New Photos From Our Shoot With Jesse Tyler Ferguson
This summer’s Pride coverboy is Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson. You can read the cover story and see the first set of images on Advocate.com. Above, are two outtakes from the shoot, photographed by M. Sharkey in New York City. After the jump, see a behind-the-scenes GIF of Jesse’s mean encounter with his collection of bowties and an industrial fan. —Scott McPherson
Funny Or Die’s new video featuring Zach Galifianakis, James Franco, The Lonely Island and Spring Breakers is a quite an eyeful. Since it has a “marriage equality twist,” here’s a summary of each set of nuptials in GIF form. Cheers!
'Disappear Here' Teaser Goes Inside the Hollywood Closet
Iconoclastic Features released the teaser trailer for their independent feature Disappear Here last week. The thriller stars out actor and activist James Duke Mason, grandson of the late Academy-Award Nominated James Mason and a 2010 Advocate Forty Under 40 honoree. While tackling the timely issue of the “Hollywood closet,” Mason plays a young and successful closeted actor who is blackmailed after a video surfaces (they always do!) of him and his boyfriend, and he finds himself in the middle of a political conspiracy. While initially funded via Kickstarter.com, the feature is currently in production and due out next year. Check out the teaser trailer after the jump!
Out artist Adam Lambert spent the weekend under the Miami sun during the 5th Annual Miami Beach Gay Pride celebration. On Saturday he attended a press conference where he was awarded the key to the city of Miami Beach and Sunday he headlined the big Pride event in South Beach’s Lummus Park. Scantily-clad male dancers performed alongside Glambert, who sang songs from his album Trespassing, which debuted last spring at number one (and making him the first openly gay artist to do so.) After the jump, check out a video of Lambert performing the album’s title-track “Trespassing” and “Naked Love.” You can also read The Advocate's November 2011 cover story, “Reinventing Adam Lambert” here.
We go behind-the-scenes of our April/May cover shoot, with photos and videos featuring music artists Tegan & Sara. The duo was photographed by David Needleman (Who also shot our April 2012 cover with Ricky Martin) at The OUT NYC in Midtown Manhattan. Read the cover story here, then check out the rest of the photos and videos after the jump.
(BTS Stills & Video by Vladimir Weinstein & Matt Monath)
TIME magazine released the April 8, 2013 issue today in two editions. One cover featuring a gay couple, and the other a lesbian couple, locking lips. The portraits are by photographer Peter Hapak, and outtakes of the couples, including additional duos that didn’t make the cover, can be seen here. The kissing men are real-life couple, film and television set designer Eric LaBonté & his domestic partner Russell Hart, a hair salon owner. Living in Los Angeles, the two have been together for 7 years and engaged since 2010. Says LaBonté (right):
"My parents have been married for 45 years and I always knew that was something that I wanted. I want our children to say, ‘My daddies are married.’ We wanted to feel like a complete package.”
See the second cover, which features Sarah and Kristen Ellis-Henderson of Sea Cliff, N.Y., after the jump.
Olympian Ji Wallace Visits The Advocate & HIV Plus Offices
From Left: HIVPlusMag.com Editor Michelle Garcia, Associate Art Director Boo Jarchow, Managing Editor Neal Broverman, Creative Director Scott McPherson, Olympian and HIV Plus Cover Boy Ji Wallace, HIV Plus Editor-in-Chief Diane Anderson-Minshall, Ji’s partner Shaun Baldwin, Copy Editor Trudy Ring, and Editorial Director Matthew Breen.
Olympian silver-medalist Ji Wallace and his partner Shaun stopped by The Advocate & HIV Plus offices on Friday in Los Angeles. They were in town from Sydney competing in the L.A. Marathon, after raising $4,000 for APLA. Ji made headlines last year when he disclosed publicly that he was HIV-positive after seeing a Piers Morgan interview with Olympian Greg Louganis, whom he had the chance to meet with while in Los Angeles. Ji signed copies of the issue, which HIV Plus plans to auction off for charity in the coming weeks.
The Stigma Project completed it’s Winter 2013 campaign, titled Know HIV this week. The colorful array of educational graphics were shared daily for the last month on the organization’s Facebook page, as well as a number of other social media outlets. The intent is to provide easy to digest memes that would hopefully teach the public something they may not have known about HIV/AIDS, then share with their friends to educate them. Each graphic proclaims the clever slogan “KNOW HIV = NO HIV” in the caption field.
In a day when HIV is a manageable disease, the stigma associated with the virus has become a catalyst for new infections. Fear, apathy, ignorance, and lack of education cause people to not get tested, and in turn pass the virus onto others much more easily due to a high viral load (see the letter V) while putting their own health at risk.
These three license plates above won’t be placed on any cars in Georgia anytime soon. James Cyrus Gilbert, a resident of Atlanta, is suing the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Driver Services for rejecting three different requests for gay-themed vanity license plates. Gilbert believes the decision is political, telling the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "If I want I could get a tag that said straight man, but because it had gay on it, it’s not available."
Rumors or Reality Couldn't Stall Jodie Foster's Success
Actress Jodie Foster was awarded the Cecil B. DeMille Award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for her “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment,” at the 2013 Golden Globes. In her acceptance speech she finally opened up about her personal life (rather, about whether or not she is gay) - or did she?
Either way, receiving such a prestigious award just proves this cover of The Advocate from April 4, 1995 was right: rumors about an actor’s alleged homosexuality really can’t stall a successful career.
Check out more covers from past issues of The Advocate on Facebook.
French students at the Saint-Lô Catholic school in the northwestern city of Agneaux got a surprising message with their report cards on Wednesday. The letter came from the French Apel parents’ association and decried a proposed marriage equality law, which is being considered by lawmakers there.
An ad for New Zealand power company Powershop, which depicts a marriage of two men being blessed by Pope Benedict XVI, is the latest in the company’s “Same Power, Different Attitude,” campaign. Despite complaints filed with the Advertising Standards Authority stating the ad is offensive to Christians and mocks the Catholic Church, the authority has ruled the image is not likely to cause widespread offense, the New Zealand Herald reports. In a statement on their blog, Powershop says the campaign “is intended to be both thought provoking and satirical.”
Modern Family's Jesse Tyler Ferguson, fiance Justin Mikita, and their newly-launched foundation Tie The Knot, have unveiled their first formal bow tie on Wednesday. The tie, named “The Signature Wedding Bow Tie,” was personally designed by Ferguson and Mikita and is now available online at The Tie Bar. Each signature tie is handmade, retails at an affordable $25, and features a print of the foundation’s symbol, the owl. According to their website, the owl stands as a universal symbol of wisdom, representing foresight, perspective and patience. All proceeds from the sale of the bow ties will go directly to various organizations fighting for civil rights and equality on behalf of the LGBT community.
Click here to support this cause and purchase a bow tie for equality!
Vintage Photos Surface of F. Scott Fitzgerald in Drag
The above photographs were taken in 1916 and depict F. Scott Fitzgerald dressed in drag to promote his college musical-comedy troupe’s perfomance of The Evil Eye. The young Great Gatsby author was in his third year at Princeton University and the Times reviewed his performance positively— calling him “the most beautiful girl” in the production. [Source]
2012 was certainly the year of the LGBT. There were memorable comings-out, such as those of CNN host Anderson Cooper, actor Matt Bomer, and the plethora of Olympians, like U.S. soccer player Megan Rapinoe. We also declared victory for marriage equality in three states during the November election, which also saw Wisconsin’s Tammy Baldwin elected as the first openly gay member of the U.S. Senate. We’ve come a long way since the time we feared arrest for simply having a cocktail together. The country loves us! But let’s face it, if it weren’t for visibility in the media, we would surely not have advanced as quickly or as much as we have.That’s why we find it so important to research and deliver the year’s most “wanted” LGBTs. For the first time, this week we’re delivering a daily list of the most followed, most viewed, most liked, and most searched people within our community on the world’s most popular sites. To kick off the list, we bring to you 2012’s Most Followed LGBTs on Twitter:
It’s the chance of a lifetime— winning a talent contest, and immediately being signed to a major label. Shows like American Idol and The Voice have put some of today’s most popular music artists on the radar, as so many of those platforms do. Singer-songwriter Vassy's journey only proves that statement true. You more-than-likely have heard her music in passing, but it's her story that authenticates her one-of-a-kind sound. Born in in the Northern Territory of Australia to Greek immigrants, Vasiliki Karagiorgos, dreamt of having a singing career in Hollywood one day. One that would possibly follow the footsteps of her own idol, music legend Billie Holiday.
After chopping off most of her birth name to leave nothing but her current sassy mononym, Vassy’s life started to seem like one from a movie plot. Her hopeful vision started to come to fruition after winning a radio talent contest and was awarded a recording contract with Warner Brothers music in Australia. Releasing her first album My Affection in 2005, her unique sound, blended the rhythmic drums of R&B and jazz with the energy of dance, giving her a following that led to her big move to the United States, where she signed with dance mega-label Ultra Records in 2008. Working with producers like Richard Vission (Madonna, Lady Gaga) and Chico Bennett (Lady Gaga, Katy Perry) she led a national club tour in 2010, (mostly gay clubs and venues) where her new homo following started to take shape. Her music was placed on television shows like Grey’s Anatomy and Ugly Betty, as well as numerous commercial spots.
It’s now been two years, and Vassy’s newest album Beautiful Day was released in May of this year, and includes tracks with OneRepublic’s Tim Myers and producer Charlie Midnight (Joni Mitchell, Barbra Steisand, Cher). The just-released lead track “We Are Young” is her most inspired work yet, working with grammy-nominated producer and DJ David Audé and including upbeat motivational lyrics like
"Look ahead, don’t give up, when its rough, listen up to what I say…"
"We Are Young" has since proven to be just the hit needed to get the gays on their feet and get their hands on some Vass’. As if it couldn’t have been serendipitous enough, just earlier this month she performed the hit to a packed dance floor of young gay music lovers at the Avalon theatre in Hollywood, a mere steps from the original Capitol Records building. In its parking lot sits a large mural, featuring a glowing painting of her idol and inspiration, Billie Holiday, almost gazing right into the theatre. So as this Aussie import revels in her dreams and climbs the charts, we can all collectively shout in support "Kiss My Vassy!" —Scott McPherson
After the jump check out photos from Vassy’s performance at Tigerheat at the Avalon theatre, as well as the music video for her current single “We Are Young.”
This ad was created by me, the creative director of The Advocate for The Stigma Project, a nonprofit organization I founded earlier this year with Chris Richey, a close and openly HIV-positive friend. It depicts certain instances (but certainly not all) that could happen if HIV stigma and discrimination didn’t exist or was defeated. Personally, I believe stigma is the epidemic’s main fuel source and is a vicious cycle in which so many new infections occur. This ultimately leads to the question: If we end stigma, can we end HIV? In the famous words of John Lennon, “imagine all the people living life in peace.” —Scott McPherson
LGBT activist and son of Go-Go’s lead singer Belinda Carlisle, James Duke Mason is following in the steps of his late grandfather, actor James Mason. Funded by a Kickstarter campaign, Mason has been busy acting in his first starring role for the neo-noir thriller Disappear Here. The film, written by Robert Zimmer, Jr., and director Matthew Mishory, is about a young closeted actor who finds himself caught up in a blackmail conspiracy with a presidential candidate.
You may remember Mason from The Advocate's annual Forty Under 40 list back in 2010 and has since made quite the splash in the Hollywood scene. In April of 2011 he founded the Trailblazer campaign, encouraging closeted actors to come out and be an influential force in the fight for equality. Most notably, since January of this year, has served on the board of directors of OUTFEST, and at the age of 20, makes Mason the youngest appointed board member in the LGBT film festival’s 30-year history.
The Disappear Here trailer is coming soon but the first stills from the project were just released this week and can be seen after the jump!
The first ever commemorative stamp was issued on Tuesday to honor the late openly gay politician Harvey Milk, on the 34th anniversary of his assassination. A leading public figure in the gay rights movement, Milk was elected as a San Francisco city supervisor in 1977, and was murdered on November 27, 1978, along with S.F. mayor George Moscone by fellow city supervisor Dan White. The 45 cent ungummed stamps (shown above) were issued in a sheet of 10. Sheets and single stamps are now available for purchase through the Panama City Private Local Post. (P.O. Box 333 Panama City, FL 32402)
WATCH: Yale’s LGBT Alumni Reunion Invite via Music Video of Gay Anthems
GALA, Yale’s LGBT Alumni group, plans to hold its second reunion in February of 2013, and have released this compilation music video as an invitation of sorts. The performers sing and dance in a production that includes songs like “Over the Rainbow,” “I’m Coming Out,” “Born This Way,” and “Love on Top,” just to name a few. Check it out for yourself below: