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Aug 28 2017
P!nk's Powerful MTV VMAs Speech On Beauty & Gender Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2017-08-28 at 12.11.55 AMP!nk, receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the MTV VMAs, delivered a powerful, personal speech about beauty and gender, using a story about her 6-year-old daughter Willow. 

All the more touching she received it from Ellen DeGeneres ...

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Aug 14 2017
6-PACK — Jackie Pulls A Joan + Man Arrested For Plotting To Bomb Oklahoma City + WHEN PIGS FLY Again! + Sessions Gets What Domestic Terrorism Is + Biz Leaders Abandon Trump + Demonstrators Pull Down Monument To Confederacy! Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2017-08-14 at 9.23.10 PMJackie Hoffman of Feud is pulling  Joan Crawford, phoning all her Emmy rivals, offering to accept on their behalf in the eventuality that any of the other women win:

Is this Laura Dern, Miss Laura Dern? Bruce! Bruce Dern. Are you taking all of Laura's calls? Oh, you work for her.

Keep reading for this and some other hot links including Jeff Sessions using the phrase Trump never, ever will ...

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Jul 13 2017
6-PACK — TIME For Prison + RuPaul's Emmy Love Fest + Christian Retailer Bristles At Gay Acceptance + GOP To Trans Troops: Drop Hormones + Trump Macks On French 1st Lady + RIP Elsa Martinelli Comments (0)

DEnI_9hXkAINazM.jpg-largeDonald Trump Jr.: Really, really bad liar. (Image via Time)

WIDGETTime: Time puts Don Jr. on the cover for his Russian collusion/treason scandal. 

WIDGETExtraTV: Full list of Emmy nominations, including a slew for Ru!

WIDGETThe Gospel Herald: LifeWay Christian Stores, the biggest Christian retailer in the U.S., may ban Eugene Peterson's books because he has evolved on gay marriage.

WIDGETHuff Post: Supporting the troops? Well, not the transgender ones — GOP wants to deny hormone and other health benefits for 1,000s of trans troops.

WIDGETABC News: Trump turned to France's new first lady and told her, “You're in such good shape.” Le puke.

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WIDGETTHR: Just read that Italian model and actress Elsa Martinelli died. Quite a beauty, she debuted in The Indian Fighter (1955) opposite Kirk Douglas, who's now 100. 

 
Jul 04 2017
6-PACK — BIG Bubble + THE PRESIDENCY HAS BEEN HIJACKED + Death Threats To Journo + Chinese Gay Men Wins Conversion-Therapy Case + Tennis Stud + Gus Kenworthy's Heartfelt Speech On Coming Out! Comments (0)

Mark-JansenMark Jansen (Image via CBS)

WIDGETOMG Blog: Big Brother's Big Mark Jansen shows off his big bubble. (Work Unfriendly)

WIDGETNYT: Here's a cheery 4th of July thought: “The presidency has been hijacked.”

WIDGETJoe.My.God.: Jared Yates Sexton, the reporter who pointed out the obviously racist and anti-Semitic beliefs of the dude who created Trump's CNN meme, is receiving death threats.

WIDGETNewsweek: Gay Chinese man wins compensation, apology over forced conversion therapy.

WIDGETKenneth in the (212): You could get tennis elbow staring at this picture. (Safe for Jerk)

Gus-KenworthyGus Kenworthy spoke movingly of the torture he felt when in the closet. (Video still via HRC)

WIDGETHRC: Gus Kenworthy received the HRC Visibility Award last week, giving the following sweet, tearful speech ...

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Jun 30 2017
National Red Velvet Comments (0)

Elizabeth-Taylor-cupcake(Image via Sprinkles)

Starting July 1, Sprinkles' Icon Series Elizabeth Taylor cupcakes will be not only the cause of weight gain and temporary joy, but will also be for the cause of The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the charity, founded by the late movie star in response to the AIDS crisis.

Find Your Nearest Sprinkles Here!

Watch Taylor talking about the famous gay men in her life after the jump ...

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Jun 24 2017
Deep Inside The 1st Annual Str8UpGayPorn Awards! Comments (0)

DSC04679_newBrent Corrigan & JJ Knight (All images by Matthew Rettenmund)

As I blogged some time ago, I was honored to be asked to participate as one of the judges in the first-ever Str8UpGayPorn Awards.

Complete List of Winners Here! (Work Unfriendly)

I consume porn at least as much as the next gay man, but I had not watched a full gay-porn movie since, oh ... Big Guns? I took my job very seriously and watched every nominated movie and performance, and was pleasantly surprised that most of the nominees for which or whom I voted won.

The event was not without controversy. Some in the porn industry complain that Str8UpGayPorn.com's editor, IMG_5813_newthe outspoken Zachary Sire (pictured, showing his own legit surprise at who we judges chose), is doing more harm than good. I think that while I am not aware of the truth behind every spat, Sire is simply extremely well-informed, not afraid to shine a spotlight on things some performers would rather he didn't (Twitter feuds, arrests) and has a taste level that demands porn productions look good and accomplish what they should without cheating the viewers.

A mini-controversy from the Michael Lucas camp didn't work, so the announced hostess, Sandra Bernhard, showed up as promised, as did a healthy number of faces from porn's who's who.

IMG_5442_newDoes the carpet match the rapes? Helix's Evan Parker, Tyler Hill & Max Carter pretend to have their way with Kyle Ross

I arrived early to cover the carpet, watching porn vet Bruce Beckham and the delightful mr. Pam interview the X-rated glitterati before the photogs, including myself, would line them up for posed pics. 

IMG_5408_newBruce & Pam, who shoved hard questions into the nubile models' faces

Most of the guys in gay porn (the gay ones!) are sweet, friendly, bubbly types who enjoy attention, which makes for great subjects and very few unpleasant exchanges. I was maybe a little too excited to see some of my favorites in the flesh, not least of which a generous helping of Bel Ami boys (including too-stunning-for-words Hoyt Kogan), enough Helix boys to fill a playground (why is Kyle Ross so adorable?), a flock of Cocky Boys (Carter Dane, Taylor Reign, possibly others who rhyme) and porn legends like Chi Chi LaRue, Diesel Washington and Brent Corrigan with beau JJ Knight.

IMG_5427_newRicky Roman spent all day dressing ... and all night undressing!

IMG_5494_newChi Chi was smiling this big even before she won!

IMG_5537_newChoice cuts Sean Ford, Carter Dane & Levi Karter

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IMG_5678_newTrinity & Detox showed even more skin than the guys who get paid to do it.

IMG_5693_newPorn power couple Marc MacNamara & Diego Sans

IMG_5732_newPreening for the carpet

IMG_5748_newAdorable Johnny Rapid, running on empty

IMG_5758_newRidiculously cute Bel Ami boys Helmut Huxley & Jeromy Exupery

IMG_5771_newSean Cody's Brandon no-bellies up to the bar

One thing I found charming was how worried the Bel Ami boys — in prom-style tuxes — were about looking sweaty on the red carpet. I did some party shots they vastly preferred, which was hard to take seriously considering they look like this:

IMG_5760_newChristian Lundgren & Hoyt Kogan: May I have this dance?

IMG_5793_newI love to Hoyt you ...

IMG_5772_newWill Wikle is one big brother!

IMG_5788_newColby Keller was not letting go.

All the models were only to happy to pose again and again. The only NO, PLEASE! I got all nice was when I mistook a caiter waiter for a porn god, which, if we're being honest, is not a hard mistake to make.

IMG_5790_newOne waiter not shy to be photographed — as Diego Sans sneaks a nibble.

IMG_5801_newLiam Riley & friend till the end

The show started a little late, but went off without any serious glitches. Bernhard was a hoot, completely unruffled by any missed cues or other minor bumps in the road. This was kind of her attitude:

GiphyLet's not take this too seriously, kids!

She was professional, gave a funny opening monologue, was totally game and also gave a great pep talk about how people who do porn are at the forefront of living free and authentic lives. She called Shangela Shan-GELLA, like Frank Langella, but she also happily posed for pictures off to the side of the stage and shared a great story about how, in the '70s, she was in love with a famous drag queen. “She was my boyfriend,” she cracked.

As controversial a site as Str8UpGayPorn.com is, the show was fairly drama-free. Diesel Washington, saved for the end, did point out that the room was very white, but he also did it in a way that was both firm and yet not accusatory, and he still participated. Not just participated — he wore a crazy outfit and brought his mom! 

All that, and he's super nice and accomodating with the fans.

Check out more snippets from the ceremony here, including the double-Helix makeout sesh:

After the awards (gorgeous, crystal trophies) were all handed out, I was able to chat up some of the boys and congratulate them before my date and I headed up to the after-party on the roof. It was steamy good fun for all with no nudity.

IMG_5966_newSandra Bernhard, LGBTQ warrior princess

IMG_5858_newChi Chi, take a seat. (But only literally.)

IMG_5879_newTrinity sandwich

IMG_5855_newDiesel Washington with his proud mom

Hey — they gave at the office.

Really, Zach should be proud of how well his event came off, and it will likely only get better over the years. I know already from talking with them that the winners were duly psyched to have been chosen.

IMG_5968_newBest Couple Tyler Hill & Evan Parker

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IMG_6052_newDetox stole Marc MacNamara from Diego Sans — and attracted the admiration of Chi Chi!

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IMG_6404_newBoth Cocky Boys (above, first) and Helix notched big wins.

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Jun 12 2017
6-PACK — Nobody Watched The Tonys + I Hope Nobody Watches Megyn Kelly Normalize Alex Jones + 49 Angels + McCain: Obama > Trump + Sponsors Freak Over JULIUS CAESAR Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2017-06-12 at 10.59.49 AMTonys ratings were almost at an all-time low! (Image via TonyAwards.com)

WIDGETEW: Tonys have some political oomph, Spacey me-me-me-ness, that epic Midler speech: “Bette Midler for president!” List of winners.

WIDGETSalon: Alex Jones, Sandy Hook denier and full-fledged nut, given prime-time Q&A by “cold” “sociopath” Megyn Kelly, who says, hey, Trump legitimized him first

WIDGETTwitter @KaraDuffyCBS12: 49 people dressed as angels stood vigil outside Pulse last night to commemorate today's anniversary.

WIDGETBloomberg: Will Trump testify? This guy sued Trump — and got him to admit to 30 lies while under oath. So bring it on.

WIDGETJoe.My.God.: John McCain says America was better off under his old rival Obama.

WIDGETNew York Daily News: Caving to Fox News noise machine, Delta and Bank of America defund Public Theater over Trumped-up Julius Caesar.

Trump-Julius-CaesarThe Trump-like characters in this production rattled corporate backers. (Image via Joan Marcus)

 
Jun 11 2017
Gay Behind The Eyes Host Kevin Spacey Jokes About Being Closeted In Tonys Opening Comments (0)

Kevin-SpaceyUpdated header: KEVIN SPACEY HAS A POINTLESS SECRET. (Image via Esquire)

Kevin Spacey, widely known to be glass-closeted — and no, practically being out is not the same as being out — engaged in some coy jokes about being closeted in the (effortful) opening of the Tony Awards tonigth, which he hosted.

First, there was a closet joke with Whoopi Goldberg.

Next, he dressed up as Norma Desmond and sang, “I'm coming out ... no, wait.”

I don't like rich, successful, perfectly well-adjusted stars with zero reason not to acknowledge they're gay who do not actually acknowledge they're gay. It's 2017. Speaking of which, it's almost a year to the day since the Pulse gay nightclub massacre, and it's LGBTQ Pride Month and it's the same day as the National Equality March, so whatever you think of stars who remain closeted for any reason, is this really the day to be making cutesy closet jokes?

Nope.

Watch the opening number below ...

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