You may think you know a pair of pants when you buy ‘em, but denim’s true character isn’t revealed until your trou are well-loved, worn-in, and sudsed up a few times. Rather than just fade out like most pairs on the market — booooring — Betabrand’s new Gay Jeans (yup) have a technicolour surprise hiding underneath the regular indigo.
Wish every wash, the all-over dark blue hue will lighten up and rainbow threads underneath will begin to show through. Even then, it’s a actually a pretty subtle effect; you have to get up close to see how cool it looks.
There is a jar of white liquid. Written on the jar are the words, “POZ CUM.” The contents are poured directly into one of porn star Blue Bailey’s orifices — an orifice that is not his mouth.
This scene from Treasure Island Media’s new film, “Viral Loads,” is stoking controversy — even in the condom-eschewing straight porn industry — by fetishizing HIV and transmission risk. The film’s press release boasts, “Mansex is a virus, one that uses men as its host. Some try to resist it. Others embrace it as the source of life and meaning. We live to breed the sex-virus, to pass it on to every random anonymous dude we meet and fuck. It’s how we reproduce, man.” Of Bailey’s costars, the press release says, “Most are poz, some are neg. Who the fuck cares?”
Industry blogger Mike South wrote about the new film under the headline, “And You Thought Straight Porn Was Bad … .” A post on STR8UPGAYPORN opined, “Treasure Island Media isn’t really a gay pornography studio anymore, is it? Now, their business model is 100% focused on spreading infectious diseases.” He added that the production company “is in the business of terror and death (which is a weird thing to expect people to jerk off to),” and likened the release to a “snuff film.”
Thing is, Bailey is HIV-positive; he isn’t an HIV-negative performer being exposed to positive ejaculate. However, it’s theoretically possible that he could contract an HIV super-infection or other STIs from the activities in “Viral Loads.” What, I wondered, did Bailey make of this risk, the surrounding controversy and the film’s fetishization of HIV (and perhaps even the idea of — if not the actual, real-world — transmission of the virus)? I gave him a call to find out.
Songs about the LGBT community have charted with growing frequency in the past decade. A whole lot of straight artists, whether just looking for a hit or looking to support their LGBT fans, have written empowering songs urging fans to "Come on let your colors burst." Straight artists from Katy Perry ("Firework") to Kesha ("We R Who We R") have recorded "empowering" tracks that have taken flack from some critics as disingenuous.
Then, of course, there's the question of "Same Love" and the public mass marriage that went down at the Grammys this year. By all appearances, it was a huge boon for the gay community. But it was also a smash hit for a straight artist enjoying the kind of success gay artists don't receive nearly as often.
Allies are great, but it's easy to look at the charts and forget that there are actual LGBT folks singing gay anthems. These songs are so important because they're more authentic by definition, and the voices are more marginalized. Here are 19 LGBT musicians whose anthems — some of them real hits; some, under the radar favorites — have led a whole group of marginalized voices in song ...
Despite the president’s stated opposition, even his top advisers didn’t believe that he truly opposed allowing gay couples to marry. “He has never been comfortable with his position,” David Axelrod, then one of his closest aides, told me.
Indeed, long before Obama publicly stated that he was against same-sex marriage, he was on the record supporting it. As an Illinois State Senate candidate from Chicago’s liberal Hyde Park enclave, Obama signed a questionnaire in 1996 saying, “I favor legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages.” But as his ambitions grew, and with them the need to appeal to a more politically diverse electorate, his position shifted.
University of Notre Dame student-athlete Matt Dooley has come a long way since waking up in a hospital bed following a failed suicide attempt three years ago. Although the senior tennis player was nervous when he started coming out as gay to his teammates last month, he has been met with an overwhelming show of support from teammates and coaches.
In a somewhat surprising step, Notre Dame even produced its own a video to show exactly how they felt about Dooley's pronouncement — and the results are pretty amazing.
One of the strangest things about the H.I.V. epidemic in the Deep South—from Louisiana to Alabama to Mississippi—is how easily most Americans have elided it, choosing instead to imagine that the disease is now an out-there, elsewhere epidemic. It’s a plague from some anterior time, some exterior continent, something our kids will read about in books or that we glimpse as history in the movie “Dallas Buyers Club.” Only recently, in the face of unrelenting statistics about the convergence of H.I.V./AIDS rates in the Deep South with almost every other relevant public-health risk—from obesity to heart disease and diabetes—have many of the mega-funders taken a different tack. They are learning that the people doing the grunt work of prevention, education, and treatment often do so in an environment of fierce hardships, the most obvious of which is a lack of funding.
Mike Huckabee doesn’t hate gay people — he just loves the Bible. “I’m not against anybody. I’m really not. I’m not a hater. I’m not homophobic,” Huckabee said Tuesday to an audience at the Iowa Faith and Freedom convention, reiterating his opposition to marriage equality. “I honestly don’t care what people do personally in their individual lives.
“When people say, ‘Why don’t you just kind of get on the right side of history?’ I said, ‘You’ve got to understand, this for me is not about the right side or the wrong side of history, this is the right side of the Bible, and unless God rewrites it, edits it, sends it down with his signature on it, it’s not my book to change,’” he explained.
This is a pretty absurd claim. Because of course Mike Huckabee is a homophobe! So is Ken Cuccinelli, Rick Santorum, Marsha Blackburn, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Jan Brewer and a great many other men and women who are currently in positions that allow them to influence and implement policy that sanctions or enacts blatant discrimination against LGBTQ people.
Even as Larry Kramer, the lifelong gay activist, worked with producer and director Ryan Murphy on the HBO adaptation of Kramer's 1985 play The Normal Heart, which premieres May 25, Kramer kept asking the question: Why did it take so long? Why, he lamented, did it take so long to make the play into a film?
The response to the historic announcement on Wednesday that all five major sporting codes had agreed to support a strong anti-homophobia policy has been overwhelming positive, but the line keeps coming up.
Australian Lesbian and Gay Life Stories, a national oral history project currently underway, seeks to explore this transformation further. The project is a collaboration between the National Library of Australia, Macquarie University and two other Australian universities, supported by funding from the Australian Research Council.
Different generations of gay and lesbian individuals will provide insight into what it has been like to live a gay or lesbian life in Australia from the 1940s to the present, when attitudes have shifted so remarkably.
The project will interview five different generations of “ordinary” gay men and lesbians providing deep insight into how individuals negotiate social change in their intimate lives. This project is the first comprehensive nationwide oral history project undertaken with a diverse range of members of Australia’s lesbian and gay population.
It's a ‘bromance’ born out of deep respect and admiration for a kindred spirit. My friend is as close to a brother as a person not born of the same mother can be. He's one of the bravest people I know. And for most of his life he carried the burden of his sexuality like an anchor around his neck.
In writing this piece I spoke with my friend (I’ll call him John) about his experience as a gay man in a professional sporting environment.
AUSTRALIA’S biggest sports have indicated they will follow the AFL’s lead in banning homophobic sledges by players during games.
The pledge came as the chief executives of Australia’s five largest professional sporting bodies – AFL, NRL, Australian Rugby Union, Football Federation Australia and Cricket Australia (all pictured above) – signed up to the new Anti-Homophobia and Inclusion Framework.
The codes were brought together by the organisers of global gay rugby tournament, the Bingham Cup, which will be held in Sydney this August.
It’s now 30 years since HIV was discovered. During my training as a doctor in central London in the late 1990s, people were still dying of Aids. But since then, incredible pharmacological advances have been made in how the virus is treated and managed. Combination medications — termed ‘highly active antiretroviral therapy’ or Haart — have resulted in being able to maintain the infected person’s immune system and therefore prevent the opportunistic infections that resulted in the development of Aids and led to death. Despite working in the centre of London with high-risk groups such as sex workers and drug addicts, I haven’t seen someone die of HIV for years. It’s now incredibly rare to die as a result of HIV/Aids in this country. The most recent statistics show that in 2012, less than 1 per cent of people with HIV died. This is about the same for the non-infected population. It’s hard, now, to argue that HIV is a death sentence.
The Louisiana House of Representatives voted not to remove the state's sodomy ban today, even though it was declared unconstitutional by the U.S Supreme Court in 2003 and cannot be used to arrest people.
Last week, Tom Daley came out again during a UK television appearance, stating that he now identifies as a gay man. When the Olympic diver announced that he was dating a man last December, the widespread reaction to his assumed bisexual reinforced harmful tropes about being “greedy” and sitting on the fence. Instead of considering how we’ve been conditioned to understand sexuality, some made assumptions about how people should discuss or label their orientation.
And for a second time, heterosexual privilege and bisexual stigma have scored landslide wins.
Three years ago, sex education advocates sat down to write national standards for how students learn about reproduction — something akin to the Common Core standards. Except, in this case, for sex.
The moment, in a way, seemed just right. Congress had effectively cut off federal funding for abstinence-only education in 2009. But no one knew quite what would, or should, replace it.
The result was the National Sexuality Education Standards, the first attempt at creating a road map for what skills and knowledge students should get from sex education. The new curriculum would be based on science, include clear information on safe sex practices, emphasize healthy relationships, and be LGBT friendly.
But so far, only one state, Colorado, has even come close to adopting them.
"There are pockets of good sex education," says Debra Hauser, president of Advocates for Youth, one of three sex education groups that joined to form the Future of Sex Education and write the standards. "But by and large we're still pushing."
One openly gay athlete leads to another, and another, and another. Collins is in the NBA. Sam, a college football player, is trying out for the NFL. Gordon, a sophomore at the University of Massachusetts, came out today as the first openly gay player in Division I men’s basketball.
One of the more curious memes to emerge (or, really, re-emerge) in the wake ofBrendan Eich’s resignation from Mozilla last week is the notion of a “gay mafia,” a shadowy group of power-queers that will, I don’t know, sink you off the Christopher Street Pier in a bundle of costume jewelry if you run afoul of the movement. Conservatives like Glenn Beck and Newt Gingrich have warned the faithful of the ruthlessness of LGBTQ activists, decrying “terrorist organizations” and a “new fascism,” respectively, and everyone on the panel of last week’s Real Time With Bill Maher chuckled nervously when Maher called out the gay mafia directly. “I think if you cross them, you do get whacked,” he said, not entirely approvingly.
The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal Monday from a studio that refused to photograph a lesbian couple's commitment ceremony, letting stand a New Mexico high court ruling that helped spur a national debate over gay rights and religious freedom.