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During the inaugural LoveLoud Festival in August 2017 on the campus of Utah Valley University in Orem, roughly 40 miles outside Salt Lake City, 17,000 people fell into the embrace of Dan Reynolds. Amid performances of his band’s towering anthems, like “Radioactive,” Reynolds’ message rang loud and clear: love yourself, and love the young queer people who need it most, unconditionally. Hugs for LGBTQ youth from the Imagine Dragons frontman, recipient of The Trevor Project’s 2017 Hero Award, don’t get much bigger than they did that day. Except they will,…

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(BAD) Moms know best Out Front Uncategorized 

(BAD) Moms know best

MILA KUNIS AND KRISTEN BELL TALK GAY BARS, ‘FROZEN’ DRAG AND WAITING TO MARRY UNTIL THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY COULD TOO BY CHRIS AZZOPARD “Are there gays in Michigan? They made it all the way there?” deadpans Mila Kunis to native Michigander Kristen Bell, as if to jokingly say all the world’s queers migrated from her hometown of West Hollywood. Seated next to Kunis, 34, at a hotel conference room in The Peninsula Chicago, Bell, 37, replies plainly: “Well, yes.” “I grew up with them in my theater community,” adds Bell,…

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Remembering Edie Windsor Out Front 

Remembering Edie Windsor

On September 12, 2017, the entire LGBT community lost a true hero, and Long Island’s LGBT community lost a dear friend. Edith Windsor was best known as the crusading activist whose landmark Supreme Court case struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013, paving the way for LGBT couples to receive federal recognition of their unions for the first time in our nation’s history. On Long Island, we knew her as Edie, our friend with a heart as big as her smile, relentless in her activism, always fighting for…

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Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice Out Front 

Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice

PATTI LABELLE DISHES ON ‘STILL STANDING’ THANKS TO THE LGBT COMMUNITY, LIP-SYNCING ‘DIVETTES’ AND TRUMP BY CHRIS AZZOPARDI Is there a singer more real than Patti LaBelle? The 73-year-old legend of song (and shade) is a firehose of strong-minded opinions, and in an age that has some tight-lipped “divettes,” as LaBelle calls them, refraining from saying too much, the ever-honest LaBelle is, refreshingly, that rare freewheeler who revels in being blunt AF. In 2014, she told me she no longer considers herself a diva because “all these little heifers who…

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Having his cake and eating it too Out Front 

Having his cake and eating it too

JOE JONAS ON ‘FUN’ GAY RUMORS, BARBRA STREISAND FANDOM AND THE PLEASURES OF S&M BY CHRIS AZZOPARDI Why is Joe Jonas talking about whips and leather? Apart from recalling his experience with both, the answer is simply because he can. Because the former baby-faced JoBro is all man now, from his 5 o’clock shadow to his steel physique, which he’s not been shy about showing off. While making the promotional rounds for his debut as lead singer of Los Angeles-formed collective DNCE, the newly liberated 27-year-old hasn’t merely shifted away…

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GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE WHO ARE MEGAN MULLALLY WILL & GRACE STAR ON REAL-LIFE LESBIAN ADVANCES, JAMES FRANCO’S PUBES AND KAREN WALKER’S RETURN BY CHRIS AZZOPARDI Tip one back for Megan Mullally, who’s making a move to the big screen in Why Him? after a drove of indie roles, including gay-affirming mom Mrs. Van Camp in 2013’s G.B.F., and a variety of TV stints. But when it comes to the small screen, it’s the 58-year-old actress’s eight-year role on the groundbreaking late ’90s NBC sitcom Will & Grace, as quippy, martini-swigging…

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MICHAEL BUBLÉ ON LEAVING AN LGBT-AFFIRMING LEGACY, MAN CRUSHES AND MALE ADMIRERS – BY CHRIS AZZOPARDI “You know what I’ll be Googling tonight: Bublé, gay, queer, all that stuff,” says Michael Bublé one recent afternoon, after being informed that said search terms render colorful results. All you lovers, though, needn’t search beyond the dreamy crooner’s recently released album, Nobody But Me, and its 10 feel-good tunes, including several new originals and reimagined classics gleaned from the Great American Songbook. Love, naturally, is featured prominently on Bublé’s ninth studio album, as…

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Pride Night at Citi Field Out Front 

Pride Night at Citi Field

Queens, NY – On Saturday, August 13, 2016, Citi Field roared with the energy of thousands of LGBT and allied fans as the New York Mets defeated the San Diego Padres at the very first Pride Night held by any of the four major professional sports leagues in New York! This historic event was the culmination of months of preparation in a major partnership between the LGBT Network and the New York Mets. “Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the New York Mets, Major League Baseball and the…

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POP STAR TALKS SHARING A QUEER POSSE WITH BOYFRIEND BLAKE SHELTON, ‘THE DANISH GIRL’ AND HER GAY SUPPORT SYSTEM Don’t speak? Gwen Stefani can’t help it as she opens up about herlatest release – the “record that saved my life.”Featuring a multitude of diary-like outpourings related to GavinRossdale, whom the No Doubt front woman divorced in 2015 after 13years of marriage, _This Is What the Truth Feels Like_ is Stefani’s thirdsolo album and first since 2006’s _The Sweet Escape_.“It’s so therapeutic to talk about it,” she says the day before thealbum’s release. “And…

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Paradise is here: an interview with Natalie Merchant Out Front 

Paradise is here: an interview with Natalie Merchant

by Gregg Shapiro Natalie Merchant is one of those fortunate artists who achieved success and acclaim as the member of a band – in her case 10,000 Maniacs – and then went on to have an equally well-received solo career. That solo stint began with 1995’s Tigerlily, her highly praised solo debut and continued with 1998’s Ophelia and most recently her eponymous 2014 disc and 2015’s Paradise Is There (Nonesuch). On Paradise Is There, Merchant reimagines Tigerlily via wonderful new arrangements that reinforce the staying power of the songs while…

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Merry & Bright Featured Out Front 

Merry & Bright

LGBT Families talk about holiday traditions, de-gendering toys, and New Year’s Resolutions As this holiday season approaches, one can’t help but feel the joy and happiness that comes from spending time with family. Two years ago, Living Out published an article about how the holiday season could be a time of stress and anxiety for some in the LGBT community. Since then, society as a whole has seen a shift in how a “traditional” family is viewed. 2015 has been a remarkable year for progress in the LGBT communities fight…

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she’s no psyCHO: Margaret Cho Out Front 

she’s no psyCHO: Margaret Cho

Comedian Margaret Cho talks about where she came from, reducing stigma in the LGBT community, and how she deals with the madness of today San Francisco native Margaret Cho is no stranger to the comedy world, or to the gay community. The forty-six year old “Queen of all Media” has always been the Agent Provocateur of stand up. Conquering the worlds of film, television, books, music, and theater, she has never been one to shy away from difficult or ‘taboo’ topics. As the “Patron Saint” for outsiders, Cho advocates for…

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Life, Lesbians, and the Pursuit of Hotness Out Front 

Life, Lesbians, and the Pursuit of Hotness

Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara talk making out, gay cred and a ‘liberating’ summer of lady-led films Legally… lesbian? Well, not exactly. To the delight of their queer-lady fans, Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara may kiss up on each other, but it’s all just part of their Hot Pursuit. In the film, Witherspoon portrays Officer Cooper, a by-the-books cop assigned to protect the ultra-fashionable widow of a drug dealer (Vergara of Modern Family) – at one point faking lesbian to escape a potentially sketchy situation. This isn’t Witherspoon’s first on-screen…

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