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Jan 27 2017
THAT PART'S NOT TRUE: Emmett Till's Senseless Murder Just Got Even More So Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2017-01-27 at 10.44.41 AMEmmett Till, a sweet-faced kid brutally murdered for being black (Image via historical family photo)

Carolyn Bryant, the woman whose claims led to the murder of Emmett Till and “catalyzed the 20th century civil rights movement,” is still alive (she's 82), hidden from view ... and apparently recanted her testimony nearly 10 years ago.

When she asserted that the 14-year-old black teen visiting Mississippi from Chicago had physically grabbed her and told her he had — done something — with white women before, shocking charges in the South 50 years ago, she was lying. This lie, and the now-shaky claim that Till (who had a lisp) had wolf-whistled her, led to Bryant's husband and brother-in-law abducting and murdering Till three days later, a crime for which they were hastily acquitted. The men were later paid $3,000 to admit to the slaying for a mass-market magazine's audience's entertainment.

Now, Bryant — the only principal still alive — is reported to have “tender sorrow” for Till's mother, who spent the rest of her life fighting for racial justice.

Bryant (not her name anymore; she remarried twice after her murderer husband) is reported to now think white supremacy in the South was wrong, but she is not making herself available as any kind of a public symbol of reconciliation — which is a shame.

She has written her memoirs, though ... and they'll be available in 2036, when it's too late.

Activist Shaun King is calling for her prosecution, which reminds me of Nazi-hunting and will probably engender the same types of responses: “Yes, of course, she must pay for her crime,” vs., “Aw, she's an old lady, let the past be the past.”

If you've ever seen the infamous image of Till's destroyed face (reproduced below in a vintage newspaper), you may think twice about having any tender sorrow for Bryant, however hopeful it is to hear that her opinions have changed ...

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Jan 23 2017
6-PACK — SNL vs. Trump + Tax-Return Lie + Hot Guys, Compromising Positions + March Madness + The Musical Life Of Brian + In Remembrance Comments (0)

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WIDGETBeck Bennett & Kate McKinnon tag-team Trump on SNL. Watch the Putin cold open and Kellyanne Conway doing Chicago

WIDGETIt's official: Trump will never release his tax returns, idiots.

WIDGETHot muscle in motion. Model Ricky Whittle caught touching it on Web cam. (Work Unfriendly) Milo Ventimiglia's butt. (Work Unfriendly)

WIDGETTotally awesome Women's March signage.

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WIDGETBrian Justin Crum's new video.

WIDGETA gay-porn actor who died of AIDS in 1984 is lovingly remembered:

 
Jan 20 2017
HEAT INDEX — Best Foot Forward + Ryan Kelley + Yes To ES + Bel Ami + Furry Friend + Carter Wilson + Dental Dayummm! + Jhonattan Burjack + Troye Sivan! Comments (0)

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BLACK FRIDAY: Not my abs! (But wish they were.)

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TEEN WOOF 2: Ryan Kelley gets naked, touches it. (Work Unfriendly)

Screen Shot 2017-01-20 at 11.59.46 AM(Image by Marc Buecher for ES Collection)

SWIMMINGLY: Hot new Marc Buecher image for ES Collection.

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PAGE OF INNOCENTS: New Bel Ami book by Joan Crisol.

COMES A HORSE/MAN:

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HOT SHEET: Just a boy and a bed — no clothing credits necessary.

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AND HOUGH: Carter Wilson by John Hough.

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OPEN WIDE: Hottest dentist ever?!

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KATTA BOY: Katja Kat shoots Jhonattan Burjack.

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HOT, HISTORIC: Troye Sivan offers a sensual, LGBTQ-history-laced video for “Heaven.” Keep reading for the video ...

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Jan 19 2017
THE VILLAGE VOICE Previews WHEN WE RISE Comments (0)

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Dustin Lance Black speaks to The Village Voice on his upcoming When We Rise epic miniseries, which chronicles the entire gay rights movement.

Choice quotes:

He claims not to have been totally shocked Trump won:
 
Most of the family I love are still very religious and live in parts of the country where equality isn't welcomed — and wasn't welcomed historically.
 
He is aiming the series at general viewers:
 
When I was growing up, ABC was the station we trusted. I thought, wow, this might be an opportunity to talk about LGBT stories in a way that reaches the people I grew up with. And wouldn't be just preaching to the choir. When I was writing it, I was thinking about a handful of aunts and uncles and cousins, and what it is they don't know yet, and the stories they haven't heard yet.
 

He sought diversity in the creation of the project:

It's called When We Rise for a reason. If you look at my writers room, it was gay and straight and black and white and men and women. And we hashed out those struggles in the room.

More here. When We Rise airs over four nights starting February 27 on ABC.

 
The Gay '90s Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2017-01-18 at 9.03.48 PM(Images by Richard Renaldi)

Yet another gay photo project, this one museum-worthy.

Acclaimed photographer Richard Renaldi has released a photo book entitled Manhattan Sunday that chronicles life in the early '90s after the gay clubs closed. The images look phenomenal — so much so that there will be an Eastman Museum exhibit in NYC starting January 21:

A compelling story Renaldi told The Guardian:

In the summer of 1992, in the early hours of a Sunday morning, Richard Renaldi and his boyfriend Eric left The Sound Factory, the celebrated nightclub on Manhattan’s 27th Street, to walk home through Chelsea, on the west side of Manhattan. As they walked through the city, the pair was approached by an older man named Larry.

Larry, they discovered, would leave his Staten Island home in the early hours of Sunday morning and travel to Chelsea. There, he would silently watch gay men as they left New York’s world-famous nightclubs. 

Larry had never come to terms with his sexuality. He came of age in the 1960s, when sodomy was still a felony in every US state, and was still scared of identifying as a homosexual. So he would watch, from a safe distance, the men as they left the clubs – high, familiar with each other, still sweating from the dance floor. 

“He stood outside the doors of the nightclubs on Sunday mornings, looking in,” Renaldi remembers today.

Larry was observing a generation of gay men that, in comparison to his own experience, was out, proud and liberated.

Check out his book here.

 
Jan 18 2017
6-PACK — Solid Gold Bitch + Targeted For Being Gay + Clueless Betsy DeVos + Sulkin Dick Pic Dilemma + The Gay '70s + Why Obama Commuted Chelsea Manning's Sentence! Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2017-01-18 at 8.32.36 PMA woman of the people. (Image via Instagram @caitlynjenner)

WIDGETCaitlyn Jenner wasn't even invited to the inauguration by Trump, but she's going. Because unity.

16105554_1208043112637194_4032089492650379902_nVictim Derek Whitener (UPPER LEFT IN CARDIGAN) with his family. (Images via Facebook)

WIDGETGay actor Derek Whitener (ABOVE) brutally beaten to within an inch of his life by these 2 guys in Texas. Seen them?:

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WIDGETBetsy DeVos had no idea the Individual with Disabilities Education Act existed: 

WIDGETGregg Sulkin's peen is allegedly all over the 'Net, but Bella Thorne, who's seen it, disagrees.

WIDGETGay life in the '60s and '70s captured beautifully by Anthony Friedkin:

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WIDGETObama explains why he commuted much of Chelsea Manning's sentence:  

 
Jan 15 2017
6-PACK — The Trump Of Hollywood + MOONLIGHT Raises Hopes + D.B. Cooper Demystified + Masseur Sobs Confession + Tiny Inauguration? + Red-Hot Tim Matheson! Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2017-01-15 at 12.47.17 AMPeters (center) in an image from his real first interview in 10 years, 2015 (Image via Jon Schnepp)

WIDGETJon Peters breaks his silence to admit he voted for Trump after being a lifelong Democrat because Trump is “brilliant.”

WIDGETBlack gay artist's level of hope raised by the success of Moonlight.

WIDGETNew info may help unearth who D.B. Cooper really was.

160712-db-cooper-jsw-308p_e5d203d5796893e80e2dec38e3d65349.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000Sketches of the man who said his name was D.B. Cooper

WIDGETManhattan masseur admits he choked former Escuelita owner to death — but says it happened during consensual kinky sexplay.

WIDGETProtest of Trump shaping up to be 3X as large as celebration of Trump.

WIDGETTim Matheson's hotness through the years.

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Jan 13 2017
You Need — The World Needs — SERVING PRIDE Comments (0)

Adb5b7ba0977ba67925dc24fee9d509e_originalSylvia Rivera, Ellen DeGeneres & Divine (Illustration by Allison Kokarik)

Check out this Kickstarter for Serving Pride: The Queer History Dinner Party Handbook, which aims to nail down enough cash to create this proposed book that celebrates gay icons and history in a format that would lend itself to fun dinner parties so LGBTQ people can gather, have fun and learn about our own history.

Sounds great, and love the illos!

 


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