Not everything is as it seems — just ask Nate Green… and Idris Elba!

CLOSET MAGIC  |  Is that straight musician Nate Green, or gay fitness model Joey Greenwell? The answer is ‘yes!’

CLOSET MAGIC | Is that straight musician Nate Green, or gay fitness model Joey Greenwell? The answer is ‘yes!’

I have known Belinda Carlisle since I was in my 20s (last month, she celebrated her birthday on the same day as Big Mama Masters). So I have, in essence, known her son James Duke Mason since before he was born. But we didn’t really get to know each other until he came out as a teenager. I vividly recall a group of us hanging out after a Go-Go’s concert. Dukey introduced me to someone as “One of my mom’s good friends.” Ouch! Until that moment, I kinda felt like one of the gang; suddenly, I was the chaperone. This was driven home when one of his friends asked,

“What was it like being backstage with the Go-Go’s 20 years ago?” I would have been insulted, except I was able to answer the question!!

As you all know, I’m psychic. Actually, I’m more of an empath, like that chic on Star Trek: The Next Generation whose name I can’t remember. I think she was Greek, and very nice when I met her. See, if I were truly a psychic, I’d remember her name. But as an empath, I know she really doesn’t care.

You know who does care? You — my faithful readers. My head is being bombarded with your silent cries, “Billy, get to the friggin’ point.” And I will … almost immediately. But before I do, I’d like to just promise that this will all come together in the end — except for coming up with the name of whomever played Deanna Troi. West Hollywood is bracing itself for what will certainly be a contentious election season for city council, which will take place in March 2015. The latest person to throw his hat in the ring is my aforementioned buddy, Belinda’s baby boy, James Duke Mason. Dukey seems to be running on a platform of wanting to save West Hollywood from the vast commercialization and rising rental costs which have pushed out most of the people who actually founded the city. Alas, this may be a case of closing the barn door after the horse escaped. I’ve been saying for years that because of WeHo’s appealing geographic position between Hollywood and Beverly Hills — to say nothing of housing the Sunset Strip — the gentrification of the once-primarily gay portion of Santa Monica Boulevard is already a fait accompli. Still, I give him credit for the attempt. You can learn more and support his campaign by checking out his website,

Our straight ally Josh Hutcherson (he of the Hunger Games juggernaut) is continuing his good work for gay youths. As you may recall, he previously described himself as “mostly straight” when he founded the Straight But Not Narrow foundation. That group has joined forces with The Trevor Project and human IT to launch a new campaign. Power On is collecting and refurbishing digital devices for LGBT youths in low-income and rural areas. You have until Oct. 16 to donate your old laptops, tablets, smartphones, etc. To kick off the campaign, Josh donated one of his computers — wouldn’t you like to grab ahold of that hard drive? For more info, go to

To promote her new CD and VH1 reality show, LeAnn Rimes has been making personal appearances in gay clubs — often with her hunky hubby, Eddie Cibrian, in tow. This was certainly the case when they showed up at The Abbey in West Hollywood. This promotional stroke of genius seems to have been the idea of LeAnn herself. “I’ve always said that Eddie and I are a gay man’s wet dream. I sing, you can look at him, and it’s perfect.” She’s half right!

In a fascinating case of a gay person becoming straight — or at least giving the appearance of being straight — comes the story of country singer Nate Green. Not being a devotee of country music, I had never heard of him, but certainly the hunky blond is easy on the eyes. And yet, when I saw his pic I though “he does look familiar.” In fact, he resembled a very hot fitness model named Josey Greenwell, who once dated Reichen’s ex, Rodiney from The A-List: New York. The similarities were uncanny … literally. When Josey was featured in an article for DNA magazine, he talked about his musical aspirations and said, “Music should be about talent and not sexuality, but I’m proud of mine nonetheless.” Josey even performed at Detroit Pride in 2012.

What a difference a couple of years makes. It seems that Josey has now become Nate, and is cultivating a straight female audience. I am not the first to figure this out. Quite a few of Josey’s former fans tried to interact with him on a Nate Green Facebook fan page. Not only were their comments quickly deleted, they were also threatened with legal action regarding any gay-oriented posts. Of course, Nate/Josey has no say over what appears on … which include some sizzling snaps and videos of him and Rodiney. Check it out.

Our Ask Billy question comes from Kenneth in Maine: “Have you heard the rumor about Idris Elba having a humongous penis? Is it true?”

It depends who you ask. If you ask Idris Elba, he’ll say it’s false! It all started when someone published a photo of him on the set of a film sporting what appeared to be a python of a penis. After days of numerous “tripod” comments, Idris Tweeted the following: “The good news is i got a shit load of followers. The bad news is, that is a mic wire.” He then Tweeted: “Calvin Klein called my mobile, they want me in their next campaign. Foot long john’s Coming Winter 2014.” What’s the truth? Decide for yourself.

When people are denying having large penises, it’s definitely time to end yet another column. Like Idris Elba, we were a little long this week. I’m sure you can expect some deep dishing on, the site that never sleeps. If there’s something you’d like me to look into, feel free to drop me a note and I promise to get back to you before I get a call from Star Trek: TNG alum Marina Sirtis (I knew I’d come up with her name eventually).

Until next time, remember: One man’s filth is another man’s bible.

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This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 5, 2014.