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Mar 14 2017
29th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists Announced Comments (0)

The Lambda Literary Award (Lammy) noms were announced today, honoring LGBTQ publishing of all stripes.

A friend called my attention to J. Aaron Sanders's Speakers of the Dead, the first in a series of Walt Whitman mysteries. Check out the tantalizing summary from Goodreads:

The year is 1843; the place: New York City. Aurora reporter Walt Whitman arrives at the Tombs prison yard where his friend Lena Stowe is scheduled to hang for the murder of her husband, Abraham. Walt intends to present evidence on Lena's behalf, but Sheriff Harris turns him away. Lena drops to her death, and Walt vows to posthumously exonerate her. 

Walt's estranged boyfriend, Henry Saunders, returns to New York, and the two men uncover a link between body-snatching and Abraham's murder: a man named Samuel Clement. To get to Clement, Walt and Henry descend into a dangerous underworld where resurrection men steal the bodies of the recently deceased and sell them to medical colleges. With no legal means to acquire cadavers, medical students rely on these criminals, and Abraham's involvement with the Bone Bill—legislation that would put the resurrection men out of business—seems to have led to his and Lena's deaths.

The book is on Amazon.

Full list of nominees for the 29th Annual Lambda Literary Awards — get tickets here — below ...

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Mar 08 2017
Ryan Gosling: The Two And Only Comments (0)

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Somehow, the powers that be at the Goldene Kamera Awards in Germany fell for the above look-not-alike and allowed him to take the stage as Ryan Gosling as people like Jane Fonda and Nicole Kidman looked on in bemusement.

Even Faye Dunaway coulda called this one right.

Video after the jump ...

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Mar 05 2017
Justin Timberlake Gives Heartfelt Pep Talk To LGBTQ Youth @ iHeartRadio Music Awards Comments (0)

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Justin Timberlake used his iHeartRadio Music Awards acceptance speech to tell queer kids to ignore their tormenters.

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Mar 02 2017
6-PACK — Kathy Griffin Crowned + Jeff Sessions RECUSED + Oscars Flub The Fault Of Totally Incompetent PwC Accountants + Dunham Does LGBTQ Detroit + Born (This) Way! Comments (0)

WIDGETSFGMC: Kathy Griffin will be honored at Crescendo, the annual San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus charity event. Also at the gala: Jinkx Monsoon, Screen Shot 2017-03-02 at 3.56.34 PMChely Wright.

WIDGETAlternet: WaPo broke Sessions story, framed it to minimize political fall-out.

Update from HuffPost: Sessions recused.

WIDGETWaPo: Six times Jeff Sessions has spoken out about perjury and special prosecutors.

WIDGETThe Wrap: The Oscars' veteran stage manager juicily describes incompetence of the PwC accountants!

WIDGETKenneth in the (212): Lena Dunham is matching donations to an LGBTQ center in Detroit. You go, Girls.

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WIDGETGay Times: BBC forced to explain why it de-gayed a cover of Lady Gaga's “Born This Way” on the TV show Let It Shine.

After the jump, watch the bowdlerized “BTW” ...

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Mar 01 2017
Oscars Flub For Kids Comments (0)
 
Feb 28 2017
And The Winner For Most Actress Is: Faye Dunaway Comments (0)

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A friend reminded me of Andy Tobias's series of columns from 1997 about an unnamed aging Hollywood actress he referred to as Ms. Star.

The columns detail her demands of and reign of terror over a hotel while she was appearing in a play, and while Faye Dunaway is never named, details about wire hangers and Maria Callas (Dunaway starred in Master Class at the time) give her away.

Choice bit:

The staff has begun to refer to Ms. Star as Mommie Dearest, after Joan Crawford, who used to stay at the hotel during her heyday, behaving in a similar fashion but adding her own signature quirks (sending ahead a 10-page list of instructions, cleaning her own bathroom on arrival, ordering vast quantities of vodka, requesting mountains of towels and NO WIRE HANGERS, etc.).

Fortunately, our staff and Ms. Star have come to somewhat of an understanding. They accept her abuse cheerfully, but in pairs. No one has the courage now to enter her suite alone.

For example, this afternoon Ms. Star was having trouble with her OWN PERSONAL fax machine (she brought her own; we just installed the line for it). She told the concierge to report to her room in ’30 seconds.’ On the way to her suite, he grabbed the front desk manager — who’s known for his equanimity in the face of the most outrageous guest behavior — and persuaded him to accompany him to the lioness’s hot, humid den. They knocked on her door, trying to look composed even as their hearts were pumping wildly. She took her time answering the door, then made them stay in the hallway until she had made one last attempt to fix the fax machine herself. Frustrated, she told them to come inside and work on it.

It turned out that the fax machine was in perfect working order — it was just that she was not familiar with sending faxes long distance (something her secretary usually handles for her, I guess). After they explained the problem and showed her the procedure, she berated them for failing to post the directions on her OWN PERSONAL fax machine. As the concierge opened his mouth to protest, the front desk manager poked him in the ribs. He, then, turned to Ms. Star and said with one of his most endearing smiles, “You’re absolutely right, Miss ———–. We should have done just that.” She dismissed them, and the front desk manager told me later, “I think she might have said 'thank you,' but I wouldn’t swear to it.”

I recommend you read each installment. They're written so evenhandedly, with Tobias and his concierge friend making quite a few charitable excuses for Dunaway's dotty rudeness before finally settling on the idea that she was just a bitch:

A Star's Suite Is Born

Ms. Star Arrives

Ms. Star: The Saga Continues

To Reach the Impossible Star

The Curtain Falls

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Now, let's hear about a different version of Faye, from my pal Alan Light:

1Faye Dunaway with Alan Light (All following photos by Alan Light)

Reading about the Holy Terror that is Miss Faye Dunaway reminds me of the time she was nice to me — although it was because she asked for a favor from me, and the story ends with a typical Faye goof-up.

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6-PACK — Gary From Prison + Oscar Despoiler Was Emma Stoned + Bob Harper's Near-Death Experience + Swimmer's Mind + Mack Beggs: The Question! Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2017-02-28 at 11.47.42 AMPeace out of prison three days ago! (Video still via ABC)

WIDGETTMZ: “Gary from Chicago” spent 20 years in the slammer on petty theft charges, was kissing Meryl Streep's hand at the Oscars three days later.

WIDGETNYDN: Confirmed by PwC, partner Brian Cullinan handed his dupe Best Actress envelope to Warren Beatty. He was distracted by tweeting a pic of Emma Stone.

WIDGETExtraTV: The Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper had a heart attack, almost died was unconscious for two days, but says he is on the mend.

Screen Shot 2017-02-28 at 11.33.28 AMBob Harper wants you to know he is okay, and still hot. (Image via Instagram)

WIDGETOutsports: Former college swimmer on being gay: “If you're really young, don't let anyone tell you that you don't understand your feelings. You do.”

WIDGETCNN: Local newscaster pipes up articulately on the unfairness in the case of Mack Beggs, trans wrestler being forced to wrestler girls (his birth gender):

WIDGETKenneth in the (212): Kenneth wants answers about what the rules should be regarding trans athletes — should a trans boy be wrestling girls?

Screen Shot 2017-02-28 at 11.30.32 AMMack Beggs (Images via Facebook)

 
Feb 27 2017
It's A Warren Piece Comments (0)

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