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Jun 08 2017
The Family That Slays Together: A Review of MENENDEZ: BLOOD BROTHERS & A Discussion With Directors Fenton Bailey & Randy Barbato Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2017-06-08 at 6.39.42 PMMyko Olivier (L) & Nico Tortorella (R) as Erik & Lyle Menendez (All images via Lifetime)

“This is a case Randy and I were gripped by when it happened,” acclaimed filmmaker Fenton Bailey told me of his work with Randy Barbato co-directing a new scripted film about the Menendez Brothers' murders. “Now, 25 years later, it felt like, 'You can take a new look at the story.' We're always drawn to stories where people are overexposed but, we feel, underrevealed.”

Screen Shot 2017-06-08 at 6.41.55 PMThe Menendezes as envisioned by Bailey & Barbato

From its creepy opening, showing idyllic images of Beverly Hills while the late Kitty Menendez (Courtney Love) types up her son Erik's (Myko Olivier) gory manuscript — ahead of a nightmarish sequence depicting the shotgun killings of Kitty and her husband Jose (Benito Martinez) by their sons — Menendez: Blood Brothers (Lifetime, June 11) is a gripping, suspenseful, stylish take on one of the most shocking crimes of the late 20th Century.

It is also, as promised, revelatory.

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6-PACK — Nico Tortorella's SEXPLORATION OF LOVE + Catholic Church Wins Suit + Gus Kenworthy Chats With Tyler Oakley + AT&T Hearts LGBTQs + Remembering Gilbert Baker + Fire Island Book! Comments (0)

NICO-TORTORELLANico will go nude-o. (Image via Instagram @nicotortorella)

WIDGETPrideSource: Luscious Nico Tortorella promises the TV version of his The Love Bomb podcast will feature nudity & be “a sexploration of love.”

WIDGETChicago Tribune: Man who sued Catholic Church for firing him after 17 years just because he married a man loses the suit.

WIDGETOMG Blog: Watch Gus Kenworthy open up to Tyler Oakley on sex, love and coming out.

Gus-KenworthyGet your hands off of my Matt Wilkas's man, Tyler! (Video still via Tyler Oakley)

WIDGETAT&T: AT&T partners with GLAAD to launch 5th Annual Live Proud campaign in support of LGBTQ rights.

WIDGETFacebook: Join fellow LGBTQ community members in remembering the late, great Gilbert Baker, creator of the Rainbow Flag.

Gilbert-Baker(Image via GilbertBaker.com)

WIDGETMascaraMirthMayhem.com: Photographer Susan Kravitz offers a bookful of images from Invasion of the Pines: Mascara, Mirth & Mayhem is here!

Mascara_Mirth_Mayhem_ Kravitz_soft_cover(Image via Susan Kravitz)

 
Jun 06 2017
It's Giuliani Time!: Major Ruling Could Rob NYC Of Most Sex-Related Businesses Comments (0)

Via Reuters: New York State's highest court has ruled that New York City is B6ff45f3391e61355119f311aeae1900 free to enforce a 2001 law written in order to drastically restrict the number of book shops, strip clubs and video stores offering sexual content.

All six jurists agreed in the ruling, which overrides previous rulings that went the other way.

The city had sought to curb erotic businesses to promote quality of life for citizens. A 1998 compromise rule had asked businesses to carry at least 60% non-sexual content in order to avoid being zoned as adult. Over time, the city decided sex-related businesses were only superficially muting their true intent by diluting their inventories with family fare.

Anyone who's explored NYC will have encountered a weird video store with ancient VHS tapes up front and sexually explicit material peeking out from within.

So, in 2001, the city declared that businesses such as topless dance clubs, book stores with peep booths and the like were automatically precluded from existing in prohibited zones, and/or within 500 feet of similar business, churches or schools. A coalition of businesses sued over this law, and have been battling it out in court ever since, winning along the way ... leading to today's unfavorable ruling.

Judge Eugene Fahey wrote:

It is evident as a matter of law that the city met its burden of showing that the adult establishments continued to have a predominant focus on sexually explicit materials and activities.

The coalition is mulling its options.

In the meantime, NYC is free to begin inspecting businesses within two days. I know at least one longtime gay lounge that sells explicit books and movies is frantically gutting its inventory in a mad dash to comply.

So-called 60/40 businesses — 60% non-sex, 40% sex, but clearly sexual at their core — could find themselves drummed out of business shortly.

 
Out Today: THE FREEDOM TO MARRY Comments (0)

Freedom-to-Marry-gay(Image via Ro*Co Film)

The Freedom to Marry, a documentary on the so-far successful movement to bring same-sex marriage to the U.S., is out today from Ro*Co Films on VOD and across digital platforms like iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.

Freedom-to-Marry-gay-Evan-WolfsonMarc Solomon, Thalia Zepatos & Evan Wolfson plotting the course of gay marriage (Image via Ro*Co Films)

Directed and produced by Eddie Rosenstein, it features Freedom to Marry founder Evan Wolfson, GLAD attorney Mary Bonauto, Supreme Court plaintiffs and more in what has been called by the Boston Globe a “thoroughly and inspiring” chronicle of this, unfortunately, ongoing battle.

“Landmark ... this summer's hot documentary.” — Curve Magazine

Today, we can get married. Let's keep fighting to ensure we can do so tomorrow as well.

Watch the Film Here!

Let me know what you think of the film! Watch the trailer, after the jump ...

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Jun 05 2017
6-PACK — Back, Zac & Crack + Cosby's Co-Star Defenders + Guerrilla Pride + Dad Sought + Putin Pooh-Poohs Kelly + Gay Londoner's Defiantly Upbeat Interview! Comments (0)

Zac Efron waxingZac told Beau Ryan to “enjoy the pain” (Video still via Beau Ryan)

WIDGETOMG Blog: Zac Efron said kissing a dude was awkward at first, how do you think he felt waxing a nearly naked dude's treasure trail?

WIDGETPeople: Because Cosby didn't drug and rape Keshia Knight-Pulliam or Phylicia Rashad, that's supposed to mean something in his rape case.

WIDGETJoe.My.God.: More on those guerrilla LGBTQ Pride posters popping up on NYC subways.

WIDGETDListed: Generic dad sought in Craigslist ad — and not for sex.

WIDGETPolitico: Megyn Kelly comes off as lightweight in Putin interview; Putin blows off all Trump/Russia/pee-pee goss.

If me having a gin & tonic with my friends, flirting with handsome men, hanging out with brilliant women is what offends these people so much, I'm gonna do it more, not less. — Richard Angell

WIDGETTowleroad: John Oliver salutes Richard Angell, the Londoner who survived the terror attacks and spews ... optimism, defiance.

 
Jun 01 2017
6-PACK — Ex-Porn Star Pleads Not Guilty + Ivanka, We Don't Want Ya + Pittsburgh & Boston Mayors Troll Green Meanie Trump + Swiss Beef + RIP STERILE CUCKOO Star Comments (0)

15747450_former-adult-film-star-ucsf-shrink-boyfriend_tef9f6338Benjamin Martin (L) aka Blu Kennedy & Billy Lockhart (Images via mug shot)

WIDGETInstinct: Blu Kennedy and his BF plead not guilty to child porn charges.

WIDGETTwitter: Ivanka Trump is proud to support LGBTQ people, but her father has failed to issue a Pride Month proclamation. Thanks for 0. 

WIDGETHuff Post: Trump's claim he was elected by Pittsburgh not Paris leads to Pittsburgh mayor to smack him down.

WIDGETTwitter: Boston isn't happy with Trump's decision either. (Neither are LOTS of major cities, states.)

WIDGETOMG Blog (Work Unfriendly): Swiss-German actor Mickey Hardt goes totally full-frontal, lets it all hang out.

Mickey-HardtYou see his bottom half at the link! (Image via movie still)

WIDGETTHR: Wendell Burton, Liza Minnelli's The Sterile Cuckoo (1969) co-star, dies @ 69 of brain cancer.

The-sterile-cuckooLiza & Burton (Image via Paramount Pictures)

 
May 24 2017
6-PACK — Seth Rich Conspiracy Theory Dropped By Fox News + Good Porn, Bad Porn + Rebel Wilson Is The Peter Thiel Of Aging + Taiwan Says I DO + Martyn Hett Remembered! Comments (0)

SethrichSeth Rich's murder has been shamelessly politicized, even by Newt Gingrich. (Image via LinkedIn)

WIDGETHuff Post: Seth Rich was NOT murdered by the DNC. Even Fox News now knows that. Finally, its Sean Hannity is giving up that ghost.

WIDGETStr8UpGayPorn (Work Unfriendly): Men.com thought it was a good idea to show a guy impaled on a didgeridoo.

WIDGETGay Star News: On the other hand, Men.com was right in thinking a Pirates porn parody would be a good idea.

Colton-Grey(Image via Men.com)

WIDGETDListed: If you lie about your age, you can sue the media for pointing it out? Bizarre, Rebel Wilson.

WIDGETPink News: Taiwan is the first Asian nation to rule in favor of gay marriage!

WIDGETBuzzFeed: Martyn Hett, the gay man confirmed dead after the Manchester blast, once used social media to thrill his depressed mother. So touching. 

 
May 22 2017
141 Men Arrested For GAY SEX PARTY In Indonesia; OutRight Action Intnt'l. Responds Comments (0)

Via Vice: You may have read of the 141 men arrested in a gay sauna in Indonesia. The Idlargecountry does not criminalize homosexuality, but you'd never know it because police have been using other codes — such as anti-porn statues — to crack down on gay men.

The men detained are accused of participating in a gay sex party at a sauna in the capital city of Jakarta.

Jessica Stern, Exec. Dir. of OutRight Action International issued the following comment:

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