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The gay members of the group were included in Out Magazine's 2004 list of "100 Most Intriguing Gay People of the Year." Out Magazine also ranked Ta-Da no. 82 on their "List of the 100 Greatest, Gayest Albums."

In 2010, Jake Shears was named to the Advocate's annual "Forty Under 40" list of young leaders in the glbtq community. Upon being so honored, he remarked, "If I had to hide being gay, I wouldn't have a creative process. I wouldn't have a career."

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In response to the spate of suicides in September 2010 by gay youth who had been bullied or humiliated, Shears contributed a touching and revealing video to Dan Savage's "It Gets Better" YouTube channel.

In the video, Shears reveals that he was bullied when he came out at 15 and even contemplated suicide. But, he assures young people, things got better for him and they will for them. He comments that the rage he felt over the way he was treated has fueled his music and urges that they similarly translate their bad times into good ones. He also laughingly assures them, " have more fun."

Claude J. Summers

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    Bibliography
   

Andrews, Marc. "Flashback: Scissor Sisters Interview (July 2010)." Marc Andrews Blog (October 5, 2010): http://marcandrewsblog.blogspot.com/2010/10/flashback-scissor-sisters-interview.html

Donaghy, Tom. "They're Gorgeous, You're Filthy." Out.com (September 2006): http://www.out.com/detail.asp?id=20096

Barthel, Mike. "Scissor Sisters, 'Night Work': Yay for Sex and Drugs and Pleasure." The Awl (June 28, 2010): http://www.theawl.com/2010/06/scissor-sisters-night-work-yay-for-sex-and-drugs-and-pleasure

Breen, Matthew. "Scissor Sisters: Up Close and Personal." Out.com (December 2004): http://out.com/detail.asp?id=5392

Farber, Jim. "Night Work." New York Daily News (June 28, 2010): http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music/2010/06/28/2010-06-28_scissor_sisters_night_work_bands_best_album_yet_recalls_artgaypop_scene_before_a.html

"Forty Under 40." The Advocate (May 2010): http://www.advocate.com/Print_Issue/Cover_Stories/Forty_Under_40/

Hannaford, Alex. Scissor Sisters. London: Artnik, 2005.

Harrington, Richard. "Scissor Sisters: On the Cutting Edge." Washington Post (January 7, 2005): http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A53256-2005Jan6.html

"When Elton Met Jake." guardian.uk.co (November 12, 2006): http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2006/nov/12/popandrock9

Youngs, Ian. "Scissor Sisters: Back from the Brink." BBC News (May 7, 2010):
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/8665388.stm

 

    Citation Information
         
    Author: Summers, Claude J.  
    Entry Title: Scissor Sisters  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
 
    Publication Date: 2010  
    Date Last Updated October 16, 2010  
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