170 posts categorized "GENDER"

Apr 16 2014
Hey, You Girls!: Celebrating J.Lo & Laverne Cox @ The 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Comments (0)

IMG_4819 Rita MorenoRita's company was electric!

J.Lo-GLAADI had fun at The 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton on Saturday, even though it feels like covering the show is becoming more and more of a crapshoot as far as which stars I'll actually get. I remember the days when Cynthia Nixon and Sigourney Weaver were speaking with every single outlet at one of these things; increasingly, the A-listers bypass all but the broadest media (skipping even Logo, the biggest gay media there, in some cases).

IMG_4811 Laverne CoxQueen of the night, Laverne Cox

I arrived kinda late and was disappointed to discover my spot on the (indoor) carpet was in a hallway, so I'd be pressed against a wall as stars passed from photographers and TV media to large online and lesser online outlets. In all honesty, it worked out okay, in that no one was breathing down my neck, and any of the stars who didn't stop for me wouldn't have stopped for me no matter where I was.

IMG_4776 FostersThe Fosters children

Greg-Hernandez-Matthew-RettenmundStood next to Greg, who is a fabulous blogger, film writer and flirt. He'd just been injured at an event a few days earlier, so a number of the attendees were inquiring as to his health. Glad he seems to have survived with his sense of humor intact—he laughed at everything I said!

Here's his take on the same evening.

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Apr 14 2014
I Fucking Love RuPaul* Comments (0)

RuPaul

RuPaul's Drag Race and Logo (not RuPaul himself) have apologized for offending some trans people with the use of the popular catchphrase “You've got she-mail!” and  have dropped an episode deemed offensive to some transsexuals.

Cue scornful reactions from trans activists angry with the show, who feel it was little more than lip service, and cue scornful reactions from—I would guess—the vast majority of the (primarily) gay men who watch RDR and who are responding along the lines of “lighten up,” or, as Madonna passive-aggressively responded to her “nigga” scandal, by making reference to the “word police.”

 

I have a problem with both reactions; this isn't black-and-white any more than issues of gender identity are for many people.

MolloyFirst, while Parker Marie Molloy's “I fucking hate RuPaul” tweet that predates the show's decision to cease and desist with the trans verbiage was, in my opinion, fairly criticized as unprofessional over her simultaneous reporting for The Advocate (a once and occasionally still journalistically admirable publication that nevertheless once branded Madonna its “Sissy of the Year” ahead of virulently homophobic villains all because she'd clarified that she wasn't a lesbian), there's no accounting for personal taste, so if anyone wants to fucking hate on RuPaul for whatever reason, I get it.

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Need To Know: Stamped Up, Robyn Takes Flight, Will Parker Marie Molloy Still F*cking Hate RuPaul? + MORE! Comments (0)

Tom-of-FinlandIf you can't lick 'im...

Boy-CultureI'm not really one of Tom's Men, but I do love his work...and his stamps!

Boy-CultureLeo DiCaprio busts a move.

Boy-CultureTHIS BLOGGER IS SUCH A SELL-OUT.

Boy-CultureRobyn to release mini-album with Royksopp May 26.

Boy-CultureMadonna as Furby, and a Madonna-fueled orgy.

Boy-CultureA Game of Thrones pre-wedding, two-person feast costs $1,200.

Boy-CultureYou don't got she-mail anymore.

Boy-CultureObama taps Gene Robinson for Easter prayer breakfast.

Boy-CultureChristian Sanchez (below) looks even hotter naked.

Christian7-thumb-500x667-18470Good Christian!

 
Apr 13 2014
Exchanging Of The Vanguard: Jennifer Lopez Honored By GLAAD Comments (0)

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At The 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards last night at the Beverly Hilton in L.A., the legendary—and still hot in her eighties!—Rita Moreno made a strong case for Jennifer Lopez as a deserving recipient of GLAAD's coveted Vanguard Award, praising Lopez for the LGBT-inclusive series she produces, The Fosters:

“She's a phenom. Jennifer knew she'd catch shit from anti-gay haters—and she did, before they had even shot a frame, she got all that. But she didn't care. Because in its boldness, bravery and entertainment factor, The Fosters has Jennifer's touch all over it. Everything! Everything this woman touches is golden. Cojno! [Putting on accent] I could keel her.”

In accepting the award, Lopez said:

“I have to give it up for my lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender fans becausethey be loyal...Finally, I really want to thank GLAAD for all of the important, daring, powerful work that you do, not only in mainstream media, but in Spanish-language media too. You all need to know that GLAAD is spreading the message of love and acceptance in English and en Espanol. El amor es el amor.”

I know a lot of gay people who sniff at GLAAD, and to be fair, there is a lot to poke fun at. But whenever I attend these events, I have to say the B.S. is very easy to see through, and what I wind up focusing on is the good that GLAAD accomplishes, whether it's coaching new-to-the-public-eye gay writers, activists and others on how best to express themselves, or leading the conversation on issues like the NYC St. Patrick's Day parade and the importance of words and yes, of image, in this world. It's certainly understandable that we may disagree with some of GLAAD's tactics, but there is a lot of good being done here.

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Apr 06 2014
Do You Hate Men? Comments (0)

Foxylady-1Click to maximize

Check out this Sexual Revolutionary War-era quiz from the pages of women's smut mag Foxylady (1975), which is supposed to gauge how much you hate men...

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Apr 04 2014
Need To Know: Bringing Becksy Back, Out-Firefoxed, Deen's Last Supper + MORE! Comments (0)

DAVID-BECKHAMHe almost looks annoyed to be so hot.

Boy-CultureStill more David Beckham skin revealed.

Boy-CultureAnti-gay Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich has resigned.

Boy-CultureConservagay Andrew Sullivan blames “left-Liberal intolerance.”

Boy-CultureNo, gays don't want Christians dead.

Boy-CultureJohn Waters gets animated.

Boy-CulturePaula Deen's racism-friendly restaurant closes.

Boy-CultureBruce Jenner closer than ever to fully transitioning.

Boy-CultureDavid Letterman is retiring in 2015.

Late NightLetterman's first guest was Bill Murray.

 
Apr 01 2014
Need To Know: Harry Back, Trans-gressions, Ex-NEWSWEEK Reader, #AttentionWhore + MORE! Comments (0)

Harry-Judd-naked-AttitudeThe front is even more eye-popping. (If you don't do it carefully.)

*widget boy cultureHarry is smooth and nude for Attitude. Harry-Judd-cock

*widget boy cultureRu & crew give sissy apologies for trans offenses.

*widget boy cultureFILLER THEATRE: Tom Cruise looks...different.

*widget boy cultureWear a #TruvadaWhore T-shirt and it won't be taken ironically.

*widget boy cultureNewsweek's 30something owners are cheerfully anti-gay, pro-ex-gay.

*widget boy cultureHe doesn't sing in the shower...he performs.

*widget boy cultureI've personally always found Disney horrifying. Jeb-and-Dubya-Bush-

*widget boy cultureThe “Luke & Laura” of homosexual theft.

*widget boy cultureTO YOUR HEALTH: Obamacare is winning people over.

*widget boy cultureRich dude rapes his kids, gets probation

*widget boy culturePresident (Jeb) Bush?

*widget boy cultureOKCupid: “Boycott Firefox.”

*widget boy cultureSuperhot subway cop Guilherme Leão.

Guilherme_leaoArresting officer

 
Mar 31 2014
Cover To Cover: First & Last Sentences Of Gay Novels & Novellas Comments (0)

Nocturnes-for-the-King-of-NaplesCover by Mel Odom.

What's a “gay book,” anyway?

Is it a book with a gay theme? One with no gay theme but whose author is gay? One specifically about being gay, written by a gay author? Must it be pro-gay, or can it be anti-? Does it count if it's exploitative and prurient?

Faggots-KramerRegardless of your definition, the heyday of the gay novel is behind us. Yes, there are still books by, for, and about gay people, but it's not like in the '70s and '80s, when gay novels took off, or the early '90s, when they'd become a bona fide boom business.

Not long after, they went bust, and the days when you might read a review calling a work of fiction, “The best gay novel of the year!” went with them. As did gay bookstores...when was the last time you were inside a gay bookstore? Were there any woolly mammoth footprints pressed into the clay?

City-and-the-pillar-gore-vidalGore, Gore, Gore...how do you like it, how do you like it?

Part of the reason a booming literary niche was decimated is good—we became less concerned with obsessing over our place in the world as the world became less convinced we were aliens and/or carriers of disease and/or agents of Satan. (Not that a huge chunk of the world doesn't still ponder those questions.) As we have been assimilated, we've become less excited by existentialist literary endeavors and more likely to spring for, say, books about the first time various anonymous narrators had gay sex, or coffee-table books of nude men or books with no discernible gay sensibility at all.

Interview-with-the-VampireBut I miss the days when the gay novel was a big deal. I miss being in my college bookstore and grabbing an Edmund White tome and flipping it to a passage where two farmboys “cornhole” each other, and realizing that it wasn't pornography, but rather was frank, familiar, terrifyingly emotional art.

For fun, I'm including a collection of the first and last sentences of as many gay novels as I could readily lay my hands on. I'm sticking with the books' proper first and last sentences, so am leaving out things like dates and places (“New York, 1983") in the case of books that begin or end with letters, and I'm also ignoring the “hmmm”-inspiring epigraphs that so often appear at the beginning of a novel.

Giovannis_room-frontThese are not meant to be my choices for "the best gay books." But most of my favorite gay novels are included and you will undoubtedly have read and loved many of them.

Actually...how many have you read?

If these tantalizingly brief samples don't make you curious to read some of these books, nothing will.

I would absolutely love to receive your contributions (title, year, author, first line, last line) so I can make this a living post...

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Mar 26 2014
Tomboy-Crazy Comments (0)

Tennesse-tomboy-religious

Timberlake Christian School in Tennessee has expelled an eight-year-old girl for being, as a long and ridiculous note from the administrator says, confused about her gender in direct opposition to alleged Biblical precepts.

This is not a story from The Onion...

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Mar 25 2014
He Sang/She Sang: A Review Of BROADWAY BACKWARDS Comments (0)

New York's LGBT Center and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS will receive $423,182 from the annual Broadway Backwards event, held last night at the Hirshfeld. I'd never gone before, but Broadway-Backwardsgrabbed a friend (well, tried, but the young ones are fast) and hiked to the mezz to see a unique show in which Broadway performers sing songs originally intended for the opposite gender. Which reminds me: God, I miss that TV show Turnabout with Sharon Gless.

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

But back to the matter at hand: Broadway Backwards started a bit creakily, with an oddly unfunny sketch that had a dark tone and an inexplicable Christmas theme. But aside from some of the skits being a bit trying, every vocal performance was a treat, including great contributions from Bryan Batt, Beth Leavel, Billy Porter (who was calmly Kodama Sushi-ing moments before the show began), Stephanie J. Block and more.

Probably the most successful skit was Colin Hanlon, Stephen Bienskie and Max von Essen's head-for-biz-bod-for-sin same-sex romance that played out to the strains of "Been a Long Day." Have always wished I could see them do a three-way, but probably should have been more specific when wishing for it.

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