Madge Mucker | Jaqnuary 27, 2006
Expos�'s Gioia Bruno Comes Out As Bisexual
On Q Television Network�s Brunch with Honey Labrador and Scott Withers, pop star Gioia Bruno declared that she has had relationships with women as well as men. It has long been rumored that the sexy dance diva dabbles. Gioia, the former lead singer of Expos�, who currently headlines numerous gay prides, club events and parties, confirmed the rumors to be completely true, LIVE on Brunch. The revelation came just before Gioia broke out into her new pop singles, �That�s Life� and �Why Did You Call Me?�
�I never wanted to put a label on myself but, yes, I have dated women,� said Gioia. �It�s about the person and what�s in their soul. Right now, I am dating a man, but hey, I can still look at the girls. I think everybody�s got a little queer in them.�
A clip from Gioia�s interview and performance is available on PlanetOut.com.
�Gioia has long been a huge supporter of the GLBT community,� said Scott Withers, Host of Brunch and EVP of Q Television Network. �It is a great honor to have a celebrity, of Gioia�s caliber, feel comfortable enough on our network to �come out� and talk about this personal topic with us.�
Gioia (pronounced joy-ah!) was a member of the Arista Records pop group Expos�. Expos� released the platinum selling albums Exposure and What You Don't Know and had numerous Billboard 'top-ten' hit singles including �Come Go With Me,� �Point Of No Return,� �Let Me Be The One,� �What You Don't Know,� �Tell Me Why� and Billboards� #1 hit single, �Seasons Change.� Gioia, now a solo artist, has been enjoying great success on the dance music charts with club hits �Free to Be, �From the Inside�(�Queer as Folk� Season 3 Soundtrack), �Be Mine� and �Wreckin� My Nerves.� Gioia recently released her full-length solo album Expose This on KOCH Records to rave reviews. Her new club anthem �Why Did You Call Me?� is currently featured on DJ Kimberly S.� CD Global Groove. The single �Why Did You Call Me?� is soon-to-be released throughout Europe on Mix2inside Records. For more information on Gioia visit www.gioiabruno.com.
Saving Face Star Lynn Chen Wins Asian Excellence Award
Asian-American actress Lynn Chen showed that she was the people�s choice as she walked away with the �Outstanding Newcomer� Award at the 2006 Asian Excellence Awards. The ceremony, sponsored by Remy Martin, took place at The Wiltern Theater on January 19, and will air nationally on the AZN network on January 29 at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT. This is the first time that the show, in its fifth year, will be televised. The awards honor and recognize the achievements made by Asians and Asian-Americans. With the rising number of Asians in entertainment, the award should garner some attention for Chen, whose enthusiastic, international fan base helped her win, with tens of thousands of votes.
Chen is one of only a handful of Asian-American actresses in her age group who has taken on a major role in Hollywood, making her film debut in the 2005 award-winning and critically acclaimed Saving Face. She beat out fellow nominees Katie Leung (Harry Potter), Rex Lee (Entourage) and Grace Park (Battlestar Gallactica) in an online poll of more than 60,000 total votes.
The award was presented by Hollywood pioneers Nancy Kwan and James Shigeta. After her acceptance speech, Chen walked off the stage, stunned: �I can�t believe I was just up there with two legends, and in front of people whose careers I�ve followed religiously... I�m already so proud to be a part of this community and I really appreciate being acknowledged.� Other honorees included Lucy Liu, Quentin Tarantino, Kimora Lee Simons, and Linkin Park.
For further information on Lynn Chen, visit www.LynnChen.com.
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