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Jun 22 2017
The Rainbow Connection: A Decanter That Raises Money For AIDS Comments (0)

Out just in time for Pride Month, the all-new Amadeo Double Magnum Rainbow Amadeo Double Magnum Rainbow_white filledDecanter from Riedel Crystal has the dual benefit of being beautiful and directly aiding LGBTQ causes.

All proceeds from this unique item, issued in a limited edition of just 50, will go to support the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Riedel has already pledged €25,000 to the Foundation.

From a press release:

Featuring the same lyre shape as the original Amadeo introduced in 2006, the Amadeo Double Magnum Rainbow decanter is mouthblown to gracefully aerate 3-liter bottles of wine. Each of the fifty limited edition decanters produced features a striking rainbow that graces the inner curve, created by the addition of colored magnesium oxide heated to 1,200°F and compressed between two layers of clear crystal for a seamless finish.

The decanter is $2,900, and is sold at select retailers. Contact Riedel USA with any inquiries.

Jun 21 2017
6-PACK — Charice Is Now Known As Jake Zyrus + Lossoff :( + Long Day-Lewis Journey Into 'Night + Former NFL Player Comes Out + Madonna Dating Hot Model? + Still More BARES Babes! Comments (0)

Giphy-13Broadway Bares audience members, post-show. See below for more pics. (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

WIDGETOMG Blog: Charice, the Oprah-powered singer from the Philippines who also starred on Glee, now IDs as a male: Read his first tweets as Jake Zyrus!

Tu_PDdBZ_400x400Charice is now Jake Zyrus. (Image via Twitter)

WIDGETDailyKos: In a disappointing but not shocking defeat, Democrat Jon Ossoff lost to Republican Karen Handel in Georgia's special election, 52.1-47.9.

Tumblr_mudeps1aqn1snmmclo1_500Daniel Day-Lewis tongues Gordon Warnecke in My Beautiful Lauundrette (GIF via Orion Classics)

WIDGETExtraTV: Daniel Day-Lewis — who starred in the gay classic My Beautiful Laundrette (1986) and won three Oscars — is retiring!

WIDGETKenneth in the (212): Former NFL player Ryan O'Callaghan has come out as gay. His other option had been ... suicide.

WIDGETExtraTV: Madonna's rep denies she is dating her “Bitch I'm Madonna” music video co-star Kevin Sampaio.

Madonna-kevin-sampaio-825x580Madonna mackin' on Kevin Sampaio (Image via Interscope)

WIDGETFacebook: Follow me on Facebook, and check out 140+ Broadway Bares pics while you're at it!

DSC04620_newThe event raised $1.5 million for charity. (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

Jun 20 2017
He's My Friend, But I Would Rip It To Shreds, In A Friendly Way: Steve Grand Strips Comments (0)

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Steve Grand made his Broadway Bares debut in San Francisco as part of this year's show, ManuSTRIPT.

Check out his big finale, in which — in keeping with how these shows are always choreographed — he bares his A-plus ass ...

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BROADWAY BARES: STRIP U Makes The Grade! Comments (0)

DSC03923_newGone to the dogs! (All live images in this post by Matthew Rettenmund)

As always, enjoy my report on Broadway Bares, and feel free to chime in with names for anyone I failed to ID. All my Facebook pics are here. Thanks!

Broadway Bares, the annual, one-night-only, two-shows-only burlesque event that raises cash for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, was back for a 27th installment on June 18, accepting thousands of new students in a revue entitled Strip U. It raised a total of $1,568,114 for the cause.

No SAT, no shade: Strip U was the kind of baby-got-back-to-school experience that promised to keep *Scanyou up many sleepless nights in the future — and not with nightmares about forgetting your locker com or being late to class.

140+ Facebook Pics from Bares Here!

Overall, this show — directed by Nick Kenkel — was the apple of my eye among recent installments of Bares, an impressive return to form that passed with flying colors while demonstrating its mastery of diversity (race, age, body size, gender) and of the core skills that make these shows so much fun in the first place (dancing, humor, exhibitionism).

Tons More Broadway Bares Posts Here!

The only area in which this Bares could be called lacking when graded on a curve against the best ones of all time was star power, a commodity that has been on the wane for years. But who needs big-name stars when the show has so many homegrown stars, (anatomically) gifted hoofers more than capable of owning the stage? (Okay, it would've been fun to see Bette Midler's girls. But we've seen them before.)

Giphy-3Locky Brownlie goes for extra credit!

We arrived at the Hammerstein Ballroom two hours early for the midnight show, putting us right near the front of the amorphous line of young gay guys in aggressively cute shorts pretending they didn't even try with their outfits and enough drooling daddies that the show's traditional placement on Father's Day was, as always, humorously literal.

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Jun 14 2017
Keith Haring's Dirtiest (In A Good Way!) Mural Comments (0)

Keith Haring is renowned for his humanizing of LGBTQ rights and AIDS visibility, which he accomplished with his of-the-people-style subway murals. His work is so universally easy to understand and chic, it remains popular on T-shirts all over the mainstream today.

As reports, the sexual libertine did create some racy work ... and one of his most famous, dirtiest murals is tucked away in a john at NYC's LGBTQ Community Center:

Haring titled the piece Once Upon a Time, a nod to the gay community’s halcyon days of free love. Over the course of several days, he covered every un-tiled surface of the bathroom with turgid, squirting penises of all sizes. Some are attached to buff male bodies tangled together in pleasure. Others float like happy clouds or hungry dragons. One impressively large specimen hovers over a line of small figures who are either dancing the conga or enjoying an orgy.

When he painted the mural, Haring was fighting his own battle with AIDS; he’d been diagnosed just a year before, in 1988. During the late 1980s, he and his community not only faced the fear of death, but also disregard and antagonization from the Reagan administration, which simultaneously laid blame on the gay community and refused to put resources towards AIDS research.

Check it out!

Jun 11 2017
6-PACK — Poison Ivy Weeded Out + May's Anti-Gay Pals + AMERICA'S NEXT MODEL TOP + Bit Of A Stretch + Why Coming Out Still Matters + Meet the BARES Boys! Comments (0)

Ron NirenbergRon Nirenberg beat Ivy Taylor, who called LGBTQ protections “a waste of time.” (Image via

WIDGETWOAI: Heinous anti-LGBTQ San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor ousted in runoff by Ron Nirenberg.

WIDGETThe Independent: Theresa May's new allies are nakedly anti-LGBTQ.

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WIDGETOMG Blog (Work Unfriendly): America's Next Top Model contender Dallas Flashman Wade lives up to his middle name.

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WIDGETDListed: Celebrate LGBTQ Pride by watching Rafael twerk in a grocery store — like he just don't care.

WIDGETBosGuy: Young'uns, here is “Why Coming Out Still Matters” (and not just “to Him”!)

WIDGETAdvocate: Meet the mostly naked Broadway Bares dancers!

Broadway Bares(Image via Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS)

Jun 08 2017
Pride Month: Groomer At The Top — James Haedikevich Comments (0)

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I was so moved by my friend Shawn Mayotte's lengthy remembrance of hairstylist James Haedikevich — who he remembers as being a top groomer of the '80s and a kind soul — that I decided to use it as my Pride Month post of the day.

I know he wasn't famous-famous, but did he have to be?

Keep reading for Shawn's touching story ...

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Jun 05 2017
Pride Month: 5 Actors You May Not Realize Are Or Were Gay Comments (0)

Today's Pride Month post is a roundup of actors you might not realize were gay. They may not have been out publicly due to the times in which they lives and the restrictions that guided their ability to have careers, but ever since reading The Gay Book of Days as a teen, I've always found it inspiring to see how many of us have been around in and out of the public eye for a long, long time.

Consider them like the hiking poles of our movement!

And for good measure, I've thrown in one gay actor who's actually (1) alive, and (2) out!

Check Out This List of Surprisingly Queer Folks (With 1 Repeat)

Kicking things off: 


Linda HuntHunt's most famous role probably wouldn't happen today. (MGM)

Linda Hunt (b. 1945)

The actress famous for winning an Oscar playing an Asian man — in The Year of Living Dangerously (1982) — came out in 2014 in an L.A. Times piece profiling the home she shares with Karen Klein, whom she married in 2008.


Jack LarsonLarson gets a lift from George Reeves (1914-1959) (Image via Warner Bros. TV)

Jack Larson (1928-2015)

Widely known as Jimmy Olsen on the early TV hit Adventures of Superman (1952-1958), found himself typecast in naive roles — a problem when you're an adult man. He was involved with Montgomery Clift (1920-1966) and was the partner, quite openly in Hollywod, of director James Bridges (1936-1993) from 1958 until Bridges died.


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Kerwin Mathews (1926-2007)

That's right, Sinbad was gay; Kerwin Mathews, the dashing lead of The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958) and a slew of B-movies like The Three Worlds of Gulliver (1960) and TV appearances, settled down with partner Tom Nicoll early on. He later ran an antiques shop in San Francisco. If you're ever in Janesville, Wisconsin, look for Kerwin Mathews Court, named for their native son.


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Hayden Rorke (1910-1987)

Though he had many parts in the theater and bit parts in early TV, Hayden Rorke became familiar to a generation of TV-obsessed kids as fussy Dr. Bellows on I Dream of Jeannie (1965-1970). It was a well-kept secret at the time, but Rorke's life partner was TV director Jus(tus) Addiss, with whom series star Barbara Eden said he lived with their “menagerie of dogs.”


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Franklyn Seales (1952-1990)

Caribbean-born Franklyn Seales accomplished a lot in his short career, including rave reviews for his stage work and a memorable supporting role on TV's Silver Spoons (1982-1987) as a smart-mouthed lawyer. Also a painter, Seales died of AIDS in 1990, never having come out professionally as gay.


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