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Dec 15 2016
6-PACK — Putin Did It + Twitter Can't See Trump Because It's Not His Pawn + Russia Is Anti-LGBTQ: Part 11,037 + San Francisco Head + Leo Takes A Lap + Pittsburgh Bans Conversion Therapy! Comments (0)

WIDGETIntel: Putin himself directed how to use materials hacked from DNC.

WIDGETTwitter was kept from Trump's big tech meeting ... because it had refused to allow a Crooked Hillary emoji.

WIDGETRussia forces National Security Council to avoid mentioning LGBTQ issues in praising Sec. Gen. Ki-Moon.

WIDGETIf the San Francisco mayor offered your father head, he'd probably say yes, too.

WIDGETLeonardo DiCaprio & Lukas Haas wash up on shore.

WIDGETPittsburgh bans conversion therapy.

 
Dec 01 2016
In Honor Of World AIDS Day: Tom Andersen's YARD SALE Comments (0)

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I've posted this in previous years, too, but it's always worth watching/hearing again ...

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Sep 28 2016
Drag Queens Love Wiener Comments (0)

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Scott Wiener's drag-driven election ad has won him my vote—and I don't even live in San Francisco!

From the YouTube description:

Hope you enjoy this fun video we made to highlight the work Scott Wiener is doing to create a more affordable and livable community. We want to thank the amazing queens - Carnie Asada, Au Jus, and Miz Palou - who starred in and helped communicate Scott's message, with a beat you can dance to!

Watch the terrific ad after the jump ...

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Sep 06 2016
Funny Business: An Interview With Bruce Vilanch On The Occasion Of MOTOWN & MORE: On AIDS, Body-Shaming, Eartha Kitt & That Bette Midler Caitlyn Jenner Joke Comments (0)

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When you get an opportunity to interview Bruce Vilanch, one of the most celebrated comedy writers in history and a way-out gay man to boot (and boots go with anything), you do not pass it by.

Vilanch spoke with me last week about a cause close to his heart, the Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation and the great work it does and will continue to do thanks to the bucks it seeks to rake in from a one-night-only Help Is on the Way cabaret benefit: the Broadway touring cast of Beautiful will perform in Motown & More on Monday, September 12, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. at the Marines' Memorial Theater in San Francisco.

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The highly anticipated show will be co-hosted by Vilanch and operatic drag diva Katya Smirnoff-Skyy. Get your tickets here.

Vilanch's career took off when a friendship with Bette Midler (before she was Bette Midler!) led to him writing for her 1974 Broadway show Clams on the Half Shell. He's collaborated with her many times, and has written for a dizzying array of TV shows and performers, from Donny Osmond to Elizabeth Taylor, and for some of the funniest people of our time: Robin Williams, Roseanne Barr (she really did used to be funny), Billy Crystal, Lily Tomlin and more.

Help Is on the Way performers speak out about the charity:

Somehow, Vilanch has been able to be a part of the best and worst of pop culture, writing for the Oscars for 27 years and counting, and also counting The Brady Bunch Variety Hour (1976-1977) and that infamous Star Wars Holiday Special (1978) among his credits. He is the nuclear cockroach of HA!, and always the best thing about whatever project he's tackling.

Vilanch survives in any milieu because everyone knows he knows from funny. He's beloved because, unlike some very funny people, he also has a sense of humor about himself, and a sense of duty toward the gay community and people in need.

Read on for my chat with the most hilarious person in the room, because the room is usually filled with people delivering lines he's given them to say ...

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Jul 07 2016
6-PACK — Coming-Out Party + San Francisco Gay-Bar Die-Off + Stay Strong, Walshes! + Boxer With No Briefs + Trump Missed Saddam Hussein + It's Final: No Charges For Hillary! Comments (0)

Kinzjpg-afce62324e1bf5e6Welcome to the gayborhood! (Image via Kinsey Ratzman)

*widget boy cultureNJ teen comes out to her family, family throws party: “I walk into my house with rainbows everywhere. The response I have received has been amazing but so shocking.”

*widget boy cultureEven in San Francisco, gay bars can't stay open—city losing its old-school staples.

*widget boy cultureSend your love to Kenneth Walsh of Kenneth in the (212)—his brother is fighting cancer, and not “one of the kinder, gentler ones.”

CSo9j2gWwAAY5kC.jpg-largeHe won't be stripped of his title.  (Image via Ryan Farrag)

*widget boy cultureBoxer Ryan Farrag unbashfully goes nude for weigh-in. (Work Unfriendly) The butt is worth its bantamweight in gold.

*widget boy cultureTrump decides not to let Hillary hog the bad headlines, so praises Saddam Hussein.

*widget boy cultureOh, yeah—it's official: No charges against Hillary Clinton in e-mail kerfluffle. Toldja so. 

 
May 24 2016
Starring Lena Halls: Actress Takes On Both Hedwig & Yitzhak! Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2016-05-24 at 5.25.10 PMLena Hall (Images via Boneau/Bryan-Brown)

Tony winner Lena Hall will reprise her role as Yitzhak in Hedwig and the Angry Inch in San Francisco and L.A.—but she will also play Hedwig for one performance a week, marking the first time anyone has played both.

She says:

I’m thrilled to be returning to Hedwig and the Angry Inch, performing not one, but two iconic roles in Los Angeles and my hometown of San Francisco. I have never been one to shy away from a challenge and playing Hedwig has always been a dream of mine. To be able to play both Yitzhak and Hedwig in the same day presents one of the biggest challenges I have seen to date and I’m so excited! Not only will I get to share the stage with my fellow San Francisco native and friend Darren Criss; but I will also get a chance to begin my own journey as the glam rock heroine Hedwig. To tell her story in my hometown and in Los Angeles is the greatest homecoming I can think of, and I am looking forward to sharing this journey with my friends, family and Hedheads.

Hall will appear as Hedwig in: San Francisco, Sunday, October 9 at 7:00 pm; Wednesday, October 12 at 8:00 pm; Wednesday, October 19 at 8:00 pm; and Wednesday, October 26 at 8:00 pm; and in: Los Angeles, Sunday, November 6 at 6:30 pm; Sunday, November 13 at 6:30 pm; Sunday, November 20 at 6:30 pm; and Friday, November 25 at 8:00 pm.

 
Feb 09 2016
Team Steam: Gay Bathhouses Mainstreaming? Comments (0)

So gay (not LGBT!) bathhouses are rebranding and becoming cool again. Check out Frank Melleno's (Work Unfriendly) Polaroids from The Fairoaks Hotel bathhouse in San Francisco Continental_flyer.jpg.CROP.article250-medium.jpg1978 to get an idea of what most people think of when they think of bathhouses.

According to Hawpost:

At its prime, bathhouses were cool because of their popularity among gay, bi and closeted men. There used to be somewhat of a beauty competition on who was allowed to enter these establishments. Sort of like the lines at the hottest nightclub in town where bouncers let in the most gorgeous and stunning people as others get left behind. The 75 year-old president of the North American Bathhouse Association also known as NABA, Dennis Holding recalls his experience of this in the 1970s:

“There was a club in LA called The 8709. It was on the second floor. In its day, there would be a line down the stairs to the street, and you’d wait and you’d climb all the way up, and if the attendant didn’t like your looks he wouldn’t let you in. I got rejected there once, but I got let in three or four times, and I remember the process quite well. But if they thought you weren’t attractive enough they wouldn’t let you in.”

At the height of their success, there were about 700 bathhouses operating throughout the country in the late 1980s. Today that number is down to a merely 60 in operation!

“The acceptance of gays has changed the whole world,” Dennis Holding, who owns a small bathhouse in Miami told the AP. “It’s taken away the need to sneak around places like these and today, you can go to the supermarket, launch your Grindr app and hook-up.”

Yes technology and social media have changed the rules of the game but technology will never be able to replace the safe and comfortable environment that the baths have to offer. At least not yet. Although Grindr can connect you with guys you MIGHT think look like their profile pictures, it doesn’t give you an easy option to walk away once you meet the guy for the first time.

I've actually never been inside a bathhouse. Am I missing out?

 
Jan 12 2016
Need To Know: Dr. POZ + Koch Suckers + Twitter Whores + ABSOLUTELY Wasted + Aftershocking Death + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureJoe Jonas for Diesel. Images

*widget boy cultureKoch brothers' daddy helped the Nazis.

*widget boy cultureOutrageous cat fight between Nicki Minaj and Farrah Abraham.

*widget boy cultureIman's touching tribute to her late husband, David Bowie.

*widget boy cultureDrinking on Ab Fab movie set “out of hand.”

*widget boy cultureCharlie Sheen talks to Dr. Oz about life with HIV.

*widget boy cultureQatar bans The Danish Girl.

*widget boy cultureGay-for-pay Vine star Bryan Silva begs to be freed from prison.

*widget boy cultureLast survivor of 1906 (!) San Francisco quake dies at 109 (!).

*widget boy cultureCarly Fiorina & Rand Paul OUTTA THERE.

*widget boy cultureWorld celebrates No Pants Subway Ride Day. Images

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