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Apr 11 2017
6-PACK — OMG(ay)! + Cross-Dressers Crossing + Strike An Affidavit + Luckily, Elton John Can Say: I'M STILL STANDING + Mariah's Single + Speedo Stud! Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2017-04-10 at 10.32.01 PM(Image via Trey Pearson)

WIDGETYouTube @TreyPearson: Now that is the type of religious awakening I can get with:

WIDGETGayly: State staffer sends email warning of “cross-dressers” in state Capitol on the day LGBTQ students arrived for HIV Awareness Day.

Emailscreenshot(Screen grab via Gayly)

WIDGETTHR: Producer Shep Pettibone sues Warner Bros. for withholding “Vogue” royalties after prevailing in long-running copyright suit.

WIDGETOMG Blog: Holy crap! Someone hired a hit man to murder Elton John live onstage.

Mariah-CareyButterfly buddies (Image via Instagram @mariahcarey)

WIDGETDListed: Mariah Carey dumped her sexy boyfriend, to whom she'd allegedly been giving $25K a month — so he could buy her gifts. (I'm single, Mimi!) Or not.

WIDGETKenneth in the (212): Looks good in a Speedo, and he can read — get me my grandmother's wedding ring.

 
Apr 09 2017
Drawn That Way: A Review Of The Film TOM OF FINLAND Comments (0)

Tom of Finland Physique PictorialAn example of Tom of Finland's early work (Image via Physique Pictorial)

I'm a fan of the art of Touko Laaksonen, so the new film Tom of Finland — Teaser-trailer-tom-of-finland-696x464his professional name as an erotic-art illustrator — was so far up my alley it was practically parked in my garage.

Laaksonen was born in Finland and served in WWII, going on to become a successful ad man thanks to his skill with the pencil. Inspired by mental images of laborers and even by the tight uniforms of the Nazis (with whom he did not sympathize politically), he drew unflinching scenes of muscular macho men engaged in sexual abandon, or merely showing off their assets, dripping with libidinous tension.

He kept his drawings under wraps, learning the hard way (having them stolen, being arrested, facing condemnation) that what he saw as natural was a cause for great alarm in his neck of the woods, and, in fact, most everywhere.

In this new biopic— which has been called Finland's first on gay male love — the story of Touko (played with superb empathy by Pekka Strang) is fleshed out in a compelling, visually stylish and achingly emotional way by acclaimed director Dome Karukoski.

Tom-of-finlandTouko & Nipa — a love story (This and all other images via Protagonist Pictures, unless noted)

Tom of Finland beautifully illustrates Touko's gay awakening, captures the excitement and danger of his sexual trysts and flawlessly conveys the non-monogamous love he finds with a stunning young partner, Nipa (Lauri Tilkanen, who looks like the Garrett Clayton of Finland). Finagling a romance with Nipa aka Veli, also the object of Tom's spinster sister's (Jessica Grabowsky) affection, is portrayed adroitly.

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Mar 30 2017
Signs Of The Times Comments (0)

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Mar 28 2017
Hornet's Summit On Raw Sex Comments (0)

Guys turned out  to Therapy in NYC to chat about the topic of what raw sex means to gay men, and how that affects STI prevention. Check out a video from the event, hosted by Hornet, above.

 
Mar 24 2017
Sexual Health For Guys: All About STD Testing And You Comments (0)

Guys are known to be silent and resilient. However, some topics necessitate action. Sexually transmitted diseases can lead to complications, and at worst, death. Don’t be the strong and silent type when it comes to testing for STDs. Every guy needs to be assertive in making sure they are healthy and engaging in a safe sex life.

Who’s At Risk

Don’t be naive. Every sexually active person should get tested for one or more sexually transmitted diseases. Even if you’re exclusive to one partner, it’s important to get tested due to your previous sex life as well as the entire sex life of your partner. Even though we may love our partner and we trust them, it’s important to get tested. In worst case scenarios, you may learn that your partner is sleeping with other people and has put you at risk of getting an STD.

What It’s Like

Most avoid medical procedures due to fear of the unknown. An STD screening involves a swab, blood test, or urine test. The procedure is painless, and in some cases, patients may get the results the same day. Otherwise, you may have to wait a few days for final results.

Where to Go

If you decide to go somewhere other than your physician’s office, you may use Internet tools to locate nearby STD testing. If remaining private throughout the ordeal is your wish, it’s nice to have such convenient websites. You may increase your level of knowledge about clinics by reading health forums.

Who Knows

It’s understood that some are reluctant to approach family doctors with sexual issues. Therefore, one may go to a clinic to seek help with screening and subsequent STD treatment. Conversely, some may feel more comfortable under the care of their regular physician. Other differences include the charge for services as well as the range of tests.

Who to Speak With

In some cases, the situation may not be yours alone. You may have a boyfriend or girlfriend who you must tell. It’s best to be forward, especially when another person’s health is on the line. How you may or may not have contracted an STD is a separate issue aside from the fact that a person close to you should get tested.

Why Change

You could dismiss an STD scare as bad luck. However, for some, the need for an STD screening could reflect a reckless sex life. While it’s best practice to get regular screenings if you’re sexually active and with different partners, those who repeatedly contract STDs may have deeper problems, such as a tendency to engage in reckless behaviors.

When to Go Again

Don’t make your decision to get a screening a one-time deal. Make it an ongoing part of your health. Many people spread STDs due to a lack of awareness. You can’t save others from contracting an illness if you’re unaware to start. Be responsible to yourself and to others in your life.

Who to Ask

“Males are the stronger sex.” That label has its advantages and disadvantages. For example, a strong person is fearless and does not worry themselves with trifling health matters. However, what if you’re a sexually active guy who is interested in a girl who has a reputation? Is it okay to ask her to get an STD screening? Is it unmanly to abstain from sex before you know if your partner is clean?

Who to Inspire

Maybe some pastimes are common and shared with friends, such as going to baseball games, cafes, or local bars. You may have started playing a sport or wearing a certain type of clothing because a friend turned you onto it. You could be the one to inspire your friends to get regular STD screenings.

Who’s Concerned

We’re all concerned about our health yet few know numbers related to STDs and HIV. For example, overall an American has a 1 in 99 percent chance of getting HIV in their lifetime. That chance is 1 in 20 for African-American males. And, that number is 1 in 6 for gay and bisexual males in the US. That person could be you, your best friend, or your next sexual partner.

What About Drug Use?

Lastly, you don’t need to have sex to get a number of sexually-related diseases. For example, those who share needles are at risk of getting HIV. If you are currently sharing needles or have done so in your past, it’s important to get an STD screening in the near future.

Natalie Martin is a freelance writer, and when she is not working on her next article she can usually be found in her garden. She attended the University of Cincinnati before turning to writing, and now spends much of her time drawing attention to some of the major health problems that are plaguing the country today. Natalie resides along the Gulf Coast with her 6 year old Labrador Retriever.

 
Mar 23 2017
6-PACK — Dems Will Filibuster Gorsuch Nomination + RIP George Weinberg, Who Coined HOMOPHOBIA + Marcus Bachmann's Shady Clinic + Trumpcare Doomed? + Terror At Westminster Was Homegrown + Republican Charged With Child Prostitution Resigns! Comments (0)

WIDGETHuff Post: YASSS! Schumer declares Dems will filibuster Gorsuch's nomination, requiring at least 60 votes for confirmation.

WIDGETNew York Times: George Weinberg, the psychotherapist who invented the word homophobia in the '60s, dies @ 87. Wish its practitioners would follow suit.

WIDGETRaw Story: Ladybird Bachmann's psych clinic — which is into gay conversion therapy — has been cited for its failure to keep records. Shocking, I know.

WIDGETPolitico: Trumpcare, once a certainty, now may die in the House. Theresa may also gutting health care in the UK — read an HIV-positive man's story.

WIDGETBBC: Terror attack on Westminster that left four (including attacker, so three) dead came from a British-born assailant known to intelligence services.

WIDGETKenneth in the (212): Oklahoma State Sen. Ralph Shortey, a Republican and YMCA volunteer, has resigned amid allegations he hired a 17-year-old boy for sex.

Screen Shot 2017-03-23 at 11.16.59 AMShortey didn't want his child prostitution charges to be a distraction. (Image via public record)

 
Mar 19 2017
Lady Bunny Talks About Her Origins As A Little Girl In The South Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2017-03-19 at 10.20.57 AM(Video still via In the Dollhouse with Lina)

“Patient Zero for Gay Rights” Lady Bunny makes a very colorful appearance on In the Dollhouse with Lina, talking about the genesis of her character, her first experiences with dolls, why she hopes Donald Trump will grab her pussy and the changing NYC scene.

Keep watching — it's riveting and she doesn't bash Hillary ...

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Mar 15 2017
6-PACK — Ladies' Man Luke Evans + Obamacare Collapse? + Positive Reinforcement + Hotel-Room Shenanigans + I Ru! + Her Stories! Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2017-03-15 at 1.29.34 PMEvans, who's gay, said, “This is a very female-heavy audience, so it worked out quite well.” (Video still via The Ellen Degeneres Show)

WIDGETThe Ellen DeGeneres Show: Luke Evans shamed by shirtless selfies, sings in the shower to Ellen:

WIDGETPolitico: Sen. Lindsey Graham thinks Trump should simply let Obamacare “collapse.” Fuck the world, right? Blame the Dems.

WIDGETThe outFRONT: Young, gay, blindfolded HIV-positive man asks Londoners to write messages of positivity on his board. Watch!

Screen Shot 2017-03-15 at 1.50.11 PMAll of the messages were sweet. (Video still via Shape History)

WIDGETNewsOK.com: Republican Oklahoma State Sen. Ralph Shortey has a dead girl live boy problem.

WIDGETNewNowNext: RuPaul's latest Ru-velation — they got married in January! 

WIDGETVox: Check out the I Think You're Interesting podcast's talk with the producers of Her Story, a YouTube series about trans & queer women in L.A.:

 


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