Full Disclosure


Full Disclosure by Chris Azzopardi

Dance duo talks gay influences, Sam Smith’s ‘classy’ coming out and the history of club music

English dance prodigy Disclosure isn’t simply aware that club music is steeped in queer culture – they’re inspired by it. The Grammy-nominated duo, Howard and Guy Lawrence, is still lighting up the charts with songs off their debut, _Settle_ (recently released as a deluxe edition), which, according to its creators, leans heavily on the unique gay roots found in house music.

Makes sense, then, that they’re getting their groove on with Madonna...

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Mindfully Mraz

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Mindfully Mraz by Chris Azzopardi

How the musician is changing the world one label at a time

I won’t tell you what Jason Mraz told me during our interview in early 2012. Realizing after the fact that a political remark could potentially shake up his love club, he graciously asked me to omit that bit from the story. I did.

Over two years later, I’m reminded once again of Mraz’s mindfulness...

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Timeless Tori


Timeless Tori by Chris Azzopardi

Songstress talks gay fan affinity, the Disney song she inspired and still rocking at 50

“Lighting, sweetie, lighting!” is Tori Amos’ theatrical retort to my compliment about how she’s still looking as radiant as she did at the launch of her career just over three decades ago.

Amos is now 50, and with her 14th album, Unrepentant Geraldines, she’s facing age head-on. Candor isn’t unusual for the composer; from rape to religion and even her MILF status, she’s approached a bevy of topics too controversial for most artists.

That same directness extended to our recent conversation, during whi...

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Out of Town: Asheville, North Carolina


Out of Town: Asheville, North Carolina by Andrew Collins

If you’ve been keeping up with the country’s most buzzed-about hipster destinations of late, you’ve probably heard Asheville mentioned in the mix, perhaps alongside cities like Austin, Brooklyn, and Portland, Ore. This relatively small mountain metropolis in western North Carolina has long been a creative-spirited, relatively progressive island in one of the nation’s more socially conservative regions...

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I’m Obese And Want to Lose Weight. Where Do I Start?

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I’m Obese And Want to Lose Weight. Where Do I Start? by Davey Wavey

In the last 7 years, I’ve gained 160lbs. Though I was athletic my entire life, I recently hit 320lbs and I’ve decided that it’s time to do something. Right now, the only exercise that I get is walking from the couch to the refrigerator during commercial breaks. My diet is also pretty fatty.

I don’t even know where to start. Do I exercise? Do I eat better? Both?


The first step is always the hardest – and you’re well on you way to taking it. Congratulations on your resolve...

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Dudley Saunders’ ‘In These Boxes’

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In conjunction with World AIDS Day

Dudley Saunders’ In These Boxes is an exhilarating and heartbreaking mix of live music, transmedia and video art exploring the human need to keep the dead from disappearing by holding onto their things. Dudley asks the local community to contribute photos of treasured objects, inherited from loved ones, for inclusion in the show.

Mon Dec 1 2014 – 7:00 pm • CSPS Hall

Legion Arts, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

$10 advance | $13 door

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The Search for Sinéad


The Search for Sinéad by Chris Azzopardi

How Sinéad O’Connor found herself – and how the gay community helped

In 1992, Sinéad O’Connor was at the height of her career following the success of “Nothing Compares 2 U” when, during a one-woman protest against sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, she tore up a pic of Pope John Paul II on Saturday Night Live. Causing an uproar, and eventually thwarting her pop-culture presence (not that she cared), that defiance would come to define the Irish singer’s life and career.

Over 20 years later, O’Connor found herself entangled in more controversy – this time with Miley Cyrus, who ...

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The Surprising History Behind the Hairiest Month of the Year

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It’s November and you know what that means –hair growers everywhere are rejoicing in an excuse to put down their razors for a month of bearded bliss, long leg hair, bushy bikini lines and unshorn underarms.
By now your friends and colleagues may have taken a rather hilarious and hirsute departure from their usual grooming habits, but the No Shave November and the Movember moments are much more than cultural memes. Did you know that both are nonprofit organizations created to promote awareness about health issues like cancer and mental health?
Now a global movement, Movember was founded in Australia in 2003 by two friends who (j...

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COMIC: Birthin’ No Babies

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THE MIRAGE featuring the Kings and Queens of the Night

The Mirage 2014

Mirage 14 Andrew Mr Gay IowaThe University of Iowa will host THE MIRAGE featuring the Kings and Queens of the Night on Saturday, December 6th from 9pm – 1am in the 2nd Floor Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union. The event will feature an amateur competition, and professional performances from drag queens, drag kings, and burlesque dancers. Headlining drag queens include Gina Belle, Connie Shewa and Myling Belle. The Mirage 2014Headlining kings include members of the I.C. Kings: Hugh Jindapants, Johnny Derp, and Joey D. The 2013 Mr. Gay Iowa USofA and Les Dames du Burlesque will also perform. Nedra Belle will emcee.

The event will also feature a condom casino, free rapid HIV...

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