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Hottie Swimmer Tom Daley gets WET and Nearly Naked in his Calender

Tom Daley reveals pictures from his official 2013 calendar

By Shaun Knittel
Best Gay News
 Magazine Staff Writer

Tom Daley, the 18-year-old Olympic medalist, who recently
spoke of his interest in a potential film career, released photos where he
appears topless and soaked in water, September 26 in a series of snaps from the
upcoming calendar, his first official one.

 
“The one on the front cover where I’m covered in water
was really funny to do,” said Daley, “Someone had to pour a bucket of
water over me, it wasn’t cold, it was sort of lukewarm. It took a few takes to
get it right though because the water needed to be in the right place.”

In other pictures Daley can be seen mid-dive during the
London 2012 Olympics and holding up his bronze medal, which the Devon-born
diver says is his favorite picture.
“I’m going to give it to all my friends at Christmas;
it will be a funny present. My friends all think the calendar is really
funny,” Tom adds. “It’s a mick take almost. It’s the first calendar
I’ve done and it was good fun. I really enjoyed it and I just hope people like
it.”

“It really just sums up my year. There are a couple of Olympic-themed pictures so it’s a good souvenir too.”
 
The British diver who won bronze at the London 2012 Olympics and became a national hero in the UK, has always had his sexual orientation called into question.

For the record, Daley hasn’t declared he is gay or straight. 

Get his book now! 

A Day With HIV Photo Contest

Now just one week away, Positively Aware is asking people to take a
digital photograph on Friday September 21 to record a moment of their
day that will focus the world’s attention on the daily trials and
triumphs of people living with HIV.

Positively Aware, (Positivelyaware.com),
also announced today that it has named Chuck Panozzo, Sheryl Lee Ralph
and Diego Sanchez to the panel of judges for its “A Day with HIV”
photographic portrait campaign. The judges will make the final selection
of photographs to be published in the November/December issue of
Positively Aware, on the magazine’s web site and on the A Day with HIV
web site (Adaywithhiv.com).

ABOUT THE JUDGES

– Chuck Panozzo (Chuckpanozzo.com)
Bass player for the band Styx

– Sheryl Lee Ralph (Sherylleeralph.com)
American actress, singer and activist

– Diego Sanchez of Rep. Barney Frank’s office
First openly trans person to work on Capitol Hill and a national
LGBT leader and HIV/AIDS advocate

ABOUT “A DAY WITH HIV”
On Friday, September 21, people everywhere, both HIV positive and
negative, can share an image of coping and care through the lens of a
camera. For the third year A Day with HIV will help remove the stigma of
HIV and to advance an international community of care through this
collective photographic portrait.  On Friday, September 21 anyone can
record a special image, a time with friends and family, at work or play,
or any moment in the day that helps people better understand how HIV
impacts people, loved ones, colleagues and communities. Photos need to
be submitted by Tuesday, September 25 on the A Day with HIV web site.

Follow A Day with HIV’s Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/ADayWithHIV) or on Twitter (http://twitter.com/a_day_with_hiv) to see updates and selected photographs, and to share the site and its vision with friends to help spread the word.

I Want My RENOVA Sexy Toilet Paper from Portugal

I want RENOVA!!

FOR A SUPERIOR HYGIENE

Renova Fraîcheur is a pioneer
generation of toilet paper thanks to its active softness. Tiny drops of
rich cream envelop the fibres of this tissue paper, enriching its
structure with moisturising compounds.

Soft fibres start off the process, by cleaning your skin, causing this contact to release a soft moisturising cream.

This “luxury” brand called Renova from Spain, takes a more fashionista and sexual approach than the majority of other toilet paper brands.   VERY HOT AND SEXY – plus, they say it is the softest paper ever made for your bum! They even have BLACK toilet paper!  Whats really cool  also is they sell it in places like subway stations and other large public spots so you can grab some rolls on the go!  A Portuguese brand.

AIDS Memorial Quilt Now Online

It won an Oscar and was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. At 1.3 million square
feet, it would take up almost half the office space in the new One World Trade Center tower in New
York. It received a “Save America’s Treasures” federal grant to preserve it for future
generations.

When the AIDS Memorial Quilt was first displayed on the National Mall in October 1987, it
consisted of 1,920 panels. Now, the quilt is too large to display in its entirety. Parts of it are
being shown throughout the capital this week during the International AIDS Conference here.

Each of its 3-by-6-foot panels — about the size of a human grave — tells the story of a person’s
life with the smallest biographical details: favorite pieces of clothing, stuffed animals, poems,
paintings, photographs.

But sewn together, the quilt’s 48,000 panels convey the enormity of an epidemic that has killed
hundreds of thousands of Americans during three decades — and millions more people worldwide.

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NOW the ENTIRE quilt can be viewed online see the  thousands of panels! Enlarge and scroll around to view them.

Jack Mackenroth, Poz Army, and Sexy Underwear

JACK MACKENROTH  has been posting some amazing new photos on Facebook this week, and I just had to share some of them!  Jack has such a stunning look in front of the camera. That body! Those eyes!  Sigh…….

Jack continues to travel the country speaking about HIV education and
fighting the stigma. He will be at this years World AIDS conference in
DC on July 20th with the POZ ARMY. (pozarmy.com)
Poz Army is a grass roots movement to reenergize the fight against HIV
and AIDS and to push for a cure. Jack is a “general” in the POZ ARMY
joined by fellow celebrity activists like Olympian Greg Louganis, singer
Jamar Rogers from The Voice, Ongina from RuPaul’s Drag Race, the
“Berlin Patient” Timothy Brown, who is the first person cured of AIDS,
and many other activists. You can do your part by following POZ ARMY on
twitter @pozarmy and showing support on Facebook.

Jack is in the
final stages of preparation the launch of a dating/hook-up site and
mobile app for HIV+ guys. HIV+ men often don’t feel welcome on the
existing sites and are tired of having to have “the conversation” or
worrying about when to disclose their status. This new site will cater
to HIV+ men and help combat the stigma through visibility. All the
models are HIV+ and members don’t have to feel the stigma of living with
HIV. It goes live on September 1st after beta testing. Unfortunately the site name is still confidential. Check Jack’s facebook page for updates in August.

Initially
the site will be fairly simple in order to build membership. We all 
know sex sells so that’s part of it but it will also have a heath and
resource section. As the site grows and we will to build more of a
community aspect where people can chat in forums and we can partner with
other agencies. We want to have cutting edge information on studies and
medication.

We’ve also partnered with Dr. Frank Spinelli who is are go
to guy for HIV education. This could have a massive affect on building a
solid HIV+ community of men who have sex with men.There has never been a
site like this before and we aim to hit a million members.

The site
will be free to sign up and members control their content so Jack
encourages everyone to take a look.

And if you are not following
Jack on Twitter--get on it!! He was voted Best Gay Tweeter of 2011/2012
by National Lampoon and one of the Top 10 Celebrity Tweeters by
Metrosource magazine.

He’s hilarious!
AND  Sexy!

Stunning photos by West Phillips

Gas Prices Rising Again Thanks to Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan

This has NOTHING to do with GAY NEWS –  but I thought it was a must see!

While gas is .09 cents a gallon over in Abu-Dhabi, it’s  $4.50 here!   Do you think they are making money off us??

This mansion belongs to Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan. The former president of the United Arab Emirates.

That car, is not painted Silver – it is pure SILVER!

See more BIG Mansions.

Cool and Fun Photo Cards from Fabulous Stationary


FABULOUS STATIONARY has just launched Create Your Own Photo Cards.

Ready for your close-up? Create unforgettable note cards featuring
photos of your family, friends, pets — anyone near and dear to you.
Great for Union/Marriage  announcements, party invites, thank you cards and more.

Each photo design comes in three color combinations. Simply upload your photo, personalize the message on the front (and
inside too, if you like), and preview your card. It’s that easy!

Photo cards are priced at $55 for a set of 20. Every set includes
our signature return address feature.. “we print the return address
directly on the back of the card..then when slipped into out window
envelopes the address shows through . Our cards are sized at 6.24″ wide
by 4.5″ high.”

How cool is that?

Fabulous Stationary Photo Cards

Male Supermodel Tyrone Nell Launches New Site

I first discovered Tyrone Nell about 3 years ago.
I thought he was extremely handsome and have always believed he is destined for greatness.

At the age of 24, Cape Town born Tyrone Nell has been rated as one of South Africa’s sexiest men and has built up a following both locally and internationally.

Tyrone’s career kicked off in London when he ventured outside of South African boarders after completing his school career. It was there where his interest in the entertainment industry became apparent.

With
his striking looks and bubbly personality it is easy to
see why people fall in love with him. Tyrone has worked
with some of the biggest international and local brands
including FHM, L’Oreal, Schwarzkopf, Edgars, Bonewear
Underwear, Wonder Jock, Corrupt Underwear and FTV to name
but a few and has also worked alongside some of the
country’s top designers and photographers.

He has just launched a new and updated website, chock full of scorching hot images, a blog and more.

TYRONE NELL.com

Stop by and SAY  HI to him! LIKE him on Facebook and Follow his TWEETS.

Benetton Ads for UN HATE Create Drama with the Vatican

BENETTON
recently created digitally altered ads as part of an “unhate” campaign featuring
political and religious leaders, including President Obama and Chinese
President Hu Jintao as well as French President Nicolas Sarkozy and
German Chancellor Angela Merkel kissing.

BRILLIANT!

Well, the Vatican did not think so. After strong protests from the Vatican, the Italian clothing company Benetton has pulled an ad showing Pope Benedict XVI kissing a senior Egyptian imam, the BBC reports.

Vatican spokesman Federico Lomabardi called the ad “absolutely
unacceptable” and said it showed “a grave lack of respect for the pope
(and) an offense to the feelings of believers …”

The public-relations- savvy clothing company has frequently mounted
controversial ad campaigns, including one showing a nun kissing a priest
and a man dying of AIDS.

“We are sorry that the use of an image of the pontiff and the imam
should have offended the sensibilities of the faithful in this way,”
Benetton said in a statement.

PROMOMO is the new MySpace for Artists Around the World



There are a couple amazing artists (and hotties)
I have discovered through MySpace and Facebook.
 David PEREIRA  is one and Eike von Stuckenbrok  is another, I just love!!

Today I discovered a new site, PROMOMO.
Promomo is a platform for artists to PROMOte them selfs.
 And for agents/producers to scout their perfect candidate for a new shows.




  • Promomo is a fastest growing art community in the world!


  • As an artist you can promote yourself internationally


  •  and meet the agents and producers from around the globe.


  • As an agent/producer you can search for the artist you really need for your next project.


  • And as a spectator you can sit back, relax and enjoy watching clips of the artists





After few months of being down due to system overload they are finally back.
This time stronger then ever.

So what’s new in this version?

1.Full HD. Now you can upload your videos in HD format.
2.New state of the art video player.
3.Much more channels.
4. in 24 languages.





Very soon they  will launch a new product PROMOMO/DANCE dedicated to dancers,
PROMOMO/SPORT for athletes and PROMOMO/MUSIC for musicians!!!

They  are working around the clock to make this service
your only site to watch,book,scout and promote circus oriented acts.

It’s free to sign up and easy to use for everyone !!!!

POSITIVELY AWARE Magazine Announces “A Day with HIV in America” Photo Essay

To commemorate World AIDS Day, POSITIVELY AWARE magazine is compiling a photo essay entitled “A Day with HIV in America.” On September 21, people from all across the country, both HIV-positive and negative, care providers, lawmakers, advocates, families, and friends will take a snapshot of a moment from their everyday life.

The photo essay hopes to present a portrait of our world and to put a face on HIV/AIDS in the U.S., in an effort to de-stigmatize life with HIV. Selected photos will appear in a special section of the November/December issue of POSITIVELY AWARE. Additional photo submissions will be available for viewing at A Day with HIV . Social media users can join others who are involved in the project on the Facebook group “A Day with HIV in America,” and also take part in the conversation on Twitter .

Using a digital camera or cell phone, the photos will capture a scene: Getting ready for work. Hanging out with friends. Spending a quiet moment alone. Caring for someone with HIV. The idea is to come up with the person’s own response to the question, “What does it mean to live with HIV?”

Photos are to be submitted by September 23 to    artdirector @ positivelyaware.com. Submissions must include the person’s name (and the names of anyone else in the photo), phone number (of all participants), HIV status (optional), and a caption describing the scene, giving the location and time of day the picture was taken. Signed release forms will also be required for submissions to be considered.

Photos can be in JPEG, TIF, or RAW file format, and must have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi at 4 x 5 inches. Photos can be color or black and white. Cell phone camera photos are acceptable, provided that they meet resolution requirements.

POSITIVELY AWARE is an internationally known and respected magazine devoted to HIV treatment and wellness. It has a circulation of over 85,000, and is published bi-monthly by Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN) in Chicago, the only publication of its kind to be produced by a non-profit AIDS agency. Founded in 1987, TPAN is Chicago’s oldest peer-led AIDS service organization and specializes in treatment information, support services, and prevention.

To order copies of the magazine, call (773) 989-9400 or email distribution @ tpan.com. For more information about TPAN and POSITIVELY AWARE magazine visit TPAN  and Positively Aware .

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Do These Big Beach Bubbles Make Me Look Gay?




WHO DOESN’T LOVE BUBBLES ?

SOLOMON – Shades of Black and The Love Rocker Project

In case you have been under a rock lately….

Born a Capricorn in San Diego, CA, Electronic Hip-Pop recording artist Solomon (born Solomon Raymond Barnett) began performing in numerous dance troupes and church choirs, where he grew a strong affinity towards sound and music. In 2008, Solomon began recording music with fellow artist Robbery, making the Hip-Hop duo, The Black Market.

Shortly going solo, Solomon released his first mixtape, Rhyting Rhymes Vol. 1, 2008, as an openly gay musician. Sparking mass interest, Solomon was part of a huge introduction of new out Hip-Hop rappers. Garnishing him multiple magazine interviews, shows and a guest on Eminem’s Sirius Radio’s Uncut Channel Shade45. In August 2008, he released the follow-up of his first mixtape, titled respectively, Rhyting Rhymes Vol. 2. The second mixtape slowly introduced a more mainstream Pop sound, with his crossover single, “Feelin’ Brand New.” After promoting the mixtape and doing shows, Solomon began working on a new project entitled, “Shades of Black.”

“Shades of Black” is Solomon’s first attempt at songwriting and producing. Taking eleven months to create, it also marks his departure from underground Hip-Hop to a genre he likes to call, Electronic Hip-Pop (Electronic production, Pop lyrics and a touch of Hip-Hop style). “People think that there is only one shade to the color black. But actually there are several shades.” Solomon describes the title of the EP. “My listeners and audience- and critics have tried to box me into something and label me into what is only a small portion of me. This is my time to show everyone all my layers. All my shades.”

Fueled by a difficult breakup and an even harder depression, the lyrics of “Shades of Black” convey the heartache of an unrequited love. While the lyrics are heartbreaking, the Electronic production fools the audience into thinking it is simply dance music. “For some odd reason it was very difficult for me to write anything happy during the songwriting process of this release,” Solomon explains. “There are some musicians who can easily turn it on and off, but it was inevitable, all my songs were very somber. So I decided to produce the music more upbeat to trick the listeners into thinking they were listening to the latest dance music. Something fun.” Influenced by an era in history that is long gone, Solomon takes you on a journey through the end of the Disco era into the late 1980’s early 1990’s. Recruiting producers from Miami, Australia and France, each track is a mixture of worldwide sounds, melodic tempos and an electronic baseline you cannot ignore. All the songs off the 7 track EP are written by Solomon himself, and produced or co-produced by him as well.

Photographer Renie Saliba lensed this  new promotional image  in anticipation of his upcoming sophomore CD, “The Love Rocker Project,” out in July 2010!

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Barbra Streisand My Passion for Design Book November 2010

At 68, Barbra Streisand
is writing her first book —
but it’s no memoir.

“I’m a little too private. I’m not ready to write about my life,” Streisand said Tuesday at the opening of BookExpo America, a publishing convention.
 
She said she tried writing a few chapters of an autobiography but quit after deciding that “this is hard. I’d rather write a book about design.”
 
That $60 coffee table book, My Passion for Design , will be released Nov. 16. It will feature 350 photographs of a complex of houses Streisand helped design in Malibu, Calif.
 
There’s her “main house,” where she lives; an “elegant barn,” which she described as her art project; her “mill house” with 200-year-old beams; and a guest house, nicknamed “Grandma’s house” by Streisand’s husband, James Brolin.
 
It’s a long way from her childhood in Brooklyn, N.Y. In a staged interview at the convention with Gayle King, editor at large of O magazine, Streisand mentioned her father, a teacher who died when she was 15 months old, and how her family couldn’t afford a couch until her mother remarried when Streisand was 8.
 
“Maybe that’s why I love couches,” she said.
 
She linked her favorite color, burgundy, to a sweater she had as a child and described her love of “pure lipstick red.”
 
Her passion for architecture blossomed, she said, in 1994 when a movie she was supposed to direct, an adaptation of Larry Kramer’s play The Normal Heart, fell apart. “A house became my project. I made a house instead of a movie.”
 
King asked Streisand if she kept anything in her California homes that remind her of her New York childhood.
 
“You mean like egg creams?” Streisand quipped.
 
King persisted.
 
“No,” Streisand replied. “We lived in a $40-a-month apartment. Five people shared one bathroom.
I have nothing that reminds me of that.”

PRE-ORDER  NOW  AND  SAVE!!My Passion for Design

Luizo Vega – Is he Really Madonna’s Secret Son?

ARTIST, PERFORMER, FILM MAKER LUIZO VEGA   gives  us  another  teaser  for 

MATERIAL  BOY –  MADONNAS  SECRET  SON !

Watch the movie trailers !

There are some  amazing videos and remixes on YouTube !

The producer, Jesus Lucia tols me, “first there will be a premiere in Paris,
then another in New York in 2010
and then  in 2011 will begin its tour of some festivals.
We are filming the last scenes and beginning the edition.”

Material Boy  2010

Jeff Koons Shoots GAY BUNNY RABBITS for New York Times Article

First Gay Penguins…
    Now Gay Bunny Rabbits!

In recent years, more biologists have been looking objectively at same-sex sexuality in animals — approaching it as real science.

“Various forms of same-sex sexual activity have been recorded in more than 450 different species of animals by now, from flamingos to bison to beetles to guppies to warthogs…”

Does this help the gay movement? 
Some say yes, some say no.

Read the full article  at  New York  Times.

Sidenote – JEEF  KOONS  shot the image for  New York Times and is getting a little  flack. Is it really necessary to hire a top artist/photographer for a silly  photo when  many services like  istock photo and Super Stock offer  stock images for a FRACTION of the price? Then,  publishers claim they are going bankrupt because of the Internet and Digital Media!

That’s a bunch of  BS!

Male SuperModel Ronnie Kroell Gets Hard for Playgirl Magazine

Chicago’s  Ronnie Kroell was the only gay contestant on the first year of Make Me A Super Model.  He came in second place but the exposure has been  HUGE  for him and his career.

He has been in the news a lot lately with the buzz around his Playgirl photo shoot!

A couple months ago, Daniel Nardicio of Playgirl secured Ronnie for a photo shoot. The Levi Johnston shoot created quite a stir, but Ronnie will go  FULL FRONTAL, all the  way!  The shoot happened this  past week.

I spoke to Daniel last night.  He called me from New York. “Ronnie Kroell is shot and DONE! He was shot by Lope Navo Wednesday at The Grace Hotel. And I have to say, it’s going to be groundbreaking for Playgirl. The shots are amazing, and Ronnie is yes, hard and full frontal. You will GAG!”

Ronnie revealed, “The theme of the shoot was to celebrate fashion and one’s ability to express themselves, but also throughout the shoot,  being able to see beyond the clothing labels and beyond the labels that society puts on us to reveal something we all have – the human body, fragile, vulnerable and beautiful.”

And he added, “I am VERY happy to have worked with a truly talented creative team on  this  PLAYGIRL COVER SHOOT. Stay tuned for pictures to be released on or before MAY 15th and to get your own copy of the SUMMER 2010 issue of PLAYGIRL on JUNE 15th!!”

Daniel is very excited as well.  He  told me, “I’m convinced that the Ronnie Kroell shoot will bring Playgirl up to a whole new level.

The entire crew made for an exciting day for Playgirl, and a next step in our evolution as a magazine. I trust readers are going to love it. IT WAS  GREAT! Honestly, it could not have gone better!”

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Apple vs. Adonis Mag….Apple says Guys in Speedos or Underwear is PORN!

ADONIS MAG

is the latest casualty in Apple’s censorship war!

Launched in December, ADONIS MAG was an iphone app that featured exclusive images by world-famous photographers bringing  their own vision of the male form and exploring beyond fashion, by venturing into the art of the body. It was a magazine, loaded to your phone. And  it was non-pornographic!

Just 5 issues later, Apple has pulled the plug. Stating they felt that guys in speedos and underwear, was like porn!

Apple has decided to play judge and jury. They have now gotten into the highly subjective business of deciding how much skin on even a swimsuit photo is too much for its puritanical values, and is reportedly banning “sexual connotations” and “innuendo.”

According to a developer, “Wobble” creator Jon Atherton, who claims to have spoken with Apple, the new policies include:

 

 

    • “No images of women in bikinis (Ice skating tights are not OK either)”

 

  • “No images of men in bikinis! (I didn’t ask about Ice Skating tights for men)”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    • “No skin (he seriously said this) (I asked if a Burqa was OK, and the Apple guy got angry)”

 

    • “No silhouettes that indicate that Wobble can be used for wobbling boobs (yes – I am serious, we have to remove the silhouette in this pic)”

 

    • “No sexual connotations or innuendo: boobs, babes, booty, sex – all banned”

 

    • “Nothing that can be sexually arousing!! (I doubt many people could get aroused with the pic above but those puritanical guys at Apple must get off on pretty mundane things to find Wobble “overtly sexual!)”

 

 
This past week, Apple plug the plug  on   ADONIS  MAG.
This is ridiculous!

Apple already has parental controls in place. And we are not talking NUDITY here!

More at Business Insider.

I for one, have written APPLE and told them this is crazy.

I went online to the Apple store and PLAYBOY IS STILL THERE!

Are they just targeting the gays????

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GREGG HOMME – Behind the Scenes of the Sexiest Underwear and Swimwear Brand

Founded in 1987, GREGG HOMME is a Canadian brand of audacious and groundbreaking
men’s underwear, swimwear and clubwear. Through years of innovations
and daring creations, GREGG HOMME has built an outstanding reputation for
fabulous quality, exceptional design, and astonishing fit.

With the desire to fascinate people by creating something unseen, new, comfortable
and yet aesthetically wonderful, GREGG HOMME celebrates the man who is
comfortable with himself, his style and his life.

Each year, boundaries are pushed, and the bar is raised!

And SEXY  just  got  SEXIER! 

Some amazingly hot styles this year will be hitting the shelves in just a few weeks!

MUST SEE VIDEO – BEHIND THE SCENES! You can even save it for your iPhone!

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Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley – NOH8 Campaign – LGBT Activism Needs to be a Part of Your Daily Life!

Photographer ADAM BOUSKA

became a LGBT activist quite by accident. He calls it “accidental activism“. Gosh, he has come a long way in the 6 years we have known him!

We met Adam in 2003.  He was living here in the suburbs of Chicago and had just graduated college where he studied Computer Science. Being a photographer myself, I was always on the lookout for fresh new young talent. I met Adam and asked him to pose for me. During the shoot, he confided that Computer Science was not really his passion. And though he was dabbling with modeling, it was the art of photography that really intrigued him.

Shortly afterwords, Adam moved to Southern Californina. We stayed in touch now and then through  MySpace and watched as his young budding career began to blossom.

It didn’t take long and his name was sprouting up everywhere!

In November 2008, Proposition 8 in California happened. California wanted to put a stop to the idea of gay marriage. The defeat of Prop 8 provoked a groundswell of activism within the LGBTQ community and many new political and protest organizations were formed in response to the defeat. It was like Stonewall was happening again!

Adam was in Chicago this weekend speaking at LGBT CHANGE UNITE + FIGHT,  EAA Midwest Conference at Columbia College. The conference ran 3 days and was a series of workshops and speakers geared towards  activism in the hopes to fire up the Midwest LGBTQ communities.

Adam, his partner Jeff Parshley  and some friends attended the Prop 8 rallies in Los Angeles. Afterwords, they got so emotionally stirred they knew they wanted to do something,  to make some kind of statement. He and a dozen friends went to the store and bought some paints and duct tape, went back to his apartment and shot photos. Using photography as his voice, Adam placed tape over their mouths and painted the now famous NOH8 on their cheeks, and the next day posted their images to MySpace and Facebook, to demonstrate their silent protest.

Before he knew it, a dozen more friends wanted to do the same thing . Adam shot more photos and those friends also posted them online. The next month 30 of their friends wanted the same photos! It started to grow exponentially. In the 6 months that followed it exploded and nearly 500 people had been photographed and pictures were flooding the Internet.

Soon celebrities want to join in and show their support. To date, 3,000+ faces have been shot by Adam and his team for the NOH8 Campaign. The campaign began with portraits of everyday Californians from all walks of life and soon rose to include politicians, military personnel, newlyweds, law enforcement, artists, celebrities, and many more.

Cindy McCain, wife of former Presidential candidate Senator John McCain, was even photographed by Adam, speaking out on behalf of gay marriage rights as part of a popular ongoing photo campaign. “Cindy McCain wanted to participate in the campaign to show people that party doesn’t matter – marriage equality isn’t a Republican issue any more than it is a Democratic issue. It’s about human rights, and everybody being treated equally in the eyes of the law that runs and protects this country.”

The NOH8 Campaign has received overwhelming support from around the world, appearing on various local and national news programs and publications. The images are currently being used on various social networking sites to spread the message of equality, predominantly Facebook and Twitter. Eventually the images are expected to be compiled for a large-scale media campaign. The group just shot their 3rd PSA. There has been talks of  billboards, possible calendar, coffee table books and even a documentary.

Just last month the team shot 500 people in 5 hours in New York City. Adam hopes to tour major cities soon, doing more open shoots and spreading the message across the country. “This is much bigger than just  about Prop 8.  And when we win this, when Prop 8 is overturned, and it will be,  we’re not stopping.  It’s about Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell….it’s about gay civil rights….it’s about equal rights…it’s about making our silence heard….it’s about the big picture now! And we have only just begun!”  Groups as far away as Germany and  Australia have even started similar campaigns.

Remember when Gay Pride and National Coming Out  day was just once a year? Thanks to the power of Social Media and the interconnectedness of the Internet these days, we can make a statement about who we are and show the world our messages. “Activism needs to be a part of your DAILY LIFE and your lifestyle. Not just once a year.”

THE NOH8 store online  has t-shirts, bumper stickers, tattoos and my favorite, THE BRACELET!

Funds raised by the NOH8 Campaign will be used to continue promoting and raising awareness for Marriage Equality and anti-discrimination on a global level through an educational and interactive media campaign.

Adam will hopefully get back to Chicago later this year for an Open Call NOH8 shoot here. We’ll keep you posted!

Adam Bouska
Adam Bouska MySpace
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http://twitter.com/bouska
NOH8 CAMPAIGN
NOH8 NEWS BLOG

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Mike Ruiz – Celebrity Photographer

New York-based photographer (and major hottie!) Mike Ruiz is best known for his high-impact, surreal brand of celebrity and fashion photography.

He has worked with everyone from Betty White,Ru Paul,  Dolly Parton and Dennis Hopper to Lindsay Lohan, The Jonas Brothers and Zac Efron. He did some great shots this month of  Lance Bass and Carmen Electra, both shown here.

The Canadian-born artist  Ruiz is also featured this month in  XEX Magazine and some of his works have become available for purchase at Prints995.

Still on hold – Mike Ruiz  developed a scripted television show  based on a group of elitist gay men living in Los Angeles called‚ “The 10 10’s.”

It’s a story that is loosely based on the eccentricities of me and the posse of super hot guys I ran around with in the early 90’s. It was brilliantly written by the super-talented Benjamin Morgan. We’ve only begun pitching it and the response has been very positive. It’s early on in the process so all I can say about it is that it is freaking HILARIOUS in a dark and super-sexy way.


Ruiz’s entrepreneurial skills led him to co-found Miauhaus Studios, a Los Angeles photography complex featuring four full-service photo studios.

 

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