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Jul 25 2016
WIN IT: BenDeLaCreme Tickets + Post-Show Champagne Toast! Comments (0)

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Win a pair of tickets to BenDeLaCreme's Inferno A-Go-Go on July 28 at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC!

To enter, just comment this post with your favorite line or look by BenDeLaCreme, and I will pick 1 of you to win at random 24 hours from now.

From a press release:

RuPaul's Drag Race favorite BenDeLaCreme returns to New York with the debut of her latest highly theatrical blend of burlesque, comedy, performance art and music. BenDeLaCreme's Inferno A-Go-Go, an evening of entertainment about an eternity of suffering, will begin performances July 28 at The Laurie Beechman Theatre.

In BenDeLaCreme's Inferno A-Go-Go, celebrated story-muddler BenDeLaCreme seeks to answer that age old question: What the Hell? Turning her gay gaze toward “Dante’s Inferno” -- the original travel brochure of the damned -- this rollicking romp through nine circles of fire and fun is equal parts brimstone and rhinestones.  Get your tickets now, or suffer forever more!

BenDeLaCreme's Inferno A-Go-Go runs July 28 - August 19 at The Laurie Beechman Theater (inside West Bank Cafe at 407 West 42nd Street -- at Ninth Avenue, accessible from the A,C,E,N,R,V,F,1,2,3 trains at 42nd Street). Tickets are $22 plus a $20 food/drink minimum.  A $40 VIP ticket including priority seating and meet-and-greet is also available. To purchase tickets, call 212-352-3101 or visit www.SpinCycleNYC.com. Performances are:
• Thu July 28 at 7:00pm
• Fri July 29 at 7:00pm
• Sat, July 30 at 7:00pm
• Sunday, July 31 at 1:30pm
• Wed Aug 3 at 9:30
• Thu Aug 4 at 9:30pm
• Sat Aug 6 at 9:30pm
• Thu Aug 11 at 7:00pm
• Fri Aug 12 at 7:00pm
• Sat Aug 13 at 7:00pm
• Sun Aug 14 at 9:30pm
• Thu Aug 18 at 7:00pm
• Fri Aug 19 at 7:00pm

GOOD LUCK!

Buy tickets here.

 
Jul 18 2016
HEY Bob The Drag QWEEN! Comments (0)

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Bob the Drag Queen visits Hey Qween! just in time to close out another successful season. Watch!

 
Jul 08 2016
6-PACK — Horrendous: Cops Mowed Down In Dallas Sniper Shooting + Trump's Veep: Gingrich? + Adam Lambert Lookin' Good + AMERICAN DRAG STORY + Takei Not Impressed By Gay Sulu + Sarah Silverman Almost Literally Died Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureMultiple officers slain in sniper shooting at Black Lives Matter protest march in Dallas. How is this America in 2016—POC being executed, cops being shot?

*widget boy cultureSo the game will be that Gingrich is Trump's VP and if Trump somehow wins, he—wink, wink—steps down and lets Gingrich be president?

*widget boy cultureAdam Lambert looking JACKED.

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*widget boy cultureDRAG ME TO HELL: RuPaul's Drag Race meets American Horror Story.

*widget boy cultureThe original Mr. Sulu. national treasure George Takei, thinks making the character gay suddenly is “unfortunate.”

*widget boy cultureI would've been so bummed if Sarah Silverman had actually died. Who ever heard of this inflammation? Another thing to fear. 

 
Jun 29 2016
6-PACK — Hillary: MOVE ON ALREADY! + Bernie's Mistake + Bareback Like Me + Ending The Gay-Male Blood Ban? + China Not Gaga Over Dalai Mama's Pitch For Kindness + RuPaul On Gay Pride, Drag, Anonymity & What To Call Him! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureHillary Clinton responds to anticlimactic Benghazi report: “It's time to move on.” Slain ambassador Stevens's sister doesn't blame Hillary.

*widget boy cultureHow Bernie Sanders apparently overplayed his hand, squandering the real power he'd accumulated.

*widget boy cultureDoes watching condomless porn lead gay men to engage in more condomless sex? Will you see condomless porn at the link?

*widget boy cultureFind out who wants the FDA to end the ban on gay male blood donors.

*widget boy cultureLady Gaga meets with Dalai Lama to discuss kindness (tell some of your monsters, lady), gets banned from China? She did right. More power to her.

*widget boy cultureRuPaul has been going mainstream in a big way lately! Check him out matching wits with Stephen Colbert (plus, his take on Gay Pride):

 
Jun 28 2016
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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IMG_7716*Their bodies are not your enemy.

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?

Enjoy some of my favorite photos, SHARE on social media and feel free to chime in if you see anyone you know ...

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Jun 25 2016
6-PACK — Stonewall Statues Come To Life + Emma Stone Hearts Billie Jean King + Biden, RuPaul & More Honor Orlando Victims + Brits Want Second Bite At Apple + J'Adore Delano + ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS Pride! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureWomen who posed for iconic statue by Stonewall reflect on nearly 40 years of progress.

*widget boy cultureEmma Stone pays tribute to the incredible achievements of Billie Jean King on tonight's VH1/Logo Trailblazer Honors.

*widget boy cultureAlso on Trailblazer Honors: Biden, RuPaul, Aguilera, Etheridge and many more pay tribute to the fallen 49 from the Pulse mass shooting.

*widget boy cultureMore than a million Brits want a second referendum on leaving the EU following this week's disastrous result.

*widget boy cultureAdore Delano on working on her new tunesas a boy.

*widget boy culturePatsy & Edina don't mind queer-baiting, but they won't do anal:

 
Jun 24 2016
We Got Dragged!: Barefoot Wine & Bubbly Love Party Powered By RuPAUL'S DRAG RACE Stars Comments (0)

IMG_6988*#ImWithPurse: Bob the Drag Queen was all kinds of cute. (All images in this post by Matthew Rettenmund)

Last night was more proof why I'm glad I never got too serious about leaving NYC just yet, starting with the way-too-fun annual Barefoot Wine & Bubbly Love Party (#BarefootWineLoveParty) thrown by promoter Chip Duckett, benefiting NYC Pride.

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IMG_6833*The ladies were on-point.

Held at Arena on W. 41st, the party had a long line of people waiting to get in, every last one of them cute and playfully stylish. It was like they'd been cast, and not at all like they were the result of a bunch of people hearing about a free party. I think the reason is that the party has a solid rep, so word of mouth leads to fun people telling other fun people to rush-RSVP.

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My friend and I mingled so I could capture some atmosphere shots (and by atmosphere shots, I mean pictures of cute boys whom I've asked to photograph for a change) before we settled front-and-center by the colorful stage. Beautiful space, great appetizers served by jazzed drag queens, and so, so many well-fitting summer shorts.

IMG_6801*Middle hottie asked me to make him thin, which was as necessary as asking me to make all three of them cute.

IMG_6805*Ironic to ask someone tucking to hand out meatball sandwiches.

IMG_6807*My pal David, of Passport Magazine, made it a family affair, inviting his cousin from Latin America.

IMG_6809*As the kids would say when faced with so much beauty: UGH.

IMG_6815*Actually, boys do make passes at boys who wear heart-shaped glasses.

IMG_6819*Looks like they read a Grindr profile that said “be good-looking” and complied fully.

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Mimi Imfurst was an inspired DJ—the playlist was a healthy mix of classics and neo-classics that had everyone mouthing the words so everyone else would see them and realize they were cool.

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IMG_7023*That place was crowded!

Up behind the stage, beyond a pane of glass, we could see a blonde drag queen being made up as flashes went off, but none of us could tell who she was. Turns out she was a she: The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Girardi aka Erika Jayne arrived in a hot, black, form-fitting bodysuit and hair reminiscent of the mane sported by Madonna for her Prince tribute.

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IMG_6860 copy*Erika Jayne stands with all LGBT people ... stands, and pats the puss right along with us.

I doubt anyone will accuse Jayne of queer-baiting, but she essentially showed up, told us she loves us, said her name so we'd remember it, and left. No complaints here—it was lovely of her to come, and people were excited to see her.

 

Great Snippets of Bob the Drag Queen & Latrice Royale at Barefoot Wine & Bubbly Love Party 6.22.16 from Matthew Rettenmund on Vimeo.

Killing time while RuPaul's Drag Race fave Latrice Royale prepped, Jayne even came back out to give us a quick sample of her (in)famous dance move—the patting of the puss. You can imagine exactly what it looks like.

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Jun 23 2016
Jasmine Masters: Fix Ur Breath Comments (0)
 


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