YouTube celebrates National Coming Out Day

Kinda digging YouTube’s efforts at recognizing today as National Coming Out Day. They’ve created a playlist of videos by LGBT bands and artists that is rather impressive. Instead of going with the obvious, they featured an eclectic selection of groups like Xiu XiuHidden Cameras and San Antonio band Girl in a Coma. From YouTube:

In honor of National Coming Out Day, we celebrate bands who make great music…and who also happen to have gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender members. Vive la difference!

Right on! Now finish your day out with the playlist starting with this.

—  Rich Lopez

Queer Music News: Cameras’ Joel Gibb teams with R.E.M.; Gaga tweets upcoming release

Back in 2009, I listed The Hidden Cameras in my top albums list of the year. That was mostly due to gay frontman Joel Gibb who, despite being a tough interview, manufactured a beautiful package of songs in their album Origin:Orphan. The indie folkster teams up with R.E.M. on the band’s new single, “It Happened Today,” providing back ups for the also-out frontman Michael Stipe. The single is part of R.E.M.’s upcoming album Collapse Into Now, which is slated for a March release. I love it when the gays team up with each other. The song itself is reliably R.E.M. and a decent but not overwhelming intro to the band’s 15th studio release.

The video below doesn’t show the band at all, but is reminiscent of George Michael’s “Praying for Time” video where the lyrics are the stars — literally.

—  Rich Lopez