Mom Takes The Cosmopolitan

The Cosmopolitan of Las VegasWhat do you get when you take 2 fabulously gay husbands on their second honeymoon and their mother from Nashville who hasn’t been to Las Vegas in over 25+ years? I’ll let you know this Thanksgiving when Jacques and I treat my mother Betty to a trip like she’s never seen before! She’s already up in grand thoughts of slot machine winnings and Sin City soaking while reveling in the comforted joy that will be breathtaking at The Cosmopolitan. She hasn’t been to Vegas since Bally’s was the MGM Grand and you could walk to Caesar’s Palace straight across the street from corner to corner. Let that sink in. No walkways above the streets of The Strip to circulate the crowds. Oh, yeah… It’s been a hot minute. She is going to get her life!

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Celebrating the Life of Our Boy Barney

Remembering Our “Mister B” Barney

Barney Jack RussellI sat here at the keyboard for a few good minutes reflecting on the following words before tapping finger to first keys. Actually this has sat for a few weeks waiting to be published because it’s been hard for me to finish it. It’s incredibly heartbreaking to put this into words because it once again assures me that our dog Barney isn’t coming back. It’s still difficult to talk about at length without getting emotional. But life goes on while one or two in our case deal with death. We both go to work and continue on while pushing down any rush of teary melancholy moments we have here at the house where together we spent his life. That is until we can’t hold it anymore and slowly weep or take a sigh of deep sadness while remembering our two kids that have left us too soon.

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Homeless LGBTQ Youth – How To Help!

LGBTQEvery once in a while I like to turn the focus and attention toward serious matters affecting our amazing community of brothers and sisters in need. I received a wonderful email from a sweet girl names Janessa Dayan who works with a truly giving group called Goodshop and Goodsearch. Their company motto is “You Shop. You Save. We Give.” I’ve placed the entire press release here for you to read through. I hope you take the time to check these organizations out. Happy Gay Pride Month!

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Heading to Mr. Gay USofA ’15 Nationals

UnstoppableIf you follow me here or on social media then you know I’ve been preparing hard for my preliminary contest to take me back to Mr. Gay USofA nationals once more in San Antonio this November. I got my ticket! I’M EXCITED! I wanted to win desperately but it wasn’t in the cards this round. However I did get my qualifying ticket as first alternate to place my two dancing feet back on that stage at The Saint November 4-6. Here’s what went down in Bakersfield last week at the first ever Mr. Gay California USofA contest…

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That’s Right! I’m Super Gay Married.

Marc St. Jacques - Steven MichaelIt’s been two-weeks now since my man Jacques made an honest (wo)man out of me. I’M MARRIED! Officially all kinds of gay married, tho. WOW! Where do I start?! Well, once upon a time a shy southern boy growing up in the Bible Belt in Nashville hoped that one day he would meet the French man of his yet-known dreams and…. OK, OK! Not that far back! Ah, the memories of my husband and I. They are so fond in my heart, mind and soul. Here’s what I’ll share…

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Queen of the Desert Drag Pageant

Steven MichaelI was sitting on the couch here at home when I got a message from my dear friend Brett Klein at the D.A.P. about the (at the time) upcoming Queen of the Desert lip-sync drag competition happening 5/27 at Renaissance Hotel in Palm Springs. I had attended the previous year which was the premiere year for the pageant. Brett knew my background in the pageant circuit with the girls could be an asset to the show. We chatted about what I thought of the previous year and how I thought it could be bigger and better. The next thing I know I am sitting in a boardroom across from a true soldier for the Desert Aids Project, the dear J.P. Allen who coordinates charity events for the D.A.P. He is wonderful man!

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Beyond the Lights – Movie Review

Beyond the LightsYou know the star. She is beautiful Gugu Mbatha-Raw! The film is called Beyond the Lights and is about a career-driven overbearing mother played to the bitchy hilt by Minnie Driver, both ruthless and shameless about getting her daughter Noni Jean (Mbatha-Raw) to a successful career in the music industry and extreme fame at any cost. While she sells her daughter’s sexuality and image to the highest bidder and brightest spotlight, Driver’s Macy Jean pushes Noni further away from her.

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Two Tickets to Nashville, Please!

NashvilleI’m trying to pull things together this morning so when I get off from work this evening I don’t rush around like a chicken with my head cut off. See, my southern vocabulary is starting to find its way back in. Tomorrow we head to Nashville for a few days. And yes, I said “we.” My husband will be getting on with me as I board the silver bird that flies the people across the lands in the wee a.m. hours from PSP towards BNA. I’m thrilled he’s joining me for a meat-and-three and some good southern BBQ. He has never been to Tennessee and seeing my French man in such a simple land will be one true ki-ki.

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Today’s Happenings – Gay Culture Now

One DirectionOMG! Zayn Malik has left One Direction! OMG! I really, really couldn’t care any less. And yes, it’s the beginning of the end. Hello! Goodbye. Boy bands come and go then come back together and break up again. A few solos efforts will ensue. Not sure if any of them would be strong enough to carry on solo. Harry Styles could because he is the face of the band from what I can tell and his voice is decent. But it is what it is. May the future tribute bands start auditioning for gigs. Boy, bye. And in other news…

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Daylight Savings Times Brings Change

Steven MichaelI just finished a day full of updating this web domain and giving it a fresher look. Between deciding what theme to choose and then tweaking it up, I am finally very happy with it all. It should be mobile-friendly and ready for micro formats more so than ever before. It had been over 4 years with the older theme so it was definitely time to do such. This one is easier on the eyes and I tied up broken links, updated content and all that jazz. Since Daylight Savings Time is now upon us, the sunshine is providing a longer day and more opportunities for progress and success. I’m using it…

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