The Queallys owned a stake in the Lily O’Brien chocolate company but sold out last year.
He soon developed a loyal fan base and in 2008, Brannan released his debut album in 2009.
Jordanian-American Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter, Ferras grew up in a small town in Illinois where he never felt like he really fit in.
So here we are with a list honoring those out and proud men who have paved the way for many others like them and many more who will surely come.
These men have been a positive influence for GLBT youth around the world, and by their honesty they have helped shape the current climate and acceptability for being an openly gay male artist in today’s music industry.
Ford appears in the music video for Lauper’s 2008 single “Into the Nightlife.” Ford’s second album features his versions of tracks from artists like Britney Spears’ “Trouble” and Robyn’s “With Every Heartbeat.” So what kind of man is someone like Colton Ford into?
He says he likes “a man who can be vulnerable, share his insecurities, be in the moment and be very honest and authentic. That’s a really, really hot quality.” The Texas born Brannan has been compared to Rufus Wainwright for his openness as a gay artist, and has been compared to Ani Di Franco and Joni Mitchell for his craftiness with songwriting, possessing the qualities of an “angry, sad woman.” In 2002, after just one semester of college in Ohio, Brannan set out for New York City hoping to break into the entertainment industry.
Ford walked away from the adult film industry in 2002 to refocus his career on music, generating a string of club/dance hits including “Everything” and “That’s Me” on which he collaborated with Cazwell.
His cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” peaked at No.
(It is currently in post-production.) With his smooth, sweet voice and his incredible songwriting ability, Ferras is certainly a talent to watch. Massachusetts-born Luke Caswell, aka Cazwell, has been praised at the gay man’s Eminem and is a personal favorite of Sir Elton John. During 2007 Cazwell toured alongside Cyndi Lauper, Rufus Wainwright, the Indigo Girls and other special guests on the True Colors Tour.
And what does openly gay Ferras look for in a mate? Best known for his gay and bisexual-themed lyrics, as well as his sexual videos which often feature cameos by New York-based transsexual icon Amanda Lepore, Cazwell’s influences range from the Notorious B. The video for Cazwell’s comical single “I Seen Beyonce at Burger King” went viral in 2008 and in 2010 Cazwell released the video for “Ice Cream Truck”, which the called “the summer’s raunchiest music video.” Featuring a pack of half-naked chiseled go go boys, it’s no surprise the video gained over one million views in its first week.
He quickly landed a role in the film and got the chance to add his own song “Soda Shop” to the movie’s Soundtrack.