Op-ed: A Gay Dad Comes Into His Own

When I was 10 years old, I became obsessed with old movies. I’m not sure what the other kids were doing, but I’m pretty sure they weren’t having Rita Hayworth, Marilyn Monroe, and Joan Crawford movie marathons by themselves. At the time, I had no idea that my interests were in line with those of a larger gay community, and I’ve always been fascinated by how and why I sought out these gay icons before I had any comprehension of sex or sexuality. Honestly, the first time I remember really understanding the concept of a gay community was when I saw Madonna’s Truth or Dare. Watching her and her dancers at a gay Pride parade opened my eyes to a whole new world. I came into my sexuality as men were dying of AIDS. As a result, I equated being gay with death. This seems to be a pretty common correlation

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Move Over, Oprah: A Guide to L.A.’s Public Book Clubs

"This is not your Mom's book club," declared Diana Gettinger. "We drink. It's noisy." Gettinger, an actress and writer, is also the director of the Spare Room Book Club, which takes place at the Spare Room bar in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The drinks are created specifically for the event by mixologist Naomi Schimek and inspired by the book of choice. The noise is the loud clanging of the swanky bar's Monday night bowling league. What's a bar without twin bowling lanes, after all? Full Story

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