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Nov 16 2016
Gene Anthony Ray Of Light Comments (0)

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Jeremy Kinser's got a fascinating remembrance of gay actor Gene Anthony Ray, known to us all as Leroy Johnson in the 1980 film Fame.

Ray stole his first scene in the movie like so:

Clad in barely-there satin shorts and a sleeveless shirt pulled behind his head to accentuate his flawless torso, Ray electrified audiences with his sultry dancing. “What do you call that?” a teacher asks the instructor played by Debbie Allen as they take in Leroy’s suggestive moves. Allen, no slouch on the dance floor herself, instinctively replied, “Wicked!” Movie viewers couldn’t help but agree.

Kinser's remembrance is biographically complete, including details about his family life and his slide into drugs and eventually ill health.

He was iconic for many but couldn't make a living—but we do, at least, remember his name.

 
Nov 15 2016
6-PACK — Jussie Smollett Strikes Back + Republicans To Gut Obamacare, Social Security, Medicare + Giuliani's Ties To Foreign Exiles + Just The Right ATTITUDE + BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Trailer + Kiko Undressed! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureJussie Smollett talks about why artists need to take on issues like Black Lives Matter & gay rights.

*widget boy cultureRepublicans want to do away with the entire U.S. social safety net.

*widget boy cultureEVERYTHING WE SAY SHE DID, WE DID: Giuliani dirty with Qatar and Iran cash.

*widget boy cultureJenny Brough shoots a dude in dark blues for Attitude:

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*widget boy cultureLive-action Beauty and the Beast trailer.

*widget boy cultureKiko Alonso is one big boy, and looks good stripped to his briefs

 

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Nov 04 2016
Hillary Grants Exclusive Q&A To LGBTQ Paper THE WASHINGTON BLADE Comments (0)

In an exclusive Q&A with the Washington Blade, Hillary Clinton has forcefully asserted her commitment to LGBTQ issues and rights, and deflected criticism that the Clinton Foundation accepts monies from anti-LGBTQ countries.

On the passage of an Equality Act:

As President, I’ll make fighting discrimination against the LGBT community a top priority – including by working with Congress to pass the Equality Act. And we won’t stop there. We’ll also take on harassment, bullying, and violence – and youth homelessness, which disproportionately hurts LGBT kids. We’ll end the harmful practice of so-called “conversion” therapy for minors, because LGBT kids don’t need to be “cured” of anything. And we’ll bring people together to reform our gun laws and keep guns from falling into the wrong hands, so that what happened at Pulse never happens again. All of these things are part of my vision for a hopeful, inclusive America where everyone counts, and everyone has a place.

On the Clinton Foundation dealing with Saudi Arabia:

 I am so proud of the work the Clinton Foundation has done on behalf of vulnerable people all across the world – especially the work to combat HIV and AIDS, an epidemic that disproportionately impacts LGBT communities around the globe. Due to the work of the Clinton Foundation, 11.5 million people in the developing world have access to HIV medication at 90 percent lower cost. That’s more than half of all adults and ¾ of all children receiving treatment today.

I’ve always believed that we shouldn’t shy away from confronting human rights abuses around the world – against LGBT people or anyone else. That’s why, as Secretary of State, I actively stood up to these countries and have advocated for the rights of many, including declaring that “gay rights are human rights,” and made advancing the rights of LGBT people around the world a cornerstone of our foreign policy, including advocating for the first ever United Nations resolution on LGBT rights. Donald Trump, on the other hand, has conducted business deals worth millions of dollars in or with some of these countries and has done it for the sole purpose of padding his own pockets.

Here’s the bottom line: As your president, I will continue to fight for LGBT rights here in the United States and around the globe.

More of Hillary's remarks here.

 
Oct 26 2016
Back In The Gay: Keith Haring Comments (0)

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Keith Haring would've been 58 this year. I remember hearing about him while at college and loving his radiant babies, and being fascinated by his sex drive as hinted at in The Andy Warhol Diaries. He seemed a three-dimensional gay person who gave no fucks, and who spit out inspired pop art. There is no telling what he may have accomplished—and it's hard to guess since he had done so much by the time of his death to AIDS at 31 in February 1990.

Keep reading to see a piece on Keith in action ...

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Oct 20 2016
You Can Be At HERO, Baby Comments (0)

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If you're in or near NYC, or can find a flight, check out the 3rd Annual Broadway & Ballet HERO Awards, brought to you by HERO (HIV Experience Resources Organization).

The event—held October 24 at Stage 48 (605 W. 48th St., NYC) at 8 p.m.—will honor Broadway legend Donna McKechnie and international ballet star Marcelo Gomes. Plus, Ruby Lewis, Cirque du Soleil star, will receive the John Adams HERO Award and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS will get the 2016 HERO Partner Award.

Directed by the amazing Patrick Boyd, the event is not to be missed. Per a press release:

This spectacular event will feature 14 original performances and a cast of over 30 stars from the worlds of Broadway and ballet including: (honorees) Donna McKechnie (A Chorus Line, Broadway HERO Awardee), Ruby Lewis (Cirque du Soleil Paramour, John Adams HERO Awardee),  Marcelo Gomez (ABT international ballet star, Ballet HERO Awardee), Michael-Leon Wooley (Little Shop of Horrors, American Buffalo, The Princess and the Frog), LaTrisa Harper (The Color Purple, The Lion King), Christopher Jackson (The Lion King, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater), Stephen Hanna (An American In Paris, On The Town, Billy Elliot, Principle dancer, New York City Ballet), Michael Cusumano (All Shook Up, Chicago, American in Paris), Brandon Leffler (Trip of Love, On The Town, Cinderella) Patrick Boyd (Grease, The Wizard of Oz, Gypsy, Touch: A Love Story), Daniel Lynn Evans (Trip of Love), Clifton Oliver, (Kinky Boots, Lion King) Donna Vaughn (The Lion King), LaMar Baylor (The Lion King, PHILADANCO!), Sean Stewart (American Ballet Theatre), Alina Faye (American Ballet Theatre alumni), Luis Villabon (A Chorus Line), Morgan Stinnett (soloist with Connecticut Ballet, member of Aijkun Ballet Company), Shomari Savannah (Alvin Ailey), Alexis ”Tilly” Evans-Krueger (Sonya Tayee Dance Company BODYTRAFFIC, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company), Melanie Fields (EvitaThe Visit), Javon Jones (The Julliard School, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater), Sean Rozanski (Dirty Dancing, Gus Giordano, Jazz Dance), a special performance by Pace University students Seeley Stephens, Nia Coleman, Shannon Weir, and Kadin Andrew Mestas, choreography of an opening number by Ray Mercer (The Lion King, Award Winning Choreographer), and more. 

Get your tickets here!

 
Oct 05 2016
6-PACK — Matt Lister On Homophobia In Sports + Ric's Flair For Storytelling + Donald Trump vs. The Clock + Tim Kaine GOT THE JOB DONE + Ayotte Thinks Trump Is A ROLE MODEL + Hillary Slams Trump On PTSD! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureSexy-as-hell Matt Lister on homophobia in sports.

*widget boy cultureRic Flair claims he bagged one of Hollywood's hottest actresses, who claims Ric Flair is hallucinating.

*widget boy cultureI love this header: “Donald Trump Is Running Out of Time.” Find out why.

*widget boy cultureTim Kaine was grating, but “got the job done.” Rachel Maddow thought debate missed chance on LGBT issues.

*widget boy cultureRepublican Sen. Kelly Ayotte (NH) is aligning with Trump just in time to lose.

*widget boy cultureHillary on PTSD: “Donald Trump's comments are not just ignorant, they're harmful.”

 
Sep 25 2016
Brookner: The Movie — A Review Of UNCLE HOWARD Comments (0)

For some odd reason, the PR for the film asked for no screengrabs from the film to be used. I've never had that request in 20+ years of reviewing films, but that's why the post is no longer very illustrated. Usually, creative screengrabs and even GIFs decorate Internet reviews of films, both supplied and created. I personally don't think screengrabs make people less likely to see this film; quite the opposite. But there you have it.—Ed.

Uncle Howard, Aaron Brookner's poetic, intimate documentary about his search for his late uncle's life's work, is coming to the New York Film Festival (Sunday, October 9, 5:30 p.m., Bruno Walter Auditorium; Monday, October 10, 9 p.m., Francesca Beale Theater) ahead of a November 18 release.

The film makes poignant use of home movies, old newspaper clippings and Aaron's interviews with various artists who worked with his uncle, who died of AIDS before the release of his first major movie, the star-studded curiosity Bloodhounds of Broadway, in 1989.

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Most effectively, he repurposes pieces of his uncle's Burroughs: The Movie (1983) and its attendant outtakes as well as behind-the-scenes footage from Bloodhounds (several lovely Madonna passages) and Robert Wilson and the Civil Wars (1987) to help convey a sense of his uncle's determined brilliance and to impart that contagious feeling of excitement when things thought lost are found intact.

All the more interesting that it is found intact in Williams S. Burroughs's legendary bunker.

Howard Brookner's family is given as much screen time as his lover, the writer Brad Gooch, whose handsomeness and youth are intact decades after Brookner's was relegated to existing only on film, and this allows the film to be more personal than a simple reassessment of a budding filmmaker's prowess might have been.

Check out Brad Gooch's memoir here!

Unspecified-1Director Aaron Brookner with Brad Gooch, Howard Brookner's partner (Image via Obscured Pictures)

There is regret in Uncle Howard, but also hope, and encouragement, and love. Howard Brookner at one point mourns the loss of his elderly grandfather in a video diary, noting that the death would've been far sadder had it involved a young person. And yet when he was about to die, he had words of wisdom that inform his nephew's touching portrait: However short or long, live your life doing what you want.

 
Sep 19 2016
6-PACK — Gary Johnson Had No Clue NYC Bombing Hurt Anybody + Trump Says Hillary's For Abolishing Borders + Bernie: Don't Protest-Vote In 2016! + Trans Woman Murdered + AlMoMAdóvar! + That's What Friends Were For! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureGary Johnson (drunkenly?) says he's glad no one got hurt in NYC bombings. (29 people were!) Interviewer lets it slide!

*widget boy cultureTrump's latest lie about Hillary's policies is a whopper—will anyone care?! This is why diplomats are undiplomatic about him.

*widget boy cultureBernie Sanders urges not to protest-vote this year. Not. This. Year.

*widget boy cultureMurdered trans woman was stabbed ONE HUNDRED AND NINETEEN TIMES.

*widget boy cultureEvery single Pedro Almodóvar film is coming to MoMA!

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*widget boy cultureDo not miss the 1993 Bar Mitzvah video of a bunch of family members warbling “That's What Friends Are For” ...

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