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Jun 17 2017
Pride Month: Richard Inman, Problematic Southern Trailblazer Comments (0)

  Screen Shot 2017-06-17 at 9.16.13 AMImagine being asked if you were gay — on TV — in 1966? (Video still via PBS)

Tampa, Florida, native Richard Inman (1926-1985) is a unique figure in the early gay-rights movement.

He was married and divorced twice, moving to Miami, where he lived as a gay Screen Shot 2017-06-17 at 8.41.55 AMman. He faced arrests for patronizing gay bars, which may have contributed to the decline of his business as an owner of various properties. He wound up driving a cab before deciding to become political about his sexual orientation.

Inman founded the first Southern gay-rights org, the Atheneum Society, in 1963, a ballsy move. It would later be changed into a chapter of the Mattachine Society in order to bring his efforts into line with those of Frank Kameny's (1925-2011).

Inman's aggressive stance on gay rights riled politicians, was a magnet for attention and also attracted the ire of many closeted gay people, who didn't appreciate his posturing, which threatened to blow their cover. It is thought that many gay people actively worked with officials against Inman behind the scenes via letter-writing and complaints.

Gay activist Jack Nichols (1938-2005(, in Vern L. Bullough's (1928-2006) exhaustively researched Before Stonewall (2002), said of Inman:

Inman was the first Southerner to challenge anti-gay laws in the courts, to write in mass circulation publications about gay men and lesbians and to appear on local television and radio programs.

He was quite a character, and had no problem playing dirty to achieve his goals, including enlisting the aid of anti-gay forces when it would work to his cause's benefit. If he were alive today, he might well like Milo — he was take-no-prisoners on the issue of activism vs. education, but hated Communists and was in favor of the Vietnam War. He also was not in favor of pushing for gay marriage, adoption or the legalization of gay pornography, deeming them all no-big-deal issues in the face of overall acceptance or tolerance of gay people.

Owing to his reputation as an out gay Floridian, Inman was one of the first people ever to appear on TV as a self-professed gay man on April 19, 1966, when he was invited to be a guest on news program FYI's “The Homosexual” on WTVJ Channel 4 in Miami. The show was focused on gay men as child molesters, which may explain why Inman chickened out and claimed, once on the air, that he was no longer gay, even while arguing that children were safe from gay men.

I was a homosexual ... But I gave it up about, oh, I forget, some years ago, over four years ago. It's not my cup of tea.

— Richard Inman (1967)

After his poor showing on TV, Inman's power as a gay voice waned. He opened a gay bookstore that was raided for porn, but wound up beating the charges.

Still, the charges may have beat him — into submission.

Inman later moved to California. There are some records of people having seen him here or there post-1970, but for the most part, he disappeared. Author James T. Sears (b. 1951) has since revealed that Inman lived out the rest of his life in Long Beach, and died February 3, 1985.

 
Jun 13 2017
A Musical Tribute To The Pulse Victims Comments (0)
 
6-PACK — Alex Minsky All Over + Stone-Cold Russian Propagandist + Russian Electoral Attack Was BIG + Go Fidget Yourself! + Pulse Remembrance + LOOSE Men! Comments (0)

Tumblr_or9av5CYc71sjjo2eo5_400I'm not laughing. (Image via OMG Blog)

WIDGETOMG Blog (Work Unfriendly): Alex Minsky's naked selfies are explicit and offer front and back views.

WIDGETRolling Stone: Oliver Stone gave a shockingly apologist interview regarding Putin to Stephen Colbert. Putin is a “social conservative”?

WIDGETJoe.My.God.: Russian cyberattack on 2016 U.S. election was much more massive than we thought; 39 states affected.

WIDGETtheOUTfront: There is now a fidget-spinner butt plug.

WIDGETKenneth in the (212): The 49 Pulse victims were remembered at Stonewall — pictures of the eerie display.

CAZWELL VIDEOCazwell's cuties (Video still via Cazwell)

WIDGETWorld of Wonder: Cazwell's “Loose Wrists” promises to “Make America Femme Again!” Keep reading ...

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Jun 12 2017
6-PACK — Nobody Watched The Tonys + I Hope Nobody Watches Megyn Kelly Normalize Alex Jones + 49 Angels + McCain: Obama > Trump + Sponsors Freak Over JULIUS CAESAR Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2017-06-12 at 10.59.49 AMTonys ratings were almost at an all-time low! (Image via TonyAwards.com)

WIDGETEW: Tonys have some political oomph, Spacey me-me-me-ness, that epic Midler speech: “Bette Midler for president!” List of winners.

WIDGETSalon: Alex Jones, Sandy Hook denier and full-fledged nut, given prime-time Q&A by “cold” “sociopath” Megyn Kelly, who says, hey, Trump legitimized him first

WIDGETTwitter @KaraDuffyCBS12: 49 people dressed as angels stood vigil outside Pulse last night to commemorate today's anniversary.

WIDGETBloomberg: Will Trump testify? This guy sued Trump — and got him to admit to 30 lies while under oath. So bring it on.

WIDGETJoe.My.God.: John McCain says America was better off under his old rival Obama.

WIDGETNew York Daily News: Caving to Fox News noise machine, Delta and Bank of America defund Public Theater over Trumped-up Julius Caesar.

Trump-Julius-CaesarThe Trump-like characters in this production rattled corporate backers. (Image via Joan Marcus)

 
Pulse: One Year Later Comments (0)

Pulse-gay-club-survivor-attack(Image via OutRight Action International)

A year to the day after the Pulse gay nightclub massacre, in which 49 LGBTQ people were slain by Omar Mateen, a man pledging allegiance to ISIL, OutRight Action International is honoring the date and pledging to combat acts of “hate and violence against LGBTIQ persons and our fundamental dignity.”

I believe they have the right idea.

From a press release:

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Jun 11 2017
6-PACK — #RESIST! + Katy Perry Tries To End Taylor Swift Feud + Pulse Victim's Unclaimed Body + Guy Candy + Labour On Attack! + Preet Bharara Exposes Trump's Inappropriate Calls Comments (0)

DCDjAZwU0AAb6Fl.jpg-largeL.A. crowd at the #ResistMarch listening to a speech by RuPaul (Image via World of Wonder)

RuPaul speaks:

WIDGETPBS: Thousands march in National Equality Marches across the U.S.

WIDGETExtraTV: Katy Perry apologizes to Taylor Swift — and accepts Taylor's unoffered apology!

WIDGETAdvocate: One Pulse victim's body went unclaimed by his father — because he was gay.

WIDGETInstagram: Your follows and likes greatly appreciated. In exchange, eye candy.

WIDGETThe Guardian: Jeremy Corbyn says Labour will call on other parties to defeat Theresa May's coalition government.

WIDGETHuff Post: Preet Bharara, fired by Trump, details odd, inappropriate calls from Trump — prior to sudden firing.

 
Orlando Police Show Off Pulse Murals — Amazing Work! Comments (0)

What breathtaking murals!

 
Jun 09 2017
SWERLK While Helping Pulse Survivors! Comments (0)

Swerlk(Video still via Scissor Sisters)

GLAAD announces the premiere of “SWERLK,” a new song from Scissor Sisters and MDNR!

All proceeds from the summertastic, swishworthy single go to the Contigo Fund, which helps Pulse survivors. (The anniversary of the Pulse gay nightclub massacre is June 12.)

The backstory on “SWERLK” is here.

Keep reading for the lyric video ...

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