RIP Gore Vidal, 1925-2012

Iconic author, playwright and political activist Gore Vidal has passed away from pneumonia at 86. Via USA Today:

Gore Vidal, the author, playwright, politician and commentator whose novels, essays, plays and opinions were stamped by his immodest wit and unconventional wisdom, died Tuesday, his nephew said.

Vidal died at his home in the Hollywood Hills at about 6:45 p.m. of complications from pneumonia, Burr Steers said. Vidal had been living alone in the home and had been sick for “quite a while,” he said.

Along with such contemporaries as Norman Mailer andTruman Capote, Vidal was among the last generation of literary writers who were also genuine celebrities — fixtures on talk shows and in gossip columns, personalities of such size and appeal that even those who hadn’t read their books knew who they were.

His works included hundreds of essays; the best-selling novels Lincoln and Myra Breckenridge; the groundbreaking The City and the Pillar, among the first novels about openly gay characters; and the Tony-nominated play The Best Man, revived on Broadway in 2012.

Tall and distinguished looking, with a haughty baritone not unlike that of his conservative arch-enemy William F. Buckley, Vidal appeared cold and cynical on the surface. But he bore a melancholy regard for lost worlds, for the primacy of the written word, for “the ancient American sense that whatever is wrong with human society can be put right by human action.”

Vidal was rumored to be gay and was featured in the mid-1990s documentary about closeted Hollywood men, The Celluloid Closet. At one point, he was engaged to Joanne Woodward before she married Paul Newman.

Sexy Tom Hardy’s ‘Star Trek’ Screen Test (VIDEO)

picture-of-patrick-stewart-and-tom-hardy-in-star-trek-nemesis-large-picture-number-13You may or may not remember, but Tom Hardy (in his early career) played Captain Picard’s clone in the motion picture “Star Trek: Nemisis.” As a Trekkie, I love ST trivia. Watch the video below:

And as you know, Hardy has grown into a sexy son of a bitch…via Buzzfeed

The Sexy Studs of Up Your Alley 2012 (NSFW)

San Francisco photographer Rich Trove is a stable in our SOMA leather scene. My partner and I have had the opportunity to be photographed by Rich on several occasions. Above are shots he took at this past Sunday’s Up Your Alley Street Fair (aka Dore Alley).  Check out Rich’s massive quantity of photos documenting our lives in SOMA. And, you will probably see someone you know!

As for my Dore, here is my living room below after the event. Not bad, eh?

Le Fag Declares Bjorn Barrefors The Most Hung Olympian

With a name like Bjorn Barrefors, he should have a big bulge (sorry for the alliteration). I do love the Summer Olympics. All these hot boys – muscular, in shape, living in close quarters, showering together. Aaah, I miss my high school locker room.

Check out Le Fag for more of Bjorn’s bulge!

Amazon: You’re In The One Million Moms Club!

One Million Moms — the special mom’s club of the American Family Association — loves its boycotts. First, it was Ellen Degeneres and JCPenney. Now, they want all of you gay haters to stop shopping at Amazon.

Recently, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos gave $2.5 million to the fight to preserve marriage equality in Washington state. Of course, the hundreds (not millions) of conservative ladies find this act despicable, and in their daily goal to belittle the gays even more the organization wants you to join its latest expression of insanity.

But with all these boycotts, even some of the group’s followers are disgruntled:

I wonder if the organization realizes that Amazon servers host practically every major website out there. Into today’s conglomerate world, a boycott needs to cover a breadth of subsidiaries, product lines and business units. And as Tamara comments above, “OMM is eventually going to run out of places to Eat, Shop, Work, etc.”

Good luck! At least the moms can still eat Chick-fil-A!