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The Hortivangelist

Preaching the gospel of gardening and Novick.

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The celebrated ’79 film Being There featured Peter Sellers as “Chance,” a quiet man who lives the life of a gardener, unfettered by the outside world until he becomes a prophet of so ...   More
Wednesday, April 30, 2008 Byron Beck

“The Most Dangerous Man in Washington…”

is a straight-talking gay Jewish rep. from Mass.

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When I asked U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) last week if he was the most dangerous man in Washington, D.C., his response was classic frank talk: “Yeah, you could say that. I have nothing to lo ...   More
Wednesday, April 23, 2008 Byron Beck

AIDS in the family

Not everyone knows how to deal with disease—not even the people who deal with it every day.

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The following tale is a difficult one for me to tell. Not because it’s so awful, but because it happened to a friend whom I now consider family: Jean Ann Van Krevelen, executive director of Casc ...   More
Wednesday, April 2, 2008 Byron Beck

Stand by Our Woman

Is Hillary Clinton still worth our gay vote?

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Last Tuesday Terry Bean, one of Oregon’s most influential power brokers, gay or otherwise, sent me and 50 of his closest friends an impassioned email endorsing Barack Obama for president. In th ...   More
Wednesday, March 26, 2008 Byron Beck

Mr. T Party

The “Mohawk Messiah” inspires a local art show.

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I know this dude. He’s big, black and used to frequent our local gay bars late at night. And, on rare occasions, I think he still does. Always shirtless and wrapped in huge chains, he reminds me ...   More
Wednesday, March 5, 2008 Byron Beck

Nut Job

Guys’ hair down there is increasingly rare.

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“I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked…and shaven?”—With apologies to Allen Ginsberg David Beckham does it. So do a lot of gay ...   More
Wednesday, February 27, 2008 Byron Beck

The Naked Networker

Problems with your hard drive? Ask the nude guy.

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When I was looking for folks to profile in last week’s Habitat, I stumbled upon an unusual Internet offer. The message read, “NUDE Computer Repair, Setup & Training.” What followed t ...   More
Wednesday, February 20, 2008 Byron Beck

The Big (DP) Day

It’s better to have DP’d late than never to have DP’d at all.

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Juan and I finally became domestic partners the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 6. And while it wasn’t the “gay marriage” that conservatives fear will someday and in some way destroy all ...   More
Wednesday, February 13, 2008 Byron Beck

The Trickle Effect

First day of Domestic Partnerships came and went. Did anybody notice?

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Driving up to the Multnomah County Building on Monday morning, my partner, Juan, and I had already decided we’d wait until at least Tuesday to get “domestically partnered.” We assume ...   More
Wednesday, February 6, 2008 Byron Beck

Pussy Power

My “lost” interview with Eartha Kitt. Meow.

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I blew it. Years ago I nabbed a hard-to-get interview with the diva of all divas, Eartha Kitt, but I never had a chance to share it with readers. That is, until now. When I spoke to her in ’02 ( ...   More
Wednesday, February 6, 2008 Byron Beck
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