January 24, 2006

AOL Music Launches Gay Music Website

By Bill Werde

NEW YORK -- AOL Music has launched a site called "G-Sides, Music for the GLBT Community," which it says features "the gay and lesbian artists we love."

But M. Tye Comer, senior programming manager for AOL Music, says G-Sides isn't necessarily a "gay music" site.

"This site will talk about all different facets: gay artists, music that has a strong LGB fan base, and even videos that you might not think have relevance to the gay and lesbian community -- but do."

At its January 23 launch, G-Sides (http://music.aol.com/feature/gay_music) featured an interview and DJ session from Cyndi Lauper, videos of the Strokes and a duet between Antony & the Johnsons and Boy George.

A chart, "This Week's Essential Tunes," links to videos from artists-and presumed gay icons-such as Gwen Stefani, the cast of the Broadway hit Rent, and, of course, Madonna.