Tag Archives: LGBT culture

BERLIN: Lesbian Cemetery To Open

A cemetery for lesbians will open outside of Berlin on Sunday. The project, which is on the grounds of a Lutheran Church, has been criticized in the German press by writers who characterize its backers as lesbian separatists. “We are the first real generation of emancipated, feminist, open lesbians, and we need somewhere to be buried,” said Dr Astrid Osterland …

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BBC: Do We Still Need Gay Bars?

Same-sex marriage has been legal in England and Wales for only four days and already the BBC has published a trend piece on whether gay bars are destined to fade into history. (Spoiler alert: They aren’t.) The article opens by asking a couple of familiar questions. It’s a Saturday night in March, unusually mild for London, and Soho is thronging …

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NYT On The Decline Of The “H” Word

The New York Times yesterday explored the vanishing use of the word “homosexual” by almost everybody except anti-gay groups. Consider the following phrases: homosexual community, homosexual activist, homosexual marriage. Substitute the word “gay” in any of those cases, and the terms suddenly become far less loaded, so that the ring of disapproval and judgment evaporates. Some gay rights advocates have …

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Out’s 100 Most Eligible Bachelors

Out Magazine has published its annual 100 Most Eligible Bachelors list and while bear icon/PA state Rep. Brian Sims is on the list…so is Ken Mehlman.  Also featured: Jason Collins, Mo Rocca, Nate Silver, and Ricky Martin. UPDATE: Out is asking readers to vote on their favorites. Sims is currently in second place behind Adam Lambert.

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TRAILER: HBO’s Looking

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Inside Gay Pakistan

The BBC reports on gay life in Pakistan: Pakistan is not the kind of place that most people would associate with gay liberation. But some say the country is a great place to be gay – even describing the port city of Karachi as “a gay man’s paradise”. Underground parties, group sex at shrines and “marriages of convenience” to members …

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Meet Alabama’s Prancing Elites

JMG reader Ed tips us to this Jezebel post about Alabama’s all-male cheerleading squad, the Prancing Elites.  I believe the kids would say, “WERK!”  Many more clips can be found on their Facebook page, where they note that NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal recently tweeted out a link saying, “These dudes B jammin.”  I think the music is by sissy bounce …

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Pew Poll: When Did You Know?

The Washington Post reports: In a Pew Research Center poll released Thursday, nine in 10 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults said society has become more accepting of them and that they expect it to become more so in the years ahead. But only 19 percent said there is “a lot” of acceptance for gays, while 59 percent chose to …

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Where The Bears Are: Season 2, Ep.1

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Watching The Defectives

Gentle readers, I’m rerunning my annual Pride rant for the ninth year. I wrote this post in 2005 a couple of days after attending Pride here in NYC. In the following years I’ve reposted it in advance of the day in the hope of encouraging you to attend. This year it appears a week early because of a widely circulated …

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Quote Of The Day – Dan Savage

“I tell this story in the book of being at this park in Seattle many years ago, where a limo pulls up and a bride and a groom tumble out to get their portraits at this very famous park with a beautiful view of downtown Seattle. And as they’re walking back to the limo everyone starts to applaud, and rightly …

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Sylvester’s Greatest Hits Re-Release To Benefit San Francisco AIDS Charities

As some of you doubtlessly know, Sylvester willed the future royalties from his catalog to San Francisco’s AIDS Emergency Fund and Project Open Hand.  And just in time for gay pride, next month Fantasy Records will re-issue his greatest package on multiple formats. From the press release: Twenty-five years after his untimely death, the iconic legacy of Sylvester, the “Queen …

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HomoQuotable – Bret Easton Ellis

“Was I the only gay man of a certain demo who experienced a flicker of annoyance in the way the media treated Jason Collins as some kind of baby panda who needed to be honored and praised and consoled and—yes—infantilized by his coming out on the cover of Sports Illustrated? Within the tyrannical homophobia of the sports world, that any …

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NEXT THURSDAY: Broadway Cares To Host Public Meeting On AIDS Survivorship

Last night I went to the Broadway Cares planning session for next week’s public forum on AIDS survivorship where I’ll be one of the panelists. In the left foreground of the above photo is Tony winner Stephen Spinella, who will be the evening’s host. On the right is famed activist and panelist Peter Staley. At the head of the table …

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20 Years Ago Today

Twenty years ago today I joined hundreds of thousands of LGBT Americans for the 1993 March On Washington, the event that changed me forever, turning me from a stereotypical early 30s clubbing-crazed party boy/casual activist into whatever it is I am today. While South Beach certainly had no shortage of gay mega-clubs at the time, I’d never been in such …

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HBO Plans Gay Sex & The City

HBO has green-lighted the pilot episode for a proposed series about a group of gay friends in San Francisco. The theme seems familiar.  Hollywood Reporter has some details: The untitled project hails from Brothers and Sisters’ David Marshall Grant and Bored to Death’s Sarah Condon and revolves around the thirtysomething trio also grappling with the complexities of life and the …

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Today’s Gay Advice Request To NYT

Here’s the most recent letter sent to New York Times gay advice columnist Steven Petrow: Dear Civil Behavior: Your comment in a recent column about gays at midlife finding themselves “suddenly invisible — aged out by the young, restless and beautiful” resonated loudly with me. At 59 I am single and almost friendless. I live in Philadelphia, which has a …

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Sydney Mardi Gras 2013

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So God Made A Gay Man

From Canada’s Crew Magazine, here’s a different take on Dodge’s So God Made A Farmer Super Bowl ad, which so delighted the religious right.

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Nielsen: Gays Shop & Spend More

Nielsen has come to the shocking conclusion that gay men go shopping a lot. American same-sex partnered households have significant spending power. In fact, same-sex partnered households make 16 percent more shopping trips than the average U.S. household each year (173 average shopping trips vs. 149 average shopping trips for total U.S. households), according to a recent Nielsen report measuring …

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