released his first album, a self-titled collection now out of print. That was followed by Sexual.Human.Being, Robotika, Switch, and a favorite of mine, 2006’s Dismantle. And there was also Objectified and the most recent, Music & Me. And that is only the full albums, for there were also several EPs and Remixes available. I’ve been a fan for a while, fascinated by the way SIRPAUL is able to skim the best of Pop and Rock over the past few decades, and make startling new music that, at it’s core, has amazing heart and soul.

The music has all been released on the Controversial Records label, for which he is the CEO and Founder. The company as also released music by Cherylyn, as well as a recent release by Simulover. SIRPAUL has also released several videos in collaboration with director Andreas Anastasis. These videos have been featured on LOGO and MTV, and have topped the charts on LOGO’s ClickList and the NewNowNext, as being featured on MTV.com. With you all caught up now, let’s get to his latest release, The Horse. I couldn’t resist, I had to know what inspired the album title.

SIRPAUL The Horse SIRPAUL The Horse

“Well I felt that the two of the things I feared but am strongly attracted to are falling in love and riding a horse,” he answered. “Both are strong and powerful. Both require practice, patience and confidence, and when you get thrown off you have to just get back up and try again. I’m fascinated by horses and I have learned to trust my instincts…the title came to me and I just knew it was what the album was going to be called before I even wrote the songs.”

After getting an opportunity to hear an advanced copy, I couldn’t help but notice The Horse has a harder edge, harkening back to Punk roots, like the great music of Blondie and Debbie Harry. What drew you in that direction?

“I’m really at a very specific place in my life right now,” he told me, “and I really feel like I’m starting to understand the side of me that is a very head strong, powerful man. In a lot of way I think my last album Music & Me was my way of saying to the world: “Here I am! I can make really catchy music!” and with the exception of Colors and U it was more about me showing off my production skills more than it was about revealing anything too deep or intimate. The Horse is about the process of owning my strength, being unapologetic about my intense sexual energy and exploring the depths of my masculinity.

Body Connection featuring Loco Ninja
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I see that on the first single, you collaborate with Loco Ninja, a great new LGBTQ artist some of the blog regulars might recognize from previous posts. How did that come together?

“Loco’s my boy,” SIRPAUL exclaimed! “Believe it or not, we never even met until after we collaborated! Someone I know tweeted about him so I checked out his music and I loved his style. He checked out my stuff and he offered to collaborate. At this point, Body Connection was already done but I felt like the song lends itself really well to feature a rap break so I sent him the track. I was on pins and needles waiting to hear what he came up with,” he told me excitedly, “and was very happily surprised with the result. I think he has a very good career ahead of him.”

With a blog filled with the music of so many talented artists in the gay community, and enjoying the collaboration with Loco Ninja, I was interested in knowing if there were any other LGBTQ artists SIRPAUL would like to work with.

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“I just finished remixing Christopher Dallman & Baby Alpaca” he answered proudly. “They are both BRILLIANT and amazingly cool people that just so happen to be out AND have an immense amount of talent. I’m really not a fan of any of any mediocre “out” artists who think that by just being gay it’s enough to make their music good or interesting. When you listen to an artist’s music the last thing you should be thinking is “Is this person GAY?” Who cares?? I think some-how gay people have been credited with having good taste and that is hardly the truth. At the same time, enough with gay publications writing about Britney Spears, Madonna, Kylie and Rihanna. We have plenty of talented people in the LGBTQ community and if the music is GOOD, we should lift each other up.”

After hearing and loving the new music, I was dying to know what song SIRPAUL felt came the closest to capturing the man himself.

“I’d say Like A Horse feels like a true, classic SIRPAUL song to me… but then again,” he said with a laugh in his voice, “I have musical multiple personality disorder so, all of my songs are really very authentic to me as an artist.”

Like A Horse off the album, The Horse
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I have to admit, the density of sound at the top of Strict really grabbed me straight away. In fact, Strict, Hardcore Crazy and Dark Beat seemed to be coming from a different place than the others. They sound like they come from a darker, edgier part of your soul. Do they bring some light in there for you?

“No,” he told me mater-of-factly. “They reveal the darkness by pulling you into it with me.” Hmmm, I like the way that sounds.

Strict off the album, The Horse
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There is no way I could talk to him about this album without mentioning the cover art, which is artful indeed. It features SIRPAUL draped across a black horse. At first glance, it took my breath away. The cover is exquisite. Was it your idea to be naked atop a horse?

“Thank you,” he said appreciatively. “Yes it was. We were first trying to reinterpret a very famous painting called Mazeppa. I was to be tied naked to a horse, which is how the painting shows the character. It was a crazy idea but I worked really hard to make sure I didn’t make a fool out of myself. I put myself on a very strict diet and exercise regimen – six days a week at the gym for two hours a day, no wheat, dairy, soy or sugar.”

Mazeppa by Horace Vernet SIRPAUL The Horse
Mazeppa, by Horace Vernet. And SIRPAUL by Michael Young

I have to say, that seems pretty impressive to me. But so does SIRPAUL, looking young and strong, that is for sure. Was this just for the cover shot, or something more permanent?

“I’m trying to just make it a lifestyle now because I’ve never felt better in my life,” he answered. “I’ve also been working very closely with a brilliant photographer named Michael Young (Website here) and I trusted that if I got my body in really good shape and I made sure the location, set, props and styling (if any LOL) were all on point, we could create something magical and for me, it was a transformative moment in my life.”

As a man with many titles, including singer, songwriter, producer, CEO, and just about any other job it takes to make music in the current day and age, I had to know if SIRPAUL had a favorite part of the entire process of putting together and releasing an album.

“My favorite part is writing and recording the songs,” he told me, not surprising me at all. “I also love conceptualizing the artwork. Believe it or not, I actually love every part up until the point where I have to switch gears and do all of the business side of things. Booooooring,” he told me, rolling his eyes. “I need to sign with a record label…I can’t keep doing everything on my own anymore. I just want to focus on making the music and performing now.”

With a change in the New York law, SIRPAUL took advantage of the opportunity to marry Paul Petersen earlier this year. So I was dying to know if and how this made a difference. How has married life affected your music?

“Married life has given me the freedom to explore both the darkness and the light,” he said thoughtfully. “I feel more willing to look at the parts of myself that I was too afraid to see before because I know now that I’m unconditionally loved. You couldn’t ask for a better husband or a more supportive partner. He has given me the courage to fly.”

I have to thank SIRPAUL for taking time to answer my questions. The Horse will be released Tuesday, April 3rd. It will be available on iTunes and Amazon. I will post the links when I have them. Meanwhile, you can visit his official website for more about SIRPAUL. You can also check out a recent theme song from a movie, Going Down In La-La-Land.

To learn more about Going Down In La-La-Land, visit the official website. You can purchase the song on iTunes and Amazon. You can find SIRPAUL’s music catalog on iTunes and on Amazon.
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50 Cent wants gays to kill themselves.

50 Cent wants gays to kill themselves……

Rap star 50 Cent has refused to apologise for a series of homophobic and anti-gay statements, one of which suggested gay people should kill themselves.

The rap star,  whose real name is Curtis Jackson, posted a message on twitter a while back,  he wrote: “If you [are] a man and your [sic] over 25 and you don’t eat pu**y just kill yourself damn it. The world will be a better place.”

He posted it not long after the death of Tyler Clementi,  the 19 year old who jumped off a bridge after his roommate secretly filmed him having a same sex assignation and streamed it over the internet.

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Making music TimPermanent

Special music feature from Howard Stump.

TimPermanent

TimPermanent is about to release his latest collection of music. I first heard his music at the beginning of the year when he released Marker, a wonderful EP. My appreciation only grew when he released an acoustic cover of Robyn’s song, Dancing On My Own. He is about to release another EP, Resident. I was lucky enough to get my hands on an advance copy, and it is outstanding.

I first covered Tim through the release of Marker. You can find that here. Tim has been an out and proud performer since he was part of the socially-conscious anti-folk duo Testosterone Kills. As a solo performer, he weds electronica with infectious Pop and heartfelt lyrics.
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Coldplay’s Chris Martin had gay fears.

Chris Martin tells The Sun newspaper that watching Take That made him think he was gay!

 

The Coldplay star said his favourite bands growing up were “U2 and five handsome, strapping men from Stoke and Manchester”.
With his tongue firmly in his cheek, he added: “I’m not afraid to admit it, they made me ask the question ‘Am I gay?'”
Gwyneth Paltrow’s other half made his revelation as he presented Gary Barlow with an award for his songwriting achievements at the Q Awards yesterday. It left Chris wide open to a response from U2, who also picked up a gong later at the bash at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.

UK man sue employer after demotion after anti-gay marriage facebook posting.

Man demoted over gay marriage Facebook post sues employer

Facebook's homepageAdrian Smith wrote an opinion post about gay marriage on his Facebook page

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A Manchester housing worker is taking legal action against his employer after being demoted for posting comments about gay marriage on Facebook.
Adrian Smith had his pay cut by 40% when he lost his managerial post at Trafford Housing Trust (THT) and was redeployed as an adviser.



Mr Smith, 54, who stated that he was a THT manager on his Facebook page, wrote that “marriage is for men and women”.

 


The trust said he had been disciplined for breaching its code of conduct.

 


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