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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

When Does a Bitchy Queen Become Too Much? by Jesse Steinbach

Michael MustoMadonnaNightlifenew york cityMichael MustoConspiratorially, with friends, we’ve often taken the bait to be bitchy queens, gleefully cutting down people with wisecracks and cyn…

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Monday, December 26, 2016

George Michael Remembered: Reluctantly Out, Decidedly Brilliant by Jesse Steinbach

Michael MustoMusicgeorge michaelMichael MustoGeorge Michael emerged in the 1980s as half of the zippy synth-pop duo Wham!, who served fluffy, infectious hits like “Wake Me Up Before You Go…

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Memorable LGBTQ Show Biz Glimpses From 2016 by Jesse Steinbach

Michael MustoLady Gagalaverne coxMatt BomerMichael MustoEllen DeGeneres continued to make waves (or at least lead the masses in the wave) as the lesbian queen of daytime, while Rachel Maddow…

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

10 Male Icons From Cinema's Earlier Days of Subversion by Jesse Steinbach

Michael MustoMoviesMichael Musto Michael York York has always seemed up for a screen adventure, as in Cabaret, Bob Fosse’s dazzling adapta…

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Monday, November 14, 2016

'Gay Guys Always Look Like Their Boyfriends,' and Other Myths Worth Bursting by Jesse Steinbach

Michael MustoDatingNightlifenew york cityMichael MustoOne of the staples of LGBT folklore is that gay guys always seek mirror-image boyfriends (or husbands), coming off insecure and/or narci…

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Here Are Some Star-Studded Remakes I'm Desperate To See by Jesse Steinbach

Michael MustoMoviesMichael MustoHollywood loves nothing more than trotting a hit property out of mothballs and gussying it up again for some hot star to earn all new cash with. So I’ve got…

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Monday, October 31, 2016

The Most Vicious Reviews Written About 'Glitter,' 'Showgirls,' and Other Camp Classics by Jesse Steinbach

Michael MustoLady Gagabarbra streisandMichael MustoThe potential horror of sitting through terrible movies is more than made up for by the chance to read (or write) reviews skewering them fo…

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Chita Rivera on Continuing to Live in the 'Nowadays' as She Prepares for NYC Concert by Jesse Steinbach

Michael Mustonew york cityNightlifeTheater & DanceMichael MustoChita Rivera at The Orlando Show on July 25, 2016. Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP. Chita Rivera has created a lege…

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Monday, October 17, 2016

All About Bette Davis Vs. Joan Crawford: The Ultimate 'Feud' by Jesse Steinbach

Michael MustoTelevisionbroadwayTheater & DanceNightliferyan murphyMichael MustoWhen I heard that Ryan Murphy’s upcoming FX series called Feud—about rivetingly bitter real-life rifts…

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Gay Wit Randy Rainbow on Shaking Up Politics, Broadway, and Facebook by Jesse Steinbach

Michael Mustonew york cityTheater & DancebroadwayMichael MustoRandy Rainbow—yes, his real name—has stuck himself in some videos lampooning Broadway and politics, and struck gold in t…

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Gypsy's Worst Song, Angela Lansbury's Raunchy Shtick, A Gay Marx Brother & Other Broadway Tidbits by Jesse Steinbach

Michael MustoTheater & Dancenew york cityMichael MustoRemember the last Bye Bye Birdie revival? Well, one of the female stars was so bad they actually tried to add auto-correct to her vo…

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Bianca Del Rio's Movie Gets a Premiere—And a Sequel by Jesse Steinbach

Michael MustoqueenRuPaul's Drag RaceBianca Del RioMichael MustoHurricane Bianca swept into NYC last week for a gala premiere, and it proved to be just the jolt of wry insouciance we nee…

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Monday, September 19, 2016

There Are Now Officially Too Many Drag Queens Running Around by Jesse Steinbach

Michael MustoqueenDrew DroegeNightlifenew york cityTheater & DanceMichael MustoBe careful what you wish for. Years ago, in the heyday of NYC clubbing, I became so enamored with drag perf…

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Monday, September 12, 2016

A Wild Encounter with Jill Soloway, Sandra Bernhard, and Kathryn Hahn by Jesse Steinbach

Michael MustoTransparentAmazonnew york cityNightlifeTheater & DanceNYFWMichael MustoLeft to right: Brian Belovitch, Kathryn Hahn, Jill Soloway, Michael Musto, Eileen Myles I was having a…

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Here's the Problem with Matt Bomer Being Cast as a Trans Woman by Jesse Steinbach

Michael MustoMatt BomerLady Gagatranslaverne coxMichael MustoActors should play roles! That’s why they do! Matthew McConaughey didn’t have to have HIV to star in The Dallas Buyers Club. …

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Betty Buckley on Using Psychologists to Understand Characters and Herself by Jesse Steinbach

Michael MustoTheater & DanceNightlifenew york citybroadwayqueen2016 ElectionMichael MustoTexas-born Betty Buckley has long possessed great pipes and a lush way of approaching an assignme…

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Monday, August 22, 2016

I Was Caught in the J.T. Leroy Scam and Have a Raccoon Penis to Prove It! by Jesse Steinbach

Michael MustoqueenNightlifenew york cityMichael MustoPhoto courtesy of A new documentary is coming about J.T. LeRoy, the famed ex hustler LGBTQ writer who wasn’t an ex hustler …

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Inside the 'Disarm Hate' Rally in DC—Tears and Hope! by Jesse Steinbach

Michael MustoNews & Opiniongolden girlsqueenMichael Musto“Guns don’t kill people, people kill people” goes the familiar saying. Yeah, people with guns. And if they couldn’t so ea…

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Calvin Klein Biographer Remembers Trying to De-Gay in a Mental Clinic by Jesse Steinbach

Michael Mustocalvin kleinMoviesTheater & DanceNightlifenew york cityMichael MustoIn 1962, at 15, Steven Gaines attempted suicide. As a boy in Brooklyn, New York, Gaines was distraught ov…

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Monday, August 1, 2016

The Man Who Made Gay Porn Chic: 'My Actors Were Not Just F*****g' by Jesse Steinbach

Michael MustoMoviesTheater & DanceNightlifenew york cityNew YorkMichael MustoWay back in 1971, Wakefield Poole’s gay porn film Boys in the Sand did more than arouse people. It became a…

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

'Big Bang Theory's Simon Helberg on Working with La Streep in 'Florence Foster Jenkins' by Jesse Steinbach

Michael MustoMoviesmeryl streepMichael MustoIn the upcoming Florence Foster Jenkins, Meryl Streep plays the real-life socialite who longed to be an opera singer despite a distinct lack of rh…

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Frankie Grande: 'I Don't Know How to Date Someone Who Knows Everything About Me' by Jesse Steinbach

Michael Musto2016 ElectionMichael MustoThe endearingly un-shy Frankie Grande has sparkled—literally—through his various endeavors, from TV’s Big Brother to Broadway’s Rock of Ages to…

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Friday, July 15, 2016

HRC's Candace Gingrich—Newt's Lesbian Genderqueer Sis—on the Hideous Trump Ticket by Jesse Steinbach

Michael Musto2016 ElectionLarry KramerMichael MustoPhoto of Candace Gingrich courtesy of HRC/Photos of Donald Trump & Newt Gingrich by Gage Skidmore Donald Trump had reportedly narrowed …

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Drag Star Marti Gould Cummings: 'I'm Gonna Keep Trying to Get on 'Drag Race'!' by Jesse Steinbach

Michael MustoRuPaul's Drag RacequeenMichael MustoPhoto by Maddelynn Hatter Marti Gould Cummings is one of the most prevalent drag performers in New York, with a Monday night talk show a…

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

It's Valley of the Dolls' 50th Anniversary: Sparkle, Neely, Sparkle! by Jesse Steinbach

Michael MustoMoviesTheater & DanceNightlifenew york cityMichael MustoThis month marks the 50th anniversary of Jacqueline Susann’s sensational best seller The Valley of the Dolls, the o…

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Cheyenne Jackson: I'm Tom Jones Meets Shirley Bassey by Jesse Steinbach

Michael Mustocheyenne jacksonJoan RiversTheater & DanceMoviesLady GagaAmerican Horror StoryMichael MustoIt’s a real Renaissance for Cheyenne Jackson—that’s the name of the actor/si…

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Celebrity Allies: Are Nick Jonas and Lady Gaga Really Our Pals? by Jesse Steinbach

Michael Mustonick jonasLady GagaOrlandoTheater & DanceNightlifenew york cityMichael MustoPhoto of Nick Jonas by Doug Inglish. Photo of Lady Gaga by Ellen Von Unwerth. In between orations…

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Monday, June 13, 2016

In the Wake of Tragedy, The Tony Awards Celebrated Diversity: 'Hate Will Never Win' by Jesse Steinbach

Michael MustoTheater & DanceTONY AWARDStransHillary ClintonMichael MustoThe horrifying massacre in the Orlando gay club Pulse early Sunday truly took a lot of the urgency out of "Best Li…

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Sneaking a Peek at Your Boyfriend's Messages—Is It Ever Okay? by Jesse Steinbach

Michael MustoNightlifelesbianMichael MustoOne good thing about being in a relationship is that you apparently get twice as many emails and messages. What I mean is that a lot of gays traditi…

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

'Paramour' Is Dazzling But Corny (Also, 'Drag Race' Casting Gossip!) by Jesse Steinbach

Michael MustoRuPaul's Drag RaceTheater & DanceNightlifenew york cityMichael MustoThe Atherton Twins in Paramour. Photo by Matt Beard. Can a show be kinetically exciting yet dullish…

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Monday, May 23, 2016

'Myra Breckinridge' and 19 other Gloriously Campy Films You Must See by Jesse Steinbach

Let's go to camp. Bonur Tristesse (1958) The Best of Everything (1959) Dead Ringer (1964) The Trip (1967) Hillybillys in…

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