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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

THE AWARD WINNING SERIES 'HUSTLING' SEASON 3

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By: Gerald McCullouch
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HUSTLING SERIES SEASON THREE TEASER



Hustling
New Year's Eve is not only the last day of 2013, but the first day Season three of the award winning web series "Hustling" and will be available for viewing. The intense series was created by Broadway stud Sebastian LaCause who starred as "Rocky" in the Broadway revival of " The Rocky Horror Picture Show" and was one of my co-stars in the first "Bear City" film franchise. Since it's first season I've been very honored to be a part of the amazing ensemble of actors and actresses including Broadway veterans, Daphne Rubin Vega, Brent Barrett, Mara Davi, Sharon Washington, Jim Newman, Kevin Spirtas and Robert Montano among others.



I've had the opportunity to work in and travel to some amazing places for work but the last day of filming season 3 of Hustling takes the cake. The location was a heterosexual sex club and New York City historical landmark called Le Trapeze. I am far from a prude, and I must say Le Trapeze left me feeling a little vanilla. It was an education to say the least. From signage I had never imagined to a Cunnilingus Chair the work place was one I won't forget for quite some time.



Happy New Year and get your Hustle on.


Sunday, November 17, 2013

STARS FLOCK TO THE OUT 100 AWARDS IN NYC

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Gerald McCullouch



Debbie Harry



Cazwell With Cherie Lily



Brian Sims



Sherry Vine



Michael Musto



Derrick Barry



Caitlin Moe With Mia Moretti




Debbie Harry along with Gerald McCullouch and others, were photographed attending the 19th Annual Out100 Awards presented by Buick at Terminal 5, in New York City the other day.



Saturday, November 16, 2013

GERALD MCCULLOUCH KICKSTARTER FOR 'DADDY'

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Gerald McCullouch




Gerald McCullouch (Bones, NCIS, House and contributing columnist for TimesSquareGossip) is an award winning film maker best known for his 10 seasons as Bobby Dawson on “CSI” and as Roger in the BearCity franchise. A prior OUT 100 honoree, he attended this year's “OUT 100" gala acknowledging the year's 100 most compelling individuals in the LGBT community to discuss his feature film directorial debut "Daddy". Follow Daddy @DaddyTheMovie. The event was sponsored by OUT Magazine and Buick and held at NYC's hot spot Terminal 5.



About DADDY



Colin McCormack (Gerald McCullouch) thinks he has it all — a great job, a steady stream of hot younger guys, and a best friend, Stew (Dan Via), whose devotion he takes for granted. But when a charming and mercurial intern sweeps him off his feet, Colin sees a chance for something more: A family of his own. What he discovers instead is a shattering truth that may cost Colin everything -- and everyone -- he holds dear.


By turns funny and heartbreaking, DADDY explores the universal need for love and connection, and the evolving understanding of "family" in today's rapidly changing world. Following a buzz-heavy world premiere in New York and an extended run in LA, the critical smash play by actor/writer Dan Via is now coming to the big screen in a film directed by Gerald McCullouch.



Why This Story Now?



With great change comes uncertainty. Colin is a successful gay man in his 40s who is suddenly confronted with options he never thought he’d have: marriage, parenthood, family. Because he grew up believing these things were out of reach, he made choices accordingly. So is he even prepared to embrace these new options? Is it too late? 


The changing dynamics also shine a spotlight on Colin’s relationship with his best friend, Stew. They’ve essentially been each other’s family for 20+ years. Where does that type of bond fit into the new world order? Although DADDY isn’t “about” these issues – it’s first and foremost a compelling story – these themes are definitely woven into the fabric of the characters’ lives, enhancing the timeliness and impact of the film.



Why Kickstarter?



DADDY is being brought to life by the people best suited to do it the right way: Actor/Director Gerald McCullouch (“CSI”, BearCity and BearCity2), who originated the role of Colin in the New York premiere of the play and reprised the role in Los Angeles, and Dan Via, who wrote both the play and the screenplay, and played Stew opposite Gerald in both productions. And providing guidance, deep knowledge and invaluable experience is Stephen Israel (Swimming with Sharks, Boy Culture, G.B.F.)



We’ve been fortunate enough to secure roughly 2/3 of the budget required to make the film without any financier demands that would interfere with our vision. No “You have to cast my nephew Chuckie.” No “What if Colin were straight and Stew was a beagle?” In order to keep this level of creative freedom, we’re hoping to raise the rest of our budget with the help of generous people like you. So...



We hope you'll agree with us that DADDY is a worthy project, and that you'll consider helping to make it happen.



Risks and challenges--Learn about accountability on Kickstarter.


We need your support to raise the financing required to bring DADDY through production. The more we raise together, the more value we can afford to put on screen. The money raised through this campaign will help us acquire the highest quality product, materials, locations and a multitude of other production costs including paying for necessary bonds and insurance fees. Making a great film is challenging and we may face unforeseen obstacles and with you support and a successful campaign we will be certain to achieve our goal: to make a strong and commanding film worthy of it's critical acclaim.


We are a modest operation with our creative team donating their time and resources. No funds raised will go to our creative team. All funds will be applied to production costs to prep, shoot, and complete our film. With the critical praise this story received on both coasts, we are certain our energy will pay off in the end with a powerful film that will resonate with a very long life.


Film-making, however, is a long and arduous process. There are inherent risks of delay in the process (this is the film business, after all!). We will communicate with our backers throughout the campaign and the journey as our feature film gets made and out into the world. The film won't be finished until next summer, and will most likely be released in 2015. But we guarantee that it will be completed, and that the entire creative team will endlessly dedicate our efforts until the film reaches its highest potential. With your support, we are certain this film can reach a worldwide audience. Let's do this together!


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

THE STARS SUPPORT ROSIE'S THEATRE KIDS

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By: Gerald McCullouch
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B.D. Wong




As summer kicked into gear this year, my incredibly talented friend and devout citizen, BD Wong hosted an unforgettable evening at his NYC apartment. The night was an intimate gathering for a conversation between himself and Zachary Quinto to benefit an organization recognized as one of the premier arts education programs in New York City, Rosie’s Theater Kids.



Rosie’s Theater Kids (RTKids) is a not-for-profit performing arts organization dedicated to transforming the lives of inner-city public school children by way of a unique combination of programs in dance, music and drama free of charge.



Since it’s founding in 2003, through thoughtful mentoring and structured academic guidance, RTKids has inspired excellence, motivated learning and enriched the lives of over 15,000 lower income public school students, many of whom live in environments with no support system available to them at all. It instills a sense of purpose and positively changes the trajectory of these students' lives.



After attending the evening with BD and Zachary, I was invited to RTKids’ Marvel Arts Center in the heart of midtown to spend a day with the kids as they engaged in their summer school curriculum and rehearsed for the upcoming 10th Anniversary Gala on September 25. I witnessed, first hand, the staff of RTKids transform unbridled energy and enthusiasm into self-confidence, drive, and direction. And that day will remain one of the most inspiring experiences of my summer, if not my year. Watch the video HERE.




For more information on RTKids and it’s upcoming 10th Anniversary Gala on September 25, please log on to www.RosiesTheaterKids.org or give them a “like” at RosiesTheaterKids or a “follow” at @RTKids.


Photo By: Walter McBride/Retna

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

THE 23RD ANNUAL BROADWAY BARES FUNDRAISER

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Broadway Bares 23: The United Strips of America

Story By: Gerald McCullouch
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 Broadway Bares



Once July 4th hits, NYC slams into hard core summer. I always find the time leading up to Independence Day and it's famed fireworks display from the waters surrounding the city, as one of my favorite times to be in NYC. Just prior to the humidity and the heat becoming too overbearing, there is a series of events that make the month or so of "spring into summer" - close to NYC perfection.


From The Mermaid Parade in Coney Island to the world famed Shakespeare In The Park in Central Park, to the Tony Awards, to Pride, to one of my favorite nights in NYC - Broadway Bares: the best burlesque show you can see anywhere in the freakin' world.


Broadway Bares is an annual fundraiser for Equity Fights AIDS/Broadway Cares which unites Broadway's finest choreographers, designers, dancers, actors, and artists of all realms in an extraordinary NYC phenomenon. In it's 23rd year, it has evolved from seven dancers stripping on a bar and raising about $8,000 to the most lavish and sold out NYC stripping tradition for which more than 6,000 people pack the Roseland Ballroom. In it's 23 years, the event has raised more than $11.3 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and this year's production raised an all time record high of $1,430,241.


Each year has it's own theme and this year's production was a "randy rode trip of modern-day burlesque featuring 220 of New York's sexiest dancers." As requested, and out of respect for the dancers, filming at the event was limited so many moments of pure genius, like Adam Lambert's a cappella version of The National Anthem, weren't captured. To compensate for the lack of footage for Broadway Bares 23, I've also included footage from Broadway Bares 19 as a more complete visual representation of another NYC event which ain't to be missed. 

Saturday, June 15, 2013

KEITH COLLINS & GERALD MCCULLOUCH AT XVI

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Gerald McCullouch and Keith Collins




Recently there was a night that drew a bevy of industry clientele at celebrity hot spot XVI for the new retro rooftop sunset happy hour playing all 70’s & 80’s music to mingle to. Hosted and Created by Wireimage celebrity photographer and Legendary 70s DJ Steve Mack, this retro event is catering to the entertainment industry.


 Hosted by Keith Collins, who mingled with event guests CSI’s Gerald McCullouch & Kesha Nichols from VHI’s Basketball Wives. We hear there is a lot in store for this new retro night which is stated to have many special guest hosts as weeks go on. Also in attendance was former NY Yankee Billy Sample, Warrington Gillette who played Jason in the Friday the 13th franchises, Brandon Ruckdashel of Co-Ed Confidential, Observer’s Ben Widdecombe, Singer Bara De Cabrol, gossip guru Brian Niemietz, movie writer Joseph Pepitone & film Producers Bob & Joyce Borneman.


Photo Courtesy Of: Steve Mack

Saturday, June 08, 2013

'BROADWAY BY THE YEAR' AT NYC TOWN HALL

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Howard McGillin And Gerald McCullouch Backstage




“Broadway by The Year” is a critically acclaimed musical concert series presented at New York City’s Town Hall right in the heart of Times Square. Or more precisely, the rib cage of Times Square. Show Business Weekly claims the series as "…an invaluable and entertaining jewel in the cabaret crown of New York". And I second that. Bigtime.



Author/critic Scott Siegel created and hosts the series, which takes audiences on a musical tour of the Great White Way, offering an entertaining verbal account of Broadway’s history. Each evening celebrates the songs from Broadway shows of a selected year, sung by a cast of very talented cabaret and Broadway performers. And a pretty snazzy show choir that puts the "Glee" kids to shame.



The final concert of this year’s series, “The Broadway Musicals of 1988”, featured Tony-nominated Howard McGillin, the world's longest running Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber's “The Phantom of the Opera” who garnering a massive standing ovation after singing one of his iconic songs from the show. His was just one of many great musical numbers and performances by artists including Drama Desk nominee Farah Alvin, Lisa Brescia and McGillin's prior "Christine", Jennifer Hope Wills.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

'MOONLIGHT AND LOVE SONGS' AT NYC GAYFEST

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B D Wong With Gerald McCullouch And David Drake




I'm so freakin' excited to be back in NYC working with a great organization that supports the Harvey Milk High School. Harvey Milk High School is a fully accredited, voluntary NYC public high school focused on the educational needs of teenagers who are in crisis or at risk of physical violence and/or emotional harm in a traditional educational environment. The organization, GAYFEST NYC, has not only created a Play writing Program at the school, but has awarded more than 40 scholarships to graduating seniors.


I'm currently starring in their festival's beautiful opening play, "Moonlight and Love Songs" written by current twice nominated Emmy nominee Scott C Sickles. We started previews last week on Harvey Milk's Birthday and it's very limited run continues only through Sunday, June 2, 2013 at the Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex (312 West 36th Street). Bring tissues. It's a whopper. The festival then continues with the world premiere of "The Loves of Mr. Lincoln" which runs June 6-16, 2013.


All proceeds from GAYFEST NYC benefit the Harvey Milk High School.


More Photos By Derek Storm HERE

Thursday, May 02, 2013

STUNNING BETH HART'S INTIMATE PERFORMANCE

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Beth Hart With Gerald McCullouch



I recently caught the remarkable Beth Hart in an intimate performance in the basement of downtown NYC’s J&R Music Store promoting the US release of her new album, Bang Bang Boom Boom. 

I freakin’ love seeing live music. And getting amazing seats for live music makes the experience. Hart's appearance was standing room only, so seats weren’t an option, but her performance for the handful of guests was not to be missed.

Best known for her 1999 single “LA Song”, her journey actually began years prior on the "American Idol" precursor "Star Search". Over the past decade, I’ve consequently lucked out seeing her perform myriad of times and am always stupefied by her sexy, soulful and passionate artistry. If you don't know her music, um, change that. 


Watch Her Performance HERE.

Photo Courtesy Of: Derek Storm

Friday, April 26, 2013

IMPERIAL COURT'S 'NIGHT OF A 1000 GOWNS'

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Night Of A Thousand Gowns




I know I am late with this story, but I just had to tell you, because this is such a wonderful event.




The Imperial Court of New York, which has donated over a million dollars since its inception in 1986, is known for producing never to be forgotten events like it's annual The Night of 1,000 Gowns. The event is like no other night in New York City - with a Broadway meets not-so-Broadway quality production, silent and live auctions and opportunities to purchase a title of your own and be presented to the Monarchs onstage . Yes, it's all about the Monarchs.



Gerald McCullouch With Doug Langway




Michael Musto




This year marked it’s 27th annual gala fundraiser: a night of over the top glamour, unparalleled creativity and a bunch of things you'll never see in one ballroom anywhere else. From last year’s headliner Lisa Lampanelli, to this year’s headliner Taylor Dayne - to the event's annual Procession of The Monarch which features more men in dresses then The Vatican on Christmas Eve - it's a night not soon forgotten. Although with the amount of tequila I consumed, parts of the night are a little foggy.



 Photos Courtesy Of:Rob Ordonez II

Friday, April 19, 2013

EXPERIENCE THE ALVIN AILEY DANCE THEATRE

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By: Gerald McCullouch
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Alvin Ailey




I’m a fairly die hard patron of dance and I caught one of the most diverse and captivating nights of dance I’ve ever experienced last night thanks to Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance At The Music Center at downtown LA’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. 

Alvin Ailey has remained one of my favorite dance companies for years. It's a holiday ritual of mine to attend their annual Christmas Day performance in NYC and last night only cemented my partiality. Mr Ailey began his journey in LA yet is iconically NYC so last night's opening was magical.

Each performance contains different programs of dance yet all end with their renowned ‘Revelations” – which I must admit didn’t stay for as I’m “Revelationed out”. If you haven’t seen it, it’s amazing. But I’ve seen it. A lot. However, last night's first two movements were beyond expectation. 1999’s “Grace” and “Minus 16” were unforgettable. 

Never experienced Alvin Ailey? Check out their YouTube Page.

The company is only in LA thru this weekend but their US tour continues through the end of May before returning to NYC for it’s Lincoln Center engagement in June. If you're gonna' be anywhere they are, put it in your calendar and go! 


Friday, March 29, 2013

OPRAH'S GRATITUDE JOURNAL & GROUPON STYLE

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Gerald McCullouch



I am a Groupon Hooker. Complete whore. From Living Social to Amazon Local to KGB Deals, Guilt City, Bloomspot, Travel Zoo and many others; including the mother ship herself- Groupon. Y’all I’m bat shit crazy over livin’ life via’ these sites and their daily deals.

You can jump from an airplane or learn to fly the airplane from which you just jumped. Get certified to scuba dive or spend a day at an amusement park. Take a sunset horseback ride or take a course in couples massage. There are adventures to bowl and boat and travel and spa and eat at tons of top (and not so top) places. Get a chiropractor. Or an acupuncturist. Or a dentist. Or just white teeth. Grab a TV or a food processor. You can spend a month in boot camp, and cross fit, and a boxing ring.

And I eat this shit up. I’ve gotten certified, flown, jumped, traveled, boated, fished, rode, safaried, boxed, Botoxed, massaged, eaten and drank. Not only are these sites and their deals the catalyst for doing shit I would’ve never done - or had the courage to do (IE stepping out onto the ledge of a tiny plane while 10,000 feet above the Pacific Coast) - but I’ve saved so much freakin’ money on each of these experiences. Many of which, I ain’t ever gonna’ forget.

I happen to love the art scene in Los Angeles as it provides a completely separate west coast experience from the cliched entertainment industry that saturates LA. And today, my boyfriend and I initiated a year’s membership at LA’s Museum Of Contemporary Art at a huge discount thanks to Google Offers. And, consequently, we got a sweet private tour of the highlights of their permanent collection - which was one of the richest museum experiences I’ve ever had.

Years ago, Oprah started me on a nighttime ritual with keeping a mental “gratitude journal”. As I doze off, I look back on each day and make a mental list of 5 things that I’m thankful for. It’s a habit I recommend to everyone. And livin’ life Groupon Style certainly makes the listing a lot easier, more varied, and heck of a lot more fun.

So, thanks Groupon. And all the sites you’ve spawned. You continue to make my life varied and far from mundane. And that’s the way I like livin’ it.


Thursday, March 21, 2013

GERALD MCCULLOUCH'S TAKE ON ADVENTURES

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Gerald McCullouch




Four years ago, on a late night NYC subway ride, I defended myself against a 6 ft 3 inch convict who tried to stab me. I was returning to my Washington Heights apartment in Manhattan after landing at JFK from a cross-country flight. I’ve been a bi-coastal actor for 7 years and at the time I was on CSI, which shoots in LA, so I made the bi-coastal journey with frequency. Due to CSI, the attempted stabbing became a headline. And for a very, very short time I was labeled, rather bewilderingly, a New York City Hero and got the attention of publications like Times Square Gossip and people like James Edstrom.



Being a bi-coastal actor is something I’ve always desired. And living that desire has been extraordinary. Living in NYC at any point in your life is incredible: I initially moved to The Big Apple after college until work moved me to The City of Angels three years later. And to experience living in NYC again, with more maturity and wisdom behind my eyes, while concurrently living in LA, has been life changing.



In these bi-coastal years I’ve been swindled out of thousands of dollars by corrupt contractors during the renovation of my NYC co-op in which I lived for 7 months without a shower or bathtub. I’ve used my right uppercut, as a trainer boxer, to survive an attempted mugging. My home has been robbed. And I’ve been fag bashed with iron knuckles which broke my jaw in two places resulting in having to have my jaw wired shut for two months. I’ve been arrested and falsely accused of domestic violence in Las Vegas and sentenced to counseling for public urination in NYC. I’ve mentored homeless LGBT youth at care centers in NJ and NYC and been honored by OUT magazine as one of the year’s OUT 100 alongside Rachel Maddow, Ricky Martin, and New York City’s hopeful next mayor Christine Quinn. I’ve worked with NYC icons from Christopher Meloni to Kathy Najimy and toured the world twice over with a new film franchise. I've rubbed shoulders with Chita Rivera, sung with India Arie, showered naked with Robin Byrd in her outdoor shower on Fire Island, celebrated my Birthday with NYC's infamous Naked Cowboy, and befriended the cowboy from The Village People. Throughout a lot of it, people like James Edstrom have kept my affairs on their radar.



After James and Times Square Gossip got a hold of an Op-Ed I wrote about my Vegas arrest and the column I wrote for this year’s GLAAD Award Winning Publication TheAdvocate.com ended, he thought my constant encounter with trouble and my voracious zest for life would be worth sharing and encouraged me to continue writing a column for him.



So here it begins. As I just FaceBook messaged a dear girlfriend from high school while discussing whether she can afford to create her own bi-coastal life between North Carolina and NYC: “Money problems suck. I feel your pain more than you know. And more often than you can imagine. But money crap is only temporary. Life is to be lived while we can. And everybody should live in NYC at least once in their lifetime. So let it ride. Don't stress. Follow your heart not your wallet and your head. Smile. Stay present. Get stoned every now and then. And I'll see you in NYC.“



EDITORS NOTE: Gerald McCullouch will now be a frequent writer for Times Square Gossip. He will write about anything he feels like and anything that may be on his mind, un-edited.



Sunday, December 02, 2012

IT'S STARTING TO FEEL LIKE A NYC CHRISTMAS

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Bitching By: James Edstrom
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Petra Brehl



I love our new place in Williamsburg, but I am really missing the time I spend with all my friends at Dune Point Fire Island. So I was very lucky this week when Cherry Grove's Petra Brehl came into the city to have dinner with me at The Saigon Market on University street by Union Square. We had great dinner and conversation, catching up on everything gossip. And besides, Union Square is very festive this time of year with Christmas shops and holiday music, so we had a fun time.



Tree Sequoia




I almost never go to the West Village anymore, but last night I went to Stonewall and had a great time talking to CSI Las Vegas star Gerald McCullouch about so many things. It was also great seeing Tree Sequoia bartending at the famed watering hole. Tree knows me from when I was 18 and hanging out at the Ninth Circle when the drinking age was much younger than it is today. The Village is so different now. Gone are the days when rent boys lined 10th street, the Bull Dykes and Leather Men cruised Christopher Street and everyone sun bathed nude on the piers. I always said, Tree should write a book, he's been there for all these years.



Holly Dae With Susan Levine





I made another quick stop to see my friend, famed DJ Susan Levine who was spinning at Boots & Saddle on Christopher street. Holly Dae was performing and the place was hopping. Susan spinned the hits and Holly tore up the crowd. We are also very sure, Susan will hate this photo, she hates almost every shot I take of her. DIVAS!





Thursday, November 29, 2012

VEGAS MGM CASINOS ANTI GAY AGAINST CSI STAR

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MGM'S LAS VEGAS HOMOPHOBIA

Story By: Gerald McCullouch - Star Of CSI Las Vegas
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Gerald  McCullouch

 

 
The following was written by CSI star Gerald McCullouch. Gerald will be guest starring with Cyndi Lauper on Bones  for their 150th episode on Monday. Be sure to tune in!


I’ve never been one to hold a grudge. Ain’t my style. It gives the person or thing you have a grudge against too much power. And you willingly give your happiness away, freely, to the person or thing which least deserves it. It’s been a lifelong goal of mine to be happy and it’s something I work diligently towards, so I do all I can to not give it away to Road-Ragers or outsourced customer care representatives. Or, more appropriately, casino security guards whose homophobia is enshrined in Nevada State Law.



For 10 seasons I played “Bobby Dawson” on CSI. As CSI is set in Las Vegas, I’ve spent some incredible times in that city. My recent trip began very similarly. My boyfriend and I were given the star treatment at Tao, hit a red carpet opening of a new Las Vegas bar, casino hopped gambling and drinking our way up the strip, and then headed back to Mandalay Bay and The Four Seasons at a rather reasonable time for Las Vegas standards. Paul, my boyfriend, was up about $100 and I was down about the same amount, repeatedly, so affectionate playfulness infiltrated our evening.


As our taxi arrived at our destination our playfulness continued as we hopped out of the taxi and headed to our Four Seasons Suite. Following a few attempts at giving each other flat tires and good, old-school Charlie Horses, we were suddenly approached by three Mandalay Bay Security Guards who, supposedly, took an interest in making sure our rough housing was in fun and not a possible escalation into conflict. I confirmed with Robert Lake, head security officer at Mandalay Bay, that all was fine. That Paul and I were boyfriends. That we were celebrating our anniversary. That we had just arrived that day from LA and were flying back to LA in the afternoon. And that we were simply on our way to our hotel room after our night out. 


In an instant, Paul and I were gripped at our triceps and pulled away from each other. We were told that if we were boyfriends, then our actions were regarded as Domestic Violence. We were assertively escorted away from the entrance of the Four Seasons and through the Mandalay Bay Casino.


Paul and I were both frozen with disbelief. I stated multiple times that there was no need for concern, that Paul and I weren’t engaged in any sort of conflict, that we fly back to LA in the afternoon and want to get back to our room to get some sleep. With each affirmation of our relationship the tension seemed to build between us and the three security guards escorting us through the casino and it’s back hallways towards the main security office and holding area.


We were kept separate from each other. I was given no further explanation of what was happening. Approximately two hours later, a Las Vegas Police Officer arrived and arrested both Paul and I for domestic violence.


Paul asked why we were charged with domestic violence if we were obviously just roughhousing and there was no harm intended. To which the officer asked him if Paul and I engaged in certain sexual activities. Paul declined to be as specific as the officer but agreed that he and I were in a sexual relationship.


Then if you have sex with each other it’s Domestic Violence


No Miranda Rights were read. One of the guards rapidly read us a diatribe about being guilty of trespassing and no longer allowed in any of the MGM Casinos. The MGM Casinos include all of Las Vegas practically: Aria, Bellagio, Vdara, MGM Grand, Madalay Bay, The Mirage, Mote Carlo, Luxor, New York New York, Excalibur, and Circus Circus, namely.


I’ve never been arrested. Nor has Paul. So we had no idea what we were in store for. And I’m certain that experiencing it in Las Vegas is rather epitome-adjacent.


Over the next 16 hours I trudged amongst the arrested mob from holding area to booking area where personal items and cell phones and layers of clothing were taken, to another holding area where cursory health exams were given – both mental and physical - and statements were taken, to long term holding cells – very long term - to a payment cubicle where I posted my bail of $3,500, to a holding cell for those about to be released, to being released into the streets of downtown Las Vegas. As Paul and I were charged with Domestic Violence we were kept separate and he was released about two hours after me so his journey was 18 hours. Happy anniversary.


During my 16 hours in jail I learned that, by Nevada State law, all Domestic Violence complaints result in arrest. And a mandatory jail stay of at least 12 hours. No questions asked. So once Robert Lake and the other security guards knowingly decided to label Paul’s and my actions as Domestic Violence they were all very aware that neither Paul nor I would be returning to our hotel room or be able to make our flight back to LA or have much ability to enjoy our anniversary any further.


We hired an attorney and over the next few months learned that similar situations happen all the time in Vegas. I told our lawyer that I was currently writing a column for The Advocate.com and had every intention of writing an Op-Ed on the experience. He urged me to do so - saying that there is a major gap in the Nevada State Law intended to protect civilians who are under harm and Las Vegas Security Guards’ ability to label any actions they are uncomfortable with as ‘Domestic Violence’ to ensure a jail stay for those they charge with that offense.


Before our court dates and the writing of this Op-Ed, I contacted MGM to attempt to remedy the situation. To tell them of the incident.


When I spoke with Yvette Monet in Public Affairs, she first inquired if Paul and I were still together. I said we were. To which she retorted “Well, then, it wasn’t all that bad, was it?” She stated that MGM invests regularly in gay advertising and has been honored with multiple awards for their support of LGBT causes. She apologized for the incident but said that due to the size of the corporation, any action would have to come from the security department and she didn’t think that likely as they will inevitably stand by their actions. And she was certain those actions must have been justified. She ensured a follow up phone call in the next few days. The follow up phone call never came.


Due to lack of evidence, Paul’s and my hearing was rescheduled. Twice. Eventually all chargers were dropped. There was no evidence on any of the myriad of surveillance cameras permeating the casino entrance of Paul and I in any conflict. No one we met during our evening – the amazing Tao management team who gave us the red carpet treatment, the owners of the new gay bar, Share, and all those that attended the opening, blackjack dealers, fellow befriended gamblers, bartenders – no one – ever observed anything other than respect and compassion between Paul and I. There was only the domestic violence charge itself from Robert Lake. The case was dismissed.


I write this not to retaliate, but to educate. To bring to light that sadly, in a city with which I have developed such a unique bond and a seemingly supportive corporation in which I have spent thousands of dollars staying at practically all of their properties in Las Vegas - it’s a big ole’ buzz kill that I have to temper my affections with the man I love while in their dominion. And when it comes to respecting my personal liberties and rights as well as those of my boyfriend and of every member of the LGBT community, we are only a dollar sign to them. Nothing more. And after they have our dollars in their possession, there’s not much respect for us after that. How uniquely Las Vegas.


Editors Note: This incident happened last year and was just settled recently, with charges being dropped because of no evidence against Gerald McCullouch. MGM Grand Cooperation had no videos to back up their claims, yet they allowed their security to prosecute a loyal customer and a TV star to boot. Seems to us here, that Gerald is right saying all they care about is the gay money and not the gay customer. I would contact the MGM publicists, but even after all the stories we have done to promote their properties, I am sure there would be no comment. But we will send it to them anyway, and print their version if there is one. It would seem safer for the gay customer to stay away from MGM Casinos. 



Photo Courtesy Of: Jake Fales

Thursday, October 04, 2012

GERALD MCCULLOUCH BEAR CITY THE PROPOSAL

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Gerald McCullouch And Joe Conti





"BearCity 2: The Proposal", the follow up to 2010's break out indie hit "BearCity" brings to the screen one of the most endearing romantic comedies in recent years. I was won over by the first film as well as it's star, the handsome Gerald McCullouch, and I've been following the process of making the film on the CSI actor's column at The Advocate.  His most recent column is a must read for all film lovers. 


A hirsute 'Sex and the City", the San Francisco Examiner stated: “BearCity 2 is the sequel that Sex and the City 2 wished it was.” The movie follows the familiar characters from the first film through hilarious, romantic and occasionally surprisingly dramatic adventures as they head to Provincetown, MA for Bear Week and a gay wedding. Film Forum marks the film as "Fresh, moving and dear to the heart" and Next Magazine states "BearCity 2 is a sweet snapshot of modern gay life".


Monday, January 03, 2011

MARK BEGO & GERALD MCCULLOUCH PARTY

Gerald McCullouch And Mark Bego


Celebrity author Mark Bego hosted a star studded New Year's Eve party at Nic's Martini Lounge in Beverly Hills, California in grand style. Gerald McCullouch of TV's "CSI" series was one of the festively attired party guests. Amongst the notables were actress Lisa Tharps (TV's "Men of a Certain Age"), music executive Beth Wernick, TV producer Matt Skurow (TV's "Let's Make a Deal"), vocal coach Susan Rumor ("Public Enemies"), Luke Nicola (manager of Nic's Martini Lounge), quality analyst Felipe Echerri, sound engineer Robert Feist, songwriter Donna Rawlins, show business publicist Barbara Shelley, actor Samuel Paugh ("Sacrifice"), and playwright Dan Via ("Daddy"). Gerald is on the West Coast to promote his starring role in the play "Daddy," which opens in West Hollywood on January 8, 2011, and runs until February 13. Bego is busy promoting his memoir, "Paperback Writer," and updating his biography on Aretha Franklin: "The Queen of Soul," for publication in 2011.

Monday, November 29, 2010

CHITA RIVERA OPENS AT FAMED 'BIRDLAND'

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Chita Rivera


Valarie Pettiford


Gerald McCullouch With Derek Storm


Harvey Evans


Jim Caruso With Gerald McCullouch


Jim Caruso strikes a pose with CSI star Gerald McCullouch at the Opening night of 'Chita Rivera In Concert' in New York City. McCullouch also stars in the recently released movie Bear City. Harvey Evans also was there as was famed photographer Derek Storm...

Photos By: Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

GERALD MCCULLOUCH STARS IN BEAR CITY

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Joe Conti With Randy Jones, Will Grega And Gerald McCullouch


Director Doug Langway With Gerald McCullouch


Brian Keane With Gerald McCullouch And Joe Conti



We got a last minute e-mail from our good friend, CSI star Gerald McCullouch yesterday to come to his movie "Bear City" that was opening at the Quad Cinema in New York City last night. We thought it was quite funny that Gerald would play a bear, as we never looked at him this way. My definition of a bear in gay culture has always been a slightly overweight hairy man and there is no way Gerald matches this description, except he has a slight beard, which I always wish he would shave. But as I arrived at the famed movie house, I had to laugh. There were lines down the street of Gay Bears. It seems every bear in the Big Apple had to see this movie.

As I was waiting outside for my CSI Bear McCullouch, Village People legend Randy Jones arrived with Will Grega to catch the movie and all the memories the flick is sure to bring back to any gay man. I must say, Gerald McCullouch's performance is riveting. McCullouch will make you laugh and cry all in the same performance. His acting skills are top notch as he will take you through happiness and sadness all in the same scene.

"Bear City" has been selling out at festivals across the world and has become a festival favorite winning awards at OutFest and in Oslo, Norway. Variety called Gerald McCullouch "charming in the movie" and The NY Times said he was "rugged, randy and assured" It plays at The Quad thru Thursday Oct. 28th.


ABOUT BEAR CITY



It’s summer in New York City, and the neighborhood bears are coming out of hibernation. A group of friends is getting ready for the annual week-long celebration of all things bear, but plans keep getting turned upside down. BearCity is Queer As Folk meets Sex in the City — only with more hair and tons of hot bear-on-bear action!

Closet cub Tyler fantasizes about stuffing Santa’s stocking and finding a Daddy bear to do more than cuddle. But as he dives into the bear community, he finds that it can be hard for a hairless guy to get some fuzzy loving. Scene stealer's Brent and Fred are the maybe-not-so-monogamous couple who invite him to move in as they figure out how to spice things up.

Southern bear-belle Michael struggles to juggle his lover, his job search and his body image issues, but an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction might solve all three. Rakish Roger is the stud-about-town, and he’ll pretty much bang (on screen) anyone with facial hair. That is, until an awesomely awkward encounter at the local bowling alley challenges both his bowling prowess and his bear-loving mojo. Add to that some adorable eye-candy, an indispensable fairy-god-roommate, beer busts and “stroller meat,” and BearCity makes for a beartastic summertime romp.


REVIEWS FOR BEAR CITY



"A sweet and comic romp that is sure to delight furry and hairless alike." -On Top Magazine

"Bear culture meets Sex And The City in this ground-breaking romantic comedy!" -Gaylife.com

"BearCity is A DELIGHT. Plus, (the) education is priceless!" -The Stranger



THE CREDITS


TLA RELEASING PRESENTS A SHARPLEFT STUDIOS PRODUCTION OF A DOUG LANGWAY FILM “BEARCITY” JOE CONTI, STEPHEN GUARINO, BRIAN KEANE, GREGORY GUNTER SEBASTIAN LA CAUSE ALEX DI DIO JAMES MARTINEZ AND GERALD McCULLOUCH AS ROGER, CASTING BY ZOE E. ROTTER, COSTUME DESIGN KATHRYN MOSER, MUSIC SUPERVISOR MARGARITA SULLIVAN, ORIGINAL SCORE BY KERRY MUZZEY, SOUND DESIGN EVE CUYEN, EDITORS DOUG LANGWAY, GERALD C. FERNANDO, PRODUCTION DESIGN RACEY NORTH, DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY MICHAEL HAUER, EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS DEREK CURL, JIM A. LANDÉ, LEWIS TICE, HENRY WHITE,, PRODUCED BY HEIDI H. HAMELIN, LEWIS TICE, WRITTEN BY DOUG LANGWAY, LAWRENCE FERBER, DIRECTED BY DOUG LANGWAY.

Featuring Music From RuPaul, Amanda Lepore, Tiffany, Pixie Herculon, Bob Mould & Richard Morel, Ari Gold, Nekked, Freddy Freeman, Elijah Black, Enio, SpekrFreks, Brian Kent, Michael Mirlas, Jeffrey Altergott, Shannon Grady, Scooby, The Bobbleheads, Corey TuT, That Kid Chris, Noa Tylo, Adam Shenk, Sylvia Tosun & Loverush UK!

Photos By: James Edstrom

Friday, September 10, 2010

MARK BEGO CELEBRATES PAPERBACK WRITER

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Gerald McCullouch With Mary Wilson And Mark Bego


Mary Wilson of The Supremes played hostess to a party for Mark Bego’s new memoir, "Paperback Writer." The event that was held at Nic’s Martini Lounge in Beverly Hills, where the guests sipped martinis and tasted imported vodka’s at the popular nightspot’s 32-degree VodBox room. Amongst the guests were Gerald McCullouch from TV’s "CSI Vegas," Grammy Award-winning producer Robert Margouleff, filmmaker Sergio Kardenas, video game creator Vince Desi, and singing star Asha Puthli. Bego’s book contains several of his global adventures with Wilson, as well as his wild tales about Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Cher. Mark is in Hollywood to work on an upcoming movie deal.

Photo By: Derek Storm