Mixtapes for Hookers

Last Year’s Hookies
March 21, 2013, 3:24 pm
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[Note: I had originally written this for an actual publication, but my editor got a promotion and his replacement wasn’t so interested in hearing about gay escorting. I tried a couple of other outlets but I’m terrible at story pitching and alas, here it is 364 days later on this graveyard of a blog.]

It’s Friday night and there’s one solitary cop stationed outside the Roseland Ballroom on 59th Street in midtown Manhattan. It’s not an especially unusual sight; the Roseland is the largest ballroom in all of Manhattan, after all, and it’s standard to have law enforcement on hand in case the crowds get rowdy or somebody does something dangerous.

What’s odd, though, is the event he’s patrolling: the sixth annual Hookies, an awards ceremony honoring men who make some (if not all) of their livings by having sex with other men. Which is not actually legal in the state of New York, or anywhere else in the US, for that matter, excepting a few rogue counties of Nevada.

The Hookies are thrown each March by Rentboy.com, a listings website for gay male escorts that’s been around since 1997. Currently they have about 4200 ads posted in 79 countries (mostly the US and China), though those numbers don’t exactly reflect their actual number of advertisers. Escorts can list themselves in multiple cities, and many do; one adventurous Parisian named Kevin, for instance, currently has ads placed in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Tunisia and Botswana. (He’s not the one escort that claims to serve North Korea, although if you’re curious there’s one of those, too.)

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The Yoko Test

[In honor of Yoko Ono’s 80th birthday, here’s an excerpt from a previously unpublished story about the dumbest boyfriend I ever had, right after college.]

My gums bleed a lot. Mostly it’s because I don’t take very good care of my teeth, but mentally I blame it on bad genes. It makes me self-conscious, particularly on those rare occasions when I’m brushing my teeth with someone else in the room. It’s a terrible sight, foamy and bloody and red and blue and white, like a mangled American flag that’s also foamy and bloody and made out of toothpaste.

If there is one thing that terrifies me, as a single gay man who likes to put various parts of other single gay men in his mouth, it is the transmission of disease through my bloody gums. Additionally, they are unattractive.

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Oh, And I Might Be Joining A Cult
June 5, 2012, 10:22 pm
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Netroots Nation, a pretty big conference for liberal-leaning bloggers, is having their annual conference in Providence this year. I’m not going.


Tomorrow there’s something called the LGBT Pre-Conference Connect, which I do plan to go to.

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Off To New York
April 11, 2012, 7:04 am
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This video of Pulp at the Reading Festival in 1994 has been on Youtube for a year and it only has 1400 views so far, which is a crazy shame that maybe we should all collectively cry about. It’s so good! And the sound is good, too.

Anyway, I’m going to see Pulp IN THE FLESH at Radio City Music Hall tonight and I am so so so so so excited. I haven’t seen them live ever, and also I haven’t been to Radio City since my largely Jewish sixth-grade class took a big trip (with most of our parents) down there to see the Rockettes. (It took us six hours to get there and the one clear memory I have of that trip is this one girl Lori Carocciola’s mom spent some of the gridlock time by dancing in the aisles when “Rumpshaker” came on the radio. Oh, and that we almost didn’t make it back home because that same girl’s dad had disappeared into a bar at one point and the bus driver wouldn’t leave because we were one person short.)

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Priests, Murderers, And Other Important Moments In Gay Cinema
March 19, 2012, 10:40 am
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This New York Times article from the other day about important gay movies–and specifically the gay movies deemed important by celebrated gay New Yorkers–got me wondering which gay movie has been the most important to me, and I’m slightly at a loss. As a teenager I watched basically every movie released on VHS, and some of them were pretty gay. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert was a lot of fun, and Priest was pretty sad, and the Isaac Mizrahi documentary Unzipped was my favorite movie of 1996, according to a hand-written list that I found a few months ago. I’ve mentioned here before my love for Robert Altman’s Prêt-a-Porter, and Bound is just generally a really awesome movie, complete with Jennifer Tilly’s voice and lesbian sex scenes choreographed by Susie Bright.

But how important are these films, in the grand scheme of what it means to be gay and what it means for me personally to be a gay movie-lover?

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Florida Cops Spent Five Years Soliciting Sex, Making Arrests
January 13, 2012, 12:40 am
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The cover story in the new issue of the South Florida Gay News takes a look at a five-year sting conducted by the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office against gay men in county parks. It’s a very frustrating story, though sadly it’s also rather predictable: Two cops, Peter Lazar and Van Garner, made over 600 arrests between 2005 and 2010 by convincing men to expose themselves to the officers on public property.

Allegedly the detectives were there in response to a request from the Palm Beach County parks department, but the paper’s investigation reveals that no such request was ever made. The director of the parks department, at least, says he had no idea about the operation, even though it took place under his nose for five years.

It’s not surprising that the parks department didn’t make a claim about a rampant sex problem, though, because public sex seems to happen only rarely in Palm Beach County. During Garner and Lazar’s five years on the job there were a grand total of four arrests for men having actual sex with other men in the parks. (And if there were only four arrests, that might have only been two actual sex acts.)

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2011’s Top Twelve Naked Pictures Of Your Dad
December 30, 2011, 8:24 pm
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We’re rapidly closing in on the end of the year, so I thought I’d present you with 2011’s twelve most popular posts on Naked Pictures Of Your Dad.  (I’m going by unique hits to each photo’s page, not the number of Tumblr likes and reblogs.  Though I should mention that, despite several lengthy posting breaks this year, my number of Tumblr followers more than doubled.) Actually, each of the top ten posts got about a thousand more hits than the corresponding posts did last year.

Boners and stuff after the jump:

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