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May 30 2016
Remembering My Grandfather, Owen Toole, On Memorial Day Comments (0)

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It's a picture of a picture, but pretty clear—a shot of my grandpa, Owen Toole, when he was in CCC camp prior to his service in WWII. He was an industrious guy, but definitely had to deal with the psychological effects of his service, including seeing action in a tank. He wound up cooking, and that became his vocation and his career—and man, was he ever good at it.

Happy Memorial Day.

 
May 29 2016
Embedded In RuPAUL'S DRAG RACE: BATTLE OF THE SEASONS! Comments (0)
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(All images in this post by Matthew Rettenmund, unless otherwise noted) 

I've watched every season of RuPaul's Drag Race, I've done drag as Samantha Fox and I just co-wrote a book with none other than Alaska, so count me in when another RuPaul's Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons event hits NYC.

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This past week's extravaganza was a blast! I was able to do the VIP meet-and-greet hour, where I shot all the girls—Manila Luzon, Miss Fame, Sharon Needles, Katya, Jinkx Monsoon, Violet Chachki, Adore Delano, Ginger Minj and Alaska herself—and then even managed to work my way backstage for some quality time with the low-lifes in high heels.

IMG_6278The merch available was incredible.

Screen Shot 2016-05-29 at 12.28.20 AMThe Ru queens attract more female than male fans. Discuss.

IMG_6348Alaska's necklace really got into the groove.

IMG_6346Purr-fect Adore Delano

IMG_6300Bettie Page-ing Violet Chachki! Bettie Page-ing Violet Chachki!

IMG_6373A fan, in the pink

IMG_6311She skipped her hometown (Atlanta) show because Katya wasn't in it, instead hopping on a plane to NYC!

IMG_6287BeatenFaceTime with Courtney Act

IMG_6291America knows good drag queens when they see them. Here, actual girls give drag a woman's touch.

IMG_6321The Miss Fame game

IMG_6352Who killed Marilyn Monroe? Ask her! Sharon Needles serves old-time glamour.

IMG_6310Ginger Minj goes blonde. Does the carpet match the drapes? Honey, what about that curtain rod?

IMG_6377Katya, in the act

IMG_6390Jinkx Monsoon season

IMG_6331It takes two, it takes two ... Michelle Visage and friends

IMG_6362With so much feminine beauty around, I still couldn't help noticing the boy of anyone's dreams.

IMG_6423This one also would not have to sashay away.

Screen Shot 2016-05-29 at 12.58.50 AMEven Bianca was “there.” I could only think of this book cover. (Book cover via Simon & Schuster)

Backstage was a hoot. Or a hooter.

Sharon was friendly as could be, and embracing a far less Goth look, one of which Eve Arden would approve.

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May 25 2016
Gay Date-Night Picks Comments (0)

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Ah! So nice of Pride.com to include Boy Culture in its list of great gay date-night picks.

 
May 24 2016
Alaska's New Video Is A Hole 'Nother Level Comments (0)

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Alaska is serving “Anus,” and don't you dare send it back to the kitchen!

Keep reading for the video, and buy the book I wrote with her here ...

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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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May 22 2016
6-PACK — The $80K Gay Kiss + Military Meat + Hillary Dwarfs Trump + LGBT History In The Making In Dallas + Zimmerman's Gun Auction Slays + TSA Report! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureLesbians wrongfully arrested for kissing in Honolulu have settled their lawsuit for $80K.

*widget boy cultureInsanely adorable military dude! Also, this tall, lean looker ain't half bad, either.

*widget boy cultureHillary Clinton's campaign infrastructure is 10X the size of Tiny Hands Trump's. Let's hope it helps.

 Hillary Clinton will start with a huge infrastructure advantage over Trump https://t.co/VyKK8da9Zh | AP Photo pic.twitter.com/L1x96tVz6l

*widget boy cultureCheck out the new Resource Center for LGBT people in Dallas, located in landmark building.

*widget boy cultureGeorge Zimmerman sells gun he used to murder Travyon Martin for $250,000.

*widget boy cultureMy experience at O'Hare with the TSA on Saturday: Insanely long lines, but I did get through quickly:

 
May 09 2016
Sickeningly Loyal Comments (0)

Great support for my novel with Alaska. Check it out here!

 
Apr 22 2016
The Bald & The Beautiful Comments (0)
Above, will Rogaine's logo turn up on NBA uniforms?

Growing up, the bald guys in my family were my grandfather on my mom's side, and his son, my uncle. Nobody else.

Still, always hearing rumors that baldness strikes on your mom's side worried me, probably a bit too much. Screen Shot 2016-04-22 at 5.02.33 PMIt was, after all, the '80s, and hair was everything. My own hair was fine as corn silk, but nice 'n' thick, and I spent many years torturing it with a layer of gel, a blow-dry, more gel and a sheen of hairspray. It did not move.

In the '90s, I transitioned to a Leonardo DiCaprio look before reverting to the style I've had, more or less, for over 15 years—short, spiked.

For years, I noticed a spot on my crown (is that baldness? am I going bald?) that seemed to grow slowly. Probably 10 years ago, a pic I posted on a social site that obscured my ID but showed my head received a charming reply from one anonymous perv, who couldn't resist knocking my “vaguely balding pate.”

What???

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