394 posts categorized "HISTORY"

Jun 18 2015
Need To Know: Are You Fearing AIDS? + Engagement Must End + Perfect $10 + Send In The Clown + MORE! Comments (0)


*widget boy cultureAndy Cohen shares stories of his one-time HIV hysteria.

*widget boy cultureWhat does this say about the trustworthiness of MSNBC vs. NBC?

*widget boy cultureSean Penn's review of Madonna's new video is in.

*widget boy cultureNo one will tell Melissa Rivers she isn't Joan Rivers.

*widget boy cultureWhich famous woman will be on the $10 bill in the U.S. in 2020?

*widget boy cultureGayest U.S. zip codes.

*widget boy cultureRachel Dolezal is bi, and a self-birther.

*widget boy cultureNew Janet Jackson music snippet.

*widget boy cultureOh, my Lorde!

*widget boy culture1st N. Brooklyn Pride Fest.

*widget boy culture49-minute interview with Marilyn Monroe from 1960.

*widget boy cultureDonald Trump had to buy enthusiasm.

*widget boy cultureNeil Young dislikes Donald Trump.


Jun 12 2015
The Good SEED: A Review Of The New Chuck Holmes Doc Comments (0)
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Screen Shot 2015-06-12 at 12.39.16 AMI absolutely loved Seed Money: The Chuck Holmes Story, (sexxxy) director Mike Stabile's A+ doc on the porn magnate that's making the film fest rounds.

Seed Money is at once a sympathetic but unblinking portrait of Falcon founder Holmes, an impeccably curated collection of some of the most indelible clips from the unbearably erotic movies that have become a shared visual language among gay men, and a ribald cockumentary on the commodification of M4M sex.

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Seed Money - Stabile HeadshotChuck Holmes (top) and Mike Stabile (bottom)—which might be wishful thinking.

The film will make you marvel at the fact that clean feet and fresh-from-the-package tightie-whities could make a guy so rich, and leave such an impression on so many others just like him. Even though Jeff Stryker is on hand to reminisce, the film's money shot is its honest portrayal of a gay kid from the sticks whose drive to make something of himself and whose struggle with and eventual celebration of his sexuality wound up all but defining the history of gay porn.


Seed Money is that rare documentary that you could easily jack off to (hello, Bill Henson ... how you doin', Buster? ... 'sup, Kurt Marshall?) but that never stops engaging your brain. Though it touches only briefly on the potentially problematic nature of Holmes's taste becoming the gay community's default position on all things randy (you'll cringe when Chi Chi La Rue tells it like it was regarding what black models were and were not allowed to do on Falcon sets), that portion of the film is emblematic of its thoughtful, nuanced approach.

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Think of it as yet another side of Aspen.

Make sure to catch this important film at Outfest and/or Frameline.

Jun 09 2015
The Put The Blame On Mame Game: Unseen Rita Hayworth! Comments (0)
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Rita Hayworth was one of the biggest movie stars of all time. Thanks to her films and to her status as an iconic WWII pinup--the camera loved her to the point of obsession--she has secured her place in pop culture history.

Hayworth was also one of the first big names to be associated with Alzheimer's disease, which claimed her at the too-young age of 68 after a 10-year battle.

Today, my pal Alan Light, a longtime film buff whose photography of celebrities in the '70s, '80s and '90s is a marvel, sent me the above long-lost images of Hayworth, taken at a 1977 National Film Society function in Washington D.C. that may well have been her final public appearance. She was already suffering from the early effects of her disease, but of course the public was in the dark about that. She looked good! She was just about Madonna's current age at that time, which is interesting to note due to how women in their late fifties were viewed in 1977 as opposed to 2015. (There's more tension now since more of them are refusing the stately caftan route.)

As a bonus, check out this National Film Society gala from 1979, also by Alan Light. Can you recognize the (many more!) famous faces in attendance? (Hint: Una Merkel is up in this shizz!)

Jun 07 2015
Need To Know: Having A Ball + Tripell Krown Winer + Run, Left, Hillary, Run! + Scott Eastwood Bangs One Out + Locked & Loaded + Aged Pussy + MORE! Comments (0)
 What a horrible children's book, whoever wrote this is terrible....smdh
Posted by Ishe Smith on Sunday, May 17, 2015

*widget boy cultureABOVE: No, the balls book isn't real. But it's kinda funny!

*widget boy cultureThat horse can't spell, but sure can run: American Pharoah WINS.

*widget boy cultureWhat Michelangelo Signorile says Hillary needs to do RE LGBT rights.

*widget boy cultureScott Eastwood gets naked, bangs Kim Matula.

Screen Shot 2015-06-06 at 8.46.10 PMMorning (East)wood!

*widget boy cultureDuggars used locked doors to deter Josh's molestation hobby.

*widget boy cultureCheck out this project linking pot legalization to HIV/AIDS.

*widget boy cultureAvicii smacks Daily Star for shit-stirring headline.

*widget boy cultureListen to Walter Delmar's Pride 2015 mix!

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*widget boy cultureOld Dogs & New Tricks season 3 on DVD.

*widget boy cultureWorld's oldest cat dies at 27.

*widget boy cultureOfficial Princess Charlotte/Prince George portrait taken by their mom.

*widget boy cultureBroken news: Courteney Cox was high-maintenace in 1997.

*widget boy cultureThe LGBT history of DC Comics.

*widget boy cultureMatch.com thinks I'd go great with a dude seeking Asian women only:

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Jun 02 2015
Chelsea, Not Lately Comments (0)

Img450I saw a guy get shot at that intersection before it was quaint.

My pal Kenneth at Kenneth in the (212) just pulled a Rettenmund (his words; though I've been succinct of late, I used to be known for mega-posts) and posted a ginormous visual history of Chelsea's Eighth Avenue which, as those of you New Yorkers know, has really lost so much of its charm (not to mention businesses) in the past 20 years.

Big cup sign gay coffee chelseaI wonder if all the many photos are Kenneth's? There are so many!

The image above is one from my own scrapbook, showing the view from my first NYC apartment at 20th Street and Ninth Avenue around 1994. The photo booth shots are me with my mom, who was wearing her dark hair slicked back because NYC was in the midst of a hair-unfriendly heatwave.

I was offered an opportunity to buy that apartment—two bedrooms, twelfth floor, views, doorman—for $120,000 ... but couldn't afford it. GULP. It did snatch up a one-bedroom in the same building, and I'm now possibly coming to the end of my 20 years as a homeowner. Time will tell.

Everything ends. Even Chelsea.

Only The Lonely: The Paintings Of Tennessee Williams Comments (0)


Check out this piece on 19 works of art (not the kind that entail people running around on a stage, emoting about incest and cannibalism to great effect) by the late Tennessee Williams. I really like his style.

May 25 2015
Mantiques: Robert La Tourneaux Comments (0)

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A great shot of the actor best known as the human b'day gift from the movie version of The Boys in the Band (1970), in which he recreated his stage performance. He died of AIDS in 1986. Thanks to Michael Michaud for the shot.

Memorial Gay Comments (0)


As one-time Advocate cover man and gay vet Eric Alva reminds us, we have made great strides in the military, but the mission is not yet accomplished.

Happy Memorial Day. Remembering my grandfather, who served and had many life-altering experiences in World War II.


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