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Beth Ditto


Gay and proud singer Beth Ditto gives divaness on the cover of the new issue of Out magazine.
It is her first cover on a major US publication. But the musician isn’t expecting the story and accompanying shoot to rattle the denizens of her Bible Belt home town. “I’m almost positive they don’t even carry gay magazines there,” she tells the mag. “This Christian college still runs everything, and when I lived [in Judsonia, Ark.] you used to have to ask for gay magazines.”
In her Out interview, Ditto described her experience coming out in Judsonia as one of seven siblings. “My mom was this incredible island surrounded by redneck conservative America. She taught me what it must be like to be a flaming homo and bullied walking down the hallway at school. My other brothers and sisters were brought up like that too, and they treated me normally.”
The singer, who is in a relationship with a transgendered partner, traced her punk rock sensibility to her high school experience. “I was really obsessed with how there were way more poor kids than rich kids, but somehow it was always the pretty girls who got voted into student faculty and the rich kids who were popular. That made no sense to me because we, the poor kids, were the majority.”
And, good news! We are finally getting a new album from The Gossip some time this year.

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Apr 02, 2009 09:35am PDT

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