Snatch up these available men

by Joshua T. Dies

With an impressively star-studded cast, a bevy of awards and a commendably diverse offering of films, Available Men is a collection of short films hot off the 2006 queer film festival circuit. The DVD, which hit local shelves January 30, features Emmy winner and Nashville-favorite Leslie Jordan, the oh-so-hot Richard Ruccolo of All Over The Guy fame and drag diva Miss Coco Peru. They and others appear in a variety of 15 to 30 minute award-winning films that range in topics from a bind date with a twist of mistaken identity to the Queen (of Lincoln Road that is). I usually find these collections of film festival highlights to be trite and condescending (black-and-white, out-of-focus, half-naked poorly-lit waifs that are usually depressed, homicidal or psychotic – what fun!) but this smart assortment manages to surprise me with every film.

The first short is the title piece Available Men. Two gay men named Steve and Robert are set to meet up on an anxiety-ridden blind date while a desperate agent who happens to be named Rob races to the same bar to meet the hot new screenwriter in town Stephen in the hopes of landing a new client. A hilarious case of mistaken identity in turn becomes a life-changing event for all involved in this sidesplitting comedy from director David Dean Bottrell. The short stars Richard Ruccolo as the frenetic agent and gay cult icon Jack Plotnick, who voices the gay video game hero Zander on Comedy Central’s Drawn Together.

Next up is the slightly more realistic but slow-moving Straight Boys. Following that is a surrealistic celebration of personal ads entitled Hello, Thanks. TumbleweedTown is a stop-motion animated tale of love in the Texas desert – think Robot Chicken meets BrokebackMountain.

The last three shorts were my personal favorites starting with The Underminer. The six-minute feature directed by Todd Downing stars New York performance artist Mike Albo in an adaptation of his best-selling book about a master of passive-aggression. Irene Williams: Queen of Lincoln Road is the true gem of the collection. Eric Smith filmed this documentary about his nine-year friendship with an eccentric fashionista in Miami. The final short is the hilarious and inspiring Sissy Frenchfry. The film features Leslie Jordan and Coco Peru, and tells the story of Sissy Frenchfry, the much loved gay high schooler who suddenly has to fight for the title of student body president against a homophobic, sexist but loaded newcomer.

This is truly a fantastic compilation with plenty of familiar faces and a bounty of laugh-out-loud moments. And with most of the films registering at 10 to 15 minutes long, they fit conveniently with my new 15-minute attention span (curse you Adult Swim!). While some of the releases from Wolfe Video have been a bit sketchy in the past, this one is definitely worth a look. You can find it at OutLoud, local retailers, or at

WhistlePig + Alfa Romeo F1

SHOREHAM, VT (September 13, 2023) — WhistlePig Whiskey, the leaders in independent craft whiskey, and Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake are waving the checkered flag on a legend-worthy release that’s taking whiskey to G-Force levels. The Limited Edition PiggyBack Legends Series: Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake Barrel is a high Rye Whiskey selected by the Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake drivers, with barrels trialed in their wind tunnel to ensure a thrilling taste in every sip.

The third iteration in WhistlePig’s Single Barrel PiggyBack Legends Series, the Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake Barrel is bottled at 96.77 proof, a nod to Valtteri Bottas’ racing number, 77, and the precision of racing. Inspired by Zhou Guanyu, the first Chinese F1 driver, this Rye Whiskey is finished with lychee and oolong tea. Herbal and floral notes of the oolong tea complement the herbaceous notes of WhistlePig’s signature PiggyBack 100% Rye, rounded out with a juicy tropical fruit finish and a touch of spice.

Keep readingShow less
by Spectrum Medical Care Center

Nurse Practitioner Ari Kravitz

When I started medical transition at 20 years old, it was very difficult to get the care I needed for hormone replacement therapy because there are very few providers trained in starting hormones for trans people, even though it’s very similar to the hormones that we prescribe to women in menopause or cisgender men with low testosterone.

I hope more providers get trained in LGBTQ+ healthcare, so they can support patients along their individual gender journey, and provide the info needed to make informed decisions about their body. I’ve personally seen my trans patients find hope and experience a better quality of life through hormone replacement therapy.

Keep readingShow less

Descanso Resort swimming pool and lounge area

Descanso Resort, Palm Springs' premier destination for gay men, just received Tripadvisor's highest honor, a Travelers' Choice "Best of the Best" award for 2023. Based on guests' reviews and ratings, fewer than 1% of Tripadvisor's 8 million listings around the world receive the coveted "Best of the Best" designation. Descanso ranked 12th in the top 25 small inns and hotels category in the United States. Quite an accomplishment!

Open less than two years, Descanso Resort offers gay men a relaxing and luxurious boutique hotel experience just minutes away from Palm Springs' buzziest restaurants, nightclubs, and shopping. Descanso has quickly established itself as a top destination for sophisticated gay travelers, earning hundreds of 5-star guest reviews and consistently ranking in Trapadvisor's top positions alongside brother properties Santiago Resort and Twin Palms Resort.

Keep readingShow less