Giddy On Up with Laura Bell Bundy and Her Gay Sense of Humor
by Peter Galvin
“I wish we could have a gay male country star,” says a typically irreverent Laura Bell Bundy when talking about her kinship with the gay men that helped shape her career as a singer and performer. “Until then, I’m the closest gay male country artist you’re going to find!”
Turning serious, Bundy explains that the fearlessness that led her to buck Nashville trends with her new album Achin’ and Shakin’ came partly from witnessing the struggles of her gay friends to live without having to conforming to anyone else’s ideas of how to live.
Artist Olan Montgomery Brushes Up on Gay Hate
by Jason Lumiere
Artist Olan Montgomery paints societal conditions and their affect on the individual. His past collections have shined the light on topics like New York’s hidden gay underground, summer resort enclaves like Provincetown and Rehobeth Beach; and Chase Manhattan bank tellers.
In his latest collection, Atrocities, Montgomery presents his most heart wrenching work yet, depicting some of our nation’s most horrific gay hate crimes.
Hide Nothing Exposes Matt Alber’s True Talent
reviewed by Ron Tackitt
Had I not seen the video for “End of the World” on Facebook, I might never have given Matt Alber’s Hide Nothing a second thought, much less a listen. Having seen the charming video, though, when we got the CD at the office, I stuck it in my computer and went on with my day, letting it play in the background.
New Book Offers Uncommon Hope In The Midst of HIV/AIDS Pandemic
"HIV and AIDS have never been about the body alone. They are conditions of the body, mind, and spirit. They cross the depths of despair, soar on clouds of uncommon hope, and sit in hushed silence while time passes and no cure is forthcoming," says Joshua L. Love, a survivor of HIV/AIDS and drug addiction.
Love's new book, Uncommon Hope, which became available on December 1, 2009 (World AIDS Day), is inspired by people whose lives are affected by HIV and AIDS.
Love found a journey to emotional and spiritual healing through faith, which led him to his current position as director of the Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) Global HIV/AIDS Ministry and to oversee MCC's Drug and Addictions Literacy Program.
Love says, "Uncommon Hope unveils a strategy to end the silence and inaction by community groups, PWAs, activists, people of faith both in and out of organized religious communities, and nonprofit agencies who feel called to partner in the work of bringing an end to HIV and AIDS. This step-by-step curriculum allows them to engage volunteers and employees in advocacy, public action, and social support of people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS.
Merry Christmas from All of Us at Outword
However you celebrate the Holidays, we wish you and your loved ones the most joyous celebrations ever!
Our friends at XO Publicity have put together a very special Holiday CD that we think you will enjoy. It features tracks from all over the US (Blue Skies For Black Hearts, Caravan of Thieves, The Very Foundation, The Winter Sounds, Jessie Torrisi.) and even one from London (Piney Gir)!
It's way better than boring holiday music and we invite you to listen and enjoy - we think many of them may become your new favorites!
We'll be back on Monday, until then, thank you for letting Outword be a part of your Holidays!
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