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It is not all Sean's fault. He has nothing to be sorry for. This documentary dates back to when George Bush the Second was still president. After all, he won the 2004 election promising that gay marriage would not be legalized and the Academy still panicked over BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN. There had been some progress made in the 1990s, but everything went backwards the following decade despite shows like WILL & GRACE.

 

 

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Speaking at an Outfest Legacy Awards gathering over the weekend, Sean Hayes of "Will and Grace" fame expressed his deep regret that it took him so long to come out of the closet.

 

Sean Hayes received seven Emmy nominations for his portrayal of Jack MacFarland.

 

He turned a stereotypical gay man - effeminate and flighty - into a human being that fans of the show were able to identify with.

 

But Sean Hayes was afraid that his sudden success and forward momentum might be hampered if he suddenly confessed to the world that he was actually a gay man.

 

But, in truth, ever since he appeared in the film, "Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss", he was so obviously a gay man.

 

And, while I am sure that I will get in trouble for this statement, no straight actor could have given us the Jack MacFarland that Sean Hayes gave us - so beautifully.

 

After "Will and Grace", it took Sean Hayes ten long years to finally emerge from the closet.

 

He's sorry, he says, because he might have made a difference in somebody's life.

 

I would say - he would have made a difference in a lot of lives.

 

Mr. Hayes is currently playing God in an essentially one-man show that first opened on Broadway with the star of "The Big Bang Theory" - another gay man who is not shy about his sexuality - Jim Parsons.

 

To me the character Jack in Will and Grace is more of an embarrassment than some type of role model like most of the African-American women in a Tyler Perry movie.    

 

As for the "stereotypical gay man - effeminate and flighty";   this is a very complex subject and one I talk about often with the gay guys in the band.    Maybe it is just the gay men I know but it appears the younger ones (say under 40),   don't model that stereotype like the older ones do (clearly not to the same degree).    Is this because these younger men were 'accepted' by their peer as teens?     E.g. the younger ones are more like Oscar instead of Felix  (using a very broad stereotype).

 

Like I said this is a complex subject but I wonder how a character like Jack will be viewed by the gay community, say 50 years from now.    Will many be saying;  did the majority of gay men really act like that back then?

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Like I said this is a complex subject but I wonder how a character like Jack will be viewed by the gay community, say 50 years from now.    Will many be saying;  did the majority of gay men really act like that back then?

 

I sure hope... and, yes, I know it is just a pipe dream... that in 50 years we no longer have "communities" where people are shoved into.

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I want to comment on the subject of stereotypical (flaming) gay men.

 

I'm writing something I hope to do as a web series at some point. It's actually based on people back in my home county in Wisconsin. It has a large cast, because I love to write different kinds of characters. In a cast of over 50, I have five or six gay characters (about ten percent) and two of them swing both ways. I made sure that I did include a very flaming character, and yes, I am using him for comic relief. Is it offensive? Maybe to some. But I felt like it is not honest or accurate to act like the effeminate men do not exist. It's a disservice to them and their particular issues to be so politically correct that they are not represented. It's kind of like saying, go away we don't want to talk about you, you're not important. To me all people have stereotypical elements in them and also we have people who seem one way but are another way (against "type").

 

Incidentally, there's a character on the British serial Coronation Street named Sean who is very flaming. He's featured in many episodes each month and people say he's an embarrassment to the gay population, but I think the writers of Corrie feel as I do-- that they are part of the whole community and should be included. If someone has a problem with that representation, then they have a problem with all shades of expression because you can't pick which types of people you want to stay in society and which ones you want to kick out.

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I sure hope... and, yes, I know it is just a pipe dream... that in 50 years we no longer have "communities" where people are shoved into.

 

Good point and another topic discussed a lot in my area (an area that had a gay mayor back in the 80s and has been gay friendly for over 3 decades);    

 

Who is pushing for retaining these so called 'communities' the insiders (people that self-identify with a community\group) or the outsiders?     

 

This is another area where I find a different POV based on age from insiders and also from people new to the area that moved from an area (say the South), that were not friendly to folks that are 'different'.

 

E.g. there use to be many gay clubs in Laguna as well as city sponsored gay events.    Well there is only one gay club remaining in the area.  In there place are 'mixed group' clubs;  I.e. clubs where anyone is welcome (well anyone that also welcomes anyone).    I love the energy and vibe in these clubs.   Women dancing and flirting with women,  men with men,  men with women,,,

 

In addition the city decided to no longer sponsor gay only type events.   Instead they host 'equality day' and other more generic titled events.   

 

Both of these changes upset many older members of the gay community;  people that grew-up in a more segregated environment.  Of course there were sound reasons for segregated environment (e.g.  to avoid being bullied or harassed by bigoted outsiders).   

 

With race I believe we are getting more segregated \ divided (e.g.  Black Lives Matter could have been called Police Abuse Wrong),  but related to sexual orientation things may be moving in a more inclusive direction. 

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You can also argue that birds of a feather flock together. I understand the "sound reasons for segregated environment (e.g.  to avoid being bullies or harassed by bigoted outsiders)." part. Same is true with races and religions. New York City was a melting pot, but there wasn't a whole lot of "melting" until the late 20th century. Before then, you had Chinatown, the Italian and Jewish districts, Harlem and so forth. "Stick to your own kind" was the popular song lyric in WEST SIDE STORY.

 

Going off on a tangent here. This reminds me of the whole AMOS & ANDY situation. Today, the TV shows of 1951-53, along with the long running radio series going back to the twenties, is viewed as classic comedy and, positively, the characters had more depth in their personalities than most representations of the race in America. However there were no other all-black TV shows on the air when Truman was president. What bothered the NAACP and other civil rights groups was that A&A did not reflect the more educated professionals who just happened to be a darker skin shade than all of the other professional characters shown on TV at that time. SANFORD & SON was virtually identical in plot and atmosphere, but there was little concern during the seventies because you also had Bill Cosby, Flip Wilson, the Jeffersons and countless other shows competing with a wide spectrum of personality types.

 

As we all realize, not all "effeminate" men have sexual relations with other men and not all men who do would be considered "effeminate". All you need to do is look at the top gay porn stars, most of whom spent a lot more time working out in the gym than their straight counterparts. There is no difference in personality among all orientations. It is just what those in power, maintaining the laws and the pecking order of its citizens, color them to be. Stereotypes occur when everybody is judged by a cardboard model... and preferably one that is submissive. A gay man who is "effeminate" is less threatening to a heterosexual male who doesn't feel "macho" enough himself. "Don't call me a sissy!" Even the Cowardly Lion sobbed about being one even though he looked mighty cute with his little bow after getting the beauty treatment at Oz. Likewise, you rarely saw educated or strong Blacks or Asians in popular media prior to the post-war 1940s and '50s unless they were villains destroyed by heroes. Sticking to laundry, chop suey, shooting dice and eating watermelon maintained the lower status that was deemed appropriate for all minorities. Even women had to know their place or a man must subdue her, as successfully done in Shakespeare's TAMING OF THE SHREW and movies like FATAL ATTRACTION.

 

But... I am getting carried away here. Sorry I got so windy here. Ha ha!

 

There is a show on Logo called PRINCE CHARMING that is essentially a gay version of THE BACHELOR on ABC. It is not the first of its kind. A decade and a half ago, there was BOY MEETS BOY. What I find interesting about it is how subdued everybody is. In the ABC show franchise, including BACHELOR IN PARADISE, there is a lot of hanky panky going on since it is all heterosexual. This show only has fleeting closed-mouth kissing and lots of relationship talk that is more boring than any other show. Also a surprising number of the guys do have higher pitched voices, although they all worked greatly on their abs and could probably punch anybody in the face if they had to.

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For those of us gay guys, who often wished that we had had the upper hand in the days when we were young and vulnerable, there is little David Zellaby in the terrifying personage of little Martin Stephens -

 

at 3:15 PM on TCM in Wolf Rilla's undeniable masterpiece, "Village of the Damned" -

 

this film has a haunting relevance for all of us gay guys.

 

DAVID ZELLABY IN ACTION:

 

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Late last night TCM showed The Times of Harvey Milk again. I only saw it once before... way back in either 1986 or '87. I did not know who Milk was beforehand due to a conservative and rather anti-gay upbringing and so much of the news, like his assassination, was mostly blocked from my pre-teen years.

 

I had seen the Sean Penn starring and Gus Van Sant directed Milk (2008) twice before but watched it a third time (since I had gotten it as a used DVD years ago) just before the documentary aired.

 

It is quite mild blowing how close these two films match with staged scenes being seamless to news footage. They even recreated actual news broadcasts so closely that you can only guess how fussy the art direction crew was. Maybe a little cgi helped in spots, but you know they needed to recreate it closely with actors and sets as much as possible to begin with. I am guessing that Sean Penn may have worn some of Harvey's old clothes too in some scenes.

 

Although Penn differs slightly from the original mannerisms of Harvey, he is at least as roughly convincing as Ben Kinsley was as Gandhi. Both Penn and Kingsley look too "nourished" in their physical appearance though. Actors are always in better health than the historical figures they play. Much more striking was Josh Brolin as Dan White. One shot of White greeting a lady in a street in a very awkward fussy way was repeated beautifully by Brolin, enough so that the two guys could have pulled off a Groucho / Harpo routine in a Duck Soup mirror.

 

Of course, the fictional movie wanted to end on a "feel good" note, so they feature the candle light parade at the end. The documentary is less manipulative of viewers' feelings and shows all of the violence to property and police cars during the "White Night Riots" of 1979 after White got the softer sentence. This is like ending a biopic on Martin Luther King with a tearful funeral but not showing the race riots that followed. In this respect, the documentary was superior because it was more straight forward and objective.

 

However the later fictionalized movie is better in helping you understand who Milk was as a person since Penn is quite consistent in his performance and a lot of "little" events are highlighted. For example, the documentary included a clip of the real Milk commenting on a phone call he had from a closeted teen in a grainy and muffled news clip, but you quickly forget it because nobody comments and the original audio is poor. Yet in the recreation, they SHOW the kid on the phone sitting in his wheel chair twice. In fact, one weakness in The Times of is that the material moves way too fast and only slows down during some of the interviews (all of them very insightful I might add). You also saw his last two relationships showcased, one ending in suicide, while the documentary gives you the impression that Milk was a politician first and had no sex life or romance at all apart from a pre-politics clip of him kissing Scott Smith in a home movie. Of course, the fictional movie had to flaunt James Franco too.

 

More to my interest, the fictional movie showed a lot of those wildly entertainingly over-the-top Anita Bryant clips, while the documentary only glossed over her fleetingly. Was this to downsize all of her wrath and be more sympathetic in 1984 since she was going through a lot of personal problems at that time (including a messy divorce a few years back)? By 2008, more time had elapsed and, mind you, all footage of her was actually HER and not some actress portraying her in a negative light. (I did not stay up for it, but ROGER & ME and Anita's much more favorable appearance in that film, was shown next on TCM.)

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"Dante's Cove", that gay, campy supernatural thriller is hoping for a 4th Season via a Kickstarter campaign.

 

The total cost is $300,000 or $50,000 per episode.

 

Yes, they are planning a six-episode arc.

 

If you would like to contribute - as I have done - there are any number of options - and prizes, too - go to -

 

www.dantescove.com

 

DON'T BE SQUARE, BE THERE!

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Support The Warwick Rowers Annual Calendar crowdfunding project.

 

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Support The Warwick Rowers Annual Calendar crowdfunding project.

 

Today is the last day for contributions.

 

Go to [...]

 

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THANK YOU!

There is a movie in this.... :)

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Jim Parsons is thanking his boyfriend, Todd Spiewak, for so much - "I met this guy . . fourteen years ago today, and he is the best thing that ever happened to me."

 

Mr. Parsons is rumored to be the richest man in television - due to this long-running TV series, "The Big Bang Theory", and a very lucrative syndication deal.

 

Mr. Parsons and Mr. Spiewak do not plan on getting married.

 

But so many interested parties are asking, "Why not?"

 

But, whatever they have together, it is working - fourteen years is a long time.

 

THE GOLDEN COUPLE AT ONE OF THEIR PUBLIC APPEARANCES:

 

 

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Mr. Parsons came out of the closet publicly in 2012 when he was being interviewed for an article in The New York Times.

 

Since then, Mr. Spiewak has always been at his side.

 

And, since then, Mr. Parsons' two Broadway engagements in "Harvey" and a one-man show in which he played God have been immediate sell-outs.

 

You go, Jim and Todd!

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Jim Parsons is thanking his boyfriend, Todd Spiewak, for so much - "I met this guy . . fourteen years ago today, and he is the best thing that ever happened to me."

 

Mr. Parsons is rumored to be the richest man in television - due to this long-running TV series, "The Big Bang Theory", and a very lucrative syndication deal.

 

Mr. Parsons and Mr. Spiewak do not plan on getting married.

 

But so many interested parties are asking, "Why not?"

 

But, whatever they have together, it is working - fourteen years is a long time.

 

THE GOLDEN COUPLE AT ONE OF THEIR PUBLIC APPEARANCES:

 

 

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Mr. Parsons came out of the closet publicly in 2012 when he was being interviewed for an article in The New York Times.

 

Since then, Mr. Spiewak has always been at his side.

 

And, since then, Mr. Parsons' two Broadway engagements in "Harvey" and a one-man show in which he played God have been immediate sell-outs.

 

You go, Jim and Todd!

Good for them- marriage isn't for everyone - look at Goldie and Kurt

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Today, on a "Perry Mason" episode, there was the one, the only - Linden Chiles.

 

The episode was titled "The Case Of The Surplus Suitor".

 

He was his usual handsome, usual appealing self.

 

And he turned out to be the murderer.

 

Casting Linden Chiles as a murderer is a stroke of genius.

 

On the screen, Linden Chiles had such an immediately attractive quality.

 

But where, oh, where did he get that name?

 

 

 

 

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On a "Perry Mason" episode on MeTV today, Carlton Carpenter put in an appearance as a suspected murderer.

 

Raymond Burr as Perry Mason was defending him.

 

Carlton Carpenter was always such an appealing performer in his MGM glory days.

 

On this episolde, he was older than I remembered him, but, still, he remained an extremely attractive man.

 

Raymond Burr acted like he had some special knowledge of Carlton Carpenter - and he probably did.

 

In the end, Carlton Carpenter was proved innocent of the murder charge.

 

Later in life. he wrote a series of murder mysteries.

 

Has anybody read them?

 

Paging Jarrod!!

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On a "Perry Mason" episode on MeTV today, Carlton Carpenter put in an appearance as a suspected murderer.

 

Raymond Burr as Perry Mason was defending him.

 

Carlton Carpenter was always such an appealing performer in his MGM glory days.

 

On this episolde, he was older than I remembered him, but, still, he remained an extremely attractive man.

 

Raymond Burr acted like he had some special knowledge of Carlton Carpenter - and he probably did.

 

In the end, Carlton Carpenter was proved innocent of the murder charge.

 

Later in life. he wrote a series of murder mysteries.

 

Has anybody read them?

 

Paging Jarrod!!

 

I have not read them. In fact, I didn't realize he was a novelist. He did have a return to films, appearing in the gay-themed drama SOME OF MY BEST FRIENDS ARE, which was released in 1971. He played a character named Miss Untouchable. Not sure if he knew Elliott Ness.

 

For more, check out the IMDb page:

 

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067771/?ref_=nv_sr_2

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I have not read them. In fact, I didn't realize he was a novelist. He did have a return to films, appearing in the gay-themed drama SOME OF MY BEST FRIENDS ARE, which was released in 1971. He played a character named Miss Untouchable. Not sure if he knew Elliott Ness.

 

For more, check out the IMDb page:

 

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067771/?ref_=nv_sr_2

My niece is getting me the mysteries for Christmas.

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Malta has become the first European country to ban the extremely harmful practice of (gay) conversion therapy.

 

There are only six other locations in the world that ban this kind of therapy.

 

And they are all in the United States.

 

They spread across the country from New Jersey to California. 

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Andy Cohen has announced that he would like to sleep with Justin Bieber!!!!

 

Andy, how could we have lived without this piece of news?!

 

Andy goes on to say that he thinks Justin Bieber is pretty and Andy also likes his nude pics.

 

Especially one feature of Mr. Bieber's anatomy, of which Andy highly approves.

 

Andy, believe it or not, we have heard enough.

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Andy Cohen has announced that he would like to sleep with Justin Bieber!!!!

 

Andy, how could we have lived without this piece of news?!

 

Andy goes on to say that he thinks Justin Bieber is pretty and Andy also likes his nude pics.

 

Especially one feature of Mr. Bieber's anatomy, of which Andy highly approves.

 

Andy, believe it or not, we have heard enough.

Seriously? I thought he had better taste when he was lusting after hot baseball players

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Seriously? I thought he had better taste when he was lusting after hot baseball players

 

I'm a fan of Andy and always check out Watch What Happens (and will if I like the guests),   but yea,  the beav?     

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Joseph Mascolo, who played the villainous Stefano DiMera, on the long-running soap opera, "Days Of Our Lives", died last Thursday at the age of 87.

 

RIP, Mr. Mascolo, you were a true villain on "Days Of Our Lives".

 

(And you always "came back" when you were thought to be "dead".)

 

We will miss your villainous ways.

 

(In his last appearances on the show, Mr. Mascolo was in a wheelchair.)

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One of the most gorgeous men in the world - British soap opera star, Kieron Richardson of "Hollyoaks" - has announced that he and his husband, Carl Hyland, are expecting twins.

 

Both of them were about to give up - there have been four failed attempts at IVF treatment.

 

But, finally, they got the news that they are "pregnant" and can expect not one, but two babies.

 

Kieron Richardson came out publicly in 2010 at the same time that his character, Stephen Hay, came out on "Hollyoaks".

 

He and Carl were engaged in 2014 and then married in 2015.

 

Below are the absolutely gorgeous couple on their wedding day -

 

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