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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.

Rs_600x600-160519084210-600.Joe-Jonas-FB-051916Joe & Ashley (Video still via Republic Records)

*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 21 2016
So, We're Meeting Where??? Comments (0)

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May 17 2016
A Very Happy Birthday Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2016-05-17 at 5.06.00 PMMs. LuPone kicked things off with a stirring rendition of “I Was Here.” (All images by Matthew Rettenmund)

I could never do justice in describing the private birthday celebration for producer Ben Rimalower's 40th. I showed up expecting some of his friends would sing and it turned out to be a three-hour concert—each performer singing something amazing—including Patti LuPone, Alan Cumming and many Broadway and Off-Broadway notables.

DSC06904Cumming's X-rated ditty was a highlight.

I felt unworthy!

DSC06910Adorable Paul Iacono punctuated his number with a remembrance of working with Ben.

After the jump, a taste of Alan and Patti. I didn't want to be piggish and film too much ...

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Bob The Queen Of Drag Queens: RuPAUL'S DRAG RACE Season 8 Winner Crowned Comments (0)
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(Images in the gallery above by Matthew Rettenmund)

Last night, Bob the Drag Queen was crowned the America's next drag superstar at the end of the the Season 8 finale of RuPaul's Drag Race, walking away—in heels—with the $100,000 prize.

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*IMG_6114Bob has an eye for the boys (All images in this post by Matthew Rettenmund)

At a festive press reception at Stage 48, immediately prior to a viewing party and late-night performance by several of the season's most popular queens, I was able to interview Bob, Kim Chi, Naomi Smalls, Thorgy Thor, Derrick Barry and Chi Chi DeVayne ... not to mention special guests Dina Lohan and Tiffany “New York” Pollard.

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The girls were all perfectly polished in their replies, and unfailingly polite and funny. I'm not sure Season 8 was the most mind-blowing season, but it definitely had the most uniformly nice and diligent girls. 

I missed part of the carpet, but I didn't miss Naomi Smalls walking in nearly naked. Hey, play to your strengths, right?

It was also highly entertaining watching a relaxed Bob (he hadda know he had the win in the evening bag) flirting with Logo's cute host, who helpfully shucked his shirt at the first suggestion.

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*IMG_6174Dina was a little shy around the Logo hottie, but right at home with New York!

Before the round-robin-style interviews, I caught New York freaking out at the sight of buddy Dina. The two hugged and laughed and mugged for the cameras. It was the surreal deal.

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*IMG_6205Naomi & Chi Chi favored each other, and Naomi had a hint of Sharon Needles in her expertly beaten face.

The first person I chatted with was Ms. Smalls, looking vixenish. She asked if she could stand because she'd otherwise “come untucked.” Far be it from me to stand in the way of a boy trying to be a girl. Looked great.

Interestingly, Chi Chi DeVayne had a very Naomi Smalls look about her. She was beaming, seemingly happy to have done as well as she did on the show.

*IMG_6179Derrick's “winning” look

Derrick was sandwiched by a hot boyfriend and a hot friend and gave her usual sassy answers, including saying that her amazing outfit was custom-made for her (not by her). “That's winning!”

*IMG_6203I tawt I taw Kim Chi!

Kim Chi is one of the most likable in her interviews on the show, but one of the hardest to interview—she likes to turn questions around or give Warholian non-answers. It's just her sense of humor, but it makes things interesting.

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*IMG_6251Thorgy 4: Thorgy, her boobs, her pic with Chi Chi, her pic with winning pal Bob

Thorgy was hilarious! A fan jumped ahead of me “just to get a picture,” and then proceeded to do a video and chat with her as I (and other outlets) stood cooling my heels. I finally leaned over to a young publicist and said, “Get rid of this guy.” I didn't mean to be so direct! But he did as I suggested and Thorgy thanked him, and then apologized profusely, as if she'd been rude to me. I loved her look—neon, clown-tastic and yet glamorous, too. I complimented her on her tremendous weight loss—remember her fat suit from just three months ago???

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Finally, Bob asked for some gum as I fired up my video camera. “Oh, great, you're gonna chew gum throughout my interview?” I teased. “Yeah, you wanna fight about it?” she teased back. She had some spicy answers; I was ashamed that my questions didn't live up to the ones asked just before me, which, as I overheard, led to a discussion of why black Americans deserve reparations.

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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)

Tumblr_o6eh7yMM541sr9z69o2_540Nico Tortorella (GIF via VJ Brendan)

*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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6-PACK — TICKLED To Death + Size Matters + Ellen Serves Some LEMONADE + Texas Dead-Against Bathroom Privileges + Meet Joe Allen + Facial Rejuvenation! Comments (0)

TickledI'm certain this tickles your fancy—but can you take it? (Film still via Horseshoe Films)

*widget boy cultureTickled is a new documentary about men who compete for the title of being able to stand tickling the longest ... and whose motto is, “No homo.”

*widget boy cultureWhat man doesn't hate condoms? And what's worse than when the condom doesn't fit? Good news for all you horses out there. (Work Unfriendly)

*widget boy cultureEllen DeGeneres was in Beyoncé's Lemonade—did you miss her? Oh, and Becky with the good hair's got zilch on Wanda with the good (?!) weave: 

*widget boy cultureTexas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has made it clear that he'd rather give up billions in aid for poor students than let trans students use their bathrooms of choice.

*widget boy cultureGreat piece on Joe Allen, proprietor/namesake of one of my favorite NYC restaurants. Also uniquely NYC: Free huggers demanding tips, punching you in the face.

*widget boy cultureTrans activist Rajee lived for 10 years with cement-like nodules in her face following black-market injections—check out her transformation.

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May 13 2016
6-PACK — Too Gay-Cool For School + Andrew Lloyd Webber Wants To Scratch Nicole Scherzinger's Eyes Out + NC Squatter + Gay Parents' Adoption Nightmare + Hairy Situation + ROCKY HORROR PICTURE No! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureNatty gay alum asked to dress down for event, does so, is still asked to leave. WTF? 

*widget boy cultureAndrew Lloyd Webber's claws come out over Nicole Scherzinger choosing The X Factor over Cats on Broadway. (Cats, the worst musical EVER.)

*widget boy cultureTrans woman swears she will “piss in all the wrong bathrooms” in North Carolina. You gotta-go, gotta-go, gotta-go, girl!

57339fde2200004207256584Manifest Pussy will not take this insult standing up! (Image via Manifest Pussy)

*widget boy cultureThe trials and tribulations experienced by a Kidz Bop producer and his actor husband as they tried to adopt in the U.S.

*widget boy cultureIf you like black men and body hair and feel you rarely get to see both when cruising online, here you go.

*widget boy cultureStill more Rocky Horror Picture Show stills reveal how far off FOX & Kenny Ortega seem to be.

RockyhorrorfoxStaz Nair as Rocky—complete with blond highlights (Image via Entertainment Weekly/FOX)

 
6-PACK/politics — Obama Administration's Free-To-Pee Decree + Skelos Nephew Arrested (Too) + Anti-Obamacare Lawsuit Succeeds + The Stigma Of Being Pro-Hillary + Bernie's Weak In California + Why Warren's Dinging Trump! Comments (0)

*widget boy culturePresident Obama will issue a decree stating that every school must allow students to use whichever bathroom corresponds to their gender identity. Not a law, a threat.

*widget boy cultureThe nephew of disgraced NY politico Dean Skelos (who's off to jail) was arrested for grabbing a reporter's wrist, injuring her and damaging her phone.

*widget boy cultureThe House GOP has won an anti-Obamacare lawsuit that will not knock the wind out of the program, but will ... raise insurance rates for the poor. Great work.

*widget boy cultureThe stigma of being with her: “I’ve been called a '$hill' more times than I can count.”

*widget boy cultureBernie's hobbled going into California—parted ways with state director, low on cash, no new ads.

*widget boy cultureElizabeth Warren thinks she's gotten under Donald Trump's skin because of “... the idea that he has to be held accountable; I don't think he likes that.”

 


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