On the Rag, Vol. 467


A weekly look at what's making news in the gay mags:

Get Out!: Seth Fornea and Vinny Vega look Pump-ed and ready! / Online edition HERE.

Edge Media: Radio Ad Campaign Opposes Texas "Bathroom Bill" / Read HERE.

Metro Weekly (D.C.): Studio Theatre enters the world of LGBTQ ballroom culture with a thrilling, immersive production of Tarell Alvin McCraney's poetic masterpiece "Wig Out!" / Read HERE.

HIV Plus: Freddie Mercury Biopic Will Not Mention HIV/AIDS / Read HERE.

QX (London): People across the LGBTQ spectrum recount their experiences of living, working and partying in Hong Kong / Read HERE.

Out magazine: The Power 50 list for 2017 is HERE.

GCN (Dublin): "Below Her Mouth" stars Natalie Krill and Erika Linder out front / Read HERE

POZ: Body’s Protection Against Autoimmune Disease May Shield HIV / Read HERE.

Lavender (Twin Cities): Revisit Pride in photos! Read HERE.

The Gay U.K.: Milan Christopher’s poolside attire leaves NOTHING to the imagination / Read HERE.

Echo (Phoenix): The Wedding Issue / Read HERE.

Gay Times (U.K.): The boys of Garçon Model are bulging out of their pants / Read HERE.

Attitude (U.K.): Gay extreme athlete -- or is it extremely gay athlete? -- Gavan Hennigan graces the cover of the August issue / Read HERE.

Têtu (France): This Instagram account will make you a little red / Read HERE.

The Advocate: Just when you think Republicans can't get more vile / Read HERE.

Get Out!: Meet Tomik Dash / Read HERE.

Winq (and a nod): Glasgow cathedral becomes first in the U.K. to host gay weddings / Read HERE.

The Body: "Monsters Among Us" Writer Andrew Shayde on Comics and the LGBTQ Community / Read HERE.

Passport: Sightseeing in Style -- Once-in-a-Lifetime Experiences / Read HERE.

Song of the Day: 'Just Got Paid' by Johnny Kemp


Broke into this song yesterday at work only to be greeted with blank stares from my 30something colleagues, who earlier in the day were talking about the suicide of the leader singer of something called Limp Bizkit Linkin Park -- a band I couldn't name one song by, much less who the lead singer is. Led me to Johnny Kemp's Wikipedia page, which sadly revealed that he too was dead, after falling and hitting his head while walking on some rocks off the coast of Montego Bay in 2015. RIP.

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The New York Post: Nicole Brown's sister rips into O.J. after 'conflict-free life' claim

The Daily News: New York's more sensible tabloid started out with this cover ...

 ... but then realized it could do better after that doozy of a "defense"

The New York Times: Naturally Trump is mad at Jeff Sessiosn for the only honorable thing the elf has ever done

The Wall Street Journal: Supreme Court’s Junior Justice Has to Run the Cafeteria. Don’t Eat There

Rosanne Cash Has Lunch With the Gray Lady


ICYMI: Rosanne Cash and hubby John Levnthal performed a few songs and answered a few questions at New York Times headquarters earlier today in Midtown. They're promoting the 30th anniversary of her classic "King's Record Shop" LP  -- just reissued with bells 'n' whistles (on CD and digitally) and on vinyl -- as well as the vinyl debut of "Black Cadillac," which is arguably her masterpiece. The Q&A was awfully cute, and revealed a detail of their romance that reminded me of my own, which I'll tell you more about next week in Song of the Day. xo

Upcoming tour dates HERE.

Earlier in the day I got a reply on Twitter, which is always fun.

Hunks of 'House Hunters'


Damian and I got into watching "House Hunters" while we were spending time with my brother Bill on Capitol Hill after his cancer diagnosis. Now that Bill is no longer with us, I still kind of enjoy watching it for sentimental reasons. Recently we got a new DVR -- one that essentially has an endless amount of storage space, as opposed to its predecessor that constantly forced me to make Sophie's choice between "Mary Tyler Moore" reruns and new episodes of "On the Case With Paula Zahn" -- so began taping "House Hunters" on our own. We quickly found HGTV shows it often enough that we could get more than 200 of 'em -- plus the international and renovation spinoffs -- and while watching a couple a night we started to realize there must be a gay guy working in the casting department. Although I should have starting taking photos of all of the hot men the second I realized what was going on -- and there's definitely something going on, what with all of the "former jocks" who appear! -- enough Grade A beef has been on the prowl for a new property for me to have a backlog, the first of which I bring you today as part of my new series -- the Hunks of "House Hunters"!

Perhaps not surprisingly, Damian and I quickly learned the first rule of "House Hunters" is that the gay couples are almost never hot. (The straight guys, however ...)

So that's why I decided to kick things off less homophobically with this guy, who was described as this chick's "best friend" ...

Kind of like when my brother Bill tracked down (on Facebook) our babysitter from the early '70s -- a Marcia Brady lookalike who lived next door -- who used to watch us after my mom had to go back to work when she divorced my dad. "Oh, I remember Cheryl," Mom said as she turned to me. "You two were gal pals."