LOOKING focuses on current gay life in the Bay Area and on themes that everyone, gay and straight, can relate to: falling in love, finding professional fulfillment, forging an identity in a complicated world, and searching for happiness. Don’t miss the season premiere Sunday, January 11th at 10pm/9pm Central, only on HBO.
And now is your chance to catch up before the premiere with Season 1, available to own now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD: http://amzn.com/B00HX3ZJOY
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.
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.
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)
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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.
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 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!
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!
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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.
“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.
1) Take a selfie or Vine video of yourself in the shower.** NO EXPLICIT NUDITY**
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!!
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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 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…”
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).
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.
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