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Best bets from Los Angeles Outfest

A random selection of our favorite films



Hey all you queer cinemaphiles out there, Los Angeles Outfest is just around the corner, ready to showcase an impressive array of new and exciting LGBTQ films.

We know you want to fit as many screenings as possible into your schedule – and your budget- but with so many exciting titles on the program, how can you ever know which ones to choose?

No need to fret, we’ve got you covered. Though every movie in the festival is undoubtedly worthy of your attention, we’ve compiled a list of highlights that can serve as a jumping off point for any taste.

We’ve mostly stuck with feature-length narrative films here, with a couple of important exceptions thrown in; but it should be noted that Outfest also offers a host of short films, documentaries and special events that are highly recommended to round out your Outfest experience.

In any case, once you’ve got your bases covered, you can dive deep into the schedule (available for perusal, along with specific venues and ticket info, at and add as many more selections to your gay agenda as your time and money will allow.

GOD’S OWN COUNTRY (July 6th) – Kicking off the festival at the Opening Night Gala is this Sundance favorite from first-time filmmaker Francis Lee. A gritty tale of unlikely romance between an English sheep farmer and Romanian migrant he takes on as a hired hand, this drama is described as “an unflinching and compassionate plea for unity in these divisive times.”

THE PASS (July 7th, July 9th) – Another Brit drama, this one features Russell Tovey and Arinzé Kene as a pair of rising soccer stars whose encounter in a hotel room the night before a big game triggers a cascade of consequences. Tovey’s status as a “gay heartthrob” is sure to make this one a hot ticket.

THE CITY OF THE FUTURE (July 7th) – A Brazilian offering, this bold drama follows the efforts of a polyamorous bisexual trio as they shun convention and build their own vision of a happy family as they prepare for the birth of their child. Directed by Claudio Marques and Marilia Hughes Guerreiro, it’s a must-see.

RIFT (July 7th) – This Icelandic entry for horror fans, this is a story of two boyfriends being terrorized by someone (or something) in a secluded cabin. Promising to “keep you guessing and leave you haunted,” this Erlingur Thoroddsen-directed thriller looks like a real nail-biter.

100 MEN (July 8th) – A documentary by New Zealander Paul Oremland, who looks up 100 men he’s had sex with over the past 40 years. Tracking the changing attitudes towards homosexuality over the years, it’s described as “a personal, often humorous look.”

THE REVIVAL (July 8th) – Jennifer Gerber’s drama takes on religious fundamentalism through the story of a young preacher whose efforts to open the minds of his Arkansas congregation are complicated when a handsome drifter enters his life. With its “simmering resentments and repressed emotions,” it’s sure to be controversial in all the right ways.

SATURDAY CHURCH (July 8th) – With its clear debt to the iconic Paris Is Burning, this film about a Bronx teen who flees his sternly religious aunt and finds refuge in a West Village church where “voguing is more important than sermons,” is threaded with “dream-like musical interludes.” With its message that a holy space is somewhere you can be yourself, this will surely be another crowd-pleaser.

THE WOUND (July 8th) – A South African drama about a young man undergoing a tribal rite of passage into manhood, this one explores the difficulties of reconciling traditional expectations of masculinity that is at odds with individual sexual identity. Offering a thoughtful performance by Xhosa singer Nakhane Touré, promises to be less harrowing than inspiring.

BECKS (July 9th) – Starring Lena Hall (who won a Tony for the recent revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch) and Mena Suvari, this romance by Liz Rohrbaugh and
Daniel Powell is the story of a down-and-out singer songwriter who moves back into her childhood home and finds herself in a whirlwind romance with a “lonely housewife” from the neighborhood. It also features original songs by Hall herself.

4 DAYS IN FRANCE (July 9th) – A French movie with subtitles, directed by Jerome Reybaud, it’s a “road picture” in which a young man tracks his boyfriend across the countryside by following him on Grindr. According to the description, it’s “full of charming and unexpected moments,” as the two men make their way through a series of anonymous encounters towards an “unexpected destiny.” It sounds delightfully Euro.

THE DEATH AND LIFE OF MARSHA P. JOHNSON (July 9th) – Sure to be another hot ticket, this documentary by David France (How to Survive a Plague) explores the mysterious death of Stonewall heroine and trans icon Johnson, using it as a springboard to address the risks that still face the trans population today.

IN BETWEEN (July 9th) – Maysaloun Hamoud’s multi-lingual film pushes against a lot of taboos with its story of three very different Palestinian women sharing an apartment as they attempt to break free of societal expectations. With its cast described as “charming,” this is likely to be a smartly iconoclastic exploration of clashing cultures.

A MILLION HAPPY NOWS (July 9th) – The bittersweet story of a soap opera actress with early-onset Alzheimer’s who retires to spend the time she has left with her longtime partner, this Albert Alarr-directed lesbian tear-jerker promises to provide “a million reasons why we all need to appreciate love to the fullest.”

PATHS (July 8th) – This German film with subtitles follows a pair of longtime male partners who grow apart as their son grows up, despite their continuing love for one another. Directed by Chris Miera, it promises to “avoid flashy melodrama” in favor of a tender and moving portrayal of the couple’s deteriorating relationship.

PROM KING, 2010 (July 9th) – The story of a 20-year old college boy whose pursuit of love is hampered by the idealized vision of romance in the classic films he loves, this feel-good entry is probably a sure-fire hit for gay cinema nuts. The sumptuous widescreen cinematography of its New York locations makes it even more appealing.

BODY ELECTRIC (July 10th) – Brazilian Marcelo Caetano, another first-time director, takes us on an odyssey through his country’s “changing sexual landscape” with this story of a young factory worker named Elias who spends his nights contemplating his future and exploring his sensuality as he learns to enjoy life’s fleeting pleasures. This one is in Portuguese with subtitles, though it sounds as if not much translation will be needed.

CHERRY POP (July 10th) – Fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race will enjoy this comedy featuring Bob the Drag Queen and Tempest DuJour (among other Drag Race alumni), about the backstage hi-jinks at a drag dive bar where “dreams go to die.”

GIRL UNBOUND: THE WAR TO BE HER (July 10th) – A joint Canadian-Pakistani production, this documentary focuses on Maria Toorpakai Wazir, an androgynous Muslim Pakistani squash champion who struggles to persist and endure in the face of persecution and threats from Al-Qaeda. Directed by Erin Heidenreich, it’s a timely and challenging look at the effects of religious fanaticism.

HELLO AGAIN (July 11th) – Musical theatre fans will want to jump on this one, a screen adaptation of Michael John LaChiusa’s acclaimed 1994 off-Broadway work which is itself an adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler’s classic play, Der Reigen. Directed by Tom Gustafson and featuring a wide variety of musical styles, it leapfrogs ten characters through ten clandestine sexual encounters, exploring the reasons why people hook up while showcasing the talents of such performers as Audra McDonald, Martha Plimpton, Nolan Funk, and Rumer Willis, among others.

TOM OF FINLAND (July 11th) – The much-anticipated biopic about iconic gay artist Touko Laaksonen is likely to draw a huge audience here in the city where he eventually made his home. Get your tickets while you can.

BOYS FOR SALE (July 12th) – A Japanese documentary about the “Urisen,” young male sex workers who cater to men in the Tokyo underground, this Itaio-directed film offers “an illuminating look into a rarely seen world that tantalizingly shows the humanity of sex work.”

THE LADIES ALMANACK (July 12th) – Shot on Super 8 film, Daviel Shy’s adaptation of Djuna Barne’s book about “lesbian Casanova” Natalie Barney explores the intertwined secrets of the Gertrude Stein, Colette, and others in the Parisian queer femme literary circle of 1928. A sumptuous feast for aficionados of the Jazz Age, this period tell-all looks like a scandalous delight.

I DREAM IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE (July 13th) – Another Sundance winner, this moving romance is the story of a linguist who travels deep into the Mexican jungle to study a disappearing indigenous language only to discover that the last two people who know it are a pair of former male lovers who refuse to speak to each other because of a 50-year-old quarrel. Directed by Ernesto Contreras, I recommend bringing some tissues to this one.

TAMARA (July 13th) – The true story of Venezuela’s first transgender politician, this queer biopic documents her journey from her pre-transition days as a family man through her rise as a trans activist and her resulting run for office. Directed by Elia K. Schneider and boasting powerful performances, this Spanish-language entry is yet another must-see.

After Louie explores the contradictions of modern gay life and history through Sam, a man desperate to understand how he and his community got to where they are today.

AFTER LOUIE (July 15th) – Already featured in the pages of the Blade, this thought-provoking romantic drama from activist-turned-filmmaker Vincent Gagliostro features Alan Cumming as a middle-aged artist whose creative energies are blocked by his fixation on the past until a handsome millennial challenges his perspective. Important for lots of reasons, it’s also moving, funny, and highly entertaining. A must-see.

QUEERCORE: HOW TO PUNK A REVOLUTION (July 15th) – Yony Leyser’s German documentary “takes us through the cut-and-paste queer anarchy of the early days of homocore to the punk-pop peak of queercore’s Pansy Division,” exploring the rise of and influence of such iconoclastic queer artists as Bruce LaBruce, John Waters, and Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, among others. It looks like a wild ride.

FREAK SHOW (July 16th) – The festival’s closing night selection, this adaptation of a novel by James St. James tells the story of a flamboyant new student who shakes up his military academy by running for homecoming queen. With a cast featuring Bette Midler and Laverne Cox, it’s sure to be an audience favorite.


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Hollywood’s Peter Kallinteris Agency launching LGBTQ dreams

“It’s important to me to actively participate with a platform and space for the LGBTQ community. I want to make a difference and be a leader”



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HOLLYWOOD – Whether they’d admit to it or not the aspiration for most actors is to be sitting in the Dolby Theatre at some point in their careers, dressed in their finest fashion ensemble at the most prestigious event of the year and hear, “and the Oscar goes to [insert their name].” Conversely also true for the Emmy awards or the Tony awards, yet for many LGBTQ artists the path to that goal is fraught with obstacles and difficulties.

In 2018, a young Black actor from Atlanta, Georgia, was given a supporting role as Ethan in the surprise hit film Love Simon. That actor, Clark Moore, in interviews with host Rob Watson, journalists Dawn Ennis and Brody Levesque on RATED LGBTQ RADIO and separately with Teen Vogue’s Shammara Lawerence spoke of the difficulty landing roles like that of Ethan, but also the conflict inherent with how the film and television industry has seen LGBTQ actors.

Answering a question by Teen Vogue’s Lawerence centered on that conflict, Moore bluntly assessed the landscape telling her; “Historically, I think the reason why there haven’t been more gay roles or more gay actors playing roles that have lots of layers to them and lots of depths to them is because for whatever reason, people think that the story is done. We’ve seen the gay character. We know what he says. We know what he thinks. We don’t need to tell that story anymore, but if you think about it, we’ve had a full canon of stories about straight white men that stretch back millennia, and so we’re only scratching the surface,” Moore pointed out.

“If we can have stories about people all the way back thousands of years ago and we can still be telling the same story now about straight white men and their journey to self-discovery or redemption, there’s plenty of stories to tell of people of color and LGBTQ people and anybody who falls in the intersection of those two identities,” he added.

Yet in the age of digital moving beyond the traditional film and television as more and more content is streamed online- and there’s insatiable need by casting agencies for a wider diverse spectrum of actors, there are still obstacles in the path for LGBTQ actors, especially trans and disabled LGBTQ actors.

Enter Peter Kallinteris, who with his broad based knowledge and understanding of the critical needs of the LGBTQ actor community decided that the time has arrived to have specialized representation for that community.

“Looking to the past, Hollywood hasn’t been very kind to the Queer community. Throughout the history of cinema gay men were either played as effeminate, weak, airheads, and lesbians as tough softball or gym coaches, who are often played by straight people,” Kallinteris said. “Within the the broader culture, there are subcultures, just as within any community. They are nuances within each that will never find its way between the pages of a table read.”

“To create an authentic moment the space has to be made for those who’ve lived that life every day. Gay, Black, White or Straight ect, our experiences of the world are different depending on how we show up. In many cases that will determine our outcomes,” he noted. “Specialized representation is so important because without the lingering trauma, and continued hatred & fear toward our community the Queer division of PKA wouldn’t exist, we’d just be accepted. We have important stories to tell and will continue to be telling them. PKA is just the begging for all to feel safe and thrive.”

In a statement issued from his offices at the Sunset-Gower Studios, the former historic home of pioneering Columbia Pictures founded in 1918, Kallinteris reflected, “When I was a young Actor being gay was career ending.”

“Today it’s celebrated. It’s important to me to actively participate with a platform and space for the LGBTQ community. I want to make a difference and be a leader because I can.”

To accomplish this he launched the Queer Division of his PKA agency. “The Queer Division of  PKA was inevitable, a natural outgrowth of my own personal evolution first by coming out as gay man, from Artist to Agent. The timing was right to make an impact with talent,” he said.

“As my Agency grew I was able to gleam that there was a space beginning to open up by which I could represent the full spectrum of Queer humanity & sexuality within the arts. Not as one dimensional static caricatures, but as beings who’s emotions run the full gamut of the human experience. This was very exciting to me, I have a opportunity to effect change. I wanted to be apart of history Pioneering a movement,” he added. 

He said that his message to LGBTQ artists is simple. “I want talent to know they will be given the opportunity to be who they are, live their truth and work for who they are without rejection, humiliation, fear, or hopelessness. People perform at their best, live at their best. And do their best when they are happiest.  PKA is not just a brand, we are the LGBTQIA community. If life imitates art, then let’s represent it boldly!”

His expectations of the film and television industry’s reaction? “My inspiration to launch the Q.D. is truthfully representing talent that reflects the current needs for the industry, and to remain a permanent fixture within the industry that continues to grow stronger. I want the industry to understand I’ve created this environment specifically for the Queer community. I’m happy & honored to be the first Agency that represents this community in this way,” Kallinteris said.

Last week, PKA, whose clients include, Justin Jedlica (TV personality), Steven James Tingus (President George W. Bush’s lead for disability research and policy for eight years), Kate Linder (The Young and the Restless), Albert Lawrence (IMDB Host), Deric Battiste aka DJ D-Wrek (MTV’s Wild ‘N Out), and Leslie Stratton (The Swing of Things, Truth or Dare), announced the launch of the Queer Division in a video.


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Julia Scotti, the movie, is just Funny That Way

Life is funny that way—not working out quite the way we thought it would. And that is ultimately the point



Graphic courtesy of Susan Sandler

WHITING, NJ. – “You are a piece of work, Julia!” Simon Cowell blurted during her landmark America’s Got Talent debut.  Julia Scotti had just completed her audition for the show that ended not only with a standing ovation, but with the revelation that she had once upon a time been a stand-up comedian named Rick. As that news crossed the faces of the four judges, their collective jaws dropped. “I mean like you come out as the nice little granny school teacher all sweet and then you go into your routine and like WHOA. Talk about surprises – they are never ending with you, are they?” Cowell finished.

With Julia Scotti, the surprises never end.

Her latest surprise for the public is a gem of a film, Julia Scotti: Funny That Way.  It is a documentary of her journey from the days of Rick, the up and coming comic who performed on bills with Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld to Julia, who is wowing millions.

Of her transition, Julia has remarked. “It is NEVER an easy process whether you’re a public figure or not. You are essentially killing your old self and ending your old life. And with that comes the history you’ve built with friends and family. Some are very accepting, but most are not. That is why the suicide attempt rate for Trans  folk is still at 41%.”

Funny That Way does not spare us the heart-breaking fallout from the virtual “death’ of Rick Scotti.  Filmmaker Susan Sandler weaves Julia’s story, the losses and damage, to her rebirth, healing and the reuniting with her kids after a 15-year estrangement.

Julia and Susan sat down with us on the podcast Rated LGBT Radio to talk about the film.  “This is a story and like all stories, there is a beginning and a middle and an end. In the end, I want the audience to know there is HOPE. It is bumpy at times, joyous at times.  It is not just isolated to my life. You can have that in your life when you walk through that door of your own truth and come out the other side and when you look back on all you went through, you go ‘what the hell was I so afraid of?’ Look how happy I am.” Julia explains.

Susan had never directed a documentary before, but as one of Hollywood’s master story tellers, and a Golden Globe nominee, she was unfazed.  “The impetus behind this film was falling in love with Julia, her, then and now.  If you are working from a really rich, complex, compelling character –which is Julia—that is the GIFT. All of my nerve endings, my story telling, told me this was dynamic documentary, and that’s the form in which I wanted to tell it.”

Susan took five years to research, document and interact with Julia’s past.  She went through old footage of Rick Scotti’s stage acts and restored many of them so they could be used in the film. She brought on composer Matt Hutchinson for a beautiful score, and animator Sam Roth for whimsical cartoons that tie the story together.

Before the filming started, Julia had just re-connected with her son Dan, and daughter Emma.  A decade and a half ago, when Julia announced to her then spouse that she was in fact a woman transitioning, her then-wife retaliated by taking their kids away.  Dan and Emma spent their whole adolescence not knowing Julia at all. The story of that pain is told in Funny That Way.  Susan wanted to show the relationships real-time in the film as they came to reconnect with Julia. “We were just at the beginning stages of reconciling,” recounts Julia. “I did not want them feeling like I was just reconnecting with them because I wanted them in this film. I did not want to distance them even more.”

Dan and Emma were onboard, however.  Also on board, albeit only by phone, was Kate. Kate was  Julia’s last wife, described as Julia’s “love of her life”. Kate supported Julia emotionally and spiritually through out the entire transition process.  One of the most poignant moments in the film was Julia hearing Kate describe the end of their relationship.  Kate’s support was significant, but once Julia became fully Julia, it was evident to both that their relationship had changed and they had to let it go.

Susan captured many live moments of Julia’s evolving life.  She caught the very first time that son Dan ever called Julia “his mother” and the effect was pronounced.  Also caught in the film was a moment when Julia and Dan are watching Rick’s old stand up routines.  One such performance  takes Julia by surprise—it was a routine that she had not remembered ever doing.  It was a set where then Rick expressed his revulsion to transgender women in no uncertain terms.  Julia sat shocked.

“My sensibilities have been ‘woked’, I think that is the term for it.” She told me about that experience. ”Thinking back, I was going through issues and aware that something was not right internally. It frightened me to no end.  Looking at that clip, I am totally ashamed of what I did. It embarrassed me.”

“I knew it was me. I knew I was there. But I don’t feel a connection with that person.  That is the truth.”

The film does not dwell long on the past shames and regrets.  It arcs to the present where an adult daughter gets to see her parent’s comedy routine for the very first time.

Some of the greatest joy in the film is witnessing the growing relationship between Julia and son Dan. Dan is sweet and compassionate, and they both have a deep love of comedy.  Through their discussions and collaboration on things funny, we witness something decidedly not funny, the deep re-kindling love they have for each other.

The film will make you laugh, and cry, and laugh again.  New clips of Julia’s now famous turn on America’s Got Talent shows her more personal reflective moments over a life changing triumph.

The only regret director Sandler has about the film is how it will be brought to the public. “I am happy to be brining the film now for the people who have an appetite for it. For the truth, the humor, the complete emotional honesty.  But I mourn. I mourn the moments not being able to sit with you in a theater. And experiencing the film with you. It was supposed to be seen by audiences, and then give them the opportunity to go down the street and see Julia live at a club.”  But, life is funny that way—not working out quite the way we thought it would.   And that is ultimately the point.

Editor’s Note: The film was originally slated for theatrical release which was delayed then put off by the coronavirus pandemic.

Julia Scotti: Funny That Way is available now on digital platforms! That means you can rent or buy it online, at places like iTunes, Apple TV, Amazon, Google Play and more.

Here’s the full list of where you can find it. 


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Greyson Chance: A Butterfly’s Journey from Holy to Hell and Back

A decade ago there was a boy made famous by a pop song and a viral video. Today, there is an artistic, powerful singer song writer



Greyson Chance (Photo Credit: Broderick Bauman)

HOLLYWOOD – Many want to saddle singer Greyson Chance with the label “comeback” or having a “return from retirement.”  It is an understandable mistake as the “fame to disaster” narrative IS there. The real story is about one of the most exciting new artists of today.  One that speaks to not only the LGBTQ youth of today, but of their entire generation.

Over a decade ago, there was a boy.  The boy was very gifted at the piano, and at singing. He entered a talent contest and belted out a well known pop song by one of the trendiest artists of the day.  Of course, there was a video.  Social media was itself an infant, and as such, started launching like videos into the stratosphere.  His video was one of the first to be seen gazillion of millions of times.  Then there was the Ellen show, then the record contracts and a music video where he was Ariana Grande’s love interest.

Life would never be the same again.  It would not be the same as Greyson Chance would be forever entwined with Lady Gaga and Paparazzi.  It would not be the same as when his voice changed and it all came crashing down. “The second that the momentum stopped, you know, I truly was just sort of thrown to the curb when I was 15. I, all in the same day,  got dropped by my record label, my management, my publicist, and my agent.  It was the ultimate for me, as a child musician.” Greyson told me.

The real story however, is of a fantastic singer/songwriter who hit the industry in a big way with a debut album of his own work in 2019. He emerged then as a honed artist who had already been educated on the workings of the industry, and as a professional who knew how to walk in with his own vision and make it happen.

“It is a machine and, when I when I came on the scene originally, I had this huge viral video and with that, a lot of money coming around, and big players kind of involved in the industry,” he says.  He made music their way.  He did the songs they wrote, and played the part of the person they wanted him to be.

(Photo Credit: Broderick Bauman)

He learned how to be the kind of artist he did not want to be.  The young artist went back to Oklahoma and enveloped himself in the cocoon of normalcy.  He incubated there, fell in love, and had his heart broken by someone he thought he was going to hold onto forever.  At that point, he emerged from the cocoon, with a full self-written album in hand, a musical butterfly spreading his wings.

“I’m 23 years old right now. And I started off with my first record deal when I was 12 years old. There was so much of my adolescence, in my childhood in music, where I wasn’t given the chance to not only make music that I really wanted to do, but also to be writing. I was being forced to do records,  I didn’t have a huge artistic involvement in anything I was doing. So when I came back into music, I really wanted to finally show the world that I was a songwriter, that I had a unique voice. That I had some unique things to say.   I really emphasize authenticity. These are stories that are coming from the heart. These are things that are coming from my own life. It’s not even really a choice that I have anymore.  It is honest, from a place that’s true and genuine,” Greyson states.

Greyson represented not only with a new thematic “voice”, but an actual new physical voice as well.  “It was interesting, what I went through, they always tell you that when your voice changes, it’s going to be sort of a tough go and that is such an understatement. It was so hard for me for a few years to really kind of find comfortability in my physical voice again. I mean, I really struggled through my voice change. But ultimately, I learned as a kid when I was on the road that in a way, when you’re a touring musician, you’re sort of like an athlete. My muscle is, is my voice.”  Greyson’s new voice is far superior to his belting-out-broadway boy voice.  He has a harmonic high register, and a sultry deep one. It copies no one else’s, this voice is uniquely his own.

In 2019, Greyson came out with his launch album “Portraits”.  The stories of the album gave vision to the various personas he saw of himself as he navigated an ill fated romance.  One week,  he was looking at engagement rings, the next week, out of the blue, “the man of his dreams” left him without explanation.  Greyson works each personal portrait into the prism of a beautiful, musically shiny diamond. “Portraits for me was truly my reinvention piece. And what I mean by that is, at the time before I put out that album, you know, I couldn’t even get a meeting in LA with anybody. You know, no one wanted to touch me, no one wanted to be involved in in my project and involved in my music. So I told myself, You know what, I’m going to write a record, and I’m going to write a full album. I’m going to give this one last shot, and see, see what happens. And, fortunately, it went over very, very well.”

In 2019 he filled 109 venues performing the songs from Portraits.  He publicly came out as gay in response to a fan during a conversation about living authentically.  He has also been transparent about his personal challenges, including his on-going battle with anorexia.  “It was truly very, very difficult to diagnose it. I had come off of this really bad breakup that I wrote my album Portraits about, and I was developing habits of not eating and not taking care of myself. I blamed it on the sadness I was feeling at the time. Then, as things became a little more normal, and I became a bit more stable, I noticed that I still had had this issue and things that were going on. For me, I had to work through a lot of therapy,   to get a grasp on it. I brought it public because it was so stigmatized, and still is.   I like to think that I have my life together. But here’s  the deep issue that I struggle with, and I go through. I’m  on a road to recovery, it’s never ending when you are battling with an eating disorder, but I’m doing very, very well right now. I’m staying on top of it. Through my disclosure, there was such an amazing and beautiful dialogue that keeps happening, people reaching out to me and sort of sharing their own struggles and battles with it as well.   I’m working on trying to be the best version of myself that I can be.”

(Photo Credit: Broderick Bauman)

After a forced lockdown during the pandemic of 2020, Greyson is ready to move into the next phase of his butterfly trajectory.  He has released two singles off his next EP, Trophies, and he is in love again.  The songs on the EP will be in a thematic composition.  The two first released create a spiritual arc from the heavenly rich ballad-like Holy Feeling to the high-pop danceable hedonistic Hell Boy. 

He says of the new material, “My boyfriend and I just celebrated our one year anniversary yesterday.   Trophies, is really expressing the fear of now losing love, and sort of that fear that was created in the old relationships that I’ve had. It is the desire for my fans and queer people around the world to know what  truly being in love is. We’re constantly told as, as queer people that, our relationships are always going to be rocky, they’re never going to be sort of American Dream type relationships. Because we’re different, these relationships are going to be different, because we’re inherently different. That is just absolutely BS.   Regardless of how you identify who you love, you can totally have all of this stereotypical white picket fence, you know, dog in the backyard green grass type of thing. It is so within your wheelhouse. It’s not out of reach. This record is emotionally going through all those those things, and talking about them in the music.”

A decade ago there was a boy made famous by a pop song and a viral video.  Today, there is an artistic, powerful singer song writer who sings the authenticity of his generation.  The rush you feel is the wind from rainbow colored butterfly wings taking flight, and the knowledge that the most famous Greyson Chance is the one yet to come.

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