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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Sunday Songs: John Pagano

John Pagano's exceptional talent will be bringing love songs to our friendly neighbor to the North:

Pops Series: John Pagano - Classic Songs of Love

Date: Thursday February 11, 2010
From: Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony
Time: 8-10pm 20:00-22:00
Venue: River Run Centre
35 Woolwich St
Tickets start at $36

John always pleases. There are still fond memories of his performance at h.wood last October where his flawless performance captured everyone.

We are going to bring him back to New York in 2010. We want him here and out loud. Stay tuned for updates regarding our World AIDS Day event.

In the meantime ... here's Johnny! On the main site are two cuts from his album, Pure Imagination: "Tender Trap" and "All My Tomorrows" along with "Everlasting Love," which performed for Michael Lington.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Have At Your Beefcake Dreams

Saturday Night Beefcake: Keeping You Warm

This is Romain.

Talk about your roughage.

Main Course Beefcake

Gilles Marini, Chris Farrell and Dean Flynn. Sated?

Saturday Beefcake Afternoon Delight: Nathan Secomb

There's more here.

He is also part of the appropriately named Bliss Models ...

From Cover Men:How would you describe yourself as a person? Are you outgoing or reserved?

I would have to say outgoing but have a healthy balance of both. The hard times and good times have developed and sharpen my character. I'm passionate about what I do, and that I do my best at it. I work hard and play harder!

We like the hard part.

Healthy Saturday Beefcake and Having It Our Way

Cultivated in the Andes for over 5,000 years, quinoa has been called the "mother grain" and "the gold of the Incas." Today, the popularity of quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is growing steadily as people discover its pleasant nutty taste and superfood qualities. As a complete protein source also high in iron, magnesium, and fiber, quinoa is not only one of our healthiest pantry staples, but also one that's incredibly easy and quick to cook. [From: www.thekitchn.com]

We've read that there are 1,800(!) varieties of quinoa, but just three main types are found in markets here: the most common white variety, as well as a red one and a black one. Here is our standard method for cooking any of these.

1. Measure and rinse quinoa. One cup of dried quinoa yields about 3 cups cooked. Measure out quinoa, place it in a fine-mesh strainer, rinse thoroughly with cool water, and drain. Rinsing removes quinoa's natural coating, called saponin, which can make it taste bitter or soapy. Although boxed quinoa is often pre-rinsed, it doesn't hurt to give the seeds an additional rinse at home. Some cookbooks suggest soaking the quinoa but, in our experience, this is unnecessary.
2. Place quinoa in a small saucepan with liquid. Quinoa may be cooked in water or vegetable or meat stock. We use a 2:1 ratio – 2 cups liquid to 1 cup quinoa. Use a larger saucepan if you are cooking more than this basic amount.
3. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer over low heat. Simmer for about 15 minutes, or until all liquid is absorbed. You should see tiny spirals (the germ) separating from and curling around the quinoa seeds (see image at right).
4. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve. Some people like to add olive oil, butter, salt, or pepper. Cooked quinoa can also be used as the basis for pilafs, salads, breakfast porridges, and more.

Quinoa Salad

Quinoa, 250 grams, cooked
Lentils, 250 grams/one half pound, cooked
Chickpeas, 250 grams, half pound, cooked
Balsamic Vinegar, two tablespoons
Salt, coarse, to taste
Black Pepper, fresh, ground to taste
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, one quarter cup
Flat Leaf Parsley, minced, one half cup
Sun-dried Tomatoes, four, minced
Flat Leaf Parsley for Garnish

1. You have cooked the quinoa as above
2. Mix the vinegar, salt and pepper in a salad boil.
3. Whisk in the olive oil and parsley.
4. Add quinoa, lentils, chickpeas and tomatoes.
5. Toss all ingredients until the salad is evenly dressed.
6. Can be served chilled or immediately.

The original recipe called for couscous and bulgur. We like it this way. And speaking of having things our way, we also present "Chris"--sorry, that's all we know for now--with whom many would like to have their way.

Saturday Morning Beefcake

Hot Stud Dreamin' on a cold winter's day

Friday, January 29, 2010

Friday Might: Sheryl Lee Ralph at The Upright Cabaret

Go here for tickets for this one night only performance on Valentine's Day.

Read Kate Ferguson's article on Ms. Ralph from Real Health

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Gay Thursday: Homosexuals in the Military

Washington (CNN) -- President Obama's call in his State of the Union address to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy this year was met with praise from gay activists and questions by top Republicans as to why it should be changed.

"Tonight, President Obama stepped up to the plate and made a firm commitment to work to finally end 'don't ask, don't tell' in 2010," said Alexander Nicholson, founder and executive director of Servicemembers United. "Although brief, his language was plain, his message was clear, and the outline of his strategy was smart."

In his State of the Union speech, Obama said he would work with Congress and the military to repeal the 1993 law that bars openly gay and lesbian people from serving in the military.

"[We must] repeal the law that denies gay and lesbian Americans the right to serve the country they love because of who they are. It's the right thing to do," Obama said.

Nicholson, a former Army human intelligence collector who was honorably discharged in 2002 under the policy, said Obama did something Wednesday night that will cool criticism he has faced from the gay rights community...

"He didn't pass the buck ... he seemed to take the bull by the horns and fully commit," said Nicholson. "I thought it was pretty clear that he intends to do it this year and take a leadership role."

Obama said he would work to repeal the policy during his 2008 campaign but was criticized by gay and lesbian groups when the issue didn't emerge as a priority over the first year of his presidency.

Nicholson said that activists truly feel that the issue's time has arrived, and it's "game on for us."

"Ready or not, we have to take this on ... I think we'll get it [repealed]."

In a statement to CNN, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network said that it applauds the president's message and hopes for the repeal to be included in the defense budget.

"We call on the president to repeal the archaic 1993 law in his defense budget currently now being drafted, that is probably the only and best moving bill where DADT can be killed this year," the statement reads. "What is also needed is more attention and leadership to win repeal."

Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Pennsylvania, an Army veteran and vocal supporter of repealing the policy, applauded Obama for tackling this issue.

"I'm glad that President Obama is calling for Congress to repeal the wrongful policy known as 'don't ask, don't tell,' as he did repeatedly on his campaign," he said in a statement. "It is ridiculous that American taxpayers have spent $1.3 billion to kick brave, talented Americans out of the military simply because of their sexual orientation. ... It is time to repeal this ridiculous law that hurts our national security and military readiness."

But one of the military's leading supporters said "don't ask, don't tell" should remain in effect.

"This successful policy has been in effect for over 15 years, and it is well understood and predominantly supported by our military at all levels," said Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, in a news release. "At a time when our Armed Forces are fighting and sacrificing on the battlefield, now is not the time to abandon the policy."

McCain's stance was echoed by the House's top Republican.

"When it comes to don't ask, don't tell, frankly, I think it's worked very well. And we just ought to leave it alone," House Minority Leader John Boehner said at a news conference on Wednesday.

But there is solid support for the repeal coming from a former high-ranking military official.

Former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. John Shalikashvili said it's time to repeal the law.

"As a nation built on the principal of equality, we should recognize and welcome change that will build a stronger, more cohesive military," said Shalikashvili. His letter was sent out on Wednesday by "don't ask, don't tell" supporter Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York.

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Michigan, who told reporters on Monday that the president would discuss "don't ask, don't tell" in his speech, supports ending the practice but wants to go about it carefully.

"If we do this in a way which isn't sensitive ... we could have exactly the opposite effect of what I hope will be the case, which is to change the policy," he said Monday.

Levin said the committee plans to hold hearings on the issue in early February, although the hearing may be with outside experts. That would delay a hearing with the Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs Chairman Michael Mullen that had originally been scheduled.

It's all been said before. Perhaps it will a step toward full equality under the law, i.e when they know that they can knowingly send gay people off to get killed. Right now some may just be hoping that the ones who are dying are all gay.

OK. In the meantime, Obama honey, Get off the pot if you're not going to do your business! "Work with congress" sounds like a euphemism for "we'll get around to it at some point."

And just for good measure is a pic of Alex Castro in case you wanted to see gay militia, so to speak.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Wednesday Word: Bryan Batt

From TV Guide:

One Less Man on Mad Men
by William Keck January 25, 2010 12:52 PM EST

When the Sterling Cooper ad agency regrouped at the end of last season, Salvatore Romano was the one ... character not called back to work—a direct result of the colorful character’s uncloseted homosexuality. Now with the shooting of Season 4 set to begin in March, Bryan Batt is worried that he’s out of a job. “I was supposed to be notified by December 31, and nothing,” says the actor.

It sounds as though Bryan’s concerns are warranted. “We don’t murder people on our show, but for there to be any stakes, there have to be consequences,” says creator Matthew Weiner, a former Sopranos scribe who has killed at will. Losing Bryan, he says, “was a tough moment for the show, but that’s where we are. I know how people felt about Bryan. I obviously love working with him, and he has been an indelible character since the pilot. But I felt it was an expression of the times that he couldn’t work there anymore. It’s the ultimate case of sexual harassment.”

Of course, it makes sense that in the world of 1963 that Sal would be let go. [However, there are other burgeoning elements in that era where the character might have found life.] How is it, nevertheless, that an out actor like Batt gets treated in much the same way as his character?

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Pronunciation: \ˈmad\
Function: adjective
Inflected Form(s): mad·der; mad·dest
Etymology: Middle English medd, madd, from Old English gemǣd, past participle of *gemǣdan to madden, from gemād silly, mad; akin to Old High German gimeit foolish, crazy
Date: before 12th century
1 : disordered in mind : insane
2 a : completely unrestrained by reason and judgment b : incapable of being explained or accounted for as in, a mad decision
3 : carried away by intense anger : furious
4 : carried away by enthusiasm or desire
5 : affected with rabies : rabid
6 : marked by wild gaiety and merriment : hilarious
7 : intensely excited : frantic
8 : marked by intense and often chaotic activity : wild

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Tuesday Talent: Scott Evans

It was slow. I graduated high school early because I knew I needed to get to New York City. I moved here and lived with my older sister. She knew first, and then my mother, and then my little sister. It was one by one. It took a lot of courage, and then it was so funny, because there was such a build-up before I would tell each family member, and then their reaction was kind of a letdown. "Okay. Cool."

I don't have any big sad coming out stories. I'm so, so fortunate. I know a lot of people that have bad stories with parents or family members or friends. I can't even think of one.

Go to AfterElton.com for all of it.

And now there's another great interview from Anthony Langford at AfterElton.

As if all this weren't enough for Scott Evans' fans, he is to be auctioned off at the Jockathon in a matter of hours!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Monday Muse: Woof! and Bryan Slater

The View Bar (232 8th Ave, 212-929-2243) will once again host Mike Dreyden's Woof! party tonight with special guest, porn star, Bryan Slater.

Tonight the gayborhood will get a little brighter.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Sunday Songs: Love and Death

In Songs From Liquid Days Philip Glass and Laurie Anderson gave us a vision of love and death which is both ethereal and visceral. There is nothing like it and it is a shining moment for Ronstadt's crystal clear soprano.


A man wakes up to the sound of rain
From a dream about his lovers
Who pass through his room.

They brush lightly by, these lovers.
They pass. Never touching.
These passing lovers move through his room.

The man is awake now
He can't get to sleep again.
So he repeats these words
Over and over again:
Bravery. Kindness. Clarity.
Honesty. Compassion. Generosity.
Bravery. Honesty. Dignity.
Clarity. Kindness. Compassion.

(lyrics by Laurie Anderson)

For good measure on the main site, Brian Wilson's "'Til I Die" accompanies it along with Barefoot's "Gobi Wind."

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Ending Our Saturday Beefcake Broadcast Day

Pledge allegiance ...

Saturday Beefcake: Super Buffet

Well, not quite all you can eat ...

But it's a start ...

We had to include Brian Carson just one more time.

Saturday Beefcake Appetizers