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Curtis M. Wong
Curtis M. Wong is the Deputy Editor of Gay Voices at The Huffington Post. He has written for The Prague Post, Passport Magazine, The Hartford Courant, Business Insurance Weekly, Abu Dhabi's The National and Ohio's Akron Jewish News, among other publications.

Entries by Curtis M. Wong

The Ridiculous Reason This Anti-Gay Bigot Is Freaking Out On Black Friday

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2015 | 12:22 PM

Black Friday is upon us, but one right-wing pundit isn't feeling the holiday spirit this year. 

In a Nov. 24 article for WNDMission: America's Linda Harvey, whose opposition to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community is well-established,...

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Here's A Stirring Anthem For Those In The World's Most Homophobic Countries

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 11:58 AM

Detroit-based DJ Steven James teamed up with singer-songwriter Quentin Sound to create a harrowing anthem for gays and lesbians living in the world's most homophobic countries. 

The music video for "We Know Who We Are" juxtaposes a pulsing EDM beat with disturbing news footage of anti-gay violence in Russia, Uganda and Jamaica.

"We move mountains, skyscrapers if they get in our way," Sound sings. "No matter what people say about us/We know who we are." 

James told The Huffington Post that the purpose of his new song is to "reach out to gay teens in those countries and tell them that there is nothing wrong with being gay, no matter what locals and their leaders say."

He added, "They're no different than any other citizen of their country." 

As it turns out, the tune has a charitable aim, too. James said he will donate 50 percent of proceeds from sales of the single to LGBT youth organizations in Russia, Jamaica and Uganda: Children-404, the Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (JFLAG) and Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG). 

What an inspired musical message! 

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The 8 Things You Should Never Say To Your Gay Friends

(1) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 3:43 PM

Newly-out Olympian Gus Kenworthy teamed up with Teen Vogue's Phillip Picardi to reveal the 8 things you should...

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Out Singer-Songwriter Solomon Ray Is Giving Us All The Feels

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 11:33 AM

Out singer-songwriter Solomon Ray is putting a fresh, electronic spin on Beck's "Guess I'm Doing Fine," and we've got a first look at the music video. 

The tune, which first surfaced in February, marks yet another step in the transition from Ray's rap roots to a more hybrid pop sound, which is still heavily rooted in hip-hop. It's the first cut from "Why Boys Cry," his new EP, which is slated for an early 2016 release. 

Although Ray cites Kanye West as his biggest musical influence, he told The Huffington Post that covering Beck was a no-brainer, because growing up with the Grammy Award winner's music really allowed him "to feel comfortable writing abstract verses" in his own work. 

Listen to his full "Guess I'm Doing Fine" cover below: 

Although he's openly gay, Ray says that expressing any specific LGBT themes in his music is only done "inadvertently," but that a recurring motif has been "isolation" and "pain and how we, as humans, interpret it." 

Despite its title, "Why Boys Cry" will be a departure of sorts for the California-born artist, as it's the first time he's "not writing songs about heartbreak." 

No matter what, he's giving us all the feels. 

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'Modern Family' Star Confirms He's Gay In A Totally Nonchalant Way

(3) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 2:03 PM

"Modern Family" actor Reid Ewing opened up about his struggles with body dysmorphia in a blog for HuffPost Healthy Living last week. The 27-year-old star continued to share personal news in the media discussion that followed the blog, confirming that he is gay in...

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Joe Jonas Reveals Why He Won't Stay Silent On LGBT Issues

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 11:56 AM

Nick Jonas has made no secret of his affinity for his gay fans, and now his older brother, Joe, is feeling the love, too. 

Currently promoting "SWAAY," a disco-inspired EP by his "funk-pop" band, DNCE, the elder Jonas tells PrideSource that it's "flattering"...

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Chris Colfer Lands A Role In 'Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie'

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2015 | 9:02 AM

Dreams do come true for Chris Colfer, who has landed a role in the big screen version of...

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Writer-Performer Justin Sayre Ponders 'What Kind Of Gay' He Is

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 4:10 PM

In his latest clip for HuffPost Gay Voices, Justin Sayre explains "what kind of gay" he aspired to be in the years before he became an established writer and entertainer.

He cites Elaine Stritch and New York cabaret duo Kiki and Herb as his personal inspirations, quipping, "That's why I never wear pants anymore!"

Ultimately, though, he doesn't think it matters "what kind of gay" you are, because "you can be any kind of gay you want, because we'll all be there for you, in on the joke."

Sayre's "International Order of Sodomites" (I.O.S.) gathers once a month for "The Meeting," a variety show honoring an artist or a cultural work that is iconic to the gay community. The next installment of "The Meeting" hits Joe's Pub at the Public Theater in New York on Nov. 22 and features performances by Tonya Pinkins, Nathan Lee Graham and Natalie Douglas, among others.  He'll head to the West Coast for a show at San Francisco's Oasis on Dec. 12. 

Also in December, Sayre returns to Joe's Pub for the holiday edition of "The Meeting" on Dec. 20 and 21. 

In other news, "Sparkle & Circulate with Justin Sayre," the official I.O.S. podcast, has just released its latest episode featuring an interview with David Thorpe, the writer and director of the documentary, "Do I Sound Gay?"

Meanwhile, you can also view some previous performances from "The Meeting" on Sayre's official YouTube page. For more Sayre, head to Facebook and Twitter.

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The Bold Reason Twitter Won't Let Employees Give Blood Onsite

(1) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 2:50 PM

Twitter is taking an impressive stand against the controversial U.S. ban on blood donations from gay men by nixing all onsite blood drives until the policy is changed. 

The San Francisco-based social media outlet made the move in April after a gay employee...

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This Off-Broadway Play Has A Hilarious Take On Gay Men And Aging

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 9:22 AM

"Steve," the new off-Broadway play by Mark Gerrard, features characters who grapple with aging, infidelity and mortality. The play poses the question of whether or not the gay community is facing an identity crisis now that same-sex couples have made strides toward mainstream acceptance.


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Gay Man's Alleged Murderer May Have Been His Boyfriend's Best Friend

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 3:54 PM

A 22-year-old Texas man is accused of kidnapping and killing a gay man in what the victim's parents believe was a hate crime. 

David James Brown was arrested Nov. 17 and charged with capital murder in the death of Marc Pourner Jr., 28, The Lafayette Journal & Courier reports. The manhunt for Brown had taken authorities to Buck Creek, Indiana, where he was found in hiding. 

Pourner was found next to his burned out truck near Conroe, Texas on Nov. 15, according to reports. Investigators say that Pourner, who had been reported missing on Nov. 12 when he didn't show up for his bookkeeping job at a local grocery store, had been bound, gagged and bludgeoned to death.

In a disturbing twist, Brown is reportedly best friends with Pourner's boyfriend. Pourner's father, Marc, believes Brown's motive for killing his son could have been homophobia. 

"We didn't need to suspect," Marc Pourner Sr. told local ABC news affiliate KTRK. "We had information that told us exactly what happened when the incident occurred." 

Investigators stressed that they were still interviewing Brown in an attempt to determine a potential motive, and that it was still too early to determine if the alleged murder had been a hate crime, according to The Houston Chronicle

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Don't Expect Sarah Paulson To Label Her Sexuality Anytime Soon

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 11:36 AM

Sarah Paulson won't be labeling her sexuality anytime soon, and she doesn't care what you think. 

In a remarkably candid PrideSource interview, the "American Horror Story" star opens up about having dated both men and women. Paulson, 40, said she understands why refusing...

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Here Are The Best Places To Work If You're LGBT In 2016

(1) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 3:20 PM

Civic-minded consumers will have new incentive to frequent Starbucks, Hallmark and Nordstrom this holiday, as all three received top rankings on the Human Rights Campaign's annual Corporate Equality Index, released on Wednesday. 

Since it was first launched in 2002, the Corporate Equality Index has been...

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Think Being Young And LGBT Has Gotten Easier? Think Again

(1) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 3:05 PM

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth who have benefited from New York's Hetrick-Martin Institute open...

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Kohl's Puts Us In The Holiday Spirit With Ad Featuring Gay Couple

(1) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 3:55 PM

It may still be over a week before Thanksgiving, but Wisconsin-based retailers Kohl's is putting us in the holiday spirit ahead of schedule with their latest commercial.

Posted on Monday as part of Kohl's #AllTogetherNow campaign, the ad shows a diverse family preparing a holiday meal together in a bustling kitchen. As they sit down to dinner, a handsome gay couple shares a toast that, from the looks of it, might be celebrating an engagement. 

"The best of the holidays? Being together with family and friends, of course," Kohl's officials wrote on the company's official YouTube page

It's likely that we haven't seen the last of the two men, too. The new clip is the first of eight that will feature personal stories from each of the family members, according to Advertising Age.

Way to make us feel warm and fuzzy inside, Kohl's! 

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Jonathan Groff Promises 'The Most Intense Sex Scene' In 'Looking' Finale

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 2:06 PM

Sounds like "Looking" is planning to go out with a literal bang. 

In a Nov. 7 appearance at San Francisco's Curran Theatre, series star Jonathan Groff revealed that he'd just wrapped a particularly steamy scene for the show's wrap-up movie, which is slated for...

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Rio De Janeiro's LGBT Pride Parade Turns 20 In Spectacular Fashion

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 12:09 PM

Revelers from all over the world touched down in Rio de Janeiro this past weekend for the 20th anniversary of the LGBT Pride parade, and from the looks of these photos, the event was as epic as ever. 

The 2015 festivities began with...

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Tina Fey Doesn't Care If You Don't Like Her Gay Characters

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 3:44 PM

If Tina Fey had it her away, there'd have been a spinoff to 2004's "Mean Girls" that would have focused exclusively on the film's memorable gay character, Damian. 

"Someone once asked me, 'How come everyone’s sort of paired off at the end but...

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Little Boy Declares That Barbie Is 'So Fierce' In New Commercial

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 11:28 AM

A commercial for a new, limited edition Barbie doll is shattering stereotypes by featuring a young male fan along with two female pals.

In the clip, the boy exclaims that the new Moschino Barbie, which was produced as part of a Mattel partnership with the Italian fashion house Moschino, "is so fierce!" The boy's styled 'do could very well be a nod to Moschino designer Jeremy Scott, who has dressed the likes of Madonna, Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj, among other A-list stars. 

“The thing I love about Barbie is that she is the ultimate muse and inspired me to become a designer,” Scott told People magazine. “Moschino style is all about humor coupled with high fashion and Barbie allows us to play out these looks in whole new way.”

It sounds like the boundary-breaking campaign has done its job, as the two collector's edition dolls sold out within an hour of going on sale last week, the International Business Times reports

Bravo to Mattel and Moschino for reminding us that it's OK for boys to love Barbie, too!

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