39 posts categorized "RYAN MURPHY"

Jul 11 2019
Jock Heaven + Matt & Gus Split + POSE Tackles Anti-Trans Violence + The House Tackles Anti-Trans Trump + Cameron Boyce's Final Snap + MORE — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: Tomorrow would've been this sometimes-naked hunk's 99th.

BELOW: Keep reading for Gus & Matt's breakup, Pose's Candy episode, the House standing behind trans military members and more ...

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Jun 11 2019
POSE Stars Sing Madonna's Praises As VOGUE Informs New Season Comments (0)

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Cast members of Pose — which returns tonight! — are speaking out favorably about Madonna's “Vogue” and Madonna herself. It's appropriate. As a 20-year-old, when I first heard the song, it was an introduction to a culture I knew little about, and it was always, always clear — straight from Madonna's mouth, many times on the record — where the inspiration had come from.

As MJ says, Madonna consciously uses her platform to elevate others who don't have the platform. She doesn't seek, she finds, and as narcissistic as all pop stars necessarily are, Madonna has always been excellent at shining her spotlight on those who she thinks the world is missing out on ...

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May 30 2019
Billy Porter On Being Billy Porter Comments (0)

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Pose star Billy Porter is having a moment, and Gay Times is covering it ...

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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)

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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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IMG_4044Getting with the programs

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. 

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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 17 2019
Beyoncé's Surprise Party + Time 100 Queerer Than Ever + Madonna Merch + Columbine Nut Dead + 25 Reasons We Knew Aaron Schock Was Gay + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: Sunkissed!

BELOW: Keep reading for Beyoncé, Madonna, Aaron Schock and why Facebook is the devil ...

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Feb 07 2019
All-American Guys + Gus Kenworthy's New Acting Gig + Mamie's F.U. To Trump + New Scooter LaForge Art + MORE! — 6-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: David Vance has been shooting about 50 years, still churns out winners.

BELOW: Keep reading for an All-American Guy, Gus Kenworthy's new acting gig and more ...

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Jan 08 2019
2018/2019 GALECA Award Winners Are Here! Comments (0)

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GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics have named our 10th Dorian Award winners in TV and film, and The Favourite was among our favorites, taking film, actress and screenplay of the year.

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Full winner list below ...

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Dec 31 2018
Ballroom Legend Hector Xtravaganza Dies @ 60 Comments (0)

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He was visible in the vogueing scenes from the breatkthrough FX hit Pose just ths year, and was a consultant on the series, and now it's already time to say goodbye to Hector Xtravaganza, who died yesterday at 60.

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