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Leaving 69 Behind for the Sexy Seventies

Dolores Deluce | Posted 01.11.2016 | Arts
Dolores Deluce

Based on the title of this post and my last book--Blow Jobs: A Guide to Making it in Show Business, or Not!"--one might assume that the Counter Cultur...

See You In The Music, Natalie Cole

David Munk | Posted 01.14.2016 | Entertainment
David Munk

Natalie Cole often told me that she liked to sing "with a smile in my voice." Not long before she died, she mentioned what she wanted her epitaph to be. She captured herself with impressive economy: "Natalie Cole: the daughter of a king, the mother of a prince, a friend to all."

Liza Minnelli Recalls Her 'Exhilarating' Stage Moment With Judy Garland

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

This holiday season, Judy Garland is being celebrated with a trio of remastered re-releases of her most famous recordings on vinyl. One of the three ...

A Celebration Of Judy Garland's Legacy In Honor Of Homeless LGBT Youth

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Judy Garland became the consummate star of Hollywood's golden age thanks to turns in “The Wizard of Oz” and “Meet Me in St. Louis.” Nearly 46 ...

Growing Up Gay With Britney Spears

Weston Ashley | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Weston Ashley

Britney was there for me when my father and stepmother sent me to rehab for being too gay. Her personal struggles before and after the ensuing years helped me as I readjusted back to school and into college. I didn't care if she shaved her head. I just wanted her to be okay and yes, just wished everyone would leave her alone.

Come and Get These Memories: The Divine Miss Recording Star

Kevin Winkler | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kevin Winkler

It's the Girls shows Midler as nimble and versatile as ever. While her contemporaries have settled into grand stateliness or offer wispy remakes of their former glories, Midler, at 69, continues to push herself forward. Come and get these memories, indeed!

Emily Blunt Reveals Why She Wants To Be A Gay Icon

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Emily Blunt stole the show in "The Devil Wears Prada" and can currently be seen in the film version of one of the most beloved musicals of all time, s...

Bette Midler Shares Her Advice For Drag Queens Wanting To Pay Tribute

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Bette Midler has enjoyed a sizable gay fan base since the early years of her legendary career, and now, the Divine Miss M says it "never occurred" to ...

Here's How Stevie Nicks Would've Come Out If She Were Gay

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Stevie Nicks has long courted a sizable gay fanbase -- not that it's ever occurred to her in any formal way. "I can’t say that I’m so glad th...

She Inspired Me: My Tribute to Joan Rivers

Michael Carosone | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Carosone

I never met Joan Rivers; I always wanted to, but never had that special opportunity to meet her. Yet, I didn't have to meet her in person to be inspired by her. As a gay man, I always understood her humor and struggles.

LOOK: A 'Wicked' Push For Gay Marriage From One Of Our Favorite Stars

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Tony and Emmy-winning actress Kristin Chenoweth is the latest celebrity to join the Human Rights Campaign's Americans for Marriage Equality effort. ...

Dolly To Get 'Just A Wee Bit Gay' For A New Project

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Dolly Parton has long been country music's biggest gay icon, but it seems she might be taking pop pointers from the likes of Cher and Madonna for her ...

The (g)A(y)MAs: Why We Love Our Pop Stars

J.W. Harvey | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
J.W. Harvey

Pop stars have been known to occasionally elicit the emphatic support of the gays. But as social media show time and time again, unlike gay icons of the past generation, not one seems able to speak to the community as a whole. What makes gays get so defensive about their icons?

Cher Speculates On Why Gay Men Love Her So Much

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Like many iconic female performers, Cher has long courted a gay male fanbase. In an appearance at the 2013 Attitude Awards in London, the legendary si...

The Reason Joan Collins Thinks She's A Gay Icon

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

"Dynasty" icon Joan Collins spoke at length about her gay fanbase in a new interview with Michael Musto. As to why gay men love her so much, Colli...

Curtis M. Wong

Judy Garland's Daughters To Reunite Onstage For The First Time In 20 Years

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

If there's one lesson Lorna Luft learned early, it's that the show must always go on. The singer-actress and her sister Liza Minnelli share more in co...

Why Do Gay Men Historically Adopt Female Stars as Their Icons?

Trevor Martin | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Trevor Martin

In adulthood we discover that other gay men had adopted these women in exactly the same way in childhood. Why do we, as individuals, gravitate to women, even the same women, before we are part of a gay scene, and before we are swept up in any collective gay groupthink?

Happy 55th Birthday, Madonna!

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

It's hard to believe it's been 30 years since she first shook, shimmied and grooved her way into our hearts with smash songs like "Lucky Star" and "Bo...

Curtis M. Wong

A Pride Tribute To The World's Greatest Gay Icon

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

In what is becoming a New York tradition, the legacy of Judy Garland will be celebrated with an evening of eclectic performances honoring lesbian, gay...

'80s Songstress On Her Gay Club Memories: 'The Sights I've Seen'

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Epic '80s songstress Bonnie Taylor has high hopes for her upcoming "Eurovision" turn, even if she's surprised to learn how critical her longstanding g...

Amy Grant On Gay Fans, Marriage Equality And Politics

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

With smash tunes like "Every Heartbeat" and "Baby Baby," Amy Grant has long courted a gay fanbase, but the Christian-pop crossover artist hasn't addre...

Gay Icons: 25 Divas Who Have Been Embraced By Gay Culture

Deron Dalton | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Deron Dalton

From torch songs to club bangers to advocacy to empowerment to glamor that's out of this world, great divas have affected the gay community in any number of ways ever since Judy Garland sang about somewhere over the rainbow.

WATCH: Joan Rivers: 'I'm Queen Of The Gays!'

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Just days ahead of the third season premiere of her WE tv reality series, Joan Rivers opened up about kissing a woman for the first time in an appeara...

Liza Minnelli Plans NYC Birthday Bash -- And You're Invited!

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Oscar, Tony and Emmy-winning comeback queen Liza Minnelli is following up her "Cabaret" anniversary promo blitz by adding a second performance to her ...

Cyndi Lauper Isn't Just A Gay Icon: 'I'm Friend And Family'

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Pop icon Cyndi Lauper spoke about her status as a gay icon in a HuffPost Live appearance. "I'm friend and family, so...I live among my people," L...