368 posts categorized "HISTORY"

Apr 25 2015
Need To Know: Trans-Informative + Bruce Brings Out The Best & Worst + Gay Traitors + MacGYVER Now + Man Country + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureTesting transphobia in Myrtle Beach, SC, leads to assault. Shocking video.

*widget boy culture#SHAMELESS: Wendy Williams trans-baits Bruce Jenner.

*widget boy cultureBruce Jenner's ex, Linda Thomas, writes movingly of her life with him.

*widget boy cultureMati Weiderpass thinks 'cuz Ken Mehlman changed his mind, it's all good. 6a00d8341c2ca253ef017ee977c6b3970d-800wi

*widget boy cultureToo many hot guys to count.

*widget boy cultureMacGyver at 65.

*widget boy cultureRobot Paul Ryan to Hillary: “Don't be a robot.”

*widget boy cultureMama June & Pumpkin both bi. Something in the go go juice?

*widget boy cultureBURNED: Bakers to get $135,000 fine for discriminatory action.

*widget boy cultureKim Kardashian doing some good.

*widget boy cultureMadonna sends autograph to Chinese artist.

*widget boy cultureBlue-collar muscle!

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Apr 23 2015
Book 'em: The New Gooch & Signorile Comments (0)

Img299Howard Brookner & Madonna b-t-s on Bloodhounds of Broadway

I wrote to Brad Gooch several months ago to ask him about his late partner Howard Brookner as Img300part of my Encyclopedia Madonnica research. Brookner directed the mostly unseen gem Bloodhounds of Broadway (1988), which he completed at the expense of his health—he was dying of AIDS, but pushed through the process in order to make the film he wanted to make. Sadly, the studio didn't like his film and ordered cuts that weakened it. He died before it hit the theaters.

Brad was kind enough to reply, and mentioned that all questions would be answered in his upcoming memoir, the just-released Smash Cut: A Memoir of Howard & Art & the '70s & the '80s (Harper, April 2015, $27.99). I'm not sure every Madonna question I had is answered herein, but those questions faded quickly as I read. Gooch has documented his life during an exciting and, as those of us who are a few years younger often forget (the '80s weren't always totally awesome), harrowing time in New York, and has done so with unselfconscious ease that makes his memoir a literary achievement more than a simple biography. It's also more than the bio of a guy who loved a guy who died; it's a bio of guys who loved guys who died, and a bio of New York City.

Gooch's years as an overthinking model, a sexual libertine and, though it wasn't called this then, a husband are beautifully communicated. It's short but impactful, like a poem you didn't realize you'd been waiting your whole life to read and stumbled across by chance. It's Just Kids (2010)-level work, and you should probably be reading it instead of this blog.

My own memoir is coming in a few months. It's not as good as this, nor is it really even comparable, nor should I even try to compare them. Still, I couldn't help thinking I'm glad I don't have anything this heart-breaking to write about, and that I'm humbled by the grace in Brad's insightful writing.

Img301It seemed fitting to write about Michelangelo Signorile's book It's Not Over: Getting Beyond Tolerance, Defeating Homophobia & Winning True Equality (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, April 2015, $27) in this post as well. Michelangelo all but invented the concept of outing (giving too many gay people something to fear and to use in order to capitulate to the status quo), but while he didn't invent gay activism, he probably reinvented it. His thoughts on where the struggle for gay rights stands are sobering and empowering. You can read it as a case of our rights being half-fulfilled or half-unfulfilled, but while his argument is that we could lose it if we don't keep working, it never comes across as defeatist or concern-trolly, two descriptors all too applicable to left-wing writing.

It's a kick-ass book for people who are thinking we've already kicked ass. We have some, a lot, but there's more left.

 
Apr 22 2015
Oh, How She Danced Comments (0)

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Watching Alice Barker, a 102-year-old former Harlem Renaissance dancer, seeing video of herself dancing back in the day will make your day...

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Apr 16 2015
Need To Know: Not Stoked + Hill, Yeah! + Grope Rate + Sizzler Reel + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureChris Christie is against marijuana? Trying running on that!

*widget boy cultureHillary Clinton believes marriage is a constitutional right.

*widget boy cultureHillary racks up Dem endorsements.

*widget boy cultureHookup app etiquette.

*widget boy cultureTSA manhandlers nabbed.

*widget boy cultureMadonna hopes Drake never faces ageism.

*widget boy cultureRacist Michigan auto shop owner: No gays allowed.

*widget boy cultureGleeful animal-killer gets Facebook-shamed.

*widget boy culture'90s Sizzler commercial is delish.

*widget boy cultureGold digger smackdown!

V_-stivianoPayback is a bitch, and so is Ms. Stiviano.

 

 
Apr 15 2015
Need To Know: Hillary United + Jaden Ciccone + Tossing CUCUMBER's Salad + The Bad Old Days + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureHillary strengthens her position against Citizens United.

*widget boy cultureJaden Smith proclaims he's “the new male Madonna.”

*widget boy cultureMadonna & Janet Jackson on Square Pegs???

*widget boy cultureRihanna doing coke.

*widget boy cultureLOGO's Cucumber gets some love. (I thought it was like tofu.)

*widget boy cultureIan McKellen's new role.

*widget boy cultureA piece of history for $10,000.

*widget boy cultureKimora Lee Simmons gives birth.

*widget boy cultureNew Brad Gooch memoir: NYC, AIDS, the '80s & more.

*widget boy cultureBELOW: What a view!

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Apr 14 2015
Oldest Filmmaker Dies @ 106 Comments (0)

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The world's oldest active filmmaker, Portugal's Manoel de Oliveira, died earlier this month at the beyond-ripe old age of 106. He was the oldest person on my list of oldest entertainment-biz figures.

He was one of the very last actors and absolutely the last director of the silent era.

Another long-time director, TV's Richard L. Bare, also just died—at 101. I met him at this event, where he was celebrated.

 
Apr 09 2015
They're Just A Couple Of Fags!: An Interview With Liz Smith (Who Didn't Say That) Comments (0)

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Great interview with Liz Smith for The Hollywood Reporter about her long, long life, career and love affair with NYC. Of note: An ugly story about Lee Radziwill, her affection for her Republican overlords, being outed past retirement age and much more.

 
Apr 05 2015
Musical Herstory Comments (0)

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A copyright-ignoring drive through musical history (oddly curated...skipping disco)...

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