Kindred Spirits presents: The Judy Garland Christmas Show

Judy Garland Christmas ShowThere’s kitsch. There’s camp. Then there’s the Judy Garland Christmas Show, perhaps the single most absurdly divine thing to ever be produced by the 1960’s television industry. Kindred Spirits presents its 4th Annual Judy Garland Christmas Show & Sing-Along December 4th at Meteor (2306 Genesee St) at 5 pm.

In 1963 Garland found herself in trouble with the IRS for forgetting to pay taxes for a couple of years. Desperate for cash, she agreed to star in a weekly variety show for CBS, then proceeded to record 26 of the most gin-soaked hours in television history. Garland was remarkably cogent for the Christmas episode however, perhaps because her children were all on set as guest stars. Lorna Luft, Joey Luft and (almost unrecognizable with long hair) Liza Minnelli join fellow guests Jack Jones, Tracy Everitt, Mel Tormé and the true stars of the show, the chorus line of dancing Santas, for an hour of surreal delight.

With Nancy Ford emceeing, the Judy Garland Christmas Show & Sing-Along has become a Houston holiday tradition. In addition to the show and complimentary eats there’s also a raffle for a flat screen television. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and can be purchased at Proceeds benefit AssistHers, the Lesbian Health Initiative Houston, and Expert Nutrition.

After the break watch the opening number from the Judy Garland Christmas Show.

—  admin

Bill Maher gays it up (even more than usual) on HBO’s ‘Real Time’ this Friday

It’s no secret I think Bill Maher is a dangerous (in a good way) comedian, and love that he says what a lot of people feel uncomfortable giving words to (like on particular word he called Sarah Palin at the Winspear earlier this year). He’s proven over and over what a great gay ally he is, and he does so again this week with a roundtable lineup that includes openly gay newsfolk Rachel Maddow and Andrew Sullivan. Sullivan, of course, is famously conservative, but he’s also intellectual honest and very pro-gay. Should be a good discussion.

The new episode airs live on Friday at 9 p.m. on HBO, with replays all week (including one at 10 p.m.).

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Master of HIS domain

Ben Starr, the recently out Dallas cheftestant on Fox’s ‘MasterChef,’ camps it up on Gordon Ramsay’s cooking competition series

ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Life+Style Editor


Airs Tuesdays on Fox (Ch. 4) at 8 p.m.


When Lewisville-based travel writer Ben Starr auditioned for Fox’s MasterChef, he doubted they’d be interested in his style of home cooking. But not only did he make the cut, he’s been one of the more memorable cheftestants — just this week, he had the judge’s favorite dish.

The series is only halfway through, but for Starr, it’s already made a huge difference in his life: It forced him to come out to his parents just last month. We talked to him about the experience and his favorite meals.


You’ve been struggling since you wowed the judges at your audition. The audition kinda set me up to expect that I would do well in the competition, but we spun pretty quickly into an emphasis on gourmet cuisine, which is not my thing at all. My street tacos were a little bit spiffy, and I am extremely well traveled, but I tend to eat peasant food even when I travel. I was seeing all these people around me making restaurant quality cuisine and trying to compete on their level. Nice to make a good ol’ catfish in a skillet.

What was the hardest challenge for you? The biggest challenge has definitely been psychological. I’m competitive by nature and I want to feel like I’m competition, but I was surrounded by chefs that were a little more connected to the Food Network that I am. They’d use words like umami [a Japanese word for a savory flavor] and I had to go look it up. There was a common lexicon among the contestants about what these famous chefs I’ve never heard of are doing in their restaurants. I felt like an idiot stumbling around in the dark. That started to leak into my cooking and I began to question, “Is this sophisticated enough? Is this even sophisticated?” The episode this week was a turning point. I felt like for the first time I’m back in my own element.

You certainly have made an impression with your outfits. I don’t wear those hats at home, though I do wear an apron, just for practicality. But [the show] has started this storytelling legacy — people expect me to wear them when they come over. My mom made me the pumpkin hat and apron. Actually, she made me five or six pairs to wear. That’s why you always see a different one on me each episode. I was going through them.

Was wearing them part of a conscious effort to stand during the auditions? I am fairly myself, though I had to set myself apart that wasn’t just about food. I needed to be someone [the judges] remember when they go home at night. That’s why I talked about my rural upbringing, because I thought it would generate a memory.

Had you watched the show before? Did you know what to expect? I don’t watch much TV, but this is not my first time being on TV, which is ironic because I abhor reality television —it brings out the worst in our culture. But I did Rachael Ray’s So You Think You Can Cook in 2007. The audience there was much more caring and nurturing than the machine on MasterChef, but I was a little bit prepared for the frank judgment.

I did not watch the first season of MasterChef, but my friend Karen Rutherford said, “I’ll never speak to you again if you don’t audition [for season 2].” So I watched them all on Hulu. I just sweated my way through them. I knew how intense and stressful it is to cook on TV, and saw how brutal Joe Bastianich and Gordon Ramsay were with the contestants. I thought: Screw this. Then a few weeks passed and the terror faded [and I went through the lengthy audition process]. It was a lot of work — the most difficult full-time job I’ve ever had that doesn’t pay.

What’s your favorite kind of cuisine? While my DNA wants to say Mexican food — I had it in the womb six times a week — I am most intrigued by Thai food. It is so complex, yet so much of it is cooked on the street in a tiny little cart. From the richest to the poorest, everybody eats on the street.

How about a favorite meal? One of the most memorable meals I’ve ever had was in Egypt on New Year’s Eve in 2001. I spent it on Mount Sinai and hiked eight miles back down to the car for the drive back to our resort. [The driver] fell asleep at the wheel and we plummeted into a canyon. Eventually a camel train of Bedouins came by the bottom of this canyon. They took us onto the camels and rode four or five miles to their camp. All the women came out, killed a goat and started cooking while the men tried to pull our car out of the canyon.

It was a humble meal — just a goat stew and some flat bread — but the flavors were really intense and felt they came right out of the desert. I could not even communicate with these people who live in abject poverty, but still they were willing to kill one of their last goats and throw a big feast for us because it’s in their nature to be hospitable. I realized it was important to me to use food to nurture people in my life — I could never be a chef and be in the back. I need to be with the people. My partner is one of the main reasons I cook — we’ve been together eight years and I want to marry him one day.

Did you plan to be “the gay guy” on the show? When I was on [Rachael Ray] it was not addressed and I didn’t talk about it openly. At that point my family didn’t know I was gay — in fact, I didn’t come out to my parents until about five weeks ago. They were totally shell-shocked — they didn’t have a clue.

Maybe mom should have guessed since she made you all those hats. Ha! Maybe.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition July 8, 2011.

—  Michael Stephens

Glee Spoiler: The Bullying Episode

Stay out of the comments (SRSLY) if you haven’t seen tonight’s stunning episode. Otherwise, dive in and dish the drama.

Joe. My. God.

—  admin

A-List: New York 3rd Episode Live Blog: America’s Sweetwhores!

TONIGHT: E-list party promoter and NYC-based DJ Robert Maril (aka DJ Executive Realness) joins Queerty contributor Daniel Villarreal in taking this reality show down to new lows.

Every Monday night we get together for the orgy of feigned interest that is The A-List: New York. Having already explored the show's racial ineptitude (blacks = "the help") and political tone-deafness (ie. Yes Ann Coulter, we all are affluent, white, closet Republicans), we move onto the 3rd episode wondering why grown men would humiliate themselves on camera under the pretense of parlaying this gay witch abortion of a reality show into a career. Oh, that's right: the money (Buttvomits onto rainbow American flag).

But first a quick recap: You have missed nothing. Nothing at all.

OK, just kidding (but barely): Even though insatiable bottom Reichen just moved in with his subtitled piece of man-candy Rodiney, unrefined she-slut Austin still wants to pop it in Reichen's pooper and Derek the toxic tanorexic is all like "Nuh-uh, girl." Meanwhile, TJ, Ryan and Mike pretend to have lives. FIN.

BTW, as a punishment for making it to all the way to episode 3 of this show, here's a NSWF picture of Austin's butt. Now you can join the countless whordes who have seen it, but be careful — stare too long and you might catch optical chlamydia.



9:03 PM CST – The entire show revolves around whether or not Austin will fuck Reichen. The show starts with Austin taking his first limo ride to glamorous JFK airport. In which he kisses his on again off again "boyfriend of two years" Jake. TWO YEARS?!!!

Yeah, "boyfriend"… uh-huh. He probably picked him up in the airport bathroom. Jake is from Britain and like Rodiney LOGO has decided to subtitle him, but unlike Rodiney, Jake actually needs them. He and Ryan say "I love you" to each other during the car ride back, but what they probably meant was "I love you for traveling 8 hours just to have sex with me."

9:07 PM CST – At brunch (every show must have at least eight brunch scenes), Derek says that when he was Derek's age (17 years ago) he said a bunch of stupid things. Sadly he hasn't stopped. Ryan agrees to take Austin on as a pet project to teach him manners, kinda like Professor Higgins agreeing to take on Typhoid Mary. Ryan agree to do some "psychoanalyzation" and get back to them.

9:10 PM CST – Derek meets a matchmaker in New York City and NEWS FLASH Derek has not been in love in OVER A YEAR! That's hard to believe seeing as Derek considers himself so "young, hot, and successful." Derek's not a gold digger, but his lover must be professional from the Hamptons, and have Carrie Bradshaw's 5th Ave. apartment, complete with shoe room.

9:13 PM CST – A commercial shows a kid in a blasted elementary school speaking in a creepy "I just saw my parents get shot" voice. "Maybe the world gets broken so we can fix it. People think we don't have frontiers anymore. They don't realize that frontiers are all around us." Great sentiments, we think… until we realize it's a fucking jeans commercial.

9:15 PM CST – These commercials teach us gay values: charge cards, clothes, cellphones, and luxury cars, and PF Chang's. Fuck acceptance… WE WANT STUFF!

9:16 PM CST – Austin arrives at Ryan's house wearing a designer sunglasses and black leggings, to, you know, indicate that he's been "lifting." Ryan begins teaching Austin how to speak like a proper lady. But you can tell by the glimmer in Austin's eyes that he's only had gummy bears to eat for the last 3 days.

9:18 PM CST – Does everyone speak with a compulsive lisp on this goddamn show? The producers are like, "MORE LISP, BOIIIIS!" During their meeting Austin says, "Yes, I am with someone I have been with for a while. We have a great relationship." What he means is "we don't talk, we only fuck."

9:20 PM CST – Cut to more romantic times on a boat (see episode 1). Meanwhile, we maniacally search the screen for the queens we recognize in Fire Island. Austin and Jake go to buy a bathing suit and initially Ryan chooses a horrid purple brief that's so short that the censors have to blur out his pubes. Then they go to swim in a pool with a large blow up swan.

9:21 PM CST – They start drinking champagne in a hot tub which the surgeon General totally advises against (especially for gay people). It would be such a damn shame if Austin got woozy and slipped under and DROWNED. Totes sad.

9:22 PM CST – T.J. makes his first appearance this episode, wearing the required purple v-neck. He comes over with Austin to Reichen's shoebox apartment to make fun of EVER SINGLE THING HE OWNS. How DARE gay people not have a house from architectural digest. Apparently Reichen decorates like a straight man because he has a disgusting rug and home furnishing straight out of the Blair Witch Project. and Ryan accurately compares Reichen's apartment to his relationship like we did last week: "It doesn't make any damn sense."

9:28 PM CST – Yet again Austin puts on designer clothes to go "lift" before talking to Reichen. In the background of the street shot, they blur out a woman's face probably because she probably specifically requested not to be in this dreck. She was like, "WHAT show now? NO I do not consent."

9:30 PM CST – Mike Ruiz shows up for the first time in this episode for a total of five seconds when Rodiney goes in to apply to be a model. Rodiney says that he's 5'11", but he's more like 5'9"… or even 4'7". Are we sniffing glue or are they saying that Rodiney is not hot enough to be a model? Even after he gives half of gay America a boner by standing around in his ultra tight low-cut underwear.

9:33 PM CST – At the "lift date", Reichen thinks it's weird that Austin suddenly announces that he's been in a relationship with the random piece of London ass for the last year and a half. YEAR AND A HALF, Austin? What happened to "two years?" Austin explains that the only reason he told everyone about Reichen's cock is because trash-talking peoples' junk is always "good fun."

9:36 PM CST – Meanwhile, Derek shows up for a meeting with his match from the Millionaire matchmaker he hired earlier in the show. Derek says, " I hope I don't get a dud, a pedophile, or a creep." We hope he gets all three. It turns out that his date is his doppelganger, except with taller hair. He's like, "Perfect, because I am SO SICK of wiping off that mirror."

But… SURPRISE. He already went out with his twin about a decade and a half ago (in his 30s) and even though the guy's a handsome millionaire… Derek doesn't want to settle… for a handsome millionaire.

9:37 PM CST – Commercial inexplicably involving straight octagenarian travel enthusiasts.

9:39 PM CST – Finally Mike returns for a longer scene with Rodiney. Mike is wearing a shirt that reads "love muscle." Let's process this. Between the hair changes and vanity glasses he's basically in disguise in every shot. Rodiney admits how "hard" his relationship with Reichen is. If this was a porn, Mike and Rodiney would have fucked each other in this scene.

9:40 PM CST – In the eighth scene of brunch Jake sits back and he learns SHOCKER that Austin is a slut! Based on his accent, Austin's boyfriend Jake might either be Welsh, Scottish, northern English…let's draw straws. Jake surprises them by telling them that Austin and he are engaged. What's that, you say? But gays can't get married in New York yet? Oh good, then it's a FAKE engagement.

9:41 PM CST – Ryan cannot blink because of his numerous Botox injections. TJ says it's OK for Austin to dish about how much he hates Derek because "girls say bad things about other girls. that's what we do." And that, America, is what is wrong… that and the fact that we have penises and are not women.

9:44 PM CST – …and the four gays at brunch continue to completely ignore the food in front of them.

9:47 PM CST – Dear LOGO: gays would only go see the new Saw 3-D movie if it had Samantha from Sex and the City in it.

9:48 PM CST – Thankfully TJ covers his abominable hair during his talk with Derek. Derek laments not having been in love or having had sex for THE LAST EIGHT MONTHS!!! Of course, he's so busy tanning and waxing that he can't possibly keep up with a boyfriend. Apparently TJ is Ryan's front desk girl, right? By that measure that would would make us A-List also.

Reichen goes to a slutty party called Carnival and immediately gets distracted by a butter face with a machete for a schlong proving what we already knew about him, he's an insatiable buttslut with a chunnel the size of the Holland Tunnel.

9:52 PM CST – Austin demotes his fiancee Jake to the title of "partner." The relationship has gotten shorter while its status has continually amped up. Then Reichen drunkenly asks Austin if he will ever fool around with anybody once he and Jake are married — "so, uh, will yo uever, uh, fool around with…anyone else?" — because y'know… Reichen would like to be the meat in their man sandwich if it could work out. Reichen then slurs out relationship advice while dripping his old fashioned onto his pant leg. Meanwhile Rodiney standing merely three feet away pretends not to know Reichen.

9:56 PM CST – They blur out Amanda Lepore's breasts because LOGO HATES TRANNIES!!! Where is GLAAD on this one? Amanda Lepore beats michael musto as the most believable thing in the episode. Derek hates being there, so instaed of leaving he decides to spend more money, get shitfaced, and kiss a stranger in front of a midway game on national television.

9:58 PM CST – In a teary bedroom scene, both Rodiney and Reichen both wake up WITH AMAZING HAIR! Tthey don't understand why their relationship has come to such a bad state. Have they NOT been watching the show? We wish we could look this great when breaking up with someone.

Reichen keeps asking for Rodiney for permission to talk while lying shirtless with him in bed proving YET AGAIN that he's Rodiney's fussy little cockslave. Rodiney cannot believe that their relationship is getting this bad… we cannot believe they're doing this in front of cameras. BTW, what the eff ever happened to Reichen's jewelry line? All he has going on now is working out, trying to bone Austin, fighting with Rodiney, and that stupid play we haven't heard about since the first episode.

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—  John Wright

A-List: New York: We Live Blogged The First Episode So You Didn’t Have To

Only thrice in a lifetime can a person expect to see monolithic television events that blow their fucking minds — the Challenger launch, the return of What's Happening Now?, and that Super Bowl where Janet Jackson's boob popped out. Tonight we behold what promises to be the most homosexual gay TV show this side of Fagsville — the premier of The A-List: New York. Now Americans everywhere will know that some of us gays are as well-adjusted as, say, the Real Housewives. I'll be live blogging the historic first episode and invite you to join in the comments bitchery. It may be the most fun you've ever had since the premiere of The Real L Word…. or something.



8:47 CST – Did I mention that I hate reality television because of their vapid pre-scripted nature and the fact that everything — from the most mundane hair appointment to a bake sale — gets treated with epic importance of the goddamned Iliad? Nonetheless, I promise to be open-minded and un-snooty about this whole affair. Also, I have done absolutely zero research on this show so I still have my A-List virganalty and my reactions will be based on the ghastly things going on-screen instead of my pre-existing bias against shows like this. What did you expect? If you want well-informed media critique, go read The New Yorker while sitting on the toilet.

8:51 CST – Despite the fact that I know balls about this show, I do have some predictions and expectations. I expect that there will be:
– Lots of bare-chestage.
– At least eight gay kisses.
– Some gossip over whatshisname talking shit about whosherface.
– Frosted highlights.
– Shopping (cuz fagz b shoppin')
– Ridiculous pet names (Pookie Bear, Sugar Bung)
– A cliffhanger ending to get you 'mos to tune in next week. (Will Derek and his boyf get their dream loft in Hells Kicthen? Stay tuned….!)

I'd also like some toilet trampery, for someone to get slapped, or a smoke monster, but that's a lot to ask for a first episode.

8:59 CST – How many spin-offs does Ru-Paul have anyway? Some straight woman on Drag U learned "that drag is not just a man in a dress — it's a whole attitude." I want Ru Paul's Drag Ultimate FIghting Championship. I'd watch that.

9:00 CST – Show started. Seconds until first shot of boys in underwear: two.

9:01 CST – Nonstop drinking, Speedos, and perfect bodies form the intro of this all-white show. Sigh…

9:03 CST – – So Reichen got out of the military without being caught as a gay. And he gives proceeds from his necklace line to fight DADT. Substance? That's weird.

9:04 CST – Reichen is stiff, eh? A stiff dancer. Maybe a cocktail would help.

9:06 CST – So Mike the celebrity photographer could do the 100-yard dash in those pink feather shoes? I'd like to see him try. Maybe he should go on Ru Paul's show. Remember Mike, drag is not just a man in a dress — it's a whole attitude.

9:07 CST – Sweetie, everyone in New York starts off as a waiter slash model slash actor. The more I watch the more I get the sense that this is just softcore porn, kinda like the Playboy playmate profiles.

9:09 CST – It's a shame that Ryan the hairdresser's assistant TJ is so much more attractive than him. Hopefully he'll be a recurring character (who will kill off Ryan). Ryan called TJ "Tammy James" – that counts as a pet name, no?

9:10 CST – First Sex and the City reference, not to be outdone by the Showgirls reference that Mike made earlier.

9:11 CST – And Ryan has a black hubby? Badass. That should freak out the conservatives. Gay marriage? Miscegenation?!! Where's my shotgun?

9:13 CST – An HIV medication commercial talks about HIV in the third person, implying that no one in the commercial actually has HIV. One guy says that HIV "used to be considered a death sentence." Um, last time I checked there was still no cure. Also, everyone in the commercial is black, which reminds me, that last celeb I knew who publicly came out as positive was Magic Johnson.

9:15 CST – A POM commercial with a woman in a dripping wet dress. Must be for the lesbians.

9:16 CST – Austin, another model. His claim to fame is dating Marc Jacobs. That's all? Makes me shed a unicorn tear.

9:17 CST – Austin sounds kinda trashy. Let's hope he ends up becoming a depraved buttslut to "get back on the A-List." Yeah, the Ass-List. Pass around party bottom, anyone? He's the sassy one. And apparently he's too fat to model. Another unicorn tear.

9:18 CST – A story about Kathy Griffin on Queerty is getting more views that my live blogging. She's a bigger name… I guess.

9:19 CST – Derek. Fashion agent twink. He's friends with Lindsay Blohan, which would explain all the drinking, the Guys With iPhones picture, and the compulsory spray tanning.

9:21 CST – Reichen and his shades go on a boating date with Rodiney and his shades. Champagne on the river. Life is so hard. Is Rodiney the Miami hispanic an illegal alien? I see a future episode brewing. Is he also anorexic? So much potential for drama. Already Reichen is worried that he's gonna have to pay for everything. It's gonna be a short romance, Rodiney.

9:24 CST – The A-List word of the day is tanorexia – the feeling of never being tanned enough. I guess that makes Derek a tanorexic. Someone needs to tell that bitch. If I hear someone call him a tanorexic, I may just shit gold.

9:26 CST – Ugh! A straight couple on the Walgreen's commercial? Maybe it's for the bisexuals. So the bisexuals want me to get a flu shot and turn my unborn child into an autistic mutant? No thanks, switch-hitters.

9:27 CST – Austin wears bouncy space shoes to go jogging and lose weight. And when they unzip his shirt, his delightfully bitchy black trainer calls him "fat." I know he's fat for a wannabe model, but if that's fat, some of my friends who weigh 180 are absolutely obese.

9:29 CST – I like how they have to subtitle Reichen's boyfriend Rodiney whenever he speaks in accented English. How's that for multiculturalism? Rod spends a drink kissing Mike's ass in hopes that Mike can help make his career. Mike says he loves mentoring… "anytime he can reach his hand out"… uh-huh. Anyone else think that Mike and Rodney are gonna end up hitting it? Rod called Mike his "big sexy older brother." Incest is best, fellas.

9:31 CST – It's kinda satisfying to hear that despite his beautiful body and jewelry line and DADT activism that perfect boy Reichen sucks at singing and dancing. Small victories. Yes, I am a shallow and envious bitch sometimes. Also, he has bags under his eyes and crow's feet during the voice rehearsal segments but looks perfectly made up in his interview sections. Better lighting works wonders.

9:34 CST – I am happy that there have been about 4 black people on the show but they've all been bit players. Even Ryan's black hubby doesnt want anything to do with this nonsense. See? The nonexistent "ethnic" character sounds smarter than every other guy on this show.

9:35 CST – In a Volkswagon commercial, a handsome scruffy guy works a bunch of shit jobs just to spend his life-savings on two Jettas with personalized plates. So hipster-sad. Like whatever 2000.

9:36 CST – NewNowNext presents a commercial for The People I've Slept With. Go and see it.

9:37 CST – Rodney seems to be following Mike around the Sex and the City party like a puppy dog. Why isn't Rodney working the Latin angle? You're an oppressed minority, fella. Milk it! And if he doesn't get a new job and a work visa, it'll be adios. Que lastima, no?

9:40 CST – Austin dresses like a young college Republican for drinks with the homeaux. He apparently also boned Reichen. I told you he was the village slut. You go boy. He's apparently "dated" lots of gaymous people.

9:41 CST – I though that TJ's hair was brown, but it's apparently Oompa Loompa orange. Maybe he's less attractive then I first thought. I take it back. I was drunk.

9:42 CST – So Austin is still booty calling Reichen and Reichen still responds to his texts… keeping the spare piece warm, eh? I like how Reichen says that they "kissed a few times." Uh-huh… "kissed." My parents kissed too once and then a baby came out. Rodiney may have to cut a bitch.

9:44 CST – In this Bridgestone tire commercial a killer whale squirts into the driver's mouth. Now that's good gay advertising. The only blacks I have seen in any LOGO commercial were on the HIV commercial. I know seroconversions are on the rise in communities of color, but c'mon. Oh… and there was one in a Levi's commercial doing manual labor. And where are the Mexicans?!!! Oh, that's right, Rodiney. But he's Cuban… I feel so oppressed.

9:47 CST – I would really like to watch a "reality" show about dirt poor black transwomen.

9:48 CST – How did Austin afford his house in London? He's like The Great Gatsby or some shit.

9:50 CST – I like how the opening line of Reichen's bio does not mention his Amazing Race showing. Can't sink any lower, eh Reich? Also, I totally dig how gossipy Derek is. He totally pegged Austin as a social sleeper who hasn't actually accomplished anything. Austin is the total villain of this show. So far Derek is the hero, despite being tanorexic.

9:52 CST – So it seems like the cliffhanger will be whether Reichen wants to bone Austin or his Miami man candy. I'll probably lose a shitload of sleep worrying about whether or not true love exists. I think I'm getting an ulcer just thinking about it.

9:54 CST – I know there's copyright issues, but could we not see just how "delicious" Reichen's Big Fat Gay Wedding was? Sounds like it sucked balls.

9:57 CST – Finally hot tub sex. And apparently Reichen has a tramp stamp (bottom). And then Austin calls and cockblocks. How totally unscripted. The only surprise is that Austin may be a top.

10 CST – Rad! Margaret Cho will be in an upcoming episode. Reichen will "kiss" Austin and continue to generally suck at singing and dancing. Rodiney will flip out and have a fight with one of the guys… does it really matter which? Derek will continue being a critical queen with no actual goings-ons of his own (maybe Lindsey Blohan will visit in season two). He and Ryan are obviously totes BFFs and you can already tell that they'll be living on the same side of the island.

The entire last scene where Reichen and Rodney are about to frug when Austin calls basically sums up in a nutshell what I hate about reality TV. How convoluted and stupid that he should just happen to call at that exact moment and Reichen would just happen to answer while his blue-balled amigo is left holding his dick in the hot tub — pre-scripted banality.

Yes, we'll eat it up because it's an over the top, campy, guilty pleasure but I find it hard to enjoy amid everything else going on. As I write this I'm wearing patched up jeans, I ate cold spaghetti for dinner, and am gonna go read about who got gay-bashed, legislatively discriminated against, or committed suicide while I was watching TV.

"Reality" show? Yeah, right.

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—  John Wright

‘In the Life’ September episode about Obama and equality

From ‘In the Life’:

In 2008, President Barack Obama secured the LGBT vote, promising full equality for the community. Two years later, many are critical of the pace of change. This month on IN THE LIFE, we ask if the man in the White House is an advocate for gay rights, and service members talk to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) about ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’

They interview a number of people, including me, Robin at GetEequal, Richard Socarides, Brian Bond at the White House, and more.

Here’s a teaser:


—  John Wright