Book investigates Rick Perry gay rumors

Glen Maxey

Glen Maxey

Glen Maxey, the only out LGBT person to serve in the Texas Legislature, has just released a new book “Head Figure Head: The Search for the Hidden Life of Rick Perry” investigating rumors that Texas governor and Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry has a history of sexual tryst with men. Maxey used relationships built during his decades of experience in Austin as a legislative aide, state representative and lobbyist to track down the first hand accounts of men who have claimed sexual relationships with Perry contained in the book.

“Head Figure Head” is only available in e-book form via Amazon at this time. A quick e-flip through the pages promises an exciting read.

—  admin

HGG 2011 Gift-A-Day: “Benedetto Casanova: The Memoirs” offers sultry holiday reading


Let’s face it: As much as we all may look forward to the holidays for the time off, a lot of it is spent listening to your partner’s family tell you about that embarrassing moment from his childhood… for the 11th time. Or watching college bowl games between teams you’ve never heard of. Or seeing your nieces and nephews play with the Wii you secretly wanted. Why not give a gift you or your loved one can use immediately? A book is the perfect gift: It requires no plugs, makes no noise and because it is a gift you just got, you can justify sneaking off with it and not seem rude.

For sultry Christmastime reading, Benedetto Casanova: The Memoirs (as told to Martin Weber) may be the best choice. An historical novel about the alleged gay brother of the womanizing Casanova, it’s a homoerotic travelogue through the Renaissance with Benedetto’s escapades making for sizzling sex. And a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book are donated to the NOH8 Campaign — indeed, NOH8 photog Adam Bouska designed the sexy cover. The book is priced at $19.69. Also comes in a Kindle version.

Available on and other online retailers.

—  Rich Lopez

HGG 2011 Gift-A-Day: ‘Gay in America’ coffee table book


Three years of work and traveling across the country, Scott Pasfield photographed the everyday men in his coffee table photo book Gay in America. You might remember we wrote about it here. With autobiographical tales of gay men in big and small cities, the book is not only a hefty present, but a telling of how vast the queer community is across the country. The book is priced at $45.

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—  Rich Lopez

Holiday Gift Guide 2011 • Online Exclusives


Spanning the glamour of the 1930s to the pop culture extremes of the 1980s, the new 600 page book Decades of Fashion is ideal for any lover of couture. The pictorial review of fashion through the 20th century covers corsets to kaftans and so much more. Decades of Fashion is priced at $14.99.

Available at Barnes and Noble locations and




These dogs will easily take to the stay command because they are made with iron. The taller dog is created from an acid wash iron that sits on wood. And its smaller cohort is bronze-finished on iron atop a marble base. The best part is — they don’t shed.The statues are priced at $120 and $95 respectively.

Nuvo, 3900 Cedar Springs Road.



These iPhone sleeves come in bold colors that will make the phone an easy find when it slips out of sight. The sleeves are made of German merino felt with logo embossed leather detail. They are priced at $24.

Dallas Museum of Art Museum Store, 1717 N. Harwood St.



Taped before thousands in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, the 70-minute cavalcade The Showgirl Must Go On features many of Bette Midler’s colorful and classic stage and screen characters.  Joining her on the gargantuan stage is an energetic corps of talented performers, including the staggering Harlettes, twenty dazzling dancers she calls The Caesar Salad Girls and a 13-piece band.  Ms. Midler’s superstar power shines in renditions of her immortal songs including “The Rose,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “From a Distance,” “Hello in There” and “Wind Beneath My Wings.” The Showgirl Must Go On comes in DVD and Blu-Ray and priced at $19.98 and $24.98 respectively.

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Whether serving them at a holiday party or giving as a gift, these are baked fresh upon order and delivered to your door. How easy is that?  And the tiny ones are like little stocking stuffers for your mouth. Dee-lish!


Don’t think that’s all there is. This year we’re doing something a little different. From Nov.  25 (Black Friday) to Dec. 16, we’ll be posting a gift-a-day to help with your holiday shopping decisions. From stocking stuffers to high-tech gadgets and everything in between, we’ll have gift ideas for everyone on your list.

—  Rich Lopez

Holiday Gift Guide 2011 • Home & Hearth


>> Home & Hearth

Art-Tables-GlassesTOP SHELF DRINK

No more boring white ceramic mugs for tea or coffee. These Art Table Glasses designed by Fratelli Guzzini add an extra zing to caffeine lovers. But these Italian made cups and saucers are so adorable, it might be hard to give them away. The Art Table Glasses set is priced at $129.

Cantoni, 4800 Alpha Road.



Piggies aren’t the only animals that can carry all that change around. This vintage cast-iron horse can store those nickels and dimes while adding a touch of sophisticated flair to the décor. The bank is priced at $45.

Bryan Street Traders, 4217 Bryan St.


Foodies and top chefs will likely grin over these Bialetti pasta pots. The 5-quart pots feature an innovative lock-on lid with built-in strainer. That means no more colanders. The pots come in three colors (purple, blue and orange) and will light up any kitchen with their utility and cheery looks. They are priced at $34.95.

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The new mPulse Sauna Series by Sunlighten brings the sauna into the house. The stylish high-tech design of the Aspire model includes Blaupunkt stereo system and cd/dvd player, and it comes in cedar, basswood or teak. The entertainment distracts as the infrared sauna therapy works its magic, helping with weight loss, heart health and detoxification. And for their size, these saunas plug into any household outlet and run on less electricity than a hairdryer. The Aspire model
starts at $5,798. 877-292-0020.


Perfect for the trendy cook, these knives will add a punch of color to any kitchen. The Hampton Forge Tomodachi 10-piece knife block is vibrant in appearance and comfortable in grip. And each knife is color coordinated to its specific use, such as yellow for paring, purple for cutting bread and red for slicing tomatoes. Easy as pie. The set is priced at $59.99.

Available at Target stores and


We’re gonna rock it tonight!

As all good theater queens know, Stephen Sondheim is the greatest Broadway composer and lyricist of all time, and one of his monster hits is West Side Story. The historic film adaptation (one of the biggest Oscar- winning films of all time) is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a spectacular DVD and Blu-Ray collectors’ editions, new this week. The set gloriously restores the original to its vivid, exciting best. Extras include song-specific commentary by Sondheim himself, a storyboard comparison, selection of theatrical trailers and much more.

Available at Barnes and Noble stores and


Music lovers may shed a tear over Nina Simone – The Complete RCA Albums Collection. The extensive collection contains nine CDs from Simone’s catalog along with 35 bonus tracks and deep cuts. From blues to African to jazz, Simone’s moving voice is displayed in all forms with signature hits like “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free” and “I Loves You Porgy.” Original cover-art reproductions are included as well as her songs covered by Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, The Beatles and more. The collection is priced at $71.99.

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Flowers may end up playing second fiddle to these licorice vases designed by Ligne Roset. Each vase is made of blown glass and is hand cut, making for a unique piece. The blue and grape coloring may make them look like candy, but the design is pure sophistication. The vases start at $109.

Ligne Roset, 4516 McKinney Ave. 214-526-2220.


For those who keep to the written word, Papyrus has launched the Natalizia Collection of Italian leather bound journals. The refillable notebooks are sophisticated and elegant and ideal for sketchers and writers. The Natalizia notebooks come in brown and camel, and start at $70.

Available at Papyrus locations and

—  Kevin Thomas

Holiday Gift Guide 2011 • Barks & Wags



>>Barks & Wags


When it’s time to go to sleep, dogs can luxuriate in these comfortable and durable beds. Coming in an array of fabric choices, they let Fido be just as in style as his owners, if not more so. The beds come in a variety of sizes and start at $375.

Mitchell Gold Bob Williams,
4519 McKinney Ave.



Now every dog can be like Toto — or rather, Dorothy, from The Wizard of Oz with this emerald red Swarovski dog collar. For the glam canine, the collar is red velvet with rhinestones on a sterling silver base and a Swarovski crystal bow centerpiece. The other dogs will be so jealous. The collar is priced at $75.

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Platinum Pets continues to rework the dog feeder into something snazzy. These new Olympic dining bowls are made of stainless steel in a food safe powder coat and the stands are wrought iron and thus durable for both indoor and outdoor use. The bowls come in 16-, 32- and 64-ounce sizes and are priced from $23.99
to $26.99.

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Fashionista dogs likely have their own set of clothes, but do they have a wardrobe closet? Complete with hangers, this wardrobe is ideal for Spot to put away those sweaters for winter and hang up the raincoat after those not-so-sunny walks outside. The wardrobe is priced at $89.97; the raincoat starts at $55.

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—  Kevin Thomas

Cher is the latest gay icon to get a comic book

I’m not sure who’s running things over at Bluewater Productions comics, but they know their gay audiences. Following up on previous celebrity bio-comics like Lady Gaga, Madonna and Ellen DeGeneres, the publisher announced today that Cher will get the comic treatment this December. Her story will be the latest issue of their series Female Force. The 32-page comic will feature art by Zach Bassett and Warren Montgomery. The cover is by DC Comics Joe Philips. From BlueWater Productions:

Writer Marc Shapiro said Cher’s life and career “reads like a comic book.” “The clothes, the times, the attitudes of the decades she’s lived through. The different styles of music she’s been involved in. So much of what Cher has experienced is so flamboyant, over the top and just plain out there,” said Shapiro. “She has been very much the real life equivalent of a superhero, and writing about Cher, to a large degree, has been just about letting my imagination go.”

With no specific date mentioned, Bluewater says to expect the comic in the month of December at comic book shops, Barnes & Noble bookstores and Amazon.

—  Rich Lopez

What’s Brewing: Sally Kern’s book; poll shows strong support for marriage equality in Ireland

Your weekday morning blend from Instant Tea:

1. Anti-gay Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern has written a book (right) about the national outcry over her comments in 2008, when she said homosexuality is a bigger threat to America than terrorism. Below are some of the tags Amazon users have associated with the book.

2. Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, a new poll shows that 73 percent of people in Ireland support same-sex marriage.

3. Fewer than 1 percent of state legislators in the U.S. are openly LGBT, but their impact has been huge when it comes to pro-equality legislation, the Associated Press reports. Texas, of course, is one of 18 states that lack an out legislator.

—  John Wright