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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

The Male Gaze

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…

IanMcKellanVicious

 

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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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What The Hell Is Going On With The Homo For The Holidays Crew?!?!?

by Thursday at 2:36 pm

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Jesus, Mary and Joseph Fiennes!!!!

It’s an appropriate blasphemy when it’s applied to the ongoing drama involving the cast and producers of the beloved and long running annual Xmas holiday show, HOMO FOR THE HOLIDAYS, staged at Oddfellows Hall on Capitol Hill for the last 32,378 years. The show, which includes a Jesus character in the cast, is a sweet parody of holiday variety shows but with a queer/drag/burlesque bent.

The show was created and produced by the team of noted and now very famous drag star BenDeLaCreme and the burlesque stars/real life married couple of Kitten LaRue and Lou Henry Hoover aka “Kitten ‘n’ Lou”. The adorable, very much DIY designed show quickly won the hearts of LGBTQ Seattle and allies who have a long history of supporting other great holiday shows like Dina Martina’s annual show at Re-bar, Lisa Koch & Peggy Platt’s “Ham for the Holidays” at Theater Off Jackson then ACT, and many others.

Unlike Dina Martina and “Ham” which both featured all new material (albeit with recurring characters) every year, Homo for the Holidays very much followed a formula familiar to burlesque…create a concept and add your various acts from individual performers, and you have a show. The framework and through line is the same and most of the acts with only cast changes creating very much in the way of new content. But, “Homo” has had a mostly consistent line-up through the years with BenDeLa as the host, Kitten and Lou as chief support plus beloved bio queen/performance artist Cherdonna Shinatra, resident beefcake performer Faggedy Randy, Jesus impersonator ilvs strauss (lowercase deliberate), boylesque stars like Waxie Moon, Paris Original, The Luminous Pariah and others, as well as other burlesque and drag performers like Jinkx Monsoon who appeared in the earliest incarnations of the show before becoming her own headlining superstar.

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Which Super Hero/Villain Would You Boink?

by Wednesday at 1:41 pm

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I just got this sweet/sexy/stupid press release from ASHLEY MADISON, the straight dating/hook up website with the awful name. (It sounds like a strip mall store that’s trying to be posh when it’s actually selling horrible low count cotton/poly blend sheets and tablecloths. Maybe some horrid candles that smell like plastic and failure. Becky with the Horrible Hair likes shopping there. And, her mom, Dolores.)

They refer to it as “having an affair” but their “which heroes and villains cheaters would you have an affair with” survey is obviously weak code for “”which heroes and villains cheaters would you like to do the nasty with” which sounds sounds less genteel. They prefer the “high thread count” wording.

Naturally this is from a hetero perspective but apparently a bisexual/questioning/plain ole gay person or two snuck in there because 8% of the surveyed men wanna find out what  Ironman is hiding in his ironman jock strap and 1% want to investigate Captain America’s juicy American hot dog. Meanwhile,  12% of women want to pet Catwoman’s pussy.

Is this based on the actual comic book versions of these characters or are people lusting after Chris Evans and Halle Berry?

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Seattle University President Clutches Pearls In Horror Over Student Drag Photo

by Thursday at 5:18 pm

"Naughty" photo on cover of Seattle University's student newspaper website has unhinged the Jesuit administration.  Photo of Spectator website by M. Strangeways; original photo by Samira Shobeiri/The Spectator

“Naughty” photo on cover of Seattle University’s student newspaper website has unhinged the Jesuit administration. Photo of Spectator website by M. Strangeways; original photo by Samira Shobeiri/The Spectator

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Forum To Discuss Stonewall National Monument Happening April 5th!

by Wednesday at 1:17 pm

 

 

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Well, you have your chance with a community forum happening Thursday, April 5th here in Seattle at Southside Commons in South Seattle. It’s a chance to tell the National Park Service what you think is important to relay in telling the story about the 1969 Stonewall Riots that helped spark the LGBTQ Civil Rights Movement.

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Peggy Platt, Beloved Seattle Comedian/Actress Has Passed Away

by Tuesday at 1:33 pm

Peggy Platt as Euomi Spudd (as the Virgin Mary) in the long running hit holiday variety show Ham for the Holidays. Photo: Chris Bennion/ACT

Peggy Platt as Euomi Spudd (as the Virgin Mary) in the long running hit holiday variety show Ham for the Holidays. Photo: Chris Bennion/ACT

Terrible news to report. Beloved Seattle comedian/actress/performer PEGGY PLATT passed away in her sleep last night. She was 59 years old.

Best known as half of the Seattle comedy duo Dos Fallopia with fellow comedian/musician Lisa Koch, the two became part of Seattle’s Christmas holiday traditions with their long running “Ham for the Holidays” sketch variety show which ran for years at Theatre Off Jackson before moving to ACT theater. The duo, much influenced by classic sketch comedy artists as Carol Burnett, SCTV funny women Catherine O’Hara and Andrea Martin and the UK’s French & Saunders they also performed at gigs around the world since the two partnered up in 1990 with shows that combined music, satire, improv and dryly ironic political and social commentary.

Some of the iconic comedy characters they created included the always bickering mother/daughter country/western singing duo “The Spudds” with Peggy as the diva mama “Euomi” and the “Sequim Gay Men’s Choir” with Peggy as a sly gay bear who enjoyed telling tales on his other chorus members…all three of them.

Peggy also performed as a solo act as a comedian at clubs and venues around the country including winning the Seattle International Stand-up Comedy Competition in 1985 and opening for the likes of Cyndi Lauper, Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, Kathy Griffin and Puppetry of the Penis over the years as a top Seattle stand up comedian.

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San Diego Pride Gives Back To Community With #MeToo LGBTQ Conference

by Thursday at 3:37 pm

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This is how you create important community events that reach out to members of the LGBTQ public and deal with important issues. LGBTQ community Pride is more than parades, festivals, corporate funding and blandly produced events.

San Diego’s LGBT Community Center (something Seattle can’t apparently ever successfully do despite being one of the largest and richest LGBTQ communities in the world…) is teaming up with San Diego LGBT Pride (oooooh! A SOLO community Pride non-profit that actually does important things year round that don’t involve begging for money!) for a one day conference to help improve aid to LGBTQ victims of sexual violence. #MeTooLGBTQ  explores the facts that 40% of gay men and 44% of lesbians and 47% of transgender people have experienced sexual violence that has NOT involved rape and many of these people do not get the help they need to deal with the effects of any kind of sexual assault.

More info on the San Diego event scheduled for April 28th (pass the word to friends/family in the San Diego area) and here’s hope that Seattle can one day address such issues in a similar manner.

Note: It’s also pretty cool that San Diego Pride actually puts out real press releases! Something pretty much EVERY Seattle LGBTQ non-profit is apparently incapable of doing! Because, you know, it’s sooooooooo hard to do!!!!! And, why bother? People will just learn about their projects and events through the power of OSMOSIS!!!! Or, maybe magic!!!! Or, the huge reach of their social media!!!

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In Big Drag News: RuPaul Gets A Star; Trixie Wins All Stars; DeLa Gives Back To The Children

by Friday at 4:21 pm

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So much drag news to share!

The big one is the fact RuPaul got their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today in a splashy ceremony with huge crowds and Jane Fonda (???) presenting Ru with her ‘star’.

Why Jane Fonda?

Does not compute.

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Just Announced: The Return of LEGENDARY CHILDREN At SAM On April 14

by Friday at 3:21 pm

A performer at a previous LEGENDARY CHILDREN at Seattle Art Museum. Photo: Photo: Naomi Ishisaka

A performer at a previous LEGENDARY CHILDREN at Seattle Art Museum. Photo: Photo: Naomi Ishisaka

Grab your tickets NOW because THIS is a party that quickly sells out…it’s the return of LEGENDARY CHILDREN, the fabulously well produced night of arty queer expression that “spotlights all the gorgeousness of QTPOC (Queer and Trans People of Color) communities…”

AND, it doesn’t really sell out since it’s a FREE community event that’s produced by the Seattle City Library and Seattle Art Museum but they do fill up so go reserve your spaces NOW before it’s too late!

It’s a fabulous fun night of creativity and a highlight of the Seattle queer arts scene that benefits EVERYONE. It’s also an all ages event so queer youth can go, too!

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Partage les valeurs du sport !!!

by Wednesday at 3:39 pm

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They love us in France!

Got this fantastic press release the other day about this year’s Gay Olympics er GAMES since gays are forbidden to use the “O” word…

The Games are happening in Gay Paree this time, from August 4 through 12 and they REALLY want you to come and experience all the delightful Frenchiness of this year’s celebration of LGBTQ athletes!

I’m worried the athletes will show up a week early then eat themselves right out of the competition!

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Kathy Griffin’s BAAAAAACK In Seattle On June 16th!!!!

by Friday at 2:55 pm

Kathy Griffin returns to Seattle for a June show at The Moore!

Kathy Griffin returns to Seattle for a June show at The Moore!

The beyotch is BAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK!

Out of limbo and career purgatory, the one and only motormouth comedian KATHY GRIFFIN is taking on the world yet again in her world tour which so far has been avoiding the United States but then THIS gets posted today on her Facebook:

Announcing the first THREE US cities/dates of my tour tomorrow!! Fans who are on my email list will get access to tickets TODAY until 10 PM…before the tickets go on sale to the general public tomorrow, Saturday.

Also, I’m giving away 10 pairs of tickets to fans who signup for my email list!

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Trixie Mattel’s “Moving Parts” Show On Sale This Friday

by Wednesday at 3:49 pm

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It’s just one HUGE drag show after another around here, isn’t it?

Murray & Peter’s “Shady Tour 2018” was just here last week and Peaches Christ is back next week with Jinkx and BenDeLa for “Drag Becomes Her” and Heklina’s “Golden Girls Live” show is coming up later this month…

AND, next month (April) features Bianca Del Rio, Todrick Hall and Jinkx Monsoon/Major Scales’ “Ginger Snapped” show.

We’re already hearing rumors about names for Seattle LGBTQ Pride month fun in June….BIG names including the return of TRIXIE MATTEL in her very own comedy/musical solo show MOVING PARTS being produced by Murray & Peter and embarking on a national tour this spring with Seattle penciled in on Tuesday, June 12th at The Neptune up in the U-District. Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 9th at Ticketmaster at 1oam.

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“Lesbian? Isn’t Danny Thomas One?” Golden Girls Show Announces Episodes!

by Tuesday at 7:12 pm

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We’ve done some sleuthin’!!!

To find out the episodes being parodied at the much anticipated THE GOLDEN GIRLS LIVE: ON TOUR show happening Thursday, March 22nd at the Egyptian Theater on Capitol Hill and brought to you by Five Sense Reeling. It’s the annual holiday treat produced by San Francisco’s Queen of The Bay Area, the one and only HEKLINA that sells out dozens of shows every holiday season and honors the beloved 80s sitcom “The Golden Girls” with an all drag cast.

Joining Heklina (who of course plays the bossy pants Dorothy Zbornak/Bea Arthur character) will be San Francisco divas, Matthew Martin (Blanche), D’Arcy Drollinger (Rose), and Holotta Tymes (Sophia). AND, with very special guest star, RuPaul’s Drag Race Season Nine Winner SASHA VELOUR  on hand in a couple of iconic GG guest roles.

Little birds have told us that the two episodes being recreated are: “Dorothy’s New Friend” and “Isn’t It Romantic?”

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Stevens Pass Gets Ready For Pride Weekend 2018!

by Tuesday at 5:04 pm

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Ok, it’s not quite as swanky as Whistler’s Gay Pride Weekend but LGBTQ Washingtonians still have a fun ski weekend pride party to enjoy. It’s happening at Stevens Pass the weekend of March 17 and 18 and includes tons of fun events/discounts to use at Stevens Pass as well in nearby Leavenworth….which means a great opportunity for winter time alpine sports fun AND a chance to save on gigantic nutcrackers and Schweineschnitzel!!!

SCHWEEEEEET!!!!

It’s also a benefit for Seattle PrideFest to help them put on the annual Seattle LGBTQ Pride festival events on Capitol Hill and at Seattle Center. You have to go to the PrideFest website to buy your wristbands!

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SPOILERS AHEAD: VH1 Announces Cast Of Season 10 of RPDR

by Thursday at 4:58 pm

….tonight, during/after the airing of the latest episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars 3.

They’ve already announced that Season 10 of Drag Race will kick off the week after the end of All-Stars 3 which concludes on Thursday, March 15th. 

S.10 debuts on Thursday, March 22nd and VH1 has also announced that episodes will be ninety minutes and followed by the return of Untucked after, for two solid hours of draggy fun.

Now…we’re gonna talk about the rumored contestants so if you hate any kind of speculation then get the hell off this post ya big baby.

SCRAM.

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The “Call Me By Your Name” Villa Is For Sale

by Wednesday at 3:16 pm

The villa used to film the popular gay romance CALL ME BY YOUR NAME is for sale in northern Italy.

The villa used to film the popular gay romance CALL ME BY YOUR NAME is for sale in northern Italy.

Who is buying it for me?

I neeeeeeeeeeeed it!!!!!!!!

A lot of people went to see the highly acclaimed gay romance film CALL ME BY YOUR NAME and swooned over the sweet “first love” story about a 17 year old and a 24 year old having a passionate love affair over the course of a passionate Italian summer in the passionate year of 1983. It stars the adorably sweet twink Timothée Chalamet as the younger Elio and the hunky tall drink of water Armie Hammer as the older Oliver and depending if you’re a dirty old man/woman who enjoys barely legal youth or a jaded old perv who prefers strapping young daddy types, there’s something to drool over for everyone.

As for me, a perpetual young daddy prefer-er firmly on the #TeamArmie side of the fence, I was mostly drooling over the gorgeous Italian villa where they shot the film. Located outside Moscazzano, Italy in the northern province of Cremona, the dreamy 14 room estate dates back to the 1500s and is surrounded by a 5 acre park with two out buildings.

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Casting Call: Local Band Shaolin Hunks Need BEARS!!!

by Tuesday at 3:42 pm

BearsShaolinVideo Sometimes we see things on social media that just leap out at us…like this casting call for BEARS for a music video project from local beary rock band SHAOLIN HUNKS: 

We are shooting a video for one of our songs and we require bears in their underwear! Are you big? Bearded? Hairy? Or all three? Strip down to your tighty whities and join us in a dance party! George has been kind enough to let us use True Love after they close so show up at 9:30pm and be prepared to dance in your underwear (preferably tighty whities if you can but it is not a requirement). No jocks or bare butts/nudity. Even if you can’t come, please share! We need a lot of guys to make this work! Half naked big straight guys welcome too as long as you’re cool.

It’s happening this Saturday, February 24th at 9:30 pm at True Love Gallery, 1525 Summit Ave, just off of Pine Street and kitty corner from Steamworks. Check out the FB invite. We just listened to some of their tunes on their FB page…we like them! A fun rock band!

If you’re of the beary persuasion, then check out this fun video opportunity. Maybe you’ll get discovered! At the very least, that infamous bear loving tramp HONEY BUCKET will start stalking you!

Seattle based rockers SHAOLIN HUNKS.

Seattle based rockers SHAOLIN HUNKS.

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A Deliciously Non-Binary Video Valentine From Betty Wetter, Stephan Anunson and de Fontaine

by Wednesday at 4:21 pm

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Delicious puppet work/design from Javier Ortega in the video FIRST KISS AT THE SKATING RINK by Stephen Anunson featuring the music of de Fontaine

Sooooooo, local film maker Stephen Anunson poked me a couple weeks back about helping promote a little video project he was working on and since I lurve promoting video/film projects, I agreed and the result is today’s world premiere of FIRST KISS AT THE SKATING RINK,  a sweet little valentine about a budding romance between two adorable characters of the non-binary persuasion tentatively exploring love (on roller skates) and featuring a lovely song by an electro pop band from North Carolina and all set on a very fantastical version of Seattle.

My reactions and thoughts to the video:

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Betty Wetter in FIRST KISS AT THE SKATING RINK

Stephen sent over the video this morning with this info attached:

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Beefcake Babylon: Titan Men Has A BIIIIIGGGG NSFW Sale

by Wednesday at 3:45 pm

OK, I did a female-centric zexy post, now for a man-centric one featuring a big 35% off sale!

We love a bargain that large!

It’s Titan Men’s huge Valentine’s Day DVD Blowout Sale….get 35% off on in-stock DVDs (yes, those old fashioned shiny disc things you put into a Dee Vee Dee player which you’ll cherish when the ‘cloud’ inevitably collapses and you’re desperately horny for erotic entertainment after the Utter Collapse of Civilization in a year or two…)

Use code ” Cupid35 ” at checkout to get your savings!

AND, obviously this LINK to snag these bargains is so totally NOT SAFE FOR MOST WORK PLACES OR IF YOU’RE ON THE BUS WITH AN iPHONE X AND YOU’RE SITTING NEXT TO SOME OLD LADY AND HER GRANDKIDS!!!

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The Brilliance of The Obama’s Official Portraits

by Monday at 2:08 pm

Kehinde Wiley's official portrait of President Barack Obama and Amy Sherald's portrait of Michelle Obama.

Kehinde Wiley’s official portrait of President Barack Obama and Amy Sherald’s portrait of Michelle Obama.

1) He’s a terrific modern artist with his own unique style…Kehinde is doing his own thing.

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Winter Olympics Start Today And Gay Olympians Steal Our Hearts

by Friday at 3:06 pm

Out Gay Olympians Gus Kenworthy and Adam Rippon at the Opening Ceremonies in South Korea for the 2018 Winter Games.

Out Gay Olympians Gus Kenworthy and Adam Rippon at the Opening Ceremonies in South Korea for the 2018 Winter Games.

(Also some non-gay ones with hairy chests…)

The 2018 Winter Olympics kicked off Friday in Pyeongchang, South Korea (watch it tonight) with the Opening Ceremonies including our two out/proud gay Olympians skier Gus Kenworthy and skater Adam Rippon posing for multiple social media shots proclaiming their solidarity representing the United States.

This comes after some controversy over the pair criticizing evil under lord/inexplicably elected Vice President Mike Pence with both Rippon and Kenworthy expressing their disapproval of having Pence lead the Team USA delegation. The VP and former Indianan governor has supported the idea of conversion therapy where LGBTQ people can be “treated” and “cured” of being gay. Pence has tried to explain away his past support of the repugnant “treatment” and claimed that it’s “fake news” despite evidence to the contrary.

Both Kenworthy and Rippon took to social media to post photos of the pair with Kenworthy captioning the above photo:

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Here We Go Again: Charlette LeFevre Vows To Take Back Capitol Hill Pride Events

by Wednesday at 1:00 pm

Seattle PrideFest took over the annual street festival on Capitol Hill's Broadway on Pride Saturday, June 24, 2017. Photo by Adam McRoberts for Seattle Gay Scene

Seattle PrideFest took over the annual street festival on Capitol Hill’s Broadway on Pride Saturday, June 24, 2017. Photo by Adam McRoberts for Seattle Gay Scene

Apparently we’re on their caca list because “Capitol Hill Pride” failed to send us their press release announcing their intent to stage a Pride event on Capitol Hill/Broadway, Seattle’s traditional LGBTQ neighborhood on Saturday, June 23, 2018. 

We probably need to bring you up to speed….again. (Or, read our coverage from last year’s scandal.) Capitol Hill Pride under the leadership of Charlette LeFevre, who owned the “Northwest Museum of Legends and Lore” which briefly operated on the north end of Broadway a few years back before moving to the SoDo neighborhood, co-created “Capitol Hill Pride” after Seattle’s official Pride events moved downtown in 2006 and Broadway business owners pitched a fit over lost revenue due to the parade leaving the neighborhood. The then operating Seattle Lesbian & Gay Center tried to stage a disastrous Capitol Hill based Pride event called “Queerfest” the following year, but the expense ended up contributing to the demise of that center. LeFevre and other Capitol Hill Business leaders, including Seattle Gay News publisher George Bakan then created “Capitol Hill Pride” in 2008 to focus Seattle LGBTQ Pride events on the Hill on the Saturday of Pride Weekend, the last weekend in June each year. The event, which was basically a street fair on Broadway, was successful enough to continue over the next decade despite being oddly programmed and produced.

When Seattle PrideFest, the producers of the official Seattle LGBTQ Pride festival held at Seattle Center after the parade on Pride Sunday began producing events in Capitol Hill’s Cal Anderson Park on the same Saturday as Capital Hill Pride events a block away on Broadway, the main business street for Capitol Hill, a rivalry developed between the two groups. That rivalry reached a fever pitch last year after Charlette LeFevre and her group announced they would stage a sister march/protest to the national LGBTQ protest march to be held in Washington D.C. on June 10th. When PrideFest’s Executive Director Egan Orion announced that his group was also staging a march for that same day with the backing of most of the city’s other non-profit LGBTQ organizations, LeFevre responded by announcing that Capitol Hill Pride would move their traditional last Saturday of the month festival on Broadway TO the weekend of June 10th which immediately caused confusion and created anger from businesses who had already paid deposits for the Saturday June 24th original event.

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Elliot Bay Book Company & Queer/Bar Team Up For “Call Me By Your Name” Author Event

by Tuesday at 6:06 pm

Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer star in CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, the acclaimed film by Luca Guadagnino and based on the novel by André Aciman. Photo: Sony Pictures Classics

Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer star in CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, the acclaimed film by Luca Guadagnino and based on the novel by André Aciman. Photo: Sony Pictures Classics

André Aciman, the acclaimed author of “Call Me By Your Name” which was very successfully filmed last year and has already won a slew of rave reviews, numerous awards and is up for several Academy Awards, will be in Seattle on Tuesday, February 26th for a reading event at Elliot Bay Book Company on Capitol Hill followed by an after party and meet & greet at Queer/Bar. 

Mr. Aciman is an award winning writer and academic and despite the fact his novel has been praised for its authenticity in depicting a love affair between two young men, the author himself is a straight man married to a woman and they have three children. The beauty of Mr. Aciman’s prose as it depicts the summer of 1983 where 17 year old Elio pursues one of his professor father’s graduate students, 24 year old Oliver at their beautiful Italian countryside villa has attracted thousands of devoted readers since the novel’s publication in 2007. Gay Italian film maker Luca Guadagnino took on the direction of the film version after the book was optioned for filming by noted gay British director James Ivory who wrote the screenplay. Ivory eventually backed out of directing the film but remained as producer in support of Guadagnino. The Italian filmmaker is so enraptured by the story of Elio and Oliver he has announced he hopes to make at least one sequel and perhaps a series of films about the characters despite the fact that in the novel, Elio and Oliver are only coupled for a few weeks.

This collaborative event between Elliot Bay Book Company and Queer/Bar is free to the public. The book store reading starts at 7 pm with the reception to follow at Queer/Bar as part of their “Queer/Hall” initiative to create:

A meeting place in the heart of Capitol Hill, Queer Hall fosters an engaged community through civic, social, and educational conversation that inspires empathy, pride, and positive action. All our voices need to be heard.

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Do It: Go See EmpeROAR Fabulous!!! And Experience “My Imaginary Love Life”

by Tuesday at 4:52 pm

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We have known the burlesque artist, EmpeROAR Fabulous!!! (yes, that’s his stage name and you had better not forget those exclamation points or he will….EAT YOUR BRAIN!!!) for several years now ever since he participated in a stage show we produced a thousand eons ago that featured the rising young boylesque performer, EmpeROAR as well such unknowns as some drag doxy named “Jinkx Monsoon”.

Whatever happened to that tramp?

Anywho, EmpeROAR has gone on to do shows ALL OVER THE BLOODY WORLD including a tour through Europe last year and now our local boylesque royalty has his most complex show yet, with “through lines” and “characters” and “plots” and “motivations” and all that fancy stuff you see at real thee-ay-turs!

EmpeROAR is an AUTEUR!!!

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Seattle Pride Finally Hosts a Community Meeting

by Monday at 3:22 pm

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Well, it took them awhile….

After the problematic Seattle Pride Scandal of 2016 which involved Seattle Out & Proud, the non-profit group that puts on the yearly Seattle Pride Parade in downtown Seattle (but NOT the annual Pride festival because “quirky” Seattle has to be differently annoying and have TWO separate Pride groups….but, I digress) and its then Board President making some poor management choices that annoyed a major local former sponsor as well as community members who supported that sponsor, there was a big angry community meeting where Seattle Pride vowed to be better about community engagement and having more such meetings to address the issues and allow the community to have an active part in planning Seattle Pride. 

That kinda sorta mostly didn’t really happen, though Seattle Pride did address many issues and has made efforts for a more inclusive Pride, especially in regards to non-profit groups participating, but frankly we haven’t seen many notices about public group meetings with the Board in the past two years. Either they were very hush hush meetings or…they didn’t happen.

Apparently Seattle Pride has finally decided that community meetings are a necessary part of the Pride planning process because they’ve scheduled one to happen on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at Swedish Hospital’s main campus on First Hill (747 Broadway) in their Glaser Auditorium. They’re calling it an “open dialogue” about the work they do including events planned for Seattle Pride 2018 which happens on Sunday, June 24, 2018. This year’s Pride Parade theme will be “Pride Without Beyond Borders”.

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Mark That Calendar: Our Fave RPDR S.3 Diva Stacy Layne Matthews Is Coming To Town!

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Poo on Raja, Delta and the other Mean Girl Heathers on Season 3 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. They weren’t very nice to the quietly sweet big boned Southern queen Miss Stacy Layne Matthews…the mean bitchez made fun of her quaint country ways and Delta apparently felt threatened by the other Big Queen on that season. Then again, that heifer Delta was threatened by everything and everyone and spent the whole season bitterly whining about every perceived slight. 

Annoyingly, fashion plate Raja won that season (solely based on an ability to put together cute outfits…yawn) but Stacy Layne continues to delight her many fans with appearances all over the country.

At one point, it was rumored Stacy Layne might be on the currently running season of RuPaul’s All-Stars 3 but alas, that spot was filled by Season One winner BeBe Zahara Benet for reasons we don’t really understand other than the fact no one remembers who she is since she was on the first season….and, she’s ‘nice’ but not that interesting.

But, we’re very excited Stacy Layne is coming to Seattle next week for a guest spot at Cookie Couture’s “Baked Goods!” monthly party at Kremwerk…it’s all happening on Friday, February 16th. She’s sweet and very talented. Go HERE to snatch tickets before they’re gone and here’s some info on the event:

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Gettin’ Married In The Morning? Start Your Plannin’ At One Love Wedding Showcase

by Wednesday at 3:04 pm

Silly queens...stuck in the binary!!! (actually, it's artists Pierre et Gilles and we j'adore them!)(

Silly queens…stuck in the binary!!! (actually, it’s artists Pierre et Gilles and we j’adore them!)(

Got the urge to tie the knot with your sweetie and you’re of the LGBTQ persuasion and have zero desire to deal with really effin’ stupid bigoted bakers who won’t make your wedding cake or dumbass florists who won’t sell you flowers because it doesn’t sit well with their bigoted and really stupid “beliefs”?

One solution to avoiding all that grief is to remain shacked up forever and not bother with multi-thousand dollar mega events.

If you have your mutual hearts set on the whole they-bang with the multi-tiered cake, hideous dragsmaid gowns, his and his/hers and hers/theirs and theirs cake toppers and readings from Khalil Gibran (do people still do that?) then it behooves you to check out the 7th ONE LOVE WEDDING SHOWCASE on Sunday, February 18th which only features vendors who love and appreciate gay money couples in love!!!

More info including the skinny it’s FREE to attend if you pre-register ahead of time!!!

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Review: “Peerless” Is Dark, Devious and Deliciously Fun

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Maile Wong and Corinne Magin are the conniving "L" and "M" at the heart of Jiehae Park's dark thriller Peerless now onstage at Seattle's ArtWest Playhouse

Maile Wong and Corinne Magin are the conniving “L” and “M” at the heart of Jiehae Park’s dark thriller Peerless now onstage at Seattle’s ArtWest Playhouse

I like my comedy like I like my chocolate and my coffee.

Dark. Sardonic. Bold. Thrilling. 

With a slight hint of nuttiness and depth of flavor.

PEERLESS is the very interesting newish play by emerging playwright Jiehae Park that’s comedic but also not since it deals with some rather vile characters doing some very awful things to achieve want they want. It’s frequently very very funny but it’s also dramatic at times, and touching, not to mention menacing and more than a bit mean.

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Shocker: “Storm Chasers” Star Dies Of Suspected Overdose On Atlantis Cruise

by Wednesday at 2:46 pm

Storm Chaser Joel Taylor dies from suspected overdose at age 38. Photo via MySpace

Storm Chaser Joel Taylor dies from suspected overdose at age 38. Photo via MySpace

Cruising the high seas on a big gay ocean liner is a very popular LGBTQ travel option for many…it’s a chance to unwind for many but for some it’s a week long opportunity for fun in the sun that includes a lot of partying. And, cruises have become notorious for excesses that include over indulgence of booze and drugs.

That seems to have caught up with one of the former stars of the Discovery Channel documentary series, “Storm Chasers” which followed a bunch of midwestern twister chasers across much of the midwestern “Tornado Alley” from 2007 to 2012. According to passengers on the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Harmony of the Seas, JOEL TAYLOR died from a suspected overdose on the ship. Sources told TMZ that Taylor was seen partaking of drugs on board. 

Taylor’s body was removed from the ship at San Juan Puerto Rico for an autopsy.

The ship was charted by the gay travel company Atlantis for the 7 day cruise through the Caribbean which began in Fort Lauderdale Florida and included a performance from Olivia Newton-John on Tuesday night.

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EVERY Remotely Kinda Gayish Bar In North America Is Having RPDR: All-Star 3 Parties…

by Tuesday at 6:23 pm

Hmmmm....top 3 for RPDR: All-Stars 3?

Hmmmm….top 3 for RPDR: All-Stars 3?

I really don’t need to do a piece on where you can go in Seattle to watch RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars 3 which debuts this coming Thursday, January 25th on VH1. You’re pretty safe going to almost any bar with a television in the Tri-State Area and you’ll probably find a drag queen hosting a watching party with vodka drink specials on hand. Especially since we have a hometown gal (BenDeLaCreme from Season 6) on this edition of the popular “greatest hits” version of the drag queen reality show pageant that pits drag performers against one another to win the crown as “America’s Next Drag Superstar”. 

But, I’ll be kind and list some known options of establishments holding All-Stars 3 events…most of them seem to be committing to Thursday night viewings during the entire…8 weeks? (Note: I keep seeing March 22nd as the final episode? Maybe…) it is on.

Of course, there’s the BIGGEST and starriest option, of watching the show with BenDeLaCreme (at least for this week’s first episode) who is hosting a special premiere party with our very own Jinkx Monsoon, who won Season Five of RPDR. But, their event, which was originally scheduled for tiny Re-bar but then moved to the far larger Century Ballroom in the Oddfellows Building on 10th & Pine on Capitol Hill when the Re-bar party sold out in 5 seconds, also quickly sold out at the bigger venue. You MIGHT try and see if there are seats left at the door, but I wouldn’t hold your breath. Here’s more info on BenDeLa/Jinkx’s event in case you want to try.

Another RPDR alum is also hosting a viewing party…BenDeLa and Jinkx’s buddy, ROBBIE TURNER who competed on Season 8, is hosting an event at her new home bar just down the street from Oddfellows, at Queer/Bar off of 11th & Pine Street. They’ll have a weekly event for the entire run of All-Stars with a chance every week to enter a drawing to win a trip to Los Angeles to attend RuPaul’s DragCon in May. And, there’s NO cover for their screening parties.

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