Heading down the yellow brick road
Some of you might remember when George Michael and Elton John weren’t gay. It seems odd now, but there was a time when superstar performers felt the closet was their only option. With John and Michael’s the rumours flew thick and fast but it was years before they felt comfortable with coming out. For these two musical giants declaring they were gay was filled with supposed risk and while their sexuality might have seemed obvious to the rest of us, it was a long, hard road before they were ok with discussing what the world already knew.
Times have changed.
Now of course the list of queer singer/songwriters is endless and no one bats an eyelash. From Lady Gaga to Adam Lambert to Tegan and Sara, the music world is filled with queers. So featuring two queer singers in this issue was certainly no struggle.
Our cover man is none other than Sam Sparro. Sparro’s single ‘Black and Gold’ skyrocketed him to international fame and earned the Australian born performer a slew of awards including ARIAs, a Grammy nomination and GLAAD’s ‘Outstanding Music Artist’ award. This issue Garret Bithell talks to Sparro about his new album and his upcoming Australian tour.
Also this issue I speak with Heather Peace who some of you may know as Detective Sergeant Sam Murray from the UK series Lip Service. However, Peace is a talented singer/songwriter who has been involved with music for most of her life.
She’s heading to our shores early next year to promote her new album with quite an extensive Australian tour. You can catch her at the Northcote Social Club, at The Palais in Hepburn Springs and if you happen to be heading to Mardi Gras, Heather will be performing at Fair Day.
We were very fortunate to have Senator Penny Wong write for us this issue. While Wong was criticised by some in the LGBTIQ community for not being outspoken enough on the issue of marriage equality, what we know is that she was, and is, working hard behind the scenes to push for same-sex marriage.
In recent times she has come out with her support on this issue and in her article in this MCV she talks passionately about why her determination to see marriage equality succeed will never be diminished.
Partnering Wong’s article is a piece by Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young. Hanson-Young has consistently stood up for LGBTIQ rights. She has championed the marriage equality cause and like Wong, her resolve to see the marriage act changed is unwavering. It is an honour to have these two principled and dedicated women in this week’s issue.