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Posted on 29 Oct 2007 at 5:59pm
By Daniel A. Kusner Life+Style Editor

Gay rapper launches World Kiss Out Day



GAY-NGSTA! Deadlee combines World AIDS Day and National Kiss Out Day. So show some queer affection on Saturday.

In April, Los Angeles-based MC Deadlee performed at The Brick when he headlined the HomoRevolution tour. The gig was a night of queer rhyme spitting and not backing down against hip-hop’s gay bashing.

Now Deadlee is all about love same-sex love.

On Saturday, Deadlee is launching the first World Kiss Out Day, which asks LGBT couples to openly show their affection.

“Many people accuse lesbian, gay, and bisexual people of “‘flaunting’ their sexuality when they talk about their partner, hold hands or kiss one another in public,” Deadlee said in a press release. “These are activities that heterosexual couples do all the time. Due to homophobic reactions, some lesbian, gay and bisexual people are actually forced to hide their sexuality in public, not flaunt it.”

Deadlee’s already planning next year’s Kiss Out Day. In 2008, he’s moving the date to Oct. 1, the first day of LGBT History Month. This year it will be Dec. 1, World AIDS Day.

“This one year, I think we can have both on the same day,” he said. “The magnitude of the AIDS epidemic will not be diminished by a kiss. Observances and actions can exist on the same day.”



OUCH! RUFUS DISSES MADONNA!

In the U.S., we’ll have to wait until 2008 for our copies of Kyle Minogue’s newst disc, “X.” But Europe where “X” was released earlier this week is already enjoying her post-cancer comeback. And it looks like Rufus Wainwright has already chosen his gay icon. Observer Music Monthly asked him to rate his pop queens.

“There’s a dark force at work here [Madonna] subverts everything for her own gain. I went to see her London show and it was all so dour and humorless. She surpasses even Joan Crawford in terms of megalomania. Which in itself makes her a kind of dark, gay icon,” Rufus said. “I love Kylie. She’s the anti-Madonna. Self-knowledge is a truly beautiful thing and Kylie knows herself inside out. She is what she is and there is no attempt to make quasi-intellectual statements to substantiate it. She is the gay shorthand for joy.”



PUT YOUR LIPS TO THE TEST

On World Kiss Out Day, R. Kelly performs at the American Airlines Center. The tour and Kelly’s latest disc are called “Double Up.” And this live show is jam-packed a four-hour concert that includes opening acts Keyshia Cole and J. Holiday.

In 2005, Kelly made headlines when he released “Trapped in the Closet,” a five-part musical soap opera that included a bisexual character the husband of the woman with whom the male narrator shares a one-night tryst. Kelly earned major props with his acknowledgement of gay blacks especially for a musical genre so often given to denial and homophobia
American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave. Dec 1 at 7:30 p.m. $59.50 to $99.50. 214-373-8000.



GET DOWN FOR THE UPBEAT

The English Beat are the kings of ska. One of the first bands to revive the ’50s pre-cursor to reggae, The English Beat were one of the most successful groups of the so-called “two-tone” era. The group’s rendition of Smokey Robinson’s “Tears of a Clown” was an international hit, and their most memorable single to date. Though the group split after only a pair of albums, members later turned up in both General Public and Fine Young Cannibals. This reunion gig should be a retro dream come true, so dig that two piece suit and skinny tie out of the attic, and get ready to skank like its 1982.

Dec. 1 at 9 p.m. House of Blues. $18.50.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition November 30, 2007

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