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Jul 06 2016
6-PACK — Kim Davis Breaks The Law ... Again + Shaming A Homophobe + Black Lives Matters + If Gay People Are So Funny ... + Levonia's Fire Island Too-Realness + Do You Want It ALL OF THE TIME? Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureKim Davis has broken the law again in her quest to save Kentucky from gay marriage.

*widget boy cultureGay man shames homophobic dude who insulted him on public bus after Pride.

*widget boy cultureBlack Lives Matter thinks it owns Pride Toronto. One gay cop begs to differ. Christians want in on the action.

*widget boy cultureGuess which second banana was first to utter the word gay on TV? Plus: Where are all the gay comedians?

*widget boy cultureLevonia Jenkins “wants to dump Trump ... if she could only figure out which bathroom to use.” Fire Island fierceness.

UnnamedGio Tuccio (Image via Project Publicity, Inc.)

*widget boy cultureGREAT SONG, TOO: Hot model Gio Tuccio joins popstar-in-the-making Megan Vice in her “All of the Time” video: 

 
Jul 01 2016
Model Krit McClean Strips, Scales TKTS Booth, Breaks Arm, Career, Internet Comments (0)

I was busy yesterday (and today) and missed out posting on 21-year-old Krit McClean, the troubled or drugged or both of the preceding male model who stripped nude and galavanted around Times Square atop the TKTS booth.

The model yelled out his admiration for Bruce Weber and Mario Testino, also shouting Donald Trump's name (possible running mate?). He also proclaimed his love for his mom ... and said he is a virgin.

In the end, the Bangkok-born catwalker leapt 15 feet to the ground, breaking his arm, before being taken to Bellevue for observation. 

It would all be so hot ... if it weren't so obviously sad.

 
Jun 28 2016
Gay Ride: My Day With The Men Of The Adonis Lounge Comments (0)

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IMG_8236*Our float represented the Adonis Lounge, Fairytail Lounge & RushboxApp.com. And sodomy. (All images in this post by Matthew Rettenmund)

If you're a longtime reader of Boy Culture, you know I'm all about NYC's the Adonis Lounge, where go-go boys go-go that extra mile (give or take) to give or take all the pleasure you can manhandle. My first experience there was one of my fave blog posts.

READ: The Adonis Lounge at Stonewall, with Booty-ful Bryan Hawn

Two years ago, I spent the NYC Pride March with the Adonis Lounge float and had a blast with Duncan Black and all the other wriggling dancers. The video alone was worth the work. This year, I accepted the offer to come back and shoot the boys in their nearly au naturel habitat—and it wasn't disappointing. As long as you don't count spending three hours waiting to step off, only to find many people had gone home by the time we began our outer journey.

READ: 100+ Pics from My Last Raunchy Ride at Pride

After I spent hours shooting the beginning of the parade—check those fun and occasionally erotic pics here—I made IMG_4301*my way back to 40th and 6th, where we were allegedly supposed to meet. I was more high-maintenance than a dancer, bugging boss-man Tim about the details; I was just sure I wouldn't get through the police barriers or something else would go wrong, and my damn iPhone Negative-Four doesn't hold a charge.

READ: A Skin-Tastic Visit to The Adonis Lounge in Vegas

But I had no problem finding the crew, situated on the same block with Gloria Allred, some transgender defenders and—thank Christ—a place IMG_8177* that sold croissants. The truck was late but most of the dancers were on time. I heard Tim booked 18 and about 10 showed, which is stripper for “a big turn-out.”

Lucky for Tim and luckier for the crowds who eventually saw us, some of his hottest guys came out to support the Adonis Lounge by shaking their moneymakers without the possibility of anyone stuffing bills into their G-strings. (Mine is an H-string, but I'm working on it.)

IMG_8170*Get off my Hawn!

I spent a lot of bonding time with Bryan Hawn, whom I now know well enough that getting future lap dances or encountering his astral projection in a masturbatory fantasy would be awkward, as well as fellow dancer Matt, with whom I quickly developed a Moonlighting-esque rapport. (He's from the West Coast and said dancing at the parade was good business, even if nobody paid, I replied, Capitalism fail. Oregon, right?) We did have a legit-interesting convo about re-branding the word hustling, and he came up with sexual therapist after I rejected his more euphemistic healer.

IMG_8171*Bryan Hawn with Matt, who'd just as soon debate you as lap dance for you. (He'd win either.)

Though I'm sure his antics on the float had a lot of onlookers wishing they could get healed.

IMG_8163*Beautiful Santiago gets his Miley on.

IMG_8454*What would J.C. do?

IMG_8232*Carlos, from Ecuador, with one of his many fans

IMG_8294*Try these on for thighs: Adam has to be one of the best-looking guys in NYC.

We honest-to-God didn't step off until after 6 p.m., the march was so big this year, but we weren't the last float; JetBlue was behind us, executing amazing flash-mob-style numbers, but I'm afraid we pulled focus every time a dancer got frisky and decided to moon Fifth Ave. (One beautiful dude who wasn't a dancer but was with RushboxApp.com, a co-sponsor of the float, kept hauling out his enough-for-two tattooed booty, which was much nicer than receiving a VOTE FOR NADLER sticker.)

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6-PACK — Sally Field On Hillary Clinton's Likability + Hotel To Condo + SHE SAID YES! + Running-Shorts Peek + The Pope's Sorry/Not Sorry, Gays + Mississippi Learning: You Can't Deny Same-Sex Marriage Licenses! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureAbove: Sally Field tells it like it is regarding Hillary's likability: “She's not running to be everybody's friend. She's running to be the President of the United States.”

*widget boy cultureNYC's landmark Waldorf Astoria will close in 2017 so it can be turned into condos.

*widget boy cultureFire Dept. EMT proposed to her GF at NYC Pride March; I later heard her exclaiming to everyone, She said yes!"

*widget boy cultureYou can almost see up this dude's running shorts. Sorry if you like shaved pits—don't click here.

*widget boy cultureThe Pope says Catholics oughtta apologize for how gays have been treated, but he's still anti-quality. Period.

*widget boy cultureFederal judge: Mississippi clerks may not deny people same-sex marriage licenses out of personal religious concerns.

 

 
Finger On Pulse: NYC Pride March 2016 — With 100s Of Pictures! Comments (0)

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IMG_7509*All of the above! (All images in this post by Matthew Rettenmund, unless noted)

My day at the NYC Pride March was a beautiful reminder of my experience in life and of the fact that I'm always having new experiences in life ... and proof that my little body's slowing breaking down. Oh, my aching gay back!

READ: 100+ Sizzling Pics from the Adonis Lounge Go-Go Boy Float!

I was tapped to follow the stripper-drenched Adonis Lounge float, photographing the guys and the gays' reactions to them as we tooled through Manhattan, Screen Shot 2016-06-27 at 11.43.40 PMbut was told the night before—at a nude party, which are great fun when only the strippers and not the patrons provide the nudity—that I wouldn't be meeting then until 3 p.m. That blew my mind, as anyone marching in the parade usually meets up in the morning. This year, organizers seemed to get more realistic about when groups should assemble on the side streets in the 30s and 40s along Fifth Avenue to cut down on congestion and fatigue, but there was no way I wanted to miss the parade itself just because I was going to be in it, toward the end. [Pictured: Me with Angel (Image by Angel Jimez), me with Edward (Image courtesy of Edward Thomas)]

So, I woke up early, fed myself, pulled on my beloved Mildred Fierce T-shirt and hauled camera over to W. 41st St., which I picked IMG_7475*
because I read that was where a group featuring teen trans star Jazz Jennings would be meeting up and thought she'd be fun to shoot again. I never found her, but did find my pal Edward Thomas and his sister.

It was a great block on which to hang out, filled with plenty of beauties, interesting faces and spirited coppers—I was mixing it up with the Gay Officers Action League, where I met a lesbian couple in love with Varla Jean Merman (my shirt provided the conversation-starter), was handed my first NO when asking to take someone's picture (an all-but-naked man in a leather jockstrap, who apparently wasn't seeking attention) and fell in love several times.

IMG_7495*Copping out!

I don't have official press I.D., which isn't technically needed to cover a public event, but I'm always worried I'll be stopped when walking from float to float. Once our group poured onto Fifth, there was no turning back and I was able to march forward pretty far, to within a few groups of the very beginning of the parade (I had fun with the Hillary marchers, unaware that had I just stuck with them a few more blocks, I would've encountered the woman herself—oh, well, I did get Chelsea last year).

IMG_7470*The first one I fell for: The adorable Zico boy and his hairy legs.

Once I'd gotten way down from the 40s to the teens, I simply turned around and began slowly moving back against the tide in order to see as many marchers as possible.

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It was a beautiful march—colorful, exuberant, and sunny—but it surprised me that it didn't feel as pregnant with purpose as I'd expected in the wake of the Orlando mass shooting. To be sure, there were countless expressions of solidarity and sorrow over the event, most prominently in the inclusion of Pulse owner Barbara Poma and the many WE ARE ORLANDO signs, but the parade didn't have a different vibe—it was just much, much longer. Maybe that was the Pulse effect, a rush to be a part of the bigger picture, even if more than a few moms back home were wishing their LGBT kids were not going to be quite so LGBT, quite so out in the open; I guess a lot more people wanted to send the message that they were deeply affected by Orlando, but wouldn't let that stop them from being themselves in public.

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IMG_7612*Many 49ers in the crowd

The other thing I noticed more so than ever, and that drives at least some people away from the otherwise energizing event, is the relentless corporatization of it. I have argued before, and it is still my belief, that big business marketing to us is not demonic, and that if we live in a capitalist society and are the target of marketers, that is a sign of respect for our importance, our power. Also, it's psychologically vastly important that everyday brands go out of their way to support the LGBT cause openly—even if I'm not sure whether Kiehl's is a top or a bottom (probably bottom), or in what stage of transitioning Facebook may be.

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IMG_7606*Case in point: Delta Airlines had human billboards ... and yet these two pics were among my favorite due to the marcher's joy.

I appreciate that the captains of industry understand that LGBT people are there customers and are not afraid to have our back on our biggest day of the year. Frankly, we'd have to buy from them anyway.

IMG_8674*The only thing they were selling was love.

That said, it's more and more of a killjoy to see so many marchers who were casted to walk attractively alongside and while wearing a logo. This fatiguing omnipresence of big business first hit me when I heard a team leader giving what sounded like shareholders speech before his company group's step-off, was compounded by running into a young friend who was being paid to participate (would he have even gone otherwise?) and was hammered home when, at the end of the draining day I was handed three rainbow bracelets—and upon closer inspection, discovered they advertised Wyndham Rewards. Womp-womp.

IMG_7436*Whether the message is from MasterCard or Harvey Milk, it's true: Acceptance does matter.

It's not moving, this businessy side of the parade, but on the other hand, I suppose it's the biggest pie in the face of every Anita Bryant ever that Walmart's with us, and that MasterCard is telling the world #AcceptanceMatters. Because it does, but who knew MasterCard would one day care?

I think what would help me get over the $$$ aspect is if the march could somehow encourage much smaller groups to have floats (at a discounted rate?) that were being judged for creativity and messaging. That way, I think people would be less inundated with pitches (including political ones) and the parade itself would only be more fun.

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In the past, I've also read a lot about people thinking the parade is too sexy, too about perfect bodies. I really don't get that at all. I hunted for those sexy IMG_7777*bodies, and while there were plenty on display, it sure didn't feel excessive. I recall other parades in decades past that felt far more decadent. (I later wound up on the dirtiest float in the entire procession, and it suck out like a sore thumb-job.) I also just unfriended a very intelligent but ridiculously politicized writer whose posts obsess over racism and sexism and homophobic in ways that are more self-parody than self-help. The straw that broke the homo's back was his declaration that he “hates” Gay Pride, partly due to a wrenching experience he had once (which I get) but mainly due to his feeling that all the lovely bodies are shaming him and telling him he isn't good enough.

I fully understand that twinge one can get when one sees a gaggle of ostentatiously sexy, mind-bogglingly muscled gay dudes in Speedos IMG_8111* acting like they were born that way, and there are definitely a lot of boys who, like too many girls have always done in order to seem less threatening to men, fake air-headedness and flash skin until it becomes who they are. But they are not the ones telling you you're not good enough by having great beauty, you're the one telling yourself that. Get over it, enjoy their beauty and—you know what?—enjoy what you've got, too. We are all born and we all die and any one of us can get shot in a club or get cancer or get gay-bashed or anything else you can imagine, so celebrating our fleeting sexiness should be an act of pleasure and defiance, not something to make us binge-eat a bag of doughnuts and declare our hatred for gay pride.

IMG_7754*Don't ever hate Pride.

All that said, I did have a blast playing photojournalist (surprising that I had about a half dozen people I asked for posed pictures decline), taking portraits, candids and landscapes of the gigantic, throbbing event from noon to 3. Ultimately, there is nothing else quite like a big-city LGBT parade, even if someone, somewhere is making a little cash off of it.

IMG_7543*See change!

By 3, I had made my way back to where the floats were waiting to make their way down Fifth, and found the Adonis Lounge's station. I spent several hours there—we didn't step off until something like 6!—and then spent another few slowly, ever so slowly, marching the entire route. But that's for another post.

IMG_7577*Looking at these women, who wouldn't wanna be a lesbian?

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Jun 26 2016
New York Seen Comments (0)

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Happy NYC Pride March, Manhattanites! Comments (0)

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Jun 25 2016
I Like Good Cuts, And I Can Not Lie: Barba's Can-'Do Attitude Comments (0)

I went to the grand opening/Gay Pride Party thrown by Barba, the best place for men's haircuts in NYC, and wasn't disappointed by the turn-out: Hot guys galore.

Yes, Xavier (pictured throughout) is the owner and he cuts my hair, and with those massive muscles, the massaging of the scalp during the shampooing phase is like when you try to crush an egg in your bare hand and fail. In a good way.

Been going 20 years, no reason to stop!

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