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May 28 2016
Okay, Two Reasons A Gay Sanders Supporter Should Be Disillusioned Today—And Should Demand Apologies From Bernie Comments (0)

If you're a Sanders supporter, have you ever been disappointed by something—anything—he's done?

I'm curious because in the past week, the Sanders campaign has done THREE TWO egregiously stupid things that I frankly can't see anyone but the blindest of his followers supporting or excusing.

First, the Sanders campaign is threatening in a letter to disrupt the Democratic convention unless Barney Frank and Dannel Malloy are disqualified from serving as platform committee chairs. Why? They're the maaaan:

The letter calls Rep. Frank and Gov. Malloy “self-proclaimed partisans intent on marginalizing Sanders Campaign supporters.”

Two good, solid Democrats are too much a part of the system to be trusted to help run the Democratic party. So says the presumptive loser of the nominating process, who actually was  given—in a concession—power in choosing some of the major players at the convention, and chose Cornel Freakin' West, who thinks Barack Obama is a “counterfeit.”

Sanders, day by day, continues to show that his true goal is simply to gum up the works for the Democrats. He is like Nader on free steroids, and I don't think that is going to end when Hillary clinches, and I'm not at all confident it will end at or after the convention. Trump recently laughed that Bernie gives him some of his best lines.

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UPDATE: The following section includes information about a video clip purporting to show Sanders enter a rally to a homophobic song. The campaign has provided info that shows the video is fake, and of course they are—Big Brother-style—insisting it was manufactured to tilt California to Hillary. More in the post following this.

Second, Sanders used an infamous “shoot the gays” DMX rap song at a rally. Seriously? Why would that song have ever been chosen, and the lyrics not vetted? These lyrics:

I show no love, to homo thugs. Empty out, reloaded and throw more slugs. How you gonna explain f*ckin a man?

Even if we squashed the beef, I ain’t touchin ya hand
I don’t buck with chumps, for those to been to jail
That’s the cat with the Kool-Aid on his lips and pumps
I don’t f*ck with niggaz that think they broads

If Hillary did this, it would be a top-of-the-electronic-fold story on every single gay blog, gay groups would be addressing it and the mainstream press would be reporting on it.

More importantly, Hillary's gay supporters would be expressing disbelief and anger, and would add it to the list of things about her that we see as strikes. I'm sure an apology would wipe away any chance of longstanding resentment, but it would not be excused and blown off. Hillary's principled gay (and gay-positive) supporters hauled her to the carpet when she made her Nancy Reagan AIDS gaffe, for which she apologized and which led to a meeting with AIDS activists.

This song was an intentional choice; it's no coincidence that it was used but cut off before the homophobic and transphobic lyrics began:

 

Third Second, the Sanders campaign—apparently miffed that AIDS activist Peter Staley rightfully dressed it down for mischaracterizing Bernie's own meeting with AIDS activists—attacked Staley in a way that's really unforgivable:

Warren Gunnels—Bernie's policy director— tweeted that Staley, whose activism he put in quotes, was running a campaign of hate and had made a fortune from big drug companies.

This is libelous and malicious, not a dumb misunderstanding. It's also another reflection of the singleminded, addled world view of the Sanders Cult—everyone but they are on the take, a part of the establishment, ruled by cash.

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The first misstep I wrote about above is proof that the Sanders campaign isn't going to be happy with any structural or procedural concessions, and looks ready to try to make the Democratic convention a huge mess. That means they're committed to harming Hillary Clinton as a nominee in any way possible. If you're still clinging to the argument that Sanders has made the Democratic Party stronger, or are still peddling the idea that he, like all past also-rans, intends to be helpful to Hillary post-convention, this should at the very least give you pause. (If you are a #NeverHillary person, this doesn't apply to you.)

The second misstep is dumb as hell and warrants an apology, though I wouldn't say it means Bernie chose the music (!) or knew about the lyrics. It does show callous disregard for the LGBT community by someone or someones on his staff.

The third second misstep is something I truly do not think should be excusable unless Sanders apologizes and fires Warren Gunnels. He went after Peter Staley personally. Peter Staley is a hero to the LGBT community, and just because he is a Hillary supporter; he does not deserve to be smeared in this very serious way.

Gunnels later deleted his tweet. That's not fucking enough.

I had a FB friend who went ape when Hillary made her Nancy Reagan gaffe, and he declared because of that, in spite of being a fan of hers for decades, he would never vote for her again. He also began posting highly inflammatory, negative Clinton memes. I wonder if he will be able to allow how much more serious this misstep by the Sanders campaign is, and how much more fairly it could be argued to reflect Sanders' own commitment to HIV/AIDS and LGBT issues?

 
May 27 2016
6-PACK — Randy Cohen GIFs + Jimmy Kimmel Guest No-Shows Over Trump + FOX News Hits New Low In Propaganda + AIDS Activist Feels Burned, Not The Bern + Yuge Sponge + How Many Gays In The U.S.A.? Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureGIFs of Ben Cohen in his underwear in the locker room are always a good way to kick off a holiday weekend.

*widget boy cultureA big music star bailed on Jimmy Kimmel once he found out the dastardly Donald Trump (who can't feel his hair) would also be appearing. Vile Shkreli endorses Trump.

*widget boy cultureEven some top conservatives found FOX News airing Meet the Trumps reminiscent of state-run TV propaganda. Will it next do Meet the Clintons?

*widget boy cultureAIDS activist Peter Staley feels “used and abused” by the Bernie Sanders campaign over hijacked messaging from meeting.

*widget boy cultureLargest sponge ever discovered may also be one of the Earth's oldest animals.

*widget boy cultureShould the next U.S. Census ask if you're gay? Would you answer it honestly? 

 
May 22 2016
6-PACK — The $80K Gay Kiss + Military Meat + Hillary Dwarfs Trump + LGBT History In The Making In Dallas + Zimmerman's Gun Auction Slays + TSA Report! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureLesbians wrongfully arrested for kissing in Honolulu have settled their lawsuit for $80K.

*widget boy cultureInsanely adorable military dude! Also, this tall, lean looker ain't half bad, either.

*widget boy cultureHillary Clinton's campaign infrastructure is 10X the size of Tiny Hands Trump's. Let's hope it helps.

 Hillary Clinton will start with a huge infrastructure advantage over Trump https://t.co/VyKK8da9Zh | AP Photo pic.twitter.com/L1x96tVz6l

*widget boy cultureCheck out the new Resource Center for LGBT people in Dallas, located in landmark building.

*widget boy cultureGeorge Zimmerman sells gun he used to murder Travyon Martin for $250,000.

*widget boy cultureMy experience at O'Hare with the TSA on Saturday: Insanely long lines, but I did get through quickly:

 
6-PACK — ATTITUDE's Trans Knockout! + Spacey As Clinton Lays Into Trump + Trump's Supremely Unqualified SCOTUS Pick + Cher's 70th + Still More Prince-Tribute Drama + Help Fund This Gay Movie! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureKNOCKOUT! Trans model Laith Ashley covers Attitude with a Speedo and a thrown punch.

*widget boy cultureKevin Spacey impersonates Bill Clinton, roasts Trump at amfAR Cannes event: “Foreign films contain 2 things Donald Trump hates the most: foreigners & reading.”

*widget boy cultureOne of Trump's Supreme Court hopefuls (Work Unfriendly) has a nudie past, thinks people have no right to sex outside wedlock, is rumored to be a Karl Rove plant.

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*widget boy cultureCher turned 70 this weekend. She was touched by all her fans' messages of love and support.

*widget boy cultureLinda Perry inadvertently shaded various Paisley Park artists, especially Sheila E., while explaining Billboard's bottom line in asking Madonna to salute Prince. 

*widget boy cultureYour chance to help a film about an AIDS activist falling in love (starring Alan Cumming, Wilson Cruz, Zachary Booth) is waiting here!

 
May 12 2016
HIV WONK Hillary Clinton Meets With HIV/AIDS Activists Comments (0)

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HIV/AIDS activist Peter Staley, ubiquitous in ads on the NYC MTA, reports on Facebook that today's meeting between HIV warriors and Candidate Clinton went very well:

We started about an hour late, but she stayed well beyond our budgeted 45 minutes -- over an hour, in the end. A frank exchange. It was a first step in what we all agreed would be an ongoing process with her campaign. No surprise -- she's an HIV wonk.

Staley, a Clinton supporter, had been disappointed when she credited Nancy and Ronald Reagan with starting a conversation on AIDS, a gaffe for which Clinton swiftly apologized. 

Social worker Michael Emanuel Rajner characterized today's meeting as “blunt, heartfelt and productive.”

In the past few days, we've heard how the Bernie Sanders had dropped the ball on a similar meeting, cutting off communication with HIV/AIDS activists:

Now, Staley reports that has changed:

 
May 09 2016
6-PACK — Obama Adminstration Suing NC + Gay Cyclist Doesn't Need God + Drag Yourself To The Gym + INCREDIBLE SHRINKING Career + Gay Film Veteran Needs Help + Queerty's EIC Is Out! Comments (0)

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiObama is suing the sh*t out of North Carolina, which won't have any idea which bathroom to use when this is all over. Watch A.G. Loretta Lynch's speech.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiGay cyclist vs. manic street preacher: “I love me—I don't need a god to do it.” Video.

Screen Shot 2016-05-09 at 2.59.17 PMTights make right! (Screen grab via Workout's a Drag)

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiWith Richard Simmons AWOL, we can turn to Brandon Liberati & Craig Ramsay's Workout's a Drag—Pandora Boxx did!

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiThe sad story of gorgeous Grant Williams, star of The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957), who was probably gay, probably died of AIDS. His grave.

Screen Shot 2016-05-09 at 2.25.38 PMGrant Williams with co-star Randy Stuart in The Incredible Shrinking Man (Movie still via Universal)

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiVeteran gay indie publicist Mickey Cottrell—who worked on the movie version of Boy Culturehad a stroke, needs your help.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiEditor Jeremy Kinser is out at Queerty, which doesn't bode well for the venerable LGBT site we hate to love:

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Apr 28 2016
BILLBOARD Honors Prince, Multiple Outlets Conjecture About Roles Of Drugs & AIDS In His Death Comments (0)

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When I was in magazine publishing, I had to write entire tribute issues to Princess Diana (sold over a million copies; I made $800 as a bonus only, because I was salaried) and JFK Jr. When Michael Jackson died, my boss decided not to do one because it would be distasteful, a decision he soon regretted when he realized every thrown-together tribute was making scads of cash.

Every time someone really, really famous dies, to this day I think, Man, we would've done a tribute to them.

Prince tributes are already clogging the newsstands, but Billboard, one of the most appropriate sources, is now out with theirs.

Inside, Tom Carson dubs Prince the greatest artist of his generation, Claire Hoffman chronicles his flip-flopping views on sex and homosexuality thanks to his devotion as a Jehovah's Witness,  Sheila E. opens up about her ex-lover and longtime friend and Prince's final concert's set list is devoured in detail.

Sadly, it's looking more and more likely that Prince had a long drug addiction. Media reports are also ramping up that he was struggling with AIDS—not just HIV—due to refusing medication in favor of seeking a cure from God. What a devastating black mark on his overall legacy if it turns out the man refused treatment for HIV, when he could have lived with it for decades more rather than dying at 57.

 
Apr 27 2016
6-PACK — Let's End HIV, Starting 20 Years Ago + Cruz Embracing Identity Politics? How Liberal Of Him! + Karl Lawton = Droolworthy + RIP Madeleine Sherwood + ND Firm Is Firmly Anti-Gay + All-New AB FAB Trailer! Comments (0)

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiABOVE: Don't miss the new ending-HIV PSA featuring the late Elizabeth Taylor, Neil Patrick Harris, Tituss Burgess, Nathan Lane & Daniel Franzese.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiTed Cruz seems set to announce Carly Fiorina as his running mate, if only to help her fail at yet another endeavor.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiKarl Lawton is Wicked Gay Blog's Hot Jock of the Day, but 24 hours seems too short to take him all in.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiDelightful The Flying Nun co-star Madeleine Sherwood dies @ 93. She was blacklisted in the '50s for her civil-rights activism.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiA North Dakota firm has refused to design a logo for a gay-friendly church, citing the distasteful request of ... a rainbow.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiKeep reading to watch the full, new Absolutely Fabulous movie trailer, in which Kate Moss seems to die and Jon Hamm dies of shame ...

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