Friday, April 28, 2017

On the Rag, Vol. 455

A weekly look at what's making news in the gay mags:

Get Out!: Meet the drama queens of "Fire Island"

Winq (U.K.): Doctors in the 1980s thought poppers might be causing AIDS. Now they (really) think they're increasing the risk of cancer in older gay men 

DNA (Australia): Meet Insta-stud Alex Cypriano, who seems to hate clothing

Metro Weekly (D.C.): Thirty years ago, Jeremiah Tower forged the celebrity chef culture that pervades today's society. A new documentary celebrates the life of the playful, irascible perfectionist.

Gay Times: Get a 360 view inside these half-naked rugby players’ locker room

Why Siobhan’s return to Bananarama completes the bunch

QX (London): This week, they've got cover boy Marcos Santos! Plus, how to survive in London on 50 quid a week!

Out in Jersey: Where are the gay beaches in New Jersey?

Passport: Exploring Sri Lanka and the Maldives

Outlook Ohio: Are you ready for Columbus Pride?

The Gay U.K.: Former O-Town member Ashley Parker is all grown up ...

Q Salt Lake Magazine: South Salt Lake Police seeking driver of Chevy Sonic in murder case

Lavender (Twin Cities): The sports and fitness issue is out now

Attractive Men: Find out about the best and worst foods for your skin

Attitude (U.K.): Todrick Hall leads the LGBT fightback in the May issue 

HIV Plus: Even short-term use of steroids can be risky

Edge Media: Democrats reboot effort for national ban on gay-conversion therapy

Têtu (France): The moving homage by the hubby of Xavier Jugelé, the policeman killed on the Champs-Elysées

MetroSource: "How to Survive a Plague": AIDS and hard lessens learned

Song of the Day: 'Anymore' by Goldfrapp

Damian scored some last-minute Goldfrapp tickets last night. I'll let you know how the show was when I wake up!

Morning Wood

Page 1 Roundup (04/28)

The New York Post: Man fatally stabs teen at Internet cafe, goes right back to computer game: cops

The Daily News: William Tolley’s 8-year-old daughter wears his hat to honor lost FDNY hero at funeral

The New York Times: Who are they kidding? The deficit only matters when Democrats are in power

The Wall Street Journal: A Miracle at the World’s Largest Church: People Are Showing Up

Thursday, April 27, 2017


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These (Gay TV) Friends of Mine

USA Today takes a fun look at gay sitcom characters both before and after "Ellen." Read HERE.

Coffee Stalk

Someone's ready to ASSUME the position!

Caitlyn Jenner's on Sale

They're practically giving away tickets, but if I wanted to listen to a crazy old lady who thinks Obama was born in Kenya speak, I'd just go to my parents' retirement community in Arizona.

Song of the Day: 'Ticket to the Tropics' by Cristina

I blogged about the sexy post-punk singer back in 2011, but I couldn't find the video for this MTV favorite ... until now! Cristina, the daughter of a French psychoanalyst and an American illustrator-novelist-playwright, was described by one blogger as Lydia Lunch if she were a debutante whose lyrics are "bitchy, aloof and hilarious." (Her second album opens with the pulsating "Don't Mutilate My Mink"!) Cristina was a Harvard drop-out who was writing for the Village Voice when she met and married a wealthy British retailing heir who had recently started ZE Records. The cynical "Disco Clone" was her (and the label's) first single, which led to two classic albums -- one produced by August Darnell (aka Kid Creole) and one ("Sleep It Off") by Don Was. After her second album bombed -- the LP was such a commercial failure, in fact, that the sleeve designer ended up reusing the concept for Grace Jones' "Slave to the Rhythm" -- she retired to domestic life in Texas before divorcing and returning to Manhattan. TimeOut New York reported in 2004 that she is battling a "debilitating illness," but I'm not sure what her status is today. 

The long-lost video, above.


Although she was a gifted songwriter, her covers certainly didn't go unnoticed, like this deadpan version of "Drive My Car" by the Beatles ...

And her downtown take on this Peggy Lee classic -- with a rare-for-its-era same-sex twist and a romance that makes "He Hit Me (and It Felt Like a Kiss)" sound like a nursery rhyme -- is also worth a listen. In fact, songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller were so furious when the original lyrics of their 1969 Grammy-winner were changed this way, they had an injunction against the recording that lasted for 24 years.

One reviewer wrote “If Jackie Kennedy had made a record, it would sound like this.” 

Morning Wood

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