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Grammys Recap!

The stars were out on Sunday night at the 2019 Grammy Awards, where many stars stunned in vintage and new fashion outfits to laud musicians. Moreover, Lady Gaga, an unyielding LGBTQ Advocate, won two more awards for her performance in A Star is Born!

What shouldn't surprise us is that she keeps creating amazing music and film, but what shocked everyone was the sheer Gaga-less-ness of her outfit at the Grammys! She wore a toned-down silver dress with just enough edginess for the occasion. 

Such cannot be said of Katy Perry, who wore something that resemples a hot-air balloon, and who should have stayed home Sunday night because of it. Miss Cardi B sure was present at the awards, sporting a gown from twenty years ago, which portrayed her as a pearl in an oyster surrounded by a flowing pink 'shell'; the modernity of the look stikes the viewer -- so 2019!

The awards were hosted by the stunning and consistent Alicia Keys, who kept things rolling nicely and reminds everyone why she has won over 15 Grammys herself! The stars certainly were shining brightly, including Kasey Musgraves, Donald Glover, and Brandi Carlile, who all won muliple prizes.

Rickey Martin and Janelle Monae both performed at this year's awards, adding to the LGBTQ representation and presence. Monae also produced one of the greatest albums of all time, displaying her amazing connection and similarity to Prince, who was her mentor. In the album Dirty Computer, she explored many relevant and engaging subjects while building on her personal sound and style!

Pete Burns Passes Away At 57

Pete Burns,  vocalist and song-writer for the band Dead or Alive, has passed away due to cardiac arrest today, Ocotober 24th, 2016. He is remembered for many great things, among them the song "You Spin Me Round", which became a huge hit when it debuted in 1984.

He is known as a gender-bending performer whose aesthetic always pushed boundaries related to gender norms. His eccentric style and amazing musical talent made him a star in the LGBTQ community.

Pete is survived by his parter, Michael Simpson, whom he married. Regarding his sexual orientation, Pete stated that people "always want to know – am I gay, bi, trans or what? I say, forget all that. There's got to be a completely different terminology and I'm not aware if it's been invented yet. I'm just Pete."

He will be remembered as a pioneer for being unafraid to be unique and true to oneself: for incredible talent as well as brave pioneerness. 

 

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Bob Mackie: LGBT Role Model

Bob Mackie is a designer of clothing for the likes of Cher, Joan Rivers and Judy Garland, just to name a few. He is a highly sought-after fashion icon who deserves recognition in his own right -- not to mention his epic partnership in love, and frequently in business, with Ray Aghayan.

Not very many people see Cher, and think how wonderful her designer must be. However, part of the magic of Bob Mackie is that he dresses the stars in a way that makes it feel natural, if not completely bonkers at the same time. 

His partner, Aghayan, was a bigger name in fashion when Mackie began designing clothes for real. In fact, Aghayan hired his soon-to-bee-beau as an assistant, back when nobody had even heard of Mackie or his designs. 

Both would later go on to take home the 1967 Emmy Award for their shared work in Alice Through the Looking Glass, the first time the Emmy's awarded a prize for costume design. Mackie is famous, or better yet infamous, for reportedly rejecting Cher's offer to design her costumes for one of her more recent tours. 

However, with someone like Mackie, the truth always seems to be more about scheduling conflicts than drama, because even today, stars are honored to be dressed by this gay icon and legendary fashionisto. 

Aghayan passed away at the age of 83 in 2011, leaving behind a legacy that included designing awe-inspiring costumes for films like Gaily, Gaily; Lady Sings the Blues and Funny Lady. Mackie runs his own label and not only makes all manner of dress, but also luggage and fragrances. 

Coming out in the 60's is hard enough, but these two icons also broke down barriers and succeeded in their time and generations into the future. Bob Mackie and Ray Aghayah definitely quality as 'LGBT Role Models'  & talented fashion warriors...

Fresno Reel Pride Festival

Fresno Reel Pride is the sixth oldest – and one of the largest – LGBT film festivals in the nation!

 

It’s celebration of LGBT cinema and a premier cultural event in the Central Valley attracting thousands of attendees for a five-day festival of international film, documentaries and shorts.

 

 

Check it out September 16th to 20th in Fresno's Tower District!

                            

 

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