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Former Christian Singer Comes Out As Gay and HIV+

Former Christian Singer Comes Out As Gay and HIV+


... and five other things you should know today.

1. Byron Keith was an established face in Christian music when a public divorce outed him as a gay man. After dissapearing for a number of years, he returned in 2012 as a rebranded Byron Rice, an openly gay, HIV+ folk singer. And he's releasing a new album early this year. [HIVPlus Mag]

2. Jeffrey Tambor, who recently won the Golden Globe for his role as Maura Pfefferman on Transparent, was awarded the IMDb STARmeter Award in the fan favorite category at Sundance.

3. USA Network's workplace comedy, Sirens, takes an incredibly progressive stance on its portrayal of the asexual character, Voodoo. Speaking of her role, Kelly O'Sullivan says: "So often, women characters are defined by their relationship to men, and Voodoo is allowed to be totally unique -- she's not defined by any relationship to a man. She's really defined by her relationship with her friends and what she thinks of herself." [The Advocate]

4. Selfridges, a luxury British department store, has announced that it is going gender neutral! Forgeoing separate men and women's departments, the store will instead boast three floors of unisex clothing, even going so far as to update manequins, beauty products, and accessories. The store explained that they wanted to offer "a space where clothing is no longer imbued with directive gender values, enabling fashion to exist as a purer expression of 'self.''' [Huffington Post]

5. 'What Happened, Miss Simone,' a documentary by director Liz Garbus, opened at Sundance this week. It explores the life and music of the imperious singer and pianist Nina Simone, using rare archival material. [The Hollywood Reporter]

6. Ellen invited twins Aaron and Austin Rhodes and the father they came out to in an emotional video onto her show. Take a look:

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