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ErikRhodes1NewsIcon The New York Observer offers thoughts on outing celebrities in an increasingly gay-friendly 21st century:  "...Living in the so-called “glass closet,” [celebrities] can forestall the legitimate press inquiring after their home life while also ensuring that their orientation is hardly breaking news. It’s being basically out, without having to answer any questions."

1NewsIcon A Cook County judge today announced that he's combining two ACLU and Lambda Legal lawsuits challenging Illinois' ban on gay marriage.

1NewsIcon National Organization for Marriage president Brian Brown arrived in San Francisco just in time for gay pride.

1NewsIcon The New York Times reports on gay adult film star the recent death of Erik Rhodes (pictured): "Over the last few years, he had also been the author of a harrowing (and frequently clever) Tumblr feed, on which he detailed his escapades escorting, his rampant steroid use and his stories of winding up in psychiatric wards after crystal meth binges... As the novelty of being in pornographic films wore off, Mr. Rhodes turned increasingly to the Internet, using his Tumblr feed and his Facebook page to discuss his sense of anguish. “I feel so left out ... so alone,” he wrote in a post just weeks ago."

1NewsIcon A gay man in the Phillipines is recovering after being stabbed 21 times.

1NewsIcon Uganda's anti-gay government is banning 38 non-governmental organizations it accuses of "recruiting" gay people. "The NGOs are channels through which monies are channeled to (homosexuals) to recruit," said government "ethics" minister Simon Lokodo.

ThiefThieves 1NewsIcon You need no other reason to click this link than these words: wet, shirtless Hugh Jackman.

1NewsIcon It's official: Ann Curry is leaving NBC's Today Show after only a year.

1NewsIcon Lindsay Lohan looks more and more like Liz Taylor everyday.

1NewsIcon A look back at Prince William's first 30 years.

1NewsIcon Alec Baldwin dropped trou on David Letterman while discussing his scuffle with a photographer.

1NewsIcon Mitt Romney's campaign told Florida Gov. Rick Scott to "downplay" his state's economic improvement because it "clashes" with the GOP candidate's anti-Obama rhetoric.

1NewsIcon The Supreme Court threw out FCC fines against Fox and ABC for unplanned expletives and nudity on those broadcasters' programs. It did not, however, rule on whether the FCC's decency rules and potential penalties are unconstitutional. "[SCOTUS] decided to punt on the opportunity to issue a broad ruling on the constitutionality of the FCC indecency policy. The issue will be raised again as broadcasters will continue to try to grapple with the FCC's vague and inconsistent enforcement regime," said free speech lawyer Paul Smith.

PuzzledMorrisey1NewsIcon Would you take your chain-smoking multi-millionaire 26-year old lover out with your 6-year old daughter?

1NewsIcon Robert Kirkman is best known as creator of The Walking Dead, but he has plenty of other projects worth checking out, like the comic Thief of Thieves, which will also soon be a television show, as well.

1NewsIcon Morrissey describes rumors of his retirement as "wishful thinking." He'll be touring again this fall.

1NewsIcon Commerce Secretary John Bryson has resigned following two car crashes doctors say were the result of seizures. "I have concluded that the seizure I suffered on June 9th could be a distraction from my performance as secretary and that our country would be better served by a change in leadership at the department," said Bryson.

1NewsIcon Some things never change: "Bias against a Mormon presidential candidate hasn’t budged in 45 years, with 18% of Americans saying they would not vote for a well-qualified candidate who happened to be Mormon, according to a Gallup Poll released Thursday."

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  1. RICK - I was watching some old films of Maria Callas singing last night and could see why many gay men respond to strong and obvious female emotion in the performing arts. Her powerful feelings were written all over her with a tremulous immediacy one rarely sees in any life, and least of all in men in either life or performance. It is that authenticy, the kind we see in women especially that we respond to. Callas is a personally ideal case and works for me with deep sighs as I watch her performances. She breaks my heart. And this is also how I felt about the performances of Heath and Jake in Brokeback Mountain. So men can evoke the deepest feelings as well. I admire them all.

    Perhaps the fandom given to the Diva (and Callas really was one) is due to the hunger for and satisfaction in females who can truly deliver that level, or that plateau, of living and feeling that so many gay men feel within but cannot see much expression of in most other men, even as performers.

    But then I think not only of Heath and Jake, but of Montgomery Clift - yes, a gay man - and others I cannot immediately include here who likewise raise the bar of emotional depth giving us all plenty to admire. It just seems that women do it more often, more naturally and easily.

    Just some thoughts.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jun 22, 2012 1:36:57 AM


  2. Masculine gays, or atleast gays who pride themselves in their masculinity are some of the most F-ed up people I've ever met. Self loathing, insecurity, daddy issues and a whole host of other problems. It's really actually something worth doing a study on.

    Posted by: Dynex | Jun 22, 2012 5:06:39 AM


  3. Give me a fem gay any day over a butch guy. Something I too fid both charming, cute an irresitable about a fem guy who is himself. I say that as a masc gay man who knows that many of my equally masculine gay friends love the company of a fem guy.

    Posted by: Jacob T. | Jun 22, 2012 5:08:38 AM


  4. Feminine gays are an will always be a fabric of gay community and culture and bles them for being at a point where they CAN be unapologetically themselves. Not everyone lives their short life trying to please others.

    Posted by: IonMusic | Jun 22, 2012 5:10:10 AM


  5. The notion of maculinity being superior and brain washing all gays to be masculine comes from homophobia. You see, the homophobe does not want to know gays exist. If they can blend in and not be fey, then for the homophobe, they are as good as closeted. I have moments where I queen out an I relish them. They certainly are part of my gayness, but I'm gay and not uncomfortable nor insecure with that being known.

    Posted by: Diotrs | Jun 22, 2012 5:12:45 AM


  6. I feel sorry for the "straight acting" crowd who has to live their repressed life censoring themselve and constantly hypet aware of how straight they come across and how gay they don't want to come across. Why even continue living at that point? You're a sell out who is playing a fake part. Straight ACTING. Emphasis on act!

    Posted by: Steve-ATL | Jun 22, 2012 5:14:54 AM


  7. BIAS?

    How about lucidity? It's quite sane to question a man who believes that God talked to someone through a box. Or a bush.

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Jun 22, 2012 8:11:56 AM


  8. A number of you are talking about forced or posturing masculinity, which is a bogus kind. Take dancer/singer Jay Christianson who sang "Minneapolis" earlier this week, or performers Tom Goss or Matt Alber, or Burtka and NPH - all are good sound examples of normal, effortless sweet male behaviour, no affectations, just good people of the male gender. They are far more appealing, and common, than either the hyper-masculine guys or the forced clowns seen in drag shows. Fem guys are fine if they are authentic, masc ones too if they're just being regular guys.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jun 22, 2012 8:49:17 AM


  9. A couple of points in response to the comments.

    One, I quite agree that one should distinguish between a phony sort of hyper-masculinity that drives the behavior of some gay men (and some straight men, for that matter) and natural masculinity, which is what characterizes pretty much all men in their natural state, although there is a continuum. I also agree that some of the aspirations to hyper-masculinity are driven by insecurity.

    I, myself, have never been attracted to the steroided-up body-builder types, in part because of their artificiality. Chris Atkins parading around in his Speedo on Dallas circa 1982 is more my speed.

    But those of you claiming to find effeminate men appealing--or that masculinity in a man is a neutral factor in terms of his attractiveness to you--are just being dishonest, I am afraid. While I will concede that some individuals in any group will differ from the norm and that there may be a few gay men who honestly find effeminate men appealing, we all know that, generally speaking, the preference for the masculine is well-established.....and there are even academic studies that demonstrate it. Just scroll through the ads on Craig's list and look at all the "No fems" and "Masc only" references....by contrast, you will virtually never see a "Fems only please" or a "No masc" ad.

    And this is true of tops, even. After all, if you really find the feminine appealing, why would you not simply take up with a woman rather than a man. For most tops, one of the appeals of gay sex is the challenge that "taking" another man offers, in contrast to the "no contest" that exists with a woman--and an effeminate gay man offers no more of a challenge in that regard than a woman does.

    UFFDA, as to your point about Maria Callas, I would point out that all great artists of that sort have fans of different persuasions--male and female, gay and straight--but what happens with many gay men when it comes to the "diva" phenomenon goes way beyond being a fan, I am afraid--instead, it becomes an identification.....and the fact that the same kind of identification virtually never happens with a male performer underlines that. So seen in that light, it is just a manifestation of the artificial "living vicariously through women" phenomenon that I referred to earlier.

    Where I want to take all of us is to a truly natural state of masculinity that will look like neither the homophobia-inspired traditional "straight" male culture, nor the gay male culture of effeminacy, which is just as artificial and just as damaging to men as the former.

    Why anyone would object to that, other than out of their own fear of change, is beyond me.

    Posted by: Rick | Jun 22, 2012 11:27:07 AM


  10. Donny and Marie Osmond probably set back Mormon acceptance by 30 years. I wonder how many of their 15 brothers and sisters ended up gay??

    Posted by: anon | Jun 22, 2012 11:39:17 AM


  11. RICK - " Where I want to take all of us is to a truly natural state of masculinity that will look like neither the homophobia-inspired traditional "straight" male culture, nor the gay male culture of effeminacy, which is just as artificial and just as damaging to men as the former."

    Nothing the matter with that, though a lot of dudes will be kicking and screaming. Say on, however resisted it will have its effect.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jun 22, 2012 12:37:01 PM


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