Out just in time for Pride Month, the all-new Amadeo Double Magnum Rainbow Decanter 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.
I 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 Square 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.
Wait'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.
The famous, infamous, charmingly smutty Circus of Books (formerly Book Circus) on the corner of Santa 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.
Imagine 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 man. 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.