FINALLY! James Franco presents -
A Film by Christina Voros
MPI Pictures will release KINK theatrically on August 22, 2014
Director Christina Voros and producer James Franco pull back the curtain on the fetish empire of Kink.com, the Internet’s largest producer of BDSM content. In a particularly obscure corner of an industry that operates largely out of public view, Kink.com’s directors and models strive for authenticity. In an enterprise often known for exploitative practices, Kink.com upholds an ironclad set of values to foster an environment that is safe, sane, and consensual. They aim to demystify the BDSM lifestyle, and to serve as an example and an educational resource for the BDSM community.
In kink, we discover not only a fascinating and often misunderstood subculture, but also, in a career far from the mainstream, a group of intelligent, charismatic, and driven people who really, truly love what they do.
I am truly amazed how rapidly the transgender movement is advancing.
Being a child of the sixties, I have seen the gay movement grow baby steps over the last 40 years. But now, since the transgender movement was really brought into the public eye in the last 5-10 years, it’s really making some leaps and bounds and the public is accepting, as they should be.
Under Pentagon approval, national security WikiLeaker Chelsea Manning is set to start undergoing sex change treatments in military prison, officials said.
The transgender ex-intelligence analyst will begin receiving early-stage gender reassignment treatments at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., where she’s serving 35 years for leaking a trove of sensitive state secrets to the whistleblower site.
“I don’t believe that being gay is something you should be ashamed of,” he said. “I don’t believe it’s something you should hide. And if I wanted to date someone, I would call you and I would ask you go to dinner with me. But right now, I’m very content in my life with where I am. Today, I’m not gay.”
I have known several men, who at a young age desperately wanted a family and could have sex with men, but preferred men. Does that make them straight? bi?
I don’t care if Todd is on our team or not. (But he IS GAY!) - now that son! WOW! HOT!
GAY SOCCER player Robbie Rogers is the focus of a new gay comedy series.
The story of professional soccer player Robbie Rogers, who became the first openly gay man to compete in a top North American professional sports league, is headed to television.
Neil Meron and Craig Zadan – the openly gay producers of the last two Academy Awards telecasts and next year’s as well – will develop and produce the series based on Rogers’ experiences, according to Deadline Hollywood.
‘Very excited and fortunate to be working with so many great people on this project!’ Rogers tweeted yesterday.
Rogers, 27, came out publicly in February 2013 through a heartfelt online post published shortly after he retired from professional soccer.
Last week, the country icon spoke about an unreleased track called “Just a Wee Bit Gay,” which is reportedly part of a larger group of songs that are “very positive towards the gay community.” – could there be an LGBTQ friendly album in the works??
ROLLING STONE REPORTS:
“It’s a great little dance tune, it’s funny and it’s got a lot of comic in it,” she told reporters. “I do write a lot of songs along those lines with people that are different and are just themselves.”
Parton also hinted at the possibility of an LGBT-friendly dance record. In fact, that’s a dream she’s been talking about for several years now, reportedly prompted by a techno remix of her classic “9 to 5.”
London based Out singer/songwriter Matt Fishel’s new cover of CeCe Penniston’s “Finally” celebrates international Gay Love and Pride with photos sent in by fans from around the world!
“A HUGE heartfelt thank you to everyone who contributed photos for this video and helped to make this a very special project and a celebration of international Pride! I had so much fun going through all the fabulous pics which you sent in from all over the world, representing the United States, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Ireland, Australia, South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Uruguay, Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, Lithuania, Cuba, Thailand and China. Thank you all and I hope you enjoy the results! Mx”
Download the song on iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/pks36ea
From the EP ‘COVER BOY’ – OUT NOW!
Google Play: http://tinyurl.com/ohzql7p
Smoking increases chances of child being gay in adulthood, controversial study claims
A neuroscientist has claimed a woman’s lifestyle during pregnancy is directly linked to the development of their children, influencing whether they may be gay and having an impact on their IQ.
Women who smoke or lead a stressful life during their pregnancy can influence their child’s sexuality and IQ, a neuroscientist has claimed.
A pregnant woman’s lifestyle is believed to have an impact on the development of their babies – with drinking, taking drugs and even living in an area with a lot of pollution affecting children in later life.
Dick Swaab, professor of neurobiology at Amsterdam University, suggests drinking and taking drugs can lower a child’s IQ while taking synthetic hormones and smoking can increase the likelihood of girls being lesbians or bisexual. READ MORE from UK Telegraph
SPOT THE NAKED MAN!
Seriously? A Russian MP has demanded that a naked picture of Apollo on a banknote be removed, in case it turns children gay. – Are they kidding??
PINK NEWS sez
Liberal Democratic Party MP Roman Khudyakov has written to the country’s Central Bank, calling for changes under the country’s ‘gay propaganda’ law to the 100 rouble note – worth about £1.70 – which features a statue of Apollo.
He said: “You can see clearly that Apollo is naked, you can see his genitalia.
“I submitted a parliamentary request and forwarded it directly to the head of the central bank asking for the banknote to be brought into line with the law protecting children and to remove this Apollo.”
GET A LIFE RUSSIA
YONY LEYSER is back!
Critically acclaimed director YONY LEYSER (William S. Burroughs: A Man Within) and AMARD BIRD FILMS are pleased to announce the launch of a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the completion of daring debut narrative film DESIRE WILL SET YOU FREE.
DESIRE explores artistic and marginalized life in Berlin with an often critical, and sometimes humorous (but never mocking) eye. The story follows the encounter between an American writer of Israeli/Palestinian descent and a Russian aspiring artist working as a hustler.
Actively exploring gender identity, sexuality, and the differences between expatriate and refugee life, the main characters travel through Berlin’s layered history and unique subcultural landscape. On their adventures they discover influences and remnants of the Weimar Republic, WWII, the Bowie years, and punk.
The film features Berlin’s queen of punk herself Nina Hagen (pictured right), electro star Peaches, Brooklyn’s Blood Orange, German sensation Rummelsnuff, rapper Sookee, Jochen Arbeit of Einstürzende Neubauten and Wolfgang Müller, plus cast members Amber Benson (of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame), German film legend Rosa Von Praunheim, artists Eva & Adele, photographer Miron Zownir, as well as newcomers Tim-Fabian Hoffman, Chloé Griffin and the director himself, Yony Leyser.
The script is based on Leyser’s real life experiences and evolved from conversations over the last few years while making the German capital his home:
“This film represents a world that I have been part of for the last 4 years in Berlin, and the characters are based on interesting people here who have been part of my life. Berlin is a city of refugees, a place for outcasts and artists to gather, and this film in a big way is the story we share together.”
With shooting for DESIRE now complete and the premiere scheduled for Spring 2015, Leyser, along with Amard Bird Films, is working with Kickstarter to help free the project from the financial constraints of post-production.
“Because of the edgy nature of the film, studio financing is not always the best approach. Kickstarter allows us to connect to the public directly and let them be a part of the process.” Leyser explains. “We have already achieved so much as a result of our talented cast and crew, now we just need to get over this one final hurdle.”
DESIRE has been a community collaboration since its genesis, and will continue to evolve as such with this campaign. To learn about the special rewards section and pledge your support, please visit DESIRE WILL SET YOU FREE’s Kickstarter HERE. The campaign ends on August 6th.
Talk about pop culture! Judge Judy hears a case involving GRINDR!
Judge Judy may not have known about Grindr until recently, but she totally gets it.
On Monday’s episode of “Judge Judy,” Judge Judith Sheindlin presided over a case involving two men who met on gay hookup app Grindr. The 47-year-old plaintiff was suing defendant Aaron Murphy, a 23-year-old student, for unpaid loans. Murphy claimed the money was a gift. WATCH NOW
At the Starbucks headquarters in Seattle this week, an enormous 800 square foot LGBT Pride flag was raised in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Seattle Pride.
Starbucks hold a ranking of 90 of 100 points with HRC. Their only short coming is
Does not offers equal health coverage for transgender individuals without exclusion for medically necessary care.
Seattle Pride Communications Director Adam McRoberts applauded the gesture in a press release:
“We are thrillled that Starbucks is showing their support for the LGBT community in this very big, very public way. The flag flying over their headquarters will welcome thousands of visitors coming to seattle to celebrate Pride this week and is a testament to the support Starbucks has shown the LGBT community over the years.”
Still just as dazzling and stunning as she always has been. The Grammy, Emmy and Oscar winner is still a diva and icon!
I read that much of the “Dressed to Kill” tour is reminiscent of/taken from Cher’s residency show at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace that ran from May 2008 to February 2011 — the fabulous costumes, “The Beat Goes On, “Half Breed” and “Believe” — while “I Got You Babe,” the “Burlesque” numbers and “Woman’s World,” “Dressed to Kill,” “Take It Like a Man” and “I Hope You Find It” from “Closer to the Truth” are new and certainly high-energy and entertaining.
The set is gorgeous, and the costumes eye popping!
More cities coming in October and November, if you have not seen her yet, GET TICKETS!!
HOT! One of Chicago’s top interior designer and event planners, Ramsey Jay Prince has set up a permanent shop, J PRINCE STUDIO, on North Broadway in Chicago, and has something for everyone.
But with the power in the internet and his sexy male models and clothes, orders are now coming in from around the country!
Has has shorts and tanktops, swimwear and sportswear – but its SEQUINS making everybody sparkle!
Sequined Hoods and Shorts are currently his top items. Fabrics are limited and always changing!
Check out whats online and call more for info, colors and sizes that are available right now!!
J Prince Studio
3744 N Broadway
Chicago IL 60613
Tuesday – Saturday : 11am – 7pm
Sunday and Monday by appointment only
San Francisco: San Francisco Pride
Los Angeles: Christopher Street West/LA Pride
New York: NYC Pride
Georgetown: Capital Pride
Chicago: Chicago Pride
TRANNY has been in the news a lot lately.
Are people over reacting? Why can’t we “own it” like “fag”?
Heklina Heklina — the organizer of San Francisco’s “Trannyshack” party — publicly announced that she would drop the word “tranny” from her party and re-brand it with a new name by 2015.
ON FACEBOOK, she said: a public Facebook post, Heklina said, “Whether I like it or not the very name of my legendary nightclub has become political.”
“First, a little history about the name Trannyshack, and the club itself. When I started the club (waaaaaay back in 1996) the word “tranny” did not have the charged weight to it that it has today. Simply put, it was not (arguably) considered a slur word, and not even thought of on the same level as the words “dyke” or “faggot” (two words which, maybe ironically, have somehow become less charged and have been “reclaimed” to a certain degree-for instance, leading the Pride Parade in San Francisco every year are the Dykes On Bikes. I can’t imagine in this day, a contingent called Trannies On Bikes). There are people who might argue this, but I’m sorry it just was not a word thought of as a slur on the same level as today. It was just not. I considered the name transgressive, and cutting edge…
Every walk of life came to, and performed at, Trannyshack. Gay men, lesbians, drag kings, drag kings, M to F’s, F to M’s, Faux Queens, and yes, even straight people. It won every award for Best Drag show in SF every year, and is generally thought to have redefined drag on the West Coast. It didn’t matter (and still does not) what gender you were, or what you had between your legs, if you were a great performer you were welcome on the Trannyshack stage. It grew to mean a great deal to a great many people…
However. Increasingly, and in the past year especially, it’s become clear to me the meaning the word tranny has taken on. I’ve tried to avoid the issue because I’ve spent almost 20 years branding and promoting my club. But more and more, I am asked on the street, in interviews, and online about my thoughts on the word, and the name of my club. I’ve given the answer “Oh, my club is different, it means so much to so many people, it’s this it’s that, etc.”, but it’s been nagging at me.
I started to talk to people close to me about the need for a rebrand. What really was the clincher for me was a post I saw on Facebook by a performer at my club . I wasn’t tagged in the post, but came across it anyway. He said how excited he was to be performing at my club but, out of embarrassment, he couldn’t type the name of it, and something along the lines of “you all know where it is”. Ouch, OK. Time for a rebrand.
I am in the business of (hopefully) entertaining people. It’s never been my intention to hurt people. I am not another Shirley Q. Liquor, wanting to offend just for sake of it. Also, on a purely business level, I don’t want to be viewed as archaic, out of step with the times, like an ostrich with my head in the sand.
As I see it, there’s two ways we can deal with this. We can see this as progress and a step forward, or we can engage in fighting and divisiveness. Whichever one you choose I am going for progress, and away from hurt and anger.”
Until the 2015 roll out, Heklina has decided to use “T-Shack” as a temporary name while she researches a better one. She then refused to engage the matter further via Facebook, but invited people to talk with her about the old and new names face-to-face.