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[15 Jul 2011 | Comments Off | ]
Boner Voyage, Zack! edition

The Week in Review is usually marks the time in the publishing schedule when we escape, however briefly, the deadening gravity of queer self-analysis to comment on broader, more lighthearted subjects: war, political violence, hate speech, the apocalypse. This week we can afford no such levity: Zack Rosen, TheNewGay’s Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief, announced this Wednesday that he’ll be stepping down from his post after more than four years of dedicated service. From all of us who have struggled and sweated underneath you for hours on end, often into the small hours of morning, fueled by nothing but cheap stimulants and the magnetism of your personality: Thank you Zack. You will be greatly fucking missed. Incidentally it was an honor to work for you at the blog.

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[8 Jul 2011 | 3 Comments | ]
Don’t Let the Bastille Get You Down edition

As the last wisps of adrenaline and black powder dissipate in the post-Independence Day heat, fans of Enlightenment, democracy, and day drinking all over the civilized world prepare for the second big political holiday of the summer. Bastille day does more than shamefully remind Americans that real revolutions do more than overturn tea taxes; with a mock guillotinings in public squares all over the French-speaking world, there’s no better time for unsettlingly necrophilic “getting head” puns. In the famous last words of Louis XVI: “SSSPHHHT gurglegurglegurglegurrrrgllleeee.”

As you’re polishing your blade for this year’s Reign of Terror-themed BDSM party, catch up on some highlights from this week’s content:

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[1 Jul 2011 | One Comment | ]
Young Americans edition

The Fourth of July is upon us, the time when jaded queers all over the United States get to take a vacation from their studied ironism and indulge in those two most potent and unfashionably sincere of guilty pleasures: nationalism and Katy Perry. It’s also a chance for Young Americans to ask themselves the kind of fundamental questions too often ignored in the miasma of politics-as-usual : Have we really ordered our society, government, and economy in such a way as to guarantee equality and liberty for all? Are we truly living up to the promise of radical democracy implicit in our nation’s history? Ain’t there a child I can love without judging? Ain’t there a pen that will write before they die? Ain’t you proud that you struck our faces? AIN”T THERE ONE DAMN SONG THAT CAN MAKE ME BREAK DOWN AND CRY?

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[29 Jun 2011 | 58 Comments | ]
HRC Store Vandalized on Stonewall Anniversary

Notorious flagship tote bag dispensary “Human Rights Campaign and Action Center and Store” on Connecticut Avenue totally got roughed up last night, according to TNG’s shadow-mercenary queer terrorist double-agent informants, who alerted us by way of a glamorously high-stakes and sexually tense Bond-like dead drop on the steps of the Jefferson Memorial. A group going by the eminently unGoogleable name of “The Right Honorable Wicked Stepmothers’ Traveling, Drinking, and Debating Society and Men’s Auxiliary” took credit for the action, citing the inspiration of the Stonewall Riots in a playfully overcaffeinated liberal arts grad sort of press release certain to win them thousands of adoring fans in the relaxed, prank-loving, not-in-the-least-bit-politically-curmudgeonly gay blogosphere:

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[27 Jun 2011 | 4 Comments | ]
Boys Be Good: The New Gay Interview

If Washington D.C. is – to adapt a canard beloved of this city’s famously self-deprecating political class – “Brooklyn for ugly people,” these guys haven’t been told. Christopher Cunetto, Jason Tucker, and Armando Bircann are three members of a swell new gay art collective calling itself Boys Be Good who are setting out this summer to, among other things, “challenge the stereotype of ‘homosexual art’ and seek to explore the impact gay art and culture have on society while encouraging change and creative mutation within these same realms.” They’re words that should prick up queer ears in this town, especially coming from a crew as smart, young, and promising as this one.

I sat down with the Boys at the foot of the James Buchanan memorial in DC’s Meridian Hill Park, the closest thing America has to a monument to powerqueen ineptitude (Old Doughface could have saved us a lot of trouble by hanging every Secesh and Mormon traitor in the country if he hadn’t spent the middle of the 19th century fretting over doilies in the Red Room.) A fruitfully impious setting, all things considered, for the conversation we ended up having:

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[21 Jun 2011 | Comments Off | ]
Bereavement Fare

‘Dig that hole deep as you want, boy, and you’ren’t gonna find roots’ no one says but a lot of them think, I imagine.

Because faggots don’t have roots and I can be proud of this. Because, since before Whitman, we’ve been too clever and too pained to take things like origin and tradition seriously. Because we are condemned to understand that these things and others like them are drag props, are finally play-acting accoutrement, are worthless and meaningless apart from whether or not we choose to take them up. Our undoing, maybe, this rust-glitter existentialism worked out in bars and cabarets instead of cafes and lecture halls, but at least an honest kind.

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[17 Jun 2011 | 5 Comments | ]
The New Gay Week in Review

Riding high on our 11,000th facebook like, TNG is proud to another of this week’s blog benchmarks: our first unsolicited hate mail! A certain Mike Worley took time out of what was certainly a busy workday to send us this message, packed pipe bomb-like with wholesome Christian love:

your “kind” is a filthy, nasty, sickening, immoral, hellbound bunch of diseased lower life forms that are a waste of air. your “kind” makes me want to puke! God has judged your type to HELL.

Turns out our (eminently Googleable and technologically naive) friend Mr. Worley is, by trade, and accomplished crafter of Amish horse harnesses. Come to think of it, I think I recall his handiwork from a smart little basement bar just off the Paul-Robesonstrasse in Berlin, where I learned the fun way that, pound-for-pound, the average Czech teenager canters smoother and longer than a thoroughbred ever could. And all without the benefit of one of Mike’s lovingly handmade cruppers! Drop him a line in the testimonials section of his site to let him know how much you appreciate his craftsmanship, his evangelism, and his concern.

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[10 Jun 2011 | Comments Off | ]
The New Gay Week in Review

Those of you who make a habit of reading DC insider blogs/ following national politics/ watching television at all/ drawing breath are already painfully aware of the latest blow to America’s confidence in electoral democracy: Rep. Anthony Weiner’s unflattering dick pic scandal has compelled the nation to sober up from it’s carefree socioeconomic boom-time and ask itself tough questions: How many more cock shots does Andrew Breitbart have on his Iphone? Does circumcision make all bulges look that small, or just liberals’? And, most importantly: Do you have any idea what this country could do if it were run by shamelessly sex-positive queers who didn’t get hung up on this shit? As visions of heroically uninhibited totalitarian orgies dance in your head, check out some highlights of this week’s content:

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[7 Jun 2011 | 4 Comments | ]
TumblAlert!: Gay Men Draw Vaginas

One of TNG’s omniscient Stasi-like cultural informants tipped us off to this alternaqueer gem, a tumblr aptly titled Gay Men Draw Vaginas. Created, maintained, and (very liberally) edited by shadowy homosexual types whose work requires anonymity (if, indeed, they were given conventional Christian names at all by their loveless underworldly demon-sires ), the site very smartly demonstrates what happens when gay men are asked to represent female genitalia – those yawning and unfathomable voids of existential insecurity, primordial jealousy, and cooties – in cartoon form

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[3 Jun 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
The New Gay Week in Review

June is upon us, and as the glittering cumulonimbus of Pride month looms on the horizon, queers all over the world scramble for cover like Haitians before hurricane season. As a veritable monsoon of booze, hormones, and other less hygienic fluids brews somewhere in the cultural stratosphere and you add the finishing touches to your vodka-proof plywood window covers, take comfort in the knowledge that TNG will remain your safest alternative shelter from the mainstream storm. Check out some of the highlights from this week’s content: