Above: Sexy snap at the très gay Belmont Rocks in Chicago, circa '70s. Owen Keehnen points us to A Place for Us: LGBTQ Lie at the Belmont Rocks.
Below: Keep reading for Gus Kenworthy's boyfriend-friendly ad, Speedo freak, Timothée Chalamet's big win, Randy Rainbow's latest cover, Hugh Jackman's ass, naked came the rapper, BPM scores a César, 9 to 5 2, jumpy dad, the late John Garfield, BenDeLaCreme reveals why #WhiteOutLivesMatter and SNL gets handsy ...
YOUTUBE: Gus Kenworthy is the star of a new Samsung ad in which his boyfriend Matthew Wilkas also appears as one of several people communicating to him while he's on the road. You are loved, Matt tells him. We have come so far in terms of corporations' willingness to use gay imagery in their messaging, and it couldn't happen to two nicer guys:
NEWNOWNEXT: Timothée Chalamet won Best Male Lead for his career-making performance in Call Me by Your Name. Wearing a gas-station-attendant-chic look, he said:
I hope it doesn’t sound cheesy when I say it, but, like, you know, I just have a lot of faith. I have a lot of faith in this industry. I have a lot of faith for our country ... We got a whole new wave. We’re gonna be good. We’re gonna be fine ... I have faith, like, the people that are being given the keys — I’ve gotten to know a lot of you now — and we’re gonna do it, man, we’re gonna make this change, and it’s a day at a time.
OUTSMART: Randy Rainbow covers Houston's LGBTQ mag OutSmart. Inside, he says of his unique approach to comedy:
That’s how I’ve always been. It is a coping mechanism. I deliver a shovel of truth with a spoonful of sugar at the same time. It’s that ‘catch more flies with honey’ thing. The best part is that there are people who do not think like I do about politics — and many other things, too — but they still enjoy the videos. I hear from them all the time. That part is very rewarding for me.
He brings the funny in new and creative ways week after week — a national treasure.
OMG BLOG (WORK UNFRIENDLY): Wellsir, colorful white rapper RiFF RAff is quite the top.
FILM EXPERIENCE: BPM (Beats Per Minute), the outstanding French film about ACT UP in France in the '80s.
GR8ERDAYS: 10 links to broken news, including the new 9 to 5 remake, Eva Marie Saint and more icons who will attend the Oscars (yes, Faye and Warren will be back!) and the death of a Fantasticks man.
DLISTED: Fun dad!
GR8ERDAYS: Follows appreciated at Gr8erDays. P.S. John Garfield Is Still Dead:
WORLD OF WONDER: BenDeLaCreme talks turkey on last week's shocker of an elimination!
SNL: On a weak show, SNL managed to snatch some laughs with its parody of Hollywood's harassment problem via the Grabbies, a show to honor the handsiest folks in Tinseltown. And BTW, there's nothing wrong with Pete Davidson in thin sweatpants with no underwear: