Welcome, new members!

My apologies for being a little slow on adding newly requested members recently!  We have a bunch who have just joined, and a few who I am holding off on adding because they don't convince me 100% that they are actual people. (Disabled Facebook pages, no compositions or favorites, no bio descriptions, etc.)

Thank you all for participating. What is on your mind?

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a month ago
3

Political chrisis in Spain

If you had read about the Political tension in Spain (specially in my region, Catalonia) you may know that there exist two movements (separatism and unitism) that are constantly fighting. Moreover there are some political prisoners.
As a result of this people is showing their worst face. Lastly, LGBTphobia attacks increased in Spain, and we are frightened because we can be beaten by someone if we go with our boyfriend/girlfriend or we kiss in public. Two years ago it wasn't like that. But, there are a lot of people that are organizing strikes or demonstrate truth in streets, and we (I do that) are trying to stop homophobia and every agression against LGBTIQ+ colective.
I think that everytime, everywhere we must help each other,because our aim is to achieve an equality, but instead of judging each other, we should go toghether and brake all of this cruel and useless phobias.

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9 months ago
1

Our Red Lipstick

I have lived all my life in a small town oklahoma. It is safe to say that most of Oklahoma is very very Conservative. As myself, I am the only person, that I can think of, in my town who is open about who I am as a LGBT individual. I desire how lipstick makes me feel: it makes feel empowered. Well the major drawbacks that I have as the ONE individual is the most painful. I go through my high school's hall and I see guys' heads turning and laughing. Then you'll get into a classroom and if there is "the jocks", then they will say jokes about who you are and then mock who you are by "playing gay". But since this is a small town of course, the parents know automatically. They'll harass not only you but even your parents. I work as a crew member at a local fast food chain (of which to our standards we can not say the name). I have been questioned several times about my "choices". About 4 weeks ago, a guy had called our store complaining about how my lipstick is affecting his life. My manager , who luckily is perfectly fine for who i am, stood up for me by being a shoulder. So we blew it off. Well 2 weeks later, the same guy came back to our store [wasn't working register at the time] and saw me "horse playing", so he took it upon himself to call our corperate's number to "report" a "problem". He obviously was pushing to get me fired. Now as a small town, word travels fast. A domino affect has now been occurring up to today. Today I was harrassed by 3 different customers who were the exact same religion the 1st guy was. Figure #1 came in today and ordered his order and he received his food but before that he questioned my lipstick. He then said that he didn't get a sandwich that he that he wasn't charged for. So I apologize politely and said that I forgot to put the sandwich, that is when he explodes into screaming at me for 0 reason and so I apologize again in a very sunken voice, that is where he starts to chuckle... Figure #2 walks in about 3 hours later. She plays the "idk" card for a while. Then she all asks if there is a reason why I am wearing lipstick. So i reply "It makes me feel better about who I am". She then gave me a very startled/confused/angry expression right before she and her husband left. Figure #3 came in and automatically started by saying "Are you a man, or are you a woman". So i told him, of course, "i am man". He the started harassing me about the lipstick and how I am wrong about my "choices". He then shot a threat of "If you don't change who you are, then I will change it for you". He wouldn't give me his name for his order. And he left with food that he said that he didn't want me touching.

I want those who share similar fates and instances, that " You are someone different. You have a choice follow a crowd. If you be exactly who you are, you'll empower others to be themselves as well." But that road is never easy, especially if you live in a small town. So I wear my red lipstick still, and I encourage you guys to also ^-^

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a year ago
4

Is music helping you cope?

Many people say they're stressed right now, for a variety of reasons—some public and obvious and others personal and private.

Is music helping you cope? If so, how?

Please share your stories about you are using or have used music to improve your emotional life in times of stress.

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a year ago
4

SPRING AWAKENING Medley

I'm a huge fan of Spring Awakening (I haven't seen the recent revival but it's going on tour so I'll find a way of seeing it :P). I'm not really active on this site and I'm really bad at using MuseScore :( though I'm learning it pretty fast and I'll make a medley of pieces from Spring Awakening (A Broadway Musical... shocking) so if you'd like to help or make any suggestions... :)

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2 years ago
2

i need help with a friend

a friend of mine(he is gay) has been haveing emotional problems and has said they need help but he is afrade... iv tried to help but when it comes to it he bails. im waiting for him but hes not coming what do i do?

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5 years ago
6

A little shameless self promotion

I'm proud to announce the first album of another artist recording my piano works! On BandCamp you can listen to all the tracks of Carlos Márquez playing my music FREE (in their entirety) or purchase and download individual tracks or the complete album (to encourage my composing habit). Thank you for all the support!
https://breur.bandcamp.com/album/george-takei-rag-other-piano-works-by-arthur-breur-carlos-marquez-piano

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4 years ago
0

Benjamin Britten

Britten has always been a favorite of mine, particularly his Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra. I was unaware of his life-long partnership with tenor Sir Peter Pears until just today. There are a number of videos (available on YouTube) of Pears singing with Britten accompanying.

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5 years ago
1

lmfao

here is what happens when you ask a group of high school students to give you random lyrics

why the fuck is my unicorn ass stuck in the tree
i wish i could be stronger without these hipsters here!
fucking british television
god damn i'm hungry
i do not know....wwhere this baby came from. you can havve him. free baby
in eridans quirk too that is very important
cosplayers are the reason why i stopped labelling my sexuality
oh my fuckin god rose im gonna piss myself
me too my friend sent me that im crying
now we r talking
i got up at fivve am and made all these god damn pancakes
thes fuking damn drug dealers!
they killing meh damn vibe!
I can't even put on socks without falling over and here you are.
I am dimadone with all of you.
karkat u have stubby hot dog horns!
meh dog pissed on meh sisters head!
Earlier I got chips and salsa and I got just the right amount of salsa for the amount of chips I grabbed.
i wish i could do that

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5 years ago
48

why

why did the motherfucking little piece of shit say i was cheating on me... i want him dead... this is the third strike... i now have a hit list. here it is

1. James West-bitchy backstabbing exboyfriend

idk how to do it but i want him dead. problem is that i still love him.

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5 years ago
7

West Side Story's LGBT Aura in Modern Times

Last year, in conjunction with the dance class, my high school choir presented West Side Story, considered one of the greatest and most influential Broadway musicals of all time.

I distinctly remember immersing myself in composer Bernstein's music and marveling at it. He was just one of four homosexual Jewish men who cooperated to create the production.

While the basic plot is based on Romeo & Juliet, I recognized quickly a very queer quality to it from the beginning and I don't know if heterosexual people have any idea WHY it is such a passionate musical.
In the love scenes/songs, especially, I felt that very prevalent queer passion. "Somewhere," a dialogue between the two lovers longing for a place their union will be accepted, was particularly moving and personal to me as a gay teenager.

I couldn't help but be reminded of my own struggles with full disclosure. Though, even in my rural farm country, things have changed much and a wide majority of the youth support full marriage equality, it has yet to erase the labels and prejudice which still exists sub-surface.
The lesbians and bisexual women are out and proud, and make up most of my best friends. However, homosexual men are still scared. The most evident manifestations of this social repression are the closet doors I've knocked on and found bitterly shut--those who are aware of being gay or bisexual but will only flirt with me in isolated privacy.

Most prominent in my mind is a dear friend that I would give my life for in an instant, who was first a very outspoken homophobe and now calls me his best friend. The greatest night of my life yet, perhaps, was a very sad but peaceful confession that he longed for me intensely--that he had a passion burning for me body and soul. He hasn't taken that back, but he also hasn't acted on it again.

He hates everything and everyone, he says, except me. He sees no beauty in himself, even though I find him the most gorgeous man alive. He has clear symptoms of depression and emotional distress that occasional erupts into a mad temper or violence.
I pray he finds the peace that was meant to be some day.

Long post short: I am thankful to be gay because it forced me away from a self-centered world view and turned me into a laborer for others. It opened my eyes to injustice and oppression, and, stronger in spirit than jocks in body, I stand in battle for those too weak and worn by hatred.

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5 years ago
1

West Side Story's LGBT Aura

Last year, in conjunction with the dance class, my high school choir presented West Side Story, considered one of the greatest and most influential Broadway musicals of all time.

I distinctly remember immersing myself in composer Bernstein's music and marveling at it. He was just one of four homosexual Jewish men who cooperated to create the production.

While the basic plot is based on Romeo & Juliet, I recognized quickly a very queer quality to it from the beginning and I don't know if heterosexual people have any idea WHY it is such a passionate musical.
In the love scenes/songs, especially, I felt that very prevalent queer passion. "Somewhere," a dialogue between the two lovers longing for a place their union will be accepted, was particularly moving and personal to me as a gay teenager. The lyrics speak for themselves:

"There's a place for us,
Somewhere a place for us.
Peace and quiet and open air
Wait for us
Somewhere.

There's a time for us,
Some day a time for us,
Time together with time to spare,
Time to look, time to care,
Some day!

Somewhere!
We'll find a new way of living,
We'll find a way of forgiving
Somewhere . . .

There's a place for us,
A time and place for us.
Hold my hand and we're halfway there.
Hold my hand and I'll take you there
Somehow,
Some day,
Somewhere!"

I couldn't help but be reminded of my own struggles with full disclosure. Though, even in my rural farm country, things have changed much and a wide majority of the youth support full marriage equality, it has yet to erase the labels and prejudice which still exists sub-surface.

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5 years ago
1

Gay Idols?

So all of of us are gay and probably have some inspiration. Like a famous someone who tells us it's okay or maybe is gay themselves.
For me personably it's Neil Patrick Harris (he's also kind of my celebrity crush) among others like Judy Garland (as cliche as it is), Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Cole Porter, and (this is weird but Wikipedia does list this as a gay icon) Buggs Bunny.
For more info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gay_icon
But I'd be interested to see who's your inspiration to keep being gay and to fell fine with it?

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5 years ago
7

Wiki list of LGBT composers -- a rich legacy, but who's missing?

A
Mark Adamo[6]
Thomas Adès [7]
Peter Allen, uncertain. Once married Liza Minnelli, partnered with Gregory Connell from 1973 until his own death in 1992.[4][8]
Ruth Anderson [9]
Billie Joe Armstrong

B

Samuel Barber [2][5][10]
Jean Barraqué, dated Michel Foucault.[5]
Eve Beglarian [2]
Leonard Bernstein[4][11]
Chester Biscardi [2]
Chris de Blasio [2]
Marc Blitzstein [1][2][3]
Konrad Boehmer [5]
Pierre Boulez [2]
David Bowie, came out as bisexual to Playboy in 1975, married Iman in 1992 and said he had been 'a closet heterosexual' in the 70's but that he does not regret it.[4][12]
Paul Bowles, though married to lesbian Jane Auer.[4][5]
Benjamin Britten (Lord Britten of Aldeburgh), partnered with singer Sir Peter Pears from 1936 till his own death in 1976.[4][13]
Sylvano Bussotti [1][5]
Madelyn Byrne [2]

C

John Cage [1][2]
Wendy Carlos
Roberto Carnevale [2]
Cazuza, bisexual.[4]
Aaron Copland [1][2]
John Corigliano [1][3][5]
Arcangelo Corelli [1]
Noël Coward [5]
Henry Cowell [2][5]
Conrad Cummings [2]

D

Peter Maxwell Davies [1][3]
David Del Tredici [1][2][5]
David Diamond [5][14][15][16]
Ani DiFranco, bisexual, she was married to Andrew Gilchrist for five years starting in 1998.[1][3]

E

Danielle Egnew [17]
Jade Esteban Estrada [18][19]

F

Gareth Farr, New Zealand classical composer who also appears in his alter ego "Lilith" in cabaret performances.[citation needed]
Gustavo "Fifi" Faz, Mexican transexual composer, well known for his naked performances and orgies with his fans. He is Carmen Salinas' current Aventurera.[citation needed]
Wolfgang Fortner [5]
Lori Freedman [2]
Charles Fussell

G

Serge Garant [2]
Robert John Godfrey [20]
Karel Goeyvaerts [5]
Eugene Goossens [5]
J. Lee Graham [21]
Charles Tomlinson Griffes [1][5]

H

Bruce Haack [22]
Reynaldo Hahn [1][5]
Rob Halford [1]
Joseph Hallman [2]
Lou Harrison [1][2]
Robert Helps [2]
Hans Werner Henze [1]
William Alden Hibbard [2]
Jennifer Higdon [2]
Lee Hoiby [2]
Jerry Hunt [2][3]
Michael Hurd (composer) [2]

I

Janis Ian [3]
Norman Iceberg [1]
Federico Incardona
John Ireland [5]

J

Willem Jeths (Dutch)
Elton John

K

Paula Kimper [2]
Dave Koz [23]

L

k.d. lang [24]
Marilyn Lerner [2]
André Éric Létourneau [2]
Annea Lockwood [2]
Jean Baptiste Lully

M

Mark Delgado [2]
Andy Martin [citation needed]
Jeff Marx
Richard Maxfield [citation needed]
Colin McPhee [5]
Gian Carlo Menotti [1]
Freddie Mercury [1]
George Michael [5][25]
Dimitri Mitropoulos [5]
Linda Montano [2]
Marius Moga [2]
Bob Mould [citation needed]
Zeki Müren, Turkish singer. Popular opinion holds that he was homosexual,[26] although he never made a public statement nor denial to this effect. In many ways, he had a pioneering role in rendering the Turkish society more accepting about homosexuality.[27]

N

Alwin Nikolais [2]

Laura Nyro

O

Jacob Obrecht (Flemish)
Pauline Oliveros [2]

P

Harry Partch [2]
Thomas Pasatieri [5]
Dominique Phinot, executed in Lyon, France for homosexuality in 1556 [28]
Daniel Pinkham [5]
Cole Porter [5]
Francis Poulenc, French composer, openly gay from his first serious relationship, that with painter Richard Chanelaire to whom he wrote, "You have changed my life, you are the sunshine of my thirty years, a reason for living and working." He also said, "You know that I am as sincere in my faith, without any messianic screamings, as I am in my Parisian sexuality."[1][3][4]

Q

Roger Quilter [5]

R

Øyvind Rauset [4]
Steven Reineke
Richard Rijnvos (Dutch)
Tom Robinson [29]
Ned Rorem [1][2][4]

S

Camille Saint-Saens, a matter of dispute
Henri Sauguet
Franz Schubert, also a matter of dispute (http://nyti.ms/e0N2om)
Marc Shaiman, coupled with lyricist/director Scott Wittman since 1979.[1]
Sławek Słarosta [4]
Dame Ethel Smyth [1]
Jimmy Somerville [3][4]
Stephen Sondheim [1][5]
Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji [2]
William Thomas Strayhorn [1]
Conrad Susa [5]
Sylvester [4]
Karol Szymanowski [1]

T

Adam Taylor
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky[1][3][5]
Michael Tilson Thomas[1]
Virgil Thomson[1][2]
Phil Thurston
Nurit Tilles[2]
Sir Michael Tippett, of his one time partner painter Wilfred Franks Tippett wrote, "Meeting with Wilf was the deepest, most shattering experience of falling in love; and I am quite certain that it was a major factor underlying the discovery of my own individual musical voice...all that love flowed out in the slow movement of my First String Quartet. He was partnered with Meirion Bowen until his own death in 1998.[1][4]
Hordur Torfason[4]

V

Claude Vivier [30]

W

Rufus Wainwright [1]
Ben Weber [2][3][5]
Malcolm Williamson [1]
Jason Woodruff
Charles Wuorinen [5]

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5 years ago
0