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Jun 13 2016
6-PACK/orlando — McConnell's Tone-Deaf Call For Silence + Trump Accuses Obama Of Terrorist Sympathies + Shooter Facebook-Friended Gay Club Owner, Cased Disney + Remember The UpStairs Lounge + MORE Comments (0)

The #Senate will hold a moment of silence at 4:00 PM this afternoon to honor the victims of the #Orlando tragedy.

*widget boy cultureLaughably, pro-gun, anti-LGBT Mitch McConnell directs moment of silence in Congress—best reply: “y'all BEEN silent.”

*widget boy cultureTrump implies Obama is in cahoots with terrorists. White House: Obama's record “includes a lot of dead terrorists.”

*widget boy cultureOmar Mateen allegedly sent Facebook friend request to owner of another Orlando gay bar. 2nd wife claims he cased Walt Disney World. Mom once arrested!

*widget boy cultureDavid Mixner invokes terrible memory of UpStairs Lounge (32 burned alive in '73) in piece on tragedy at Pulse, knocks Republican gay-baiting.

*widget boy cultureTMZ grabs UFC superstar Daniel Cormie, who tells LGBT people: “The entire world is behind you and we'll get through this together.”

*widget boy cultureT-shirt being sold to raise money on behalf of the victims and survivors of Pulse.

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Orlando Mass Shooting Links Comments (0)

0612-omar-mateen-picture-4Omar Mateen, the man who took 59 lives at Pulse gay nightclub (Image via Facebook)

In case you missed any of my updates on the horrific mass shooting in Orlando at the gay club Pulse—officially the worst in U.S history—please check out these links, and feel free to share this post to spread info and keep this story alive. The fact that LGBT people were targeted needs to be underscored.


(1) Hillary's vs. Trump's statements on shooting — STARK CONTRAST

(2) Shooter pledged loyalty to Islamic State, IS claims responsibility —TERROR MINDGAMES

(3) Send $$$—not just prayers—to Orlando victims' families — DONATE

(4) WeHo & Manhattan mourn for Orlando — SOLIDARITY

(5) Orlando shooter's ex-wife Sitora Yusifiy speaks — HE WAS MENTALLY ILL

(6) TV commentators refuse to categorize Pulse shooting as specifically anti-gay — MADDENING

(7) Shocked by same-sex kisses? — MADONNA IN-YER-FACE

(8) Trump calls on Obama to resign — DELETE YOUR ACCOUNT

(9) National groups, figures react to shooting — OUTRAGE

(10) Orlando gay actor recalls Pulse — HEARTBREAKING


Outpouring Of Support For Orlando From Other Cities Comments (0)

The scene in WeHo on Sunday:

In Manhattan, hundreds spontaneously gathered outside the Stonewall Inn to remember the victims of Omar Mateen who died at Pulse in Orlando Sunday morning.

Via Joe.My.God.:

Along the edges of crowd about two dozen heavily armed members of NYPD stood stoically but on alert as television crews conducted interviews with passersby, many of whom spoke furiously through tears. At one point, led by an group unseen to me in the middle of the crowd, attendees erupted in a singalong of Over The Rainbow. As the song ended a small child’s voice wafted over the square: “STOP THE HATE!” And then, for the first time, you saw smiles.

Please feel free to send me any images or notes about things happening in your area.

Jun 12 2016
Police: James Howell, 20, Of Indiana Sought To HARM L.A. Pride Comments (0)

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Police have confirmed the man arrested overnight in Santa Monica with a cache of weapons admitted he wanted to “harm” L.A. Pride, one of the nation's largest Gay Pride Parades.

Twenty-year-old James Howell, an Indiana resident, was picked up after reports of a prowler in the area. He readily admitted to police he was in town for Pride. Police found guns, ammo and possible explosive material.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a news conference that was no link between this thwarted plot and the terror-linked mass murder of patrons at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

All-Out Assault On Gay Pride?: Man Arrested In L.A. With Weapons Was IN TOWN FOR GAY PRIDE Comments (0)

“No one is equal unless everyone is equal.”—WeHo City Councilwoman Lindsey Horvath

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that a man stopped after reports of a prowler, and who said he was in town for the Gay Pride Parade, has been arrested for possessing assault weapons, ammunition and possible explosives:

Early Sunday, there was a call to Santa Monica police of a suspected prowler near Olympic Boulevard and 11th Street. Patrol officers responded and encountered an individual who told officers he was waiting for a friend. That led officers to inspect the car and find several weapons and a lot of ammunition as well as tannerite, an ingredient that could be used to create a pipe bomb.

The car had Indiana plates. The man made comments that he was in town for the Pride event in West Hollywood this weekend. Sources said they did not know of any connection between the gay nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla., early Sunday morning and the Santa Monica incident, and the investigation has been taken over by the FBI.

A city official in West Hollywood also confirmed the arrest and stressed that officials were beefing up security at the gay pride event.

“They found him with weapons that were very disconcerting," said the source, adding officials are "taking the appropriate safety precautions.”

Stay safe this year. I'll see all you LGBT people and LGBT supporters at NYC Pride.

May 25 2016
6-PACK —Oscar Isaac Urged To Show Leg + The Abbey Is Aging Out Of Twinkdom + Long Actor Strips In Short + Padres DJ Wasn't Anti-Gay + P-Town Attractions + Rita Moreno Raps! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureShould the next Star Wars poster make use of Oscar Isaac's scrumptiousness?

*widget boy cultureLegendary WeHo gay bar The Abbey is 25, the perfect age to be preyed upon by the likes of me. Owner David Cooley thanks supporters.

*widget boy cultureActor Benoît Michel gets very, very nude in a short film. (Work Unfriendly)

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*widget boy cultureFired Padres DJ apparently meant no anti-gay harm toward San Diego Gay Men's Chorus, who want him re-hired. UPDATE: Re-hired.

*widget boy cultureSteve Grand, Bianca Del Rio, Kristin Chenoweth, Rita Moreno (!) and more are invading P-Town this summer.

*widget boy cultureSpeaking of Rita, I missed her highly entertaining Berklee School of Music commencement speech and rap earlier this month:

May 24 2016
Starring Lena Halls: Actress Takes On Both Hedwig & Yitzhak! Comments (0)

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Tony winner Lena Hall will reprise her role as Yitzhak in Hedwig and the Angry Inch in San Francisco and L.A.—but she will also play Hedwig for one performance a week, marking the first time anyone has played both.

She says:

I’m thrilled to be returning to Hedwig and the Angry Inch, performing not one, but two iconic roles in Los Angeles and my hometown of San Francisco. I have never been one to shy away from a challenge and playing Hedwig has always been a dream of mine. To be able to play both Yitzhak and Hedwig in the same day presents one of the biggest challenges I have seen to date and I’m so excited! Not only will I get to share the stage with my fellow San Francisco native and friend Darren Criss; but I will also get a chance to begin my own journey as the glam rock heroine Hedwig. To tell her story in my hometown and in Los Angeles is the greatest homecoming I can think of, and I am looking forward to sharing this journey with my friends, family and Hedheads.

Hall will appear as Hedwig in: San Francisco, Sunday, October 9 at 7:00 pm; Wednesday, October 12 at 8:00 pm; Wednesday, October 19 at 8:00 pm; and Wednesday, October 26 at 8:00 pm; and in: Los Angeles, Sunday, November 6 at 6:30 pm; Sunday, November 13 at 6:30 pm; Sunday, November 20 at 6:30 pm; and Friday, November 25 at 8:00 pm.

May 09 2016
Jewel's Catch One Founder Announced As LA Pride Grand Marshal Comments (0)

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LGBTQ pioneer Jewel Thais-Williams has been announced as grand marshal of LA Pride.

From a release:

As the owner of the historic Catch One Disco, one of the most iconic Black gay discos in the world, Jewel Thais-Williams helped create a safe haven for many of the LGBTQ community for over 40 years. Not only was The Catch a place where one could find some of the biggest names in entertainment, like Sammy Davis Jr., Chaka Khan, Sylvester, Weather Girls, and Rick James, it also served as a community center for the Black LGBTQ community in Los Angeles. Her work with those affected by HIV/AIDS has steadily continued through the years. In the realm of community service, she also co-founded the Minority AIDS Project, which aims to help those affected by the disease in the African-American and Hispanic communities. Jewel served as a Board member of the AIDS Project Los Angeles and has made significant strides in helping women affected by AIDS by co-founding Rue’s House. Rue’s House was the first housing facility for women with AIDS giving much-needed services and shelter for women and their children in the United States.

“I am humbled by my selection as the Grand Marshal for this years LA PRIDE Parade. Many years ago we collaborated with another club and a florist company to become the first representing people of color in the parade. What an honor it is for me to lead the parade, pause for a minute to acknowledge the unity we have come to cherish in the community,” said Jewel Thais-Williams.

The parade, the centerpiece of the 46th LA Pride, happens June 12. 


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