Anthony Fauci, Benjamin Scheuer, Halle Berry, Isaac Dunbar, Snoop Dog, Phyllis Lyon, Baby Yoda, Why Your Foreskin Matters, and MORE: GAYNRD DAILY #ThrowbackThursday

PANTSDRUNK The Finnish tradition of getting tipsy at home in your underwear is gaining in popularity in the Americans stuck at home says the New York Times. “To me it’s about relaxing and thinking about other things than work, responsibilities, or obligations,” said Mark Nesbitt, 31, a bartender in Reno, Nev., who has been drinking at home a lot in his boxers, ever since the Rum Sugar Lime, the bar where he works, was ordered shut to encourage social distancing. “It’s about spending time with yourself or people you love and doing anything or nothing.”

While pantsdrunk may seem like just another excuse to drink at home, there are key differences. The person does not intend to go out afterward, so it is not a pre-gaming session. And the dress code is beyond lax. If swilling in sweatpants seems cozy, quaffing in underwear is an entirely other level of comfort.

GRATUITOUS Any muscle worshippers out there and superman lovers? You’re welcome.

 

MEET Isaac Dunbar: the new queer prince of pop. The Gay Times interviewed the singer saying that, thanks to his infectious pop anthems about the queer teen experience and laidback approach to social media, Isaac Dunbar has garnered quite the online following. ‘Stan Twitter’ often hail the 17-year-old as a “king!” and ask if he’ll adopt them as his child, or if they can send him their cat in the post. Very normal behaviour, yes, but he’s taking it all in his stride. “My fans are like my besties,” he tells us ahead of the release of his second EP, Isaac’s Insects, which also happens to be the ‘Monsters’ and ‘Beyhive’-esque name he’s assigned to his loyal supporters. “Their love saved me a couple of months ago.” Although he exudes confidence in his videos and his lyrics often tackle political issues from gender norms, societal expectations, suicide and homophobia, it’s taken a long time for Isaac to be embrace his LGBTQ identity.

“I did struggle with my sexuality a lot, and expressing myself,” he reveals. “I just know that any sort of insults or disbelief of my lifestyle comes from a place of insecurity, and it comes from a place of ignorance, so I just can’t take it personally.”

Read the full interview here.

HISTORY LESSON Historian William Mann talks to Deadline about how the 1918 Spanish Flu changed Hollywood forever and how COVID-19 might too.

GRATUITOUS 2XS Ah, remembering a time when physical distancing didn’t exist.

THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK in the United States largely began in Europe. According to the New York Times, “New research indicates that the coronavirus began to circulate in the New York area by mid-February, weeks before the first confirmed case, and that travelers brought in the virus mainly from Europe, not Asia. “The majority is clearly European,” said Harm van Bakel, a geneticist at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, who co-wrote a study awaiting peer review. A separate team at N.Y.U. Grossman School of Medicine came to strikingly similar conclusions, despite studying a different group of cases. Both teams analyzed genomes from coronaviruses taken from New Yorkers starting in mid-March. The research revealed a previously hidden spread of the virus that might have been detected if aggressive testing programs had been put in place.

SNL will air this week. On Thursday, NBC said that “S.N.L.”, its long-running sketch variety series, will broadcast an episode on Saturday that will include new content created outside of its traditional home at Studio 8H in Rockefeller Center said the NY Times. NBC said in a statement that this original material would be “produced remotely as ‘S.N.L.’ practices social distancing.” Although no guest host or musical performers were mentioned, the statement added that this new episode would include the recurring “Weekend Update” segment along with “other original content from ‘S.N.L.’ cast members.”

WORK We are living for Halle Berry’s 6 year-old son Maceo who worked these white boots in a post she made to Instagram called, “#Quarantine Day 12 🥴.” Halle responded to one commenter who referred to her son as a ‘she’: “Well it’s a he and he is having a ball. Tryna cope the best he can. Laughter helps a lot right now! It’s tight on these kids right now. Let’s have a laugh and some compassion.”

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DISNEY IS LOSING THE WAR against bootleg Baby Yodas. When Disney intentionally delayed making Baby Yoda merchandise in order to keep the character’s existence a secret, artists and opportunists filled the gap with crochet plushies, T-shirts, Christmas ornaments, and self-referential coffee mugs. When Disney finally came out with official Baby Yoda swag, it was widely criticized for looking rushed, because, well, it was. But if you’re unhappy with what the Mouse has to offer, there are plenty of online stores with every kind of Baby Yoda merchandise you could want, just in time for the holidays reports Medium. What is clear is that, for now, artists who use characters that Disney owns are in violation of the law, even if their products are homemade and derivative and add their own unique style to the character design. So, why do so many stores like Etsy still sell them?

The more likely explanation is that Disney just can’t keep up — and Etsy isn’t incentivized to do much to help the corporation enforce its copyright or trademark.

 

ANTHONY FAUCI says we are at war. “We are in a war. I mean, I actually think this is exactly what generals or leaders in real, you know, violent combat wars feel,” he says in “A Conversation With Dr. Anthony Fauci.”

THURSDAY THIRST TRAP Jared Celma in Barcelona says, “Dije “yo nunca” tantas veces, que se acabó convirtiendo  en “yo siempre.” Which Google translates as I said “I never” so many times, it ended up becoming
in “me always.”

SAFETY ADVICE If You Must Visit the Grocery Store. The Wall Street Journal says, “Deliveries are safer during the coronavirus pandemic, but sometimes a store visit is unavoidable. Here are the precautions to take.”

 

ASTROLOGER Eric Francis has your horoscope for Thursday, April 9: The Day of Excess. Scorpio Moon opposite Uranus, and square Mars, overnight.

TOP 5 reasons relationship break-ups will spike after quarantine. Reason 5? “One or both of you will realize this isn’t who you want for the ‘hard times’ in life …because going through a difficult, trying time makes one or both of you realize that this isn’t the person you want for tough times. This is different than simply being in lockdown together and having to hang out with the other person. That’s about enjoying their company in a vacuum, and the gist of that is whether you even like it at all, distractions aside,” according to Medium.

#TBT to “Anatomy of the Penis: Penile and Foreskin Neurology” by Ken McGrath, Senior Lecturer in Pathology at the Faculty of Health, Auckland University of Technology and Member of the New Zealand Institute of Medical Laboratory Scientists. In the video he discusses his research into the neural anatomy of the human penis and the physical damages caused by circumcision. McGrath is author of The Frenular Delta: A New Preputial Structure published in Understanding Circumcision: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to a Multi-Dimensional Problem.

RELATED: Male Circumcision is Cosmetic at Best and Exactly Like Female Genital Mutilation and Should Not Be Practiced on Non-Consenting Adults: STUDY

STAY HOMEdon’t forget where you belong, home.” One Direction fans could be in for a treat this year as bookies odds recently tumbled on a reunion being announced before the end of 2020. Now, Express.co.uk can reveal Zayn Malik is odds-on to join his former bandmates Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Liam Payne for a comeback. #OneDirection2020

#ICYMI Snoop Dog says “”Do not go outside unless you have to. The longer you stay outside, the longer [we’re] going to be inside.”

LOVE WINS “We Found Love 🤴🏽❤️🤴🏾✨.” Stay gold young kings.

IN MEMORIAM The Los Angeles LGBT Center Mourns the Death of Pioneering LGBTQ Activist Phyllis Lyon: In response to the passing of iconic LGBTQ activist and journalist Phyllis Lyon, who co-founded the nation’s first lesbian organization Daughters of Bilitis, Center Chief of Staff Darrel Cummings issued the following statement:
“There are many who can rightfully claim that they helped build the modern movement for LGBTQ rights. But among those many pioneers, there are few who can claim so central a role as Phyllis Lyon and her wife Del. While the loss of Phyllis makes this a profoundly sad day, I hope we can focus on the groundbreaking impact she and Del had on our community from the founding of the Daughters of Bilitis to their hard-fought battles to transform the National Organization for Women (NOW) into a lesbian-inclusive organization and their activism on behalf of LGBTQ seniors.

“We will miss Phyllis to be sure, but we will always feel her presence in the continuing march toward full equality and justice for the LGBTQ community.”

Above: Del Martin (left) and Phyllis Lyon (right) exchange rings as they are married by San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom in a private ceremony at San Francisco City Hall June 16, 2008, in San Francisco. (Marcio Jose Sanchez-Pool/Getty Images) 
VIDEO OF THE DAY “I Am Samantha” from singer-songwriter Benjamin Scheuer. The touching track recounts the real-life journey of Samantha Williams – a transgender woman who Scheuer first met and befriended at a coffeeshop in New York City. As Scheuer learned about Samantha’s story – and she in turn learned about his career as a singer/songwriter – she reflected on the fact she’d never heard a song about someone named Samantha. He promised her to change that, filling notebooks with details of her life and her journey to transition, and ultimately writing what is now “I Am Samantha.”

“I Am Samantha” is the story of one trans woman. It is also the story of what it means to love and be loved. With uncommon empathy, Scheuer unpacks not just Samantha’s journey, but the human journey we all take to find identity, acceptance, and love.

THIRST TRAP PSA Kevin Del Brotto says, “Protect yourself and protect others in this damn this virus! make you cool at home.” 🙏🏽😘😘😘 #home #relax #coronavirus #united#gayboy #underwear