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Robert Julian
Robert Julian is a writer and actor who lives in Palm Springs, Calif. He is the star of Golden Gays, a reality series that airs on the Canadian network SliceTM.

Entries by Robert Julian

The Old News

(2) Comments | Posted May 15, 2016 | 5:58 PM

Once upon a time, network news programs placed important issues of the day under the microscopes of Walter Cronkite, Huntley and Brinkley, and Harry Reasoner. They didn't have matinee idol looks, but Americans trusted them. Now the network news rosters boast a few head-turners like Thomas Roberts (a gay, Clark...

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Trevor Noah's Arc

(9) Comments | Posted December 4, 2015 | 4:09 PM

When The Daily Show with Trevor Noah debuted in September everyone knew it would never be the same. John Stewart honed his performance over 16 years, shaping The Daily Show into a national treasure of socio-political commentary inside a tasty wrapper of whip-smart satire. But Trevor Noah brings something new...

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Notes on Crack

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 5:05 PM

I am 64 and I have a boyfriend. The absurdity of this situation is not lost on me. First of all, how the hell did I get to be 64? One night I'm exiting the dance floor, all hot and sweaty, heading for the coat-check just before "last call" and...

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Holy Joe!

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 1:34 PM

When Palm Springs' summer temperatures topped 110 degrees, it took me about three seconds to accept my friend Bob's invitation to join him in Boston for a few weeks. At the end of my six-hour flight, I find myself sitting on his balcony overlooking the Charles River, luxuriating in blue...

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Looking. Back.

(2) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 4:37 PM

Sitting down to watch the debut episode of HBO's Looking, I feared I might be opening Pandora's Box. What sort of memories would fly out? Where would they take me? After all, I lived my own uber gay San Francisco life for over 30 years. How close to the boner...

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What We Did

(17) Comments | Posted December 1, 2013 | 8:00 AM

We didn't know what we were dealing with. But we knew the effects were pain and suffering, followed by a horrible death. The "experts" were clueless as to why all our friends and lovers were dying. Elected officials, almost as befuddled and frightened as we were, opted for denial or...

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A Hairy Situation

(2) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 4:47 PM

Gentlemen, I am about to ask you to think about your hair choices. What are you doing? And what do you think you are doing? It has come to my attention that men are rarely able to correlate answers to these questions when it comes to their own hair. Are...

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Feeling Swiss

(4) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 3:43 PM

I'm an old gay American with a really good memory. And I find the current discussion regarding military intervention in Syria to be a source of significant discomfort. How do I loathe it? Let me count ten ways.

1. When the President of the United States asks for the support...

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Gay Marriage? Whoa, Pardner!

(22) Comments | Posted July 3, 2013 | 7:56 PM

I know you're in love. DOMA is dead. And in California, the nation's most populous state, they no longer spit on you when you show up at the registrar's office to claim your marriage license. But hold on a second. Are you sure you want to do this?

Once upon...

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Grindr Saved My Neighborhood

(4) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 6:27 PM

When I wrote my memoir, Postcards from Palm Springs, I included a reference to the exhibitionist who would stalk me as I walked my dogs. At first it was funny; then it became creepy. There is something unsettling about being followed by a naked guy with an erection, slowly driving...

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In the Dead Zone

(6) Comments | Posted June 7, 2013 | 11:56 PM

Still clutching my wad of soggy Kleenex, I sit in the empty overflow ward of the emergency room while Patrick's body is prepared for the coroner. I stare silently at the row of vacant beds until the flamboyant social worker with the bad wig returns. There is one final piece...

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San Francisco Redux

(3) Comments | Posted May 16, 2013 | 5:53 PM

On my last morning in San Francisco, I'm brunching with an old friend at Chez Maman on Potrero Hill. We have not seen each other in years. A middle-aged couple sits next to us at one of the tiny restaurant's two outdoor tables. Just before the couple departs, the woman...

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End of the Season

(1) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 2:30 PM

Change is in the air. The winding down begins, and snowbirds take flight. Traffic is lighter in Palm Springs, days are longer, and temperatures peak above 100 degrees. It is the end of the season, and I drift, carried forward like Proust by remembrances of things past. I have not...

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Hella Coachella

(2) Comments | Posted April 21, 2013 | 4:46 PM

The second weekend is over, and those fresh-faced, lithe-bodied kids are heading home. On the first day of the Coachella Music Festival, 30 of them were arrested for drug and alcohol violations. For the duration of Woodstock, there were only 80 arrests. And no one seems to get hauled to...

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White on White

(2) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 11:13 AM

Until we filmed Golden Gays, I had never been to White Party - or any circuit party. I never attended because my years on the gay party scene pre-dated such things. I was a circuit party boy before the predictable annual calendar of international circuit parties even existed.

The circuit...

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Starting Over at 62

(62) Comments | Posted April 6, 2013 | 4:37 PM

I was doing really well, or so I told myself until the Entertainment Tonight interview. I breezed through a sit-down on The Morning Show, promoting that evening's debut of my reality television series, Golden Gays. I wrapped a quickie on Toronto's Proud FM where I riffed with Mike Chalut, one...

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About My Ass

(2) Comments | Posted April 1, 2013 | 7:13 PM

Thanks to the miracle of television, people are now talking about my ass. It's funny, because I've been talking about my ass for years, without a single enthusiastic response. Nora Ephron had her neck; I have my ass. It was once a thing of beauty -- toned and sculpted by...

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Golden Gays: They're Gay, They're Gray... Get Out of Their Way!

(34) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 5:55 PM

Using the fingers of only one hand, take a moment to count the number of lesbian or gay seniors you see on television each week. When finished, you'll probably find that you still have enough free digits to smoke a cigarette and sext your boyfriend. The longstanding invisibility of LGBT...

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