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Mar 23 2017
Back In The Gay Comments (0)

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Remember when you needed a service to help you find a gay roommate? (Or a gay guy to help you find a roommate to service you?)

I tried one when I moved to NYC and I believe that's how I found the guy I lived with in Weehawken, New Jersey, for about eight months. I also remember calling a regular ad for a roommate in Hoboken and I asked the guy if it would be an issue that I was gay and he said, “Yeah, it kinda would be, since we're not and we all have girlfriends.”

Better to know in advance that the people you're moving in with are homophobes.

 
Mar 19 2017
6-PACK — Consider It Dunn + Only The Lonely + Speedo Heaven + Some Pretty Big Little Deaths + Mansion Envy + RIP Mr. EYES OF LAURA MARS! Comments (0)

Simon-christian-scott-p1-2-819x1024Simon says ... (Image by Christian Scott/DNA)

WIDGETtheOUTfront: Simon Dunn wows you on and in the new DNA.

WIDGETBosGuy: Are you middle-aged? If so, you're more susceptible to this. (It's not baldness, impotence or a tendency to DVR Antiques Roadshow.)

WIDGETKenneth in the (212): Might be the most beautiful dude-in-Speedo pic yet.

Boys In The Sand(Movie poster via Poolemar)

WIDGETOMG Blog: 5 utterly amazing male O-shots from (mostly) non-porn films. (Work Unfriendly)

WIDGETExtraTV: Check out the former estate of Hollywood giant David O. Selznick! What a spread.

The-blob-2Nuts to you, Blob! (Image via Paramount)

WIDGETTHR: Jack H. Harris, producer of The Blob (1958) & Eyes of Laura Mars (1978) dies @ 98.

Lm11Thank you for NOT seeing me — Faye Dunaway in Eyes of Laura Mars (Image via Columbia)

 
Mar 18 2017
6-PACK — Bootylicious Life + JERSEYLICIOUS Death + A New Kind Of GLASS MENAGERIE + North Miami's LGBTQ Legacy + A Trump Voter Who Gets It + Trump, Who Does Not Get It! Comments (0)

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WIDGETManRumpsXXX: Check out “Talk Like Sex,” a François Sagat butt-a-thon (Work Unfriendly), after the jump below ...

Screen Shot 2017-03-18 at 5.40.14 PMMike Aktari died at 28, Auntie Fee at 59 (Images via Facebook)

WIDGETExtraTV: Sexy Mike Aktari of Jerseylicious and sassy Auntie Fee of YouTube cooking fame have both died.

WIDGETThe Film Experience: Is Sally Field in The Glass Menagerie sublime?

WIDGETPress Release: Artist Alan Gutierrez unveils sculpture to “celebrate the legacy of Miami-Dade County's LGBTQ champions.” It covers 1977-2017, includes Moonlight.

UnnamedHonoring those who blazed trails (Image via News Travels Fast)

WIDGETDaily Kos: White Southern male voter for Trump admits he was wrong — goes viral:

WIDGETAOL: Trump rages against FAKE NEWS, claiming his awkward meeting with Merkel — he refused to shake her hand! — went great. I say:

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Keep reading for that amazing, butt-tastic Sagat short subject ...

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Fez Who?: Male Indian Head- And Hairstyles Of The Past 100 Years Comments (0)
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Mar 16 2017
He Loved — And Loves — Lucy: My Friend, The Coverboy Comments (0)

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Closer Magazine has fascinated me since its inception.

A part of the Bauer empire, which includes checkout check-me-outs like Life & Style and In Touch (the title of which will forever belong to the '70s/'80s gay-porn mag in my mind), Closer is an odd duck — instead of 30something moms, it is targeted to old-timers, focusing on subjects who are mostly dead and buried.

The tagline, “Closer to the Stars You Love,” has always struck me as meaning it's for people who are about to join the great stars of yesteryear gossiping over that great clothesline in the sky.

But it's a solid publication, beautifully done. I just can't imagine how Bauer finds the readership — and more power to them for doing so, as nostalgia is a huge part of my own life. (I am closer and closer to the stars I love each day!)

Now, I'm proud that someone I know — who is alive! — is on the cover: ultimate Lucy fan/pal Michael Stern.

Screen Shot 2017-03-16 at 12.04.37 PMStern met Ball at a taping of one of her sitcoms and they became fast friends. (Image via iUniverse)

Stern, the author of the fabulously dishy-without-being-catty I Had a Ball: My Life with Lucille Ball — Revised Edition ($28.99, iUniverse), gave an exclusive interview to Closer, talking about Lucy's real-life hidden secret. No, she didn't eat Carolyn's Appleby, as my friend John suggested. The interview is more about Lucy's self-doubt in her later years.

Screen Shot 2017-03-16 at 12.11.23 PMJust two of the 1,000s of celeb pic-withs Stern has acquired (Images via Michael Stern)

Key quote from Stern:

She really stayed home and did not get out. She had to be forced to go to the supermarket. She felt her fans didn't like her anymore, even though it wasn't true because anytime she'd do a public apperance, there was a standing ovation. The applause was deafening.

The rest of the article contains quotes from I Love Lucy guest star (very few of those left!) Barbara Eden, as well as Little Ricky himself, Keith Thibodeaux. Check it out if you can, and definitely check out Stern's book if you, too, loved Lucy.

Keep reading to watch and listen to Barbara Eden remembering Lucy ...

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Mar 15 2017
Well, Hello, Bette! Comments (0)

Seeing Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly! next week — can't wait. 

I've never even seen this show, nor have I ever seen the movie. I know, I know. There are some holes in my gay past. I did know about the show as a kid, thanks to this:

I'm particularly interested at this time, having finished Carleton Carpenter's excellent autobiography, in which he recalls touring with the show opposite Mary Martin (whom he loved) and Ginger Rogers (seemingly, less so).

Check Out My Q&A with Carleton Carpenter!

That got me thinking about all the women who've played Dolly. With a hat tip to Richard Skipper's invaluable Call on Dolly ...

Hello-dolly-1969-02-gBarbra in the movie in 1968 (20th Century Fox)

Other famous broads who've bought Dolly to life:

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Mar 14 2017
29th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists Announced Comments (0)

The Lambda Literary Award (Lammy) noms were announced today, honoring LGBTQ publishing of all stripes.

A friend called my attention to J. Aaron Sanders's Speakers of the Dead, the first in a series of Walt Whitman mysteries. Check out the tantalizing summary from Goodreads:

The year is 1843; the place: New York City. Aurora reporter Walt Whitman arrives at the Tombs prison yard where his friend Lena Stowe is scheduled to hang for the murder of her husband, Abraham. Walt intends to present evidence on Lena's behalf, but Sheriff Harris turns him away. Lena drops to her death, and Walt vows to posthumously exonerate her. 

Walt's estranged boyfriend, Henry Saunders, returns to New York, and the two men uncover a link between body-snatching and Abraham's murder: a man named Samuel Clement. To get to Clement, Walt and Henry descend into a dangerous underworld where resurrection men steal the bodies of the recently deceased and sell them to medical colleges. With no legal means to acquire cadavers, medical students rely on these criminals, and Abraham's involvement with the Bone Bill—legislation that would put the resurrection men out of business—seems to have led to his and Lena's deaths.

The book is on Amazon.

Full list of nominees for the 29th Annual Lambda Literary Awards — get tickets here — below ...

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Gay Pride Under Trump's Thumb Comments (0)

Rolling Stone offers a long, sobering take on the state of gay pride under the Trump Administration, which has already rolled back trans rights and is likely to sign off on religious-based discrimination of gay people.

Resistance to Trump has become a new national pastime, at least for the millions IMG_2199who swelled Women's Marches across the country, besieged airports, upended town halls and who continue to hound politicos on everything from healthcare to immigration. This summer, when LGBTQ people and their allies hit the streets for annual Pride celebrations – in cities from coast to coast, in states red and blue – they will confront the question of how to mix partying with protest. It's a question that's faded in and out of urgency over the past half-century as the gay rights movement rode the currents of post-Stonewall liberation, AIDS anxiety, "don't ask, don't tell" compromises and same-sex marriage, all the way to last summer's massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. This year, with a far-right administration taking office, the stakes are once again high. Pride organizers – who, at this point, oversee a year-round operation that's far bigger than one day or one parade – are looking to history for inspiration. Activists like Firas Nasr, meanwhile, see the coming culture war less as a battleground than as a dance floor. Pride 2017 has three months to figure out its message.

It's an excellent look back, and forward.

 


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