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Jun 02 2017
Pride Month: It's No Good Without Billy Haines Comments (0)

Billy-Haines-smileHaines — his smile didn't intentionally hide anying, but he didn't read as gay to audiences. (Image via MGM)

William aka Billy Haines (1900-1973) bolted from Virginia in 1919 to live in NYC's Greenwich Village, where he lived with a male couple who'd been together for 40 years. He also befriended a same-sex couple who were living together, both of whom moved to Hollywood — becoming known as fashion designer Orry-Kelly (1897-1964) and movie star Cary Grant (1904-1986).

Billy entered a 1922 talent contest that lhe won, leading to an MGM contract and a career in Hollywood in the Silent Era. William-Haines-gay

Throughout the '20s, Haines gained a reputation as a popular leading man, one with a certain degree of sarcasm that today might be diagnosed as snark. His hits included the 1926 smashes Brown of Harvard and Tell It to the Marines (indeed).

He was also a carouser, notching up affairs with men and women, including an alleged one-off with Clark Gable (1901-1960), a more serious affair with superstar Ramon Novarro (1899-1968), and relationships with Norma Shearer (1902-1983) and Barbara La Marr (1896-1926).

Billy-Haines-shirtless-CheneyHaines with Lon Chaney Sr. in Tell It to the Marines (1926)

In spite of Haines's success, his casual approach to being gay was a liability; in an era when coming out was unheard of, he was never really in, though he did tell reporters he was in love with actress Polly Moran (1883-1952), a pal. In reality, from 1926, he was in love with former sailor Jimmie Shields (1905-1974), with whom he lived.

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Jun 01 2017
Pride Month: The Funny Business Of Alan Sues Comments (0)

AlanSuesAlan Sues — bell of the ball (Image via NBC)

For my first Gay Pride Month tribute post, I'm profiling Alan Sues (1926-2011), most famous for his hiding-in-plain-sight-campy characters on Rowan & Martin's Laugh In from 1968-1972.

No, he never came out professionally, but not everyone can be Harvey Milk, and some of us who fall short of those heights can still have a great Alan-Sues impact on the LGBTQ experience.

A new book — Alan Sues: A Funny Man by Michael Gregg Michaud (BearManor Media) — provides an in-depth and highly personal introduction to the life and work of Sues, written by a close friend who also wrote the definitive book on Sal Mineo. Alan Sues: A Funny Man beautifully captures the comic actor's kooky wit while documenting fascinating aspects of his life as a closeted gay man whose first same-sexual experiences happened 30 years before oral and anal sex were legal in California.

For a guy born in the '20s, Sues's public life was about as openly gay as you get without saying it. For starters, his first major job was in the original Broadway production of the gay-themed drama Tea and Sympathy (1953-1955). He never missed a performance during its run. Ironically, he was cast as a bully! His remembrances of working on the production, as related to Michaud, are hysterical, including his summary of co-star John Kerr as handsome but dull: “Years later, he became a lawyer, which explained a lot.” A dutifully gossipy gay, Sues also recalled wanted to ask Leif Erickson about his ex, Frances Farmer, but realized “that wasn't the way to go.”

SUes-Masks-Twilight-ZoneSues enters The Twilight Zone (Image via CBS)

After marrying a gorgeous girl with whom he had a stage act, Sues worked mostly in the theater. His big break on TV was in one of the most memorable and acclaimed episodes of The Twilight Zone. He played the boorish, bratty Wilfred Harper Jr. in the 1964 installment “The Masks.” Spoiler alert: Dying rich guy persuades his vulture-like heirs to don creepy masks, knowing that when removed, his relatives' faces will have been transformed into more accurate representations of their hideous souls.

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May 12 2017
Quinn Biddle's First Book Is UNDRESSED For Success Comments (0)

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Via All American Guys: Fitness model Quinn Biddle's new book Undressed, shot by Michael Anthony Downs, is nakedly ambitious in its effort to capture the poser's perfect physique from every angle.

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From a press release:

You've seen his pictures on All American Guys, followed his story on Instagram and Facebook, and been captivated by his handsome face on paperback novels, but now you can see Quinn Biddle in a much more intimate fashion in his stunning debut coffee-table book Undressed.

Blessed with chiseled good looks, sculpted muscles, and personality for days, Quinn Biddle has blown up recently as one of the industry's top new fitness models. Whether doing intense gym shoots or stylish fashion layouts, Quinn exudes a masculine appeal that jumps off the page. Now he takes it a step further, pushing the edge and offering fans a peek into his private world. 

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Photographed by Michael Anthony Downs, Undressed features Quinn in powerful athletic and fitness poses, as well as revealing shots at home, outdoors, in the studio, and up-close in the shower. You'll be amazed by his dazzling physique and ease in front of the camera. 

See for yourself what everyone is talking about: the must-have new book bringing you Quinn Biddle Undressed.

See more of Quinn here!

 
May 06 2017
Comic Actor: Chris Pratt's Life Story Comments (0)

FameChrisPrattCOVERA(Image via TIDALWAVE)

The adorable Chris Pratt is the subject of the latest TIDALWAVE comic book bio, Fame: Chris Pratt, by Michael Frizell & artist Nathan Webb.

For a taste of what to expect, check this out, from a press release:

“Drawing a Chris Pratt comic meant that I get to draw Velociraptors, boxing, wrestling, football, baseball, assault rifles, gunslinger pistols, aliens, space ships and even Lego. Basically this comic includes a whistle stop tour of some really cool and exciting Hollywood blockbuster movies he's starred in,” said artist Nathan Webb.

Get him here.

 
May 05 2017
The Rainbow Connection Comments (0)

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Edges of the Rainbow: LGBTQ Japan by Michel Delsol and Haruku Shinozaki is out now, offering a glimpse into the queer world of Japan.

Via press release:

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May 02 2017
6-PACK — Help Gay Chechnyans! + Suicide Leap + Deadly Blessing + Syrian ENTERTAINMENT + Trump's 488 Lies + Austin Armacost's Assacost! Comments (0)

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WIDGETtheOUTfront: how to help save the lives of gay men in Chechnya!

WIDGETKenneth in the (212): Jean Stein, Edie Sedgwick's biographer, jumps to her death in Manhattan — at age 83.

WIDGETPinkstart: A woman dying of cancer wants her husband and her brother to become a couple after her death.

WIDGETHuff Post: U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross glibly says Trump's attack on Syria was “after-dinner entertainment.”

WIDGETWashington Post: The paper points out nearly 500 times Trump has lied since taking office — sometimes, 20 times a day!

WIDGETGay Fleshbot: The many, many, many times Austin Armacost has flashed his bare cheeks on Instagram.

 

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Apr 21 2017
Living In A Box: The Male Nudes Of Ron Amato Comments (0)

Ron-Amato-1(Images by Ron Amato/Bruno Gmeunder)

Fine-arts photographer and FIT prof Ron Amato will be signing copies of his book The Box at the Strand in NYC on May 1 (7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m).

The book represents evolution in the history of physique photography, one in which the male nudes are affectionately intertwined — not what you'd have seen in the classic beefcake magazines of yore.

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The book is out the same day as the signing. Check it out here.

 
Apr 19 2017
Wonka's Willy Comments (0)

Stripper(Video still via Hamlet Tallaj)

Too bad you can't see this guy's Ever-Lasting Gobstopper — couldn't find a host for the video that was okay with peen. But watching him strip to a Willy Wonka tune had the same effect as a Fizzy Lifting Drink.

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This happened at Amanda Lepore's party for the release of her book Doll Parts.

Pic from the event (and the video itself) by Hamlet Tallaj:

18052098_10154683040759151_295932676_oThis is not what Elizabeth Warren's book party will look like. (Image by Hamlet Tallaj)

 


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