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Friday, July 31, 2009

Friday Might: Adam Mayfield

Scott Chandler, the son of Cindy Parker (played by Guiding Light Executive Producer, Ellen Wheeler back in the day) a PLWA in fictional Pine Valley, married sweet Stuart Chandler who adopted Scott and raised him as his own. The story line was ground breaking not only because it dealt with the stigma of HIV/AIDS early on, but it also showed that the HIV-positive were worthy of true love and could indeed live out their dream. Scott has returned to All My Children in the person of Adam Mayfield who has been part of Boston Public, Girlfriends, Just Shoot Me as well as Sea of Fear, Corpse Run and most recently the spy thriller, Rushin’. The 6’2” actor is one for those of you who have never met a Texan you didn’t like. As a matter of fact we have it on good authority that he is quite on the ball. "Cool" was the exact terminology used. Of course, he is, because he became part of POZevent last May. We’re glad to have the chance to get to know one of the good guys a little better.

There was an opportunity to validate once again all of the above once again because the very charming Mr. Mayfield was at The Triad (sold out crowd) to help celebrate Ilene Kristen's birthday in the form of her performance there. We are hoping that this exceptional young man will be able to join us October 15 at h.wood.

In the meantime go here to donate to our team's efforts for AIDS Walk Los Angeles.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Gay ThursDay: The Temperamentals

Gernreich, Rudi (1922-1985)
Along with British designer Mary Quant, Rudi Gernreich was one of the true avatars of 1960s fashion, responsible for thrusting haute couture into the mainstream of popular culture. His most famous--or infamous--contributions were the topless bathing suit (for women) and the no-bra bra.
Riding the crest of mod, psychedelic, and sex-centered fashion, Gernreich pioneered the use of cut-outs, plastics, and unisex styles. The contemporary image of 1960s fashion as symbolized by willowy models wearing brightly colored, vibrantly patterned, and revealing clothing owes much to Gernreich's contributions.
Gernreich was born in Austria on August 8, 1922. He and his mother fled Hitler's growing power by emigrating to the United States following the Anschluss of 1938. After studying art and a brief stint as a professional dancer, Gernreich began working in the fashion industry in the 1950s. While he achieved modest success, it was not until the swinging 1960s that his natural avant-garde tendencies were able to surface.
During the 1950s Gernreich made his mark in the fashion world by designing the first unstructured women's swimsuit, a form-fitting one-piece with no wire or other supports. In 1964 he one-upped himself with the topless bathing suit. Basically a classic one-piece women's swimsuit, Gernreich cropped it just above the waist and supported it with a V-shaped pair of thin, over-the-shoulder straps, thus exposing the breasts on either side.
Initially a purely artistic statement devised in response to both his own and rival Italian designer Pucci's predictions about the future of womenswear, the design became an unexpected commercial hit and international scandal. It took the exposure of female flesh pioneered by Mary Quant's mini-skirt to the next logical step and became a couture emblem of the 1960s sexual revolution.
Gernreich immediately followed up the success of his topless bathing suit with a more practical and permanent innovation: the no-bra bra. Instead of using rigid supports and padding, Gernreich conceived a soft, minimal skintone bra that went along with the often unstructured styles of the time, as well as with the many sheer fabrics and plunging necklines. Variations on this design are taken for granted as basic lingerie more than thirty years later.
Among Gernreich's other innovations was the use of cutouts. In both swimwear and other designs he utilized provocative and erotic cutout areas in the side, back, front, and elsewhere. Similarly, he sometimes used transparent plastics for the same effect, and was among a group of 1960s designers responsible for the integration of plastics and other new materials into clothing. Like many others in the 1960s, Gernreich exploited brilliant new colors and psychedelic patterns sometimes inspired by Op Art and other 1960s trends.
In the 1970s, Gernreich again became a controversial pioneer, this time for his exploration of unisex fashion, which he carried to an extreme by using identical clothing on totally hairless male and female models. In 1974 he designed what were--arguably--the prototypes of the thong swimsuits that became famous years later.
Ultimately, Gernreich was one of the great modernists of fashion design, always thinking about the future and making his clothes consciously futuristic both technically and stylistically.
In some ways Gernreich was ahead of his time in his attitude about his homosexuality as well. On the one hand, he had to remain relatively closeted in accordance with the customs of the time. On the other hand, he never seemed to consider it much of an issue in the first place. Paradoxically, however, after his death it was revealed that Gernreich was actually a founding member of the Mattachine Society in the early 1950s.
Gernreich's participation in the pioneering homophile gay rights group was likely caused by his year-long relationship with radical activist Harry Hay in 1950-1951. He left the group when Hay did in 1953.
Gernreich's association with the Mattachine Society was kept quiet by Hay until the designer's death. However, the posthumous establishment of an endowment at the American Civil Liberties Union by the estates of Gernreich and his life-partner Oreste Pucciani, a Professor of French at UCLA, for the purpose of education and litigation in the area of gay civil rights, suggests an underlying political commitment to change that is equivalent to his more public innovations in fashion.
[source: Joe A. Thomas, There is a lot going on on this site]

Perhaps this should be about Michael Urie's status as an out gay actor as some would have it ... and there's nothing wrong with that. He is starring in a very important play about Rudi and his one time lover, Harry Hay. Go see it--click here. Perhaps the impact that Michael is making will have an impact on him.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Wednesday Word Redux: AIDS Walk Los Angeles

Hello Good People,

I am here to let you know that I have registered for AIDS Walk Los Angeles 2009, the 25th Anniversary of this magnificent event. HIV/AIDS is a very important issue to me as those of you know me can attest to. As usual I have set an ambitious fundraising goal. I want to do as much as I can to make a difference in the lives of men, women, and children affected by HIV and AIDS. Young people are still getting infected at alarmingly high rates. Recent reports regarding “fatalistic youth” support the issue. Follow This Link to visit my personal web page and help me in my efforts to support AIDS Walk Los Angeles

The date of POZ's third annual fund-raiser for AIDS Walk Los Angeles, “Love Out Loud,” has yet to be announced. Special guests are bound to include actress Ilene Kristen (One Life to Live), Sherri Lewis (Straight Girl in a Queer World), Ted Detwiler (Sordid Lives), David Moretti (The Lair), singer, John Pagano (Pure Imagination) … Last year’s party at East/West Lounge was memorable due in no small measure to soap maven Michael Fairman, Patrika Darbo (Days of Our Lives), Ted, Sherri and Ilene. The entertainment industry has lent overwhelming support through their efforts to help those with HIV AIDS. POZ events seem to get bigger and brighter every year. It was so gratifying to have so many celebrities show up last year from CBS, NBC, ABC and here!. This year's evetn takes place at h.wood. Go here to get informed.

All Proceeds go to AIDS Walk Los Angeles

Main Entry: 2walk
Function: noun
Date: 14th century
1 a: an act or instance of going on foot especially for exercise or pleasure b: space walk
2: an accustomed place of walking : haunt
3: a place designed for walking: a: a railed platform above the roof of a dwelling house b (1): a path specially arranged or paved for walking (2): sidewalk c: a public avenue for promenading : promenade d: ropewalk
4: a place or area of land in which animals feed and exercise with minimal restraint
5: distance to be walked
6British : a ceremonial procession
7: manner of living : conduct, behavior
8 a: the gait of a biped in which the feet are lifted alternately with one foot not clear of the ground before the other touches b: the gait of a quadruped in which there are always at least two feet on the ground ; specifically : a 4-beat gait of a horse in which the feet strike the ground in the sequence near hind, near fore, off hind, off fore c: a low rate of speed
9: a route regularly traversed by a person in the performance of a particular activity (as patrolling, begging, or vending)
10: characteristic manner of walking
11 a: social or economic status b (1): range or sphere of action : field, province (2): vocation
12: base on balls
13: an easy victory

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Tuesday Talent: Thorsten Kaye

One just can't help believing that Thorsten Kaye is a very special person. Trinity Restaurant in Hoboken hosted a book signing for the creme de la creme of fan gatherings organized by the moderators of Thorsten's official site. Thorsten was true to form ever the invitingly warm object of affection along with the illustrator of his book of poetry for children, Tami Evans Foster who is no slouch in the charm department either.

There is more information available on his official website. The event was the great occasion it promised to be.

Should you want to buy copy for you and yours. Go here. It's a PayPal link.

A Solid Wheel of Colored Ribbons.

A collection of poignant, humorous, and wise poems composed by Thorsten Kaye and charmingly illustrated by his friend Tami Evans Foster for children of all ages. Description: Hardback with dust jacket. Size: 8.5" by 11", 48 pp., illustrated in full color. Printed in U.S.A.

Accompanying here are pictures of TK with one of his most loyal fans, Kay Gordon and a scan of a great article appearing in the last issue of ABC Soaps in Depth.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Monday Muse: David Moretti

The Left Coast does have its moments. Go here for more of David.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Sunday Songs: I took this man's love and put it on a shelf.

Mainstream R'n'B is rife with advice. You can go back in classic urban blues as far back as Bessie Smith and Sippie Wallace and find advice for the lovelorn, especially women who pay no heed to warning signs. "Clean Up Woman" is probably Betty Wright's biggest hit. It was a crossover top ten hit. The song Still resonates as evidenced by Betty's live perforamnce. This is Miami soul at its best. Thrown in for good measure two more great songs from Betty.

A Clean up woman is a woman who
gets all the love we girls leave behind.

The reason I know so much about her
is because she picked up a man of mine.

Jumpin' slick was my ruin 'cause,
I found out all I was doing was makin' it easy,
for the Clean up woman to get my man's love ah yeah

Just making it easy for the clean up woman
to get my baby's love ah hum, um hum.
I took this man's love and put it a shelf
and like a fool I thought I had him all to myself.

When ya needed love I was out having fun,
but I found out that all I had done
was made it easy for the clean woman

to get my man's love un huh,
yes that what I did I made it easy for the
Clean up woman to steal my baby's love oh yeah.

The Clean Up woman will wipe his blues away.
She'll give him plenty of lovin 24 hours a day.

The Clean up woman she'lll sweep him off his feet.
She's the one who'll take him in when you dump him in the street.

So take a tip you better get hip.
To the clean up woman cause she's tough
I mean she really cleans up

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Having A Great Saturday Beefcake Night

Saturday Beefcake: The Main Courses

Saturday Beefcake: Seafood Pasta

Here is one of the bigger hits in these parts, which works very well with fresh pasta. It is a mainstay of Italian American families in the Northeast during the summer. Even Tom Colicchio of Top Chef remembers it lovingly. This is a creamy variation.

Pasta Fresca ai Granchi

Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Garlic Clove, minced
Italian Parsley, minced
Peperoncino, crushed
Crab Meat, 500 grams
White wine or Prosecco
Plum Tomatoes, chopped [imported canned do very well] half cup
Fresh Heavy Cream
Fresh Egg Pasta, 500 grams

1. Get a large skillet large enough to hold the pasta later. The pasta should be of a ribbon type – taglierini, tagliatelle, fettuccine or even Pappardelle.
2. Heat olive oil in the very same skillet, about a half cup, add the garlic, crushed red pepper and the parsley, for about one minute
3. Add the crab meat, stir while cooking for another five minutes – add some sea salt to taste and pour in the wine and cook until it evaporates.
4. Add the tomatoes and cook for another ten minutes.
5. Add the cream and cook until thick
6. Toss cooked al dente pasta into the skillet and cook for a minute more.
7. If needing dilution use some of the water that cooked the pasta.

Saturday Beefcake: Wake Up, You Sleepy Head

Cheer Up

Get out of bed ...

Live, love, laugh and be happy.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Friday Might: Ann Walker of Sordid Lives

Award-winning actress Ann Walker was part of the very popular LOGO TV series Sordid Lives― The Seriesas LaVonda Dupree. She reprised the role which she originated in Del Shores 1996 play and 2001 movie by the same name.

Previously, she appeared in a 10-month run of Del Shores' play, Southern Baptist Sissies, both in Los Angeles and Dallas, Texas. Her portrayal of Odette Annette Barnett garnered her a Robby Award, a Maddy Award, as well as the prestigious Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award. Los Angeles theatre-goers have also enjoyed her in other award-winning productions such as Ballad (for which she received a Drama-Logue award and the Robby Award for Best Actress in a Drama), How the Other Half Lives, Steel Magnolias, The Glass Menagerie, and Daughters of the Lone Star State also by Del Shores.

Some of Ann's other film credits include: Lone Rider, Father of the Bride II, The Fanatics, It Takes Two, Soulman and The Jagged Edge. Ann attended last year's fund-raiser along with castmate Ted Detwiler. We are very proud to have this generous and talented lady back with us at H-Wood on October 15th.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Gay Thursday: One Life to Live

Kyle and Roxy have a certain je ne sais quoi. Ilene Kristen can bring the best out in anybody. Well, that in no way demeans the flawed, yet sympathetic character of Kyle as portrayed by Brett Claywell. [above, during his One Tree Hill days.]

Wednesday, July 22 2009: A Night To Remember...
Still outside of Kyle's room, Cris finishes reading the letter from Fish then Kyle appears, asking, "What're you doing here?" Cris admits by reading the letter he thought he could get some answers then Kyle snatches the letter away, reads it, but refuses to give Cris answers, saying what happened between him and Fish was between them! However, when Cris threatens to find out what happened with Fish on his own, Kyle admits that Fish was with someone in college, someone he was crazy about, but that Fish made promises he couldn't keep - he couldn't go the distance. "Fish cared more about what people thought about, so he walked away," Kyle says, "acted like it never happened." Kyle refuses to give Cris anymore of an explanation, and Cris leaves, planning to get one on his own! Kyle's mood worsens when he realizes that he's locked out of his room…

Just then, Roxy appears, who says she doesn't have an extra key to his room, then takes a sit on the floor with Kyle and asks if his mood has something to do with the cute guy who's in the picture with him - inside his room. After Kyle talks about how the guy refuses to tell the truth, Roxy tells him not to be so hard on this guy - as he may be lying to keep his world from spinning out of control. Roxy and Kyle share a bottle of booze. [re-cap from Soaps.com]

There is a forum for the new gay couple in Soap Opera land. Soap fans do not waste any time. Check it out.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Word: AIDS Walk Los Angeles

Hello Good People,

I am here to let you know that I have registered for AIDS Walk Los Angeles 2009, the 25th Anniversary of this magnificent event. HIV/AIDS is a very important issue to me as those of you know me can attest to. As usual I have set an ambitious fundraising goal. I want to do as much as I can to make a difference in the lives of men, women, and children affected by HIV and AIDS. Young people are still getting infected at alarmingly high rates. Recent reports regarding “fatalistic youth” support the issue. Follow This Link to visit my personal web page and help me in my efforts to support AIDS Walk Los Angeles

Sometimes Saint Paul said the right thing: Right now three things remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love. I Corinthians 13:13

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Tuesday Talent: Ryan Phillippe

Okay, so these pics are not the shirtless ones posted over on TMZ, but Ryan Phillippe has punim for days and that's the focus here. With so many gay men populating Daytime drama, it's good to remember the great work the teenaged Mr. Phillippe did on One Life to Live. Go here to the main site for OLTL's 1992 story line. There were other pioneers: Brian Starcher on As the World Turns, Chris Bruno on All My Children, and Donna Pescow on All My Children.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Monday Muse: Vampire Vikings of Sodom

Set in some ancient Viking forest, Eric's transformation at the hands of Godric, a ripped and barely-legal teenager with no shirt and a torso full of runic tattoos, is a homoerotic fever dream. It's also a compelling new vision of how vampires are made. We've seen Lorena turn Bill with deceitful selfishness, and we've seen Bill turn Jessica with a tidal wave of guilt. When Godric makes Eric, however, he does it with admiration. He's so impressed by Eric's warrior soul that he decides he can be a "companion of death". He bestows vampirism like a gift on a great man who is about to die. --Mark Blankenship at The Huffington Post.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Sunday Songs: Bob Dylan

Giano is in this video and can be clearly seen as he was twenty-five years ago at 8:24. Don't let that distract you from some great sounds. The words "icon" and "legend" get thrown around too much these days. Here is where they belong.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Pleasant Saturday Beefcake Dreams, Jakub Stefano and Company

That should get you through the night.

Saturday Beefcake: Main Course

Forty or so years ago Barbara Norman published The Spanish Cookbook. The straightforward title pointed the way to a book with more than one easy yet tasty recipe. Here is one that never fails with some modification from the original. The resulting sauce is excellent and is very versatile.

Rustido a la Catalana

Veal Roast, kilo/two pounds
Pancetta, small piece
Dark Rum, one quarter cup
Dry White Wine, three quarter cup
Garlic, one head unpeeled
Thyme, one sprig
Black Pepper, six whole grains
Cloves, two
Bay leaf, one
Sea Salt and Ground Pepper to taste
Cinnamon, one half stick

1. Brown the meat in a large casserole with the pancetta. Remove the meat
2. Brown thyme, bay leaf, cinnamon stick, pepper grains, head of
garlic, and the cloves in a the casserole.
3. Return the meat to the casserole with the spices over a moderate
4. Turn the meat frequently until well browned, then sprinkle with salt
and pepper,
5. pour wine and rum over it, cover casserole, and cook over
fairly low flame for 2 hours or until meat is tender.
6. If necessary, add small amounts of hot water during cooking.
7. Strain sauce. Slice meat and serve with sauce.

Along with this recipe which is all over the internet, Jakub Stefano's image is presented. Jakub, also, is easy to find on the 'net. Therefore, it seems appropriate that he be the meaty accompaniment for this meaty dish.

Saturday Beefcake: Healthy Repast

Soul Slaw

(8 servings)

1/2 cup reduced-fat
1/2 cup plain fat-free yogurt
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/8 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon celery seeds
Pepper to taste
1 large head green cabbage, julienned
2 medium raw carrots,

1. Combine mayonnaise, yogurt, vinegar, sugar, mustard, salt, celery seeds and pepper in a small bowl and mix well.
2. Combine cabbage and carrots in a large bowl. Add dressing, toss well and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

Per serving: 108 calories, 3 grams protein, 14 grams carbohydrates,
5 grams fat, 1 gram saturated fat,
6 milligrams cholesterol, 4 grams dietary fiber, 216 milligrams sodium.

Skillet Peach Upside-Down Cake
Makes 10 servings

1/3 cup reduced-fat
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 16-ounce can sliced peaches, packed in their own juice
4 maraschino cherries, sliced
1 cup egg substitute
2/3 cup fat-free (skim) milk
1 1/2 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking
1/8 teaspoon salt

1. Heat oven to 350º F. Melt margarine and sugars in a small saucepan until sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat.
2. Drain peaches and place them in the center of a heavy ovenproof skillet or 9-inch cake pan, forming a circle. Sprinkle cherries on top.
3. Add egg and milk to the sugar mixture. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add flour in increments to the sugar mixture and mix well.
4. Pour the batter over peaches and bake for 40 minutes.

Per serving: 215 calories, 5 grams protein, 42 grams carbohydrates,
3 grams fat, 1 gram saturated fat,
0 grams cholesterol, 1 gram dietary fiber, 189 milligrams sodium.

Recipes from Real Health Magazine from Summer 2005.

For inspiration here is a young man named David, who is more than adequate in providing some.

A Steamy Saturday Beefcake Morning on the Beach

If this doesn't get your motor runnin' you're a lesbian. Not that there's anything wrong with that.