1. petey says

    Associating AIDS with male homosexuality is extremely anti-gay and anti-male. Broadway needs to stop being anti-gay and anti-male.

    When Broadway portrays male homosexuality, it’s always as if we gay men are dead or dying.

  2. petey says

    The other irony about Broadway Bares is that it uses sexualized images of men to raise money for a sexually transmitted illness. Sad and pathetic and fake.

  3. Yup says

    Sorry John, but the history and world of gay people does not only include AIDS. There are plenty of other things about gay life worth talking about.

  4. JeffNYC says

    Not at all. The whole point of the event is to raise money while celebrating the beauty and artistry of the body and to encourage the healthy expression of sexuality. Also, to have fun.

    None of which–CLEARLY!–has ever been experienced by Petey.

  5. petey says


    You’re deluded if you think flooding the stage with nearly-naked, writhing straight guys is a “healthy expression” of male homosexuality. It does do wonders for the bank account of Broadway Bares, no doubt.

  6. SpaceCadet says

    Sorry, but whether you like it or not, AIDS still exists and still affects the gay make population to a large degree, so yes, a fundraiser like this which is fun and sexual in a non-dangerous way is quite relevant in this day and age. Glad it’s still around and so successful and hope to see it in person one day!

  7. says

    Petey, et al; No one gets paid to appear or perform at Broadway Bares; participation is all volunteer. The cast is mostly male and female broadway chorus members with a strong representation of straight and gay, just like America… 😉 The choreography is kickass, the feeling is bawdy and fun, everyone lets their hair down (well, there isn’t a lot of hair, actually…) and just shows off their body and the moves and does it all to raise money for AIDS & HIV services of Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS. The fact of the experience is that it’s both celebratory and moving…and a very healthy expression and experience of empowerment for all concerned.

  8. Malcolm says

    While it is ostensibly for a good cause, I think it is a sleazy and awkward way to raise money. As stated, trashy sexualized production is an awkward way to combat a disease spread by sex.

  9. Mike in the Tundra says

    There is a very slight chance that Petey may get laid sometime in the next decade or two. Maybe then he’ll understand the healthy expression of one’s sexuality.

  10. crispy says

    Petey Petey Petey.

    “When Broadway portrays male homosexuality, it’s always as if we gay men are dead or dying.”

    So I guess you missed Kinky Boots.

    “The men on the stage were mostly straight guys.”

    Alan Cumming ain’t straight, sweetie.

  11. Graphicjack says

    Broadway Bares is a charity event started by a GAY MAN to raise money to fight AIDS. AIDS is still here, and our community is still affected, along with the straight community. Since it affects us all, why not have straight and gay (and bi, and men and women and people of all races…) participate… For free…. To raise money to fight AIDS? Sex sells and it’s been a very successful event for years and years, helping many people in our community. If you find it sleazy, don’t go. There are plenty of other ways, like the AIDS walk, for you to raise money to fight AIDS and HIV. But I for one and grateful for all the performers who are willing to bare a lot for a good cause. Bravo!

  12. Rob says

    Even if it was overtly sexual, the issue with HIV/AIDS isn’t being sexual it’s being safe and sexual. To me the paranoia of this being “oversexualized” hints to someone who looks at positive people as non-sexual beings. Are we all only supposed to appear on posters, smile and tell uplifting stories?

  13. Daniel says

    Wow, who knew there were so many prissy puritans reading towleroad. It must be hand for all these pursed lips to get along in the world without constantly being offended.

  14. Glenn says

    I take comfort in the fact that, if there’s anything that I think is immune from ridiculous foul-tempered sniping, I can always come to the Towleroad comments section to find people whose misanthropy, sour outlook on life and hate for any goodness in the world knows no bounds.

    Thanks, in particular, Petey!

  15. Gordon says

    Living far away from this venue ( Boise, Idaho ) it would be nice to have a subscription viewing set up for the next one. More $$ for the cause from the hinterland.

  16. Biancartoonish says

    It’s unfair to see Bianca del Rio having all this media exposure after winning RuPaul’s Drag Race. She is a pro and had a clear advantage compared to the other girls. She was a regular character in the Powerpuff Girls as HIM. Unfair.

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