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May 31 2016
Frisky Group Grope In Brazil With The Cast Of SENSE8 Comments (0)
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(Images by Sense8 superfan Cleison Emanoel)

Via Pink News: Some male cast members of the Netflix sci-fi hit Sense8 were the lives of the party at São Paulo Pride in Brazil this weekend, groping and kissing each other gaily while on a break from filming.

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Brian J. Smith, Max Riemelt and Miguel Ángel Silvestre macked for an extended period of time during the festivities, which were given an extra oomph as revelers stood up for a proposed law to allow trans people to legally change their gender:

Over a thousand police officers were on hand, particularly because protests were planned against acting president Michel Temer, the replacement for Dilma Rousseff, who is undergoing an impeachment trial.

While there is hope that legislation will be brought in to protect LGBT people, a law to punish homophobic crime has been stalled by Catholics in Brazil.

The cast posted about the blast they had on social media: 

More pics here.

 
6-PACK — When Str8 Guys Hit Gay Bars + Australia Promised Gay-Marriage Vote + WE'LL SEE If Bernie Is Hillary's VP + Holder Praises, Condemns Snowden + Transphobic Target Agitator Held A Kid Captive? + Anti-Gay Preacher Takes A Bat To The Head! Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2016-05-30 at 5.04.46 PMHe has put a lot of thought into why he goes to gay bars. A lot.

*widget boy cultureIf you are curious why the cute str8 dude above frequents gay bars, watch his video after the jump. I feel so used!

*widget boy cultureAustralian PM Turnbull promises a public vote on gay marriage by year's end.

*widget boy cultureBernie is “knocking my brains out to win the Democratic nomination,” but as for being Hillary VP? “We'll see.”

*widget boy cultureFormer A.G. Holder says Snowden performed “a public service” ... albeit an “inappropriate” and “illegal” one.

*widget boy cultureTransphobic Target protester who decried “queerism and confusion” arrested for keeping a 13-year-old girl chained in his basement.

*widget boy cultureAnti-gay street preacher thinks “YOU DESERVE RAPE,” gets hit with baseball bat.

Okay, that video promised above is after the jump ...

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May 30 2016
6-PACK — Mr. Gay Belgium: He's Here, He's Homoseksueel + Gay Hutterite Speaks + Mormon Who Outed Suicidal Gay Boy Now Has A Gay Son + São Paolo Pride + Russian Shame + Get IN The Vote Efforts! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureMr. Gay Belgium 2016 is chosen. Runner-up is a Muslim who hopes “to inspire other Muslims to find the strength to be themselves.”

*widget boy cultureOne of the world's only openly gay Hutterites speaks up: “It's a very sex-averse culture.” What's a Hutterite? This is.

*widget boy cultureMormon admits he outed a gay friend, who then committed suicide. Now, the Mormon has a son who is gay.

*widget boy cultureSão Paolo's Gay Pride Parade was bigger than yours. Theme: Gender identity law, NOW. Everyone together against transphobia.

*widget boy cultureUkrainian nationalists swear June 12, 2016, gay parade in Kiev will be a “bloodbath.”

*widget boy cultureFASCINATING: Republicans receiving pro-gay messaging via mail are less likely to vote. The effect seems to demobilize them by making them question their beliefs.

 
May 28 2016
The Empower Station: Cyndi Lauper & Boy George's Bangin' Bang A Gong Show Comments (0)
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(10 images in above gallery by Matthew Rettenmund)

I've seen Cyndi Lauper perform live probably a dozen (?) times, going back to her True Colors World Tour in (December 14, 1986) and including the Twelve Deadly Cyns World Tour (in NYC sometime in 1994-1995), She's So Unusual: 30th Anniversary Tour (October 20, 2013), her opening slot for Cher (May 9, 2014) and quite a few of her holiday and fundraising gigs (like this one). She's great, but I wondered if I really needed to see her yet again, as I did at the Beacon Theatre here in NYC on Thursday night.

Img151My room, 1987. (L) Full Madonna-cover mags in bags on the wall, plus Eurythmics, Marilyn Monroe, Alfred Hitchcock, Elizabeth Taylor, Cyndi Lauper. (R) View of my ceiling, with Madonna, Molly Ringwald, Marilyn, Cyndi, Ally Sheedy, Debbie Harry, Sade and ... Boy George! (Images by Matthew Rettenmund)

The real draw for me was Boy George. I absolutely loved Culture Club as a teen; I vividly recall the day I bought Colour by Numbers at a record store in Flint in the '80s. I even had a promo poster for one of the group's video collections on my ceiling, with a huge image of George in full makeup. I also remember the very first time my pals Mike Ashton (at his house) and Eric Olson watched the video for “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?” (1982) on MTV and openly discussed the novelty of the dude who totally looked like a girl. Liking George was somewhat of a political statement in a small town—in any town, really.

But even without the tantalizing gayness, I thought Culture Club created two amazing albums (and the other not-half-bad ones), records I listened to and memorized. I was a pretty fair voice mimic for George, too.

Back in the day, Culture Club had a bad reputation as a live act, and I didn't summon the guts to attend any pop tour until Eurythmics' Revenge Tour on August 21, 1986, by which time Culture Club was kaput. Also, I'd heard more recently that George didn't sound so hot on a reunion jaunt, but I believe that was due to vocal issues.

So when I failed to get tickets and the joint gig between Cyndi and George (with Rosie O'Donnell as a special guest) neared, I reached out to a friend with a connection and, after his previous invitees fell through, I found myself seated in the fourth row for what turned out to be a thoroughly satisfying show.

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Cyndi came out first, weirdly; I'd expected George would open for her, considering her relative success and being 3/4 of the way to being an EGOT. She looked great in her pink hair and punky leather get-up, and thanked us all for being there while also ensuring she educated the young'uns about the days when R&B and country were quite close in form. This was relevant because she's recently released a C&W album, Detour. Her roots with Blue Angel make this a good idea:

As reluctant as I was to see her again (at some point, seeing an artist over and over can almost dull my enthusiasm), and as little interest as I had in hearing her do country stuff, her set wound up being phenomenal. She had us on our feet the whole time and was in superb voice.

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DSC08598Cyndi is an instrumental part of my musical taste (Images by Matthew Rettenmund)

Cyndi gave us four hits and four C&W covers from her new record:

(1) “Funnel of Love” (originally by Wanda Jackson)

(2) “She Bop”

(3) “I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart” (originally by Patsy Montana)

(4) “Walking After Midnight” (originally by Patsy Cline)

(5) “The End of the World” (originally by Skeeter Davis)

(6) “I Drove All Night”

(7) “When You Were Mine” (originally by Prince, covered by Cyndi on her first album)

(8) “Money Changes Everything” (originally by the Brains, covered by Cyndi on her first album)

For her encore, she treated us to one more cover and two of her biggest hits:

(9) “Misty Blue” (originally by Eddy Arnold)

(10) “Time After Time”

(11) “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” (with Rosie O'Donnell on the drums)

DSC08644A moment when she was mine (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

Just a fantastic performance from her, and I couldn't believe I'd been unenthused going in. She also said something that relates to my false fatigue while she was honoring Prince. She said: 

I hope you appreciate all the artists while you have 'em.

Noted!

DSC08737Wanna be a cowboy 'n' you can be my cowgirl... (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

Her other remarks about Prince were respectful without attempting to make it seem she was a major part of his story (she sang his “When You Were Mine” on She's So Unusual, an excellent cover that she performed live at the show perfectly):

I did one of his songs on my first record, and when he passed I couldn't believe it and it broke my heart—a bright light went out ... Life is short. But he was funny, and he was smart as a whip ... he was quirky—but I loved him.

Cyndi joked about Madonna's English accent but quickly said she loved her, and also gushed about being on Sire Records now, a label she had always considered to be so creative, the home of so many punk acts and also Madonna.

DSC08885Cyndi Lauper is 62 years old, y'all! (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

Cyndi loves Madonna and Sire, but there was no love lost on Donald Trump when Rosie O'Donnell took the stage for what amounted to a quickie cover while Boy George and his band prepped behind the curtain. Awkwardly, George's voice and other distracting noises were coming through on the monitors, so Rosie kept getting interrupted and eventually just had to shout over it all—glad it was her and not, say, Mindy Kaling.

DSC09117Rosie's set trumped anything The Donald could ever say. (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

Rosie used her brief time onstage to lambaste Donald Trump. Though she declared the Beacon a Trump-free zone, that wasn't quite true—it was more like an anti-Trump zone, and rightfully so:

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Rep. Louie Gohmert Fears Gay Space Colonies Comments (0)

Louis-Gohmert(Video still via YouTube @ RWW Blog)

It is so, so sickening to watch a video like this, of Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), because he is so clearly mentally deranged and yet is an elected member of the House of Representatives. He gets to vote on things that will affect our lives, and yet his entire world view is informed by the Bible. And by Matt Damon movies.

Listen to his nutty speech about how scary it is that trans people are allowed to exist and how much scarier it is that we might populate space with gays ...

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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.

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*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.)

 
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.

 
6-PACK — Tutu's Lesbian Daughter Expelled From Church + Pay Attention To Madonna, But Leave Her Alone + Too Late To Apologize? + Joe Jonas On Kissing A Girl + Trans Attack + Iranian Gay Activist! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureArchbishop Desmond Tutu's daughter has been kicked out of her church—for marrying a woman.

*widget boy cultureWe have entered “Leave Madonna Alone” territory with all the hysterical attacks on Madonna's Billboard Music Awards tribute to Prince. Leave Britney alone, too.

*widget boy cultureAustralian state of Victoria apologizing for recent-historical convictions of people for the crime of being gay.

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*widget boy cultureJoe Jonas gushes about his prolonged kissing scenes with Ashley Graham in DNCE's new “Toothbrush” video.

*widget boy cultureBrooklyn trans woman comes forward with details of attack at the hands of a gang of men: “I was just trying to get away ...”

*widget boy cultureIranian gay activist thriving in Canada: “When people are attacking you a lot, it shows you are on the right track. If I wanted to give in ... I would have stayed in Iran.”

 


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