Heels for Hope returns this week

Heels for Hope which is an annual fundraiser for BAGLY each June returns to blend in Dorchester. This year’s theme is “A Night of Royal-Tea”.

Hosting this year’s royal affair will be RuPaul’s Drag Race season 12 finalist, Crystal Methyd! Keep in mind that all ticket proceeds go to BAGLY and their efforts to improve the lives of LGBTQ+ young people in Boston and across Massachusetts.

For more information visit, BAGLY’s Heels for Hope.

Men in kilts

Thought I’d mix things up today and share some “kilt art”. The artwork shown above is by David Gilson. You can see more of his content on his website, shop.davidgilson.com or follow him on his Facebook page The Art of David Gilson.

Previous Men in Kilts Posts

Monday morning mancandy

It is Memorial Day in the US. The holiday marks the official start of the 2023 summer. Let’s hope it is as hot and satisfying as this week’s piece of mancandy.

Boston’s BIPOQ Pride starts this week

As Boston’s LGBTQ+ community continues to grow and mature, more grassroots-based celebrations are emerging and this week the Men of Melanin Magic will be hosting a series of parties and events to celebrate Boston’s queer community of color.

You can show your support for BIPOQ community by attending one or more of these events.

BIPOQ PRIDE WEEK EVENTS

Tuesday, May 30th BIPOQ Pride begins with Queer Marketplace at Downtown Crossing

Tuesday, May 30th Rooftop Mixer at the Moxy Hotel

Wednesday, May 31st get your blood pumping with Bussdown Fitness at Game On!

Thursday, June 1st Comedy Show with Jay Jurden at Game On!

Friday, June 2nd a special Bussdown Friday with Julian King at Legacy

Saturday, June 3rd Love Conquers Ale Bash at Sam Adams Taproom

Sunday, June 4th Pride Calling at Big Night Live

Tickets to BIPOQ Pride are on sale now, here

Scruffy Sunday

I love this playful photo from Chris Teel Photography. It makes for a great Scruffy Sunday post.

Previous Scruffy Sunday Posts

HIV rates are dropping in the US

ICYMI The Boston Globe published a story about falling HIV rates in this article. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (read the press release here) shows a 12% drop in estimated new HIV infections nationally between 2017 and 2021 and a 34% decrease in new infections among people between the ages of 13 and 24, who make up the bulk of new cases.

Even though all groups saw a drop in HIV rates, the decreases were smaller in Hispanic / Latino and Black / African American communities.

Locally, the news in Massachusetts is even better with the State seeing a decline of 15.7% (vs. 12% Nationally). State Senator Julian Cyr points to the numerous HIV prevention and care policies the state has enacted over the past 20 years, as the reason Massachusetts continues to see fewer infections and AIDS-related deaths.

Disparities with the State’s Hispanic / Latino and Black / African American communities mirror those seen nationally. Gary Daffin, executive director of the Multicultural AIDS Coalition in Roxbury said rates of infection continue to remain higher with younger men of color who have sex with men because of social stigma about their sexuality in their communities, access to care, and the need to have a prescription to receive PrEP.

Hopefully, this trend will continue and we can one day speak of HIV/AIDS in the past tense.

Saturday morning coffee

I suddenly feel the need for a second cup.

Furry Friday

Much thanks to Fearsome Beard blog for this photo, which I swiped for this week’s Furry Friday. I think you’ll agree this makes for a great start to your Memorial Day Weekend. Hope you have fun and enjoy the start of the summer 2023.

Past Furry Friday

BosGuy brain teaser

riddle, exercise for your brain

Each Friday morning I post a riddle to get you to think outside the box and exercise your brain. If you are stumped, share it with a friend or colleague and see if you can figure out the answer together. Leave your guess in the comment section.

This week’s riddle: What has a heart that doesn’t beat?

I’ll approve responses later in the day to allow people to respond without seeing any spoilers.

Like riddles? Check out past week’s brain teasers.

What to do this weekend

BOSTON GAY BARS

Below are links to some of Boston’s busiest LGBTQ+ bars and event organizers

Alley Bar in Downtown Crossing
Friday & Saturday dance parties w/ Bearaoke each Sunday

blend in Dorchester
Friday & Saturday dance parties and Sunday drag/disco brunches

Gay Mafia Boston (entertainment organizer – various locations)
Weekly Wednesday – Sunday dance parties

Cathedral Station in South End
Gay sports bar & kitchen w/ patio and free parking

Club Cafe in South End
Thurs-Sun dance parties, nightly cabaret & Sunday tea dance

dbar in Dorchester
Friday Karaoke, Saturday dance parties, Sunday tea dance

Jacques Cabaret in Bay Village
Nightly drag performances by Boston’s best drag queens

LGBTQ NightLife (event organizer – various locations)
Events: Sapphic Nights, EMO Pity Party, Issa Vibe & more

ManRay / Campus in Central Square
Thursday 19+, Friday (creative dress) & Saturday (80s New Wave)

Men of Melanin Magic (event organizer – various locations)
Events: BussDown Fridays, Sunday Brunch DragTease & more

Trophy Room in South End
Neighborhood & sports bar & kitchen

WEEKEND PROGRAMMING

Here are a few more events / parties to which I wanted to shout out.

THURSDAY: Queer Date Comedy Show in Allston

THURSDAY: Queeraoke: Drink. Sing. Dance. Repeat in JP

FRIDAY: Cathedral Station is hosting a Tanqueray Tasting

FRIDAY: Watch RPDR All-Stars at Alley Barblend, and Club Cafe

FRIDAY: DJ Andrea Stamas spins music at Club Cafe

FRIDAY: OUT Loud – A very queer open mic night at The Armory in Somerviile

SATURDAY: HEROES Night at ManRay

SATURDAY: Furball underwear dance party is at Legacy

SUNDAY: BIPOQ Boston Pride presents Vogue Knights at Icon

SUNDAY: Bearaoke at The Alley

SUNDAY: Gay Mafia Boston hosts DJ Jesus Montanez at Royale

WHERE TO CATCH A GAME

Watch games at Alley Bar, Cathedral Station & Trophy Room
Thursday, NBA Playoff Game 5 Celtics vs. Miami @8:30PM
Friday, Red Sox play Diamondbacks @9:30PM
Saturday, NBA Playoff Game 6 (if needed) Celtics vs. Miami @8:30PM
Sunday, Red Sox play Diamondbacks @4PM

TEA DANCES

Communi-TEA hosted by Boston Alliance Gay Sports at Club Cafe

Bears Brews & Boys Tea Dance at Dorchester Brewing Co.

Sunday Tea at dbar

DRAG BRUNCHES

Click the event links shared below for ticketing and reservation information.

Beyonce Renaissance Drag Brunch
Saturday @11AM and again @2PM
Summer Shack (Boston)

Mizery’s Sip & Swallow Drag Brunch
Saturday @11:30AM
Club Cafe

Whitney Houston DRAGtacular Brunch
Saturday @12PM
Laugh Boston

Illusions The Drag Brunch Boston
Saturday & Sunday shows @1:30PM
Hosted upstairs at Hennessey’s (Downtown)

Broadway Drag Brunch
Sunday @11AM and again @2PM
Summer Shack (Cambridge)

DragTease Pride Kick Off
Sunday @11AM
GameOn!

Drag Me To Brunch
Sunday @2PM
Carrie Nation Cocktail Club (Beacon Hill)

And finally… another resource for what is happening at Boston gay bars is KikiPedia.

Vintage gay

Much thanks to the homo history blog which first posted this photograph. Any thoughts on when this may have been taken? I’m guessing the late 1960s or early 1970s based on their pants.

Previous Vintage Gay Photos

Caption this photo

Please share a caption of your own for this week’s photograph. Hopefully the caption I’ve shared below will inspire you to leave a funny caption in the comment section. If you don’t see it immediately, don’t worry, I’ll approve it for readers to enjoy.

When you gotta go, you gotta go

2023 Provincetown summer performances

If you’re planning a visit to Provincetown this summer, be sure to catch a show. The listings shared below will continue to be updated throughout the summer and are listed chronologically.

Performing All Summer

Miss Conception
@Pilgrim House, Ticket Info Here

Anita Cocktail Variety Hour
@Post Office Cafe, Ticket Info Here

Good Night Ptown with Bob Keary
@Post Office Cafe, Ticket Info Here

Illusions Drag Review
@Post Office Cafe, Ticket Info Here

Drag Me to the 80s with Paige Turner
@Post Office Cafe, Ticket Info Here

Miss Richfield 1981: Bad Avice (Starting Jun)
@Pilgrim House, Ticket Info Here

Edie Queen of the Desert (starting Jun)
@Post Office Cafe, Ticket Info Here

Dina Martina (Every Wed-Sun, starting Jun 2)
@The Crown, Ticket Info Here

Show Girls (Every Monday, starting Jun 5)
@The Crown, Ticket Info Here

Thirsty Burlington (Every Tuesday, starting Jun 13)
@The Crown, Ticket Info Here

Freedom: The George Michael Experience
With Todd Alsup (Every Wednesday, starting Jun 14)

@The Crown, Ticket Info Here

Varla Jean Merman: Stand by Your Drag (starting Jun 16)
@The Crown, Ticket Info Here

Qya’s Intergalactic Disco (Every Friday starting Jun 16)
@The Crown, Ticket Info Here

Let Me Be Your Star (Every Tuesday starting Jun 20)
@The Crown, Ticket Info Here

Broadway on the Beach (Every Wednesday starting Jun 21)
@The Crown, Ticket Info Here

Mack’nifique (Every Thursday starting Jun 22)
@The Crown, Ticket Info Here

Randy Roberts: Aging Disgracefully (Starting Jun 22)
@Post Office Cafe, Ticket Info Here

Elton Undressed (Every Friday, starting Jun 23)
@The Crown, Ticket Info Here

Unauthorized Musical Parody of
Jaws At The White Lotus (Jun 24 – Sep 23)

@The Crown, Ticket Info Here

Judy Gold (starting Jun 25)
@Post Office Cafe, Ticket Info Here

Ginger Minge (starting Jul)
@Art House, Ticket Info Here

Miz Cracker (starting Jul)
@Art House, Ticket Info Here

May & June Performances
Including shows listed above

Kristen Becker in “Man in Pants” Comedy Show – May 26 – 28
@Crown and Anchor, Ticket Info Here

Melissa Ferrick – May 27
@Art House, Ticket Info Here

Jessie Mueller – May 28
@TownHall, Ticket Info Here

Ptown Pride Queer Comedy Showcase – Jun 3
@Town Hall, Ticket Info Here

Cabaretfest (Jun 6-11)
@The Crown, Ticket Info Here

4-Star Solo Show Festival (Jun 7 – 30)
@Provincetown Theater, Ticket Info Here

Schartt$ Creek 2.Ew! (Jun 11 – Jul 16)
@Post Office Cafe, Ticket Info Here

Max von Essen: Broadway Series (Jun 30 – Jul 1)
@ArtHouse, Ticket Info Here

July Performances
Including shows listed above

Max von Essen: Broadway Series – Jul 1
@Art House, Ticket Info Here

Monét X Change – Jul 2
@Town Hall, Ticket Info Here

Cindy Firing: Broadway Series – Jul 7
@Art House, Ticket Info Here

Anne Steele – Jul 8
@Art House, Ticket Info Here

Audra McDonald – July 9
@Town Hall, Ticket Info Here

The Fantastics (Jul 10 – Aug 31)
@Provincetown Theater, Ticket Info Here

Eureka O’Hara (Ptown Debut) – Jul 13
@Town Hall, Ticket Info Here

Claybourne Elder: Broadway Series (Jul 14 – 15)
@Art House, Ticket Info Here

Todd Buonopane: Single and Loving It?? (Jul 14 – 15)
@PostOffice, Ticket Info Here

Wellness Check w John Hill – Jul 18
@Post Office, Ticket Info Here

Jujubee (Jul 19 – 29)
@Art House, Ticket Info Here

Betty – Jul 20
@Post Office, Ticket Info Here

Nicholas King & Seth Sikes Broadway Series (Jul 21 – 22)
@Art House, Ticket Info Here

Mandy Gonzalez: Broadway Series (Jul 28 – 29)
@Art House, Ticket Info Here

August & September Performances
Including shows listed above

The Fantastics – (Aug 1-31)
@Provincetown Theater, Ticket Info Here

Liz Callaway & Ann Hampton Callaway (Aug 2 – 5)
@Art House, Ticket Info Here

An Evening w Richard Skipper – Aug 5
The Magic of Believing
@Post Office, Ticket Info Here

Jeremy Jordan – Aug 6
@Town Hall, Ticket Info Here

Unitard – Aug 9
@ArtHouse, Ticket Info Here

Beth Malone – (Aug 10-11)
@Art House, Ticket Info Here

Branden & James: You Had Me at Cello (Aug 11 – 12)
@Post Office, Ticket Info Here

Alaska Thunderfuck – Aug 13
@Town Hall, Ticket Info Here

Alyssa Edwards – Aug 17
@Town Hall, Ticket Info Here

LaChanze – Aug 20
@Town Hall, Ticket Info Here

Marilyn Maye (Aug 23 – Sep 2)
@Art House, Ticket Info Here

Nina West – Aug 27
@Town Hall, Ticket Info Here

Samara Joy – Aug 31
@Town Hall, Ticket Info Here

Matt Doyle: Broadway Series (Sep 8 – 9)
@Art House, Ticket Info Here

You can also visit the main venues that book talent in Ptown at Art HouseCrown & AnchorPilgrim House, and Post Office Cafe & Cabaret.

There are several options for good live music. Lea Delaria’s space, The Club is one of my favorites. If you prefer a piano and witty cabaret singer, check out Tin Pan Alley and the Dive Bar at The Crown & Anchor.

Temptation Tuesday

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Men in kilts

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