Wednesday, June 26, 2013

History Today

Watch the sprinting interns! Rachel Maddow neatly explains the Supreme Court's historic ruling, how it affects 25,000 couples immediately, and what will ultimately in states which still prohibit same-sex marriage. The plaintiffs say the court has affirmed to kids everywhere that they are just as good no matter who they love. It's mind-boggling for me to imagine what this would've meant for my own outlook if it happened 20 years ago.

It's also important to remember that with this decision, nobody loses. Not even the haters - for they had nothing to lose in the first place.

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Ding Dong DOMA is DEAD!!

The Defense Of Marriage Act - that stopped federal recognition of any state's same-sex marriage law, has been struck down by the Supreme Court. The decision declares the relic was a "deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth Amendment." This means the federal govt can no longer discriminate against legal gay marriages. They can actually file joint federal tax returns. I'm most thrilled for bi-national same-sex couples who can now grant their spouses citizenship like EVERY OTHER MARRIED COUPLE. No more marrying lesbians to stay in the country!

California's malevolent Prop 8 was also essentially told to fuck off.

I feel so grateful to my friends and some family for all the support, efforts, money and energy put toward serving fairness. And all hail 84 year old Edie Windsor, who will go down in history as the hero who took down DOMA in the unfair aftermath of her wife's death. 

Mayday, Mayday!

Miss Mayday was itching to come out again. And come out again she did at Polly's Follies at Stonewall. The amateur drag queen contest was penetrated once again by yours truly...
Gerald came out to support...
 Joined by ever-faithful friend, Mai-Tai.


 For our raucous "Enough Is Enough" number. A violent affair which clearly thrills Polly.
 Here is the Dr. and Mrs. Bamford:
 Mai Tai performs her infamous, esoteric "White Rabbit" number.
 Polly is non-plussed.
 And you thought Julia Gillard was a bitch! Mayday remains... imperious.

Monday, June 24, 2013

What're You Wearing Right Now?

Right now I'm wearing Jam briefs. They're slinky and sexy and snug. Get them at Rounderwear and while you're there, check out the enhancement briefs (padded front or back!) for that extra little subtle support - right where it counts.
What else are you loving? I can't stop listening to OX Live, Sydney's gay radio station. Only the latest, the remixes, and the Divas. Of course I really should be plugging my own radio show, Gay Panic (it's a scream) on 2SER FM (107.3) on Thursdays at 7:30pm and better than music - gossip.

And if there's one app that I'm using more than even Words With Friends, it has to be Viber. It's an awesome alternative (no ads!) to Whatsapp - and allows me keep in touch with friends and lovers overseas with free texts, photo sharing - and calls. Free! Plus I'm obviously all about a purple layout.





Friday, June 21, 2013

Prince Alfred Park Pool

The best thing about Sydney (besides its beaches) would be its stunning outdoor pools. Unfortunately, my favorite closes for winter because it's too "freezing" for locals to frequent. Imagine my excitement upon learning about the year-round Prince Alfred Park Pool? The council has even made it free for the first six months and, because it's sooooo freezing out, I often get a whole heated lane to myself!  

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Outbreak

The meningitis outbreak that has hit the gay community and killed a friend and co-star of mine, Kyle Spidle, is not even a sexually-transmitted disease. That's not how it's listed. It can be caught from kissing, or sharing a drink and it kills within days.

Lawrence Ferber at Next Magazine has written up an excellent piece on the outbreak, "Same Band, Different Tune". His title refers to "And The Band Played On", the incredible book by Randy Shilts about the emergence of AIDS, and this is precisely the unwanted association that has put gay media in such a spin when it comes to covering this deadly outbreak (not an epidemic, and a vaccine is available ) that nobody - not even the NY Times - knows why it's targeting our community.

Lawrence gets it right in this piece, giving all the information you need to know without fanning the flames of hysteria. I'm also quoted in the feature, though I wish it didn't have to be...

Kyle Spidle

Monday, June 10, 2013

Stil Addicted!

You'd think my fickle nature would have already given up my obsessive fascination with scrabble app Words With Friends. But then just when I tell myself I'm going to stop, delete the app and reclaim my life - boom, I play SEQUOIA for 115 points and rehab is out of the question.

Friday, June 07, 2013

Half-Share on TV!

Half-Share premieres on the HERE network Friday. In anticipation, my co-creator Sean Hanley put together these cards from the show. Feel free to copy and pass around. And don't forget to tune in!






 

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Behind The Candelabra

I caught the Liberace biopic, Behind The Candelabra, last night and found it highly entertaining, even moving. While on the surface it looks like your typical flamboyant sugar daddy desperate rent boy tale, it's not. Somehow the filmmakers were able to portray all the ostentatious camp ridiculousness of the man who was Liberace without making it camp or ridiculous. This thing had a real human heart.
Michael Douglas and Matt Damon
I was astonished at how thoroughly Michael Douglas lost himself in the role, pulling off effete and full of flourish without reducing Liberace to caricature. The relationship between him and Matt Damon's character was so layered and the filmmakers refuse to categorize or condemn it. Liberace tried to cover up the cause of his death from AIDS, but by this time we feel not even pity so much as  understanding for a trapped man who still went forward and found his own way to shine.

The film will not be up for any Oscars as it was released first on television. HBO were the only ones with the balls to purchase what no studio would touch as the subject matter is - still, to this day - scary. So I predict a hell of a lot of Emmy's. And not least for its humor. Also featured are Cheyenne Jackson, an un-recognizeable Debbie Reynold's as Liberace's mother, and a hilarious Rob Lowe as a plastic surgeon who can't close his eyes for all his face-lifts, who sculpts Matt Damon's face to look more like a young Liberace (!) and gets him hooked on the "California Diet" (addictive speed pills).

At one point, the plastic surgeon gives Liberace a facelift and after the procedure, Liberace asks, wide-eyed, "Will I ever be able to close my eyes again?" To which the surgeon responds, "Not really, but just think how you'll always be able to see people's reaction to how FABULOUS you look!"
Rob Lowe is pure gold here. Check out these eyes that can't close.
Of his character's look, Lowe said somewhere he felt like the long lost transsexual BeeGee. 

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

No News Is Good News?

A prominent Aboriginal has died, but the Australian press is struggling with how to report this. The news won't mention a full name or show photos of the man because, traditionally, the indigenous don't do this for some time after a death. I find that utterly ridiculous. Like an SNL skit. A world where the media can't even report impartial news because they're too busy falling over themselves to be sensitive.

Here is the official reason: The family of the deceased have requested that his name and image not be used during the mourning period in conformity with current Yolngu practice.

The official reason for not talking about why he died at 56, why Aboriginals have a life expectancy decades shorter than other Australians, or the root problems of what it must feel like to be a conquered peoples forced to assimilate, are only more news topics un-broached for sensitivity reasons. In the meantime, if you'd like to see photos and read about the life of Aboriginal rock star and educator Mandawuy Yunupingu, head over to (note the irony) Wikipedia.

If they censor everything that could be deemed culturally offensive (start with the repulsive swamp-drawl of Julia Gillard) why have news at all? Not that there is any (admittedly a good problem to have). On TV news the other night, the anchors were reporting on how big the moon was that evening. Oh Sydney, you have precious little to say, but you are nice, you take care of your own, and you are so very pretty.



Monday, June 03, 2013

How VIVID.

Sydney's VIVID festival covers Circular Quay all the way to Darling Harbour with light, sound and ideas. The Opera House was particularly spectacular, its moving projections even set to music. They should do this every weekend, have competitions with different artists, tie it into tourism marketing...

put the needle on it! 

Vegas-style!
Customs House makeover with Hieu and Jaqui





Saturday, June 01, 2013

Cosmic Dude

My talented friend Prophet Love is a singer/songwriter based in Sydney. I absolutely love his latest song, "Cosmic Dude", which is a haunting hymn of awesomeness. Download it here for free.