News Round-Up: January 20, 2020

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Some news items you might have missed:

InstaHunks: Devon Gibby (above) spent the day at Mystic Hot Springs in Utah. “Not only is it super accessible (no 5-mile hike like others I’ve been to), but it’s the perfect balance of man-made quirkiness mixed with natural beauty. And who wouldn’t love sitting in actual bathtubs where the water doesn’t get colder while you watch the sunset behind snow-capped mountains!?”

RawStory: ‘Emasculated’ Virginia gun nuts mocked for ‘purchasing toys, dressing up in costumes, and playing fantasy games’ as they march on Richmond today.

Washington Post: In a single year, Donald Trump doubled the total number of false or misleading claims he had made in the previous two years combined. Put another way: He averaged six such claims a day in 2017, nearly 16 a day in 2018 and more than 22 a day in 2019. Lies like this one:

RealClearPolitics: With two weeks to go until the ‘first in the nation’ Iowa caucuses on February 3, the two most recent polls there both show former Vice President Joe Biden leading the pack of Democratic White House hopefuls by 6 points.

Washington Blade: Some LGBTQ folks got riled up when Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign decided to nix a fundraiser planned at a gay club in Providence which the venue says is over a dancing pole the owners refused to remove. The Blade interviewed male pole dancers who were offended and say the decision was ‘unwarranted.’

CNN: About half of Americans say the Senate should vote to convict President Donald Trump and remove him from office in the upcoming impeachment trial (51%), according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS, while 45% say the Senate should vote against conviction and removal.

CBS This Morning: Over nearly three decades, RuPaul Charles has left his mark on culture in music, movies and reality television including taking home his sixth Emmy Award in September for RuPaul’s Drag Race. Vladimir Duthiers spoke to RuPaul about doing “it all” and how his childhood impacted his career.

Twitter Round-Up: Weekend Edition

Some really fun stuff on Twitter lately, so I thought I’d share some of my favorites:

And then there was this exchange between woofy Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims and out recording artist Bright Light Bright Light that made my morning:

And while we’re on the subject of Bright Light Bright Light, check out his synth-pop version of the holiday classic, “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” released in 2017.

Instagram Round-Up: Weekend Edition

Checking in on some of my favorite Instagram accounts this weekend starting with totally woofy Jeff Ferreira (above) who clearly finds the weather in Hollywood totes comfortable.

Jim Newman is giving you all kinds of onesie goodness while trying to swindle folks out of Santa’s milk and cookies:

Jason Derulo is serving the thirsty in his tiny black shorts:

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Good Mornin’ 💦

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Andy Cohen shows off some pretty thicc muscle thighs as he’s totally dressed to get physical:

Marco, accountant/InstaHunk, was just happy to get to the end of the week:

The folks in Hamburg, Germany, might have had the best time of all this weekend with the Chippendales:

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Having the time of our lives in #Germany! 😘🇩🇪 Thank you so much for all the love! ⠀ 🇺🇸 U.S. TOUR ON SALE NOW! Get ready to GET NAUGHTY! Voted Vegas’ #1 male revue and best bachelorette party destination, the world-famous #Chippendales are bringing their sexy from #LasVegas to YOUR hometown in 2020! ⠀ ⠀ 💋 #GetNaughtyTour 💋 2.07 • Reno, NV • @harrahsreno 2.08 • Reno, NV • @harrahsreno 2.12 • Houston, TX • @hobhouston 2.13 • NOLA • @hobnola 2.15 • Dallas, TX • @hobdallas 2.16 • San Antonio, TX • @theaztectheatre 2.19 • Atlanta, GA • @buckheadtheatre 2.20 • Charleston, SC • @music_farm 2.21 • Raleigh, NC • @ritzraleigh 2.22 • Myrtle Beach, SC • @hobmyrtlebeach 2.23 • Charlotte, NC • @fillmorenc 2.26 • Pittsburgh, PA • @roxiantheatrepgh 2.27 • Philadelphia, PA • @tlaphilly 2.28 • Wilmington, DE • @queenwilmington 2.29 • Silver Spring, MD • @fillmoresilverspring 3.05 • Huntington, NY • @theparamountny 3.06 • Montclair, NJ • @thewellmonttheater 3.07 • New York, NY • @gramercytheatre 3.08 • Boston, MA • @hobboston 3.11 • Cleveland, OH • @hobcleveland 3.12 • Indianapolis, IN • @oldnationalcentre 3.13 • Cincinnati, OH • @bogartsshows 3.14 • Louisville, KY • @mercuryballroom 3.15 • Huntsville, AL • @vonbrauncenter 3.18 • Milwaukee, WI • @pabsttheater 3.19 • Minneapolis, MN • @varsitytheater 3.20 • Chicago, IL • @hobchicago 3.21 • Detroit, MI • @fillmoredetroit 3.22 • Grand Rapids, MI • @20monroelive 3.26 • Riverside, CA • @riversidelive 3.27 • Phoenix, AZ • @thevanburenphx 3.28 • San Diego, CA • @hobsandiego 3.29 • Anaheim, CA • @hobanaheim . . 🎟 (link in bio: @chippendales)

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Grease 2 star Maxwell Caulfield:

Over in Paris, Antoine Morieult is giving fairy tale prince vibes as he begins, “Once upon a time…”

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Rick and the Griffopotamus were – surprise! – shirtless showing off their buff stuff in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park:

Spanish actor/model Mario Hervas wonders if people would stop to talk with him in the subway…? I’d stop to talk with him anywhere!

And finally, Tony Award winner and Broadway icon Betty Buckley took in some department store Christmas displays (a favorite pass time of mine during the holidays) in between rehearsals for her upcoming concerts with composer Jason Robert Brown:

News Round-Up: May 17, 2019

Ryan Worley (photo: Vinnie Cassidy)

Some news items you might have missed:

• InstaHunk and Chippendale Ryan Worley (above) shares this with the caption, “When you didn’t know someone was taking your photo…” I’m thinking Mr. Worley should get used to folks taking his pic a lot.

• In an interview with Fox News, Democratic White House hopeful (and openly gay) Mayor Pete Buttigieg references the current president saying, “I’m old enough to remember when Republicans talked a lot about character in the Oval Office.”

• Nevada has become the fourth state to ban the use of so-called gay and trans panic defenses, following California, Rhode Island and Illinois.

• Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) grilled Daniel O’Day, the CEO of Gilead Sciences, over the high costs of the pharmaceutical company’s pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medication Truvada.

As she correctly points out, Gilead is making billions a year from Truvada, but the core research for PrEP was paid for and done by the U.S. government. Watch AOC push for a decent answer:

• Following Alabama lawmakers, the Missouri House of Representatives has passed an anti-abortion bill that bans abortions after eight weeks into a pregnancy, and does not have an exception for victims of rape or incest.

E! Online reports that Queer Eye co-stars Karamo Brown and Antoni Porowski had “an extreme amount of conflict” during the shooting of Season One of the Bravo series.

• Check out the first look trailer for the upcoming new super-hero series, Batwoman, on the CW this fall on Sundays. Australian actress Ruby Rose stars as the openly lesbian crime fighter.

Almost two millions views on YouTube in a day. But the like/dislike ratio is something to see – 87k thumbs down (homophobes) versus 36k thumbs up.

News Round-Up: February 26, 2019

• InstaHunks Rick and the Griffopotamus remind,"The day is full of possibilities, just pick a direction and go for it!! Where’s your day gonna lead you???"
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Some news items you might have missed:

InstaHunks Rick and the Griffopotamus remind,”The day is full of possibilities, just pick a direction and go for it!! Where’s your day gonna lead you???”

• Two people were stabbed at Fort Lauderdale Pride this past weekend.

• The new season of NBC’s World of Dance premieres tonight, and for the first time there will be a same-gender salsa duo competing.

• The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) say “compelling evidence that President Trump may have personally committed up to eight criminal campaign finance and related offenses while running for president and during his first year in office.”

• Newly-crowned “Best Actor” Oscar winner Rami Malek called Freddie Mercury, the man he portrayed in Bohemian Rhapsody, a ‘gay’ man and folks aren’t happy about it.

• A bipartisan group of 58 former senior national security officials issued a statement Monday saying that “there is no factual basis” for President Trump’s proclamation of a national emergency to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

• A state lawmaker is in hot water after saying gun control advocates should be “kicked to the curb and stomped on and run over a few times.”

• One more thing about Sunday night’s Oscars – that moment when Chris Evans proved he really is ‘Captain America’ and graciously helped Regina King up the stairs to accept her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Lovely moment 🙂

News Round-Up: December 8, 2018

Hubby Michael (C) turns 50! Whoohoo!

Some news items you might have missed:

• My apologies, dear readers, for the light posting of late. Currently in Mexico celebrating my hubby’s 50th birthday 🙂

• A new study shows young black men are 16 times more likely to contract HIV than their young white gay peers.

• Woofy luger Chris Mazdzer’s ‘ice underwear tease’ is totally worth the clicking over to kenneth-in-the-212 for.

Olympic luger Chris Mazdzer

• Choreographer Justin Peck worked with A-list actors like Julia Roberts to create a series of short dance films that turn everyday experience into moments of musical magic.

• Chief of staff John Kelly is expected to step down in the coming days, according to two administration officials says Politico.

• First trailer for Avengers: Endgame is here. “Part of the journey is the end.”

Over 42 million views in a day.

• Meanwhile, back at Mantamar Beach Club in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and my hubby’s 50th celebration – it’s a virtual gay soup.

News Round-Up: November 28, 2018

• Hottie Dave Marshall is an openly gay pro-wrestler in Australia who uses his OnlyFans account to raise money for suicide prevention after his dad took his own life last year.
Dave Marshall and Ronnie

Some news items you might have missed:

• Hottie Dave Marshall is an openly gay pro-wrestler in Australia who uses his OnlyFans account to raise money for suicide prevention after his dad took his own life last year.

• Openly gay super-producer Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story, Pose, GLEE, Assassination of Gianna Versace) is getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

• This far-right pundit says women become lesbians because they’re too ugly to love. By that logic, he must be a screaming queen.

• Cher showed up at her own Broadway showThe Cher Show – last night, and the crowd lost its mind.

• Judy Sheindlin, more famous as TV’s Judge Judy, made an astounding $147 million last year before taxes making Sheindlin the world’s highest-paid television host. The lion share of that was for selling the rights to her 5,200-episode library, as well as future episodes of the show, to CBS for an estimated $100 million.

• A man was brutally beaten, robbed & humiliated during an Instagram hook-up.

• A gay Virginia firefighter got married in 2014 and suddenly became the ridicule of not only fellow firefighters but his superiors. He was eventually filed for early retirement after being told he would be fired if he didn’t resign. He’s now suing for lost wages and benefits.

• Check out Upsahl’s new music video, “The Other Team,” about unrequited feelings and crushing on people that don’t like you back.

The lyrics focus on those folks who are swinging for somebody else’s ‘other team,’ so there’s lots of missed connections between characters throughout the video. Definitely has some ‘Breakfast Club’ vibes, so it really takes you back to high school and the whirlwind of emotions that go with it

News Round-Up: October 24, 2018

Some news items you might have missed:

• The above pic was sent to me over the weekend. I just enjoy the view… #woof

The New York Times reports it’s very possible China may be listening in on the Donald’s personal calls as his iPhone is not a ‘secure’ method of communication.

• The Justice Department today told the U.S. Supreme Court that businesses can discriminate against transgender workers based on their gender identity without violating federal law.

• Republican nominee for Georgia governor, and current Secretary of State, Brian Kemp was caught telling supporters at a paid campaign event that his Democratic opponent Stacey Abrams’ voter turnout operation “continues to concern us, especially if everybody uses and exercises their right to vote,” according to audio obtained by Rolling Stone.

• At a candidate forum in Kentucky this week, anti-LGBT County Clerk Kim Davis told voters (with a straight face) that she “did not treat anyone unfairly” when she chose to deny same-sex couples marriage licenses after the Supreme Court made marriage equality the law of the land. #liar

• 20-year-old Swedish singer and songwriter Zara Larsson drops her first new single, “Ruin My Life,” since her 2017 debut album, So Good.

The award-winning multi-platinum pop artist holds the distinction of being “the second most-streamed debut on Spotify by a female artist ever,” eclipsing 5 billion streams.

I’ve previously written about Zara and her gorgeous 2017 collaboration with Clean Bandit, “Symphony.” Check the new single out below.

News Round-Up: July 23, 2018

Derek Chadwick (image via Instagram)

 Some news items you might have missed:

• Instagram celeb/model Derek Chadwick (above) comes out as gay.

• Liza Minnelli is auctioning thousands of personal belongings July 30 – August 1, including personal items, correspondence, awards, and photos from her mother Judy Garland, as well as pristine bespoke outfits from designers such as Halston, Chanel, Givenchy, and more. For more info, click on this link.

The New York Daily News has gutted its newsroom by firing half its staff in an effort to refocus the newspaper’s efforts on breaking news. The below tweet is from the now-former editor-in-chief.

• Controversial soccer player Jaelene Hinkle has been cut from U.S. Women’s National Team. In 2017, she refused a call-up to the women’s national team on the basis that she didn’t want to wear a rainbow number for the team’s Pride Month initiative based on her religion.

• My Instinct colleague Samuel reviews Kathy Griffin’s new Laugh Your Head Off comedy tour.

Read this: The story of a woman who took care of hundreds of abandoned gay men dying of AIDS.

•  Delaware has become the 15th state to ban so-called “conversion therapy.” #happyDance

News Round-Up: June 23, 2018

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Some news items you might have missed:

• InstaHunks Justin & Nick say “Celebrate Pride!” with a kiss. #sweet

• For the first time, the Vatican has used the term ‘LGBT’ in an official document and has invited an LGBT-friendly priest to speak at a major conference. #SmallStepsForward

• The Czech government has agreed to support same-sex marriage with the draft of a first of its kind bill in the former communist bloc country. While the Czech Republic has allowed domestic partnerships since 2006, Germany is the only formerly communist country to legalize same-sex marriage.

• Conservative family groups in Canada are hoping to force Canadian schools to be required to alert parents when their children join LGBTQ groups on school campuses. LGBTQ advocates say that would amount to outing students.

• New York state gubernatorial candidate and actress Cynthia Nixon shared that her oldest child is transgender in a celebratory graduation post on social media.

• The Hungarian National Opera in Budapest was forced to cancel 15 performances of the musical Billy Elliot following a story on a conservative site that accused the musical of turning boys gay.

• Watch LGBTQ seniors read letters to their younger selves.

“I’m very pleased to tell you that you are happy, married to a wonderful man, have two dogs, a cat, and a mortgage.”

“It will come full circle. The word ‘queer’ will be an empowering, pride-filled word.”

Check out the three minute from vlogger Davey Wavey below: