Gay History in Tuscon, AZ

From station KOLD in Tuscon, AZ comes this news report that focuses on a little bit of Gay History in Tuscon.

From the first gay rodeo to educational materials, art and the AIDs epidemic of the 1980s.

The start of this history really begins in the 1970s.

A car dealership now, the Stonewall Tavern at 2921 First Avenue holds as a dubious distinction.

“I could have been there, it just so happens that that particular night I wasn’t,” said James Uhrig.

Richard Heakin was 21 years old when he was beaten to death. The suspects, a group of teens, allegedly were on the lookout for gays to attack in June 1976…

…Tucson Pride formed and the city passed an anti-discrimination measure, one of the first in the nation.

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Random Eye Candy: Julian W. Lucas

The best thing about model Julian W. Lucas Instagram is the tag line in the bio; “If you’re not laughing, you’re doing it wrong” good life advice.

Read more about Julian W. Lucas in “Gay Star News”

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Vandal burns gay pride flag; DC woman puts it back up ‘higher and prouder’

From WJLA in Washington, DC:

A rainbow flag had been flying freely with pride on Gales Street NE. Until this past Sunday.

“I came home from work and my neighbors tipped me off that it was burned and left on the sidewalk,” explained Shawna Dinger.

The flag is covered with melted burn marks now.

“I was actually sad and heartbroken at first, because I don’t understand that kind of hate,” Dinger said. “I figured it was coming off the Charlottesville weekend.”…

[The rainbow flag is] now screwed to a second-floor window. She also put up this message.

“To whoever tore down and burned my gay pride flag: I hung it up higher and prouder than before. It was a little low.”

Along with the quote: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” -Martin Luther King Jr.

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Goultown’s Ode to Elvira

I have been a fan of Elvira’s since she first appeared on my midnight movie screen. I love the humor she brings to Halloween and hosting all those B-rate horror flicks. I was thrilled to find this ode to the Mistress of the Dark from the rock group Goultown.


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Telling our Story: Matt Dallas and Blue Hamilton

Telling our individual coming out stories never gets tiring because there is still someone out there who needs to hear it. They need to hear it to help education them about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender folks. They need to hear it because while we have come a long way, we still have a way to go. They need to hear it because somewhere in the world there is someone who still needs to know that they are not alone; that there is someone else who knows what they are going through; and that being gay and coming out is okay.

In this youtube video, actor, Matt Dallas and musician, Blue Hamilton tell us their stories; a little bit more humorous than tearjearkering.

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Today In LGBT History: Gay Spaces Before They Were Gay

Two web sites that focus on local information and history for Washington, D.C. helped me solve a bit of mystery and brought me some more knowledge about one of my favorite old haunts, the former Remington’s of Washington, D.C.

Remington’s was a hugely popular country-western gay bar on Capital Hill in Washington, D.C. It hosted dance lessons, regular performances from DC’s all male dance group, The DC Cowboys and on weekends would be packed to the gills with folks socializing and twirling around the floor in line dances and partner dances.

As D.C.’s nightlife moved more toward the center of the city and north to U Street area, Remington’s saw less and less patronage. Eventually, in the spring of 2014, the bar decided to close the saloon doors.

After the closing, I noticed a new sign hanging at the space, The Golden Garter. I assumed The Golden Garter was the new business taking over the former Remington’s space. Curious about what it could be, I asked the magic Google genie who directed me to the websites Ghosts of DC and the Hill is Home. Both provided some fascinating history on the building pre-Remington’s: Continue reading

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Quote of the Day: Generational Gap

Out magazine interviews filmmaker Dustin Lance Black and Olympian Tom Daley about their meeting and relationship for the magazine’s annual love issue. The most striking quote of the interview comes from Black, who comments on the different generational thinking between himself and Tom Daley, who is 20 years his junior.

Black: I can’t imagine what it’s like today to discover who you are, and to start to fall in love, and your first thought is not, I could be imprisoned or be forced to undergo electro-shock therapy, but you start thinking about your wedding cake, and who you’re going to invite to the ceremony. It’s a huge change in LGBT culture, and it’s got to be lifesaving.

The quote makes me smile because it shows just how far we come, internally and individually, as a community.

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Catch Up with Country Stars gives us an update on some of the great ladies of country music and what they are up to now.

photo credit Judy Eddy/WENN

Lee Ann Womack
“I Hope You Dance.” For avid country music listeners, has a week gone by since 2000 that you haven’t heard that Lee Ann Womack classic? After the track’s enormous success on both the country and mainstream charts, Lee Ann attempted a pop crossover, but it didn’t go so well. Soon enough, she was back singing traditional country music and by 2014, she’d released her seventh studio album, “The Way I’m Livin,” to critical acclaim. Continue reading

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Country Greats Who Passed Away in 2015

Nash Country Weekly has a list of musicians, singers and songwriters who we have lost in 2015. Below is a sampling of some of the names.

In Memoriam: Country Greats Who Passed Away in 2015

Lynn Anderson, 67, singer (photo by Anne Goetze/PLA Media)

Lynn Anderson, July 30, 2015. – Lynn recorded one of country’s most iconic hits, “Rose Garden,” which also became a crossover smash. Lynn won the 1971 Country Music Association award for Female Vocalist of the Year and scored five No. 1 hits, including “Rose Garden,” during her career. Read more about Lynn Anderson.

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Why it Gets Better: 10 2015 Ads Featuring LGBTs

As mentioned in a previous post, seeing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender (LGBT) folks in advertising used to be considered marketing poison. General public sentiment against LGBT folks kept advertisers from featuring our community in their ads. Those that did market to us did so quietly; in specific gay-only publications. That is now no longer the case.

Out magazine notes Ad Age‘s highlight of 10 LGBT advertisements of 2015.

My two favorites are the Tiffany’s ad and the Campbell’s Soup ad below. I like them both because Continue reading

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