Barry Walters

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George Michael

George Michael's 'Father Figure': When Love Meets Crime

“Father Figure,” the third single (and first ballad) to be pulled from his debut, established Michael both as a nuanced grown-up and as a skilled singer-songwriter, able to intertwine racy innuendo and romantic steadfastness. 'Faith’s supremely sensual smash sprung from George’s erotic and chaste relationships alike.
Pete Burns of Dead or Alive

Remembering Dead or Alive's Pete Burns, An Overlooked LGBT Pioneer

To LGBT folk, lovers of New Wave, dance-pop addicts, followers of British reality TV, and much of the U.K. public, Pete Burns -- who passed away Oct. 23 from a heart attack -- was a singular star emblematic of a time when even the most eccentric musicians could achieve significant international sales and radio play with the right brain-embedding hook.
Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

LGBT Clubs in American History: Cultural Centers, Safe Spaces & Targets

If you’re LGBT, waking up to learn that the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history had happened the night before in a gay nightclub is akin to being a parent and reading about Sandy Hook, or being African-American and finding out that yet another black church has been burned down.
david bowie

David Bowie, Sexuality and Gender: A Rebel Who Changed the Face of Music

"I'm gay," declared David Bowie, "and always have been, even when I was David Jones." When he uttered these now-immortal words in the Jan. 22, 1972, issue of England's 'Melody Maker,' the fledgling starman had just released December 1971's 'Hunky Dory' and already was giving his interviewer a taste of his glam-rock milestone, June 1972's 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars.'