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Mar 12 2017
6-PACK — 16 Mandles + Did Trump Fire Bharara To Cover His Ass? + Joan Collins: My Fave DYNASTY Catfight + CHANEL By The Frank Ocean + SNL Tweaks FIRE ISLAND! Comments (0)

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WIDGETPoseidon's Underworld: Explore every gay angle of a 1963 issue of 16 Magazine. [Screams of teenyboppers]

Screen Shot 2017-03-12 at 2.06.29 PMHere's Richard Beymer, kids — a whole lot of him.

WIDGETJoe.My.God.: Widow of Omar Mateen, Noor Salman, is remanded until trial.

WIDGETHuff Post: Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland) points out that Trump may have fired Preet Bharara to hinder investigation into his own corruption.

WIDGETAttitude: Why is Joan Collins still confused with Alexis Carrington? Because I was so bloody good, she asserts. Here's her fave Dynasty catfight:

WIDGETSoundcloud: Fresh Frank Ocean bisexual anthem “Chanel” gets a remix:

WIDGETSNL: (1) That funeral sketch about a dentist who secretly wrote lit circuit jams was the meth of humor, especially “Here Is My Butt as I Lean Against the Wall”:

     (2) Logo's Fire Island scored by inspiring a hilarious parody:

Mar 10 2017
SHAFTing Gay Lib: LGBTQ History's A Riot Comments (0)

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I was just flipping through a stack of early-'70s gay-lib mags I acquired, marveling at their documenting of things long gone — like an ad for the Mattachine newsletter — when I came across David W. Dunlap's piece for The New York Times on a little-known aspect of gay history that was preserved thanks to the 1971 flick Shaft.

Dunlap writes that the opening of the film preserves a precious 15 seconds of an otherwise poorly documented LGBTQ milestone, a rowdy Times Square protest by the Gay Activists Alliance of employment agency Fidelifacts, which at the time advised clients which of their prospective hires might be light in the loafers.

The protest, carried out on W. 42nd St., was about 18 months after Stonewall. It included signs declaring, “I GOT MY JOB THROUGH THE NEW YORK TIMES,” adorned with ostriches. Dunlap is perplexed by the use of the bird, but it seems obvious to me the protesters were accusing the notoriously anti-gay (then) Times of burying its head in the sand on the issue of fairness in employment.

Screen Shot 2017-03-10 at 5.54.30 PMThe ostrich get ostricher. (Video still via MGM)

It's an interesting little piece on an interesting little piece of history.

Fidelifacts somehow still exists, but hasn't provided that type of information in decades, its owner says, because:

Fidelifacts, along with others in the industry have been heavily regulated since the mid-1970s by federal and state Fair Credit Reporting Acts which bar questions related to an applicant’s health, sexual orientation, religion, gender identity, age, disability and veteran status. Employers are barred from asking the same questions under various state and federal labor laws.

So ... not just 'cuz it would be wrong to do so.

Shaft's director Gordon Parks died at 93 in 2006, while its star, Richard Roundtree is 74 today. As noted in the piece, at least some of the protesters are alive, as well.

Back to my old gay-lib mags, Gay Scene v. 1 no. 2 from 1970 contains an amazing, short squib that recounts the action at the first-ever NYC gay march. It notes that the gay-lib movement was born in June 1969, just a year before the issue was published:

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The same issue also contains a hoot of a description of another Times Square mob scene, also gay-powered, but not exactly about gay power — instead, it's one queen's earnest account of the gala premiere of the turd of a movie Myra Breckinridge, which represented Mae West's first film in nearly 30 years and which teamed her with instant nemesis Raquel Welch.

Screen Shot 2017-03-10 at 5.46.49 PMLove the Mae West stans!

As Mae might suggestively coo, “What a pair.”

Keep reading for my transcription of the Myra mayhem, and try to imagine how much more entertaining it would be to hear the original writer read it aloud ...

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Ho-Mo-Sexual History: The Advent Of Outing Comments (0)

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Thanks to Jill Abrams for posting this vintage clip on the hubbub created by OutWeek, which took it upon itself to out celebrities back when doing such a thing was unheard of.

Never understood why outing is such a big deal to this day — it's just reporting a truth, and if it's personal, so are all the facts you have have ever read about any straight star ever. Ever.

Great vintage video, regardless of your stance ...

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6-PACK — Semiotics! Semiotics! Put Your Hands All Over Their Bodies + Hunnam Hummers + Gay Mind Control + Gay Vets Dissed + Brothers Should Do It (Skate Naked, That Is) + Hot Rags! Comments (0)

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WIDGETHyperallergic: New showing of Hal Fischer's '70s work highlighting gay archetypes. Bonus: Super dirty Brendan MacLean House of Air music video. (Work Unfriendly)

WIDGETDlisted: Charlie Hunnam's fitness routine? Sex.

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WIDGETBuzzFeed: Aussie politician says gays have fake families, use Nazi mind control techniques to win people over.

WIDGETNPR: After Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade organizers the Allied War Veterans voted them out 9-4, gay group OutVets may be allowed back in after public outcry.

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WIDGETOMG Blog: Skater/model bros Benjamin & Michael Godfre go skating in the raw, and here come the GIFs.

WIDGETKenneth in the (212): Gay mags and gay rags for gay — fans. Plus: Most have hot guys.

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Mar 07 2017
6-PACK — Things Go Better With Pepsi + Diana's Gay Butler + Chaffetz: Pick Your iPhone Or Your Life + Cohen In The Gym + Carson: Slaves Were Immigrants, Kinda + Trump's Presidency: FAKE & FAILED! Comments (0)

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WIDGETVanity Fair: Bizarre Joan Crawford facts to enhance your Feud experience, such as: “Why is that German lady called Mamacita?!”

Screen Shot 2017-03-07 at 11.28.31 AMPaul Burrell, who is now a village florist (Video still via Reelz Channel)

WIDGETTowleroad: Princess Diana's butler, Paul Burrell, divorces wife of 30+ years, comes out as gay, says Di was only woman who knew about him for years. Past interview:

WIDGETPolitico: House Oversight Committee Chair Jason Chaffetz, who should be investigating Trump, says poor people must choose: Health, or a phone.

WIDGETtheOUTfront: Ben Cohen hits the gym!

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WIDGETHuffington Post: Ben Carson thinks slaves were immigrants, admires how they worked hard “for less.”

WIDGETSalon: Morning Joe has been sucking Trump's nether regions forever, but now co-host Mike Brzezinski says, “This presidency is fake and failed”:

Quality Of Death: Michael Musto On How Giuliani Gutted NYC Nightlife Comments (0)

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Michael Musto, writing for Thump, contributes an essay on how former Mayor Giuliani destroyed NYC nightlife, all for the sake of making the city more favorable to big business and luxury housing.

Through Giuliani's actions, NYC has become far less interesting, top-heavy with 1%ers.

From the piece:

At one point in the 1990s, I nearly plotzed with shock as I was carded at the door of a bar. This hadn't happened for quite a while; most night spots didn't card at all, and besides, I was rapidly approaching middle age. But it was the Giuliani era, and some venue owners were starting to realize how strict they were going to have be to stay in business. No chances could be taken when it came to the law, even if my ID was practically an AARP card!

I'm all for making New York City nightlife safer and more livable. But I'm not in favor of sucking all the life of it, so it becomes a terrified place full of people minding their Ps and Qs while looking behind them to see if they're going to get busted for having fun.

As mayor of NYC from 1994 through 2001, Rudy Giuliani demonized nightlife as our city's bastard child, trying to smooth it over in order to make things safe for tourists and co-op owners. Ignoring the fact that nightlife pumped money and creative excitement into the city (which many tourists and co-op owners would have loved), he steamrolled over the industry, at the same time taking the porn out of Times Square and making it ready for people in Mickey Mouse costumes.

Don't miss it — it's a book-length piece of journalism all too relevant now that Trump has declared it to be “Giuliani Time” in America.

Mar 01 2017
Ad Men: Vintage Gay Bar Ad Comments (0)

Scan 26

It closed in 1998.

Feb 27 2017
6-PACK — Oscars Apologia + More Trump Scandal + Wanna Ream Thiem? + 2 Semi-Famous Frankfurters + Bill Paxton's Heartbreaking Worry + Cleve Jones: When He Rose! Comments (0)

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WIDGETHuffington Post: PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Oscar accounting firm, takes full responsibility for shafting Moonlight (review here), La La Land, Faye, Warren, us.

WIDGETTowleroad: Trump's proposed Navy Secretary drops out due to financial conflicts. Trump probably has no idea what that even means!

Screen Shot 2017-02-27 at 12.11.07 PMDominic's ass is full-court impressive. (Video still)

WIDGETKenneth in the (212): If you like Dominic Thiem's bubble, you'll probably enjoy his diamond-cutters, too.

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WIDGETOMG Blog: Familiar face Jack Watkins offers his not-so familiar (but we're eager to get to know it) manhood. Bone-us chat sesh with Leandro Penna. (Work Unfriendly)

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WIDGETExtraTV: In an email to director Doug Liman, Bill Paxton expressed worry over the surgery that would kill him.

WIDGETThe OUT Front: A reminder of the debt we owe Cleve Jones on the occasion of the premiere tonight of When We Rise on ABC.

Video still when we riseEmily Skeggs & Austin P. McKenzie in When We Rise; McKenzie plays Cleve Jones (Video still via ABC)


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