So what does mom think of the Grindr messages that have rolled in overnight on her gay son's Grindr account? Turns out, she's pretty cool about it, and has a few opinions about all of them.r
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
With amazing clarity and insight well beyond his years, Tom tells his audience:r
“For a while, I dismissed the fact that I hated my body. I pretended to be content with what I was assigned until, at a certain point, I broke.r
“For some of you this may come as a shock, and for others, well, you knew or you thought that I was transgender.r
“Well here’s your reassurance: I am no longer Mia. I never really was. And now I finally stand before you in my true and authentic gender identity, as Tom. I stand before you as a 13-year-old boy."r
Tom goes on to tell his audience that his announcement should not be treated as gossip but tells friends and family to feel free to ask him questions because “I know the most about my transition.”r
Watch Tom’s powerful speech, AFTER THE JUMP...rr
New Music is brought to you weekly by Deadly Music!, which covers mostly indie/alternative music as well as electronica, ambient/modern classical, pop and anything really, really good. Most tracks are available on a Soundcloud playlist, some of them on a Spotify playlist....both of which are embedded at the end of this post.r
Cash + David: “Bones”r
English electro pop duo Cash + David released three outstanding tracks last year, the best of which was “Bones” (above) which came with a quite mesmerising performance-based video.r
They have described their music as like “singing Like A Virgin in a desert karaoke booth, with Sleigh Bells on percussion and M83 on guitars”.r
Just added to Soundcloud last week is the EP Triptych which handily includes “Bones” and the other two previous tracks “Funn” and “Pulse” along with a remix of each track.rr
Peter Broderick: “The Reconnection”r
Known for working on piano solos, folktronica, experimental folk, pop, soundtracks and lots in between, one thing’s for certain with Broderick – you’re never sure what you’re going to get and true to form the first release from the album “The Reconnection” is a sweet 60s-inspired sing along and without the closest he has come to pop.r
Colours of the Night is out on April 27th on Bella Union.r
Listen to new songs by Taxi Taxi, Raines and My Sad Captains, AFTER THE JUMP...rrr
Taxi Taxi: “Floating Forever”r
Swedish twin sisters Taxi Taxi describe their EP title track “Floating Forever” as a power pop ballad and you can where they’re coming from. However, it’s more like power pop with recent coldwave influences from the likes of Hockeysmith all wrapped up in an 80s pop base.r
The fact that the sisters used to be on Efterklang‘s label is telling.r
If the old gods and the new are good, this could be huge.r
RAINES aka Mike Nelson from Liverpool, England makes his debut with the haunting “Ghosts”, a slow-building potential indie pop stadium filler following in the footsteps of early Coldplay.r
Speaking about the track, RAINES says:r
“Ghosts is really important to me, it’s about my dreams and my nightmares. It’s about having someone to fight the world with. It’s about love and loss, but also the idea that these feelings don’t stop just because a relationship does.”r
Have a look at the video below.rr
My Sad Captains: “Extra Curricular”r
Have a look at the lovely video for the EP title track belowrr
Weekly Updates From Deadly Music!r
The UN budget committee has approved a plan proposed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to offer benefits to all spouses of legally-wed gay UN staffers, the AP reports:r
In Tuesday's vote, 43 countries supported a Russian-sponsored resolution that called for the U.N. chief's plan to be dropped while 80 countries opposed it and 37 abstained. Currently, family benefits for U.N. staff members are determined by their country of origin. The secretary-general's plan will give family benefits to all staffers who are legally married — regardless of the laws on same-sex marriage in their home countries.r
Saudi Arabia, China, Iran, India, Egypt, Pakistan, and Syria joined Russia in opposing the benefits.r
Russia wanted the 193-member General Assembly Fifth Committee, which deals with the U.N. budget, to overturn Ban's decision and had been threatening to put the measure to a vote since December.
Deputy Russian U.N. Ambassador Petr Iliichev said before the vote that the United Nations should return to how the issue was previously regulated, citing it as "an example of how the United Nations respects cultural differences, the sovereign right of each and every state to determine its norms."
You’d be hard pressed to find an eighth grader who hasn’t ever put something down as being “gay.” With a good education and some practical experience, most will grow out of it. But what about the kids who slip through the cracks?
The Canadian Center for Gender and Sexual Diversity has a novel, knitted approach to the problem. To highlight the absurdity of calling decidedly not gay things “gay,” they set out to produce the “world’s first and only ‘gay’ object.” Yes, they knitted a sweater out of 100 percent bona fide homosexual hair from over 100 donors.
And it’s about to make its debut at Toronto fashion week, so book your tickets now, folks.
“We want the conversation that surrounds the gay sweater to inspire those who are using ‘gay’ in a detrimental way to both realize the negative impact their words and actions are having and change their behavior,” said Jeremy Dias, director of the CCGSD.
But enough talk, here are some pictures of it:
And here’s a video for the project:
In todays world were all trying to make a name for ourselves … Well mine is Ledom ????????
Brooklyn NY by kevindhooverphotography
Cocky Boys Exlusive Tayte Hanson by Roberto Araujo Photography
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Jasmine was nothing if not a strong presence, and her departure leaves a gap much bigger than her bony frame. You wouldn’t assume that her lasting legacy would be intellectual, but she did manage to deliver humor so subtle that poised, prissy Miss Fame couldn’t grasp it. (Or maybe she just missed the pun because she’s never eaten something as mundane as popcorn?) Anyway, the segment ends with Pearl actually in real life falling asleep and then actually in real life getting splashed with water to wake her up because those interview clips are never, ever staged, and this proves it.
The next day is a brand new day. You can tell, because several people inexplicably feel the need to mention that it’s a brand new day. They’re trying so hard to convince me of this newness that, despite all logic, I reverse-psychology the statement and remain inexplicably suspicious that they simply changed clothes and filmed this on the same day. Ru’s video message and subsequent in-person message reveal that there will be no mini-challenge this week: we’re jumping straight to the main event. The girls will make parody music videos of RuPaul “hits” in three groups that they will choose for themselves.
As usual, the team-building process does as much to divide as it does to unite. Ginger, eager to surround herself with people she enjoys, latches immediately onto Kasha, Kandy, and Kennedy. (For a gal so worried about diversity last time, you’d think she’d want to steer clear of those initials.) Trixie is more strategic, grabbing Fame for her vocal talents, Katya for her sense of humor, and Pearl for… well, and Pearl. Left behind are Max, Jaidynn, and of course Violet, who’s pretty tired of not being everyone’s favorite but in no particular rush to make herself even vaguely more likeable.
Team Ginger immediately comes across as most likely to nail this assignment because the editors are clearly grasping at straws for any hint of drama. There’s some mild concern about Kasha’s character voice (as if she hasn’t sounded that way the whole damn time) and a weird bit where Ru pretends to take offense at a Drag U joke, but mostly they seem pretty solid. They have a unified costuming concept, a totally acceptable set of lyrics about RuPaul’s merchandising empire, and enough collective personality to distract us from their lesser skills.
The struggle is real with Team Trixie, however. Despite her admitted lack of performance experience, Fame seems pretty confident in her managerial skills. Girl has an opinion on everything and doesn’t respond particularly well to disagreement. She’d make a better dictator than a president, though if her group’s disorganized bickering is any indication, I don’t even think she’s qualified to babysit. (She can’t even pop the corns to feed the children!) From staggering toward the overtanning lyrical concept to muddling through a choreographing session to bickering their way through the video shoot, every baby step for this team represents a Herculean effort.
Rounding out the pack is Team Reject. Though they get off to a shaky start because Violet is genetically incapable of being agreeable, they end up rallying behind a smart, silly send-up of last season’s top queens. Jaidynn’s dead-on Bianca recreation is a standout, while Max (as we all did last year) struggles to find something funny about Courtney Act.
Oh, also, there were recording sessions with Lucian Piane that I didn’t bother mentioning because there weren’t enough shots of him taking off his shirt and telling me he loves me wait what were we talking about?
During the next day’s runway prep, Kennedy talks about her sister Sahara. It’s weird to hear a contestant offer up a sob story during a week when she’s definitely not in the bottom two. Usually they save the discussion of a difficult past for one of the lip syncers. (Right, Tempest?)
Since Ru got her fair share of mockery from the main challenge, Michelle gets ribbed on the runway with an all-green assault. No one makes fun of Carson Kressley or Ross Matthews because neither of them is there regularly, which is strange because I can’t imagine that either of them has extensive scheduling conflicts. There aren’t many standouts in terms of fashions, though I appreciated Mrs. Kasha Davis’ monetary investment and Max’s minimalism. The panel fires few shots during the critiquing session, because while no one was that great, no one was that awful, either. After last week’s all-out scream-fest, I can’t help but be let down. Not as let down as Kennedy, of course, whose win earns her a supply of Jessica Alba’s household products. Oof.
The heat gets turned up once the bottom two are announced, however. Doll realness Trixie is pitted against actual RealDoll™ Pearl, and it seems a little early for either of them to go home. But if the criteria for choosing them is haphazard, it at least injects the episode with a shot of adrenaline. I have to say, Ru and I must have been watching different lip syncs, because the version that played on my TV should not have ended with Ms. Mattel sashaying. I’m sad to see her go; while I didn’t think she’d win, I could at least count on her to do something interesting every week, which is more than I can say for some of the remaining queens.
Jean-François Breau © Robert Ferron 2015
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