54 posts categorized "CHICAGO"

Nov 25 2015
Things Are Tense In Chicago As Video Proves Laquan McDonald Was Executed Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2015-11-25 at 1.41.51 PMHappy Thanksgiving, Chicago!

I used to live in Chicago. I wish I could say it's surprising that a cop shot a 17-year-old 16 times—firing after the kid fell, re-loading, even—and that it was covered up for more than a year, but it's not.

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Nov 13 2015
They Ain't Cait Comments (0)

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Protesters against Caitlyn Jenner giving a speech for Chicago House (which assists people with HIV/AIDS and focuses on other LGBT issues) made asses of themselves, yelling at her with a bullhorn and saying she is an insult to all trans people because she's rich, white and old. (Her age was called out specifically.)

This kind of protest is what is an insult to all trans people, and to all thinking people. It may be unfortunate that fame overrides all, giving some people more power than others, but Caitlyn Jenner is using her spotlight for good. She is not an insult to anyone just for being who she is.

Repulsive braying alert if you click.

Jan 09 2015
And He's Almost Done With It! Comments (0)


Big ups to my friend Steve in Chicago for snapping this. This dude on the right is reading—in 2015—an original hardcover copy of La Toya Jackson's first memoir, which came out in 1991. Love it! I just mentioned that book in my memoir, which is coming from Lethe Press in the spring (gulp).

Dec 08 2014
Need To Know: Dunn In + Tits Ahoy + Race To The Bottom + The Fur Flies + Madonna's Toxic Nipples + MORE! Comments (0)

Simon-DunnStick a f**k in him, he's Dunn.

*widget boy cultureBobsledder Simon Dunn (above) is hot. Much proof here.

*widget boy cultureElusive perfect pec bounce captured on film!

*widget boy culturePresident Obama says U.S. racism is “deeply rooted.”

*widget boy cultureIs you're obsessed with/repulsed by Grindr...click here.

*widget boy cultureAttempts to change the narrative on Ferguson should be resisted.

*widget boy cultureExtremely tense confrontation between protester and NYPD.

*widget boy cultureChicago FurFest convention hit with dangerous chlorine gas attack.

*widget boy cultureThis is one reason why I can't bring myself to see the new Annie.

*widget boy cultureLabour MSP calls Madonna a “silly exhibitionist,” condemns her boobies.

*widget boy cultureMayor de Blasio to intro bill (today) to ban horse-drawn carriages.

*widget boy cultureAngelo's “Delusions of Grandeur”.

Angelo-Delusions-of-GrandeurYou thought that he was weak...

*widget boy cultureIs Bianca Del Rio the “Joan Rivers of drag”?

*widget boy cultureEven Hugh Hefner thinks Bill Cosby's a freak if the allegations are true.

*widget boy cultureTHE GAY BLADE: Olympic figure skater Eric Radford comes out.

*widget boy cultureNick Jonas gets naked for Kingdom.

*widget boy cultureThe luck's run out for Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana).

*widget boy cultureMeth-smuggling gay pornstar Bruno Knight gets 2 years.

*widget boy cultureBoston's Santa Speedo Run raises $ and hope. More here.

BostonSanta made 'em do it.

Nov 02 2014
John Hancock-Tease Comments (0)


In truth, I thought Roddy McDowall's photographs of Elizabeth Taylor were pedestrian, but I told him I thought he'd taken some of the best shots ever of his good friend because I knew he would love to hear that. He looked up from signing my book—his book—to thank me, and seemed pleased that I was a cute college kid. 

I'd come to see him in Chicago because I knew, had heard, he was gay. That was the attraction, not his movies, his sexual orientation. He was someone I knew to be secretly gay. I was also secretly gay, at least, I was secretly gay in Chicago. A bunch of my Michigan friends knew, but my Chicago friends hadn't gotten an official press release just yet.

Well, I got him to sign that book and he signed a postcard of one of his Elizabeth Taylor portraits (to my mom because I'd mentioned we used to say she looked like La Liz), but I didn't have the courage to engage him further. Wish I had. He died less than 10 years later.

Oct 04 2014
I Yam Because We Are—A Review Of KAREN FINLEY: WRITTEN IN SAND Comments (0)

Karen-FinleyFinley is a dazzling stage presence who's still got a lot to say—and that voice with which to say it.

BOY CULTURE REVIEW: ***1/2 out of ****

The last time I saw Karen Finley on stage was around 1990 in Chicago, at the height of her notoriety as one of the NEA Four—artists whose grants were voided when right-wingers decided to make an issue of their work's sexual and political content. I recall her being smeared in chocolate pudding, among other things. It was a heady time for edgy performers—I saw Finley, Annie Sprinkle (my first cervix sighting!) and Lypsinka the same year—but there must be something in the air, because I just saw two of those three again in 2014.

KarenFinley-sand-300x175Finley is performing Karen Finley: Written in Sand at Baruch Performing Arts Center every Thursday through October 23. The show is a 90-minute, stripped down collection of her AIDS-related work, consisting of Finley and a musical accompanist. I have to say that while it begins with a characteristically out-there series of vignettes (and ends with an amazing tribute to the black sheep of the world), the show quickly becomes irresistibly, uncomfortably, movingly intimate; she's able to summon up vivid visions of the many friends she's lost to AIDS with sometimes sad, sometimes sly in-jokes and the verbal shorthand that exists between all friends.

Just hearing her unique speech in person was exciting to me—this is, after all, the woman who commanded us all to drop our ghetto blasters:

Karen at 1:39, 2:27, etc.

I found her works challenging and raw, even as Finley herself—she would emerge from in character every so often to wink at us and reassure us, or to charmingly play off any rough transitions—came across as endearingly open and flat-out funny.

Bonus of seeing Karen Finley in 2014 instead of 1990? Jesse Helms is dead.

Keep reading for some classic Finley works...

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Sep 18 2014
Chicago...Isn't That Where Oprah Lives? Comments (0)


When I was in Chicago to promote Encyclopedia Madonnica in 1995, I met Jae-Ha Kim at the Chicago Sun-Times, which resulted in this lavish coverage—a two-page spread in the gigantic newspaper. She was a doll, and we have remained in touch off and on ever since.

Check out my Kickstarter and help a brother write a follow-up!

Second half of this piece is after the jump...

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Sep 03 2014
Need To Know: Blood & Sand + Flying Off The Handle + Joltin' Joe + Closet Spaces + Blake McIver Is Bangin' + Crack Addiction + Big Bother + MORE! Comments (0)

Sotloff-VideoAnother reason ISIL needs to be destroyed.

*widget boy cultureISIL beheads American journalist Steven Sotloff.

*widget boy cultureBolivia and Israel are officially on a break.

*widget boy cultureI don't like reclining airline passengers either but grow the fuck up.

*widget boy cultureI want to be Sofia Vergara's vagina.

*widget boy cultureWhere all the hot MSMs vacation...Chicago???

*widget boy cultureNow Groot joins Jennifer Lawrence on list of celebs violated by iCloud.

*widget boy cultureMcKayla Maroney's argument vs. sites posting her nudes: She was jailbait.

*widget boy cultureFashion Police is on a two-week hold. That's...optimistic!

*widget boy cultureBlake McIver introduces Nancy Sinatra to Ariana Grande: 

*widget boy cultureRaja is officially more sickening than salmonella.

*widget boy cultureNestle makes bank while California dries up.

*widget boy cultureBeloved LGBT activist Andrew Cray succumbs to cancer.

*widget boy cultureIllinois seems poised to elect an out of touch rich tool as governor.

*widget boy cultureCuba Gooding Jr. is all cracked out!

*widget boy cultureClassic links to Robin Williams here and here.

*widget boy cultureAdele leaks.

*widget boy cultureMurderous Russian mobster takes issue with where your penis goes.

*widget boy cultureBRAID DAY: Texas Native American kindergartener sent home for long hair.

*widget boy cultureKeanu Reeves is 50 and looks like this.

*widget boy cultureWhy everyone seems to hate Frankie Grande.

Frankie-GrandeHe's so nice in real life! (I'm not watching the show.)


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