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Aug 14 2017
Tom Daley & Dustin Lance Black Release Wedding Video Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2017-08-14 at 12.54.54 AMMonths after exchanging vows, Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black have released a five-minute video filled with many intimate moments from their wedding.

They promise, “We will donate any revenue from this video to the “LGBT+ Switchboard” and “It Gets Better” in hopes of making things even better for future generations.”

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Aug 08 2017
He'll Remember: Patrick Leonard, Madonna's Collaborator On So Many Classics, Looks Back Ahead Of Rare NYC Show Comments (0)

True_Blue_MadonnaSongwriting legend Patrick Leonard may not be a household name, but he's certainly a Madonna fan's household name.

She has worked with many brilliant collaborators, from Stephen Bray to Shep Pettibone to William Orbit, but it would be hard not to settle on Leonard as her most important, considering his work with her across three decades that produced a diversity of hit singles representing a huge part of her legacy.

And his own. ...

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Aug 07 2017
6-PACK — Straight Ally Expanding Rainbow Railroad + Sinéad O'Connor On Suicidal Tendencies + Mosque Attack Is TERRORISM + Ty Hardin Dies + Trump's Stupidity Rivalled Only By Ignorance + Gay Prof Caught On The Lam! Comments (0)

1*o2RJsZe8E0lrJo_JWceHXQSeth Rosenberg, a Facebook vet and venture capitalist — who is all of 27 — is flexing his financial muscle to help expand the Rainbow Railroad, a Canadian outfit that helps provide safe passage for LGBTQ people from hostile countries.

Keep reading for how he has launched American Friends of the Rainbow Railroad and more of the day's hot links ...

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Jul 22 2017
Den Brothers: Inside The BEARCITY 3 Premiere Comments (0)

IMG_8335***_newThis kinda sums up how the cast and creatives feel about each other. (All images by Matthew Rettenmund)

It must've been the call of the wild, but I came out of hibernation for the BearCity 3 premiere in NYC tonight, held at the SVA Theatre as a gala to benefit PFLAG.

IMG_8293***_newThe poster's like “Where's Dildo?” — here, the handsome Matthew Montelongo & friend.

Cast member — and All Male, All Nude director — Gerald McCullouch was the one who invited me, and when Daddy tells you to do something, you do it.

IMG_8248***_newGregory Gunter, director Doug Langway & Stephen Guarino 

The very funny film about love, lust, parenting and laughter, directed by Doug Langway, stars Kathy Najimy, Daniel Franzese, Stephen Guarino, Chris Salvatore, Joe Conti, Gregory Gunter, Matthew Montelongo, Brian Keane, J. Andrew Mullins, Bruce Howard Seeds, Jay Arseno, Richmond Chandler and many more, but for my money, the MVP is Guarino, one of the funniest people I've ever met.

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IMG_8258***_newGuarino & McCullouch, who should become professional auctioneers ... see below.

Also hysterical was the story the warm and fuzzy Gunter told me while praising my blog. He'd already greeted me on impact, and then confessed he'd been sending all these gay links from my blog to a friend on Facebook, only to discover way, way into the process that he was sending it to a straight dude in Canada with the same name. When I asked what the guy said about it eventually, Greg joked, “'Don't ever come to Canada. And I have a boner.'”

IMG_8350***_newCute couple! J. Andrew Mullins (R) reprises his role of Jimmy and also executive produced

IMG_8299***_newI think I was caught checking out the white-jeansed booty of one of these attendees ...

IMG_8354***_newBrian Keane & Guarino bask in the glow of completing a threequel.

IMG_8284***_newHair ya go!

IMG_8279***_newHot pieces abounded in all shapes and sizes.

IMG_8281***_newA woman came.

A summary of BearCity 3, in case you need some catching up from the first IMG_8247***_new two (via the BearCity 3 team):

After a continuing losing streak that started at the altar, Roger tries to claw out of financial ruin and into the arms of Tyler. But Jay, Ty's hunky Fire Chief partner is not letting that flame blaze. Meanwhile, fireworks explode when Fred's obsessive tinkering on their bear documentary conflicts with Brent's baby prep and the unwavering due date of their new born. Mama Bear Michael faces major challenges and finds that love comes in all colors, shapes and sizes. Join us as we take one final adventure into the woods with the BearCity gang, where romance can sometimes be hairy but ultimately worth every hilarious, sometimes painful and all-consuming moment.

Great movie, great party and a great event to raise cash for PFLAG — which is $500 richer from an impromptu auctionioning of a gift bag prior to the screening, sweetened by a promise that McCullouch would date the winner. “He's hung!” Guarino shouted, driving the price higher.

Mom would be proud.

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Jul 14 2017
Ginger Alert! Comments (0)

Logo(Image via Ali Forney Center)

Miss Ginger Minj will be offering a rare live NYC performance at Oasis, the 8th annual benefit for the Ali Forney Center, which takes place July 19 at the Lighthouse, Pier 61 & the West Side Highway, NYC.

The event will also offer music by the Misshapes, and appearances by hosts Sherry Vine, Marti Gould Cummings and Max Emerson.

Get your tickets here!

 
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 28 2017
Proud Marys: My Experience At NYC's 2017 LGBT Pride March — With 100+ Pictures! Comments (0)

IMG_7042_newMy first LGBTQ Pride March pic of 2017 was one of my favorites! (All images by Matthew Rettenmund)

My experience at the NYC LGBT Pride March this year was exhausting, but my camera was well-fed.

See the Best Message Photos of Pride — Click Here!

I was invited to march alongside the amfAR float by my generous friend John Stanton. We and all the other marchers had boss I'M EPIC (#BeEpicEndAIDS) T-shirts and Kenneth Cole sunglasses, and our float was guaranteed to grab some eyes since it featured both Kelly Osbourne and RuPaul's Drag Race Season 1 girl Ongina, who came out as HIV positive on the show.

IMG_7161_newThe EPIC T-shirt we all had

IMG_7155_new_newDJ Joe Lynskey served up some Madonna on the amfAR float. Listen to him here.

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IMG_7212_newOngina poses alone and with some young fans.

IMG_7202_newamfAR's ammo

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IMG_7195_newKelly for amfAR

IMG_7325_newOne of the march's cutest couples was on our team.

IMG_7410_newColor him ready to be epic, end AIDS

IMG_7435_newJohn really is epic

IMG_7447_newOur float sought a countdown to a cure for AIDS.

We also had cute dudes in lab coats and hot pants for the people not into fashion or drag.

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IMG_7231_newThe doctors are out!

I loved our group, which was filled with friendly folks. Marching alongside a float gave me great access to move around within the parade, snapping away. 

IMG_7098_newKrishna, Krishna!

IMG_7106_newThe Geng show

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IMG_7269_newGo, Gavin! The overnight teen trans icon rode with the ACLU (as should we all).

Before we even stepped off, I had several interesting encounters. First, I wandered past the press conference, so got to see some of the parade's grand marshals speak, including Gay Men's Health Crisis director of community relations Krishna Stone and a bit of Geng Le, a Chinese gay-rights activist. I missed Brooke Guinan, a trans FDNY worker, entirely, and the other marshal was an entity — the ACLU. But I was able to speak briefly to heroic Gavin Grimm, the trans kid whose desire to go to the bathroom at school has caused way too much consternation. He was a sweetheart and looked utterly overjoyed to be there.

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IMG_7124_newEdie & Judith — I hope and believe they made it to the “church” on time that day.

Next up, as I was walking in a huge circle (they only let you cross Fifth Avenue IMG_7128_newat 34th or 42nd), I walked past Edie Windsor, whose court case led to the destruction of DOMA. She's always kind of difficult to grab, due, I'm sure, to her advanced age and how badly every LGBT person wants to share air with her, but I have to admit I was bummed by our encounter. She looked radiant in a magenta blouse over a slogan T-shirt, but when I asked if I could snap a photo (I had my pro camera), she said, “No way. Not now.” She seemed to think she was wildly late, but her wife, Judith Kasen, was gently telling her she had an hour!

I suggested I would just wait at the next corner, where she had to stop anyway, and snap a picture that way. (This is common with rushing celebs.) She deliberately rolled past me, avoiding eye contact. This was silly, honestly. She is a public figure, in public, a famous gay figure at the famous gay march! Soon enough, a lesbian photographer stopped her and they clearly knew each other. Edie relented for her, but even though she was standing still and posing for the other shooter, she steadfastly avoided giving me anything. Finally, the lesbian photographer told Edie, “I get you all the time. Why don't you give this gentleman a shot?” I was totally polite and patient — I promise I was not badgering in any way. She never did really do it, but somehow, while protesting and looking everywhere but at me, a few pictures turned out amazing! Then I left her alone. At parade's end, a friend, Mike Summers, Facebooked how lovely Edie had been when he grabbed a selfie with her! He said her people were shooing him away, but she was delightful and engaged.

Maybe she was just frantic when I caught her, but when you catch a newsmaker in the street, you don't wait until later, not ever.

IMG_7249_newMr. & Mr. Seth Fornea? Hugo, girl!

After that, I ran into Seth Fornea, the thick ginger model and dancer. I had thought he was still practically married to Jared Fortna, but he was romping around in thin sweat shorts (no underwear) with a sexy Blatino dancer named Hugo; both had worked the previous night's Adonis nude party, featuring 35 lap dancers.

Seth was feeling no pain, and Hugo was making sure I got only good shots, and making sure I photographed his sign, which announced they'd just gotten married?! (See here.) A glance at a few Instagram accounts reveals they, Jared, and another man might be in a quad relationship. Four better or four worse!

IMG_7339_new_newWhere the boys were

IMG_7404_new_newEveryone has PVH at this point ...

IMG_7330_newLife's just not JuanFer ...

I was happiest when I noticed that just a couple of floats down from ours in the holding area, a gaggle of shirtless studs milled about. When I arrived to take pictures and they removed their sunglasses, I recognized Joshua Michael Brickman, one of NYC's most beautiful creatures and nice to boot; Locky Brownlie, the insanely hot Aussie stud who stole this year's Broadway Bares and refused to return it; the dangerously sexy JuanFer De La Torre; and a bunch of other Insta-studs, each in a pair of underwear representing one stripe in the LGBTQ flag's rainbow ... and nothing else.

IMG_7366_newIt was a clothing company that brought these unclothed boys to the march.

I was embarrassed not to have recognized Joshua and Locky instantly, but their sunglasses did a number on me. Both — all — were charming, and gave me great poses.

See the Hottest Guys of Pride Photos — Click Here!

By then, I had interacted with Kelly Osbourne (we share a friend, with whom she is quite close) and I have to say that whatever you think of her various controversies, she was 100% game to be in the march, to engage with bystanders (particularly kids) and more. In fact, I asked if I could get her to pose with the Insta-studs and she said yes. I ran over and pulled the guys, convincing four to come with me before telling them what I had in mind. They were excited to meet Kelly and spontaneously hoisted her in the air. It made for a great couple of shots that were exclusive to me (“People! Us! Who will buy this?!”) ... until I later discovered her bodyguard or a friend had taken an iPhone snap and it went all over the Internet for free. Oh, well, it was fun setting up a great shot, and I was totally impressed with Ms. Osbourne's willingness.

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IMG_7424_newKelly exclaimed this was so hot, and I don't think she was referring to the steamy weather.

(The day after the parade, Osbourne made headlines by scolding a Starbucks for not letting her pee, leading to her peeing her pants. The Starbucks was on 27th and we stepped off fro 38th. Given that I later filmed her dancing to Madonna's “Like a Prayer,” I couldn't and can't figure out how I missed her leaving the float in search of a public john — and am confused why she didn't use one of the Port-A-Potties en route. Still, I thought she was a great draw, definitely the parade's biggest star.)

IMG_7223_newI saw right through this float (P.S. His butt made me want to start drinking.)

More of My NYC LGBT Pride March Photos Here!

Just before we started, one young man was lying in the road, making us wonder IMG_7257_newif he would be the first of many protesters trying to block the parade. MAKE AMERICA GAY AGAIN was over his chest. He lay on the asphalt for 20 minutes or more, eventually disappearing. Most of the protest groups actually led the march (THERE ARE NO QUEER-FRIENDLY COPS was one sign that people seemed to dislike), and I didn't realize there was a brief protest that delayed things until I read about it the next day.

IMG_7058_newWould you mind showing a little pink?

IMG_7856_newThat shit wouldn't even fit in the closet!

IMG_7509_newWhere my girls at

IMG_7536_newIt was the breast of times ...

IMG_7088_newI asked if they'd mind posing and they went into formation!

IMG_7874_newNew Yorkers just know how to do it in front of a camera.

IMG_7751_newThere was no raining on their parade.

IMG_7566_newYou've heard of Baby New Year? This was Baby LGBT Pride!

IMG_7763_newOn the inside, looking out

What always strikes me about the NYC LGBT Pride March is the diversity. As a white gay guy, I know I am in a partial bubble, even if it's not a choice I consciously made, so I like seeing the array of people who show up for Pride from every borough and from many cities and countries far away. It used to be that Pride was top-heavy with shirtless musclemen, and while plenty were walking around (see pics below!), float-wise, I saw very few pieces of beef. I also felt like the drag presence was on the wane, while genderqueer and trans folks were out in force. Racially, it certainly didn't feel whitewashed. It felt like it always feels — unifying.

Sexy Shots from Iowa City Pride Here!

We marched all the way down to the Village, where I doubled back all the way to the start. There were still dozens of floats that hadn't stepped off by 3 p.m., but I was at my limit, so I took off for home ... only to decide last-minute to subway to Chelsea to mill around the booths of products that choke the streets down there each year. There were definitely some prime torsos and more-sos, but it was sad that one block had been shut down due to an apartment fire. I saw two people receiving oxygen and a shattered window still oozing smoke.

GiphyAbner! Abner! Cum quick!

A happier image on a fire escape nearby was a cluster of boys gyrating several stories above Eighth Avenue, demonstrating the solidity of the argument: Dat ass, 'do.

After all that — and 1,000 pictures later! — I headed home zonked out entirely.

Keep reading to see a bunch more of my photos, and look for more over on Facebook ...

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Jun 27 2017
Young Hustlers In Love: Max Emerson Debuts HOOKED In NYC Comments (0)

IMG_8114*** copy_newMax Emerson, writer and director of Hooked (All images by Matthew Rettenmund)

Max Emerson, known for his wildly popular Instagram (@maxisms), used crowdsourcing to produce his feature debut as a IMG_3316_newwriter and director, the LGBTQ-themed Hooked. Following a world premiere in Canada, the movie had its U.S. premiere in NYC Monday night at the SVA in Chelsea, where friends and fans gathered to watch the drama and participate in a Q&A after.

And, let's be honest, to get a load of Max IMG_8108*** in the flesh.

Dressed (!) conservatively, Max looks in person the same way he looks in photos, albeit with more clothes. He was in his element working the excited group of well-wishers, and happily escorted me to a private area in which he had a flattering “blogger's light” set up for pics. He didn't need it.

IMG_8125*** copy_newAndrés & Max. Turns out Andrés housed several people during the film's shoestring-budget shoot!

Also at the screening was his high-profile, military-man boyfriend Andrés Camilo (their date to West Point's Knights Out gala made waves in April), many of the cast and crew, and moderator Matteo Lane, the bootylicious, mustachioed comic who conducted a talk-back generously littered with one-liners to lighten the mood. (Unless you're Lindsay Lohan, one of Lane's obsessions, in which case you might have found the mood darkened a tad.)

IMG_8121_new***David Beagin with Camilo. David recognized me from my blog, validating me for the day.

IMG_8132*** copy_newA beaming Conor Donnally, who captured his character's offbeat optimism perfectly in the film.

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IMG_8162***_newCelebrants at the charity bash

The film stars Conor Donnally as Jack, a striking young hustler in love with a fellow homeless LGBTQ youth (played IMG_8199***_new winningly by Sean Ormond). The pair are living in a shelter (proceeds from last night's function will benefit NYC's Ali Forney Center), subsisting on Jack's earnings on the street. Jack's tricks range from violent to John Waters-ready. Things change when a closeted, married man (Terrance Murphy) takes a seemingly benevolent shine to Jack, spiriting him off for some unexpectedly coke-propelled party time in Miami. Stranger danger + cocaine + borderline personality disorder = things do not end well.

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IMG_8146*** copy_newBrutally funny Matteo Lane

IMG_8143*** copy_newCelebrated gay filmmaker Casper Andreas, who plays nasty very well in one of the film's early scenes

Hooked's MVP is Donnally, who projects a Joe Dallesandro-meets-Travis-Fimmel-like, iconic hunkiness, but plays Jack as a big kid with big problems and a big sense of adventure in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges.

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IMG_8185*** copy_newFacing the questions of their first U.S. audience

After the film, Max, his leads, his producer and his director of photography fielded questions, many of which turned things back to the important cause with which the film is affiliated — helping homeless LGBTQ youth get their lives together.

IMG_8189*** copy_newOrmond & Donnally make adorable lovers in Hooked

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IMG_8196*** copy_newMany of the cast and crew were on hand to see the final film!

One question at the Q&A was so painfully off — as happens at almost every one of these things! — I didn't have the heart to include it, but check out snippets from the talk-back after the jump if only to hear Max discuss his fake relationship with Kyle Krieger, staged in order to raise funds for the movie.

Be on the lookout for Hooked in the future ...

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