274 posts categorized "AIDS"

Oct 24 2014
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When I moved to NYC 22 years ago, I came to work as an editorial assistant at St. Martin's Press. I worked for Gordon Van Gelder (who edited science fiction and pop culture books) and the late MichaelDennenyLinda O'Brien (who was a manager of the “grid,” the list of all the company's hundreds of titles). Linda was close to SMP's longtime gay-interest editor Michael Denneny, whose Stonewall Inn Editions imprint published many of the most popular and respected gay books of the '70s and '80s, so I was able to speak with him and even attended a party at his apartment. (As a young gay guy, I will never forget that he proudly had a picture of porn actor Steve Fox on his fridge.)

Michael was someone we looked up to as a pioneer and as a cerebral man whose taste was both literary and commercial. He had to fight to publish books he knew would sell a few thousand copies, and would balance that with books he knew would sell many times that—yet he usually had to fight to publish those as well.

I was so disappointed when, while still working at SMP, my gay novel Boy Culture was not deemed fit to be a part of Stonewall Inn (not by Michael). I still own a lot of the free books that came from Michael's office, a den of literacy and iniquity, not to mention my Divine paper doll book that he published.

Denneny just granted the Lambda Literary Review a long interview. In it, he talks about the state of gay writing today by noting its past:

“[T]he assimilationist wave has been dominant for the last decade, balancing the first decade (the ’70s) dominated by the liberationists–the middle two decades essentially devoted to the fight against AIDS. I suspect these two poles of the culture will always be with us. Which is the right strategy depends on the historical moment. We’ll see what emerges.”

Check out this fascinating interview for more.

 
Oct 23 2014
Need To Know: Terror Shooting In Canada + Elvis Photographer Has Left The Building + My Two Bits On 50 Cent + Still-TRUE BLUE + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureFamed Elvis photographer Alfred Wertheimer dies @ 85.

*widget boy cultureIslamic fundamentalist dies during terror shootings in Ottawa.

*widget boy cultureHomophobic 50 Cent joins Cyndi Lauper's pro-gay holiday concert.

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*widget boy cultureDo you wanna go as “Sabrina Duncan” for Halloween?

*widget boy cultureBristol Palin cussin' up a STORM after that skankified Alaskan brawl.

*widget boy cultureKeepin' 'em honest, Anderson Cooper confirms: No HIV risk from towels.

*widget boy cultureAnother fucking idiot jumps the White House fence.

*widget boy cultureMichael Brown autopsy report released.

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*widget boy cultureMadonna's 28-year-old True Blue hits Top 25 again in the UK.

*widget boy cultureGaga facilitates gay on-stage marriage proposal during her ARTPOP Ball Tour.

*widget boy cultureInsane betch gets caught in chimney.

*widget boy cultureSouth Dakota GOP Senate candidate Mike Rounds is a crook?

*widget boy cultureReporter who wrote critically of gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner (R-IL) resigns.

*widget boy cultureGov. Rick Perry (R-TX) was too quick to play that Ebola card.

*widget boy cultureElizabeth Pena drank herself do death.

*widget boy cultureTina Fey was pissed she could so easily hire Jan Hooks.

*widget boy cultureNew Kimmo Matias album The Ministry of Pornography.

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Oct 15 2014
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This is a real thing: Glen Hanson, the talented illustrator and artist, has designed a Liza Minnelli Liza-Minnelli-ornamentholiday ornament that fights HIV. Not literally, but if you buy it, the $ goes to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

This is the latest in a series of Broadway Legends, the others being Julie Andrews, Carol Channing, Angela Lansbury, Bernadette Peters, Chita Rivera and Gwen Verdon.

Quoth Minnelli:

“I’m simply delighted and so honored to be immortalized with such a wonderfully crafted ornament. I'm especially proud to help support Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, an organization that has been very dear to my heart for more than two decades.”

I had a nightmare I found Liza hanging from my Christmas tree once, so this brings things full circle with a happy ending!

Buy yours here.

 
Oct 03 2014
Need To Know: LiLo Blow + Tight End + Made For A Man (But I Like It, Too) + The Goldwyn Standard + White Mischief + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureRaven-Symoné subtly shades ex-roomie Lindsay Lohan.

*widget boy cultureOne of the best butts on any football player. Ever.

*widget boy cultureWomen love gay male porn?

*widget boy cultureTeresa & Joe Giudice will serve prison time. Yay!

*widget boy culturePHWOAR!: Ben Cohen's 2015 calendar cover revealed.

*widget boy cultureNew York Times also loved Tail! Spin!

*widget boy cultureDisgusting rationale behind lesbian moms' suit over black sperm donor.

Scott-foley-800Tony Goldwyn's having a go at Scott Foley. I want a go at Tony Goldwyn!

*widget boy cultureHollywood is a dog-eat-dog town!

*widget boy culturePresident Obama tweaks FOX News over healthcare.

*widget boy cultureHIV traced to the Congo in the '20s.

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*widget boy cultureRandy Quaid and his wife are lunatics.

*widget boy cultureAfter the jump, hear Megan Mulally's advice on what NOT to wear...

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Oct 02 2014
Need To Know: Mrs. Claws + Facebook No Longer A Drag + Ebola Out Of Control + BIG BROTHER Booted For HIV? + MAGIC MIKE Set Check + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy culturePud Whacker's Madonna Scrapbook: Unseen Madonna + love for my book!

*widget boy cultureFacebook apologizes over, rescinds “real name” policy.

*widget boy cultureEbola is consuming Africa.

*widget boy cultureMichael Dunn convicted of 1st-degree murder in “loud music” case.

*widget boy cultureBig Brother baddie found out he was HIV-positive in the house.

*widget boy cultureMan-meat on the set of Magic Mike XXL.

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*widget boy cultureMaybe Republicans are black, but I bet this black woman isn't a Republican.

*widget boy cultureEAT HEARTY: Naked Highway's “Cannibal”.

*widget boy cultureComic anthology giveaway.

*widget boy cultureReligious scholar shames Bill Maher over Islam remarks.

*widget boy cultureBen Affleck goes full-frontal.

*widget boy cultureFirst, meet the American Apparel ad girls.

*widget boy cultureNow, meet 1985's Playboy briefs man.

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Sep 23 2014
Need To Know: Aged Beef + DICK Movie + Come Back, Little COMEBACK + Supreme Court Justice For All + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureIt's a Chippendales infestation as the strip org turns 35!

*widget boy cultureRick Perry plays the Joan Rivers card against abortion.

*widget boy cultureAre you ready for Dick: The Documentary? Brainwash

*widget boy cultureThe Comeback's comeback explained.

*widget boy cultureHoward Stern regular dies @ 39.

*widget boy cultureFor fans of Mr. Brainwash.

*widget boy cultureJustice Kagan officiates at same-sex wedding.

*widget boy cultureLooking hits the Folsom Street Fair.

*widget boy cultureBroadway Flea Market raises over $700K for AIDS.

*widget boy culture“Fuck it—I quit!” anchor explains her actions.

*widget boy cultureAmerican Horror Story: Freakshow cast shots are shudder-inducing.

*widget boy cultureWhen jocks become underwear models.

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Sep 22 2014
Hold Me Closer, Tony Danza: A Trip To The Broadway Flea Market Comments (0)

PackageJudging from the front view, I'd say there was some truth in advertising.

I had fun at today's Broadway Flea Market, where hundreds of thousands of dollars are raised in a single day for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, but I did have a particularly nerdy problem that sort of blew me away momentarily.

Splash-Paul-NolanPaul Nolan, of Jesus Christ Superstar and Once fame

I went because (1) You can always find fun stuff to buy, cheap and (2) They always have stars selling autographs and photo ops. This year, the only two stars I wanted were Patrick Wilson and David Hyde Pierce, and both were in the first block, meaning they were signing autographs from 11AM to 11:50AM, then would be posing for photos (you're supposed to pick one or the other...never been a fan of how this is organized).

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Got there early, stood in line, then was told—SURPRISE!—Tony Danza had shown up and would do photos for 50 bucks! So worth it. Never met him, often...thought of...him growing up. Who's the boss? Tony Danza was, more than once, in my gaydreams. So I signed up for all three and they pulled me to get David (at first they said he would only pose with Bebe Neuwirth, whom I've already met, and then when they saw my money slipping away, they locked him in for a single). Took forever because for some reason, they were escorting people up to get their autographs done during the photo period. I kept looking around and saw Andy Mientus and others doing their photo ops, but was resolute I would not miss Patrick or Tony.

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When it came time, no one wanted to say, “Miss Neuwirth, please step out of the picture,” least of all I (has anyone ever said that???), so I got her free.

Splash-Corey-CottGrabbed a pic of Corey Cott and a fellow former Newsies cutie Adam Kaplan

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I went back into the line, only to be told Tony had done his very few photos and was done. I freaked out, offering to pay extra, and they confirmed he'd left. I was so mad. I know, I know—focus on getting a job and paying for food, Matt...Tony is around often, Matt—but it was disheartening. I felt like “Angela” almost getting a kiss from “Tony” in an early episode, unaware it wouldn't be consummated for many seasons. So then I said, “Well, when is Patrick doing his?” “Oh, he's done, too.”

I lost it.

DragI was wigging out when told Tony Danza had exited the area.

Losing it inspired the harried volunteers to find it—they charged me double (so much for the free Bebe!), but they got me a dedicated pic with Patrick.

Patrick Wilson is just a handsome creature and a strapping guy. We did our shot and I cooed about Little Children, a stunning film, and then I had to tell him the one Patrick Wilson story I have:

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Sep 19 2014
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Mark MacKillop

Mark MacKillop's book of sensual, hotel-room selfies, taken while he was on tour, is available for pre-sale now here. It's a damn impressive use of an iPhone, and gives new meaning to the word moneymaker.

Also, he's donating some of his proceeds to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, so there's that.

The copy I bought is signed. I'm hopeful he's dropping by to sign it in is underwear, since he apparently does everything without many clothes:

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ShirtlessMark at the printer...no, really!

Also, he's got a show September 27—28 at the Leslie Lohman (127-B Prince St., NYC) from 12PM to 6PM. I imagine some of his fans will be in trenchcoats with carefully arranged newspapers mid-body, but this is art, you cretins! Save all of that for alone-time.