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Aug 30, 2013 0
(Originally Published on Queer Voices on 8/29/2013)
Nothing Is Sacred: An Interview With Margaret Cho
I previously reported that actress & comedian Margaret Cho is bringing her new stand-up show “Mother” to the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland this November, and this week I had the pleasure of interviewing this amazing, hilarious talent for Queer Voices on QBlog!
Margaret and I talked about gay men and their mother figures, what it’s like to have intersecting minority identities these days in Hollywood, how weird “Dancing With The Stars” fame is, and much more.
Read our chat below, then get your tickets to the Portland stop of Margaret Cho’s “Mother” tour HERE.
Logan Lynn: Hi Margaret! Thanks for carving some time out for me today.
Margaret Cho: Thank you!
Logan Lynn: The name of your new tour is “Mother”, so I’m guessing it’s about…politics? Animal rights?
Margaret Cho: (Laughs) Well, it is about a lot of different things. It’s about my own mother a little, but it’s also about being at the age where everybody perceives you to be a mother. In your 30’s and 40’s you’re kind of looked at as a mother figure, and then I have a lot of friends who are younger than me, who consider me kind of the maternal figure in their lives. Certainly as a hag, you know, like, a fag hag, you get to this stage where you become like a mother, where they just start calling you mother. That’s a great place to get to, that grand dame queen mother identity; so that’s part of what the show is, too.
Logan Lynn: Do you feel like that’s why gay men have historically been so magnetized your way? Do you fill some sort of mother-shaped void for us?
Margaret Cho: I think that’s true. I think it’s why sometimes gay culture is Read the rest of this entry »Tweet
Jun 26, 2013 0
Logan Lynn Interviewed In The July Issue Of Spain’s Fantastic Plastic Mag! Read The English Version Here.
The July issue of Fantastic Plastic Magazine (from Spain) features me in their branded “Fast Date” interview section. It’s like speed dating, but in print!
Click HERE or on the FantasticPlasticMag logo below to read the original.
…and here’s the original English version for those of you who don’t speak Spanish:
Fantastic Plastic Magazine: This is a fast date. Describe yourself using only three words.
Logan Lynn: Tall, Shy, Ginger.
FPM: Describe your music using only three words too.
LL: Dirty, Sweaty, Truth.
FPM: If you could make the whole world listen to one single album?
LL: My new record, “Tramp Stamps and Birthmarks”.
FPM: The last album you bought that moved you?
LL: My dear friend Ruth Radelet’s band Chromatics – “Kill For Love”
FPM: The next release you’re more excited about?
LL: I’m really into Whitey. I’m excited to see what dude does next.
FPM: The music you always take with you when you travel by car…
LL: The Innocence Mission, The Sundays, Liz Phair – I love me some ladies on the road.
FPM: Is there an album from your greatest idol that you truly dislike but that you always defend ’cause you’re so loyal?
LL: I never defend bullshit, so…even if I worship you: If it stinks, it stinks.
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Apr 17, 2013 0
In case you missed it live on-air last night, I was the guest on Out Loud Radio this week talking about community work, summer tour, racism in the LGBTQ community, and more. I chat with Sasha Buchert from KBOO for a good 40 of the 60 minutes about why we are doing the work we are doing at (and for) Q Center in Portland, my dream for the world, and more.
To stream the show online, click HERE.Tweet
Dec 7, 2012 0
Los Angeles entertainment and pop culture site Sugarbang.com is giving away my song The Ghost of Someone Else (track 3 off my new record, Tramp Stamps and Birthmarks) FREE with their review of the album. Click HERE to read it and download the goods for zero dollars!
P.S. – They dig it. I also made it onto their weekly mixtape. Click HERE for that!Tweet
Aug 9, 2012 0
(Originally Published on The Huffington Post, 8/7/2012)
Logan Lynn Discusses His Return To Music, His New Single ‘Turn Me Out’ And More
By: Noah Michelson, HuffPost Gay Voices Editor
Gay singer-songwriter Logan Lynn began professionally making music nearly 15 years ago. Since then he has released a slew of albums, has seen his videos featured on LOGO and MTV, and performed around the world.
In 2010 Lynn announced that he would be taking an extended break from the music industry to work full time for LGBTQ equal rights at Portland’s Q Center. He even released an album, “I Killed Tomorrow Yesterday,” with Producer Bryan Cecil and gave the proceeds to Portland’s Q Center, the only LGBT community center in the Pacific Northwest.
Now he’s back with a new single, “Turn Me Out”, and an upcoming album. We caught up with Lynn to find out what he’s been up to since he left the music industry, why he’s coming back, what to expect from the new album and more.
The Huffington Post: You’re just coming off a two-year hiatus from the music industry. Why did you take the break and what have you been up to?
Logan Lynn: In 2010, after five straight years of nonstop working and touring, I just needed some time to step back and not feel so consumed by the industry. At the time I was really lonely and tired and felt overexposed in ways that I wasn’t really able to deal with, so I canceled the second leg of my tour, severed ties with The Dandy Warhols and my label, fired my publicist, fired my manager, freaked out publicly in the press and gave the record I had been working on for over a year away as a fundraiser for Q Center, Portland’s queer community center. I pissed a lot of people off during the process of breaking free and in retrospect I would probably be a little less public about the whole thing… but back then it felt like the only way to take some time off and get rid of the toxic people I had surrounding me was to completely blow everything up, so that’s what I did. Once the career suicide dust settled I started giving all of my time to the queer community and have been helping to build the infrastructure of Q Center ever since. I needed real people in my life again and that’s ultimately what I found in my work with the community. Working with people in need really puts your own need in perspective.
You’ ve landed in a bit of hot water and controversy around some of the activism work you have been doing. What exactly went down between Portland’s queer community and the Mars Hill evangelical church?
At the end of 2011 the Mars Hill church bought a building in Portland and announced they were opening their doors in our community. Its founder has publicly equated homosexuality to cancer on society, amongst other very charming hate speech about the gay community. Part of my mission as an activist and an out queer man is to encourage a dialogue with those who oppose us or would do us harm, so I reached out to their pastor and we began meeting together. From there, we decided to assemble nine people from Portland’s LGBT community and nine members of the traditional Evangelical community and we have been meeting once a month with a conflict resolution expert ever since. Read the rest of this entry »Tweet
Jul 27, 2012 0
Logan Lynn Interviewed by Sugarbang This Week on Life, Love, Working with Marina and The Diamonds, and More!
From Sugarbang, 7/26/2012:
“We’re so excited to bring you guys an exclusive interview with SugarBanger regular, Logan Lynn! His current single (and dance pop anthem) “Turn Me Out” was featured on our HUMP DAY MIX a few weeks back and now he has an accompanying music video that came out a few days ago! The Portland-based electro pop singer/songwriter is incredibly geniune and frank and it all oozes out in his work. His candor responses about his music, inspiration and what it’s like to be an out artist was quite refreshing to hear. So without further adieu, let’s dive in!
Sugarbang: Tell us about your single “Turn Me Out” and the concept for the music video.
Logan Lynn: The song is about longing for your partner to want you, about the complexities of intimacy between two people who are very close…ultimately it’s about my wanting to get fucked and be loved by the man I love. As for the video, the concept all gets credited to Director Curtis Speer. It was his photography which led me to working with him on this video. He has a very particular point of view which I think is great. There’s something so haunting about his photographs.
Sugarbang: Your album Tramp Stamps & Birthmarks is dropping on 12/4/12. What can we expect from the album? Will there be more epic dance anthems similar to “Turn Me Out”?
Logan Lynn: Yeah, this one is a high energy pop banger start to finish, it seems. My writing partner is David Appaloosa, who is also in a band called THE HUGS, and he is this 22 year old partyboy who has been able to really tap into my inner 22 year old party boy in the studio. Read the rest of this entry »Tweet
Jun 29, 2012 0
I was interviewed by The Pride Review this week. You can check out the original post HERE or keep reading below for the transcript.
From The Pride Review: (6/28/2012)
Who is Logan Lynn today?
I’m still trying to figure that out.
Was music your first love and who was your first human love?
Music and I have always loved one another. My first human love was a boy in high school. He was an 18 year old senior and I was a 14 year old freshman. I ended up having to move to Tennessee midway through the school year (without saying goodbye) when a Christian counselor I was made to see outed me to my parents and then said if they didn’t remove me from the school he would report the boy. So, I left the next morning. It was devastating. When I returned later that year, we picked up where we had left off, but he moved away for college after that summer and we didn’t see much of each other after that.
What can we learn from our first love?
I learned to keep my fucking mouth shut to Christian counselors.
What can we learn from music?
I’ve explored the deepest parts of myself through songwriting and have said things melodically that I never would have had the courage to speak. For me, it’s the most honest place.
How did you get into the music business and did you experience it as a fair playground?
I got signed originally in 1999 and my first record was released in 2000. Nothing really took for another few years, though. I’m pretty sure this “fair” you speak of doesn’t exist in any business, music or otherwise. I’ve been really lucky at times and down and out at others. It’s a tough business, and I’ve made a few really public fuck-ups over the years.
What are the experiences you feel like you had to go through and Read the rest of this entry »Tweet
Jun 1, 2012 0
I chatted with the queers over at Accidental Bear this week. They interviewed me in advance of my new single “Turn Me Out”, which comes out this Tuesday (June 5th). We talked about love, being a whore, activism, loss, and a whole heaping mess of other stuff. Click HERE to check it out or you can read the transcript below.
From Accidental Bear (5/31/2012):
“Q & A With Lovely Ginger Logan Lynn Back From Two Year Hiatus: New Single “Turn Me Out” Out June 5th!”
Accidental Bear: Logan Lynn, musician and activist. What other things can you add to that list?
Logan Lynn: I generally just say Musician, Writer, and LGBT Activist when pairing it down.
A B: We are totally excited about your new single! Tell us a little about it?
Logan: It’s called “Turn Me Out” and is basically about me being a whore for the man I love. I worked with David Appaloosa from Portland pop group The Hugs on the musical part and Gino Mari produced it. We recorded it at The Country Club studios in Portland. After putting out that acoustic EP of love songs late last year I think everyone kinda figured I was working on an acoustic record, which I’m not. It’s nice to be coming back with a dirty, sweaty dance pop experience instead. I like to keep people guessing.
A B: If you were to win a fancy award at a Music Award show, who would you thank that have helped you to get you where you are today?
Logan: My partner, my dearly departed dog friend Dutch, and everyone who didn’t believe in me along the way. I’ve always found the disbelief of others to be highly motivating. Oh, and god…for fucking me over so hard.
A B: We have been following your involvement at the Q Center there in Portland and can say we are proud of the work you are doing. How did you get involved with the Q Center and what is it?
Logan: Thanks! Q Center is Portland’s LGBT community center. We work with all populations of queer people and have all types of programs and services. I got involved after a couple of my friends were gay bashed in 2010 and ended up giving the proceeds of “I Killed Tomorrow Yesterday”, my last studio album, to them as a result. In the years since I’ve worked on a variety of projects there. I think of myself as a radical queer, and this is what that looks like at the moment.
A B: We have noticed that you also write for the Huffington Post. How is that working out for you?
Logan: Great! It’s amazing to have a platform like Read the rest of this entry »Tweet
Mar 22, 2012 0
(Originally Published on The Huffington Post on 3/21/2012)
Like many of you, I was shocked Monday night when, on RuPaul’s Drag Race, Ru announced that one of the contestants, Willam Belli, had broken the rules and was being disqualified from the competition. (That’s right. I love TV. Deal with it.)
Oddly enough, I had scheduled an interview with Willam last week, before the bomb dropped, for a second installment of my HuffPost blog “Queer Celebrities Need Love, Too,” but after watching the show I decided to throw out all those questions.
My chat with Willam from yesterday (the day after all the drama) is below.
Hey, Willam. Tough night, huh? What happened, girl?
Well, I checked the Internet to find out why I was disqualified, and this is what my NancyDruPaul skills could come up with:
- I was on heroin, and that’s how I was able to be so calm when Phi Phi yelled at me.
- I went out drinking the night before, and that’s why I vomited onstage.
- My favorite reason: I was on hormones to become a woman, and they found out during the lie-detector test — ’cause you can obviously see how delicate I’ve become, with all my soft features and this friggin’ man jaw.
- I apparently slept with Pit Crew Jason, because he’s in my new “Chow Down (at Chick-fil-A)” video.
- I enjoyed the Internet, or went shopping, or had sex with cast or crew.
The Internet thinks you’ve been really busy! Good times. You didn’t look very surprised when the announcement that you were being asked to leave the show was made. Had you been told in advance of the taping, or did you find out onstage?
Well, I was the one who admitted to the producers without prodding that I broke rules — multiple times, in fact. I wasn’t caught doing anything. One of the days just happened to be on a duet challenge, so I knew that it would be a going-down-in-a-blaze-of-glory moment should they choose to act on it (and they did). I’m glad they let me sing, though, because Latrice and I were the best, and her being partnerless in a duets challenge would’ve been weird. Read the rest of this entry »Tweet
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Logan Lynn: Queer Celebrities Need Love, Too – An Interview with Matt Alber, Bruce LaBruce, Daniela Sea, Danny Roberts, Jackie Beat, Holcombe Waller, and Matthew Zink
(Originally Published on The Huffington Post – 1/17/2012)
In keeping with the theme of love, family, and relationship from my last post, I reached out to some famous friends to see what their thoughts were on the subject.
Singer/songwriter Matt Alber, filmmaker and photographer Bruce LaBruce, actor and musician Daniela Sea (from Showtime‘s The L Word), TV personality and activist Danny Roberts (from MTV‘s Real World: New Orleans), drag superstar and electrosleeze pioneer Jackie Beat, composer and singer Holcombe Waller, and “Charlie” Swimwear designer Matthew Zink all weighed in on the same five questions:
1. If you could sum up your concept of “relationships” in one word, what would it be?
2. What is your favorite love song of all time?
3. If you could choose any actor to play you in the movie version of your life, who would it be? What about them is you?
4. How has the relationship between your mother and father influenced your ideas about love and relationships?
5. What three qualities do you look for in a partner?
Here come their answers! (Drum roll please…) Read the rest of this entry »Tweet
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