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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Wednesday Word: Joe Manganiello

Well, Entertainment Weekly is good for something, you know. Today it is good for this: reporting that "True Blood werewolf Joe Manganiello just hunted down a guest role on the next season of USA’s White Collar."

At first glance, a homosexual man's mind might very well go to wonderful places--places that involve Matt Bomer and long, romantic embraces. For now they will just have to remain in the mental boudoir. EW goes on to say: "Manganiello will play a villain on the show, a recently released ex con, who brings trouble to the Burke neighborhood when he moves in across the street from Peter and Elizabeth (Tim DeKay and Tiffani Thiessen). The series is currently in its third season and the midseason finale, guest starring Beau Bridges, airs on Tuesday, Aug. 9. The second half of the season (which will include Manganiello) launches next January."

The "launch" part sounds good.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Monday Music: Born This Way

Back in the day, La Springfield actually married one of her lovers. It didn't last, but she went the extra step in her private life anyway. When she revived her career via The Pet Shop Boys this little ditty was considered her coming out song! We used to post this regularly for NY Gay Pride. Well, here it is the day after to keep the pride moving!

This Dusty Springfield single was released on June 25, 1990 in the United Kingdom one day prior to the 21st anniversary of Stonewall. It was during her Pet Shop Boys phase and about four years before she was to have another rebirth via Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction's use of "Son of A Preacher Man." By this time, it was well known that the British pop star and perennial blue eyed soul favourite was a daughter of Sappho. She has been featured often in the posts of this web log . Dusty is one of those gay personalities that has entered the movement's martyrology not because she was by any means an activist, but because she struggled with her sexuality for most of her adult life. Still she made no attempt to have a merkin and was not once remotely publicly connected to a man. She was also well known for her gay male following and because of their presence at her Royal Albert Hall concert in 1979, she declared, "Glad to see that the royalty wasn't confined to the box," referring to the royal box where Princess Margaret was seated. (Dusty had to apologize.) Dusty wasn't perfect, but she related to her sexuality much the same way many gay people do--beneath the weight of her cultural upbringing. This song puts a lot of what she (and others) went through into perspective. Homosexuality is a fact of life.

Also, noteworthy about this recording is Dan Hartman's vocal along with Dusty's. Dan died from a brain tumor that was caused by complications from AIDS in 1994 the same year Dusty was diagnosed with breast cancer which eventually took her life in 1999. Hartman's homosexuality was not revealed until his death, but he, too, has a musical legacy. With OUT magazine's recent revelation of people living in the glass closet, it is remembered that La Springfield resided there for decades. As another Stonewall anniversary approaches, it is good to shed a light on the closet door, glass and otherwise, with the hope that it opens wide.

Some people know what they wanna be
Some people see what they wanna see
Everyday needs some kind of dream
But the complexities of life escape to an ideal scene, yeah
People try to tell you how to live your life
Let the blind lead the blind
Well, that’s all right
So make up your mind
The fool or the wise
There are things in this life
Which you can’t compromise
Break away
And take the time to know your mind
And leave it all behind you
And say
That’s the way I am
Yeah - I was born this way
Can’t you see it in my eyes
Yeah, yeah, yeah

(written by geoffrey williams and simon stirling)

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Thank You and Goodnight Beefcake

Time for Saturday Beefcake Bed

Beefcake Foreplay

Your Saturday Beefcake Buffet

No doubt there will be something for you to nibble on. Just to tide you over

A Delight for Saturday Afternoon Beefcake

Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Onion, one small finely chopped
Garlic,two cloves, chopped
Arborio Rice, three and a half cups
Dry White Wine or Marsala, one cup
Broth, Chicken, brought to a boil, about one cup
Lemon zest, three, finely grated
Pecorino, three cups, finely grated
Sea Salt
Lemon for garnish
Boiling water

1. Heat olive oil in a heavy-duty large skillet over medium heat. Enough to cover it all.
2. Add onions and garlic ~ cook until softened and light golden.
3. Add rice and cook, stirring constantly, until translucent'
4. Add wine and cook, stirring constantly, until rice has absorbed most of the wine.
5. Add broth amd cook stirring constantly, until rice has absorbed it
6. Add 1 cup of the boiling water to rice, using a ladle, and cook, stirring constantly, until water has been absorbed.
7. Repeat this process 5–6 more times, until rice is al dente.
8. Add grated lemon zest and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes more.
9. Remove from heat, stir in pecorino and season to taste with salt.
10. Spoon risotto onto plates and garnish with lemon slices. Serve immediately.

We're calling this marriage equality rice. Better to eat than throw. It was whipped up while watching the New York State Senate make history. It is our fond hope that someone like this young man will be waiting to zoom off to the honeymoon.

Saturday Beefcake: Working Up An Appetite

Your Saturday Beefcake Midmorning Refreshment

Wishing A Very Happy Saturday Beefcake

Friday, June 24, 2011

Friday Feature II: And the Winner Is Alicia Minshew

The Divine Miss M was not able to make it out to Love Out Loud VI in her old stomping grounds last month. She was more than willing, however, to help out Dab the AIDS Bear Project by signing one for Dab to put on auction. Mrs. Herschenfeld is quite generous with her time and we hope that as she closes out the All My Children experience she will continue to be appreciated for all her creative work on the iconic Soap Opera.

Friday Feature I: Bruce Willis

Thursday, June 23, 2011