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Jun 17 2017
Legendary COLT Studio Founder & Male Physique Photographer Jim French Dies at 84 Comments (0)

1744_480nJim French: July 14, 1932-June 15, 2017 (Image via SHOWstudio)

Via BobMizer.org: Jim French, the renowned male physique photographer known for his hypermasculine imagery of muscular and sometimes hairy men has died at 84.

Longhorns-Dance1969 illustration entitled “Longhorns Dance” (Image by Jim French)

French's partner, Jeff Turner, confirmed French died in his sleep June 15.

French's wildly popular macho aesthetic, rendered in photography and drawings, made his work among the most sought-after in the field of erotic art. 

Screen Shot 2017-06-17 at 7.49.13 PMCOLT Studio superstud Roger Callard at left with Mae West in the movie Sextette in 1978 (Crown)

After being discharged from the military in 1957, French moved to NYC, where he worked as a fashion illustrator and summered on Fire Island, surrounded by exhibitionistic men in stark contrast to the conservatism of the times. Doing erotic work under the pseudonym Arion, he began 61YbnwWUlyL a mail-order company called Luger, after the German pistol.

Luger was a hit, but French sold his share to a partner and launched COLT Studio in 1967. The business boomed immediately. As a photographer, he often shot under the name Rip Colt, choosing models who defined his taste so thoroughly that a COLT man became easy to envision — brawny, muscular to the point of swollen, hung, glistening, idealized.

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2771ef71ffa98b708bdc48c52f94e6a5Classic examples of COLT men (Images by Jim French/COLT Studio)

French eventually left for California.

Along with his successes as an artist, in 1972 he published the quintessential male physique 41UVL6DZyuL collection Man. He went on to publish many more books, including Another Man; Jim French Men,; Quorum; Opus Deorum; Masc.; The Art of Jim French; The Art of the Male Nude; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor: Jim French Polaroids (pictured); and Jim French Diaries: The Creator of Colt Studio.

In his final years, French marketed prints of his classic imagery.

French pictured recently with poet Alex Gildzen:

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Tributes from porn legend Mickey Squires aka Richard Bernstein and other admirers:

Jim French(Image via Facebook)

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Jun 14 2017
Keith Haring's Dirtiest (In A Good Way!) Mural Comments (0)

Keith Haring is renowned for his humanizing of LGBTQ rights and AIDS visibility, which he accomplished with his of-the-people-style subway murals. His work is D7hftxdivxxvm.cloudfront.net so universally easy to understand and chic, it remains popular on T-shirts all over the mainstream today.

As Artsy.net reports, the sexual libertine did create some racy work ... and one of his most famous, dirtiest murals is tucked away in a john at NYC's LGBTQ Community Center:

Haring titled the piece Once Upon a Time, a nod to the gay community’s halcyon days of free love. Over the course of several days, he covered every un-tiled surface of the bathroom with turgid, squirting penises of all sizes. Some are attached to buff male bodies tangled together in pleasure. Others float like happy clouds or hungry dragons. One impressively large specimen hovers over a line of small figures who are either dancing the conga or enjoying an orgy.

When he painted the mural, Haring was fighting his own battle with AIDS; he’d been diagnosed just a year before, in 1988. During the late 1980s, he and his community not only faced the fear of death, but also disregard and antagonization from the Reagan administration, which simultaneously laid blame on the gay community and refused to put resources towards AIDS research.

Check it out!

 
Jun 12 2017
Pride Month: Cover To Cover — First & Last Sentences Of Gay Novels & Novellas Comments (0)

Today's Pride Month post honors gay writers (well, most of them are — some are/were just writers of gay stories) with a re-post of this piece I did in 2014, chronicling the first and last lines of many gay books.

The bonus is that you get to see the sometimes incredible covers, too.

Enjoy, and please feel free to share ...

Nocturnes-for-the-King-of-NaplesCover by Mel Odom.

What's a “gay book,” anyway?

Is it a book with a gay theme? One with no gay theme but whose author is gay? One specifically about being gay, written by a gay author? Must it be pro-gay, or can it be anti-? Does it count if it's exploitative and prurient?

Faggots-KramerRegardless of your definition, the heyday of the gay novel is behind us. Yes, there are still books by, for, and about gay people, but it's not like in the '70s and '80s, when gay novels took off, or the early '90s, when they'd become a bona fide boom business.

Not long after, they went bust, and the days when you might read a review calling a work of fiction, “The best gay novel of the year!” went with them. As did gay bookstores...when was the last time you were inside a gay bookstore? Were there any woolly mammoth footprints pressed into the clay?

City-and-the-pillar-gore-vidalGore, Gore, Gore...how do you like it, how do you like it?

Part of the reason a booming literary niche was decimated is good—we became less concerned with obsessing over our place in the world as the world became less convinced we were aliens and/or carriers of disease and/or agents of Satan. (Not that a huge chunk of the world doesn't still ponder those questions.) As we have been assimilated, we've become less excited by existentialist literary endeavors and more likely to spring for, say, books about the first time various anonymous narrators had gay sex, or coffee-table books of nude men or books with no discernible gay sensibility at all.

Interview-with-the-VampireBut I miss the days when the gay novel was a big deal. I miss being in my college bookstore and grabbing an Edmund White tome and flipping it to a passage where two farmboys “cornhole” each other, and realizing that it wasn't pornography, but rather was frank, familiar, terrifyingly emotional art.

For fun, I'm including a collection of the first and last sentences of as many gay novels as I could readily lay my hands on. I'm sticking with the books' proper first and last sentences, so am leaving out things like dates and places (“New York, 1983") in the case of books that begin or end with letters, and I'm also ignoring the “hmmm”-inspiring epigraphs that so often appear at the beginning of a novel.

Giovannis_room-frontThese are not meant to be my choices for "the best gay books." But most of my favorite gay novels are included and you will undoubtedly have read and loved many of them.

Actually...how many have you read?

If these tantalizingly brief samples don't make you curious to read some of these books, nothing will.

I would absolutely love to receive your contributions (title, year, author, first line, last line) so I can make this a living post...

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6-PACK — Nobody Watched The Tonys + I Hope Nobody Watches Megyn Kelly Normalize Alex Jones + 49 Angels + McCain: Obama > Trump + Sponsors Freak Over JULIUS CAESAR Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2017-06-12 at 10.59.49 AMTonys ratings were almost at an all-time low! (Image via TonyAwards.com)

WIDGETEW: Tonys have some political oomph, Spacey me-me-me-ness, that epic Midler speech: “Bette Midler for president!” List of winners.

WIDGETSalon: Alex Jones, Sandy Hook denier and full-fledged nut, given prime-time Q&A by “cold” “sociopath” Megyn Kelly, who says, hey, Trump legitimized him first

WIDGETTwitter @KaraDuffyCBS12: 49 people dressed as angels stood vigil outside Pulse last night to commemorate today's anniversary.

WIDGETBloomberg: Will Trump testify? This guy sued Trump — and got him to admit to 30 lies while under oath. So bring it on.

WIDGETJoe.My.God.: John McCain says America was better off under his old rival Obama.

WIDGETNew York Daily News: Caving to Fox News noise machine, Delta and Bank of America defund Public Theater over Trumped-up Julius Caesar.

Trump-Julius-CaesarThe Trump-like characters in this production rattled corporate backers. (Image via Joan Marcus)

 
Jun 11 2017
Orlando Police Show Off Pulse Murals — Amazing Work! Comments (0)

What breathtaking murals!

 
Jun 09 2017
Pride Month: Sculptor Edmonia Wildfire Lewis, An 1800s Trailblazer Comments (0)

Edmonia-lewis_02-e1446141118834-647x1024Lewis during her years as a respected artist

Edmonia Lewis, an African-Haitian-Native American sculptor, was born in New York State around July 4 (an auspicious date!), 1844.

Her mother was a weaver and her father a servant, but Lewis was drawn to sculpting. She studied at an abolitionist school for three years, but was shown the door for being too “wild.” DeathOfCelopatraGoing forward, her nickname was Wildfire.

At the age of approximately 15, Lewis attended Oberlin College, making her one of the first black women to study at a U.S. university. There, she was accused of poisoning two classmates who fell ill, and while she was eventually acquitted and no evidence was ever produced that she intentionally poisoned anyway, she was beaten and left for dead by citizens of Oberlin.

It didn't help that Lewis dressed androgynously and had no male suitors; she never married. (Thoughts on her probable lesbianism here.)

After that adversity, Lewis moved to Boston to sculpt, opening her first studio in 1864. Her skill as an artist made her the first internationally renowned black sculptor, and the first Native American to achieve acclaim in the field, too. She was commissioned by President Ulysses S. Grant to do his portrait, as well as winning commissions to capture the likenesses of many esteemed figures.

She moved to Rome, where she spent most of her life, creating such famous works as Forever Free, which shows a black man and woman emerging from slavery, and the 3,000-pound marble sculpture The Death of Cleopatra (pictured).

Moving to England, she died there on September 17, 1907.

 
Jun 08 2017
6-PACK — Nico Tortorella's SEXPLORATION OF LOVE + Catholic Church Wins Suit + Gus Kenworthy Chats With Tyler Oakley + AT&T Hearts LGBTQs + Remembering Gilbert Baker + Fire Island Book! Comments (0)

NICO-TORTORELLANico will go nude-o. (Image via Instagram @nicotortorella)

WIDGETPrideSource: Luscious Nico Tortorella promises the TV version of his The Love Bomb podcast will feature nudity & be “a sexploration of love.”

WIDGETChicago Tribune: Man who sued Catholic Church for firing him after 17 years just because he married a man loses the suit.

WIDGETOMG Blog: Watch Gus Kenworthy open up to Tyler Oakley on sex, love and coming out.

Gus-KenworthyGet your hands off of my Matt Wilkas's man, Tyler! (Video still via Tyler Oakley)

WIDGETAT&T: AT&T partners with GLAAD to launch 5th Annual Live Proud campaign in support of LGBTQ rights.

WIDGETFacebook: Join fellow LGBTQ community members in remembering the late, great Gilbert Baker, creator of the Rainbow Flag.

Gilbert-Baker(Image via GilbertBaker.com)

WIDGETMascaraMirthMayhem.com: Photographer Susan Kravitz offers a bookful of images from Invasion of the Pines: Mascara, Mirth & Mayhem is here!

Mascara_Mirth_Mayhem_ Kravitz_soft_cover(Image via Susan Kravitz)

 
May 11 2017
6-PACK — THE NEW YORKER Drags Sessions + Comey, Translated + AMERICAN GODS Or AMERICAN PIE?! + Randy Rainbow Brightens Up Towleroad + Anti-Gay In The USA + Water Sports! Comments (0)

New-Yorker(Image by Barry Blitt for The New Yorker)

WIDGETThe New Yorker: Not only is The New Yorker's new cover, by Barry Blitt, awesome, I also learned that James Comey is 6'8"!

WIDGETThe Mary Sue: Yeah, here is what Comey's letter was really saying.

WIDGETAdvocate: The creatives behind American Gods — which shows a gay-sex scene between Middle Eastern men Sunday — made fools of themselves talking about it.

Randy-RainbowRandy loved working with Captain Cho! (Video still via Orbitz)

WIDGETTowleroad: The pot of gold at the end of Randy Rainbow — his Orbitz experience, his right-wing fanboys and fangirls & more!

WIDGETJoe.My.God.: Chicken-shit agriculture secretary is A-okay with USDA-inspected plants displaying anti-LGBTQ materials for all workers to see.

WIDGETtheOUTfront: Don't miss this LGBT water polo team's cute-hot new video!

18251791_322210511532557_3972443998286512128_n-549x445(Video still via Triggerfish)

 


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