276 posts categorized "AIDS"

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

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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

Splash-Neil-StarkenbergMamma Mia! looker Neil Starkenberg

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:

Patrick-Wilson-Matthew-RettenmundA little Hard Candy

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Sep 19 2014
Very Hot Off The Presses Comments (0)

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.

 
Need To Know: 'Tight Brother + Sequel Opportunity + Dropping The MIKE + Still-Great Scots + Joe Buddy + Fandemonium + Free, Clay & Happy + MORE! Comments (0)

Bb4Hate to be a buttinsky...

*widget boy cultureABOVE: Meet an exceptionally tight, tight end.

*widget boy cultureMatthew McConaughey will not be in Magic Mike 2.

*widget boy cultureIf this doesn't make you want to kill that t.A.T.u. bitch, nothing will.

*widget boy cultureScots voting NO on independence.

*widget boy cultureJoe Manganiello had sympathy for his LGBTI friends' suffering.

*widget boy cultureLast day to own a piece of Madonna history.

*widget boy cultureThis ex-gay couple has HOT chemistry...and matching plaids!

*widget boy culturePlease check out my Kickstarter...I'm getting closer and closer!

*widget boy cultureJessie J and Ariana G ditch Nicki M.

*widget boy cultureAriana Grande does not ditch her fans.

*widget boy cultureBrian Sims on the Philly gay-bashing.

*widget boy cultureCheck out the bulge on this one:

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*widget boy cultureJimmy Somerville's orgiastic “Travesty”.

*widget boy cultureSan Francisco politician is a Truvada...user.

*widget boy cultureJared Leto's huge one.

*widget boy cultureAnother insane mass shooting, this time a grandfather wipes out his family.

*widget boy cultureMiley Cyrus gets spanked for Mexican-flag spanking. (Herstory repeats!)

*widget boy cultureTRAILER: Is Big Eyes Tim Burton's comeback?

*widget boy cultureJennifer Lopez is now a money-eating ass.

*widget boy cultureClay Aiken's NYC fundraiser was in snark-infested waters, thanks to Vocativ.

*widget boy cultureBen Affleck, like a dog returning to its own shit, returns to Details.

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Sep 15 2014
Need To Know: Can't Stand Him + Coming Out Of The Celluloid Closet + PSYCHO Thriller + UNCLE TOM'S GAY CABIN + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureKanye West still vying for title of Biggest Douche Ever. Uncontested.

*widget boy cultureOrange is the New Black writer divorces husband to get some “Poussey.”

*widget boy cultureThe making of a modern gay character.

*widget boy cultureGays and miners team up in Pride.

*widget boy cultureI'm busy looking at Viggo Mortensen's butt, Mother!

*widget boy cultureAnother man accused of spreading HIV purposefully.

*widget boy cultureStraight couples starting to snub anti-gay wedding venues.

*widget boy cultureNo, really, Bronx councilman Fernando Cabrera is anti-gay.

*widget boy cultureRight-wing Jewish gay children's book writer thinks gays provoke Christian hostility.

*widget boy cultureISIL allegedly hauls in $3 million per day from illegal activities.

*widget boy cultureCheyenne Jackson marries boyfriend of a year.

*widget boy culture2 straight dudes marry each other, hilarity (?) ensues.

*widget boy cultureFrat boys attempt to “Shake It Off”.

*widget boy cultureWhen Mighty Real's Anthony Wayne & Kendrell Bowman met, beautiful music was remade.

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Sep 14 2014
Keepin' It MIGHTY REAL: A Review Of That Must-See Sylvester Musical Comments (0)

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BOY CULTURE REVIEW: ***1/2 out of ****

Sylvester (September 6, 1947—December 16, 1988) was a force of nature—he forced his nature on a world that was at times unwilling to accept him for the person he didn't choose to be, and for the MightyReal565person he chose to be. It's hard to imagine Sylvester's brand of authenticity bringing him success in the 1970s, but he had a good imagination because success is what he had. With some indelible disco classics and a refusal to play the game required of most other popular singers, he became a gay icon and an inspiration in his short life—he died of AIDS at 41.

In Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical, Anthony Wayne (who also wrote the book and is co-director and co-producer with his partner Kendrell Bowman) resurrects Sylvester, doing a damn fine job of disproving any notion that Sylvester was inimitable. In a performance that's informed by Wayne's obvious respect for the icon, he recalls without mimicking Sylvester's piercing falsetto in a string of soaring musical numbers that draw from the entertainer's entire oeuvre.

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Sep 05 2014
The Odd Throuple Comments (0)

Rivers

Great clip from 1986 from Joan Rivers's failed talk show: Joan interviews Sylvester (September 6, 1947—December 17, 1988)—following a rare national TV performance—and the diva brings up the fact that herself, Rivers and fellow guest Charles Nelson Reilly (January 13, 1931—May 25, 2007) did a benefit for AIDS in 1983, way before other celebs made it a cause celebre.

Sad that all three are now gone...

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Sep 04 2014
Cruel Intentions: Should Intentional Transmission Of HIV Be Against The Law? Comments (0)

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Many of you are aware of that story out of San Diego involving Thomas Guerra, a 29-year-old man being prosecuted for willingly exposing others to HIV

Because of the stigma of HIV, and because at one point the stigma in the U.S. was so severe every person with the virus was seen as a potential Typhoid Mary, there is a movement in the gay community against any form of HIV criminalization.

Because society in general despises lawbreakers but seems to have a genuine hostility for victims seen as “asking for it” as well, there is also (check the comments on any blog that posted the Guerra story) palpable contempt for gay men who engage in condomless sex. Mixed with the fact that many gay men do it themselves (and celebrate it in porn), that love/hate for condomless sex in the gay community is a perfect mirror of society's love/hate for sex in general; people love it, but people who do it, especially receptively (the women), are whores.

Now, Frontiers L.A. has published a piece on Guerra that can be read, quite easily, as an apologia for Guerra even as it attempts to be a more even-handed look at the facts of the case. (Worth noting: When the magazine sent me the link, they referred to the men Guerra is alleged to have intentionally infected as “victims”—in quotes.)

While the piece, by Todd Heywood, argues that current HIV criminalization laws do not deter the spread of HIV and are mainly in place thanks to the partially fictitious story of “Patient Zero” in the Randy Shilts book And the Band Played On, it also goes on to paint a sympathetic picture of Guerra—who knew full well he was HIV-positive for five years and who is accused of maliciously spreading HIV...and then bragging about it:

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Sep 02 2014
Need To Know: GUIDE Post + Bacall Girl + Puppy Lust + Copycatfight + My VANITY FAIR Laddie + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureThe ultimate gallery of vintage TV Guide covers.

*widget boy cultureLauren, Katharine, Lana, too...

*widget boy cultureChris Meloni is a walking boner.

*widget boy cultureBrian Sims is even cuter with a dog.

*widget boy cultureMadonna vs. Gaga: Part 11,000.

*widget boy cultureSurvivor lead singer Jimi Jamison dies @ 63.

*widget boy cultureBritney Spears references her cheater ex in concert.

*widget boy cultureJamaican gay activist folds, fearing violent reprisals.

*widget boy cultureA lawyer in the year 2014 sent an email calling AIDS “the gay plague.”

*widget boy cultureThis is what ever happened to “Mikey” from the Life TV commercials. 

*widget boy cultureGorgeous Roberto Bolle for Vanity Fair.

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