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
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.
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
Did you know 3 out of 5 same-sex couples meet online? It is 1 out of 5 for all couples. These stats stem from a new video released today by Erik Qualman, author of Socialnomics. The clip features the latest statistics on social media and some of the numbers and perspectives presented are jaw-dropping. Watch the full video after the jump…
It’s no surprise The Advocate has had it’s share of Art Directors all wanting to redesign the brand to match “their vision.” But to the public eye, this seems more like a bad case of identity crisis. In the last 45 years, The Advocate has had roughly 15 different logos. The above animation features ten of the most familiar, not one of which is like the other.
My person favorite? The classic, 1967. Which you can catch as our replacement logo on the Advocate.com homepage this entire week as we celebrate the 45th Anniversary issue of The Advocate! You can also see it, after the jump. —Scott McPherson
Kele Okereke, the openly gay frontman of Brit rock band Bloc Party covers The Advocate's pride double issue this summer. After the jump, see an exclusive unreleased image, as well as a couple behind the scenes shots from his cover shoot with David Needleman in New York City.
Newsweek hopped on the colorful cover bandwagon on Sunday with the above image of Barack Obama dubbed as “The First Gay President.” Accompanying the bold headline is the President with a rainbow-colored halo. This comes only days after he announced his support for marriage equality in an ABC news interview.