April 17, 2014
Neil Patrick Harris is back on Broadway in the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Good Morning America caught up with him - along with composer Stephen Trask, creator John Cameron Mitchell, and actress Lena Hall - to discuss the show.
April 16, 2014
Singer/songwriter Matt Gold has released his new single 'Appreciated,' and it's pretty catchy.
The openly gay artist made a name for himself playing original compositions at college campuses and small venues before releasing his first album, Drown Before You Swim, in 2012. 'Appreciated' is the first single off his new EP Let It Out.
April 15, 2014
Artist Tom of Finland
, known for his homoerotic images, is being honored with a series of stamps created by the Finnish Postal Service, Itella. His three stamps will be released in September, along with 29 others celebrating Finnish culture.
Tom of Finland, born Touko Laaksonen, was born in 1920. Many of his images focused on extremely well hung men in leather, jeans and military gear He created more than 3,500 illustrations before he passed away in 1991.
“His emphatically masculine homoerotic drawings have attained iconic status in their genre and had an influence on, for instance, pop culture and fashion. In his works, Tom of Finland utilized the self-irony and humor typical of subcultures,” Itella explained.
“The abstract, especially in those rough sketches, is very important to me, perhaps because of my advertising background, where layout is so important. Sometimes those first few lines cut the paper into such satisfying shapes that I don’t want to go on, but I always do, adding nostrils and nipples and bootstraps until I have filled the paper up as usual,” Tom of Finland said in one of his earlier interviews.
So when is the US Postal Service going to release a set of Mapplethorpe stamps?
April 12, 2014
The Final Member is a documentary about the Icelandic Phallological Museum, which houses samples of penises from thousands of species around the world, yet does not have a human penis in its collection. The movie tells the tale of the controversial search for a human donor.
Yes, truth is stranger than fiction.
April 7, 2014
It's a New York tradition: each spring some of the hottest hunks on the Great White Way agree to strip down and shake their booties, with the funds raised going to Broadway Cares / Equity fights AIDS, which supports actors who have been affected by HIV / AIDS.
This year's lineup includes Joshua Buscher (Big Fish); Todd Hanebrink (Cirque du Soleil’s Zumanity); Vince Oddo (Rocky); Ricky Schroeder; and Ryan Worsing (Chicago). "Solo Strips" happens tonight in Las Vegas and May 11 in New York. For more information visit Broadway Bares.
April 5, 2014
The art school student who promised to lose his anal virginity as part of a live performance piece pulled a fast one at the last minute. Tease!
Last October, 19-year-old Clayton Pettet announced that he was planning a performance piece called "Art School Stole My Virginity."
"I've held on to my virginity for 19 years, and I'm not throwing it away lightly," he said at the time. "Basically it's like I am losing the stigma around virginity. ... I want the audience to see if anything has changed between me and my partner."
On April 2, the big day had finally arrived. But instead of losing his cherry, he asked members of the audience to fuck his face with a banana.
"I am your anal virgin," he told each person. "You are my partner. Pick up a banana. Now penetrate my mouth eight times."
Does that mean his mouth symbolized his asshole?
"I think if people were expecting something else, it shows what they really wanted" Pettet said afterwards
. "They didn’t want an art piece, they wanted to see me have sex. If they came for the art, they wouldn’t be as disappointed -- they’d know there were things to read between the lines for."
As for Pettet's 'art piece,' it was pretty anti-climactic (in more ways than one). But at least he used a classy phallic symbol.
March 31, 2014
The producers of Logo's RuPaul's Drag Race
are facing criticism that they are insensitive to the trans community.
The issue surfaced when, during a recent episode, contestants were asked to determine if someone was a 'female' or 'she-male' in a series of photos.
'She-male' is a no-no term. It is listed by GLAAD because it 'dehumanize[s] transgender people and should not be used.'
The producers - RuPaul Charles, Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Steven Corfe, and Mandy Salangsang - released a joint statement
. "We delight in celebrating every color in the LGBT rainbow," they said. "When it comes to the movement of our trans sisters and trans brothers, we are newly sensitized and more committed than ever to help spread love, acceptance and understanding."
Logo released a statement of its own: "We have heard the concerns around this segment. ... We are committed to sharing a diverse range of trans stories across all of our screens and look forward to featuring positive and groundbreaking stories of trans people in the future"
So no more she-male talk!
March 27, 2014
Melissa Etheridge released her new music video this week, titled "Uprising of Love." It calls on people around the world to stand up for members of the LGBT community.
In December, Etheridge started an organization with the same name, designed to provide solidarity with queer Russians, while raising funds to help them with their struggle for equality. All proceeds from sales of "Uprising of Love" will benefit the Russia Freedom Fund.
March 22, 2014
The last time Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda shared the screen together was 34 years ago in 9 To 5. The two are now going to star in a gay-themed comedy for Netflix.
“Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are among the funniest and most formidable actresses ever and it’s an incredible privilege to give them the opportunity to run riot on Netflix,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos. “The show created for them by Marta and Howard is warm, very funny and anything but wholesome. We can’t wait.”
Grace And Frankie will follow two rivals - Grace (Fonda) and Frankie (Tomlin) - who discover that their husbands are gay and in love with each other! Show creators promise the series will be less cheesy and more edgy.
The 13-episode series will debut sometime in 2015.
March 20, 2014
'Throw that Boy Pussy' is the first single off rapper Fly Young Red's album Pretty Boy Realness Mixtape.
You may not have heard of Todd Chrisley before. He's a 45-year-old multimillionaire, and he's married with 5 kids. Oh, and he might be gay.
Several people have questioned this man's sexuality since his new USA Network reality show, Chrisley Knows Best, started last week. He's sassy. He is obsessed with fashion and looking good. And he's got a sharper tongue than any drag queen we know.
What the show doesn't tell you is that four years ago he was sued by three male employees who accused Chrisley of sexual harassment! The men claimed that Chrisley often "commented on the size of his penis, invited male employees to ‘jerk off’ with him in the restroom, inappropriately touched employees, and routinely made sexual gestures toward his subordinates."
And a year before that he was sued for sexual harassment by several female employees. However, rather than asking them to have sex, he allegedly called them “sluts” and “prostitutes,” and asked one female employee if her “tits were real.”
Both lawsuits were later dismissed.
You can check out Chrisley and his wife being interviewed here and see if your gaydar goes off!
Does Chrisley Know Gay Sex Best? [Radar Online]
March 11, 2014
The countdown for HBO's broadcast of The Normal Heart has begun.
The movie, starring Mark Ruffalo and Matt Bomer and directed by Ryan Murphy, is about the AIDS crisis as it developed in New York City in the 1980s. It is based on the Tony Award-winning play by Larry Kramer.
Ruffalo portrays a gay man who watches as the disease decimates his community, and Bomer is a reporter covering the unknown disease.
The movie also stars Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) as gay activist Tommy Boatwright, and Julia Roberts as a physician treating early cases.
"We are so proud to be involved with this monumental project," HBO programming president Michael Lombardo said. "Ryan has assembled an extraordinary cast to bring Larry Kramer's landmark theatrical achievement to the screen for the first time, and we couldn't be more thrilled to bring this important film to HBO."
The Normal Heart premiers on HBO on May 25.
March 8, 2014
RuPaul is one clever drag queen!
On February 24, RuPaul released her sixth studio album, Born Naked. The album has already become her most successful to date.
Of course, pirates were ready to grab the album and share it for free. RuPaul and album producer Lucian Piane flooded torrent sites with fake copies of the album that contain “stream-of-conscious monologues” in place of music.
Just 20 seconds into the song 'Freaky Money,' RuPaul's voice interrupts to give the thief a dressing down. "You done stole my album!" she warned. "Uh uh, no you better don't, hooker! You better get your tail on over to iTunes, baby! Hey, who hasn't illegally downloaded an album? But when it’s somebody that you admire or that you want to support, child! How am I gonna keep my lace fronts on point if I can't make a living doing what I'm doing with that ‘Freaky Money’?"
Other tracks are similarly interrupted, reminding listeners that real people - looking to earn a living - went into making this music.
“We work so hard on this music,” RuPaul explained. “So we thought, why not flood the torrents with a decoy album that educates consumers on why it’s important to buy music.”
You can hear one of her decoy tracks here
"There's a saying that when a man goes to a dinner party, all he needs is a nice jacket," RuPaul added. "But a woman must have at least two pieces of gossip. That's what we wanted to do with this album - give people something to talk about. Infiltrate the discussions around popular culture and be subversive about it."
March 7, 2014
Ryan W has released a video for his single 'Hardcore.'
“When other gay artists and drag queens drop beige, blasé tracks that aren’t even suitable for elevator music, then pair them with videos that only make you change the channel, it makes it a real challenge to be taken seriously and not seen as forgettable or throw-away," he said. "It's time for a change!”
Apparently, the change will be heavily auto-tuned ...