Above: When you're jealous of a block of ice.
Above: When you're jealous of a block of ice.
Above: Reminder that gay men can be feminists, too.
Below: Keep reading for the BBC debate, a West Point gay wedding, Pence's anti-gay lies, Franco called out, Stormy Daniels gets her tits out, some VPL, a gay actor in a Biblical show, Louisiana gay history, more on Blaze Bernstein's accused killer, Troye Sivan rocking out and happy 20th to Tipping the Velvet ...
Tennis fan Kenneth Walsh turns in a much more nuanced review of Battle of the Sexes, the Billie Jean King/Bobby Riggs film I raved about this week. (He liked it a lot, too.)
Walsh examines the film's choice to leave out the part of King's affair with Marilyn Barnett where Barnett became a paraplegic while living in Mr. and Mrs. King's home and sued Billie Jean for palimony, effectively outing her in '81. (She would not acknowledge she is a lesbian until 1998.)
There is a lot to the story the film doesn't (can't? possibly shouldn't?) contain, but at the very least, an epilogue would've been appropriate. Keep reading for this and more of the hottest links of the day on...
I caught Robert L. Camina's thorough, compassionate Upstairs Inferno this past week, as gut-wrenching a film as you'd ever want to see.
A documentary on the tragic fire that claimed 32 lives at the gay bar the Upstairs Lounge in New Orleans in 1973, the film is a valuable record of an event many people — even LGBTQ people — have no idea ever happened.
The fire tore through the popular gay watering hole, which also served as a nexus for the gay-affirming Metropolitan Community Church, killing dozens in a matter of minutes thanks to its fire-friendly decor and barred windows. One enduring image from the blaze is a news photo of the upper part of a gay pastor's body wedged between the bars of one window, where he died desperately trying to escape.
Over 20 bodies were found stacked by the windows, while others never had a moment to budge from where they stood. Still others died in the hospital in the days following the fire.
Sadly, the fire was almost certainly caused by a gay man angry that he'd been kicked out of the establishment. Sadly and sickeningly, he was never questioned by police and not long after committed suicide, reportedly at odds with being gay — and no doubt wracked with guilt over doing something he couldn't have imagined would end so horrifically.
Mike Yenni has the nuts to sit with his pregnant wife and for them to blame the media over his teen sexting scandal.
Closeted Mike Yenni's accuser, Alex Daigle, was “warning about older men in power preying upon teenage boys.”
Walter Scott was basically executed by a cop, but one juror simply couldn't find a cop guilty. Mistrial.
Character actor Peter Vaughan dies @ 93 following 75-year career, mostly recently on Game of Thrones.
VIDEO: Married parish prez Mike Yenni admits to sexting 17-year-old guy, asks to keep job.
Former Miss Utah—an unlikely state where Hillary is surging—recalls “gross” unwanted kisses from Trump.
If Hillary sexually harassed men like Trump sexually harasses women ...
Miss Teen USA 2010 says she was told Trump “doesn't like black people.”
To win the title in almost a decade - I was forewarned prior to meeting him that, "Mr. Trump doesn't like black people. So don't take it..."— Kamie Crawford (@TheRealKamie) October 12, 2016
My dirty Tumblr is particularly filthy lately. (Work Unfriendly — A Lot)
I remember when gay people used to have their eye on the ball, but now they just have their eye on the balls.
Why can't you do both—be sexual and also be capable of seeing the big picture, politically, when it comes to who our friends and enemies are?
This comes up after reading the comments on Queerty's post about Mike Yenni, a Republican, married Louisiana Parish President who has been accused of sexting with a 17-year-old boy, meeting him in a mall bathroom stall to give him sexy underwear and make out, and suggesting to him that they have a three-way with a 19-year-old.
Instead of laughing or being angry at the man's hypocrisy, most of the comments are either distracted by how HOT this DADDY is (I know Tom of Finland sexualized Nazis, but sheesh), or by how this is all none of our business (because 17 is the age of consent there).
Excuse me, but it is our business. The guy is an elected official who has pledged allegiance to the Republican Party. Read their platform on gay issues, please. Family values as a phrase has been used as a cudgel against LGBTQ people for decades, and this guy, hiding in the closet, is banging teenage boys while he's giving the appearance of being Mr. Straight-and-Narrow, and while his Party is pursuing aggressively anti-LGBTQ laws and measures.
Some have said he hasn't voted on anti-LGBTQ measures. So? He's a Republican—that was his blanket vote against us.
Also, removing the politics from it, how can these people not accept that a public figure's personal sexual conduct is, in fact, of interest? Are we not in the midst of hearing all about Bill Clinton's many infidelities all over again, and Trump's? There is a salacious desire to know, and when the conduct is occurring from someone claiming to be against that sort of thing, it's all the more newsworthy.
Jesus Christ, it's now to the point where gay people are so turned on by sexual situations they can't be disgusted by the hypocrisy of a guy like Mike Yenni? We're actually arguing for his privacy while his Party argues against the right of a trans person to take a piss?!