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May 26 2016
6-PACK — Water Polo Player Comes Out + Republicans Kill Bill Over LGBT Provisions + Screech Not Saved By The Bell + Dallas BBQ Brute Convicted + Commode Rage + States Sue Over The John! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureSpanish Olympic water polo player Víctor Gutiérrez comes out: “As a gay athlete, I feel the responsibility to discuss it.”

*widget boy cultureHey, LGBT Republicans: The elected officials of your own party just killed its own spending bill rather than sign off on any LGBT protections.

*widget boy culture“Screech” from Saved by the Bell behind bars after his first post-jail interview with old buddy Mario Lopez. Sidebar: Another ex-kid star wants to name Tinsel-Town pedos.

Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 3.30.23 PMBayna-Lekheim El-Amin in surveillance video supplied by Dallas BBQ (Video still via Dallas BBQ)

*widget boy cultureAccused aggressor in Dallas BBQ gay-on-gay attack had many apologists—but just got convicted of assault and faces up to 15 years in prison. Bye, Fella-licia.

*widget boy cultureCOMMODE RAGE: Utah dad took his 5-year-old daughter into the men's room, like most dads have, and was physically assaulted for it.

*widget boy culture10 states, some AZ school districts, are suing over bathroom issue. AG Loretta Lynch will eat them like I eat leftover popcorn shrimp. (Wonkette header a little much.)

 
Matt Dallas & Blue Hamilton Open Up To PEOPLE About Their Son Comments (0)

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Just 10 years ago, it seemed like it would be a cold day in hell before young, leading-man-appropriate guys in Hollywood would actually come out of the closet.

Though we have yet to hear from some of the industry's most unrepentant closet cases (I know, I know—the journey, the journey), quite a few actors have made it official, including former Kyle XY cutie Matt Dallas, who came out in 2013 and wed singer Blue Hamilton last year.

Now, Dallas and Hamilton have granted an exclusive interview to People, in which they open up about raising son Crow, 2:

“We locked eyes. And he had a giant smile on his face,” Dallas tells PEOPLE exclusively of his son Crow, now 2½. “It was a moment. Instantly we knew, that’s our kid!”...

The couple, who also have a YouTube channel, matt + blue, went through a certification process to become foster parents, in the hopes that it would lead to a formal adoption.

“There were so many kids, and so many stories that broke our hearts,” says Hamilton, 36, of the 19,000 children in foster care in the couple’s home state of Arizona. “We wanted to feel like we were doing something good for a child out there.”...

Now, “it’s as if he’s always been here,” says Dallas, 33. “Blue and I both knew that we would love [an adopted child] the same [as a biological one]. The amount of time we spend with that kid and the bond we have, it makes no difference. He’s ours.”

Great way to make use of the world's incurable interest in fame, by spotlighting an aspect of your life that can lead to bettering the lives of others.

Read more about the family at People.

On a #TBT note, I think I look enough like Crow that I could maybe be adopted by Matt & Blue and would blend really well:

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May 25 2016
National LGBTQ Task Force Decries Freddie Gray Decision Comments (0)

National LGBTQ Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey has released the following no-nonsense statement on the ridiculous decision in the Freddie Gray case that acquitted an officer of any wrongdoing:

Our thoughts and prayers are with Freddie Gray's family, friends and community. Police-related killings of young black men have become a regular occurrence across our nation. The frequency of police violence underscores the urgency of reform. We must intensify our efforts to reform policing and the broken criminal justice system, which disproportionately targets and harms black people. Together we can and must create a nation that truly delivers freedom, justice, and equality for all.

I'm heartened when gay groups speak out on issues of injustice that are not gay-specific, just as I am when black groups and leaders speak up for gay rights. There is plenty of crossover. Sappy but, we're all in this together.

Except the Libertarians, who need to get off my goddamn roads.

 
Praise Be!: Crazy Ex-Schoolteacher's Epic Fail In TX Board Of Ed Run Comments (0)

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Mary Lou Bruner, a 69-year-old retired teacher who has asserted that President Obama was a gay hustler to support his drug habit and said Paul Ryan's facial hair made him look like a terrorist, lost her bid for a post on the powerful Texas State Board of Education.

The seat would have given her a lot of say in what every school kid in America learned and she had been heavily favored to win, so this was dodging a bullet even if the ultimate winner is also a Republican. There are Republicans, then there are Republicans, and that guy (though likely to prevail in the conservative district) will still have to defeat a Democrat.

Exposing her for who she really is helped a lot—she had received 48% of the vote the first time around to her nearest opponent's 31%. In the run-off, she lost by about 18%.

Bruner has claimed the flood that led to Noah's Ark is what killed the dinosaurs and that Democrats murdered JFK. The list goes on. She's nuts. And now, she's double-retired. 

 
Military Grade: A Gay Kid's Decision To Join The Marines Inspires Cautionary Coming-Of-Age Tome Comments (0)

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Greg Cope White sent me his book and I'm engrossed in it so far. It's about, well, let me allow him to pitch it:

When Greg Cope White’s best friend tells him he is spending his summer in Marine Corps boot camp, all Greg hears is “summer” and “camp.”

Despite dire warnings from his friend, Greg vows to join him in recruit training. He is eighteen, underweight, he’s never run a mile—and he is gay.

It’s long before Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the Supreme Court marriage equality ruling, and with no LGBT rights in place in most states, and the Marines having a very definite expulsion policy in place for gay people when it comes to military personnel, will Greg even survive? He's Mormon, he's never felt a true home, and with our knowing it, the military is the best place he could be. 

The Pink Marine is the story—full of hilarity and heartbreak—of how a teenage boy who struggles with self-acceptance and his sexuality and doesn’t fit the traditional definition of manliness finds acceptance and self-worth in Marine Corps boot camp.
 
This could be a synopsis of some nightmares I've had. For more details, check it out here.
 
6-PACK —Oscar Isaac Urged To Show Leg + The Abbey Is Aging Out Of Twinkdom + Long Actor Strips In Short + Padres DJ Wasn't Anti-Gay + P-Town Attractions + Rita Moreno Raps! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureShould the next Star Wars poster make use of Oscar Isaac's scrumptiousness?

*widget boy cultureLegendary WeHo gay bar The Abbey is 25, the perfect age to be preyed upon by the likes of me. Owner David Cooley thanks supporters.

*widget boy cultureActor Benoît Michel gets very, very nude in a short film. (Work Unfriendly)

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*widget boy cultureFired Padres DJ apparently meant no anti-gay harm toward San Diego Gay Men's Chorus, who want him re-hired. UPDATE: Re-hired.

*widget boy cultureSteve Grand, Bianca Del Rio, Kristin Chenoweth, Rita Moreno (!) and more are invading P-Town this summer.

*widget boy cultureSpeaking of Rita, I missed her highly entertaining Berklee School of Music commencement speech and rap earlier this month:

 
May 24 2016
Starring Lena Halls: Actress Takes On Both Hedwig & Yitzhak! Comments (0)

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Tony winner Lena Hall will reprise her role as Yitzhak in Hedwig and the Angry Inch in San Francisco and L.A.—but she will also play Hedwig for one performance a week, marking the first time anyone has played both.

She says:

I’m thrilled to be returning to Hedwig and the Angry Inch, performing not one, but two iconic roles in Los Angeles and my hometown of San Francisco. I have never been one to shy away from a challenge and playing Hedwig has always been a dream of mine. To be able to play both Yitzhak and Hedwig in the same day presents one of the biggest challenges I have seen to date and I’m so excited! Not only will I get to share the stage with my fellow San Francisco native and friend Darren Criss; but I will also get a chance to begin my own journey as the glam rock heroine Hedwig. To tell her story in my hometown and in Los Angeles is the greatest homecoming I can think of, and I am looking forward to sharing this journey with my friends, family and Hedheads.

Hall will appear as Hedwig in: San Francisco, Sunday, October 9 at 7:00 pm; Wednesday, October 12 at 8:00 pm; Wednesday, October 19 at 8:00 pm; and Wednesday, October 26 at 8:00 pm; and in: Los Angeles, Sunday, November 6 at 6:30 pm; Sunday, November 13 at 6:30 pm; Sunday, November 20 at 6:30 pm; and Friday, November 25 at 8:00 pm.

 
Gay College Swimmer: I'VE NEVER FELT MORE AT HOME Comments (0)

Ricard Vazquez, writing for Outsports, documents his awkward coming-out prior to college compared with how smooth his gay life was at the University of Mary Washington.

He remembers:

Coming out couldn't have been more awkward for me. The summer before my senior year of high school in Virginia, I was with my best friend, Katie Fitzjarrald, at Kohl's. I jokingly prodded her with my elbow and asked, "Do you think that guy is cute?" as I pointed towards an employee who was walking by us. “Yeah, you should go get his number,” she replied.

His college experience sounds like a dream:

With this team, I've never felt more at home. Everybody seemed to be comfortable with it, which in turn helped me grow comfortable with it as well. We treated each other like a family.  I no longer felt the discomfort of talking about my love life or answering their questions. Their support pushed me to excel as an individual in the pool.

Read the rest over at Outsports.

 

 


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