Girl Talk: Chatting Up HBO ‘Looking’ Star Jonathan Groff

Jonathan Groff plays Patrick in the new HBO gay dramedy, "Looking."

Jonathan Groff plays Patrick in the new HBO gay dramedy, “Looking.”

In writing, Jonathan Groff sounds like the celebrity version of your average too-good-to-be-true OkCupid profile: He’s young (28!), nerd-cute, passionate, well-kept, fit (have you seen that Out photo?), a nonstarter on the tabloid front and is, tonally, refreshingly upbeat. He’s the guy you proudly trot around the Christmas-party circuit and smugly show off to the folks while on holiday.

And thankfully, this is one celeb who, in conversation, matches the pristine profile word for word.

Tomorrow, Jonathan Groff (who, fun fact, derives from Lancaster) will make his premium-cable debut in HBO’s San Francisco-set Looking — what has been dubbed by many as the gay version of Girls. (Though, of note, the network made it a point to avoid making it a mere carbon copy of Diva Dunham’s cult-following hit – hence why it’s not called Gays.) I caught up with Jonathan this week to chat a bit about what to expect in the pilot, how Grindr plays into the show (sadly, he wouldn’t tell me if he uses the app), how Looking is of a different breed than the ever-beloved Queer As Folk and – of course – whether he’s got a boyfriend. (Don’t lie: You want to know.)

Catch the convo after the jump

Thanksgiving Eve 2013: Where to Drink and Be Merry

Where to get your drink on this Thanksgiving Eve. Photo courtesy: ShutterStock

Where to get your drink on this Thanksgiving Eve. Photo courtesy: ShutterStock

You know the spiel by now: Thanksgiving Eve is the unofficial drinking holiday nine-to-fivers live for –the coveted breathing room between work and the Thanksgiving Day stresses of family matters, whether in the gay world or otherwise.

Here, we lasso up all of the LGBT-related shenanigans happening tonight in our darling City of Brotherly Love — including one that just might tickle you “pink.” Read more »

Wilmington Photographer Launches Indiegogo Campaign for ‘First Comes Love’ Project

Philly couple Harvey Hurdle and Kevin Yoder pose for a photo with their son. Photo by: Barbara Proud

Philly couple Harvey Hurdle and Kevin Yoder pose for a photo with their son. Photo by: Barbara Proud

When Barbara Proud celebrated her 20th anniversary with her partner Allison in 2008, it occurred to her that what she’d accomplished was … well, a pretty big freaking deal.

“At that point, that really put us as the longest-surviving relationship in both our families — particularly in hers, where they’re on their third or fourth tries,” says Proud, a photographer based out of Wilmington, Del., and instructor at University of the Arts. “We’re the go-to couple: We take care of the babies, we take care of the dogs, we’re the executors — we’re everything to everyone. I was proud of us.”

Around this same time, Proud’s photography business was losing steam as a result of the economic downturn. But, determined to not be totally defeated, she decided to make gold out of a stinker of a situation. Drawing inspiration from her anniversary (and the Propostion 8 overturn), she started reaching out to other long-lasting couples in her Philadelphia network to pose for photos, which eventually expanded to inquiries to and from LGBT couples all across the country. The product: The First Comes Love Project, a compilation endeavor that has hosted photographs of  LGBT couples of high- and low-profile. (See: Her photograph of Prop. 8 plaintiffs Kris Perry and Sandy Stier.) Read more »

N.J. Waitress Receipt Slur All a ‘Hoax’?

The receipt Morales claims is the original.

The receipt Morales claims is the original.

Well, this is awkward.

Remember the lesbian waiter from Bridgewater, N.J., restaurant Gallop Asian Bistro, who highlighted a less-than-gay-friendly nasty-gram left on her receipt? (And allegedly didn’t get a tip?) The couple is now refuting that it happened at all. It’s all, they say, a big “misunderstanding” — one they felt the need to address when they realized the story was a slow-burner in the headlines. Read more »

ALBUM REVIEW: Kelly Clarkson ‘Wrapped in Red’

Kelly Clarkson Wrapped in Red

Musically, this just might be the year Kelly Clarkson stole Christmas.

Clarkson’s sixth studio LP, Wrapped in Red, opened at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 earlier this month — embarrassingly, just barely pulling ahead of the Robertsons’ Duck the Halls Pennsyltucky-pandering cringefest debut album. But don’t confuse those numbers as a reflection of quality: Clarkson’s album is easily the strongest Christmas release since Michael Buble’s ’50s-channeling, 2011 addition to the genre. And, to its credit, Red also boasts (in addition to being RuPaul-approved) the biggest opening numbers for a female Christmas album since Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas II You in 2010.

Cue the Mariah comparisons. Read more »

The Secret Lives of Sugar Babies

sugar babies

IT’S A SUNNY afternoon when he sees me, standing in the center of 30th Street Station. He gives me the once-over, barely says a word. He’s not quite what I’d hoped: Two muddied-white knee-high socks appear to mask a fluid build-up in his legs; he has a bald spot that’s surrounded by a bush of frizzy gray hair; his eyes strike me as uncannily cold and beady.

Stuart*, 61, from North Jersey, heaves his luggage over his shoulder and heads off to buy two tickets to Atlantic City, our first-date destination for the next two nights.

Meet the sugar babies after the jump »

MONDAY KICKSTARTER: Judge Sets Date for Hearing on Pa. Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Photo courtesy: ShutterStock, Andrey Burmakin

Photo courtesy: ShutterStock, Andrey Burmakin

Trolling the Web for LGBT headlines so you don’t have to.

LOCAL:

Mark your calendar: Federal judge sets June 9 as date for hearing challening Pennsylvania’s same-sex marriage ban

NATIONAL:

Bachmann disappoints again, refuses to include gay parents in adoption resolution

Dan Savage calls out Mary Cheney on marriage stance

President Obama signs bill that would eliminate ban on research involving transplant of HIV-infected organs between HIV-positive patients

City of Houston to offer benefits to employees in same-sex relationships Read more »

10 Totally Handsome Men Born as Women [NSFW]

Balian Buschbaum Trans

A German pole vaulter, Balian Buschbaum underwent gender-reassignment surgery in 2008 as Yvonne Buschbaum.

A must-see list of successful, super-studly (and oh-so-hairy!) trans men has been making the rounds around the Web this week, and it’s beyond enthralling. Not that we needed proof that the trans community has a host of folks who make for some va-va-voom sensations, but wow!

It’s not just the men making the rounds in headlines, either: Season Three Drag Race contestant Carmen Carrera made waves last week when she was considered for a Victoria’s Secret modeling gig. (One that would be well-deserved, if you ask us.) At last count, Carrera had 42,464 signed petitions of a desired 50,000 on Change.org. She would be the first trans Victoria’s Secret model.

Even in light of some continually disturbing trends, we’ll call it an all-in-all strong week for recognition of the trans community.

Take a look at the list of female-to-male hunks here, and judge for yourself how high they rank on the Hottie Scale.

Philly FIGHT and City Councilwomen Announce HIV Clinic for Spanish-Speakers

Philly FIGHT Executive Director Jane Shull and councilwomen Maria Quinones-Sanchez and Marian Tasco announce a new HIV clinic at a City Hall press conference this morning.

Philly FIGHT Executive Director Jane Shull and councilwomen Maria Quinones-Sanchez and Marian Tasco announce a new HIV clinic at a City Hall press conference this morning.

In a forward-thinking move, Philly FIGHT and city councilwomen Maria Quinones-Sanchez and Marian Tasco announced at a press conference this morning the development of a brand-new HIV clinic that caters to Spanish-speaking Philadelphians.

The clinic will open Dec. 11 at the North Philadelphia Prevention Point space, located at 166 W. Lehigh Ave. It is the first of its kind in the city, and a testament to the growing Hispanic population in Philadelphia. Census data from 2010 demonstrates as much: Philly added 58,683 Hispanic residents in a 10-year period, an increase of 45.5 percent. As a region, it also has the second-largest Hispanic population in the Northeast.

Jane Shull, executive director of Philly FIGHT, says FIGHT applied for a Department of Health and Human Services Special Projects of National Significance grant in February, receiving a response two weeks ago that the department would fund the project. Councilwoman Quinones-Sanchez has contributed as, Shull says, “a strong voice for services in the community” — the starring role of ”rallying the troops,” so to speak. Read more »

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