ABOVE: Oh, Farley! Follow here.
BELOW: Keep reading for a Modern Family reunion, Kamala on the need to keep fighting, Darren Hayes, Danny Roberts and more ...
We are family ... ! (Image via Jesse Tyler Ferguson/Facebook)
FACEBOOK: How sweet! Jesse Tyler Ferguson and his TV nephew Nolan Gould had not laid eyes on each other in years, but had an NYC bump-in!
INSTAGRAM: Fiery speech by VP Harris about the need to keep resisting the many rollbacks of rights the SCOTUS is doling out.
HUFF POST: Darren Hayes writes movingly of the challenges he faced as a gay kid, a gay pop star, and of his battle with mental illness.
INSTAGRAM: RIP Betty Rowland, the world's only 106-year-old former stripper. She was a fascinating woman.
KENNETH IN THE (212): Danny Roberts covers Plus.
TWITTER: Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Illinois) provides an alarming video recapping the Republican primary debate in Wyoming last night. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) stands against just about everything I believe in, and yet, she is the enemy I want — an ideological opposite who nonetheless supports fairness and the Constitution and reality. This video is fucking scary.
POLITICO: More on that Michigan Dem whose direct confrontation of Republican smears should be a Democratic Party blueprint.
BLOOMBERG: “New York City Gay Bars Are Declining — and COVID Isn't All to Blame.”
INSTAGRAM: Have you ever wanted to be Pride-dumped on by James Scully?!
THE HILL: Don't Say Gay is now a reality in Florida.
WHITE HOUSE: President Biden will award the first Presidential Medals of Freedom of his Administration, and one of the recipients is the wonderful Gabby Giffords, who says:
I’m so very humbled and honored to receive this award. Since I was shot more than 11 years ago, my personal recovery journey has taught me that it’s not the setback that defines us: it’s how we respond to it. There have been no shortage of setbacks as I relearned how to talk and how to walk, just as there have been no shortage of setbacks in the fight for gun safety that I’ve dedicated my life to. And yet I’ve never lost hope.
One of my reasons for hope sits inside the Oval Office today, elected to accomplish the near-impossible task of healing a divided nation. My faith in President Biden has never faltered, and I’m touched beyond words at this acknowledgement of his faith in me. I first ran for office because I wanted to improve my community. I never could have imagined the path my life would take, but public service has always been and will always be my north star. I truly believe that by starting small and taking incremental steps towards progress, we can transform the world around us.
On April 7, 2013, when I stood side by side with then-President Obama and then-Vice President Biden in the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook and failed gun safety legislation, I knew that despite our shared heartbreak, my friend Joe and I were just getting started. Nearly a decade later, President Biden signed into law the first major gun safety legislation in nearly 30 years. At a time when our country feels more divided than ever, this legislation shows us that Americans can come together to solve some of our most important and pressing problems.
It is the honor of a lifetime to receive this award. Mr. President, I am exceedingly grateful for this recognition, and I look forward to persevering with you in this fight.
Some of the other recipients you've heard of include the late John McCain, Denzel Washington, Megan Rapinoe and Simone Biles. Rapinoe is not the first LGBTQ recipient — others have included the late Harvey Milk and the late Bayard Rustin.
BOY CULTURE: In case you missed my Broadway Bares wrap-up!
Michael Pugliese, in Winter Soldier wear (Images by Matthew Rettenmund)