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Jul 07 2017
Gay Now, Gay Then: A Talk Between The Generations Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2017-07-07 at 2.50.38 PM(Video still via YouTube @TrentAndLuke)

There's a lot of hate, a lot of blame, a lot of concern-trolling, a lot of despair in the LGBTQ world today, some unavoidale, so please take a moment to watch this video, featuring an honest Q&A between a gay teen and a gay man in his seventies.

It's such a rare bridging of generations, and a refreshing change from ageism/millennial-bashing ...

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Jul 06 2017
Andrew Garfield's Actual Words On The Topic Of Being Gay WITHOUT THE ACT Comments (0)

Angels-in-america-andrew-garfieldAndrew Garfield (Image by Helen Maybanks/National Theatre)

As people continue to pile on gay ally Andrew Garfield for offhandedly saying he is all but gay, it would serve us well to consider the full context of his remarks, delivered at a talk in support of his performance in the London revival of Angels in America.

Speaking about his concern with playing a gay role, Garfield said (minus some interjections from a co-star):

But, but, but, basically as soon as I, uh, was free of these other commitments, I, I — I think we all did — we all just got incredibly immersed in um... Well, for me, one of my main concerns, which, uh, I feel every day when I do this play is, um, as far as I know, I am not a gay man. As far as I know. You know. I may [hit? have?] an awakening, you know, later in my life, which would be wonderful. I could explore that area of the garden. Um ... but, but, but right now I'm secluded to my, my area, which is wonderful as well. I adore it. Um, but a big concern was what right do I have, you know, to, to play this, this, um, this wonderful, seminal, gay part? Um, and again, what Denise [Gough] was saying I had to trust that it was, it was, it was the right thing, and Tony had asked me and I thought, Well, if you're asking me, then maybe it's okay ...

So, so, for me, it was doing honor and doing justice to know my herstory, as it were ... But, but, but the preparation had begun before, you know, with, with, with all of my friends, you know, and this was as much devoted, me doing this is as much devoted to my friends in the gay community as it is to, um, those that I don't know, to those that passed during the AIDS epidemic, um. Lots of films, lots of reading, every season of RuPaul's Drag Race, like every ... like, every Untucked episode, every little interview with, with Alaska. I have RuPaul — that was literally the only time off during rehearsal during the show, every Sunday I had eight friends over and we watched Ru. That's literally it, that's, that's my life outside of this play. [Laughs]

Um, I'm, I am a gay man right now, pretty much — just without the physical act. But that's all. [Laughs]

He goes on to stress that he took inspiration from We Were Here (2010), How to Survive a Plague (2012( and AIDS activist Peter Staley. 

I don't see how this is offensive, in context.

 
Jul 05 2017
6-PACK — How Mae West Was Won + Kathy Griffin: Terrorist? + Matt Wilson Inserts Foot Straight Into Mouth + Did Americans Collude With Russians In '16? + Sheeran Just Got Little Monstered Off Twitter + Vatican Orgy! Comments (0)

Blog-aug-14-mae-west-raid-of-drag-imageWhen she was bad, she was better. (Image via Daily Mirror)

WIDGETThe Guardian: Only assholes use Mae West as an insult — revisit the trailblazing female writer's scandalous plays The Drag and Sex — both 90 years old.

WIDGETSlate: Kathy Griffin was interviewed for an hour by the Secret Service for that mock photo of Trump's head? Seriously?

GiphyKathy Griffin should not be considered a serious threat to Cunanan Mr. Trump. (GIF via Bravo)

WIDGETGreg in Hollywood: One problem with having straight guys play gay is when they say their characters don't act gay, they act ... “normal.”

2FAC67E800000578-3378015-image-a-7_1451425643712Matt Wilson in an image by AussieBum. He's normal, you're not. No offense! (Image via AussieBum)

WIDGETPolitico: Democrats think Americans — Republicans — helped Russia hack our election. So do all intelligent life forms.

EdSheeranTwitterFollow Gaga's message and stop being so hate-filled. (Image via Ed Sheeran's now-defunct Twitter account)

WIDGETDListed: Ed Sheeran quit Twitter because Lady Gaga's fanbase has so many assholes in it. (Why does an anti-bullying, pro-LGBT icon inspire SO MUCH HATE?)

Proving my point:

Screen Shot 2017-07-05 at 7.13.56 PMTypical, garden-variety Little Monster email — fails to see I'm calling out him, not Gaga.

WIDGETJoe.My.God.: Roman police raided a Vatican apartment last month, breaking up a gay orgy because of course.

 
What If Amelia Earhart Survived — And Died In Captivity In Japan? Comments (0)

595cfca01800003800672c80Click to enlarge; Earhart figure is squatting in white in the center. (National Archives)

Huff Post: A new special argues that Amelia Earhart, the world's most famous female pilot and one of the most famous people ever to go missing, survived her final flight, only to be captured by the Japanese, dying in a Saipan prison.

A photo that suggests this was the case was discovered in a previously classified file in the National Archives, and was marked Jaluit Atoll.

The image appears to show a Caucasian man and woman surrounded by Japanese; there is also a Japanese ship seen towing something in the background that appears to be the same size as Earhart's aircraft.

Makes me wonder why the photo would not have been recognized as possibly containing an image of two famous missing people back in the day when the photo first arrived in U.S. hands.

I'm wondering if Earhart's fate will ever truly be known.

 
6-PACK — The First Uncut Is The Deepest + LGBTQ Rights, A History Lesson + Iraqi Man Killed For Looking Gay + Trump Savages China + THE WATERMELON WOMAN Revisited + Anti-CNN, Bigoted Redditor Is Sowwy! Comments (0)

Tumblr_os1z7bEtHX1u5h8bwo1_400Aaron Chalmers — proving big packages come in small things. (Image via selfie/OMG Blog)

WIDGETOMG Blog: Ex on the Beach star Aaron Chalmers shares uncut, uncensored selfies. (Work Unfriendly)

WIDGETNewsweek: Sobering history lesson — how Europe almost liberated its LGBTQ citizens ... just before reversing course and trying to exterminate them.

Far be it from me to want to turn to fascism, but all the same, we have to agree that in some things those regimes have sometimes done good … One day Hitler and Mussolini woke up and said, “Honestly, the scandal has gone on long enough” …And … the inverts … were chased out of Germany and Italy the very next day. — Newsweek

WIDGETPink News: Karar Noshi, an aspiring actor from Iraq, was reportedly abducted and murdered for looking too gay.

Karar-noshi-4_640x345_acf_croppedNoshi called his photos “cinematic works of art, which I pride myself on.”

WIDGETHuff Post: In response to North Korea's successful test of a missile that could hit Alaska, Trump blasts China, enflaming tensions. WWIII as a distraction?

Screen Shot 2017-07-05 at 12.45.02 PMJust saying.

WIDGETNew Republic: The queer history of a 1996 film you really need to see, Cheryl Dunye's The Watermelon Woman.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb09ac2553970d-800wiSaw it when it came out. Loved it. (Image via Metrograph)

WIDGETDeadline: Redditor whose anti-CNN video was tweeted by Trump got exposed, issued apology for violent and bigoted posts, disappeared from Reddit. Full apology ...

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Jun 30 2017
Hedy First — A Review Of HEDY!: THE LIFE & INVENTIONS OF HEDY LAMARR Comments (0)

Hedy-lamarrHedy & Hedy (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

I was able to catch HEDY!: The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, written and performed as a one-woman show by Heather Massie, here in NYC last night.

The show  — playing tonight at 5:15 p.m. — benefits the Intrepid Sea, 5904c5e51400002600a9c946 Air & Space Museum's GOALS for Girls Program, which is fitting since its subject is a Hollywood beauty icon who is becoming more properly known for her incredibly important frequency hopping invention.

In the show, Lamarr addresses the captive audience, narrating the story of her life in Austria, rise to fame in Hollywood, her many marriages, and — most importantly — a bit about how her WWII-time invention would go on to become the basis for so much of what we use today, including cellphones, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and many military applications.

As Hedy tells it, her invention could have ended WWII without nuclear weapons had the U.S. taken it seriously at the time. Instead, the government waited until the invention was theirs to use — with no compensation for Lamarr or her co-inventor George Antheil.

HEDY! is an informative piece, albeit one that lacks sufficient drama. Too often, it feels like a Wikipedia entry brought to life. It works best when Massie, who captures Lamarr's kooky grandeur and cerebral air, jokes with the audience, and pokes fun at herself. Was the real Lamarr so convivial? I don't know. But she was definitely ahead of her time.

Check it out here.

 
National Red Velvet Comments (0)

Elizabeth-Taylor-cupcake(Image via Sprinkles)

Starting July 1, Sprinkles' Icon Series Elizabeth Taylor cupcakes will be not only the cause of weight gain and temporary joy, but will also be for the cause of The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the charity, founded by the late movie star in response to the AIDS crisis.

Find Your Nearest Sprinkles Here!

Watch Taylor talking about the famous gay men in her life after the jump ...

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Jun 29 2017
6-PACK — It's GAME OF THRONES/TIME! + Trump Literally Trolls Brzezinski + Stonewall: I Was There + Jim Obergefell Honored + Betsy DeVos Is Pro-Bullying + Netflix Reviving TALES OF THE CITY! Comments (0)

Got-cover-final(Image via Time Magazine)

WIDGETTime: Go inside Game of Thrones, which is now considered the world's most popular TV series. (Ever?)

Screen Shot 2017-06-29 at 11.23.34 AM_newTrump needs a mirror. Actually, he probably carries a small one with him wherever he goes. (Image via Internet meme)

WIDGETThe Hill: Trump, whose ridiculous hair is reportedly due to a botched job by Ivana's doc back in the day, and whose wife is a mannequin, trashes Mika Brzezinski's facelift.

WIDGETSalon: A firsthand account of the Stonewall Riots: “The crowd outside was loving it as they came out striking poses, but the cops weren’t loving it.”

WIDGETNEA: The National Education Assocation is honoring Jim Obergefell at its annual Human and Civil Rights Awards Dinner this Saturday. 

WIDGETTowleroad: Betsy DeVos is aggressively trying to make it easier for LGBTQ students to be mistreated, bullied and disenfranchised. Happy Pride!

WIDGETKenneth in the (212): Dig it! Netflix is bringing back Tales of the City!

Giphy(GIF via PBS)

 


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