5 LGBT things you need to know today, July 8

1. “It is possible to be a faithful Christian who loves God and loves the scriptures and at the same time to believe that the handful of verses on same-sex intimacy are like the hundreds of passages accepting a...
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Spring Preview: Gay singers and gay singer icons ensure a bouquet of new listening

2012 Spring music preview

This spring brings the release of several albums from icons, “American Idols,” Broadway divas and more. Some artists, such as Madonna and Adam Lambert, are releasing long-awaited returns to the music scene, while others are reworking their sound or releasing covers projects.

After a successful performance at the halftime show of the Super Bowl this year, Madonna’s long-awaited new album, “MDNA” drops March 26. The album will have 15 tracks, including first single “Give Me All Your Luvin’” and her Golden Globe-winning, “Masterpiece.” She comes to Atlanta in November.

Adam Lambert, of “American Idol” fame, has his second album, “Trespassing,” slated for a spring release. The out singer acted as an executive producer and co-wrote many of the tracks, working with guest artists such as Pharrell Williams, Sam Sparro and Bruno Mars.

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Google highlights ‘It Gets Better’ project in Chrome commercial

Google Chrome logoDuring last night's Fleetwood Mac-themed episode of “Glee,” Google ran a moving commercial highlighting the “It Gets Better” project to promote its Chrome internet browser.

Advertising space during one of television's most watched shows is quite valuable, and Google spared no expense with its one and a half minute spot.

The commercial featured videos from Lady Gaga, Adam Lambert, Anne Hathaway and others while showing off how Google's browser integrates the modern social web (and Google's family of products).

The Mountain View, California-based company has been on the cutting edge of workplace equality and has consistently maintained a perfect score from the Human Rights Campaign in its annual Corporate Equality Index.

Check it out below:

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Outspoken: Adam Lambert, Ethan Hawke, Hugh Grant and more…

Actor Hugh Grant

“Mr. President, the time to end exclusion from marriage is now. We ask you to complete your journey and join us, and the majority of Americans, who support the freedom to marry.”

—Letter signed by gay celebrity couples, including Ellen and Portia DeGeneres, sent to President Obama on March 14. The letter, which was also signed by other LGBT rights supporters, was organized by Freedom to Marry’s “Say I Do” campaign. (Huffington Post, March 14)

“Our relationship is recognized by the government, but some of our friends don’t have the same opportunity. So please join us in fighting for marriage equality in New York.”

—Actor Ethan Hawke, appearing in an ad with his wife, Ryan, urging New York lawmakers to approve gay marriage. The spot was produced by the Human Rights Campaign. (On Top Magazine, March 14)