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Jul 14 2016
6-PACK — Crooked Donald + Trump's Lily-White Support + RNC Lineup Of Trolls + Rugby Butt Buddies + Katy Perry's Revenge + Madonna's BEDTIME STORIES Wakes Up! Comments (0)

*widget boy culturePeople have trust issues with Hillary Clinton, but Donald Trump is Mr. Establishment and the ultimate con man. See above, his Trump U sales rep.

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*widget boy cultureTrump pulling 0% of the black vote in OH and PA, still doing well there.

*widget boy cultureMadonna's Bedtime Stories to be reissued on vinyl by Rhino in August, John Waters's Multiple Maniacs also gets a new lease on life.

*widget boy cultureRNC lineup: Benghazi mom to politicize son's death, Tim Tebow to praise the Lawd, Antonio Sabato Jr. to — do something. And more!

*widget boy cultureDaniel Currie & Tom Nicholls play explicit grab-ass in the ocean. WOW.

*widget boy cultureCalvin Harris ratted out Taylor Swift (who ratted out Calvin Harris) for really being anti-Katy Perry. Vindi-Katy's priceless tweet in reply:

 
Jul 09 2016
6-PACK — Scream, Queen! + RIP Sharon Douglas + Comey's Overreach + Dems For $15 Minimum Wage + STAR TREK BEYOND Disappointed In Takei + Baton-Twirling Sensation! Comments (0)

CHellraiser.dildo *widget boy cultureTHE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL & TOOK A POUNDING: Adult toys meet horror-movie posters. (Work Unfriendly, don't go in the basement)

*widget boy cultureAn engrossing obit for radio, film & TV actress Sharon Douglas, who died in June @ 95.

Screen Shot 2016-07-09 at 11.06.52 AMSharon Douglas: October 16, 1920-June 18, 2016 (Images via Producers Releasing Corp.)

*widget boy culture“I don't think even J. Edgar Hoover ever did this”: The ways in which the FBI's Comey overstepped with his Hillary comments.

*widget boy cultureBELATEDLY FEELING THE BERN: Dems adopt Bernie's $15 minimum wage.

*widget boy cultureStar Trek Beyond cast disappointed by George Takei's disappointment that Sulu is gay in the new installment of the movie series.

*widget boy cultureThis bitch is making baton-twirling into the new drag. Love every second of it.

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Jul 08 2016
How Str8 People Imagine Gay Co-Workers ... Comments (0)

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Or is this how gay people imagine themselves?

Video after the jump ...

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Jul 06 2016
6-PACK — Wait'll You Get His Haynes On You + Lois Lane, RIP + Bud Light Beef + Trump Sez Hillary BRIBED Lynch + Hillary & Obama Campaign Together + HANDS Across Gay America! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureColton Haynes offers ridiculously pricy T-shirts that say “Daddy” and “Anxious.” I would consider.

*widget boy cultureOne of the last two surviving Adventures of Superman (1952-1958) stars, Noel Neill aka Lois Lane, dies @ 95.

*widget boy cultureThe amazing Bud Light Boys of Pride Toronto: 

*widget boy cultureTrump claims Hillary bribed Lynch to get off the e-hook.

*widget boy cultureHillary and Obama campaign together: 2008's dream team is 2016's worst Republican nightmare.

*widget boy culture“Hands,” a new single to help the Orlando mass shooting victims, boasts all-star lineup. Get it here!

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Jun 28 2016
Finger On Pulse: NYC Pride March 2016 — With 100s Of Pictures! Comments (0)

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IMG_7509*All of the above! (All images in this post by Matthew Rettenmund, unless noted)

My day at the NYC Pride March was a beautiful reminder of my experience in life and of the fact that I'm always having new experiences in life ... and proof that my little body's slowing breaking down. Oh, my aching gay back!

READ: 100+ Sizzling Pics from the Adonis Lounge Go-Go Boy Float!

I was tapped to follow the stripper-drenched Adonis Lounge float, photographing the guys and the gays' reactions to them as we tooled through Manhattan, Screen Shot 2016-06-27 at 11.43.40 PMbut was told the night before—at a nude party, which are great fun when only the strippers and not the patrons provide the nudity—that I wouldn't be meeting then until 3 p.m. That blew my mind, as anyone marching in the parade usually meets up in the morning. This year, organizers seemed to get more realistic about when groups should assemble on the side streets in the 30s and 40s along Fifth Avenue to cut down on congestion and fatigue, but there was no way I wanted to miss the parade itself just because I was going to be in it, toward the end. [Pictured: Me with Angel (Image by Angel Jimez), me with Edward (Image courtesy of Edward Thomas)]

So, I woke up early, fed myself, pulled on my beloved Mildred Fierce T-shirt and hauled camera over to W. 41st St., which I picked IMG_7475*
because I read that was where a group featuring teen trans star Jazz Jennings would be meeting up and thought she'd be fun to shoot again. I never found her, but did find my pal Edward Thomas and his sister.

It was a great block on which to hang out, filled with plenty of beauties, interesting faces and spirited coppers—I was mixing it up with the Gay Officers Action League, where I met a lesbian couple in love with Varla Jean Merman (my shirt provided the conversation-starter), was handed my first NO when asking to take someone's picture (an all-but-naked man in a leather jockstrap, who apparently wasn't seeking attention) and fell in love several times.

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I don't have official press I.D., which isn't technically needed to cover a public event, but I'm always worried I'll be stopped when walking from float to float. Once our group poured onto Fifth, there was no turning back and I was able to march forward pretty far, to within a few groups of the very beginning of the parade (I had fun with the Hillary marchers, unaware that had I just stuck with them a few more blocks, I would've encountered the woman herself—oh, well, I did get Chelsea last year).

IMG_7470*The first one I fell for: The adorable Zico boy and his hairy legs.

Once I'd gotten way down from the 40s to the teens, I simply turned around and began slowly moving back against the tide in order to see as many marchers as possible.

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It was a beautiful march—colorful, exuberant, and sunny—but it surprised me that it didn't feel as pregnant with purpose as I'd expected in the wake of the Orlando mass shooting. To be sure, there were countless expressions of solidarity and sorrow over the event, most prominently in the inclusion of Pulse owner Barbara Poma and the many WE ARE ORLANDO signs, but the parade didn't have a different vibe—it was just much, much longer. Maybe that was the Pulse effect, a rush to be a part of the bigger picture, even if more than a few moms back home were wishing their LGBT kids were not going to be quite so LGBT, quite so out in the open; I guess a lot more people wanted to send the message that they were deeply affected by Orlando, but wouldn't let that stop them from being themselves in public.

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The other thing I noticed more so than ever, and that drives at least some people away from the otherwise energizing event, is the relentless corporatization of it. I have argued before, and it is still my belief, that big business marketing to us is not demonic, and that if we live in a capitalist society and are the target of marketers, that is a sign of respect for our importance, our power. Also, it's psychologically vastly important that everyday brands go out of their way to support the LGBT cause openly—even if I'm not sure whether Kiehl's is a top or a bottom (probably bottom), or in what stage of transitioning Facebook may be.

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IMG_7606*Case in point: Delta Airlines had human billboards ... and yet these two pics were among my favorite due to the marcher's joy.

I appreciate that the captains of industry understand that LGBT people are there customers and are not afraid to have our back on our biggest day of the year. Frankly, we'd have to buy from them anyway.

IMG_8674*The only thing they were selling was love.

That said, it's more and more of a killjoy to see so many marchers who were casted to walk attractively alongside and while wearing a logo. This fatiguing omnipresence of big business first hit me when I heard a team leader giving what sounded like shareholders speech before his company group's step-off, was compounded by running into a young friend who was being paid to participate (would he have even gone otherwise?) and was hammered home when, at the end of the draining day I was handed three rainbow bracelets—and upon closer inspection, discovered they advertised Wyndham Rewards. Womp-womp.

IMG_7436*Whether the message is from MasterCard or Harvey Milk, it's true: Acceptance does matter.

It's not moving, this businessy side of the parade, but on the other hand, I suppose it's the biggest pie in the face of every Anita Bryant ever that Walmart's with us, and that MasterCard is telling the world #AcceptanceMatters. Because it does, but who knew MasterCard would one day care?

I think what would help me get over the $$$ aspect is if the march could somehow encourage much smaller groups to have floats (at a discounted rate?) that were being judged for creativity and messaging. That way, I think people would be less inundated with pitches (including political ones) and the parade itself would only be more fun.

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In the past, I've also read a lot about people thinking the parade is too sexy, too about perfect bodies. I really don't get that at all. I hunted for those sexy IMG_7777*bodies, and while there were plenty on display, it sure didn't feel excessive. I recall other parades in decades past that felt far more decadent. (I later wound up on the dirtiest float in the entire procession, and it suck out like a sore thumb-job.) I also just unfriended a very intelligent but ridiculously politicized writer whose posts obsess over racism and sexism and homophobic in ways that are more self-parody than self-help. The straw that broke the homo's back was his declaration that he “hates” Gay Pride, partly due to a wrenching experience he had once (which I get) but mainly due to his feeling that all the lovely bodies are shaming him and telling him he isn't good enough.

I fully understand that twinge one can get when one sees a gaggle of ostentatiously sexy, mind-bogglingly muscled gay dudes in Speedos IMG_8111* acting like they were born that way, and there are definitely a lot of boys who, like too many girls have always done in order to seem less threatening to men, fake air-headedness and flash skin until it becomes who they are. But they are not the ones telling you you're not good enough by having great beauty, you're the one telling yourself that. Get over it, enjoy their beauty and—you know what?—enjoy what you've got, too. We are all born and we all die and any one of us can get shot in a club or get cancer or get gay-bashed or anything else you can imagine, so celebrating our fleeting sexiness should be an act of pleasure and defiance, not something to make us binge-eat a bag of doughnuts and declare our hatred for gay pride.

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All that said, I did have a blast playing photojournalist (surprising that I had about a half dozen people I asked for posed pictures decline), taking portraits, candids and landscapes of the gigantic, throbbing event from noon to 3. Ultimately, there is nothing else quite like a big-city LGBT parade, even if someone, somewhere is making a little cash off of it.

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By 3, I had made my way back to where the floats were waiting to make their way down Fifth, and found the Adonis Lounge's station. I spent several hours there—we didn't step off until something like 6!—and then spent another few slowly, ever so slowly, marching the entire route. But that's for another post.

IMG_7577*Looking at these women, who wouldn't wanna be a lesbian?

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Jun 21 2016
6-PACK — Gun Control Hall Of Shame + Tom Hiddleston's Better Half + Does Trump Really Wanna Win? + Sanders Battles Superdelegates & Congressional Black Caucus + Hillary Looking For Popstars + NEW YORKER's Kiss-In! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureThis handy list shows what the NRA paid the Republican senators who refused any measure of new gun control in the wake of the Orlando massacre.

*widget boy cultureA whole lotta information about Tom Hiddleston's butt.

*widget boy culture5 reasons why Donald Trump either doesn't wanna win or isn't remotely equipped to do so.

*widget boy cultureSanders battling superdelegates in the Senate, but Congressional Black Caucus is staunchly opposed to doing away with them.

*widget boy cultureHillary is reaching out to a slew of youthful, popular artists to jazz up the Democratic National Convention. For Trump, Scott Baio could do a dramatic reading?

*widget boy cultureYASSSS, New Yorker: #TwoMenKissing cover is one for the ages:

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Jun 07 2016
6-PACK — Making America Gay Again + Death Of An Obama Appointee + Pentagon Pride + DONALD TRUMP OF THE PHILIPPINES Wins + I AM JAZZ Season 2 Begins + Gardner for Garçon! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureAmerican Apparel unveils new Gay Pride threads: “Make America Gay Again!”

*widget boy cultureCassandra Butts, thrilled to be nominated as Ambassador to the Bahamas, wasn't confirmed by the Republican Senate. 835 days later, she suddenly died at age 50.

*widget boy cultureI'll never forget the guy who attacked Obama while extolling the virtues of Sgt. Leonard Matlovich. Now, Matlovich is part of the Pentagon's LGBT Pride proclamation.

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*widget boy cultureRodrigo Duterte, the “Donald Trump of the Philippines,” has won the presidency there. He jokes about rape, womanizes, suggests murdered journos deserved it.

*widget boy cultureSeason 2 of I Am Jazz begins this week. Series star Jazz Jennings, published children's book author, speaks out on being trans: “I wish everything was gender-neutral.”

*widget boy cultureGarçon Model launches first-ever swimwear collection, featuring sexy model Scott Gardner in campaign.

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Jun 06 2016
Trump U Is The Donald's Watergate Comments (0)

The Attorneys General of Florida and Texas are both dirty when it comes to the Trump University fraud lawsuit.

Florida's outrageously partisan, incompetent AG Pam Bondi wasn't even slick about it:

Florida's attorney general personally solicited a political contribution from Donald Trump around the same time her office deliberated joining an investigation of alleged fraud at Trump University and its affiliates

The new disclosure from Attorney General Pam Bondi's spokesman to the Associated Press on Monday provides additional details around the unusual circumstances of Trump's $25,000 donation to Bondi.

The money came from a Trump family foundation in apparent violation of rules surrounding political activities by charities. A political group backing Bondi's re-election, called And Justice for All, reported receiving the check Sept. 17, 2013 — four days after Bondi's office publicly announced she was considering joining a New York state probe of Trump University's activities. 

After the check came in, Bondi's office nixed suing Trump, citing insufficient grounds to proceed.

When it comes to Texas, where everything—including corruption—is bigger, then-AG Greg Abbott dropped the suit against Trump U ... and Trump magically supported Abbott for governor. He won:

“The decision not to sue him was political,” John Owens told the Dallas Morning News. “Had [Trump] not been involved in politics to the extent he was at the time, we would have gotten approval. Had he been just some other scam artist, we would have sued him.”

People who feign deep concern that Hillary Clinton is untrustworthy and on the take over ridiculous things like regrettably using a private e-mail server (thus breaking the rules that every other SOS had been breaking, plus one new one) or like GASP accepting pay to speak at financial institutions are just anti-Democratic or anti-Hillary. The shit Trump has gotten up to is straight-up corruption and graft.

It's not a case of Hillary being less corrupt, it's a case of viewing Hillary's ever move through a prism of corruption and accepting Trump's many shady maneuvers as if it were business as usual.

 


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