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Hepburn…Tracy…Duke of Windsor: All The Juicy Gay Secrets Revealed In “Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood”

by Friday at 4:15 pm

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Don’t let the very hetero banner image fool you…the one the makers of the scandalous new documentary SCOTTY AND THE SECRET HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD have been using to promote the film. It features a 1950s photo featuring the  very handsome subject of this film, Scotty Bowers, a former marine turned gas pump jocked turned hustler to the stars and two female actresses looking very heteronormative. 

But, Mr. Bowers, while he did service and procure for, the most beautiful and famous women in Hollywood and Society over his 50+ year as a hustler and “go-between” for sexual services, he was most utilized as a sex worker hired by the beautiful and famous MEN of Hollywood and High Society during that time….stars like Walter Pidgeon and Rock Hudson and Cary Grant and Charles Laughton and…

Scotty Bowers was a mostly well kept secret outside those circles though he was eluded to in many biographies of those stars as “the gas station hustler/pimp who serviced everyone AND their car” during Hollywood’s Golden Era, Mr. Bowers himself didn’t “out” himself until the publication of his tell all memoir, “Full Service – By Scotty Bowers with Lionel Friedberg” appeared in 2012 and quickly became an infamous New York Times’ bestseller. Gossip fans of Old Hollywood loved the juicy book which either confirmed many rumors about top stars or shocked with all new revelations while more old school fans were horrified with many expressing disapproval AND disbelief of the frank disclosures about their beloved icons.

EWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!

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GSBA’s Annual Cocktail Event Starts NEXT Week For A Fun Week of Boozin’ For A Cause

by Wednesday at 3:26 pm

Photo: Michael Strangeways for Seattle Gay Scene

Photo: Michael Strangeways for Seattle Gay Scene

SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, this year’s annual Greater Seattle Business Association (aka, the GSBA) cocktail fundraising event is a bit different. It involves a whole week of boozing it up instead of the usual one night drinking signature cocktails event they usually have.

WOO HOO!!!!

A WHOLE WEEK OF CRAFT COCKTAILS!

It’s happening NEXT week (August 27 through the 31st) at five area venues known for their good drinks…though, none of them are actual gay bars, they’re all members of the GSBA. 

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12 Arrested In Foundation Nightclub Bust; Huge Variety of Drugs/Guns/Cash Seized

by Thursday at 5:27 pm

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WOW!

The Seattle Police Department Blotter has the scoop on last night’s huge bust at Belltown’s Foundation Nightclub that we reported on earlier today. Working with Homeland Security, the sting resulted in the arrest of 12 individuals and the seizure of :

“829 grams of cocaine, over 1,000 grams of MDMA, 400 ecstasy pills, 800 Xanax pills, 190 grams of ketamine, 13 grams of DMT, 176 grams of GHB, 1200 Molly capsules, and additional prescription drugs, as well as two handguns and more than $60,000 in cash…”

A dealer bragged to an undercover officer about his close ties to the club’s owners and coached officers on how to dose women using GHB, frequently used in “date rape”.

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Casting Call For RuPaul’s NEW TV Show!!!

by Tuesday at 3:33 pm

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SOOOOO, you could have colored us SHOCKED when it was announced that Netflix had given the green light to a new narrative television show to star mega drag diva RuPaul. It’s not that RuPaul isn’t talented; obviously the drag star/singer/actor/producer and Emmy Award winning host of the hugely successful competitive reality show “RuPaul’s Drag Race” currently filming its 11th season is VERY talented.

But, Ru hasn’t had many opportunities to showcase actual acting skills…small roles here and there and most of them fun cameos like appearing in the Brady Bunch movies back in the 90s.

But, the new show is called AJ and the Queen and it’s a 10 episode series featuring RuPaul as “down on her luck” drag queen Ruby Red who travels across America with an 11 year old sidekick named “AJ” in a busted ole RV. Naturally, they will get into kooky adventures and Ruby will perform musical numbers in every episode. 

It’s “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” meets “BJ and the Bear” (old 70s tv show; RuPaul LOVES shitty pop culture from the olden days) meets…I dunno….”Punky Brewster”?

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Ring Around The Xmas Show Continues As Dina Martina Moves To ACT & Scott Shoemaker Declares War

by Monday at 3:13 pm

 

Yes, yes…I know it’s early to be thinking of Christmas shenanigans when it’s August and 8,000 degrees outside but the complicated scheduling and jostling of Seattle’s gay holiday shows demands we pay attention…especially in a topsy turvy year like this one where both the loss of a beloved local entertainer and some behind the scenes melodrama have added to the huge changes coming to Seattle Gay Holiday Show Season 2018.

We’ve already discussed the major changes coming to the “Holiday Show formerly known as ‘Homo for the Holiday’ but now apparently known as ‘Jingle All The Gay'”…the former show imploded after behind the scenes “stuff” led to long time performers like BenDeLaCreme leaving and wife/wife team of Kitten LaRue and Lou Henry Hoover taking the reigns to recon-jigger the very popular long running show which will return to Oddfellows Hall this year.

You can read about THAT drama, over here.

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Who Will Be Crowned “Belle of the Balls” @ Queen Pin Bowling Classic?

by Thursday at 3:06 pm

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Here’s a fun benefit to be a part of later this month…and, for a good cause!

It’s the Queen Pin Bowling Classic, the first annual drag queen bowling tournament, with 100% of the proceeds to benefit Burien Pride’s LGBTQ College Scholarship Fund and it’s happening Saturday, August 25th at ACME Bowl in Tukwila. (100 Andover Park West, Tukwila, WA, 98188)

100% of the proceeds go to Burien Pride’s new LGBTQ College Scholarship Fund, so your participation helps LGBTQ students get an education…and, there’s two ways to participate. As a bowler, or just come watch and hang out and drink beer and cheer for the bowlers along with your chief host, ALEKSA MANILA along with co-hosts, Miss U.T.O.P.I.A Seattle, Atasha Manilla; Empress of Seattle, Donna Tella Howe; Miss Gay API International, Tanya Rachinee and La Femme Magnifique International, LaSaveona Hunt.

You’re ENCOURAGED to drag it up, or at least be dressed festively, but it’s not required to participate.

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Breaking: Barbie Announces Purr Is Closing Its Doors

by Sunday at 2:56 pm

 

Purr announced they'll reopen at new Montlake location on October 4th.

Some shocking news for fans of Barbie Roberts and her cocktail lounge, Purr. She just announced via her Facebook page that today, Sunday, July 29, 2018 will be the bar’s final day of business. 

Via Facebook:

Letting Go is Never Easy……..

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Entertainment Weekly Has Mental Breakdown; Poorly Ranks RPDR Winners…We Rectify That

by Friday at 6:07 pm

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Bitchez are ON CRACK!!!!

That was my response after seeing Entertainment Weakly’s recently published ranking of all the winners of the various configurations of RuPaul’s Drag Race…both the winners of all 10 regular seasons plus the 3 All-Star competitions. And, while I entirely agreed with their top AND bottom choices, (apparently made by EW writer JOEY NOLFI, who I’m sure is a lovely yet deluded person), I have a LOT to say about all the ones in-between. 

If you want to see the EW article, sadly you have to click on this link to go to their page full of fucking annoying pop ups….another thing that enrages me. Hey! Let’s do quick survey! If you go to a website and it’s full of too many pop ups and videos and nonsense that impede your user experience and slow your device down, do you GO BACK to that site very frequently? I sure as hell don’t….

Apologies for the digression.

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We Can See Alaska Thunderfuck At Queer Bar From Our House! And, At Men.com!

by Wednesday at 2:15 pm

Alaska Thunderfuck is coming to Seattle on June 23rd while her co-star in this naughty Men.com film is cumming on June 22nd...

Alaska Thunderfuck is coming to Seattle on June 23rd while her co-star in this naughty Men.com film is cumming on June 22nd…

Seattle gets to enjoy beloved drag superstar ALASKA THUNDERFUCK this weekend when she appears at QUEER BAR’s Pride Festival on Saturday, June 23rd but fans of naughty gay male erotic video entertainment can enjoy Ms T-Fuck on FRIDAY when her GAY PORNO VIDEO goes live to the WORLD!

Yes…P.O.R.N.O. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OK…so, Alaska isn’t DOING anything involving the exposure of her/their/his genitals (which is probably a shame since Alaska has a rep for being a BIIIIIIIIIG boy….) but is making a fun celebrity, non sexual appearance in MEN.COM’s new ASS CONTROLLER 9 video getting released on Friday, June 22nd.

In it, Alaska plays a shocked TV news anchor who is shocked to discover her male co-anchor is a gyrating butt slut with an app-controlled butt plug in their no-no hole.

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Wassup Ace Comic Con? Why Did Evans and Hemsworth Pull Out? We’re FRUSTRATED!!!!

by Monday at 2:22 pm

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What IS up, with ACE Comic Con Seattle ?

The for profit nerd convention producers made a big deal about announcing the HUGE stars they were going to bring to their Seattle event June 22 to 24th (also known as THIS COMING WEEKEND)…. all these HUGE Marvel Universe Stars like Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston. 

Which was even MORE exciting when you realized that all these hunks of burning lust would be in Seattle over our LGBTQ Pride weekend….maybe Evans and Hemsworth would show up at the Cuff!!!

We can dream…

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Ladyfag Teams Up With Opening Ceremony for “Hanky Code”

by Friday at 12:17 pm

 

Hanky Code for OC. PHOTOGRAPHY BY IGNACIO TORRES

Hanky Code for OC.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY IGNACIO TORRES

PHOTOGRAPHY BY IGNACIO TORRES

PHOTOGRAPHY BY IGNACIO TORRES

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#OrlandoPulse 2 Year Anniversary: Remembering The Victims While Fighting For Gun Control

by Tuesday at 2:05 pm

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June 12th is a new major LGBTQ Day of Remembrance as we pay tribute to the 49 lives lost and the dozens of injured from the 2016 massacre at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

Several national organizations paid tribute to the memory of Pulse/Orlando while also urging action for individuals to step up to fight for stronger gun laws.

 

Image via Queer Bar-Seattle

Image via Queer Bar-Seattle

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Tonight: Kick off Pride Month with Equal Rights Washington’s Together for Justice & Equity Reception

by Thursday at 1:58 pm

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Kick off Pride Month with Equal Rights Washington’s Together for Justice and Equity Reception! Tickets are only $65 and support our continued fight for the advancement of all LGBTQ Washingtonians.

Come celebrate our statewide ban on conversion therapy for minors, the passage of the Uniform Parentage Act, and hear about our road map for the work to come.

Together for Justice and Equity Reception
Thursday, June 7th
6:30pm – 9:30pm

Metropolist
2931 First Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98134

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Bianca Del Rio, Adore Delano, Fortune Feimster Headline THREE Big Seattle Pride Week Events

by Wednesday at 3:47 pm

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Cheebus…Seattle will be thronging with superstars the entire week of Seattle’s main LGBTQ Pride celebrations, June 18th through the 24th. On one hand, there will be HUGE major A-list stars in town for the ACE Comicon event at WaMu Theater/Century Link nerd fest with Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston and Tom Holland all in town from June 22 – 24 plus Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, and Hayley Atwell.

On the gayer side of the fence, there will be another buttload of Gay-List stars in town for various events including 32,987 Drag Race girls at Queer Bar’s 3 day pride street festival plus sundry name talents at other venues like Purr, RPlace, Kremwerk, Wildrose and PrideFest events.

But, the starriest Gay List names are probably at Five Senses Reeling’s huge events happening all week long. They’ve got rising comedy stars FORTUNE FEIMSTER and JESSICA KIRSON on Wednesday, June 20th for STAND UP FOR PRIDE at Q Nightclub with Mama Tits as host.

On Thursday the 21st, they nabbed BIANCA DEL RIO to headline NATIONAL TREASURES, another all star comedy show with LADY BUNNY, SHERRY VINE and JACKIE BEAT on hand as well for an all drag/insult-a-thon comedy show (not for the feint of heart…) at the Egyptian Theater.

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BBC/Masterpiece PBS Set To Release Steamy Gay Drama, “Man in the Orange Shirt”

by Thursday at 11:41 am

 

Oliver Jackson-Cohen, our future pretend ex-husband and James McArdle, our other future pretend ex-husband, star in the BBC/PBS Masterpiece drama "Man in Orange Shirt" this June.

Oliver Jackson-Cohen, our future pretend ex-husband and James McArdle, our other future pretend ex-husband, star in the BBC/PBS Masterpiece drama “Man in Orange Shirt” this June.

Sometimes we get VERY exciting press releases….like this one about the DVD/home release of an upcoming BBC film to be shown on PBS Masterpiece on Sunday, June 17, 2018. Two days after the initial US screening (check your local listings), PBS will release MAN IN AN ORANGE SHIRT on DVD/Digital HD. It’s the well received British romantic drama about star crossed gay love between two soldiers with two sets of VERY attractive/talented actors playing the leads: the very comfortable on the eyes Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Mr. Selfridge) and James McArdle (Salting the Battlefield) pictured here in these basement flooding gifs as well as Julian Morris (Little Women), and David Gyasi (Interstellar).

Vanessa Redgrave stars in this romance penned by acclaimed gay British author Patrick Gale which was created as part of BBC celebrations honoring the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in the UK in 1967.

Judging just by the synopsis and these gifs, we can’t WAIT to see it.

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Former Seattleite Jimmy Durano Needs Our Help

by Thursday at 10:04 am

Former Seattlite/gay adult performer JIMMY DURANO is recovering from a serious head injury after an accident. Photo via Instagram

Former Seattlite/gay adult performer JIMMY DURANO is recovering from a serious head injury after an accident. Photo via Instagram

Many of our readers might know him as “Julio” but to his legions of fans, gay adult entertainer JIMMY DURANO is the more familiar name. Julio/Jimmy lived in Seattle for many years before he moved to California to be closer to the gay adult entertainment industry back in 2014 but he had many fans and friends in Seattle from his years of dancing at area clubs like R Place. 

The performer was living the good life in Palm Springs with husband and fellow gay adult star, Christian Owen when he suffered a serious accident in March of this year that resulted in cranial surgery and a long stay in the hospital.

A post from Jimmy on his Instagram on April 2nd:

But, the performer had a relapse in April which resulted in further procedures and a hospital stay and he now faces many months of recovery time…which means no ability to work as a dancer. Fortunately, Jimmy has health insurance which covers the bulk of his medical expenses, but the loss of income is problematic for the couple. To help out, family and friends have created a GoFundMe to help out Jimmy over the next few months with a goal of $20,000. To date, over $11k has been raised.

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Art We Can Get Behind: “The Male Gaze” At Gallery 1/1

by Tuesday at 4:39 pm

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Gallery 1/1, the “unique photographic gallery” in Ballard, is opening a new show this Thursday, May 17, 2018 during this month’s Ballard Art Walk. It’s THE MALE GAZE and features work “exploring how men see themselves and other men from behind the camera lens…”

Which means some powerful photos of male bodies that range from the beautiful to the disturbing to the erotic.

Check them all out on Thursday from 6pm to 9pm or during the run of this show which extends all the way to July 14th.

Personally, I want someone to buy me the Robert Calafiore Chromogenic Print in the upper right corner of the image above…the gorgeous red tinted one. 

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“Take Us To A Nice Buffet!!!” National Honor Our LGBT Elders Day is May 15th!

by Tuesday at 4:01 pm

 

Apparently, Wednesday, May 16th is “National Honor Our LGBT Elders Day” so….

Take us to dinner….buy us a drink…a foot massage…maybe a new outfit…

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Maupin’s “Tales of the City” Gets The OK For A Netflix Reboot

by Thursday at 3:39 pm

We're guessing Chloe Webb (left) and Marcus D'amico (right) pictured here in as still from the original 1993 series, will not be returning to the just announced TV reboot of Armistead Maupin's TALES OF THE CITY, but Laura Linney as Mary Anne Singleton, here in the center, WILL return to the 10 episode series set for 2019.

We’re guessing Chloe Webb as “Mona” (left) and Marcus D’amico as “Michael” (right) pictured here in a still from the original 1993 PBS series, will not be returning to the just announced TV reboot of Armistead Maupin’s TALES OF THE CITY, but Laura Linney as Mary Anne Singleton, here in the center, WILL return to the 10 episode series set for 2019. Webb allegedly asked for too much money to return to the 2nd season of the show back in the 90s (plus her character isn’t really around anymore…ahem) and D’amico allegedly had creative differences with Maupin. Both actors were replaced. 

It’s now official after months of speculation. Netflix has officially announced production of  a new 10 episode series featuring beloved characters from gay San Francisco writer, Armistead Maupin’s TALES OF THE CITY series of 9 novels centered on a circle of LGBTQ people and their straight friends/family.

Maupin himself has been discussing the behind the scenes negotiations for months as he toured the country promoting his recent memoir, Logical Family and a documentary about his life and novels, The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin including talking about the Netflix project at his last Seattle appearance in October of 2017.

The first three novels in the series, which were all originally serialized in the mid/late 1970s in the San Francisco Chronicle, were made into three separate television miniseries in the 1990s. The first series, a co-production between PBS and Britain’s Channel Four, was a huge success but also gathered numerous protests from religious conservatives that the tax supported PBS was “promoting” drug taking and gay sex. PBS had to reluctantly pull the plug on participating in the next two TV adaptations which were produced by the cable network Showtime and mostly produced in Canada.

This new series will be loosely based on Maupin’s final three books in the Tales’ Universe which picks up the story nearly 20 years after the last of the original 6 stories. 2007’s Michael Tolliver Lives finds the original surviving characters struggling in the 21st Century with the onset of late middle age. The final two novels, Mary Ann in Autumn (2010) and The Days of Anna Madrigal (2014) furthered their exploits and even featured the demise of a beloved character but while the new series will feature some of the new characters and possible plots from these final 3 books, they will also feature new material as well.

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Who Needs A Gig? Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Need A CEO

by Wednesday at 1:02 pm

The look that says: "I don't have any pets, children or messy hobbies...and, I never eat in the living room and I only wear crisp white linen Hazmat suits in my own home to keep it pristine..." AND: "I have professional cleaners come once a week...also, I can afford to redecorate yearly since all this white will look grubby in a few months no matter how careful you are..."

The look that says: “I don’t have any pets, children or messy hobbies…and, I never eat in the living room and I only wear crisp white linen Hazmat suits in my own home to keep it pristine…” AND: “I have professional cleaners come once a week…also, I can afford to redecorate yearly since all this white will look grubby in a few months no matter how careful you are…”

I know there are lots of local gay designer types who’d like a fancy new job!

MITCHELL GOLD + BOB WILLIAMS, the home furnishings/lifestyle gay owned company needs a new CEO!

Downside…their HQ/plant is in the heart of Red State America: Taylorsville North Carolina. You’d have to live in the heart of Trumpsylvania. 

I think Gold and Williams are great for being gay corporate success stories (and, they’ve helped to change attitudes in Taylorsville towards LGBTQ people) but to be frank, their “clean crisp white” design aesthetic is just not my cup of tea.

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