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New album ‘coming this month’ singer confirms, saving 2020

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Ariana Grande performs during her Sweetener World Tour at The O2 in London. (Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)

Ariana Grande teased a new album coming “this month”, and suddenly 2020 doesn’t seem beyond saving.

Ariana announced Wednesday (October 14) that she will gift the world with the vaccine we so truly need – her sixth album, which will arrive later this month.

Yes, after Dua Lipa, Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift all came to save music from the horrors of, well, straight male musicians, Ariana is next in line, with Kylie Minogue just a month after.

Taking to Twitter, Ariana wrote: “i can’t wait to give u my album this month,” proving that society has progressed past the need for capital letters.

The abrupt announcement of her sixth release –  the follow-up to her 2019 album, thank u, next – caused countless queer men called Nick, Tom or James to ascend into the heavens.

Ariana Grande will drop new album in October 2020 and the internet can’t breathe. 

Reacting to the news of Ariana Grande’s new album, one user accurately said: “Thus is the best thing I’ve read in the past 10 months.”

Another added: “She said ya’ll getting the WHOLE ALBUM?!?!?!

“Someone needs to check on me because I actually can’t breathe.”

Basically, unlike Ariana’s Twitter timeline, there was a lot of capital letters.

Clues to Ariana Grande’s new album have been emerging for a while.

Though, they were perhaps not as cryptic as the long, long road towards Lady Gaga’s sixth album, which saw everything from billboards to experimental tweets and divine prophecies be used to offer fans subatomic crumbs of information.

Ariana teased that she was working on new material while also doing the Lord’s work by encouraging Americans to vote last week.

“[T]urning in these mixes and reminding u again to register to vote if u haven’t already / to vote early,”  she wrote.

While in September, she casually uploaded a snippet of vocals from a track called “brb”.

We also know that the “7 Rings” hitmaker has a collaboration with Doja Cat in the pipeline.

She told Apple Music’s Zane Lowe that she was “obsessed” with the “Moo” singer and that they had worked together on a song.

Inspiration Across the Generations on National Coming Out Day

Inspiration Across the Generations on National Coming Out Day

Could you use something uplifting right now? I sure could—and a short new video that celebrates LGBTQ elders and youth champions is putting a smile on my face this National Coming Out Day.

“Be You” reminds us of the incredible age diversity of the LGBTQ community as participants answer the question “What makes you, you?” It’s a project of SAGE: Advocacy and Services for LGBT Elders; GenderCool, a movement to showcase stories of transgender and non-binary youth; and Dell Technologies. The elders include “Mama” Gloria Allen, a 74-year-old Black transgender woman who transitioned before Stonewall and later, in her 60s, started a charm school for transgender youth in Chicago. The youth include Gia, a rising 17-year-old high school senior who transitioned before the start of eighth grade and then was named captain of her co-ed middle school’s championship cross country team. She’s also her high school’s second highest-ever field hockey goal scorer and has held numerous leadership positions in her student government, the Gay-Straight Alliance Club, the Peace Project, and Family, Career and Community Service Leaders of America.

Watch the video below, then learn more about the elders here and about the youth (and other GenderCool champions) here.

For another great short video today, check out “Proud Parent,” by PFLAG and Oreo, about a young woman bringing her girlfriend to meet her straight parents for the first time. While I usually focus on queer parents, this is too sweet a story to miss. (And yes, say what you will about corporate America, but many companies have supported LGBTQ people by funding our organizations, supporting equality-minded legislation, and giving us benefits even before the government did.)

Looking for some National Coming Out Day (or any day) tips on coming out after parenthood?

On the eve of National Coming Out Day, ABC News’ James Longman wants you to be brave / Queerty

On the eve of National Coming Out Day, ABC News’

“When I was growing up, I had virtually no one to look to in the public eye, where I could say to myself, ‘Wow, he managed it, I might not have to be in the dark forever.’ So if you’re reading this, wherever you are, know that your experience, as unique as it may feel now, has been shared by millions through time. Some have had it worse, others have had it easier. But there is a community waiting for you, with love and understanding. You’ll feel as though your life has only just begun. Each of you who makes that brave step makes it possible that in the future, the next 16-year-old boy with really bad skin, who wore fleece way too much, would be proud of himself, rather than ashamed. No more crying in the kitchen, it’s time to go out into the sunshine.”–ABC News journalist James Longman, in an essay for Yahoo! detailing his own coming out. Longman encourages anyone closeted or questioning his sexuality to come out on National Coming Out Day

Coming Out Roundtable: Like A Can Of Pringles, Once You Pop The Fun Don’t Stop

Coming Out Roundtable: Like A Can Of Pringles, Once You

I took my time coming out, even though I’d been girl-crazy since I was a kid. In true myself fashion, I was like “Lemme try on some labels in my profile on this brand new concept called a ‘dating site’ that someone built just for our college (it was the year 2004, please give me a break) and see who is interested in me when I call myself what.” And after I called myself “fluid”, I remember this really annoying guy from my poetry class, who played in a terrible band and had long hair and a performative shoulder bag, tackled me outside of the library because we had matched. And I thought, “Well, that is not at all what I’m looking for.” But I had been into my best friend the whole time, and when I did finally admit my attraction — on their bed, while I circled their belly button with my finger, because I’m always really subtle — I was like, “Okay, yeah, more of this.”

Anyway, my sexuality has naturally expanded, but still mostly rotates around the same themes. I have  come out as someone who has a polyamorous heart. At one point, I had to come out to myself and my friends as wanting to be in a relationship, even though I could not, for the life of me, get myself to be interested in someone who could possibly be in a relationship. But I feel like a lot of my coming outs have been as NOT something. When I did things like have layers in my long hair and match my earrings to my boots and carry purses, I had to come out as not typically attracted to masculinity, and then when I decided I’d lean into my Northern California camping-ready, short-haired dykeness I had to come out as “not a hippie,” and I continually have to come out at as not Filipina, not Pacific Islander and occasionally as not Mexican, as well as not butch, and not into sports, dogs or babies.

And I think, for me, this is about the ways that a lot of people assume we have things in common until I tell them otherwise, and sometimes I don’t mind that, I don’t always — as Rachel and Abeni said — need to come out to them. But one of my favorite parts of being queer is that I look forward to more opportunities to get to say yes to things I’ve previously said no to before, because I just didn’t know how to enjoy them at the time, or because the entry points to them have changed, or because I want to learn something new about myself. So I’m interested — like Vanessa — in what I have yet to find out about myself, including more expressions of masculinity that compel me, both in myself and others, and perhaps a future in which I become a hippie, whether I like it or not.

Bisexual rugby player ‘overwhelmed with positivity’ since coming out

Levi Davis

Levi Davis poses for a portrait for the 2018-19 Gallagher Premiership Rugby season (Dan Mullan/Getty)

Bisexual rugby pro Levi Davis has been “overwhelmed with positivity” since he came out in a moving interview last week.

The ex-Bath and England rugby player came out in an interview with the Mail on Sunday on 13 September after overcoming a “sense of shame” that led him to drink and mental health issues.

Reflecting on his momentous coming out, the former Celebrity X Factor contestant said the public reaction has been positive.

Speaking to BT Rugby Tonight, Davis said: “It’s been overwhelmingly positive. I had lots of messages on my phone and Instagram. Haven’t got quite around to reading all or replying to them all,” he said.

“It genuinely is overwhelming but it has been very, very positive.”

Levi Davis came out as bisexual after taking time to reflect throughout coronavirus lockdown.

The rugby star continued: “Throughout COVID I have had a lot of time to reflect and over the last four years, it’s something that was eating away at me slowly.

“It’s not been the only cause but it has been a part of the cause of my depression, my anxiety in certain parts, my drinking for a certain period as well after the X Factor.

“I just thought it was important to share, one for myself, but two for others if anyone is struggling.

“I just wanted to be a shining light in that respect… I had talked to my friends about being unapologetically themselves. I felt like I had to then reflect the positivity that I try and give to others. I should give it to myself.”

Davis said he does not see himself as a “symbol” by being bisexual, and said he wants to continue leading the way by just being himself.

“I just want to do me, do you know what I mean?” he said.

“It sounds cliched but be unapologetically yourself and be true to yourself,” he added.

It genuinely is overwhelming but it has been very, very positive.

“You have to live in your own mind so make it a nice place to live in and be true to yourself.”

Speaking to the Mail on Sunday on 13 September, Davis revealed that he came out to his teammates by posting a message to a WhatsApp group.

It was a “spur of the moment” decision, but it paid off.

“I had hidden it well but I couldn’t keep it secret any longer,” he said.

“I had to tell them, all of them, not just a few. I didn’t want it to turn into Chinese whispers.”

His teammates were overwhelmingly supportive.

“And then they began taking the p**s in a good-natured way, which I was relieved about,” Davis said. “If they had been too tender-hearted, I would have been worried. I’m still a rugby player, after all!”

Matt Bomer says coming out as gay cost him TV and film roles

Matt Bomer The Boys in the Band

Matt Bomer has revealed that coming out as gay cost him film and television roles – but he said that the trade-off was ultimately worth it.

The American Horror Story star came out publicly as gay in 2012 in the best possible way — by thanking his husband while accepting an award for his HIV/AIDS activism.

But Bomer has now revealed that his simple act of courage cost him roles in film and television in the years that followed.

Speaking to Attitude magazine, Bomer said there is a “trade-off” for LGBT+ people coming out in the public eye.

“We’re living in a day and age where there are actors and athletes and public figures who are openly gay and have been unafraid to acknowledge that, but without a question, there’s a trade-off, in my experience,” he said.

“I came out at a time when it was very risky to do so – I had a studio film that was about to premiere, and a television series coming out. But to me it was more important to be my almost authentic self, both for my family, and for myself.”

He continued: “I wasn’t trying to be a role model, nor am I now, but I thought if it could help just one person, then it would be worth it.

“But to say that didn’t cost me certain things in my career would be a lie. It did. To me that trade-off was worth it. But it hasn’t been some fairy tale — no pun intended.”

Matt Bomer set to star in The Boys in the Band.

The actor made his comments during an interview ahead of the release of a Ryan Murphy adaptation of acclaimed queer play The Boys in the Band, written by the late Mart Crowley. 

The film, slated for release on Netflix September 30, is directed by Joe Mantello, and stars Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto and Andrew Rannells alongside Bomer.

In the same interview, Quinto lashed out at the Trump administration for its “patriarchal white male, heterosexual, homophobic, transphobic mentality”.

“Persecution still exists. It has shifted slightly into different factions of our community. With increased trans visibility – huge step forward in the last five or 10 years – there’s come increased violence against trans people – particularly Black, trans women, and trans women of colour,” Quinto added.

“As gay white men, maybe our challenges have diminished slightly, but we owe it to one another to stand up on behalf of each other. Violence against one of us is violence against all of us.”

The Boys in the Band debuted off-Broadway in 1968 and quickly went on to become a seminal play for the LGBT+ community.

The groundbreaking play tells the story of a group of gay men gathering for a birthday party in New York City. It debuted into a world in which LGBT+ people had not yet received anything close to mainstream representation, and it broke new ground in its depiction of queer lifestyles.

The upcoming Netflix adaptation, produced by Murphy, will reunite the cast of an acclaimed 2018 Broadway revival of the play.