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ABOVE: At the 1985 Xmas party described below: Me, Michael, and Barney. I also wrote about Barney here. Originally posted May 2004. Reposted for World AIDS Day.Membership 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 …

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Winter Party 2011

Yesterday Father Tony and I were joined by my dear Orlando friend Thomas for the 16th annual Winter Party on South Beach. This (I think) was my 11th time attending and once again the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force and their volunteer staff delivered a flawless event. Huge kudos to Task Force head Rea Carey, Winter Party event chair …

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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’s Day birthday parties for himself, would have been 54 years old today. His was a life that burned brightly and I am illuminated still. Daniel Johnson, 1957-1997. I …

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Membership

ABOVE: At the 1985 Xmas party described below: Me, Michael, and Barney. I also wrote about Barney here. Originally posted May 2004. Reposted for World AIDS Day.Membership 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 …

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Ricky Loved Madonna

As longtime readers know, there are a handful of short stories from my archives that I repost annually. Today is Madonna’s 52nd birthday and this story makes its fifth appearance in memory of a departed friend. Ricky Loved MadonnaToday is August 16th. It’s Madonna’s 48th birthday. That’s not something of which I’d ordinarily make note……… Twenty years ago today, August …

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Afternoon View – Tranquility Base

We had a relatively quick exit from Manhattan this morning on our way to Hillside Campground in the Poconos Mountains of eastern Pennsylvania, where today I begin my tenth consecutive summer of Hillside weekends. After our traditional lunch at the fab Jefferson Diner in northern New Jersey, we arrived more than an hour earlier than usual. No traffic, no thunderstorms, …

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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’s Day birthday parties for himself, would have been 53 years old today. His was a life that burned brightly and I am illuminated still. Daniel Johnson, 1957-1997. I …

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Happy 2010, Y’All

It was a year of homophobes and haters, but also one of heroes, milestones, and some pretty terrific victories. I cranked out about 6000 posts on this here website thingy and you folks responded with over 300,000 comments as traffic more than doubled. JMG got some great notice from the Anti-Violence Project, the Advocate, Instinct Magazine, and After Elton, although …

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Membership

ABOVE: At the 1985 Xmas party described below: Me, Michael, and Barney. I also wrote about Barney here. Originally posted May 2004. Reposted for World AIDS Day.Membership 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 …

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Evening View – Call PETA

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Remember The Party 2009

Today I was finally able to sit down and sort through a few hundred photos and put together a slideshow and upload a couple of videos from Sunday’s epic Remember The Party event in San Francisco, where as you can see above, the event’s promoters even tipped my birthday on a banner over the dance floor. What an incredible night! …

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Twelve New Yorkers Walk Into A Bar….

Here’s the NYC contingent of the JMG Half-Century Express, at the lovely house we’ve rented on Noe Street near Duboce Park in the Castro. Back row, from left: Father Tony, David, Mystery Man*, JMG, Little Tom, Chris C., Craig, Nick. Seated, from left: Chris A., Aaron, Tim, Mark. The guys from LA, Philly, and Chicago are all staying in hotels …

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A Day On Fire Island

Yesterday the Farmboyz and my visiting pal from LA, Jerry, joined me in a lovely trip out to Fire Island. The Farmboyz, strangely enough, had never been, and Jerry hadn’t been in 27 years. And although I’ve spent nine summers in NYC, this was only my third visit. We started the morning with a tour around the houses in the …

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Friendly Voices – Linda Ronstadt

“I had moved back to Tucson with my kids because I just thought it was quieter, and my family was there. But Tucson has turned out to be a very conservative place, and I didn’t want my kids coming home from school saying things like ‘That’s so gay.’ So we moved back to San Francisco, and I sent my kids …

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Ricky Loved Madonna

As longtime readers know, there are a handful of short stories from my archives that I repost annually. Today is Madonna’s 51st birthday and this story makes its fourth appearance in memory of a departed friend. Ricky Loved MadonnaToday is August 16th. It’s Madonna’s 48th birthday. That’s not something of which I’d ordinarily make note……… Twenty years ago today, August …

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Evening View – Tranquility Base

Aaron, Chris and I got a later start than normal this morning, so we’re just now setting up camp in the twilight. It’s “Illuminations” weekend at Hillside, the time when everybody decorates their sites with strings of lights and many, many, many tea candles. Gay. The entire camp is mobbed this weekend, with more tents per site than I’ve ever …

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Remember The Party – October 11th

Remember The Party, the annual reunion of San Francisco’s legendary Trocadero Transfer disco, takes place October 11th. The Mothership S.S. Trocadero Transfer is ready to transport all earthlings on an interplanetary, most extraordinary trip across the universe and back! In this incarnation of Remember The Party, all passengers will be experiencing Close Encounters Of The Disco Kind! Commencing countdown. Engines …

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Slideshow: NYC Pride 2009

We had a great group of NYC bloggers march with us in yesterday’s parade, but holy cow that thing took forever. We lined up at 11:30 am, didn’t make Fifth Avenue until 2:30pm and finally crossed the finish line in the West Village around 6:30pm. SEVEN HOURS on our feet. But the crowd reacted great to us, the announcers at …

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Tomorrow: Bear Hill in Central Park

Every couple of Saturdays during warm weather, my crew gathers on Bear Hill in Central Park to kick back under the trees and enjoy the disco oldies from the roller rink below. Most days there’s a dozen of so of us, but sometimes on special weekends such as Pride, our numbers swell greatly. So if you’re in the neighborhood, feel …

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Tranquility Base

After congratulating ourselves for such a great job of packing the rental car, we arrived in the mountains to realize that we’d forgotten our largest item – the campsite canopy – forcing Chris to get a little inventive with a giant tarp. It poured most of last night, but the rain let up for the few hours of the bonfire …

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