News Round-Up: May 11, 2021

The body of Ali Fazeli Monfared was found beheaded after his family found out he was gay
The body of Ali Fazeli Monfared was found beheaded after his family found out he was gay
Ali Fazeli Monfared (image via Twitter)

Some news items you might have missed:

Washington Blade: Reports indicate an Iranian man’s relatives killed him after they discovered he was gay. The Iranian Lesbian and Transgender Network wrote on its website that Ali Fazeli Monfared, 20, was kidnapped in Ahvaz, a city in Iran’s Khuzestan’s province on May 4. His body was found – beheaded – a day after his disappearance.

Pink News: In a new interview with GQ Style UK, Grammy Award winner Lil Nas X has revealed that he thought God was “tempting” him with his feelings for men, admitting he “never wanted to be gay.”

Gr8erDays: Mantique of the Day is Gerard Christopher, who is turning 62 today. Christopher was the star of the CBS series “Superboy” (1989-1992) as well as a model, and soap actor last seen on “General Hospital” in 2013.

USA Today: President Joe Biden announced a partnership with ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft to offer free rides to vaccination sites from May 24 to July 4 to help meet his target of 70% of U.S. adults getting at least one vaccine shot by Independence Day.

The Guardian: In a new book penned by Pulitzer Prize winner Carol Leonnig, Zero Fail: The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service, the journalist reports that a some Trump family members got “inappropriately – and perhaps dangerously – close” to their Secret Service agents.

Buzzfeed News: A day after expressing his admiration for pop star Harry Styles – including admitting that the singer is ‘hot’ – Disney star Joshua Bassett issued a statement to calm fandom’s waters saying “love is love” and in 2021 “it’s ok to still be figuring out who you are.”

News Round-Up: April 22, 2021

Out professional wrestler Anthony Bowens
Out professional wrestler Anthony Bowens
Out professional wrestler Anthony Bowens (via Instagram)

Some news items you might have missed:

NewNowNext: We’re less than four months into the year, but 2021 is already on track to outpace 2015 as the worst year for anti-LGBTQ legislation in recent memory, according to a new report from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).

Instagram: Out professional wrestler Anthony Bowens (above) thanked his fans recently for allowing him to be who he is. “Five years ago, I was in the closet, fearing that if I ever said something my wrestling career would be over. Fast forward…and I’m living my dream. Thank you.”

Back2Stonewall: Uh-oh, a serious throw down here – who sang the Kander & Ebb classic “Maybe This Time” best? Audra McDonald, Kristin Chenoweth or Oscar winner Liza Minnelli? All are fabulous, but you know the answer…

Gr8erDays: General Hospital hunk Steve bond turns 68 today. Check out the hunky film & TV actor (who also appeared in Playgirl back in the day).

New York Post: Following the Derek Chauvin verdicts in the murder of George Floyd, it’s worth remembering the other three police officers involved in the incident also face charges of  charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder as well as second-degree manslaughter. Their trials begin in August.

The Wrap: Fox News host Tucker Carlson identified himself as being part of the “Dan White Society” in his 1991 Trinity College yearbook entry. Dan White notoriously murdered San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, California’s first openly gay elected official, in 1978.

News Round-Up: April 6, 2021

Brody stands guard in Michael's office
Brody stands guard in Michael's office
Brody stands guard as Michael works

Some news items you might have missed:

Caprio Media Design: Brody (above) likes to stand guard while my hubby Michael works. Of course, ON the desk isn’t quite the optimal spot for Michael, but no one asked him.

ABC4 News: A Salt Lake City man reportedly violently raped and assaulted a lesbian woman and told her that he was going to “fix the gay,” according to police.

Yorkshire Live: A father stabbed his own two sons during a Boxing Day argument when they called him out for transphobic and homophobic slurs. One of the sons had to spend three nights in the hospital because the knife almost perforated his bowel and another had a stab wound near his heart.

New York Times: In the final weeks of Donald Trump’s term, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) privately asked the White House for blanket pre-emptive pardons for himself and unidentified congressional allies for any crimes they may have committed. At that time, he was being investigated as to whether he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old that violated sex trafficking laws.

People: A man from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was arrested at Walt Disney World in February for refusing to undergo a simple temperature check. As he was being arrested he announced to the officer, “I spent $15,000 to come here!” As if that would absolve him from dodging the rules…

Forbes: Donald Trump’s fortune fell by nearly a third, from $3.5 billion to $2.4 billion, during his time in the White House. Had he divested himself of everything on Day 1, paid the capital-gains taxes on the sales, and put the proceeds into a conflict-free fund tracking the S&P 500, Trump would have ended his presidency an estimated $1.6 billion richer than he is today.

Gr8erDays: Billy Dee Williams is the nostalgia site’s ‘Mantique of the day’ as the big screen star celebrates his 84th birthday. He made his Broadway debut at the age of  7 in 1945!

News Round-Up: December 27, 2020

Scarlett sleeps on my head
Me and my sleeping companion, Scarlett

Some news items you might have missed:

Life: In an attempt to escape Brody’s over-the-top puppy energy last night, this (above) was where Scarlett decided she wanted to sleep. #doglife You can check out more photos of the pups first Christmas with us here.

Gr8erDays: The Santa and Rudolph puppets used in the 1964 stop-motion classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (the only known survivors), were appraised and sold in 2006 for $10,000. Last month, the pair sold at auction for $368,000, and are now on loan to the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta.

KIT212: Check out Kenneth’s weekly round-up of the what’s what in LGBTQ publications like Eric Guilmette covering the latest from Wire Magazine.

Eric Guilmette covers Wire Magazine
Eric Guilmette covers the latest issue of Wire Magazine

Deadline: I was excited for, but somewhat disappointed by, the recently released Wonder Woman 1984. Most of the smart folks I follow on social media felt the same way. And yet, the film did well enough ($85 million worldwide so far) that Wonder Woman 3 has been fast-tracked.

Mediaite: During an appearance on Fox News Sunday, Assistant Secretary for Health Admiral Brett Giroir said Sunday he’s encouraged by the timeline of the vaccine rollout and expects that “any American who wants a vaccine can be vaccinated by June.”

LA Blade: After months of developing an Instagram following that revolved around their married life together, husbands Matthew Olshefski & Paul Castle woke up on December 20 to find their account had been pulled down. A short message informed them the account was disabled “for pretending to be someone else.” In a post on his own account, Olshefski wrote:

“On December 20, hundreds of LGBTQ+ creators were targeted by trolls. Instagram is ignoring the bug that allows trolls to get an account taken down and is not responding to requests to have accounts reinstalled. Our couple’s account was disabled for ‘pretending to be someone else’ — this is a tactic used by hate groups to disable and erase the presence of LGBTQ+ creators on Instagram.”

News Round-Up: December 11, 2020

Michael and I with living legend Rita Moreno who turns 89 today (photo: Denise Truscello)

Some news items you might have missed:

The Advocate: Todd Gloria made history as he was sworn in as San Diego’s mayor Thursday, becoming the first out member of the LGBTQ+ community and first person of color to hold the post on anything but an interim basis. San Diego becomes the largest city in the nation with an out gay man as mayor.

KIT212: Kenneth’s weekly round-up of the what’s what in LGBTQ publications includes an article in MetroWeekly about gay adult performer Billy Santoro admitting he faked a suicide attempt (below) after backlash for racist social media posts.

Billy Santoro (via husband, Gage Santoro/Instagram)

Gay Star News: The parliament for the isolated Asian country Bhutan, located in the Himalayas, has approved a bill decriminalizing gay sex.

BosGuy: It’s Furry Friday over at the Boston-based gay blog. Yay! Find more furballs here.

(via BosGuy)

HuffPost: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) introduced legislation in the House on Thursday that would bar schools from receiving federal funding if they allow transgender girls and women and non-binary people to compete on sports teams consistent with their gender identities. The bill was immediately denounced by transgender activists and allies who labeled the legislation “blatantly transphobic.”

Gr8terDays: The Hollywood throwback Instagram account highlights celebrity birthdays like living legend and EGOT-winner Rita Moreno, who turns 89 today. The lead photo with the iconic star and hubby Michael was taken at Nevada Ballet’s annual gala last year. We asked if we could pose as her back-up dancers Tiger and Duff from her film, The Ritz.


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News Round-Up: July 24, 2020

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Some news items you might have missed:

Instagram: The above is from one of my current favorite Instagram accounts, BigKidProblems. Follow them here for more witticisms on adulting.

The Advocate: A new study makes clear what we already knew to be an absolute truth: Male bisexuality exists. The study notes that the most equal bisexual response from the participants were found in men who rated themselves as Kinsey 2s, i.e. straight leaning, despite the vast majority of their arousal tests displaying at Kinsey 3.

New Music: Led by out frontman Tyler Glenn, alt-pop group Neon Trees drops its long-awaited 4th studio album today, I Can Feel You Forgetting Me. I’m digging the latest single, “Night,” which reminds me of 1980s Phil Collins/Genesis pop-rock – in a very good way. Between the brooding, catchy chorus and the pulsing, new wave beat, this is a good thing.

Buzzfeed News: As the US grapples with a global pandemic that has stretched hospitals to the limit, a Christian university in Tennessee has rescinded a student’s offer of acceptance after learning he is gay. Alex Duron, an ICU nurse treating COVID-19 patients in San Antonio, says a few days after his interview the school called to say he’d “blown them away” and offered him admission. At no point did the school indicate that being gay was an issue.

Theatermania: Writer Alex Wood recently attended the first West End show staged with social distancing. Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber hosted an evening at London’s famed Palladium using only 500 of the venue’s 2,000 seats and included a new, refined air filtering system and temperature checks.

CBS-LA: An employee at a Los Angeles area Ralphs grocery store asked a male customer to wear a mask or leave the store. Instead, he rammed her with a shopping cart, so she pepper-sprayed him and called police. Witnesses to the altercation said the employee was defending herself, but she was still suspended for her part in the incident.

Gr8erDays: Matt Rettenmund’s nostalgic Instagram account that remembers stars of yesteryear celebrates uber-handsome Mark Goddard, who played Major Don West in the 1960s sci-fi TV series, Lost In Space. Goddard turns 84 years young today.

News Round-Up: November 19, 2019

From the Men of the Vet 2020 Calendar

Some news items you might have missed:

2020 Calendars: The Men of the Vet School are back and better than ever in the 2020 Men of the Vet School Calendar!! They’ve paired up with the cutest puppies and fluffiest bunnies (and even managed to sneak in some time with kangaroos and reindeer) to bring you this year’s hottest calendar around!

The Sun: Wealthy gay dads split up after one starts dating their teenage daughter’s ex-boyfriend. Now they all live under one roof.

Billboard: Swedish DJ/production duo Galantis and country legend Dolly Parton, teaming with featured Dutch vocalist Mr. Probz, debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales chart with “Faith.” This marks Parton’s first dance/electronic No. 1.

Mantique of the Day: Matt Rettenmund’s Gr8erDays Instagram reminds us how sexy Dan Haggerty (TV’s Grizzly Adams) was.

CNN: Two Bureau of Prisons guards were charged by a federal grand jury Tuesday with conspiracy and filing false records in connection with their actions the night Jeffrey Epstein died in prison.

FiveThirtyEight: The numbers-crunching website is tracking and boiling down all of the polls asking if Americans support or oppose impeaching Donald Trump.

Christmas Music: As I missed this last year, I wanted to make sure I share this excellent cover of Band Aid’s iconic ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ by a group of singing firefighters in the UK.

The single, recorded under the band name The Fire Tones, received an official stamp of approval from Band Aid founder Sir Bob Geldof.