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Jul 25 2017
Big News — BOY CULTURE: THE SERIES! Comments (0)

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Ten years after the theatrical release of Boy Culture — the movie directed by Q. Allan Brocka that was adapted by him and Philip Pierce from my 1995 novel of the same title — I am proud to announce a Kickstarter for a sequel!

Click Here for the Kickstarter!

Boy Culture: The Series is already written. It's a funny, edgy follow-up in six, 15-minute installments that catch us up on the rocky romance between cold cookie X, an emotionally stunted hustler, and his fed-up, vanilla partner Andrew, 10 years after the events of the original film. Each installment will tackle a different aspect of gay life in 2017, from aging to race to monogamy.

I am proud to announce that I co-wrote this project with Allan, marking my first screenplay.

Screen Shot 2017-05-15 at 5.21.09 PMMe in L.A. with Philip Pierce, Stephen Israel and Q. Allan Brocka (Image via Matthew Rettenmund)

Screen Shot 2017-07-24 at 10.42.18 PMMatthew Wilkas's Emoji Roommate Instagrams crack me the hell up. (Image via Instagram)

Boy Culture: The Series will welcome back the amazing Darryl Stephens as Andrew. He was such a valuable part of the movie and is so lovely in person — couldn't be happier to welcome him back.

Check Out Darryl Stephens on Instagram Here!

In the role of X, we have cast Matthew Wilkas, a terrific actor (check him out in Gayby) who just wrapped The Pride (great play if you ever get a chance to see it) in L.A. You may also know him as the boyfriend of Gus Kenworthy — they recently shared the cover of Out.

Check Out Matthew Wilkas on Instagram Here!

As one of the leads, we've got the incredibly sexy Matt Crawford aka Daddy Crawf of Insta-fame. This kid is going to nail the part he plays. More on that in due time.

Screen Shot 2017-05-15 at 5.27.44 PMCrawford & Stephens at a recent reading of the script. (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

Check Out Daddy Crawf on Instagram Here!

We've also signed up one of my favorite people, the talented Steve Grand for his acting debut! Mr. Grand is playing P-Town through August:

And we're lucky to have Stephen Guarino, one of the funniest people alive. I've known him for years and was happy to bump into him at the BearCity 3 premiere in NYC his week.

Screen Shot 2017-06-11 at 3.03.48 PMStephen Guarino, who is currently seen on Showtime's I'm Dying Up Here

More casting news as we get closer to our goal of $50,000.

So far, all the guys playing gay characters this time around are ... drumroll ... actually and openly gay! What a concept!

I write Boy Culture the blog almost for free; the few ads I have don't nearly compensate for the time spent, and the only occasoin on which I've approached you guys with my hand out was when I launched my Encyclopedia Madonnica 20 Kickstarter years ago.

Now, I am humbly asking you to please do either or both of these things:

(1) Donate to the Kickstarter! It's here.

(2) Share the link to the Kickstarter on all your social media.

THANK YOU for your consideration!

 
Jul 24 2017
Congresswoman Davis Pushes Back Against Flag-Basher Comments (0)

Pride-flag-outside-rep-davis-office-1500917282(Image via Congresswoman Davis's office)

Congresswoman Susan Davis of San Diego has displayed an LGBTQ rainbow flag outside her D.C. and San Diego offices since March 2015 without making waves.

RIP Gilbert Baker, Rainbow Flag Creator

Now that a nutjob has sued lawmakers for displaying the flags (because homosexuality is a religion — that's his actual argument), she's fighting back, writing an impassioned defense of the flag for Cosmo.

She writes:

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You'll Never Pull It Off Comments (0)

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Via eBay: Yep, it's a penis sweater. Or rather, a sweater with a penis on it.

 
Welcoming People From All Backgrounds — What A Concept! Comments (0)

Philip-Noyed-artGive us your ... well, give us everybody! (Image via MSP Airport)

Art intended to welcome everyone — people of any race, creed, nationality, or sexual orientation — just went up at the Minneapolis Airport.

From a press release:

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6-PACK — STAR TREK's First Gay Characters + Gay Dad Called The F-Word — By His Kid + Liev Schreiber, Dad Of The Year + Kimmel Grills Caitlyn + Gore VIdal's Palace + Bruce Penhall Fleshback! Comments (0)

Anthony Rapp“Wilson Cruz will be playing my love interest, my partner — my man love — and we’re both officers on the ship.” — Anthony Rapp

WIDGETTowleroad: The first two gay characters in the Star Trek TV franchise will be played by ... gay actors! Congrats, Anthony Rapp and Wilson Cruz.

WIDGETGays with Kids: See how this adoptive gay dad reacted when his young son casually called him a “faggot.”

WIDGETTwitter: Yassss, Liev Schreiber! He let his son dress up as Harley Quinn. 

WIDGETOMG Blog: Jimmy Kimmel shows Jimmy Fallon how to conduct amusing, but pointed, political interviews ... with Caitlyn Jenner. Any Trump regrets?

WIDGETThe Daily Beast: Your ticket into Gore Vidal's “cliffside palace of sex, scandal and celebrity.”

WIDGETKenneth in the (212): Bruce Penhall, now 60, back in his Speedo days.

Bruce PenhallThis is him Bruce in shorts ... the Speedo look is even more flattering. (Image via Teen Beat)

 
Jul 23 2017
6-PACK — Dark Knight-Knight + Yeah, Trump Maybe COULD Be Indicted + Single-Payer Dreams + Bloody Quell + Running Against Demonic Dems + Matt Groening On Trump: LOCK HIM UP! Comments (0)

Batman Columbia LewisGWilsonLewis G. Wilson (1920-2000), the first Batman (Image via Columbia)

WIDGETExtraTV: Seventy years of Batman actors — all 17 (?!) of them. Billy Baldwin? Bruce Greenwood?

WIDGETNYT: Trump might actually be indict-able, according to a long-buried memo The New York Times has unearthed.

WIDGETHuff Post: Chuck Schumer admits Dems were too timid in the past, are now open to singer-payer. If only.

WIDGETThe Guardian: In England, movement on the issue of gay men donating blood. In the U.S.? Nah.

WIDGETNew York Post: Here's hoping the awful City Council members Ruben Diaz Sr. and Fernando Cabrera are defeated — by young progressives.

WIDGETJoe.My.God.: The Simpsons creator Matt Groening recalls turning down Trump, leads crowd in “lock him up!” chant at Comic-Con.

Simpsons-TrumpHomer Simpson would be a more effective POTUS. (Image via FOX)

 
Jul 22 2017
Den Brothers: Inside The BEARCITY 3 Premiere Comments (0)

IMG_8335***_newThis kinda sums up how the cast and creatives feel about each other. (All images by Matthew Rettenmund)

It must've been the call of the wild, but I came out of hibernation for the BearCity 3 premiere in NYC tonight, held at the SVA Theatre as a gala to benefit PFLAG.

IMG_8293***_newThe poster's like “Where's Dildo?” — here, the handsome Matthew Montelongo & friend.

Cast member — and All Male, All Nude director — Gerald McCullouch was the one who invited me, and when Daddy tells you to do something, you do it.

IMG_8248***_newGregory Gunter, director Doug Langway & Stephen Guarino 

The very funny film about love, lust, parenting and laughter, directed by Doug Langway, stars Kathy Najimy, Daniel Franzese, Stephen Guarino, Chris Salvatore, Joe Conti, Gregory Gunter, Matthew Montelongo, Brian Keane, J. Andrew Mullins, Bruce Howard Seeds, Jay Arseno, Richmond Chandler and many more, but for my money, the MVP is Guarino, one of the funniest people I've ever met.

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IMG_8258***_newGuarino & McCullouch, who should become professional auctioneers ... see below.

Also hysterical was the story the warm and fuzzy Gunter told me while praising my blog. He'd already greeted me on impact, and then confessed he'd been sending all these gay links from my blog to a friend on Facebook, only to discover way, way into the process that he was sending it to a straight dude in Canada with the same name. When I asked what the guy said about it eventually, Greg joked, “'Don't ever come to Canada. And I have a boner.'”

IMG_8350***_newCute couple! J. Andrew Mullins (R) reprises his role of Jimmy and also executive produced

IMG_8299***_newI think I was caught checking out the white-jeansed booty of one of these attendees ...

IMG_8354***_newBrian Keane & Guarino bask in the glow of completing a threequel.

IMG_8284***_newHair ya go!

IMG_8279***_newHot pieces abounded in all shapes and sizes.

IMG_8281***_newA woman came.

A summary of BearCity 3, in case you need some catching up from the first IMG_8247***_new two (via the BearCity 3 team):

After a continuing losing streak that started at the altar, Roger tries to claw out of financial ruin and into the arms of Tyler. But Jay, Ty's hunky Fire Chief partner is not letting that flame blaze. Meanwhile, fireworks explode when Fred's obsessive tinkering on their bear documentary conflicts with Brent's baby prep and the unwavering due date of their new born. Mama Bear Michael faces major challenges and finds that love comes in all colors, shapes and sizes. Join us as we take one final adventure into the woods with the BearCity gang, where romance can sometimes be hairy but ultimately worth every hilarious, sometimes painful and all-consuming moment.

Great movie, great party and a great event to raise cash for PFLAG — which is $500 richer from an impromptu auctionioning of a gift bag prior to the screening, sweetened by a promise that McCullouch would date the winner. “He's hung!” Guarino shouted, driving the price higher.

Mom would be proud.

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Is Ariana Grande A Gay Icon? Comments (0)

Three days ago, Billboard published a piece arguing, with eight sensible points to support the claim, 6a0120a90ac194970b01b8d0c62101970c that Ariana Grande is the gay icon of her generation.

Casting aside arguments about what constitutes her generation (like, is Lady Gaga really of a previous generation?), and whether there is only one per generation, do you think this is accurate?

I have nothing bad to say about her, and she is definitely pro-gay, but I don't think of Ariana specifically in these terms. I'm not sure if there IS a gay icon anymore, so much as there are icons who gays love (of which Ariana is surely one).

Like, Judy, Donna, Madonna, these are people who were and are adored by (many, not all) gay people for their talents but also for their specifically gay appeal. I'm not sure many if any new stars these days have that — maybe the latest I can think of would be Gaga, who has spoken directly and specifically to and about gay people.

Am I wrong?

 


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