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Jun 30 2018
Big Male Stars + Taron Does Elton + Baby Boy For Tom & Lance + Immigration Protests + Death By Saran Wrap + Nyle DiMarco's Kinky Boots! — 6-PACK Comments (0)

Above: Love a strong brow.

Below: Keep reading for big (extra-large, in fact) news, death by mummification, Nyle DiMarco's boots, Taron Eltonjohn, and more ...

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Jun 28 2018
Ocasio-Cortez Brushes Off McConnell's Naysaying With Aplomb Comments (0)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez responds, beautifully, to almost-dead Sen. Mitch McConnell, who disingenuously tried to paint her outta-nowhere win in New York as a drag on the party nationally.

He knows that isn't true. She does, too.

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Jun 27 2018
O Decapitation! My Decapitation!: The Bittersweet Art Of Kathy Griffin Comments (0)

DSC08139_newKathy Griffin, who forget to give a fuck (Images by Matthew Rettenmund)

Kathy Griffin's triumphant return to stand-up continued the DSC08171_new night after her Radio City Music Hall debut with a drop-dead funny set at Carnegie Hall in NYC Tuesday night.

Fitting, since the petite firebrand was opportunistically smeared as being a potential killer by her — our — political enemies, who didn't care that the trickle-down effect would be the lunkheaded Republican rank-and-file treating her like an actual murderer, not to mention a traitor and terrorist.

Griffin, whose set felt like a two-and-a-half gab session with your wittiest, most politically engaged fag hag (she rejects “fruit fly,” as will the poltically correct kids who already hate “fag hag” in a few years — wait for it), seems to have recovered nicely from the public shaming to which she was subjected by Trump and his flying-monkey minions, all over an image of Griffin holding a Trump mask covered in ketchup.

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Tennis Service + PROGRESSIVE EARTHQUAKE + Cher Reviews Musical On Her Life + RIP Stephen Saban Of DETAILS + Eff Civility + Chao Scolds Protesters + Shirtless Grylls & Hough + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

Above: Proud ... of those legs! Follow here.

Below: Keep reading for a tennis stud, Countess Luann's latest embarrassment, a progressive earthquake that Trump thinks benefits him, Cher's review of a musical about her own life, gay history, and much more ...

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Jun 26 2018
Jamal Jordan Brings Color To Queer Visibility + QUEER EYE Insider + Massive Vegan Bodybuilder + Madonna To Headline Glastonbury? + Vanjie's Single Death-Drops + #PermitPatty Speaks + Fallon Spanks Trump + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

Above: Boyfriend twins, via Gay Fleshbot (Work Unfriendly).

Below: Bringing color to queer imagery, Queer Eye auditions recounted, Mormons join forces with gays, Madonna may headline Glastonbury, Miss Vanjie's fierce new jam, Fallon spanks Trump, white people need to stop calling the cops, and more ...

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Happy 83rd, Larry Kramer! Comments (0)

IMG_2085Thank you to Mike Summers for the invite! (Image by Mike Summers)

The indomitable — to put it nicely — Larry Kramer had a great deal of influence IMG_2087 on a generation of gay men. For me, a person barely touched by the AIDS crisis on a one-on-one level, I was nonetheless in his thrall as I read the bitterly funny Faggots, which certainly informed Boy Culture.

So it was a thrill to share air with him again, this time on the occasion of a reading of his 1992 play The Destiny of Me by Eric Bogosian, Ellen Barkin, Gideon Glick, Josh Hamilton, Lee Pace (on his night off from Angels in America), Mark Ruffalo and Edie Falco at the Lucille Lortel.

Scintillating play! So well-observed and such a classic story of growing up gay.

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Jun 25 2018
Nyle Nude + Mila's New Jam + Dem Uses Grindr For Votes + Gay Black Artist Unpacked + RIP, Old Man + Violet Chachki Covers GALORE + Shirtless Adonis + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

Above: Put the past behind you.

Below: Keep reading for Nyle DiMarco naked, Sarah Huckabee Sanders' keening for her lost chicken dinner, a new anti-gay SCOTUS punt, new tunes from Mila Jam and Billy Winn, and more ...

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Love In The Age Of Trump: 2018 NYC Gay Pride March Comments (0)

IMG_0552_newI set up this shot of the Top 4 Season 10 RDR girls — #pride (All images by Matthew Rettenmund)

The 2018 NYC Gay Pride March was exhausting as hell, but I made it out alive and with some great pictures I'm happy to share, as always.

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IMG_9790_newBumped into my old pal Francisco, who was the parade's prettiest ... but his beauty's not skin-deep.

Screen Shot 2018-06-25 at 9.58.10 AMEverybody wanted what he (L) was dishing out. Plus: The best shorts of the parade (R)!

2014 Pride Pics!

2015 Pride Pics!

2016 Pride Pics!

2017 Pride Pics! Plus: 2017 Hot Guys Pics!

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I had to arrive at 10:30 a.m. as part of the amfAR crew, only to find they had no size L shirts — and they weren't black this year, but rainbow colors.

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IMG_9575_newCouple of my amfAR buddies — note self-portrait in Mark's glasses

IMG_9594_newJoe Lynskey, amfAR's handsome DJ du jour

Rainbow colors are great, except they show sweat, and it was 88 degrees and partly sunny, gulp. Basically, it was tit-sweat pride for me all the way.


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IMG_9721_newKenita Placide was clearly super honored to be a marshal, judging by her smile and her kind words.

IMG_9721_newRepresenting Lambda Legal
IMG_9721_newI think poor agender advocate Tyler Ford was sick, but the them editor gave me a quick pic anyway.

I immediately began weaving throughout the streets in Chelsea (new route this year) in search of celebs and other fun photo subjects. Just when I was about to give up, I was served Billie Jean King, living legend and one of the march's four grand marshals, the others being Lambda Legal as an entity, trans activist Tyler Ford and OutRight Action International's Caribbean-based advisor/exec director of ECADE, Kenita Placide.

Screen Shot 2018-06-25 at 10.01.39 AMThe much-needed antidote to toxic masculinity

Screen Shot 2018-06-25 at 9.57.27 AMHe's so XXXtra — Boomer Banks

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IMG_9742_newWhen it comes to SKYY Vodka, it's Dusty Ray Bottoms up!

IMG_9954_newCracker was born that way.

IMG_0150_newPeppermint, Sasha Velour & Miz Cracker — a gleesome threesome

Screen Shot 2018-06-25 at 10.03.58 AMTheir Pride was at a hole 'nother level ...

Feeling better about grabbing the biggest star of the show, I quickly located RuPaul's Drag Race alums Dusty Ray Bottoms, Miz Cracker, and Season 10's Top 4. Everyone looked stunning, especially my favorite, Aquaria, to whom I pantomimed that I love her the most, eliciting a sweet thanks.

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IMG_9949_newFun couple Max Emerson & Andrés Camilo

IMG_9966_new_newGrindr Tribe: Yes! Yes! Yes!

I was trying to meet up with an actor who might be a match for Boy Culture: The Series, but kept failing. In the meantime, I encountered dreamy Internet personalities Max Emerson & Andrés Camilo, and then found nirvana with Alexander Wang's Trojan condoms-themed float, whose slogan was PROTECT YOUR WANG. My good friend is obsessed with Wang, and when I texted him a candid of the designer, he texted me back FUCK. YOU. 

GiphyThis model was flawless!

Wang was sweet, posing for me, and was gen in providing the parade's sexiest coterie of rump-shaking go-go men, including one with whom I became embarrassingly obsessed. He worked that crowd shamelessly, and I allowed myself to be worked shamelessly right along with it. I'm a sucker for ... well, in this case, I guess I'm just a sucker.

IMG_0434_newWang's models were beyond beautiful.

The bummer about Wang was that even though I took tons of pics and helped get the attention of a woman he was trying to flag down, I was flatly denied my only request — one of the parade shirts they were tossing out. My friend would have loved one, but when I asked the woman she said no as if I'd casually asked her to remove her tampon for me to smoke. Another guy gave me a similarly flat no, and their excuse was the shirts had to be thrown to the crowds, not handed to anyone. Except, of course, all the dancers' friends. Whatever. It was the only uncheerful moment of any Pride day I can remember in years.

IMG_0232_newThese two melted my heart, especially when the one on the left waved her tiny flag for me.

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IMG_0177_newI loved my pics of Desmond Is Amazing — and Desmond's mommy is amazing, too!

IMG_0028_newExpress himself!

Keep reading for over 200 pictures from the march. I missed Lady Gaga (who popped out of an SUV for 20 seconds, unannounced) and the politicians (Cynthia Nixon and Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio, most notably), but I got everyone else as well as a sunburn for the ages ...

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