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Jun 20 2017
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.

 
Jun 16 2017
6-PACK — How To Get Away With Manslaughter + Trudeau's LGBTQ Love + Lady Barista + Confronting His Bully + Anti-Gay School Employee's Terrorist Wish + West-Starring Role! Comments (0)

DoddsCheck out the story attached to this below, via Towleroad. (Image via Towleroad)

WIDGETHuff Post: Philado Castile's shooting by a police officer seemed like one case where a trigger-happy cop might go down — but nope. NOT GUILTY.

WIDGETtheOUTfront: Here's what Canada's leader is doing to celebrate LGBTQ Pride. Trump has yet to acknowledge it, too busy cutting back Cuba progress.

WIDGETTwitter @PopCrave: Lady Gaga is serving as a Starbucks barista to support her Born This Way Foundation.

WIDGETThe Randy Report: In this Q&A with Drake Jensen & Patrick Masse, check out Drake's powerful story of his high school bullying!

UnnamedListen up for a very moving story! (Image via The Randy Report)

WIDGETTowleroad: This Columbus, Ohio, school employee wished that a Pride Festival would turn out like the Boston Marathon. It wasn't charm school.

Screen Shot 2017-06-16 at 6.37.07 PMGo West! (Video still via Twitter @ DC Entertainment)

WIDGETTwitter @ DC Entertainment: Watch Adam West's final guest spot, on the canceled series Powerless, after the jump ...

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Almost At The $10,000 Mark, Looking Like A Million Bucks Comments (0)

19225607_10154384057696152_6948273105356702888_nI've eaten more today than these three have in three weeks. (Image via Facebook @ Mark MacKillop)

Sunday is Broadway Bares, and Mark MacKillop is ALMOST at the $10,000 mark. Can you help?

 
Dragging The Cast Of ROUGH NIGHT Comments (0)

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The women of Rough Night sat down with drag queen Paige Turner to talk up their movie. Ilana Glazer says the movie is gay-friendly and gay-targeted, but what about the accidentally killed hustler community? They're gonna feel betrayed.

Keep reading to watch ...

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Meet The Real-Life Black, Lesbian Wonder Woman Who Brought Down Hodgkinson And Saved Racist, Anti-Gay Scalise's Life Comments (0)

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Via Fusion: I would rush to help anyone who had been harmed, but not if the person harmed were a famous white supremacist who has worked hard throughout his career to take away gay rights. In that case, I would stand still and let the chips fall where they may.

But Crystal Griner, 32, a Capitol Police officer and a lesbian, did not have that luxury. When four people were shot by a crazed, homeless gunman, she did her job and sprang into action — and now Scalise, while still in critical condition, is alive rather than dead.

Griner would not have been allowed into the military before Obama took office, just by the way.

Griner was one of just three Capitol Police officers on hand during the shooting, and Republican politicians have said the event would've been a massacre without those officers. Griner rushed the shooter, as did Agent David Bailey — who is a Brazilian. (Immigrant alert!)

Griner is said to be the officer who killed the shooter:

 

It's also a nice twist that a woman killed the shooter, who had a domestic violence past.

Retired Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine told CBS News of Griner:

She is amazing and she is a hero. She epitomized what being a hero is all about.

Griner herself was wounded and remains hospitalized. Who's visiting her? Her wife, Tiffany.

Keep reading for a CBS report on the officers who saved the day ...

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Jun 15 2017
Check Out EW's LGBTQ Issue — Starring RuPaul! Comments (0)

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RuPaul is the covergirl of Entertainment Weekly's June 23, 2017, LGBTQ Issue.

Of the dark period where Ru spent eight years out of character, he says:

I thought, “Could it be that this is not meant for me?” It was this horrible existence. One day, my friend Larry Tee called me and said, “Ru, what the f—k are you doing? You are a star. Get your ass back to New York and get your s—t together.” And I did… “I’m going to go back to New York and give those bitches exactly what they want from me.”

The issue also has a reunion of The L Word and talks with Will & Grace creator Max Mutchnick about the show's upcoming revival.

Check it out here.

 


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