Thursday, September 29

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Queer artists are reclaiming religion for the kids they used to be—and the ones still left
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Queer artists are reclaiming religion for the kids they used to be—and the ones still left

At 31 years old, Grace Semler Baldridge is still a preacher's kid. The musician, who spent her childhood growing up in a rectory, didn't ever think she would write an entire album about her religious upbringing. But when the pandemic left her with nothing but time to focus on her music, the end result was an album Baldridge couldn't have predicted. "Preacher's Kid" is a musical exploration about growing up in the Christian faith and how that life impacted how she embraced her queer identity. Recorded with her laptop and small microphone, she never expected the songs to go very far. But in February 2021, under her stage name Semler, the album hit No. 1 on the iTunes Christian Music charts, a first for an openly queer and firmly Christian artist.  ...
Pete Davidson, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Ariana DeBose and Ron DeSantis: Here are Time’s most influential people of 2022
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Pete Davidson, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Ariana DeBose and Ron DeSantis: Here are Time’s most influential people of 2022

Time magazine released its annual list of the 100 most influential people of the year on Monday. The 2022 list includes some of the biggest headline-making celebrities, actors, entrepreneurs, musicians and icons who have left their mark over the past year.Andrew Garfield, Sarah Jessica Parker, Nathan Chen and Mila Kunis were among this year's artist inclusions, while Zendaya, Taika Waititi and genome researchers Michael Schatz, Karen Miga, Evan Eichler and Adam Phillippy were among the inclusions for innovation. The titan category includes Tim Cook, Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Yeoh, Hwang Dong-Hyuk, while Ketanji Brown Jackson, Joe Rogan, Letitia James and President Biden were named for top leaders. Mary J. Blige, Keanu Reeves, Peng Shuai, Colombia abortion advocates Cristina Villarrea...
Casey McQuiston was sure their new book would get banned. They wrote it anyway.
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Casey McQuiston was sure their new book would get banned. They wrote it anyway.

Casey McQuiston knows what some people think about the South.The last two titles from the New York Times best-selling author, "Red White and Royal Blue" and "One Last Stop," were set in the major metropolitan areas of New York and Washington D.C. Yes, the mainly queer cast of characters had problems to solve, but they did so with the help of their equally liberal and diverse friends, in communities that seemed handmade for them. There's a tendency for literature that focuses on LGBTQ+ characters from religious upbringings to have a particular bent: Parents aren't understanding, religions are demonizing and small towns have nothing to offer but a satisfying glance in the rearview mirror. But in "I Kissed Shara Wheeler," their first young adult offering, McQuiston shows that real lif...