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Jun 28 2017

Proud Marys: My Experience At NYC's 2017 LGBT Pride March — With 100+ Pictures!

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IMG_7042_newMy first LGBTQ Pride March pic of 2017 was one of my favorites! (All images by Matthew Rettenmund)

My experience at the NYC LGBT Pride March this year was exhausting, but my camera was well-fed. IMG_3393-2

See the Best Message Photos of Pride — Click Here! (Come back. Will be clickable shortly.)

I was invited to march alongside the amfAR float by my generous friend John Stanton. We and all the other marchers had boss I'M EPIC (#BeEpicEndAIDS) T-shirts and Kenneth Cole sunglasses, and our float was guaranteed to grab some eyes since it featured both Kelly Osbourne and RuPaul's Drag Race Season 1 girl Ongina, who came out as HIV positive on the show.

IMG_7161_newThe EPIC T-shirt we all had

IMG_7155_new_newDJ Joe Lynskey served up some Madonna on the amfAR float. Listen to him here.

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IMG_7212_newOngina poses alone and with some young fans.

IMG_7202_newamfAR's ammo

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IMG_7195_newKelly for amfAR

IMG_7325_newOne of the march's cutest couples was on our team.

IMG_7410_newColor him ready to be epic, end AIDS

IMG_7435_newJohn really is epic

IMG_7447_newOur float sought a countdown to a cure for AIDS.

We also had cute dudes in lab coats and hot pants for the people not into fashion or drag.

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IMG_7231_newThe doctors are out!

I loved our group, which was filled with friendly folks. Marching alongside a float gave me great access to move around within the parade, snapping away. 

IMG_7098_newKrishna, Krishna!

IMG_7106_newThe Geng show

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IMG_7269_newGo, Gavin! The overnight teen trans icon rode with the ACLU (as should we all).

Before we even stepped off, I had several interesting encounters. First, I wandered past the press conference, so got to see some of the parade's grand marshals speak, including Gay Men's Health Crisis director of community relations Krishna Stone and a bit of Geng Le, a Chinese gay-rights activist. I missed Brooke Guinan, a trans FDNY worker, entirely, and the other marshal was an entity — the ACLU. But I was able to speak briefly to heroic Gavin Grimm, the trans kid whose desire to go to the bathroom at school has caused way too much consternation. He was a sweetheart and looked utterly overjoyed to be there.

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IMG_7124_newEdie & Judith — I hope and believe they made it to the “church” on time that day.

Next up, as I was walking in a huge circle (they only let you cross Fifth Avenue IMG_7128_newat 34th or 42nd), I walked past Edie Windsor, whose court case led to the destruction of DOMA. She's always kind of difficult to grab, due, I'm sure, to her advanced age and how badly every LGBT person wants to share air with her, but I have to admit I was bummed by our encounter. She looked radiant in a magenta blouse over a slogan T-shirt, but when I asked if I could snap a photo (I had my pro camera), she said, “No way. Not now.” She seemed to think she was wildly late, but her wife, Judith Kasen, was gently telling her she had an hour!

I suggested I would just wait at the next corner, where she had to stop anyway, and snap a picture that way. (This is common with rushing celebs.) She deliberately rolled past me, avoiding eye contact. This was silly, honestly. She is a public figure, in public, a famous gay figure at the famous gay march! Soon enough, a lesbian photographer stopped her and they clearly knew each other. Edie relented for her, but even though she was standing still and posing for the other shooter, she steadfastly avoided giving me anything. Finally, the lesbian photographer told Edie, “I get you all the time. Why don't you give this gentleman a shot?” I was totally polite and patient — I promise I was not badgering in any way. She never did really do it, but somehow, while protesting and looking everywhere but at me, a few pictures turned out amazing! Then I left her alone. At parade's end, a friend, Mike Summers, Facebooked how lovely Edie had been when he grabbed a selfie with her! He said her people were shooing him away, but she was delightful and engaged.

Maybe she was just frantic when I caught her, but when you catch a newsmaker in the street, you don't wait until later, not ever.

IMG_7249_newMr. & Mr. Seth Fornea? Hugo, girl!

After that, I ran into Seth Fornea, the thick ginger model and dancer. I had thought he was still practically married to Jared Fortna, but he was romping around in thin sweat shorts (no underwear) with a sexy Blatino dancer named Hugo; both had worked the previous night's Adonis nude party, featuring 35 lap dancers.

Seth was feeling no pain, and Hugo was making sure I got only good shots, and making sure I photographed his sign, which announced they'd just gotten married?! (See here.) A glance at a few Instagram accounts reveals they, Jared, and another man might be in a quad relationship. Four better or four worse!

IMG_7339_new_newWhere the boys were

IMG_7404_new_newEveryone has PVH at this point ...

IMG_7330_newLife's just not Juanfer ...

I was happiest when I noticed that just a couple of floats down from ours in the holding area, a gaggle of shirtless studs milled about. When I arrived to take pictures and they removed their sunglasses, I recognized Joshua Michael Brickman, one of NYC's most beautiful creatures and nice to boot; Locky Brownlie, the insanely hot Aussie stud who stole this year's Broadway Bares and refused to return it; the dangerously sexy Juanfer De La Torre; and a bunch of other Insta-studs, each in a pair of underwear representing one stripe in the LGBTQ flag's rainbow ... and nothing else.

IMG_7366_newIt was a clothing company that brought these unclothed boys to the march.

I was embarrassed not to have recognized Joshua and Locky instantly, but their sunglasses did a number on me. Both — all — were charming, and gave me great poses.

See the Hottest Guys of Pride Photos — Click Here! (Come back. Will be clickable shortly.)

By then, I had interacted with Kelly Osbourne (we share a friend, with whom she is quite close) and I have to say that whatever you think of her various controversies, she was 100% game to be in the march, to engage with bystanders (particularly kids) and more. In fact, I asked if I could get her to pose with the Insta-studs and she said yes. I ran over and pulled the guys, convincing four to come with me before telling them what I had in mind. They were excited to meet Kelly and spontaneously hoisted her in the air. It made for a great couple of shots that were exclusive to me (“People! Us! Who will buy this?!”) ... until I later discovered her bodyguard or a friend had taken an iPhone snap and it went all over the Internet for free. Oh, well, it was fun setting up a great shot, and I was totally impressed with Ms. Osbourne's willingness.

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IMG_7424_newKelly exclaimed this was so hot, and I don't think she was referring to the steamy weather.

(The day after the parade, Osbourne made headlines by scolding a Starbucks for not letting her pee, leading to her peeing her pants. The Starbucks was on 27th and we stepped off fro 38th. Given that I later filmed her dancing to Madonna's “Like a Prayer,” I couldn't and can't figure out how I missed her leaving the float in search of a public john — and am confused why she didn't use one of the Port-A-Potties en route. Still, I thought she was a great draw, definitely the parade's biggest star.)

IMG_7223_newI saw right through this float (P.S. His butt made me want to start drinking.)

More of My NYC LGBT Pride March Photos Here!

Just before we started, one young man was lying in the road, making us wonder IMG_7257_newif he would be the first of many protesters trying to block the parade. MAKE AMERICA GAY AGAIN was over his chest. He lay on the asphalt for 20 minutes or more, eventually disappearing. Most of the protest groups actually led the march (THERE ARE NO QUEER-FRIENDLY COPS was one sign that people seemed to dislike), and I didn't realize there was a brief protest that delayed things until I read about it the next day.

IMG_7058_newWould you mind showing a little pink?

IMG_7856_newThat shit wouldn't even fit in the closet!

IMG_7509_newWhere my girls at

IMG_7536_newIt was the breast of times ...

IMG_7088_newI asked if they'd mind posing and they went into formation!

IMG_7874_newNew Yorkers just know how to do it in front of a camera.

IMG_7751_newThere was no raining on their parade.

IMG_7566_newYou've heard of Baby New Year? This was Baby LGBT Pride!

IMG_7763_newOn the inside, looking out

What always strikes me about the NYC LGBT Pride March is the diversity. As a white gay guy, I know I am in a partial bubble, even if it's not a choice I consciously made, so I like seeing the array of people who show up for Pride from every borough and from many cities and countries far away. It used to be that Pride was top-heavy with shirtless musclemen, and while plenty were walking around (see pics below!), float-wise, I saw very few pieces of beef. I also felt like the drag presence was on the wane, while genderqueer and trans folks were out in force. Racially, it certainly didn't feel whitewashed. It felt like it always feels — unifying.

Sexy Shots from Iowa City Pride Here!

We marched all the way down to the Village, where I doubled back all the way to the start. There were still dozens of floats that hadn't stepped off by 3 p.m., but I was at my limit, so I took off for home ... only to decide last-minute to subway to Chelsea to mill around the booths of products that choke the streets down there each year. There were definitely some prime torsos and more-sos, but it was sad that one block had been shut down due to an apartment fire. I saw two people receiving oxygen and a shattered window still oozing smoke.

GiphyAbner! Abner! Cum quick!

A happier image on a fire escape nearby was a cluster of boys gyrating several stories above Eighth Avenue, demonstrating the solidity of the argument: Dat ass, 'do.

After all that — and 1,000 pictures later! — I headed home zonked out entirely.

Keep reading to see a bunch more of my photos, and look for more over on Facebook ...

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Guydar: Capping Things Off

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IMG_8327(Images by Matthew Rettenmund)

Hot boys in sexy caps. It's just that simple.

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Jun 27 2017

Young Hustlers In Love: Max Emerson Debuts HOOKED In NYC

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IMG_8114*** copy_newMax Emerson, writer and director of Hooked (All images by Matthew Rettenmund)

Max Emerson, known for his wildly popular Instagram (@maxisms), used crowdsourcing to produce his feature debut as a IMG_3316_newwriter and director, the LGBTQ-themed Hooked. Following a world premiere in Canada, the movie had its U.S. premiere in NYC Monday night at the SVA in Chelsea, where friends and fans gathered to watch the drama and participate in a Q&A after.

And, let's be honest, to get a load of Max IMG_8108*** in the flesh.

Dressed (!) conservatively, Max looks in person the same way he looks in photos, albeit with more clothes. He was in his element working the excited group of well-wishers, and happily escorted me to a private area in which he had a flattering “blogger's light” set up for pics. He didn't need it.

IMG_8125*** copy_newAndrés & Max. Turns out Andrés housed several people during the film's shoestring-budget shoot!

Also at the screening was his high-profile, military-man boyfriend Andrés Camilo (their date to West Point's Knights Out gala made waves in April), many of the cast and crew, and moderator Matteo Lane, the bootylicious, mustachioed comic who conducted a talk-back generously littered with one-liners to lighten the mood. (Unless you're Lindsay Lohan, one of Lane's obsessions, in which case you might have found the mood darkened a tad.)

IMG_8121_new***David Beagin with Camilo. David recognized me from my blog, validating me for the day.

IMG_8132*** copy_newA beaming Conor Donnally, who captured his character's offbeat optimism perfectly in the film.

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IMG_8162***_newCelebrants at the charity bash

The film stars Conor Donnally as Jack, a striking young hustler in love with a fellow homeless LGBTQ youth (played IMG_8199***_new winningly by Sean Ormond). The pair are living in a shelter (proceeds from last night's function will benefit NYC's Ali Forney Center), subsisting on Jack's earnings on the street. Jack's tricks range from violent to John Waters-ready. Things change when a closeted, married man (Terrance Murphy) takes a seemingly benevolent shine to Jack, spiriting him off for some unexpectedly coke-propelled party time in Miami. Stranger danger + cocaine + borderline personality disorder = things do not end well.

IMG_8152***_newDrawing a crowd ...

IMG_8146*** copy_newBrutally funny Matteo Lane

IMG_8143*** copy_newCelebrated gay filmmaker Casper Andreas, who plays nasty very well in one of the film's early scenes

Hooked's MVP is Donnally, who projects a Joe Dallesandro-meets-Travis-Fimmel-like, iconic hunkiness, but plays Jack as a big kid with big problems and a big sense of adventure in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges.

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IMG_8185*** copy_newFacing the questions of their first U.S. audience

After the film, Max, his leads, his producer and his director of photography fielded questions, many of which turned things back to the important cause with which the film is affiliated — helping homeless LGBTQ youth get their lives together.

IMG_8189*** copy_newOrmond & Donnally make adorable lovers in Hooked

IMG_8195*** copy_newMax's leading men

IMG_8196*** copy_newMany of the cast and crew were on hand to see the final film!

One question at the Q&A was so painfully off — as happens at almost every one of these things! — I didn't have the heart to include it, but check out snippets from the talk-back after the jump if only to hear Max discuss his fake relationship with Kyle Krieger, staged in order to raise funds for the movie.

Be on the lookout for Hooked in the future ...

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IMG_6517(Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

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Jun 26 2017

Is Seth Fornea Married?

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IMG_7441_new(Images by Matthew Rettenmund)

I have a massive NYC LGBT Pride March pictorial post coming, but in the meantime — I'm wondering if hot model/dancer Seth Fornea, one of gaydom's most famous ginger sides of beef, is now a married man.

I ran into Seth and dancer Hugo — both of whom worked the biggest all-nude party in Adonis history Saturday night (35 naked dancers) — at the March, and Hugo made sure I took a picture of his sign because he said Seth had proposed. The sign says they're already married.

IMG_7249_newI didn't have to ask them to kiss. Hugo looked at the pic and commented on Seth's big booty in it.

Not sure what to think, and wasn't aware Seth and dancer Jared Bradford LeBlanc, who were longtime boyfriends, had broken up.

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Win It!: THE BEGUILED Prizes!

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Enter for a chance to win an autographed The Beguiled poster and a prize pack! One lucky winner will receive a The Beguiled movie poster signed by Sofia Coppola, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning plus a The Beguiled prize pack including a #VengefulB*tch tank top, stemless wine glass, and notebook. Four runners-up will also receive a prize pack.   
 
To enter: Comment this post with your favorite Nicole Kidman film. I'll pick 5 of you at random to win 1 week from tonight at 5 p.m. ET!

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The Beguiled

An atmospheric thriller from acclaimed writer/director Sofia Coppola, winner of the Best Director award at the Cannes International Film Festival.

The story unfolds during the Civil War, at a Southern girls' boarding school. Its sheltered young women take in an injured enemy soldier. As they provide refuge and tend to his wounds, the house is taken over with sexual tension and dangerous rivalries, and taboos are broken in an unexpected turn of events.

Director: Sofia Coppola
Screenwriter: Sofia Coppola, based on the novel by Thomas Cullinan and the screenplay by Albert Maltz and Grimes Grice
Cast: Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, Oona Laurence, Angourie Rice, Addison Riecke, Emma Howard

The Beguiled is now open in NY/LA and will open across the country June 30!
 
 
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6-PACK — 6 Inches Of Summer + Back To THE REAL WORLD + Toppertoned + Turkish Police Halt LGBTQ Pride + Eric Trump's Latest Cut + Lorenzo Lamas Went Nude — And We Missed It!

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5sosOne of these boys has reportedly been naughty on the Internet ... (Via Capitol/Hi or Hey)

WIDGETOMG Blog: 5 Seconds of Summer band member's alleged member. (Work Unfriendly)

WIDGETArt19.com: Reality Life with Kate Casey welcomes Real World cast member Norman Korpi as the show turns 25 years old. Kopi was openly gay on TV way, way before it was cool.

Norman-KorpiNorm! (Image via MTV)

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WIDGETThe Guardian: Turkish cops bust up attempt at LGBTQ Pride march in Istanbul.

WIDGETHuff Post: Eric Trump to barber: “Give me the Hitler.”

WIDGETEsquire: That one time Lorenzo Lamas posed naked as a teenager — and his dad, MGM star Fernando “You look mahvelous” Lamas had the negs destroyed.

Lorenzo LamasIt was like this, but younger, and boned up. (Image via Teen Machine)

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#PrideIs ... Not Over!

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Proving that Pride is more than just a boozy month of fun and underwear — 6a00d8341c2ca253ef01b7c904b23b970b-800winot that that isn't enough at times — the Hetrick-Martin Institute (the recognized leader in advocacy for LGBTQ youth) is encouraging us to stop and think about what Pride means to us as individuals, via its #PrideIs campaign.

HMI CEO Thomas Krever says:

As our community faces a new wave of challenges to the progress we have made, we are all painfully aware that rights are not to be taken for granted and Pride Is something we must continue to stand up for. This work cannot happen by any one group of individuals — it only happens when we work together as a community. Pride Is is an emphatic statement about what we demand of our nation and each other, and a way for our community of allies to stand beside us and show their support.

Show your support for this great org on social media with the #PrideIs hashtag, following in the hash-steps of supporters like Whoopi Goldberg, Zachary Quinto and more.

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