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May 02 2017
The L.A. Riots Were 25 Years Ago: What Has Changed? Comments (0)

Twenty-five years (!) after the L.A. Riots, James St. James at World of Wonder landed a newsworthy exclusive — a one-on-one La-me-ra-transgender-zoey-tur-20150724with reporter Zoey Tur, who filmed Reginald Denny's beating and was shot at in the process.

Tur, a trans activist, recalls one of the most consequential days in the modern history of race relations in the U.S:

The day of the Los Angeles Riots was scary, there was so much tension. Right after the not guilty verdict, I turned to (my then-wife) Marika and said, “Let the riots begin!” I knew it would happen. One of my news directors from the TV station called me up and said, “Go fly and tell everyone how peaceful the city is.” As I was reporting, I saw that it wasn’t. I believed I would be arrested as soon as I landed, because what we learned was is that the LAPD top commanders had left the city to burn.

She also has some pointed words for the state of our union today:

I’m very positive about California, but then again, the rest of the country, you have to realize that just under 50% of the population are very racist. They voted for their racism. That’s why the polls were never accurate because no one wanted to admit their racism. Before the election, I said they would go into the voting booth and say ‘Fuck Transgender bathrooms, Fuck Black Lives Matter, “Fuck those Mexicans! I want mine!” And that’s exactly what they did. And don’t think gay marriage didn’t have anything to do with it! That was the last gasp of the white, heterosexual male.

More here. (Image via Zoey Tur)

 
May 01 2017
RuPAUL'S DRAGCON Slays L.A., Escapes To New York! Comments (0)

RuPaul Ribbon CuttingTucking their candy, cutting their ribbons! (All images via World of Wonder)

L.A. Weekly covers RuPaul's DragCon (which I had to miss due to a headache, dammit) as being a manifestation of the resistance.

Jerry O'Connect as Anya ManJerry O'Connell, after being trans-formed into Anya Man!

Over 40,000 attendees clogged the third annual event, which featured countless gay-household-name queens, gay-porn stars, Logo laddies and more.

Alyssa EdwardsAlyssa Edwards, gams, fans!

DSC_8914You could pose with your fave ladies!

DSC_9576Stop looking at me, Godddd ... !

The event is so massive and all-inclusive it featured a Kids' Zone!

DSC_9088Heels, don't fail me now!

RuPaul, whose keynote address on Sunday brought down the house (of Xtravaganza?), made a point of zinging Not-My-President Trump:

At RuPaul's DragCon, we celebrate all the colors of the rainbow. We have an orange president that wraps himself in red, white and blue.  How are you going to make America great again if you can't love all the colors of the rainbow?

You got that right, honayyyyy.

IMG_7353(Image via RuPaul's DragCon)

Now — see above — DragCon is coming to NYC, as announced by Ru during his speech.

I. Can't. Wait.

 
Mar 28 2017
6-PACK — S Club 7" + And They Stall Laughed + The Abbey's New Reality Series + BIG LITTLE Peen + Debbie Does Aging + RIP Mama! Comments (0)

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WIDGETOMG Blog: S Club 7's Jon Lee, formerly a little twink, wants you to see what a rugged, tramp-stamped Treasure Island Media type he's become.

WIDGETNYDN: The Port Authority cops are now peeking into men's room stalls in order to charge guys with lewdness. Instead, they're spying lawsuits.

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WIDGETE! Entertainment: Billy Reilich and some other people are on a new reality series centered around The Abbey, the gay mecca of L.A. Lots of straight stuff in the trailer:

WIDGETDListed: Alexander Skarsgård's peen made a violent appearance on Big Little Lies. It looked a little big! (Work Unfriendly, even if it's a prosthetic)

WIDGETKenneth in the (212): Debbie Harry continues her OMG Can You Believe How Amazing I Look? tour, dings reporter for “creating an issue” about her age.

WIDGETHollywood Reporter: What's Eating Gilbert Grape's Darlene Cates dies @ 69.

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Feb 15 2017
A Right On SUNSET BOULEVARD Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2017-02-15 at 4.04.52 PMAnd they all staffed (All images by or via Matthew Rettenmund)

I went to L.A. this weekend to meet with my Web series partners (news on that coming in the near future) and to attend the 30th anniversary of my friends Michael & Scott. 

 

Porn star memoirs by Jack Wrangler (1984). #gay #movies #memoirs #books #firstedition #shirtless #gossip #boyculture

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On the flight out, I was reading a first edition of The Jack Wrangler Story, or What's a Nice Boy Like You Doing? (St. Martin's Press, 1984), the cheeky autobiography of gay-porn star Jack Wrangler. It turned out to be a fortuitous choice, as early in the book, there is a lengthy description of a childhood birthday party of his in Beverly Hills, a stone's throw from the home where my 2017 party was happening. (It's a great, breezy, candid time capsule of a read if you can get your hands on it. Wrangler died in 2009 at 62, while his improbable partner Margaret Whiting died at 86 in 2011.)

IMG_0766The boys included their pooch in the celebration

The party was lovely — outdoors, peopled by sunny chatterboxes and littered with their fabulous art collection. One highlight was when a couple of my autograph-hound buddies very kindly pointed out that the mysterious Oscar-nominated neighbor Michael had teased me with was standing right next to us: None other than Nancy Olson of Sunset Boulevard (1950).

What was so shocking about meeting Nancy, who was lovely and very happy to briefly discuss her claim to fame, was that I had days earlier shown the movie to a 19-year-old friend in advance of our seeing the musical. To run into her unexpectedly within the same week was uncanny.

IMG_0759Me with Nancy Olson — no vodka in her drink, BTW

Nancy is 88 and looks spectacular. She warned that she is an old lady before we took our picture (I reassured her by saying I was, too) and said she thinks movies today that play well on the small screen have a leg up at Oscar time since nobody makes the effort to see screenings in theaters. It was a thrill and a half, to be sure.

Screen Shot 2017-02-15 at 4.32.56 PMI'm dying to shoot the guy in the middle!

Also thrilling were the drop-dead beautiful men serving as waiters. Turns out they came from Runway Waiters, which is why they all looked like models. 

The rest of my trip was pretty low-key, but I managed a quick bite (of food) at the Abbey, where I snapped the establishment's #RESIST sign:

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I could probably live in L.A. ...!

 
Sep 30 2016
Gay YouTuber Formally Charged With Faking His Alleged Assault, Vandalizing Vehicle Comments (0)

British YouTube personality Calum McSwiggan, who falsely claimed he had been attacked by three men in WeHo—spinning it as a hate crime—has been formally charged with vandalism and making a false report to a peace officer.

McSwiggin posted to social media about the June 26 incident, which he said occurred outside The Abbey, “With three broken teeth and six stitches in my forehead, I've never felt so terrified to be a gay man in the public eye.”

Police quicky determined he had caused his most serious wound himself, a fact he now admits. He still clings to the debunked claim that he was beaten up, but authorities and witnesses claim he intentionally damaged the mirror and bumper of a car in the lot and then faked the attack in order to implicate the car's owner and two others.

McSwiggan says he resents being called a disagrace to his community. Police say he's a damn liar.

His plea this week: Not guilty.

 
Jun 23 2016
HEAT INDEX — Grindr By Steven Klein + Greg Louganis Raw + Naked Buddies + Jamie Dornan + Joe Taslim + Retro James Caan + Booty Call + Steven Dehler + Calvin Harris + Casting Call! Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2016-06-23 at 12.44.19 PM(Fragment of image by Steven Klein for PAPER)

PAPER POSES: Steven Klein gets seriously horny in “Zero Feet Away” shoot for PAPER.

SIMON DUNN & AUSTIN ARMACOST: Nekkid.

DIVE RIGHT IN: Greg Louganis still has a gold-medal-worthy booty, naked at 56. Plus, Dwayne Wade is THE STUD.

PACKIN' HEAT: Jamie Dornan's jeans tell the tale while he films dumb sequel.

HAPPY B'DAY: Joe Taslim is hot at any age:

PEEK AT HIS PEAK: James Caan in the shower, back in the day.

ASS MAN?: Here, dear.

NOT-SO-PLAIN DEHLER:

 

CALVIN HARRIS: Shirtless selfie.

THINK YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES?:

 
Jun 21 2016
Ground Control To Major Diva: My One-Stop Book Tour With Alaska Thunderf*ck Comments (0)

IMG_6503* copyA Lammy? We're aiming for the National Book Award! (All images in this post courtesy of Matthew Rettenmund)

Uncharacteristically, I haven't written about my recent quick trip to L.A. to promote the book I wrote with Alaska Thunderf*ck (or Thunderfun, as she is called  PEG store for newsletterfor the sake of marketing the book to people still living at home). For some reason, I kept putting other stuff in front of writing this up, maybe because it wound up being an unexpectedly warm-and-fuzzy (if frantic and fleeting) event.

I went out two weekends ago—business class. I've never been in business class, so far as I remember, and found it ultra-comfortable and immediately took it on as my new normal, so that when I fly coach next time it will feel like being evicted from a gated community.

I'd planned to work from the plane, but the WiFi was out, meaning I did nothing but sleep. I wasn't sure what I was doing as far as promo for the book—Alaska Thunderfun and the Inner Space Odyssey—so being well-rested was a step (in a high-heeled shoe) in the right direction.

Working with Alaska had been a breeze. She has an insanely fun creation story that involves intergalactic gender-bending and the early '80s, and she knew pretty much what she wanted me to do, so I simply did it and she offered her input where needed and it was finished. I think it wound up being pretty funny and hopefully will surprise people with its mission of gender fluidity. I think of it as a Choose Your Own Gender book, or like Goosebumps with lovely lady lumps.

IMG_6492* copyJiggy Caliente was on hand to interview the ladies who launch

I stayed in Little Tokyo, which meant I was sick of Japanese food—which I love!—within two meals, but since I was working all day from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m., IMG_6508* copythat really only left me time to eat at offbeat times and squeeze in a couple of meetings with friends I hadn't seen in forever and, of course, to explore my popularity as a new face on the locals' Grindr feeds.

Again, I must thank the parents who continue to raise their young men to have no morals at all.

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The event itself was a lot of fun, once I had a solid handle on what was expected. It was celebrating the opening of the first all-drag retail store at Arts District Co-Op (453 Colyton St., L.A.), where the merch of such drag luminaries as Jinkx Monsoon, Adore Delano, Sharon Needles and—of course—Alaska would be on sale. The space was chic, beautifully designed and 100% conducive to lots of impulse-buying. I was eyeing some Violet Chachki wear, and I'm not even a big fan!

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Jun 15 2016
6-PACK — American Dead In Australia, Toddler Killed By Gator In Orlando + L.A. Pride Lurker Fled Molestation Investigation + Bondi PISSED + Gays For Trump Are Bottoms For Hate + Bieber's Wrath + Gay & Palestinian! Comments (0)

MissingEndicott Ackerman went missing after jumping into a wild well at Bondi Beach earlier this month (Image via Facebook)

*widget boy cultureMissing American found dead in Sydney; search continues for body of toddler dragged into water in Orlando. UPDATE: Toddler's body found.

*widget boy cultureTMZ: Armed L.A. Pride intruder James Howell actually fled Indiana during investigation into whether he molested a 12-year-old girl.

*widget boy cultureFlorida A.G. Pam Bondi is ever-so-POed at AC: “Anderson Cooper is the champion for the LGBT community and he could have been helping people yesterday." He was.

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*widget boy cultureGOProud co-founder Chris Barron: “I have no doubt that Donald Trump would be better [than Hillary Clinton] for LGBT Americans.” Launches Gays for Trump

*widget boy cultureProfessional douchebag Justin Bieber doesn't like gossip site Hollywood Life, so he's trying to Peter Thiel it off the face of the planet using his Baaa-liebers.

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*widget boy cultureCheck out Oriented, a new doc about gay Palestinians hitting DVD and VOD on June 21.

 


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