ABOVE: George Michael would've been just 58 years old today. Still shocking to contemplate that loss.
NEW YORKER: An in-depth look at Harry Hay and the rest of the Mattachine Society — which held its first meeting 71 years ago, at which it strategized as to how to bring gay rights to U.S. citizens.:
In the post-Stonewall era, the Mattachine Society has often been caricatured as a meek bunch of well-dressed squares who pursued respectability at all costs. Eric Cervini’s recent biography of Frank Kameny, the stalwart of the Washington, D.C., Mattachines, rejects that stereotype, portraying Kameny as one of the most fearless fighters that the gay movement has known. Mattachine’s first iteration, under Hay’s leadership, occupies a category entirely of its own. It was informed both by Communist Party tactics and by countercultural life styles. It grew from the radical bohemia of Edendale, as parts of Los Feliz, Silver Lake, and Echo Park were once collectively known. Hay himself was a wholly original character who looked past the gay-straight divide to the multiplicities of contemporary queer culture.
TODAY: Ruth Coker Burks talks about her status as an AIDS angel — starting in 1984, this straight woman from Arkansas cared for sick and dying gay men, and who took it upon herself to see to it that dozens received burials.
INSTAGRAM: Love Rich Wexler's street photography/portraiture.
MIAMI HERALD: 159 missing, 4 dead in Miami condo collapse. Just tragic.
CNN: Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley — under fire for acknowledging that racism is a thing and critical race theory is worthwhile — reportedly told White House advisor Stephen Miller to “shut the fuck up” when he whined that cities were burning (in the context of protests that Trump privately wanted to resolve by murdering protesters).
KENNETH IN THE (212): Gay mags of the week.
EXTRATV: Channing Tatum's selfie with his daughter is DEFINITELY only newsworthy because he shows her face.
CAMP MORNING WOOD: If you're in NYC, Camp Morning Wood has extended its run through the summer.
REUTERS: Luxembourg's out gay PM Xavier Bettel told Hungarian PM Victor Orban that Budapest's new anti-gay law regarding gay materials in schools is stigmatizing.
JOE.MY.GOD.: Merrick Garland's tenure as AG has not inspired confidence, but news the DOJ is suing Georgia over its asinine anti-voting rights law is ... promising.
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE: Celebs are fighting the good fight for Gavin Newsom.
APPLE TV: What a bizarre concept — a musical comedy series about a couple stuck in a musical, Schmigadoon!, starring Cecily Strong and Keegan-Michael Key: