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Timeless Tori

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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 which Amos chatted about the LGBT influence on “Promise,” a duet with her daughter; being the muse for the big Frozen ballad, “Let It Go”; and the gay fans who...

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Out of Town: Asheville, North Carolina

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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?

From,
Jordan

Jordan,
The first step is always the hardest – and you’re well on you way to taking it. Congratulations on your resolve. By creating a healthier lifestyle, you’ll improve the quality of your own life and have so much more to give the people around you.

So which comes first? Exercise? Or diet? The truth is, both...

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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

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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 became the target of the Grammy winner’s digs last year...

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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 (jokingly) lamented that the moustache – “mo” – had fallen out of fashion in recent years...

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COMIC: Birthin’ No Babies

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THE MIRAGE featuring the Kings and Queens of the Night

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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 testing, and free snacks.

The purposes of The Mirage are to promote diversity and inclusion on campus, raise awareness for World AIDS Day, promote sexual healt...

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The Gym Is My Church

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The Gym Is My Church by Davey Wavey

When I was young, my mother would drag my family to mass each Sunday.

For a grueling 45 minutes, I’d fidget in my cold, aluminum chair listening to outdated Bible passages and sermons about the perils of birth control and homosexuality. More than anything, I remember the smell. The stale perfume of musty holy water and frankincense, it hung thick in the air like suffocating cobwebs.

Needless to say, the experience never resonated with me – and it certainly didn’t bring me closer to God, the universe or anything resembling truth.

In more recent years, I’ve found something that has. While it may sound ridiculous to some, the gym is my new church – and, for me, it’s a million times more effective...

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A Couple of Guys: Meet Market

A Couple of Guys is a weekly comic strip that follows the adventures of Eric Parker, an actor and waiter; his husband Joey Romelli, a police officer; and plenty of offbeat relatives, friends, bar acquaintances and pets.

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