Best Twitter-follow thank-you ever: George Takei

The Twitter-users among you undoubtedly know that when you choose to follow someone, you often get a thank you message that is sometimes automated and sometimes not. On Thursday I began following gay Star Trek actor George Takei. Below is the message I received from Takei this morning, which I can only assume is automated given that he has almost 200,000 followers:

—  John Wright

UTEP basketball player from Lancaster sorry for tweeting, ‘It is NOT cool to be gay!’

John Bohannon

The El Paso Times reports that basketball player John Bohannon, a Lancaster native who just completed his freshman season at UTEP, has apologized for tweeting, “It is NOT cool to be gay!” Ironically, Bohannon’s homophobic tweet reportedly was in response to the “Think Before You Speak” PSA that aired during the NBA playoffs, which featured two players speaking out against anti-gay language. From the EPT last Friday:

Thursday afternoon, Bohannon followed with “to those who were offended by my tweet a few days ago. Didn’t mean any disrespect by it as I do not judge anybody by their sexual preference.”

And he added, “And would hope you would not judge me by one tweet. Thank you.”

According to Bohannon’s Twitter feed, he later suggested that his original comment was “taken out of context.” And Jim Buzinski at OutSports isn’t satisfied with Bohannon’s apology:

I will judge him by that one tweet and his lame non-apology: John Bohannon is a moron and has obvious issues with gay people. And being gay is not a “preference,” it’s an orientation. Perhaps he’s simply not too bright: He was suspended one game this season, his first, for what his coach said was a  “lack of academic performance.”

—  John Wright

Queer Music News: ‘Hooray, You’re Gay’ video; Sarah Jaffe covers Robyn on Billboard

• Here’s some #musicMonday for your Twitter feeds. If Gaga’s “Born This Way” isn’t enough of a Pride anthem for you, maybe The Juliettes might can fill in the void with their new song, “Hooray, You’re Gay.” The Seattle band of women posted this song as “a gift. To the LGBT community and to all people who value compassion and equality. Who don’t see ‘Gay Marriage’ but only understand ‘MARRIAGE.’ Who don’t see ‘Gay Rights’ but only see ‘RIGHTS.’ Who think ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ should be and should have always been, ‘Why Ask, Who Cares.’ Who understand that there needs to be no defense of marriage, but defense of the disenfranchised. Love is love. Equality is equality. Truth is truth. We made this for you. We made this for everybody. We feel it is the obligation of every person — starting with us — to work toward true equality.”

This song kind of grew on me pretty quick. Four femmes goofing around with rock ‘n’ roll is hard not to love, but they also have a catchy tune. OK, yes, it sounds like it could easily come off a South Park or Avenue Q soundtrack, but I can’t help but applaud their efforts in doing a song they didn’t need to. Now that’s an ally.

• Folk and electronica don’t go quite hand in hand, but local singer Sarah Jaffe, who we’ve profiled before, is a big fan of alt-dance queen Robyn. I even saw her at the concert. Jaffe went and had a chat with Billboard and even performed a bit for Mashup Monday. Here, she covers Robyn’s “Hang With Me.” Jaffe does a beautiful job with an already beautiful song keeping her melancholic touch to it. Although they play the dance version of the song also in the video, Robyn released it as a ballad in Body Talk Pt. 1, the first of her 2010 trilogy.

—  Rich Lopez

WATCH: Kid kills with some vintage ‘Vogue’

Robert Jeffery

This video has been buzzing on my Twitter and FB feeds so likely it’s been a viral sensation and I’m late to the game. Robert Jeffrey posted this clip earlier this week and the Interwebs are taking notice. It’s pretty much legendary and so you won’t be out of the loop, it’s here for you to watch. Plus, it’ll likely get the bitter taste of Tracy Morgan’s antics of late out of your mind.

Here is Jeffrey’s video description from Vimeo:

I performed to MADONNA’s “VOGUE” in the Summer of 1991 when my parents took me to Hampton Beach Casino in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire. A business in the casino at the time gave tourists the chance to lip-synch to their favorite pop songs in front of a blue screen background, and I was lucky enough to partake that summer.

In honor of the twentieth anniversary of MADONNA’s “TRUTH OR DARE” and in celebration of MADONNA’s upcoming “W.E.”, here is my nine year old self paying tribute to the woman who changed my life and continues to inspire me just as much today as twenty years ago.

ME AT NINE, PERFORMING TO MADONNA IN SUMMER ’91! from Robert Jeffrey on Vimeo.

And seriously, I need to find one of these machines.

—  Rich Lopez

Drawing Dallas • 05.27.11

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Fidel Cabrera-Pineda has gotta dance

MARK STOKES  | Illustrator
mark@markdrawsfunny.com

Name and age: Fidel Cabrera-Pineda, 23

Spotted: Taco Bell at North Central Expressway and Lemmon

Occupation: Hip-hop instructor/choreographer

This native of Laredo, Mexico, has resided in Dallas since age 2. Born under the sign of Cancer, tall, handsome Fidel is a self-taught dancer who began moving his feet to music almost from the time he first learned to walk. His mother showed him how to Cumbia at an impressionable age, and that inspired his lifelong interest in dance.

With a natural grace, an instinctive rhythm and a lot of hard work, Fidel has turned his love into a career, burning up dance floors all over Texas, both solo and as part of the FLS Dance Crew. His talent has garnered him three consecutive salsa championships. He is also sought after as a choreographer and creative director in the DFW area. His musical interests include jazz, soul and R&B.
You can watch him bust a move on his YouTube page, FID3LC, and follow him on Twitter @Sopadefide0.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition May 27, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas

Tishomingo’s Shelton sorry for anti-gay tweet

Shortly after GLAAD called on people to Twitter-bomb country music star and The Voice judge Blake Shelton for his homophobic tweet from Wednesday, Shelton took to the social media network this morning to offer an apology, after initially trying to laugh off the criticism. (Note that Shelton’s Twitter account says he lives in Tishomingo, which is just north of the Texas border.)


—  John Wright

Lady Gaga releases ‘Born This Way’ cover

She posted it on Twitter at midnight Friday along with this: “COVER BY NICK KNIGHT AND THE HAUS OF GAGA 5 † 23 † 11.” Sounds like there’s a song on the album called “Highway Unicorn (Road to Love),” because a few minutes before releasing the cover Gaga tweeted these lyrics:

“Get your hot rods ready to rumble, cause’ we’re gonna drink until we die.”- HIGHWAY UNICORN (ROAD TO LOVE)

“Get your hot rods ready to rumble, cause’ were gonna fall in love tonight”- HIGHWAY UNICORN (ROAD TO LOVE)

—  John Wright

Gay Archie Comics character gets a spinoff

A year ago, Archie Comics introduced its first gay character in the pages of Veronica. Remember? As it turns out, Kevin Keller was such a hit that he’s getting his own spinoff. GLAAD posted this piece on the new comic that’s slated for a June release.

Of course, whenever we hear about comics and gay, we always run to Zeus’ Richard Neal for his thoughts. And why not? He’s clearly the go-to gay for all things within those comic book universes. When asked what he thought about the spin-off, Neal had this to say via Twitter (but not all at once):

Making a political statement for press and sales is common. Writer Dan Parent however has made openly gay Kevin a very real part of the fun, comedic and kid-friendly Archie Universe. Kevin’s own storyline about his struggles at school and coming out to his parents proves Archie Comics commitment to being relevant to today’s youth readership.


—  Rich Lopez

Pink Noise: The Dallas Voice Podcast

In this week’s episode, Rich Lopez and I discuss Lady Gaga’s upcoming show in Dallas, the pop star’s canceled agreement with Target Stores, Texas Bear Round -Up XVI (TBRU) in Dallas next weekend, the impact of social media (from Twitter to Grindr) on LGBT culture, St. Patrick’s Day, and more.

Subscribe to Pink Noise on iTunes and follow the show on Twitter.

—  John Wright

Takei, Gaga urge fans via Twitter to help with relief efforts for Japan

In the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami disasters in Japan, celebrities are already jumping on board to help. Lady Gaga posted a tweet earlier this afternoon encouraging fans to buy her prayer bracelet with all the proceeds going to relief efforts.

Click here to order.

Gay Japanese actor George Takei has also taken to tweeting about the catastrophic events using the poignant hashtag #TodayWeAreAllJapanese and encouraging his followers to donate to the Red Cross.

Click here to follow Takei’s link to the Red Cross.

—  Rich Lopez