December 21, 2010

My Friends At Out Magazine Presented This Great Photo Project Today

Name: Tyler

Age: 19

Nationality: Portuguese, Black


Where Do You Live?:
Brooklyn, NY

Check out the 30+ mini-profiles of the future's gays.

Look At This London Guy's Fucking Huge Nipples

If you have a few minutes, read this fun interview at BUTT magazine's website.

Sephora, Willow Grove Mall - m4m - 22 (Willow Grove, PA)

I doubt you will read this…
I feel incredibly lame and pathetic for posting a “missed connection” on craigslist, but I feel there’s something romantic about tossing this positive energy into the air, and cyberspace. You were working cash wrap at Sephora in the Willow Grove mall. There was just something beautiful about you. It is impossible to gather much about a person beyond their physical appearance, but there was just something calming about you. It stopped me in my tracks.

James Blake Sings A Lovely Feist Song In A Compelling Way

December 20, 2010

Delightfully Grimy Tattooed Boys By Jeffrey Kilmer

Zac, Brooklyn

Mat, Port Huron, MI

Kane, Wendover, NV

Jeremy, Camarillo, CA

Francis, Brooklyn

Joe, Brooklyn

Thanks, OUT. I want that book.

December 13, 2010

Splitsville, USA! Population: Four Attractive People

Miley Cyrus Was Caught Taking Salvia Bong Rips

Watch the video on TMZ to hear her delightfully uncontrollable laughter.

A little BBC report about the fiasco:

Adele Starr Was an Inspiring Mother and Activist

"Adele Starr, a Brentwood mother of five who overcame dismay at her son's homosexuality to become a leading voice for gay rights and marriage equality, has died. She was 90.

Starr died in her sleep Friday at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, where she had been convalescing after surgery, said her son Philip Starr.

In 1976, Starr founded the Los Angeles chapter of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, a gay rights and acceptance organization known then as Parent FLAG, now as PFLAG.

In 1979, she spoke on the steps of the U.S. Capitol at a march for gay rights — a seminal event often credited with uniting a then-nascent movement.

Two years later, she became PFLAG's first national president; she served in that capacity until 1986 and remained a forceful advocate for civil rights and, in later years, for the legalization of same-sex marriage.

Starr served at the helm of PFLAG during the onset of the AIDS crisis, said her longtime friend and collaborator Terry DeCrescenzo, founder of another advocacy group formed to reach out to gay and lesbian youth.

"In that time, a lot of us lost hope," said DeCrescenzo, 66, of Studio City. "Not Adele. And PFLAG became enormously important because it was rock solid.... She was a good woman. She'll be missed."

She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Feb. 10, 1920, as Ida Seltzer, the daughter of an accountant and a homemaker. She never fancied her first name and changed it to Adele as a teenager.

In 1941 she married Lawrence Starr, an accountant. She remained mostly in the New York area through the end of World War II, in which her husband served as an Army translator and her brother, an Air Force bombardier, was killed in action.

In 1951, the Starrs visited a relative in the Los Angeles area and took to the region immediately, drawn largely by the weather. They soon settled in Brentwood, where Adele Starr helped her husband establish a private accounting practice.

She was primarily a stay-at-home mother. The Starrs had four sons and a daughter.

In 1974, Philip Starr, the couple's second son, sat his parents down and told them he was gay. Although the gay rights movement was well underway by then, he recalled, "being gay was still seen as a mental illness."

"And parenting was often blamed as the cause," Philip Starr said. "So parents really felt bad — they felt like they were bad parents."

His mother was upset, so Philip Starr directed her to a support group of sorts that eventually evolved into PFLAG.

Two years later, Adele Starr launched the Los Angeles chapter of PFLAG, modeled loosely after an existing group in New York. The group met first at her home but expanded quickly and soon began meeting at a Methodist church in Westwood, where families still meet today. Over the years, hundreds of families came and went.

"Initially the impulse was that the group was really important to her because she wanted parents not to suffer like she had — not to be isolated, to have a place to go," said Philip Starr, who has been with his now-husband, Michael Simengal, since 1974. The couple has a 19-year-old son.

In the early days, the meetings were "almost like an AA format," Philip Starr said. Some members even declined to reveal their true names. "As she got more involved, she realized how oppressive the environment was. She really became an activist," Philip Starr said.

In 1995, for instance, Adele Starr publicly lambasted a slate of conservatives trying to wrest control of an Antelope Valley school board; the group harbored a deep suspicion of multiculturalism and had declared gay relationships invalid.

Three years later, in a letter to The Times, the Starrs wrote that Philip was a devoted father and a successful businessman and taxpayer and deserved the "same rights and freedoms as others," including the right to "legally marry the one he loves."

"We cannot understand those arrogant people who have decided that a heterosexual lifestyle must be imposed on everyone and that they have a monopoly on morality," she wrote. "The American way is respect for diversity with the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

Over time, Adele Starr's activism eclipsed that of her son; he recalled with a chuckle that she often had to remind him to pay his PFLAG dues.

She appeared at numerous conferences where, among other things, she preached her unyielding belief that sexual orientation was determined at birth.

PFLAG is now a Washington-based nonprofit group with 200,000 members and supporters and 500 affiliates around the world. The group has since added transgender people to its mission, and its acronym now stands for Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays."

Thanks, LA Times.

December 11, 2010

December 6, 2010

Bloomberg Makes Boring Gay Jokes At Toys For Tots

For the fourth year running, Mayor Michael Bloomberg stopped by the gay holiday party formerly known as "Toys for Tots" to show how much he loves his queer constituents. This year he came with gay-themed toys and bad gay-themed jokes.

According to the Daily News, while rubbing elbows at Chelsea Piers on Friday night with Manhattan's A gays like Andy Cohen and Lance Bass, Bloomberg cracked up the crowd with lines like, "I haven't seen so many guys since there was a Ricky Martin book signing." Really? He went there? After showing off his pink sweater (groan), he said, "You should see what's in my closet." We're not sure what it might be, but we bet it has something to do with Ed Koch.

Bloomberg wasn't just there to drum up the gay vote (Bloomberg 4 Prez 2012, Girl!) and support his friend Robby Browne, the real estate exec who started the event 25 years ago, but to donate toys—very gay toys. He had a Glee Magic Eight Ball, some lesbian Annette Benning and Julianne Moore dolls (this testosterone-heavy room isn't right for that joke, Mike), and two Twilight dolls. The only way gay men differ from teenage girls is that we're not completely obsessed with Twilight, so it wasn't exactly on-key, but we can understand the mistake. Bloomie tried to win over the crowd by asking if they were Team Edward or Team Jacob. Of course the ab-obsessed gay masses said they were on Team Jacob and Bloomberg replied, "I bet you'd want to be on him too." OK, fair enough.

Bloomberg also donated a poster for the camp-tastic Cher and Christina Aguilera jam Burlesque. There is really nothing we can say about that because, well, the gays are pretty much obsessed with it right now. Good one, Mayor Mike. You got us there. But what is up with Republicans and really stale gay jokes these days?

Text by my boy Brian Moylan for Gawker. Image is Getty.

Nicole Kidman Uses Her Eyes Because She Can't Express Herself With Her Face Anymore?

Thanks, Popbytes.

This is what she used to look like. Thanks, Parade.

This Bitch Is Batshit Crazy About Her Own Hands

December 3, 2010

This Is Complete And Utter BULLSHIT!

Oh, And This Weird Lady Took Some Excellent Drugs

The Jezebel headline says it all: "Possibly-On-Drugs Woman Has The Time Of Her Life In A Public Pool"

This Weird Lady Has Had A Lot Of Surgery

"Yesterday, wearing only a black bra and panties, a 52-year-old woman who uses a wheelchair missed her flight out of Oklahoma City. She failed the security screening.

Transportation Security Administration screeners told Phoenix-bound Tammy Banovac her wheelchair, luggage and clothes showed traces of nitrates, which can be used in bombs, The Oklahoman reports. After more than an hour of hand searches and interrogation, she was told to come back to Will Rogers World Airport today.

This morning, Banovac returned — wearing the same minimalist travel ensemble. She passed TSA's screening and off she and her dog went. (She dressed after being screened.)

Banovac told the paper that because of her wheelchair she is typically hand-searched. But the TSA's new, enhanced pat-downs have left her feeling violated. She said an "unpleasant" TSA experience two weeks ago prompted her revealing approach to pat-downs.

"If it happened anywhere else, it would have been sexual assault," she said.

Naturally, someone captured her 7 a.m. departure and posted it on YouTube."

Posted by Michael Winter for USA Today.