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Gaga unleashes “Yoü and I” August 19th, 2011
Gaga unleashes “Yoü and I”

The big news on the pop landscape this week was the release (and premature leak) of Gaga's new video. Taking a complete 180 from the simplistic (and rather boring) video for "The Edge of Glory", the new video has Gaga doing what she does best  - be outrageous. In the clip for the fourth single off of Born This Way, Gaga dons a couple of different hats: herself, a mermaid, a bride, and her male drag character Jo. The video, shot in Nebraska, features a lot of the complex metaphors that Gaga loves to throw into her videos. Although the song itself is about her former flame, Luc Carl, she made sure the video had a more universal message behind it. In an interview with MTV yesterday Gaga explained and tried to decipher the video for us: "For me, it was all about capturing the true spirit of song, which is when you're in love, you'll be willing to walk and do the craziest and most inconvenient things you can possibly imagine. The video is quite complex in the way that the story is told, and it's meant to be slightly linear and slightly twisted and confusing, ...

Born This Way Blog June 27th, 2011
Born This Way Blog

I've known about the Born This Way Blog for some time, but I am happy to say that I finally have the opportunity to do a write up on this site. It first came on the scene several months back; around the same time that our little website was, well, born - for lack of a better word. Paul V., a DJ based in California, is the creator of this project and originally conceptualized these sociological accounts as a coffee book back when Prop 8 was first passed in 2008. Since the site launched in January of this year, Paul V. has received a massive amount of submissions from gay men and lesbians wanting to share their stories - and those submissions aren't just restricted to the ol' US of A.  One quick look at the tags section, you'll find stories from Ecuador, New Zealand, the Dominican Republic and the Philippines to name a few. My one small criticism of Born This Way Blog is something that Paul V. doesn't really have any control over. I wish the website had more trans stories (at the posting of this article, the site only has 10 stories tagged as trans compared to 115 lesbian). I ...

BornLikeThis Reviews BornThisWay May 24th, 2011
BornLikeThis Reviews BornThisWay

Looking back, one can almost trace the development of BornLikeThis along with the progress of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way era. When we first started posting, she was gearing up to release her similarly named first single that would take the world by storm. Since then, we’ve been there for the release of the crazy sci-fi video, her cancellation of her deal with Target for the chain’s anti-LGBT practices, and the Glee episode in her song’s honor. Finally, the most anticipated, hyped album release of 2011, an album that was, we have to assume, largely created with Gaga’s LGBT fans and supporters in mind, has arrived. While Gaga is many things to many people, modesty has never been her strong suit. In the months leading up to May 23, 2011, she relentlessly hyped her sophomore effort, calling it “the greatest album of the decade.” The underwhelming response to the first two singles, however, had critics already anticipating her downfall. Despite its admirable message (when’s the last time a song with the word “transgender” was a radio hit? Um, never), Born This Way was overwhelmingly written off as a cheesy Madonna clone. Second single Judas offered a haunting dance beat and ...

Gaga Ends Partnership with Target Over Chain’s Anti-LGBT Donations March 8th, 2011
Gaga Ends Partnership with Target Over Chain’s Anti-LGBT Donations

Proving once again that she is a strong and loyal ally to our cause, industry insiders are reporting that Lady Gaga has terminated her relationship with Target, whom she had partnered with to deliver a special edition of her upcoming album Born This Way. Gaga had previously discussed her concerns about partnering with Target in a Billboard magazine interview last month, saying that she had a meeting with executives where she informed them they had to be more LGBT friendly. "Part of my deal with Target is that they have to start affiliating themselves with LGBT charity groups and begin to reform and make amends for the mistakes they've made in the past ... our relationship is hinged upon their reform in the company to support the gay community and to redeem the mistakes they've made supporting those groups," she said. I applaud Gaga for her efforts to impact change with a soulless corporation, and am regretful that Target did not improve their policies enough for the deal to work out. Now there's the problematic question of what to do about my (already preordered) Target special edition of the album... Photo Courtesy of The Advocate.