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ABC News’ Gio Benitez happily married; awful Grindr replies; gay stereotypes galore

When you least expect it, the ghost of Queen’s Freddie Mercury can possess you — or even 65,000 people at a time. While waiting for Green Day to start a concert at Hyde Park, the huge crowd abruptly broke into “Bohemian Rhapsody” without being prompted… and the whole thing’s caught on tape. It’s a kind of magic:


Are you a gay stereotype? That’s the latest burning question posed by LA-based writer and performer Michael Henry. Other questions presented: “Why aren’t I clickbait?” “How do I feel beautiful and femme, when femme guys aren’t in underwear ads?” Maybe it’s a little dark.


In the psychosexual thriller B&B, gay Londoners Marc and Fred plan for a weekend of mischief by pranking the Christian owner of a remote bed and breakfast. Maybe that wasn’t their best-ever idea. When another guest arrives, things take a way deadly turn and the stakes get terrifying — but the film continues to be titled B&B, anyway.

You’d think with as many significant medical breakthroughs we’ve made to curb HIV infection and to make HIV-AIDS a treatable chronicle disease, the long-held stigma wouldn’t still be plaguing the community. Not so. The depressing video below features real-life convos on Grindr, in which users deride openly POZ people with such comments as: “You should be ashamed, you’re a walking disease.”

Remember ABC News’ Gio Benitez and his engagement to beau Tommy DiDario in front of the Eiffel Tower? As NewNowNext reports, their relationship is still going strong — and we have the exotic travel pics to prove it.

Greetings from #PuertoRico! Thanks to our buddy @MrTurk for the super fun swimwear! ?

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10 Comments

  • Heywood Jablowme

    “Bohemian Rhapsody” seems quite a disconnect from Green Day’s style of music. I wonder what prompted that.

    I’d noticed handsome Gio Benitez on ABC and my gaydar went off, but I didn’t know *officially* – nice to see this.

  • Lindoro Almaviva

    Unprompted? I wouldn’t call that unprompted. it is clearly playing on the speakers and you know if that song comes on, even an opera queen like me turns into a headbanger. (and I can sing it in Freddy’s key)

  • BigDaddy58

    Congrats guys… what a great looking couple having an awesome adventure for many years to come!
    See you on ABC soon!

  • Chris

    GRINDR responses are rather vile. It’s one thing not to want to have sex with someone else; but the put-downs of HIV+ men are needlessly cruel.

    • Heywood Jablowme

      It discourages people from getting tested at all. Plausible deniability. But of course, poz-but-untested guys have sky-high viral loads and are extremely infectious.

  • Mr-DJ

    Um no. You cannot say “Unprompted” at the Green Day concert. In fact it is the norm for pre-concert (Green Day concerts) going back at least 4 years. It is prompted by tradition, and the fact the background music is played for that reason. Thank you very much.

  • sfbeast

    I guessed about Gio but didn’t know. Great to see. I was hoping for Matt Gutman as well.

    • Sluggo2007

      Gio has been out for a long time, even before he went to ABC. I’m pretty sure Gutman is straight. Such a shame.

  • Spike

    Something about perfect couples just screams sooner then later divorces.

  • gary69mike

    Love looking at these two. Absolutely beautiful human beings. I hope Gio is as nice in person as he seems on TV and I hope he doesn’t get his heart broken. One question for Tommy though… doesn’t it hurt to be in a constant state of “flex mode” all the time?

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