Happy HoliGays 2011 From BackintheGays, Rupaul and the Gang

...  are knee deep in the holiday spirit this year with some retro Ru just for you. This Holiday Season we bring you from 1993 Rupaul’s Christmas Ball. Before RuPaul’s Drag Race and Drag U there was this holiday special. Originally aired in the United Kingdom and brought to us by World of Wonder, this Holiday Variety Show is sure to get you in the Spirit this year. Starring in Ru’s Christmas Ball is: Elton John Boy George Latoya Jackson Eartha Kitt Fred Schneider Taylor Dayne Little Richard Berlinda Carlisle Also appearing is: Nirvana with Kurt Cobain En Vogue The [...]

Spotlight: Queer as Poetry James Schwartz

James Schwartz entered his journey into life on February 19, 1978 and was raised in the Old Order Amish community in South West Michigan. James Schwartz is a poet and slam performer striving for the simplicity of Cavafy mixed with modern gay wordplay and elements. Schwartz’s poetry/slam material dialogues of GLBTQ issues and affirmations of gay night life and love. James is the author of several poetry chapbooks including The Scarlet Band And Other Poems (2005). Schwartz’s poetry publications include: Poetry Life And Times – U.K. Michiana’s Rainbow Gazzette – P-FLAG Outside The Lines – Australia Babel: The Multilingual, Multicultural [...]

While It’s Love That Makes a Family, It’s Marriage That Protects It.

...  covers, he marries his best girlfriend for a green card. When the wedding goes horribly wrong, and he’s faced with deportation, he’s left with an impossible and heartbreaking choice…. THE POLITICS BEHIND THE FILM: Our aim for I Do is to make an intelligent, sexy, romantic dramedy with broad appeal, while highlighting one of the most divisive civil rights, political, social, moral, and religious issues in America today: marriage inequality. Many countries, including The United Kingdom, Spain and Mexico, now offer either Civil Unions or same-sex marriage, providing nearly all the same rights of heterosexual marriage. In America certain [...]

Elizabeth Taylor You Will Be Missed but Never, Ever Forgotten…

I loves me some Elizabeth Taylor honey! This past weekend TCM ran a documentary about her from 1975, hosted by Peter Lawford. He’s gone now but was part of old Hollywood, He had a storied career as a sometime actor married to Pat Kennedy as well as being a member of the original Brat Pack. He interviewed those closest to Elizabeth, people who had never spoken about her either before these interviews or since, like her mom Sara Taylor. I’d seen several pictures of her over the years but had never heard her speak, she was elegant and sweet, just [...]

Blind Pride 1996 the Early Years

Blind Pride is the largest organization of its kind in the world serving vision-impaired people in Canada, England and Japan, as well as the United States. The current membership is now over 200. Blind LGBT Pride is a 501 (c) (3) non profit organization. The purpose of Blind LGBT Pride is to provide for the betterment of the lives of those who are visually impaired and who are LGBT By providing a forum for the views and concerns of visually impaired persons interested in issues facing those who are LGBT; by providing information about publications of interest to members that [...]

Transgender, Bi, Lesbian, Questioning, Gay, Born This Way 1977

To Everyone and then some, May you enjoy the last of the holiday season and may all your hopes and dreams for the New Year be blessed upon you. We want to thank each and every patron who stops by and takes time with us to step Back in the Gays. Happy New Year 2011 Equality for all! I Was Born This Way” is a disco song by Valentino, released in 1975, then by Carl Bean in 1977, and a remake in 1995 by country singer Johnny Rodriguez. It was written by Chris Spierer and Bunny Jones. The record was first released on [...]

A Bar of Gold in the New Depression? Justin Bond

Recently described as “A bar of gold in the new depression” by Hilton Als in the New Yorker. Singer, songwriter and Tony-nominated performance artist Justin Bond is an Obie. Bessie and Ethyl Eichelberger Award winner and was named one of the top 40 favorite New Yorkers by Time Out New York and was listed by Time Out London as one of England’s 50 Funniest People. His debut EP Pink Slip was released in July 2009. In 2008 he won rave reviews for his GLAAD nominated show Lustre which premiered at PS122 in the East Village. Justin Bond then went on [...]