March 28, 2015

"All-American Boy" star Steve Grand releases debut album

Openly gay musician Steve Grand is finally releasing his debut album nearly two years after the music video for “All-American Boy” went viral. In the below interview, he talks about how his music has impacted his fans. Although he’s been labeled as the “first openly gay country singer,” Grand explains how his music isn’t confined to one genre.


And here is the first official release from the album, "Time."

March 27, 2015

The official trailer for Ian McKellen's Sherlock Holmes film

Looks like Benedict Cumberbatch and Robert Downey Jr have some competition in the world of Sherlock Holmes. Sir Ian McKellen is the latest star taking on the role of the famous detective.
The movie is an adaptation of Mitch Cullin's novel A Slight Trick of the Mind. The story is about the 93-year-old detective hoping to complete a case that even he can't solve.
"So many splendid actors have already played the part but none of them had Bill Condon directing. I’m the lucky one: and I’m excited,’ McKellen said.
The movie will be released on July 17 in the US.

March 26, 2015

Will Ferrell not sorry for gay jokes in his new movie

Get Hard movie posterThis coming weekend, Will Ferrell's latest low-brow comedy opens in theaters. Get Hard is about a hedge fund manager, played by Ferrell, who asks an acquaintance, played by Kevin Hart, to get him ready for a stint in a maximum security prison.
Catching people's attention is the endless parade of prison rape jokes. Variety criticized the jokes as "some of the ugliest gay-panic humor to befoul a studio release in recent memory."
"Any time you're going to do an R-rated comedy, you're going to offend someone," Ferrell said. "But that's kind of what we do. We provoke. We prod. We also show a mirror to what's already existing out there. We're playing fictitious characters who are articulating some of the attitudes and misconceptions that already exist."
Adam McKay, who produced Get Hard, found the criticisms "disheartening."
"Any individual going to maximum security prison would be afraid of violence and sexual assault," he argued. "To equate that with homosexuality is ridiculous."

Say goodbye HBO's "Looking"

Looking canceled

If you loved the gay-themed HBO series Looking, then we have some bad news; the show has been canceled.

According to a rep for the channel: "After two years of following Patrick and his tight-knit group of friends as they explored San Francisco in search of love and lasting relationships, HBO will present the final chapter of their journey as a special. We look forward to sharing this adventure with the show’s loyal fans."

The show lasted two seasons, premiering in January 2014. The cast has hinted that a movie is possible to wrap up the series.

March 20, 2015

James Panther hopes his music will empower people

According to musician James Panther: “I worked really hard to create a video for my song “Desirable”.  It is meant to be an empowering, nourishing wake up call to love yourself and let go of all the bullshit in the media and capitalistic dominant culture that gets in the way of that being possible. 

“I hope this video gives you a way into yourself, and holds space for you to feel and explore your inner realities, because I believe that’s where real power and love comes from."

March 14, 2015

Ricky Martin releases new single featuring PitBull

Ricky Martin has only just released his new Spanish-language album, but he's already at work on his new English-language album. And the first single, "Mr. Put It Down," is now out.

March 10, 2015

"Empire" star Jussie Smollett comes out as gay

Jussie SmollettEmpire is one of the breakout hits of this past TV season. It's a melodrama about a hip hop music and entertainment company called Empire Enterprises, headed by a former drug dealer (and murderer) Luscious Lion in partnership with his ex-con, ex-wife Cookie. Their three adult children are pitted against each other for control of the company.
One of those children is Jamal Lyon (played by Jussie Smollett). He's the middle son and considered the "black sheep" of the family. He's also gay, and doesn't get along with his homophobic father.
Smollett, the actor, is also gay. He was recently outed by his co-star Malik Yoba, so Smollett decided to discuss his sexuality with Ellen DeGeneres.
"It was really important to me to make sure that it got across that there is no closet," Smollett insisted. "There’s never been a closet. That I’ve been in. I don’t own a closet, I got a dresser, but I don’t have a closet, but I have a home and that is my responsibility to protect that home. 
Smollet says he's a private man with a private life; he is neither closeted nor ashamed of who he is.
"My mama knows. My mama likes me a lot," Smollett continued. "And yes I take her to the Sound of Music sing-along every, single year." 

February 24, 2015

Oscar-winning screenwriter comes out as straight

Graham Moore not gay

On Sunday night, Graham Moore took away the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. He won for penning the biopic The Imitation Game

The movie is the true life story of Alan Turing, the father of modern computer science and a necessarily closeted gay man. During World War II, Turing played a pivotal role in defeating the Nazis as the lead mathematician in the British project to decipher the highly complex Enigma codes used by the German armed forces. Following the war, however, he was prosecuted for and convicted of homosexual acts. He later committed suicide. 

Moore has stated that Turning was a kindred spirit. And when he gave his Oscar acceptance speech, it sounded like he, too, was gay.

"I would like for this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she’s weird or she’s different or she doesn’t fit in anywhere," he said, after telling the crowd that he had contemplated suicide when he was 16. "Yes, you do. I promise you do. Stay weird, stay different."
Then backstage, he added: "“I’ve been obsessed with Alan’s story since I was a teenager. ... He was a tremendous hero of mine. Alan always seemed like the outsider’s outsider in his own time for so many reasons. Because he was the smartest man in every room that he entered. Because he was a gay man at a time when that was not simply frowned upon, but also illegal. And then, because he was keeping all these secrets for the government.
"He was a guy who was apart from society for so many different reasons, but because he was apart from society he was able to see the world in a way that no one else had, and I found that incredibly inspirational.”
But no, that doesn't mean Moore is gay.
"I'm not gay, but I've never talked publicly about depression before or any of that and that was so much of what the movie was about and it was one of the things that drew me to Alan Turing so much," he later told Buzzfeed. "I think we all feel like weirdos for different reasons. Alan had his share of them and I had my own and that's what always moved me so much about his story."
If you still haven't seen the movie, you really should. It is an important piece of queer history, and an amazing film.

February 23, 2015

The highlight of the 2015 Oscars

Well, the Oscars are now done for another year.

Reviews of Neil Patrick Harris' performance as host of the evening's festivities are mixed, at best. On the plus side: he has a nice body!

Neil Patrick Harris in his undies at the oscars

February 16, 2015

Video: "3 Eras of Gay Sex in 3 Minutes"

3 Eras of Gay Sex in 3 Minutes celebrates the history of gay sex, fetish, and cruising. The short film stars gay hip-hop artist Rikki Crowley and HIV activist Zachary Barnett. The soundtrack includes poetry by Walt Whitman, a voiceover by Truman Capote, and human pup play master, Pup Boss Jyan.
“This film is about sharing a facet of our history that is rarely represented in mainstream gay media,” said artist Leo Herrera. “While I applaud the strides we’ve made in our mainstream visibility, it sometimes comes at the expense of our sexuality. Gay fetish is treated as a punchline, or punished with disease. The drag queens and gay characters I see on television do not represent what I see at Folsom Street Fair, or at a Brooklyn gay warehouse party on a Saturday night or any of the Eagles in the country. There is an inherent romance to cruising, a jolt of electricity to our secrets and codes, that’s what this clip is about.”
The film is a follow-up to Leo’s The Fortune Teller, a 2013 Pride Month video that presented 50 years of gay history in 5 minutes, getting over 50,000 hits during its first week up.

February 11, 2015

Fame more fleeting than ever before

Hoping to one day find your fifteen minutes of fame? Well, according to a recent article in the New York Times, you might have to settle for fifteen seconds, or less! There's even a term for it: nanofame. 

Because of the Internet, it is easier than ever to get your voice out there. You can create a funny video. You can send the perfect tweet. You can pull off a celebrity selfie. And if enough people like it, you go viral.

Problem is, you and a zillion (literally a zillion, we did the math) other people are fighting for the same crowd, so getting noticed isn't easy. And once you do, someone else comes along and steals your thunder. You will likely become nothing more than an obscure footnote on the Interweb.

As writer Alex Williams points out, there are lots of examples of individuals rising from obscurity only to fade away just as quickly.

Jeremy Meeks

Jeremy Meeks is the perfect example. He's the hot felon who made hearts swoon around the world. He was super hot, and his bad boy image seemed to help rather than hurt his popularity.

Williams wrote: "... the photograph of the 30-year-old “mug shot hottie” ricocheted around the web, from the Facebook page of the police department in Stockton, Calif., to a Twitter hashtag #FelonCrushFriday to, soon after, stories on “The Colbert Report” and “Good Morning America.” Mr. Meeks signed with an agent who was quoted in The Daily News saying that he could earn up to $100,000 a month for modeling and other gigs."

And now? He's apparently in prison, so you probably won't be seeing him on any billboards or TV ads anytime soon.

Chris Crocker's "Leave Britney Alone!" video has been watched over 48 million times.

Of course, there are many other examples. Chris Crocker, made famous by his whining rant demanding people "leave Britney alone!", is now doing gay porn. And who knows what happened to the teen cutie Alex from Target? He's probably back as a cashier (if he ever was one to begin with).

It's called nanofame. It's quick. It lasts as long as a Vine video (8 seconds for those of you not in the know). And these insta-celebs are only really known by their followers; the rest of the world is basically clueless to their existence.

“When the number of competing media platforms multiply from a few big ‘networks for all,’ like Myspace and Facebook, to, say, hundreds of smaller ones geared toward niche interests, it opens up more prospects of fame for more individuals, although on a smaller scale and at a more fleeting pace than before,” Brad Kim, editor of editor of the Know Your Meme site, said. 

It's no wonder then, that true "porn stars" are becoming rarer with each passing year.  

You can read more about the nanofame phenomenon here

February 10, 2015

Reality-based musical about porn biz launches off-Broadway

Pretty Filthy

There's a new show off-Broadway that is like nothing you've ever seen before. Pretty Filthy is a reality-based show about the L.A. porn industry. Oh, and it's a musical!

The show was first created by L.A.’s Center Theater Group, which interviewed several people from within the adult industry before creating the play. Bess Wohl worked the information into a narrative, and Michael Friedman was brought in to create the music. 
The concept has been likened to A Chorus Line, with XXX performers, promoters and agents talking about their lives and insecurities in an increasingly competitive profession. 
The play even explores how stars choose their porn names. Becky, for example went with Taylor St. Ives — “like, you know, the, um, Apricot Face Scrub?”  
Talent agent Shy Love explains to a young female newbie how she can prolong her life as a porn star: “So, I said, you’re brunette / small boobs, then you’re blonde / small boobs, then we go blonde / big boobs. And then when you’re done with blonde and brunette big boobs, then you add anal.” Fun!
The show, though mostly focused on straight stars, does include a story line about Bobby, aka Dick Everhard, who is transitioning into gay porn. He thinks being gay-4-pay is an option because the pay is better and his ego gets stroked as much as his cock.
The show is playing at the Abrons Art Center until the end of February.
Pretty Filthy

February 9, 2015

New music from Madonna!

Madonna may be 56, but she's not about to give way to the imitators like Katy Perry and Taylor Swift. Her new single, which she debuted at Sunday night's Grammy Awards, is the catchy "Living For Love."


And the Grammy goes to ... Sam Smith!

Sam Smith wins at the Grammys

British soul singer Sam Smith was the big winner on Sunday night's Grammys, taking home record, song, new artist and best pop vocal album awards. At one point, while accepting an award, he even thanked the guy who broke his heart (resulting in many of the songs on Smith's debut album, In the Lonely Hour).