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Jun 05 2021
Oakland Honoring MLB's Original Out Player + Wilson Lai's Speedo Cover + Gay Beer + BBC Revisits A CHANGE OF SEX + Actress Struck By Scooter In NYC + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: My caption is true.

BELOW: Keep reading for the original MLB gay hero, a swig of gay beer, a little Change of Sex and more ...

Boyculture-1977-NOT REALLY GLENN BURKEMany friends shunned him as he lay dying. (Image via Topps)

WHITE CLEAT BEAT: Glenn Burke, the Black athlete who spent four seasons in the majors ('76-'79) and who literally invented the high-five (with Dusty Baker), was the first gay player in the Major Leagues. Though not professionally out, he was out at work, so his status as a gay man was widely known in the clubhouse, and couldn't have been easy — he was reportedly traded from the L.A. Dodgers for having a relationship with Tommy Lasorda's son, and greeted in Oakland as an A by Billy Martin, who used an anti-gay slur.

Burke left the game and wound up with substance-abuse issues and struggling with HIV. He died of AIDS complications in 1995, though he did get help from the A's during that period.

In a sign of where we are headed, the A's are now proudly rebranding their Pride Night as Glenn Burke Pride Night. This year, it is on June 11. What a lovely honor for this trailblazer.

Glenn-burke-philomel-books-gay-boyculture“I played in the World Series. I'm in the book. They can't take that away from me — not ever.” (Image via Philomel Books)

Also, read Andrew Maraniss's Singled Out: The True Story of Glenn Burke, which just came out from Philomel Books.

Wire-magazine-gay-speedo-muscles-shirtless-boycultureWilson Lai in white is a party. (Image via

KENNETH IN THE (212): A wealth of recent gay mags.

TWITTER: Don's a treat on Twitter, and what a self-observational moment that applies to so many.

Gay-marriage-boycultureA lot of activists and gay orgs might beg to differ. (Image via ADN)

ADN: Uh, here's an infuriating header.

GAY BEER: I had no clue, but Gay Beer is real!

MRMAN: Who cares about nip slips — MrMan (get a LIFETIME sub here for just $99, and it benefits BC) has full junk slips!

ATTITUDE: Astounding! Lisa-grant-trans-boycultureA BBC doc followed trans woman Julia Grant from 1979 (*not a typo*) to 1999, documenting everything in her path. A Change of Sex is now coming to BBC iPlayer 22 years after it finished airing. What a treasure this sounds like.

WAPO: Literally, do not EVER book a Royal Caribbean cruise again.

TMZ: ZAYN was involved in a heated, shirtless argument outside an NYC bar. Again, shirtless.

FACEBOOK: If Madonna would just STOP with the filters — look how flawless she actually looks! I wish she'd just enjoy having this face at 62.

SOCIALITE LIFE: Drake Bell, Boyculture-drake-bell-drake-and-josh-child-endangerment-zFtZUhASNVhidBU-800x450-noPadwho was always an asshole, let me tell ya, has been charged with child endangerment over a 15-year-old he was allegedly texting.

EXTRATV: Veteran actress Lisa Banes, 65, was struck while lawfully crossing in a crosswalk in NYC. The culprit? Some POS on an electric scooter or motorized bike. The impact threw her from the crosswalk and has left her in critical condition with a traumatic brain injury; she may or may not survive. This is a huge issue in NYC. People are zipping around lawlessly, and many of them are delivery people who would likely be too scared to EVER stop to see if you're okay. I'm terrified of this happening to me.

Boyculture-Cocktail-movie-Lisa-BanesBanes was Tom Cruise's older squeeze in Cocktail. (Image via Buena Vista Pictures)