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Mar 15 2017
NYPD Officer Hance, Who Dirty-Danced At Gay Pride, Dies Of 9/11-Linked Cancer Comments (0)

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Via NYDN: Officer Michael Hance, who tasted viral fame in 2015 when he was caught on video spontaneously doing a bump and grind with a reveler at the Gay Pride Parade, has succumbed to cancer at age 44.

His cancer was directly linked to his brave actions on 9/11, when he worked at the World Trade Center following the attacks.

Hance was diagnosed with cancer just this past November after a fall at home.

NYDN reports of his video antics:

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Mar 13 2017
Sister Sledge Will Survive Comments (0)


The surviving members of Sister Sledge have issued the following statement regarding the out-of-nowhere death of sister Joni at age 60 on Friday:

Sister Sledge will continue with their 2017 concert schedule.

Sister Sledge - Debbie, Kim and the Sledge family would like to express our deepest gratitude to all who have extended their love and support during this difficult and challenging time of mourning, in the wake of the passing of our beloved sister Joni Sledge. 

Joni was a beautiful person, phenomenal artist and producer, a brilliant business woman and a powerhouse! One of her greatest loves and joys was performing live with her family. In the spirit of Joni's powerful strength of character, zest for life and spreading joy through music, we are committed to continuing her legacy. Therefore, in this new 2017 concert season, and in the true Sister Sledge family tradition, we will embrace and celebrate Joni, dedicating every concert in honor of her remarkable and beautiful life. WE ARE SISTERS. We are one... We are Flo's daughters. 

We are Family! WE ARE WAMOWS!

The band's first appearance following Joni's death will be at SpringFest 2017 at Edinburgh's Corn Exchange on May 27:

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Mar 11 2017
Joni Sledge of Sister Sledge Dies @ 60 Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2017-03-11 at 10.33.35 PMJoni Sledge in the late '70s (Video still)

Via ExtraTV: So many musicians of the '70s and '80s are dying way too young — the latest is Joni Sledge, one of the family act Sister Sledge, whose “We Are Family” was one of the most memorable hits of the late '70s.

Sledge's body was reportedly discovered in her Phoenix home Friday. A family statement read:

Yesterday, numbness fell upon our family. We are saddened to inform you that our dear sister, mother, aunt and cousin, Joni passed away yesterday. Please pray for us as we weep for this loss. We do know that she is now eternally with Our Lord.

Nile Rodgers, who co-wrote “We Are Family” with the late Bernard Edwards, both of Chic, posted a remembrance of Sledge on Twitter:

In an age when so much female-fronted music is little more than bragging about having purchased the biggest butt around, the feminist slant of “We Are Family” is to be admired:

The group is responsible for a song that may be in my personal Top 10 of allllll time:

6-PACK — Maui Wowie + Vermont's Only Gay Bar + Mommy Blogger's Husband Prefers Daddies + Hugh Do Something To Me + RIP Mr. BRIDGES + Evangelical Mom Against Ex-Gay Camps! Comments (0)

LITTLE BEACH IN MAUI feat. @axiomaticfailure photographed by @boyculturedotcom 's @mattrett for Summer Diary [ link in bio ]

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WIDGETSummer Diary Project: Follow SDP on Instagram — they're posting shots from my Maui shoot with Devyn Lee.

WIDGETBurlington Free Press: Vermont's only (!) gay bar, Mister Sister, opens in spite of a few people feeling the name is offensive. (Oh, sister.)

WIDGETExtraTV: Popular mommy blogger is getting a divorce. Turns out her husband is gay.

WIDGETDListed: This is definitely what Hugh Jackman sounds like when he orgasms:

WIDGETTHR: Author of The Bridges of Madison County, Robert James Waller, dies @ 77.

WIDGETKVUE: 20/20's bombshell report on ex-gay reparative therapy exposes huckster making $120K/year per kid, offers physical violence with parental permission slip.

Screen Shot 2017-03-11 at 11.33.55 AMSusan Cottrell's family (Video still via KVUE)

Mar 07 2017
Why George Michael Died: The Cause Revealed Comments (0)

George Michael(Image via Sony)

Months after the shocking death of George Michael, a final autopsy report is out, following up on initial, inconclusive results: natural causes.

I think calling it natural causes is disingenuous, in that while there are three naturally occurring conditions that lead to his death — two heart issues and a build-up of fatty tissue in his liver — it begs the question why a man in his fifties would suffer these conditions in the first place, and whether drug abuse would have enhanced them. I would gather yes.

More Stars We Lost in 2016

Regardless, it's case closed on one of the biggest celebrity deaths of 2016 — in any other year, it would have been the biggest. For many fans of Michael's work, it was certainly among the most painful.

Mar 06 2017
TCM Host Robert Osborne Dies @ 84 Comments (0)

Robert_osborneRobert Osborne: May 3, 1932—March 6, 2017 (Image via TCM)

Robert Osbourne, The Hollywood Reporter's “Rambling Reporter” who hosted Turner Classic Movies with elegance and wit, has died at 84, THR reports.

TCM's GM Jennifer Dorian said:

Robert was embraced by devoted fans who saw him as a trusted expert and friend. His calming presence, gentlemanly style, encyclopedic knowledge of film history, fervent support of film preservation and highly personal interviewing style all combined to make him a truly world-class host. Robert's contributions were fundamental in shaping TCM into what it is today, and we owe him a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid.

Osborne had begun his career acting, and was considered a mentee of Lucille Ball.

Who hasn't enjoyed a classic movie hosted on TCM by this man, and who wasn't impressed by his knowledge of and respect for film?

6-PACK — Where In The World Is Richard Simmons? + Trump's WORST Deal + Trump's New Travel Ban + Anti-Gay Mayor Nabbed For Embezzling + RIP Miriam Colon + Dean Geyer Unclothed? Comments (0)

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WIDGETNew York Post: “Nobody has seen Richard Simmons for more over 1,000 days.” Plus: Check out the Missing Richard Simmons podcast.

WIDGETThe New Yorker: Exploring Donald Trump's worst — crookedest? — deal, in Baku, Azerbaijan.

WIDGETHuffington Post: Trump's new Muslim, er, travel ban is watered down, still gross.

WIDGETJoe.My.God.: Anti-gay Stockton, Calif., Mayor Anthony Silva beat teen strip poker charges, gets arrested for embezzlement.

Scarface_090PyxurzMiriam Colon: August 20, 1936—March 3, 2017 (Image via Universal)

WIDGETHollywood Reporter: Miriam Colon, legendary Latina actress, mom in Scarface (1983) dies @ 80.

WIDGETOMG Blog: Glee stud Dean Geyer allegedly shows off his fuzzy butt and junk on Web cam. Gulp. (Work Unfriendly)


Excited for you guys to see me on #nbc #shadesofblue with #jenniferlopez #dontworrythetatsarefake

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Mar 04 2017
Tommy Page, 1990s Pop Star & Later Out Music Exec, Commits Suicide @ 46 Comments (0)

TommyTommy Page: May 24, 1970—March 3, 2017 (Image via publicity shot)

This is horrible news hot on the heels of that disturbing HuffPost Highline piece on the depression epidemic among gay men: Tommy Page, who became a teen sensation alongside Tiffany and New Kids on the Block in the early '90s, has died at 46, ExtraTV reports, following Michael Musto breaking the news on his Facebook page.

Page reportedly committed suicide. His body was found Friday.

E6b392670e2b6b3496ffcbefe0b1b60fEarly pinup of Page, probably from Tiger Beat

Page was a Nell's coat-check boy who — in a career story similar to that of labemate Madonna's — got his demo played by the club's DJ, leading to a meeting with Sire Records honcho Seymour Stein. He was signed, and I am here to tell you his debut album Tommy Page is one of my all-time favorites. Including the #29 hit ballad “A Shoulder to Cry On,” the record has some of the pop songs to which I will forever be addicted, including these gems: 

Though I was a little too old for him (I was in college), I became obsessed with this record, and I knew immediately he must be gay, judging by these two all-but-coming-out declarations:

But if Page's sexual orientation was being telegraphed by these songs, I have to listen to “Hard to Be Normal” in a new light, considering his later battle with depression and his suicide.

Page's next album, Paintings in My Mind, represented the peak of his success, bearing the #1 smash “I'll Be Your Everything.” He never had another hit, but continued recording for a while before going back to school and re-emerging as an A&R exec for Warner Bros., the parent of his old label Sire.

During this phase of his career, Page worked with acts like Green Day and Alanis Morrissette. I met him when he was working with Charice — the Filipina singer who became overnight-famous thanks to Oprah Winfrey and later came out as gay and as having a male soul — and also a boy band called V Factory. V Factory made an office visit when I ran the teen mag Popstar!, and I was floored to see that their handler was Page.

I told Page how important his album had been to me and encouraged him to perform again, which he did (not saying I influenced that), touring in the Philippines, where to this day he is a huge icon.

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What blew me away about Page's office visit was that one of V Factory's members was not only gay, but casually out. I started asking them all the usual girlfriend questions and they quickly made it clear that Nathaniel Flatt was a gay man. I later interviewed him for Towleroad, a highly satisfying Q&A in my career that melded my goody two-shoes teen-mag work with something more meaningful to me.

My Interview with Nathaniel Flatt Here

I always assumed Page's guidance must've been influential in that regard, as he had since been open about being a gay man, a husband and a father.

IMG_0674 copyWith Tommy in 2008 (Image via Matthew Rettenmund)

I was fortunate enough to exchange emails and Facebook messages with Page over the years (he politely turned me down to offer a quote for use in my book on Madonna, noting he'd had a negative experience with her after previously idolizing her) and even noticed his final post, a bleak image of a cold and empty Bryant Park: 

Page is survived by his husband Charlie and their three children.

Keep reading to see how music figures are reacting to Page's shocking death:

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