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Jun 13 2016
6-PACK/orlando — McConnell's Tone-Deaf Call For Silence + Trump Accuses Obama Of Terrorist Sympathies + Shooter Facebook-Friended Gay Club Owner, Cased Disney + Remember The UpStairs Lounge + MORE Comments (0)

The #Senate will hold a moment of silence at 4:00 PM this afternoon to honor the victims of the #Orlando tragedy.

*widget boy cultureLaughably, pro-gun, anti-LGBT Mitch McConnell directs moment of silence in Congress—best reply: “y'all BEEN silent.”

*widget boy cultureTrump implies Obama is in cahoots with terrorists. White House: Obama's record “includes a lot of dead terrorists.”

*widget boy cultureOmar Mateen allegedly sent Facebook friend request to owner of another Orlando gay bar. 2nd wife claims he cased Walt Disney World. Mom once arrested!

*widget boy cultureDavid Mixner invokes terrible memory of UpStairs Lounge (32 burned alive in '73) in piece on tragedy at Pulse, knocks Republican gay-baiting.

*widget boy cultureTMZ grabs UFC superstar Daniel Cormie, who tells LGBT people: “The entire world is behind you and we'll get through this together.”

*widget boy cultureT-shirt being sold to raise money on behalf of the victims and survivors of Pulse.

One_pulse_paul_richmond_largeGive till it hurts, or until it stops hurting. (Image via Paul Richmond)

 
Remembering The 1980 Ramrod Shooting: Another Attack On A Gay Bar By A Lunatic Comments (0)

Dengrove_3605Courtroom sketch of Crumpley by Ida Libby Dengrove (Image via Univ. of VA Law Library)

On November 19, 1980, Ronald K. Crumpley, a married father of two who was a transit police officer until he got caught stealing credit cards, went to the Ramrod leather bar (394 West St.), where he shot the place up, killing two men and injuring four. He had also just fired shots at the intersection of 10th St. and Washington St., injuring two men who ducked behind cars to escape death. One of the injured later died, raising Crumpley's kill to three.

His weapons of choice were a semiautomatic rifle and two Magnum pistols.

Crumpley's victims: Jörg Wenz, 21; Vernon Koenig, 24; Rene Malute, 23

Crumpley's defense was that he believed gay men were “demons in the guise of homosexuals” who were stalking him (an unintentionally explicit description of secretly being gay and not wanting to be gay), and that his actions were to protect himself and America.

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Jun 08 2016
Hillary Clinton: Herstory In The Making Comments (0)

Following an overwhelming win in New Jersey, wins in New Mexico and South Dakota, a strong showing in California (not final as I type this) and clearing the pledged delegate majority, Hillary Clinton will be her party's nominee for president, making history, and making it with grace—her speech this evening was nothing short of the kind of full-throated call for unity one would expect from a leader.

CLICK HERE: HILLARY CLINTON'S FULL, HISTORIC SPEECH

Stop for a moment and think of the tough stuff hurled at Hillary by Bernie and, much more so, by his surrogates Screen Shot 2016-06-08 at 1.07.44 AMand supporters. In spite of that (and some of it was fair, if tough), she isn't blowing off the movement that propelled Bernie from low single digits to waging a highly competitive primary. Rather, she is acknowledging the importance of the debate he inspired, and even said it's strengthened the party:

[Sanders] has spent his long career in public service fighting for progressive causes and principles and has excited millions of voters—especially young people—and let there be no mistake: Senator Sanders, his campaign, and the vigorous debate that we've had about how to raise incomes, reduce inequality, increase upward mobility, have been very good for the Democratic Party and for America.

But olive branches aside, Hillary also had some barbs for Donald Trump.

More memorably, she had so many touching, beautifully crafted (things not usually associated with her as a speaker) turns of phrase and anecdotes in tonight's speech, and it seems to be resonating especially well with women on social media. I loved her remembrance of her mom:

It really does take a village to raise a child and to build a stronger future for us all. I learned this a long time ago from the biggest influence in my life—my mother. She was my rock, from the day I was born till the day she left us. She overcame a childhood marked by abandonment and mistreatment and somehow managed not to become bitter or broken. My mother believed that life is about serving others, and she taught me never to back down from a bully, which it turns out was pretty good advice. This past Saturday would have been her 97th birthday because she was born on June 4, 1919 ... on the very day my mother was born in Chicago, Congress was passing the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. That amendment finally gave women the right to vote, and I really, I really wish my mother could be here tonight ... I wish she could see her daughter become the Democratic party's nominee.

Primary season is over, and Hillary is going to be the nominee. It really is going to be Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump. If you're progressive, even if you are not sold on Hillary, make your vote about what you think a candidate is likely to do in office, good and bad. Trump, a proud racist and misogynist and money-driven egotist, will do nothing progressive. He's gotta dance with who brung him, and who brung him are Republicans to the right of such righties as Paul Ryan and Lindsey Graham and many others. Hillary, who has patiently worked toward this moment her whole life, will—I believe—be more progressive than ever. She will be reacting to the mandate given not only to her but to Sanders and therefore the entire Democratic party, and will be free not to be so cautious and political.

At the very least, she will stack the Supreme Court with at least two progressive justices, she will continue to be an advocate for women and children, for minorities, for gay rights. Her HIV platform is amazingly thorough. I have no doubt she will work hard to expand on the debate over income inequality, and I would be surprised if most of her progressive detractors won't find that she over-delivers and far outpaces their admittedly low expectations.

As for me, I am incredibly proud, happy and moved by the events of this evening.

Celebs (and other Clintons!) reacting to Hillary clinching the nomination:

 
May 31 2016
Divatown Comments (0)

Dietrich Baker(Image via After Dark Magazine)

I know a lot of people would kill Hitler or do something meaningful if given the ability to time-travel, but I think I'd also want to take in a few shows. Dietrich and Baker in NYC at the same time, blocks apart!

 
May 28 2016
6-PACK — Unholy Mess + Mark Salling Indicted + HOT-Guy Roundup + COMING TO AMERICA Again + Eggplant Money Shot + Ultimate Video That Highlights Trump's Racist Bloodlust! Comments (0)

Holy-HellWill Allen (Movie still via WRA Productions)

*widget boy cultureReview of Holy Hell, a doc shot by a former gay porn actor who had a bit part in Rosemary's Baby (1968) who spent 20+ years in the Buddhafield cult.

*widget boy cultureMark Salling has been indicted on charges of receiving and possessing child pornography.

*widget boy cultureHEAT INDEX: Furry guys galore. Nude sunbathing on Fire Island: Status report. Lewis Hamilton shirtless on the beach. Ricky Martin's new BF nude. (Work Unfriendly) 

*widget boy cultureMI teens recreate scene from terrible movie Coming to America (1988) for their prom. Pretty damn cute, actually.

*widget boy cultureThai man decides to pleasure himself in the booty with an eggplant while on a public bus. Someone helpfully recorded and posted it.

*widget boy culturePerfect visuals to go along with Trump's bloodthirsty comments about how his protesters, mostly POC, should be treated: 

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May 26 2016
6-PACK — #BernieTrumpDebate Will Never Happen + Pines Party Promo: Xanadu Me, Baby! + Natalie Wood's Sister Continues To Accuse Robert Wagner + Elephant Speaks + Bath Time With Reardon + Pocock's Pro-Gay Mission! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureTrump, trolling Hillary, seemingly agrees to debate Bernie in CA. Bernie, trolling Hillary, seemingly eager to make it happen

*widget boy cultureAbove: Red-hot Pines Party 2016: Xanadu ('now that you're here, now that your queer...') vid stars Joshua Michael Brickman, uses Frankie Goes to Hollywood.

Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 9.53.44 AMLana Wood, Natalie Wood's sister (Video still via Crime Watch Daily)

*widget boy cultureNatalie Wood's sister Lana speaks: “I think R.J. [Robert Wagner] was absolutely involved in her drowning.” Lana recently confronted Wagner.

*widget boy cultureThis elephant, driven by desperate loneliness, has learned to speak—actually say—five words in the native tongue of its handlers.

*widget boy cultureModel and rugby stud Stuart Reardon gets nude, sips some wine, takes a bath for you to see.

*widget boy cultureWhy David Pocock decided he had to speak up for LGBT rights

 
May 24 2016
Anita Bryant Is Still Alive, So The Darts Weren't Poisoned Comments (0)

After Dark 9 77 Anita Bryant (Image via After Dark Magazine)

 
May 21 2016
So, We're Meeting Where??? Comments (0)

Img138(Image via Where It's At circa 1976)

 


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