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Apr 29 2017
The Other Gay Massacre: A Review Of UPSTAIRS INFERNO Comments (0)

I caught Robert L. Camina's thorough, compassionate Upstairs Inferno this past week, as 18119579_10155036621241655_8861209262017922387_ngut-wrenching a film as you'd ever want to see.

A documentary on the tragic fire that claimed 32 lives at the gay bar the Upstairs Lounge in New Orleans in 1973, the film is a valuable record of an event many people — even LGBTQ people — have no idea ever happened.

More on the Tragedy

The fire tore through the popular gay watering hole, which also served as a nexus for the gay-affirming Metropolitan Community Church, killing dozens in a matter of minutes thanks to its fire-friendly decor and barred windows. One enduring image from the blaze is a news photo of the upper part of a gay pastor's body wedged between the bars of one window, where he died desperately trying to escape.

Over 20 bodies were found stacked by the windows, while others never had a moment to budge from where they stood. Still others died in the hospital in the days following the fire.

Sadly, the fire was almost certainly caused by a gay man angry that he'd been kicked out of the establishment. Sadly and sickeningly, he was never questioned by police and not long after committed suicide, reportedly at odds with being gay — and no doubt wracked with guilt over doing something he couldn't have imagined would end so horrifically.

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Apr 22 2017
6-PACK — Mel B's Nanny: Drag Queens You'd Do + We Had 7-Year Sexual Relationship + Not-So-Weird Science + RIP Robert Halfhill + Dominic Thiem's Booty Called Out + The Nightmare Of Chechnya Explained Comments (0)

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WIDGETGay Fleshbot (Work Unfriendly): Check out the Top 10 sexiest drag queens — out of drag.

WIDGETExtraTV: Mel B said her husband cheated with her nanny (getting her pregnant) & coerced Mel into 3-ways. Nanny's suing for libel — says their sex was consensual.

WIDGETHuff Post: We now actually need a march for science. Let that sink in.

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WIDGETMinneapolis Star Tribune: Robert Halfhill, gay activist & archivist, dies @ 76. I salute his dedication to fighting the good fight against anti-gays & against throwing stuff away!

WIDGETKenneth in the (212): A fellow tennis pro has taken notice of Dominic Thiem's awe-inspiring ass cheeks.

WIDGETThe Guardian: Try being gay in Chechnya, where you can't hold hands and where women aren't supposed to talk about pregnancy in front of men. (Actually, dont.)

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Apr 21 2017
6-PACK — Getting To The Bottom Of Who Joey Stefano Was + French Terror Victim Was Cop, Gay-Rights Champ + Ellen Chats With Makeup Maven Reuben de Maid + Caitlyn Hits Trump Where He Lives + Richard Simmons Spotted + Gilbert Baker's New Font! Comments (0)

Joey-StefanoA new biopic will attempt to bring gay-porn legend Joey Stefano's life into focus.

WIDGETUnicorn Booty: There's a Joey Stefano biopic coming, and both Michelle Visage and Alaska will be in it! 

Rare Videos of Joey Stefano & Downtown A-Listers Speaking Candidly

WIDGETJoe.My.God.: The French cop killed in last night's terror attack was a member of a pro-LGBT police organization. Insanity, and right before the election.

WIDGETEllenTV: Little Big Shots star Reuben de Maid chats with Ellen about being bullied for wearing makeup, performs:

WIDGETABC News: Caitlyn Jenner won't play golf with Trump over his anti-trans ways. What a powerful statement. (Eye roll.) Also, she's 100% for marriage equality:

WIDGETExtraTV: Proof of life — Richard Simmons is pictured (kinda) for the first time in three long years.

WIDGETKenneth in the (212): How cool! There's a new font that honors the contribution of LGBTQ-rainbow flag creator Gilbert Baker, who recently died:

 
Apr 12 2017
6-PACK — Kansas Outcome Bodes Well For Dems + Spicer Downplays Holocaust + Janet's $500M Divorce + Texas & North Carolina Fighting Like Hell To Screw Gays + J. Geils, RIP Comments (0)

WIDGETDaily Kos: Kansas House race swings heavily Dem in dark red district — good omen for mid-terms.

WIDGETHuff Post: Trump spox Spicer downplays the Holocaust, says Assad — unlike Hitler — gassed his own people; Pelosi: “Resign.”

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WIDGETOMG Blog: Sounds like Janet Jackson married for money. A lot of it. And a baby. And out!

WIDGETTowleroad: Texan tools advance bill allowing state clerks the right to refuse to grant same-sex marriage licenses due to religious convictions.

WIDGETTMZ: J. Geils of the J. Geils Band found dead @ 71.

WIDGETTwitter @dominicholden: Nutbag North Carolina goober Republicans file bill nullifying SCOTUS same-sex marriage decision. Good luck with that!

 
Apr 09 2017
Drawn That Way: A Review Of The Film TOM OF FINLAND Comments (0)

Tom of Finland Physique PictorialAn example of Tom of Finland's early work (Image via Physique Pictorial)

I'm a fan of the art of Touko Laaksonen, so the new film Tom of Finland — Teaser-trailer-tom-of-finland-696x464his professional name as an erotic-art illustrator — was so far up my alley it was practically parked in my garage.

Laaksonen was born in Finland and served in WWII, going on to become a successful ad man thanks to his skill with the pencil. Inspired by mental images of laborers and even by the tight uniforms of the Nazis (with whom he did not sympathize politically), he drew unflinching scenes of muscular macho men engaged in sexual abandon, or merely showing off their assets, dripping with libidinous tension.

He kept his drawings under wraps, learning the hard way (having them stolen, being arrested, facing condemnation) that what he saw as natural was a cause for great alarm in his neck of the woods, and, in fact, most everywhere.

In this new biopic— which has been called Finland's first on gay male love — the story of Touko (played with superb empathy by Pekka Strang) is fleshed out in a compelling, visually stylish and achingly emotional way by acclaimed director Dome Karukoski.

Tom-of-finlandTouko & Nipa — a love story (This and all other images via Protagonist Pictures, unless noted)

Tom of Finland beautifully illustrates Touko's gay awakening, captures the excitement and danger of his sexual trysts and flawlessly conveys the non-monogamous love he finds with a stunning young partner, Nipa (Lauri Tilkanen, who looks like the Garrett Clayton of Finland). Finagling a romance with Nipa aka Veli, also the object of Tom's spinster sister's (Jessica Grabowsky) affection, is portrayed adroitly.

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6-PACK — Charlie Hunnam's Man-Crush + New Mexico Bans Conversion Therapy + Two Maidens Were Two Men + Janet Dumps Hubby + Trump vs. North Korea + Putin: Gay Clown! Comments (0)

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WIDGETInstinct: Gun to his head, this is the dude Charlie Hunnam would hit it with if he hadda.

WIDGETHRC: New Mexico's Republican (!) Gov. Susan Martinez signed into law a bill making the state the eighth in the U.S. to outright ban gay-conversion therapy.

WIDGETThe Telegraph: Pompeii's famous “Two Maidens” — embracing figures found to have been buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A..D. — were men, maybe lovers.

WIDGETExtraTV: Janet Jackson dumped her billionaire husband over issues of control (ironic!) just three months after having one of her first babies, at age 50.

WIDGETHuff Post: So, is North Korea the next lunatic country in whose general direction Trump is saber-rattling?

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WIDGETThe Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Colbert needles Putin over new Russian law forbidding representing the tyrant as a gay clown. Video after the jump ...

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Apr 08 2017
Tickets Go On Sale 27 Years Ago — Don't Miss Out! Comments (0)

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Tickets for Madonna's Oakland Coliseum performances of Blond Ambition went on sale 27 years ago today.

More Madonna goodies here — follows and likes are considered NEAT.

 
Mary Pickford Turns 125 Comments (0)

234f6facb89bd0a4d8921b6f062d6bfbMary Pickford: April 8, 1892—May 29, 1979)

Mary Pickford — real name Gladys Louise Smith — was born 125 years ago today in Toronto.

She would go on to become one of the most important women, and indeed, one of the most important figures, period, in the history of film.

The first person to be dubbed “America's Sweetheart,” Pickford started her career treading the boards, including on Broadway (which wasn't such a tony gig back in 1906). After a screen test that took place 108 years ago on April 19, Pickford made her first film appearances, racking up dozens of credits in a matter of weeks.

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