Tom Ford Penis Cross Necklace

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Oh what a lovely cross – I mean penis!

Yes – Tom Ford is selling Penis necklaces!   Handmade Penis Pendant Necklace 64 cm Chain Length Cross 29X19mm Vintage Gold Plated Brass Galvanization Made In Italy.

The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights has taken issue with a Ford-designed piece of jewelry called the “penis pendant necklace.” The $790 piece, which is available in gold and silver, looks exactly like the name suggests and comes in sizes small, medium and large.

The controversial Catholic League considers the piece offensive, however, because the pendant appears to be in the shape of a cross.

“When we learned of this item, I said to the staff that I bet this guy Tom Ford is a homosexual,” Bill Donahue, the Catholic League’s president and CEO, is quoted as saying in a press release. “I was right. He even thinks he’s married.” (Ford is married to journalist Richard Buckley.)

The 53-year-old fashion star debuted the necklace at his spring-summer 2015 show in London over the summer. At the time, Esquire noted the possibility that the penis cross may be an allusion to the phallus-shaped fascinus charms worn by ancient Romans.

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Joan Rivers Leaves Money to Gods Love We Deliver

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The legendary comic Joan Rivers in life was always a strong  supporter and philanthropist  when it came  gay issues .

Now, even though Joan is gone, she  is still continuing her support by leaving the AIDS charity, Gods Love We Deliver a sizable amount of money in her will.

Ms. Rivers trust was filed with New York State Surrogate’s Court on Tuesday – and daughter Melissa Rivers named as executor of her $150 million estate.

While the exact amount is not known, Joan left a substantial amount to the charity was set up in 1985 to deliver food to men dying at the height of the AIDS crisis – many of whom were not receiving substantial care.

Read more at Back to Stonewall.

I’m Not GAY! J Pee

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Somehow this slipped by me!

J PEE  and  I’m  Not Gay!

SOOOOO  funny!  (WATCH!)

Who knew?  Where have I been?!  Jesse Pepe (Actor/Singer/Songwriter/Screenwriter)

is  the  star  of  I’m  Not Gay  and  I’m  Ready  and  Sensual Masturbation.

 

see more of jesse pepe at www.brandenblinn.com

Branden Blinn creates, produces and distributes high quality content LGBT media.
purchase audio now on itunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/j….
see more of Jesse Pepe at toeingtheline.filmbinder.com

 

 

CHER Cancels Remaining Tour Dates

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SAY IT ISN’T  SO!!!! 

Cher  cancels  remaining dates  of the Farewell, Farewell, Farewell  tour   aka  Dressed to Kill!

Back in September,  CHER became ill and and had to reschedule all her remaining concert dates.

Now, she’s been forced to cancel all those rescheduled dates because she still hasn’t made a full recovery.

“I am totally devastated. Nothing like this has ever happened to me,” Cher said in a statement. “I cannot apologize enough to all the fans who bought tickets. I’m so proud of this show. It is my best ever. I sincerely hope that we can come back again next year and finish what we started.”

The singer, 68, wrapped up the first leg of her Dressed to Kill tour in March, but before she embarked on a second leg, she contracted an infection that affected her kidney function, leading the postponement and rescheduling of the dates. Now, her doctors have advised her that she needs even more time to ensure a “complete and total recovery.”

Ticket holders can get refunds at the point of purchase.

The dates were to have run through January, and included two shows at New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden.  –  What about a  DVD?  I would guess,  the Madison Square Garden  will get rescheduled  and filmed   for  DVD.  This really could be her farewell  show.

 

Lisa Vanderpump and Gay Weddings in West Hollywood

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How would you like the ever fabulous Lisa Vanderpump to officiate your wedding?

 

Newly ordained minister and Bravo TV Star Lisa Vanderpump recently officiated her inaugural same sex wedding ceremony in the garden of her new restaurant/lounge PUMP in West Hollywood.

 

Proposition Love, a fine jewelry company, designed and donated the rings and had the honor of presenting them to the couple on their wedding day. Sam Street and Jonathan Tack, founders of Proposition Love Jewelry, collaborated with Lisa Vanderpump to create the wedding rings for this very special wedding she was to officiate.

“Today I had the honour of officiating my first wedding at PUMP, beautiful couple entitled to equal rights. An emotional exquisite day! #lgbt”  – Lisa Vanderpump (@LisaVanderpump)

 

Vanderpump worked with Street and Tack for weeks on the design of the rings, an interlocking motif crafted in white gold, symbolizing the love between newlyweds Dominic and Magno and the joining of their lives together.

 

“It was such an honor to design rings for Dominic and Magno’s special day as well as attending their beautiful ceremony.  Lisa Vanderpump was the icing on the “wedding” cake.  She is such a great advocate for our community. -Sam Street

 

Prior to the wave of marriage equality sweeping the country, Street and Tack were married in California in 2008, as they couldn’t marry in their home state of New York. They are one of the 18,000 couples married during the short window of time before Prop 8 went into effect ending marriage equality in California.

 

It’s encouraging to see support for equality growing in the US, unlike when we were married six years ago in San Francisco’s City Hall.” -Jonathan Tack

Tyler Oakley

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Tyler Oakley is a new and exploding  American YouTube personality!  He is an  advocate for LGBT youth, and discusses  social issues including healthcare and education. Oakley presents on various topics including queer politics, pop culture, and humor on a regular basis.  YOUNG PEOPLE  LOVE HIM!

He’s like  a very young  Davey  Wavey – and more G  Rated!

Find Tyler:
Videos: http://youtube.com/tyleroakley
Bonus Videos: http://youtube.com/extratyler
Twitter: http://twitter.com/tyleroakley
Tumblr: http://tyleroakley.tumblr.com

Fifty Ways to Eat Cock

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For the cook in your life!

Curious about cock?

You’re not the only one. Once revered for his virility and strength, the rooster has taken a back seat to the hen in more recent years. With healthy chicken recipes like Risotto Cock Balls and Cock-o’s, 50 Ways to Eat Cock is a fun and inventive chicken cookbook that takes a revealing look at the folklore, history, culinary culture and nutritional benefits of this well-endowed ingredient.

With tongue-in-cheek descriptions, these playful cock recipes are bulging with everything from the quintessential to the quick-and-easy to the downright quirky. You’ll learn how to tame this tough bird meat into succulent and finger-licking gourmet meals.

 

 

Christian Linda Robertson Regrets Conversion Therapy

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Saying goodbye … Linda Robertson kisses the cheek of her eldest son, Ryan, days before he died of a drug overdose.

DEVOUT Christian Linda Robertson says her son came out to her at 12-years-old but that she forced him into ‘conversion therapy’. Now she is traveling the US to ensure more kids don’t die like hers did.

Rob and Linda Robertson of Washington State were told by their son Ryan, then aged 12, that he was gay.

“It’s just the way I am and it’s something I know,” Mrs Robertson recalls him saying. “You are not a lesbian and you know that. It is the same thing.”

While initially understanding, the Robertsons forced Ryan into weekly reparative therapy meetings with their pastor during his teenage years.

“Basically, we told our son that he had to choose between Jesus and his sexuality,” Mrs Robertson said.

Regrets … Linda and Rob Robertson want to stop other parents going through what they did.  Read the full article  and  see video   HERE.

 

Linda also writes on Huffington Post

Linda’s passion and prayer is that Ryan’s life and death will matter –- and that the mistakes she made, as a conservative evangelical mom with a young gay son, will serve to help someone else learn to really love their children.

Waymon Hudson Activist – Fight OUT Loud

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Early on the morning of May 1, 2007, around 1 am, my partner and I were returning home to Fort Lauderdale from vacation in Chicago.   Our flight was delayed, so we were the last group of passengers (around 20 or so) at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport.

While waiting for our luggage in the baggage claim area, we heard these words come over the PA system loud and clear:

A man that lies with a man as with a woman should be put to death.

A few minutes later, the same Biblical recording played over the loud speaker again.  We were understandably shocked and frightened.

We looked around for a security guard, airport employee, or TSA agent, but we were unable to find anyone because it was so late and everything was closed.  We quickly gathered our bags and went to our car, nervous to be alone in a dark parking garage after hearing what we assumed was a death threat against us.

The next morning, we called the airport to report the incident. The airport manager seemed disinterested in the threat and simply said “sorry for the inconvenience.”   After the tepid response from the manager, we contacted our county commissioner, as well as a local news station.  We also contacted various web sites and blogs about our experience, including Pam’s House Blend and Towleroad (who were amazing in their support!) to try and get some help.

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A few nights later, we received a call from the police saying that they were able to locate the person who made the announcement and that he confessed.  The man was Jethro Monestine, a skycap for Superior Aircraft Services, who worked in  the baggage claim area.  After seeing the intense media coverage, a co-worker turned him in, fearing they too would be in trouble.  Monestine said that he downloaded the recording onto his cell phone and played it over the intercom as a “prank”.  He also claimed not be directing it at us, saying he was “bored between flights and just wanted to have some fun”.  He was eventually fired, but no charges were filed against him for what can only be seen as making a death threat over the PA at a major US airport.

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The intense media coverage, as well as the religious aspect of the recording, led to a large amount of negative feedback and hate-mail being directed towards us.  Adding to this backlash was some skewed and sensationalistic reporting of our story, which included headlines that focused on the “bible verse” aspect of this incident, not the threat (one such example: “Prankster fired for playing bible verse that offended gays”).  This opened us up for attack from a number of conservative groups, blogs, and radio shows.  Websites and open forums began to fill with personal attacks directed at us.  Every anti-gay slur, threat of damnation and condemnation of us that you could imagine appeared.  Our motives, names, and even our appearance were viciously attacked.

 The media coverage made us public enemy #1 for the extreme religious movement.  A few days after they identified Monestine, a woman stopped me in our neighborhood grocery store and said, “Didn’t I see you on the news?”  I said yes, and she looked me in the eye and replied, “You faggots deserve exactly what that man said.”  The next day, my car windshield had “FAG!” scrawled across it.  I was so concerned that I ended up driving around our neighborhood so no one could follow me home.  My partner received hate mail at his work.  We even had dubious–looking people lurking around our house and looking in our windows.  It reached the point where a woman again came up to me in the grocery store, but this time she spit in my face and called me “sinful faggot.”  The backlash reached a level where it became dangerous and made us fear for our safety. We ended up having the police pass by our home every few hours for days because the threats grew so violent.

This whole event really woke us up to the amount of hate that people are still capable of directing towards the GLBT community.  We received numerous stories from people around the country telling us their own horror stories of discrimination and not being taken seriously.  As with our own story, a lot of smaller incidents of discrimination and hate seemed to fall through the cracks, leaving many people to fend for themselves. Having gone through such an eye-opening experience, and finding that there were really very few resources available to LGBT individuals who needed immediate help in situations like ours, we decided to fight back.  This inspired us to form a national non-profit organization called Fight OUT Loud.  

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While the experience of the airport and the ensuing backlash may have been difficult, it was probably one of the best things that could have ever happened to me.  It changed my life, got me involved, and started an amazing organization that is helping people across the country.

 

Fight OUT Loud has a strong online presence and will continues to help people by being where they are- through Twitter, Facebook and other online platforms.”  explains  Waymon.

We’re filling the gap for people who don’t know where to go with their issues. We have strong ties with existing organizations and help connect people to the resources and support they need. Most of our work is very individual- we are here to make sure no LGBT issue falls through the cracks. Whether it be doing the research about local ordinances to help in an individual case of discrimination or helping educate the community about a larger LGBT issue, we really work to make sure no one, no matter where they are or what they are going through, feels alone when faced with bias, discrimination, or violence. Most of our work and projects are extremely targeted and individual.”

 

JOIN their mailing and action list to stay in the loop.

One gay man- lots of opinions… Journalist, Activist, Blogger, Politico, TV host, & all around political trouble-maker.

Follow  Waymon  on TWITTER

Waymon Hudson.com

Waymon on Huffington Post

Waymon on Bilerico Project

Go Go Boy Interrupted

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What does a full time go go boy do, when it’s time to move on from the business?

After taking a cold hard look at what his  life had become,  go go boy  Danny Carter,   decides to hang-up his booty shorts (he gets fired!), retire from the go-go world and try to make a brighter, more stable future for himself. But where does he go?  He is longer in his twenties, and has no real job skills….

“The concept for “Go-Go Boy Interrupted” was born from my time as a go-go dancer while I pursued my BFA in Acting from USC (both experiences were major letdowns in terms of “real world skills”). ”  explains  Jimmy  Fowlie. “But I was fascinated with the Go-Go scene: the larger than life drag queens to the out of control 19 year old party boys, there was so much comedy potential.”

Jimmie Fowlie is behind this funny show!  @jimmyfowlie (writer/ Danny Carter) has been involved in television and internet comedies such as HBO’s The Comeback, The Joe Schmo Show, CollegeHumor Originals, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!. He recently wrote on the punch up for the ABC Family television pilot Phys Ed. His theater credits include the premiere of the comedy “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson”, the 2014 CBS Diversity Sketch Showcase and currently he can be seen performing live sketch and improv at The Groundlings, UCB, and Second City LA. He is an alum of the Sunday Company at The Groundlings theater where he teaches improv.

8 episodes in all –  super funny  show  I am sure YOU WILL  LOVE!

 

see what others  are saying:

Huffington Post: Go See ‘Go-Go Boy Interrupted’ Sketch Show Created By Jimmy Fowlie

Queerty: When Is A Man Too Old To Be A Go-Go Boy?

TowelRoad: GO-GO BOY AGES OUT OF HIS CAREER, HAS TO START OVER

WeHoville: Jimmy Fowlie Injects Real Life (and Laughter) Into ‘Go Go Boy Interrupted’

 

 

#WeAreAllClean the HIV ALS Challenge

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THIS IS BRILLIANT!

Could this be the HIV equivalent to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge? We think so. The concept is the brainchild of well-known HIV activist, Jack Mackenroth who has partnered with Moovz, the leading global gay social app, to launch the project. It’s genius in its simplicity. We are now a selfie-obsessed culture and Mackenroth urges everyone to take a special selfie for an important cause.

“I was inspired by the use of the word ‘clean’, especially common in gay culture, to describe oneself as STI/STD free. Indirectly this implies that HIV-positive people are somehow ‘dirty'”, says Mackenroth. “I thought a PG or PG-13 shower selfie or Vine video would be a fun way that everyone could easily show their support on social media for finding a cure by using the hashtag #weareALLclean when they post their photo with the link. They then nominate 3 other people to participate and hopefully donate to the project as well.”

The goal of the campaign is to raise 1 million dollars to stop the epidemic and help find a cure and the campaign will be ongoing indefinitely. Donate here. All donations received will be donated to Housing Works, a New York-based nonprofit organization fighting on the front lines to end AIDS and homelessness, not just in New York but globally by 2030. The CDC estimates that there are currently 1.2 million people in the US living with HIV and over 35 million people around the world.

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“As someone who has been living with HIV for 25 years this is very personal to me.” Mackenroth adds, “There is current urgency for funding as we have new treatments that maintain viral suppression and render HIV-positive individuals virtually non-transmissible. Those same treatments can be given to HIV-negative individuals and protect them from infection. Essentially we already have the tools to stop the epidemic from spreading. Exciting new research is bringing us closer to a real cure for AIDS every day. ”

The campaign will launch within Moovz because of the app’s high user engagement rates and it’s history of successful international LGBT social media campaigns. Mackenroth is known as a social media powerhouse in his own right but he is also enlisting many of his “social media superstar” friends to get the campaign off the ground.

Actor, model, singer and social media stud, Chris Salvatore is igniting the campaign from Los Angeles after joining forces with Moovz as well. “It’s time to erase the stigma and unite as a global community. Regardless of your gender or sexual identity—no matter what age, color, size or shape you are, you should be part of this project! Let’s all be one loud, united voice in support of awareness, education, treatment and research for a cure.” says Salvatore. “And have fun with it. Be funny, sexy or silly. Who doesn’t want to see people in the shower soaping up for a good cause?”

“I truly hope this campaign goes viral—no pun intended.” Mackenroth quips.

The campaign launches between now and World AIDS Day, December 1st and is ongoing until the goal is reached. The hope is that there will be traction in the following weeks so that people know about the campaign on World AIDS Day and change their profile photos to show support.

INSTRUCTIONS:

1) Take a selfie or Vine video of yourself in the shower.** NO EXPLICIT NUDITY**

2) Post your photo now on Moovz and all social media platforms with the caption “Take HIV Shower Selfie Challenge raise $$ for AIDS cure bit.ly/CUREAIDS #weareALLclean

3) Nominate 3 or more other people to participate!

4) (Optional) DONATE!! Please consider a small donation if you are able. Every penny counts! bit.ly/CUREAIDS

5) On World AIDS Day (or before) : Monday, December 1st, please change all your social media profile pix to your shower selfie photo and spread the word!!

The Dark Place with Brent Corrigan

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THREE  sexy young men  star in THE DARK PLACE!  a real thriller with a beautiful setting, gorgeous actors with complicated relationships!

Breaking Glass Pictures is releasing the gay mystery-thriller The Dark Place on DVD/VOD December 2, 2014. Written and directed by Jody Wheeler, The Dark Place follows a flawed hero with an incredible gift, a witty and sexy sidekick, and a deadly mystery.

 

The Dark Place stars Blaise Embry, Timo Descamps, and Sean Paul Lockhart (adult film star Brent Corrigan).

Blaise Embry (Blaise Godbe Lipman) plays the lead and will make you melt!

 

Long estranged from his widowed mother, Keegan Dark (Embry) is blessed with the uncanny ability to remember this life in videographic detail. Returning home with his boyfriend to make amends with his mother, he’s shocked to discover she remarried. His family now includes a step-father and step-brother – and Keegan quickly surmises they are up to no good.

His investigation into their past is derailed when his mother drops into a coma, his boyfriend seemingly leaves him and the town’s sheriff targets him as the most likely culprit. With allies scarce and time running out, Keegan must fight – and use his remarkable mind — to unravel the secrets that threaten to destroy him. – It starts a little slow  but picks up and reals you in! Well worth seeing!  Great eye candy!

SNEAK PEAK on YOUTUBE

GET IT ON AMAZON!  The Dark Place

You Can’t Escape Lithuania

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SEXY Film maker gets naked!

You Can’t Escape Lithuania is a feature film about a fictional version of me, a gay filmmaker from Europe. And I’m going naked for it.

You Can’t Escape Lithuania is a feature film about a fictional version of Romas Zabarauskas, a gay filmmaker from Lithuania.

Romas helps a good friend, an actress, Indre, to escape Lithuania after she murders her mother and steals her money. Romas also takes his hot Mexican boyfriend Carlos along for the ride.

On the road, Romas gives Indre an ultimatum: if she doesn’t agree to perform in one last experimental film, he will turn her over to the police…

YCEL is a queer art film inspired by Fassbinder, Douglas Sirk and Dostoyevsky.

SOUNDS LIKE CRAZY  FUN!

And if you donate  $50, you get an autographed NAKED pic of  Romas!

 

Bette Midler Talks Gays and Tour

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In a recent issue of the  Advocate the Divine Miss M talked about the good ole’ gays and what she misses about the  gays gone bye.

“[I miss] the extreme characters you used to see in the Village in the old days,” she said. “You just don’t see them anymore.”

“I really do miss them because there was a feeling I used to get that people were expressing themselves in the most elaborate of ways. Now the [gay community] has kind of gone mainstream. It’s sort of ordinary now, and a little bit of the specialness has rubbed away.

“It used to be the love that dare not speak its name and now it’s the love that won’t shut the fuck up…but seriously, the great thing about the gay revolution is that it has become ordinary and I’m happy to see how far it’s come and to see the community be more at peace with itself and, I want to say, more homogenized. Even being considered a gay icon — which was something that used to be whispered and bandied about — has become sort of mainstream, and that’s a good thing.”

Really?? That’s a good thing Bette?   Blending and mixing in? The loss of gayborhoods?

 

Bette is touring in 2015 and at most venues,  get a copy of It’s The Girls with every ticket purchased online.

Male Sex Work and Society

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Times change and so has sex work. In the 70’s and 80’s  I used to hear about young men (and women)  who turned to selling their bodies because they were

A).  Homeless  and/or

B).  needed  drug money.

I don’t know how true that was but sign onto  any escort site say in, Chicago or any other big city, and EVERYONE  is an escort!   Everyone wants some extra money.  And a good number of guys make a good living at it.

Male Sex Work and Society
is the first volume to explore male sex work from a rich array of perspectives and disciplines across the social sciences and humanities.

In recent decades, male sex work has emerged as an important area of study, as well as a social activity in its own right. As new ways of thinking and speaking about male sex work have emerged, it is no longer conflated with homosexuality or the female sex industry. Historical and cultural variations in male sex work are now acknowledged, enabling this activity to be understood in complex and dynamic terms, thus challenging older perspectives that view male “prostitution” as deviant and pathological.

Previously neglected aspects of male sex work, such as servicing a female clientele (the gigolo) and upper income types of service (escorts), have gained both scholarly and popular attention. The collection also looks at male sex work representations in popular media, including film and literature.

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This is a fascinating book that  aims to help enrich the ways in which we view both male sex work as a field of commerce and male sex worker themselves.

Leading contributors examine the field both historically and cross-culturally from fields including public health, sociology, psychology, social services, history, filmography, economics, mental health, criminal justice, geography, and migration studies, and more.

The data and observations compiled here are quite remarkable.  Different countries are looked  at, the escorts themselves  and the men who hire them.

Male Sex Work and Society   512  pages!

Much-needed…. Most of the articles are research centered and bring quantitative analysis to historical, national, and cultural events. This research constitutes the most evident strength of the collection…. Scholars researching male sex work will appreciate this crucial step in the right direction.

(Publishers Weekly)

The End of NOM?

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Could it be true?   NOM  may close its doors?!

The Human Rights Campaign issued a press release  that contained results from a study they conducted on the National Organization for Marriage’s funding and found the organization is rapidly losing support. HRC examined NOM’s tax filings from 2013 and found that the organization’s funding for the year dropped a whopping 50 percent from 2012, raising only $5.1 million in funds this year. Only two donors account for donating half of those funds alone, which indicates NOM’s support base merely consists of a very few wealthy people and a minuscule amount of the general public.

The NOM Education Fund also dropped nearly $3.5 million in funding; a drop of almost 70 percent since the previous year. NOM ended the year more than $2.5 million in debt. Fred Sainz, the HRC Vice President of Communications, urges NOM to give up the ghost already.

 

Said Sainz:

“If I were Brian Brown, I’d be worried that my two or three mega-donors are soon going to come to terms with the fact that they’d largely be better off flushing money down the toilet.  Americans certainly aren’t buying what NOM is selling, and it’s only a matter of time before the trickle of money keeping the lights on at NOM HQ dries up.”

Marc Solomon — National Campaign Director for Freedom to Marry  said ….if the Supreme Court rules for marriage nationwide –  this would mean the end of Freedom to Marry, because the organization’s goal would be achieved:

We’ve always been set up as a campaign, and we are a campaign, and when we’ve won nationwide, we’re finished…I want to see some of the really good people stick around in LGBT stuff, or in other progressive causes, but Freedom to Marry’s done. That’s I think a great holding out is put yourself out of business.

Upstairs Lounge Gay Mass Murder

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HEART WRENCHING NEW TRAILER: “UPSTAIRS INFERNO”: Film about gay mass murder, like you’ve never seen before 
Camina Entertainment is excited to release the second highly emotional teaser trailer for the eagerly awaited documentary, UPSTAIRS INFERNO. (https://vimeo.com/112226651)
An IndieGoGo fundraising campaign also runs through Sunday, November 23rd to help offset the incredibly expensive licensing fees for newspaper photos and newsreel footage.  (http://igg.me/at/Upstairs-Inferno-Film/x/83651)  Following November 23rd, a PayPal link will be on the film’s website to facilitate donations. (www.upstairsinferno.com)
On June 24, 1973, an arsonist set fire to a gay bar in New Orleans called the Up Stairs Lounge.  The result was the largest gay mass murder in U.S. history.  Despite the staggering historical significance, few people know about the tragedy.   Thirty-two people were killed and some bodies were never identified because their families were ashamed that the victims were gay. No one was ever charged with the crime.  The tragedy did not stop at the loss of lives.   There were also the delayed injuries:  lost jobs, fear, public ridicule and severed families.  The devastation was compounded by the homophobic reactions and utter lack of concern by the general public, government and religious leaders.  The fire permanently altered lives and was the root of many lifelong struggles.
The new trailer for UPSTAIRS INFERNO is very personal.  It brings humanity into the headlines by shining a light on the very painful effect the tragedy had on survivors, witnesses and loved ones.  It’s noteworthy to mention that it includes a heart wrenching interview of a survivor who lost her lover, Reggie Adams in the blaze.   As part of her long healing process, she legally changed her name to “Regina Adams” in honor of her “one true love”.  In addition, the trailer includes Ricky Everett and Francis Dufrene (two survivors who barely escaped the inferno), the son of one of the victims, Reverend Troy Perry, and more.
UPSTAIRS INFERNO is poised to be the most comprehensive and authoritative film on the fire.  Interviews with survivors and witnesses to the aftermath have been heart wrenching and insightful.  Some of the people we interviewed haven’t discussed the fire until now, especially on camera.  I’m thrilled to say that many granted us exclusive on-camera interviews. The documentary also features interviews with historians, experts and current leaders of the New Orleans LGBT community.  UPSTAIRS INFERNO will be the only documentary about the fire to feature these pivotal players in one place. Police reports, crime scene photographs, personal photographs, newspaper clippings and video clips from local news stations are also featured in the film.   The previous, highly publicized trailer is located at http://vimeo.com/94905654.
Because a historical film cannot exist without historical photos and footage, the licensing fees are the only things delaying the release of the film.  People can donate to UPSTAIRS INFERNO and help preserve history on film by following the link on www.upstairsinferno.com or directly at http://igg.me/at/Upstairs-Inferno-Film/x/83651
Camina’s previous documentary, “Raid of the Rainbow Lounge” recounted the widely publicized and controversial June 28, 2009 police raid of a Fort Worth, Texas gay bar that resulted in multiple arrests and serious injuries. The film, narrated by TV icon Meredith Baxter, continues to engage sold-out audiences across the country!  Over the past 15 months, the documentary has screened over 35 times, including 29 mainstream and LGBT film festivals across the United States, Mexico and Canada. The film has won several awards including 5 “Best” Film and 3 “Audience Choice” Awards.  The film also received attention from the Office of the White House, Department of Justice and a division of the U.S. State Department. (www.RaidoftheRainbowLounge.com)
UPSTAIRS INFERNO
Anticipated release: 2015
Estimated run time: 90 minutes.
Directed and produced by Robert L. Camina (“Raid of the Rainbow Lounge”)
More information is available at www.upstairsinferno.com
Twitter page: @UpstairsInferno

Colin Farrell Pleads with Irish People

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Actor Colin Farrell  speaks out  in Sunday World:

I think I found out my brother wasn’t grovelling in heterosexual mud like most boys our age when I was around 12. I remember feeling surprised. Intrigued. Curious. Not bi-curious before you start getting ideas.

I was curious because it was different from anything I’d known or heard of and yet it didn’t seem unnatural to me. I had no reference for the existence of homosexuality. I had seen, by that age, no gay couples together. I just knew my brother liked men and, I repeat, it didn’t seem unnatural to me. My brother Eamon didn’t choose to be gay. Yes, he chose to wear eyeliner to school and that probably wasn’t the most pragmatic response to the daily torture he experienced at the hands of school bullies.

But he was always proud of who he was. Proud and defiant and, of course, provocative. Even when others were casting him out with fists and ridicule and the laughter of pure loathsome derision, he maintained an integrity and dignity that flew in the face of the cruelty that befell him.

I don’t know where those bullies are now, the ones who beat him regularly. Maybe some of them have found peace and would rather forget their own part of a painful past. Maybe they’re sitting on bar stools and talking about “birds and faggots” and why one’s the cure and the other the disease.

But I do know where my brother is. He’s at home in Dublin living in peace and love with his husband of some years, Steven. They are about the healthiest and happiest couple I know. They had to travel a little farther than down the aisle to make their vows, though, to Canada, where their marriage was celebrated.

That’s why this is personal to me. The fact that my brother had to leave Ireland to have his dream of being married become real is insane. INSANE.

It’s time to right the scales of justice here. To sign up and register to vote next year so that each individual’s voice can be heard

How often do we get to make history in our lives? Not just personal history. Familial. Social. Communal. Global. The world will be watching. We will lead by example. Let’s lead toward light.

Kiesza Sound of a Woman

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I received this CD  in the mail to listen to AND IT’S REALLY GOOD!!

Kiesza is a singer-songwriter from Calgary, and is also an in-demand songwriter for acts across the globe, puts together her own stunning artwork, is a trained ballerina, and a former tall-ship sailor who the Army once attempted to train as a sniper.

Kiesza’s first songs had a distinctly folky edge, but her writing would soon expand to other genres. After recording a few demos with a friend, she decided to submit a CD to Selkirk’s music school, before setting sail for Hawaii. Upon arrival in Hawaii, she received a call saying she was accepted without an audition or interview. Kiesza left Hawaii, and after a year at Selkirk received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston.

After attending Berklee, she went to New York City to advance her music career. One professor knew Kiesza had a rare skill and put her in touch with recent graduate Rami Samir Afuni. The well-paired duo started experimenting with music and songwriting, and still does to this day. Kiesza’s transition from folk to her new evolving sound has developed naturally, as she idolized Michael Jackson when she was younger, and grew up listening to dance-floor dominating voices like Martha Wash, CeCe Peniston and Robin S. More recently, Disclosure and Hot Natured have been added to her musical influences, as well as nights spent dancing at New York’s Body & Soul events.

In January 2014, ‘Hideaway’ was released by Rami’s own Lokal Legend label, and soon after Kiesza moved to London. The track was recorded in just over an hour; just before Kiesza was due to get on a flight. The song’s video was shot in one-take on the streets of Brooklyn, and showcases Kiesza’s attention-grabbing dance moves.

There are no half measures for Kiesza. A committed artist whose extraordinary ambition is matched only by her unusual clarity of vision and overwhelming talent, this former queen of the high seas has spent years plotting a course to the epicenter of pop. In 2014 her voyage is just beginning, and everyone is welcome along for the ride.

Kiesza announces her debut album, Sound of a Woman (Island Records/4th and B’way/Lokal Legend), which hits stores October 21.
Her hit single “Hideaway” rocketed to the #1 spot in the UK charts earlier this year and remains the fastest-selling debut of year.
“Hideaway” went platinum in the UK and Canada; additionally, the song charted #1 in 27 countries on iTunes. The song was paired with a delicious throw back video that has captured over 110 million viewers to date.  Kiesza also announces upcoming U.S. dates.

Alex Minsky Nude Photos Leaked

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I love this man!

GQ spoke with Marine-turned-model Alex Minsky, who overcame having his leg amputated to become something of a pinup for patriotic gay men everywhere.

“I love gay men,”

revealed Minsky, 25, “because if they like something, they’ll let everybody know.”

He’s less thrilled, though, about having his nude photos leaked last winter—months before the  current crop of stars had their privacy invaded:

I went into freak-out mode,” he says. “I don’t have a team of people taking care of my Internet snafus.” Still: What does it mean when a soldier’s broken body becomes not an admonition about the horrors of war but, rather, a sex object? “Maybe I just like being naked,” he says. “Ever think of that?”

 

 See them  at New Now Next    NSFW!!!

The GAYS Movie

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“The Gays is a thrill, hilarious, critical, insightful and inspirational film. It is rated R and not recommended for teenagers. There is some nudity involved and very vulgar language. It’s also not recommended to heavily religious people because I don’t think they would like to hear what The Gays had said about Gabriel! Unless you want to shock your super religious grandmother…”
IndieJudge
http://www.indiejudge.com/reviews/thegays-2014-review/

VERY JOHN WATERS!   VERY  DARK!!

 

Wouldn’t it be great if your parents taught you how to hold your own in a fag-eat-fag world? Rod Gay and Bob Gay-Paris are the streetwise gay mentors you never had. Come revel in the raunchy wisdom they pass along to their two gay sons — Alex and Tommy — advice that will empower the boys to bend the world over, lube it up, and snap one off!

THE GAYS is New York-based indie writer/director T.S. Slaughter’s second feature, following the release of his darkly comic gay slasher SKULL & BONES (Ariztical Entertainment, 2009).

 

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THE GAYS taps into all our anxieties about what it means to live as though we are like everyone else. Even though the retro gay “married” couple in the film, Rod and Bob, pre-date actual married gays of today, their relationship embodies all the complexities we might now start to anticipate for our present-day selves in earnest. – says  Slaughter.

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Issues they confront include those that have plagued gays since the 60s and probably earlier: what to do about balancing the security of a monogamous relationship with the inevitable boredom that comes with unending sameness? How do you define sex and other roles without replicating stereotypes like the homemaker versus the breadwinner? How, if you have kids, do you deal with their own emerging gayness or straightness without replicating all the dysfunctionality of the compulsory-straight nuclear family of times past? How do you discuss sex with them? Should you be as prudish as folks were in times past? Or is that destructively repressive? Should you be super open? Or is that too much information? And perhaps most of all, if the kids ARE gay, how do you arm them for the rough and tumble of a “fag eat fag world”? THE GAYS tackles all these questions and more with raunchy good humor designed to make you think after the side-splitting laughter stops.

— T. S. Slaughter

TheGaysMovie.com

Linda Eder Live in Concert

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In an era in which artists feel liberated to produce and distribute their music in their own way — minus record-label intrusion — singer Linda Eder has released independently the most charismatic recording of a career that has stretched more than 20 years.

“Linda Live: The Concert Recording” cannot be found on Amazon, iTunes or any other platform for music sales. But because Eder stands as the greatest contemporary vocalist in the tradition of Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand, perhaps listeners will find their way to Eder’s first live album (available only at lindaeder.com and at the singer’s shows).