Ryan Idol Implicated in Birmingham Mayor Scandal

Posted December 4, 2008 11:17 PM by with 14 comments


The fraud scandal involving Birmingham, Alabama Mayor Larry Langford has grown to entangle gay porn icon Ryan Idol. Langford was arrested Monday on 101 counts of bribery, money laundering, conspiracy and fraud. As details of the charges against him have started to emerge, one fact has caught our attention: Langford apparently wrote checks to Ryan Idol, the Daily Voice is reporting.

It’s too early to jump to any conclusions as to what he was paying him for. Langord may have merely been paying Mr. Idol to give him a personal reading from Terrence McNally’s play The Ritz, of which Idol starred in the Broadway revival of last year. However, it’s particularly ironic, not only because yet another politician possibly paid for the services of an escort with a check, but also because Langford has done some decisively anti-gay things, like refusing to issue a permit for Birmingham’s gay pride parade.


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14 responses to Ryan Idol Implicated in Birmingham Mayor Scandal

  1. DTWave December 5th, 2008 at 8:53 AM

    Ryan Idol hardly “starred” in The Ritz. He was bathouse guy #4, and had one line, if any. Still looked hot, inspite of the 80’s hair and mustache.


  2. jack December 5th, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    I beg your pardon, DT — I never promised to be a theater expert.



  3. Anonymous December 5th, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    Ryan Idol did that? (And by “that” I mean Mayor Langford?) For money or not, that’s just gross.


  4. Greg December 5th, 2008 at 9:31 PM

    Supposedly it was for “technical” consulting done for computer work done by Ryan Idol. ..having met him once, he isnt even bright enough to change a light bulb much less do computer work.


  5. Chicagoman December 7th, 2008 at 6:53 PM

    While you’re being accurate DT – THE RITZ takes place in the 70’s and Ryan was sporting a 70’s style mustache and hair.

    I know I saw it on Broadway and met Rosie Perez.

    (Just defending you Jack!) :)


  6. Rexkings December 8th, 2008 at 2:09 AM

    Another frikin hypocrite closet gay politician. We sexy gays have got to start running sting operations and smoke these f#*%ers out! I’m SO tired of this sh!& and I know I’m not the only one…


  7. Rene December 8th, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    That’s all I have to say.



  8. jboy December 8th, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    Even if the Mayor is strictly hetero and there’s nothing to this story, he may be like a lot of other heteros. They sleep around, run around on their wives, hit on women at work, but for some reason they don’t equate it with immorality. Just homo activity. You see it all the time.


  9. dwight December 8th, 2008 at 7:14 PM

    Another one bites the dust!


  10. Gordon December 9th, 2008 at 4:35 PM

    If Ryan Idol did ANYTHING with that awful looking dude… then HE’S the one who ought to be arrested!


  11. Def December 14th, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Well, just some fyi – supposedly Ryan Idol did computer consulting or something along those lines for Langford.

    We are always at odds with Mayor Langford here in Birmingham.


  12. RP December 15th, 2008 at 8:14 AM

    The “story” is that Idol was “consulting” for a computer refurbishing charity that was started by Langford, but run by Langford friend John Katapodis (who was arrested by fed agents in Boston related to the same issues as Langfords arrest). Katapodis insists that Idol is a whiz at fixing floppy drives, and that this was Idols opportunity to “learn a new trade”. Idol was in fact in Birmingham and seen at local retaurants with Katapodis. There has not been anything to connect Idol to Langford other than the checks written from the charity. Don’t get me wrong, I am not a defender or supporter of Langford, but Katapodis is the one who “hired” Idol. The irony is that Langford is virulent about his anti-gay stance, yet Katapodis has been one of his closest allies for years. Anyone who has met Katapodis knows that he is gay. It is all very peculiar…


  13. HEMAN December 24th, 2009 at 5:11 PM



  14. Ben Big Dick Damage February 9th, 2010 at 7:44 AM

    lol, what a title to a posting..


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