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Jun 27 2023
Trump On Tape: Prison Likely? + GLAAD Shames Social Media Giants On Trans Safety + Noah Schnapp, Tomás Matos, Claire Richards + The Dreadful UpStairs Lounge Blaze + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: Happy 73rd to James Daughton, such a snob on film, such a nice (gay) guy in real life.

BELOW: Keep reading for a groundbreaking photographer's first major retrospective, Trump dead to rights, GLAAD sticking up for trans safety and more ...

Van-leo-boyculture-gayA master of light (Images by Van Leo courtesy of Hammer Museum)

HAMMER MUSEUM: I've never heard of Armenian-Egyptian photographer Van Leo (1921-2002), but the exhibition Becoming Van Leo looks to be an exhaustive tracing of his work, which seems to presage Cindy Sherman and others with its reliance on self-portraiture:

Born Levon Boyadjian to Armenian parents in Turkey in 1921, the artist moved to Egypt with his family as a child, eventually settling in Cairo. There he rose to prominence as one of the Arab world’s most celebrated studio photographers from the 1940s to the 1960s. The exhibition traces Van Leo’s career from his earliest encounters with the camera in the 1930s, in which he used friends and family as models, through his experiments in self-portraiture of the 1940s and 1950s, and onward to his studio work, which extended into the 1990s.

The show runs July 15-November 5, 2023, at the Hammer Museum (10899 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.)

CNN: Trump was caught on audio freely discussing top-secret material he stole. It is so disgusting that Trump used stolen top-secret documents just for bragging rights.

GLAAD: 250+ public figures sign GLAAD's letter to the major social media companies imploring the powers that be to protect trans people from the deluge of hate and the groomer trend, which has enriched the platforms immeasurably:

The celebrities, influencers, and prominent public figures include: Alan Cumming, ALOK, Amber Ruffin, Amy Landecker, Amy Schumer, Angelica Ross, Annaleigh Ashford, Ariana Grande, Arisce Wanzer, Avan Jogia, Barbie Ferreira, Bebe Rexha, Bella Ramsey, Ben Barnes, Benito Skinner, Bethany Cosentino, Billy Eichner, Billy Porter, Bobby Berk, Bradley Whitford, Bretman Rock, Brian Michael Smith, Busy Phillips, Camila Cabello, Cara Delevingne, Chella Man, Cheyenne Jackson, Christa Miller, Chris Perfetti, Colton Haynes, Cynthia Erivo, Cynthia Nixon, Dakota Fanning, Dan Levy, Darren Criss, Diane Guerrero, D'Arcy Carden, Debra Messing, Demi Lovato, Dylan Mulvaney, Eleganca Bratton, Elle Fanning, Elliot Page, Emily Hampshire, Gabrielle Union-Wade, Gigi Gorgeous, Glennon Doyle, Griffin Dunne, Hailey Baldwin Bieber, Hannah Gadsby, Hayley Kiyoko, Hayley Williams, Ilana Glazer, Indya Moore, Isaac Mizrahi, Jameela Jamil, James Scully, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janelle Monáe, Jai Rodriguez, Jazz Jennings, Jenna Lyons, Jessica Betts, Jonathan Van Ness, Jinkx Monsoon, JP Saxe, Judd Apatow, Justin Baldoni, Kal Penn, Karamo, Katherine LaNasa, Kendrick Sampson, Kevin Cahoon, Kristin Chenoweth, Lachlan Watson, Laith Ashley, Lauren Jauregui, Lena Dunham, Lena Waithe Lily Rabe, Lily Singh, Liv Hewson, Liza Koshy, Lola  Tung, Mae Martin, Mae Whitman, Mandy Patinkin, Martha Plimpton, Matt Bernstein, Matt McGorry, Meena Harris, Michaela Jae Rodriguez, Michelle Buteau, Niecy Nash Betts, Nico Santos, Nicole Maines, Nik Dodani, Olly Alexander, Padma Lakshmi, Patrick Stewart, Patti LuPone, Peppermint, Rafael Silva, Ramy Youssef, Raquel Willis, Rosario Dawson, Sam Smith, Sara Bareilles, Sasha Velour, Scott Turner Schofield, Sia, Shawn Mendes, Shea Coulee, Shea Diamond, Sherri Saum, Taika Waititi, Tatiana Maslany, Tommy Dorfman, Wilson Cruz, Zoe Chao, Zooey Deschanel, and many more. 

INSTAGRAM: Noah Schnapp, 18 and freshly out, joyfully memorializes his first-ever Pride.

Tomas-matos-boyculture-gay“They better use my proper pronouns when I roll up in they town and make that shit my playground ...” (Image via Peace Bisquit)

INGRV.ES: Tomás Matos (Fire Island) has a new single — “Make an Entrance.”

FACEBOOK: A brief report from inside Larry Kramer's long-delayed memorial (he died over three years ago at 84) reveals that Dr. Fauci, who of course attended, has to travel with bodyguards. That is the direct responsibility of conspiracy-minded idiots like RFK Jr.

SCOTUS: Phew! The Supreme Court has aggressively decided that state legislatures have no standing in setting aside national election results. The dissents help us see which justices are the most horrible — the worst are Thomas and Gorsuch, with Alito a distant third.

TAMPA BAY: “Lawful but awful”: Florida's Stand Your Ground law is nothing more than a license to murder.

WFLA: Florida is a garbage state — how can you still visit and live there?!

HUFF POST: Huffington Post asks why the UpStairs Lounge fire massacre was forgotten — it wasn't! Many gay men have talked about this for 50 years, and it is frequently rehashed each anniversary. There was a documentary. It wasn't forgotten, it was IGNORED by non-gay press forever. The asshole faggot who started the fire committed suicide 18 months later, but in spite of being the clear perp, was never charged with anything. That is how much contempt city officials had (have?) for the gays. More on this disgusting crime.

Upstairs-lounge-gay-queer-fire-boycultureRegina Adams, who lost her partner in the blaze, and (inset) a reminder of the fact that 2 remain unIDed. (Images via video stills)

TMX: Don't throw human remains at P!nk.

TWITTER: You may not even know who Claire Richards is, but she's decided to cover Cher, Donna Summer, Whitney Houston, Kim Wilde and many others on her new album Euphoria.

Claire-richards-boycultureFelicity Huffman sings! (Image via