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Jun 05 2016
Anti-Anti-Gay: ATTITUDE Editor Matthew Todd On Our Literal STRAIGHT Jackets Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2016-06-05 at 3.03.37 PMAuthor Matthew Todd (Images via Bantam)

Matthew Todd, Attitude's longtime EIC, writes passionately about the inordinate amount of depression and anxiety still experienced by LGBT people, in spite of so many advances we've made in the past 20 years:

Culturally, homosexuality and misery have been linked so tightly by the haters over the years that they have become an offensive cliché to the point where any discussion is dismissed as prejudice. But discuss it we must.

More and more statistics reveal that LGBT people have higher levels of depression, anxiety, addiction and suicidal thoughts. The British Crime Survey 2009 showed that gay men used illicit drugs three times more than heterosexual men. It’s hardly a surprise. As therapist and author Joe Kort states so well in his book 10 Smart Things Gay Men Can Do to Improve Their Lives, what’s wrong is not our sexuality, but our experience of growing up in a society that still does not fully accept that people can be anything other than heterosexual and cisgendered (ie born into the physical gender you feel you are). It is the damage done to us by growing up strapped inside a cultural straitjacket—tight-fitting, one-size restraint imposed on us at birth—that leaves no room to grow. It makes no allowances for the fact that, yes, indeed, some people are different and we deserve—and need—to be supported and loved for who we are, too.

Worth noting is the fact that regardless of how much more positive the climate is today for LGBT people, it's still toxic, and more importantly, it was far more toxic during the years when most LGBT adults were growing up:

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Jun 03 2016
6-PACK — Britney Sings! + FROG AND TOAD ARE (MORE THAN) FRIENDS + His 1st Gay Bar + End The Ban On Trans Service Members? + Trump Goes Full Racist On Judge + Addicted To This Swimwear! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureABOVE: Rare footage of Britney Spears singing—actually singing—surfaces. This was same era when I interviewed her and asked her if she enjoyed dancing (!).

*widget boy cultureFrog and Toad Are Friends was a same-sex love story by a gay man: “[They are] of the same sex, and they love each other. It was quite ahead of its time in that respect.”

Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 11.36.25 PMI wish I had encountered this on my first trip to a gay bar! (Video still via Evan L.)

*widget boy cultureNewly out millennial reports on his very first gay bar and his very first drag show.

*widget boy cultureGay Sec. of the Army hints at a long-overdue lifting of the still-in-effect ban on transgender service members.

*widget boy cultureDonald Trump is openly attacking the judge in his Trump U case for the man's Mexican heritage: “It's an inherent conflict of interest.” I guess since Trump's a bigot?

*widget boy cultureAddicted swimwear's scorching-hot “Summer of Love” campaign pays loose homage to the '60s. Or something.

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May 29 2016
Embedded In RuPAUL'S DRAG RACE: BATTLE OF THE SEASONS! Comments (0)
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(All images in this post by Matthew Rettenmund, unless otherwise noted) 

I've watched every season of RuPaul's Drag Race, I've done drag as Samantha Fox and I just co-wrote a book with none other than Alaska, so count me in when another RuPaul's Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons event hits NYC.

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This past week's extravaganza was a blast! I was able to do the VIP meet-and-greet hour, where I shot all the girls—Manila Luzon, Miss Fame, Sharon Needles, Katya, Jinkx Monsoon, Violet Chachki, Adore Delano, Ginger Minj and Alaska herself—and then even managed to work my way backstage for some quality time with the low-lifes in high heels.

IMG_6278The merch available was incredible.

Screen Shot 2016-05-29 at 12.28.20 AMThe Ru queens attract more female than male fans. Discuss.

IMG_6348Alaska's necklace really got into the groove.

IMG_6346Purr-fect Adore Delano

IMG_6300Bettie Page-ing Violet Chachki! Bettie Page-ing Violet Chachki!

IMG_6373A fan, in the pink

IMG_6311She skipped her hometown (Atlanta) show because Katya wasn't in it, instead hopping on a plane to NYC!

IMG_6287BeatenFaceTime with Courtney Act

IMG_6291America knows good drag queens when they see them. Here, actual girls give drag a woman's touch.

IMG_6321The Miss Fame game

IMG_6352Who killed Marilyn Monroe? Ask her! Sharon Needles serves old-time glamour.

IMG_6310Ginger Minj goes blonde. Does the carpet match the drapes? Honey, what about that curtain rod?

IMG_6377Katya, in the act

IMG_6390Jinkx Monsoon season

IMG_6331It takes two, it takes two ... Michelle Visage and friends

IMG_6362With so much feminine beauty around, I still couldn't help noticing the boy of anyone's dreams.

IMG_6423This one also would not have to sashay away.

Screen Shot 2016-05-29 at 12.58.50 AMEven Bianca was “there.” I could only think of this book cover. (Book cover via Simon & Schuster)

Backstage was a hoot. Or a hooter.

Sharon was friendly as could be, and embracing a far less Goth look, one of which Eve Arden would approve.

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May 24 2016
Alaska's New Video Is A Hole 'Nother Level Comments (0)

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Alaska is serving “Anus,” and don't you dare send it back to the kitchen!

Keep reading for the video, and buy the book I wrote with her here ...

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May 19 2016
6-PACK — Camera-Bait + Snug Singlet vs. Smug Selfie + Bangladesh Horror For LGBT Citizens + Dual-Gendered Memoir + Gosselaar Sprouts A Beard + PICTURE MOMMY DEAD Reckoning! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureDavid Velez shoots João Pombeiro, as seen at Accidental Bear.

*widget boy cultureThis poor guy's wrestling singlet is even tighter into his junk than most of us would like to be. Then there's this shirtless smoothie—muscles galore.

*widget boy cultureMilitants in Bangladesh threaten LGBT people: “Say your prayers, confess to God for your sins. Eat or drink whatever you wish to, nobody can save you.”

*widget boy cultureDual-gendered life covered in Dear Mom and Dad, You Don't Know Me, But ...: “Georgia McGowen spent 30 years in George's subconscious ... They are retired together.”

*widget boy cultureMark-Paul Gosselaar is totally bear-ing out: Thicker, plus a full beard. You like?

*widget boy cultureThe backstory of the 1966 horror schlockfest Picture Mommy Dead is way more entertaining than the movie itself: Shoplifting, pink slips, reluctant retirees—oh, my!

Screen Shot 2016-05-18 at 11.52.05 AMZsa Zsa & Hedy—one got fired, both got burned. (Film still via Embassy; newspaper clipping via L.A. Times/Poseidon's Underworld)

 
May 09 2016
Sickeningly Loyal Comments (0)

Great support for my novel with Alaska. Check it out here!

 
Apr 19 2016
They Read Everyone Else, Now You Can Read Them: Alaska & Sharon Have Published Novels, Girl! Comments (0)

It's been a super secret process, but I can finally announce that I've just published the first novel with which I've been associated in 18 years!

Unspecified(Cover by Donny Meloche/published by Producer Entertainment Group)

As part of the new “Sickening Adventures” series, I co-authored with the delightful, slightly renamed RuPaul's Drag Race star Alaska Thunderfun and the Inner Space Odyssey, a trippy fantasy about being yourself ... even if yourself happens to have crash-landed on Earth by mistake in 1979, okrrrr?

Adding to the good news: Sharon Needles, with Michael Thomas Ford, is publishing her own novel, Sharon Needles and the Curse of the Devil's Deck. That's Deck, with an E, whores.

Unspecified-1(Cover by Donny Meloche/published by Producer Entertainment Group)

Both books, bearing fantastic covers designed by Donny Meloche, are—like the queens themselves—out now!

At the top of this post, check out video of the entire Season 8 cast reacting to news of the novels (“Season 8 is Season Great! I couldn't possibly choose a favorite because I love them all,” Alaska says. “It's been such a pleasure watching every Monday like the rabid fan that I am.”) and below is my exclusive Q&A with Alaska, who should go on to become the next Gore Vidal ... or Vidal Sassoon ... or something.

Please buy the books and let me know what you think ...

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Apr 12 2016
6-PACK — Henry Cavill Works (Out) On Every Level + Trans Unicorn + Kylie Jenner Wigs Out + Beverly Cleary Hits 100 + Gay Teacher's Husband Denied Health Benefits + Hillary's Pro-LGBT Ad! Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2016-04-12 at 9.53.36 AM(Image via Instagram @henrycavill)

*widget boy cultureHenry Cavill keeps us posted on his workouts. The only thing I can say is: What a body of work!

*widget boy culturePowerpuff Girls episode takes on trans issue with unicorn. Because a magical horse is a magical horse — of course, of course.

*widget boy cultureKylie Jenner thinks she “started wigs.” No, really. “I just do whatever I want to do, and people will follow.”

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*widget boy cultureOLDER THAN BEEZUS: Beverly Cleary is 100 years old. Hearing her name, I can smell my elementary-school library.

*widget boy culturePittsburgh won't pay for health insurance for gay teacher's husband, even though he couldn't legally marry when he retired.

*widget boy cultureHillary's new unabashedly pro-LGBT ad uses footage from her recent speeches, as well as those from her tenure as Secretary of State: 

The fight goes on

Every American deserves to live free from discrimination—no matter who they are or who they love.

Posted by Hillary Clinton on Sunday, April 10, 2016
 


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