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Michael Kearns

Where the Sidewalk Ends

Photo by The CobrasnakeDistraught, displaced, dispossessed individuals walk in a zombie-like daze. Others threaten to jump out of their skins. Agonized cries juxtapose with maniacal laughter. The smell of putrid waste, body fluids included. Shit happens on Skid Row — a bust, a score, a feud, a death. Makeshift homes......

Periods, Bras and T-Cells

Illustration by Pamela Jaeger Daddy, I’m bleeding,” my 9-year old daughter yells from the bathroom. Oh, my God, I think to myself as I sprint from the kitchen, she’s starting her period. The book I meant to refer to when I explained menstruation, titled simply Period, sits under a pile......

Saving Face

Even though my hairdresser’s makeshift salon doesn‘t have the sumptuous accouterments of a bona fide shop of beauty, an oversized mirror stares back at me as Lance meticulously cuts my hair, then mousses it and gooses it, attempting to conceal the thinner patches. “I’ve looked better,” I think to myself......
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Gays & Dolls

Illustration by Martha Rich In a recent Los Angeles benefit reading of the classic screenplay for Valley of the Dolls, Alec Mapa played Anne Welles (Barbara Parkins on celluloid), Bruce Vilanch was Jennifer North (Sharon Tate), Wilson Cruz played Neely O’Hara (Patty Duke), and I was Helen Lawson (Susan Hayward)......
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Out on the Web

GeoCities founder David Bohnett just wanted to make the WWW a community. Now he’s worth $350 million. As a graduate student at the University of Michigan, David Bohnett -- founder of the GeoCities Web site, philanthropist and one of the latest in the string of supersize millionaires spawned by the......
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I Do, I Don't

"IF CARNIE WILSON COULD GET STAPLED online," joked Jeffrey Newman, 32, president of the Gay Financial Network (www.gfn.com) and CEO of out.com, Out Publishing's Web arm, "I figured we could get married." So spake Newman on the eve of his historic online marriage to partner Jeffrey Parker, 31, a men's-accessories......
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Getting Undressed for the Theater

Never have there been so many naked male bodies on Los Angeles stages; in addition to singing, dancing and acting, performers in homo theatrical fare are more often than not required to do the full monty. Gay visibility? You bet your ass. Does the increase in exposed buttocks and bollocks......
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