ABOVE: Happy birthday to Ed Fury. I'm sure Joey HAS seen all his movies.
BELOW: Keep reading for Biden's Pride proclamation, Musk trying to worm out of Twitter deal, movie talk including Frank Ocean and Fire Island, plus books to watch out for ...
Thank you, Joe Biden. (Image via WhiteHouse.org)
WHITE HOUSE: President Biden acknowledges and supports Pride Month. Gold-toilet insurrectionist man never did.
AP: Big surprise — con artist Elon Musk threatens to tank his Twitter deal. It is looking increasingly like he'll fork over $1B and walk. And his fanboys and fangirls won't be able to admit they've been played.
BET: Frank Ocean in talks to write/direct first film, Philly.
JOE.MY.GOD.: At least five Tampa Bay Rays players — Jason Adam, Jalen Beeks, Brooks Raley, Jeffrey Springs and Ryan Thompson — refused to wear Pride symbols in honor of Pride Month because they don't agree with the “lifestyle.”
Ahn directs Booster Kim (Image via Hulu)
VARIETY: Fire Island (the Hulu movie) stars and director Andrew Ahn talk how rare gay rom-coms are, and about not making the sex more palatable for straight viewers.
JACK PARLETT: Check out Jack Parlett's Fire Island, a book coming June 14 in the U.S. from Hanover Square Press that promises to contextualize the legendary — and legendarily ever-changing — queer space that has been a getaway for gays for a century. I hear it has lots of gossip and other information not previously reported.
MSN: Court docs shed light on ultra-right Christian cult to which Amy Coney Barrett belongs.
Let's talk about 6 — with Van Williams & Diane McBain (Image via Warner Bros. Television)
GR8ERDAYS: If you are too young to remember the TV series Surfside 6, you're never too young to learn about it! I've always loved delving into the history of past shows and movies via well-researched, deep-dive books, and Michael Gregg Michaud's new look at the '60s escapist series is a joy.
Raised to be ignorant about sex ... but he's defying his upbringing. (Image via Herra Productions)
BOY CULTURE: I reviewed A Sexplanation some time ago and recommended it — now, it is available for digital download.
KENNETH IN THE (212): Via Kenneth, a post by Brian Ferrari about ancient gay author John Weir. (That's a joke, because he and I are in the same boat on that.) Weir, author of the sublime and gutsy The Irreversible Decline of Eddie Socket, has written passionately and bitterly about his latest book, and how it has been misgenred on its circuitous route to publication. I found a similar lack of interest when I was thinking about another novel. A gay editor who had always sworn he would republish my first two novels (1) couldn't be bothered to even read an outline of a new novel, and (2) didn't want my old ones after all, once they were free. (I wound up self-publishing.) We're due for another gay renaissance, no?
Anyway, the book is Your Nostalgia Is Killing Me.
LGBTQ Pride month: flashback 2 my 1st novel, *The Irreversible Decline of Eddie Socket*, 1989, which got my gaping maw on the *Advocate* cover, & is newly re-issued. #Pride #LGBT #LGBTQ #Pride2022 #AuthorsOfTwitter #lgbtqpride #AIDSAwareness pic.twitter.com/2IleUkLiwH— John Weir (@jweirdo) June 4, 2022
INSTAGRAM: Harvey Fierstein is 68 — ain't that a kick in the rubber parts?
YOUTUBE: Becoming a Queen is a new doc about Joella Crichton's attempt to take her tenth crown as Queen of Caribbean Carnival. Available on digital June 14 in the U.S. and June 19 in Canada. I'm assuming plenty of my readers will relate to the title alone! Check it out when you can here.