Category Archives: Art

Magnus Hastings WHY DRAG Book

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WHAT A GORGEOUS BOOK! And for a coffee table art book,  its  very affordable  at  about  $35!     Why Drag?

224 pages of the biggest and most diverse queens across America and beyond, all answering the question, Why drag?

Everyone loves to gag over photographs of their favorite queens, and chances are, some of the photographs have been taken by talented drag queen photographer, Magnus Hastings. His popular Facebook page, Dragged Around the World, archives some of his best work.

This celebrated artist has been photographing drag queens for the past 10 years- and his artwork showcasing queens is taking the world by storm! LAST YEAR, Hastings’ first photo exhibition in New York, Why Drag?,  ran during Pride, at  the  OUT  HOTEL. The best part about this unique exhibition is that each queen he photographs explains why it is that they do drag (but you’ll have to the exhibit to see that!) –  Now,  you can get the book!

Magnus Hastings came up through the London Gay scene and quickly gained recognition as one of the forerunners of his type of the pop art photography. playing with campy ideas when it was not fashionable to do so and embracing drag queens as a subject and study.  He says, a “child of drag,” prone to putting on his sister’s clothes and dancing around his childhood home. But he didn’t truly discover the drag world until much later, long after he himself had stopped dressing across gender lines.

He completely revamped the Gaydar franchise in 2009 and has been published worldwide in magazines such as Glamour (uk), GQ (uk), Cosmopolitan (Italy),People (usa) , US weekly (use), Attitude (uk) ,AXM (uk), Bent (uk), QX international (uk), Blue (australia), Boyz (uk), Nois (spain) to name a few.

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In 2003, on a visit to Sydney, Hastings walked into the Arq nightclub and saw the drag queen Vanity Faire lip-syncing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz in a flawless Dorothy outfit. The experience changed his life.

“I started shooting drag because it’s my home and my world and it feels like my family,” Hastings said.

Watching that performance connected Hastings to a part of himself that he’d abandoned due to social pressures as a child but that he still longed to explore.

 

With Vanity’s guidance, Hastings began photographing the city’s vibrant drag scene and developing a polished, dynamic style of portraiture reflecting his subjects’ creativity and humor.

 

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As he traveled the world, he continued capturing local queens with a focus on those who best represented the art’s diversity and daring, from the bearded to the “fishy,” or ultrafeminine.

His images attracted a larger audience when he started posting his photos to his Facebook group, “Dragged Around the World.”

Magnus now lives in Los Angeles with his Jack Russell named George and is heavily involved in photographing the drag scene.

Why Drag?‘ with photographs by Magnus Hastings and a foreword by Boy George, was published in May by Chronicle Books.  BUY THE BOOK!

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North Carolina and Mississippi Boycott Continues

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It is truly amazing that SO MANY companies  have stood up  to North Carolina and Mississippi in recent weeks!

The rights holders of the musicals West Side Story and Footloose have quietly withdrawn permission for their musicals to be done in the states of North Carolina and Mississippi, apparently in reaction to laws passed in those states that discriminate against LGBT individuals.

Wicked ’s Stephen Schwartz Hopes Banning Shows from North Carolina Will Turn Anger Into Activism

Similarly, the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization announced that the rights holders of the musical Footloose had also withdrawn permission for their show, described as one of the most popular in the R&H catalogue, to be done in the two states. They issued this statement:
To the residents of North Carolina and Mississippi:

In light of the recent passage in your states of heinous and discriminatory laws that severely curtails the rights of many minorities, the creators of “Footloose” are suspending the issuance of any license to present or produce their work until such time as the legislature and governor reverse their decision.

Among arts groups, Cirque du Soleil canceled engagements in North Carolina after the state passed HB2, a “religious freedom” bill that allows individuals and businesses to deny services to LGBT individuals based on personal religious beliefs.

Upcoming performances of Ovo in Greensboro (April 20-24) and Charlotte (July 6-10), as well as Toruk – Avatar in Raleigh (June 22-26), have all been canceled in the wake of the legislation.  “Cirque du Soleil strongly believes in diversity and equality for every individual and is opposed to discrimination in any form. The new HB2 legislation passed in North Carolina is an important regression to ensuring human rights for all. We therefore choose to cancel our scheduled performances.”

 

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Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson

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Joseph Fiennes is cast as Michael Jackson in a TV programme for Sky Arts.  (Sky Arts (formerly known as Artsworld) is an art-oriented television channel offering 24 hours a day of programmes dedicated to arts.  including theatrical performances, movies, documentaries and music (such as opera performances and classical and jazz sessions). The channel is available via Sky, Virgin Media, and TalkTalk TV)

The actor plays the singer in the comedy about a supposed road trip taken by Jackson, Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor after the 9/11 terror attacks.

Some fans have reacted angrily to the casting, but Fiennes said he thought Jackson was “probably closer to my colour than his original colour”. Fiennes said he believed Jackson – who died in 2009 – had a “pigmentation issue” with his skin, so the issue of race should not come into play.  –

I  AGREE.

“It’s a light comedy look. It’s not in any way malicious. It’s actually endearing. And the more I actually looked at Michael – it’s great, as an actor, to have so much to copy and look at in interviews – the more I kind of fell in love with him.”

Describing the plot of the 30-minute programme – titled Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon – Fiennes said: “Michael and two of his best buddies, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando, happened to be in New York the night before 9/11.

“I don’t know if this is an urban legend or if it’s true, but the three of them couldn’t get out because air space was shut down, so the three of them jumped in a car and went on a road trip.”

Stockard Channing, who is best known for her roles in TV drama The West Wing and musical film Grease, is playing Taylor in the comedy with Scottish actor Brian Cox starring as Brando.

 

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Warwick Rowers 2016

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The world’s most famous naked athletes, the Warwick Rowers, are back with their seventh calendar for 2016.

Take a peek behind the scenes at our naked photo shoots on glamorous locations in England and Spain, while they explain why the calendar means so much to us and why they are working to challenge homophobia in sport.

And visit  Warwickrowers.org, where you will be able to find calendar, bonus downloads, films, book, posters, prints and a whole lot more! It’s for everyone. WATCH THE SNEAK PEAK

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Gay Day of the Dead Art

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Gay Day of the Dead: the art of José Antonio Madrazo

By Sebastián Sáenz

@sebastiaenz

 

History, traditions and folk culture have inspired artists for centuries in order to show the world their unique perspective. Human beings have developed a special need to express feelings, thoughts and facts though all kinds of materials such as clay, marble, wood, oil, installations, words and even their own body, but José Antonio Madrazo is a particular case. His original proposal shows one of the most popular Mexican celebrations with an unexpected twist: an LGBT version of The Day of the Dead.

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Most of us are tired of bringing back home after any trip the same souvenirs: the cheap post card, the t-shirt that will lose all colors after the second wash, and the tacky fridge magnet. That is why José Antonio, located in the breathtakingly beautiful and LGBT friendly San Miguel de Allende (one of the most popular little towns of Mexico), got inspired by this important date in order to celebrate diverse love with his art crafts. The career of this artist started in the early 90s, he has worked with different forms of design, and his current proposal projects his identity, sensitivity, creative voice, humor and Mexican Culture, such as the Day of the Dead.

 

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Mexico’s Day of the Dead is a very ancient tradition that mixes Pre-Colonial, Colonial and folk elements of the Mexican culture. The day of the Dead is an annual celebration to remember the life of the loved ones that are no longer with us. Mexicans build altars with flowers, candles, photographs and objects attached to the person that passed away. They also have hot chocolate, candy skulls and Bread of Dead, a sweet pastry with bone-shaped bread sticks on top. Some people dress as Catrinas, the quintessential character of this party: the grim reaper represented as a feminine skelleton, dressed in a colorful gown with flowers and even a huge hat with bright feathers. Some Mexicans even actually go to graveyards and spend the night of November 1st and 2nd in a huge celebration with music, food and laughter; their on way to make fun of Death, and to enjoy life.

 

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No wonder why José Antonio, along with his team of artisans, have been so inspired. All of his pieces are one of a kind, manicured and can be custom made in order to satisfy every customer’s wishes. He mixes clay figurines with traditional crafting techniques, metal, vintage photographs, images of papers, magazines and board games, and even historic heroes and religious icons. Some of his contemporary, funny, pretty and affordable pieces can even portray same sex figures and jokes.

 

The world usually relates Mexico to lucha libre, Taco Bell, telenovelas and, in worst cases, Dora the Explorer. Of course these are stereotypes, and even though some of them are based on actual facts, it is well known that a whole country cannot be associated with just a few generalizations. Mexico is a country that offers so much more than what the world sees on news or in a five star resort in Cancun. It is rich in gastronomy, history, infrastructure, technology, science, academia, natural resources, art and cultural and social progress. Maybe its biggest artist is Frida Kahlo, however, there are obviously new artists such as José Antonio, with innovative, interesting, intricate and beautiful work that the world has to know and appreciate.

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Michael Snell and Derrick Sorles, partners  for  16  years,  started  collecting  Day of Dead  art  in 2013.  They found one of  Jose Antiono’s  gay themed nichos in 2014 and contacted him  about making even more  gay themed  nichos  exclusively for them and began importing them to the US.  Gay Day of the Dead Art Now with the passage of marriage equality growing at leaps and bounds, they hope to serve a whole new market of  LGBT collectors.

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Translation –

 

Día de Muertos… Gay: el arte de José Antonio Madrazo
Por Sebastián Sáenz
@sebastiaenz

Historia, tradiciones y folclor han inspirado a artistas durante siglos para mostrar al mundo su perspectiva única. Los seres humanos han desarrollado una necesidad especial para expresar sus sentimientos, pensamientos y hechos a través de diversos materiales como arcilla, mármol, madera, óleo, instalaciones, palabras e incluso su propio cuerpo, pero José Antonio Madrazo es un caso particular. Su original propuesta muestra una de las celebraciones mexicanas más populares con un giro inesperado: una versión LGBT del Día de Muertos.

La mayor parte de nosotros estamos hartos de regresar a casa de cualquier viaje con los mismos souvenirs: la tarjeta postal barata, la playera que perderá sus colores después de lavarla dos veces y el imán de mal gusto para el refrigerador. Es por eso que José Antonio, ubicado en el maravillosamente bello y LGBT amigable San Miguel de Allende (uno de los pueblitos más populares de México), se inspiró en esta importante fecha para celebrar el amor diverso en sus artesanías. La carrera de este artista comenzó a principios de los 90s, ha trabajado con diferentes formas de diseño, y su propuesta actual refleja su identidad, sensibilidad, voz creativa, humor y cultura mexicana; como en el caso del Día de Muertos.

Esta fiesta anual es una antigua tradición que mezcla elementos prehispánicos, coloniales y folclóricos de la cultura mexicana. El día de muertos ayuda a recordar a la gente amada que ya no se encuentra presente. Los mexicanos crean altares con flores, velas, fotografías y objetos que los difuntos apreciaban. También toman chocolate caliente, calaveras de dulce y Pan de Muerto, pan dulce cubierto con palos de pan que semejan huesos. Algunas personas se visten como Catrinas, el personaje de esta celebración por excelencia: representa a la muerte como un esqueleto femenino, ataviado con un colorido vestido con flores e incluso un gran sombrero con brillantes plumas. Algunos mexicanos incluso visitan cementerios y pasan las noches del 1 y 2 de noviembre en una gran verbena con música, comida y risas; su manera única de burlarse de la muerte y de disfrutar la vida.

Es evidente por qué José Antonio, junto con su equipo de artesanos, se han inspirado tanto. Todas sus piezas son únicas, delicadamente construidas, y pueden personalizarse para satisfacer cada deseo de sus clientes. Combina figuras de arcilla y metal con técnicas artesanales típicas, viejas fotografías, imágenes de periódicos, revistas y juegos de mesa, y hasta personajes históricos e íconos religiosos. Y claro, algunas de sus piezas contemporáneas, divertidas, bonitas y accesibles pueden mostrar figuras del mismo sexo y chistes.

El mundo usualmente relaciona a México con la lucha libre, Taco Bell, telenovelas y, en los peores casos, Dora la Exploradora. Claro que éstos son estereotipos, y aunque algunos de ellos están basados en la realidad, es bien sabido que un país entero no puede asociarse solo con algunas generalidades. México es un país que ofrece mucho más de lo que el mundo ve en las noticias y de lo que un turista puede experimentar en un hotel de cinco estrellas en Canc ún. Es rico en gastronomía, historia, infraestructura, tecnología, ciencia, academia, recursos naturales, arte y progreso social y cultural. Quizá su artista más famoso es Frida Kahlo, sin embargo, obviamente hay nuevos artistas como José Antonio, con un trabajo innovador, interesante, detallado y bello que el mundo debe conocer y apreciar.
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Converse Gay Pride Sneaker

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Another Gay Tennis Shoe! First it was Adidas  –  now  it’s Converse that steps out with a pride-related shoe line. (Converse  is owned  by Nike).

The Converse Pride Collection is honored to join the LGBT movement. Any crusade that hits the streets as loud and passionate as this one definitely needs sneakers to fit the occasion. We happily abide. The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Pride hi-tops are adorned with stylish patterns and every color of the rainbow. Each color represents a special meaning to the community. Each step we take brings us closer to universal tolerance and equality.

 

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Adidas Gay pride Shoe

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WOW – this is pretty  cool!  Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Gay Pride!

Inspired by the unjust treatment of the gay and lesbian community in the 1960’s, adidas shows support for the community at-large with an admirable new release.

Outsole Independence Hall in Philadelphia on July 4, 1965  was  the first ever LGBT picket.

The same year, adidas named its flagship tennis shoe the “Robert Haillet” after the French tennis pro. That shoe, of course, went on to become the Stan Smith following Haillet’s retirement from the game. It’s now the best selling adidas sneaker of all-time.

Crafted in a bold paint splatter aesthetic, a rainbow undertone is noted through the pack in honor of those affected years ago, and those still struggling for acceptance today. The inspired adidas “Pride” Pack drops on June 6 at select Three Stripes retailers.

I could not find the price yet…lets  hope there are lot less than Kanye’s Yeezy’s   which are $350!

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#TheGaySweater Project

 

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You’ve probably heard it, if not said it yourself, but you’ll be certain to think twice about using a phrase like “that sweater is so gay” after hearing this story. A one-of-a-kind, first-ever, truly ‘gay sweater’ will be unveiled today during Toronto Fashion Week. What makes it gay? It is custom knit from the donated hair of more than 100 LGBT people committed to changing the way the word “gay” is used in society today.

 

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Debuting just in time, ahead of this summer’s upcoming Pride Week celebrations in Toronto, New York, San Francisco and London, The Gay Sweater was created by the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity (CCGSD) to spark a rich dialogue on what makes something ‘gay’. Through #TheGaySweater project, they hope people will understand that it is incorrect and offensive to use language like ‘that’s so gay’ to negatively describe something.

 

A short film showcasing the inspiration behind this #TheGaySweater and the making of this unusual piece can be viewed here: thegaysweater.ccgsd-ccdgs.org

This is pretty cool!

 

 

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Mario Testino Taschen Book SIR

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A gallery of men from photography’s maestro

The way men are seen in photography, in fashion, and the way that men look at pictures of themselves has changed in recent years. It is a subject that has come into focus: The masculine image, a man’s personal style, changing attitudes to the male face and body.”
— Mario Testino

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(ABOVE: Carlos Bokelman, London, V Magazine, 2000)

In this Limited Edition of 1,000 numbered copies, Mario Testino presents over 300 photographs in his search to define the allure of men.

Featuring an essay by Pierre Borhan, an interview with Patrick Kinmonth, and many previously unpublished works from Testino’s archive of thousands, the book traces the evolution of male identity over the past three decades. Costume, tradition, gender play, portraiture, photojournalism, and fashion collide as Testino observes masculinity in all its modern manifestations: through the dandy and the gentleman, the macho and the fey, the world-famous face to the unknown passerby.

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(ABOVE: David Beckham & Orlando Bloom, Milan, 2009)

Mario Testino. SIR
Patrick Kinmonth, Pierre Borhan
Hardcover in metallic slipcase, with Swiss binding, and Japanese cloth,
12.7 x 16.4 in., 456 pages
$ 700
TASCHEN BOOKS
Edition: English

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Fifty Shades of Frosting – Jamie Dornan Cake

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At Graham Norton , An audience member has baked a life-size Christian Grey cake.

Guests Jamie Dornan has a taste of his abs!  The cake took a team of 4  of  2.5 weeks  to make.  It is going to London for man international cake competition.

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BEZAR Cool Art and Design Stuff

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Bezar connects people who design special things

with people who desire special things.

After a year of soul-searching, Fab cofounder and former creative director Bradford Shellhammer is back in the flash sales game with his forthcoming startup Bezar, an online short-term sales hub for designers who are hand picked by Shellhamm.

Sound familiar? Shellhammer admits that the site, when it launches this spring, will work a lot like the original Fab.

Although he’s not calling Bezar a flash sales site, but rather a collection of pop-up shops, “because it’s a little different from flash,” Shellhammer said. “This is not excess inventory.

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What sets Bezar apart from Fab, Shellhammer says, is partnerships with more established brands, which will use the platform to sell designer collaborations and new collections.

The initiative has also collected an interesting crew of advisers and angel investors, including Whoopi Goldberg and the design guru Yves Behar. Shellhammer will act as CEO, a more operations-oriented role than he had at Fab; his founding team includes former private equity investor Justin Chen as CFO and former Fab employees Matt Baer (also of Quirky) and PieterJan Mattan as COO and creative director, respectively.

Check it out!   JOIN   NOW

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FCKH8 Male Model Charity Calendar

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Straight and Gay Hunks Get Naked Together, Lowering Their Underwear to Raise Awareness and Funds with 2015 HIV/AIDS Charity Calendar
FCKH8.com Teams Up with Photographer Justin Monroe  to Create Sexy Poolside Photo Spread.

Hot on the heels of the massive viral success of their anti-sexism “Potty-Mouth Princesses” video that garnered almost 20 million views and raised $30,000 for charities promoting girls and women’s rights, FCKH8.com is campaigning to benefit HIV/AIDS charities with a sexy new 2015 benefit calendar that features straight and gay men getting naked together for a cause.

Lensed by renowned photographer Justin Monroe, and promoted by the gay social app Jack’d, the 12 month photo calendar features beefy straight and gay hotties stripped down to their bathing suits… or their birthday suits. The calendar, as well as the behind the scenes video that shows even more of the guys than the calendar does, were shot by the pool in the Hollywood hills in the hot California sun.

With a behind-the-scenes video on the FCKH8.com home page, the 9 inch x 12 inch glossy calendar is available for purchase for $9.99 on the FCKH8.com campaign website. To support the cause, 50% of all the money raised will go to HIV/AIDS charities that online supporters will be able to vote for on the campaign’s Facebook page.

The video and calendar shoot were made with the help of the guys at Jack’d, the fastest-growing gay social app in the world, who are promoting the cause to their audience of millions of gay and bi men to turn them on and turn up their support.

Behind the Scenes Video Can Be Seen HERE

 

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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!!!

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Tom of Finland Stamps

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The legendary TOM OF FINLAND

now has his own stamps – but they are only available in Finland at the moment.

The late graphic artist Tom of Finland, born Touko Laaksonen,  has  become further cemented as an icon for his contributions to gay art and history thanks to a new a series of stamps. He is considered one of the most well-known Finnish artists around the world.

The work of Tom of Finland is both monumentally significant and long-standing.

“His emphatically masculine homoerotic drawings have attained iconic status in their genre and had an influence on, for instance, pop culture and fashion. In his works, Tom of Finland utilized the self-irony and humor typical of subcultures. During his career, Tom of Finland produced more than 3,500 drawings… The drawings on the stamp sheet represent strong and confident male figures typical of their designer.”

Here’s an interview with stamp’s designer Timo Berry in cooperation with the Tom of Finland Foundation‘s Finnish representative Susanna Luoto.

A petition demanding the stamp be called off has now launched, and has so far gathered over 2,000 signatures.

Stamps may be ordered here.

 

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Mark MacKillop Photo Book RM. FOURTEEN

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Mark MacKillop is a singer actor dancer. Originally from Vancouver he studied ballet in Vancouver with Li Yaming at Pacific DanceArts and spent summers training with the Boston Ballet and American Ballet Theater in New York, both on full scholarship. After three years dancing with the Atlanta Ballet Mark moved to New York to pursue musical theatre and just finished a year on tour playing Riff with the international production of West Side Story – which leads us to this story about Mark!

 

From Huffington Post:   New York performer Mark MacKillop offers musical theater fans a provocative peek at the offstage life of a working actor in his coffee table book, Rm. XIV.

The new book comprises 80 black-and-white selfies of MacKillop in various stages of undress, shot in various hotel rooms around the world while he was in the midst of an international tour of “West Side Story” last year.

Though the steamy images will no doubt set pulses racing, MacKillop sees Rm. XIV as capturing “physicality, composition, reflection” as opposed to being intentionally scintillating.

“I  had just finished a year touring all over Europe and Israel with the international production of West Side Story.  During the course of my time abroad i started taking pictures of myself in each hotel room I stayed in.   This quickly became a staple of my experience on tour.”

“ Surprisingly traveling around with 30 cast members and a 30 piece orchestra left me feeling incredibly isolated and at times lonely. I used the photos as a way of connecting with friends who I was separated from to give them a unique, intimate look at my life on the road,” MacKillop, who originally hails from Canada, told The Huffington Post. Noting that he shot all of the images on his iPhone with a self-timer app, he added, “I definitely wouldn’t call myself a photographer. I would just call myself an artist exploring in various mediums.”

MacKillop, who is openly gay, said the photos also represent a very personal journey, and were partly inspired by Tom of Finland in addition to his own ballet and modern dance training.

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A very successful kickstarter campaign was launched and the book was printed!

(Photo Right :  is from one of the MANY fashion shoots Mark has done. Photographer Walter Kurtz Emporio Armani Underwear.  See more  on Pinterest.)

 

 

Having performed in the 2014 installment of “Broadway Bares,” MacKillop will donate a portion of the proceeds from Rm. XIV to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA). In addition, the book will feature an introduction by Tony Award-winning “Kinky Boots” star Billy Porter and a foreword authored by New York artist Robert W. Richards.

You can read more about Rm. XIV here.    BUY  THE BOOK!

Sneak Peak  Video  on YouTube

Instagram @markmackillop
Twitter @mark_mackillop
markmackillop.net

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Corpus Christi: Playing with Redemption on DVD

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Corpus Christi: Playing with Redemption on DVD and VOD October 14, 2014

Terrence McNally’s ”Gay Jesus Play” Inspires Feature Documentary

 

What if Jesus was gay?

 

Breaking Glass Pictures will be releasing Corpus Christi: Playing with Redemption, a feature documentary focusing on Terrence McNally’s controversial off-Broadway play “Corpus Christi,” which imagines Jesus as a gay man living in Corpus Christi, Texas.

 

The documentary follows the troupe, Terrence, and audience around the world on a 5-year journey, where voices of protest and support collide on one of the central issues facing the LGBT community: religion.

 

The play originally opened at the Manhattan Theatre Club in 1998 to intense protest and bomb threats. Terrence McNally is a four-time Tony Award winning playwright, famous for Broadway hits Ragtime, Master Class, and Love! Valour! Compassion!

 

“Playing with Redemption and the I AM Love Campaign add a new dimension to the conversation that my play continues to provoke, and I look forward to CORPUS CHRISTI starting many more conversations around the country.”  – Terrence McNally

 

Breaking Glass Pictures will release the documentary on DVD and VOD (iTunes, Comcast, Vubiquity) on October 14, 2014.

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Transgender Artists and Contemporary Art

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Photography, video, sculpture, classical music and the spoken word, transgender artists are sharing their stories and experiences, their trauma and hope, their pasts and futures — on their own terms.

 

HUFF POST  featured 10 artists who are shaping contemporary artforms in their own unique ways…..SEE THEM  HERE.

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ANZ Bank in Australia Goes GAY in Support of their LGBT Mardis Gras

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Ten cash machines have been radically overhauled to coincide with Sydney’s annual LGBT Pride parade and festival.  See  them all  on Buzzfeed!

 

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Pride Dolls! Rainbow Nesting Dolls Shine Light on Russia

Russia’s gay propaganda law is a dangerous proposition. It’s a dehumanizing violation of our basic human rights, and as the host country to the 2014 Olympics, it’s also a direct violation of the Olympic charter.
 
Proceeds from every set of Pride Dolls™ will help end discrimination in sport and raise awareness for equality in Russia and all over the world. 
Each set includes 7 dolls that represent all your favourite flavours. They’re hand carved, naturally dried, hand painted, then finished with several layers of non-toxic water based lacquer to ensure their pride stays vibrant for years to come.  7″  tall. 
Pride Dolls™ were conceived by Brahm Finkelstein, a straight ally from Toronto, Canada, who was looking for a way to raise awareness for the injustice taking place in Russia. Wanting a clean and minimalist design, he commissioned out artist Danilo Santino to illustrate faces you see before you. The dolls are hand painted to emphasize the uniqueness and individuality we all share.
Pride Dolls™ were created as an act of solidarity to protest the treatment of the gay community in Russia, and to use the 2014 Olympics as a launchpad for equality in organized sport.
Proceeds from every sale will be donated to the Gay and Lesbian International Sports Association – a non-profit organization dedicated to equality in sport.
Together we can end discrimination in sport and stand up for equality in Russia and all over the world.
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World AIDS Day and Margo Manhattan

  December 1st marks the
25th observance of World AIDS Day.
This year’s theme is fittingly “Shared Responsibility:
Strengthening results for an AIDS-free generation.”  More than 1.1 million people are
infected with HIV in the United States and 20% more may be infected without
knowing it. An
interactive map
details reported diagnoses across
the country according to race, economics, gender and age.  STD testing, prevention and education is
key in the fight against this epidemic.  

In the 90’s Margo Manhattan created the universally recognized red
ribbon lapel pin for AIDS awareness. This furthered Margo’s reputation
as a visionary, socially aware and iconic jewelry designer. Margo’s
sleek, versatile designs are elegant with an edge, captivating and sexy.
Her passion for inventiveness and signature “of the moment we live in”
comes through eloquently in every aspect of her jewelry. Visit
the new Margo Manhattan boutique on 88th and Madison and explore her
collections or commission a special piece for you or your loved ones.
Find her on Facebook (her website was acting up this week).
 
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Dom Perignon and Artist Jeff Koons Partnership

The latest artist and  alcoholic beverage collaboration comes in the form of Jeff Koons‘s new bottle for Dom Perignon. To mark the occasion, Koons created a limited edition 2-foot sculpture based on his pre-existing 8-foot Balloon Venus
sculpture . 
 Those interested can pick up the sculpture for a
cool £15,500 GBP (approximately $24,943 USD) on a made-to-order basis.
Furthermore, Jeff Koons has designed limited edition Dom Perignon boxes,
pictured above, to celebrate his collaboration with the champagne
brand.
“I know that my mother will want one,” Koons said, smiling. “But I hope a
lot of collectors, people who are already involved with my work, will
give these as gifts to their friends.” A bargain when you consider the
recent news that Koons’s Balloon Dog is estimated to sell at auction this November for $35 to $55 million.
Santa, can you hear me??????
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HIV EQUAL – What is Your Status?

HIV Equal is a national multimedia campaign that aims to end HIV stigma
and promote HIV testing by creating a social art movement.
The concept of HIV Equal was created by Jack Mackenroth, a long time HIV
activist and Project Runway alumnus, and celebrity photographer, Thomas
Evans. 

The campaign photos include people from all walks of life who support the concept that regardless of one’s HIV status, we are all equally valuable. To help promote HIV testing, every person who takes part in the campaign will also be tested for HIV


As the campaign grows, this will help take the fear out of HIV testing. And as young people see their role models in the photos, they will want to become a part of the HIV Equal movement, as well. 

Heading up the testing portion of the campaign is Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Gary Blick, who understands the urgency of outreach especially to the younger generations.

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