Sunday, May 20, 2018

New Male Sex Robots; Bar That Refused Man Wearing Make Up; Max Emerson's Boyfriend's Condom; Terrible Racially Loaded Hook Up Talk

New Male Sex Robots

They are claiming this could replace men altogether.

One of the companies that creates realistic love dolls is “Real Doll”. It is definite that they are starting with the creation of the male love dolls as well. Oh, and don’t worry, you can use these male love dolls as long as you want; you just need to be sure their battery is fully charged.
Using the high-tech tools, the creators of the male love dolls decided to make them as real as your living partner. They are capable of responding to verbal communication.
Here's more about it.  I wonder if they'll catch on with the mainstream. You never know. 

Bar That Refused Man Wearing Make Up

This is interesting because of the reason given as to why the guy with make up was refused entry to this bar.

Rodriguez was allegedly told he couldn’t come in because of “a dress code that states men need to dress like men,” and only gained access to the premises once he had removed his lipstick and eyelashes.

They claim it was to keep everyone safe, and, they have a very strict dress code for everyone. It sounds as if they did it for legal reasons. 

Here's the rest. 

Max Emerson's Boyfriend's Condom

I've seen this one trending for a while and I finally decided to link to it. It's totally ridiculous, and most people don't even know who Max Emerson is, but it's not going to hurt anyone. 

The actor and YouTuber recently attended Tokyo Pride, where he put the Skyn condoms measuring booth to the test with his boyfriend, Andrés Camilo.

You can read more, here. 

Terrible Racially Loaded Hook Up Talk

I know it's hard to believe there are people who would actually use racially loaded pick up talk, but evidently they do exist. And it's getting tired.

This was written by a guy who sounds as if he's experienced a good deal of racially loaded pick up lines. It's surprising to me because it wouldn't even cross my mind to say things like this to anyone.

Take note, boys. This is how you do it. Sadly, when talking to black men on Grindr and in life, some non-black men won’t even pretend to be color blind. If they’re not overtly connecting everything about us to race, from our youthful glow to our athleticism to our body odor, they’re approaching us with racially coded greetings like “Chocolate” and “Black stallion.

Here's more. 

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Zachary Quinto On Accomplished, Successful, Authentic Gay Men; Show "Big Fish" With Two Gay Dads Canceled In Pittsburgh; Lyft Driver Throws Kissing Gay Couple Out

Zachary Quinto On Accomplished, Successful, Authentic Gay Men

I think any openly gay man who's had the courage to live an authentic life can appreciate these comments by Quinto. It's an excerpt from a Vulture piece about the Broadway play, The Boys In the Band.

“I’ve worked really hard to carve out a career that is separate from my identity as a gay man. And there was a part of me that was just like, I want to go in a different direction. I think what this production does is go in the face of how far we’ve come, and holds a mirror up to the audience and asks them to evaluate how far we still have to go. It’s incredibly relevant that a cast of accomplished, successful, authentic gay men are standing up and giving this seminal work a Broadway production. We’ve all been able to build diverse and satisfying careers for ourselves. The original cast of the play really struggled.”

If you haven't seen The Boys In the Band I highly suggest you make a point of seeing it. If you can't see it on Broadway, watch the movie. I would imagine it's streaming somwhere, and here's a link to Amazon for the DVD. 

Here's a link that will lead you to the excerpt.

Show Big Fish With Two Gay Dads Canceled

Here's a good example of how far we still have to go. This happened with a small production in Pittsburgh, PA at a "family friendly" theater.

In classic putting-a-fire-out-with-gasoline fashion, a “family friendly” community theater halted production of the musical Big Fish after a dispute with the director over a scene featuring two gay dads as extras.

According to this link, all the director wanted was to have two gay dads and a kid cross the stage, briefly. A family. That's it. But the producers pulled the gay characters and the director and several actors resigned. 

It goes into a lot more confusing details, but ultimately the show was canceled. And then the composer and writer of the play, John August and Andrew Lippa. heard about what happened and issued their own long, detailed statement.

 But “family-friendly” shouldn’t mean ignoring reality. Let’s remember that in America there are all kinds of families, including ones with two dads, two moms, people of all gender identity, color and creed. Family-friendly is something bigger than it once was.

You can read the whole thing here. It's worth checking out in detail just to read all the statements. 

Lyft Driver Throws Kissing Gay Couple Out

Here's another one of those stories about homophobic drivers who kick gay men out of their cars. It always seems as though it's okay to be gay and invisible, but don't show affection in public. 

At the time of the incident, Martella tweeted: ‘Was just discriminated against by Lyft my ride kicked me out because I was kissing another man. He kicked us out and I still have to pay. Disappointed and feel unfairly judged by this service.’

The two men allegedly only shared a "quick peck" on the lips. 

Here's more. Lyft did respond by refunding the couple and deactivating the driver.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Gaspar Noe Defends Male Full Frontal Nudity In Films; Dutch City's Big Penis Fountain; Wikipedia's Penis Panic Syndrome

Gaspar Noe Defends Male Full Frontal Nudity In Films

I've done so many posts about the lack of male full frontal nudity in films over the years on this blog I can't even remember them all. But here's something where a director actually defends male full frontal nudity and calls the penis a nice part of the body. You don't see anyone admitting that often.

It's an excerpt from a Vanity Fair piece about male sexuality in movies. It's interesting because "they" will do this with fiction, too. There are uptight, sexless literary agents who will reject a manuscript just because it has a penis in the first five pages. But more than that, they will judge you. Trust me, I've had my own fair share of criticism for writing explicit male/male sex scenes with penises. 

“When I went to the promotion of “Love” in America, I got the most stupid questions. Even good film critics were asking me, “Why did you need to show a penis in your movie? Why do you need to show the face of the devil?” Come on! I have a penis. The guys who were asking me those questions have a penis. Why is it in American culture, the penis is the face of all evil in this world? If your dad didn’t have one and didn’t use it with your mom, you wouldn’t be here. It’s the source of life. It’s not the source of death. Weapons are the source of death. In every American movie, there are machine guns, whatever. Even on Instagram, why can you not show an erect penis? It’s a nice part of the body, like my hand, like my nose.”

You can get to the Vanity Fair link, here.  I couldn't agree with Noe more.

Dutch City's Penis Fountain

In protest against using non-local artists in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden, local artists erected a fountain that squirts when a toilet is flushed.

The city of Leeuwarden was made the European Capital of Culture this year, and they commissioned 11 fountains by non-local, elitist artists. That didn't sit well with local artists. So an artist named Henk de Boer who designed the penis fountain in protest also made the sculpture rich with symbolism to prove his point. Apparently, there's a Dutch expression called Jan Lul that's used whenever someone is excluded from something.

But a group of local artists were not happy with what they saw as the elitist imposition of outside art on their small city. Their response? A crowdfunded 7.5-metre (25ft) fountain adorned with more than 220 wooden penises. Inside is a public toilet. When you flush, the penises start to squirt.

Here's more, with a photo. The penis fountain is actually quite nice. I would love to see it in person. 

Wikipedia's Penis Panic Syndrome

I often link to Wikipedia as a source because I rarely find them wrong. I know the elitists won't admit to doing that, but I find them more reliable now than most mainstream news sources. 

With that said, here's something interesting about a syndrome called Koro. 

As Wikipedia’s “redirected from” calls it, Penis Panic! It’s a strange psychological disorder in which the sufferer believes his penis is shrinking or retracting, and eventually will disappear, possibly even resulting in death. Stranger still, it’s often a mass phenomenon, in which groups of men think this is happening to all of them together. This belief persists despite a lack of evidence, and temporary “shrinkage” due to cold or other factors is often seen as proof of permanent loss of size.

You can check this out, here. There's a female equivalent, too. 

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

The First Bullet Proof Pride Flag: The Pride Shield ; Two Cops, Sex Toys, Sodomy, and Tea-Bagging; Ryan Reynolds Proposes Marriage To A Man

The First Bullet Proof Pride Flag: The Pride Shield

This is more symbolic art than literal fact. But it's a nice concept for a "Pride Shield." There's still a great deal of violence and hate out there.

Fondation Émergence, based in Canada, have come up with an art piece for International Day Against Homophoba, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT).

‘Searching for a new way to tackle the issue, we stumbled upon a lot of Pride parade images and footage, always coming from the same countries,’ a spokesperson told Gay Star News.

You can read more, here. There's a video and a photo. 

Two Cops, Sex Toys, Sodomy and Tea-Bagging

Here is a disturbing story about an alleged cover-up in a New Jersey town. 

Five police officers from Mountainside, New Jersey and one employee are suing the borough, claiming they were subjected to years of abuse at the hands of two officers while the department did nothing to stop it.

Here's more. According to this link, there was a giant dildo named "Big Blue" and a bag of donuts involved. 

Ryan Reynolds Proposes Marriage To A Man

Ryan Reynolds has been on a huge promotional tour for the next Deadpool movie, and even though I couldn't get through the first fifteen minutes of the last Deadpool movie, this is definitely amusing clickbait and I love Ryan Reynolds. 

There was an exchange between a reporter who is a big Deadpool fan and Reynolds, and it transpired into this...

Reynolds reiterated the reporter’s achievement: “Max, you did a book report on Deadpool in the fifth grade.”
Then he asked: “Will you marry me?”
“I think I’m spoken for,” Max replied. 
Here's more. Of course it was all in jest. Ryan Reynolds is a straight guy. 

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

No Robber Was Getting HIS Louis Vuitton Bag; Jeff Leatham and Colton Haynes's Divorce Filing; Nico Tortorella Is Gender Fluid

No Robber Was Getting HIS Louis Vuitton Bag

A little over a year ago I had to go to the ER and I was diagnosed with a small kidney stone. It wasn't bad. The pain was awful and uncomfortable, but the stone wasn't that large. My biggest worry was that they were going to keep me and I had a dinner party the following night. And there was no way I was going to miss that dinner party. I'd been looking forward to it all week. So when they gave me instructions on how to pass a kidney stone and sent me home, you can imagine my relief. I took a pain killer and went to the dinner party, kidney stone and all. So we all have different priorities in life.

“It happened very fast. In one motion he took the gun out of his waist belt and with the other hand put up a bandana over his mouth and pointed, was like, ‘Give me your bag,’” Kluting explained to local NBC station WCMH. “I was like, ‘You’re not getting my Louis Vuitton.’ I worked very hard for this and this bag I’ve had forever and it means a lot to me. I wasn’t about ready to relinquish it to some thug that was going to demand it from me.”

I can understand that. It's also a Louis Vuitton bag that's no longer in production. You can't find them everywhere.

Here's the rest. Obviously, he lived to tell the story.

Jeff Leatham and Colton Haynes's Divorce Filing

For those who don't know, Jeff Leatham is Colton Haynes's first husband, and now they're getting a divorce after 6 months of marriage. It's those dreaded irreconcilable differences.

 Just days after Haynes filed paperwork to dissolve their marriage, Leatham filed his response to Haynes’ petition.

The 46-year-old Four Seasons artistic director has cited “irreconcilable differences” as the cause of the split and requested the court not be involved in awarding spousal support to either himself or his estranged husband.

It all sounds very civil. You can read more, here. 

Nico Tortorella Is Gender Fluid

The more I read about this person the more I like them. Notice how I'm purposely using respectful gender neutral pronouns for this part of the post. Totorella has a wonderful book of poetry out there, they are on a popular TV show, and they have always been open about their personal life in a way that you rarely see.

Nico Tortorella has come out as gender-fluid with the help of RuPaul‘s Drag Race season 9 queen Trinity “The Tuck” Taylor.

The queer actor, who has previously opened up about his non-binary sexuality, says they recently started using gender-neutral pronouns.

You can read more about them, here. I've begun to use gender neutral pronouns in many areas of my life lately. I haven't done it with fiction yet because I don't want to confuse readers, and I think that would confuse readers. It's difficult enough to write a gay love story with male pronouns and not get confused. But I support the concept of gender fluid fully.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Gay Boy Bible A New Gay Web Site; Working To Defeat Measure C In Palm Springs, CA; Frankfurt As A Gay Pride Mecca

Gay Boy Bible A New Gay Web Site

I've seen Gay Boy Bible on my Twitter feed for the last few weeks and I wanted to share it.

It's a new LGBTQIA web site with stories about news, politics, fashion, and pop culture. There's a lot more, too. I'm just giving you the abbreviated description.

What I like...from what I've seen so that it's easy to navigate, simple to read, and it covers most things that are of interest to LGBTQIA people. It's still so new there aren't that many ads either, which makes it clean and fresh. Simple.

I used to be a staff member on a web site called Best Gay Blogs, and I would review and interview personal gay bloggers. At the time, back in the early 2000s, there were tons of personal gay blogs and I never had to look far for content. In the last 15 years I've seen them come and go, and I'm still here writing about them. But now that things have changed so much, and there's so much more gay content out there that's newsworthy, web sites like Gay Boy Bible have taken all this to another level.

I think you'll like it, and I'll be linking to them every now and then. You can check it out, here. 

Working To Defeat Measure C In Palm Springs, CA 

There's a group that's trying to ban short term vacation rentals in Palm Springs, CA neighborhoods. From what I gather, this would affect a lot of LGBTQI people who go to Palm Springs on vacation.

We rent out the home we own in Palm Springs to guests, and we spend several months a year there ourselves. But Measure C wouldn't affect us personally in any way. Our HOA won't allow us to rent on a short term basis. We're only allowed to rent our place for 30 days or more. So Tony and I have nothing to win or lose here and I'm not commenting. But I know that many people on both sides of the issue are passionate about it.

The battle over Measure C has been raging since the initiative, which would outlaw rentals of fewer than 28 days in the city’s residential neighborhoods, qualified for the ballot earlier this year. But the wider debate about short-term rentals has been playing out in Palm Springs for years.

You can read the rest here.

And there's more here, too. 

The initiative was designed to prohibit vacation rentals of less than 28 days in residential neighborhoods unless the owner is present.

Frankfurt As A Gay Pride Mecca

Tony used to travel to Frankfurt, Germany every year for business, and he always raved about what a great city it was. In fact, I never heard one complaint. So this is good to hear. It's an advertorial, but it's informative, too.

Frankfurt, Germany, is host to one of the most glorious Pride celebrations in the world — and now it’s easier to enjoy than ever.
German airline Condor offers non-stop flights from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport direct to Frankfurt. And not just any flights: Passengers receive complimentary checked baggage, beverages and meals as well as in‐flight entertainment, all included in the base fare.
Here's the rest. I also love my German readers. I get e-mails from them all the time, and they are avid fans of digital books, especially in the gay romance genre. 

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