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hollywood-goss-snider-grubber-0“Good things don’t end unless they end badly.” – Ben from The Bachelorette tells Ashley his feelings after being dumped. Something tells me it won’t end any better when he becomes the next “The Bachelor” on January 2nd.

hollywood-goss-snider-grubber-1“Good things don’t end unless they end badly.” – Ben from The Bachelorette tells Ashley his feelings after being dumped. Something tells me it won’t end any better when he becomes the next “The Bachelor” on January 2nd.

I don’t consider myself a nostalgic person. But since this is the end of the year, I’m forced by tradition to look back on some of the stories we covered in 2011. Just a cursory glance at the list of topics shows how much the world has changed since this column began. Back in 1995, if you talked about a gay man having a little boy, it was a story about Michael Jackson! The first story of this year was news of Elton John and David Furnish becoming fathers to little Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John. It’s a different world, indeed.

Of course, there were also celebrity break-ups, which happen even to the gay couples. After months of speculation, George Michael finally confirmed what we all knew – that his long-term relationship with Kenny Goss was kaput. In fact, it ended two years earlier. Interestingly, a month later we discovered that GM had bounced back with hairdresser to the stars Fadi Fawaz, who was previously known by his gay porn moniker of Isaac Mazar. George wasn’t able to confirm this – the news came from Fadi while George was convalescing from severe community-acquired pneumonia in Vienna… which sounds far more glamorous than I’m sure it is.

The line between celebrity and the skin trade got blurred more than ever this year. The most notorious case involves Calvin Klein and Nick Gruber. Nick has been somewhat vocal about the on-again/off-again status of their relationship, and it would appear that Calvin and the former gay-for-pay “model” are still together. While the 67-year-old designer has never made any public statement confirming his homosexuality, he did throw the young man quite an elaborate 21st birthday party at New York’s Indochine, and reportedly paid for some quite extensive plastic surgery. However, somehow I missed telling you that the twosome turned up at a Halloween costume party. Nick was partially dressed in some sort of military garb. I believe Calvin went as the host from “Tales from the Crypt”! Naturally, photos of the duo and video of Nick’s porn work can be found on our website.

But even that story paled next to the one regarding the son of soap opera star Katherine Kelly Lang. Jeremy Skott Snider had done some acting – as a tyke he played his mom’s onscreen son on “The Bold and the Beautiful”. Later he worked as a production assistant. But who could have predicted that he’d emerge as a gay porn star? For someone who’s allegedly never had gay sex, he certainly took to it with aplomb – in fact, it looked like he could have taken a whole bushel of plums! His virginity-losing scene was one of the hottest videos of the year – and certainly people who saw it on BillyMasters.com enjoyed themselves.

Over the past year, I found myself in a few situations less comfortable than others. I didn’t get any real gossip while whisking through the Alps on a train full of nuns. But I’ll go to my grave swearing I caught something when I was in a crowded elevator pressed up against Derek Hough’s derriere – not that either of us were complaining. I was less fortunate when a head-on collision landed me in a Boston emergency room. In that case, all’s well that ends well – at least that’s what my lawyer said when I regained consciousness.

Since I was laid up for a bit, I was able to catch up on my reading. Two books really grabbed my attention, for different reasons. Bob Smith’s “Remembrances of Things I Forgot” was one of the most fascinating, provocative, and hysterical books of the year. “The HardBody Chronicles” by Jake Smith and Luca Barbieri was the most titillating recounting of the hedonistic post-AIDS circuit party days. Both should be required reading for everyone.

We can’t end without remembering a few of the people we have lost this past year. While some important people have left my life, three people more appropriate for this column spring to mind. Arthur Laurents had one last major success with the LuPone-led revival of “Gypsy” and planned to work with Barbra Streisand on a big-screen remake. His death leaves that project in limbo. Betty Garrett was a tireless champion for the fight against AIDS and really galvanized the LA fundraising scene. She will be sorely missed. But the biggest loss for our community – and the world – was the death of Elizabeth Taylor. Long after her acting career had faded, this eternal beauty proved that her life had more meaning than ever by focusing her energy on AIDS research. When a cure is found, Elizabeth will and should receive much of the credit.

When I’m waiting for the ball to drop, it’s definitely time to end yet another year. So, with mixed emotions, I bid farewell to 2011. And farewell to our website, www.BillyMasters.com – at least as you know it. We’ve been working on some changes behind the scenes and they’ll be making their debut around New Year’s, so definitely check them out. What hasn’t changed is my devotion to my readers and their needs. Obviously, I can’t personally service each and every one of you (although I’ll try). But I am happy to do what I can via e-mail. Drop a note to Billy@BillyMasters.com and I promise to get back to you before I break all of my New Year’s resolutions! So, until next time, remember, one man’s filth is another man’s bible.

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