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Jul 19 2018
A Voyeuristic Peek At PHYSIQUE PICTORIAL + Netanyahu Stabs Gays In The Back + Queer Heat + Soccer Junk Flies Free! + Spicer: Mueller Not Hunting Witches + Cuomo Open To Slaying Trumps + Gay Porn Actors And The Women Who Love Them + MORE! —12-PACK Comments (0)

Above: Yes, but can you moan DAD when he's possibly younger than you are?

Below: Peeking at hot guys in a hot mag, queer visuals that are anything but empty, a soccer player's junk flops out, Netanyahu betrays gays, and much more ...

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Jul 02 2018
Queer Birthday: The Late Stephen Stucker Comments (0)

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Stucker made a controversial appearance on The Phil Donahue Show within a year of his death, claiming that AIDS was not fatal, as evidenced by the length of time he had it at the time:

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Jul 01 2018
Nick Sandell's Skivvies + Soccer Player Comes Out + GLOW Rules + Maxine Waters Talks Tough + Heather Locklear To Rehab + Stuttering John Hires Michael Avenatti + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

Above: Geovany Zambon has tongues wagging.

Below: Keep reading for sexy Nick Sandell in his skivvies, two pro athletes coming out as gay, a gutsy dare from Maxine Waters, the glow I get from Glow, and more ...

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Jun 26 2018
Happy 83rd, Larry Kramer! Comments (0)

IMG_2085Thank you to Mike Summers for the invite! (Image by Mike Summers)

The indomitable — to put it nicely — Larry Kramer had a great deal of influence IMG_2087 on a generation of gay men. For me, a person barely touched by the AIDS crisis on a one-on-one level, I was nonetheless in his thrall as I read the bitterly funny Faggots, which certainly informed Boy Culture.

So it was a thrill to share air with him again, this time on the occasion of a reading of his 1992 play The Destiny of Me by Eric Bogosian, Ellen Barkin, Gideon Glick, Josh Hamilton, Lee Pace (on his night off from Angels in America), Mark Ruffalo and Edie Falco at the Lucille Lortel.

Scintillating play! So well-observed and such a classic story of growing up gay.

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Jun 25 2018
Love In The Age Of Trump: 2018 NYC Gay Pride March Comments (0)

IMG_0552_newI set up this shot of the Top 4 Season 10 RDR girls — #pride (All images by Matthew Rettenmund)

The 2018 NYC Gay Pride March was exhausting as hell, but I made it out alive and with some great pictures I'm happy to share, as always.

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IMG_9790_newBumped into my old pal Francisco, who was the parade's prettiest ... but his beauty's not skin-deep.

Screen Shot 2018-06-25 at 9.58.10 AMEverybody wanted what he (L) was dishing out. Plus: The best shorts of the parade (R)!

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2017 Pride Pics! Plus: 2017 Hot Guys Pics!

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I had to arrive at 10:30 a.m. as part of the amfAR crew, only to find they had no size L shirts — and they weren't black this year, but rainbow colors.

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IMG_9575_newCouple of my amfAR buddies — note self-portrait in Mark's glasses

IMG_9594_newJoe Lynskey, amfAR's handsome DJ du jour

Rainbow colors are great, except they show sweat, and it was 88 degrees and partly sunny, gulp. Basically, it was tit-sweat pride for me all the way.


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IMG_9721_newKenita Placide was clearly super honored to be a marshal, judging by her smile and her kind words.

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IMG_9721_newI think poor agender advocate Tyler Ford was sick, but the them editor gave me a quick pic anyway.

I immediately began weaving throughout the streets in Chelsea (new route this year) in search of celebs and other fun photo subjects. Just when I was about to give up, I was served Billie Jean King, living legend and one of the march's four grand marshals, the others being Lambda Legal as an entity, trans activist Tyler Ford and OutRight Action International's Caribbean-based advisor/exec director of ECADE, Kenita Placide.

Screen Shot 2018-06-25 at 10.01.39 AMThe much-needed antidote to toxic masculinity

Screen Shot 2018-06-25 at 9.57.27 AMHe's so XXXtra — Boomer Banks

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IMG_9742_newWhen it comes to SKYY Vodka, it's Dusty Ray Bottoms up!

IMG_9954_newCracker was born that way.

IMG_0150_newPeppermint, Sasha Velour & Miz Cracker — a gleesome threesome

Screen Shot 2018-06-25 at 10.03.58 AMTheir Pride was at a hole 'nother level ...

Feeling better about grabbing the biggest star of the show, I quickly located RuPaul's Drag Race alums Dusty Ray Bottoms, Miz Cracker, and Season 10's Top 4. Everyone looked stunning, especially my favorite, Aquaria, to whom I pantomimed that I love her the most, eliciting a sweet thanks.

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IMG_9949_newFun couple Max Emerson & Andrés Camilo

IMG_9966_new_newGrindr Tribe: Yes! Yes! Yes!

I was trying to meet up with an actor who might be a match for Boy Culture: The Series, but kept failing. In the meantime, I encountered dreamy Internet personalities Max Emerson & Andrés Camilo, and then found nirvana with Alexander Wang's Trojan condoms-themed float, whose slogan was PROTECT YOUR WANG. My good friend is obsessed with Wang, and when I texted him a candid of the designer, he texted me back FUCK. YOU. 

GiphyThis model was flawless!

Wang was sweet, posing for me, and was gen in providing the parade's sexiest coterie of rump-shaking go-go men, including one with whom I became embarrassingly obsessed. He worked that crowd shamelessly, and I allowed myself to be worked shamelessly right along with it. I'm a sucker for ... well, in this case, I guess I'm just a sucker.

IMG_0434_newWang's models were beyond beautiful.

The bummer about Wang was that even though I took tons of pics and helped get the attention of a woman he was trying to flag down, I was flatly denied my only request — one of the parade shirts they were tossing out. My friend would have loved one, but when I asked the woman she said no as if I'd casually asked her to remove her tampon for me to smoke. Another guy gave me a similarly flat no, and their excuse was the shirts had to be thrown to the crowds, not handed to anyone. Except, of course, all the dancers' friends. Whatever. It was the only uncheerful moment of any Pride day I can remember in years.

IMG_0232_newThese two melted my heart, especially when the one on the left waved her tiny flag for me.

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IMG_0177_newI loved my pics of Desmond Is Amazing — and Desmond's mommy is amazing, too!

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Keep reading for over 200 pictures from the march. I missed Lady Gaga (who popped out of an SUV for 20 seconds, unannounced) and the politicians (Cynthia Nixon and Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio, most notably), but I got everyone else as well as a sunburn for the ages ...

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Jun 23 2018
The BUDDIES System: Revisiting The First AIDS Drama Comments (0)

ScanEdholm & Schachter (Image via Quad Cinema)

In The Celluloid Closet: Homosexuality in the Movies — Revised Buddies_1.1.3Edition (1987) Vito Russo synopsized Buddies (1985) like so:

The first narrative feature about the AIDS crisis is personal and shattering. A story of love and politics.

At Friday's screening of a new 2K restoration (by Vinegar Syndrome) of the rarely-seen drama at Quad Cinema, it was love and politics — in that order — that the remarkable film offered, aided by a pair of performances that not only painfully illuminated the AIDS crisis, but beautifully illuminated the complexities of gay desire in a world where keeping quiet only works until you get sick.

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Jun 19 2018
Lean Guys — A Review Of BROADWAY BARES: GAME NIGHT Comments (0)

DSC07186_newJena VanElslander strips Henry Byalikov in “Pinball” (All images by Matthew Rettenmund)

Father's Day wouldn't be Father's Day without another installment of Broadway Bares, the annual burlesque event founded by the great Jerry Mitchell to raise cash for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. DSC07109_new

Joe Beauregard at left

Even though I'm old enough to be the dad of a large percentage of the dancers, I suppose I can look at them as “zaddies,” or just use the millennial “dad” for anyone hot, regardless of whether they're 18 or 80. (They're usually not 80.)

Buncha Sexy Broadway Bares Posts HERE!

This year's show, Broadway Bares: Game Night, riffed on a theme of classic games — sometimes board (Clue, Battleship), never boring — on its way to raising a whopping $1,875,090 at two standing-room-only performances at the Hammerstein Ballroom. The event was all fun and games, but left out the childhood favorite Risk in favor of encouraging audience members to instead play it safe sexually. 

DSC07519_newIn a Pitfall-inspired sketch called “Video Games,” Matthew Skrincosky was champing at the bit!

Less a game of chance than a game of dance, Game Night was packed with players, strokes of luck, and oodles of team effort.

Yes, You Can Buy This Shit on DVD!!!

It all paid off with a series of performances as successful artistically as they were financially — and all for a good cause ...

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Tyler Posey Plays Gay + BROADWAY BARES Snippets + Gay-Youth Telethon + George Takei: AT LEAST DURING THE INTERNMENT ... + Outrage Mounts Over Border Separations + Janelle On Feeling Attacked + Seymour Stein Speaks + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

Above: Ben Masters keeps it Pride-tastic.

Below: Keep reading for Tyler Posey's gay ways, George Takei on how his internment compares to today's border separations, Mitch Palmer in the raw, and more ...

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