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What’s the last song that played on your iPod or iTunes? And no cheating to make yourself look hip..

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Iranian Mission Vigil: Moving/Frustrating

Yesterday’s vigil at the Iranian Mission to the United Nations was moving and frustrating. We heard passionate and eloquent speeches about the appalling treatment of gays in Iran, but the speakers were frequently drowned out by passing traffic and horn honkers. Some sort of bullhorn or portable PA was definitely called for, but I suspect that may have required a ...

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Too Drunk To Fly

Pity poor Louis Rosano, who passed out drunk on the NYC Eagle roofdeck on Monday night and was accidently locked there until the middle of the next day, when the parking lot attendant across the street heard him crying for help and called 911. Cops and firefighters hoisted a three-story ladder to the top of the building and cut through ...

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Protest Today At Iranian Mission

Marking the anniversary of the Iranian teens hung for being gay, today there will be a protest at the Iranian Mission to the United Nations, 622 Third Avenue (at 40th Street). Take the 4,5,6,7 or S trains to Grand Central. The Iranian Mission is just a couple of blocks to the south. The vigil starts at 5pm.

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Morning View: Met Life

Looming over Grand Central Terminal, the 58-story Brutalist Met Life Building, nee Pan Am, was briefly the largest office tower in the world. In 1975, in one of the most spectacular suicides in city history (well, until Doctor Boom), the CEO of Chiquita Bananas used his briefcase to shatter a window. Then him go splat on Park Avenue. Musta slipped ...

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“To Nasrallah, with love. From Israel”

I don’t what is more disturbing, those pictures of Arab toddlers posing with machine guns, or this photo of Israeli school girls writing messages on Lebanon-bound missiles. I found this photo on Letters Apart, a pro-Lebanon blog that I thought might yield some interesting blogger/blogger detente’ of sorts, but I’m not really seeing that in the comments. Another interesting blog ...

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Heatwave Melts Cheese

I think it was back in 1983, onstage at the (now) lamentably long-closed Backstreet Fort Lauderdale, one of the best gay nightclubs in the history of the planet, that I saw the Love Twins reclining on lawn chairs, performing their only hit, the inestimably cheesy Miami Heatwave. In the song, the singer is on vacation in Miami, right? And she’s ...

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Hot Or Not

According to Seed Magazine, a recent brain study revealed that the subjects’ brains reacted to erotic images 20% faster than all other pictures, before the subjects were even aware that they were looking at an erotic image. The initial study examined women only, but when men were tested, they were found to react at the same speed as the female ...

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An Early Frost: Dissected

Check out Richard Rothstein’s exhaustive review and contemplations on the first AIDS movie, An Early Frost, which has just been released on DVD. Like Richard, I vividly recall watching An Early Frost back in 1985, an experience that changed me and my opinions on AIDS. Now scoot, go read his excellent piece.

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Scratch Off

Here’s an interesting idea. In an effort to increase voter turnout, a group in Arizona has placed a measure on the November ballot which (if approved) will randomly award $1 million to an Arizona voter in every general election. Given Arizona’s population, the vote lottery would offer much greater odds of winning than Powerball. Latino activists see the vote lottery ...

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WorldPride Cautiously Optimistic

Today’s press release from WorldPride: “Our hearts go to all the people affected by the violence, as we continue to hope that peace will prevail. As Jerusalemites, we are acutely aware of the complexities of the reality that we face in our city and in the region. We feel that these days, optimistic messages speaking for tolerance and against violence ...

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Hey Tiger To Open For Bon Jovi

You may remember a January post I made about Hey Tiger, the band featuring hottie JMG-reader and occasional beer buddy Jim Lovegrove on bass. Jim just gave me the heads-up that Hey Tiger will be opening for Nickelback and Bon Jovi tomorrow, July 18th, at Giants Stadium. You can listen to the band being interviewed tomorrow morning on Scott And ...

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HomoQuotable – Barney Frank

“I can sum up the Republican agenda in nine words: Burning the flag, spurning the fag and earnings that lag.” – Barney Frank, speaking to the Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus, who did not invite Florida’s Democratic Senator Bill Nelson, due to his support of Florida’s gay marriage ban. (via NY Blade.) Trivia: As a freshman Florida state legislator, Bill Nelson ...

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Chelsea Boys, I’m Lookin’ At YOU

Is this shirt insulting to the mentally-challenged? At this point in the popped-collar epidemic, I don’t think I care anymore. I just want it to stop. Order yours here.

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Two Kinds Of Soggy

The heat index in Manhattan is expected to reach 105 today. Right now in San Francisco it’s 55. The cold foggy SF summers that I used to curse? Yeah, kinda nostalgic for them today.

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Morning View: Vanderbilt & 42

I took the picture above this morning, and here’s the same building, as seen in the background of a 1935 postcard of Grand Central that I scanned.

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HomoQuotable – Neil Tennant

“Blog is such an ugly word.” – Pet Shop Boys vocalist Neil Tennant, telling the Guardian that he and bandmate Chris Lowe “do not believe in blogs”. Ouch, Neil. That hurts! OK, fine. Here’s a picture of the three of us from 1999, when we were ALL much prettier. (Waiting in line to meet the Pet Shop Boys in a ...

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Orange Goes Pink

Four years ago, my hometown of Orlando made it illegal to deny housing or to discriminate in the workplace based on sexual orientation. This week much larger Orange County, of which Orlando is the county seat, has added sexual orientation to their list of banned reasons to deny housing. Of course, in Orange County (outside of Orlando) you can still ...

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Morning View UES: 3rd & 70th

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Pride During Wartime

Reacting to all the press and blogchatter about World Pride in Jerusalem, the organizers are vowing that the event will take place and in Jerusalem. But I have a feeling that the exploding hostilities between Israel and Lebanon may exclipse World Pride, as fear of traveling to the region will likely now keep even the most ardent Pride supporters at ...

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