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Apr 22 2017
6-PACK — Mel B's Nanny: Drag Queens You'd Do + We Had 7-Year Sexual Relationship + Not-So-Weird Science + RIP Robert Halfhill + Dominic Thiem's Booty Called Out + The Nightmare Of Chechnya Explained Comments (0)

Drag-queen-milkMilkin' it (Image via Milk)

WIDGETGay Fleshbot (Work Unfriendly): Check out the Top 10 sexiest drag queens — out of drag.

WIDGETExtraTV: Mel B said her husband cheated with her nanny (getting her pregnant) & coerced Mel into 3-ways. Nanny's suing for libel — says their sex was consensual.

WIDGETHuff Post: We now actually need a march for science. Let that sink in.

Screen Shot 2017-04-22 at 3.52.04 PM(From the collection of Matthew Rettenmund, gay activist & archivist)

WIDGETMinneapolis Star Tribune: Robert Halfhill, gay activist & archivist, dies @ 76. I salute his dedication to fighting the good fight against anti-gays & against throwing stuff away!

WIDGETKenneth in the (212): A fellow tennis pro has taken notice of Dominic Thiem's awe-inspiring ass cheeks.

WIDGETThe Guardian: Try being gay in Chechnya, where you can't hold hands and where women aren't supposed to talk about pregnancy in front of men. (Actually, dont.)

PutinGayClown1This image is illegal in all of Russia, including Chechnya.

 
Feb 22 2017
6-PACK — Boy Bander's Big Talent + Model Travel Diary + Madonna's Twin's Dad Cries Foul + Why You Can't Be Christian & Support Trump + Justice For Murdered Gay Teen + 7 New Planets + Mug Shot Heaven Comments (0)

UrzTJoxKDel Vechio has many followers. Wonder why? (Image via Eduardo Del Vechio)

WIDGETBrazilian boy bander Eduardo Del Vechio's big, honkin' D. (Work Unfriendly) Gay power of the oral persuasion. Plus: Superhot Charlie Matthews, a day in the life: 

WIDGETBio dad of Madonna's new twin girls insists he was tricked. (Dude, they were in an orphanage, not a gas station.)

WIDGETSING IT, SISTER!: This woman nails why Christians for Trump are like Jews for Nazis:

WIDGETWill there be justice for Rashawn Brazell? Arrest made in case ofBrooklyn gay teen murdered/dismembered in 2005.

WIDGETThere are seven newly discovered, Earth-sized planets that may have water on them, and that three are potentially inhabitable!

WIDGETMUG SHOT HEAVEN: The oh-so-very-sophisticated hipster who ran a drug den. Allegedly. Plus: He IS the lawFace tattoo screams COP KILLER.

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Dec 30 2016
Start With Why Not: TED Talk Speaker Explains The Millennials' Biggest Obstacles Comments (0)

Above is the most insightful and aggressive part of author and TED speaker and Start with Why author Simon Sinek's  (great primer on him here) September 2016 interview with Inside Quest's Tom Bilyeu. He is expressing his thoughts on what's wrong with millennials — a BookLeft1controversial premise — but is doing so in a way that is, if nothing else, empathetic and thoughtful, and that attempts to offer some fixes for the future. (The title on the FB embed is rather insulting; ignore that.)

I think he makes some great points, including the oft-repeated conservative talking point (which does not mean it's automatically wrong) that kids who are told they're special and can have anything they want and get participation medals are being done a disservice. I, too, worry about the implied promise in such things; I have never responded well to people saying dreams come true, even though I have understood it to mean that dreams (can, sometimes) come true.

He loses me a bit by characterizing the entire generation as having been failed by their parents. That is extreme. A new parenting strategy that he suggests is failing is not the same as having overall bad parenting.

Where he strikes paydirt is in discussing the downside of our innovations that have led to the expectation of immediacy — in other words, put down the cellphone. (How?!) It's hard for us because — as has been scientifically proven — social media and texts and such trigger dopamine bursts in our brains, meaning they're all potential addictions.

Where he loses me a bit is the idea that if social media/cellphones are same/same as drugs, alcohol and gambling, that means we have only one new addiction to deal with; all those other generations before had three, and new generations have four. Is that one extra addiction powerful enough that it should be blamed for leading to the tipping point? Or is he suggesting this addiction is far worse than all that have come before? I guess he doesn't lose me there so much as I think it's glossed over.

I'd also like to ask him if he thinks the advent of social media/cellphones is not actually affecting people born well before 1984. As someone born in the '60s, I think I have actually lost some of my better attributes due to that addiction, even though I was raised with them (I, too, hate seeing that a video will run 14 minutes when I click on it, I now despise writing in longhand and my blog/cellphone/social media preoccupations certainly have affected relationships and productivity. I have a great novel that's been cooking in my so long Herman Melville could have written it out on onion paper in the time I've spent thinking on it and escaping it via Internet self-medication.

I do think it's insanity to suggest leaving your house without your cellphone, even if you're going to dinner with friends. That's why we have cellphones, to have portable contactability. What if there is an emergency? I think we can leave them in our pockets and check before and after a fully engaged meal.

All that said, it's food for thought, and it doesn't come from a place of saying that millennials are assholes and we're better than them and fuck them.

Watch the full hour after the jump. If that feels like a loooooot of tiiiiiiime, you may have a problem ...

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Oct 11 2016
Al Gore To Floridians: YOUR VOTE REALLY, REALLY, REALLY COUNTS Comments (0)

 Al Gore was out on the campaign trail in Florida with Hillary Clinton today, underscoring her commitment to addressing climate change and, of course, reminding people that elections have consequences.

 
Aug 02 2016
6-PACK — Election Rigged! + Trump's Summer Slump + Stein = Nuts + Lochte's Speedo + Rubio's Insult To LGBTQ People + Bendy Boys! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureABOVE: Trump's already claiming the election will be rigged against him.

*widget boy cultureHillary gets a nice bounce post-DNC. Leads by as much as 9. Trump's RNC a “historic dud.”

*widget boy cultureDangerous flake Jill Stein is anti-vaxxer-friendly, and now questions WiFi.

August-2016-mag-cover(Image via Outside)

*widget boy cultureRyan Lochte's itsy-bitsy Speedo makes its return, plus Ryan's dyed his hair icy blue.

*widget boy cultureHappy 2-month Pulse anniversary! Sen. Rubio will headline anti-LGBT event to commemorate it.

*widget boy cultureCheck out the USA Men's Gymnastics Team—shockingly, all have hot bods.

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May 01 2016
6-PACK — Linklater's Gay Admission + The Kids Of Gay Kids Are All Right + Larry Wilmore's Presidential N-Bomb + John Barrowman's Freeballing Hubby + Milo Ventimiglia Undressed! Comments (0)

EverybodyWantsSomeEverbody wants some gay action. (Film still via Paramount)

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiDirector Richard Linklater cops to gay subtext in his Everybody Wants Some!!: “It goes back to ancient Greece. Those early Olympics were performed in the nude.”

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiKids of gay dads reportedly just as well-adjusted as other kids: “...gay fathers report similar parenting behavior and measures of wellbeing in their children.”

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiLarry Wilmore refers to President as “my nigga” at end of WHCD remarks, white people on Twitter lose it.

Larry-WilmoreLarry Wilmore (Video still via C-SPAN)

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiJohn Barrowman's husband, Scott Gill, flashes his peen during fan-targeted livestream.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiIt turns out that frequent masturbation just may save your life. Long live the thing.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiMilo Ventimiglia gets naked, looks great from behind, in 2012's That's My Boy.

Thats-my-boy-milo-14Milo Ventimiglia (Film still via Columbia Pictures)

 
Mar 05 2016
6-PACK — Patient Zero Sense + Rupert Murdoch Out-FOXed By Jerry Hall + PRINCE OF TIDES Author Dies + Bernie Bouncing Back Today + GOP Is Disintegrating + Donald Trump Is David Duke! Comments (0)

Photo-exhibition-OB2222-lgACT UP San Francisco flyer (Image via San Francisco/Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society)

*widget boy cultureGaétan Dugas wasn't even close to Patient Zero—HIV first hit NYC around 1970.

*widget boy cultureFOX villain Rupert Murdoch weds clever groupie Jerry Hall.

*widget boy cultureThe Prince of Tides, The Great Santini author Pat Conroy dies @ 70.

Tumblr_inline_mpzpeavapL1qz4rgpBarbra Streisand in The Prince of Tides (GIF via Columbia Pictures)

*widget boy cultureBernie Sanders will definitely have a better Sorta-Super Saturday than Super Tuesday.

*widget boy cultureAngry white people rebelling against the GOP; are we witnessing history?

*widget boy cultureDon't kid yourself—Donald Trump agrees with David Duke on race.

This is how #Trump supporters treat little girls with a difference of opinion in #Kentucky.{Cusp of #Anarchy}

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Feb 27 2016
Flower Power: Starting Today, NYBG's ORCHIDELIRIUM Is In Full Bloom Comments (0)
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Tons of orchid shots in the gallery above

I spent part of a rare day off wandering through New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx (I had my passport handy, but the trip by train from Grand Central Station was fast-fast-fast), where I was treated to a press preview of the 125-year-old facility's upcoming Orchidelirium show.

IMG_5723*****(All images by Matthew Rettenmund)

Orchidelirium, the Garden's 14th annual installment of its wildly popular Orchid Show, is an eye-popping display of every variety of orchid you could think of, plus many others you probably never knew existed. It's also a chance to learn about the 19th-century orchidelirium craze, during which rich Victorians spent the modern equivalent of tens of thousands of dollars on rare orchids, and orchid hunters risked (and in some cases lost) their lives in search of the flowers, which became status symbols.

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IMG_5656*****Christian Primeau discusses the show's centerpiece, an indoor mini-mountain lousy with orchids.

It's easy to see why people fell in love with orchids back then (and why orchids have been on people's minds for a couple of thousand years)—the flowers come in a shocking variety of forms, textures and colors, all visually seductive. Speaking of which, we were informed that one ultra-rare orchid's extreme structure led Darwin himself to theorize that there must be a moth with a tongue long enough to pollinate it. Well after Darwin's death, a moth native to the same area as the deep-spurred orchid—with a 12-inch tongue—was indeed discovered to exist.

IMG_5609*****King of all things orchid, Marc Hachadourian

I'm trying to find out if the moth is single.

We were treated to a guided tour through the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory by the Garden's resident orchid expert, Marc Hachadourian (Director of the Nolen Greenhouses and Curator of the Orchid Collection), as well as being given insight into the work that went into building the show, offered by its designer, Christian Primeau. Both guys spoke about how they're performing their dream jobs, and believe me, if you can stare at a man-made mountain covered in orchids and not sense the passion, you need your bulb examined.

IMG_5643*****Purple reigns

IMG_5636*****One of the most unusual naturally occurring colors in any plant

IMG_5674*****Itsy-bitsy spider orchid

IMG_5702*****Damnnn, Daniel! There is a lot of color in this show.

The grounds themselves are stunning to behold, and the on-site restaurant—the Hudson Garden Grill—had the best food ever. 

Of special interest, check out Orchid Evenings on Saturdays (from March 5-April 16, including Friday April 15). Note that a special Thursday edition, held on March 24, is LGBT night! This is hyped as one of the most romantic evenings for dates. Orchid Evenings start at 6:30 p.m. and including a cocktail. $25/member, $35/non-member.

IMG_5592*****The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

For more info on Orchidelirium (February 27—April 17), visit nybg.org.

 


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