Punk Rock Star Comes Out as Trans in Rolling Stone
May 09 2012 11:31 AM ET

Punk Rock Star Comes Out as Trans in Rolling Stone

Diane Anderson-Minshall

Lead singer of the punk band Against Me! comes out as a transgender woman in the upcoming issue of Rolling Stone. Laura Jane Grace, who used to be known as Tom Tom Gabel, tells writer Josh Eells about her transition, her experience with gender dysphoria, and what this means for Against Me! (a band that Grace started when she was just 17 years old, in 1997, in Naples, Florida).

Chart Topping Band Wants to Create Marriage Equality Organization
May 03 2012 3:06 PM ET

Chart-Topping Band Plans Pro-Marriage Group

Jeremy Kinser

Members of the band fun., which is currently enjoying an inescapable hit with their single "We Are Young," next have their eyes set on creating a marriage equality non-profit, according to a profile in The Washington Post.

Queen Latifah Will Headline First Gay Pride Festival
May 02 2012 3:56 PM ET

Queen Latifah to Headline Her First Gay Pride Fest

Jeremy Kinser

Actress-singer Queen Latifah will participate as a performer at a gay pride celebration for the first time with a concert at Long Beach, California's annual LGBT Pride festival later this month.

Lady Gaga Enters a Korean War With Christian Fundamalists
April 25 2012 7:25 PM ET

Lady Gaga Enters Korean War

Neal Broverman

Lady Gaga is taking her Born This Way Ball to South Korea and some religious folks aren't giving her the warmest of welcomes.  

Kat Graham Learned Everything From Drag Queens
April 25 2012 12:58 PM ET April 30 2012 3:21 PM ET

Kat Graham Learned Everything From Drag Queens

Josh Hinkle

The singer-actress speaks to The Advocate about pursuing her hot single “Put Your Graffiti On Me,” her obsession with drag queens, and her close ties to the transgender community.

Hello Gorgeous Barbra Streisand Turns 70
April 24 2012 4:00 AM ET

Hello, Gorgeous! Barbra Streisand Turns 70

William Mann

As she celebrates her 70th birthday today, the legendary entertainer who broke all the rules is still doing things her way. The author of the upcoming biography Hello Gorgeous considers why, after a career that spans six decades, Streisand remains one of our most relatable icons.

When Queers Collide Margaret Cho Interviews Garrison Starr
April 20 2012 5:35 PM ET

When Queers Collide: Margaret Cho Interviews Garrison Starr 

Advocate.com Editors

In time for her new album's release, Garrison Starr sits down with her biggest fan, queer comic Margaret Cho.

Perez Hilton Reflects With Oprah
April 20 2012 10:22 AM ET

Perez Hilton Reflects On His Spiritual Journey With Oprah

Jeremy Kinser

Perez Hilton will open up to Oprah Winfrey about the positive direction he's consciously taken in his career and lifestyle during an episode of Oprah's Life Class: The Tour.

Macy Gray Got You Covered
April 11 2012 3:00 AM ET

Macy Gray's Got You Covered

Michelle Garcia

Admit it — you have probably sung along to Colbie Caillat’s “Bubbly” during the early stages of love, or “Creep” by Radiohead while feeling a little more damaged inside. So has Macy Gray. But she didn’t stop there.Gray's new album, Covered, is not only eclectic and adventurous, but also a clear reflection of the artist herself.“Of course I’m a fan of all those songs,” Gray said. She fell in love with the lyrics of a wide range of hits, including those mentioned, as well as “Love Lockdown” by Kanye West and “Here Comes the Rain Again” by The Eurythmics. The key to choosing the right song for this album, Gray said, was finding one she could spin in her own peculiar, dark, twisty kind of way while of course wielding her signature raspy voice. Covered seems particularly dark with a tone that Gray said is akin to “hiding in a dark closet.”It’s been two years since Gray released The Sellout, with a title track that takes a dig at a music industry in tumult as artists grapple with reduced album sales, a heavily reliance on revenue from touring, and piracy. But Macy Gray can’t be held down by any of that. Filmmakers are increasingly captivated by her unique star quality, prompting them to cast Gray in pictures like Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls and out director Lee Daniels's upcoming film The Paperboy. Gray has a particular affinity for Daniels, who she calls "really awesome" and whose own success with Precious nearly won him an Academy Award in 2010."He’s different. He’s loud," she said of Daniels. "He wants to get exactly what he wants. He’s really an extraordinary guy and a very interesting guy. He’s probably one of the most open people I’ve met. He’s not afraid to talk about anything."The film, starring Zac Efron, John Cusack, Matthew McConaughey, and Nicole Kidman, is about a journalist tasked with returning to his home town in Florida to investigate the case of a death row inmate. But being on set with Kidman was, by far, the most memorable thing about the shoot for Gray.“I just remember I couldn’t keep my eyes off Nicole Kidman,” Gray said. “I was just star-struck, and I haven’t been star-struck in a long time. I think I freaked her out.” Gray isn’t one to conform with expectations. With big, natural hair, outlandish outfits, and her love of Metallica, Gray happily defies her persona as simply a soul singer. Gray sees the soul in bands like Sublime and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs because, in the end, good song writing is good song writing. She says all of her love songs should just resonate with anyone feeling a little love-struck. All of her breakup songs should resonate with anyone who’s just been dumped. She knows she has some songs that play particularly well at gay events, but Gray says her song writing — and in the case of Covered, song selection — knows no gender or orientation when it comes to audience. Men and women, straight, gay, and in between can all relate.Gray has performed at countless benefits for organizations such as the AIDS Project Los Angeles, The Advocate’s own 45th anniversary party, and gay pride events across the country. Anywhere she sees a "fight against separatism or discrimination,” Gray wants to join in.“I have a lot of gay people in my life, so it never occurred to me to not support [gay rights] or to discriminate, or have any kind of separatism," she said.Gray is always surrounded by gay people, so she can’t help but feel a connection to the LGBT community, she said. "It’s a very powerful community in music. And, we’ve all been gay on occasion, you know?” she says with a laugh. Watch the videos on the following pages for "Smoke Two Joints," popularized by Sublime, "Creep," originally performed by Radiohead, and a live performance of "Teenagers," originally by My Chemical Romance.

WATCH Is America Ready For an Openly Gay President
April 09 2012 7:38 PM ET

WATCH: Is America Ready for an Openly Gay President?

Jeremy Kinser

"Trust Me," the new video from Matt Zarley, finds the out entertainer portraying a GOP presidential candidate embroiled in a gay sex scandal after footage surfaces of him making out in a hot tub with a sexy younger man.

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