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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Tuesday Talent: Newman, Woodward & Pitt, Frontrunners

GLAA mourns early contributor Paul Newman

From: Rick Rosendall
Sent: Saturday, September 27, 2008 8:49 PM
To: GLAA Members
Subject: Newman and Woodward and the birth of GLAA


As we join other Americans in mourning the death of actor and philanthropist Paul Newman, many of you may not know the role that he and his wife, Joanne Woodward, played in the birth of GLAA thirty-seven years ago.

On March 23, 1971, Frank Kameny made history as a candidate in the District of Columbia’s first election for Delegate to Congress. While he lost to Rev. Walter Fauntroy, his numbers were impressive enough to put the gay community on the political map in Washington as an influential voting bloc. The day before the election, Kameny for Congress received a check for $500 from Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward.

Kameny and his campaign manager, Paul Kuntzler, were naturally thrilled. Unfortunately, they received the money too late to spend it on the campaign, so it was used afterward to send the leading organizers to New York City to meet with members of that city's Gay Activists Alliance. That led to the founding of a Washington group by the same name, on April 20, 1971. (We were renamed the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance in 1986 when Lorri Jean agreed to serve as president on condition that the name be amended.)

When Kuntzler told me in 2005 about Newman’s and Woodward’s contribution, he admitted with chagrin that a thank-you letter had never been sent. So I wrote an extremely belated note, which I sent via Newman’s manager, thanking the legendary Hollywood couple for the seed money that helped launch what remains the oldest continuously active GLBT rights organization in the country.

As it happens, Newman was born in 1925, the same year as Kameny. Also born that year was author and former screenwriter Gore Vidal, a longtime friend of Newman and Woodward. Woodward, who survives her husband, was born in 1930. Kameny is still very much with us, and still attends GLAA’s twice-monthly meetings.

Happily, the spirit of pro-gay Hollywood philanthropy was recently revived by actor Brad Pitt, who gave $100,000 to the fight against California’s anti-gay Proposition 8. Director Steven Spielberg soon followed with a gift of the same amount. We hope that more will follow. In the meantime, we celebrate the life of a film legend who, with his wife, was an early supporter of our cause.

Rick Rosendall
Vice President for Political Affairs
Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance of Washington, D.C.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Monday Musing: A Song for the Times

Monday Musing: Just When You Thought It Was Safe

"This morning, I received news from Iraq that the coordinator of Iraqi LGBT in Baghdad, Bashar, aged 27, a university student, has been assassinated in a barber shop. Militias burst in and sprayed his body with bullets at point blank range. He was the organiser of the safe houses for gays and lesbians in Baghdad. His efforts saved the lives of dozens of people. Bashar was a kind, generous and extremely brave young man – a true hero who put his life on the line to save the lives of others. My thoughts go out to his loved ones and to the other members of Iraqi LGBT. Their courage is an inspiration to all people everywhere fighting against injustice."

Does this mean the surge is working?

Now what was the US invasion all about?

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Songs of the Week: Paul Newman, Burt Bacharach and BJ Thomas

The lead song won an oscar for Mr. Bacharach. It was from the classic that co-starred Paul Newman and Robert Redford, Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid. Dionne Warwick was instrumental in getting her stable mate, BJ Thomas to sing "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" for Bacharach and company. It was a million seller in 1970. It is a bittersweet tune appropriate to the film. It is followed by a quirky ditty that Thomas sang for Bacharach, "Everybody's Out of Town." The third song is "Let The Music Play" sung by the Drifters in direct response to Mr. Newman's death. "Let the music play just a little longer ..." if only Mr. Newman could have remained a bit longer. One of the most progressive and intelligent voices in the entertainment industry has been silenced. Goodnight, Sweet Prince.

This is Wrong and Benjamin Massing is in the Eye of the Beholder

New York Daily News Says This:
Straight model sues gay magazine Genre over 'vulgar' photo
Friday, September 26th 2008, 11:26 PM

Model Benjamin Massing is furious that a "cruel and vulgar" picture of him is running in a gay magazine and blog.

Massing wore a pinstriped suit for a 2006 Playboy fashion spread on dapper college men. The aspiring actor also has modeled for Estee Lauder and Abercrombie & Fitch.

If anyone's going to drool over Benjamin Massing's beefcake shots, gay guys need not apply.

The hunky model with eight-pack abs is suing a gay men's magazine and a Manhattan fashion photographer for bringing him unwanted male attention by publishing a "cruel and vulgar" picture of him nearly in the buff.

The sizzling snapshot listed his first name, where he lives and provided viewers an online avenue to reach Massing - subjecting him, the lawsuit says, to advances from strangers who "solicit him for homosexual sex."

"He's not [gay]," said lawyer Liah Catanese.
Massing, an aspiring actor majoring in micro-molecular biology at the University of Central Florida, was pictured in the March/April issue of Genre magazine on a page filled with ads for gay chat lines and sex toys.

"It's definitely put him in a class where he's going to have difficulty obtaining contracts for family-related shows," Catanese said.

Massing, 20, posed for the shots last December, stripping down to a snug pair of gray briefs free-of-charge for lensman Rick Day.
The invasion of privacy suit, filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, says Massing wanted the pictures for his portfolio - and never expected Day to peddle them to a magazine that made him look "lustful and sexually promiscuous."

An agent for Day declined to comment, and Genre did not return calls.

The shots of Massing tugging on his shorts have since surfaced on numerous Web sites for gay men, where readers make gushing comments such as "Super sexy!" and "Love the hairy little legs ... yummie."
"That's kind of hard to erase," said Andrew Buzin, another lawyer for Massing.

In addition to unwittingly appearing in Genre, Massing has modeled for Estee Lauder, Abercrombie & Fitch and wore a pinstriped suit for a 2006 Playboy fashion spread on dapper college men.

The suit, which seeks unspecified damages, says he has suffered humiliation and damage to his reputation as a result of the steamy pics.

"He had a promising career," Catanese said. "I hope he's able to undo any damage that this has done."

Listen very carefully, Mr. Massing and your ridiculous lawyers: it is not humiliating if people think you're gay. He is a model. The pictures posted here were taken from his MySpace page. Me thinks the man doth protest too much.

Does he know these names: Christopher Meloni, Jake Gyllenhaal, the late Heath Ledger ... he should be so lucky as to have their careers. Oh wait, maybe he does know who they are and wants somebody to pay attention. Oh, and he modelled for Abercrombie & Fitch the paragon of heterosexual image ... puh-leez

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Goodnight Beefcake: Get Loafed, Porkers

Beefcake, In A Manner of Speaking

Chiarello's meat loaf is different from traditional Italian meat loaf in that it only uses beef. No argument here. It's more economical that way. However, using pork and veal makes it more interesting. Grated pecorino romano/parmigiano is also used instead of shredded mozzarella. This recipe is mighty meaty and beefy.

(Recipe by Michael Chiarello)

Extra Virgin Olive Oil, one tablespoon
Red Bell Pepper, one medium, seeded, finely chopped
Onion, small, finely chopped
Lean Ground Beef, 750 grams, a pound and a half
Eggs, two
Mozzarella , one cup shredded
Progresso Garlic Herb Bread Crumbs, three quarter cup
Fresh Basil, two tablespoons, chopped
Worcestershire Sauce, one tablespoon
Progresso Balsamic Vinegar, one tablespoon
Sea salt, one and a half teaspoons
Pepper, one and a half teaspoons
Preheated oven 350°F
Marinara Sauce

1. Oil 8 x 4-inch loaf pan.
2. In 2-quart saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium heat. Add bell pepper and onion; cook just until soft. Remove from skillet to plate; cool completely.
3. Place cooled bell pepper and onion in large bowl.
4. Add all remaining meat loaf ingredients.
5. Press into loaf pan (if loaf pan is unavailable, shape mixture into a loaf shape on oiled shallow baking pan or dish).
6. Spread one and a half cups marinara sauce evenly over top of loaf.
7. Bake for an hour until meat thermometer inserted in center reads 160°F.
8. Remove from oven; let stand 5 minutes. Slice and serve.

6 servings

Michael Chiarello’s Marinara Sauce

Extra Virgin Olive Oil, two tablespoons
Onion, medium, finely chopped
Fresh Italian Parsley, two tablespoons, chopped
Garlic clove, finely chopped
Progresso Crushed Tomatoes with added puree, one twenty-eight ounce can
Fresh Basil Sprig with leaves removed
Sea Salt, one teaspoon
(Pinch baking soda or sugar, if desired)

1. In 3-quart nonreactive saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium heat.
2. Add onion; cook about five minutes, stirring occasionally, until translucent.
3. Stir in parsley and garlic; cook about thirty seconds or until fragrant.
4. Stir in tomatoes, basil stem and salt. Simmer uncovered twenty five minutes, stirring frequently, until thickened.
5. If sauce tastes too acidic, add pinch of baking soda and cook five minutes longer.
6. If sauce needs touch of sweetness, add pinch of sugar and cook 5 minutes longer.
7. Remove basil stem before serving.

4 cups sauce

To encourage you not to let your meat loaf, we have added appropriate pictures to facilitate the process.

Beefcake Snack Time

more tenderloin

Saturday Beefcake: Get Porked

Mustard Seed and Panko-Crusted Pork Tenderloin
(Michael Chiarello for Progresso Foods)

Brown Mustard Seeds, two tablespoons
Yellow Mustard Seeds, two tablespoons
Progresso Panko Bread Crumbs or Progresso Bread Crumbs, one cup
Pork Tenderloins, two about 500 grams, one pound each
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, two tablespoons
Sea Salt or Kosher Salt, dash
Ground Black Pepper, dash
Dijon Mustard, one quarter cup
Preheated oven 400°F.

1. In large skillet, toast mustard seeds over medium-high heat until ragrant.
2. With mortar and pestle, coffee grinder or spice mill, lightly crush mustard seeds.
3. In small bowl, mix mustard seeds and bread crumbs; set aside.
4. Rub pork tenderloins with one tablespoon of the olive oil; sprinkle all sides with salt and pepper.
5. Brush pork with mustard; roll in bread crumb mixture to completely coat.
6. In twelve inch ovenproof skillet, heat remaining tablespoon oil until hot but not smoking. Add pork to skillet; cook on all sides until brown, about five minutes.
7. Place skillet with pork in oven; roast until meat thermometer inserted in center reads 155°F.
8. Remove pork from skillet to cutting board; let stand about five minutes. Slice pork diagonally against the grain.

From Chris & Tal's Better Foods:

So why pork?

Pork contains many of the nutrients recommended to build and maintain a healthy body, including six essential vitamins, four important minerals, protein and energy. Pork contains Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Pantothenate, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Iron and Zinc and is a good source of complete protein.

Pork and Nutrition www.porkpeople.com

Around here eating pork is rare; it seems, however, that most sources attribute a decent amount of nourishment to eating Porky and Petunia. Chiarello's recipe, in addition, is simple and to the point. In these parts, nevertheless, there is a tendency to use pork as a verb. Here are photos to answer the question: So why pork? Love those tender loins!

Beefcake Brazilian Breakfast

According to Maria-Brazil.org, Breakfast is a simple affair in Brazil: coffee, milk, bread and jam, sometimes cheese and ham, with fresh fruit... papaya! ... mangoes and a wonderful avocado cream. In Recife, a tasty, salty grilled cheese (queijo de coalho)...

Good Morning to you with another tasty Brazilianmorsel.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Friday Night Might: AIDS Walk Los Angeles

Political posturing notwithstanding, humanity has survived worse than the collapse of financial institutions. It is interesting to note the urgency in the mind of many politicians in rescuing Wall Street. It is very bad, no doubt. Still it is interesting to note how the sense of urgency was absent when people were dying by the droves in the 1980s. The neglect which may not have been benign with a lot of people having the attitude that "all the right people are dying" persisted for years. That attitude coupled with utter ignorance kept the AIDS crisis on the political back burner, while down here in the real world it burned. They fiddled.

People with AIDS took matters into their own hands. It may have been the first time that victims took matters into their own hands and divested themselves of that definition. They themselves took the responsibility as opposed to them. It is one of the main reasons that there are AIDS Walks virtually in every part of the United States.

"Main Street" is still taking matters into in its own hands. Come October 19th folks will be walking through the streets of West Hollywood to bring awareness to a continuing AIDS crisis and to help raise money principally for AIDS Project Los Angeles.

Along with POZ magazine are two people helping to make a fund-raiser for the Walk a reality, Deputy Christopher Landavazo of Cops 4 Causes and Michael Fairman whose position in the Soap Opera world has helped bring quite a few current stars to this event to help draw fans. Both of these men have worked tirelessly to create a memorable evening on October 16th to kick off AIDS Walk Los Angeles at East/West Lounge on Santa Monica Boulevard. Because of their efforts Love Out Loud West promises to become a more expansive effort.

Two more actors from the number one Soap Opera in the country, The Young & the Restless have come on board. The characters they portray are inextricably tied as mother and son. These very fine people are Christian Le Blanc and Judith Chapman. They are also inextricably tied as terrifically talented actors.

Judith Chapman is easily recognizable to most viewers of the small screen because she has virtually been everywhere. She has been there and done that and very well at that.

Christian LeBlanc has won more than one Emmy award for his remarkable portrayal of Michael Baldwin and deservedly so giving evidence to the concept that it is gifted actors who are keeping the genre alive.

If you want to come out to meet people like these exceptional individuals, you can buy tickets here.

If that's not something you can do, go here to make a donation.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Gay Thursday: David Moretti

David Moretti does indeed look like an Italian movie star as someone once opined. Perhaps it’s because his surname comes from Italy. Wherever his origins are, the man seems to be doing all the right things. He is the star of here! TV's The Lair and the purveyor of his own web log on gaywired.com. From his website: [he likes] the idea of being part of the new movement in gay television. "I'm proud to be part of a show that is entertaining our culture. Gay heroes and villains are a concept not often explored and here! should be commended for being the first network to make it happen." Since debuting on The Lair, Moretti has also appeared as a guest star on Dante's Cove.
He admits to being happier now than ever before. "I have the best of both worlds. I get to step outside of myself and play different characters on the set each day and then when I head home, I actually respect the person I see in the mirror." Speaking of respect, he has earned some in these parts. Come meet him at East/West Lounge on October 16th. Many thanks to Michael Fairman for reaching out to this fine man.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Wednesday Word: Daniel Goddard

Thanks again to soap maven, Michael Fairman, one more handsome man will be joining us at East/West Lounge on October 16th. From his official website: “A native of Sydney, Australia, Daniel Richard Goddard was one year away from a career in Finance at the University until he pursued acting. He transferred to the Ensemble Actors Studio and performed in local theatrical productions before landing his first major television role as 'bad boy' Eric Phillips on the popular European primetime soap opera Home and Away. His work on the show quickly won him recognition as one of Europe’s biggest heartthrobs. Although he enjoyed his fame in Australia, Daniel felt it was time to set his sights on Hollywood. The transition from soap star to a virtual unknown in Los Angeles was difficult for Daniel -- he literally had to start all over again.” He has since made his presence felt on The Young & The Restless as Cane Ashby, Jill Foster Abbott’s long lost progeny. Handsome is as handsome does and we look forward to being in his company for a good cause. Many thanks to the fetching Mr. Goddard.

visit: www.pozevent.com

hand·some (hnsm)
adj. hand·som·er, hand·som·est
1. Pleasing and dignified in form or appearance. Synonym: beautiful.
2. Generous or copious: a handsome reward. Synonym: liberal.
3. Marked by or requiring skill dexterity: did some handsome maneuvers on the skating rink.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Tuesday Talent: Kristoff St. John

Emmy Award winning New York native Kristoff St. John has been an integral part of The Young and the Restless as Neil Winters for more than a few years. In 1992, St. John won his first Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series. In 2008, Mr. St. John won his second Emmy, as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. Over the years, he has also won numerous NAACP Image Awards. Mr. St. John is an avid supporter of animal rights an active member of PETA. An active spokesman for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Mr. St. John has graciously answered the invitation to become part of POZ/Cops 4 Causes fund raiser for AIDS Walk Los Angeles, Love Out Loud "Soaps in the City" thanks to Michael Fairman. Mr. St. John is a noteworthy and valuable addition to this effort.

Monday, September 22, 2008

The Monday Muse: Natalie Hiatt

... Columbus Avenue. The weekend gets extended with Natalie Hiatt because the Columbus Avenue Street Fair was exceptional in that Prohibition was the only locale emanating great music from Tremors with John Kouri. Out there on that sidewalk was Prohibition's very own stellar Ms Hiatt who in turn will be singing her heart out on Tuesday evening around 9PM at Prohibition.

"Hiatt is extraordinary ... the appeal and formidable lung power of a blessed mutant who is equal parts Bernadette Peters and Jennifer Tilly but entirely her own creation ...”
Steve Walker, The Pitch Kansas City

This was posted one year ago regarding this wonderful singer and actress:

Kouri made no bones about Natalie's talent. It's unanimous among those who know her: Classic beauty with a classic voice.
>>>This year it is even more important to know this young woman. She will be joining Bacharach to the Future. She has to be heard to be believed!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Songs of the Week: Burt Bacharach, Scott Walker, Bruce Kimmel and Christian Hoff

This week you are entertained again with strains of classic Bacharach as we continue to add to the line up for Bacharach to the Future.
Scott Walker's rich voice gave great inspiration to "Make It Easy On Yourself." His interpretation when he led the Walker Brothers leads off this week's trio of songs.

The other two songs are stand outs from Bruce Kimmel's production of a Bacharach tribute with Linda Purl's "A House is Not A Home" and certainly one of the best recordings of "My Little Red Book" interpreted by Melba Jones.

Look here for more posts on Mr. Bacharach and his art.

Speaking of Bruce Kimmel and Burt Bacharach, the great news has to do with marvelous man Christian Hoff whose impressive theatrical resume began at the age of eight, no less, and it includes his Tony award winning role as Tommy DeVito in Jersey Boys. Casting him as Joey Evans in Pal Joey is nothing less than inspired. This talented and generous man has graciously agreed to be part of Bacharach to the Future, POZ magazine’s World AIDS Day fund-raiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The man who is furnished with more than one exceptional talent is one of the brightest lights on Broadway. He will do the inspiring when it comes to interpreting Mr. Bacharach’s music come December 1st at New World Stages. Visit his official site.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Goodnight, Sweet Beefcake: Jessie Pavelka

We have it on good authority that Jessie is a charming young man and that same authority has it that he will soon be able to be seen on your tv screens. There are more than one site that can treat you to his sight. We're posting some shots from Wire Image, one of which is with column favourite James Ellis. We're doing it, because we know somebody who knows him. Well, we might have done it anyway.

Beefcake Dessert

Rugby players ...

...do it so well

...this is Nicky Youngquest from OZ. He moonlights as a model. Go figure.

The Main Beefcake Course

This is not necessarily a main course, but we live in the Northern part of the Western Hemisphere and this is satisfying enough to be one.

Cook broccoli and cauliflower in water until they reach the right texture. Remove them from the water, but retain the water and keep it boiling. Cook whole grain penne within the same water after you have salted it.

Toss the finished pasta with the chopped broccoli/cauliflower with sweet gorgonzola and pears, chopped together. This is divine--much like the young man in these pics.