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“Straight” Gays Snuggly, Warm, And Irony-Free Under The Blanket Of Freedom Knitted By Queens And Butch Dykes

Below are two reader comments from AOL Gay & Lesbian editor Kenneth Hill’s excellent blogpost in which he quoted from my essay Watching The Defectives. Even more chilling in light of the Aviance story, is the below stated belief that gays who are gay-bashed bring it upon themselves by failing to live up to traditional standards of masculine carriage and …

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Moon Unit Redux

It was inevitable that the MySpace phenomenon would creep into pop music. Check out John B’s I’ve Been Stalking You On MySpace. (Warning: Sound.) I got a kick of the girl channeling Moon Unit Zappa’s Valley Girl. “I have more MySpace friends than Jesus. I write like, this really cool poetry inspired by Bright Eyes. I have 679 friends but …

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HomoQuotable – Clarence Patton

“This is something we tragically see a lot of as the weather gets warmer, as we head into June, which of course means a lot more visibility for the community….it’s not a New York problem, it’s a national problem for sure, and a human problem. This is really a problem, a condition, for our community, wherever we are.” – Clarence …

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“We’re Gonna Kill You, Faggot!”

Drag performance artist and musician Kevin Aviance was brutally gaybashed yesterday after leaving the East Village’s Phoenix bar. According to news reports, he was attacked by a group of six or seven men who shouted, “We’re gonna kill you, faggot!” Apparently, passers-by did nothing to stop the attack. Four young men were arrested and charged with hate crimes. Aviance is …

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Watching The Defectives

Gentle readers, this post first ran last year, a couple of days after New York City’s Pride Parade. I got so many wonderful emails wishing that I’d made this post before Pride, rather than after it, that I’m reposting it today. The original post is here, if you’d like to read last year’s responses to it. This weekend Pride events …

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Oh, It’s Broughten

“I’ve never seen people enjoying their husbands deaths so much.” Ann Coulter, in reference to the 9/11 widows, in her new book, Godless: The Church Of Liberalism. “Ann Coulter drinks the blood of babies and kittens. It’s true! I totally saw her!” – Senator Hillary Clinton.

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Nom De Drag Roll Call

After I posted last week about Rita Beads, some of you wrote to me to tell me your own favorite drag names. We’re due for a giggle here, so let’s devote a post to that theme, yes? My own taste in drag names runs from the really infantile, like Suppositori Spelling, to the inexplicably funny, like Peaches Christ. See? It’s …

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Unfocused

As expected, the gay marriage ban failed in the Senate today, by a vote of 49-48 with a two-thirds majority (60 votes) need to pass. The 49 votes in favor of the ban was only a one vote increase over the last Senate vote on this issue in 2004, with a surprising 7 Republicans voting “No”. Only two Democrats voted …

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HomoQuotable – Simon Doonan

“It might take years to get the marriage thingy approved. In the meantime remember that you, as a fabulous person of queerness, are still ahead of the game. You are one of the chosen people. Unlike a straight person, you are free, free to stay down on the farm or free to move to the big city and spread your …

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Peeping Tom

I knew it!.

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GB:NYC3, Or “Sure, I’ll Drink That!”

If you are in New York City and you can’t find any alcohol, it’s because the bloggers drank it all. Last weekend was GB:NYC3, the gay bloggers’ confab, and starting with the kickoff mixer Friday night at Hell’s Kitchen’s Barrage, right on through to early Monday morning, I drank beer, I drank shots of tequila, I drank some horrendous sugar-rimmed …

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Pride’06 Hits The Streets

Pride Magazine 2006 hits the streets this week with articles on the midterm elections, the status of gays in Iran, the queer artists who rock pop music, and an exclusive interview with cover subject Marc Jacobs, photographed by Bill Diodato. Also onboard with commentary are John Waters, Justin Bond, Marga Gomez, Edmund White and many other gay luminaries. I especially …

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Bulge Alert

A friend of mine was just telling me about his recent experience of picking a guy up in a leather bar and getting him home to find that he was wearing a diaper under his Levi’s. While I’ve come across just about every fetish in the book and a few that aren’t, infantilism is one I’ve been thankfully spared. So …

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Bloggers Get High

In the good thing/bad thing department: Jetblue has purchased a band of frequency from the government which will allow them to offer internet and cell phone access and sell such access to other carriers. A wave of blog posts that begin “I’m writing this from 30,000 feet above the Rocky Mountains” coming in 5…4…3….2….

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Hilton Hit Hammers Haters

As if I didn’t spend enough time wondering if I’m crazy, there’s this: I don’t hate the Paris Hilton single, Stars Are Blind. In fact, I think I sorta dig it. I mean, I’m sure that with a bit of studio wizardry, even I could be made to sound agreeable, but it really bothers me that I don’t hate the …

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HomoQuotable – Frank Oldham

“The epidemic is still lavender.” – Frank Oldham, Executive Director, National Association Of People With AIDS, speaking about the changing demographic of those with AIDS, pointing out that over 250,000 gay men of all colors have died. While AIDS is a more and more a disease of women and people of color, Oldham says, “If you had to have a …

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Instant Disco History #6: On Broadway

As has been well documented on this here website thingy, I have no love for showtunes. I consider it one of my greatest failings as a career homosexual, along with my disinterest in the culinary arts and my apparent inability to discern minor color gradations. Eggplant? Eggshell? Whatever. However, one does not live in a vacuum and there is just …

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Fundamental Summer Listening

Pet Shop Boys’ new release Fundamental, which has already gone to #1 in ten countries, is their best work since 1993’s Very, and that is saying something. I recommend getting the limited edition double-disc Fundamental/Fundamentalism. I particularly like the track The Sodom And Gomorrah Show. On the remix disc, Stuart Crichton’s remix of In Private is a grand trance production …

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Silver Membership

Most of the media will observe this week as the 25th anniversary of AIDS, as it was on June 5th, 1981, that the Centers For Disease Control’s Morbidity And Mortality Weekly Report first mentioned a “strange cluster of pneumonia cases” in five gay men (although the unusual illnesses were first mentioned 3 weeks earlier in the gay paper, The New …

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Don’t Make Me Read Your Beads

It’s been almost 30 years and despite challenges from thousands of hilarious contenders, Rita Beads remains my all time favorite drag name. Rita was a hairy chested, butch mustached, roller-skating, pregnant nun sort of drag queen, back in late 70’s Orlando. The reason Rita Beads is such a funny name is probably sadly lost to most of you, but the …

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