Tongue Wielder Miley Cyrus Licked a Piano and Sold It For $50,000

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Miley Cyrus’ tongue has become a useless fixture of pop culture, inspiring thousands of viral memes and informing the direction of Halloween costumes modeled after the singer’s foam finger-flailing VMA performance. During the LGBT Center’s Vanguard Awards Gala on Saturday, however, Cyrus’ famous asset became unlikely bait for charity when a white grand piano that she licked onstage sold with the unfathomably steep bid of $50,000.

Celebrating her philanthropic work with the Happy Hippie foundation, the 22-year-old Dead Petz singer received the Vanguard Award from the LGBT Center—a formal acknowledgement that Cyrus fittingly shook up when she began auctioning off said piano beside songwriter Linda Perry. With a shameless flick of her unstoppable tongue, Cyrus raised an incredible sum for the Center in the only way she knows how. Sure, we admit it’s easy to dismiss the Disney Channel survivor for all her wonky antics, but these are the rare moments when acknowledgment is undeniably due. 

“I want all of you to know that I feel beyond grateful to be in a room full of so many people who care so much about others because unfortunately that is way too rare in the world that we live in today,” Cyrus said to the audience after accepting her award. “I’m thinking of tonight not as celebrating what we’ve already done but what we’re doing and what we’re going to do in the future.”

Cara Delevingne Schools Vogue On Her Sexuality

Cara Delevingne
Cara Delevingne on the July 2015 Cover of Vogue

Cara Delevingne has no time for your bullshit. The model and actress  covered Vogue last month, and amidst the lines of a very revealing profile, writer Rob Haskell casually brushed off her relationship with St. Vincent, suggesting her bisexuality was just a phase. In yesterday’s New York Times, she set the record straight (no pun intended) stating,

“My sexuality is not a phase. I am who I am.”

Addressing it as direct and succinctly as Haskell (as well as her parents) dismissed it, the Paper Towns star had the perfect reaction to anyone policing her sexuality. Also, always a class act, she cleared the air by saying she found “nothing malicious” about the article at all. She’s just stating who she is.

Cara Delevingne is a sublime model and actress with great popularity, especially amongst young adults, which is why it’s important she’s setting a good paradigm for bisexuals, who are constantly under suspicion.

Why everyone polices bisexuality is beyond me; in a culture that’s seeing so much more understanding and policy on LGBT rights, we still treat the “B” with some skepticism and content, probably because it challenges straight culture’s binary thinking moreso than gay, lesbian or transgender individuals might. Is it really that threatening to think people can be attracted to more than one gender (and, possibly, several?)

Well, Cara’s gonna do her, and you better get used to it.

 

Pyrrhic victory!!!!!!

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Fashion Prize Cancelled: Dorchester Retaliates Against the Industry

In case you’ve been willingly ignoring it, you know by now that the Sultan of Brunei is terrible (he’s thisclose to instating laws that would call for the stoning to death of gays and adulterous women, including women who have been raped). Editors in chief like Glamour‘s Cindi Leive and Vogue‘s Anna Wintour have stated that no editor of theirs will be booking rooms at any of the Sultan’s Dorchester Collection hotels during fashion week travels in Paris, London, and Milan.

The fashion leadership isn’t the only crew denouncing Dorchester; pretty much the whole industry is following suit. The Human Rights Campaign officially condemned the decision of the Sultan in late April.

Duh.

Now the Dorchester Collection is feeling the pressure (or just feeling spiteful,) and has gone ahead and cancelled its Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize, an annual competition and gala event. Score one for fashion? or no winners until the Sultan of Brunei backs down?

Combating Putin’s Anti-Gay Stance, One Tracksuit at a Time

Despite the shocking fact that there are no gay people in Sochi, you might still be pissed off about the Russian government’s repressive attitude toward their country’s LGBTQ communities. On the eve of the 2014 winter games, what’s an art-and-civil-rights-loving Olympics fan to do? One option is to head to the Purple & Gold benefit event this Friday from 7-9 p.m. at Louis B. James Gallery, where Print All Over Me is launching a capsule collection of printed tracksuits sporting work from the likes of David Benjamin Sherry, Kalup Linzy, Ryan McNamara, and Jack Pierson. Proceeds benefit the Russian LGBT Network.

“These uniforms directly engage with the systematic and legalized discrimination that the Russian government has perpetrated on the LGBTQ people,” says Print All Over Me president Jesse Finkelstein.” While uniforms are typically expressions of national patriotism or strength, these tracksuits are a reminder of the basic and universal vulnerability that gay, trans, and straight people are all born into. While the Olympics can be fun theater, where states play out their various partisan fantasies, these tracksuits are for the weak and precarious.”

Print All Over Me also enables you to produce your own clothing (or pillows, tote bags, etceteras) simply by uploading imagery via their website. If none of the commissioned tracksuits strike your fancy, we might recommend creating one based on any of the totally heterosexual images of Vladimir Putin that the internet has to offer.

Main image from left: Tracksuits by Lucas Michael, David Benjamin Sherry, and Ryan McNamara. (All tracksuits have matching tops and bottoms).

 

 

God Save the Queens: Star-Studded Benefit for Russia’s LGBT Community

The new Secretary of State at the Vatican, Pietro Parolin, said the other day that the subject of celibacy within the church is open to discussion. Responding to a question during an interview with Venezuelan newspaper El Universal, the man regarded as "the most powerful official at the Vatican after the pontiff," said, "Celibacy is not an institution but look, it is also true that you can discuss [it] because as you say this is not a dogma, a dogma of the church."

"The efforts that the church made to keep ecclesiastical celibacy, to impose ecclesiastical celibacy, have to be taken into consideration," added the 58-year-old prelate from Italy. "One cannot say simply that this belongs in the past." (Now if i can only get this guy to talk to my girlfriend.)

The world is changing. Amid the usual doom and gloom, skirmishes, war and all the tragedy our media shows us, there are movements forward. I was the best man at a wedding between two women the other day. Rights and fair play are at least discussed. Society is more forgiving. Lindsay Lohan will get another chance. And we almost forgave Weiner and Spitzer—which is destined to be a talk show…OMG a reality show! How fun!

But then we have Russia. Vladimir Putin—who looks like the gayest man alive in every photo I’ve seen him in—is leading a regime of oppression against LGBT citizens of his beloved homeland. An event to raise awareness and loot to support our oppressed friends over there entitled "God Save the Queens" will light up XL Nightclub on Saturday night beginning at 7pm.

Lyle Derek and Noah Valentyn have put this shindig together and they should be rewarded for their efforts. By all means attend and tell everyone you know about it. Things can be done! I mean is any gay bar or club selling Stoli anymore? Shouldn’t all the clubs take a stand on this? I say fuck ’em in the wallets…It always works with my girlfriend.

A star-studded benefit for Russia’s LGBT community, God Save the Queens! To Moscow, With Love, will feature performances by Katrina Darling, Joey Arias, Miss Guy, Sherry Vine, Mistress Formika, Tina Burner, Dallas DuBois, Maddelynn Hatter, Michael Cavadias and Cher Noble.

Miss Guy will also DJ. I am assured there will be some surprises as well. It’s $20 at the door, shows at 7:30 and 9:30. The gala is hosted by Mudhoney Salon and Any Old Iron. Your door dollars will benefit the Spectrum Human Rights Alliance, which is working to stop the violence in Russia.

Lyle sent me this:

Hi Friends:

I hope this finds you well. I am producing a party next Saturday that is a real labor of love! This party is supporting a friend’s organization called the Spectrum Human Rights Alliance which is working on the sad situation in Russia for our LGBT brothers and sisters.

Of all my events over the years I am so proud of this one. And it really needs your support and I would love it if you could join us and get tickets for this wonderful group who are taking direct action. Let’s all come together on this night and celebrate and send Moscow lots of love!

I would truly appreciate it if you would get tickets to this one and if you cannot go please spread this around on Facebook and emails, etc. Let’s show Russia some real New York love!

And the show is one of the most exciting NY line ups in ages—and we have some real surprises in store too! I hope to see you there and share a Pink Russian with you!

xoxox

Lyle

I had a chance to ask Lyle some questions.

What is the situation for LGBT people in Russia?

We have spoken to some of the queens in Russia and as we all know, it is rough for them, but they have a thriving gay scene and drag scene despite it all. Russians are a very strong and resilient people, but I am by no means an expert on this issue. Like many, I am just concerned and this is a sad state in this day and age. We have come so far and had such a great year here and it’s like the dark ages there.

What do you hope to accomplish with this event?

We hope to raise awareness for the Spectrum Human Rights Alliance, and some funds would be great too. They are friends of ours and we want to help them. They are from Russia and working in Washington now on this issue directly. They will be at our event Saturday and will speak about what is going on and they know much more about what is going on than I do, so we hope everyone comes, we all get the facts and the night makes an impact.

What is going to happen at the event?

"God Save the Queens" is really a drag spectacular with Mistress Formika doing a rare drag appearance. We have the legendary Joey Arias and Sherry Vine and many more who will do numbers in the theme and spirit of our event. The scandalous Katrina Darling who ruffled the real queens’ feathers last year with her Playboy spread will open the show with a sexy burlesque number and Miss Guy is going to close the night with his new track "God Save New York," which he did with Debbie Harry.

Are you excited about doing this at XL?

Doing this at XL made so much sense as they are the epicenter of gay culture and are doing it with such class. A lot of venues wanted this show but XL at The Out Hotel just made perfect sense to us and we will be doing another God Save the Queens right before the Olympics and in London and Los Angeles to continue to help the Spectrum Human Rights Alliance. The one thing this is doing is bringing the global LGBT community together and that is good. It’s going to just grow before the Olympics.

Is there hope?

Of course there is always hope. Look at the great year we had with the Supreme Court. It was a long road to that victory. And Russia will be next.

What do you feel is appropriate regarding the Olympics in Russia? A ban? A boycott of advertisers? An armband of solidarity?

We need to take our anger to the Olympic Committee and the government, not companies that have nothing to do with Putin or his policies. I think the blogger Dan Savage was very irresponsible by putting false information about Stoli out there and started this boycott. All of our performers find that a waste of time and Stoli has been supportive of LGBT events for decades and continue to be. We should all stand together, not have this animosity for folks who our on our side.

Are Russian gays eligible for political amnesty in the USA?

I am not sure if they are, but after Russia took in Edward Snowden, I hope our country would welcome the queens from Russia. Gays never give up secrets.

Get "God Save the Queens" tickets here!

 

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eHarmony Founder Looking to Spend $10 Million to Crack the Gay Code

You know how gay people can’t join eHarmony? Oh, well, I say; we have literally every other dating site (plus a few of our own). But the creators of eHarmony (namely founder Neil Clark Warren, or the seemingly friendly old guy in those commercials) retalliated by creating an LGBT version of eHarmony called Compatible Partners. You see, dudes who like dudes and ladies who like ladies go about everything in a totally different way than normal straight people. Like, for example, gay men just start screwing each other immediately until they get bored after about three weeks, and lesbians pick up U-Hauls on the second date. That’s the kind of thinking, I guess, that is happening at the eHarmony board meetings, and now Warren thinks the company should spend a ton of money to figure out this whole gay business once and for all.

In a video interview with Yahoo Finance web series Off The Cuff (via Beta Beat), Warren goes into detail about what "damaged" his matchmaking company: the same-sex marriage issue. "I’m tired of it," he says. Warren continues, claiming that Christian users were so angry when Compatible Partners was launched (at the behest of the New Jersey attorney general, by the way, who found that eHarmony was discriminating against LGBT users) that the company "literally had to hire guards to protect our lives." (Oh, those Christians! So loving. So compassionate.) 

How can he, the grand master of online dating, fix this problem? Well:

I have said that eHarmony really ought to put up $10 million and ask other companies to put up money and do a really first class job of figuring out homosexuality. At the very best, it’s been a painful way for a lot of people to have to live. But at this point, at this age, I want America to start drawing together. I want it to be more harmonious.

Here’s a suggestion: stop being dicks, for one, and also pull your heads out of your asses and recognize that people who identify as one of the convenient letters that the mainstream press likes to throw around in an effort to be inclusive just want to be included. Because, honestly, people like me have the same desires that straight people have, and the fact that it’s 2013 and I have to type that out for anyone is something that consistently blows my mind. It’s not rocket science! It’s not even math, which is probably why the people who create online dating sites (which match you up based entirely on how one answer questions and curated cultural interests and not because of, say, mutual attraction) have such a hard time seeing it as a fact. 

And while we’re on the subject of eHarmony: the company’s self-reported statistics include claims like the following:

Every day in America, 542 people marry after meeting on eHarmony.com — according to the online dating website. That’s 5 percent of all new U.S. marriages. On average, there’s an eHarmony wedding every 2.65 minutes, the company claims.

How the hell does that work? I mean, really: think about it, folks. Is the point of a dating website—any dating website, from eHarmony to Match.com and OKCupid—to get you out of the singles game and into a long, lasting relationship? Or is the whole point of an online dating website to make money on its users who eventually return to said site to dip their toes back into the dating pool? It seems like a lot of dating sites haven’t figured out straight match-ups, so I don’t think we need to rack our brains too hard when it comes to finding out how to set up two gay guys or—gasp!—someone who falls under the T category. (But I’m pretty sure there aren’t too many people worried about catering to what seems like a small percentage of the population, right?)

But hey, if they wanna pass $10 million my way for a quick consultation on how to treat gay people with respect and tact, they should totally get in touch.

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Miller Lite Redefines “LGBT” With Gay Ad

What’s that? Gay guys don’t only drink Cosmopolitans and Blow Job shots? Well, it’s true, some of us like beer. Like a cool, refreshing Miller Lite. Ah, yes, sometimes I just want to hang out with my bois and catch up on Sex and the City reruns and throw back a few watered-down beers, because I lack a personality and a refined taste. Or at least that’s what Miller Lite would like me to believe with their ad campaign targeted to cool-guy gays across the country.

Behold, the Miller Lite ad featuring four (presumably) homosexuals just gayin’ it up all over town with their brews. So real! So natural. After all, it’s high time that the silly acronym "LGBT" be redefined—and why not shuffle those letters around? After all, what can you make "LGBT" stand for, anyway? "Lite Gays. Butt Tossing?" Nah, that doesn’t sound fun. LBGT sounds a lot more accurate. Lite Beer! Yes! Great Taste? You bet! 

Sure, there are no Ls or Ts (again, presumably) in the ad here, but, ah well, I suppose lesbians and transexuals can just switch to Bud Lite if they’re really offended, huh? 

(But seriously, here’s a tip to Miller Lite: there’s a difference between marketing to an audience and pandering to an audience. Why don’t you guys guess what your ad does to the LGBT community?)

Check out the full ad below:

lgbt miller lite

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Queen Latifah Denies Coming Out of the Closet After Attending Gay Pride Festival

Queen Latifah has long been rumored to be gay, but the rapper/actress has never publicly come out of the closet. So when she openly attended the Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Festival in California last month, many figured Latifah was close to an official announcement. They were wrong.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Latifah was asked if her performance at the pride festival had anything to do with her own sexuality. "That definitely wasn’t the case," she replied, neither confirming nor denying the rumors in the process.

Latifah went on to suggest there won’t be any kind of news regarding her sexuality coming out anytime soon, telling the magazine, "I’ve never dealt with the question of my personal life in public. It’s just not gonna happen."

Doesn’t she realize the impact her coming out of the closet could have? Doesn’t she care? Sigh. [via Gawker]