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If you're like most of us, the inauguration of Donald Trump as president makes you want to fight back. You can start by participating in the Women's March on Washington Saturday, or in any of the 673 sister marches around the nation and the world. The marches champion equality for all, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion, and call for economic justice as well. And yes, men are welcome to march. Find all the information here.
If you're in Los Angeles Friday evening, try to fight your way into the Anti-Inaugural Ball at the Teragram Ballroom. Audioslave (featuring Soundgarden's Chris Cornell) headlines, along with Jackson Browne, Prophets of Rage, and many other acts. The event raises money for the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network. Co-organizer Tom Morello (of Rage Against the Machine) told this to Rolling Stone:
"The Anti-Inaugural Ball is a celebration of resistance. Resistance to racism. Resistance to sexism. Resistance to homophobia. Resistance to bullying. Resistance to environmental devastation. Resistance to fascism. Resistance to Donald Trump. We are staring down the barrel of a dystopian nightmare unless we act now, unless we fight back now."
Fiona Apple, "Tiny Hands"
It's been over four years since Fiona Apple released her last (extraordinary) album, The Idler Wheel. We can't report that she has a new collection of songs, but she did put out a scathing musical critique of our president in honor of tomorrow's Women's March. In the tune, called "Tiny Hands," Apple references Donald Trump's infamous Access Hollywood tape and gives him a stern warning. Listen below.
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Troye Sivan, "Heaven"
Out musician and icon-in-training Troye Sivan recently released a music video for his popular single "Heaven" (featuring Betty Who, and off his 2015 LP, Blue Neighbourhood). The music video presents a timely response to the events transpiring in Washington by displaying a slideshow of various historic LGBT moments. This is one artist who loudly and proudly embraces his gay identity.
xXx: The Return of Xander Cage
Vin Diesel has added an out recruit (Ruby Rose) to the latest installment of his action franchise, xXx: Return of Xander Cage. The hunky government operative and his crew return to unravel a government conspiracy and help save the world from a terrifying new weapon, Pandora's Box. Can he do anything about Trump? Watch the trailer below.
Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey stole our hearts in Garry Marshall's 1988 tearjerker Beaches. Focusing on a lifelong friendship between two very different women, Beaches became a success thanks to diehard fan base of women and gay men. Now Lifetime is rebooting the film as a TV movie, starring Idina Menzel and Nia Long. There's been a fair amount of critique on the shortcomings of this adaptation, but whether you agree or not, Mendel's rendition of "Wind Beneath My Wings" is difficult to not appreciate. Premieres Saturday at 8 p.m. Eastern. More info here.
Strike a Pose
The dancers in Madonna's controversial 1990 tour and film, Truth or Dare, tell their remarkable stories in Strike a Pose. The documentary offers behind-the-scenes details from the tour and reveals what happened to the performers -- six gay, one straight -- in the years after. Watch the trailer below.