Friday, November 17, 2017

Out Music: Trey Pearson "Love Is Love"

Dedicated to all LGBTQ safe spaces, out singer/songwriter Trey Pearson drops his new music video, "Love Is Love," from his album of the same title.

Pearson made international headlines last year when he came out after years as the lead singer of Christian rock band, Everyday Sunday.

From The Advocate:

"'Love Is Love' has become a mantra in the LGBTQ community that stands up for the right to love and be loved, fully. This love song, and this album, represent that freedom for me," Pearson told The Advocate.

"I wanted the music video to be a tribute to all LGBTQ sacred spaces. Gay bars and queer spaces have been a refuge for me over this last year, and it is where I have been able rebuild my life after losing so much when I came out. I’m overjoyed to be able to make a video about a gay love song that takes pride in these spaces that mean so much for our community."

Speaking to Billboard, Pearson described the new track as "an anthem celebrating the freedom to love each other, without fear, because all you need is love."

With a solid pop hook, top shelf production and Pearson's soaring vocals "Love Is Love" is a worthy solo debut effort.

Listen below and check out the new album on iTunes here.

News Round-Up: November 17, 2017

Some news items you might have missed:

• InstaHunk of the Day: Sean Andrew Sanders

• A Navy pilot drew a big penis in the sky and everyone is talking about it.

• If you ever get down about a mistake or misstep you've made lately, remind yourself that at least you're not this guy:

• Congrats to Allison Ikley-Freeman, an openly lesbian married woman who was just elected to Oklahoma state senate in a district that Donald Trump won in last year's presidential election.

• Remember this Australian couple who said they would divorce if marriage equality came to Australia? No word yet on whether they intend on following through on that...

• “I love my body/I love my skin/I am a goddess/I am a queen,” sings Jessie J on her latest single, "Queen." The self-empowerment-themed mid-tempo is from her upcoming album R.O.S.E. (Realizations, Obsessions, Sex and Empowerment). Listen below.

Australia: Check Out This Cheeky Marriage Proposal

Shortly after Australia's Chief Statistician revealed that 62% of Aussies approve of same-sex marriage, Melbourne-based Mark Keevers decided to surprise his boyfriend Andrew with a cheeky marriage proposal.

Andrew competes with the Melbourne Surge water polo team. After the Surge's latest match, Mark met Andrew poolside and placed a rainbow flag towel around his shoulders.

With their favorite song, Jess Glynne’s ‘Hold My Hand’, playing in the background Mark dropped to one knee and directed Mark's attention to his teammates whose swimsuited bums spelled out "Marry me?"

“He is just everything” Mark told The Star Observer. “He has this passion for everything he does. We have the same values, and want the same things, it’s perfect.

Mark also expressed his gratitude to his countrymen for the all-important "Yes" vote from the recent mail-in survey.

“The 'Yes' result is completely validating,” he said. “To see that people in my own country see me as legitimate and the same.”

The happy couple

Ellen Makes A Pitch For The Majestic Pachyderm After Trump Reverses Course On Elephant Trophies

In light of the Trump administration reversing course on an Obama era ban that kept hunters from bringing elephant trophies from the African countries of Zimbabwe and Zambia back into the Untied States, Ellen DeGeneres used her opening monologue yesterday to highlight and celebrate the incredible qualities of elephants.

“I love elephants. And if you take the time to learn about elephants, you would love elephants too.

“Elephants show compassion, sympathy, social intelligence, self-awareness. They’re excellent at learning abilities...all the things I have yet to see in this president."

I consider myself a southern gentleman most of the time, and I rarely use vulgar language. But when I heard about the Trump administration's decision, my reaction was to take to Facebook and post, "I'm sorry, but f*ck this shit."

You'll notice I did at least begin with an "I'm sorry."

Elephants are, as Ellen correctly points out, majestic creatures. All Trump's decision will do is encourage more American hunters to kill more elephants.

Watch Ellen's eloquent pitch for pachyderms below.

U.S. Senators Get Into Shouting Match Over Tax Cuts For The Wealthy

Sen. Orrin Hatch
This was really quite the exchange yesterday between Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah.

During a Senate Finance Committee hearing last night, Brown accused Republicans of pushing a tax plan that provides a tax cut that’s “not really for the middle class, it’s for the rich.”

Brown clearly seems to have touched a nerve with the Republican.

Via The Hill:

Hatch, the committee chairman, quickly fired back at Brown, saying that he isn’t advocating for the rich but comes “from the poor people.”

“I’ve been here working my whole stinking career for people who don’t have a chance," Hatch said. "And I really resent anybody who says I’m just doing this for the rich. Give me a break."

“I think you guys just overplay that all the time and it gets old, frankly you ought to quit,” he continued. “I get kind of sick and tired of it. ... It’s a nice political play, but it’s not true.”

Brown quickly responded, saying that he gets “sick and tired of the richest people in this country getting richer and richer.”

The two senators loudly talked over each other as they tried to regain control of the floor.

“Listen, I’ve honored you by allowing you to spout off here but what you said was not right, that’s all I’m saying,” Hatch said. “I come from the lower-middle class originally, we didn’t have anything. So don’t spew that stuff on me, I get real tired of that crap.”

Not surprisingly, the plan was advanced out of the committee by a party line vote of 14-12.

Watch below.

Quote Of The Day: Sen. Bob Menendez

Sen. Bob Menendez
Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey had reason to celebrate yesterday as the two and a half month long corruption trial against him ended in a mistrial as jurors found themselves deadlocked and unable to come to a unanimous decision.

Speaking to reporters, Menendez referenced his political foes who he says were "digging" his "political grave" so they could take over his senate seat.

"To those who were digging my political grave so they could jump into my seat, I know who you are and I won’t forget you,” the Democratic senator said.

Donald Trump, Of All People, Criticizes Al Franken On Sexual Misconduct

Just hours after the story broke that Sen. Al Franken had forcibly kissed a radio host during a USO skit 11 years ago, Donald Trump weighed in on the issue tweeting, "The Al Frankenstien picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words. Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps? ....."

Now, I'm not sure this is the smoothest move for a man who has not only been silent on Alabama Republican Roy Moore's similar predicament, but also has his own fair share of sexual impropriety leveled at him in addition to a certain video tape from Access Hollywood.

This is the kind of moment you put your head down and focus on eating your salad and hope no one notices you're in the room.

Predictably, the Twitterverse was happy to chime in:

Thursday, November 16, 2017

News Round-Up: November 16, 2017

Some news items you might have missed:

• Well hello there, Jared Techau (above). Fortunately for his Instagram followers, the University of Kentucky grad is dating photographer Brian Kaminski who's on his gig capturing Techau regularly.

• An organization that delivers meals to people with HIV/AIDS in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico has been without electricity for more than two months.

• A new Fox News poll shows Democrat Doug Jones leading in the Alabama Senate race against embattled Republican Roy Moore 50%-42%.

• Amazon is considering writing out Jeffrey Tambor's transgender lead character in it's award-winning series Transparent due to allegations of sexual misconduct by Tambor.

• A federal judge has declared a mistrial in New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez's corruption case due to a deadlocked jury. Republicans were looking for a guilty verdict in hopes GOP Gov. Chris Christie would get to appoint a replacement before he leaves office.

• GLAAD has teamed up with gay songwriter/activist Justin Tranter to create a PSA Calling for more LGBTQ inclusion in music. The video features a wide range of folks from RuPaul to country songwriter Shane McAnally and members of the Los Angeles Trans Chorus. Watch below.

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