Gay Agenda, July 28: Sia Removes Her Wig, Matt Bomer, Charli XCX, Julia Michaels & More

   
     

Gay Agenda is a new column for Billboard Pride where we run down a few fab things before the weekend. Between new tracks, music videos and pop culture moments, we want our readers to be prepared for boozy brunch conversation.

For this week's edition, we have lots of "Boys," Matt Bomer's new Amazon series and a Julia Michaels track that makes us feel tingly.

1. In response to President Donald Trump's ban on transgender people serving in the military, we teamed up with GLAAD and enlisted several members of the music community to create a message to the trans community. Along with Rita Ora, Dua Lipa and Michael Stipe, the clip features several members of the trans community -- Shea Diamond, Peppermint, Juliet Evancho (alongside her sister Jackie) and Dina Delicious. The message was so important to Sia that she opted to record her clip sans wig.

2. We know you’re obsessed with Selena Gomez’s “Fetish” -- we are too. It’s lyrics are especially captivating, thanks in part to co-writer Leland. The out-and-proud songwriter has debuted his new single “Mattress” and it’s a bop.

3. Earlier this week, we premiered Zeke Thomas’ video for “Dealin’ With It” -- an upbeat anthem he wrote to get through trauma after being raped on a Grindr date.

4. As if summer wasn’t hot enough, the studly Eli Lieb debuted his visual for his track “Shangri La” -- and homeboy shows off a lot of skin. Just try to watch the video without breaking a sweat.

5. Need something to binge this weekend? Check out Amazon’s latest series, The Last Tycoon, starring blue-eyed babe Matt Bomer. Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's final unfinished novel and set in 1930s Hollywood, the show also stars Kelsey Grammer and Lily Collins.

6. Charli XCX lit up Gay Twitter with her latest music video, “Boys.” Drenched in millennial pink, the clip features cameos from Joe Jonas, Riz Ahmed and Brendon Urie. If that trio doesn’t get you sexually frustrated enough, the clip also has appearances from a bevy of gay baes: Tom Daley, Connor Franta, Rostam, MS MR's Max Hershenow and Shaun Ross are all featured.

7. Speaking of gay baes, Sakima (the pop crooner who wants to sing about gay sex) has recorded his take on the track. And staying on brand, he changed the chorus to “I was busy f--king with boys" -- because of course.

8. Andre Morris may be a publicist to some of the biggest drag stars -- Alaska, Willam, Katya and Bob the Drag Queen are all on his roster -- but he just debuted his own video series: “I started Andre Gardens to show people living in small apartments, just how easy it is to have a garden," said Morris. "I love to cook, BBQ, and tackle DIY projects so I'm sharing a few of my secrets and recipes with the world.” The series will feature special guests -- with his debut starring RuPaul's Drag Race alum Jiggly Caliente and Phi Phi O’Hara.

9. On the topic of Drag Race, we created a list of songs we'd love to see performed next season -- with everyone from M.I.A. to Diana Ross.

10. Julia MichaelsNervous System is stellar from start to finish -- but the stand-out from the 7-track mini album is unquestionably “Pink.” It’s almost impossible not to feel a tingle while she whispers “There’s no innuendos/ It’s exactly what you think/ Believe me when I tell you/ He loves the color pink.”

 
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