41 posts categorized "ILLINOIS"

Mar 19 2014
Need To Know: Japan's Panty Raid, Tobacco Hits The Road, How Jew Doin'?, Weir Divorcing + MORE! Comments (0)

Poko-murata-dancingJapanese illustrator's work is too hot for public consumption.

*widget boy cultureIndian Ocean debris may be related to missing Flight MH370.

*widget boy cultureCharming HIV-prevention billboard in Japan condemned for showing underwear. Menthol-cigarettes

*widget boy cultureCurbing smoking among black youth in Chicago.

*widget boy cultureSEX ON A SHTICK: I've seen the (Israe)lite!

*widget boy cultureRepub sez God punishes gays w/weather, wins nom.

*widget boy cultureCRIMEA RIVER: Johnny Weir and husband are divorcing.

*widget boy cultureCavallari is, like, scared of autism-causing vaccines.

*widget boy cultureLORDE WILL MIND: Westboro Baptist Church's "Royals" cover an unholy mess.

*widget boy cultureCatholic lunatic to march with "STRAIGHT IS GREAT" banner in Pride Parade?

*widget boy cultureFOX News "talent" Bill Hemmer thinks Noah's Ark has been found.

Bill-HemmerLook! Two jackasses for the Ark!

 
Mar 13 2014
Need To Know: SJP Q&A, Lips Or Hips?, LiLo-Down, Curdled Milk, Good Gaga/Bad Gaga, Rekindling The MAGIC MIKE + MORE! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureABOVE: Amazing, lightning-round SJP interview.

*widget boy culture20 strangers kiss for 1st time! 20 strangers give/receive HJs for 1st time. Paddy-O-Brian

*widget boy culturePaddy O'Brian showers for DNA.

*widget boy cultureTightest ass in football let go???

*widget boy cultureLa Lohan's list of conquests. Zac???

*widget boy cultureJudge Judy files her first-ever lawsuit!

*widget boy cultureIL gubernatorial candidate brags: He's the .01%.

*widget boy cultureRep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) assails "men in inner cities" on poverty.

*widget boy cultureRuPaulite Milk tempts fate. Will the eyes stay that way???  

*widget boy cultureNY Times music writer excoriates Gaga for cheap shilling. JOE_MANGANIELLO_S_LA_BARE

*widget boy cultureGaga keynoting SXSW Friday; first woman in 15 (!) years.

*widget boy cultureGaga's charity only awarded $5K in 2012, took in $2M+.

*widget boy cultureGaga's ex-creative director fancies herself a popstar.

*widget boy cultureGetting into Cam Gigandet's pants.

*widget boy cultureGet ready for Magic Mike 2, says Manganiello. Also, his own stripper doc, La Bare.

*widget boy cultureYES T, YES SHADE: NeNe Leakes & Naomi Campbell bitch summit:

 
Jan 04 2014
State Of Schock: Outing Aaron Schock Should Not Faze Anyone Comments (0)

Aaron-schockHe wants to be an example, let's make an example of him.

I agree with Itay Hod that the media has an obligation to expose an anti-gay politician who is secretly gay, just as they have an obligation to expose any other hypocrisy exhibited by an office-holder.

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Dec 31 2013
The Emperor Has Only Clothes Comments (0)
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Ridiculously vain Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Illinois) has been razzed for his flashy clothing and penchant for showing off his gym body in the past, but since those things are deemed to be gay "stereotypes," he just brushes them off. He's not openly gay, but has never had a girlfriend and is not exactly an eyesore.

Aaron-Schock-shoesIt's interesting how comfy he is in his own skin (and in the brightly painted skins of various animals...check out the seven pairs of Toms shoes he bought, some of which look like something a tween girl would wear), and yet how virulently anti-gay he is in public life. He has a 100% anti-gay voting record, even denouncing marriage equality when it became the law in his state.

So if he is secretly gay, who better to be outed?

And don't get too coastal about this—yes, these things do matter. If you don't think Robin Roberts confirming she is a lesbian jolted anyone into our column, I urge you to visit some of the "fly-over" states, because that kind of news is important. In Schock's case, his conservative supporters are so blasted right-wing they railed against him attending Nelson Mandela's funeral, calling Mandela a "terrorist" (a comment he left on his Facebook page). So his sexual orientation would not go over well if it is, in fact, not "straight."

 
Dec 02 2013
Boy Culture Turns 8: My 100 Favorite Posts! Comments (0)

BoyCultureBlogYou need a little (Boy) Culture!

StripperIt blows my mind to realize that Boy Culture is now eight years old. I can still remember the joy I felt when I figured out how to post, how to upload an image and how to embed a video. I remember every time a post blew up, bringing in hits and new viewers. I remember the longtime commenters, the trolls, the spam and the never-ending (and validating!) pitches and free tickets and photographers' snaps of half- or all-naked male models. 

RuPaul-Drag-RaceShooting for my blog has never been a drag.

Cone-boyI've used Boy Culture to express myself, to help express others and to connect to people internationally.

I've also used it to show off my humor (both high and low), to flaunt my obsessions, to reality-test my sexual diversions and perversions, to laud the art I love, to lash out against the enemies of gay people and to broadcast my admiration for Madonna.

I want to thank you all for having read this blog over the years. It's a very hard thing to maintain, and it will not be maintained forever. But each time I get some positive (or even just meaningful) feedback, each time my posts are shared on social media, each time something I've written elicits a response, it keeps me going that much longer.

Madonna-stepmother-Joan-MDNAMadonna's stepmother was not impressed.

Thank you. Please enjoy my 100 favorite posts, please let me know if you're reading any old ones for the first time and are liking them and, most of all, please share this entire post far and wide to help get my work out there.

**2008 first one 6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54fdddbfd8833-800wiMy first "Guydar" post from 2008.

As always, you can find me on Facebook (personal and blog), Twitter, Instagram and YouTube (plus, here are my YouTube greatest hits). 

ALL ORANGE TITLES ARE HOTLINKS.

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#100

TOTALLY RANDOM LISTS (2011—2013)

I've gotten way into lists. Way. You'll find more of my lists higher up on, uh, this particular list. But the ones that are just completely random go here because I worked my ass off on them, because I love them and because—judging from Quantcast data—you like 'em, too.

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DuranMy favorite Duran Duran member.

POP QUIZ: VIDEOS THAT KILLED (2011)

Totally awesome '80s! Take this visual quiz to see how many classic music videos you can ID.

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Brando-DeanI wish sex tapes had existed in the '50s.

UNDER THE GAYDAR: 10 PEOPLE YOU MAY OR MAY NOT REALIZE WERE OR ARE QUEER (2012)

I got lots of feedback on this, mainly because nobody realized Nell Carter was with a woman at the time of her death.

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DazzlerI would've chipped in to get this one made.

WOULDA COULDA SHOULDA: 5 INCREDIBLE MOVIES THAT NEVER HAPPENED (2013)

I'm shamless for including Leda & Swan, a movie that was a bomb without ever even being made.

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Lizabeth-ScottGreat Scott!

IN & OUT: 25 STARS' FIRST & LAST PERFORMANCES IN FILM & ON TV (2013)

Being obsessed with nostalgia and with movies, this was fun—but so very taxing—to compile. I loved the randomness of it.

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PSBI hate that music has been sleeveless for 20 years.

20 7" SINGLE SLEEVES FROM THE '80S THAT BELONG IN A GALLERY (2013)

Just 20 from my massive collection of 45s. I got rid of my 12" records, but I've kept these guys because they're just too much a part of my childhood.

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Amanda-BlakeAmanda Blake's marriage was a mystery, with both spouses dying of AIDS.

GAY MARRIAGE: CELEBRITIES WHO MARRIED LGBT SPOUSES (2013)

It might've been more efficient to make a list of famous straight people who managed to marry other full-on heteros.

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Mark-MessierThe infamous Gary Coleman/Mark Messier two-shot seen 'round the world.

ODD COUPLES: 19 UNUSUAL CELEBRITY PAIRS (2013)

This post encapsulates my outlook on pop culture and my desire to twist it and play with it...except in this case, its participants are already doing the dirty work.

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Lake-GenevaHaunted House: The family home that haunted Jane and Bill's final years.

#99

A FIGHT AT THE MUSEUM (2007)

My late mentor's husband struggles to give away his family home.

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#98

POLITICS (2005—2013)

I'm a political person and I blog about it a lot. Some of the entries stand up over time, but many are so of the moment it was hard to pull the ones I like best.

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Kevin-James-Adam-SandlerWhere Kevin James goes, (unintentional!!!) homophobia follows.

TRUNZO IS DUNZO (2007)

Star Magazine implying gay people aren't quite right? Not normal! This took off on several blogs and GLAAD got an apology from Trunzo over it. Some people think it's being "oversensitive," but Jesus...how much clearer is "Man to man" with a huge "NOT" (NORMAL) stamped over it?

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John-McCainIf McCain calls, I'm not here. 

NEW YORK TO McCAIN: DROP DEAD! (2008)

The time I saw John McCain and showed him exactly how I felt. 

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6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54fdcda278833-800wiThe Clintons practice some black magic 

WHITE MISCHIEF (2008)

When Bill and Hillary decided to use race in the race for the White House.

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Jason-WetheringtonCrist for the mill 

FLORIDA'S GOVERNOR ENGAYGED: DOES THIS COUNT AS "GAY MARRIAGE?" (2008)

Charlie Crist is gay. Really, really gay.

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Hillary-Clinton-guysThere's always 2016... 

HOW DO I LOVE THEE? LET ME COUNT THE GAYS... (2008)

The gay affair with Hillary Clinton.

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6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e554e2e7d28834Hail, Mary, full of disgrace

 SARAH PALIN = SPIRO AGNEW + HARRIET MIERS (2008)

Aw, she'll never last...

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Whoopi-Goldberg-Prop-8Whoopi-tee-doo & Kate, too! 

THE MARRYING KIND (2008)

That fabulously spontaneous anti-Prop 8 march in NYC.

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Barack-Obama"Fierce advocate" was once a taunt, and is now just true.

WITH US OR AGAINST US (2009)

A post from when the Obama Administration was considered almost openly hostile toward gay-rights advocates. I believe he's turned that impression around.

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OBAMA-DADTA good sign

IT GOT BETTER (2010)

The one where President Obama happily signed DADT out of existence.

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Sophie-B-HawkinsAs she lays her career down to sleep...

DAMN, I WISH SHE WOULDN'T DO THISI (2011)

Sopie B. Hawkins GOesProud. I wish she'd GOHome.

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Merv-Griffin-Tombstone_6I live for death!

#97

OBITUARIES (2009—2012)

I tend to write about almost every celebrity death I hear about, specializing in anyone from the Golden Era. These are two that really blew me away. You, too?

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Farrah-FawcettVery hazardous duties

AND JILL CAME TUMBLING AFTER (2009)

The death of Farrah Fawcett, a woman whose nips decorated my walls before I realized I had no use for them.

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Elizabeth-taylor-bathing-suitEnd credits

REFLECTIONS IN A VIOLET EYE: ELIZABETH TAYLOR DIES AT 79 (2011)

The biggest living star fades out. It's still hard to believe she isn't around anymore.

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Donna-SummerShe worked hard for the money.

LAST DANCE: DONNA SUMMER DIES AT 63 (2012)

I'd spent a long time hating Donna over her alleged anti-gay comments, but that rumor isn't the whole story on her life.

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Barbara-KentGood egg

MAKES SAD FACE, MOVES LIPS, TYPE APPEARS ON PANEL: "THE END" (2012)

I was surprised when no major news services noted the death of the last person to have starred in a silent film as an adult, Barbara Kent.

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Nov 05 2013
Abe Lincoln Would Be (Free, Gay and) Happy Comments (0)

Barbara-Flynn-Currie-gay-marriage-IllinoisIllinois House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie argues on behalf of gay marriage today.

The Illinois House has (barely!) approved gay marriage, meaning it will go back to the Senate, where it's expected to be approved—Illinois is now a virtual lock to legalize gay marriage.

Now if Michigan's lawsuit would fall out on the side of sanity, my home state and both adoptive states will have approved gay marriage, something I don't think I thought was even possible until the past 10 years, if even that long ago.

 
Oct 22 2013
Need To Know: Pizza Boy Toy, Christie Forever Holds His Peace, FenDDer BenDDer + MORE Comments (0)

Vito_GalloVito shows his pink.

*widget boy cultureMichael Lucas pornstar "Vito Gallo" arrested for trespassing...in pink.

*widget boy culture8-bit version of The Shining.

*widget boy culturePizza boy's deepest, darkest secret: He's a material boy. Shirtless-runner

*widget boy cultureThis is even creepy for me...I love it!

*widget boy cultureThomas Roberts really is in the wrong.

*widget boy cultureChris Christie is, too, but at least he gave up.

*widget boy cultureWhy you should skip texting for one day. Just one.

*widget boy cultureAmazing Harper's Bazaar outtake of Madonna.

*widget boy cultureDolly Parton injured in car crash; BFF Judy Ogle was the driver. Air bags save lives.

*widget boy cultureMarch on Springfield for Illinois marriage equality is today! Steve Grand on hand.

*widget boy cultureRyan Amador's beautiful new song "Skylark."

 
Jul 21 2013
Coming Out Of Somewhere: A Q&A With And Gay Pop Cultural Opinion Of Steve Grand Comments (49)

Steve-GrandConstant craving.

Steve Grand, 23, seemed to come out of nowhere earlier this month when he released his song "All-American Boy" and its accompanying video, an instantly iconic treatment of the oldest story in the gay world: falling for a guy who seems to feel the same way, but who ultimately does not. Like a microcosm of the reaction to Brokeback Mountain in 2005, the video was mostly enthusiastically received—1.6 million YouTube views and counting, national TV appearances—and yet has had its share of detractors, most of them gay.

At least some of the criticism of Grand is simply misplaced, resting squarely on the otherwise extremely helpful Buzzfeed piece that almost single-handedly got his name out to the world. In the post, Grand was tagged as "the first openly gay male country star," even though he was not the first, nor does he pretend to be a country artist, nor is he a star—yet.

But several other negative reactions made the Grand phenomenon more interesting to me than it might have been otherwise (readers of my blog know I'm rarely drawn to singer-songwriters, no matter how talented or cute). An inflammatory piece at The Bilerico Project (which was initially headlined in such a way as to imply the singer himself was a "sad, predatory drunk") accused Grand of trading on his looks, demonizing his "pouty lips and sculpted abs," while selling a Boys in the Band-like "self-loathing" message. It was even suggested that Grand's actions in the video could have led to "some serious gay bashing," the implicit message being that this bewitching Billy Budd would've had it coming. (The author of the piece later said his only regret had been maligning The Boys in the Band.)

Boys-in-the-Band"Oh, Mary, don't ask."

Fratmen-pornOn my own Facebook page, one person said I should ask Steve which thing about him did he feel made him more of a gay stereotype, the fact that he cries a lot (Grand's Good Morning America interview had a touching Johnnie Ray moment) or the fact that he's been through ex-gay therapy, as if either were something to be ashamed of. Still other armchair critics of the right way to be gay have sniffed at the video for making Grand's character seem powerless (love and lust are apparently signs of weakness...God forbid the character turns out to be a bottom!), have said it was wrong for Grand to work with [Work Unfriendly] an actor who did porn (it's apparently wrong to have anything to do with porn actors unless you're watching them fuck their brains out for too little money) and have complained that smoking is glamorized.

In short: Hey, pretty boy, how dare you not be the kind of gay person I want you to be?

Considering the self-aggrandizing, materialistic, superficially sexual, outright obnxious things that pop up in most every other enthusiastically adored music video today, I saw Steve Grand's achingly vulnerable song and video as honest. The most dangerous thing he does in the video is jump into that fetid swamp. But anything for love...

All-American-BoyBorn in the U.S.A.: Scenes from "All-American Boy."

What also interests me about Steve Grand is the fact that he didn't come from nowhere—no one does. His backstory is one many gay people can relate to: He fell for a camp counselor at 12, was outed to his conservative parents by an instant message they discovered and was sent to therapy to try to overcome "unwanted same-sex attractions." They were unwanted, but not necessarily by Grand. He has cycled through various identities—his days as a model and as cover artist "Steve Starchild" are readily documentable via Google—and has settled on being himself.

So forgive me if I take umbrage at the critics who think Steve is less than perfect, because it seems clear to me he knows he isn't. This "bad role model" has survived Catholicism, parental disapproval, ex-gay therapy and body issues to emerge as an unapologetically out performer, unafraid to be vulnerable, which in my opinion makes him a wonderful, if humbly relucant, role model for young people, gay and otherwise.

Everyone is so heartbroken when a troubled gay teen commits suicide, so why not cheer one on when he is able to rise above his struggles, embrace who he is and give back to the world in the form of art?

As I found over the course of three conversations, two on the phone and one during his quick visit to NYC for a CNN interview and some business meetings, Grand is the least marketed singer you've ever heard of, has no media training, has only a family friend as an advisor, isn't wholly comfortable with so much as profiting from his music (his YouTube account, as of this writing, seems to have no ads) and, unlike so many of the young performers I've spoken with in the past 15 years, cares more about making a personal connection with his audience than he does about scoring a merchandising deal or getting free clothes to wear from designers.

He's got talent, humility and sincerity—even without the abs, I think that's a good recipe for the right kind of gay...

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Jul 10 2013
Need To Know: Water Pole, Palin's Plans, The (Gay) Wedding March + MORE Comments (0)

Rugby-speedoFrankly, if my name were Benjamin...

*widget boy cultureRugby dudes + Speedos is like p.b. and chocolate. Mmm-mmm.

*widget boy cultureHasselbeck's last day on The View is today! (Off to Fox & Friends.)

*widget boy cultureHow does "Sen. Palin (R-Alaska)" sound?

*widget boy cultureThe new anti-marriage law in Indiana that wasn't.

*widget boy cultureNext marriage targets: HI, OR, NJ & IL.

*widget boy culture2 mos. in, gay divorces already happening in CO.

*widget boy culturePA marriage ban challenged.

*widget boy culture!@#$!: VA guv's son arrested for booze and...swearing?

*widget boy cultureMichelle Duggar refers to abortion as "baby Holocaust."

*widget boy culture"Is Madonna still selling sex? I sort of think she is."—Neil Tennant

*widget boy cultureWorking out with Madonna:

 
Jun 26 2013
Boy Culture's Women Of The Week Comments (2)

Women-rule

There is, of course, Edie Windsor, the tough-as-nails DOMA plaintiff who has done more for gay rights than most other people, living or dead, via her principled lawsuit.

Then there is State Sen. Davis (D-Texas), who successfully filibustered a heinous abortion bill in her state, generating an #IStandWithWendy hashtag explosion.

And finally, you should really watch all of Rep. Tammy Duckworth's (D-Illinois) evisceration of a lying scumbag small businessman whose gaming of the disabilities system she knows more than a little about. It is legendary.