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Jun 24 2016
Trans Ban In U.S. Military Ends In July Comments (0)

From a press release, in which the National LGBTQ Task Force—Be You asserts the military ban on trans people ends in July:

This final remnant of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell will now be put to rest. This decision is a great victory for the many trans people who have served and sacrificed in the military over the years. They also served in fear of being discharged from the service for simply being who they are. Thankfully this now will change. We look forward to hearing more implementation details.—Victoria Rodríguez-Roldán, J.D., Director, Trans/Gender Non-Conforming Justice Project, National LGBTQ Task Force

According to various news sources, the ban's end could be announced as early as July 1 by Defense Secretary Ash Carter.

More reactions:

OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON REPEAL OF TRANSGENDER MILITARY BAN:
 
We are elated at the news of the pending repeal of the transgender military ban and are thankful to everyone who worked so hard to see this day come to pass. We look forward to working with our military brothers and sisters to see successful implementation. We march forward into an age of greater equality.—Kristin Beck (Ret. Navy SEAL) & Shane Ortega (Ret. SSG) | National Transgender Military Liaisons, Military Freedom Coalition
 
6-PACK — Bill Cunningham Ailing + Teen Trans Star Jazz Jennings Speaks Out + THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA Dish + Bernie On Hillary: I DON'T KNOW HER + Shawn Mendes Comes In + BREXIT Upset Comments (0)

6a00d8341c2ca253ef0147e37f1058970bBill Cunningham at work in 2011 (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

*widget boy cultureLegendary New York Times shooter Bill Cunningham suffers stroke!

*widget boy cultureJazz Jennings, America's favorite teen trans reality star, tells Village Voice if she hadn't had a supportive family, “I don't know if I would have had the courage to live.”

*widget boy cultureHow the most iconic scene from The Devil Wears Prada—celebrating its 10th anniversary—was created, and why it almost didn't make it into the film.

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*widget boy cultureBernie Sanders suddenly cares about down-ballot candidates, but never mentions Hillary ONCE in his hour-long “what's next?” speech. Won't endorse her.

*widget boy cultureI don't know on what planet it doesn't matter whether or not Shawn Mendes is gay, but it ain't this one.

*widget boy cultureThe pound plummets as it becomes increasingly clear BREXIT is pulling off an upset in England. Guess it pays to kill your opponents.

 
Jun 21 2016
Ground Control To Major Diva: My One-Stop Book Tour With Alaska Thunderf*ck Comments (0)

IMG_6503* copyA Lammy? We're aiming for the National Book Award! (All images in this post courtesy of Matthew Rettenmund)

Uncharacteristically, I haven't written about my recent quick trip to L.A. to promote the book I wrote with Alaska Thunderf*ck (or Thunderfun, as she is called  PEG store for newsletterfor the sake of marketing the book to people still living at home). For some reason, I kept putting other stuff in front of writing this up, maybe because it wound up being an unexpectedly warm-and-fuzzy (if frantic and fleeting) event.

I went out two weekends ago—business class. I've never been in business class, so far as I remember, and found it ultra-comfortable and immediately took it on as my new normal, so that when I fly coach next time it will feel like being evicted from a gated community.

I'd planned to work from the plane, but the WiFi was out, meaning I did nothing but sleep. I wasn't sure what I was doing as far as promo for the book—Alaska Thunderfun and the Inner Space Odyssey—so being well-rested was a step (in a high-heeled shoe) in the right direction.

Working with Alaska had been a breeze. She has an insanely fun creation story that involves intergalactic gender-bending and the early '80s, and she knew pretty much what she wanted me to do, so I simply did it and she offered her input where needed and it was finished. I think it wound up being pretty funny and hopefully will surprise people with its mission of gender fluidity. I think of it as a Choose Your Own Gender book, or like Goosebumps with lovely lady lumps.

IMG_6492* copyJiggy Caliente was on hand to interview the ladies who launch

I stayed in Little Tokyo, which meant I was sick of Japanese food—which I love!—within two meals, but since I was working all day from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m., IMG_6508* copythat really only left me time to eat at offbeat times and squeeze in a couple of meetings with friends I hadn't seen in forever and, of course, to explore my popularity as a new face on the locals' Grindr feeds.

Again, I must thank the parents who continue to raise their young men to have no morals at all.

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The event itself was a lot of fun, once I had a solid handle on what was expected. It was celebrating the opening of the first all-drag retail store at Arts District Co-Op (453 Colyton St., L.A.), where the merch of such drag luminaries as Jinkx Monsoon, Adore Delano, Sharon Needles and—of course—Alaska would be on sale. The space was chic, beautifully designed and 100% conducive to lots of impulse-buying. I was eyeing some Violet Chachki wear, and I'm not even a big fan!

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Jun 20 2016
6-PACK — Jeffree Star Gives Till It Hurt$ + Euro Pride Events, Sir Paul McCartney Honor Orlando + Mexican Soccer Fans Are Still Anti-Gay + Father's Day At Guy Ritchie's + Rupert Everett Continues To Be An Embarrassment! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureMakeup genie Jeffree Star is anti-Kylie Jenner, but pro-LGBT Orlando victims—donated $20K to the cause!

*widget boy cultureEuropean Gay Pride events have expressed solidarity with Orlando: Vienna, Berlin and beyond.

*widget boy cultureSir Paul McCartney wore a rainbow flag while crooning “Yesterday” in honor of the Orlando victims. Help here.

*widget boy cultureMexican soccer fans continue to chant the anti-LGBT slur “puto,” even in the shadow of Orlando.

*widget boy cultureUncomplicated Daddy's Day for Guy Ritchie.

*widget boy cultureRupert Everett demeans Caitlyn Jenner as a “cross-dresser,” Madonna as “the anti-Christ.” Go back into the closet, Rupert. 

 
Jun 17 2016
Eli Lieb & Brandon Skeie's PULSE Is The Most Moving Of The Tributes Yet Comments (0)

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I somehow missed the deeply affecting song and video “Pulse” by Eli Lieb & Brandon Skeie. As a reader pointed out, it has a more grassroots, genuine feel that some of the (well-intentioned) bigger releases.

It's beautiful ...

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Jun 16 2016
6-PACK — BROADWAY BARES On Demand + Friendly Skies + Jamaican A.G. Dishonors Orlando Dead + Republicans Spit In Face Of Orlando Dead + Nick Jonas Advertises Firm Booty + YOU CAN PEE NEXT TO ME! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureThe June 19 Broadway Bares installment will be TV-oriented with a “brand-nude spin.” Plus, Laverne Cox landed Rocky Horror from last year's perf.

*widget boy cultureHow an Orlando victim's grandma was treated on a JetBlue flight will bring you to tears.

*widget boy cultureJamaica's A.G. has a problem with the U.S. embassy raising a rainbow flag in honor of Orlando. I, in turn, have a problem with Jamaica's A.G.

*widget boy cultureIn the shadow of the Orlando mass shooting, Republicans blocked a gay-rights bill in the House. Fuck you, Gays for Trump.

Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 12.42.10 AMNick was ambivalent about the idea of furries. (Video still via Bravo)

*widget boy cultureNick Jonas tells Andy Cohen he absolutely likes getting spanked: “I've got a firm ass.”

*widget boy cultureOkay with trans people in the bathroom? Urine good company: George Takei agrees! Shirt benefits Equality NC.

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Jun 14 2016
Richard Simmons Is NOT Transitioning, Speaks Out On Orlando Mass Shooting Comments (0)

Richard Simmons has been goin' through somethin' these past three years, but it apparently was not a lengthy transition. In a sweet Facebook post, he carefully made clear that he is not transitioning while not making it seem like the rumor is icky.

He also wrote emotionally about the events in Orlando.

I still find it interesting that he has never come out as gay, officially. I'm not roasting him for it, I'm just ... confused.

 
Jun 07 2016
6-PACK — Making America Gay Again + Death Of An Obama Appointee + Pentagon Pride + DONALD TRUMP OF THE PHILIPPINES Wins + I AM JAZZ Season 2 Begins + Gardner for Garçon! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureAmerican Apparel unveils new Gay Pride threads: “Make America Gay Again!”

*widget boy cultureCassandra Butts, thrilled to be nominated as Ambassador to the Bahamas, wasn't confirmed by the Republican Senate. 835 days later, she suddenly died at age 50.

*widget boy cultureI'll never forget the guy who attacked Obama while extolling the virtues of Sgt. Leonard Matlovich. Now, Matlovich is part of the Pentagon's LGBT Pride proclamation.

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*widget boy cultureRodrigo Duterte, the “Donald Trump of the Philippines,” has won the presidency there. He jokes about rape, womanizes, suggests murdered journos deserved it.

*widget boy cultureSeason 2 of I Am Jazz begins this week. Series star Jazz Jennings, published children's book author, speaks out on being trans: “I wish everything was gender-neutral.”

*widget boy cultureGarçon Model launches first-ever swimwear collection, featuring sexy model Scott Gardner in campaign.

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