August 12, 2013 |
* out of 4 Lady Gaga has never been very subtle about all of her repackaging popular music of the past, from her Queen-inspired name to "Born this Way," her most recent album, half of which sounded cut straight from Madonna's vault of b-sides. She hasn't always copped to doing it though, and artists like Madonna have chided her for it. Now, she coos on her new single "Applause," from the upcoming album "ARTPOP": "Pop culture was an art/ now art and pop culture in me," ideas that are so novelly important they don't mean anything.
June 26, 2013 |
Pride Week in the Chicago gay and lesbian performance community just got a little bit prouder with the Supreme Court's DOMA overturning. "I was really excited to see on a national level the recognition that we shouldn't be viewed as second-class citizens,” said Queer Comedy founder Adam Guerino. “In my day-to-day life, that's understood. But I'm from a small town in Iowa and when I go back home, it's sometimes surprising that people don't think that we should have the right to marry.
June 7, 2013 |
Even if you don't immediately recognize the name Leiomy Maldonado, there's a good chance you've seen her signature dance move “The Leiomy Lolly” in music videos from Britney Spears, Lady Gaga and Beyonce. And if you still have no clue, you have a chance to find out Friday night at DePaul University's first-ever vogue showcase, where Maldonado will be the featured performer. Maldonado has become the face of voguing--a dance that was popularized in the gay community in the late '70s and '80s and features quick, graceful movements that...
May 31, 2013 |
For years, Wade Davis closely guarded his secret. The former NFL player feared the impact it would have in the locker room and front offices. The ex-Tennessee Titan, Washington Redskin and Seattle Seahawk didn't come out as gay until after his playing days were safely over. After all, he wanted to be known as an athlete, not a gay person. Today, Davis is better known as a speaker, activist, writer and educator. You can find him tirelessly raising awareness and support for LGBT rights, not cracking pads on the...
April 5, 2013 |
It started at some three-day gaming sessions with a small group in Jason Hopwood's apartment. Now, Hopwood is looking to raise $15,000 to spread the popularity of Chicago's “gaymer” community around the world. Gaymer Nationals, the group he established to fund “gaymer” communities in other cities, has become a second job for the 33-year-old Lincoln Square resident. It's grown from small, gaming-centric gatherings to attracting hundreds of members of the LGBT community from around the world.
March 20, 2013 |
Kicking down the geek closet door can be as liberating as the coming-out process for some LGBTs - a transformation as powerful as Clark Kent shedding his suit and spectacles for the iconic blue tights and red cape of his alter ego, Superman. "LGBT culture is so image-based, and is all about being cool and at the top of your game. Self-identifying as a geek is counterintuitive to that. There is still a slight negative connotation to it," said Danny Bernardo, Chicago event coordinator for Geeks OUT, a national, LGBT-geek organization whose mission is to...