News Round-Up: June 30, 2021

The House of Representatives voted to create a select committee to investigate the January 6 invasion of the U.S. Capitol building

The House of Representatives voted to create a select committee to investigate the January 6 invasion of the U.S. Capitol building

Some news items you might have missed:

CNN: Only 2 GOP members of the House – Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois – voted in favor of a select committee to investigate the January 6 invasion of the U.S. Capitol building where 5 Americans died and over 100 police officers were injured. Republicans said the investigation would just be a means to attack Donald Trump. But before the 2016 election, Republicans held 6 investigations into the 2012 Benghazi attack which left 4 Americans died.

Instinct Magazine: Lil Nas X released a teaser video for his upcoming album “Montero” that parodies the trailers of Marvel super hero films complete with symphonic music and “universe” of characters.

Bloomberg: The European Union plans to announce legal actions against Hungary and Poland over discriminatory, anti-LGBTQ laws passed in the two conservative countries.

Out Music: Let’s dance our way out on the last day of Pride Month with the latest from Vincint, “Kill My Heart,” from his new album There Will Be Tears. The dance floor-filler is a defiant clap back to that ex that think they won something.

OUT: Professional rugby player Jack Dunne came out as bisexual over the weekend. The 22-year-old, who’s been out to friends and family, said he was coming out publicly to be a role model for other questioning young athletes.

Queerty: After sharing photos from a recent shoot for CAP 74024 magazine with his husband, Jwan, Ricky Martin was surprised to see he’d lost a significant number of social media followers. He had something to say about it: “Fear no longer paralyzes me.”

InstaHunk Round-Up: Weekend Edition

Fitness expert Joel Green was feeling free in the ocean this week

Sharing some of our favorite Instagram posts from the week.

First up, fitness expert Joel Green (above) was feeling free in the ocean.

Ricky Martin wished his husband Jwan a Happy Father’s Day:

PJ and Thomas shared their Father’s Day from Florida:

José Rolón (@nycgaydad) was profiled on The Today Show about life with his totally-cute kids:

Dr. Marco (@runandlift) and his biceps headed out to a surprise location.

Ramses Principe did a 40 mile bike ride to ‘shake off the legs.’ And those are some serious LEGS:

Nurse Joe Putignano had insomnia:

Thara (@kaiser.arms) went to a birthday party:

Max Emerson and his boo, former Army Captain Andrés Camilo, were doing what they do in front of that blue wall:

Ryan Cleary was ‘Friday-ing’ down in Talum Beach, Mexico:

The caption really says it all – “Go Rams!”

And graphic illustrator Silverjow’s ‘Hunks of the Week’ couple had a romantical cheat day with pizza:

Ricky Martin On Acting: ‘I’m Waiting For Those Great Scripts’

Ricky Martin says he's still waiting for those "great scripts" even though he's got an Emmy nomination in his pocket
Ricky Martin says he's still waiting for those "great scripts" even though he's got an Emmy nomination in his pocket
Ricky Martin (screen capture via People)

PEOPLE Magazine shares more of their Pride Month cover interview with international pop star Ricky Martin, this time focusing on that ‘other’ part of his career.

Some folks forget that after becoming a breakout star of the boy band Menudo, Martin shifted gears with some acting roles.

For two years, he was the frequently shirtless bartender Miguel Morez on the iconic soap opera General Hospital in the mid-90s.

He also scored on Broadway playing “Marius” in the mega-hit musical Les Miserables and returned to star as “Che” in the 2012 revival of Evita.

Martin returned to TV that same year to guest on the then-red-hot GLEE.

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His next major acting gig, in 2018, was also a Ryan Murphy production, The Assassination of Gianni Versace. He scored an Emmy nomination for the role — and after the laudation was hoping for more prestige acting offers. He’s still waiting.

“I love acting,” he says. “I’m waiting for those scripts, for those great scripts. I can play gay, I can play straight, I can play a serial killer. I can play Latin, but I can also play European. I am ready. Just give it to me, man. Give it to me.”

A few years ago, Martin was told by a music label executive that he’d be selling more records if he’d never come out.

“That was something that really affected me. And I was like, ‘Am I really dealing with this? They’re not playing my music in this country because I’m gay? Is this really happening?’ We’re talking about four years ago. This executive doesn’t work for the record company anymore. He was fired. But I felt it. It hit me hard.”

“I don’t know if I’m not getting parts because I’m gay,” he admits. “But if that’s the case, it’s really sad. I’m going to keep working until life is different.”


Ricky Martin Covers PEOPLE’s Pride Issue ‘I Am A Man With No Secrets’

Ricky Martin gets personal in his PEOPLE Magazine cover story for its annual Pride Issue
Ricky Martin gets personal in his PEOPLE Magazine cover story for its annual Pride Issue
International pop star Ricky Martin (screen capture via People)

When the world watches international pop star Ricky Martin onstage singing and shaking his bon-bon, we see a handsome, confident artist at home in his element.

But in a new cover interview with PEOPLE for their 2nd annual Pride Issue, he shares that he’s actually “really insecure.”

“I’m super socially awkward but today, well the difference is that I know I’m socially awkward,” explains the 49-year-old singer. “So, I don’t go anywhere that causes me anxiety. I’m at peace with performing in front of 30,000 people and feel like the king of the world. But then I walk into a small room at an intimate gathering, and someone will say, ‘Hey Rick, sing a song for us!’ and that creates such anxiety.”

Martin also tells PEOPLE that early in his career he felt pressure prove himself as “a sex symbol.” Before coming out, he was dating women (publicly) and men (privately) trying to decode his own confusion wondering “Am I gay? Am I bisexual? Am I confused?”

One thing he is not confused about is that he was not ‘misleading’ anyone.’

“Sexuality is one complicated thing,” Martin shares with the celebrity magazine. “It’s not black and white. It’s filled with colors. When I was dating women, I was in love with women. It felt right, it felt beautiful.”

At the time, though, the question of his sexuality seemed to hang in the air. Still, Martin intrinsically knew he would come to terms with those questions in his own time.

But there are still moments, before coming out, that haunt him.

Martin recalls a national TV interview with Barbara Walters in 2000 when she asked the question point-blank. “You could stop these rumors,” Walters prodded. “You could say, ‘Yes I am gay or no I’m not.'”

With an almost imperceptible touch of fear in his eyes, Martin found his center and replied, “Barbara, for some reason, I just don’t feel like it.”

Martin says the moment he heard the question, “I felt violated because I was just not ready to come out. I was very afraid.” He adds, “There’s a little PTSD with that.”

Martin eventually came out ten years later in 2010. Looking back now in 2021, with four kids and a husband, Martin says he has considered the question “what would you do differently?”

“Well, maybe I would have come out in that interview,” says the “Livin’ La Vida Loca” singer. “It would’ve been great because when I came out, it just felt amazing. When it comes to my sexuality, when it comes to who I am, I want to talk about what I’m made of, about everything that I am. Because if you hide it, it’s a life-or-death situation.”

“There are many, many kids out there that don’t have someone to look up to,” Martin says. “All they have around them is people telling them, ‘What you’re feeling is evil.’ But, you can’t force someone to come out. But if you have an egg and you open it from the outside, only death comes out. But if the egg opens up from the inside, life comes out.”

For her part, Walters would later admit regret for urging Martin to come out and how the moment was perceived by the public.

“I pushed Ricky Martin very hard to admit if he was gay or not, and the way he refused to do it made everyone decide that he was,” Walters told the Toronto Star in 2010. “A lot of people say that destroyed his career, and when I think back on it now, I feel it was an inappropriate question.”

Read more of Jason Sheeler’s interview over at PEOPLE. Make sure to pick up this year’s Pride Issue on newsstands Friday.

You can listen to Martin’s interview with Jason Sheeler on this podcast episode of People Every Day:

InstaHunk Round-Up: Weekend Edition

Checking in with the Hunks of Instagram this fine holiday weekend.

First up, international pop star Ricky Martin (above) spent some of his weekend with his adorbs French bulldog who joined the family last fall:

Heading into a 6-day work week, Curtis Fitzgerald took time off for #SundayFunday with a shoutout to the hard workers:

Army Nurse Blaize Preston got our attention when he got popping on the Gram:

Rich Burns took a trip to Palm Springs with his pooch, Archie.

Johnny Middlebrooks feels like things are getting “normal-ish again.”

Joel Green had some words for those who judge. Trust and believe, we are NOT judging this pic:

Dr. Marco shared a dramatization based on a real-life encounter as a doctor:

Fitness model Bruno Baba has been playfully poking fun at his pandemic weight gain. Now he’s asking if he should “get even bigger?”

Boy Butter celebrated its 18th anniversary of fighting friction:

NYCGayDad was feeling down from 60 days of laundry, cooking, and cleaning – until the Guncles showed up:

Max Souza threw it back to his time in Bahia because “I’m already missing you!”

Facundo Rodriguez got his Crunch Fitness on…

Yes, Tyler James is serving up some serious ‘jorts’ (jean shorts) in the California desert because he’s “wild like that.”

Bonus: After my recent Brian Sims/crop top post, I was inspired to look for some Insta-bears in crop tops and…success!

InstaHunk Round-Up: Hump Day Edition

Checking in on the hunks of Instagram this fine Hump Day.

Billy Reilich (above) lightens the day with some comedy: Why do bananas need sunscreen? Because they peel…

Mr. Brazil Gay 2020, Max Souza, is giving you serious Speedo action at the beach.

International pop star Ricky Martin went for black leather & blond beard for his cover of Schon Magazine:

Woofy Fran Dullon is pining for the days of gay cruises. Fact – I actually met the InstaHunk on my last Atlantis Cruise in August 2019, and he was uber-charming.

Actor Jim Newman is “anaconda hunting” in the Amazon??? #PleaseStayInTheBoat

Curtis Fitzgerald definitely did NOT skip leg day at the gym:

Out singer/songwriter Milahroy is giving you ‘mood’ as he preps for the release of his next single,”Daylight,” on Friday:

Brock Yurich throws down the gauntlet on what actually constitutes “shorts:”

Fitness trainer Nathan McCallum pretty much proves he’s super-human in this series of core workouts. I can’t do this but I like his music…

InstaHunk Round-Up: Weekend Edition

Diego Barros found his own special Easter costume
Fitness star Shaun T
Fitness star Shaun T got his groove on this week – see below (via Instagram)

Checking in with some of our favorite InstaHunks this week.

First up, Shaun T busted some moves on “4-3-2-1 Day” (4/3/21) with his boo and cocktails:

Diego Barros found his own special Easter costume #woof

International pop-star Ricky Martin (above) showed off his way cool new tattoo.

Fitness guru Joel Green was hanging around Spain looking for a pick-up game:

Boy Butter spokesmodel Rod Facundo shared some behind the scenes footage from the latest Boy Butter ad shoot:

Trans fitness guys Jesse Diamond and Shae Scott celebrated Transgender Day of Visibility:

The Griffopotamus offered this snap as his “serious” side:

‘Tree Man’ Danny Jones took all 6’7″ of his muscular self social fitnessing. Hey, leg day – we can see you…

Tom of Finland ambassador Terry Miller couldn’t find any leather that fit – or did he?

Giovanni (aka Buffet Papi) got his groove on jamming to Nicki Minaj:

Lance Bass and his boo Michael Turchin celebrated Easter in their own special way:

Furball Hunter Harden offers this wisdom for the ages: “Furry chest > comfy pillow.” We can’t argue with that…

According to Marco (aka Taxfighter), this is what accountants in Germany look like: