Tag Archives: JMG

Good Morning From The Canary Islands

Yup. I’m presently in Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Spain thanks to my longtime buddy Aaron, who surprised me a few weeks ago with a gift trip to accompany him before his vacation days from the company he calls “the algorithm” evaporate at the end of the year. I told Aaron that the Canary Islands were not remotely on my list of ...

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Ricky Loved Madonna

Gentle readers, today is Madonna’s 59th birthday. Below is a short story that first appeared on JMG on this day in 2006, a date which, as you’ll see, plays a role in the story. Ricky Loved Madonna Twenty years ago today, August 16th 1986, I was a few months into a new job with AMC Theatres, a position that I ...

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TODAY: Thirteen Years Of JMG

Today is the thirteenth blogiversary of this here website thingy. As is tradition for today, here is my very first post. April 29th, 2004 I was born and raised in rural North Carolina. My fondest childhood memory is of playing in the dense, acrid, poison fog that was belched out by the county mosquito control truck during its daily dusk-time ...

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Tenth Cativersary

Ten years ago this week I brought Shelley (formerly “Little Gray”) home from the East Harlem ASPCA. She was 20 months old, very underweight, timid, and FIV+, the last of which might explain the “owner surrender” notation on her adoption papers. Shelley was so freaked out upon arrival in my apartment that she first tried to escape by climbing up ...

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ORLANDO: JMG Essay To Feature In New Play On Pulse Massacre, Show To Run At Orlando Fringe Festival

Playwright David Lee has incorporated my Pulse essay, Their Phones Kept Ringing, into a play selected to run at the Orlando Fringe Festival. Such an honor! Via press release: David Lee, recipient of the 2016 Orlando International Fringe Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award has created an original theatrical event that shares stories and experiences from the days, weeks and months following ...

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Live Video From The Winter Party

I’m down in Miami Beach for my favorite event of the year, the 24th annual Winter Party, which launched when I still lived here. I’ll be live-streaming this weekend during the daytime events over at the JMG Facebook page, so starting at 3PM click over throughout the afternoon at the top of hour to watch the festivities. The entirely volunteer-run ...

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I Will Hold You Ten Times

As longtime readers know, there are four or five JMG entries that I repost every year. This is one of them. My dear friend Daniel Johnson, who threw the most kickass Groundhog Day birthday parties for himself, would have been 60 years old today. His was a life that burned brightly and I am illuminated still. Daniel Johnson, 1957-1997. I ...

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Dance Of The Sugar Plum Lesbians

This story makes its thirteenth annual appearance on JMG… Grand Central Terminal functions as the mechanical heart of midtown New York City, pumping out several thousand workers and tourists on one beat, then sucking in several thousand more on the next. The rhythms of the terminal are fascinating. Beat. Four thousand, inbound from New Haven. Beat. Three thousand, outbound to ...

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Morning View: Island House Key West

Alas, our annual holiday week at the eternally fabulous Island House is drawing to a close and tomorrow morning we’ll head back up the Overseas Highway to Fort Lauderdale. This year’s visit got off to a bit of a rainy start, but it’s been clear skies and 80 degrees ever since. (And yes, I’ve been noting the 10 degree wind ...

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Membership

ABOVE: At the 1985 Xmas party described below: Me, Michael, and Barney. Originally posted May 2004. Reposted for World AIDS Day. Michael didn’t look good. We were at his annual Christmas luau party. Tons and tons of people in the house and the backyard. Standing in his kitchen, wearing a grass skirt and a ridiculous Santa hat covered in sequins, ...

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JMG Is Experiencing Techmological Differences

As many of you have surely noted, this here website thingy has been going down intermittently all afternoon. The problem appears to be “network connectivity issues” with the hosting company’s server farm on the West Coast, where JMG lives in a dark electronic cave. My apologies, but at least this time it’s not a DDoS attack aimed just at us.

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My Latest Pride Life Column: On “Hidden” Trump Voters

My latest column has been posted to the website of Britain’s Pride Life magazine, in which I discuss the blessedly final days of the presidential campaign, Trump’s threat to LGBT rights, and the theory that there are “hidden” Trump voters. Hit the link, kittens. DISCLOSURE: Pride Life is owned by the US company that also produces InterPride’s annual US pride ...

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OPEN THREAD: Talk Amongst Yourselves

I’ll be on a press bus for the next few hours and may not have web access, so here’s an open thread to chatter about whatever might happen until I get back online. I usually schedule my travel for times outside the normal news cycle, but hey, I’m not driving the bus. A couple of posts that aren’t time-sensitive are ...

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The Advocate Reports On Trolling And JMG

Advocate executive editor Neal Broverman interviewed me recently and today published his story about this here website thingy, our commenting community, and how we deal with the growing troll problem that has forced some sites to do away with commenting entirely. Hit the link to read my kind words about you. This is also a good opportunity to suggest that ...

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So I Wasn’t Selected For Grand Jury Service

Yesterday the names of 102 New York County voters were placed into a drum in the courthouse in downtown Manhattan for grand jury service selection. Mine was not one of the 92 names randomly pulled to form four 23-person grand juries. As I mentioned on Facebook yesterday afternoon, when I left with the nine other dismissed “leftovers,” I felt a ...

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Ricky Loved Madonna

Gentle readers, today is Madonna’s 58th birthday. Below is a short story that first appeared on JMG on this day in 2006, a date which, as you’ll see, plays a role in the story. Ricky Loved Madonna Twenty years ago today, August 16th 1986, I was a few months into a new job with AMC Theatres, a position that I ...

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So I Start Grand Jury Service Tomorrow

Tomorrow morning I report to the New York County Supreme Court in downtown Manhattan for grand jury service. Unlike with regular juries, there is no voir dire process and there appears to be little chance I’ll be dismissed for being self-employed, a social justice activist, a journalist with a long history of being critical of the police, or a hologram. ...

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Facebook Blocks Ad-Blockers

The New York Times reports: Digital ads pop up online so frequently and ubiquitously that many people are using software to block them. But if you try to stop ads from showing up on Facebook’s desktop website, you will now be out of luck: The social network has found a way to block the ad blockers. On Tuesday, Facebook flipped ...

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PHOTOS: Seen At The Democratic Convention

In case you’re not following JMG on Facebook (and really, why aren’t you?) below are some of the photos I took at and around the Democratic convention. As you’ll see, I came across nutjob homocons, amusing vendors, Martin O’Malley, Terry McAuliffe, Jill Stein, Michael Dukakis, Adele Dazeem, Jim Obergefell, Howard Dean, and Barney Frank, whose husband was NOT having it ...

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Please Like JMG On Facebook For Philly Coverage

The 2016 Democratic National Convention kicks off in Philadelphia on Monday. Please like the JMG page on Facebook for photos, commentary, and live-streamed video as I work the halls of the Wells Fargo Center and the Pennsylvania Convention Center. (The “like” button is also on the JMG front page.) I’ll arrive on Saturday afternoon to attend a few of the ...

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