246 posts categorized "GENDER"

Nov 24 2014
Don't Ever Lego Your Dreams Comments (0)

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Via Reddit: This apparently authentic letter to parents from LEGO in the '70s (?) had the right idea.

 
Nov 22 2014
Death Becomes Him Comments (0)

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Luckily, this doesn't matter to the person in question because she is no longer here to suffer the indignity, but here's a case where blood being thicker than water is a real tragedy: A transgender woman who died unexpectedly of an aneurysm was buried by her family as a man, including having her hair cut and wearing men's clothing at an open-casket wake. Assholes.

 
Nov 19 2014
BLUE, Period: An Interview With Ricky Rebel Comments (0)
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Ricky Rebel is described as a sort of Adam Lambert/Lady Gaga hybrid, but in spite of his young age, he's been in the industry longer than both of them. I first encountered Ricky when he was in the boy No_authority_shirtless_group_in_underwear1band No Authority (pictured in underwear), a group signed to Madonna's Maverick (RIP!) and mentored by Michael Jackson.

I would've done anything for NA (and gave them crazy amounts of coverage) if only because their manager had once been in an episode of The Golden Girls, but I also really liked the boys themselves.

Ricky was a stand-out in the teen pop scene, a true showman, so it was not surprising to me 10 years later when he re-emerged as a solo artist with a major dance hit (“Geisha Dance”) and a thoughtfully crafted, musically sound point of view.

Now, Ricky is releasing The Blue Album, filled with adventurous dance music that isn't a guilty pleasure but an unqualified pleasure. He is a visual artist who does not overly rely on his admittedly fun razzle and on-stage dazzle, but one whose music you could enjoy with your eyes closed.

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I was happy to chat with Ricky all these years after we crossed paths at the teen magazine I ran; I've always wanted to do follow-up interviews with the kids I worked with, so getting to debrief one who's gone on to bigger and better things was a real pleasure...

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Nov 12 2014
Marilyn Lives! Comments (0)

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Popstar Marilyn, after years of drug abuse that made him seem destined for an early grave, seems to have bounced back into good health, at least according to this feisty interview. Gavin Rossdale and the new Band Aid project for Ebola don't come out without a scratch.

 
Barbara's Pleased: Don't Miss John Epperson As Lypsinka (And As John Epperson) In LYPSINKA: THE TRILOGY Comments (0)

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BOY CULTURE RATING: **** OUT OF **** STARS

A 28-year-old friend of mine who is the perfect man and would get a proposal of marriage from me if it weren't for the fact that I'd have to pay him to get naked for me said to me recently, when I invited him to see Lypsinka, “Am I a bad gay if I don't wanna see a drag show?”

Well, yes, yes, he is.

But not because he isn't into drag—so much of it is stale. He's a bad gay for thinking Lypsinka is a drag show. John Epperson's Lypsinka is more in the performance-art vein. And besides that, she's not a drag show...currently, she's three.

Lypsinka: The Trilogy is now playing on NYC's Lower East Side at The Connelly Theater. On alternating nights, the Queen of Drag Queens is performing Lypsinka! The Boxed Set, The Passion of the Crawford and John Epperson: Show Trash, three very different shows with very little overlap but lots of overlip.

JUST A FEW OF THE NAMES WHOSE VOICES APPEAR IN LYPSINKA! THE BOXED SET:

Judith Anderson Polly Bergen Arthur Blake Joan Crawford Bette Davis Olivia de Havilland Sandra Dee Phyllis Diller Ruth Draper Frances Faye Penny Fuller Judy Garland Dolores Gray T.C. Jones Gisele MacKenzie Fay McKay Ethel Merman Agnes Moorehead Kay Stevens Dorothy Squires Kim Stanley Gloria Swanson Natalie Wood

Lypsinka-legsThe first, and best, is Lypsinka! The Boxed Set, approximately 90 minutes' worth of Lypsinka in her robotically glamorous prime (she's even better as a man of a certain age playing a woman of a certain age than he was when he did it as a youngster), gliding across the stage and expertly mouthing a complicated soundtrack made up of obscure songs from musical theater and instantly recognizable soundbites from film, TV and the theater. His lip-synching style is so leisurely it becomes hypnotic. He never overemotes; rather, he simply parts his lips and lets the sounds seem to emerge from within. His best weapons are his eyes (the gams are still in working order, too—see inset), which light up the stage with shock, existential angst and/or malevolence, as each sonic snippet demands.

Also compelling is The Passion of the Crawford, the lioness's share of which consists of Epperson and Steve Cuiffo or Scott Wittman recreating Crawford's legendary 1973 Town Hall interview, in which she tweaks Bette Dvis, verbally spanks Marlon Brando, talks parenting and almost has a rolling orgasm while commenting on Greta Garbo. Lypsinka's visual adlibs, affecting expressions Crawford didn't but should have made, are delicious. She then segues into a somewhat dreary sequence of Crawford camp-earnestly reciting a religious text, but it comes to an end with a fantasmagoric remix of some of Crawford's famous lines as well as elements of the Town Hall Q&A that has to be seen to be believed. (If you're into latter-day Crawford, don't miss this video!)

JohnEppersonCompleting your set is John Epperon: Show Trash, in which Lypsinka fades to black so that Epperson himself can shine—and shine he does, as an outstanding pianist and inimitable singer. He offers original compositions that illustrate the trajectory of his life from Southern sissy to big-city sensation, as well as a few lip-synching interludes as a nod to his alter ego. (In an odd tribute to Katharine Hepburn, Epperson impersonats her singing Rapper's Delight—and it just so happened to be the very same day Sugarhill Gang's Big Bank Hank died.)

For Epperson to take on the responsibility of doing three shows simultaneously is some kind of cry for help. Don't ignore it—see all three so you don't have to wait another 20 years to drink in his loopy, intelligent, darkly funny, queerly nostalgic tribute to popular and unpopular culture.

And if you don't wanna see a drag show, then you are your rabbit-faced wife can go to hell.

 
Nov 10 2014
TRANSPARENT Agenda Comments (0)

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Jill Soloway's Transparent is getting a second-season pickup from Amazon. Wonder what the first eBay series will be? Considering how well the experiment has gone for Netflix and Amazon, I'll be watching.

 
Oct 31 2014
Need To Know: Deckerheads + Junk'd + I LOVE LOONY + Madonna's Single Soon Ready To Mingle? + Elsa Rules + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy culturePictures of Eric Decker will make you hard if you have a penis.

*widget boy cultureBruce Jenner's penis gets bullied on golf course, he responds with self-deprecation.

*widget boy cultureForget Jesus, Kim Kardashian thinks she's more popular than Lucy.

*widget boy cultureHow to handle yourself at a urinal.

*widget boy cultureamfAR gala brings out Diana Ross, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna & more.

*widget boy cultureDiplo claims Madonna's next album's  first single is chosen, is his.

*widget boy cultureThe ultimate Halloween costume.

*widget boy cultureHalloween music mix!

*widget boy cultureTeacher admits “killing all black people” is on her bucket list.

*widget boy cultureSen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) plays to white men in off-color remark.

*widget boy cultureMILLENNIAL HORROR STORY: Like, OMG, this is so...like...scary.

*widget boy cultureJessica Lange killing it as a former dominatrix on AHS.

Tumblr_ne8qi5AXJy1qcbk34o1_250Her name is Elsa... 

 
Oct 22 2014
Solidarity In Response To Trans Woman's Murder Comments (0)

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In response to the brutal murder of 26-year-old trans woman Jennifer Laude, Moovz CEO Liav Eliash has issued a statement:

“Our duty as a global online community is to stand for the rights of the LGBT and to increase the awareness of the public and make them understand that everyone is FREE and EQUAL to live in a safe environment regardless of one’s gender identity or sexual orientation. This tragic killing of Jennifer Laude is beyond imaginable. No one has the right to take someone’s life based on gender identity. Therefore, our strong global team together with our users will stand with the Filipino LGBT groups by all means until the justice is served!” 

Moovz brand ambassador Chris Salvatore has commented on Facebook as well.