316 posts categorized "AWARDS"

May 20 2019
Underwear's The Party? + Kamala's Plan + Lori Lightfoot Makes Herstory + McConnell = Grim Reaper + Egerton On Elton & MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: Pillows, half-off.

BELOW: Keep reading for Kamala's plan, Lori Lightfoot's swearing-in, Mitch McConnell's threat, hanky-panky with fisting and more ...

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May 17 2019
Body On The Rocks + Equality Act Passes House + Is ROCKETMAN Really A First? + RIP Herman Wouk + QUEER EYE Shade + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: I know, I know — you don't like tattoos.

BELOW: Keep reading for the historic passage of the Equality Act (which is DOA in the Senate), Rocketman's queer cred and more ...

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May 06 2019
Madonna, Andy Cohen & More Honored At GLAAD MEDIA AWARDS; Queen Of Pop Urges Everyone To Give Back, But Never Give Up Comments (0)

IMG_1032Unyielding advocate for personal power and giving back (All images by Matthew Rettenmund)

I bought my ticket for the 30th GLAAD Media Awards upon learning that Madonna would be honored there as a tireless Advocate for Change, a much-needed reboot of our appreciation for all she's done for LGBTQ people over the years.

I always cover the carpet, but figured she would not walk — and was right — so wanted to be sure I had a nice spot inside.

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In the meantime, sadly, one of my dogs has been caught in a life-or-death health battle, so I thought I'd have to pass up the awards. As it turned out, he was in good hands Saturday, so I was able to take a breath, Screen Shot 2019-05-06 at 11.56.56 AMgo and enjoy a very memorable night.

Pictured with my longtime buddy Lav ->

I did the carpet with my old friend Peter Dee, who manned the Q&A part while I filmed. (It's Boy Culture, not Dad Culture.) I wore my familiar CK jacket but accessorized with a vintage Madonna purse to hold my video cam.

The carpet's always fun — you're stressed out that you don't deserve to be next to major news orgs, then overhear that they'd accidentally been recording their interviews on slow-mo, or that someone will IMG_4046hog too much time with the best gets, leaving you with the dregs, then find out the ones you really want have no problem circling back to you anyway.

My own snafu — my video sometimes records with all the audio pitched to one side, not stereo. And I can't figure it out. So watch our supercut of snippets from Shangela (she tackles MAYOchella), Gus Kenworthy (got to say hello to his boyf Matt Wilkas), May Hong of Tales of the City, the Pose cast, Trace Lysette and Alexandra Billings of Transparent, Yuval David (Madam Secretary), Jonathan Van Ness, Sonja Morgan, Adam Rippon, Benito Skinner and more ... but do so with one ear:

With the carpet behind me, I dashed inside to find I was seated at a great table, where I met the owners of the Stonewall Inn. (We also had a Jennifer Coolidge caricature at the table who was apparently a Trumper, as she loudly complained about a very pregnant Chelsea Clinton's passionate speech about tolerance.

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IMG_0966The dress was exquisitely, appropriately over-the-top-and-beyond ...

The show was one of GLAAD's best, with participation from the Pose cast, Rachel Brosnahan, and a hilarious presentation by Sarah Jessica Parker of the Vito Russo Award to Andy Cohen, who she teased for his younger wild ways. Shangela was a most capable hostess. One could even say she had the mostess.

I realized right away my camera gave me carte blanche, so I went from table to table getting lovely posed pics of Sarah Jessica Parker and Anderson Cooper, Sarah Jessica Parker and Andy Cohen, Rosie O'Donnell and more.

Screen Shot 2019-05-06 at 1.26.24 AMI was thrilled with my SJP shots

When Madonna strolled into the banquet room about 25 minutes before her presentation and took a seat, shielding her eyes with red sunglasses, I did not hesitate. I was the first photographer to approach and politely ask for a shot. She turned her head and said, “Nope, nope, nope.” Asked and answered!

IMG_1134Yes, Madonna got teary-eyed.

Still, I was able to park by the stage, so I got excellent close-ups when she was affectionately lampooned by Shangela (in a cone bra) and celebrated by Anderson Cooper, Rosie O'Donnell and queer rapper Mykki Blanco. Taking the stage to the strains of her new empowerment anthem “I Rise,” Madonna gave a lovely, funny, bittersweet speech, in which she thanked Christopher Flynn, Keith Haring and her best friend Martin Burgoyne for helping to form her values, remembering through some tears the plague years, when she went to St. Vincent's and embraced dying men in their beds to give them humanity. 

Screen Shot 2019-05-06 at 1.16.54 AMAt Madonna's feet

She spoke of her refusal to turn her back on marginalized people, promising to never let her LGBTQ fans down.

IMG_1077The gays — including actual gay Gus Kenworthy & honorary gay SJP back there — watching Madonna speak

She was most emotional when talking about how her commitment to fighting AIDS led her to champion Malawi, from which she adopted four of her six kids.

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For comedy, Madonna recalled making Truth or Dare and having had no idea it would inspire men to come out as gay, let alone suck off so many Evian bottles.

Best of all, Madonna delivered a rousing reminder that we need to be who we are, whether people like it or not. She raised two middle fingers as she made this evergreen pronouncement, which came minutes after she'd pledged $25,000 to GLAAD during an auction run by celebrity benefit auctioneer Erin Ward that evening.

Madonna's gratitude to gay men in particular (no mention of her gay, estranged bro Christopher Ciccone) was palpable, her wit was in good order and she was, as ever, unready to back down from anyone or anything.

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I also loved her use of a James Baldwin quote about how we don't own anything, but are mere shepherds of our talents — and we owe it to everyone to give back.

All this, and she was 15 feet away from me!

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IMG_1259Madonna was feeling both Rosie and Shangela — and Shangela had made fun of her cone bra!

After that, she sneaked back through the stage and vanished, hand-in-hand with Rosie O'Donnell, but everyone else stayed and after-partied. She had, after all, told us in parting that Madame X is a freedom fighter, and a freedom fighter's work is never done.

Check out a chunk of Madonna's speech here:

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Apr 19 2019
I'd Still Say Mesh + Pelosi Promises Mueller Action + Huckabee Sanders Lies About Lying + Schock Report + Bernie & Kamala's Big Bucks + EARTH Day + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: Just a simple boy with a dream.

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Mar 29 2019
Beyoncé & JAY-Z, Sean Hayes, QUEER EYE and LOVE, SIMON Receive GLAAD Media Awards In L.A. Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2019-03-29 at 7.38.34 AMJAY-Z & Beyoncé (Image via video still)

The first of two annual GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies was held in L.A. Thursday evening, with A-listers receiving recognition for promotion tolerance of LGBTQ people and rights in all media.

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Mar 21 2019
Beau's Beaut Of A Butt + Boxer's Anti-Gay Threats + Log Cabin Traitor + Barbara Walters's Tampon Girl + DRAG RACE: It's A Thai! + Madonna's Wig Of Light + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: You know you're old when you see guys like this and want to go up to them and tell 'em to enjoy that fuckin' hair.

BELOW: Keep reading for Beau Mirchoff's ass, a boxer's anti-gay threats, a Log Cabin traitor and more ...

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Mar 19 2019
ROCKETMAN Sneak Peek In L.A. With Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Bryce Dallas Howard & More Comments (0)

K031819A-0622Bryce Dallas Howard, Taron Egerton & Jamie Bell (Images via Rocketman)

The hot ticket Monday night was to the special-footage presentation of Rocketman — the Elton John biopic — at Doug Weston's Troubadour in L.A., where Elton first performed in the U.S. in 1970.

K031819A-0798This weirds me out because it's Elton & Cunanan aka Taron & Darren Criss

Watch for Rocketman to be marketed aggressively because word is it's good, and if a so-so movie like Bohemian Rhapsody can go as far as it did, there's no telling how far Rocketman can blast off! More pics ...

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Mar 11 2019
Pecs Appeal + Drake Loses MJ + Gallery Of Hotness + Pelosi Not For Impeachment + Gay Preacher's Kid Wows AMERICAN IDOL + MORE! Comments (0)

ABOVE: Oscars all around!

BELOW: Keep reading for a naked favorite, a gallery of HOT-ness, a gay American Idol heart-tugger, Pelosi on impeachment and much more ...

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