A singer-songwriter who topped the charts in 1963 with her epic song of teenage angst “It’s My Party” and followed it up with the hits “Judy’s Turn to Cry” and “You Don’t Own Me” has died. Lesley Gore was 68. According to her partner of 33 years, Gore died Monday of cancer at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan. Brooklyn-born and New Jersey-raised, Gore was discovered by Quincy Jones as a teenager and signed to Mercury Records. Gore’s other hits include “She’s A Fool,” “That’s the Way Boys Are” and “Maybe I Know.”
Leslie Gore also composed songs for the soundtrack of the 1980 film Fame, for which she received an Academy Award nomination for “Out Here on My Own”, written with her brother Michael. Michael won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for the theme song of the same film.
In 2005, Gore recorded Ever Since (her first album of new material since Love Me By Name in 1976), with producer/songwriter Blake Morgan, for the small independent label Engine Company Records. In addition to extensive national radio coverage and critical acclaim from The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Billboard Magazine, and other national press, three songs from Ever Since have been used in television shows and films: “Better Angels”, in CSI: Miami’s fourth season premiere episode; “Words We Don’t Say”, in an episode of The L Word; and “It’s Gone”, in the Jeff Lipsky-directed film Flannel Pajamas.
Beginning in 2004, Leslie Gore hosted the PBS television series In the Life, which focused on LGBT issues and in a 2005 interview abnnounced that she was a lesbian. Gore had been living with her partner for more than 23 years.
Leslie Gore passed away today Monday, February 16, 2015 at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, New York City of cancer
Openly gay singer/songwriter Matt Gold is back with “Appreciated,” the first single and video from his upcoming EP “Let It Out.”
The video is an animated extravaganza of cheerfulness and joy and highlights the single’s feel-good theme of appreciation for the magic that surrounds us every day. A slight shift in perspective can take the most mundane day and make it something special.
Known for his soaring melodies, Gold’s plaintive voice compliments his musical compositions with lyrics that strike deeply into the listener’s life. “Appreciated” is upbeat and radio-friendly.
“I’m very excited to show the brighter side of my music,” said Gold. “Life is what you make it. If you look for the innate good in people, everything around you shifts. To make a positive change in the world, sometimes you have to change your point of view.”
At the Grammy Awards tonight , Queen Latifah will officiate at the on-stage mass weddings of 34 couples, which will include gay couples.
Will Latifah take this opportunity to shatter her own glass closet and finally come out?
At the Grammy Awards on Sunday night, pop’s megastars will compete for the music industry’s most prestigious trophy, and put on flashy performances that are sure to ricochet through social media. But the producers behind the program, which is to be broadcast live by CBS at 8 p.m., are hoping that the biggest show-stopper of the night will be a much more solemn event: an on-air wedding of 34 couples — gay, straight, old, young, of many races and many colors. The ceremony will be part of the hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s performance of their Grammy-nominated song “Same Love,” which became a marriage-equality anthem last year just as that issue was drawing intense national attention.
The segment follows what the Grammy organizers said was the show’s long history of addressing timely social issues through music, like Elton John’s duet in 2001 with Eminem, who was then widely criticized as homophobic. “We’re serious about this,” said Ken Ehrlich, the longtime producer of the Grammys. Yet as part of a televised awards show that works hard for its ratings, showbiz will also play a part in this sacrament. Queen Latifah will officiate at the nuptials, and Madonna will join the number with Macklemore, Mr. Lewis and the song’s featured vocalist, Mary Lambert. Grammy organizers said they knew that controversy might be inevitable, given those who oppose gay marriage or who might see the segment as trivializing a serious matter.
It will be interesting to see the Gospel and Contemporary Christian artists reaction tomight. But I tell you one thing, that One Miserable Mom is going to be pissed tomorrow!
The good died young and it seems that Anita Bryant will live forever.
Marie Osmond the mother of a lesbian daughter and a a professed equality ally posed for a picture of famed anti-gay spokesbitch Anita Bryant after a recent concert. Bryant is the original singer of the song “paper Roses” which Marie made famous and destroyed the countless lives of gay men and lesbians in the 1970’s with her crusade of hate.
Now I like Marie Osmond. But to those of you who say “Cut her some slack. It was a professional courtesy what was she supposed to do?”
Back in the day when some stars had integrity. Charlie Chaplin was at a party at the beginning of World War II with a famous German director who was a loyalist of Adolph Hitler. When the famous director offered to shake Chaplin s hand Chaplin refused and said “I don’t shake hands with Nazis.” and walked away.
Now THAT was a celebrity!
Bryant by the way has never apologized for her anti-gay crusade.
“We have arrived. Shame on you, America. Our children – our adults – are depraved. They are ‘occupied’ by envy. They attack innocent people, beating and killing them for sport. They murder one another in the streets without love or mercy. They disobey, gossip, slander and hate God. They are insolent, arrogant, boastful ‘little monsters.’ They invent ways of doing evil. Hannah Montana is what America once was. MTV Miley is America today. She ‘evolved’ because we ‘evolved.’ You saw it on display. It’s ugly. It’s Satanic.” – Failed boxer, failed insurance agent, and current hate group leader Matt Barber, writing for World Net Daily.
Matt, let’s not put the cart before the hos. You’re just upset because you know that you should have been turned on, but instead you were wishing it was YOUR fat ass was twerking against Robin Thicke.
Jake Shears who’s currently on hiatus from Scissor Sisters went after rapper Azealia Banks over her “faggot” Twitter attack on Perez Hilton yesterday.
GLAAD of course sent out another of their wishy-washy press releases on their blog that falls short of forcefully condemning Banks for the use of the word and are doing their usual “reaching out”:
“Our society knows that “fa**ot” is a derogatory word for gay men, and in this case it was used to attack someone in a very public altercation with hundreds of thousands of fans and young people following. It is an ugly, archaic word that was used to stigmatize a population of people who suffer high rates of violence both here in the U.S. and abroad. As far as we’ve come in this society, seeing it used by an artist many young people may look up to is painful, but even more so for those young fans, many of whom GLAAD has heard from. GLAAD has reached out to Banks’ representatives, and is working to compile stories of fans and teens who wanted to respond to the word and let others know what it feels like when they hear it.”
Well despite GLAAD’s reaching out to Banks’ representatives, it seems she really doesn’t care and claims that with herself being “bisexual” that it was quite alright to call Prez Hilton a “faggot” with a “whistling asshole” on Twitter and she’s really not all that upset about it or any backlash.
Gurl you are really one big ignorant fucking hot mess. Thats for sure.
Singer Frank Ocean opened up in a recent GQ Interview about his life, career, and his recent coming out.
“The night I posted it, I cried like a fucking baby. It was like all the frequency just clicked to a change in my head. All the receptors were now receiving a different signal, and I was happy. I hadn’t been happy in so long. I’ve been sad again since, but it’s a totally different take on sad. There’s just some magic in truth and honesty and openness. I had those fears. In black music, we’ve got so many leaps and bounds to make with acceptance and tolerance in regard to that issue. It reflects something just ingrained, you know. When I was growing up, there was nobody in my family—not even my mother—who I could look to and be like, ‘I know you’ve never said anything homophobic.’ So, you know, you worry about people in the business who you’ve heard talk that way.”