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AHS-NYC Is Horrifying, Mostly Because It's Stories Are True - Gay History vs. AHS NYC (Eps 1-2)

AHS-NYC Is Horrifying, Mostly Because It’s Stories Are True.- Gay History vs. AHS NYC (Eps 1-2)

The 11th. season of American Horror Story has arrived. In AHS-NYC’s two-part opener, fans have learned that the season will cover a mysterious serial killer targeting gay men in Lower Manhattan circa 1978-1981, as well as an unknown illness infecting Fire Island deer, and eventually the gay community. But in doing so Murphy once again “steals” and “twists” historical events, changes them ever so slightly, and and presents it to the audience as his own. But in this case they are very dark events that were never investigated, and justice was never sought for the victims The events are now mostly forgotten by time but they did happen. Just not the way Murphy presents them.

The main storyline of AHS – NYC‘s two-part opener focuses on the threat of a leather-clad serial killer(?) known as “Big Daddy,” (borrowed from: *Cruising, Hellbent) and another killer who drugs his victims, torture’s and them kills after finding his victims at cruising spots including leather bars. This season also includes: An unknown illness infecting Fire Island deer (guess what this leads too?), avenging intersectional lesbians (Yea, Sandra Bernhardt!), and the very many thinly veiled references to the gay personalities and gay spaces of NYC of that era.

Here is the problem though. Taking historical facts, twisting them and presenting them to the public when the public never knew the true horrors that gay men faced of that era is problematic at best. We were literally hunted. The Freeway Killer, Dean Corell, John Wayne Gacy, The Doodler, The Fag in the Bag Murders. It was open season on gay men and no one cared.


One of the subplots of the season involves Dr. Hannah Wells (Billie Lourd), who’s researching a mysterious disease that has infected deer on Fire Island and is killing the. Dr Wells orders the deaths of the deer population on the island before the disease can spread to humans, but she soon finds that some of her patients are experiencing lesions and symptoms similar to the deer. THIS IS A FICTIONAL EVENT AND BAD SCIENCE:  HIV originated in chimpanzees before jumping to humans, There’s no indication or proof that the disease was found in New York deer and this event never happened. At the end of Episode 2, Fran (Sandra Bernhard) hints that the U.S. government may be behind it all. (Who knows she may still be right.)


The main storyline of NYC‘ focuses on a leather clad serial killer known as “Big Daddy,” who we see finding his victims at cruising spots . While Episode 1 follows Adam (Charlie Carver) as he investigates the killer after his friend is taken. Episode 2 sees reporter Gino (Joe Mantello) kidnapped and tortured by a mild-mannered man named Mr. Whitely (Jeff Hiller). So these are two very different predators. Also Mr. Whitely’s MO seems very similar to a real-life case in ’90s New York.

Taken mostly from the movies CRUISING and HELLBENT. BIG DADDY at this point is a just a man in a mask. It’s Mr. Whitely “The Last Call Killer” who is the monster behind the murders we have seen. But this is where Murphy goes off historically off the rails using events that happened decades after AHS NYC timeline is set and happened between 1991 and 1994 as if there wasn’t enough violence from the era to flesh it out. So to speak.

 In 2001, Richard Rogers, a gay man and surgical nurse at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital, was finally arrested for the murders of Thomas Mulcahy and Anthony Marrero in 1992 and 1993, respectively. Both men’s bodies were found in New Jersey dismembered and placed into several bags. authorities suspected that Rogers murdered more men in the same fashion, including victims he picked up in piano bars. However, he was only tried for the two murders. This case is especially personal for me since I knew one of the victims who left Marie’s Crisis one night with Rogers never to be seen again.

Murphy also seems to be borrowing heavily from the Paul Bateson/Addison Verrill murder of 1977. Though he was tried only for Verrill’s murder (and sentenced to 20 years to life), Bateson was also suspected for a series and a New York series of killings of gay men known as the “Bag Murders” (also known as the “CUPPI Murders” or the “Fag in a Bag Murders”). A least 6 bodies of unidentified men had been discovered, dismembered and placed in bags that were tossed into the Hudson River. These murders were never solved.

As far as the production values itself. AHS NYC does get props for re-creating as accurately as it could the NYC of 1978 – 82 since most of it is gone. The nods to the Mineshaft and Hellfire Club, Marsha Johnson, the Mayor being a closet case, and other hidden “Easter Eggs” make it an interesting watch for men who lived through that era in NYC but is it something we really want to? This is our history at its absolute worst and most painful mashed together with no respect for it’s lost victims. Just ratings.


  1. We have sex clubs, big black men in jockstraps, bandannas, but but only a quick flash of a bottle of poppers in box? Oh the humanity at the overall cultural reference miss on this.
  2. American Horror Story season 11 character Gino works as a reporter for the Native, a prominent gay publication in New York City. The New York Native is a real-life publication that has conflicting impacts on the AIDS epidemic.  the Native became notable for being the first paper to publish a story on the illness that would later be known as AIDS. The paper’s medical writer Lawrence Mass had called the CDC about the spread of the illness, with the organization telling him the rumors of the “gay cancer” were unfounded. Mass then headlined his story with “Disease Rumors Largely Unfounded,” which was published ahead of the CDC’s first clinical AIDS diagnosis.
  3. “New York City’s Mayor is a closet case” – Calling out coward and self loathing former NYC Mayor Ed Koch .
  4. Patti LuPone playing a Bette Midler character at a faux and rather badly recreated Continental Baths. Not even close. Also the song Patti was singing “Calling You” in 1981 was recorded in 1987 and released in 1988.
  5. The Brickhouse” is thought to be a NYC bar called The Townhouse where older men meet younger merchandise on the UES but it opened two decades later in 1998.
  6. Doe a deer has nothing to do with AIDS on Fire Island and HIV was not created by the U.S. government. It’s thought to have originated from chimpanzees, with the disease having mutated and turned into HIV when transmitted to humans.
  7. The NYC Piers were vast, decrepit, and dangerous. The piers on AHS-NYC looked like they were in Lake Huron.

More more gay history to come with Episode 3 next week.

Jan 6th. “Sovereign Citizen” Domestic Terrorist Sentenced To Six Years in Prison

January 6 Riot Committee To Hold Two Prime Time Televised Hearings

Via The Guardian:

“The House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol is expected to stage six public hearings in June on how Donald Trump and some allies broke the law as they sought to overturn the 2020 election results, according to sources familiar with the inquiry. According to a draft schedule reviewed by the Guardian, the select committee intends to hold six hearings, with the first and last in prime time, where its lawyers will run through how Trump’s schemes took shape before the election and culminated with the Capitol attack. The select committee appears to be planning for the hearings to be extensive affairs. The prime time hearings are currently scheduled to last between 1.5 and 2 hours and the morning hearings between 2 and 2.5 hours.

The counter-programming on Newsmax and OAN will probably be “The Democratic Debacle of Social Security” and “The benefits of indentured servitude.” while FOX will probably run a repeat of Tucker Carlson’s Ball Tanning Special.

TNT’s Major Crimes Creates Anti-Bully PSA For GLSEN After Heartbreaking LGBT Episode – Video

Major Crimes anti-bullying PSA

The cast of  TNT’s Major Crimes came together to create an anti-bullying PSA for GLSEN that was released today after last nights episode Boys Will Be Boys” (written by Jim Leonard and out Executive Producer James Duff). The episode revolves around identity in that a 13-year old murder victim named Michelle. It’s quickly revealed that is a physiological male with gender dysphoria.  the episode was well done.

Major Crimes is also running a storyline concerning the teenage character of Rusty.  Initially brought in for one episode at the end of The Closer, the troubled teen (played by Graham Patrick Martin) was carried over to Major Crimes as a regular character.

Rusty’s orientation has been thus far unclear, but his past as a homeless a teen prostitute has certainly raised questions.  And Rusty’s coming out which may or may not be happening has not been easy or fast but has been a well handled plot point.

The episode “Bpys Will be Boys” will be aired again on TNT Monday July 22nd. at 8:00pm




Motor City Moron Ted Nugent: ‘Evidence Is Irrefutable’ the Parkland Student Activists ‘Have No Soul’

Discovery Channel Cancels ‘American Guns,’ Reality Show and Kicks Ted Nugent’s Ass To The Curb

There maybe a little integrity and sensitivity left on television after all as the Discovery Channel says it has not renewed “American Guns,” won’t air reruns from its past two seasons and will no longer feature Tea Party lunatic and gun advocate Ted Nugent and has kicked his crazy ass to the curb.

E! News reported that the network did not say whether the decision to cancel the show was  directly connected to last week’s mass shooting at Sandy Hook  Elementary School in Newtown, Conn but “American Guns” who wrapped its second season Sept. 5. The ratings hit for Discovery.

Raw Story website reported Tuesday a Discovery Channel representative confirmed Nugent will not be featured in future programs.

After Friday’s devastating massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the spokesperson said that Nugent would definitely not be returning to the Discovery Channel.

Nugent and his allies at the National Rifle Association (NRA) repeatedly claimed that his hour-long Discovery Channel special was actually a planned “series.” The Detroit native and tea party lunatic told Armed America Radio listeners in October to “expect that there will be at least a dozen shows a year.” The channel’s spokesperson confirmed that this was never actually in the works.

Last April Nugent went on record stating:  I’ll tell you this right now, if Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next  year,

Little did he know it was actually the unemployment line he was talking about.  Which are “entitlements” of course and as a card-carrying Tea Party member he doesn’t believe in.  But will be the first in line when it comes to applying and getting them.

Source - Raw Story


How wonderfully gay is ‘Hannibal’?

Gay geek, pop culture loving heads are about to explode.

The new series ‘Hannibal’ – currently in production, and based on the Thomas Harris novels – was already pretty LGBT, admittedly: developed by Bryan Fuller (Star Trek, Dead Like Me, Pushing Daisies) and with recurring roles for Scott Thompson (Kids in the Hall) and Tony nominee Raúl Esparza (Leap of Faith, Company – in which he was dead sexy).

Gay Broadway nerds will also drool over the casting of Ellen Greene, aka Audrey from Little Shop of Horrors. The talented cast is led by Hugh Dancy as Special Agent Will Graham and Mads Mikkelson (Casino Royale) as Hannibal Lecter. Throw in a recurring role for Laurence Fishburne, and how could ‘Hannibal’ get any better?

Gillian Anderson, that’s how. The iconic actor of X-Files fame was recently cast in a recurring role as Lecter’s psychotherapist Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier – and how fantastic is that for a character name?

While Anderson doesn’t identify as LGBT, she did reveal having had lesbian relationships in a famous interview earlier this year with Out … even if she still likes boys (and there’s nothing wrong with that).

Filming for ‘Hannibal’ is being done in Toronto. The 13-episode first series – picked up without a pilot on the strength of Fuller’s script – is set to air mid-season next year on NBC.