Tori Amos Covers Conchita Wurst, t.A.T.u, At Russian Concerts: Today In Gay

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At one time being gay “felt like a disease” for Glee star Jane Lynch. “I was in the closet for so long and it tortured me. I thought I was the only [gay] person in the world.”

Of course the Emmy winner has evolved to embrace her sexuality—and says she’s glad Glee’s LGBT characters are helping to “ease the hearts and minds of some kids where it’s not so easy.”

And Lynch has no time for right wing nuts who claim Glee has contributed to America’s downfall: “They think it’s legitimizing a lifestyle that leads to ruin and tears at the fabric of society, and I think that we’re finding that’s just hogwash.”


taxi cabAn Iraqi War veteran says he was kicked out of a taxi cab in Tacoma, Washington, for kissing his boyfriend.

Eric Williams claims that he and his boyfriend, Diego, hopped in a Yellow Cab after  leaving Club Silverstone, but when the two shared a “peck,” the driver lost it.

“The cabby started to get really hostile with us,” says Williams, who served two tours in Iraq. “He pulled off the road and told us to get out of the car, he wasn’t going to serve us.”

The cab driver maintains the exchange between Diego and Eric was “something more intimate” than a quick peck.  “There are two sides to every story. We want to just make sure both stories meet somewhere in the middle,” said a spokesman for Yellow Cab, which is investigating the incident.


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Last month while performing in Moscow, singer-songwriter Tori Amos thumbed her nose at Russia’s ban on gay propaganda by performing a cover of t.A.T.u’s queer-tinged dance song, “They’re Not Gonna Get Us.”

“You can’t be coy about it,” Amos said after the show. “To play a t.A.T.u. song, a lesbian anthem, in Moscow — you’ve gotta grab it with both hands, because if you don’t, it’s not going to work.”

Amos was playing at Crocus City Hall, where Russian president Vladimir Putin was scheduled to speak the very next day. “His security showed up at the end of my show to start scoping the place, not knowing I’d just sung a lesbian anthem on stage,” she revealed.

While touring Russia, Amos has also performed “Rise Like a Phoenix,” the Eurovision-winning song by Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst. “I don’t sing for the government, I sing for the people,” says Amos.


Tinuola AdeyemiWhat if you threw an anti-gay church service and nobody showed up?

That’s what happened to Tinuola Adeyemi of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Kent, England. Last Sunday, Adeyemi held her first service at the council hall in the tony neighborhood of Sevenoaks, but there were no takers.

Maybe they were turned off by her teaching that homosexuality is a choice and that “intelligent people” can turn straight if they want?

“I do believe homosexuality is a choice,” Adeyemi told the Sevenoaks Chronicle. “With certain choices we create problems for ourselves and for others. Intelligent people listen to new information and can change their minds and beliefs – they can be persuaded.”

Founded in Nigeria in 1952, the Redeemed Christian Church teaches that “a homosexual orientation is a result of the fall of humanity into a sinful condition that pervades every person.”

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.
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