Sir Elton John is supposed to be performing two concerts in Russia later this week. However, because of his outspoken nature, the shows may be cancelled for fear he will violate Russia's 'gay propaganda' law.
“I've got to go,” John said. “And I've got to think about what I'm going to say very carefully. There's two avenues of thought: Do you stop everyone going, ban all the artists coming in from Russia? But then you're really leaving the men and women who are gay and suffering under the antigay laws in an isolated situation. As a gay man, I can't leave those people on their own without going over there and supporting them. I don't know what's going to happen, but I've got to go.”
A group of Russian parents have asked that the concerts be stopped. They argued Sir Elton should be banned because his music, style and views could negatively influence children.
"The singer intends to come out in support of local sodomites and break the current Russian law, directed at protecting children," the group stated in an open letter. Another conservative group, The Union of Orthodox Brotherhoods, started a petition to have him barred from the country, calling Sir Elton's "support for gays and other perverts" an "insult to all Russian citizens."
These people are so narrow they probably think "Beyond the Yellow Brick Road" counts as gay propaganda.
Elton John's Russian tour at risk of cancellation over anti-gay laws [The Independent]
This hottie is Alan Gendreau. He's 23, and a former record-breaking kicker with the Middle Tennessee State College. He came out as gay to OutSports this past April.
He is now exploring his more musical side, releasing his first music video for his cover of Michael Buble’s “Home" (though he hasn't ruled out taking a shot at the NFL).
You can also check out a short video about his coming out as a football player after the jump ...
Russell T Davies, the man who brought us Queer as Folk back in 2000, is planning two new queer-centric dramas for British TV to air in 2014.
Cucumber will follow the exploits of a 40-something gay man named Henry and his long-suffering boyfriend Lance. Their comfortable life is destroyed following a disastrous date night involving a death, a threesome, two police cars and the Glee Christmas album.
Banana will focus on younger characters - including a lesbian and a 19-year-old gay man - who live, work and play in the same universe as Cucumber.
There will also be an online series called Tofu, which will allow real people to share their own sexual experiences and stories.
The names for the shows, explained Davies, come from the various stages of the male erection. "One, tofu. Two, peeled banana. Three, banana. And four, cucumber. Right there and then, I knew I had my drama," he said. "And it’s a joy to be back with Channel 4 to tell these stories."
He added: "Tofu, banana and cucumber are used figuratively, to convey levels of sexual attraction and sexiness. They are a device to show how our sex lives control our behaviour. We are not trying to make a point about seeing the male phallus on screen. It is exploring sexual behaviour in the context of ordinary people's lives."
"He paints an unflinching and forensic portrait of how our sex lives affect us all," Piers Wenger, Channel 4 Head of Drama, said. "It might be 15 years since Queer as Folk, but he has made it more than worth the wait."
Russell T Davies to explore 21st-century gay life in two Channel 4 dramas [The Guardian]
Jonathan Groff recently chatted about his new series Looking, describing the show as a tale of modern day gay life in San Francisco and "all the ins and outs of it." And yes, there will be sex!
"We’re trying just to keep it real - which means humor," Groff said. "Some of our sex scenes are very emotional and very beautiful. Some of our sex scenes are awkward. We’re trying to get as close to reality as we possibly can.
"Hopefully, when people watch it, you’ll think, 'Oh, I’ve had that exact experience. I know what it feels like to be intimate with someone in that way.'"
However, Groff promised the sex would not seem gratuitous. "I hope that our sex scenes are sexy - and I think that they are - but I think even more than that what we’re trying to display is a reality of gay sex as opposed to the salaciousness of gay sex," he said.
The show premieres on HBO in January.
Jonathan Groff On His First TV Sex Scenes [OUT]
Upcoming film Squared examines what happens when two tops accidentally hook up ...
Luscious Jackson - once referred to as 'that gay band' even though only drummer Kate Schellenbach was out as a lesbian - is back and the band has released its first new single '#1 Bum.' (Which was obviously written about me.)
Still not sure who they are? You can check out the band's 1997 hit single, 'Naked Eye,' here.
The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles has released a new video about the work of famed erotic artist Tom of Finland. The short film is part of an exhibition on Tom's drawings (and the photographs of Bob Mizer) which opens today at the MoCA.
According the museum: "In this short video, [Durk] Dehner and [Tom of Finland] Foundation vice president S.R. Sharp discuss Tom's radical imaginary, his command of the gay male gaze, how Tom of Finland got his name, and why Tom made the move to Los Angeles. Dehner has preserved the home he shared with Tom as a homage to Tom's legacy, and to this day, the home remains open to the public."
You can also learn about Tom Of Finland at his foundation's website here.
XELLE has released the single 'Red Flag' in support of gay and lesbian rights. You can purchase the single at iTunes here.
You'll want to lick Kevin Mikal like a lollipop after you watch his latest video.
You can also check out a behind the scenes look at the video ...
For all those people who can't stop taking pictures of themselves ...
Irish singer-songwriter Hozier is taking on Russia's anti-gay violence in his new video for his single 'Take Me To Church.'
Lee Daniels is developing a new action movie about two gay men.
"Alex Pettyfer is in it, [but] I have to find the right black guy opposite him," Daniels explained. "He's so hot, isn't he? So hot. And so aware of his hotness in a way that's so…I love him to death."
Daniels, who directed such hits as Precious and The Butler, said the movie will be like "Mr. and Mrs. Smith but [with] two good-looking guys as the action heroes. We don't find out they're gay until the end of the movie." (Ooops, guess he just spoiled that plot twist!)
Will Hollywood studios be interested, though. Daniels says yes.
"I don't think I'm going to have a problem now. I made a $100 million for The Butler. I'm in a rare group. So this is something I feel good about."
Alex Pettyfer to Play Gay Action Hero in New Lee Daniels Film [E! Online]