Monday, June 30, 2014

Big Apple Pride

Rebecca Smeyne's yellow taxi may be Gay Pride NYC 2014's instant iconic shot, but Boy Culture had more fun on a float with gay-for-pay hookers and the like HERE.

Making a Hobby Out of Discrimination

I'm under the weather today so have not been online much, but I am so disgusted with this Hobby Lobby bullshit, using religion as a front for discrimination. Did ANYONE have a problem when Mike Huckabee -- who is WHITE -- was the governor of Arkansas and supported the exact same contraception mandate in his state's health law?????

These 5-4 decisions tell you everything you need to know about the importance of having a Democrat in the White House. Truly sickening. 

Here's what Lorri Jean of the Los Angeles LGBT Center had to say about it:
“This decision is an alarming victory for fundamentalist religious forces who want to be able to use their private beliefs to harm and restrict the freedom of others who believe differently. For the first time, the U.S. Supreme Court is allowing companies that do business with the public to evade the application of federal laws because of individual belief. This flies in the face of decades of civil rights jurisprudence. It's a dangerous precedent that, in addition to harming women, puts the rights and freedoms of LGBT people at risk.” 
The Center agrees with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dissenting opinion that calls this a “decision of startling breadth” in which the “court holds that commercial enterprises, including corporations, can opt out of any law, saving only tax laws, they judge incompatible with their sincerely held religious beliefs.”

Wrecks and the City

My friend Marc recently had the gruesome misfortune of happening upon a woman who had hanged herself from a tree near his apartment in Brooklyn, so the fact that he anticipated this scene almost seems like God's way of giving him something to make up for it. God's got a sick sense of humor, right?
"Seriously, I saw these two booze bags and immediately reached for my phone, knowing they're going down in 3, 2, 1...BAM!"

Song of the Day: 'Pride (In the Name of Love)' by U2

Hope you had a great pride weekend. Mine sure was -- except for the fact that I caught a f**king summer cold and am leaving for L.A. on Saturday for my book event at Book Soup. Hope to see you there, Monday, July 7, at 7 p.m. ... dead or alive! More info HERE.

Bulge on the Fourth of July

Recipe for Disaster

Combine equal parts 

  • Cocaine
  • PCP
  • Quaaludes
  • Seconal 

  •  Yield: Causes death

    Even before the Oakland County Child Killer murders, my first real exposure to death was when "Family Affair" cutie Anissa Jones died in 1976. I pictured her looking like Buffy still, with Mrs. Beasley tucked under her arm, so it made no sense that she could have been overdosing on drugs, a word I barely understood the meaning of. But it was only when this cookbook popped up on my Facebook news feed last week did I dig deeper and find what she looked like closer to her death at age 18. What a beautiful girl -- still far too young to imagine abusing narcotics -- and a tragic ending. Her brother overdosed a few years later leaving mom Mary Paula Jones childless till her death in 2010..

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    Friday, June 27, 2014

    On the Rag, Vol. 309

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

    Odyssey New York: Whatever the guy on the left is selling, I'm buying / Online edition HERE.

    (UPDATE: He is Well-Strung member Christopher Marchant and you can follow him HERE.)

    Next's pride guide looks good enough to read / Click HERE.

    Get Out! magazine gets undressed for Alegria Pride / Online edition HERE.

    Metro Weekly (DC): Roberta Kaplan, the lawyer who represented Edith Windsor in her legal fight against DOMA, looks back at the beginning of the end / Read HERE.

    Lavender (Twin Cities): The Summer home and garden issue as a makeover that's to-die-for HERE!

    Frontiers (L.A.) declares Lisa Vanderpump "reality TV's classiest act,' and helps celebrate a renewed bravo deal and her new WeHo hotspot / Read HERE.

    Inside: For Paul Zone, growing up in the early ‘70s at the center of the universe, New York City, being 14-years-old meant late nights with rock stars, drag queens, drug addicts, artists and other regulars of Max’s Kansas City and CBGB / Read HERE.

    Photos of the Day

    Captain and recently capped USA Men s Eagle Seamus Kelly awaits pregame treatment.

    Soccer, schmoccer. Rugby is where it's at.

    Shia LaBoeuf and the Jordan Almond Defense

    Move over, Twinkies: there's a new legal defense in town. I'm on Team Shia, thanks to this source from inside Studio 54:
    Shia LaBoeuf was slapping the shit out of people at Cabaret not because he's pulling a Charlie Sheen, but because they were crunching on Jordan almonds during the performance. True story -- my friend Steve from TX is visiting NYC and was in the audience when it happened. #misophonia
    I write about my battle with misophonia in my book and have this to say about Shia's behavior: If the Jordan almonds allegation is true, I think he showed great restraint!

    Bottom line: Stop crunching in public and no one will get hurt.

    Scent of a Man

    Eau No! Where Men Go Wrong With Cologne 

    Many Wear Too Much; Trying a Lighter Version for Summer

    As spot-on as this article is -- we've all sat next to the colleague who abuses Axe Body Spray -- I do have to offer one caveat. Like most things in life, when someone is REALLY HOT, it really doesn't matter what they do ... even wearing way too much cologne. It becomes endearing, sexy ... even intoxicating. Read HERE.

    Study Finds Sex With Strangers Is Good for Your Health

    This is likely to come as good news for all you single ladies! Read HERE.

    And speaking of which, you must hear real women read actual Grindr/Scruff etc. messages to believe it! Click HERE.

    Nailed It

      Now that's a great name ...

    Closet Cases

    I am so tired of gay Republicans suddenly coming forward to express their dismay with the way their party used LGBT people as a wedge issue to win elections. What the hell did you think you'd signed up for?

    From Timothy J. Burger's Politico report, where insiders estimate 70 gays and lesbians worked for George W. Bush:
    For some of his gay aides, it was a struggle to reconcile the decency they usually saw up close with the frequent reminders, both large and small, that theirs was a party very publicly committed to the view that they were not entitled to the same legal protections as other Americans.  
    Although former staffers say they never believed Bush personally had anything against gay people, many still experienced episodes of cognitive dissonance.
    What does "personal" even mean to these people? OF COURSE it was personal. A constitutional amendment to rob you of your rights is inherently personal. And that was hardly the GOP's first kick in the stomach. Have they never heard of the Briggs Initiative? Do your homework, people. Now you want us to pretend like this never happened and applaud you as you cash in trying to act like you care about your gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender brothers and sisters now that it suits your needs.You make me sick.

    Happy Gay Pride Weekend, Everyone!

    As you must know, we celebrate pride at this time of year because the Stonewall riots occurred this weekend back in 1969 -- on the night of June 27th/early morning hours of June 28. Thanks to all of the men and women, femmes and butches, dykes and trannies, who paved the way for us today!

    Meat Market

      What good is a rectum without a bone?

    Novak Djokovic Is Such a Tease

    No fair, guy in the V-neck T! More glorious pics HERE!

    To Gym or Not to Gym ...

    The Gays of Our Lives

    Vintage Photographs Provide A Glimpse Into The Lives Of LGBT Couples 

     We've come a long way, baby. But we've been around for-ever! View HERE.

    Song of the Day: 'Suddnely Last Summer' by the Motels

    The video starts out all "The Day After Halloween," but turns all "From Here to Eternity," despite its Tennesse Williams title. Just got my tickets to see Martha at the Iridum later this summer. She's a real treat live.

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