Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Last week I met a Unicorn...the one and only Carol Channing... pic.twitter.com/5EnS6iuSFw — Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) May 31, 2016
Remember Carol's guest vocals on this one? #BenWaBalls #NippleClamps
Saddened to read about the passing of the gay-rights pioneer.
The New York Times writes:
Connie Kopelov, whose wedding to Phyllis Siegel in 2011 was the first legal same-sex marriage in New York City, died in Manhattan on Saturday. She was 90. Her death was confirmed by Ms. Siegel, who said Ms. Kopelov had been in the late stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Ms. Kopelov and Ms. Siegel had been partners for 23 years when they were married by the city clerk on July 24, 2011 — the same day that a state law took effect allowing same-sex couples to marry. That morning, Ms. Kopelov, then 85, and Ms. Siegel, 76, were the first couple through the door of the marriage bureau, on Worth Street in Lower Manhattan. The City Council speaker at the time, Christine C. Quinn, a lesbian and prominent gay rights activist, stood in attendance around 9 a.m. as the clerk, Michael McSweeney, said, “I now pronounce you married.” Ms. Siegel held Ms. Kopelov’s head and kissed her on the left cheek. Ms. Kopelov smiled and held her marriage license aloft. “I lost my breath,” Ms. Siegel said in March, recalling the moment. “It was just the most exciting loss of breath I’ve ever had. I just was so happy.” From that day on, Ms. Siegel said, people would stop them on the street and congratulate them.RIP.
Connie Kopelov (right), 84, and Phyllis Siegel, 76, held up their marriage certificate to celebrate as they exited the Manhattan City Clerk's office after getting married July 24, 2011 in New York City, on the first day gay couples were allowed to legally do so in New York state, after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the historic legislation into law.
AIDS Activist @peterstaley Speaks Out About Feud With Bernie Sanders Campaign https://t.co/AKITzLC7S1 #FeelTheBern pic.twitter.com/pD0i7fF311— Tommy Christopher (@tommyxtopher) May 30, 2016
I don't really bother reading much about the Sanders campaign anymore now that he has zero chance of getting the nomination. But for those keeping score at home, this is what it's come to. Read HERE.
I adore Chelsea Handler, so would probably watch whatever she came up with. But here's hoping news that the guy who runs her new Netflix talk show has left after nine episodes will mean that the show will change moving forward. I know she was hoping to make this one more educational. But the best part of "Chelsea Lately" was always the round table -- where she could interact and react to people, her bread and butter -- so 30 minutes with no commercials is a lot of time to fill up trying to make kooky celebrities seem interesting (sorry, Gwen Stefani) and cabinet members seem entertaining. Perhaps she should do what she did on the episode with Chris Evans where she films a group of people at a dinner table discussing a given topic. I couldn't care less about super heroes, but this give-and-take format allowed her to shine, so it didn't even matter. This is what she did on most of her "Chelsea Does ..." specials, and it might be the way to go with "Chelsea" moving forward. Doing the first streaming talk show was always going to be a trial-and-error effort, so there's no shame in shifting gears. Here's hoping things start moving in a funnier direction.
Now if Chelsea could just get him to TAKE HIS PANTS OFF again ...
UPDATE: Chelsea addresses the reports.
Here's what you're missing by not subscribing to magazines anymore:
Zac Efron becomes Jacked Efron for Men's Fitness ...
Men's Health has the "Games of Thrones" warrior workout ...
Ben Affleck covers Industry magazine ...
Matthias Schoenaerts covers Esquire ...
Rolling Stone learned 11 things hanging with Oscar Isaac ...
Men's Health: Six weeks to more size and strength with John Cena ...
Inside SI's Lionel Messi cover piece ...
As you may recall, Damian and I went against type and watched a fictional drama last year -- Netflix's "Bloodline." Although I found myself morphing into my parents -- who seemed to spend more time speculating about what was going to happen next than actually watching shows like this when I was a kid -- we couldn't deny being intrigued by the sudsy Southern mess the Rayburn clan was. Dove into the Season 2 premiere last night and I have to admit we'd have been well-advised to have rewatched Season 1 in its entirety -- things are that convoluted and a year is a long time away -- but would be lying if I didn't confess that they have already thrown out enough bread crumbs for me to want to see where this train is headed, a train I once thought had already reached its destination. Anyone else watching? The incredible cast including Kyle Chandler, Linda Cardellini, Chloe Sevigny and Sissy Spacek is reason enough to give it a chance.
Pray It Ain't So: Catholic Church spent $2M on major N.Y. lobbying firms to block child-sex law reform ...
Of course we're all outraged that Harambe the gorilla had to be killed. But even though the mother's "Jesus saved my baby until the Good Man With a Gun Came to Save the Day" routine is exhausting, you can't blame the parents. There shouldn't have been a way for the kid to get inside there in the first place. As the uncle of a youngster myself, I blame the kid!
On the water, going around in circles sounds like a plan ...
Plus a teacher gets busted for being a perv, Millennials are the largest living generation on Planet Earth and more HERE.
Monday, May 30, 2016
As Sandra Bernhard reminds us, today is "not a day to just shriek & drink rose it's memorial day so save a thought for those who have fallen in the name of liberty!" Watch this somber moment HERE ...
and something more frivolous here!
Great graphic illustrates what I've been saying all along: If Bernie Sanders were really the choice of the people, he would be beating her -- like Barack Obama did.
"The Democratic Party -- the party that gave this country its first African-American President, the party that is poised to give this country its first woman nominee of a major party and very likely its first woman President, a party chaired by a Jewish woman, a party which features the first openly gay member of the United States Congress on the party's rules committee -- isn't 'progressive' enough or inclusive enough according to a 75 year old straight white male who 'white flighted' his way out of the most ethnically diverse city in the country to the whitest state in the northeast United States and who just passed his 1 year anniversary of declaring himself a member of the party that he thinks that he is the only fit candidate to be the party's nominee for President. A nomination which if he can't secure it by the ballot, has threatened to secure it by lawsuits and more than just hinted at violence. Am I getting this right?"It seems no one -- not even AIDS activist Peter Staley -- is pure enough for Sanders supporters ... they've become truly insufferable.
Social media is the worst thing to happen to Madonna since Guy Ritchie. But when the woman is on, she's spot-on! There were a lot of things to criticize about Madonna's tribute to Prince on the Billboard Music Awards. Her race was not one of them. Furthermore ...
Sunday, May 29, 2016
Friday, May 27, 2016
Happy Memorial Day, everyone.
Freda Payne's classic Vietnam protest song still resonates 45 years later -- just add "and girls" and let's put a real end to these fruitless wars in the Middle East once and for all. Hope you're safe and surrounded by loved ones this most reverend of weekends.
WATCH: Rafa Nadal's French Open-ending press conference. https://t.co/3118cAn0dQ #RG16 pic.twitter.com/f9BT08QI6T— TENNIS.com (@Tennis) May 27, 2016
Sucks that Rafael Nadal has had so many injuries. Definitely not how any of us wanted to see this go.
Which is to say nothing about this:
.@maddow and @sethmeyers Skewer the Outdated Email Protocol Hillary Clinton Violated - WATCH https://t.co/S9slGcsdke pic.twitter.com/tweA24OBAo— Towleroad (@tlrd) May 27, 2016
A weekly look at what's making news in the free gay mags:
Next: The top 12 reasons to visit Fire Island this summer / Read HERE.
A look at gay bathhouses then and now / Read HERE.
Get Out!: Meet Moses Universe HERE.
Brielle's newest track "Ought to Be" checked out HERE.
Next (South Florida): 11 questions with Acid Betty / Read HERE.
Lavender (Twin Cities): The Indigo Girls and Blondie are just two of the groups headed to town this summer / Read HERE.
Winq: Catch up with Adam Lambert HERE.
Metro Weekly (D.C.): Don Lemon says he wants to be "the best person to tell the story," but can we ever get past how dim he is? / Read HERE.
Gloss (SF): Another queer magazine interview with Nick "I'm not gay baiting" Jonas / Read HERE.
Frontiers: L.A. Pride 2016: CSW President Chris Classen confirms this year’s celebration is for everyone / Read HERE.
Nick Jonas strips down in the new trailer for his upcoming erotic thriller "Careful What You Wish For" / Read HERE.
QX (London): Bisi Alimi is a civil rights hero for modern times / Read HERE.