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Jan 21 2017
Madonna Leads Women's March In Rousing Renditions Of EXPRESS YOURSELF, HUMAN NATURE, Suggests: DONALD TRUMP, SUCK A DICK! Comments (0)

Madonna just made an electrifying appearance at the Women's March on Washington, at which she read a fiery speech with a special message for detractors who believe the march will amount to nothing: “Fuck you. Fuck you.”

She's also likely to make headlines for admitting she's fantasized about “blowing up the White House” (I guiltily agree) but that she has decided to stick with love.

She sang “Express Yourself” and “Human Nature” (a great rendition of the latter, finally) with zero vocal assistance on a cold day in the middle of a million people (take note, Mariah!).

In the latter, Madonna led the crowd in a chant of “I'm not your bitch! Don't hang your shit”! and ad-libbed, “Donald Trump, suck a dick!”

Truth to power — this is what a true gay diva, and a true icon is, a woman not afraid to speak up for her fanbase, and for her own gender.

I used to mock the idea of Madonna as president, but man, I would feel a lot safer with her in these days.

 
Jan 20 2017
Concert For America Brings Out Chita Rivera, Ben Vereen, Bebe Neuwirth, Brian Stokes Mitchell & More Comments (0)

DSC01473Ben Vereen gave it all he had!

Concert for America — the brainchild of Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley — was staged at Town Hall on W. 43rd St. in NYC today, attracting numerous big-time Broadway stahhhs to raise cash for progressive orgs (the NAACP, the Sierra Club, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Planned Parenthood and the National Immigration Law Center).

The concert was streamed live on numerous high-profile platforms (People Magazine, among them), and will air once more at Concert4America2017.org on Sunday night at 9 p.m. ET.

Highlights:

Kelli O'Hara beautifully belted out “A Cock-Eyed Optimist” from South Pacific, setting the theme as that of: HOPE.

Next, everyone involved with the show sang a massive “What the World Needs Now Is Love” by Hal David and Burt Bacharach, and the lineup included: Chita Rivera, Betty Buckley, Ben Vereen, Billy Porter, Bebe Neuwirth, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kelli O'Hara, Alice Ripley, Stephanie Mills, Lillias White, Charles Bush, Brian d'Arcy James, Marty Thomas and many more.

If you buy the tune on iTunes, the money goes to the Orlando GLBT Center and The Trevor Project, 50/50.

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Rosie Perez offered a hilarious personal story about not choosing poverty and not hating all nuns. She introduced living legend Chita Rivera, who sang “America” from West Side Story, still moving with ease and offering high kicks at 83. She admitted she was blown away that the musical's original cast recording is 60 years old, marveling aloud that she's still running around “like a 35-year-old.” Screen Shot 2017-01-20 at 9.52.49 PM

Kate Mulgrew introduced the electrifying Betty Buckley (pictured; video still via Concert for America), who sang the hell out of the Kate Bush/Peter Gabriel song “Don't Give Up” that was utterly heart-tugging.

Judy Gold's comedic interlude was a nice opportunity laugh ahead of Jessie Mueller's “Beautiful.” Speaking of which, Billy Porter's new single “Edelweiss” could have been written to cheer up the I'm Still With Her crowd.

I found Caroline Rhea to be hysterical. It was a shocker when she said that she, like Mariah Carey, looks fat no matter how thin she gets, but maybe it was a welcome flash of teeth with everyone preaching about loving our enemies.

I think my musical highlight was actually ageless Stephanie Mills serving up 1980s “Never Knew Love Like This Before.” She's sung it a million times, but it sounded as fresh as she looks.

The president of the NAACP gave a fiery speech that got one of the evening's standing Os, leading into Brian Stokes Mitchell blowing everyone's minds with “America the Beautiful” and “Wheels of a Dream.” It was such a preach moment. Rivera returned to the stage to announce that the performances had “destroyed” her. She got angry speaking about Trump's abandoment (already!) of all arts and humanities funding.

Though I'd have been intimidated to follow even a spoken-word segment by Rivera, Carrie Manolakos followed up with an aggresive passive and pretty “Hallelujah.”

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Sharon Gless was a fun surprise — even she admitted she isn't a Broadway person... “yet!” I've loved her since her short-lived series Turnabout. She told a fascinating story about her work on the TV series House Calls. A decent hit back in the day, the show had starred Lynn Redgrave and Wayne Rogers, in that order, until Redgrave asked to nurse her baby on the set and asked to be paid as much as Rogers. For that, she was fired, and they replaced her with Gless, who asserted that she was the last-ever contract player in Hollywood. Gless knew she was a cheap replacement and was mortified, but had little choice. She reported that upon meeting Rogers, he gloated that he could have saved Redgrave's job had he wanted to. Okay then! 

After the show wrapped, Gless threw a party for the cast and secretly called Redgrave to come to the party and pretend to get into a fight with her to psych out the cast, which they did, scaring the hell out of the cast. Then they made nice and everyone died.

Funny story, and also an infuriating story. That icky male chauvinist Wayne Rogers, formerly of M*A*S*H, died a year ago on NYE after being a glib Fox News guest for years. Wish I'd been there to get Sharon's autograph. Her segment bled into a quartet of vocalists spitting out “I'm a Woman,” including Shayna Steele. Interestingly, it's kind of a regressive song if taken literally, yet is infused with a clear, early feminist vein.

Died laughing at manic comic Michelle Collins — I'd never heard of her, but she was pretty out-there and had me giggling. Piper Perabo was there on behalf of the Sierra Club, sounding very serious about nature. Judy Kuhn revived her “The Colors of the Wind,” a song inspired by the group's mission.

Bebe Neuwirth was too shaken up to say much beyond offering several quotes on the topic of carrying on, but she was able to intro Ben Vereen. The trouper brought down the house singing “What a Wonderful World” and leading Wesley, d'Arcy James and the cast in a spirited rendition of “Let the Sunshine In” — a song he sang in the original production of Hair.

Watch the full show below (if it's still up). If you missed it, take heart — there are plans for a similar get-together MONTHLY ...

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Jan 18 2017
Teri Hatcher & Co. Cover The Weather Girls — No, Really! Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2017-01-18 at 10.42.06 PMThis production number is two tons of dumb! (Video still via ABC)

Yes, I remember the Titanic and the Andrea Doria, but I think this white-ized, staccato rendition of “It's Raining Men” (featuring Teri Hatcher!) from an '80s Love Boat is the worst thing to ever happen at sea ...

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6-PACK — (Even Gay) Cops Banned From Toronto Pride + Tony Orlando To Tie A Golden Ribbon 'Round The Oak Old Tree + But The Pants Stay Off + Gaga's Gag Order + IMMACULATE Collector's Item + Trump's Wildly Anti-Gay SCOTUS Pick! Comments (0)

WIDGETIn a highly controversial decision, Toronto Pride will ban police groups from marching, meeting Black Lives Matter demands. Reaction is racially charged.

WIDGETTony Orlando is now dead to me, although admittedly soon to be dead to everyone.

WIDGETThe guy you see below drops his pants here. (Work Unfriendly)

Screen Shot 2017-01-18 at 11.59.43 AM(Image via Andrew Biernat)

WIDGETLady Gaga has been told not to talk politics — or bring up Donald Trump, specifically — during her Super Bowl halftime performance.

Madonna_ic-480x479Romeo & Juliet, they never bought this vinyl set. (Image via Rhino)

WIDGETFaboosh new vinyl set is available soon for Madonna's The Immaculate Collection.

WIDGETHey, LGBTQ Trump supporters — how will you feel when he nominates a frothy-mouthed anti-gay zealot to SCOTUS?

 
Jan 16 2017
You Belong With Her Comments (0)

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This will creep you right out ...

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Questionable Behavior Comments (0)

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For his first music video in three years, Jonny McGovern has some extremely adult “Gay Questions” for y'all ...

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Jan 15 2017
He Can't Help Letting The Door Hit His Ass On The Way Out: In Emotional Vid, Bryan Hawn's Booty (Sorta) Retires From YouTube Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2017-01-15 at 1.53.33 PM(Video still via Bryan Hawn)

As you all know, I'm pals with Bryan Hawn, whose ass-tastic videos I frequently post here. I find him to be a charming, smart guy with a great sense of humor about himself, as well as an adorable guy with a crazy body. What a combo! Boy Culture “boyfriend” material.

Sadly, even though his videos have been making a great living for him, his end has come to the end of the run (and my endless puns are also looking instantly depletion). However, only his ass will be disappearing.

Wait, what???

Please watch his long, deeply personal good-bye video as he announces his decision to leave YouTube. It will give you a whole new perspective — maybe even make you think of him as a person for the first time. Forty minutes, but worth it.

Showing that in spite of his emotional video he still has his trademark goofy humor (and showing how loyal he is), Bryan lovingly concludes his video with a special thank you from his ass to ours:

Dear Youtube, We have been through so much together. I will always have a special place for you deep inside my heart. I can’t express the joy I have felt on this journey will all of you. It has been an amazing ride. I never knew I could take things to this big of a level. Because of your explosive support, I now have my own exciting channel where I can be seen on a paid platform. But sadly, I have to say goodbye to my public audience who has stuck with me in the stiffest of times. I will miss every single one of your faces, but you can always come visit me on my new platform BryanHawnRED. I would like to thank every blog and magazine that has shared my work including Boy Culture, Instinct Magazine & DNA Magazine that have posted almost every single one of my videos. And every person across the world that has shared, liked, favorited, and talked about my videos. I will love you forever.

If you're ass-dicted to him, he's still available at YouTube Red, which is the only place on the platform where he can show off his body in the ways his fans have come to expect ...

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Jan 14 2017
And I Am Telling You — With Relief — She's Not Going To Sing For Trump! Comments (0)

I was appalled, as were many of you, when gay icon and Broadway legend Jennifer Holliday was announced as one of the singers for a welcome party during Trump's inauguration, along with right-wing tools 3 Doors Down and Lee Greenwood, and conservaDem Toby Keith (who famously shamed the Dixie Chicks for speaking out against Bush).

Wig jokes and jabs about paying the rent commenced.

Then came word she had not officially accepted.

Relief!

Then came that infuriating series of quotes from Holliday, in which she framed her performance as “freedom of speech” and said she had “no dog in the race.”

More wig jokes, has-been comments, worse.

Now, Holliday has finally come around. She is not performing. And though I find her initial ignorance shocking and her initial pushback galling, I think her apologetic letter is humble and sincere — even if it's odd to me that it took her allegiance to all LGBTQ people and not her allegiance to all people of color and/or all women to make the difference; she made up her mind after reading a Daily Beast story on how heartbreaking her announced performance was for LGBTQ fans.

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She ended her note with: “Thank you for communicating with me, I had no idea that I still meant so much to all of you. Thank you for your posted comments both the good supportive ones as well as the ugly hurtful ones.“

Read Holliday's long, long explanation to The Wrap after the jump ...

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