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Apr 18 2016
Blond Admissions: Madonna's BLOND AMBITION Dancers Open Up On Their Revealing New Documentary Comments (0)

IMG_6062 copyFront: Luis Camacho. Back (L-R): Ester Gould, Reijer Zwaan, Carlton Wilborn, Kevin Stea, Oliver Crumes, Slam Gauwloos. (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

Strike a Pose, the touching documentary that catches us up on the lives of Madonna's dancers from her Blond Ambition World Tour and the ensuing warts-and-all documentary Truth or Dare, is currently playing the Tribeca Film Festival. This limited engagement was enough to score me some face time with five of the seven original dancers: Slam Gauwloos, Carlton Wilborn, Luis Camacho, Oliver Crumes and Kevin Stea (Gabriel Trupin died of AIDS in the mid-'90s and Jose Gutierez was doing another interview).

Check out my review of Strike a Pose

First, I thought I was getting them in a crowded round table session, so I only had a couple of questions prepared. After all, I'd once been in the same situation with Madonna and it had been a battle to get a word in edgewise. As I got into a cab, I received word I'd have them to myself. Gulp. Could I handle those guys? They seemed high-maintenance in Truth or Dare, holding their own in scenes alongside the planet's biggest superstar. On that topic, Slam later noted of Madonna, “She was not that insecure, you know? I think a lot of artists don’t do that because of their insecurities. She just was perfect at picking the good talent, putting it together, and just, in the end, it made her look better, too.” Kevin chimed in, “When you’re secure with yourself as a star, you want stars around you.”

I frantically dashed off some impressionistic questions. Lucky for me, I'd seen Strike a Pose as well as Truth or Dare and do know quite a bit about the subject matter, so even though I ultimately wound up sharing them with one other journalist, I was ready for these guys and wasn't too nervous that they'd gang up on me.

Making things easier, I found the boys—now men—to be extremely articulate, witty and forthcoming, as you might expect from the cast of Truth or Dare, which has been called the “grandmother of reality TV.” (I submit that Madonna might prefer “aunt.”)

If I dominated a bit, I hope the other writer can forgive me. After all, these were the guys who showed me it was okay to be gay, and who were in the position I most coveted 25 years ago: Madonna-adjacent.

As the film shows and as my life experience had already taught me, glamour is often an illusion, and reality is better anyway. 

Keep reading for my talk with the guys, and with filmmakers Reijer Zwaan and Ester Gould ...

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Apr 13 2016
6-PACK — Down On My Knees For Frankie Z + Paul Ryan Won't Be Drafted (Wait Until 2020) + Bernie's Vatican Ego Trip + Hot Gay Dads Expecting New Baby + Bryan Adams Needs Somebody To Tell MS It's 2016 + Carrera Move! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureI hope Frankie Zulferino's “Like a Prayer” cover was playing when Madonna and Rocco reunited. Beautiful rendition by a beautiful ex-boy bander.

*widget boy cultureShermanesque Paul Ryan seems to acknowledge Republican convention will be contested, flatly rejects calls for him to run.

*widget boy cultureEverybody seems to agree that Bernie's trip to the Vatican is a yuge mistake.

 

#TBT in the sun on the beach!! Can't wait for our "baecation" this summer!

A photo posted by Kordale N Kaleb (@kordalenkaleb) on

*widget boy cultureGone-viral hot gay dads who broke up... are now expecting baby #5! They're not just the best gay dads, they're the most.

*widget boy cultureBryan Adams cancels MS gig over state's idiotic anti-LGBT law. It's fun to have an '80s flashback, but not 1880s.

*widget boy cultureCarmen Carrera tells Plus Magazine she tried not to be “overly Laverne Cox” about discussing transitioning with others. That should go over well.

Hiv112_cover_x750(Image via Brendan Forbes/Plus Magazine)

 
Apr 08 2016
The Art Of The Heel: Roy Cohn, One Of The Worst People Ever, Was Donald Trump's Mentor Comments (0)

I somehow never realized that Donald Trump had such a close connection with Roy Cohn, the textbook-villainous, self-hating gay creep whose malevolence was balls-deep in the McCarthy hearings, and who has since been immortalized in Tony Kushner's Angels in America.

Politico's Michael Kruse contributes a trending-bait story on the bond, in which Trump's very first public political utterance—about Soviet missile proliferation—is attributed to Cohn's advice to bring it up in the course of a Washington Post interview about Trump's businesses:

In the formative years of Donald Trump’s career, when he went from a rich kid working for his real estate-developing father to a top-line dealmaker in his own right, Cohn was one of the most powerful influences and helpful contacts in Trump’s life.

Over a 13-year-period, ending shortly before Cohn’s death in 1986, Cohn brought his say-anything, win-at-all-costs style to all of Trump’s most notable legal and business deals. Interviews with people who knew both men at the time say the relationship ran deeper than that—that Cohn’s philosophy shaped the real estate mogul’s worldview and the belligerent public persona visible in Trump’s presidential campaign.

Illuminating to realize Cohn was the architect of Trump's response to the feds when the Trumps were accused of racial discrimination at they Brooklyn and Queens rental properties.

Even more illuminating is this tidbit from the piece:

He elaborated in an interview in 2005. “Roy was brutal, but he was a very loyal guy,” Trump told author Tim O’Brien. “He brutalized for you.”

Trump, in the end, turned some of that cold calculation on his teacher, severing his professional ties to Cohn when he learned his lawyer was dying of AIDS.

Sounds like they were the perfect couple of douchebags.

 
Mar 16 2016
6-PACK — Merrick Garland's Moving Acceptance Of SCOTUS Nom + Bernie's Kaput (Eventually) + Trans LGBT Liaison + Kristen Stewart's New GF + Why A Gay Man Went To Nancy Reagan's Funeral + DJ James Cerne Flashes The World! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureTouching speech from Merrick Garland on his nomination to SCOTUS. Images

*widget boy cultureEven if he fights the good fight till June, the math is not there for Bernie.

*widget boy cultureWhite House chooses trans woman as LGBT liaison.

*widget boy cultureKristen Stewart spotted kissing and handholding with new GF.

*widget boy cultureWhy James Duke Mason attended Nancy Reagan's funeral.

*widget boy cultureSexy DJ James Cerne goes full-frontal in You're Killing Me. (Work Unfriendly)

You_re_Killing_Me_1080p_HD_12_41_52James Cerne in You're Killing Me (Film still via OMG Blog/Wolfe Releasing)

 
Mar 15 2016
There's Nothing To It: Get TriBeCa Tix For STRIKE A POSE Comments (0)

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The much-anticipated documentary Strike a Pose will play the TriBeCa Film Festival in April! Check out the info here, and visit the site for tickets starting March 29.

The film catches us up on the lives and careers of the dancers from Madonna's legendary Blond Ambition World Tour.

 
Nancy Reagan Didn't Say This Comments (0)

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I blogged earlier about how the Reagans did not laugh at an AIDS joke told on TV by Bob Hope. Now comes evidence from Snopes that Nancy Reagan never uttered the above quote, attributed to her for about the past 20 years.

She may have thought it, but she didn't say it in an interview in the Globe in 1981, or in any other known interview, and it certainly was not in her memoir.

 
Mar 13 2016
Hillary Clinton's Full Apology For Her Reagans/AIDS Gaffe Comments (0)

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Hillary Clinton, in a long post at Medium, has abjectly apologized for her egregious error in misstating the Reagans' legacy as it pertains to AIDS.

She wrote, in part:

I made a mistake, plain and simple.

I want to use this opportunity to talk not only about where we’ve come from, but where we must go in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

To be clear, the Reagans did not start a national conversation about HIV and AIDS. That distinction belongs to generations of brave lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, along with straight allies, who started not just a conversation but a movement that continues to this day.

The AIDS crisis in America began as a quiet, deadly epidemic. Because of discrimination and disregard, it remained that way for far too long. When many in positions of power turned a blind eye, it was groups like ACT UP, Gay Men’s Health Crisis and others that came forward to shatter the silence — because as they reminded us again and again, Silence = Death. They organized and marched, held die-ins on the steps of city halls and vigils in the streets. They fought alongside a few courageous voices in Washington, like U.S. Representative Henry Waxman, who spoke out from the floor of Congress.

Then there were all the people whose names we don’t often hear today — the unsung heroes who fought on the front lines of the crisis, from hospital wards and bedsides, some with their last breath. Slowly, too slowly, ignorance was crowded out by information. People who had once closed their eyes opened their hearts.

If not for those advocates, activists, and ordinary, heroic people, we would not be where we are in preventing and treating HIV and AIDS. Their courage — and their refusal to accept silence as the status quo — saved lives.

She also spends time laying out her record and her plans for the future on the topic:

For the first time, an AIDS-free generation is in sight. As president, I promise you that I will not let up until we reach that goal. We will not leave anyone behind.

After the jump, an I think reasonable assessment of the episode, and advice on how to process it and move forward. It's certainly wiser than the 20+ Hillary-in-prison memes that greeted one of my Facebook posts ...

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Mar 12 2016
6-PACK — Trump Rally Chaos + Breitbart Spokesman Resigns + Hillary's Full Record On HIV/AIDS + Caitlyn Calls Hillary An Effing Liar (What Would Kris Say Of Caitlyn?) + 17-Year-Olds Free To Feel The Bern + Birthday Boy! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureTrump rally in Chicago ends in chaos.

*widget boy cultureBreitbart spokesman resigns amid Trump campaign manager assault allegations.

*widget boy cultureHillary's record on HIV/AIDS should save her from being burned at the stake.

*widget boy cultureCaitlyn thinks Hillary's “a fucking liar,” Trump would be “very good for women's issues.”

*widget boy culture17-year-olds get last-minute right to vote in primaries in Ohio.

*widget boy cultureWell, happy birthday, Casey Jackson!

 


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