October 19, 2014

Vandals deflate tree / butt plug art

Provocative American artist Paul McCarthy's Paris show has had a violent reaction. McCarthy's first major solo exhibition in the city, "Chocolate Factory," features two oversized outdoor pieces that have caused many passersby to double-take - and a few to destroy. 
 
"Tree" is (or was) an 80-foot-tall inflated evergreen, with a striking resemblance to a butt plug. 
Tree by Paul McCarthy

The other piece, at the entrance to the exhibit, is a chocolate Santa holding another "tree." 

McCarthy is known for works that push boundaries. Last year, his "WS" show ("Snow White" inverted becomes "Water Sports") was notable, according to the New York Times, for “plentiful nudity, of both sexes, along with scenes of urination and men masturbating to orgasm, not to mention highly unorthodox use of processed foods.” 
 
The sculptures have caused a stir in Paris, and on Friday night vandals "pulled the plug" on the tree. 
 
We hope this will never happen to your butt plug. McCarthy has indicated that he will not resurrect "Tree."


October 16, 2014

The fabulous Liberace gets animated about "peacocking"

A 1968 interview with Liberace by Jay Kent Hackleman has been discovered and animated for PBS.

It was created for Blank on Blank, a podcast "dedicated to uncovering, preserving and reimagining the American interview."


October 14, 2014

Sexy bad guys: Andy Mientus versus Wentworth Miller

Andy Mientus vs Wentworth Miller

This season's The Flash has announced two of its big time villains. Taking on the titular hero will be Andy Mientus as the Pied Piper and Wentworth Miller as Captain Cold.

What makes this even more interesting is that the Pied Piper is one of the few gay characters in DC Comics. And he'll be played by openly bisexual Mientus (who is engaged to Broadway actor Michael Arden.)

And of course Miller, who starred in the TV series Prison Break, is openly gay. As far as we know, however, Captain Cold is all about the vajayjay. Oh well.


Nick Deutsch sings about two men falling out of love

Nick Deutsch

"Run" is the lead single off Nick Deutsch's new EP Crazy Ride. The song chronicles the decay of a relationship between two men, one who is unable to break free from the destructive bonds of shame.

With this release, Deutsch also revealed he was gay. 

"As many of you know, I’ve spent the better part of this year writing and recording my record 'Crazy Ride,'" he said. "While largely a meditation on the loss of my mother, it also explores the heartbreak, confusion and excitement that govern life. ... With that said, while I’ve become more fearless in chasing my singer/songwriter dreams, for many years I’ve struggled with both how to and whether or not to address my sexuality within my writing. 

"Despite coming out at 13, I have never made a conscious effort at merging my personal and professional life. Generally I’ve stayed within the realm of caution, telling myself, 'it’s about the music.' Now that my video 'Run' is coming out, I know it’s time for me to take a strong stance as a member of and an advocate for the LGBTQ community, exploring my truth and building strength with anyone who carries the burden of difference."


October 8, 2014

Garfunkel and Oates sing out for marriage equality

Garfunkel and Oates
 
Comedy duo Garfunkel (Riki Lindhome) and Oates (Kate Micucci) sing "Rainbow Connection" in support of gay marriage.
 
Normally, the two have a more "in your face" comedic style. This song is just cute and sweet. The message is spot on, though.
 
A rainbow doesn't choose to be a rainbow, 
It just shines in the sky, 
And there's nothing to debate, 
And there's nothing to deny. 
Love might be a privilege, 
But marriage is right, 
So to all of you detractors 
Who don't know you've lost the fight, 
To all of you in the darkness 
We're here turning on the lights. 
 
And everything is better with puppets!
 


October 6, 2014

Filmmaker explores hot Greek orgies in the great outdoors

Limanakia
 
Limanakia is a rocky area in Greece south of Athens. At three distinct steep coves, gay Greeks and tourists of all ages and body types can escape the commercial beaches of nearby Attiki.
 
Filmmaker Antonio Da Silva examines the area in his movie Limanakia. According to Da Silva, the film "is a surrealistic, sexual, romantic, visual collage transporting us back to stories about Greek homoerotic orgies. Male tanned bodies are freely exposed on the white sharp rocks. Standing like ancient sculptures under the heat of the sun, men come together tasting each other's salty skin. The camera follows them into the sea capturing their playfulness surrounded by the magic of the Mediterranean waters."
 
Looks like a trip to Greece is in order!
 


October 2, 2014

Drag queens beat Facebook at name game

Sister Roma beats FacebookThere's something satisfying about knowing big bad Facebook can be knocked down a peg or two. It's even better when a group of drag queens are the ones to do it!

The whole affair started when Facebook decided that users had to use their real names on profiles. This meant drag queens, porn stars and transgendered individuals risked losing their accounts if they didn't use their legal name.

The concern: this could result in outing individuals who didn't want to be outed.

Last week, Facebook met with representatives from the queer community, including Sister Roma (pictured), but refused to back down. Yesterday, however, Facebook invited those same queer representatives back to its offices, and offered an apology.

According to one source, Facebook will now be backing down and will allow users to sign up with their preferred name. The same source said the company would not admit defeat, but would claim its "real names" policy was being improperly enforced.

Next time you want to take on a big tech company, call on some drag queens. They know how to get things done! Snap!

Facebook Issues Mea Culpa To Drag Queens And Others Over 'Real Name' [SFist]


September 27, 2014

Erasure releases first two videos from new album

Not a fan of Erasure? Well, you should be. The synth-pop band is back with a new album, The Violet Flame, and it's a nice break from the Katy Perrys and Ariana Grandes of the world.


September 25, 2014

Sharon Needles wants to be Amanda Lepore

Sharon Needles has released this very catchy tribute to Amanda Lepore, the well known transgendered performance artist!


September 20, 2014

Former faux lesbian comes out as a homophobe

Julia Volkovo of tATu comes out as a homophobeOne half of the former "lesbian" duo t.A.T.u. has declared, in no uncertain terms, that she doesn't want a queer son.

During an interview on Russian television, singer Julia Volkova (pictured) was asked about how she would react if she had a gay son.

"I would condemn him, because I believe that a real man must be a real man," she answered. "God created man for procreation, it is the nature. The man for me is the support, the strength of... I won't support gay son. And a man has no right to be a fag. ... But! I want to say that I'm not against gays, I just want my son to be a real man, not a fag."

t.A.T.u. had a few major hits in 2003. The duo marketed themselves as school girls in love who didn't care what others thought about their relationship. It was later revealed they were both actually straight.

This may explain why Volkova, hater of gay boys, was less offended by the thought of a lesbian daughter. She explained: "Two girls together - not the same thing as the two men together. It seems to me that lesbians look aesthetically much nicer than two men holding their hands or kissing."

But don't worry, because she has gay friends and thinks they are so much better than "murderers, thieves and drug addicts." She's practically a saint!

Volkova's musical better half, Lena Katina, quickly distanced herself from her former partner. She took to Facebook to reiterate her support for the LGBT community.

Lena Katina confirms pro-gay position

Obviously Lena was the brains of the group.

Tatu 'lesbian' Yulia Volkova makes homophobic slur ... wouldn't accept her son if he was gay [The Independent]

t.A.T.u’s fake lesbian Yulia Volkova is a massive homophobe – says she would ‘condemn my son for being gay’ [Metro]


September 19, 2014

Bubbles and hunks

"Hot n' Bothered" is Andrew Christian's tribute to hunky construction workers. There isn't much of a plot, but who can resist hot guys with hammers?


September 18, 2014

Cazwell wants you to "Dance Like You Got Good Credit"

Cazwell has dropped the single "Dance Like You Got Good Credit" from his new album “Hard 2 B Fresh." The beat is pretty good, but it may stick in your head a little longer than you want.


September 12, 2014

Barbra Streisand to release duet with her gay son

Barbra Streisand is known for her amazing voice. And her son, Jason Gould, has obviously inherited her golden vocal chords. The two recently recorded "How Deep Is the Ocean" for her upcoming album Partners.


September 10, 2014

Tom of Finland stamps more popular than expected

Tom of Finland stampsThe Tom of Finland commemorative stamps honoring Finnish gay erotic artist Touko Laaksonen are very popular. With pre-orders from fans in over 178 countries, it has become the most popular stamp set ever created by Finland's postal service.
 
The stamps were available since Monday, with orders coming from Britain, the US and France. And in Tampere, Finland, long lines formed at a new postal museum where the stamps were being sold.
 
"We haven't seen this kind of interest before in Posti's history and we probably won't again soon," Posti development chief Markku Penttinen said. "Our starting point was to get Touko Laaksonen's artwork in our stamps. We know that he was very well-known globally. Of course the subject matter is also topical and much discussed. This equation has worked better than we anticipated."
 
"Tom of Finland's greatest significance is that these gay figures were given their masculinity," explained stamp designer Timo Berry. "Previously they had been portrayed as 'girlish.' It's great that these sketches that had to be sold in secret can now be publicly viewed on envelopes and postcards."
 
You can purchase the stamp set here.

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