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10 Things GLAAD Taught Us About The Gays Last Night

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The Gays. We’re everywhere. Everyone is talking about us. That means we’re important! So important, in fact, that GLAAD threw its annual Manhattan party in our honor. They corralled celebrities to show up. Most of them were straight. (Well, Scott Evans was there.) They love us, they really do. Because we’re fabulous, they believe. We are so fun and so outrageous and so good at decorating!

Last night, Queerty sent Ben Harvey to hang out with some of our favorite adoring public figures on the rooftop of 230 Fifth, and we talked about, well…us.

What’d we learn?

(Photo: Homo-Neurotic)

 
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benharvey Ben Harvey hosts the “Six Pack” podcast with comedian Dave Rubin and is co-presenter of GUMBO, a monthly gay party at Galapagos Art Space in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Read his blog here.
 

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  • 57 Comments
    • myrios123
      myrios123

      I heart Ronnie #10.

      Aug 26, 2009 at 1:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Matt
      Matt

      What did we learn?

      Jack Shit.

      Aug 26, 2009 at 1:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • prissysissy
      prissysissy

      @Matt: Agreed.

      Maybe the only thing we learned is that it is not possible to have a gay event without the element of sleaze/porn thrown in, a la the topless beefcakes with vacuous faces (pic #1) who are there simply to entice the sex-hungry crowd. You’d hope that people would show up for more worthy reasons like fighting for the cause.

      Aug 26, 2009 at 2:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Matt
      Matt

      @redington: Thanks for the pictures. You just proved my comment. Nothing but a bunch of drunk prissy queens trying to be seen.

      Aug 26, 2009 at 2:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Brad
      Brad

      @Matt: And you just proved Mackenroth’s comment, that anonymous gay blog commenters are nothing but self-important, jealous, bitchy queens.

      Aug 26, 2009 at 2:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jason in WV
      Jason in WV

      Countesses aren’t royalty – they’re nobility. Duh!

      Aug 26, 2009 at 2:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • manny
      manny

      way to prove your “white privelege” entry Queerty

      i didnt see a single person of color in your recap of GLAAD’s event…

      WHAT a surprise..

      Aug 26, 2009 at 3:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • terrwill
      terrwill

      MYROIS: If you heart Ronnie in pic #10 you will most likely heart on Ronnie in #1 because thats him in also. And once again the BOQB is out in full force hating on anyone even remotely good looking………..Ronnie is actually trying to do some good…..he is one of the very few totally out and proud working models and seems to be a nice guy…………

      Aug 26, 2009 at 3:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Joel
      Joel

      lesson: we’re all apparently caucasian??

      Aug 26, 2009 at 3:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Matt
      Matt

      @manny: There was a link here by a commenter that showed everyone at the party. There were other races there. It’s been deleted though. I don’t understand why minorities get their pants in a wad if there isn’t a minority. You don’t see white people beating down the door to the BET awards ceremony except for Robin Thicke.

      Aug 26, 2009 at 3:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MoHoTo
      MoHoTo

      GLAAD events are generally fun in my experience. But nothing beats the NCLR events. Mix in hundred’s of iconic lesbians, liquor ‘em up, throw in some blow and badda-Bing! You got yourself a party! Take it from experience.

      Aug 26, 2009 at 3:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tim in SF
      Tim in SF

      What a fun blog post. Thanks, Queerty.

      Aug 26, 2009 at 3:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Matt
      Matt

      @Brad: If you’d post your email address, I’d be happy to correspond with you or Mr. Mackenroth about my opinions on the gay community. I’d hate to be perceived as an “anonymous gay blog commenters [who] are nothing but self-important, jealous, bitchy queens.”

      I’m sure you won’t post your email so here is exactly what I think. I think that we are our own worst enemy. If you don’t wear the latest trendiest clothes, drive the best cars, live in the finest houses, or at least pretend to be that you are shunned by the gay community. We treat each other like dirt and we really don’t deserve squat. I’ve been to these parties and let me tell you all the fund raisers/parties I’ve been to no one cared about the cause involved. They just wanted to be seen, hook up, or get drunk/high.

      Thank God I wised up and stopped wasting my life thinking we were making these huge changes.

      Aug 26, 2009 at 3:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Joel
      Joel

      “I don’t understand why minorities get their pants in a wad if there isn’t a minority.”

      Guess again. I’m as white as you can get, and I immediately noticed the complete and utter lack of diversity in the photos (and even, yes, the overwhelming lack of diversity in the larger gallery via the link).

      Look around. We’re a pretty insular “movement.” And we won’t really get moving anywhere until we change that.

      Aug 26, 2009 at 3:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • redington
      redington

      @Matt: Here’s the link to all of the pictures from that evening: http://www.homo-neurotic.com/2009/08/26/real-housewives-swimwear-models-grace-glaad-manhattans-cabana/

      Aug 26, 2009 at 4:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Yuki
      Yuki

      Quite honestly, the majority of this list wasn’t even truths; it was stereotypes. Yeah, there ARE people who conform to those stereotypes, but seriously, we’re here to make women feel pretty and they have to have one of us?

      Aug 26, 2009 at 4:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Anthony
      Anthony

      GLAAD is dumb and a waste of energy.

      Aug 26, 2009 at 5:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Brian
      Brian

      Please remind me why we have GLAAD? It seems they are on the same path as HRC – from useless to bankrupt.

      Aug 26, 2009 at 5:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kyler
      Kyler

      @Matt:

      I agree with Matt. I have attended these events and rather than the cause at hand most of the gays are more interested in their gift bags. I doubt Queerty would have even bothered to cover the event if the half dressed z-listers hadn’t shown up.

      Aug 26, 2009 at 6:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mikeandrewsdantescove
      mikeandrewsdantescove

      Scott Evans is sizzling on One Life to Live and going through that Bi phase.

      Mike
      http://www.gay2share.com/view_video.php?viewkey=c71009c0809142766eb2

      Aug 26, 2009 at 7:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sam
      Sam

      @Joel: what is this, affirmative action?

      The purpose of this blog entry wasn’t to give some world changing news, to shape people’s opinions or to show everyone how great gays are.
      It was an amusing way to discuss a recent event.
      It gave ‘amusing’ quotes from ‘celebrities’.
      Perhaps the best quotes were from white people. Perhaps the editor merely wanted the more ‘famous’ people included, so the people reading it know who the hell we’re reading about.

      Was my SSAyouth group discriminatory because we didn’t have any black people in it? no…there just weren’t any black people in it…

      As for the stereotypes given by these particular quotes…meh…i got a laugh, and for a lot of people it IS true…

      Aug 26, 2009 at 7:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Brad
      Brad

      @Sam: Amen, Sam… this was clearly tongue in cheek. the headline refers to us as “the gays,” so i don’t think any serious lessons were meant to be learned by this article.

      Aug 26, 2009 at 8:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ricky
      Ricky

      @manny:

      No kidding.

      They must have had a seperate entrance.

      :-)

      Aug 26, 2009 at 8:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ryan
      Ryan

      Lesson Learned: The gays watch a lot of shitty television.

      Aug 26, 2009 at 9:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jason
      jason

      I don’t see what baring one’s torso has to do with gay rights. It’s vanity, not gay rights. It trivializes our movement, and reduces it to the level of straight men ogling big-boobed women at the Playboy Mansion.

      When are we finally going to grow up and leave the body fetishes behind us?

      Aug 26, 2009 at 9:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MoHoTo
      MoHoTo

      The purpose of these events is to thank contributors and generate buzz for the org. If you aren’t up on all the good works GLAAD does, its because you are too fucking self-absorbed or lazy to learn about their work, much less contribute to it in any meaningful way. Instead you sit on your ass and make snide comments about subjects you know nothing about. Drips.

      Aug 26, 2009 at 9:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jason
      jason

      Good work that GLAAD does??? As Sophia Petrillo would say, huh?

      The simple reality is that GLAAD often avoids criticizing liberal media organizations when they transgress, electing instead to criticize conservative media organizations. It’s politics before principle in my view.

      Aug 26, 2009 at 9:56 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Alexandre
      Alexandre

      Anyone else thinking that Ben Harvey looks like he gives great head?

      Aug 26, 2009 at 11:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • SuperCat
      SuperCat

      Stop self hating everyone. So some lgbt are not perfect people. If we were all perfect role models we would be boring as hell. There is no need to be so serious all the time.

      GLAAD is doing what they can. No organization is perfect either, just a group of imperfect people trying their best. We are better off with them around then without.

      Aug 27, 2009 at 12:25 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ronnie Kroell
      Ronnie Kroell

      First, to all the haters and critics you really do need to do your research before you start having diarrhea of the mouth. Organizations like GLAAD, HRC, ACLU, NAACP, you name it…they are all going to have their faults, but at the end of the day they are doing the best that they can and moving towards positive change.

      Those that have negative things to say, I dare you to volunteer an hour of your time to one of the services and programs that GLAAD offers vs. judging the organization based on a celebratory party to raise money, thank donors, and create a buzz. Honestly, do you think some of the crazy things that come out on the runway during NYC Fashion week are actually going to be for sale? Of course not, the outrageous pieces are for show and to draw peoples attention. The designers know what they are doing — it is business. The same goes for the not-for-profit world, especially during this recession … everyone is struggling to stay afloat for the benefit of the end users of the services provided.

      Secondly, this piece was meant to be a little tongue and cheek and not to be taken so seriously. This is an entertainment blog that covers what is going on in the community — it’s meant to be fun, raise awareness, and encourage others to get involved. Everyone does what they can within their means to make a difference, but this event was a time for those that have worked so hard to let their hair down and have fun too.

      Lastly, people would have come if their were boys in bathing suits or not — but if you would have come to the event you would have realized the bathing suits were being auctioned off as a fun way to raise money for GLAAD programs and services. It was not simply some gratuitous display of man-flesh. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, it’s just some people have more well rounded ones that are rooted in facts vs. those that assume and judge from the outside looking in with ignorance.

      So, with that being said, I say a major kudos to GLAAD for their continued service to the community. I’m proud to support their efforts to protect the image of the LGBTQ & A community and will continue to support and promote the organization. Stronger, smarter, and faster tomorrow that we are today — united in one voice for the common good of all human beings.

      light and love,

      Ronnie Kroell

      Aug 27, 2009 at 3:37 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • JM
      JM

      For the majority of you who may not live by reality TV and do not know who Kroell is, from his own bio on his website:

      “Ronnie Kroell, most recently of Bravo’s ‘Make Me a Supermodel’ season one, is one of the most motivated, creative, and talented artists of his generation.”

      And I’m sure he isn’t exaggerating about GLAAD’s and HRC’s accomplishments either.

      Kiddo: You’re hot, you got big dreams, and you’re starting to live some of them. Congrats and I wish even more fun and success to you. But get real. And don’t accuse people who criticize an org for being apathetic. False choice there. Everyone who criticized the orgs for their massive failure in Calif. on Prop 8 were all lazy do nothings? Nope, they were pissed off. They wanted their orgs to get real. Not reality TV real, not breathless self promotion real, not runway real, but real real.

      Aug 27, 2009 at 8:39 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • M Shane
      M Shane

      To be prudish about bare tops, or the display of male beauty deeply misses the point about what it is to be gay. Like it or not we are primarily defined by our sexuality.
      As a by-product many other labrinthine concerns define who we are politically, and in relation to one another hopefully a large degree of humanity. and tolerance for each other.

      Aug 27, 2009 at 10:40 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Republican
      Republican

      M Shane,

      Another thing we agree on. Gotta ask though.. are you one of those public sex guys?

      Aug 27, 2009 at 11:05 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sam
      Sam [Different person #1 using similar name]

      @Ronnie Kroell: “I enjoy doing the charity work, especially here promoting GLAAD’s efforts in the community.”

      I hope, from your comments, that you actually volunteer with GLAAD yourself. ‘Cause honey, going to a party is NOT “charity work.”

      Aug 27, 2009 at 11:53 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • manny
      manny

      @Matt: It really doesn’t matter to me if ANY person of color was even invited to GLAAD’s event, I was only pointing out the apparent irony of Queerty’s insightful article (a sort of “DUH” piece) about the LGBT’s exclusive white middle-class male image and then this wonderful piece.

      I saw the other photos from the event, but judging from this entry, you would never guess anyone without a pasty (or faux-range) tint was invited. Point in case: the very FIRST photo of two shirtless white men. hmmm

      and p.s. just because BET may be the only other organization run by people of color that you may know of, doesn’t mean its the ONLY ONE.

      Aug 27, 2009 at 12:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ronnie Kroell
      Ronnie Kroell

      @ JM

      First of all don’t call me Kiddo — I’m a 26 year old man, you don’t know me or my life from Adam. I’m an adult, not a child. Secondly, I live in a free country in which I can accuse anyone of anything I want — LOL — and that means yes, I can be critical of the critics. And as the “great” Sarah Palin would say, thanks but no thanks to your shallow words of support and encouragement in following my dreams.

      I wouldn’t work with an organization I didn’t do my research on and/or believe in and I certainly won’t back down from a debate with anyone who wishes to smear it. And thanks for taking the time to drop by my website, so nice of you I REALLY appreciate it!! <—–exaggerating again…silly me!!

      @ Sam

      Of course I do other things with GLAAD except “going to parties” — which is not what I did at all. If you think it is a walk in the park taking time out of your day to walk around a party in swimwear and get people to bid on you in an auction, think again. I am proud to do it for organizations that I care about, but it is not just me partying or going to a party — trust me. And really, don’t call me “honey, if you want to take you seriously.

      Aug 27, 2009 at 12:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Henry Holland
      Henry Holland

      Gawd, here we are in 2009 and being a fashion designer and a dreary straight woman’s accessory isn’t cause for scornful mockery? I stopped doing activist work in the early 90’s because of shit like this, kowtowing to the lamest fucking industry on the planet, bar none, the fashion/design industry, and trotting out the clones and calling it gay activism.

      Aug 27, 2009 at 1:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jwalker666
      jwalker666

      You tell ‘em Ronnie. Good for you, I first saw you on Bravo’s show and thought you were pretty fricken’ amazing ;-)

      Aug 27, 2009 at 1:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Republican
      Republican

      Ronnie,

      I must admit that my first impression of you was that you were an airhead. After seeing your replies here, I see that I was mistaken. Keep up the good work.

      Aug 27, 2009 at 2:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • OhYeah
      OhYeah

      Could there possibly be anything more vapid than being a Manhattan gay?

      Aug 27, 2009 at 3:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ronnie Kroell
      Ronnie Kroell

      Thanks Republican, are you sure t just wasn’t the Sarah Palin reference that did it for ya ;o) Haha, have a good one!

      Aug 27, 2009 at 3:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jwalker666
      jwalker666

      I would hope the Sarah Palin reference did not do it for him…she is a nutjob

      Aug 27, 2009 at 3:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • M Shane
      M Shane

      @No. 33 · Republican ; Not one of those public sex guys; that’s just exhibitionism; there’s plenty of private space!

      Aug 27, 2009 at 5:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Brad
      Brad

      The countess is American Indian, by the way… so take that.

      And Ronnie don’t stoop to the level of these guys. You’re an amazing guy and shouldn’t have to defend yourself to anyone. the “manhattan gays” (i am one) love you and what you do, and as you know they’re the most difficult ones to please.

      Aug 27, 2009 at 5:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kyler
      Kyler

      @Ronnie Kroell:

      hmmmm. pot meet kettle. why is it called “diarrhea of the mouth” when someone states their feelings, but when you ramble on it isn’t?

      Aug 27, 2009 at 7:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ronnie Kroell
      Ronnie Kroell

      @ Kyler, there is a difference between “feelings” and facts …it is diarrhea of the mouth when people ramble on without facts or some sort of direct proof that the accusations they are making are true.

      Aug 27, 2009 at 9:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Marc
      Marc

      @Ronnie Kroell:

      Ronnie, shouldn’t you be out doing your volunteer work instead of trolling blogs? oh, that’s right. volunteer work is on hold whenever you see pictures of yourself online.

      Aug 27, 2009 at 9:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Steve
      Steve

      To Ronnie and all the other supporter of GLAAD, HRC, etc., who throw a hundred (or more) dollars down to attend a cocktail party and then feel good about giving back to the community, why not do some real volunteer work with some LGBT organizations who are actually improving people’s lives, like Sylvia’s Place or the Ali Forney Center or Trinity Place. Never heard of them? Didn’t think so.

      Aug 27, 2009 at 9:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Matt
      Matt

      I don’t see why we are all getting our panties in a wad. I mean Mollygood, Jossip, and Stereohyped have shut down, this blog isn’t far behind so it’s not really worth getting upset about.

      Aug 27, 2009 at 10:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • scott ny'er
      scott ny'er

      @Matt: Sheesh. I didn’t know that about Jossip. I guess Queerty still brings in some nice ad bucks.

      Must be the twenty click thrus to see the near naked models from Model Mayhem.

      Aug 27, 2009 at 11:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jwalker666
      jwalker666

      damn there are alot of bitchy queens on here

      Aug 28, 2009 at 1:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • JustIMHO
      JustIMHO

      There are clearly people here who know EXACTLY what other people know and do at every moment of another person’s life…

      I commend Ronnie for having big DREAMS. That’s how ideas get started. If “getting real” means not believing in anything anymore, then I’d rather not “get real.” No organization is perfect and we ALL have issues with one organization or another. If you’re not satisfied with the way things are, then the only thing to do is actually do something about it instead of putting people down for being active in them.

      Don’t worry critics: there’s always room for you – we need you to keep things honest. However, I suggest when criticizing, you actually offer some constructive suggestions on how things can be improved. My suggestion: let’s not judge books by their covers.

      Aug 28, 2009 at 3:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jeff
      jeff

      @JustIMHO:

      that’s basically what most gays do….judge books by their covers. when was the last time that most guys on here even bothered to look a little deeper and not simply judge a guy by what he looks like?

      Aug 28, 2009 at 4:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Peter
      Peter

      “We’re jealous, cowardly, and bitchy.

      THE SCRIPTURE
      “It’s really easy to sit behind a computer and be anonymous and write bitchy stuff about someone….”

      Did we not read this part?! GLAAD actually I believe does some good as well as AfterElton/Ellen. It’s good to spotlight positive portrayals of LGBT people as helpful for teens finally coming out. I know this and I’m thankful for this. Thanks Ronnie, you showed me why I really crushed on you beyond your looks. Thanks, Peter

      Oct 24, 2009 at 4:42 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Freddie
      Freddie

      “”Ronnie Kroell, most recently of Bravo’s ‘Make Me a Supermodel’ season one, is one of the most motivated, creative, and talented artists of his generation.”

      wow. I didn’t know showing your cock was a work of art.

      Jun 8, 2010 at 6:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Freddie
      Freddie

      Did they give an award to the fat ugly Lisa Lamppost for using “fag” all the time? I mean, like every goddamned day?

      Frackin idiots at GLAAD.

      Jun 8, 2010 at 6:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jesse Helms
      Jesse Helms

      2 queers

      Jun 8, 2010 at 7:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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