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Calvin Klein's Ex-BF Announces He's Straight, Crashes Gay Party, Gets Kicked Out

Nick-gruber-hot1Take a look at Nick Gruber, and you may recognize him for a number of reasons. You may have seen his work as a fashion and fitness model, a gay porn actor, or simply Calvin Klein's former boytoy and train wreck. If so, then you should know that Gruber has enlisted the help of a new publicist, Matt Rich, to help erase most of that from your memory and brand him with a new squeaky-clean public persona. Gruber subsequently celebrated his newly-announced straighthood by attending a party thrown by porn-entrepreneur Michael Lucas on Fire Island over the weekend. Then, after reportedly telling people not to touch him, Gruber was kicked out of the event. 

Lucas gave his account of the event on his Facebook page:

"This weekend was "Ascension" - the biggest party of the summer on Fire Island. Every year I buy a large VIP tent that's up above the dance floor, where I invite my friends.

I saw this arrogant guy who was being rude to people, shoving two guys away after they bumped into him. I heard him say, "keep your hands away from me! I"m straight!" So I went over to him, and asked him why he was being so rude. 

He said, 'I am straight, and I don't want any gay people to touch me.' At which point, I told him 'you're leaving.' He said, 'do you know who I am?' I said, 'I don't know, and I don't even want to know who you think you are.'

Then he said, 'try me.' I said 'watch me'. I called over to security and had him hauled away without his feet even touching the floor. Then someone explained to me that this is the ex boyfriend of Calvin Klein, Nick Gruber, who just 'came out' as 'straight.'"

Calvin-klein-nick-gruberNot surprisingly, Rich released a different version of the incident to Gawker and Michael Musto on Gruber's behalf:

“Nick was the guest of Hal Rubenstein and David Nichols and wasn't familiar with how these mass events work in terms of ‘areas’ and VIP areas. Nick overreacted when he was told to leave one area. He is sending a private apology to Mr. Lucas. It was Nick’s first time at Fire Island, and he was glad to be there with several friends and support the cause.”

And as for Gruber's supposed aversion to phyisical contact with gay people? Rich explained that to HuffPost Gay Voices:

"After about the fifth guy grabs your ass, you say, 'Look, I'm not interested.' He apologized. He didn't know what kind of party this was going to be."

Gruber himself finally explained his reluctance to wear the "gay" label in his interview with Gawker:

"That’s false information. I don’t believe in labels, I believe in what my heart tells me I love. If people say, 'What are you?' I say, 'I’m not gay. I’m straight, but I believe in love.'"

Calvin Klein, Gruber's reported former "sugar daddy", has yet to comment on any of the latest controversy, instead opting to keep a low profile and finish building his mansion in Southampton by Labor Day, according to the New York Post


Willam Heads to Fire Island Pines for the Annual 4th of July Drag Invasion: VIDEO

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Drag Race's Willam Belli was on location at the biggest drag gathering on the East Coast, the annual Independence Day invasion of Fire Island Pines.

Writes NewNowNext:

It’s a celebration of the original drag-queen invasion in 1976, when a fleet of queens sailed from the Grove to the Pines when one of their number was refused service.

As they have for nearly 4o years, the hordes arrived by ferry and sashay down the runway one by one on the pool deck. We saw Hedda Lettuce, homages to Paula Deen and the Kardashian clan, and more than a few girls that beggar description. And the festivities were especially festive this year with the opening of the brand-new Pavilion, the center of nightlife in the Pines.

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Andy Warhol's Summer Portraits Up for Auction at Christie's: PHOTOS

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Lot 70
ANDY WARHOL (1928-1987) 
Fire Island Party 
dated 'Aug 02 1982' (on the reverse) 
unique gelatin silver print 
10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.3 cm.) 

Executed in 1982.
Estimate:  $2,000 – 3,000
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

Coinciding with the celebration of Pride this month, Christie's has announced an online-only auction of 200 photographs, prints and drawings by Andy Warhol that focus on the male nude. The pieces are available to bid on now through June 27 online (warning: link work-unfriendly). 

From Christie's:

"Throughout his career, Warhol depicted male nudes through photography or drawing, often using gay underground culture as his backdrop. His visual explorations of the complexity of sexuality and desire chronicle the momentous changes within the gay community in the late 20th century,when many young men were flocking to urban centers such as New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans from their suburban and rural hometowns. With the anonymity of the city came the opportunity for a subculture that was both self sustaining and self defining. Warhol himself moved from Pittsburgh to New York in the summer of 1949, and witnessed first hand both the blossoming of the gay community in the 1970s and the beginnings of the AIDS epidemic that battered the community in the 1980s."

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Rebuilding Fire Island's Iconic Pavilion: VIDEO

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In November 2011, a fire destroyed the Pavilion and other structures that form the hub of New York's Fire Island Pines gay resort. The complex has been rebuilt, and in advance of the opening of the iconic Pavilion nightclub, its developer and architect have put out a video talking about the reconstruction and what it means for the social life in this longtime gay getaway.

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Also, you may want to check out a related article in this week's NYT about the architecture and history of Fire Island Pines.

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Let's Watch the Fire Island Pines Pavilion Rise from the Ashes: TIME-LAPSE VIDEO

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Fire Island Pines' iconic Pavilion nightclub, which burned to the ground in November 2011 and tore the social heart out of the New York gay resort community, is well underway to being resurrected.

See the plans here. Developers this week released a time-lapse video of the progress.

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News: David Davies, Seattle Hate Crime, A Graduate, 'Scary Movie 5'

1NewsIcon British tabloids are salivating over word that Kieran Hayler, boyfriend of celebrity Katie Price, had online sex with another man. "He got his kicks and I got mine," said a 23-year old student who claims to have been on the receiving end of stripper Hayler's virtual love.

EndIsNigh1NewsIcon Here's an article on what happens to doomsayers after the world doesn't end: "Doomsday believers tend to pick up and get on with their lives more successfully if they have strong networks of family and friends, [University of Alabama sociologist Stephen Kent said. The grassroots nature of the Mayan apocalypse predictions is therefore troubling, he said. 'The isolated individuals who encounter these predictions on the Internet may be terribly alone,' he said."

1NewsIcon For your consideration, the biggest box office bombs of 2012.

1NewsIcon This is what Lindsay Lohan has been reduced to: Scary Movie 5.

1NewsIcon David Davies, the conservative MP who said that fellow conservatives' plans for marriage equality in England were "barking mad," now says he's sorry. "I haven't done years of diversity training, so sometimes I say things which are probably tactless, and I don't mean to, to be honest, I don't mean to do that," the former farmer and truck driver said. He added, "This law is going to happen, and the best thing to do is just shut up and accept it, really, which is probably why I shouldn't have accepted this interview. Too late now."

1NewsIcon Congratulations to Boy Meets World actress Danielle Fisher on graduating from college! "After my 27th birthday, I made the decision to stop letting fear be a factor in fulfilling my dreams and living the life I wanted, so with a little encouragement from friends and family, I enrolled," she said of achieving her dream.

Moss1NewsIcon Kate Moss, goddess with nearly naked male models at her beck and call.

1NewsIcon Seattle prosecutors are pursuing hate crime charges against a man who used anti-gay slurs while threatening a gay man. "Oh, I forgot. I am in Washington state. We need to protect the (anti-gay slur)," the man, a recent transplant to the city, reportedly said during his arrest in August."

1NewsIcon Eli Roth's latest cinematic endeavor, Aftershock, provides a new premise for a gruesome exploration of human nature. Emphasis on gruesome.

1NewsIcon Check out this video of the Fire Island Pavilion circa 1999, before the original 1980 structure was torn down, reconstructed and then destroyed in Hurricane Sandy. Why does 1999 look so long ago?

1NewsIcon Via CNN, some gendered spending habits: "The Clarus Research Group poll found the average married man will spend $493 on gifts for his wife this year, while wives will spend less than half of that on their husbands. The average married woman said she would spend $210."

VictorianLadies1NewsIcon Victorian gay marriage: "During the 19th century, women in what some Victorians referred to as 'female marriages' lived together, owned property in common, called each other 'hubby' or 'wedded wife' and were recognized as a couple, including by the traditionalists among their neighbors and friends."

1NewsIcon Will House Speaker John Boehner eat worms for Christmas?

1NewsIcon From Cincinnati, Ohio: "Singer Jonathan Zeng says that being discriminated against because he is gay was a blessing rather than a curse."

 


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