… And a very gay Memorial Day Weekend to you, too!


Consider: “Don’t ask, don’t tell” is repealed, and now we have the gayest Memorial Day Weekend in history. Coincidence? Not if you’re a consqueerispy theorist like I am. Here’s the evidence.

On Sunday, May  26, International Mr. Leather crowned its 2013 winner in Chicago (congrats to Andy Cross, Mr. San Francisco Leather, for his victory). Now, IML always takes place Memorial Day weekend, but how to explain the following additional gay stuff?

Arrested Development, the long-canceled TV sitcom that has long enjoyed a cult following, was relaunched by Netflix … also on Sunday. It stars out actress Portia Di Rossi, and contained many gay faves, including Liza Minnelli (pictured) and Tommy Tune, in its prodigious cast. Moreover, the show — always embracing of gay content — went overboard with queer content. Not only did they emphasize Tobias Funke’s gay closethood, but they actually addressed DADT in the show, and GOB (Will Arnette) went to a gay bar in order to seduce a gay magician (Ben Stiller), and … well, let’s just say they didn’t hide the rabbit.

But wait! Arrested Development had to compete with queer eyes for Behind the Candelabra, the Liberace biopic starring Michael Douglas and a frequently naked Matt Damon, which was the buzz of Facebook and received raves from the press.

But we’re not done. Also on Sunday, Blue is the Warmest Color, a drama about a girl who becomes involved with another woman, topped the awards at the Cannes Film Festival in France, taking the Palme D’or, the festival’s top honor. That already poises it for a major North American release. (The choice was hailed as a symbol of France’s recent passage of same-sex marriage rights.)

And … Sunday was my birthday, which is about as gay as you can get.

I could go on, but I think I’ve made my point.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

News flash: Gays more humane than straights

The Humane Society of the United States presents the Genesis Awards, similar to the GLAAD Media Awards, to recognize outstanding presentations of the humane treatment of animals. And it’s no surprise — at least not to me and the gay vegans I know that gay-run businesses and gay-themed shows figure prominently in this year’s finalists.

Among them: How to Train Your Dragon is up for best feature film (it’s produced by DreamWorks, which is owned by gay mogul David Geffen); True Blood is up for best dramatic series (created by gay Oscar winner Alan Ball and with plenty o’ queer vamps, pictured); the Sid Caesar Comedy Award is between gay-friendly shows The Colbert Report, The Simpsons and The Daily Show; and TV newsmagazine faces off gay host Anderson Cooper of AC360 again lesbian host Jane Velez-Mitchell of Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell. And the schmancy Wyler Award goes to Kristin Davis of Sex and the City for her work bringing awareness to orphaned elephants. (It’s such a Charlotte thing to worry about orphaned elephants). Previous winners of the Wyler Award include Ellen DeGeneres and Portia Di Rossi.

The awards will be presented March 19 in Los Angeles.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones