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Jun 22 2016
6-PACK/pinocchio — Omar Mateen Was Not His Lover + He Survived Pulse (By Not Being There) + Mariah Respects Madonna, Madonna Doesn't Know Her + Holy Trump Whoppers + From The Crazy, Mixed-Up Pedophiles Of Mrs. Michael Jackson + Here's the Party! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureMan says (not very convincingly) that he was Omar Mateen's lover, blames attack on Mateen finding out a Puerto Rican in a 3-way he had was HIV positive.

*widget boy cultureMan says (not very convincingly) that he survived the Orlando mass shooting, lost a friend—whose name he's forgotten.

*widget boy cultureMariah says (not very convincingly) that she “really respects” Madonna for “what she's done as an artist with her career.”

*widget boy cultureTrump claims (not very convincingly) that we can't really be sure what Hillary Clinton's faith is, that there isn't much of a record of it. Huh?

*widget boy cultureFans still contend (not very convincingly) that Michael Jackson didn't sexualize kids, even in the face of THIS footage from the old Neverland raid.

*widget boy cultureI'm telling you (not very convincingly) that I have no interest in attending this VIP Rooftop Party in NYC for Pride.

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Jun 20 2016
California Democrats Against Safer Sex In Adult Film Act Comments (0)

The California Democratic Party voted on Sunday to oppose the so-called Safer Sex in Adult Film Act, Logos-APAC-FSC-300x228a ballot initiative which would allow private citizens to sue porn actors and industry workers over films in which no condom is visible.

Eric Paul Leue of Californians Against Worker Harassment said in a statement:

This is a tremendous, unprecedented victory. We applaud the California Democratic Party for recognizing the many problems with this dangerous initiative. No worker in any other industry can be sued and harassed by members of the general public, and this initiative would open adult performers to stalking, extortion and profiteering

I'm all for safer sex (including PrEP), but this measure seems extreme. The California Republican Party is already on record against it, as are AIDS Project L.A. and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

 
Sh*t Just Got Highlights Reel: BROADWAY BARES Recap Video Comments (0)

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Looks like Broadway Bares 26: On Demand was a resounding success.

From a press release:

Produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Broadway Bares: On Demand raised an impressive $1,482,724 in two performances on Sunday, June 19, 2016. 

Broadway Bares: On Demand featured 198 of New York’s sexiest and most talented dancers, entertaining standing-room-only audiences at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom. The evening was dedicated to the victims, families and friends of last week’s Orlando night club tragedy.  

For the first time in the event’s history, Stripathon, an online fundraiser by the show’s cast and crew, was the single largest contributor to the total, raising by showtime a record $612,212.

Also worth noting is the incredible haul made by some of the show's already hard-working dancers:

This year’s top Stripathon fundraiser was Ricky Schroeder*, who raised a remarkable $21,500. He was closely followed by Ariana DeBose, raising an impressive $16,116 – setting a record for most money raised by a woman inBroadway Bares history. Rounding out the top five were Ben Ryan with $16,000, Ed Stanley with $13,347 and Madeline Reed with $12,661.

*Not that one.

Keep reading to watch a sizzle reel of all the highlights from this year's show ...

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Switching It Up: An Illustrated Review Of BROADWAY BARES 26: ON DEMAND Comments (0)

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If you have the names of anyone I referenced but did not name in this review, please feel free to forward to me here. More pics on Facebook. Order Bares DVDs here.

It's that time of year again, when Broadway Bares hosts another pair of burlesque-themed shows to raise money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS—which just handed $150K to the Orlando victims' families—and I worry about getting a good spot.

When I first started going, the show was loud and clear about not wanting photography. There even used DSC00001 to be printed banners asking us to respect the dancers; perversely, I own one. (A sign, not a dancer.) But in spite of the stern warnings, photography was never policed, attendees indulged in it liberally, photos and videos littered the Internet and—in spite of protestations from the powers that be concerning the dancers' feelings—the dancers loved everyone's cellular attention and tagged themselves in photos across social media.

I would guess this only broadened the show's reach and helped sell official DVDs and tickets to future performances.

Order Bares DVDs here.

This year, the show's director, the indefatigable Nick Kenkel, granted a fantastic interview to Billboard. Kenkel noted the show is loosening up on its approach to photos. Even without that official word, the photo-friendly atmosphere last night couldn't be missed—no announcement was made, no signs were spotted. Let the games begin. (Within hours of posting a video consisting of 60 seconds of snippets from the show, I received a friendly take-down notice, the first time I've ever heard of this happening after the fact. Perhaps it was because it was video, but Instagram has plenty of that up already, too. Hm.)

Screen Shot 2016-06-20 at 2.37.07 PMWith stand-outs Erik Altemus (top), Mark MacKillop (L) & Ben Ryan (R)

I was front-and-center for the June 19, 2016, midnight edition of Broadway Bares 26: On Demand at the Hammerstein Ballroom. The theme was TV, which is kind of like radio doing a special about TV in the '50s considering TV is theater's biggest rival! It seems like millennial gays are increasingly addicted to their shows, like old ladies used to be to soap operas—it's a wonder they can be counted on to buy tickets to anything, even a show like Bares, which is a reliable taint buffet.

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In line waiting to get in, an adorable young guy from Utah was trying to remain spoiler-free, looking away from the phones of the guys ahead of him ... they were watching Game of Thrones. He later had to put up with a precociously smashed guy groping him and asking him such long-lost Proust Questionnaire queries as, “How are you even here?” and, “Where do you sleep?”

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DSC09372Not-so-secret stache: Erik Altemus

The show kicked off with “Bares TV,” setting up the plot: Failing TV station (fronted by Lesli Margherita and populated by Morgan Weed, Erik Altemus and Michael Longoria) decides that sex sells, so decides to sell sex from within every offering on the network: News, weather, soaps, VOD and more.

Who knew On Demand was a docuseries?

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Jun 13 2016
The Violence At Pulse Did Not Come Out Of Nowhere Comments (0)

Matthew Hays writes about the nightmarish events at Pulse, and what led us to this moment:

I think I first saw it when I would make the pilgrimage from Montreal to Toronto for the country's largest Pride celebrations, in the 90s. There I would join thousands of others as we would march down the streets, eventually stopping to party enthusiastically in the streets, often kissing one another, sometimes removing much of our clothing, always celebrating the fact that, on this day at least, we had nothing to hide and everything to celebrate.

It's not really like that on most days, when LGBT people have to watch what they say and how they act in public. I remember seeing Christian extremists protesting on the sidelines of the parade. “What's stopping them?” I would ask myself.

Hays connects the violence at Pulse with violence against other minority groups—and it's increasing, not decreasing, as these groups ask for and get more power:

It happened to women famously in Montreal with the Polytéchnique massacre of 1989. There's a long history of it happening to African Americans, most recently last year, when Dylann Roof opened fire inside a predominantly African-American church in South Carolina, killing nine. For whatever reason, people feel threatened when people who have been shut out of power ask to have some. It sounds like a simple equation, but it's the ugly truth.

Read the rest of his essay here.

 
Jun 11 2016
Congressional Candidate: I HAVE HIV Comments (0)

Bob Poe, U.S. congressional candidate out of Florida, announces in a campaign video that he is HIV positive.

Stressing that he is “perfectly healthy” and likely to die of something “normal” in old age, Poe says he is coming out to remove the stigma from having HIV so that people won't avoid being tested and treated.

Strong stuff.

 
Jun 10 2016
6-PACK — AB FAB Kylie Cover + Furry Muscle + REAL HOUSEWIVES OF TORONTO + Legs For Days + Specifics About Hillary's (Yawn.) E-Mails + Samantha Stings Like A Bee! Comments (0)

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6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiThe movie soundtrack for Ab Fab includes everyone from Kylie Minogue to — did you hear me? Kylie Minogue.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiLet this muscle-stud help make it your furriest Friday ever. Those arms!

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiPROSTITUTION WHORES, EH?: New Toronto edition of Real Housewives is coming.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiYou got his number from an AIDS LifeCycle?!: Hottest legs ever!

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiWaPo drops story on which e-mails on Hillary's server most interest FBI; here's why it's not as bad as it sounds.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiHillary burned Trump, Trump burned Hillary, Samantha Bee and reality provided the final word:

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Jun 09 2016
Living With HIV As Opposed To Dying Of It Comments (0)

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Sia's manager David Russell, a friend of mine thanks to my blog, speaks about living with HIV for POZ in a piece published the week HIV turned 35 years old.

Russell, who tested positive in 2002, says:

I had come out of the closet [as gay] at 15, in 1991 and had grown up in “the Age of AIDS.” So I was more than aware of the treatment options in 2002. My immediate fears weren’t for my health and safety—a huge blessing, I know—but, instead, for my social life and personal well-being. I was terrified of dating at that time, and it really had a major effect on me for the next 10 years. I suppose in some ways it always will.

But PrEP has changed the conversation quite a bit and in ways I never thought possible. It has played an enormous part in my starting to see myself as a sexually viable human being, even with HIV. For that I’m hugely thankful and feel very lucky. But there is still a lot of reticence from within the gay community about exactly what PrEP is and if it “works”—and the stigma attached to those of us living with HIV The idea that we are somehow unclean or dirty.

Read the whole interview to find out the special roles Prince and Belinda Carlisle have played in David's life.

 


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