Thursday, October 31, 2019

Remains of the Day (10/31)

Foxwoods: Jennie and Tori took my advice and are taking this show on the road

Instagram: Alessandro Cavagnola models low-slung black Speedo

The Hill: Michelle Obama: "I can't make people not afraid of black people"

Express: Sophia Loren, 85, dazzles as she accepts lifetime achievement award (presented by son Carlo)

Back2Stonewall: Happy HOMOween! The Haunted Gay Carpe Diem Guesthouse in Provincetown

Towleroad: Another gay Republican sells his soul for notoriety ... and I actually know this one

Rolling Stone: Obama calls out online call-out culture: "That’s not activism"

Instagram: Steve Grand in a black Speedo at the Hotel Riviera Maya

Tennis: Federer withdraws from inaugural (and unnecessary) ATP Cup citing family needs

The WoW Report: Andy Warhol’s trans/drag series “Ladies & Gentlemen” featured at the Tate in London

Newsweek: ICE allegedly detaining LGBT asylum seeker in defiance of court ruling

Boy Culture: Terry Miller in pink animal-print briefs

Baseline: Alexander Zverev looking adorable answering questions and singing "We Are the World"(!)

Dlisted: A lot more than you would ever want to know about Suzanne Somers

Eater: Eat your foie gras now, New Yorkers

Greg in Hollywood: Pro golfer Tadd Fujikawa: “Many gays are femme-phobic when it comes to dating and sex”

Metrosource: This is how Mare Winningham surprised Café Carlyle

Intelligencer: Is there a good solution to the Uber crunch at airports?

Hot Cat of the Days: Looks like Mom's got her hands full!

Thursday Ad Watch

Ken is also a bearded cat freak. Now if I could also just look like a Hemsworth! 

Happy Halloween!

Hope you have a starry night.

Song of the Day: 'The Boys Are Back in Town' by Thin LIzzy

Thought of this great single by Thin Lizzy -- who were just nominated to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame -- after reading Anatomy of a Song in The Wall Street Journal. The 1976 hit, inspired by a tough character called Johnny, brought the struggling Irish band new life. Read HERE.

Page 1 Roundup (10/31)

The Wall Street Journal: Trick or Treat on Halloween? Horrifying.

Morning Wood

Stee anything you like?

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Remains of the Day (10/30)

Cutting News: How many times should the barber’s cock touch your elbow?

Los Angeles Times: House overwhelmingly approves resolution recognizing Armenian genocide

Instagram: Steve Grand's ass in a black Speedo

Dlisted: Kevin Spacey is off the hook for allegedly assaulting a massage therapist who died before the trial

Architectural Digest: Greg Brady sells oceanfront Malibu home for $5.82 million

The New York Times: Folsom Europe, a five-day festival of concerts and street parties, celebrates gay life, the leather scene and hard-won freedoms in Berlin.

St. Martin's Press: "Insightful...a whirlwind tale spanning eight decades studded with glamour, bravado, and desire set against the backdrop of Greenwich Village and the Hamptons."

Greg in Hollywood: Ricky Martin and Jean Yosef introduce their newborn son Renn Martin-Yosef to the world

Baseline: It's been quite a year for Matteo Berrettini

Gothamist: The most impressive Halloween house in Brooklyn is extra spooky this year

Metro Weekly: Apple CEO Tim Cook: Being gay is "not a limitation, it’s God’s greatest gift"

Back2Stonewall: 16 LGBT activists released in Uganda, condemn police conduct and anal exams

EaterNY: And to think, Peter Luger was the reason I first set foot in Brooklyn

Politico: Kyrsten Sinema. Arizona's first Democratic senator in ages, is threatening party unity at a crucial moment. She doesn't care.

Instagram: When really bad tattoos happen to really hot men

Towleroad: Strapping saxophonists successfully destroy street preacher’s homophobic vibe

CBS News: Rising seas will erase more cities by 2050, new research shows

NewNowNext: The “Call Me by Your Name” sequel is finally here -- but it may not be the one you wanted

Hot Cat of the Day: Simmer down, Beavis.

Wrestle Wednesday

Even better IN MOTION.

Song of the Day: 'Everything Goes My Way' by Metronomy

Heard this playing when I stepped into West Elm with a friend yesterday. Was so proud of myself for liking a new artist -- only to find out this is from 2011 and has nearly 9 million views on YouTube!

Page 1 Roundup (10/30)

Morning Wood

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Remains of the Day (10/29)

People: Tom Hanks presents honor to Geena Davis at Governors Awards

The Daily News: Elton John returns to stage for marathon concert in Nashville after saying he was "extremely unwell" over weekend

Dlisted: Open post hosted by Kurt Cobain’s $334,000 cardigan

NewNowNext: How Prohibition helped launch America’s first great drag explosion

Gothamist: Happy 115th anniversary to the NYC subway, you barely look a day over 100

NBC News: Grandfather of toddler who fell out cruise ship window charged with manslaughter

The New York Times: You can get just about anything at an American diner. This illustrated history has some insights into why.

The Wow Report: Watch Now: Dami and Janet’s terrifying Halloween crafts

Bloomberg: Trump has never met a strongman to whom he wouldn't kowtow

Towleroad: Are "Great British Bake Off" contestants Michael and Henry the show’s first sweet gay romance?

Dlisted: It's moments like these that I really wish I hadn't given up "Real Housewives" cold turkey

Back2Stonewall: Self-loathing “ex-gays” to lobby Congress against the Equality Act

WSJ: Department-store restaurants are back -- going to the one at Hudson's with my mom as a child was a real treat!

Washington Blade: Gay icons Megan Rapinoe, John Waters among new faces of Nike

The Randy Report: Musicians drown out street preacher’s hate speech

Instagram: Madonna and Cher in London and Los Angeles

WHO: Woman killed by explosion that was part of gender reveal announcement

Washington Post: An untouchable Rachel Maddow busts her bosses at NBC News

Hot Cat of the Day: I'm the same way on the elliptical machine, little girl

Larry Kramer Says AIDS Is 'Worse Than Ever'

Larry Kramer is circulating a "renewed call to arms." But rather than making me want to put my activist boots back on, it has me wondering if at 84 the legendary writer and AIDS activist isn't beginning to suffer from dementia. He writes:


I think we are in a terrible place.

I think AIDS is worse than ever, we are told otherwise, and no one is facing the reality of this situation. I think gay people are being made victims by our entire government from the president on down through the entire political system.

The state of both gay and AIDS activism -- fighting back -- is in the toilet.

The organizations we have started and funded (with only a few exceptions like Broadway Cares and Lambda Legal) are weak and bordering on the useless.

All parts of the gay population‘s main activity is squabbling with each other. We are totally not united on anything.

The sex lives of gay men, with the arrival and availability of second-rate medicines, is rapidly returning to the behaviors that got us into trouble in the first place. Unprotected sex, sex parties, back rooms, on line searches for sex partners, have led to record-high numbers of all infectious diseases.

Meth has returned as a drug of choice, leading to addictions.

Long-term survivors of AIDS are treated like outcasts.

Gays seem incapable of angrily responding to any example of homophobia. We allow people in power to say hateful things about us. Few are the politicians who will fight out loud for us, particularly at this election time.

I do not see our bodies on the streets protesting in unison against every attack on us.

Please distribute this message to everyone you can.

Larry Kramer

My response:

--No, AIDS is not worse than ever. Earlier this month, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo declared that New York, once the epicenter of the epidemic, is on track to meet its goal to end the AIDS epidemic in the state by 2020. Did you forget you wrote the seminal play "The Normal Heart" in which everyone dies, which was based on real life?

--Protease inhibitors, pre-exposure prophylaxis and post-exposure prophylaxis are not second-rate drugs. They’re lifesavers and they’re preventing a new generation from going through the horrors ours did.

--Long-term survivors are beloved and more visible than ever. People are writing bestselling memoirs about living with HIV.

--PrEP is what we've been fighting for. Sex negativity was quasi-understandable when we didn't even know what was killing us. But now it smacks of just shaming people for the sake of shaming.

--LGBTQ people are fighting the Trump administration every step of the way

--Are you OK? Your brand of outrage helped get us where we are today. It’s time to take yes for an answer. 

Tennis Tuesday

I'm ready to play with either of these guys.

Song of the Day: 'Cold War Spy' by Josie Cotton

You can never have too much Josie Cotton. But it is a little perplexing that she's releasing new material at the same time her long-shelved followup to 1984's "From the Hip" finally came out -- an album that might just be her best ever. Here's the b-side from "Ukrainian Cowboy," her latest single that came out in August. 

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Instagram: Ass-tastic

Morning Wood

Monday, October 28, 2019

Remains of the Day (10/28)

Instagram: Giant man packed into dress shirt and chinos

Back2Stonewall: Gay Comcast executive files LGBT discrimination lawsuit against media giant

The Verge: Mark Zuckerberg is struggling to explain why Breitbart belongs on Facebook News

Instagram: Aaron Schock flaunts his body poolside

The New York Times: Justin Hartley of "This Is Us" meditates on his Rolexes

Greg in Hollywood: An “extremely unwell” Elton John forced to cancel concert in Indianapolis – reschedules for 2020

KIT212: Does James Tedesco have the hottest rugby ass ever?

Charlotte Observer: Former Sen. Kay Hagan dies at 66 

Instagram: "Three's Company" reunion in New Jersey

Gr8er Days: Marshall Cook fleshbeck

Dlisted: Jane Fonda accepted a BAFTA Award while being arrested

The WoW Report: Comic confronts Harvey Weinstein in her audience: ”I didn’t know we had to bring our own mace and rape whistles”

Towleroad: Lesbian elected mayor of Bogota, Colombia

Metrosource: “Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life”: This is the life of a gay porn star

The Guardian: Morrissey inches his way closer to becoming Donald Trump

HuffPost: Talk about a busy headline

Hot Cat of the Day: He hit me (and it felt like a kiss)

Mug Shot Monday

Sexy guy. Just don't ask him to lower the volume on HIS MUSIC.

Weekend Tennis Roundup

An emotional Roger Federer extended his record number of title wins at the Swiss Indoors on Sunday, defeating Alex de Minaur in straight sets to lift the trophy in Basel for a 10th time. Federer, who was already the most successful player in the history of the tournament, was competing in his 15th final in his hometown after seeing off No. 3 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in a straight-sets semifinal win on Saturday. Meanwhile, 20-year-old De Minaur was vying for his fourth career title, with the previous three having all come this year in Atlanta, Zhuhai and his hometown of Sydney.

Earlier in the week, this David and Goliath clash got me hot 'n' bothered ...

The big man came out on top, winning 7-5 in the third.

The Wawrinka vs. Tiafoe Round of 16 match was a thriller -- and not just because the American had white shorts on and a hot guy in his box ...

Dominic Thiem defeated good friend Diego Schwartzman 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in front of a packed home crowd in the Austrian capital, bringing his best level in crucial moments to complete the win after two hours and 25 minutes. Thiem improves to 9-0 in his home country this year, having also lifted the Generali Open trophy in Kitzbühel without dropping a set in August. The 26-year-old becomes the first player to lift five tour-level trophies in 2019, breaking a five-way tie with fellow Top 5 stars Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Daniil Medvedev.

And in doubles, Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury increased their chances of qualifying for the Nitto ATP Finals on Sunday, defeating Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo 6-4, 6-7(5), 10-5 to lift the Erste Bank Open trophy. 

Perhaps even more thrilling is that they were in the company of Irish pro David O’Hare, who documented the occasion on Instagram. ☘️

The 4th seed Aryna Sabalenka captured the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai, defeating the top seed Kiki Bertens 6-4, 6-2. It is the fourth WTA crown in China for Sabalenka out of five in total, earning enough points to finish the season in the top-11, just behind Serena Williams, despite some poor results and early exits in 2019. Perhaps equally noteworthy was that on-again, off-again coach Dmitry Tursunov was back in the fold. Might 2020 be the year for the 21-year-old Belarusian?

Botic van de Zandschulp, left, has claimed his maiden crown on the ATP Challenger Tour. The 24-year-old Dutchman won the title of the inaugural Tennis Challenger Hamburg In a final between two unseeded players, van de Zandschulp battled past Bernabe Zapata Miralles of Spain 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 on Sunday afternoon at the venue of the Hamburger Tennis-Verband.

And in doubles, my new boyfriend Maxime Cressy and Jamie Cerretani  clinched their maiden team title. The Franco-American duo, who finished runner-up to Quentin Halys and Tristan Lamasine in Ismaning last week, upset the tournament’s top seeds Ken Skupski from Great Britain and John-Patrick Smith of Australia 6-4, 6-4.

Around the net ...

Who says romance is dead?

Jan-Michael Gambill's desert heat ...

Favorite Diana Ross song: “Upside Down” or “I’m Coming Out”?

Tommy Haas won his fourth Invesco Series QQQ title of the year Saturday by defeating U.S. Davis Cup captain and defending champion Mardy Fish 6-2 in the one-set final of the SoCal Honda Dealers Helpful Cup at the Sherwood Country Club. Haas, the former world No. 2 and silver medalist at the 2000 Olympic Games, increased to a perfect 8-0 on the year with the victory. Earlier this year, he won titles in Newport Beach, Calif, Maui, Hawaii and New Haven, Connecticut on the North American tennis circuit for champion tennis players over the age of 30. (Might need to bump that age requirement up a notch at the rate the Big Three are going!)

Big boy ...

I’m afraid to ask ...

Oh, Simone ...

Can Karen repeat in Paris?

Borna's looking fit, but has the light already burned out on his career?

Fun to see some "behind the scenes" footage of Djokovic and Nadal practicing ahead of Paris. Best part: Rafa's face when Nole goes all Juliet Prowse on him!

(With wire services)