October 30, 2014

Did "Walking Dead" actor fight to keep his character straight?

Daryl Dixon
Actor Norman Reedus is denying claims that he was upset that his character, Daryl Dixon on The Walking Dead, may be gay.
Reports have been circulating on social media and in the tabloids that he was upset when producers recently confirmed the character may be a homosexual. According to gossips, he feared that making Daryl gay would result in losing his female fans.
“He fears the same-sex shocker would hurt ratings by disappointing his legions of female fans," claimed the GLOBE. "Norman isn’t anti-gay in his personal life, but he’s become one of the biggest male sex symbols in television. He gets thousands of fan letters from women each week – along with dozens of marriage proposals.”
Reedus took to Twitter, tweeting that the rumors were total "BS."
It's not like there's going to be much chance for any man-on-man action in the show. The world's been overrun by zombies, and there aren't any other gay male characters. And are female fans so dumb as to believe because a character is gay, the actor is therefore gay and unavailable?

October 28, 2014

Canadian radio host fired because of BDSM lifestyle

Jian Ghomeshi firedCBC Radio, part of Canada's public broadcaster, has fired one of its most popular hosts.

It cited “information” it recently received that it says “precludes” it from continuing to employ 47-year-old Jian Ghomeshi on the popular Q radio show.

On Sunday, Ghomeshi fired back. He said he was launching a $50-million lawsuit claiming "breach of confidence and bad faith” by his employer. He also claimed he was the target of “harassment, vengeance and demonization."

The Toronto Star said it has been approached by three women who claimed Ghomeshi "was physically violent to them without their consent during sexual encounters or in the lead-up to sexual encounters."
Ghomeshi, however, countered that he "does not engage in non-consensual role play or sex and any suggestion of the contrary is defamatory."
He took to Facebook to write an emotional statement that he has "done nothing wrong." He admitted he enjoyed "adventurous forms of sex that included role-play, dominance and submission." It was always consensual, he said.
He wrote: "I have always been interested in a variety of activities in the bedroom but I only participate in sexual practices that are mutually agreed upon, consensual, and exciting for both partners.
"Let me be the first to say that my tastes in the bedroom may not be palatable to some folks. They may be strange, enticing, weird, normal, or outright offensive to others. … But that is my private life. … And no one, and certainly no employer, should have dominion over what people do consensually in their private life."
He added that the allegations stem from an ex-girlfriend who was orchestrating a campaign with other women to “smear” him. 
Ghomeshi is the co-creator of Q, one of the most successful shows on CBC radio. It is syndicated to 180 radio stations in the U.S. 
None of the allegations have been proven, and local police say there are no criminal charges pending. It will be interesting to see what comes out over the next few weeks.
Jian Ghomeshi reveals details of sex scandal after threatening to sue CBC for $50 million [The National Post]
Radio host Jian Ghomeshi speaks out about CBC dismissal [CTV News]
Why the Star chose to publish Jian Ghomeshi allegations [The Toronto Star]

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 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.