Here is last week’s caption pic winner. This week’s caption pic is at the bottom of the page.
Thanks to everyone for participating! The winner is ….
“Sesame Street has taken a dark turn since moving to HBO”
Thanks to Morgan for this week’s winning caption!
Weekend Birthdays! Shiloh Fernandez (above) is 31, Kate Mara is 33, Robert Sean Leonard is 46, Josh Groban is 35, and Bernadette Peters is 68.
You may have noticed that the Briefs are up extra early today. There are people who will be working on my house today, so I will be offline from Friday afternoon through Saturday. I told them in no uncertain terms that I positively absolutely MUST be back online in time for Gay Superbowl on Sunday, and they assured me I would. So have a stellar Oscar weekend, and pray for me.
An Ed Kennedy post! Why the only transgender Oscar nominee is boycotting the ceremony.
Troye Sivan throws an epic house party in new video, “Youth.”
8 times Hillary Clinton was a champion of LGBT equality.
8 ways Bernie Sanders has stood up for LGBT equality.
Time Out New York magazine names the hottest chorus boys on Broadway.
IN OTHER NEWS
The 7 most inspiring Oscar acceptance speeches.
Ian McKellen says the film industry ignores LGBTQ people – Here’s why he’s right.
“Only four of the 78 films nominated for best picture since 2007 have been about LGBTQ characters. That makes Carol’s overall support, but exclusion from the picture and director races, all the more frustrating. What is it about movies about queer characters that prevents the Academy from pushing them over the top?”
Don’t worry, he’ll be back soon.
Project Runway: Junior star Matt Sarafa claims Brown University interviewer was anti-gay, racist.
Paul made his monthly appearance on Days Of Our Lives yesterday, but it’s unclear where he goes from here. He ran into a Gay Hipster Teen who was viciously bullied at a school party, and it appears as though he’s going to try to take him under his wing.
BTW, I haven’t been able to get through an entire episode of this show in weeks. Between that Chris Colfer-looking kid raping Ciara, JJ becoming a cop after two days of training, and whatever the hell is going on in California, it’s become unwatchable.
Here’s the Friday Puzzler! “Union Jacked”
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 154th ShoutOUT™ is to … Dan Butler
Closing out our week with Dan, he has continued to work steadily in film, stage, and TV (most recently on NBC’s Blindspot), and in 2010 married his longtime love, Richard Waterhouse (above).
Finally, let’s end the The 100 Greatest Lost Hits of The 80’s Part 2: The Even More Forgotten the best way possible, with a tribute to the Goddess.
Fleetwood Mac had a helluva task trying to follow up Rumours (at that time the biggest selling album of all time), and 1979’s Tusk was an erratic but mostly successful attempt. Stevie Nicks had five songs on the double LP, and all five are must-haves for any Stevie collection. The Top Ten single “Sara,” the mournful “Storms,” (still the greatest song she’s written about her breakup with Lindsey Buckingham), the rocking “Angel,” the gorgeous “Beautiful Child,” and the album’s fourth single, “Sisters Of The Moon.”
This is Stevie Nicks at her most “Stevie Nicks,” all brimstone and spells, and Lindsey’s stellar production helps elevate it to a new level. Sadly, it only reached #86 in June 1980.
As a special treat, here’s the famous “speaking in tongues” live performance, taken from the 1982 Mirage tour. It’s eight minutes long, and by the seven minute mark Stevie has gone into ANOTHER PLANE OF EXISTENCE.
We’ll start a new Briefs list on Monday, and I need your help in choosing where to go next. Choose wisely!
Congrats to zoso, who guessed that yesterday’s Pixuzzle™ © ® was Electra Woman and Dyna-Girl.
Here’s today’s Pixuzzle™ © ®. Here is the cast from a FAMOUS TV SHOW. Can you name it?
Here’s your caption pic for this week. Drop your caption ideas in the comments (And please remember to keep the captions PG-13!)
Today’s Briefs are brought to you by … Furry Friday favorite Dusty St. Amand.
And now something special in the Briefs. I’m happy to present a new undertaking by reader Lion King. Because our comments system is notoriously unreliable, his new list will appear at the end of the Briefs. Take it away LK!
We only have today to cover Elton John’s career from 1976 till now, so we’ll speed through it and probably miss a few songs. In that case, you can complete the list in the comments.
In an interview in Rolling Stone in 1976, Elton came out as bisexual. Now he felt free to be express himself as he chose.
“Elton’s Song” was written in the period when he worked without Taupin. The lyrics were by fellow out English musician Tom Robinson. (They had also written “Sartorial Eloquence” together). It’s a beautiful ballad, dealing with the love of a gay schoolboy with another boy. “But I would give my life For a single night beside you” is the closing line, so typical of the intensity, to the point of hyperbole, of young love.
The video made for song, a gay-themed short film directed by Russell Mulcahy (Queer as Folk, Teen Wolf), caused a controversy, inspiring such tabloid headlines as “Elton’s gay video shocker”. It was never shown on television. The song itself was banned in several countries, for promoting homosexual values. Ha!
Here is the video in question:
His best album of the 80s was Too Low For Zero (1983) and my favorite song from the album is a beautiful romantic ballad, called “One More Arrow,” about a young man gone too soon. Allow me to give you the complete lyrics, for they are lovely:
“He said: I want to grow up
And look like Robert Mitchum
And I hope that when I’m gone
There’ll be some say that I miss him.
He must have been romantic
He must have sensed adventure
And I feel the steel of his strong will
In the frame around his picture.
And he’s one more arrow flying through the air
One more arrow landing in a shady spot somewhere
Where the days and nights blend into one
And he can always feel the sun
Through the soft brown earth that holds him
Forever always young
He could have been a boxer
But the fight game seemed so dirty
We argued once he knocked me down
And he cried when he thought he’d hurt me
Strictly from the old school
He was quiet about his pain
And if one in ten could be that brave
I would never hate again.”
“Nikita” (1985), is about the singer’s infatuation with a border guard “With eyes that looked like ice on fire” in an Iron Curtain country, most probably Russia. Everybody and Khrushchev knows that Nikita is a male name, mostly found in Russia and in Greece. But Ken Russell, the Oscar-nominated director who was directing the video, wanted to make it about a male/female relationship, so the soldier became a blond woman. Elton, not wanting to have the Elton’s Song video problems once again, acquiesced to the decision, et voila, the song was a big hit all over the world. Luc Besson was inspired from the video to name his female assassin Nikita in the film of the same name, which had a US remake and a TV series and soon everybody were naming their daughters Nikita. Sometime in the future we need to talk about cultural appropriation, otherwise known as straightwashing. Throughout my research, I came across it quite frequently.
Last, but certainly not least, is “The Last Song” (1992), a very touching song, about an estranged father coming to terms with the sexuality of his gay son, who is dying of an AIDS-related illness. The money generated from the single went to Elton’s AIDS foundation. The video was directed by Gus Van Sant.
The lyrics by Bernie Taupin are beautiful:
“Yesterday you came to lift me up
As light as straw and brittle as a bird
Today I weigh less than a shadow on the wall
Just one more whisper of a voice unheard
Tomorrow leave the windows open
As fear grows please hold me in your arms
Won’t you help me if you can to shake this anger
I need your gentle hands to keep me calm
`Cause I never thought I’d lose
I only thought I’d win
I never dreamed I’d feel
This fire beneath my skin
I can’t believe you love me
I never thought you’d come
I guess I misjudged love
Between a father and his son
Things we never said come together
The hidden truth no longer haunting me
Tonight we touched on the things that were never spoken
That kind of understanding sets me free.”