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Jun 28 2017
Proud Marys: My Experience At NYC's 2017 LGBT Pride March — With 100+ Pictures! Comments (0)

IMG_7042_newMy first LGBTQ Pride March pic of 2017 was one of my favorites! (All images by Matthew Rettenmund)

My experience at the NYC LGBT Pride March this year was exhausting, but my camera was well-fed.

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I was invited to march alongside the amfAR float by my generous friend John Stanton. We and all the other marchers had boss I'M EPIC (#BeEpicEndAIDS) T-shirts and Kenneth Cole sunglasses, and our float was guaranteed to grab some eyes since it featured both Kelly Osbourne and RuPaul's Drag Race Season 1 girl Ongina, who came out as HIV positive on the show.

IMG_7161_newThe EPIC T-shirt we all had

IMG_7155_new_newDJ Joe Lynskey served up some Madonna on the amfAR float. Listen to him here.

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IMG_7212_newOngina poses alone and with some young fans.

IMG_7202_newamfAR's ammo

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IMG_7195_newKelly for amfAR

IMG_7325_newOne of the march's cutest couples was on our team.

IMG_7410_newColor him ready to be epic, end AIDS

IMG_7435_newJohn really is epic

IMG_7447_newOur float sought a countdown to a cure for AIDS.

We also had cute dudes in lab coats and hot pants for the people not into fashion or drag.

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IMG_7231_newThe doctors are out!

I loved our group, which was filled with friendly folks. Marching alongside a float gave me great access to move around within the parade, snapping away. 

IMG_7098_newKrishna, Krishna!

IMG_7106_newThe Geng show

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IMG_7269_newGo, Gavin! The overnight teen trans icon rode with the ACLU (as should we all).

Before we even stepped off, I had several interesting encounters. First, I wandered past the press conference, so got to see some of the parade's grand marshals speak, including Gay Men's Health Crisis director of community relations Krishna Stone and a bit of Geng Le, a Chinese gay-rights activist. I missed Brooke Guinan, a trans FDNY worker, entirely, and the other marshal was an entity — the ACLU. But I was able to speak briefly to heroic Gavin Grimm, the trans kid whose desire to go to the bathroom at school has caused way too much consternation. He was a sweetheart and looked utterly overjoyed to be there.

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IMG_7124_newEdie & Judith — I hope and believe they made it to the “church” on time that day.

Next up, as I was walking in a huge circle (they only let you cross Fifth Avenue IMG_7128_newat 34th or 42nd), I walked past Edie Windsor, whose court case led to the destruction of DOMA. She's always kind of difficult to grab, due, I'm sure, to her advanced age and how badly every LGBT person wants to share air with her, but I have to admit I was bummed by our encounter. She looked radiant in a magenta blouse over a slogan T-shirt, but when I asked if I could snap a photo (I had my pro camera), she said, “No way. Not now.” She seemed to think she was wildly late, but her wife, Judith Kasen, was gently telling her she had an hour!

I suggested I would just wait at the next corner, where she had to stop anyway, and snap a picture that way. (This is common with rushing celebs.) She deliberately rolled past me, avoiding eye contact. This was silly, honestly. She is a public figure, in public, a famous gay figure at the famous gay march! Soon enough, a lesbian photographer stopped her and they clearly knew each other. Edie relented for her, but even though she was standing still and posing for the other shooter, she steadfastly avoided giving me anything. Finally, the lesbian photographer told Edie, “I get you all the time. Why don't you give this gentleman a shot?” I was totally polite and patient — I promise I was not badgering in any way. She never did really do it, but somehow, while protesting and looking everywhere but at me, a few pictures turned out amazing! Then I left her alone. At parade's end, a friend, Mike Summers, Facebooked how lovely Edie had been when he grabbed a selfie with her! He said her people were shooing him away, but she was delightful and engaged.

Maybe she was just frantic when I caught her, but when you catch a newsmaker in the street, you don't wait until later, not ever.

IMG_7249_newMr. & Mr. Seth Fornea? Hugo, girl!

After that, I ran into Seth Fornea, the thick ginger model and dancer. I had thought he was still practically married to Jared Fortna, but he was romping around in thin sweat shorts (no underwear) with a sexy Blatino dancer named Hugo; both had worked the previous night's Adonis nude party, featuring 35 lap dancers.

Seth was feeling no pain, and Hugo was making sure I got only good shots, and making sure I photographed his sign, which announced they'd just gotten married?! (See here.) A glance at a few Instagram accounts reveals they, Jared, and another man might be in a quad relationship. Four better or four worse!

IMG_7339_new_newWhere the boys were

IMG_7404_new_newEveryone has PVH at this point ...

IMG_7330_newLife's just not JuanFer ...

I was happiest when I noticed that just a couple of floats down from ours in the holding area, a gaggle of shirtless studs milled about. When I arrived to take pictures and they removed their sunglasses, I recognized Joshua Michael Brickman, one of NYC's most beautiful creatures and nice to boot; Locky Brownlie, the insanely hot Aussie stud who stole this year's Broadway Bares and refused to return it; the dangerously sexy JuanFer De La Torre; and a bunch of other Insta-studs, each in a pair of underwear representing one stripe in the LGBTQ flag's rainbow ... and nothing else.

IMG_7366_newIt was a clothing company that brought these unclothed boys to the march.

I was embarrassed not to have recognized Joshua and Locky instantly, but their sunglasses did a number on me. Both — all — were charming, and gave me great poses.

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By then, I had interacted with Kelly Osbourne (we share a friend, with whom she is quite close) and I have to say that whatever you think of her various controversies, she was 100% game to be in the march, to engage with bystanders (particularly kids) and more. In fact, I asked if I could get her to pose with the Insta-studs and she said yes. I ran over and pulled the guys, convincing four to come with me before telling them what I had in mind. They were excited to meet Kelly and spontaneously hoisted her in the air. It made for a great couple of shots that were exclusive to me (“People! Us! Who will buy this?!”) ... until I later discovered her bodyguard or a friend had taken an iPhone snap and it went all over the Internet for free. Oh, well, it was fun setting up a great shot, and I was totally impressed with Ms. Osbourne's willingness.

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IMG_7424_newKelly exclaimed this was so hot, and I don't think she was referring to the steamy weather.

(The day after the parade, Osbourne made headlines by scolding a Starbucks for not letting her pee, leading to her peeing her pants. The Starbucks was on 27th and we stepped off fro 38th. Given that I later filmed her dancing to Madonna's “Like a Prayer,” I couldn't and can't figure out how I missed her leaving the float in search of a public john — and am confused why she didn't use one of the Port-A-Potties en route. Still, I thought she was a great draw, definitely the parade's biggest star.)

IMG_7223_newI saw right through this float (P.S. His butt made me want to start drinking.)

More of My NYC LGBT Pride March Photos Here!

Just before we started, one young man was lying in the road, making us wonder IMG_7257_newif he would be the first of many protesters trying to block the parade. MAKE AMERICA GAY AGAIN was over his chest. He lay on the asphalt for 20 minutes or more, eventually disappearing. Most of the protest groups actually led the march (THERE ARE NO QUEER-FRIENDLY COPS was one sign that people seemed to dislike), and I didn't realize there was a brief protest that delayed things until I read about it the next day.

IMG_7058_newWould you mind showing a little pink?

IMG_7856_newThat shit wouldn't even fit in the closet!

IMG_7509_newWhere my girls at

IMG_7536_newIt was the breast of times ...

IMG_7088_newI asked if they'd mind posing and they went into formation!

IMG_7874_newNew Yorkers just know how to do it in front of a camera.

IMG_7751_newThere was no raining on their parade.

IMG_7566_newYou've heard of Baby New Year? This was Baby LGBT Pride!

IMG_7763_newOn the inside, looking out

What always strikes me about the NYC LGBT Pride March is the diversity. As a white gay guy, I know I am in a partial bubble, even if it's not a choice I consciously made, so I like seeing the array of people who show up for Pride from every borough and from many cities and countries far away. It used to be that Pride was top-heavy with shirtless musclemen, and while plenty were walking around (see pics below!), float-wise, I saw very few pieces of beef. I also felt like the drag presence was on the wane, while genderqueer and trans folks were out in force. Racially, it certainly didn't feel whitewashed. It felt like it always feels — unifying.

Sexy Shots from Iowa City Pride Here!

We marched all the way down to the Village, where I doubled back all the way to the start. There were still dozens of floats that hadn't stepped off by 3 p.m., but I was at my limit, so I took off for home ... only to decide last-minute to subway to Chelsea to mill around the booths of products that choke the streets down there each year. There were definitely some prime torsos and more-sos, but it was sad that one block had been shut down due to an apartment fire. I saw two people receiving oxygen and a shattered window still oozing smoke.

GiphyAbner! Abner! Cum quick!

A happier image on a fire escape nearby was a cluster of boys gyrating several stories above Eighth Avenue, demonstrating the solidity of the argument: Dat ass, 'do.

After all that — and 1,000 pictures later! — I headed home zonked out entirely.

Keep reading to see a bunch more of my photos, and look for more over on Facebook ...

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Jun 21 2017
Ravi Goswami For FACTORY FANZINE Comments (0)

Ravi Goswami(Image by Baldovino Barani for FACTORY Fanzine)

Ravi Goswami is styled and shot by Baldovino Barani in his new edition of FACTORY Fanzine, with Tom Ford for Men grooming and lots of skin.

 
Jun 15 2017
Man In Motion: Nyle DiMarco + Undies + Trampoline = Yes Comments (0)

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Nyle DiMarco stripped to his tightie-whities and bounced on a trampoline for this display of gay pride.

Don't question it, just watch ...

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6-PACK — Pulling A Bomer + Trump Under Investigation, Under Pressure + UPS Shooter's Past + 2 Famous Men Arrested For Underage Proclivities + The WORLD Of Bryan Hawn! Comments (0)

GiphyIt's not that deep. (GIF via YouTube @ Deadline Hollywood)

WIDGETOMG Blog: This trailer for Anything, showing Matt Bomer as a trans prostitute, is PAINFULLY awkward.

WIDGETCNN: Special prosecutor Mueller is investigating Trump for obstruction of justice. Trump tweets outrage over “witch hunt.”

WIDGETABC News: UPS shooter had reportedly fired a grievance over excessive overtime, had mental illness history.

WIDGETExtraTV: YouTube star Austin Jones arrested on two counts of child-porn production for soliciting sexual videos from minors.

Screen Shot 2017-06-15 at 10.29.06 AMSligh (L) & Jones (R) (Images via mugshot & Instagram) 

WIDGETCrime Watch Daily: Actor Corey Sligh indicted on federal child-molestation charges stemming from incidents in two states.

Wonderful world 2The Hawn-ting (Image via Bryan Hawn)

WIDGETYouTube @ Bryan Hawn: Bryan Hawn unveils a dramatic Wonderful World that could play during a Hunger Games procession, after the jump ...

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May 26 2017
You're Welcome Comments (0)

Underwear(Image via Garçon Model)

Garçon Model knows their stuff. More here.

 
May 25 2017
Jhonattan Burjack Drowning In His Own Beauty In This Gaultier Video Comments (0)

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Jhonattan Burjack 's too stunning to be believed in this video posted by Gaultier. The blue steel is practically purple. Watch here.

 
May 24 2017
Your Nightly Briefing: Efthimis Chatziapostolou Comments (0)

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P2Photography shoots Efthimis Chatziapostolou in skimpy Mondrian-line Modus Vivendi duds.

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From a press release:

With yet another line, Greek label Modus Vivendi continues to present its very exciting and fresh Spring-Summer 2017 collection. The line you are about to see is called New Mondrian and is a new take on a best selling line Modus Vivendi released last year. With references to Piet Mondrian, the new underwear feature colour blocking with red, blue, yellow and black colours in geometric patterns. This line takes this pattern to the waistband to create a new and luxurious approach to classic underwear styles. The elegant, full black or white body is elevated with the  multicolour waistband and a metal tag bearing the Modus Vivendi name on the side.
 
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The conceptual campaign takes this line to the tennis field! The team of P2Photography and model Efthimis Chatziapostolou present the new line in a sporty and playful setting that will put a smile on your face! It's a highly artistic, sexy and comfortable line and the way it is presented with this campaign is, we think, absolutely perfect!

More of Efthimis here!

Keep reading for hot video ...

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May 23 2017
6-PACK — Underwear The Boys Are + Pride On Parade + Morrissey Goes Full Islamophobe + Trump Hearts Murder + POTUS Possible + Rappers, Katy Perry, Drag Queens ... Oh, My! Comments (0)

Gus KenworthyGus Kenworthy in his Me Undies — me first, me first! (Image via Me Undies)

WIDGETKenneth in the (212): Celebrate Yourself with Me Undies — just in time for Gay Pride.

WIDGETTime Out NY: Speaking of which, for the first time ever, NYC's Pride March will be televised live!

WIDGETJoe.My.God.: Morrissey continues to be a Brexit-loving, nationalist douche, fans flames of anti-Muslim sentiment over Manchester.

WIDGETHuff Post: Trump PRAISES Duterte for murdering thousands as part of Philippines' drug war.

WIDGETPolitico: Is this man the next President of the United States? (After Pence, I mean.)

WIDGETTowleroad: Rappers Migos reportedly didn't want to work with drag queens for Katy Perry's SNL performance, so some were fired — except Spin debunks the story.

 


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