“I said, ‘I suppose you’re wondering what the f**k I’m doing here,’ and they collapsed in laughter. It took the heat off. I said, ‘I’m probably the most famous gay man in the world. I’m coming in peace. Please, let’s not say people are horrible because they’re different. That’s not acceptable in this day and age.’ It was a good audience. … [Limbaugh and I] talked a lot before I did it, and I was surprised how much I liked (him). If I had done it just for the money, I could have seen 40 years of my reputation go down the tube. As a gay man, I felt it my duty to find out what this guy thought. I did that before I played there. I felt there was a real reason for me going. There’s much more of a person in there than the public knows. I believe dialogue is a way forward. Come on, what era are we living in?”
— Elton John defends his performance at conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh‘s wedding this summer. Keep reading »
Get excited! Get very excited. The results of the biggest U.S. sex survey in 16 years are out. Since 1994 researchers at Indiana University’s Center for Sexual Health Promotion have been studying the way 5,865 people between the ages of 14 and 94 get busy. Six of the most noteworthy findings about our sexual selves after the jump. Keep reading »
OK, maybe Nicki Minaj is not the world’s most eloquent speaker. But you don’t have to be Barack Obama to get the point across that suicide is never the answer. At the 2010 BET Awards, Nicki spoke up about the tragic suicide of Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi, who jumped to his death last month after his roommate live-streamed video on the Internet of Tyler hooking up with a man. “I would encourage my gay fans to be fighters, to be brave,” Nicki said. “I could never imagine what they’re going through, but suicide is never the answer. Things always get better. I’m supporting you guys and I love you very, very much. And for the people that don’t love you … (long pause) they need help. They need help.” We hope that more celebs like Nicki, Ellen Degeneres, and columnist Dan Savage speak up and tell gay teens, it only gets better. [Colorlines] Keep reading »
Do you know what is terrible for teenagers to read about? Homosexuality. They might get ideas! It’s a good thing Glenn Beck’s group, The 9.12 Project, (as in, after 9/11) is on the case. The 9.12 Project has pressured a New Jersey public library into considering removing all copies of Revolutionary Voices: A Multicultural Queer Youth Anthology, a young adult book about gay and lesbian teens, from the shelves. Keep reading »
What’s the only thing worse than finding out your man is cheating on you? According to the author of The Straight-Up Truth About the Down-Low, it’s finding out that he’s stepping out on the side … with another dude.
Despite what Hollywood would have you believe, such information is rarely the fodder for hilarious hijinks, a la the recent Chris Rock vehicle “Death at a Funeral.” Instead, the realization that your man’s been secretly playing for the other team all along can cause a special kind of devastation, according to Joy Marie, the book’s author. Read more … Keep reading »