161 posts categorized "DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL"

Dec 17 2012
Show & Don't Ask, Don't Tell Comments (0)
Phillip & Stephen
Cameron, Kelly & Hannah
Idalia & Angelie
Karen & Alli
Lilly & Ashley
Stephanie & Sarah
Steve & Josh Snyder-Hill
Zachary & Marvin
Zachary, Marshal, Emma & Taylor

I was excited to receive these images from Australian photographer Tatjana Plitt and am happy to share them in the above gallery. These are from a project she's been working on called Gay Warriors that captures portraits of same-sex couples who served under Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

As Plitt points out, the elimination of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, while a huge step, has not ended gay soldiers' problems thanks tot he existence of DOMA.

Plitt describes her work as paying "homage to the historic imagery of the 17th century marriage and family portraits," which I think comes across beautifully.

She hopes to conclude with at least 50 couples. If you like her work so far, please visit her Kickstarter and help her see it through.

Jan 13 2012
Joan Crawford Is Not. One. Of. Rick's. FANS! Comments (3)
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With thanks to José: Rick Santorum is such an ignorant douchebag, anyone who supports him has earned my enmity...and Joan Crawford, who decided rolling over in her grave was too passive, is none too pleased either...

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Nov 11 2011
She Was Fierce Comments (1)

Hail the Conquering Hero 4Fittingly, this is from Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)

Chexy chooses Franklin Pangborn as his Friday Face in honor of Veteran's Day—yep, the man who personified the cinematic sissy was a World War I hero. Fabulous! Seriously, fabulous to remember him in this way as a reminder that effeminacy is not a bad thing and is not necessarily a sign of weakness.

Nov 06 2011
Boy Culture Turns 6: My Favorite Posts Comments (13)

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As of midnight last night, it was exactly six years since my first post. It's been a tough thing to keep up with a dayjob and outside activities, and just when I think I might walk away, a valuable connection or interesting opportunity or a kind word comes my way. Thank you all for reading me.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef014e89143e3e970d-400wiOf whom are you more jealous?

Here are my favorite 100+ posts out of nearly 11,000. Please take some time to read (or re-read!) a couple and tweet or Facebook any you like.

xoxo Matt

6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54ff027a28833-800wiThe pocket pool championships were intense this year



FROM BOY TO MAN: BC B.C. (2007): The entire history of my novell and novel Boy Culture as well as the movie version; might be my ultimate post.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54f5599878833-800wiJonathon Trent & Derek Magyar make an Allan Brocka sandwich

BOY ON FILM (2006): An account of the NYC launch party for Boy Culture as it played the TriBeCa Film Fest.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54f7f18238834-800wiI was left "Reeling" by the experience

FRIENDS AND "FAMILY" (2006): The movie version of Boy Culture hits Chicago.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54f5ebead8833-800wiNo one would've mistaken me for Taylor Lautner

RAPT PUPIL (2006): The final night of Outfest with Boy Culture; I was fat but on the other hand got to meet Bryan Singer.




PreviewScreenSnapz001Construction worker (shot this week) vs. James Dean

GUYDAR (since at least January 17, 2008) & ENDS OF THE WORLD (since at least January 13, 2008): Attractive men of the world—I got your backs. Your fronts, too.

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Img_0330Not totally built

6a00d8341c2ca253ef0120a58f680c970bUnaltered iPhone image that still blows me away

"Your pictures suck" (2008): An art critic attacks me, but not without sustaining some hits in return.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e551ff08528834-800wiLet's call it a draw

DRAWN TOGETHER (2008): How my desire to draw related to my secret desire. One of my absolute favorite posts.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01156faa215c970cThe shirtless one

LOST ANGELES (2009): My favorite photographic travelogue of L.A.

Img_0986_1Even then, New Yorkers feared 9/11 was the beginning of the end

ART IMITATES LIFE (2006): My 9/11 and my distaste for grief tourism.


6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54f435c1a8834-800wiDeath of the party—Jeff in high school, already halfway through his life

BURNING MAN (2007): Tribute to my late high school friend and first romance.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef014e862b4a41970d-400wiSigned, sealed (eventually) delivered

LOST BOY FOUND (2011): There is a book in here somewhere.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01538f1f464a970b-400wiBe Italian

CIAO HOUNDS: OUR TRIP TO ITALY (2011): Finally got José to Europe.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54f10b4de8833-800wiDeath becomes here

ILLINOIS DEATH TRIP (2007): Ruminations on death while revisiting a past home, and the past.

Zehnders Life is short...and meaningful

PASSING BY (2008): Mourning the loss of a person I only met once.

Lots more...

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Oct 15 2011
The Unambiguously Straight Duo Comments (0)

Video from their Q&A on October 8, 2011, in Burbank shows Burt Ward and Adam West (aka Batman and Robin) engaging in some sophomoric Don't Ask, Don't Tell banter when West's military service is discussed. Ward has a particularly interesting take on gay insinuations: "He who looks behind the door...has been there before..."

Video after the jump...

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Oct 13 2011
RIP Frank Kameny Comments (0)

All gay people—all people who believe in human rights—have good reason to mourn with the passing of Frank Kameny, who was there at the birth of the LGBT movement and who was there again as President Obama signed the repeal of DADT.

Sep 25 2011
Priceless! (Actually: Pricy!) Comments (1)

Tiffany_alstonTurns out vows were not all this idiot took!

Maryland's Tiffany Alston, who voted against marriage equality after having been a co-sponsor of a bill for it, has been formally charged with embezzling...in order to help fund her own wedding!

I hope she's not married to her freedom, because I think this principled lady might be wedding-marching straight to jail.

Sep 22 2011
Warriors, What Are They Good For? Comments (2)

At tonight's Republican debate, the crowd BOOED a soldier serving in Iraq. What? 6a00d8341c730253ef014e8bc2c261970d-800wi Right-wingers booing a soldier? How could that be?

That could be—he's gay. BOOOO!

Disgusting display. If you need proof that President Obama is not the same as a Republican, try comparing how he'd treat this soldier vs. how Rick Santorum and his silent fellow Rs did. And then recall that this crowd, booing a soldier serving during wartime, is made up of people who want "anyone but Obama."

Sep 21 2011
Don't Ask, Don't Tell—But Don't Forget Comments (1)


Thanks to Joe: A moving video compilation of gay veterans reacting to the death of Don't Ask, Don't Tell—via President Obama's official YouTube channel...

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Sep 20 2011
"I'm Gay" Pride Comments (9)

Wow, I got emotional watching this video of a U.S. soldier calling his dad to tell him he's gay. Poor guy, so nervous and worked up. Glad to hear that his father took it in stride. "Doesn't change our relationship," he replies. It's pretty funny when he says, "Do you wanna tell Mom for me?" and the father says, "I don't believe so."

I hope he asked his dad's permission before posting such an intimate conversation, but the father should be proud of his reaction as well as of his son.