WATCH: Gay Heavy Metal, Trans Films, Queer Comics, and Butch Voices

More than just an ask for cash, these great new crowdfunded LGBT projects give back something for everyone, from sexy rock star images to free books for trans kids and film fest return that honors an LGBT activist who committed suicide last year.

BY Diane Anderson-Minshall

October 20 2013 8:25 AM ET

Biopic on Michael Alago, the Gay Guy Behind Metallica

Michael Alago is the gay music executive responsible for signing Metallica, White Zombie, and others. Filmmaker Drew Stone's biopic tells the uniquely American story of Alago’s journey from humble roots in Brooklyn, into the netherworld of downtown New York’s music and arts scene in the 1970s and 1980s. 

Alago rose from running the Dead Boy’s fan club to becoming a live booker at the legendary Ritz nightclub and then onto a storied A&R career at Elektra Records, Geffen Records and Palm Pictures, where he signed and executive produced acts as diverse as Metallica, White Zombie, Flotsam and Jetsam, PiL, Cyndi Lauper, and Nina Simone.

The film is worth a gander especially for the amazing photos of Alago (who looks like he's 12 years old in his early shots of him with rockers like U2's Bono) and to hear how Alago succeeded professionally as a gay man in a metal music sub-culture known for its perceived homophobia.

 

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