We are ultimately, creatures of complexity and that is certainly the case of the late Gore Vidal. In Outfest’s penultimate offering of “The United States of Amnesia”, director Nicholas Wrathall takes us on the final journey of an American scribe and intellectual.
From the beginning of the film where we see a very elderly Gore Vidal visit his own grave, one can sense this is about to be a good piece of documentary film making. And it is.
The story of Gore Vidal, born in 1925 is one of American privilege and wealth. One can hear in his fathers voice, and in his own voice later, that hint of aristocracy, the lingering of a vowel, reminding of us their European roots. We see a young Gore write the now infamous novel, The City and the Pillar and become condemned for it. It was 1948 and openly gay characters in literature were rare, and homosexuality was considered immoral. Vidal would be intrepid throughout his life and this novel was only the beginning.
Wrathall had the good sense to let Vidal do all the talking and that he does. He speaks candidly about the Kennedy presidency (to whom he was distantly related) as the origin of the Viet Nam war, and George Bush as “the stupidest man in the United States”.
Vidal moved to Hollywood and began a career as a screenwriter, penning “The Best Man” and working on the screenplay for Ben-Hur.
Vidal ran for political office and never won. In the 1960s he moved to Italy with his longtime companion, Howard Austen, who would remain with him until his death in 2005. Vidal had a particular take on intimacy to which he suggested that he and Austen were best friends, not lovers and that, “ It’s easy to sustain a relationship when sex plays no part and impossible, I have observed, when it does.”
He had very public feuds with William F. Buckley and Norman Mailer and one is well documented and frankly very funny, where Buckley on camera says: “Now listen, you queer. Stop calling me a crypto-Nazi, or I’ll sock you in the goddamn face and you’ll stay plastered.” Hard to imagine this kinda of thing today.
This documentary inlcudes interviews with, also now deceased, British writer Christopher Hitchens about how Vidal named him his heir apparent only to then withdraw the commendation and footage showing the men’s uncomfortable last exchange, offer a different perspective to that given by Vidal himself. Vidal did not want himself written off the script as to warrant Hitchens as the heir apparent.
We start on a bus with a series of funny vignettes where our lead character; David or Samuel as he likes to be called is subject to a series of visitors who sit next to him only to reveal his own cockiness, arrogance and inability to relate. We get off the bus in Oregon, were our character takes up working on an apple farm. The lead is played with great sensitivity by Broadway actor Jonathan Groff (Glee), who easily emotes. Along the way we met the farm’s curmudgeonly owner (Dean Stockwell), a romantically interested co-worker (Midnight in Paris‘ Corey Stoll), and Jon, who builds clunky jade clocks shaped like the state of Oregon. The latter Jon, who is a “child of God” and actively converts Samuel into a good church member while visible attempting to control his own outbreaks of rage. Samuel is converted in a strange scene where the romantic-co-worker returns and attempts to rape him—it is here that Samuel finds God. So far, not a very good movie to give to a rapt group of homos. This movie ends with the same ambiguity that it begins with—a teary-eyed Samuel/David is left to walk down the road until presumably until his next adventure, which will hopefully NOT be made into a movie.
More a series of vignettes than a coherent film, C.O.D. does not deliver the goods needed to open a film festival with this audience. That the lead character is gay seems to be the only ticket into this film festival for surely a scene in which another gay man, who owns a bizarre collection of dildoes attempt to rape is not a message that the Outfest people should be endorsing. This gay man, as played by Jonathan Groff is curiously asexual, a sponge on which everyone around him somewhat determines his fate. That he has no navigation, is the stuff of movies about young men, but a point of view, a personality of some kind would have helped, or at least encouraged the audience to care.
In the post-film analysis held in the parking lot of the Orpheum most tempered their remarks but without a doubt, all were disappointed. The evening is saved by the great party attended by an attractive, informative group of people. How often does one get to sing Erasure’s Chains of Love while standing in line with the newly slender Perez Hilton?
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two landmark Supreme Court rulings that bolster gay marriage rights don't remove all barriers to same-sex unions by a long shot. Where gay couples live still will have a lot to do with how they're treated.
Some questions and answers about Wednesday's court rulings:
Q: Can you boil down these two big rulings — 104 pages in all — to the basics?
A: In one case, the court said legally married gay couples are entitled to the same federal benefits available to straight couples. In the other, it cleared the way for gay marriages to resume in California, where voters banned them in 2008.
Q: What type of benefits are we talking about?
A: More than you'd expect. There are more than 1,000 federal laws in which marital status matters, covering everything from income and inheritance taxes to health benefits and pensions. In states where gay marriage is legal, same-sex couples may actually be looking forward to filing their income taxes next April — married, filing jointly.
Q. Why does it matter where a gay couple lives?
A: Even with Wednesday's ruling, where legally married gay couples live still may affect the federal benefits they can obtain, at least for now. Social Security survivor benefits, for example, depend on where a couple is living when a spouse dies. If that happens in a state that bans or does not recognize the union, it's not for sure that the surviving spouse will be entitled to the payments. Immigration law, meanwhile, only looks at where people were married, not where they live. It's complicated.
Q: What does the U.S. marriage map look like right now?
A: It's a patchwork. Same-sex marriage is legal in 12 states and the District of Columbia — representing 18 percent of the U.S. population. When gay marriage resumes in California, the figure will jump to 30 percent. Twenty-nine other states have constitutional amendments that ban gay marriage. Six states have laws that ban it. Two states neither allow gay marriage nor ban it.
Q: How many same-sex couples in the U.S. have been legally married?
A: The numbers are squishy. The Pew Research Center estimates there have been at least 71,000 legal marriages since 2004, when Massachusetts became the first state to legalize them, but says there are almost certainly more. The Williams Institute, a UCLA-based think tank, says approximately 114,000 couples are legally married and more than 108,000 are in civil unions or registered domestic partnerships. In California alone, 18,000 same-sex couples were married during the 142-day period when gay unions were legal there in 2008.
Q: What's all this talk about DOMA?
A: DOMA is the federal Defense of Marriage Act, enacted in 1996. The court on Wednesday struck down a section of that law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman for purposes of federal law. That's what had denied legally married gay couples access to a host of federal benefits and programs that are available to straight couples.
Q: Why all of the focus Wednesday on California?
A: The second case that the court addressed related to a 2008 state ballot proposition that added a ban on gay marriage to the California Constitution. The court didn't rule on the merits of that ballot proposal, but it left in place a trial court's declaration that the proposition is unconstitutional. That means same-sex weddings could resume in California in about a month, although a federal appeals court there said it may continue to bar gay marriages even longer if proponents of Proposition 8 ask for a rehearing.
Q: What more could the Supreme Court have done?
A: Tons. It could have given gay Americans the same constitutional right to marry as heterosexuals. Instead, it sidestepped the looming question of whether banning gay marriage is unconstitutional.
Q: What's President Barack Obama's take on all of this?
A: He welcomed the ruling striking down part of the Defense of Marriage Act and directed Attorney General Eric Holder to make sure federal laws are in sync with the ruling. (Obama, who endorsed gay marriage last year, broke with his Republican and Democratic predecessors and declined to defend the law in court.) Already, the Defense Department says it is beginning the process to extend health care, housing and other federal benefits to the same-sex spouses of members of the military.
Q: How does the public feel about gay marriage?
A: Public support has grown dramatically in the last few years, with a majority now favoring legal marriage for gay couples. There's even broader support for extending to gay couples the same legal rights and benefits that are available to married straight couples. An Associated Press-National Constitution Center poll last fall found 63 percent favored granting gay couples the same legal benefits straight couples had. And 53 percent favored legal recognition of same-sex marriages.
Q: What happens next?
A: Supporters of gay marriage will keep pressing to legalize same-sex unions in all 50 states. That means more battles in individual states, and more visits to the Supreme Court.
NANCY BENAC, Associated Press
Most of my friends have been together over 20 years. They are couples. Some live together. With one exception they are not married. While supporting gay marriage, they are not inclined to want to participate. They don't feel the need.
The evolution of a cause is interesting. I was at first, all in favor of using another term for marriage as long as the rights and benefits were the same. My homework revealed that "marriage" was a legal contract, not a social contract. And through the centuries marriage meant different things to different societies. For example, in the 11th century marriage was about securing an economic or political advantage. One look at the TV show The Borgias will support that notion. If you have been watching Downton Abbey, you also know that marriage could be eternally binding, and we don't mean that in a good way. It's important to remember that in many cultures, today, marriage is a pre-arranged affair, having little to do with love.
And then Andrew Sullivan spoke up: "You can have as many debates about gay marriage as you want, and over the last 22 years of campaigning for it, I’ve had my share. You can debate theology, and the divide between church and state, the issue of procreation, the red herring of polygamy, and on and on. But what it all really comes down to is the primary institution of love. The small percentage of people who are gay or lesbian were born, as all humans are, with the capacity to love and the need to be loved. These things, above everything, are what make life worth living. And unlike every other minority, almost all of us grew up among and part of the majority, in families where the highest form of that love was between our parents in marriage. To feel you will never know that, never feel that, is to experience a deep psychic wound that takes years to recover from. It is to become psychologically homeless. Which is why, I think, the concept of “coming out” is not quite right. It should really be called “coming home.”
It changed my mind. Sullivan argued that anything less than "marriage" was to remind gays and lesbians that they were less—a simple and cogent argument.
It is a day to celebrate. If like me, you have some malcontent friends, going on about Clinton or yesterdays ruling on Voter Rights, ask them to take a break, for a day. This is historic, this is big, it doesn't happen very often and one should really be IN THE MOMENT.
"Get over yourself..
You are completely delusional, there is no point in talking to someone that messed up and narrow-minded. Clearly you are so invested in 'gay culture' (your version of it) that you dont even know what the real world looks like any more.
You keep saying im avoiding gay culture then dont define what it is, even though ive already said i dont avoid it, only the club culture. As i said this magasine has it wrong, but no less wrong than you." —JUSTME, perpetual commentator
JustMe is probably like you and me. On occasion he feels the need to comment on a post found on a popular gay blog. Initially, comments address the story at hand, and then rather quickly dissolve into a tirade of personal attacks. Like a boxer, the writer retreats to his corner for a time, to read the follow-up comments, and then returns with a right upper cut to the jaw, wham! Take that you ignoramus. And it can go on and on...
There was a time, years ago back in the time when trees were turned into paper and paper made magazines, that people would write a "letter to the editor". A gay magazine might receive on a good month, a hundred letters. Hand or type written, these letters would express some feeling about a story in a recent issue and they would, after a little help from an editor, be published.
INTER(RE)ACTIVE Then came the Internet and everything changed. Magazines essentially went the way of the dinosaur, saving hundreds of trees. Born in this era was something with the unpleasant name of a blog, a contraction of the words web log. They were journals, diaries, notes on one's existence, favoring images and texts that allowed one into the mind of the writer. A handsome 36-year-old named Andy Towle wrote one such blog, Towleroad, which emerged in 2003. It began like most blogs as a diary of Andy's life featuring short videos (shot by Andy) and observations on his life. For example, in November 2003, Mr Towle was discussing his first encounter with the drink, Absinthe, even giving direction on how to prepare the drink. Another entry shows Mr Towle being kissed by a rather attractive young man. It was personal.
In 2005, David Hauslaib started Queerty. A market watch report from 2005 tells us: Queerty is published by 21-year-old David Hauslaib. He also owns Jossip.com, self-described as a "big bag of rumors" about celebrities and show business in New York. A flurry of gay and lesbian blogs would soon follow. For the casual reader information was now available and packaged in short Entertainment Weekly bites that invited a conversation with the reader, something magazines didn't really do. What few suspected about this phenomenon was that everyone wanted in on the act. A blog took work, a lot of work: daily scouring of the news and Internet for tiny morsels of gay-related information. Once presented, a comments column would allow readers to voice their opinions. And this is where the trouble started. A blogger could be held responsible for their words, they were the author of the blog, that was a given. Comments on the other were anonymous, shielded by secrecy, and apparently, everyone had something to say. It wasn't just gay blogs, political blogs in particular would begin with a responsible topic only to conclude in a cavalcade of bitch fights, no one really listening, just opining. Somehow, in our delusional minds, we must have thought gay men might be nicer, after all, we were all in this fight for freedom and equality together, holding hands at vigils and lighting our united candles together.
Which is not to say that all intelligent conversation has been lost, it hasn't, it's just hard to discern. And unfortunately, people get personal. JustMe and LittleKiwi on Towleroad managed to go over forty comments on one story alone, usually about each other. And this was a fairly innocuous story about a new gay magazine called HelloMr.
In retrospect, magazines required effort, one had to actually lick a stamp and pray to get their opinion published, now it's all clicks and hide, and one can be as nasty as words will allow.
And we wouldn't change a thing. The fact is, this is who we are. We are exceptionally critical as a cultural group. We sharpen our tongues on a wide variety of subjects, sociological, political, sexual. Gay blogs and the Internet have revealed much. Never has there been a time in history when communication was so vast and expedient. We know more of the mind of a gay man or woman than ever before, not only through the thoughtful, often entertaining world of gay bloggers, but their audience. Just as know more about the intimacies of the sexual life of a person as revealed in cam websites such as cam4 and chaturbate. But we should be cautioned just as an appearance on one of those websites will reveal us, so too, do our comments on gay blogs.
drkrm is pleased to present the male physique photography of John Palatinus, one of the pioneering physique photographers of the 1950's. Along with Lon of New York, Bruce of Los Angeles, and Bob Mizer of Athletic Model Guild, he helped create a whole new genre of male photography. He was a major influence on Robert Mapplethorpe and may be one of the last living photographers from the 1950's golden era of physique photography. This exhibition will be on view from June 8th through June 29th, 2013 with an Artist reception on Saturday, June 8 from 7-10pm.
John Palatinus is perhaps one of the last living male physique photographers of the 1950s. He was one of a handful of photographers who documented the male body through photography of semi-naked, body-proud weightlifters of the time. His first shoot was done in 1951 in his own living room in Indiana. Palatinus crafted his own photographic style which was recognisable by his use of light and minimal background. The pictures echoed Palatinus' influences, who included Horst P Horst and George Platt Lynes, while documenting a sub-culture of body perfection and hyper-masculinity that emerged in the post-war era.
His photographs were published in numerous bodybuilding magazines of the era, most notably Tomorrow's Man, a pocket-sized publication featuring males with posing straps or other coverings for their privates.
In 1954 Palatinus moved to New York, and set up on West 13th Street in Greenwich Village, taking male physique photographs and distributing them to eager collectors. He continued to be featured in "TM" and did a thriving mail-order business, selling his photographs nationwide. In 1958, Palatinus started shooting and selling full-frontal nude photos through the mail. This proved to be an unfortunate move. His studio was raided by the US Postal Inspectors in cooperation with the New York Police Department and all of his photographs, original negatives, cameras and equipment were confiscated, never to be returned. Palatinus was very effectively put out of business. After a trial, he was convicted not of distribution of so-called pornography, but of conspiracy, a misdemeanor charge, and spent no time in jail. "When I was in court in 1959," Palatinus recalls, "The judge said: 'by today's standards this work is considered pornography, but who knows? In 50 years' time it may be considered art' and that really is true."Palatinus has lived long enough to see his work become appreciated by new circles. The nineties saw a huge resurgence in the collection of Vintage Male Physique photography, spurred on by a voracious online community. Palatinus now lives in Palm Springs, California and exhibits his work thoughout the world.
If you haven't visited Tom and Lorenzo's website "Fabulous and Opionated" you're missing out. These lads turn out a blog that concerns itself mainly with fashion and style as it applies to television and film, but have of late, turned their considerable talents to writing reviews for the Huffington Post and Metrosource.
On that note, they have taken a considerable amount of time to deconstruct the latest happenings in the world of TV's popular Madmen. A certain Bob Benson in particular has brought back to the show the presence of a gay man in advertising in the 60s. What's so great about Tom and Lorenzo is that they delve deep into the historical and sociological aspects of the character. Here's a sample:
But Bob’s life doesn’t necessarily have to be one completely without companionship or sex. New York City was (and in many ways still is) one of the best places to be in the country for young gay men with no family ties. There was a burgeoning gay social scene at this time. There almost always had been one in New York City, but in the years following the war, the numbers of detached men and women who migrated to the city and joined what would later come to be called the “gay community” expanded tremendously. This is largely why the Stonewall Riots of 1969 happened when they did; because the gay community finally had the numbers and the communally-fed anger needed to do something about the institutionalized harassment they were receiving from the police.
By the way, the Stonewall Riots will be happening practically in Joan’s backyard. Having lived in the Village the entire decade of the sixties, Joan has probably come across more gay people in her day-to-day life than anyone else in the Mad Men story. It makes perfect sense that she would befriend a good-looking young gay man who works with her.
Anyway, we made a point in our initial review of this episode that Bob comes across “culturally gay,” which is to say, he’s closeted in work and in many areas of his life, but he likely has some form of gay social life, given that he knows Manolo well enough to recommend him for jobs. If you’d like some sense of what this gay social scene was like and how someone like Bob Benson would have fit into it, we highly recommend seeing the film version of “The Boys in the Band.” The play opened off-Broadway in April of 1968 and offers a near-perfect snapshot of bitchy, self-loathing, pre-Stonewall middle-class Manhattan gay male socializing. The entire film is available on YouTube. It’s quite the artifact. We would also highly recommend Edmund White’s “A Boy’s Own Story” and “The Beautiful Room is Empty” for an extremely detailed and well-drawn depiction of white gay male life in NYC prior to and around this period.
Read the entire piece on their blog, it is a fascinating analysis and happily, they are both great writers. That we all got most the "facts" about Mr Benson wrong is of no importance—we are but tea readers in the mind of Matthew Weiner, but is good to see the issue being rasied once again. There is enormous speculation about the show in the public— will Don Draper's wife Megan, die a horrible Sharon Tate-ish death, will Don finally pay for his wealth of sins? We have taken to look at the series as a reflection of not only the fashion but the politics and culture of the era in which it exists, the 60s. I would only add to the speculation my own version of endings of the show: its in the credits, literally, in the credits of the show, we are shown a man falling from a New York high-rise. I suspect that is how this ends.
I remember the first time I was called Daddy. I was 38, dating a 26-year-old, and gray was appearing in my beard. We stood there in my apartment, kissing. “You’re my daddy,” he said. My dentures fell out. Daddy? Me? It seems as if just yesterday I had my hair in Björk buns and was called a club kid. I wasn't sure how to react, yet stood there trying to suddenly fit the role.
Daddy was an older guy who had a strong personality, wouldn’t take no for an answer, and got on top of you. Daddy never showed doubt or vacillation. For instance, a Daddy would never say, “Does this contain wheat? I have a gluten allergy.” Above all, a daddy always paid for things (even when he was a ranch hand), which, I thought, ruled me out. But this young man I was dating didn’t need me to fulfill all these stereotypes. I was a Daddy, like it or not.
The daddy — or more specifically, the leather daddy — has been around for a while in gay eroticism (where, let’s face it, all sexual fetishes and flexibilities are begat). It’s had a long sadomasochistic fantasy history. For a schooling, check out Joe Gage’s classic “working man trilogy” porn movies from the late seventies, or, also from that decade, Larry Townsend’s novels and Drummer magazine stories that explore leather subculture. If you’re wondering, the old gay hanky code color is hunter green.
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It's summertime and Outfest has arrived. Founded by UCLA students in 1982, Outfest is the leading organization that promotes equality by creating, sharing and protecting LGBT stories on the screen. Outfest builds community by connecting diverse populations to discover, discuss and celebrate stories of LGBT lives. Over the past three decades, Outfest has showcased thousands of films from around the world to audiences of nearly a million, educated and mentored hundreds of emerging filmmakers and protected more than 20,000 LGBT films and videos. Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival is eleven days of world-class films, discussions and parties.
It is also a great opportunity to mingle with like-minded individuals and see many films that may not get wide release. The Opening Night festivities are always a glamourous event with a red carpet arrival of celebrities, filmmakers and people of interest. Opening night is held at the venerable Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. The Ford Theatre hosts the closing night screening while the Directors Guild of America (DGA) is host to most of the screenings.
Seventeen-year-old Kim Ho was one of the winners of the 2012 monologue competition Love Bytes, held by Fresh Ink, a development program for emerging playwrights from the Australian Theatre for Young People.
As one of the competition’s winners, Kim was assisted with transforming his original three-minute video entry, Transcendence — which tells the story of a young gay teen struggling with his sexuality and the love he feels for a boy in his French class — into the beautiful nine-minute short film The Language of Love.
“Homosexuality is still a sensitive topic, and I immediately felt pressured to write something that was candid but not disrespectful to the LGBT community,” Ho explains on the Fresh Ink website. “I wanted to write something that would make me cry just like the stunning It’s Time advertisement for marriage equality, something that would resonate with people no matter what their sexuality.”
Irvine, CA — Chicago (and worldwide) cabaret favorite, Rudy de la Mor, died at Kaiser Hospital in Irvine, Calif. on March 5. Rudy played to packed houses at Gentry for more than 20 years. He was 73.
Kenneth Faried, the 23-year-old, 6'8" forward for The Denver Nuggets basketball team, nickname "Manimal," may intimidate on the court. But off the court, he's a same-sex marriage advocate, supporting his two moms.
Faried recently sat down with his mothers to speak out on behalf of civil unions in a video, uploaded by advocacy group OneColorado, an organization working to protect equality for LGBT Coloradans and their families.
"I support civil union, because it gives people - gays and lesbians - the right to make decisions on their own," says Faried in the video. "If they want to get married and let them choose who they want to be with."
Super Mario lost his Super Bowl bet last Sunday and as a consequence he had to take a lap at the Los Angeles Grove. Mario Lopez, perpetual host and at age 39, a walking or in this case running example of either good genes or super diligent diet and workouts.
Reporting this story on KTLA, channel 5 in Los Angeles, all the reporters got a chuckle, but it was weatherman Henry DiCarlo who seemed the most uncomfortable as he alluded to a "sock" in Mr. Lopez' bright purple underwear. The segment ended with Mr, DiCarlo literally mumbling, "I'm just a guy...".
Grow up Henry.
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation announced on Wednesday 120 nominees in English-language categories and 33 nominees in Spanish-language categories.
Other nominees include the NBC shows Smash and The New Normal, Frank Ocean for his Channel Orange album, the magazine People en Espanol, and Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Neil Patrick Harris and partner David Burtka.
The awards are meant to recognize and honour media for outstanding images of the gay and lesbian community. The winners will be announced March 16 in New York and at ceremonies in April and May in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Could it be that the fashion industry is becoming more diverse? Last week saw androgynous womenswear model Andrej Pejic grace the cover of a mainstream fashion magazine for the first time.
Pejic, according to the Serbian edition of Elle, is the ‘boy who shook the fashion world’ – a young man who, when dressed head to toe in John Paul Gaultier and strutting down a catwalk, or posing poutily from the glossy pages of a magazine, happens to look like an extraordinarily pretty girl. Indeed, Pejic embodies all the qualities model scouts look for – litheness, height, and something unique and extraordinary. In this case, it's long blonde hair, cut-glass cheekbones and come-to-bed eyes.
Yet Pejic is also clearly a man. No attempts are made to conceal his wide jaw and his Adam’s apple as he poses in women’s clothing, tiptoeing along the gender binary and flirting with either side. In an industry as homogenised as fashion, he has been seen as a breath of fresh air.
But others have questioned whether his success represents the scourge of female body fascism brought to its logical conclusion. Has fashion’s seeming rejection of female tits and arse meant that the only body now able to fit into the sample sizes isn’t a woman’s at all, but that of a (much less inconveniently lumpy) man? The problem with this line of argument, however, is that the correlation of mounds of doughy flesh with femininity is problematic, as we all know. Not all women have ‘curves’, after all.
Meanwhile, there are those who have argued that fashion’s preoccupation with the ‘un-feminine’ body shape is down to its being dominated by gay men who apparently want all women to look like little boys, a theory that has more than a whiff of homophobia about it and fatally ignores the huge participation of women within the industry. The message that we’re hearing is that the fashion industry says women’s bodies are always supposed to look like something else, perhaps anything else, other than ‘naturally female’. It’s a tempting conclusion - but the problems with its logic are glaringly inherent.
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Finally! Someone just outright said it: F*cking Young. We love anything with a handwritten logo, and this one is perfect. Of course this is not American, much to risque for this gun-toting culture. This is a magazine born in Barcelona with a first issue on the edge of birth. It’s a celebration of youth, a way of life, an attitude and inquisitiveness. The press release tells us: "There are no age, city or country limits – we can all feel young, we never stop." So true. If we can get them to send a review copy, we will do just that. For now, stay F ing young!
Fucking Young! began as an inspirational platform focusing on youthful aesthetics derived from manly hemispheres. Our freedom allowed us to merge established with emerging artists, thus aiding the latter reaching their own public. A synergy that owed most to a passion for the arts has since grown to a state where not only do we promote content created by others, moreover we sponsor and collaborate in birthing such work.
To find out more about the magazine head here
Chicago, Illinois - As gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals became more visible in the 1950s and 1960s, the mainstream media perpetuated the attitude that they were mentally ill and morally depraved queers, freaks, degenerates, perverts, misfits, and even threats to national security. In many cities, the police raided gay bars, harassing and arresting patrons.
Community-based gay newsletters and newspapers emerged to counteract the distorted view of non-heterosexuals and to support the rising gay-rights movement. They addressed gay issues, formed a sense of unity, announced demonstrations, and tracked the progress of legal and political action.
Gay Press, Gay Power: The Growth of LGBT Community Newspapers in America, edited and co-written by Tracy Baim, publisher of Chicago's gay publication Windy City Times, is a comprehensive overview of the past, present, and future of gay print media. Baim uses essays, interviews, and hundreds of news clips and images from both mainstream and early gay publications to describe the critical role of the gay press. Award-winning historian John D'Emilio provided the book's foreword.
The book is available here
(CNN) -- In a historic turnaround, the ballot box is showing America's shifting attitudes about same-sex marriage. After gay marriage rights died at the polls dozens of times in the past, on Tuesday they passed in at least two states.
"Redneck Island" hardly sounds like a welcoming place for a gay man. But Adam Freeman, a Nashville hairstylist who came out of the closet four years ago, shipped out to CMT's reality show this year for several weeks, finishing unscathed and in second place.
New York, NY -After 20 years in production, In The Life Media (ITLM) announced that December 2012 will mark the last broadcast of IN THE LIFE. Though legally dissolving the organization is a process that will continue into 2013, all regular ITLM operations will conclude with the final broadcast.
At a time when lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people were virtually invisible in media, ITLM became the first to bring real stories, struggles and issues about the LGBT experience into living rooms across the country through its public television show, IN THE LIFE.
Beginning as a variety show in 1992, IN THE LIFE evolved into its current newsmagazine format throughout the years, becoming the most honored and respected source for LGBT journalism along the way. In addressing difficult, critical issues, the show regularly gives voice to marginalized individuals, profiles unsung heroes of the LGBT movement and documents its most historic moments. It was the first major, national media outlet to expose the alarmingly high rates of homelessness among LGBT youth, epidemic rates of suicide among LGBT children who are bullied and the discrimination of transgender individuals in the workplace.
"ITLM has had the extraordinary privilege and responsibility of being the only newsmagazine to reflect the diversity of the LGBT communities, daring to tell stories other media outlets - both mainstream and LGBT - did not touch," said ITLM Interim Executive Director Ellen Carton.
Much has changed since IN THE LIFE first premiered. LGBT people now figure prominently in television news and media. A majority of Americans, including the President, now support marriage equality. Studies show that visibility is the driving force behind this rapid shift in cultural attitudes toward the LGBT community. "As the media organization that pioneered LGBT visibility on television," says ITLM Co-Chair Jayne Sherman, "we believe ITLM played a significant role in this historic progress."
ITLM has entered into conversations with other organizations with the potential, passion and infrastructure to create and lead this project.
"Creating high quality, in-depth journalism is expensive, but digital technologies provide a new way forward," said Board Co-Chair Henry van Ameringen. "I am immeasurably proud of our legacy and the critical role we’ve played in the movement. We are committed to preserving our invaluable archive chronicling the evolution of LGBT rights in America with an online product that will continue to advance equality in new and innovative ways."
For twenty years, In The Life Media has been a leading media organization for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) movement. One of the nation’s most honored and influential LGBT groups, In The Life Media creates social and political change by examining issues critical to LGBT individuals and providing audiences with powerful ways to advance equality within, and beyond, their communities.
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Now you may be wondering who that lovely creature is in the photo. We did too, because he isn't mentioned in the article other than a caption which refers to him as "voice-over artist" for the show. It does seem an odd way to report the demise of the pretty good television show, but, eh, media. Anyway, that is the multi-talented Triple Edwards, who is an artist, singer, model, actor and....
Damn, conservatives are an interesting bunch. Sticking to a long-held, mythical idea that pedophiles are lurking in the ranks of the Boy Scouts, wanna be, Mick Huckabee seems to ignore the real magnets for boy lust: the Catholic Church and football coaches:
Though the Boy Scouts of America has not yet explained what conclusions led it to reaffirm that discriminating against gay scouts and leaders was “absolutely the best policy” for its organization, plenty of conservatives have made clear which fallacious anti-gay myth they believe motivated the decision. On his radio show yesterday, Mike Huckabee spelled out in no uncertain terms that he believes the policy is “right” because it protects boys from abuse. He welcomed a call from a listener who had been abused by his scout leader, and Huckabee agreed that part of the definition of “homosexual” is molesting children: story coninues here
The press release begins: "It has been decades since The Advocate, the world’s leading gay news source, has made a presidential endorsement. The president’s statement on May 9 of this year, unequivocally in favor of marriage equality, along with his record on LGBT rights, has distinguished Barack Obama for the ages and has made it clear that he is a transformational leader and our best choice for president."
While the endorsement of Obama is not surprising, it is surprising that the Advocate did not endorse him earlier.
Better late than never.
The choice of an illustrated cover, Obama-as-emancipator is curious. While the gay community can certainly claim injustices and intolerance, the last time we looked, we were not particularly enslaved, and the whole thing is a bit premature.
AMC's new original series The Pitch offers viewers an intense, gripping, never-before-seen glimpse inside America’s top ad agencies. Each week two agencies compete to win a new client the only way they can: by going head-to-head in a cutthroat, winner-takes-all showdown, a presentation known as The Pitch. With only seven days to prepare, the pressure to perform is intense. The whining, the brainstorming, the blue-sky thinking: it’s all here as the teams work around the clock and pray for the moment of inspiration that will win them the job and keep their companies alive. The drama is real, the stakes are high, and the clock is ticking. From the producers of Project Runway, Undercover Boss. And that's just the press release.
"It's only fair to say that in the two episodes that have aired,
agencies have gotten it wrong, twice."
Last night's episode featured two agencies, SK+G and The Ad Store pitching to WM (Waste Management) as they try to recreate the image for the company that is not just about trash. SK+G is a Las Vegas agency known for their Vegas clients (nearly every major hotel, how does that work?) and looking to break out into things less hospitality and more, in this case, waste. The AD Store is an agency founded by Peter Cappelli, whose client have included JetBlue, GoDaddy, Mike’s Hard Lemonade and Zappos. Advertising is curious profession: creating unique persuasions for people to buy things.
What the Pitch has going for it, is the essential ingredient: drama. The SK+G agency fulfilled that, as it appears to be an agency with TWO creative heads, which just can't help but butting them.
As we are introduced to Peter Cappelli, he seems affable, slightly worn with a rich nicotine-based baritone. As we watch Peter work in his office, one can't help but notice the rather attractive guy at the computer, Steven. As the Ad Store creates its pitch we are witness to the working relationships of the people involved, and then, without a beat, Peter tell us that Steven is his boyfriend of fifteen years. We are immediately taken into their home, where cocktails and a very warm relationship are revealed.
The Ad Store does not get the account. Clients seem to be dazzled by anything that hints at social media, so it could only be that SK+G got the account because they introduced Waste Management to the concept of a QR reader (Quick Response Code: one of those black pattern codes that takes one to a website in a jiffy). In the pilot episode, an obscure rapper was plucked from anonymity, given his 25 seconds of fame and sent home. They also won. It's only fair to say that in the two episodes that have aired, agencies have gotten it wrong, twice.
But, it was nice to meet Peter and Steven, a lovely couple, a talented couple, winners.
The final issue of Out magazine as something that is produced by an editorial team for Here Media is OUT. Of late, the magazine has never looked better. But that was not enough to survive in an environment of quick fixes and immediate gratifications, the magazine is reportedly not dead, but in transition. Aaron Hicklin, the editor-in-chief of Out magazine reports that the magazine will be produced by his new venture, Grand Editorial, and "contract" the magazine on a monthly basis for Here Media. This means the current staff is now freelance. Hicklin issued this press release: “I’m thrilled that Here Media, Out’s parent company, sees the value in this exciting new initiative,” says Hicklin, adding: “I’m profoundly committed to Out’s ongoing evolution, and beyond happy to be able to continue doing what I love best while also having the opportunity to explore new ways of thinking about the relationship between editorial and publishing.”
Out was founded by Michael Goff in 1992 as editor in chief and president. He and executive editor Sarah Pettit (since deceased) together built it into the largest circulation gay publication, featuring prominent writers (such as Augusten Burroughs and David Sedaris). By avoiding sexually explicit material and personal classifieds, the publication was able to attract more mainstream advertisers than previous publications aimed at gay readers. Goff presented the idea to The Advocate editor Richard Rouillard in 1992 and was turned down as the The Advocate was then dealing with creating another publication for its less-than-savory advertising. Out became wildly successful and enjoyed the highest circulation of any monthly gay publication.
Hicklin contends that the publication will return: "With any startup, there are always risks," Hicklin said. "But for lots of publications, midsize publications especially, I think it makes sense to be a little more innovative in thinking about how they find ways to continue creating high quality content while being mindful of the huge transition the media is going through."
Time will tell.
Writer Ramin Setoodeh takes on the ultimate Hollywood taboo, gay sex, at the least kind between men in an interesting essay that speculates on the various reasons that actually seeing gay sex is not more forthcoming:
By now, you’ve probably heard about Shame, this generation’s Last Tango in Paris. Michael Fassbender plays a single (and often naked) Manhattan bachelor named Brandon obsessed with sex, and the movie offers a voyeuristic look into his anonymous encounters with various women. One afternoon he even has sex with a pretty blonde prostitute against the window of the Standard Hotel, for all of downtown New York to see.
On another drunken night, Brandon wanders into a gay club. He’s so desperate for sex, he’ll sleep with anybody—even a man. The scene is meant to illustrate how depraved his character has become, but the moment is a turning point for another reason. For the first time in the film, Shame is ashamed to show you what Brandon experiences. In a dark underground corridor, a guy unzips Brandon’s pants … and the camera cuts away. The screen fades to black.
Gay sex is the last Hollywood taboo. When Ellen DeGeneres came out of the closet as the first openly gay sitcom star in 1997—and her fictional self followed suit—a parade of gay characters came after her. There was Will & Grace, and Carrie Bradshaw’s Sex and the City sidekick, Stanford. In movies, the gay best friend became a staple, from My Best Friend’s Wedding to Mean Girls.
Yet none of these characters do what gay men do. As Hollywood portrays it, the homosexual man is, astonishingly, sexless.
If you can’t name any great love scenes between two men in hit films or TV shows in 2011, it’s because there weren’t any. Last summer, Justin Timberlake experienced all the benefits in Friends With Benefits, while his gay pal (played by Woody Harrelson) was sidelined. On Glee, Kurt finally lost his virginity to his boyfriend—off camera, to the frustration of many of the show’s fans. When Christopher Plummer came out of the closet in Beginners, he signaled the occasion by wearing purple (his younger boyfriend hovered in the background). Leonardo DiCaprio’s J. Edgar had a hot male companion (Armie Hammer), but he exchanged only a single kiss with him.
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The cover, which features the "Twilight" hunk "out and proud," is "absolutely fake," a rep for the magazine told the gossip patrol site.
On the doctored cover, Lautner is quoted as saying that he's "more liberated, and happier than I've ever been" after finally "announcing" his homosexuality.
"Tired of rumors, the 'Twilight' star opens up about his decision to finally come out," the cover claims.
The hip-hop mogul tweeted that he was "proud of Taylor Lautner for his bravery and his courage," but upon realizing that the image was a hoax, he rescinded his initial statement, writing instead that he was "disappointed that people would joke about someone coming out about their sexuality. Let Taylor Lautner be whoever he wants to be..."
Lautner, 19, is no stranger to rumors about his sexuality. In November, he told Parade magazine that "it's tough" to avoid reading about himself: "It's definitely impossible to avoid stuff about me sometimes, but it's pretty important to try.
"It's very rare that things are true about yourself that are on the Internet," he said at the time. "It's just sad sometimes. So you definitely want to stay away from it as much as possible."