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David Toussaint's latest book is DJ: The Dog Who Rescued Me. He is the author of four books, including The Gay Couples Guide to Wedding Planning and TOUSSAINT! Toussaint is also a professional playwright and actor. He resides in Manhattan. You can reach him on Facebook.

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Has the World Finally Caught Up With Madonna?

(47) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 3:19 PM


It's not always easy being a Madonna fan. Her occasional slip-ups notwithstanding -- even I cringe at the opening lines to Rebel Heart's "S.E.X." -- the real challenge is listening to and reading the criticism that's been riding the Queen of Pop's coattails...

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The Beauty of Vain, Gay Passive-Aggressive Facebook Users in One Post

(2) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 1:33 PM


This should be an interesting experiment. I am very selective about the people I "friend" on Facebook. They have to be loved ones, work colleagues, family, or really hot guys. I spend a lot of time corresponding with these people, "liking" their mundane...

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It's Time to Talk Tough About Texting...

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 1:53 AM


Because it's not my responsibility to maneuver to one side of the street, often against a building or the pavement, when you are about to run into me, nor to tell you to "look out" to avoid a collision. You are not five....

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Sex and the City's Rentboy Mentality

(5) Comments | Posted September 4, 2015 | 6:35 PM

The thing that no one is supposed talk about but everyone talks about was talked about all night at the Hookies Awards, on March 20 at XL Nightclub in New York City. I was invited by a gay publication as Press that, in turn, had been approached by a PR...

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love 'The Good Wife'

(1) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 12:56 PM


Like most religious awakenings, it didn't happen overnight. I'd heard of this new show The Good Wife, seen ads on bus stops and during commercial breaks for trivial shows like 60 Minutes. It looked silly, something unnecessary in my already busy spiritual TV...

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My Long Short Road to 50, in Gay Years

(6) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 4:44 PM


I was born in 1964, a year after Kennedy was shot, the last year of the Baby Boomers, and a year before Generation X. The Voting Rights Act was signed in 1965. I turned sixteen in 1980, the first year I had anal...

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'Empire' and 'Freakshow' Are More Similar Than You Think

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 11:36 AM


In the past few months, two shows have engulfed social media for similar reasons, until you add acclaim to the equation. Empire is the new, 13-episode smash-hit Fox show, with an album that beat out Madonna for Billboard's number one spot, and a...

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12 Headlines We'd Read if Madonna Were an Older Man

(9) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 3:25 PM

Madonna gets a lot of heat for behaving in a way many believe is inappropriate for a woman over 50. Men who are also "of a certain age" often behave in rebel fashion, but are usually lauded for their actions. Here, the headlines we'd read if Madonna practiced what many...

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American Horror Story's Unfulfilling Smorgasbord of Gore

(3) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 5:05 PM


This year's American Horror Story gave us a serial killer clown, a serial killer "song and dance man," two pinheads, a tattooed seal, a bearded lady, a three-breasted woman, a double amputee, a lobster-clawed bad-boy, a psychotic magician and his malicious dummy, a...

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Belinda Carlisle Co-Founds Animal People Alliance in India

(6) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 1:59 PM


Heaven, as Belinda Carlisle knows, is not always a place on earth, but the girl group goddess is determined to bring its halo down a notch.

The solo star and lead singer of the Go-Go's, the perennial Valley Girl with an infectious...

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'Into the Woods' and the Dumbing Down of the Movie Musical

(5) Comments | Posted December 31, 2014 | 2:49 PM


When I was about seven years old I starred in a community theater production of A Christmas Carol. Or, rather, played a supporting character--Schoolboy, to be exact--because I was too overweight to get the coveted role of Tiny Tim. As the company that...

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Why 'The Comeback' Shouldn't Have

(16) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 3:01 PM


No one appreciates sentiment as much as Valerie Cherish, the desperate-for-everything actress on HBO's The Comeback, and no one is more equipped to play her than Lisa Kudrow, an actress so desperately talented she'll never want for work. When the faux-documentary sitcom premiered...

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Rescuing the Dog Who Rescued Me

(8) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 2:33 PM


Last year, when my book DJ: The Dog Who Rescued Me was published, after a two-year labor of love had been completed, sold, and released to the world, I threw a party in Chelsea to celebrate. We had booze (Pugatinis, in...

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31 Tips for Surviving a Brutal, Horror-Film Murder

(2) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 6:57 PM


In this time of scares, it's important to remind people how to stay safe and sound. While I may not have a great knowledge of the Latin language or Middle Eastern politics, I'm an expert where it really matters -- horror flicks. Let...

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Entertaining Violence: A Day of Blood, Guts, and Guns, All for Fun!

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 5:24 PM


Are you part of the problem?

8 a.m. Wake up, pour coffee, get paper. After reading about bloodshed and war, move on to the Entertainment Section for much-needed relief. Tonight is the debut for Stalker and I can't wait. Love the image of...

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A Tale of Two Suicides and a Story of One

(9) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 12:58 PM

There is a home movie that I cannot watch without breaking into tears. And I didn't watch it before this writing. It's like precious jewelry, something to be seen only on the most profound of occasions. In the clip, I'm with my family, four older siblings and Mom, at what...

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The 5 Ways Gay Married Men Are Turning Back the Wedding Clock

(103) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 6:34 PM

As a supporter of marriage equality, a gay-wedding writer and a single man, it's disappointing to find a large percentage of legally partnered couples ignoring or dismissing crucial marriage issues. Rather, like college kids being offered endless credit cards without understanding debt management, men are jumping into matrimony unprepared and,...

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The 8 Things Gay Men Need to Say Less Often

(3) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 12:46 AM


1. "Dealbreaker": In today's gay world, "dealbreaker" is tossed around so much that it's surprising that anyone manages to find common ground -- and I think I just figured out why half the men I know are single. Musical preference is a potential...

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Why I Won't Be at Pride This Year, in One Long Rant

(4) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 10:07 PM

1. Because I don't have 0-percent body fat, and, from what I keep reading, that is the purpose of Pride. And those who tell us it has nothing to do with body fat, and that we need to stop obsessing over unattainable physical-perfection goals, tend to possess unattainable physical perfection,...

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The HIV Equal Campaign and a Half Century of Gay Sex

(1) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 5:51 PM


You wouldn't have known that an HIV test awaited you from the red carpet entrance and the group of photographers perched outside, waiting for Sandra Bernhard and the next someone to arrive at Bar Tini on 10th Avenue in Hell's Kitchen. Organizer Jack...

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