Thursday, March 24, 2016

Hot Man Of The Day - Model - Ben Todd

New Music - Meghan Trainor - NO


Ignacio Ondategui & Sergio Carvajal Photoshoot for ‘Nit Swim’

Disney, Marvel, And AMC Join The Fight Against Georgia's Anti-Gay Bill

The Georgia legislature has sent a religious liberty bill to the desk of Gov. Nathan Deal, who has until May 3 to decide whether or not to sign it.

Disney and its Marvel Studios film unit will not shoot future movies in Georgia if a controversial bill that critics contend would legalize anti-gay discrimination is signed by that state's governor. Viacom as well as the AMC Networks, which films The Walking Dead in the state, has called on Gov. Nathan Deal to veto the legislation.

"Disney and Marvel are inclusive companies, and although we have had great experiences filming in Georgia, we will plan to take our business elsewhere should any legislation allowing discriminatory practices be signed into state law," a company spokesman said Wednesday.

Marvel has filmed such movies as Ant-Man and the upcoming Captain America: Civil War and Guardians of the Galaxy 2 in Atlanta, taking advantage of Georgia's attractive tax incentives. While Disney's statement specifically mentioned Marvel, other Disney units like ABC Studios and Disney Studios would also take part in the boycott.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Steve Grand: ‘I’m Such an Easy Person to Target’ as a Young, Good-Looking, White Gay Man

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Singer Steve Grand has opened up on his public persona and his music career in a new interview posted on Monday.

Speaking with PrideSource, Grand admits, “I don’t like the me that most people probably see,” the “weird guy trapped in a douchey gym guy’s body.”

Grand first rose to popularity with the release of his 2013 album, “All-American Boy.” He has also become known for his gym body which he regularly displays on social media. Grand seems to suggest that he has been unfairly targeted for criticism because of his looks. Says Grand,

“I’m not so bad. People have (such) incredibly low expectations of me, that I just need to show up. For my performances, I need to not be terrible and people will be impressed. I just know people have really, really low expectations of me and that’s what the Internet does. I’m such an easy person to target. Young, good-looking, white, gay men – we love to hate those people. But there’s been a real person there the whole time.”

As Grand has continued to face scrutiny for his public persona, which he describes as “messy”, he says he has tried to care less about how people will respond to what he does and what he shares. “I had this unreasonable expectation that I was going to be understood by people and it took me a long time to get over that,” he says. Speaking on how media and online sites portray him, he adds, “I don’t make sense in any kind of headline, so I’ve kinda given up on that and I’m fine with it.”

Specifically addressing what PrideSource calls “the struggle to be taken seriously as a music artist” whilst half-naked images of him circulate online, Grand notes that it used to be “really frustrating.” But he has altered expectations these days:

“I don’t have that high of expectations for the general public – I mean, we don’t even understand things that really actually f*cking matter, like, with this election. So why should I expect people to take the time to understand me? I don’t matter. And people don’t even care about things that do matter.

I take my music seriously. I’m a good musician and I’m a good performer, and I also like to work out my body and show it off sometimes. It’s a fleeting thing; when I’m 50, I’m not gonna look like this.

Everybody has to feel like they have to be a special snowflake. People can’t just look at a picture of a hot guy and let it be beautiful. It has to be some statement about them. Let people just f*cking appreciate what is beautiful and let things be beautiful if they’re beautiful.”

As for whether seeing others’ semi-naked selfies ever makes him feel “less than”, Grand says “of course” but adds that he tries “to take personal responsibility and not lash out at that person [who posted the selfie] because they maybe make me feel less.” He says, “I just f*cking look at the picture and enjoy it…yeah, sometimes I have that envy and that jealousy rises up. I could either leave a really bitter comment about it on the Internet or I could go work on my own sh*t and be the best I can be.”

As for how far Grand will go nudity-wise in the future, he says not to expect any full frontal action, unless someone offers him a million dollars. But he doesn’t want to get anyone’s hopes up:

“I don’t think my dick is that exciting. It’s just like, whatever. It’s pretty unremarkable. I think it’s good to be proud of what you have but I think there are more interesting things about me than my relatively… what’s the word I’m looking for? It’s very appropriately sized and shaped, that’s what I would say.”

As for bloggers writing about that quote and putting it in their headlines (PrideSource suggests: “Steve Grand calls his dick ‘unremarkable’ and ‘appropriately sized'”), Grand remarks only, “That’s fine. If it makes people happy.”

Concerning his music, Grand doesn’t understand the backlash he’s received for not continuing down the country music road since All-American Boy. He explains, “I never said I’m country and I never said I’m the first anything; those are all things that people associated with me and it had absolutely zero to do with anything that I said or did myself.”

In the coming months, Grand says he hopes to create another full-length album that will be a departure from what he did on All-American Boy. “It’s gonna be a little more gritty,” Grand says.
(VIA Towerload)

'Bazaar Man' Cover : Nick Jonas

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Gay Cinema - The Invention - Gay Short Film

Brad is a closeted gay man who crosses paths with a student working on a time travel device which takes him to an alternate universe and leads to his seduction.

Smithers will Come Out as Gay on ‘Simpsons’ Episode in Two Weeks

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George Takei Makes a Guest-Voice Appearance

When Smithers is devastated by Burns’ lack of affection towards him, Homer makes it his mission to find him a boyfriend. Meanwhile, after Bart orchestrates the removal of the lead in the school’s stage production of “Casablanca,” Milhouse serves as a terrible understudy, which frustrates his co-star, Lisa, in the all-new “The Burns Cage” episode of THE SIMPSONS airing Sunday, April 3 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (SI-2710)  (TV-PG; D, L, S, V)  CC-AD-HDTV 720p-Dolby Digital 5.1

Publishing Triangle Award Nominees Announced for Best LGBT Books of 2015

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The Publishing Triangle, the association of lesbians and gay men in publishing, has announced the nominees for its 28th Annual Triangle Awards to be awarded on April 21 in LGBT Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Debut Fiction as well as (for the first time) Trans and Gender-Variant Literature.

Finalists for the Publishing Triangle Award for Trans and Gender-Variant Literature
The Argonauts, by Maggie Nelson (Graywolf Press)
Debridement, by Corrina Bain (Great Weather for Media)
The Middle Notebookes, by Nathanaël (Nightboat Books)
Trans/Portraits: Voices from Transgender Communities, by Jackson Wright Schultz (Dartmouth College Press)

Finalists for the Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction
Dirty River: A Queer Femme of Color Dreaming Her Way Home, by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (Arsenal Pulp Press)
The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle, by Lillian Faderman (Simon and Schuster)
Honor Girl, by Maggie Thrash (Candlewick Press)
“No One Helped”: Kitty Genovese, New York City, and the Myth of Urban Apathy, by Marcia M. Gallo (Cornell University Press)

Finalists for the Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction
Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage, by Barney Frank (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
A House in St. John’s Wood: In Search of My Parents, by Matthew Spender (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
It’s Not Over: Getting Beyond Tolerance, Defeating Homophobia, and Winning True Equality, by Michelangelo Signorile (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Visions and Revisions: Coming of Age in the Age of AIDS by Dale Peck (Soho Press)

Finalists for the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry
Bodymap, by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (Mawenzi House/TSAR)
Fanny Says, by Nickole Brown (BOA Editions)
Life in a Box Is a Pretty Life, by Dawn Lundy Martin (Nightboat Books)
No Confession, No Mass, by Jennifer Perrine (University of Nebraska Press)

Finalists for the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry
Boy with Thorn, by Rickey Laurentiis (University of Pittsburgh Press)
Chord, by Rick Barot (Sarabande Books)
Farther Traveler, by Ronaldo V. Wilson (Counterpath Press)
The Spectral Wilderness, by Oliver Bendorf (Kent State University Press)

Finalists for the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction
Blue Talk and Love, by Mecca Jamilah Sullivan (Riverdale Avenue Books)
Bright Lines, by Tanwi Nandini Islam (Penguin Books)
Hotel Living, by Ioannis Pappos (Harper Perennial)
One Hundred Days of Rain, by Carellin Brooks (BookThug)

Finalists for The Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction
After the Parade, by Lori Ostlund (Scribner)
JD, by Mark Merlis (Terrace Books/University of Wisconsin Press)
A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara (Doubleday)
A Poet of the Invisible World, by Michael Golding (Picador)
Under the Udala Trees, by Chinelo Okparanta (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

(VIA Towerload)

Sunday Comics - 03-20-2016