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Jamey Rodemeyer: Teen Suicide as a Result of Gay Bullying

Jamey Rodemeyer, 14, commits suicide after years of gay bullying in Buffalo, NY

This is no way to start a day.  A FB friend brought this sad bit of news, posted by Towleroad, to our attention and we are still unsettled by how the story ends.  Jamey Rodemeyer, 14, of Buffalo, NY, committed suicide on Sunday, September 18th after what news coverage and his parents describe as years of gay bullying at his school.

Buffalo News reports that shortly after returning home from a family camping trip, the tortured teen was found dead outside his home of an apparent suicide after weeks of posting what appear to be cries for help.

We are deeply affected by what the acts suggest for us.  More so affected by the thought that this is an environment monitored by adults and educators entrusted with young minds of all backgrounds and orientations.  And ultimately we are heartbroken that Jamey reached a point where suicide appeared as his only way to end the taunts, slurs and epithets.

Most touching is Jamey’s self-posted “It Get’s Better” YouTube video where he addresses his experience and resoundingly attempts to hold on to the message that It Gets Better.  Sadly, for him, he wouldn’t reach a point where he realizes that it does…

This shouldn’t happen in NY State!  Or anywhere else for that matter.  It is reprehensible that bullying continues unaddressed by some, excused by others and unpunished by our present hillbilly legislators.

To pay your respects to Jamey’s memory and his parents please visit:!/pages/Rest-in-Peace-Jamey-Rodemeyer/250495344994144

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Andy Whitfield: Gladiator Looses Hodgkin Lymphoma Battle

Spartacus Himself - Andy Whitfield, at the NY Premiere

In truly sad news, Andy Whittfield, 39, best known for his role in the Starz hit “Spartacus,” died on Sunday – Sept 11th, of Hodgkin Lymphoma, reports USA Today.  The series catapulted the relatively unknown Down Under Sydney native to international drooling attention.

Whittfield battled the illness for 18 months before losing his battle against the disease.

Vashti Whittfield, in a released statement, said he died “on a sunny Sydney day…”  in the “arms of his loving wife.”

We not only attended the NYC premiere of the show but are huge fans of the Roman themed testosterone fueled spectacle that is “Spartacus: Blood and Sand,” which also stars John Hannah and Lucy Lawless.

Word from the network is that Whittfield will be replaced by fellow Australian actor, Liam McIntyre, USA reports.

Hopefully Starz will honor Whittfield’s immense contributions to the widely successful show and not simply attempt to wash away his arduous work.

Our untraditional prayers are with his family.

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Amy Winehouse: Dead at Twenty-Seven

Amy Winehouse dies of an apparent overdose at 27 yrs of age in her London flat

This is truly tragic.  Amy Winehouse, raspy voiced chanteuse, was found dead in her London flat by EMS responders, reports state.  Winehouse is believed to have died from an apparent overdose at twenty-seven years of age.

Folks always wonder what causes some in our society to seek refuge in an altered state.

The answer, we believe, stems from the deeply felt disappointment and disillusionment caused by “reality”.

Winehouse will be missed for years to come.

We can only hope she is in a better place surrounded by peace.

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Elizabeth Taylor: Legendary Beauty Passes at 79

Elizabeth Taylor passes away at 79 from heart failure

Think screen sirens of old Hollywood and Elizabeth Taylor will immidiately come to mind.  A complete stunner!  Without question one of the greatest beauties of her time. 

She is also likely to be credited with birthing  tabloid rags which her 8 marriages fueled and which, unfortunately, upstaged many if not all of her performances. 

She was also a humanitarian and always the picture of grace and composure and seemingly honest in the midst of make believe.

“I call upon you to draw from the depths of your being — to prove that we are a human race, to prove that our love outweighs our need to hate, that our compassion is more compelling than our need to blame,” she stated at the 1993 OSCARS where she  received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her AIDS charitable work.  

Mss. Taylor’s passing leaves behind a legacy that will live on – forever.

Elizabeth Taylor in a publicity still from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof


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Tony Curtis: RIP at 85

50's Screen Legend Tony Curtis dies at 85

Iconic 1950’s screen legend and native New Yorker – Tony Curtis, has passed at the age of 85 of cardiac arrest, his daughter Jamie Lee Curtis has confirmed to ET

Star of “Some Like It Hot,” opposite Marylin Monroe, who went on to film over 150 roles, is survived by a sleuth of children he fathered throughout his 6 marriages. 

 “I was a good-looking kid, that’s the only reason I got into the movies,” Curtis told People magazine in 2008.

Indeed he was.

And that is how we want to remember him.

He leaves a world of classic film buffs glued to his on-screen antics and his larger than life Hollywood dalliances and colorful existence fueled by women, drugs and and an era long gone by.

We here at RTnM are mournful for the void his outspoken ways leaves.

RIP Mr. Curtis.


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Gilbert H. Stafford: God Speed


Gilbert Henry Stafford: 1952 /2009 RIP

To say that Gilbert Henry Stafford was a force would be an outrageous understatement.  From NY to Miami and Los Angeles – Gilbert was the quintessential go-to gate-keeper of a club door.  And if he worked the door you knew it was a place to go!

Smart, witty, fashionable and the voice of riveting entertainment whether at the dinner table with friends and their family in the suburbs or at a sidewalk cafe in the middle of the morning – he was always the perfect company.  A man of many talents including never forgetting a face or a name, who considered no one a stranger.  And he knew, appreciated and celebrated drama in all its incarnations. 

I am saddened to learn that on New Years he packed up and headed off to work the velvet rope at the golden gates we all want to enter – but at least my ass now knows I shall not have to be made to wait and will be greeted by a friend.

I would say R.I.P but I know for Gilbert this isn’t an end but more of a promotion to the unltimate velvet rope.  God speed, my friend.


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