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Kim Kardashian’s kitten, Mercy, has died. Ironically, her untimely death was probably more merciful than having Kim Kardashian as an owner. Finally, this managed to make national news headlines. America, really?! Now that Megan Fox has had a baby, she claims she’s done with overtly sexual roles, saying, “I’m going to be more cautious about choosing films because I’m already thinking about when he’s in school and his friends are going to be showing him my photo shoots with me in a bikini and he’s going to be horrified.” …she does realize her overt sexuality is the entire basis of her career, right?
By Lucas Witherspoon
ate Middleton is knocked up, y’all! The poor thing had to check into the hospital because of “acute morning sickness” (I have that too, but it’s usually hangover-related), but checked out shortly thereafter. But more importantly, am I the only one who thinks her hair is incredibly flat? Then again, I’m from the South, so if you don’t look like the next Miss Texas, I am not impressed.
Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady have given birth to their second child together, a girl named Vivian Lake Brady. I’m now taking bets as to when Gisele will be back in Victoria’s Secret shape. I’m thinking six days maximum.
A mother-daughter duo who call themselves Monica and Jessica Sexxxton are ready to take the porn world by storm (and by storm, I mean for the next two months until their less-than 15 minutes of fame runs out). These classy broads have their standards, though! “We don’t have a problem doing two-on-one. We will have sex with The Grammys apparently committed a series of “snubs” one man, but not interact with each other. It’s not easy this year, including leaving out Justin Bieber, One to do. Our lips never touch and that can be a problem Direction, and PSY. Ever the class act, Justin’s manager when filming.” Because I know you were wondering the took to Twitter to express his outrage at the Biebs being same thing I was, they mean both their pussy and facial excluded: “I just plain DISAGREE. The kid deserved it. lips. Per Gawker, “’I enjoy the sex and I enjoy being with Grammy board u blew it on this one. The hardest thing to my mom,’ says Monica, who dropped out school in ninth do is transition, keep the train moving. the kid delivered. grade and got her mom started in the porn biz before Huge succesful album, sold out tour, and won people following suit. ‘During the scenes, I think about how we’re over... this time he deserved to be recognized and I dont going to be filthy rich.’” Filthy, always. Rich, no. really have any kind nice positive things to say about a decision i dont agree with. [sic]” So Justin Bieber transitioned from whiny, barely-pubescent pop star to… offkey, now-pubescent pop star? Also, PSY?! Until there’s a category for “Most Obnoxious Song of the Past Decade” I’m uncertain as to how exactly PSY was “snubbed.” CoCo, wife of Ice-T, has apparently been in Vegas for the past few weeks, where she took supposedly compromising photos with rapper AP.9 (meaning she was photographed hugging him). If you’ve never heard of him, that’s because no one has. Anyway, Ice-T took to Twitter to call the pictures “disrespectful and in bad taste”… you know, because Ice-T never exploits CoCo or anything. If Ice and Coco can’t make it, really, what hope is there for the rest of us? The Olsens are now offering a $55,000 crocodile backpack. Just take a second to soak that in: A 55 THOUSAND DOLLAR BACKPACK. Not only is it made of crocodile, but it’s also covered with fake prescription pills. Really? Fake pills? They couldn’t just raid Mary-Kate’s personal stash? 16 // davidatlanta.com
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The Gay Year in Review
10 Hot Topics That Had Us Talking in 2012
This year the LGBT community laughed together, cried together, and celebrated together as news broke on issues important to us all. To refresh your memory on the year that almost was, here are our picks for the top stories that had us talking in 2012.
By Mikey Rox
Atlantis Cruise couple caught in the act on dockside balcony After a cruise ship operated by Atlantis Events ported on the Caribbean island of Dominica, hot-blooded lovers John Robert Hart, 41, and Dennis Jay Mayer, 53, of Palm Springs, stepped out onto their Sky Suite balcony to take in the view – and each other. The amorous vacationers were quickly spotted by local bystanders, prompting military police to board the ship and arrest the diddling duo on charges of “buggery,” the local equivalent of sodomy. Hart and Mayer vehemently denied having intercourse on the balcony and subsequently protested the “inhumane” treatment to which they were subjected while in custody. After the charges were dropped and they returned home, however, the couple finally admitted to doing the vertical mambo out in the open, but not without throwing shade at Atlantis Events for taking them to a country where public poking between consenting gay men is outlawed. Since, ya know, it’s legal nowhere else either.
John Travolta gets down and dirty with multiple masseurs (allegedly) Three weeks after a tell-all book detailing John Travolta’s penchant for naked time on massage tables, two masseurs (whose identities were kept secret) came forward claiming that the veteran actor touched them inappropriately. Johnny boy was almost out the woods when the anonymous litigators both dropped their suits less than a month later, but then two more suits surfaced: The first was filed by cruise-ship employee Fabian Zanzi, who claimed that the Grease star made unwanted sexual advances toward him; the second suit was from Robert Randolph, author of the aforementioned tell-all who said that Travolta and his lawyer, Marty Singer, spread vicious rumors about the state of his mental health. Randolph’s suit was dismissed in court, but Zanzi’s suit still stands despite being called “ludicrous” and “inane” by Singer. It remains to be seen who’ll come out on top in this Face/Off. 18 // davidatlanta.com
3 ‘Non-coming-outs’ increasingly becoming the norm Celebrity coming-outs have always made news, but this year their declarations were more likely to be buried within an article or treated as an aside instead of the long-standing tradition of making headlines. “White Collar” star and all-around über-cutie Matt Bomer acknowledged his sexual orientation during an acceptance speech for a humanitarian award when he thanked his family, which includes his partner, publicist Simon Halls, and their children, Kit, Walker, and Henry. Actor Jim Parsons, star of the top-rated “The Big Bang Theory,” quietly came out in a profile in the New York Times. And the Silver Fox himself, Anderson Copper, put years of gay rumors to rest in an e-mail to blogger Andrew Sullivan who published Coop’s admission in his Daily Beast column The Dish. Coincidentally, the catalyst for Cooper’s matter-of-fact coming out was a story in a June issue of Entertainment Weekly titled “The New Art of Coming Out in Hollywood,” all about how today’s stars are more frequently letting the well-groomed exotic cat out of the fabulous leather man-bag by treating with whom they share their lives and their beds as a non-issue. Just as it should be.
President Obama announces that he supports same-sex marriage When President Obama took office for his first term, he was opposed to same-sex marriage because, in his words, he was sensitive to the traditions that the word “marriage” represented to certain people and because he thought “civil unions would be sufficient.” But in May, a day after North Carolinians passed a vote on an amendment that defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman, the now-two-term prez did an about-face, officially affirming his support for same-sex marriage in an exclusive interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts. President Obama, who has “always been adamant that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally,” called his thought process on the issue an “evolution,” a statement that gave renewed hope to the marriage-minded LGBT community. All hail the chief.
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Chick-Fil-A COO ignites firestorm with controversial anti-equality comments
Corporate bigwigs rarely make polarizing statements in the press for fear of biting the proverbial hand that feeds its business, but Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy took off a few fingers when he told the Baptist Press back in July that his family-owned fastfood chain was “guilty as charged” in its unwavering support of the “biblical definition of the family unit.” In response to the Cluck You Heard ‘round the World, the LGBT community and its allies – including celebrities Ed Helms, Andy Richter, and The Muppets – called for a boycott of the restaurant while supporters (like the Palin family and Mike Huckabee) rallied to celebrate an impromptu Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day. Despite the franchise’s dip in public approval, however, it seems the deep-friend dissidence wasn’t enough to cause permanent damage to Chick-fil-A’s rancid reputation: It came out on top of Market Force’s recent survey of America’s favorite chicken chains, and the 45th Chick-fil-A Bowl, to take place on New Year’s Eve, was nearly sold out for the 16th year in a row as of press time.
Collective gay hearts skip a beat with the release of nude pics of Prince Harry
Despite what the adage promises, what happens in Vegas never stays in Vegas, and scarlet-haired hottie Prince Harry learned that the hard way when, after a night of Sin City-style partying, scandalous photos of the undressed British blue blood leaked and spread like wildfire across the Interwebs – thanks to perennial celeb whistleblower TMZ. The images – snapped by a cell phone from within a private suite at Wynn Last Vegas – feature the ginger Royal Army lieutenant cupping his junk in one photo and baring all in the back while pressed against an equally naked lady in another. Gay tails everywhere wagged for the salacious snapshots that sent the son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana into hiding for days, presumably while Queen Liz gave her grandson, who’s third in line for the throne, a tongue lashing for the ages… while you fantasized about giving him one of your own.
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Straight sports stars stand up for equality There are still no out-and-proud active athletes in any of the four major sports (MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL), but this year some of the (assumed) straight players helped pick up the slack by speaking out in favor of marriage equality. Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, who has promoted LGBT equality for several years, stood firm on his stance despite a nasty letter to Ravens owner Steven Biscotti from Maryland legislator Emmett C. Burns Jr. calling on Biscotti to silence the player regarding his public advocacy of gay marriage, a request that Biscotti refused. In the midst of the uproar, Ayanbadejo and the LGBT community gained another ally in Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, who shot back at Burns for his insensitive rhetoric then solidified his commitment to equality and human rights by posing sweaty and shirtless in the November issue of OUT magazine. Of course, there is also Ben Cohen, the sexy rugby hunk who has made waves through two continents with his Stand Up Foundation to encourage LGBT youth to join sports, and helped carry on the fight against bullying. Even though professional sports still isn’t exactly an arena of acceptance, progress is being made – and that’s something we can all cheer for.
7 More LGBT characters represented on TV than ever before After last year’s drop in LGBT characters on the big five networks – ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, and The CW – GLAAD’s annual “Where We Are on TV” report found that there are more of us represented on television than ever before. Out of 97 scripted shows and 701 total regular characters, 31 identify as LGBT, as do an additional 19 recurring characters. Cable’s scripted shows upped their antes as well, raising their number from 29 LGBT characters last season to 35 this year. As individual networks go, ABC has the most LGBT regulars – 10 in total – with CBS coming in last place with only four. That number was recently cut in half, however, by the abrupt-but-warranted canceling of freshman series “Partners,” starring Michael Urie and Brandon Routh as a committed gay couple. Sad, but maybe the Eye Network will repent and make Two and a Half Men’s Walden Schmidt the hot gay nerd we all wish his alter ego, Ashton Kutcher, was in real life. Time for a letter-writing campaign. @DavidAtlantaGA // 21
First openly gay senator elected to Congress At least 118 gay and lesbian candidates won local and state races during the 2012 election cycle, but perhaps the most notable is Tammy Baldwin: the seven-term Democratic congresswoman became the first openly gay politician and first Wisconsin woman elected to the U.S. Senate. Baldwin beat out former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson for the position, making her one of only four openly gay members of Congress that also includes Barney Frank (D-Mass.), David Cicilline (D-R.I.), and Jared Polis (D-Colo.). Speaking about Baldwin’s history-making win, political commentator Sally Kohn said, “This is a big day for gay women in America, and really, for all communities who aren’t the typical, straight, white, wealthy men elected to Congress.” Hear, hear! Many congrats to you, Ms. Baldwin.
Marriage made legal in Maine, Maryland, and Washington
Mikey Rox is an award-winning journalist whose works has been published by The Advocate, Out. com, CNN.com, Instinct magazine, and The Huffington Post, among many others. Follow his commentary on all things LGBT and pop culture on Twitter @mikeyrox. 22 // davidatlanta.com
As a result of the recent election, Maine, Maryland, and Washington bring the total number of states that legally recognize same-sex marriage to nine (plus D.C.), but these latest three additions have the tide-turning distinction of being the first to gain such status via popular vote. This historic showing of support for equal rights is a promising sign of changing times, for sure, but our fight is still an uphill climb; 36 states have banned same-sex marriage, either by statute or constitutional amendment. Until the next battle at the ballots, however, let’s celebrate and rejoice with our friends who’ll get hitched soon: Washington may begin certifying same-sex marriages as early as Dec.9, followed by Maryland on Jan. 1, 2013, and Maine on Jan. 5, 2013.
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o matter how separated that we may sometimes find ourselves in the gay community, whatever clique others may label us, we all know what and where Blake’s on the Park is. I guess you can’t really limit Blake’s to just a bar or a nightclub; it brings a range of so many different types of people from various levels of backgrounds and fluctuations of upbringings. It’s as infamous to Atlanta as Babylon was to Queer as Folk.
Isn’t that the reason we all gravitate towards Blake’s? Like individuals, Blake’s evolves with us. Whenever establishments struggle and fail, it’s often because they’ve simply given up learning with us. There are only two types of people in the world: those who are willing to learn and those “who already know everything.” And Blake’s is constantly evolving; especially with its new owner Alan Briggs who is willing to expand the awareness of the community through this landmark of a social, central hub without compromising its core essence of why we all fell in love with it in the first place. My first interaction with The Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence was when I was assigned to interview Dragnique Season 3’s winner Edie Cheezburger. When I met him, I was so surprised he was just someone my age, someone struggling and ultimately achieving to make an impact through selfless means. Through my preliminary research of the way contestants portrayed their biographies, Edie described the Cheezburger’s persona not through adjectives but through organizations affiliated including The Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual 26 // davidatlanta.com
Indulgence. No matter how “grand” the prize money may be, it all went to reimburse the gamble of striving for your best for the hopes of winning and establishing yourself to a position where you can guide others by the lessons of choices led with dignity through your journey. And so, speed-dating through Blake’s at the Park with these selfless Atlanta Sisters mixed with Smirnoff’s proud sponsorship of our community isn’t a recipe for disaster. It may just be the philosopher’s stone of finding yourself and once in a blue moon, you might just find that other person to hold your hand along the ride.
What is the genesis story in how The Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence ended up getting involved with Blake’s speed-dating events? How does outreaching through this avenue promote the Atlanta Sisters’ unique and selfless cause?
The Atlanta Sisters of the Perpetual Indulgence have worked with Calisto at Diageo over the past couple of years. He and Diageo have assisted us in the past with some of our previous events. Through discussion with Sister Ursula Polari and Calisto, Calisto invited us to assist with this event. As Sisters, we draw and command attention, white make-up and all. We believe that everyone deserves to be happy and this event is all about being happy, whether finding Mr. Right, or Mr. Right NOW.
For those unfamiliar with your organization, what is the best way to learn about whom and what you guys do?
What is the role of the Atlanta Sister’s of the Perpetual Indulgence’s participation during these specific format of events? Do the Sisters perform, announce, provide information, etc?
The Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence have been in existence for over 33 years. The organization was first started in San Francisco on Easter Weekend in 1979. See the full “Sistory” here: (http://thesisters. org/index.php/sistory). The Atlanta Sisters have been gracing the streets of Atlanta since Pride of 2009. Our Blake’s on the Park provides the space and the organization was started by Sister Gunza Blazin. See beverages. The Sisters facilitate and coordinate the her story here (http://atlsisters.org/sistory.php). We movement of bodies with our outlandish presence. It is have been comforting the disturbed and disturbing important that all participants get a chance to mingle the comfortable for over three years now. Just like with each other so that they have the best chance of Catholic nuns, we raise money and awareness for our making new acquaintances. With our witty humor, community. While Catholic nuns commit to celibacy, we keep participants attention and keep the flow in we commit to practice, practice, and more practice. motion. How else would we be able to adequately teach safe sex?! What are similarities & differences in outreaching through this specific format of an event and location that may contrast to the Sisters’ other avenues & means of outreach? As an organization that caters to the gay community, we don’t stop at any one subset. We support and defend all our community. We have held events at leather bars, bear bars, drag clubs, sports bars and others alike. We also go outside the bars. We recently facilitated a Yoga event at our home, The First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta. Blake’s on the Park is our newest venue for events and we couldn’t be happier!
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TUESDAY BLAKE’S Karaoke w Suzanne Gleeson 11pm BURKHART’S Trivia Tuesday Karaoke w/ Angelica D’Paige 11:30pm
COCKPIT 80s Party 9pm, specials 5-8pm EAGLE Tuesdays w/ Tony FELIX’S Smirnoff Martini Night FRIENDS Let’s Make a Deal 6pm Gilbert’s Industry Night (complementary pizza after 10pm) HERETIC 2-Step Tuesday, dance till 11pm HIDEAWAY TEAM Trivia w/ Will 9pm MODEL T Texas Hold’em Poker 9:30pm OSCAR’S Show Tune Tuesday 8pm SWINGING RICHARDS 1/2 Price cover TRIPP’S Ladies Night 9pm WOOF’S Industry Day Free Wii 5pm
WEDNESDAY BLAKE’S 5-9pm Doug’s party pop hits, The “Lust and Bust Show”11 pm BURKHART’S Humpday Karaoke w/ Darlene Majewski 11:30pm COCKPIT Balls Deep Karaoke 10pm EAGLE 80’s Music w/ Travis
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Friends Team Trivia 8pm Gilbert’s Karaoke 10pm-2am heretic 25¢ Keystone Light ,No Cover! hideaway Trivia w/ Will 9pm jungle Big Gay Game Show 3rd Wed mixx Texas Hold’em Poker 7pm model t Karaoke 10pm oscar’s ReBooT Retro 8pm swinging richards 2-4-1 VIP Room tripp’s Free Taco Bar 5pm xcess ultra lounge Raquell Lord’s Talent Show @ 10:30pm, Sophia Mcintosh & Fab 5 +1 @11:30pm, 18+ woof’s Food Special, Trivia 8pm
mixx Grown & Sexy Dance 10pm model t Saturday Night Live 9pm oscar’s 80’s Retro Vidz 8pm swinging richards T-Shirt Review, $10 tripp’s Afternoon Delights 4pm woof’s Atlanta’s Best Social Night 6pm
SATURDAY blake’s opens 1pm, Daring Divas 11pm BURKHART’S Extravaganza w/ Shavonna B. Brooks 11:30pm
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SHINES in ‘Totem’
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Joe Putignano knows how to make an entrance. As the Crystal Man in Cirque du Soleil’s Totem, playing in Atlanta through December 30, Putignano opens the show by descending from the top of the Big Top. The road to the top of Totem was lengthy, though. The New York native was a competitive gymnast growing up, only to quit in his early 20s and fall into alcoholism and drug addiction. Eventually cleaning up his act, Putignano decided to start training again and become an actor – one with the physical prowess his gymnastic past afforded him. Following stints in The Times They Are A-Changin’ with Twyla Tharp on Broadway and La damnation de Faust with the Metropolitan Opera, Putignano was recruited by Totem director Robert Lepage in 2009 to join the touring production. I spoke with Putignano recently about his time with Totem, his experiences in Atlanta, and how it feels to descend into the performance every night. How did you join Totem? I worked with Robert Lepage, the director of this show – he also directs Kà in Las Vegas – and I was doing La damnation de Faust at the Metropolitan Opera House. He liked what I was doing there, and he said, “I have a position for you,” so he invited me onto the show, which is good, because the audition process is very difficult, and I kind of got to skip all that. Very happy about that.
You’ve been with Totem for three years, and this is the last stop of your time with the show. What will you be doing after? I have a book coming out, called Acrobatics. It’s a contortionist heroine romance, in either summer or fall. In addition to that, I may go back to school. But yeah, after three years of doing the same thing, you can only give so much. You can only bring so much to it. I feel like, artistically, I’ve done it. I’ve beaten it. So it’s time to, if I want to grow as an artist or as a performer, it’s really time to have new challenges. What has performing been like over the course of three years, moving from city to city? You know, it’s interesting. Like most people, I tend to look at time in years, and I have to say as a performer, I’ve grown tremendously. I’ve learned to let go of my fears, and I’ve also gotten new fears of performance, which I think is normal. But it has been rocky in the sense of being up and down. You have your good months and your bad months, but that’s life. It has nothing to do with the job aspect. It’s more of a… This is our job, and people think of performers, they’re thinking every night is a party, because it looks like we’re having a party. And it sometimes feels like that. But it’s not – it’s our daily job. So sometimes, if you have a cold, you do the job with a cold. So there are periods of up and down. @DavidAtlantaGA // 39
Now, the way you enter every night – that has to be nerve-wracking, I’m sure, at least some nights.
This is the entertainment business. I always thought in the business, even though gay, straight, or whatever, there are so many creative people and open-mindedness. We have to be. As a performer, you have to be Terrifying. Every night. Even after all this time. Because vulnerable to each side of you. You have to explore I’m first, I don’t want to bring my nervous energy to the different facets of yourself, whether you have to be a rest of the performers. They’re sitting down below, and bird or a monkey. You can’t be a good performer with a I don’t want to come down going “Oh my God, what do I closed mind. It just doesn’t work. As far as every show do?” So I have the responsibility of bringing confidence I’ve done outside of Cirque du Soleil, everyone’s been and integrity and energy. Otherwise, you know…you’re really cool about it. starting the show. It has to be like a gun shot. So I really You’ve been in Atlanta since October, and am very nervous, but as soon as the music comes on, you’re here through the end of the year. Have what I try to do: Josh, who plays the flute, I always tell you had a chance to explore Atlanta? him to give me something outside of the ordinary, so I can hear it and go “You’re backing me up – you’re with me.” That helps me kind of get into performance mode. Yeah. Piedmont Park to me is… I’m from New York And then the body takes over and the mind kind of goes. City, and without Central Park, I don’t know how I could But I’m scared to death, and that’s normal. People have handle it, so I love to go there every day. And we live on Peachtree, so walking down there is really nice. I like paid to see our show, and I want to do well for them. I it here a lot. I actually found a lot of New Yorkers who want to do well for our show. I also want to do well for have moved here. the Frogs – it’s their act, and I’m a guest in their act. I’ll worry about that, because I want to support them. With everything that’s been going on in New So yeah. I just have to show up. I don’t have a choice, York recently, how has it been being away? which is great. Like, once I clip in and go down, I’ve surrendered. I feel bad. I was there through 9/11, so when there’s any sort of catastrophe, I feel like I should be there. I No “I’m not ready for this.” hate that I’m not, but there’s that thing where when your Right. Which is really a blessing, because otherwise, I’d family is going through some sort of tragedy, you want to be there for them, but you can’t. We have another be out the door and on my way home. New Yorker in the show who’s lost a lot. It’s just sad, What is it like being gay in Cirque du Soleil? very sad.
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e v o L e g a v Sa Polarizing media pundit talks ‘crazy’ queer people, launching It Gets Better and why he’s not a bully By Chris Azzopardi
n his two-decade career as a sex-advice columnist, and more recently as creator of the It Gets Better Project, Dan Savage has entertained readers with his frankness and inspired queer kids with his encouragement – even when some people would rather he just go away. Those same people – critics who have called him racist, transphobic, the devil and even The Gay Fred Phelps – are the ones he takes on in our recent interview.
about the obesity epidemic that you disagree with doesn’t make me a bully. That I write a column where people are allowed to use the language that they actually use when they talk about their sex lives, and that I use the word “fag” in my column, doesn’t make me a bully.
(Laughs) I don’t know! I never describe myself as a spokesman or having any sort of role in the movement – because it pisses off people who probably should be pissed off, or probably just want to be pissed off. I’m just a writer. Usually when people start talking about a gay writer in relation to their role in the movement, what comes next is they want you to shut up.
People who claim that they’ve been bullied by me or my column are full of shit. (Laughs) Now they’ll claim that that is bullying because I’m supposed to go, “Oh, golly gosh, you just threw the word ‘bullying’ on the table and it’s kryptonite and I must melt in the face of it.” Somebody disagreeing with you – that ain’t fucking bullying.
It’s true. There are a lot of conservatives who wish you’d shut your mouth.
How about telling Republicans to kill themselves? What’s that?
There are a lot of lefties out there who are trying to get me to shut up! There are lefty queers who think that I’m the devil. The people who hate you, especially in the gay community, say that although you created the It Gets Better Project to curb bullying, you are a bully yourself – that you bully the obese, Republicans and Christians. How do you respond to people who call you hypocritical?
(Laughs) I actually haven’t ever told a Republican that they should kill themselves, and the one time on Bill Maher I said under my breath, “I wish they were all dead,” I immediately apologized before anybody barked at me about it. It was the wrong thing to say, and I apologized before anybody yelled at me. I didn’t wait for there to be a scandal to apologize. You know, when you run your mouth for a living, sometimes you run yourself into a ditch. It’s important at those moments to man-up and say, “Hey, that was wrong.”
Well, usually they’re lying or they’re full of it, or they’re confused about what bullying is. Bullying is a power relationship; it’s about the powerful picking on the weak and the vulnerable and the persecuted. That I have an opinion
People try to claim that I’m a bully – and it’s bullshit. It’s actually a form of bullying, you know, when queers show up and somebody throws a jar at your face and dumps glitter on you and says that you’re an anti-trans bigot.
Rick Santorum says I’ve bullied him – because he is somehow the moral equivalent of a vulnerable and isolated closeted gay 13-year-old growing up in Texas How does it feel going from cheeky columnist who has no support and nowhere to turn? That’s Rick to a leader in the LGBT movement after launch- Santorum? This is dumbing bullying down to mean absoing the It Gets Better Project? lutely everything.
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that not all queer people look like us, have penises like the both of us happen to, want the same things out of life – and it would only be meaningful if there was a lot of everybody, a lot of different kinds of queer people. We got 100 videos in probably 12 or 24 hours, and it kind of blew us away. That just this week It Gets Better launched in Portugal and Italy, and there are It Gets Better Projects in Latin America, Australia, the United Kingdom and Sweden – it’s kind of amazing. There’s probably 80,000 videos, and millions of people have taken part in the projects. To accuse somebody in the hothouse environment of queer activism of being an anti-queer bigot is bullying, especially when you’ve got nothing to back it up. Where does this hatred come from? How did you become this “bully” within the gay community? What that comes from is that some fucking queer people are crazy. That’s where that comes from! (Laughs) I’m for trans-inclusion. I keep pointing out that the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal is not finished because trans people are banned from serving in the military, and I raised $5,000 for a trans woman’s funeral on my blog in 2004. Buck Angel and Kate Bornstein have been guest sexperts. Find me a sex-advice columnist who was seeking out the opinions of high-profile trans people 15 years ago and lending them their platform. If that amounts to anti-trans bigotry, if I’m the enemy in the trans community, then the trans community could use more enemies like me.
It became part of a sensation, and then celebrities and politicians started jumping in; we did not solicit videos from celebrities and politicians. The ones that are really valuable to everyday ordinary queer kids are the everyday ordinary queer people who you haven’t heard of. We don’t want to say that to be happy and loved you have to be Ellen, because not everybody gets to be Ellen. Some of your critics thought that It Gets Better was too passive, that we should tell kids to fight back. Scott Thompson of The Kids in the Hall told me his advice to kids would be to “grow a pair.”
(Laughs) You know what, that’s what some people said in the videos. One of our favorite videos was from Gabrielle Rivera, this Latina lesbian poet in the Bronx who made this video that some people thought we would hate. In her video she’s like, “I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t get better. These white people and their money, and they can sit in their nice apartments.” But she was like, “Fuck The It Gets Better Project wasn’t the Suck My Dick, I’m that and these people. I’m here to tell you it does not get Dan Savage Project. (My partner) Terry (Miller) and I got it better; I’m here to tell you, you get stronger.” That’s grow rolling and then stepped out of the way. And a lot of trans a pair – or you will have a pair grown for you. (Laughs) people made videos. Some of the first videos that came in were from trans people and upped the visibility of trans Most of the misconceptions people have of what’s in the people. I’m the executive producer of the two It Gets videos can be cured if they spend five minutes watchBetter specials that we did for MTV, which reached miling them. If you watch them, what you see are people lions and millions of people. One of the six stories we told talking about how they made it better themselves, what was Aydian’s – who’s trans! What’s funny is that anything they did, how they demanded better of their families and I do that is vaguely in-line with stuff that I’ve always done their communities. It didn’t just happen to them – the sun that’s pro-trans is now, “He’s just covering up for his didn’t just come up and it was better one day. So there’s transphobia by being pro-trans.” nothing passive about the project. The It Gets Better Project has become a world- Who told you it gets better when you were a wide movement. Did you anticipate it taking off kid? like it has? People have asked me, “Would you have liked there to be No, absolutely not. When I announced it, I thought it an It Gets Better Project for you?” and I’ve always said would be this cool project for my readers. We hoped that there was. When I was 13 years old in 1977, growing that we would get about 100 videos, because I felt like up in Chicago, I remember very distinctly being out at if we got 100 videos, we’d get some of everybody. Terry the movies with my mother, siblings and dad – and there and I were both aware when we released that first video were two gay guys in line holding hands in front of us. 46 // davidatlanta.com
My parents were kind of unhappy and freaked out, and I just remember looking at the couple and going, “I always knew I was different. Now I know how.” I just looked at them and thought, “They look happy; I’ll be OK.” And they were telling a story, which is what the project is about. Fifty years ago, you used to think you were the only queer person in the world. You didn’t think there was another boy like you. Queer kids don’t grow up with that kind of isolation anymore. But there are bullied queer kids out there who know there are happy queer adults in the world, but they don’t know how you get to be one. But so many of us suffered, and then we got past it. With this project, we were able to share those stories. And there have been other suicides since that have been earth-shattering, particularly Jamey Rodemeyer’s suicide. We’ve heard from thousands of kids – and some parents, even. And nobody writes about the kids who didn’t kill themselves. It’s not a news story when a gay kid doesn’t kill him- or herself.
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Who do you go to for advice? I used to go to my mom, but my mom passed away, so I go to my brother Billy. He gives great advice. He’s a smart dude. Does Terry give you good advice? (Laughs) Well … Terry and I are spouses; we talk about everything. Terry is a very smart person, but usually when I need advice it’s about Terry, so I can’t really go to Terry.
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fairyscopes ARIES (March 20 – April 19): With the new year
LIBRA (September 23 – October 22): What friends
coming, you will feel more in tune with the times, a mixed blessing these days. Learn to focus and shield your sensitivity. To care for others effectively, care for yourself first.
say about your sex life is none of their business, but that doesn’t mean it’s not true. Being sensitive, open and patient with others will help you to improve your reputation, very likely in ways you don’t expect.
TAURUS (April 20 – May 20): Getting too big for your
SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21): The everconfusing element to personal relationships is about to get more deep and complex. Your efforts at charm and rationalization to clear the air are beside the point. Welcome the magic and mystery. It can do you a lot of good.
britches undermines the respect people have for you. Humility, charity and a bit of self-deprecating humor will help. A critical review of recent career moves can suggest new directions, but don’t change tack quite yet!
GEMINI (May 21- June 20): Flirtatious impulses can prove a bit too extravagant. Remember, one perfect rose is more elegant than a dozen. Don’t dwell on the years that have passed, but think about where you want to be in the future and how to get there.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 20): Who are your friends really? The answers will be surprising, both good and bad. Focus on the good. As much as some people may deserve your wrath, be careful not to say anything you’ll regret later.
CANCER (June 21- July 22): Wanting to be healthier and prettier is OK, but when self-improvement becomes competition with others look at what inner demons are feeding that jealousy. Don’t be the evil queen asking, “Mirror, mirror…” Meditation and selfexamination bring out your deep, inner beauty.
CAPRICORN (December 21 – January 19): Who are
LEO (July 23 – August 22): Worries about your career are not entirely unfounded, but they are likely exaggerated. Watch out for new opportunities. They will cost you, but may be worth the price. Look ahead and think carefully!
AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18): There is
VIRGO (August 23 – September 22): Arguments at home are really about stresses outside: tensions with friends or worries over the future. Home should be where you can discuss your agitation and get better insights. Stay calm and focused and it could be.
PISCES (February 19 – March 19): Weird insights
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your friends really? The answers will be surprising, both good and bad. Focus on the good. As much as some people may deserve your wrath, be careful not to say anything you’ll regret later.
such a thing as being too nice and there is a middle ground between needless controversies and sweeping important issues under the rug. Blowhard, diplomat or sycophant? The role you choose will brand you for a long time.
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Whoever said it’s better to give than receive has obviously never gotten a blowjob.
As soon as I meet a guy, I wonder what his penis looks like. I know it may look like I was being a bitch, but that’s only because I was acting like a bitch. Does a bottle of vodka count as a New Year’s date? Because in that case, yes, I have a date.
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There needs to be a day between Sunday and Monday.
I’d tell you to go fuck yourself, but you would probably delegate that to me too.
All I want for Christmas is some dick.