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Jun 22 2017
The Rainbow Connection: A Decanter That Raises Money For AIDS Comments (0)

Out just in time for Pride Month, the all-new Amadeo Double Magnum Rainbow Amadeo Double Magnum Rainbow_white filledDecanter from Riedel Crystal has the dual benefit of being beautiful and directly aiding LGBTQ causes.

All proceeds from this unique item, issued in a limited edition of just 50, will go to support the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Riedel has already pledged €25,000 to the Foundation.

From a press release:

Featuring the same lyre shape as the original Amadeo introduced in 2006, the Amadeo Double Magnum Rainbow decanter is mouthblown to gracefully aerate 3-liter bottles of wine. Each of the fifty limited edition decanters produced features a striking rainbow that graces the inner curve, created by the addition of colored magnesium oxide heated to 1,200°F and compressed between two layers of clear crystal for a seamless finish.

The decanter is $2,900, and is sold at select retailers. Contact Riedel USA with any inquiries.

 
6-PACK — It's Mueller Time + Trumpcare SLASHES Medicaid + Trans Woman Terrorized + How Cosby Got Off + Dragging The Right + Kilting Me Softly ! Comments (0)

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WIDGETCNN: Intel chiefs tell Mueller's investigators Trump suggested they publicly deny any collusion between his campaign and Russia.

WIDGETHuff Post: Senate's Trumpcare bill slashes Medicaid by more than the House version, totally defunds Planned Parenthood.

WIDGETCrime Watch Daily: Trans woman menaced by bat-wielding man in the Bronx feared for her life.

WIDGETDListed: Two Cosby jurors were immobile when it came to considering convicting him.

WIDGETOMG Blog: Ginger, Katya and Alaska give merciless drag names to Steve Bannon, Jeff Sessions, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson and more.

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WIDGETThe Kilted Coaches: Those adorable Kilted Coaches show more than ever for Pride. Watch, after the jump ...

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Macy's Celebrates Pride And Joy 2017! Comments (0)

IMG_5379I was only too happy to capture his flag. (All images by Matthew Rettenmund)

I hit up the Macy's Celebrates Pride and Joy event at — where else? — Macy's in Herald 1462205918_prideSquare Tuesday night, where I found hundreds of cutely attired gay men taking advantage of free drinks, fun games (one guy told me he won a gift card on the first try) and free music from Dragonette, Marty Thomas Presents Divas and more.

There was also a fun photo booth and the required shirtless male models.

IMG_5320Wait'll you see 'em in their swimsuits, below ...

Macy's is a big supporter of Pride, and this bash — in collaboration with the always reliable TheMenEvent — is a must-attend each year.

Keep reading for more pics ...

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Jun 21 2017
Circus Of Books: The Final Chapter Comments (0)

The famous, infamous, charmingly smutty Circus of Books (formerly Book Circus) on the corner of Santa Cowboyblueboy2 Monica and La Jolla in WeHo is closing after 57 years in business.

The adult bookstore had something for everything, if by something we're talking about porn, and if by everyone we're talking about gay guys. (There's straight porn, too.)

I love this place, which will apparently stay open for one more Christmas before it vanishes.

One of the owners, Barry Mason — who owns the place with his wife, Karen — told WeHo Times:

“Book Circus and Universal News on Las Palmas and Hollywood Boulevard each took 600 copies of the gay Blueboy magazine when it first came out,” said Mr. Mason. “I would load my truck for these two stops. Guys would be waiting for us at the door. They’d come out and help me bring them in. They’d rip open the box and buy them fresh out of the box. I wouldn’t even do done unloading them and they were already sold. Blueboy was the first mainstream gay magazine. It was slick. The guys loved it.”

If you're under 30, he's talking about printed magazines of pornography for which people paid money.

RIP, Circus of Books!

 
6-PACK — Charice Is Now Known As Jake Zyrus + Lossoff :( + Long Day-Lewis Journey Into 'Night + Former NFL Player Comes Out + Madonna Dating Hot Model? + Still More BARES Babes! Comments (0)

Giphy-13Broadway Bares audience members, post-show. See below for more pics. (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

WIDGETOMG Blog: Charice, the Oprah-powered singer from the Philippines who also starred on Glee, now IDs as a male: Read his first tweets as Jake Zyrus!

Tu_PDdBZ_400x400Charice is now Jake Zyrus. (Image via Twitter)

WIDGETDailyKos: In a disappointing but not shocking defeat, Democrat Jon Ossoff lost to Republican Karen Handel in Georgia's special election, 52.1-47.9.

Tumblr_mudeps1aqn1snmmclo1_500Daniel Day-Lewis tongues Gordon Warnecke in My Beautiful Lauundrette (GIF via Orion Classics)

WIDGETExtraTV: Daniel Day-Lewis — who starred in the gay classic My Beautiful Laundrette (1986) and won three Oscars — is retiring!

WIDGETKenneth in the (212): Former NFL player Ryan O'Callaghan has come out as gay. His other option had been ... suicide.

WIDGETExtraTV: Madonna's rep denies she is dating her “Bitch I'm Madonna” music video co-star Kevin Sampaio.

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WIDGETFacebook: Follow me on Facebook, and check out 140+ Broadway Bares pics while you're at it!

DSC04620_newThe event raised $1.5 million for charity. (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

 
Jun 20 2017
Just 2 Short Years Until WorldPride In NYC Comments (0)

Image002(Image via WorldPride)

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6-PACK — BARES With Me + Take My Husband, Please! + Boy George Covers YMCA + Saluting A Fallen Hero With A Great Sense Of Humor + Russian's Gay Laws Illegal + Inside A Chechnya Gay-Abuse Prison + The Art Of The Squeal! Comments (0)

DSC04651_newModel Juanfer De La Torre after Broadway Bares — this guy understands the camera! (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

BONUS ITEM Instagram: Posting tons of Broadway Bares: Strip U images here!

Screen Shot 2017-06-20 at 11.00.32 AMTom Hoch's husband jokes that the candidate does nothing but think about Minneapolis. (Video still via Tom Hoch for Mayor)

WIDGETJoe.My.God.: Minneapolis mayoral candidate gets a cute intro video from his husband. Seems to have been inspired by this one

WIDGETThe Guardian: Boy George partners with YMCA on remake of Village People song — first time the org has embraced the gay-skewing anthem.

WIDGETKenneth in the (212): The twerking officer who died of 9/11-related cancer will be posthumously honored by the NYPD Gay Officers Action League.

WIDGETNew York Times: Euro court rules Russia's anti-gay gay propaganda laws are illegal. That'll go over well with Putin.

Screen Shot 2017-06-20 at 10.46.26 AMAn activist in Russia thinks international outrage has had an effect on the Chechnyan crackdown. (Video still via VICE News)

WIDGETYouTube @ VICE News: The indispensable VICE News visits Chechnya for a look inside the prison where gay men say they've been tortured.

Chechnya-gayChechnya is supposed to abide by Russian law, but as long as its leader swears fealty to Putin, anything goes. (Video still via VICE News)

WIDGETArtNet: The Daily Show has produced The Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library, a hilarious art exhibit of NMPOTUS's most absurd tweets.

 
Jun 17 2017
Pride Month: Richard Inman, Problematic Southern Trailblazer Comments (0)

  Screen Shot 2017-06-17 at 9.16.13 AMImagine being asked if you were gay — on TV — in 1966? (Video still via PBS)

Tampa, Florida, native Richard Inman (1926-1985) is a unique figure in the early gay-rights movement.

He was married and divorced twice, moving to Miami, where he lived as a gay Screen Shot 2017-06-17 at 8.41.55 AMman. He faced arrests for patronizing gay bars, which may have contributed to the decline of his business as an owner of various properties. He wound up driving a cab before deciding to become political about his sexual orientation.

Inman founded the first Southern gay-rights org, the Atheneum Society, in 1963, a ballsy move. It would later be changed into a chapter of the Mattachine Society in order to bring his efforts into line with those of Frank Kameny's (1925-2011).

Inman's aggressive stance on gay rights riled politicians, was a magnet for attention and also attracted the ire of many closeted gay people, who didn't appreciate his posturing, which threatened to blow their cover. It is thought that many gay people actively worked with officials against Inman behind the scenes via letter-writing and complaints.

Gay activist Jack Nichols (1938-2005(, in Vern L. Bullough's (1928-2006) exhaustively researched Before Stonewall (2002), said of Inman:

Inman was the first Southerner to challenge anti-gay laws in the courts, to write in mass circulation publications about gay men and lesbians and to appear on local television and radio programs.

He was quite a character, and had no problem playing dirty to achieve his goals, including enlisting the aid of anti-gay forces when it would work to his cause's benefit. If he were alive today, he might well like Milo — he was take-no-prisoners on the issue of activism vs. education, but hated Communists and was in favor of the Vietnam War. He also was not in favor of pushing for gay marriage, adoption or the legalization of gay pornography, deeming them all no-big-deal issues in the face of overall acceptance or tolerance of gay people.

Owing to his reputation as an out gay Floridian, Inman was one of the first people ever to appear on TV as a self-professed gay man on April 19, 1966, when he was invited to be a guest on news program FYI's “The Homosexual” on WTVJ Channel 4 in Miami. The show was focused on gay men as child molesters, which may explain why Inman chickened out and claimed, once on the air, that he was no longer gay, even while arguing that children were safe from gay men.

I was a homosexual ... But I gave it up about, oh, I forget, some years ago, over four years ago. It's not my cup of tea.

— Richard Inman (1967)

After his poor showing on TV, Inman's power as a gay voice waned. He opened a gay bookstore that was raided for porn, but wound up beating the charges.

Still, the charges may have beat him — into submission.

Inman later moved to California. There are some records of people having seen him here or there post-1970, but for the most part, he disappeared. Author James T. Sears (b. 1951) has since revealed that Inman lived out the rest of his life in Long Beach, and died February 3, 1985.

 


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