Say what you will about HBO’s Looking, but we have high hopes for season two. There were some standout moments during the debut season (such as this and this and this), and we’re looking forward to seeing where the show’s creative team takes the story. That, and San Francisco is just about as sexy of a television character as you’ll ever find.
The cast has been all over town the last few weeks shooting (it’s like SF’s very own Law & Order), as evidenced by taking a peek at the stars’ Instagram feeds:
Jonathan Groff tries to lick his way to the center of Russell Tovey:
Raul Castillo takes a break and chats with some young’ns on set:
Raúl Castillo is for the children. #lookinghbo A photo posted by Raúl Castillo (@officialraulcastillo) on
Newcomer Daniel Frazese and Raul stroll down Market St.:
Jonathan preps for a shot at the park:
#rigged #makinup #JonathanGroff A photo posted by Jonathan Groff [Fans] (@jonathandrewgroff) on
Looks like Murray Bartlett and Jonathan will be taking a trip to the farmer’s market this season:
The happy family:
@lookinghbo – The gang #LookingHBO #JonathanGroff A photo posted by Jonathan Groff [Fans] (@jonathandrewgroff) on
Because they needed matching chair pics:
But busy shooting schedules doesn’t mean all work and no play.
Jonathan and Russell have also been seen around town with SF drag mama extraordinaire Juanita More.
Here’s Russell at the 4-year anniversary party of Juanita’s Pound Puppy party at the Powerhouse:
And over in the Castro, Juanita and Jonathan (along with DLB and Sister Roma) attended gay rights activist Cleve Jones’ bday party:
The forgotten, openly gay glam-rocker Jobriath must've blown a few minds in his 1973 TV appearance...
Dazzling Annie at B&N in the gallery above!
I've met some of my most intensely beloved '80s idols, but Annie Lennox was a hold-out...until tonight! Appearing at a Barnes & Noble Union Square chat with Rolling Stone's Anthony DeCurtis, she was promoting her new CD Nostalgia, a covers collection.
Full tracklisting of Nostalgia:
“Memphis in June”
“Georgia on My Mind”
“I Put a Spell on You”
“I Cover the Waterfront”
“God Bless the Child”
“You Belong to Me”
“September in the Rain”
“I Can Dream, Can't I?
“The Nearness of You”
Annie looks great, and more importantly, she is an almost singularly cerebral popstar, one who spoke eloquently about the AIDS pandemic, the backstories she creates when singing a song and also about her #1 favorite gig ever—which just so happens to be the David Bowie duet I posted quite recently!
“I just to thank everybody that came here this morning...I want to tell you that I'm so grateful to you for taking time out of your busy lives to come to hear and wait to see me. That's touched me deeply, so thank you.”
Lennox spoke of how timeless the songs on her new album really are (many written in the '30s), admitted she adores “the down-the-rabbit-hole experience” of YouTube and confessed that she in fact used the site to help her in her song selection.
I was lucky enough to have photographer Bruce Glikas on hand to take my photo with Annie (I was one of the first to go, so she hadn't figured out to lean into the photo more just yet). When I had my moment with her, I told her that her early genderfuck presentation with Eurythmics, while not my issue, made me a better person by opening my mind to other possibilities at an early age. She listened intently and thanked me for sharing that. Probably the most substantive gush I've had toward a star I've encountered, but her intellectual conversation just prior was inspirational.
Check out the full video after the jump and all my photos in the gallery at the top of this post...
Birdy covers Madonna's “Lucky Star” for the BBC...
Straight ally Pauley Perrette of NCIS sits with Larry King for Larry King Now, talking about her hit show's 12th (!) season (it's literally the most popular drama in the world outside of Gaga vs. Madonna) and touching on gay issues, including marriage equality:
“I’ve just been a part of this—part of this equality campaign for so long, and the last few years, especially since Obama’s been in office, has been so fascinating for us. We’ve made remarkable strides at such a fast pace.”
Watch the full interview after the jump...
Me (left) andylovespugs.tumblr.com and my boyfriend Ryan (right)
U.S. District Judge Perez Gimenez has issued a ruling upholding Puerto Rico's ban on same-sex marriage. Equality on Trial reports:r
Citing Baker v. Nelson and the First Circuit Court of Appeals decision striking down Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) a judge in Puerto Rico has dismissed a challenge to its same-sex marriage ban.r
In that DOMA case, Massachusetts v. HHS, the First Circuit had said that Baker v. Nelson is binding precedent on the issue of whether there’s a right to same-sex marriage; they then found that Baker didn’t prevent them from ruling on DOMA, which didn’t involve the states’ regulation of marriage.r
The Puerto Rico case can be appealed to the First Circuit, which hasn’t had an opportunity to review challenges to same-sex marriage bans since all the states in that circuit allow same-sex marriage.r
The suit challenging Puerto Rico's marriage ban was brought by a lesbian couple, Ada Conde Vidal and Ivonne Álvarez Velez, who sued to have their marriage performed in Massachussetts recognized by the commonwealth. As we previously reported, Conde decided to file the suit after realizing that she would be barred from making medical decisions on behalf of her ailing daughter. Puerto Rico's ban on same-sex marriage was enshrined into law in 1999 after lawmakers amended the U.S. commonwealth’s civil code to ban recognition of same-sex marriages.r
Chris Johnson of The Washington Blade also points out that Judge Gimenez was appointed by President Jimmy Carter.r
Judge who uphold Puerto Rico's ban on same-sex marriage is a 1979 appointee of Jimmy Carter.r— Chris Johnson (@chrisjohnson82) October 21, 2014
Read the decision, AFTER THE JUMP...r
My boyfriend and I on our one year anniversary.
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