212 posts categorized "AIDS"

Apr 10 2014
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The Hollywood Reporter's story on the it-took-forever-to-make making of HBO's The Normal Heart is fascinating and complete, filled with Streisand and Kramer dish.

Now, can someone please make a movie out of Faggots?

 
Apr 07 2014
ANGELS In North Carolina Comments (0)

AngelsThere are angels on the streets of Charlotte.

People of a certain age will remember how controversial it could be to stage certain plays in certain parts of the country. Actually, Terence McNally's widely misunderstood Corpus Christi ("Gay Jesus?! Gay Jesus?!") was protested in New York City in 1998, so it shouldn't be too surprising to hear that Tony Kushner's Angels in America was a major issue when it was presented in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1996.

Cover02-1_17When that play debuted in that city, local politicians voted to withdraw all public funding from works of art that offered "exposure to perverted forms of sexuality."

Over the next several years, the people who voted out that financial support were themselves voted out of office, but it's taken 18 years for the play to return, this time in a proposed production by CAST (Carolina Actors Studio).

Angels-in-AmericaThe production could use your $upport in any amount!

Now that it's back, it needs your dollars. Check out its fundraising page and donate generously if you so desire.

 
Apr 05 2014
Need To Know: Mo Money Mo Brablems, Malebasics Bitch, Ping Went The Strings Of My Heart, Chupacabra's Dirt Nap, COMEBACK Little Lisa + MORE! Comments (0)

Madonna-Armani-Luomo-VogueDude looks like a Lady Madonna...workin' it for L'Uomo Vogue

*widget boy cultureMadonna's bra is hot. Charlie Hides rapes the MDNA Skin ad. Malebasics

*widget boy cultureVictor Velasquez for Malebasics is...yeah, WOOF.

*widget boy cultureKurt Cobain, 20 years later.

*widget boy culture"Ping" detected from missing Malaysian jet.

*widget boy culturePhony chupacabra is euthanized, discarded without testing.

*widget boy cultureEvery Chris Evans nude scene. Powerful movie-making.

*widget boy cultureYet another reason Andrew Sullivan is a conservadouche.

*widget boy cultureJames Franco "used bad judgment" in trying to pick up 17-year-old:

*widget boy cultureWhy Brendan Eich had to resign from "activist" Mozilla.

*widget boy cultureDays of Our Lives tosses TV's first gay male wedding.

*widget boy cultureTogether at last: Damiana vs. Johnny Scruff!

*widget boy cultureDavid Letterman replacements: Neil Patrick Harris? Ellen?

*widget boy cultureHillary Clinton poses with Pussy Riot.

*widget boy cultureCarole King shocks audience at Beautiful by showing up, asking for cash.

*widget boy cultureKenneth exclusively reveals The Comeback's comeback.

THE-COMEBACK-VALERIE-CHERISH-LISA-KUDROW

 
Apr 01 2014
Click It Up: Phony Anti-Stans, Real Damage Comments (0)

I was pleasantly surprised to see Buzzfeed throwing its weight into investigating the identity of Examiner.com's notorious “Angela Cheng,” a figure who has written some of the most vitriolic (and Angela-Chenguntrue) garbage about celebrities that I've ever read.

“She” is unfairly mischaracterized as “anti-Gaga,” however. “Angela Cheng” and her ilk at Examiner.com are not anti-Gaga, they are pro-click. In fact, as I wrote last year, Cheng was previously a rabidly pro-Gaga fan who was hellbent on defaming Madonna. She was, you may recall, the person who popularized the sentiment that Madonna “helped spread AIDS.”

I wanted Madonna to sue “her” back then. Madonna is not litigious—ain't nobody got no time for that—but if she'd sued over Cheng's wildly libelous statements, the suit may have at least forced Examiner.com to admit that it has very little control over what its uniformly untalented, incurious “writers” post. I was most shocked, in Buzzfeed's piece, to discover that Examiner.com even has a policy against defaming people. That would seem to directly contradict its business model of the past few years. It took high-profile goading from Buzzfeed for Examiner.com to finally remove Cheng's entire oeuvre...but, of course, the damage has already been done.

It should be embarrassing for Perez Hilton that he congratulated “Cheng” on a job well done. I think the theory that “Cheng” = Hilton is not without merit, though he has flatly denied it.

The Internet is already rife with idiots malevolently and anonymously slurring anyone and everyone, we don't need a massive Web site encouraging and profiting from it.

I wish anyone defamed by Examiner.com (Bill Werde of Billboard is an individual unjustly maligned) would unite and sue it back into the Stone Ages. Or at least back to the print days, when people were held accountable for the information and misinformation they chose to put out into the world.

Bottom line: Lady Gaga's biggest troll is actually just a click-happy hack...and one who's probably making a living, albeit somewhat meagerly, off of your outrage.

 
Need To Know: Harry Back, Trans-gressions, Ex-NEWSWEEK Reader, #AttentionWhore + MORE! Comments (0)

Harry-Judd-naked-AttitudeThe front is even more eye-popping. (If you don't do it carefully.)

*widget boy cultureHarry is smooth and nude for Attitude. Harry-Judd-cock

*widget boy cultureRu & crew give sissy apologies for trans offenses.

*widget boy cultureFILLER THEATRE: Tom Cruise looks...different.

*widget boy cultureWear a #TruvadaWhore T-shirt and it won't be taken ironically.

*widget boy cultureNewsweek's 30something owners are cheerfully anti-gay, pro-ex-gay.

*widget boy cultureHe doesn't sing in the shower...he performs.

*widget boy cultureI've personally always found Disney horrifying. Jeb-and-Dubya-Bush-

*widget boy cultureThe “Luke & Laura” of homosexual theft.

*widget boy cultureTO YOUR HEALTH: Obamacare is winning people over.

*widget boy cultureRich dude rapes his kids, gets probation

*widget boy culturePresident (Jeb) Bush?

*widget boy cultureOKCupid: “Boycott Firefox.”

*widget boy cultureSuperhot subway cop Guilherme Leão.

Guilherme_leaoArresting officer

 
Mar 27 2014
Need To Know: Out For BLOOD, Is Sex Attempted Murder?, Ho-Down Low-Down, Unholy Mess + MORE! Comments (0)

True-bloodHe's packin'.

*widget boy cultureNew villain coming to final season of True Blood. Nipple-selfie

*widget boy cultureDouchebag Gov. Snyder won't recognize 300+ marriages.

*widget boy cultureGLAAD urges "decriminalizing" HIV.

*widget boy cultureEx gay-porn actor "Snow Bunni" speaks from hospital bed.

*widget boy cultureA-list gay hookers tell all most.

*widget boy cultureEver gotten a text from a str8 dude like this???

*widget boy cultureVintage '40s college-boy selfie.

*widget boy cultureDuck Dynasty cavemen just as anti-gay as ever.

*widget boy cultureObamacare sign-up deadline looms.

*widget boy cultureFor Tom Daley, wardrobe malfunctions aren't.

*widget boy culture98 Degrees stud's reality-show strippers.

*widget boy cultureNorth Korean men's hairlines apply for political asylum.

*widget boy cultureJoan Rivers apparently thinks Lena Dunham is diabetes-fat.

*widget boy cultureVia Sticky: Guess whose nip that is?

*widget boy cultureDON'T CLICK if allergic to hot menz. (Work Unfriendlier.)

*widget boy cultureCute singer Jason Dottley does Lance Bass.

*widget boy cultureGraham supports Putin, says gays "recruit" children:

 
Mar 26 2014
Paging Gracefully Comments (0)

EthelMerman300RGB-691x1024I don't have a lot of time to read, but I'm interested in two current books. First up is Tony Cointreau's memoir with a title that I doubt has been used before: Ethel Merman, Mother Teresa...and Me (Prospecta Press, $24.95). As I've dipped into it, I've been intrigued by Cointreau's troubled but colorful childhood, his career as a singer and his extensive contact with Mother Teresa. His work with Mother Teresa revolved around caring for people with AIDS, a syndrome too many gay men these days seem too eager to want to forget ever existed, let alone still exists.

My old pal Owen Keehnen has cooked up a hilarious novel in Young Digby Swank (Wilde City, $14.99), a comic, Catholic Catcher in the Rye filled with Keehnen's trademark wit and his gift for observation. YoungDigbySwank_cvr-210x330-190x300An area is described as being like what the Garden of Eden was "before Adam and Eve ruined it for everyone," and Digby's desire for teen heartthrobs is summed up thusly:

"Whenever Digby bought the latest issue of Tiger Beat, he'd wait until he was the sole customer near the checkout at the drugstore, and then rush to the counter. Mr. Lister would always clear his throat and say, "Well, um" and adjust his glasses."

What gay kid didn't go through that?

 
Mar 25 2014
He Sang/She Sang: A Review Of BROADWAY BACKWARDS Comments (0)

New York's LGBT Center and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS will receive $423,182 from the annual Broadway Backwards event, held last night at the Hirshfeld. I'd never gone before, but Broadway-Backwardsgrabbed a friend (well, tried, but the young ones are fast) and hiked to the mezz to see a unique show in which Broadway performers sing songs originally intended for the opposite gender. Which reminds me: God, I miss that TV show Turnabout with Sharon Gless.

BOY CULTURE REVIEW: ***1/2 out of ****

But back to the matter at hand: Broadway Backwards started a bit creakily, with an oddly unfunny sketch that had a dark tone and an inexplicable Christmas theme. But aside from some of the skits being a bit trying, every vocal performance was a treat, including great contributions from Bryan Batt, Beth Leavel, Billy Porter (who was calmly Kodama Sushi-ing moments before the show began), Stephanie J. Block and more.

Probably the most successful skit was Colin Hanlon, Stephen Bienskie and Max von Essen's head-for-biz-bod-for-sin same-sex romance that played out to the strains of "Been a Long Day." Have always wished I could see them do a three-way, but probably should have been more specific when wishing for it.

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Mar 19 2014
Need To Know: Japan's Panty Raid, Tobacco Hits The Road, How Jew Doin'?, Weir Divorcing + MORE! Comments (0)

Poko-murata-dancingJapanese illustrator's work is too hot for public consumption.

*widget boy cultureIndian Ocean debris may be related to missing Flight MH370.

*widget boy cultureCharming HIV-prevention billboard in Japan condemned for showing underwear. Menthol-cigarettes

*widget boy cultureCurbing smoking among black youth in Chicago.

*widget boy cultureSEX ON A SHTICK: I've seen the (Israe)lite!

*widget boy cultureRepub sez God punishes gays w/weather, wins nom.

*widget boy cultureCRIMEA RIVER: Johnny Weir and husband are divorcing.

*widget boy cultureCavallari is, like, scared of autism-causing vaccines.

*widget boy cultureLORDE WILL MIND: Westboro Baptist Church's "Royals" cover an unholy mess.

*widget boy cultureCatholic lunatic to march with "STRAIGHT IS GREAT" banner in Pride Parade?

*widget boy cultureFOX News "talent" Bill Hemmer thinks Noah's Ark has been found.

Bill-HemmerLook! Two jackasses for the Ark!

 
Mar 10 2014
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Mark-Ruffalo-Matt-BomerOnly love survives

Hello, gorgeous! It's been a long time coming, but HBO's adaptation of Larry Kramer's amazing play The Normal Heart—a sensitive and thorough document of the AIDS crisis starring Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Julia Roberts and many others—looks fantastic in its first trailer.

Watch the trailer after the jump, and watch for The Normal Heart on HBO on May 25...

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