Top 5 Vintage Gay TV Characters

Antony Simpson
13th July 2016

ac0af23b86aeb42d28e80cb7a544069bAntony Simpson shares his Top 5 Vintage TV Characters. In order to make the list, characters had to be iconic, queer and in some way vintage.

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Talking With Armistead Maupin :: Telling Tales in Ptown

by Jim Halterman
Friday Jul 8, 2016

We know that Armistead Maupin is a great storyteller from his legendary “Tales of the City” book series and other novels he’s penned over the years, and this weekend he is also going to be telling those stories at the Paramount in Provincetown.

At his two shows set at the Paramount (at the Crown and Anchor), Maupin will be telling stories about himself and his journey that began, in his words, when he was an “ultra-conservative” young man who is now an activist and voice for the queer community.

When EDGE talked to him earlier this week, the esteemed author didn’t have anything to announce quite yet about what may or may not be happening with a potential “Tales of the City” revival on TV; but there was still plenty to talk about in terms of his love for Ptown, how it and San Francisco are similar, and, since he was present at the recent San Francisco premiere, his thoughts on the upcoming “Looking” movie on HBO.

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A Return to Barbary Lane?

screenshot8612At the Monday, June 20, opening party for Dog Eared Books’ new store in the Castro, after Armistead Maupin read something from “Logical Family,” his forthcoming memoir, Frank Biafore asked about Laura Linney’s recent revelation that there have been talks of an updated “Tales of the City.” Maupin confirmed that some talks are in progress, and then said, “How great would it be if people found out Mary Ann Singleton and Anna Madrigal were soon headed back to 28 Barbary Lane, and they found out from gossip heard in the Castro bookstore?”

But if you weren’t in the bookstore, here’s more about it: The series will be set in modern-day San Francisco, says Maupin, “with 50-something Mary Ann Singleton returning to Barbary Lane,” as well as Michael Tolliver, who comes from “a difficult Christian family in Orlando.” Way before last week’s horrific events, Maupin had “already established 40 years ago that Michael’s parents were Florida orange growers, and his mother had joined the Anita Bryant crusade.”

In Los Angeles last week, Maupin and Linney attended pitch meetings with several networks for the new series. Linney and Olympia Dukakis are, in showbiz lingo, already “attached” to it.

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“Tales” Omnibus available 12/06/2016

Just in time for Christmas, 3 books containing all 9 “Tales” novels will be released by Harper Collins. Available for pre-order now!

28 Barbary Lane

Back to Barbary Lane

Goodbye Barbary Lane


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Laura Linney is keeping a secret

No one is lovelier than LL when she spills the beans.
More news soon!

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The Maytag Man Wants to Celebrate Pride with You

Can anyone identify the Maytag Man celebrating pride and his link to Armistead?

by Muri Assunção
June 2, 2016 | 5:50pm

maytagmanFor 49 years, he’s been America’s “reliable and strong repairman who loves to do the dishes.” This year, he’s also “dependable, powerful and stocked full of Pride.”

After last year’s successful ad campaign that showed the Maytag Man holding a colored layer cake with a caption that read “Proud to be in any home,” an allusion to bakeries that had refused to serve same-sex couples, Maytag is bringing back the rainbow version of the good-looking handyman to celebrate LGBT Pride month. And this year, Maytag’s parent company Whirlpool also joined in.

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Armistead Maupin in conversation with Katherine Maxfield

Sunday, April 24, 2016, 3 p.m.

The internationally bestselling author, hailed as having “invented San Francisco,” comes to Montalvo for a fascinating and evocative conversation with Katherine Maxfield about his life and many accomplishments in literature, theater, and music. Books will be available for purchase.

About Tales of the City and Armistead Maupin

“[Tales of the City is] perhaps the most sublime piece of popular literature America has ever produced” Laura Miller,

Maupin worked as a reporter for a newspaper in Charleston, South Carolina, before being assigned to the San Francisco bureau of the Associated Press in 1971. Launched in 1976 as a groundbreaking serial in the San Francisco Chronicle, his iconic Tales of the City series has since blazed a trail through popular culture—from a sequence of globally best-selling novels, to a Peabody Award-winning television miniseries starring Olympia Dukakis and Laura Linney, to an ambitious new musical that had its world premiere at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater in 2011. The series now encompasses eight hugely popular novels: Tales of the City, More Tales of the City, Further Tales of the City, Babycakes, Significant Others, Sure of You, Michael Tolliver Lives, and Mary Ann in Autumn. These works have been translated into ten languages with more than six million copies in print.

Maupin’s other novels include Maybe the Moon and The Night Listener—which became a 2006 feature film starring Robin Williams and Toni Collette.

Maupin holds a number of awards for his literary and pioneering social work, including the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Publishing Triangle of New York; Litquake’s Barbary Coast Award for his literary contribution to San Francisco; and Trevor Project’s Life Award “for his efforts in saving young lives.” He is the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

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