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Queer Icons: Jobriath, The Unapologetically Gay Rock Star

resented as America’s answer to David Bowie, openly gay rock singer Jobriath seemed destined for stardom in the late ’70s, only to have his career sputter out and his life end in tragedy. Jobriath was born Bruce Wayne Campbell on December 14, 1946, in Philadelphia. After a brief stint in the army, Campbell moved to California, and began performing under the name ... Read More »

Queer Pop History Spotlight: Bronski Beat – “Smalltown Boy”

Bronski Beat

Helmed by the distinctive falsetto of vocalist Jimmy Somerville, openly gay pop music trio Bronski Beat couldn’t help but stand out amongst the tremendous number of synthpop bands beginning to saturate the market in the early-mid 80s. Much like the distinctive sound of Pet Shop Boys’ vocalist Neil Tennant, Somerville’s voice is instantaneously recognizable. Though the band scored several UK ... Read More »

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