Is Your City Riddled With STDs? You’ll Be Surprised

Check out the interactive map here.

If you wonder if that trick you brought home gave you the clap, or if your crabs came with your Grindr hookup, this map and study will help you determine the odds of contracting an STD based on your city. The top 10 are listed below.

With Alabama leading the charge, the state's leadership should stop griping about same-sex marriage and work on reducing infection between hetero (and gay) couples. Here are the Top 10 U.S. cities:

You can check out how your state ranks here.

 

That TV Chef Ryan Nicholas Is Delicious #HHD

The internet was abuzz with the video of hot chef Ryan Nicholas getting a TV talk show host’s panties in a wad yesterday.

No surprise here as we look at more pics coming out of the hunky chef. Enjoy…

 

Today’s Chicken Soup Digest: Shirtless Celebrity Edition

In case you missed it, there are tons of half-naked, sunburned, stretched and skinny celebrities prancing around social media this week. I am at 30,000 feet above Utah on my way to Boston so I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my time.

Share your own finds in comments!

Justin Bieber strips down on his skateboard and Sam Smith gets skinny and sunburned.

Matthew Lewis (our favorite Neville Longbottom from ‘Harry Potter’ continues to be smoking hot in this outtake from his ‘Attitude’ photo shoot:

Cristiano Ronaldo gets his legs stretched and split….

And bobsledder Simon Dunn has been declared the hottest man in the world

And how was your week on social media?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello, Tyler Posey

From 'Teen Wolf' hunk Tyler Posey's Instagram.

 

Jake Shears In Drag and the Hunks of ‘Bent’

 

'Bent' is a play about gays held in concentration camps in WW2. If you've heard the term 'pink triangle,' it derives from the pink triangles gay Nazi prisoners had to wear. The play was written in 1979 and Richard Gere was in the original cast. You might have seen the film adaptation that starred Colin Firth.

A revival of the play is underway in Los Angeles and Jake Shears takes on his first acting role as a German drag queen (and she sings the only musical number in the show). As Shears tells Queerty:

Queerty: How did the opportunity to appear in Bent come to you?

Jake Shears: They came to me. They asked if I was interested in reading for the part and doing the show. At first I just assumed that if anyone was asking me to be in their play that it must be a really shitty play. [Laughs] I didn’t even look at who or what it was. I just saw an email that asked if I was interested in reading for the role of Greta. I didn’t know the play, but I didn’t even see the title in the email. I just saw the name Greta. I ignored it and they wrote to me again and I finally realized what it was. I saw that Moises Kaufman was directing and I love his work so much. I worked on the part for a few days on my own then went in and read for it.

Well, by now you must be familiar with the incredible legacy of the play.

Definitely. It’s such an awesome play. It’s been amazing talking to people who’ve seen it over the years. When I was writing the song for the show… The lyrics are in the show, but I wrote the music with Lance Horn, there were all these funny crossovers. We were writing one night and Alan Cumming came into the apartment. We sang it for him. He played Max in the West End in 2006. I’ve got a lot of friends who saw the original production on Broadway and told me stories about it. It’s been interesting. It’s a show that’s touched a lot of people. It’s been amazing to discover its legacy.

Greta is a very interesting, deceptively complex character. How would you describe her?

Greta is a drag performer who owns the club that Rudy dances in and Rudy’s boyfriend Max frequents the club and sells cocaine there. Greta is the mother of the house, but she’s also a businesswoman. She’s got a wife and kids.

The play spends the bulk of its plot showing the touching but non-sexual relationship of two gay men at the concentration camp.

While a depressing and stoic story, the new play does have its share of hotties playing lead roles. Broadway actor and cast member on 'Smash' Andy Mientus joins Shears and the rest of the cast in what I hear is a gripping adaptation of the play.

The play continues through Aug. 23, 2015, at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. For tickets and information, please visit CenterTheatreGroup.org or call (213) 628-2772.

 

Watch: Ted Cruz Grateful for Anti-gay Bigotry

Attempting to steal thunder from Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz is thankful to a couple who refuses to marry gays. Via Pink News:

In the video, Cruz highlighted the story of Dick and Betty Odgaard, from Iowa, who run the Gortz Haus Gallery.

Last month the couple decided to close the gallery’s doors, rather than simply allow same-sex couples to marry there.

The gallery, which includes a bistro and wedding venue, has struggled in recent years since its owners, Dick and Betty Odgaard refused to host a same-sex wedding.

The couple in January announced that they would no longer host any weddings, rather than allow same-sex couples to marry there.

They cited their religion as their reason for not wanting to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry there.

Now, with falling profits, the couple have announced that they will close the business permanently, as soon as August.

“Dick and Betty inspire me,” Cruz says in the video. He goes on to highlight the couple’s “incredible journey fighting to defend religious liberty.”

“We have no hatred toward gay people,” Mrs Odgaard says.

Cruz pledged to “uphold the sacrament of marriage” when announcing his run for President in March.

He was picked as top choice for President last year by attendees at the anti-gay Values Voter Summit – which is run by a group that regularly compares gay rights to the holocaust.

Read more here and watch:

http://youtu.be/GvwuZKhRa4E

San Francisco: Celebrating 30 Years of ‘Up Your Alley’ This Weekend

 

This weekend marks the 30th year of Up Your Alley street fair – more commonly known as Dore Alley. While I will be on the East Coast and missing the event this year, it remains one of my favorite gay-themed events.

The event has grown over the years and its interesting history can be found here.

The event's big brother, Folsom Street Fair, is still by far the largest of the two festivals. But, for a more local kink flair, I would highly recommend Dore. Put on your best chaps, rubber or jock strap and check it out – but, be prepared for your nuts freezing off when the typical summer San Francisco fog rolls in.

 

 

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