Ella Henderson may have not won the ninth season of The X-Factor, but the young singer has a powerful voice that comes straight from the soul. Born in Tetney, England, the 19-year-old singer finished in sixth place, but was largely considered to be a frontrunner for much of the broadcast. That hasn’t stopped her from heading to the top of the charts. After being signed to Syco Music (Simon Cowell’s record label), Henderson released her first single “Ghost,” which took top spot on the UK and Irish charts.
Check it out after the jump…
We’re here, we’re queer, we’re drinking [ginger] beer! The carbonated crusaders behind Q Tonic, Q Ginger and Q Club have announced the nationwide release of its spectacular ginger beer: Q Ginger Beer. The founder describes it as “a big ginger punch that’s almost obscenely spicy, highly carbonated, and clean and crisp rather than sickly sweet. It’s a mixer and only a mixer – exactly what your rum, vodka, and whiskey are looking for.” Test it out in a Brooklyn spin on the classic Moscow Mule and make yourself a Brighton Beach Mule.
Brighton Beach Mule
4 oz. Chilled Q Ginger Beer
2 oz. Vodka
1 Lime Wedge
Fill tall glass with ice – if you want to get extra fancy (duh, of course we do), use a copper mug. Add vodka and squeeze the lime over it. Drop the lime in the glass and add the Q Ginger Beer. Stir to mix and garnish with a lime wedge.
An important domain name for potential GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush has been purchased by a gay couple who is now refusing to sell it. Instead of handing JebBushForPresident.com over to Bush’s supporters, the couple will use the domain name to raise awareness on issues facing the LGBT communities. CJ Philllips and Charlie Rainwater from Portland, Oregon actually bought the website back in 2008 when it was originally speculated that the Bush brother would run. The website currently reads: “Hi there, and welcome to the page. CJ and Charlie are two guys in a great relationship who are looking to inform our friends and family about some of the challenges we face being part of the LGBT community. This page is intended to prompt understanding, insight, and healthy dialogue in the ever changing landscape of civil rights and social justice. Now we just need to find some time!”
Fans of Neil Patrick Harris may have to wait eight months for the premiere of the multi-talented star’s brand-new variety show, but NBC is already trying to muster-up publicity for it by airing a 15-second spot during the Super Bowl. “There is no doubt that the new variety show starring Neil Patrick Harris is a priority for NBC,” Deadline reports. The show is based on a UK series called Saturday Night Takeaway and will include sketches, games, and celebrity pranks.
NPH is already set to host the Academy Awards this February, but see the 15-second spot after the jump…
If companies were more effective implementing LGBT-inclusive policies, the US economy could save nearly $9 billion annually, according to a new study by Out Now. According to the research, from a larger study called project LGBT2020, companies that have inclusive workplace environments have significant cost savings due to improved staff retention. “LGBT Diersity: Show Me The Business Case” also revealed that “…organizations of 10,000 employees in the US were able to save between $127,000 to $944,000 and larger companies with 250,000 employees could save between $3.2 million to $23.6 million. Total national US savings were measured at $8.93 billion.”
With Fort Lauderdale’s historic “Love is Love” wedding event around the corner, which will see nearly 100 gay and straight couples married on the beach, the surprises continue for the lucky guests tying the knot. Former *NSYNC member Lance Bass will be the official “Love is Love” ambassador! The singer will celebrate alongside the couples. The February 5th events also happen to take place the same day with the broadcast of Bass’ wedding to Michael Turchin in the E! network special, Lance Loves Michael: The Lance Bass Wedding. The special will be the first American television broadcast of a celebrity marriage between two men.
Last night, a memo circulated in Fort Worth, Texas that told legally gay and lesbian married employees that they will now receive spousal benefits. Beginning February 1, spouses will be able to have access to their spouse’s pension benefits. “When I got the news last night,” Fort Worth police Cpl. Tracey Knight said with tears in her eyes “When I got the news last night, it was very emotional.” [KHOU]
As the thousands of cars make their way to the University of Phoenix Stadium for the Super Bowl, they may be surprised to see a billboard for one of the world’s leading gay social apps—Scruff. The 48 inch billboard, right outside the stadium, shows two burly football players in a locker room with the message “Play On Our Team.” A press release for the ad reveals the reason behind the ad.
At a time when professional NFL players like Michael Sam and Kwame Harris bravely come out to the world and some coaches admit to not wanting gay players on their teams, Johnny Skandros, founder of SCRUFF, a gay social networking application used by 7 million people worldwide (a good number of them sports fans and amateur players), is sending a message to the NFL – by putting up a Phoenix billboard advertisement that’s certain to start a conversation about perception and acceptance among both gay and straight sports fans alike.
Folk, swing, old time, and kids duo Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, who have earned a Grammy Award for their children’s songs, will be partnering with the educational wing of the Human Rights Campaign, the HRC Foundation. The couple will will dedicate a portion of proceeds from their new album (their 44th) to the foundation’s Welcoming Schools program. The duo will also debut its latest CD, “Dancin’ In The Kitchen,” which celebrates diverse families, with a performance February 28th in the Equality Center at HRC’s Washington D.C. headquarters. Through direct work with educators, and a curriculum that addresses family diversity, bullying and LGBT inclusion, HRC Foundation’s Welcoming Schools program helps ensure that elementary schools make all students, with all kinds of families feel welcomed and supported.
“This project has been in the works for a long time,” said Cathy Fink. “While we have produced many themed recordings for families, this one is very special and particularly timely.” Fink and Marxer say the album’s title song, “Dancin’ in the Kitchen,” was inspired by parties and gatherings they’ve hosted during which everyone invariably ends up in the kitchen.
Talk about a pick-me-up video to get you through the end of the week. A theater teacher from Dallas, Scot Pankey, created a delightful video of him and his students dancing to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’s “Uptown Funk.”
Watch after the jump as they dance their way through A. Maceo Smith New Tech High School…