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Equality. We say we want it. But do we? Really? Because if we want real equality, we must take all of it. We can’t pick when we want to be treated like everyone else and when we don’t – it’s an all-or-nothing proposition. When I came out in the late 80s, being gay wasn’t quite the taboo it had been. There were lots of gay bars where we could socialize, many gay newspapers to keep us informed, and a handful of gay bookstores. Now, 20 years later, most of those clubs have closed, newspapers are in danger of extinction, and we can buy anything we want on Amazon.com. What’s replaced these gay businesses is integration into the general population. So, yay, let’s hear it for equality.

This also affects gossip. Recently, many people ran photos of Taylor Lautner having dinner with Dustin Lance Black and Gus Van Sant. Many of us questioned if these two powerful gay men had designs on the fetching Taylor – one of the most visible places this rumor was printed was in “GQ”. This prompted Mr. Black to write (in part), “Really Mr. GQ writer? I’m curious, will you be asking all of the handsome actors I’ve ever had the privilege of working with or meeting if I made passes at them as well? I’d love to be there when you ask Sean Penn that same question. Or, Mr. GQ writer, were you projecting your own unprofessional desires onto me and Gus? Perhaps? Or worse still, are you a homophobe?” He ends his letter by saying, “Leaning on lies, myths and stereotypes about gay people is hateful, harmful and outdated. It’s not the 1950s anymore GQ, it’s 2011 and it’s time to grow up.”

First, let’s not start brandishing the word “homophobe,” Lance. My God, girl, get a grip. Second, I most certainly would ask Sean Penn or anyone else those questions. Has Lance ever picked up a tabloid or watched any of the hours of television devoted to such speculation? George Clooney is seen out with a younger woman – we ask, “Is something going on there?” That’s life in today’s world. I don’t wish to cast aspersions on Mr. Black, who I respect artistically, but suffice it to say he’s not maintained his personal life above reproach. True equality comes in all shapes and sizes. You’re right, Lance – it’s not the 1950s. It is 2011. And when a mainstream publication like “GQ” (albeit the Aussie edition) gossips about gay movers and shakers possibly sleeping with hot young men the way they have about straight men and starlets for eons, then there’s some real equality.

This was all going on at the same time that actor Zachary Quinto came out. Although there was much fanfare after the announcement, Zach made it rather matter-of-factly. Back when he was appearing in the off-Broadway production of “Angels in America,” the “New York Times” asked if he’d comment on the speculation about his sexuality. Zach said he’d “prefer not to feed the rumor mill with either substantiation or dismissal.” This year, he told “New York Magazine” that being in the play opened his eyes: “At the same time, as a gay man, it made me feel like there’s still so much work to be done.” But what really prompted his coming out was the rash of gay teens committing suicide: “And again, as a gay man I look at that and say there’s a hopelessness that surrounds it, but as a human being I look at it and say ‘Why? Where’s this disparity coming from, and why can’t we as a culture and society dig deeper to examine that?’ We’re terrified of facing ourselves.” And yet in saying so, Zachary faced himself quite bravely. Bravo.

I recently attended the 15th Annual Miami Recognition Dinner for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (TheTaskForce.org). It’s well documented that I have a keen aversion to numerous national gay organizations that I believe have outlived their usefulness and exist solely to provide the upper management well-paying jobs. But I do not put the Task Force in this category. This organization actually pumps the majority of the money it raises back into the community by supporting a variety of grassroots and service groups. I enjoyed meeting the 2011 Humanitarian Award honoree, Ben Cohen. The rugby legend retired earlier this year to focus on The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation, which works to combat homophobia and bullying. Now THAT’S a straight ally. And it doesn’t hurt that he’s really nice, really hot, and enjoys posing with as little clothing on as possible.

Our “Ask Billy” query comes from Tom in Florida: “Have you ever written anything about Charlie Hunnam? He was a hot young guy on the original “Queer As Folk,” and is an even hotter adult on “Sons of Anarchy.””

Little Charlie has matured quite nicely. I don’t know how many of my readers realize he originated the role of Nathan in the UK version of “Queer As Folk,” which became Justin in the US version and was played by Randy Harrison. Since I assume you’re interested, he is straight and was married for a few years. On “Sons of Anarchy,” he plays a biker who enjoys walking around naked. We’ll show you how much on www.BillyMasters.com.

When I’m challenging gay heavy hitters, it’s time to end another column. It seems I made a bit of news last week on Sirius OutQ when I talked for the first time about my ongoing romance with a certain sexy celebrity. Although I’m usually loathe to ramble on about my personal life (aside from a quip here and there), I realized there are people interested in what makes Billy Masters tick. If you fall into that category, check out Billy’s Boudoir, which is housed along with this very column on www.BillyMasters.com. I’ll even post my Sirius appearance there for your listening pleasure. If you have a question, drop a note to Billy@BillyMasters.com and I promise to get back to you before DLB calls me a homophobe! Until next time, remember, one man’s filth is another man’s bible.

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