Kit Williamson’s Hot Honeymoon, Nancy Reagan’s Gay Legacy: BRIEFS

Plus another out athlete is going to the Olympics.
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Birthday shoutouts! Peter Sarsgaard (above) is 45, Rachel Weisz is 46, Wanda Sykes is 52, and Taylor Dayne is 54. Taylor plus Jim Steinman = perfection.
 

 

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IN OTHER NEWS

Kit Williamson has been honeymooning with his Eastsiders co-star John Halbach, and Instagramming the results.

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Quantico returned last night, and it spent the entire episode trashing the dead gay guy. Not that I expected anything else. The only halfway interesting moment was the introduction of a hot rocket scientist/agent trainee.


Nancy Reagan loved her gay friends!

“Opposed the anti-gay Briggs Initiative in 1978. Invited the first openly gay couple to stay overnight in the White House. Encouraged her husband to fight the AIDS epidemic to the tune of $5.727 billion that was spent by the federal government by the time President Reagan left office. Sent a special message in support of Log Cabin Republicans that was read at our 2013 Spirit of Lincoln Dinner.”


Nancy Reagan’s loyalty to her many gay friends ended when they became a liability.

“All this fraternizing with gay men must have put Ronald Reagan in a bit of a quandary. His campaign was focused on ending “moral decline.” Then a bomb dropped: In fall of 1967 a ‘homosexual clique” was discovered in Reagan’s administration. On advice, Reagan promptly fired all the men involved. Reagan trotted out the standard “abomination in the eyes of the lord” tropes. One wonders how Billy, Jimmy, and the rest of Team Nancy felt about that. Even worse was Nancy being quoted as calling homosexuality a “sickness” and an “abnormality,” fresh from a gay date with Jerome Zipkin.”


Congrats to New Zealand rower Robbie Manson, who becomes the second out male athlete (after Tom Daley) to qualify for the Rio Olympics.

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Zachary Quinto and Miles McMillan at the opening night after party of Smokefell in NYC.

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And here’s The Weekly ShoutOUT™. Each week we’re going to focus on one out athlete/performer and feature a daily pic and career timeline. We’ll be showcasing the big names, but also the lesser-known gay and bisexual celebs who deserve more recognition.

This week our 156th ShoutOUT™ is to … David Monahan

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44-year-old David Monahan first gained national attention in 2000 when he starred for seven episodes in Season Four (and continuing in Season Five) of Dawson’s Creek. As the out-and-proud Tobey Barret, he initially clashed with newly-out but reserved Jack McPhee (Kerr Smith), but eventually managed to break through Jack’s wall.

Then this happened.

 


Over the next few weeks we’ll have a lot of fun looking at 20 Songs Everyone Knows That Didn’t Hit The Top 40! These are all songs that have become a part of pop culture history, but failed on the chart when they were originally released. Songs that, through inclusion in films, TV, or other medium have managed to withstand the test of time.

Note – We’ll also include a couple of songs that were never actually released a singles, but have also become classics.

At #15 is “Rock Lobster” by The B-52’s.

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How is it that Athens GA. gave us two of the greatest (and gayest) bands of all time, R.E.M. and The B-52s? The ultimate party band, The B-52s wouldn’t hit the top forty until “Love Shack” in 1989, but their legacy began a decade before with “Rock Lobster,” a breath of fresh air which helped Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson, Cindy Wilson, Keith Strickland, and the late Ricky Wilson carve out their own unique niche in pop music.

“Rock Lobster” peaked at #56 in May 1980, but has become a new wave classic.

 


Congrats to nobody! No one guessed that Friday’s Pixuzzle™ © ® was Law And Order: SVU.

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Here’s today’s Pixuzzle™ © ®. Here are characters from a FAMOUS TV SHOW. Can you name it?

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And today’s Briefs are brought to you by … Blizard


And now something special in the Briefs. I’m happy to present a new undertaking by reader Lion King. His new list (on the history of gay-themed pop music) will appear at the end of the Briefs. Take it away LK!

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Today, we’re free to talk more or less about anything (are we?). So, a certain type of song that was very popular in the first 6-7 decades of the 20th Cenury is almost extinct: the risqué song, with double entendres, or what plain folks would call the “naughty” song. At the time, it was a thriving kind and Ruth Wallis was one of its most famous representatives. We will have realized that this week we’re going even further back in time in the exotic 50s.

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Born Ruth Shirley Wohl in Brooklyn (1920-2007), she began her career singing jazz and cabaret standards with band-leaders such as Benny Goodman and Isham Jones. She soon realised, however, that her talents lay with the naughty songs, which she wrote herself. Her music was often banned from radio stations, but that only helped make her even more popular. The new century did not push her into oblivion though. Some of her most famous songs were collected and became the Off-Broadway hit, BOOBS! The Musical: The World According to Ruth Wallis. BOOBS! opened at the Triad Theater (NYC/2003) and by closing date it had played nearly 300 performances.

The song in our list today is “Queer Things” from 1956. It’s about a woman who discovered that the man that she married is gay:

“We got married in the spring
To prove it here’s my wedding ring
I always think of my blushing groom
Whenever I see the pansies bloom.”

There are various cliched lines, such as the above, but the general spirit of the song is that of goodwill. The last verse is indicative of this:

“We have decided it cannot be
I’m not for him and he’s not for me
He can do what he wants and I’ll do what I can
But the both of us
Have gotta get a man.”

Because of the “live and let live” spirit, the song, in my opinion, is a good addition to our list.
 

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