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Jul 25 2017
6-PACK — OUR FRIEND DAHMER + Trump's Latest Delusions + Kushner's Sleazy Connections + Boy Scout Of His Mind! + Bieber Outta There + Elton Talks Diana With Harry! Comments (0)

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WIDGETYouTube: Earlier this year, I reviewed the brave, bold My Friend Dahmer starring my friend Ross Lynch. Now, the trailer is here:

WIDGETJoe.My.God.: Trump thinks Obamacare has been laying waste to the U.S for 17 years. Lady behind him has eyebrows that qualify as pre-existing condition:

Trumpcare-eyebrowsI know someone in her family is sick, but still. Still. (Video still)

WIDGETThe Guardian: Jared Kushner closed a real estate deal with the firm of a Russian oligarch that's cited in a money-laundering case. Curiouser, curiouser.

WIDGETHuff Post: Trump shamelessly uses Boy Scout jamboree to humiliate Price, demand Obamacare repeal votes, ask boys to cheer him/boo Obama.

WIDGETDListed: Justin Bieber just did to his fans what China recently did to him.

WIDGETTowleroad: Elton John tells Prince Harry about how great an AIDS advocate his late mom Diana was.

Prince-HarryAll smiles hearing about his mother's gift for putting people at ease (Video still via ITV/HBO)

 
Jul 21 2017
6-PACK — Twan In A Million + Gay Marriage For Germany + Trump's Lawless Path + A Freddie Mercury Biopic Without HIV? + BYU Prof Fired For Pro-LGBTQ Post + Gay Inspirations! Comments (0)

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WIDGETOMG Blog: Insta-star Twan Kuyper proudly displays his soft (!) spot. (Work Unfriendly)

WIDGETJoe.My.God.: Same-sex marriage has come to Germany! First ceremonies can begin October 1 unless Bavaria challenges.

WIDGETHuff Post: The myriad ways in which Trump can blatantly break the law or facilitate breaking the law — and get away with it legally. But Hillary was corrupt?!

E9be55-20121116-queenSacha Baron Cohen left the Mercury biopic because it was vanilla. Above, Queen. (Image via Capitol)

WIDGETHIV Plus: Rami Malek will play Freddie Mercury in a biopic that will apparently leave out Mercury's HIV. WTF?

WIDGETTowleroad: A Brigham Young University adjunct professor was canned for a social media post broadly supporting  LGBTQ people.

WIDGETThe Guardian: Gay stars reveal the art that changed them — David Sedaris on The Boys in the Band (1970), Isaac Julien on Caravaggio (1986), more!

CaravaggioCaravaggio — with a young Tilda Swinton (Image via Cinevista)

 
Jul 07 2017
Dennis Posa/Wade Nichols/Dennis Parker: A Biography Comments (0)

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The Rialto Report turns in an exhaustive piece on the life and career of Dennis Posa, better known as gay-porn and straight-porn actor Wade Nichols and as singer/soap actor Dennis Parker. 

The post is more like a full-fledged bio, with detailed interviews conducted with many of the late performer's living friends, co-workers, peers and even an ex-lover.

It's a terrific look not only at the memory of one man, but also at an era — especially an era of NYC.

 
Jul 06 2017
Andrew Garfield's Actual Words On The Topic Of Being Gay WITHOUT THE ACT Comments (0)

Angels-in-america-andrew-garfieldAndrew Garfield (Image by Helen Maybanks/National Theatre)

As people continue to pile on gay ally Andrew Garfield for offhandedly saying he is all but gay, it would serve us well to consider the full context of his remarks, delivered at a talk in support of his performance in the London revival of Angels in America.

Speaking about his concern with playing a gay role, Garfield said (minus some interjections from a co-star):

But, but, but, basically as soon as I, uh, was free of these other commitments, I, I — I think we all did — we all just got incredibly immersed in um... Well, for me, one of my main concerns, which, uh, I feel every day when I do this play is, um, as far as I know, I am not a gay man. As far as I know. You know. I may [hit? have?] an awakening, you know, later in my life, which would be wonderful. I could explore that area of the garden. Um ... but, but, but right now I'm secluded to my, my area, which is wonderful as well. I adore it. Um, but a big concern was what right do I have, you know, to, to play this, this, um, this wonderful, seminal, gay part? Um, and again, what Denise [Gough] was saying I had to trust that it was, it was, it was the right thing, and Tony had asked me and I thought, Well, if you're asking me, then maybe it's okay ...

So, so, for me, it was doing honor and doing justice to know my herstory, as it were ... But, but, but the preparation had begun before, you know, with, with, with all of my friends, you know, and this was as much devoted, me doing this is as much devoted to my friends in the gay community as it is to, um, those that I don't know, to those that passed during the AIDS epidemic, um. Lots of films, lots of reading, every season of RuPaul's Drag Race, like every ... like, every Untucked episode, every little interview with, with Alaska. I have RuPaul — that was literally the only time off during rehearsal during the show, every Sunday I had eight friends over and we watched Ru. That's literally it, that's, that's my life outside of this play. [Laughs]

Um, I'm, I am a gay man right now, pretty much — just without the physical act. But that's all. [Laughs]

He goes on to stress that he took inspiration from We Were Here (2010), How to Survive a Plague (2012( and AIDS activist Peter Staley. 

I don't see how this is offensive, in context.

 
Jul 03 2017
Unhappy Anniversary Comments (0)

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Thirty-six years ago today, The New York Times reported ominously — and inside only — on a rare cancer seen in 41 homosexuals.

Amazing to think how many people contracted HIV before it was identified and remain alive. I can't imagine the strength.

 
Jun 30 2017
National Red Velvet Comments (0)

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Starting July 1, Sprinkles' Icon Series Elizabeth Taylor cupcakes will be not only the cause of weight gain and temporary joy, but will also be for the cause of The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the charity, founded by the late movie star in response to the AIDS crisis.

Find Your Nearest Sprinkles Here!

Watch Taylor talking about the famous gay men in her life after the jump ...

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Jun 28 2017
Proud Marys: My Experience At NYC's 2017 LGBT Pride March — With 100+ Pictures! Comments (0)

IMG_7042_newMy first LGBTQ Pride March pic of 2017 was one of my favorites! (All images by Matthew Rettenmund)

My experience at the NYC LGBT Pride March this year was exhausting, but my camera was well-fed.

See the Best Message Photos of Pride — Click Here!

I was invited to march alongside the amfAR float by my generous friend John Stanton. We and all the other marchers had boss I'M EPIC (#BeEpicEndAIDS) T-shirts and Kenneth Cole sunglasses, and our float was guaranteed to grab some eyes since it featured both Kelly Osbourne and RuPaul's Drag Race Season 1 girl Ongina, who came out as HIV positive on the show.

IMG_7161_newThe EPIC T-shirt we all had

IMG_7155_new_newDJ Joe Lynskey served up some Madonna on the amfAR float. Listen to him here.

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IMG_7212_newOngina poses alone and with some young fans.

IMG_7202_newamfAR's ammo

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IMG_7195_newKelly for amfAR

IMG_7325_newOne of the march's cutest couples was on our team.

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IMG_7435_newJohn really is epic

IMG_7447_newOur float sought a countdown to a cure for AIDS.

We also had cute dudes in lab coats and hot pants for the people not into fashion or drag.

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IMG_7231_newThe doctors are out!

I loved our group, which was filled with friendly folks. Marching alongside a float gave me great access to move around within the parade, snapping away. 

IMG_7098_newKrishna, Krishna!

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IMG_7269_newGo, Gavin! The overnight teen trans icon rode with the ACLU (as should we all).

Before we even stepped off, I had several interesting encounters. First, I wandered past the press conference, so got to see some of the parade's grand marshals speak, including Gay Men's Health Crisis director of community relations Krishna Stone and a bit of Geng Le, a Chinese gay-rights activist. I missed Brooke Guinan, a trans FDNY worker, entirely, and the other marshal was an entity — the ACLU. But I was able to speak briefly to heroic Gavin Grimm, the trans kid whose desire to go to the bathroom at school has caused way too much consternation. He was a sweetheart and looked utterly overjoyed to be there.

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IMG_7124_newEdie & Judith — I hope and believe they made it to the “church” on time that day.

Next up, as I was walking in a huge circle (they only let you cross Fifth Avenue IMG_7128_newat 34th or 42nd), I walked past Edie Windsor, whose court case led to the destruction of DOMA. She's always kind of difficult to grab, due, I'm sure, to her advanced age and how badly every LGBT person wants to share air with her, but I have to admit I was bummed by our encounter. She looked radiant in a magenta blouse over a slogan T-shirt, but when I asked if I could snap a photo (I had my pro camera), she said, “No way. Not now.” She seemed to think she was wildly late, but her wife, Judith Kasen, was gently telling her she had an hour!

I suggested I would just wait at the next corner, where she had to stop anyway, and snap a picture that way. (This is common with rushing celebs.) She deliberately rolled past me, avoiding eye contact. This was silly, honestly. She is a public figure, in public, a famous gay figure at the famous gay march! Soon enough, a lesbian photographer stopped her and they clearly knew each other. Edie relented for her, but even though she was standing still and posing for the other shooter, she steadfastly avoided giving me anything. Finally, the lesbian photographer told Edie, “I get you all the time. Why don't you give this gentleman a shot?” I was totally polite and patient — I promise I was not badgering in any way. She never did really do it, but somehow, while protesting and looking everywhere but at me, a few pictures turned out amazing! Then I left her alone. At parade's end, a friend, Mike Summers, Facebooked how lovely Edie had been when he grabbed a selfie with her! He said her people were shooing him away, but she was delightful and engaged.

Maybe she was just frantic when I caught her, but when you catch a newsmaker in the street, you don't wait until later, not ever.

IMG_7249_newMr. & Mr. Seth Fornea? Hugo, girl!

After that, I ran into Seth Fornea, the thick ginger model and dancer. I had thought he was still practically married to Jared Fortna, but he was romping around in thin sweat shorts (no underwear) with a sexy Blatino dancer named Hugo; both had worked the previous night's Adonis nude party, featuring 35 lap dancers.

Seth was feeling no pain, and Hugo was making sure I got only good shots, and making sure I photographed his sign, which announced they'd just gotten married?! (See here.) A glance at a few Instagram accounts reveals they, Jared, and another man might be in a quad relationship. Four better or four worse!

IMG_7339_new_newWhere the boys were

IMG_7404_new_newEveryone has PVH at this point ...

IMG_7330_newLife's just not JuanFer ...

I was happiest when I noticed that just a couple of floats down from ours in the holding area, a gaggle of shirtless studs milled about. When I arrived to take pictures and they removed their sunglasses, I recognized Joshua Michael Brickman, one of NYC's most beautiful creatures and nice to boot; Locky Brownlie, the insanely hot Aussie stud who stole this year's Broadway Bares and refused to return it; the dangerously sexy JuanFer De La Torre; and a bunch of other Insta-studs, each in a pair of underwear representing one stripe in the LGBTQ flag's rainbow ... and nothing else.

IMG_7366_newIt was a clothing company that brought these unclothed boys to the march.

I was embarrassed not to have recognized Joshua and Locky instantly, but their sunglasses did a number on me. Both — all — were charming, and gave me great poses.

See the Hottest Guys of Pride Photos — Click Here!

By then, I had interacted with Kelly Osbourne (we share a friend, with whom she is quite close) and I have to say that whatever you think of her various controversies, she was 100% game to be in the march, to engage with bystanders (particularly kids) and more. In fact, I asked if I could get her to pose with the Insta-studs and she said yes. I ran over and pulled the guys, convincing four to come with me before telling them what I had in mind. They were excited to meet Kelly and spontaneously hoisted her in the air. It made for a great couple of shots that were exclusive to me (“People! Us! Who will buy this?!”) ... until I later discovered her bodyguard or a friend had taken an iPhone snap and it went all over the Internet for free. Oh, well, it was fun setting up a great shot, and I was totally impressed with Ms. Osbourne's willingness.

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IMG_7424_newKelly exclaimed this was so hot, and I don't think she was referring to the steamy weather.

(The day after the parade, Osbourne made headlines by scolding a Starbucks for not letting her pee, leading to her peeing her pants. The Starbucks was on 27th and we stepped off fro 38th. Given that I later filmed her dancing to Madonna's “Like a Prayer,” I couldn't and can't figure out how I missed her leaving the float in search of a public john — and am confused why she didn't use one of the Port-A-Potties en route. Still, I thought she was a great draw, definitely the parade's biggest star.)

IMG_7223_newI saw right through this float (P.S. His butt made me want to start drinking.)

More of My NYC LGBT Pride March Photos Here!

Just before we started, one young man was lying in the road, making us wonder IMG_7257_newif he would be the first of many protesters trying to block the parade. MAKE AMERICA GAY AGAIN was over his chest. He lay on the asphalt for 20 minutes or more, eventually disappearing. Most of the protest groups actually led the march (THERE ARE NO QUEER-FRIENDLY COPS was one sign that people seemed to dislike), and I didn't realize there was a brief protest that delayed things until I read about it the next day.

IMG_7058_newWould you mind showing a little pink?

IMG_7856_newThat shit wouldn't even fit in the closet!

IMG_7509_newWhere my girls at

IMG_7536_newIt was the breast of times ...

IMG_7088_newI asked if they'd mind posing and they went into formation!

IMG_7874_newNew Yorkers just know how to do it in front of a camera.

IMG_7751_newThere was no raining on their parade.

IMG_7566_newYou've heard of Baby New Year? This was Baby LGBT Pride!

IMG_7763_newOn the inside, looking out

What always strikes me about the NYC LGBT Pride March is the diversity. As a white gay guy, I know I am in a partial bubble, even if it's not a choice I consciously made, so I like seeing the array of people who show up for Pride from every borough and from many cities and countries far away. It used to be that Pride was top-heavy with shirtless musclemen, and while plenty were walking around (see pics below!), float-wise, I saw very few pieces of beef. I also felt like the drag presence was on the wane, while genderqueer and trans folks were out in force. Racially, it certainly didn't feel whitewashed. It felt like it always feels — unifying.

Sexy Shots from Iowa City Pride Here!

We marched all the way down to the Village, where I doubled back all the way to the start. There were still dozens of floats that hadn't stepped off by 3 p.m., but I was at my limit, so I took off for home ... only to decide last-minute to subway to Chelsea to mill around the booths of products that choke the streets down there each year. There were definitely some prime torsos and more-sos, but it was sad that one block had been shut down due to an apartment fire. I saw two people receiving oxygen and a shattered window still oozing smoke.

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A happier image on a fire escape nearby was a cluster of boys gyrating several stories above Eighth Avenue, demonstrating the solidity of the argument: Dat ass, 'do.

After all that — and 1,000 pictures later! — I headed home zonked out entirely.

Keep reading to see a bunch more of my photos, and look for more over on Facebook ...

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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.

 


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