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31 October: The Monday Mix: Catching Up on Yer Culture

31 October: The Monday Mix: Catching Up on Yer Culture

Happy Halloween, Homolabians!

Halloween is my favorite holiday; it's also "America’s gay holiday," according to a recent post over at HuffPo:

Gay cultural influence on Halloween has become such an unstoppable phenomenon here and abroad that anthropologist Jerry Kugelmass of University of Florida published a book in 1994 on the new trend, titled Masked Culture, describing Halloween as an emerging gay "high holiday."

"The 'masked culture' first developed by the gays of San Francisco has reached across the lines of orientation -- and now jumped across the boundaries between nations and languages. It's not just a party. It's an ideal of personal emancipation, self-expression and self-fulfillment -- an ideal that loses none of its power when it takes the form of a sexy nurse's outfit," CNN contributor David Frum wrote last year in "Halloween craze started in gay culture."

Halloween allows many LGBTQ Americans at least one night annually, Oct. 31, of safely being out and "unmasked" while remaining closeted. The community revels the entire night like there is no tomorrow, and for many there isn't. Like its pagan roots, Halloween provided an outlet for us cross-dressing and gender-bending LGBTQ outsiders who are ostracized by mainstream society.

Not revelatory, but just nice to have this articulated in discourse at-large. 

Last week on The View, Whoopi talked about how she likes to carry her vibrator around, in a pouch, or in a holster (depending upon her wardrobe, I suppose):

 

 

My favorite lesbian, Justin Timberlake, returned to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to perform the "History of Rap" Part Three, and it is glorious:

 

Tracy Morgan—who, coincidentally, I ran into in midtown Manhattanand who totally gave me the once over and an wink—appeared on Rosie’s show last week and talked about all that "anti-gay" hullaballo:

 

 

Night of the Demons (1988) is the best cheesy, B-horror flick of all time. Where else can you learn such gems as “eat a bowl of fuck” to hurl at people? Here’s the trailer, I suggest you watch it prontissimo:

 

 

 

What better way to celebrate Halloween than to revisit Mother Gem, Leslie Hall’s music video for “Zombie Killer, Revisited,” co-starring Elvira: