Above: This is how Brock Yurich looks when he thinks he looks fluffy. (Get thee to I Feel Pretty, stat!)
PORTIS WASP: Freddie Pearson by Ira Giorgetti for Vanity Teen is a study in OMG.
OUTSPORTS: Seniors Hunter Sigmund, 18, and Jake Bain, 19, out gay athletes, went to their high school prom together and danced the night away. It was their fourth school dance together. Sigmund is a swimmer, Bain the high school football captain. Bain said:
This is the second year he and I have gone together, as well as to our homecoming dance the past two years, so this wasn’t the first time. We have been the only openly gay couple at Burroughs since I’ve been here, but it isn’t a problem at all at our school. People treat us the same. It is nice to be able to go to prom with whoever you want and not have to worry about what other people might think.
DLISTED: Looks like Disney is geting rid of bi icon Li Shang from its forthcoming live-action Mulan.
THE GUARDIAN: England's Theresa May “deeply regrets” the country's legacy off anti-gay legislation. Really? I seem to remember a lot of hand-wringing over virulently anti-gay Margaret Thatcher's death.
BUZZFEED: An investigation has shown that Facebook has been enabling a system of unscrupulous landlords offering shelter to young gay men in exchange for sex. (And yet Facebook cracks down on my posts of guys in Speedos?)
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CRIME WATCH DAILY: Starbucks will close 8,000 stores for bias training in the wake of that viral video of two black men being arrested for sitting in a Philly Starbucks and not buying anything while waiting for a friend. The CEO said, in a statement:
While this is not limited to Starbucks, we’re committed to being a part of the solution. Closing our stores for racial bias training is just one step in a journey that requires dedication from every level of our company and partnerships in our local communities.
JOE.MY.GOD.: Trump's SOS pick Mike Pompeo hasn't been confirmed by the Senate, but he's already had a face-to-face meeting with Kim Jong-Un. Despots have no problem with each other, regardless of their personal actions — power and power, it's all just folks. What's the point of waiting for Pompeo to be confirmed? Trump can just send him around as his advance man, hunting for deals. The security of the U.S. is dependent on a madman who is backed into a corner and who will do anything for money, and if he is sniffing around North Korea, he's either smelling money or is desperate for some kind of a win — that won't ever come.
HUFF POST: U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, who had announced forthcoming additional sanctions against Russia for supporting Syria's Assad, was said to have gotten “ahead of the curve” by Trump's brand-new advisor Larry Kudlow, who referred to “confusion.” Haley told reporters sharply:
With all due respect, I don’t get confused.
Kudlow then walked back his remarks, making it clear that there had been a policy change of which Haley was not informed. So Trump's international policy swings freely, day by day, hour by hour, with no tether, and many of his uppermost staffers have zero idea where it is at any given moment.
AFTER FOREVER: After Forever, a new Amazon series, premieres April 24. It's about love and loss, and stars Kevin Spirtas and Mitchell Anderson as a fiftyish gay couple who seem to have it all — and who lose it:
TALKING POINTS MEMO: It's disturbing that Trump supporters will embrace pure fabrications like Pizzagate and Trump's secret war to free child sex slaves, but when evidence emerges that his personal attorney's uncle ran a social club that was the HQ of Russian organized crime in the U.S., that isn't given any credence and is chalked up to sour grapes over the election. Except it's real:
According to published reports, in the 70s and early 80s, the boss of the Russian mob in New York (and for practical purposes the whole U.S) was a man named Evsei Agron. Things ended badly for Agron when was gunned down in a mob hit in 1985. After Agron was assassinated, his organization was taken over by under-boss Marat Balagula. Authorities believed Balagula was behind Agron’s killing. But he was never charged with the crime. Balagula ran things until 1991 when he was convicted of gasoline bootlegging. Nayfeld had been the bodyguard and enforcer for both Agron and Balagula, one would say more successfully in the latter case than the former. He took over the organization when Balagula went to prison.
What I didn’t realize until now is that both Agron and his successor Balagula ran their operations out of an office in the El Caribe social club. So the El Caribe wasn’t just a mob hangout. From the 70s through the 90s at least, the bosses of the Russian mafia in the U.S. literally ran their crime organization out of the El Caribe.
So Michael Cohen’s uncle Morton Levine’s social club was the headquarters of Russian organized crime in the U.S.
WORLD OF WONDER: How is this Clearasil ad not homophobic? If it's not homophobic, what is the intent behind it? I don't get it at all: