Did You Miss These? Our Top LGBT Stories of the Week

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Stories of the week

Metrosource wants to put you at the center of LGBTQ culture, with a wide array of features that cover topics that range from politics to entertainment, celebrity and personal stories. Every week, we offer a snapshot of our culture with our top stories of the week.

This Week’s Hottest Stories

We’ve all heard it’s best to forgive and forget. But are there circumstances when you’ve been done so dirty that you just can’t do either? One gay man takes us through a breakup that would have sent other guys running years earlier. And spoiler: He neither forgives nor forgets: Here’s why:

As Drag Race All-Stars wound down, we were delighted to see Monet X. Change among the last queens standing. When we talked to her, we asked if she could take a time machine back to the Stonewall riots of 1969 50 years ago, what would she say to those who took to the streets demanding equality. What we got was a lesson in Pride and humility. See her tell it like it T-I-is.

Almost anyone would make a better president than the current Oval Office occupant. But who would be best? Certainly the mayor of South Bend — who was first elected with 74 percent of the vote and then ran up those numbers with a successful reelection that brought him a whopping 80 percent of the vote. How does a gay man in Mike Pence’s Indiana manage a feat like that? Pete Buttigieg may have a name that’s tough to pronounce, but his ideas for the country sound like a breath of fresh air. See what he has to say in our exclusive interview.

From Last WeekWeek

We all are curious about What Men Want, but it took gay choreographer and So You Think You Can Dance judge Adam Shankman to make a movie about it — starring no less than Taraji P. Henson! In our interview, Shankman also spills the T on directing the sequel to Amy Adams’ Enchanted. We’re over the moon!

In our exclusive video, Ru Paul’s Drag Race All Stars contender Manila Luzon muses on the origins of America’s current obsession with drag. And when she’s asked whether Ru or Divine should be considered the Mother of Drag (with apologies to Game of Thrones‘ Khaleesi), Luzon made the smartest choice available.

She’s got some big shoes to fill after Bette Midler and Bernadette Peters both wowed the crowds on Broadway in the title role of Hello, Dolly. But that’s okay: Nobody leaves a bigger footprint on the Great White Way than Betty Buckley. See our review:


The social universe exploded with news of the attack on Empire actor Jussie Smollett. See our coverage as it happened — and Friday’s follow up.

Did you see the not-quite-live telecast of Rent? See what Valentina (“Angel” in the TV production) and lyricist Benj Pasek (of A Christmas Story, which also had a live TV production), have to say on the subject in our exclusive videos.

See why LGBTQ tourists love to spend Mardi Gras and Southern Decadence in New Orleans.


See Our Exclusive Video of All Stars’ Latrice Royale: What Won’t She Share with Another Queen?

Our Analysis of How Trans Americans’ Ability to Serve in the Armed Forces Now Hangs By a Legal Thread

How Tyler Clementi’s Suicide Inspired a Play About Superheroes Rescuing a Bullied Gay High Schooler

And from last week:

Feel the Burner

For months, the battle raged on. In selecting our first-ever NYC legendary drag queen, Metrosource turned to you, our audience, to vote on that one special queen to take the title. And then we just sat back, counted the tallies and watched as the queens submitted videos to raise their profiles and up their chances and the votes kept swinging more wildly than Hillary’s chances on election night. Ultimately it was Tina Burner who emerged victorious, and here’s the story of her ascendance to the digital throne and her acceptance of our award: the Slayletto.

And while it’s entirely appropriate for Tina to thank all her supporters, we want to thank everyone who voted for the queen of their choice. And as for next year? Let the games begin!

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Lemon Gets Squeezed

CNN anchor Don Lemon took the stage at the Metrosource People We Love gala to thank the crowd for their support — which has to be heartening, since Lemon and his colleagues on and off-camera have now been twice evacuated from CNN headquarters in the wake of bomb threats.

Many celebs would ask to be sequestered while not actually speaking. But Lemon made himself available for dozens of selfies, innumerable handshakes and more than a few hugs. Why did he make the ideal cover subject for our People We Love issue? Because Don Lemon exemplifies what Metrosource wants to honor: he proudly represents the LGBTQ community, his presence on camera and off is one of dignity, compassion and intellect, and he implores people (including actor Kevin Hart and the current Oval Office occupant) to be the best versions of themselves — even if they choose not to rise to the challenge. See his inspiring remarks at our event Tuesday.

The King of Kink and Kiki

Jake Shears could have done nearly anything his heart desired after putting Scissor Sisters in cold storage. Instead, the lead singer and songwriter behind the group’s biggest hits decided to do everything.

In the past 12 months, Shears has released a memoir, Boys Keep Swinging, appeared for months in the Harvey Fierstein/Cyndi Lauper Broadway hit Kinky Boots, released his first solo album and launched a world tour.

He’s fond of challenges, he says in our newest issue. That’s probably a good thing, since he’s become single after a relationship he thought would last a lifetime and relocated to New Orleans. Our interview takes him from childhood up to the minute. Read our candid conversation with the former Scissor Sister and current cover guy.

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Last modified: February 19, 2019

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