Jack Wrangler — Gay Around The Edges

Nowadays we would say he was non-binary. But back then, his wife, twenty years his senior, said he’s “only gay around the edges, dear”.

For your next gossipy coffee chat, I thought you’d enjoy this informative bit from from Chicago historian Owenkeehnen’s Instagram feed about Jack Wrangler, one of America’s first major porn stars.

Montero by Lil Nas X — I couldn’t believe my eyes.

For cripes sake, as an old gay guy still shocked that we can be in the military and get married and have an out cabinet secretary, now this!!!

Now we have an out gay pop music superstar! He’s gorgeous, young, Black, and outrageous!

Buttt! On top of all that, his latest video has him sliding down a the stripper pole to hell where he gives the devil himself a lapdance, and then, oh just watch for yourself I won’t spoil it. It’s super sexy and most likely nsfw.

Outrageous as it is, Lil Nas X’s latest music video has attracted an enormous amount of backlash. Calm down and watch this explainer on Public Television before you go off half cocked.

Not Your Average Mariachis

Tim Kramer RIP

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— “Doug Cooper (February 2, 1958 – April 16, 1992) was known as Tim Kramer, one of the biggest gay porn stars of the 1980s. I met him through a mutual acquaintance. We quickly became friends. Doug was born in West Virginia and grew up in Ohio.He was a smart and compassionate person. Since I was only posing for photographic shoots and he was very successful performing in film, I thought of him as a “Star.” He was always humble and treated everyone with kindness and respect. I learned a lot just from being around him. Doug and I not only shared first names; we also ran escort services in Hollywood. I didn’t see it as competition because there seemed to be enough clients for everybody. Doug was smart and he knew the value of the his “brand.” I remember when he told me about a solar installation company he wanted to invest in, and although I saw the potential, he saw the future. This installation company became his "day job." He also ran a health food store. When Doug was diagnosed with HIV, he started an AIDS support group and began promoting safer sex. He spent the last years of his life making regular runs to Mexico to buy in bulk low cost anti-viral medication for others in the community who could not travel. He truly cared about others. Doug became very ill in 1991 and passed away in 1992. Doug, you taught me how to stay strong and care for others even when we’re in pain. I know your star shined bright and brief, but you made a difference in many people’s lives, including mine. If you were here today, you’d be thrilled to see that you were right: solar was the future. I cried when you died, but I know you’re in heaven making it a happier place for others. You taught me a lot about life and thinking ahead. Rest in Peace Doug. You’re not forgotten." — by Shawn Mayotte @shawnmayotte . #whatisrememberedlives #theaidsmemorial #aidsmemorial #neverforget #endaids

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