336 posts categorized "AIDS"

Apr 24 2015
Solo Strips Is Off...All Off...Due To Reisner/Weiderpass's Cruzing Comments (0)

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I've had my issues with BC/EFA, but have supported its causes many times, including Solo Strips. This year, I had already purchased my ticket for the new installment.

I'm pleasantly surprised that BC/EFA has decided to take a stand against Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass's disingenuous and sucking-up to the very, very anti-gay Ted Cruz by canceling its association with their 42West venue.

I would suggest anyone, like me, with tickets let BC/EFA keep the money. 

 
Apr 23 2015
Book 'em: The New Gooch & Signorile Comments (0)

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I wrote to Brad Gooch several months ago to ask him about his late partner Howard Brookner as Img300part of my Encyclopedia Madonnica research. Brookner directed the mostly unseen gem Bloodhounds of Broadway (1988), which he completed at the expense of his health—he was dying of AIDS, but pushed through the process in order to make the film he wanted to make. Sadly, the studio didn't like his film and ordered cuts that weakened it. He died before it hit the theaters.

Brad was kind enough to reply, and mentioned that all questions would be answered in his upcoming memoir, the just-released Smash Cut: A Memoir of Howard & Art & the '70s & the '80s (Harper, April 2015, $27.99). I'm not sure every Madonna question I had is answered herein, but those questions faded quickly as I read. Gooch has documented his life during an exciting and, as those of us who are a few years younger often forget (the '80s weren't always totally awesome), harrowing time in New York, and has done so with unselfconscious ease that makes his memoir a literary achievement more than a simple biography. It's also more than the bio of a guy who loved a guy who died; it's a bio of guys who loved guys who died, and a bio of New York City.

Gooch's years as an overthinking model, a sexual libertine and, though it wasn't called this then, a husband are beautifully communicated. It's short but impactful, like a poem you didn't realize you'd been waiting your whole life to read and stumbled across by chance. It's Just Kids (2010)-level work, and you should probably be reading it instead of this blog.

My own memoir is coming in a few months. It's not as good as this, nor is it really even comparable, nor should I even try to compare them. Still, I couldn't help thinking I'm glad I don't have anything this heart-breaking to write about, and that I'm humbled by the grace in Brad's insightful writing.

Img301It seemed fitting to write about Michelangelo Signorile's book It's Not Over: Getting Beyond Tolerance, Defeating Homophobia & Winning True Equality (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, April 2015, $27) in this post as well. Michelangelo all but invented the concept of outing (giving too many gay people something to fear and to use in order to capitulate to the status quo), but while he didn't invent gay activism, he probably reinvented it. His thoughts on where the struggle for gay rights stands are sobering and empowering. You can read it as a case of our rights being half-fulfilled or half-unfulfilled, but while his argument is that we could lose it if we don't keep working, it never comes across as defeatist or concern-trolly, two descriptors all too applicable to left-wing writing.

It's a kick-ass book for people who are thinking we've already kicked ass. We have some, a lot, but there's more left.

 
Apr 21 2015
Need To Know: Male Hooters + That King You Do + Masc-ing Tape + Rent Boy + X-Men4Men + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureThe male version of Hooters is here!

*widget boy cultureMadonna denies texting at Hamilton. (Why now? Just keeps it going.)

*widget boy cultureDo Cucumber and Banana get better?

*widget boy cultureEmma Stone as Billie Jean King?

*widget boy cultureFull House reunion.

*widget boy cultureKylie Jenner is blowing up...and so are her fans' lips.

*widget boy cultureThe gay community's obsession with MASC.

*widget boy cultureWhy Armani is a hypocritical douche.

*widget boy cultureKanye West rejects Illuminati tag, supports Madonna.

*widget boy culturePulitzer Prize winner quit reporting so he could pay rent.

*widget boy cultureIf you like hot guys, you'll love this. (Work Unfriendly)

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*widget boy cultureTidal is all washed up.

*widget boy cultureAmerica's Got Talent contestant comes out as poz.

*widget boy cultureWhite cop who quit when black mayor was elected speaks out.

*widget boy cultureAbused trans inmate denied transfer.

*widget boy cultureDisgusting anti-gay day at school.

*widget boy cultureGay X-man!

*widget boy cultureMichele Bachmann is still alive, warns of Rapture.

*widget boy cultureDesign on a Dime is here.

*widget boy cultureChip Deffaa's Mad About the Boy spoofs gay musicals.

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Apr 15 2015
Rock Was His Rock Comments (0)

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Lee Garlington, who dated Rock Hudson 50 years ago, opens up about their relationship for the first time in People.

 
Need To Know: Hillary United + Jaden Ciccone + Tossing CUCUMBER's Salad + The Bad Old Days + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureHillary strengthens her position against Citizens United.

*widget boy cultureJaden Smith proclaims he's “the new male Madonna.”

*widget boy cultureMadonna & Janet Jackson on Square Pegs???

*widget boy cultureRihanna doing coke.

*widget boy cultureLOGO's Cucumber gets some love. (I thought it was like tofu.)

*widget boy cultureIan McKellen's new role.

*widget boy cultureA piece of history for $10,000.

*widget boy cultureKimora Lee Simmons gives birth.

*widget boy cultureNew Brad Gooch memoir: NYC, AIDS, the '80s & more.

*widget boy cultureBELOW: What a view!

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Apr 14 2015
Solo Video Comments (0)

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Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is back with another edition of Solo Strips on Sunday, May 10, at 42West (514 W. 42nd St., NY, NY). The guys who will take it all off: 

Lawrence Alexander (The Lion King), Yurel Echezarreta (Aladdin), Josh Green(Wicked), Mark MacKillop (West Side Story international tour), Jaysin McCollum (The Lion King), Christopher Messina (Jersey Boys), Jamal Story (Motown: The Musical), Kit Treece (Radio City's New York Spring Spectacular), Kei Tsuruharatani (The King and I) and Ryan Worsing (Chicago).

Video after the jump...

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Oh, You DO Carry On Comments (0)

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Cool new way to carry your condoms.

 
Apr 10 2015
Getting To The Bottom Of BROADWAY BARES Comments (0)

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Broadway Bares is celebrating 25 years with what is finally a really inspired theme (it's been a while): Top Bottoms of Burlesque. This is the kind of show that no matter how much you enjoy it, you can't wait to see how it ends...

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