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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans

New Orleans in early summer, with the sun shining through the balconies of the French Quarter, creating blocks of swirling Arabic letters on the brick and stucco walls behind them, mixing chirping Patois and languid Gulla with the broad flat vowels of Texarkana, confounding the eye and ear at every corner -- New Orleans in June is a sweet chunk of marzipan one could chew all one's days. In late summer, that same sweetness will cloy, and produce what are known locally as the vapors, the aversion to all things warm and honeyed. Women will put a dash of vinegar in their soups and bathwater; men will sprinkle cucumber and lemon into their handkerchieves, and decorously mop their brows. But that is later. June is a dream, crisp and clear and golden.

On Borchardt Street ... the trees on either side branched up and met in a thicket of green and scarlet, and the light that came in through to the street and sidewalk below was dappled -- at midday it was like walking through confetti. The flowering bushes that spread out along the fences and sent purple and yellow vines up along the clapboard walls contributed all the more to the festive effect. Small birds darted in and out among the blossoms and white butterflies hovered over the small vegetable patches that crept around from side gardens, thrust themselves up next to the gate.

(from Life Drawing by Michael Grumley)

"Grumley died of AIDS in 1988, leaving behind this wistful, if not thoroughly conceived coming-of- age novel. The story, which follows a wide-eyed young man named Mickey as he grows up in and leaves Lillienthal, Iowa, has the sepia-toned cast of a memoir. There's an old-fashioned grace to Grumley's prose even when he's describing something as ordinary as Mickey's days as a golf caddy: ''The summer of West Side Story we sang 'Tonight' and 'Maria' at the top of our lungs along the club's fairways at dusk, startling the groundskeepers and the starlings.'' During high school, Mickey rides down the Mississippi on a barge and falls for a black card shark named James. It's not the most original plot in the world, but Grumley's description of their subsequent life in New Orleans is funny, evocative, and romantic ..."

-Jeff Giles
(Posted:10/11/91 -- Entertainment Weekly)

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

The Once & Future President

Al Gore Speech: Climate Change Solutions

Thursday, August 31st
Gerald Lynch Theater
899 Tenth Avenue
New York, N.Y. 10019

MoveOn.org Civic Action and the World Resources Institute are cosponsoring a major speech with Al Gore on climate change and energy at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater in Manhattan.

Former Vice President Al Gore is ready to take the success of An Inconvenient Truth to the next level and press the administration on the climate crisis. Tomorrow, he'll challenge Washington to put forward a real plan to combat global warming.

Cost: Free -- go to MoveOn.org to get a ticket

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Good Things Happening to Good People

Living in Gotham it is easy to run into, meet and hang out with actors -- often without trying. Some of the better experiences doing so had to do with the cast of OZ and of those among the best were those with Kirk Acevedo (Alvarez). Besides knowing how to have a good time, Acevedo is one of the more intelligent actors on the planet who takes what he does seriously without taking himself too seriously. An honest assessment of anything he's been involved in was usually forthcoming as well as an honest asessment of his own participation.

Anyone who knows what being an actor is all about knows how tenuous and fragile a long term job in the field can be. Those who manage stability do so by luck or hard work or being very talented: sometimes all of the above. When one of the good ones, a hard working, talented actor, gets a movie and contract role on a what promises to be a very good television series, it restores faith in what can be a brutal and cold business.

Kudos to Kirk Acevedo for his role in Invincible as well as his role in NBC's Black Donnelys, January replacement for ER when it goes on hiatus in 2007.

The Saints be praised.

Monday, August 28, 2006

As the Gay World Turns III

Okay so maybe they're not gay. So, who's keeping score. Thank you anyway, Mr. Goutman. One or two more reasons to keep at least one eye on the other channel: Paul Leyden (Simon) and Mark Collier (Mike).

As the Gay World Turns, Pas de Deux

Well, it is not that difficult to give the competition a whirl, especially when the competition has gone ahead with what promises to be a decently written gay teen story. OK, so World also does the teen storyline thing for the Summer. This one is interesting in that it borrows heavily from teen slasher flicks and while it is a plot device it forges ahead with character development. The tension between Luke and Kevin is right up front. It is easy to see how Luke could develop a crush on him. Here's some background on Luke and Kevin. Unfortunately attempting to steal a picture that does Karl Girolamo (Kevin's portrayer) justice from the internet is not possible for the moment. What is great for the moment is that there's a support page for the couple on Van Hansis' site.

But here's one of Van >>.

As the World Turns is in its 51st year. It was the first one to give us a major viable gay male character in the person of Hank portrayed by Brian Starcher. He wasn't related to any of the major core families but he was up front and connected to major characters. Chris Bruno's Michael Delaney on All My Children was a real man in the middle of controversy, but once the controversy was over, there wasn't much for him to do. That his only living blood relative, Lily, is involved in a major storyline doesn't seem to mean much to him. Bianca Montgomery on the same show was up front and related in a big sense as a major character's daughter. She became not only a non-threatening lesbian, but lived out her sexuality (after a horrific rape story) with a good-bye kiss at an airport. Maybe when she returns she'll be able to kick up her heels a bit. Luke Spencer's nephew came out on General Hospital only to be quickly relegated to the background and now the second actor to portray him has flown the coop.

So now we have Luke, a homosexual scion of the Holden clan and son of the show's major heroine doing an approach avoidance dance with the same sex love of his young life which is very much what goes on between young men who are close whether of different or similar orientations.

Girolamo provided Soap Opera Digest with an interesting interview. So in lieu of a picture, here's some words that do the young man justice:

As the World Turns Interview

Seven Minutes With Kevin

ATWT's Luke finally came out and admitted it (to Jade, at least): He's in love with best buddy/back-rub requester/drunken enabler Kevin. It's the first big job for portrayer Karl Girolamo, who quickly got the fans' attention (we get letters) with his character's frustratingly unreadable motives — but he's keeping mum about whether Luke will be getting any love from his boy Kev.

By Jennifer Lenhart

Soap Opera Digest: Where are you from?
Karl Girolamo: I'm originally from Staten Island, NY, and then I moved to Howell, NJ, when I was 12 years old. I went to Howell High School and took acting classes there. Now, I'm at Montclair State University taking acting classes.... As of now, I'm close to home and I'm still learning. I just want to keep learning.
Digest: When did you know you wanted to be an actor?
Girolamo: I guess I knew in junior high school, when I first got my manager. I could tell because my first year of auditions, I got absolutely nothing. So, I guess if you keep doing it, then you kind of want to do it. Because you get rejected a lot!

Digest: How did you get the job?
Girolamo: I auditioned for the Luke part. I auditioned several times and I guess the third time was the charm. When they told me it was a small part, I figured it was about three episodes. But then it turned into Kevin being Luke's best friend, so I was definitely happy about that. It's been five months, on and off.

Digest: How's the job?
Girolamo: It's been great. I've actually learned more over the time working there than I have in my whole acting career. Just watching people like Jon [Hensley, Holden], Martha [Byrne, Lily] and Van [Hansis, Luke], too — seeing them get everything done so fast. They have so many lines and they get everything down so perfectly and I'm there with two, three scenes, really working on it. This job is really hard!

Digest: Had you auditioned for other soaps?
Girolamo: Yes, I auditioned for All My Children a couple of times.

Digest: What other professional work have you done?
Girolamo: I did a voice-over commercial and some educational films. I did an under-five for All My Children once before this, too, and a couple for As the World Turns. I actually played one of the kids who bullied Will around when he first got on the show.

Digest: It could have been Kevin! Always a bad influence.
Girolamo (laughs): Yeah, he's been a bad kid since he got to Oakdale.

Digest: What do you think of him?
Girolamo: Kevin's a lot like me and a lot not like me [laughs]. I think it's a fun part to play because a lot of people are guessing about him. I like to keep people asking.

Digest: Luke has admitted he's in love with Kevin. How do you feel about being part of this story?
Girolamo: It's a good storyline. It's something different and I think people are interested in something different. I'm happy to be a part of it. I'll work as much as they need me. I love this part.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Song of the Week: The Marvelous Marvelettes

The clever lyrics of this Smokey Robinson song are the kind that declare an obvious, yet profound truth about the human condition, rather typical of clever Smokey Robinson songs. One of his favourite singers, Wanda Rogers, sings the lead. If a voice from the group were going to take the Marvelettes main stream, it would be Wanda's.

Going mainstream was not to be their fate, although the women racked up quite a few hits for Motown. "Please Mr Postman" on Motown label Tamla was the first number one record released by Berry Gordy. It topped both Pop and R'n'B charts. The album released with it as the title song had a drawing of a mailbox, instead of the Marvelettes. Perhaps one of the reasons that the Marvelettes played third to both Supremes and Vandellas was that their crossover appeal was limited. Still they, along with the Shirelles, Chantels and Spector's ladies, are an integral part of what has been called the "Girl Group Sound."

The three women on this album are all original Marvellettes: Wanda, Gladys and Katherine. After this Gladys took leave and was followed by Katherine. The last album, Return of the Marvelettes was actually a Wanda Rogers album produced by Smokey Robinson. Sic transit Gloria Motown.

The Day You Take One
(You Have To Take The Other)
(William Robinson)

(Didn't want no heartache & misery)
I wanted a guy I was sure would be good to me
(Didn't want no guy who could make me cry)
I wanted a guy with a love that could satisfy
All I wanted was gladness from love
Didn't want no sadness from love
But I fell for you & discovered
That the day you take one, you're gonna have to take the other

(Didn't want no sleepless night)
I wanted a guy who would treat me right
(Didn't want no tossin' & turnin')
I wanted a guy to keep the lovelight burnin'
All I wanted was glad things in love I didn't want the bad things in love
But I fell for you & discovered
That the day you take one, you're gonna have to take the other
(Hey hey hey, hey hey hey, hey hey hey, hey hey hey, hey hey hey)

A little bad comes along with every good
You've got to take the bitter with the sweet
True love never runs smooth like we think it should
But true love can't be beat, woo hoo!

(Didn't want no trouble & confusion)
The love I wanted was only an illusion
(Didn't want to have to change my ways)
I wanted to stay like I was all my days
All I wanted was to be treated nice
Didn't want to make the sacrifice
But I fell for you & discovered
That the day you take one,
You're gonna have to take the other
Ooo yeah

(Didn't want no) heartaches & misery
(All I wanted was) a guy who'd be good to me
(Didn't want no) guy who could make me cry
(All I wanted was) a love that could satisfy
(Didn't want no) tossin' & turnin' ...& fade

Saturday Beefcake: Andiamo a Battere

For many Italian first and second courses, it's the battuto that provides the zest, that medley of vegetables and herbs that get things going.

Battuto is the past participle of the verb battere which has a number of nuanced meanings in addition to its foremost definition. Its basic meaning is to beat in just about every sense of the word, also in the same sense as the beaten path. Andare a battere in slang means to go a cruising, in every sense of the word. Male homosexuals in Italy -- at least 20 years or so ago -- use the phrase to say exactly that.

So, to prepare the battuto in an all male household in Florence during that time, made for some word play. Of course, repeating the joke more than twice ... well, you know.

Anyway, for today's Saturday Beefcake, from the August issue of Playgirl, a magazine ostensibly for straight women, we provide the man who graced the August cover, universal fantasy, Julian Fantechi a name that seems to come from that grand peninsula so loved here. In Playgirl, it was noted that he is from Queens. His bio on his official site says this:

"I was born in New York City on February 16, 1976. About a year after I was born, we moved to Florence, Italy, and then three years later we returned to New York. I grew up moving between San Diego and New York - it seems I always return to the City." Go here to read more and check it out.

So, while not revealing the family jewels of the men pictured here, other secret gems will be revealed: the secret battuto for Column's basic sugo recipe is hereby revealed. [trumpets blare, lions roar, stars burst, and the cherubim sing.]

Sugo di Papa Giovanni

Olive oil, extra virgin
One large carrot
Small fresh fennel
Red onion
Fresh basil
Granny Smith apple
Plum tomatoes

1. This sugo is for pasta, but can be a basic tomato sauce for any recipe that calls for it.
2. Prepare the battuto: mince the carrot, fresh fennel, onion and basil together. This is why the gods created food processors.
3. In a sauce pan heat up the garlic in the olive oil over low to medium heat until it is golden. A suggestion might be to saute the cloves unminced. Come si pare.
4. Once the garlic reaches the desired state, toss in the battuto and saute until the aroma seduces you to toss in the tomatoes.
5. If you are fortunate enough to have fresh plum tomatoes that live up to the reputation of their Italian counterparts, they should be blanched, peeled and de-seeded. Imported Pomi chopped tomatoes are very good or any other can of San Marzano imported tomatoes will do.
6. The sugo should only need about 20 minutes to cook down to its proper density.
7. The presence of the apple should insure against too much acidity, but should there be and you are serving pasta, add:

Unsalted butter

For the maccheroni, top with a grated cheese mixture of provolone, ricotta salata, and pecorino romano cheeses.

Just to keep it interesting, from the same issue a god from the stadium, one of those guys from the Making of the Calendar, 2006 -- Romain Froment, another fantasy with universal appeal. If you need to be battuto, Romain, not to be confused in the least with the lettuce, might be just the man for the job.

Ilene Kristen and Forbes March

OK one more post today about Daytime Drama, but this time to sing the praises of two top notch multi-talented actors from One Life to Live.

Unfortunately fan club events tend to be over priced affairs where fans are often treated like cattle. The smaller boutique events, like the one held by Alicia Minshew, are the ones to be encouraged. Some fans find themselves lost in the crowd only to realize that this kind of 'thing' tends to turn the actors into a kind of bargain basement commodity. The fans, therefore, are regimented into loyal little consumers. It can be an exhausting ordeal.

In spite of the high negative quotient involved here, both Ms. Kristen and Mr. March were the last actors to leave One Life to Live's fan club event reamaining until the last fan got the desired autograph. Kudos to these good people who appreciate their fans.

One more piece of fan mail that came to us regarding Ilene's appearance at Prohibition:

Hey Giano - just a note to let you know how much I enjoyed Ilene's show at Prohibition this past Monday. I was really impressed with her voice and stage presence. I had only heard her sing once before and it was only one song. It was great to listen to the songs from the first set and I especially enjoyed "Heat Wave." So let me know the next time she is singing so I can see her perform again.

Ilene Kristen the Actress/Singer/Songwriter for the discerning fan.

All My Children

So, it seems the all powerful micro-managing head honcho of ABC-TV Daytime helped make a decision that may help out one of his shows whose head writer would be out of a job if many viewers had their way. Be that as it may, Eden Riegel and her much loved lesbian character helped All My Children achieve a ratings spike that it hasn't seen since her departure. In fact, the current baby Kate story is really no more than the baby Miranda story regurgitated right down to the involvement of a menacing abuser. Again the actors have risen above the occasion for the most part. Jonathan Lavery, past abuser and murderer -- because of a brain tumor, by the way -- uttered the written dialogue describing current baddy Terry McDermott as bad news because he is after Lavery's autistic wife, who was once threatened by Lavery pre-brain tumor. Should the anti-Irish defamation league be alerted by the way?

Again, Jeff Branson is an exceptional actor with looks and talent to burn. May he find that great theatrical piece where he might truly shine.

Back to Brian Frons making an uncharacteristically good decision: bringing Eden Riegel back. It is hoped that Bianca Montgomery gets to be what she spent so much screen time educating other Pine Valley residents, including her mother, about: an upfront, independent and self-accepting lesbian. Again a blurb lifted from Soap Opera Weekly.

Another Reason

Soap Opera Weekly like its counterparts is not a paragon of intelligent journalism. For the most part Soap periodicals much like the show themselves speak down to the perceived audience. To reiterate once again the current fan stays on because of the talent and drawing power of the actors. Two of the young actors on One Life to Live have looks and talent to burn and like many of their colleagues they are thrown into situations which are beneath them. Perhaps due to the omnipotent, omnipresent and omnivorous Carolyn Hinsey SOW has some integrity in calling a plot driven piece just what it is. So, here it is.

It is hoped that John Paul Lavoisier will stay on New York and remain an employed actor and that the young Ms Gallo will be featured somewhere somehow in something that showcases what she has to offer.

What is the problem with One Life to Live and its inability to manage head writers who know what they are doing?

Friday, August 25, 2006

As the Gay World Turns: A Reason to Turn to the Competition

The current Soap Opera Weekly reports that Luke's story gets down to the nitty gritty this coming week when Luke comes out to his best friend, Kevin. The gritty of the nitty is that Luke has to perform mouth to mouth on his friend after being pronounced a faggot by the same friend. Except for Daniel Colson on the competition, most homosexual storylines are retreads of bigotry vs acceptance, but could As the World Turns actually be going where no other Daytime Drama has gone before, i.e. where the homophobe and the object of his hatred get involved? Beam us up if that's the case.

Here's a photo of Luke Grimaldi's portrayer, Van Hansis that we lifted from After Elton where you'll find an interesting article on Soaps and homosexuals from last March right here.

A Message from Tyler Christopher

On Sunday, September 10, I will be competing in the 7th Annual Los Angeles Triathlon in the Individual Olympic Event.

I'm asking for your help in raising funds for Down Syndrome Research by pledging a $ amount of money for every minute my official race time is under my target goal.

Every donation or pledge, no matter the amount, is appreciated.

I will be racing for my nephew
that you see here, Payton Asmo.
He's gonna be pissed if I don't finish under the time
so plan on me doing so.

Go here for more information or get in touch with Sheri tylersteam@aol.com

Highly Recommended

Mark de Solla Price passed this on after receiving from his friend, Fred Hersch:

I have seen this and think it is an extraordinary, moving and vitally important film that everyone should see. Thanks for considering... Best, Fred

A Closer Walk, Oscar nominee Robert Bilheimer's film about the global AIDS epidemic, airs on PBS Thursday August 31st, 9:00-10:30 pm ET, marking the documentary's U.S. television debut.

Narrated by Glenn Close and Will Smith, A Closer Walk features interviews with the Dalai Lama, Bono and Kofi Annan, with musical contributions by Annie Lennox, the Neville Brothers, Eric Clapton and Sade.

Filmed on four continents over a period of three years, A Closer Walk depicts the harsh realities of global AIDS, and explores the intricate relationship between health, dignity and human rights.

"This is a story about the way the world is" says Close in the opening line of the program's narration. The film's rendering of the world through the prism of AIDS takes the viewer to locations in the United States, Ukraine, Uganda, South Africa, India and Haiti, and offers deeply personal stories of children, women and men around the world affected by the disease. Those
caring or advocating for people living with AIDS are featured prominently in the film as well. They include Dr. Paul Farmer of Partners in Health, India's Dr. Suniti Solomon and Prof. Jeffrey Sachs of the Earth Institute at Columbia University.

Speaking of his approach to the film and its complex subject matter, director Bilheimer said, "When I interviewed [UNAIDS Executive Director] Peter Piot early on, I was really struck by his insight that 'AIDS is part of the human condition,' and that 'AIDS exists because we exist.' When Peter said that, I knew that A CLOSER WALK should indeed be a film about the way
the world is, and that my colleagues and I would need to be in and of the world for a period of time to truly understand what AIDS is doing to us all."

The film has received international critical acclaim. Writing for the Gannett News Service, chief film critic Jack Garner gave A Closer Walk his highest rating, calling it a "beautifully told story of suffering that inspires hope and action." In South Africa, reviewing the film prior to its
national airing on South African television, Claire Keaton of the Sunday Times called the film "unforgettable." In New Delhi, following the film's India premiere, Rajeshwari Sharma of the Economic Times said that A Closer Walk is "an absolutely brilliant account of the deadliest plague humankind has ever known."

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Beat Me, Bite Me, Burn Me

Let's face it, we live in a sado-masochistic world. Experiencing the negative is much better than feeling nothing and sometimes that's all there is. While there is something to be said for the sense of the well being that one experiences once the pain ceases, feeling the pain can be quite a turn on.

Thirty five years ago in the August issue, the great satirical periodical, National Lampoon, in its "Letter from the Editor" proclaimed the glories of feeling bad. This editorship can proclaim the glories of various means to the ends of feeling nasty, but the Lampoon had a rather funny, if not insightful laundry list. So, here 35 years after the summer of 1971, it is:

Everybody knows that acid is bad for you, expensive, and uncool. Hence the plethora of legal highs that have been touted about: bananas, Jesus, etc. But every intrepid tripper knows that bummers are themselves a big buzz, the horror-show fun house in the Coney Island of your mind.

It is as a public service that we present the following list of legal lows. We suggest that when the narc catches you perched on a ledge with your pupils dilated and your fingernails gnawed down to the second knuckle, you plead not guilty and show the judge this page:

1. Board the subway: Imagine that you are on trial for your life; the people seated across from you are your jury.

2. Look out the window. Consider the quiet desperation of the lives of passersby. They are on their way home to windowless rooms and invalid children.

3. If you are among the mere one-third of the world who don't go to bed hungry every night, then you probably ate the menstrual discharge of a verminous fowl for breakfast this morning.

4. 'Life is a disease of matter.' -- Goethe

5. Think about geriatric sex.

6. How about the fact that four fundred million of your fellow humans believe the Pope of Rome to be infallible?

7. We are either the only intelligent life in the universe
or we aren't.

8. Contemplate life after death.

9. Catch up on VD statistics.

10. Consult a civil-defense manual.

11. Spend some time mulling over the color illustrations in the anatomy section of your encyclopedia.

12. Richard Nixon is really a very sincere guy who is doing his best.

13. Read Paul Ehrlich. Consider the alternative: read B.F. Skinner.

14. Meditate upon the implications of great scientific breakthroughs >>>>

Copernicus: 'We are nowhere near the center of the universe.'
Harvey: 'Rivers of red goo are running through tubes inside of you. Under pressure.'
Darwin: 'Everything that has survived (including you) has done so through a combination of pure viciousness and sheer coincidence. And that's why your little toe is shrinking. Right now.'
Pasteur: 'There's a whole dog-eat-dog universe going on inside every water drop.'
Freud: 'You really want to do it with your mom.'
Einstein: 'Slowly but surely the universe is either imploding or exploding.'

15. Surveys show that the typical reader of this magazine is a member of the species, the race, the sex, the nation and the social class responsible for almost all of the world's misery.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Matt Walton: All My Children

If nothing else, All My Children is populated by more than a couple of desirable men even in the person of dastardly abuser Terry McDermott. His portrayer is simply one of those actors who keep you watching even during the current calibre of show being delivered. Matt Walton also invites the question of where he's been seen before.

Well, there's this review from the Austin Chronicle of 200 American, gay movie exemplar:

D: Richard LeMay; with Matt Walton, Sean Matic, Anthony Ames, JD Howard, Mark Ford

The premise of 200 American seems familiar enough: The juicy hooker with a heart of gold pulls himself up from the dregs of the city to find love and prosperity in a cruel world. Think Pretty Woman with a bucket of K-Y. Things are a bit messier, though, for Ian, an Australian immigrant who turns tricks to pay for his sham-wedding in his quest for citizenship. There's Conrad, the typical businessprat, who decides to rent him for life, and there are the other office loons. They, of course, hate him or love him or want to screw him blind. Add the world of haute-couture photography into the mix, and there you go, mate: a sexy drama featuring a pretty woman you'd actually want in bed. -- David Garza

Then there's this viewer comment from imdb.com:

I loved this movie. A group of friends and I rented the DVD and were all caught off guard by how good it was. It is so rare to find a gay themed movie about average guys. Unlike the cover art suggests, this story is not about sex. It is a simple tale of people finding themselves. The acting is exceptional. The writing is great too. The only thing holding this movie back is it's budget. Obviously shot on the cheap, it more than makes up for it in heart. How many big budget stinkers have we seen? Too many. On top of all that, the three leading men are hot! Also, the commentary and interviews were fun too. I highly recommend this to everyone.

Mike Piazza: Nowhere in Sight

One of the cuter urban legends here in Gotham was the one where Mike Piazza and Sam Champion are boyfriends. Not a bad fantasy at all, especially when one notices Sam in his jeans on those busy streets. It all came back as ABC-TV made this announcement:

From: Westin, David L.

Sent: Tuesday, August 22, 2006 3:32 PM


Cc: Sweeney, Anne X.

Subject: Sam Champion

I am happy to announce that starting September 5th, Sam Champion of WABC-TV will join the GMA family as our new weather anchor. Sam will also serve as weather editor of ABC News. Sam is an excellent forecaster with years of experience on a wide range of weather stories. He will be based in NYC at our Times Square Studios but expect to see him reporting on weather for various broadcasts. His professionalism, warmth, and humor make him an ideal addition to our now complete morning team. I would also like to thank Mike Barz, who has been doing a wonderful job as our interim weatherman. Mike will continue to contribute to GMA as a feature correspondent. With our weekend team of Bill, Kate, Ron, and Marysol, and our weekday lineup of Diane, Robin, Chris, and now Sam, GMA is in great shape for a very competitive fall. Please join me in congratulating Sam and welcoming him to ABC News.

Well in one way the atmosphere just improved with the ascendancy of Mr Champion as ABC-TV got a bit more gay friendly.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Heterosexual Questionnaire

(©1972, Martin Rochlin, Ph.D.)

This questionnaire is for self-avowed heterosexuals only. If you are not openly heterosexual, pass it on to a friend who is.

Please try to answer the questions as candidly as possible. Your responses will be held in strict confidence and your anonymity fully protected.

1. What do you think caused your heterosexuality?

2. When and how did you first decide you were a heterosexual?

3. Is it possible your heterosexuality is just a phase you may grow out of?

4. Could it be that your heterosexuality stems from a neurotic fear of others of the same sex?

5. If you've never slept with a person of the same sex, how can you be sure you wouldn't prefer that?

6. To whom have you disclosed your heterosexual tendencies? How did they react?

7. Why do heterosexuals feel compelled to seduce others into their lifestyle?

8. Why do you insist on flaunting your heterosexuality? Can't you just be what you are and keep it quiet?

9. Would you want your children to be heterosexual, knowing the problems they'd face?

10. A disproportionate majority of child molesters are heterosexual men. Do you consider it safe to expose children to heterosexual male teachers, pediatricians, priests, or scoutmasters?

11. With all the societal support for marriage, the divorce rate is spiraling. Why are there so few stable relationships among heterosexuals?

12. Why do heterosexuals place so much emphasis on sex?

13. Considering the menace of overpopulation, how could the human race survive if everyone were heterosexual?

14. Could you trust a heterosexual therapist to be objective? Don't you fear s/he might be inclined to influence you in the direction of her/his own leanings?

15. Heterosexuals are notorious for assigning themselves and one another rigid, stereotyped sex roles. Why must you cling to such unhealthy role-playing?

16. With the sexually segregated living conditions of military life, isn't heterosexuality incompatible with military service?

17. How can you enjoy an emotionally fulfilling experience with a person of the other sex when there are such vast differences between you? How can a man know what pleases a woman sexually or vice-versa?

18. Shouldn't you ask your far-out straight cohorts, like skinheads and born-agains, to keep quiet? Wouldn't that improve your image?

19. Why are heterosexuals so promiscuous?

20. Why do you attribute heterosexuality to so many famous lesbian and gay people? Is it to justify your own heterosexuality?

21. How can you hope to actualize your God-given homosexual potential if you limit yourself to exclusive, compulsive heterosexuality?

22. There seem to be very few happy heterosexuals. Techniques have been developed that might enable you to change if you really want to. After all, you never deliberately chose to be a heterosexual, did you? Have you considered aversion therapy or Heterosexuals Anonymous?

Monday, August 21, 2006

Aiden Shaw: Not Just a Pretty Face

From POZ:

Positive XXX legend Aiden Shaw throws the book at POZ—and safe sex.

HIV positive gay porn veteran Aiden Shaw, 40, is, well, a very big star. The Brit has headlined more than 50 adult films, and the HBO series Sex and the City named a character after him. He’s so big, in fact, that some retailers stock highly personal devices modeled after his anatomy. Now, he has written an autobiography, My Undoing (Carroll & Graf; $15.95), which chronicles his adventures with HIV, prostitution and drug use. Here, he previews his latest money shot.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Song of the Week: Don't Fence Me In

A Cole Porter classic rendered by David Byrne for Red, Hot & Blue

Oh, give me land, lots of land, under starry skies above
Don’t fence me in
Let me ride through the wide open country that I love
Don’t fence me in
Let me be by myself in the evening breeze
Listen to the murmur of the cottonwood trees
Send me off forever, but I ask you please
Don’t fence me in
Don’t fence me in

Just turn me loose
Let me straddle my old saddle underneath the western skies
On my cayuse
Let me wander over yonder till I see the mountains rise
I want to ride to the ridge where the west commences
Gaze at the moon until I loose my senses
I can’t look at hobbles and I can’t stand fences
Don’t fence me in
Don’t fence me in

Give me land, lots of land, under starry skies above
Don’t fence me in
Let me ride thru the wide-open country that I love
Don’t fence me in
Let me be by myself in the evening breeze
Listen to the murmur of the cottonwood trees
Send me off forever, but I ask you please
Don’t fence me in
Don’t fence me in

Just turn me loose
Let me straddle my old saddle underneath the western skies
On my cayuse
Let me wander over yonder till I see the mountains rise
I want to ride to the ridge where the west commences
Gaze at the moon until I loose my senses
I can’t look at hobbles and I can’t stand fences
Don’t fence me in
Don’t fence me in

The song speaks for itself and could very well be the Gay National Anthem

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Saturday Beefcake

When it comes to inspiration there is so much Beefcake out there on the newstand and then to go ahead coupling a favourite menu to an appropriate recipe is a bit more complicated than it may seem. It's important that both entice visitors as well as whet their appetite. That may be redundant.

Anyway, when running a photo that is entitled Mr Superfit from the semi-overtly gay fitness magazine Men's Workout the demons that reinforce insecurity are reawakened. Should the accompanying recipe promote fitness? Should it promote gayness? Should it exorcise demons? Should it be a fortune cookie with Mr Superfit's telephone number?

Perhaps it is best not to complicate life so much. So, enjoy Mr Superfit and accompanying semi-naked men that rise like Botticelli's Venus from the local newstand and enjoy a very simple pasta recipe that is easy, fresh, tasty and nutritious.

Pasta alla Verdura

500 grams of Fresh Broccoli, chopped
Broth cubes (chicken or vegetable) or Vegetable Broth
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Two to Three Cloves of Garlic, minced
Fresh Basil, chopped
Ricotta Salata or Pecorino Romano, grated
Peperoncino, chopped finely, about a teaspooon -- no more
500 grams of Pasta -- Cavatelli or Rigati

1. Cook the broccoli in boiling water with the broth cube or directly in the vegetable broth until it has reached a desired texture, slightly over cooked by Today's standards.
2. Do not discard the liquid. Remove the broccoli. Bring the liquid back to a boil.
3. Throw the pasta in the very same water and cook it until al dente.
4. In the meantime saute the garlic in the olive oil (about 1/4 cup) , add the basil at the last moment.
5. When the pasta is ready, toss it with the olive oil and the broccoli.
6. Add the cheese and peperoncino, toss again.

Easy, tasty and rather fresh as one might imagine that Mr Super Fit might be.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Music! Music! Music! Ilene Kristen!

The coming weekend will see a congregation of Daytime Drama fans in a variety of places in New York in order to celebrate their favourite actors and shows. Just when it would seem that the excitement might die down, there's Monday night at 84th & Columbus on the Isle of Manhattan, August 21st at 9pm when Ilene Kristen and friends will be performing at the unique and inviting locale [and as you may have noticed a favourite around here] --> Prohibition

If you're going to have dinner once again don't overlook the choice of the Wild Mushroom Ravioli mentioned in a previous post, a genuine dish to accompany a genuiune talent in the person of Ms. Kristen. If you're lucky, you'll get to hear a unique and genuine rendition of that old Motown chestnut, "Heat Wave."

Pictured, a past evening at Prohibition above and, of course, Klassic Klassy Kristen as Delia Ryan from the classic Serial Ryan's Hope.