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May 24 2016
6-PACK — Tutu's Lesbian Daughter Expelled From Church + Pay Attention To Madonna, But Leave Her Alone + Too Late To Apologize? + Joe Jonas On Kissing A Girl + Trans Attack + Iranian Gay Activist! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureArchbishop Desmond Tutu's daughter has been kicked out of her church—for marrying a woman.

*widget boy cultureWe have entered “Leave Madonna Alone” territory with all the hysterical attacks on Madonna's Billboard Music Awards tribute to Prince. Leave Britney alone, too.

*widget boy cultureAustralian state of Victoria apologizing for recent-historical convictions of people for the crime of being gay.

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*widget boy cultureJoe Jonas gushes about his prolonged kissing scenes with Ashley Graham in DNCE's new “Toothbrush” video.

*widget boy cultureBrooklyn trans woman comes forward with details of attack at the hands of a gang of men: “I was just trying to get away ...”

*widget boy cultureIranian gay activist thriving in Canada: “When people are attacking you a lot, it shows you are on the right track. If I wanted to give in ... I would have stayed in Iran.”

 
May 23 2016
Feeling The Burn: A One-Night Stand With Carol Burnett Comments (0)

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Months ago, I bought my mom and I tickets to see Carol Burnett's latest show, a traveling Q&A about her life and career aimed at plugging her upcoming book, In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox (Crown Archetype, September 2016). It was as much a gift to myself as it was to her, and the event ensured I'd visit more than just at Christmas for a change.

Having parted with my original tickets (to my good buddy Shaun and his partner and a mutual friend) in favor of reasonably priced front-row (!) seats, we sat waiting for Carol to emerge, just like we had waited for her show to begin each week over 40 years ago. This time, we were side-by-side. Back then, I was usually at the end of my parents' bed, or even hidden at the foot of it (if I wasn't supposed to be up), where I would sometimes fall asleep and trip my dad in the middle of the night.

I once wrote Carol to tell her it was her fault I didn't have more brothers and sisters, because my parents were too engrossed in her show. I also wrote her to ask her to contribute a one-word description of Madonna for my Encyclopedia Madonnica 20, a request you might think someone of her generation would ignore or even find annoying. Instead, Carol was the very first star to reply—with a handwritten note, no less. Her word? TALENTED!, with the exclamation point.

Now, waiting for Carol to come on, the man we sat next to kept asking me, “Are you excited?” I think he was using me to talk to himself. He also wanted to compare ticket prices, as older men love to do.

What I paid was more than worth it.

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Madonna Responds To Haters Of Her Heartfelt Prince Tribute Comments (0)

Her response shouldn't even be required—isn't it obvious that the Billboard Music Awards isn't going to define Prince's legacy with one sweet, simple tribute to the man?

 
Madonna & Stevie Wonder Pay Homage To Prince @ The Billboard Music Awards Comments (0)

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I didn't have high hopes for Madonna's tribute to Prince on Sunday's Billboard Music Awards, but I was pleasantly surprised—she took on the very big song “Nothing Compares 2 U,” sounded great, looked great (and appropriate, in her purple paisley suit by Gucci's Alessandro Michele, who said, “It's more than a performance, it's a real act of love.”), and overall seemed very much in awe of Prince rather than making the tribute an act of ego. Anyone who thought she didn't sound good, I guess she's never sounded good, then, and is not for them. Anyone objecting to her daring to pay tribute to her peer and ex needs to find a hobby.

The inclusion of Stevie Wonder was a surprise, but I'm glad he was with her on “Purple Rain”—their voices blended nicely and I don't think she'd have done as well solo on that one.

It seemed heartfelt and unpretentious, not at all like it was attempting to put itself forth as the be-all, end-all, definitive Prince tribute.

Grotesquely, BET immediately tweeted an ad for its own awards show, touting a Prince tribute with the phrase, “Yeah, we saw that. Don't worry. We Got You.”

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Nothing like a naked attempt to stir up racial resentment (like that puny Change.org petition had tried to do) and to commercialize Prince's death and legacy.

 
May 22 2016
6-PACK — ATTITUDE's Trans Knockout! + Spacey As Clinton Lays Into Trump + Trump's Supremely Unqualified SCOTUS Pick + Cher's 70th + Still More Prince-Tribute Drama + Help Fund This Gay Movie! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureKNOCKOUT! Trans model Laith Ashley covers Attitude with a Speedo and a thrown punch.

*widget boy cultureKevin Spacey impersonates Bill Clinton, roasts Trump at amfAR Cannes event: “Foreign films contain 2 things Donald Trump hates the most: foreigners & reading.”

*widget boy cultureOne of Trump's Supreme Court hopefuls (Work Unfriendly) has a nudie past, thinks people have no right to sex outside wedlock, is rumored to be a Karl Rove plant.

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*widget boy cultureCher turned 70 this weekend. She was touched by all her fans' messages of love and support.

*widget boy cultureLinda Perry inadvertently shaded various Paisley Park artists, especially Sheila E., while explaining Billboard's bottom line in asking Madonna to salute Prince. 

*widget boy cultureYour chance to help a film about an AIDS activist falling in love (starring Alan Cumming, Wilson Cruz, Zachary Booth) is waiting here!

 
May 18 2016
Because The Internet Exists, A BILLBOARD Music Awards Producer Had To Defend Choosing Madonna To Salute Prince Comments (0)

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Executive producer Mark Bracco has gone on the record defending the show's choice of Madonna as the appropriate artist to pay tribute to Prince.

The choice was sparked by Madonna's interest in doing it in the first place:

Honestly, her team gave a call and inquired about what we might be thinking about and it led to many conversations about what would she want to do and how would we want to shape it creatively. And after everyone (got) comfortable with exactly what the direction was, we all collectively wanted to go into Madonna, that she would do this and she has been very, very involved in how this will all unfold creatively.

He also hinted at the tone of the performance, which sounds more like “Kiss” spiked with “Love Song” than, for example, “Erotic City”:

It's going to be very, very intimate and very respectful, and I think it's something that is really going to pay tribute to Prince as the incredible, groundbreaking artist that he was and the influence that he had on music.

The show airs live at 8 p.m. ET this Sunday on ABC.

 
May 16 2016
6-PACK — Several Major Stars Are Extra-GLAAD This Weekend + REBEL HEART TOUR DVD Coming! + Meet The Only Person Alive Born In The 1800s + Swan Song For Singer + Trump & Putin Pucker Up + NIGHT OF 1,000 STEVIES! Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2016-05-15 at 5.09.15 PMWWE superstahhhh Darren Young @ the GLAAD Awards (Image by Dimitrious Kambouris/Getty Images for GLAAD)

*widget boy cultureRobert De Niro, Mariah Carey, Caitlyn Jenner, Diane Sawyer and Tangerine among big winners at latest GLAAD Awards in NYC.

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*widget boy cultureMadonna's Rebel Heart Tour is coming to DVD ... and CD ... and Blu-ray ... and wait, what other formats can she sell? News here!

*widget boy cultureWith the death of American Susannah Mushatt Jones, Emma Morano of Italy, 116, is the last human being on earth to have been born in the 1800s.

*widget boy cultureSinger Julius La Rosa, who was infamously fired live on the air by Arthur Godfrey, dies at 86.

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*widget boy cultureWhen Brezhnev & Honecker kissed in a painting, it felt subversive. Now that Trump & Putin are sucking face, it feels like, “Gay is the worst insult the artist could come up with?”

*widget boy cultureI can't blame Stevie Nicks for staying far away from Night of a Thousand Stevies ... but it sure is fun to read about it.

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May 14 2016
6-PACK — Nico Tortorella Smorgasbord + Inside Jellybean's Fun House + Madonna Not Good Enough For Prince? + Nyle DiMarco Good Enough For Anybody + Anti-Gay Priest Seeks D + Coming Out As Brand-Disloyal! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureBecause there's no better use of your time than ogling a fat Nico Tortorella gallery.

*widget boy cultureFUN HOUSE MEMORIES: A wildly entertaining look back at the NYC club scene, courtesy of Jellybean Benitez.

*widget boy cultureSome are angry that Madonna will be allowed to perform a tribute to Prince at the Billboard Music Awards, like it's the Kennedy Center Honors and will define his legacy.

*widget boy cultureNyle DiMarco is proud of his post-Dancing with the Stars workout physique: 

*widget boy cultureWell-known homophobic Irish priest Rory Coyle caught sexting on Grindr. He “kept wanting to come to my mum’s house for sex with me while she was at work.”

*widget boy cultureA new car ad plays on the familiar dynamics of a coming-out speech: Progress, or trivialization? Decide after the jump ...

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