James Baldwin, Ian McKellan, Milo Yiannapoulus, Lil Nas X, Yvonne Orji, Elliot Page, Janet Jackson, Issa Rae, Michael Cimino, David Hogg, Tom Hiddleston, Gal Uchovsky, and More: #GAYNRD DAILY

#GAYNRD DAILY the news and art round-up for Friday, June 11, 2021. Art above by JasDavi. Photo below: Provincetown, early Thursday morning by Andy Towle.

FRIDAY FUNNY If you’re my bro….

PRIDE TRANSFOMS Lil Nas X.

#FLASHBACK FRIDAY

MILO MILO MILO looking like Evan Peters as Pietro Maximoff from WandaVision.

IS LOKI genderfluid? A publicity photo for the first episode of the mercurial Asgardian trickster god’s eponymous series on Disney+ shows the Time Variance Authority’s intelligence file as showing the word “fluid” as opposed to male or female as their sex. Rumors that Lady Loki could be making appearance would be bolstered by this piece of evidence.

TOM HIDDLESTON ten year challenge? How does he look younger?

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THE FIVE-YEAR Pulse Remembrance Ceremony will be Saturday, June 12 at 7 p.m. EST. according to their Facebook page. The general public is invited to watch a live stream of the ceremony at Dr. Phillips Center’s Frontyard Festival by reserving a free, outdoor, socially distant box with seating for up to five at drphillipscenter.org. Boxes are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and proof of reservation is required to enter.

They will also live stream the ceremony on their YouTube channel.

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GOODBYE Yvonne Orji posted about the last day onset of HBO’s Insecure. The show defied all expectations when it debuted and relatively unknown creator Issa Rae has emerged as a power player in Hollywood. Orji wrote: “Last night we said goodbye and God Bless to, not only Molly, but also to our fearless leader, @the_a_prentice. We cried a river, group-hugged, ate cake & popped multiple bottles.

I’m gon’miss the heck outta these beautiful people. This wasn’t just a show with some co-stars that I HAD to work with. This was a family that I was privileged to grow with, learn from, and do life with.

As we each move on to other projects, we know that we’ll always have this moment, this experience, these last 6 years. What a blessing. WHAT. A. MUTHA. EFFIN. BLESSING.”

Rae replied: :”Not you making me cry all over again. Lather, rinse, repeating ass.”

ME: I’m not crying, you are!

Orji’s wonderful 2020 comedy special, Momma I Made It, is currently streaming on HBO Max.

 

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IAN MCKELLAN is on the cover of The Guardian newspaper’s Sunday magazine The Observer. 

Broadway.com: Another reason to adore McKellen. The actor along with Ambassador Theatre Group Productions and director Sean Mathias have partnered with the National Theatre and Amazon Prime Video to broadcast and distribute his solo show Ian McKellen on Stage in both the U.K. and Ireland. Profits from licensing the broadcast will combine with remaining profits from the West End run of the show and create a new fund to support emerging producers and artists. McKellen devised his solo show to celebrate his 80th birthday year, earning £3 million for over 80 U.K. theaters. Through proceeds of its extended run at London’s Harold Pinter Theatre, further fundraising and the broadcast distribution of the show, the total money raised for the theater industry is now over £5 million. Distributed via ATG Productions, multiple funding rounds will offer grants of up to £25,000 to pay actors’ wages for both new plays and revivals across U.K. theaters, as long as they employ six or more actors and include a recent graduate from a theater training school. Further information including eligibility and how to apply can be found here.

MEANWHILE It was just announced that Katori Hall‘s The Hot Wing King has officially won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. This year’s finalists included Circle Jerk by Michael Breslin and Patrick Foley and Stew by Zora Howard.

Ready, set, fry! It’s time for the annual “Hot Wang Festival” in Memphis, Tennessee, and Cordell Crutchfield knows he has the wings that’ll make him king. Supported by his beau Dwayne and their culinary clique, The New Wing Order, Cordell is marinating and firing up his frying pan in a bid to reclaim the crispy crown. When Dwayne takes in his troubled nephew however, it becomes a recipe for disaster. Suddenly, a first place trophy isn’t the only thing Cordell risks losing.

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COVER BOY Logan Mandeville says: Straight chillin’ 😎 (had to repost, got taken down) 🙁
Photo by @themichaeldowns.

 

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GEEK CHIC That’s Miss Jackson if you’re nerdy.

 

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FAN ART Galactus and The Silver Surfer

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LOVE, VICTOR‘s Michael Cimino took areal flashback with an Instagram picture made the old fashioned way with film. Cimino wrote: I decided to go with a different medium this year…. Film!! These are only a few of the pictures I have from this season. But I just want to express the amount of appreciation I have for the Love Victor cast and crew. We obviously had to film through a pandemic. And with that so many of the people in front of and behind the camera didn’t get to see their families or loved ones, do anything special for the holidays, and spent a lot of time alone or at work. And I just want to say thank you to all of you for pouring every ounce of your being into this show. I hope this season is as inspiring to watch as it was to make. I love you all.

Love, Michael
Ps, HAPPY SEASON 2

 

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Vulture says of Love, Victor season 2 : Watching the show’s second season, which dropped in full today, it’s a surprise and a relief to see Love, Victor embrace the possibilities of being on Hulu. Yes, Victor does finally get to have sex, just as a newly out 17-year-old would. (Though when it happens for Victor, there isn’t actually a shot of anyone reaching for the lube. Baby steps!) Yes, his parents’ dynamic gets even more complicated, though not in a plot involving adultery, but because they end up having wildly different abilities to cope with their son’s coming out. And yes, there are a lot more scenes where teens drink alcohol, which does add to the realism. Also, characters use Grindr, though not by name — it’s referred to as “one of those apps, you know which one” and it makes that one notification sound that will trigger a Pavlovian response if you do indeed know which one.

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AUTHOR George M. Johnson on Facebook: ON A BILLBOARD IN TIME SQUARE!!!! “To me Pride means honoring the legacy of the Black and Brown queer and trans people who led the Stonewall Riots, paving the way for our fight today. Pride is Black History”

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ELLIOT PAGE writes: #ProtectTransKids Thank you @megemikoart for making these rad sweatshirts and for your art and activism. Check out all their awesome work! And a percentage of proceeds from all items goes to different orgs like the MPJ Institute and the Trans Justice Funding Project. Check them out – link to shop in their bio.

 

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GAL UCHOVSKY The legendary queer Israeli producer and director was featured in the New York Times. His latest project, Sublet, will be screened at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Sublet, says the Times, “Wins you over with its subtle charm and its mellow depiction of two men forging an unexpected connection.”

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GAY PEOPLE are stronger than anyone.

STUDY Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, new research finds that past stressors and traumatic events increase vulnerability to mental illnesses, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and major depressive disorder (MDD). “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger — that claim is so universally accepted that it’s a common truism in contexts from everyday conversations to Top 40 pop charts.”

But new research led by a team of Brown University researchers finds that this is false. In fact, the research suggests the opposite is true: Past stressors sensitize people to future traumas, thereby increasing their chances of developing a mental health disorder.

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“We were four Black creators who got together and formed a company with the intent of doing multicultural characters from our point of view and the people we wanted to work with — that alone was revolutionary,” Denys Cowan, a co-founder, told CBS News.

That same year, Milestone’s founders signed a distribution contract with the famed DC Comics. But throughout the partnership, DC often became uncomfortable with the progressive storylines and artwork on the pages. The most well-known example: the artwork for an issue of Static, the group’s most popular character and arguably one of the most beloved Black superheroes.

The artwork showed the hero, Virgil Hawkins, and his girlfriend kissing on a couch with condoms nearby. DC refused to print the cover, straining its relationship with the Milestone’s founders. Both parties compromised by printing a close-up of the two kissing. Inside the book, co-founder Dwayne McDuffie wrote a letter addressing the controversy: “Static is a fun comic but it’s never shied away from topics like gang violence, homophobia, and racism. It’s not about to start now.”

The comic book universe returned in February with the digital edition of Milestone Returns: Infinite Edition #0, a preview into the universe and its upcoming books, with the physical edition releasing on May 25. The revival draws from the original books by reimagining the “Big Bang” event. This time around, the incident takes place at an anti-police brutality rally where police fire untested chemicals at protesters who gain superpowers.

The book sets the stage for each major Milestone character to be featured in their own books, including Static (June 15), Icon and Rocket (July 27) and Hardware (August 10). Milestone has largely remained on the minds of comic fans thanks to the popularity of Static, who appeared in his own television series, Static Shock, from 2000 to 2004. Last summer, actor Michael B. Jordan announced he would join producer Reginald Hudlin to produce a new Static film for Warner Bros.

“When the first round of Milestone came out I was a fan. There was a hole that was open and that needed to be filled with great storytelling. There were no other books saying what those books were saying. The challenge for all of us bringing it back was we’re not interested in nostalgia. We’re interested in being as relevant and cutting edge today as the first launch of Milestone was,” Hudlin said.

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PARTING SHOT Sarah Schulman, the scholar and AIDS activist posted this never before aired profile of James Baldwin from ABC’s 20/20 in 1979.

Never Aired: Profile on James Baldwin ABC’s 20/20, 1979 from A Closer Look on Vimeo.

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