Monday, January 22, 2018

Ex-Marine vs Former Marine: Kendle's Fire; Gus Kenworthy Headed For Olympics; What Counts As Losing Gay Virginity?

Ex-Marine vs Former Marine: Kendle's Fire



In Kendle's Fire the main character refers to himself as an "ex-Marine." There's a reason for this that I can't say because I don't want to give out any spoilers. But it's a valid reason and I did it on purpose, with all due respect to the Marines. This is a special case, and I support everyone in the military 100%, without question.

The only reason I'm mentioning this is because it's common knowledge that the term "former Marine" is used with regard to someone who has served in the Marines. Once someone is a Marine they are always a Marine. I respect that, and I honor that.

The only time the term "ex-Marine" is used is when circumstances are unusual. In this case, with the main character, Kendle, it's an unusual circumstance, and that has to do with the fact that he's gay and he was in the Marines right before DADT was repealed.

So, the term "ex-Marine" works in this case, with this book. It's not a real story, it's fiction. And as I said, there' s a reason for this. The entire point of the novel is about the main character questioning everything he's ever been taught to believe about himself, and about how society views him as a man.

The fact that Kendle was once a Marine is also very small part of the story. But I thought I should mention it just in case there's any confusion.

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Gus Kenworthy Headed For Olympics

This is one of the most positive stories I've seen so far this week.

Kenworthy placed second at the final Olympic qualifier for freeski slopestyle, which was held Sunday at Mammoth Mountain, Calif. That result, combined with a victory at a selection event last weekend, qualified him for the Olympic team.

Here's more. It's interesting to note that according to this piece this is the first year there are "openly" gay male winter Olympians

What Counts As Losing Gay Virginity?

I think a lot of people wonder about this one. I know I always did. 

“In the heterosexual community, the v-card is generally defined as being lost through vaginal intercourse, although it still depends on who you ask,” he writes. “In the LGBTI community, however, it is even harder to define.”

Here's the rest. In this case, I actually love the answer. I highly suggest you check it out. 

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Is the LGBTQI Acronym Becoming Irrelevant; Fetish Photographer, and Escorts Doing Chemsex; RIP Bob Smith Gay Comedian and Writer

Is the LGBTQI Acronym Becoming Irrelevant?

I hear this discussion all the time in RL with friends. It's not that they think the acronym itself is irrelevant. It's just that they're confused and sometimes even irritated by all the other additions to the acronym. Most, if not all of the people I know, don't even know what the added letters stand for.

According to writer Alex Myers over at Slate, the answer is: Never. He says the LGBTQ acronym can’t have enough letters, numbers, and symbols, and here’s why:
“Adding more labels to the acronym isn’t about making sure all the snowflakes know they are special,” Myers writes. “These labels save lives.”
You can read the rest here. There's an interesting discussion on the comment thread. Evidently, more than a few don't care for all the additional letters. Some believe it's getting ridiculous. So you don't want to miss the comments.

Frankly, it doesn't bother or offend me in the least. They can add all the letters they want.

Fetish Photographer, and Escorts Doing Chemsex

Here's more about the ever-evolving world of Chemsex...and the people who do it.

Matt Spike is a professional fetish photographer from London. He was recently hired by a wealthy businessman to take photos of a group of escorts injecting themselves with chemsex drugs.
“Basically, a professional has come from another country and has hired one or more escorts, dressing them up in this fantasy gear,” Spike explains to Gay Star News. “And then he’s just happy to sit there and watch them inject themselves with crystal meth. I was brought along as a photographer.”
You can read this one, here. No comment from me.
RIP Bob Smith Gay Comedian and Writer
Here's some sad news. 
Bob Smith, gay comedian and award-winning writer, died on Saturday, 20 January in his New York City home. The cause of his death was complications from ALS, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 59 years old.
Here's more. If you don't know anything about Bob Smith there's a lot more to read. His list of accomplishments is extensive and impressive. 
RIP 

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Antonio Sabàto Jr's R-Rated Gay Film; Chechen Leader On The Missing Gay Pop Star Zelimkhan Bakaev; Buying Rocco Steele's Underwear

Antonio Sabàto Jr's R-Rated Gay Film

Things just keep getting more and more interesting. I don't know much about Antonio Sabàto Jr, but according to this article he's straight, he's Republican, he's an actor, and he's running for office in California. But there's an interesting twist. He's not Ronald Reagan. 

Sabàto was previously a Calvin Klein model and appeared on various television programs. But he also starred in a couple of movies, some of which he played gay characters.

One such movie is called Testosterone, released in 2003. In it, he plays Pablo, a gay Argentine who disappears under mysterious circumstances.

Here's the rest. I read the book, and saw the film, Testosterone. It was fantastic, and very classic for the 2000s. True gay culture without the typical heteronormative spin. But what I find most interesting is that lately the Republican conservative stereotype is being challenged more often than not by people like Sabato. Obviously, Sabato isn't hiding anything from the public, and he's still comfortable running for office. I think this is a clear sign that times are still changing for everyone. 

Chechen Leader On The Missing Gay Pop Star Zelimkhan Bakaev

Here's a follow up on the story about the missing gay pop star from Chechnya.

Head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov has denied any involvement in the disappearance of singer Zelimkhan Bakaev. Kadyrov has suggested the singer was ‘dealt with by his family’.

Bakaev has been missing since August 2017.

You can read more here. The Russian LGBT network claims they have evidence proving Bakaev was detained because of his sexuality.

Buying Rocco Steele's Underwear

Rocco Steele is now doing what so many before him have done. He's selling underwear, with the label 10Seven. 

10Seven–named after Rocco’s personal, ahem, measurements–initially launched with just traditional boxer briefs. It has since expanded to include a brief, trunk, and two jocks, which are the brand’s bestsellers.

Please take note this is new underwear. He's not selling his used underwear. 

He also makes a special point of letting us know the sizes will go up to XXL. 

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Aaron Hernandez Book Bisexual Rumors; Pig Inspired Menswear Collection; Shirtless Nick Jonas Pics

Aaron Hernandez Book Bisexual Rumors

There's a new book out by James Patterson about Aaron Hernandez that looks interesting.

the NFL-star-turned-convicted-killer who committed suicide in his jail cell last year and sparked bisexual rumors for allegedly leaving a note for his...

You can read about it here. 

Pig Inspired Meanswear Collection 

I have to admit that this even stunned me a little. And it takes a lot to do that. However, it's a form of expression that is focused on fetish, which I believe is valid.

Belgian fashion designer Walter Van Beirendonck premiered his 2018 fall menswear line called “Worlds of Sun & Moon” this week and it was a gangbang of latex, hazmat-inspired tops, bottoms, mascs, er, masks, hoods, gloryholes, and pigs.

I don't want to sound too elitist here, but when I see people on social media complaining about fashion events like this it gets on my nerves a little. They don't expect you to wear these things. It's a creative expression of art combined with fashion, in a metaphoric sense...not literal.

Here's more. 

Shirtless Nick Jonas Pics

Just because it's Saturday, and because Nick Jonas seems like a nice guy, and because he doesn't post anything toxic about politics. And we haven't seen him around for a while.

Perhaps feeling his fans and followers had become too docile and complacent in recent days, Nick Jonas decided to rile up the troops by posting a shirtless pic to Instagram. No warning. No foreshadowing. And in the blink of an eye, we awake to a whole new world — one that includes one more shirtless photo of Nick friggin’ Jonas.

You can check out the pics here. Jonas is always SFW.


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Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Gay U of Penn Student Murdered In California; Why Ricky Martin Waited To Come Out; The Priscilla Queen of the Desert Soundtrack You Didn't Hear

The Gay U of Penn Student Murdered In California

Here's more about the story of the gay University of Pennsylvania student, Blaze Bernstein, who was murdered in California that I posted about earlier this week. But now they're releasing more facts, with a strong homophobic angle.

Woodward stands accused of communicating with Blaze through Snapchat on 2 January and picking the teen up in his car.
According to a 16-page affidavit, Woodward told investigators Bernstein kissed him on the lips while the two were sitting in a parked car.
Woodward said the kiss was unwanted and that he pushed Bernstein away. He also told investigators he wanted to call Bernstein a ‘faggot.’

Here's more. That poor kid, Bernstein. May he RIP. There are photos of him at this link.


Why Ricky Martin Waited To Come Out

Here's one reason why Ricky Martin waited to come out of the closet as gay.

He continued: ‘But you know, that’s why everyone was telling me that it was going to be the end of my career.
‘It was extremely painful for me.
‘Until I said, “I can’t take it anymore. It’s all about me now. It’s not about what’s happening outside, it’s about what I need in order to be happy”,’ he said.
You can read more here.  The 90s were very different from the way things are today. 
The Priscilla Queen of the Desert Soundtrack You Didn't Hear
I never knew this. And I have the Priscilla soundtrack. Apparently, there's a lot of history behind the music that was...and was not...used in the film.  
Kylie Minogue was mooted to feature heavily on the soundtrack for classic 90s LGBTI movie The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, it has emerged.
The soundtrack eventually featured camp standards like Go West by Village People, I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor, and Mamma Mia by ABBA.
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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

U of Penn Student Murder May Have Been Hate Crime; Gay Former Football Player Turns Cheerleader; How Ryan Murphy Mainstreamed Gay Content

U of Penn Student Murder May Have Been Hate Crime

I've been following this sad murder story since it broke. It's about a smart young guy from California who was attending the ivy league University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. One of the best schools in the world. So it's been local news for Bucks County. His entire future was ahead of him.

The parents of a 19-year-old University of Pennsylvania student killed and buried in a California park said Tuesday that the killing may have been a hate crime against their gay son.

So far nothing official has been determined. You can read more here. I will follow up on this. If this is going to be treated as a hate crime, it makes me even sadder. 

Gay Former Football Player Turns Cheerleader

Here's a story about a nice guy who loved sports, but was tortured because he knew he was gay. Yes. It's still happening. 

“Deep down I knew I was gay, and there was nothing I could do about it.
“I wanted so badly to be straight, but I knew there was no more denying who I was,” he wrote in a 2015 first-person piece for OutSports.
He decided to come out, and while friends and family supported him, the football team was another story.
Here's the rest. The homophobia shouldn't shock you. Millions of gay people face this daily in one form or another. 
How Ryan Murphy Mainstreamed Gay Content
Here's an interesting piece about Ryan Murphy and how he's cleverly incorporated gay culture into mainstream TV. I don't think anyone's done anything like it before. I sometimes watch American Horror, and I "get" and understand the camp, but I often wonder if straight people watching get it, too. I remember one comment thread in a m/m romance forum once where they spent days trying to define camp as it applies to gay culture. Last I heard, they never got it right. 
In short, then, Murphy hasn’t proven himself ahead of his time so much a man of it. He’s realized that mainstream, American audiences love shirtless men, aging women, gay misfits, cults, camp, or choirs, so long as a compelling narrative and great filmmaking accompanies them. Good for him, and good for us. Though the mainstreaming of queer culture does, somehow, make it less fun and scandalous, it also helps normalize queer people in everyday life.
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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The #MeToo Movement Goes Deeper Than Hollywood; Timothée Chalamet Made A Woody Allen Movie;Matt Damon Apologizes for Sexual Misconduct Remarks; Johnny Weir Speaks About Tonya Harding

The #MeToo Movement Goes Deeper Than Hollywood

I saw someone clueless posting on social media about how we only hear about wealthy powerful men sexually assaulting women, as if to suggest that the women encourage this predatory behavior from these wealthy powerful men. But also that these same women would not encourage guys who aren't rich and powerful. Of course that makes no sense, because sexual assault is happening everywhere. It's not exclusive to Hollywood and it's not exclusive to the rich and powerful.    

Their friend, Jozanne Marie, an immigrant from Jamaica, said she dealt with abuse from within her family for a 10-year period. She wore a shirt that read: “The shame does not belong to you.”

“This is a bigger issue, it’s all over the world. I’m glad people are talking about it right now,” she said. “I’m hopeful this movement will help remove shame. … I believe things are going to change and this is going to set us up for the next generation.”

Here's more

Timothée Chalamet Made A Woody Allen Movie

This has been trending everywhere. 

Timothee Chalamet is the young actor who plays a 17 year old barely legal gay character in the movie Call Me By Your Name who is having a sexual relationship with a 24 year old character...who is being played by a straight male actor in his 30s.

Woody Allen has been associated with sexual assault allegations.  This dates back to 1992. You can read about that here.  

And now Timothee Chalamet, who plays the barely legal character from Call Me By Your Name, has decided to donate all of the money he made on the Woody Allen movie to charity...


Timothée Chalamet is the latest high-profile actor to donate film earnings to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund.

In addition to Time’s Up, the “Call Me by Your Name” star said he will also be giving his salary from the upcoming Woody Allen film “A Rainy Day in New York” to the LGBT Center in New York and anti-sexual assault organization RAINN.

Interesting.

Chalamet is not able to answer any questions about this for legal reasons, however, he's donating this money because he doesn't want to profit from his work on the Woody Allen movie. 


Matt Damon Apologizes for Sexual Misconduct Remarks

Evidently, Matt Damon doesn't know or understand the definition of sexual misconduct. And now he's apologizing for things he said.

In an interview on ABC News' Popcorn With Peter Travers, the Downsizing actor said that while he finds it “wonderful” that women are speaking out against their alleged perpetrators, there is a “continuum” with respect to questionable behavior.

“There’s a difference between...patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation, right? Both of those behaviors need to be confronted and eradicated without question, but they shouldn’t be conflated, right?... We’re so energized to kind of get retribution, I think," Damon said.

You can read more about it, here.   I think he sounds sincere. And I like people who admit when they're wrong and are willing to own up to that. I think it makes a huge difference. 

Johnny Weir Speaks About Tonya Harding

We haven't seen or heard from Johnny Weir in the news lately. This is what he tweeted about Harding. 

I am so over the glamorization of a villain simply because she was born on the “wrong side of the tracks.” While her upbringing may have been tragic, athletes come from all walks of life and succeed based on merit, not assault. I won’t applaud her and I stand for Nancy.

You can read the rest, here.  It's interesting to note that I've seen more than a few who do feel sorry for Harding because of her upbringing. I'm not one of them, though.





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