"I've been waiting to do this for a long time," Queen Latifah revealed to a welcoming crowd during a performance at Long Beach Pride over the weekend. The May 19 concert marked Latifah's first performance at an LGBT festival. According to the website Eurweb, the entertainer referred to the crowd as "her people." During her short set, Latifah asked the audience, "Are you feeling all the unity?"
Rock stalwart Slash has filmed a video where he stands up for bullied youth and the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles. In the video, Slash says he often felt different and alienated as a child; something he says gay youth too often feel. The former Guns n' Roses guitarist announces that he supports the Gay Men's Chorus of L.A., especially the group's Alive Music Project.
Jake Shears, the out frontman for the dance quintet Scissor Sisters, says his band is indebted to the music of Donna Summer, which he says was the soundtrack of the gay liberation movement, during an interview with Britain's Channel 4 news. "We owe a ton to Donna Summer, as do so many others," Shears says of the late recording artist whose hits such as "Hot Stuff" and "I Feel Love" helped define the era following the Stonewall riots.
Jamaican reggae artist Beenie Man has released a video in which he tries to distance himself from virulently antigay lyrics that appeared in some of his earlier songs, saying his opinion of LGBT has evolved.
Carly Rae Jepsen, whose video for her infectious single "Call Me Maybe" ends with the singer losing the boy of her dreams to another guy, says she's always been at ease with gay people, during an interview with Time magazine.
Pop superstar Adam Lambert returned to the stage of Fox's American Idol to perform his new single "Never Close Our Eyes" last night. The 30-year-old singer-songwriter rose to prominence while appearing on the eighth season of the music competition program, during which he was ultimately voted runner up. Lambert's acclaimed latest album, Trespassing, is now available. Watch him perform "Never Close Our Eyes" below.
Rapper T.I. says everyone should just mind their own business when it comes to same-sex marriage. "I don't care enough one way or another," he said during an interview on Hot97, according to Gawker. "If something doesn't affect you, you should not take a strong position against it." T.I. seems to have a laissez-faire approach to marriage equality that Gawker points out might be "a good rule of thumb" for the right wing.
Janet Jackson says the late Donna Summer "changed the world of music with her beautiful voice and incredible talent," while Dolly Parton says Summer had "one of the greatest voices ever." "We will miss Donna Summer! She changed the world of music with her beautiful voice and incredible talent," Jackson says in a statement released to the media.
Donna Summer, whose post-'70s career was compromised by antigay remarks she allegedly made at a 1983 concert, disputed ever making the comments, blaming them on an angry journalist, and lamented the impact of AIDS on her close friends, during a 1989 interview with The Advocate.