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Billy Masters
by Billy Masters
2022-07-04

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"And this was Richard Gere in 1977. … He was so beautiful. And I'm there. My mom didn't go. It was just me and my mom's two gay friends. And I just remember being like, 'Oh my God, I'm gay. … I'm totally gay.'"—Anderson Cooper talks about seeing Gere backstage after Bent on Broadway. Of course, Gere was also shirtless. As Cooper explained, "I couldn't stop staring at his chest." Who could blame him?

This week's column is being written from the lovely seaside enclave known as Provincetown. It may not be prime beach weather, but that hasn't stopped the town from being engorged with men of all ages and sizes—but skewing toward the young and single-digit body fat type. I've spent the bulk of my time hobnobbing with show folk (Judy Gold, Seth Rudetsky, Randy Roberts, Bianca Del Rio, Cheyenne Jackson, Varla Jean Merman), eating crustaceans and partaking of other stimulants not fit for discussion in a family publication. That's the thing about holiday weekends—the rules go out the window. So do the morals … assuming I had any going in.

Here's a great story to end Pride Month. Openly gay footballer Carl Nassib will match donations up to $100K for The Trevor Project. Nassib specializes in sizeable things—including giving money to the country's only 24/7 suicide prevention hotline for gay and questioning youths. On Instagram, he explained his actions: "Out there right now, there's a kid saying, 'I would rather be dead than gay.' And that's why I'm partnering again with the Trevor Project and matching all donations up to $100,000. I really hope you guys join me in supporting this awesome organization and supporting these young kids." To learn more about them (or make a donation), head to TheTrevorProject.org .

Mariah Carey co-hosted a private screening of Billy Eichner's upcoming rom-com in a bedazzled Bros T-shirt—tailored, cinched, stretched and contorted to fit her unique silhouette. Posing with Carey, Eichner turned the other cheek to show off his backside encased in form-fitting pink pants. In posting about the event, Billy said "I WILL NEVER RECOVER," adding that he had his first kiss in junior high while listening to Carey's Emotions CD.

Amazon's Freevee service is developing a Who's the Boss? sequel. In this one, Tony Danza turns up to help his daughter, Alyssa Milano, who is a single mother. The show will be produced by Norman Lear. There's no word yet if Judith Light or Danny Pintauro will be involved in any way. If I were to make a prediction, I'd guess that Light's character has died and Pintauro's will appear once or twice—but don't hold me to it.

We ended Pride Month with a special "Billy Masters LIVE." My guest was transgender actress/activist Alexandra Billings—who, by the by, shared some fascinating stories about Judith Light. Billings was a great guest, and we spoke at length about her life, career and views on a number of hot topics. Definitely check out "Billy Masters LIVE" on our YouTube channel, Billy Masters TV, or on BillyMasters.com/TV.

I binge shows on planes. Therefore, I'm looking forward to my next trip so that I can see the four-part docuseries Menudo: Forever Young. However, I don't expect to be shocked by any of the allegations of bad behavior toward singing boys who were replaced at the sight of their first pubic hair! One cannot be too surprised that impresario Edgardo Diaz (the Lou Pearlman of Latin America) does not appear or comment on the charges. However, I am intrigued that Ricky Martin also refused to talk and only appears in archival footage.

The timing is curious because one of Ricky Martin's former managers just hit him with a $3-million lawsuit for unpaid commissions. In the fine print of the suit, something caught my eye: "Martin has now threatened Rebecca [the manager] and is attempting to force her to sign an agreement with a nondisclosure clause to silence Rebecca about the abhorrent behavior by Martin that she has both witnessed and endured." There aren't many specifics, but there is mention of "a particularly ugly incident in Dubai involving Martin and his representative Jose Vega." There are also allegations of "Martin's nonpayment of taxes, and his substance abuse." Oh, this is gonna get good.

Speaking of juicy revelations, James Gavin's new book, George Michael: A Life, is chock-full of dish that is best served piping hot. Some of those tidbits are made courtesy of moi … and they'll definitely raise an eyebrow or two! We'll be chatting with James on an upcoming "Billy Masters LIVE."

Our "Ask Billy" question comes from Kevin in South Carolina: "I heard that one of the boys from The Wizards of Waverly Place has joined OnlyFans. Could you find out which one and if it's worth paying for?"

I am happy to oblige and reveal that Dan Benson has joined OnlyFans. He played Zeke on the aforementioned Disney Channel show. While we have no first-hand knowledge of his sexuality, we can confirm that the strapping 34-year-old has eschewed partners in his new venture. In each instance thus far, Dan simply takes matters into his own hands. At least I think it was his hands. And you can see what he was holding on BillyMasters.com .

When a wizard is playing with his wand, it's definitely time to end yet another column. BTW, Dan promoted his new venture by tweeting, "Never underestimate the power of gay Twitter." At least he knows his audience—which has a sizeable overlap with www.BillyMasters.com—the site that is no slave to size. For a bit more of my personal touch, drop a note to Billy@BillyMasters.com, and I promise to get back to you before Gavin's next book is about Menudo! So, until next time, remember: One man's filth is another man's bible.


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