"American Idol" favorite Jessica Sanchez sings a little and promises to "be here" for LGBT youth.
"State of Affairs" star Katherine Heigl offers advice to hurting LGBT teens: "Dream it will get better. It does!"
From terrified teen to America’s first out and proud pro athlete, soccer star Robbie Rogers takes it from the top in his candid new memoir
“No, I don’t think of myself as a ‘gay artist.’ But I incorporate ideas about gender, sexuality or identity into my work. As an artist, I’m not shy.” Andy Butler is right to say he’s not shy. The man behind dance music project Hercules and Love Affair is outspoken, loud and known for dancing shirtless onstage. His band Hercules and Love Affair broke into the mainstream with mega-hit “Blind” in 2008, bringing unprecedented attention to someone who is, despite his protestations, probably the most famous gay DJ working today. He’s in demand both as a solo act and as the leader of Hercules, whose latest album—The Feast of the Broken Heart, released in May—has been met with acclaim.
Five years ago this month, Lily Allen announced to the world via her website that she was retiring from the music industry, but now she finds herself in a car from Austin, Texas, to Houston, gearing up for the third show of a new North American expedition. “The tour’s been good so far,” says the British pop star. “I mean, I’ve only done two dates, but it’s been really good, and the live show is getting better and better, so I’m super excited.” The previous four months have been spent on musical festival stages throughout Europe, from Warsaw’s Orange Festival to the Indian Summer Festival in the Netherlands.
When Ferras released his debut album, Aliens & Rainbows, in 2008, he was a twentysomething solo artist facing an uphill battle in an ever-changing music industry landscape. The track “Hollywood’s Not America” received exposure as part of American Idol’s seventh season, but the record sold slowly, and Ferras seemed to retreat from public view. He was anything but idle during this time, co-writing songs with Adam Lambert, Ricky Martin and many others and releasing an interim EP in 2010 called Interim – The Time Between. Of course he also continued honing his craft.
One of Los Angeles' most revered local talents, Jack Plotnick takes command of this year's Outfest with his '70s throwback sci-fi spoof Space Station '76. But before you catch his heartfelt comedy at the LGBT film fest's closing night event, read what he has to say about making the film, currently the project on every local film-lover's lips.
On the basis of his 2012 debut, Make Me Believe in Hope, Rod Thomas—who records as Bright Light Bright Light—joined a short list of literate songwriters such as Pet Shop Boys, Sir Elton John and Rufus Wainwright. Like Neil Tennant, he employs electronic instruments to explore the joy and isolation of modern life. Like Sir Elton, he’s a pop-loving Brit who embraces the artistry within the commercial. And like Wainwright, he entered his career as an openly gay man unfettered by concerns of how his sexuality might impact sales. We had a quick chat with Thomas about his sophomore record, Life Is Easy, before he left New York to tour Europe as John’s opening act.
You can never have too much Tupperware, so luckily for us, fast-talking Southern saleswoman Dixie Longate will be peddling her “fantastic plastic crap” here in Los Angeles. Starting July 8, the belle of off-Broadway will be bringing her hit show Dixie’s Tupperware Party to the Geffen Theater. To promote SoCal’s run of the hilarious production, the Alabama trailer park princess dialed us up and gave us a holler.
With the release of his brand-new album, diva supreme Big Freedia is primed for bounce music’s world domination, but first he has some twerking tips for a certain tongue-wagging pop star
John Waters is out to shock again, this time with Carsick, a book chronicling his eight-day hitchhiking trek along Route 70, from Baltimore to San Francisco
Pop music’s only gay Mormon, the flamboyant frontman of Neon Trees, talks faith, glamour and finding the bear of his dreams
Can someone politely inform Edward Cullen that his reign as the tall, dark and handsome star of the supernatural genre is over? As anyone who has seen new CW series The Originals can attest, there’s a new undead poster boy on the block—and this time he’s gay (the character and the actor)! We caught up with the man behind the fan-favorite “Josh Rosza” character, Steven Krueger (soon to be seen in the big screen’s inevitable mega-hit adaptation of Goosebumps), to talk vampire pop culture, typecasting and what it is that makes a gay vampire tick.
After captivating audiences throughout Europe, theatrical art-rock ensemble The Irrepressibles have plans to come stateside for the band’s very first tour—that is, once a visa is secured. (It’s been almost comical, the hoops the band has had to jump through to play for its American fans!) We briefly chatted with the group’s composer, Jamie McDermott, about his recent series of EPs, making music as a gay man and what he most looks forward to upon reaching American soil.
Long an unrepentant songwriter herself, Tori Amos has recently released her 14th record, aptly titled Unrepentant Geraldines, a glorious exercise in aging gracefully. (The eight-time Grammy-nominated artist is now 50 years old.) On the eve of the album’s release, Frontiers sat down for a brief chat with the iconoclastic, influential performer.
Some would nonchalantly remark that a successful white rapper selling records and packing venues in 2014 is expected, but the notion that hip-hop’s latest craze is a package wrapped in milky white skin, long blonde hair and an Australian accent is most definitely against the odds. There wasn’t a place carved out for Iggy Azalea, born Amethyst Amelia Kelly, in the music world a decade ago—some would even say a few years back—but with perseverance and a few high-profile industry connections, this Aussie expat from Mullumbimby, New South Wales, has proven she’s here for the long haul, suited up to continue playing the hip-hop game. The game is something Azalea undertakes with aplomb, treating listeners to songs that fluctuate between twerk-worthy party jams and accounts of rags-to-riches struggle. On her recently released debut album, The New Classic, she utilizes a now-tried-and-true blend of rap verses and pop hooks—a formula she’s put to work on five successful singles in the last year—to cement her place alongside other of-the-moment artists currently rocking the radio.
Behind every great man is an even greater partner. Much of Star Trek alum George Takei's success—as an actor and more recently as a hilarious internet presence—was accomplished with the support of his husband Brad Takei. Their relationship is chronicled in the new documentary To Be Takei, which screens as part of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival on May 1.
The Orange Is the New Black star was waiting tables just one year ago, but now she’s doubling down on smart talk to help her transgender sisters, becoming a role model in Hollywood and—for the first time—taking care of herself
Few would argue that Cheyenne Jackson was destined for the stage. The openly gay 38-year-old actor, singer and songwriter’s first leading role on The Great White Way in All Shook Up earned him a 2005 award for Outstanding Broadway Debut. Since then, he has cemented his theater-star status with acclaimed stage performances (Finian’s Rainbow, 8, Xanadu) while also making a name for himself on the small screen (30 Rock, Glee, Behind the Candelabra) and in film (United 93, The Green). For his latest project, Music of the Mad Men Era, he’ll be singing standards from the ’50s and ’60s—with contemporary tracks thrown in for good measure—at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on April 26.
(Photos by Hans Eric Olson) “Oh, thank God you’re here! I’m parched!” Angelyne pushes past me in a mini-dress amplifying her notorious cleavage as she announces to the entire French Market Place—one of her favorite West Hollywood hangouts—that she needs the “pink drink” right away. “The blackberry lemonade, perhaps?” the waiter asks, appearing from nowhere. “Yes, the pink one!” Angelyne demands.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch premiered off-Broadway at the Jane Street Theatre in 1998, spawning a film version in 2001 that has since reached cult status reminiscent of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Next month the production heads to the Great White Way with a bigger budget and a huge star under that famous feathered wig. Frontiers spoke with Hedwig’s original composer/lyricist Stephen Traskabout the show—its genesis in a rock ‘n’ roll gay bar, bringing the show to a Broadway audience and how he really feels about Doogie Howser in drag.
Photo by Sean James We caught up with the lauded ‘baroque pop’ singer-songwriter before beginning his latest tour, which heads into L.A. on April 18. Wainwright chats with us from London about his growing family, turning 40 and Vibrate, his brand-new collection of songs. Just don’t call it a ‘greatest hits’ album.
To most people, Julie Newmar will always be Catwoman, indelibly slinking across TV screens in the original Batman series. But long before Newmar first purred, she was a Tony Award-winning actress and dancer on Broadway, and she’s featured in my book, Nothing Like a Dame: Conversations with the Great Women of Musical Theater (Oxford University Press). Newmar and I will be chatting about her days on The Great White Way at The Grove’s Barnes & Noble on March 26, but for Frontiers, we discussed topics gayer than musical theater—as if such a thing is possible.There’s a drag queen movie named after you, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar. For your whole career you have been a gay icon. Actually, I think you prefer the term ‘deity’ to ‘icon.’‘Icon’ is far easier to spell. And you can’t be a living deity. [Laughs]