380 posts categorized "HISTORY"

May 01 2015
Need To Know: Making The Grade + Diamond Girls + Gray Area + Hombre, Can You Spare A Dime? + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureHot teacher Pietro Boselli feels he's treated like a piece of meat.

*widget boy cultureDirk Shafer's death caused by meth and cocaine.

*widget boy cultureHillary warmly welcomes Bernie Sanders into the race.

*widget boy cultureGeena Davis & Rosie O'Donnell have a League of Their Own reunion!

*widget boy cultureO'Donnell's estranged wife accuses her of wine & pot abuse.

*widget boy cultureStory that Freddie Gray hurt himself isn't holding water.

*widget boy cultureObnoxious Fox reporter whines that Al Sharpton shoved him.

*widget boy cultureRand Paul doesn't reject conspiracy theories on US invasion of ... Texas.

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*widget boy cultureSteve Grand appears on ET.

*widget boy cultureTed Cruz has never seen a Hispanic panhandler.

*widget boy cultureDo all zookeepers eat ass?

*widget boy cultureUnbelievable Airbnb disaster!

*widget boy cultureJusten Phelps spreads his fuzzy legs.

*widget boy cultureYet, Airbnb is pro-gay, smacks down Texan homophobe.

*widget boy cultureYes, Virginia, there are gay homophobes.

*widget boy cultureJean Nidetch, Weight Watchers goddess, dies @ 91.

Jean-Nidetch-Weight-Watchers-TransformationShe pioneered the concept that overeating is an emotional issue.

 
Apr 30 2015
Old York! Comments (0)

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Amazing photos of NYC in the '70s by John Conn. 

 
Apr 29 2015
Stayin' Alive: 3 People Born In The 1800s Known To Still Be Alive Today Comments (0)

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I was just wondering if there were any people left on earth who were alive prior to midnight 1900. Turns out that as of March, there were five. Two have died in just the past month! That leaves only three supercentenarians alive today known to have been born in the 1800s.

Anywhere!

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There is also one lady who claims to be 127, but has no documents.

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I think it's fascinating that two of the three are black, considering the the low % of people who are black in the parts of the world where record-keeping is up to snuff and where lifespans are not crazy-short (I couldn't imagine anyone living past 115 in Africa, unfortunately), and considering the presumption that records for people of color in the late 1800s would have to be far less reliable than they were for white people. And yet two of three are black. Interesting!

 
Apr 27 2015
Need To Know: Sorry Gay Republicans + Bush Wack + 80 Going On 40 + She Had A Ball + Bobby's Prerogative + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureWeiderpass's Republican support dates to 2000 or earlier.

*widget boy cultureOh, and now he is suddenly sorry:

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**If he's sorry, he should tell his supporters they should see the light, too.**

*widget boy cultureDouchey Kalman Sporn approves of  “rainbow jihad” slur. (Fucking traitor.)

*widget boy cultureGeorge W. Bush is still alive, calls HRC formidable, is against peace.

*widget boy cultureJane Fonda, pushin' 80, successfully channels “Breathless Mahoney.”

*widget boy cultureBobby Brown makes play for control over Bobbi Kristina.

*widget boy cultureLucille Ball was more important than she's given credit for.

*widget boy cultureJustin Bieber crashed their prom.

*widget boy cultureWhat is his tool belt covering???

*widget boy cultureWHAT HAPPENS IN VEGA: Britney Spears covers “Tom's Diner”.

*widget boy cultureStop trying to make Tidal happen!

*widget boy cultureBrad Pitt's got a booboo.

*widget boy cultureI'd like to see this doc working on Brad's face.

*widget boy cultureIf you like VERY buff boys, this packs a wallop.

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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.