A transgender woman named Kathy Sal was brutally curb-stomped in front of her apartment in the Jackson Heights, Queens neighborhood of NYC on Sunday night, leaving her with bleeding on the brain, and multiple facial and cranial fractures:
CBS2’s Young reported neighbors said some of the transgender or cross-dressing renters in the neighborhood congregate late at night under the elevated No. 7 train tracks….The assailant followed his victim home to a gate on 93rd Street, which leads to a small basement apartment. The attack was quick as it was violent…
…Police late Tuesday did not know the motive and were still looking for a suspect.
Neighbors said the attack was only the most recent and violent in a series of incidents linked to the overnight street activities along the Roosevelt Avenue strip.
Watch the CBS NY report:
The NY Daily news, which refers to the victim using the male gender, reports:
Witnesses saw the suspect repeatedly hit the victim in his head and face and rummage through his pockets. At some points, sources said, a witness yelled out, telling the attacker to stop and that police were on their way. But the suspect barely paused, yelling something back as he continued the assault.
When he was done, he started to walk away, only to decide against it. That’s when he dragged his victim, by then lying on the sidewalk, toward the curb. The suspect then repeatedly slammed the victim’s head against the curb before leaving the scene, sources said.
The victim was rushed to Elmhurst Hospital Center in critical condition. He was placed on a respirator and has not been able to speak with detectives.
The assault was initially classified as a robbery, but the Hate Crimes Task Force is part of the investigation and will help determine if it should be considered a bias crime. A police official said it is not yet clear if the suspect knows the victim. Detectives, meanwhile, are looking for video to help them identify the suspect. Sources said he is Hispanic, in his 30s, about 5-feet-8 and 200 pounds.
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The holiday gift craze begins, and with no shortage of diverse home entertainment titles this year on tap to choose from.
This week we have a sexy fish out of water tale involving a French teenager (Brooklyn Bizarre, above), an outrageous twist on the two-men-and-a-gayby genre, a creepy kids horror flick, and an intimate documentary on Amy Winehouse.
Now for the trailers and details!
($24.99 DVD; Breaking Glass Pictures)
A French teenager, Maurice (the ridiculously photogenic Pierre Prieur), relocates to the hipster mecca of Bushwick, Brooklyn. There, he finds himself an object of desire (truthfully, he’d be desired any damned place he goes and would cause Grindr to crash to boot) by a pair of women who run a bawdy burlesque bar called the Bizarre, who both hire him and insist he sleep naked in their bed. Meanwhile, another employee, Luka, also decides to share some bed time with Maurice, but the real drama comes later when boxer Charlie enters the picture, as well as a mysterious character who shows up at the club. Bizarre stuff indeed, but quite sexy as well!
($24.99 DVD; Element Twenty Two)
The developing LGBT film sub-genre about gay parents having kids gets a zany twist courtesy director Matt Riddlehoover and his co-screenwriter Dustin Tittle in this raucous tale of a 30-year-old web designer, Greg, whose mysterious illness and growing potbelly turns out to be a pregnancy. This not only rocks his relationship with boyfriend Ken, but also puts Greg in the middle of a media firestorm despite his protest of “I don’t want to be a medical miracle!” Add some John Waters gross-out laughs (hello, fits of nausea at inappropriate times!), and a cast of LGBT film favorites like Charlie David and Chris Salvatore, and you have a hysterical yet warm hearted gay date movie for the weekend. Extras include outtakes, deleted scenes, and a commentary.
($24.99 Blu-ray, $19.98 DVD; Lionsgate)
Director Asif Kapadia lets the late, great Amy Winehouse tell her own story through extensive and in most cases never before or rarely seen interviews, personal video footage, rehearsals and collaborations, and performances. It’s such a wealth of material, and comprehensive, Amy truly makes one feel like Winehouse is back with us and sharing her journey from British Jewish child with a penchant for performance to her landing a deal based on scraps that showed enormous promise, to her rise as international star plagued by ultimately toxic people and substances. An incredible talent and loss. Extras include additional scenes, performances, interviews, and director commentary.
($26.99 Blu-ray, $22.98 DVD; Anchor Bay)
Austria’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film for the 88th Academy Awards, this psychological horror flick revolves around a pair of nine-year-old twins, Lukas and Elias, who become convinced that their mother — whose face is bandaged up following a facelift (or whatever) — is not actually her. Something seems a bit off with these kids, too, so it’s hard to know who to root for, trust, and be scared of. Creepy stuff with a twist we ain’t giving away! Extras include a conversation with the filmmakers.
Today is World AIDS Day 2015. We will continue to remember those we have lost — too many of them — and we will fight this scourge until it is gone from the Earth.
RADIANT PRESENCE: “For this year’s Day With(out) Art 2015, Visual AIDS collaborated with 9 influential artists, activists and curators— Bill Arning, Ian Alteveer, Chris Vargas, Rae Lewis-Thornton, Mark S. King, Allen Frame, Maria Mejia, Jack Mackenroth, and Kimberly Drew—to present RADIANT PRESENCE. A digital slideshow with images from the Visual AIDS’ Artist+ Registry, the largest database of works by artists with HIV/AIDS. For the 26th annual Day With(out) Art, Visual AIDS has partnered with art institutions, AIDS-service organizations, and universities for screenings and public programs to highlight RADIANT PRESENCE internationally. Visual AIDS has also coordinated large-scale outdoor projections of RADIANT PRESENCE in highly visible public locations in New York City, San Francisco and Miami (during Art Basel).”
amfAR: $100 million investment strategy announce in support of its Countdown to a Cure for AIDS initiative: “amfAR has identified four key challenges that must be addressed and overcome in order to realize a cure. Each of the four relates to the so-called reservoirs of persistent virus that present the most formidable obstacle to a cure. Scientists must pinpoint the precise locations of these reservoirs, determine how they are formed and persist, quantify the amount of virus in them, and, finally, eradicate the reservoirs from the body. The Institute is expected to house a team of researchers with a track record of collaboration who will work on all four of the key challenges across the research continuum—from basic science to clinical studies. The academic institution that will house the Institute will be selected in the fall of 2015. ”
(RED): Bono announces celeb SHOPATHON and more celebrity one-of-a-kind events to raise money for (RED) project: “‘Even though red is the color of emergency, there’s a sort of optimism about the whole campaign and a kind of defiant humor. We have always had that, but the (SHOPATHON) will really take it to another new level,’ Bono said. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match every dollar raised up to $20 million. R&B singer The Weeknd is offering fans a chance to hang backstage at a concert; there is a one-day “wellness break” with Snoop Dogg in Colorado; and Ryan Seacrest will let someone announce the No. 1 song on his radio show.” Find the (RED) project HERE.
SNAPCHAT: Geofilter activism: “The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation plans to donate $3 to the nonprofit group (RED) for each use of a decorative “World AIDS Day” banner on Snapchat. Known to Snapchat users as geofilters, the digital banners or stickers typically bear the name of an event or place, providing a creative way for users to tell friends where a photo or video was taken.”
Instagram is getting in on the action too, asking users to regram a clip for donations:
WHEN DOGS HEAL: “Rob Garofalo began a project called “When Dogs Heal,” with the help of a dog photographer that tells the stories of HIV-positive people and their dogs in an exhibit launching in Chicago on World AIDS Day.”
BILLBOARD WAR: Has PrEP launched round 3 of the sex wars? “On one side of a debate about preventing HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, AIDS Healthcare Foundation has erected messages equating hookup apps with STIs and casual sex with greater risk of contracting HIV. On the other, the Los Angeles LGBT Center has launched a campaign dubbed ‘What R U Into?’ showing men in various WeHo hot spots conveying ‘what they’re into’ by using various emojis on smart phone apps. Scrawled under the images, the message from the Center: ‘Whatever you’re into, caring for your sexual health is our priority at the new Los Angeles LGBT Center-WeHo.'”
VICE: As we have reported, today HBO is airing a VICE special report tonight called Countdown to Zero which goes inside the search for an AIDS vaccine. The special is hosted by VICE founders and correspondents Shane Smith and Suroosh Alvi, and features interviews with policymakers, activists, researchers and patients. Here’s a clip from the episode featuring AIDS activist Peter Staley:
HIV CRIMINALIZATION AND POP MUSIC: Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood through the lens of HIV: “One of the earliest horrible “jokes” I read about Charlie Sheen and his HIV status was something like, ‘how is that tiger blood treating you now?’ My pop-sick brain started singing ‘Tiger Blood’ to the tune of Taylor Swift’s ‘Bad Blood’ and suddenly I was able to articulate something my brain had been struggling with all summer…HIV Criminalization is like a Taylor Swift Song: worthy of further consideration and often rooted in revenge. ‘Bad Blood’ of course is the best example. As someone who writes and organizes around HIV/AIDS and often uses pop culture to talk about the ongoing epidemic, I can’t help but hear the song through the lens of HIV, both historically, and relate it to HIV criminalization. And now it seems entwined with Charlie Sheen.”
HIV STIGMA: If you missed it earlier this week, here’s Mike Rizzi’s video in which he interviews six HIV-positive people about the stigma they battle each day:
AIDS CONCERN: Hong Kong’s HIV advocacy group asked” a ‘Tough Question’ , provoking responses that will make you laugh out loud, scratch your head and play safe. For each share of this video, Durex will donate a condom to AIDS Concern HK. Act now to stop HIV!”
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Getting tested for HIV nowadays is a snap, at least compared to the old days. In the era of quick and easy testing, I’m befuddled why so many gay men, especially young guys, lack awareness of their HIV status.
I suppose part of the answer, at least for some young guys, is plain old feelings of invincibility. All young and young-minded folks share in those feelings. However, that doesn’t explain all of it to me.
Perhaps, for some guys, not knowing gives them license to say they’re HIV negative, since for all they know they are. For others, perhaps not knowing insulates them from any potential pain of a positive result.
Whatever the reasons, knowing your HIV status is crucial. If you test negative, you have incentive to stay that way. If you test positive, you can start the process of staying healthy. Better to know now than to be blindsided later.
Although I’ve been living with HIV for more than two decades, I still remember what it’s like to get tested for the virus. The fear is understandable, but it shouldn’t stop you. Your health is paramount.
I tested negative on my first HIV test. At the time, I had just turned 21 and boy was I psyched. I was cleared for duty, so to speak, as well as legal to drink. Watch out world, here I come.
However, I was more careful this time around. Before that test, I hadn’t always adhered to the condom rule although I knew the risks. Now that I was given this reprieve, I was determined not to squander it.
A year later, I tested HIV positive. I found out the day after my 22nd birthday. My commanding officer in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve read my diagnosis from a script. Cold, but tactful.
I knew the positive result was correct, but denial took over. I retested twice before accepting the reality of my situation. At that moment, I started believing that I was going to die before I turned 30.
It was 1992. Effective HIV treatment wouldn’t arrive until 1996 and AIDS-related deaths were still increasing. The death of my boyfriend in 1994 only increased my fear that I wouldn’t live much longer.
Fast-forward over two decades. Turns out I’m still here and I plan on being here for a long time. Testing HIV positive wasn’t the end of the world, but I must admit that I’d prefer to be HIV negative.
I’ve learned to live with HIV in my body, but the virus remains an unwelcome guest. If the cure for HIV was here tomorrow, I would quickly get in line to be rid of it. I have no romantic attachment to the virus.
I also have no attachment to any resentment about getting HIV. Despite my late boyfriend not telling me the truth about his being HIV positive, I agreed not to use condoms with him. We both shared in that decision.
I’m not alone. Much of why the epidemic continues can be explained by folks not knowing their status transmitting HIV unintentionally, but also by couples who ditch condoms before they know for sure each is negative.
You could argue that my late boyfriend had a moral imperative to disclose his HIV status that was higher than my moral imperative to protect myself. Perhaps you could even be right. However, even after all this time, I still haven’t decided.
What I have decided, now having lived more than half of my life with HIV, is that I did the right thing for myself by forgiving him. I believe he never intended to transmit HIV, so forgiving him wasn’t too difficult for me.
The anger I felt toward him in the first few years after I seroconverted was soon trumped by the experience of now being in his shoes. Not pretty. Rejection was everywhere. The stigma was stifling. I now understood.
And I still understand. Little has changed when it comes to HIV stigma. Not only has the virus proven resistant to a cure, it also has resisted decades of attempts to eradicate the stigma surrounding it.
Strangely enough, I believe testing regularly for HIV would do wonders in stomping out stigma. If everyone did it, and did it often, folks might finally start feeling like it’s not so scary. Peer pressure at its best.
Oriol Gutierrez is editor-in-chief of POZ magazine, which chronicles the HIV/AIDS epidemic. He was diagnosed with HIV in 1992. He also is editor-in-chief of Hep magazine for people living with hepatitis and Tu Salud magazine for Latino health and wellness. He is a former vice president of print and new media for NLGJA: The Association of LGBT Journalists.
TYLER MORGAN photographed by landis smithers
We could bury you in facts and figures today, internationally recognized as World AIDS Day, but instead we highly recommend you check out Radiant Presence, a video slideshow. It comes courtesy of Visual AIDS, an organization that maintains the world’s largest online database of artwork from artists living with HIV.
This is definitely a time when the images you are about to see should speak for themselves. They are worth many thousands of words.
That said, your friends here at Queerty do have an important message for you: the single biggest action you can take to end the epidemic is to get tested. Knowledge is power, and an estimated one in five people with HIV do not know they are infected.
For those of you living with HIV, maintaining your treatment regimen can mean lowering your virus to undetectable levels — and we know that those with an undetectable viral load are not infecting their sex partners.
So, everyone has a role to play to end the HIV epidemic as we know it.
Here is Radiant Presence:
All images: Dieux du Stade by Fred Goudon
Before the Warwick Rowers made naked calendars posh. Before ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue made naked athletes into works of art. There was Dieux du Stade—the Gods of the Stadium—an annual treat for lovers of stunning photography, strapping sportsmen and, more importantly, naked dudes. For the 15th anniversary of the calendar, teNeus is releasing a coffee table book this December featuring the work of frequent collaborator Fred Goudon.
OUT: What first drew you to documenting the male form? What do you find transfixing about the beauty of men?
Fred Goudon: I have always been drawn to beautiful images. And when I was young—in the '80s—I discovered Bruce Weber in a magazine and immediately fell in love with his work. I have a profound respect for his career. His images were both very strong and soft; the perfect mix between virility, masculinity and sensuality, which became an inspiring aim I've tried to reach since the beginning of my career. More than regular, standard beauty, I never can resist cheeky beauty. There is nothing more transfixing for me than a gorgeous man who doesn't know how incredibly beautiful he is.
What qualities do you look for in your subjects and what do you hope to capture?
FG: I never look for something specific in the subjects I shoot. I let my instinct guide me—my sensitivity, my emotions—because that is what I try to let emanate from my work. It is a lot like when you meet someone. You don't know at first exactly why this person touched you especially, but you feel it. This is what I try to capture: the delighted feeling of a beautiful encounter.
Was there one particularly memorable shoot or moment from photographing the calendar?
FG: I particularly liked shooting the cover picture of the book with the Karabatic brothers for the 2015 calendar. I've already shot Nikola in the 2014 calendar, but this was the first time with Luka. More so, it was his first time being photographed naked. I quickly grasped the feeling that Luka was a bit modest, reserved, while posing in front of the camera, so I tried to find the words to reassure him and to make him feel more comfortable. It seems like I succeeded since this is the picture that has been chosen for the book's cover. I really love this image and I am proud of how it turned out.
Dieux du Stade by Fred Goudon, $65, at teNeus
Among the “27 club” biopics—most recently Asif Kapadia’s Amy and Brett Morgen’s Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck—a new documentary by Oscar-nominated director Amy Berg (Deliver Us From Evil and West of Memphis) humanizes one of rock 'n' roll’s few female deities. Janis: Little Girl Blue painstakingly pieces together the life and career of Janis Joplin. Berg breathes new life into Joplin’s trajectory, opening the film with one of the singer’s last letters to her parents, written just before she turned twenty-seven.
“When you have that big of a presence, you have to be the leader. She had just accomplished that within herself when she wrote that letter,” Berg, a self-described “Janis fanatic,” tells Out. “She's wrestling with the idea that ambition and love could be aligned. She had just embraced who she was.”
The powerhouse performer didn’t show insecurities on stage, but Berg frames them as the source of Joplin’s music career. Joplin’s siblings Laura and Michael recount their sister’s formative struggles with acne and fluctuating weight in the small town of Port Arthur, Texas.
Joplin used her political interests to cope. She became a vocal advocate for civil rights in the South, pushing for integration and social equality. These political leanings also contributed to her musical influences. Among her influences, she counts African-American blues singers like Odetta, Bessie Smith, Otis Redding, and Aretha Franklin.
“On stage, she presents this really loud, powerful, passionate, raw spirit. But then you see the quiet moments where she's still wrestling with her past,” Berg explains. “ Her therapy was on stage. She's working everything out. Speaking to her audience, she received love for being all the things that she was once laughed at for before.”
Interviews with her showbiz confidants, family, and former lovers (Dick Cavett and Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead) give testament to her complexity as a musician and as a person with a strong desire for acceptance. Berg says the raw emotion that catapulted Joplin to fame also introduced her to drug addiction, which seems to steer many of the interviews in the documentary.
As Berg explains: “Janis lived big wherever she went. She had one life in Los Angeles, another life in New York, and then the life in Austin, and San Francisco. She would be surrounded by young girls who wanted to be be more like her, and that ultimately drove her more into drugs. She felt like she couldn't live up to the person she was on stage when she was off stage.”
Little Girl Blue is overlaid with footage of Joplin’s performances from documentaries, including D.A. Pennebaker's Monterey Pop (1968) and Bob Smeaton and Frank Cvitanovich's Festival Express (2003). Joplin’s personal letters are the real key to this documentary’s success. Berg lets Joplin tell her own story with the help of narrator Chan Marshall (a.k.a. Cat Power), whom Berg says is a dead-ringer for Joplin.
“Who Chan represents is very in line with Janis,” Berg says. “I think that it's very rare for a female artist to speak openly about how they view themselves and their insecurities and their vulnerabilities, and Chan does that.”
In her letters to her parents, Joplin expressed her profound ambitions as a musician with the same relatable simplicity that amalgamated Woodstock Festival masses. In one of her letters before she became famous, Marshall reads: “Being a star is really losing its meaning, but whatever ‘it’ means, I’m ready.”
Little Girl Blue, directed and narrated by women, to a large extent politicizes the music industry’s conventionally masculine dominance. In the documentary, Joplin is reluctant to call herself a “feminist,” given that the feminist movement was critical of her fluid sexuality, but Berg says Joplin still embodied a spirit of strength that aligns with feminism.
“Janis had more than a political voice, because she was connecting with people emotionally,” says Berg. “She embodied a feminist spirit by being who she was instead of actually having to preach about feminism. We wouldn't be anywhere if it wasn't for the Naomi Kleins and the Gloria Steinems. But I personally align with just living it and being it. I think in that way Janice had much more power.”
Female fans and musicians—including Melissa Etheridge, Juliette Lewis, and Pink—also discuss Joplin’s influence on their own careers, and the meaning of her visibility as an exceptional, albeit unconventional female musician.
Four decades after her death, Little Girl Blue offers a nostalgic ode to the late performer, but what’s more significant is that Berg’s unembellished portrayal makes Joplin accessible and relevant to a new generation of music fans who might not have known the inspiration behind the stylings of their favorite blue-eyed soulful chanteuses.
Little Girl Blue is now screening in New York City and will open in select cinemas this week. Watch the trailer below:
First comes marriage, then comes... whaever happens next. Bravo's Newlyweds: The First Year is ripe for drama, and now that gay men and women are legally allowed to participate, why not air some of that dirty laundry (or romance) on television, right? Of the four couples featured in the new season, it turns out the gay men will be Brandon Liberati and Craig Ramsay from Los Angeles, Calif. As described in Bravo's press release:
"Brandon, a celebrity hairstylist and beauty professional met Craig, a celebrity fitness expert, at a gym in Hollywood over five years ago. They quickly fell in love and rushed into living together in Los Angeles. Working around the world, the two are busier than ever with their careers, but want to approach starting a family. After months of planning, on top of all of the other challenges a newlywed couple faces, Craig and Brandon run into an unexpected roadblock that could completely change the course of their plans for children. Will they be able to rise above the setbacks they encounter, or are they ill prepared for something they didn’t see coming?"
And it looks like these guys aren't afraid to show off in a hot tub (or talk about "busted sperm"). Now we'll just have to watch and see!
Newlyweds: The First Year returns to Bravo on Wednesday, Jan. 6 at 10 p.m. Watch the sneak peek below:
9 A.M. - Wake up with an iced coffee from Cuban Coffee Queen. The ice cubes are actually made from frozen chunks of coffee, so prepare for a caffeine surge that will get you through a busy day in Key West. Enjoy alongside a Cuban Bagel (cream cheese, Cuban bread, honey, sesame seeds) and a morning stroll on the promenade surrounding the Key West Bight.
10 A.M. - Key West is home to various military sites, and Fort Zachary Taylor—a Florida State Park and National Historical Landmark—is one of the most popular to visit. Wander through the Civil War-era structure, admiring the cannons and well-preserved brick fortress. As you head to the beach just a few steps away, you might catch a glimpse of military boys training on the still-active base.
11:30 A.M. - Check out the Little White House for a healthy dose of politics. Built in 1890, the building was the winter White House for President Truman who spent 175 days in Key West during his term. Immaculately preserved, explore the various rooms as well as the surrounding grounds, which have been kept to look just like they did in the 1940s. Once you’ve gotten your fill of American history, take a more leisurely tour of the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory. 50-60 different butterfly species are housed in the open green house, as well as stunning plant life, quails, birds, and two flamingos, among other species.
2:00 P.M. - Snack time! Stop at the Casa Marina for seasonal eats and delicious cocktails as you overlook the water. Opt for the house special conch balls, a lightly breaded and fried bite filled with local conch that’s served with traditional tartar sauce and a spicy chipotle mayo. Sip on a dark rum piña colada—the best we’ve had!—before taking a minute to digest on the hotel-restaurant’s oceanfront hammocks.
3:30 P.M - Now onto the last cultural attraction of the day. Literary legend Ernest Hemingway called Key West home, living and writing on the island for over 10 years. Make sure you take a group tour of his vacation casa; the enthusiastic guide will keep the information session under 40 minutes and you’ll learn just enough to truly appreciate the space. Then meander through the various rooms, outside pool, and writer’s studio on your own. Hemingway was obsessed with cats long before internet GIFs, so definitely play with one of the six-toed felines who lounge all over the grounds.
5:00 P.M. - Happy hour at the Island House—a favorite clothing-optional gay resort—is unbeatable (drinks are even free for guests!). Grab an app or two and lounge pool-side with your cocktail. The hotel is a central location for visitors and locals, and everyone who attends happy hour usually wants to strike up conversation.
7:00 P.M. - Once you’ve warmed your palette with a couple drinks, walk to Azur, a modern restaurant that serves up innovative Mediterranean-inspired fare. Everything Chef Michael Mosi cooks will set your tastebuds off on a culinary rager. We particularly fell in love with the Bacalao Croquettas (a light mix of potato and fish that’s crisply fried) and the Walnut Filled Eggplant with Pomegranate Reduction (sweet, earthy, perfect sauce to soak up with a piece of fresh bread). Between sips of refreshing white wine recommended by our server, we enjoyed the Yellow Tail Snapper, whose potatoes, petite shrimp, and lemon caper butter left us satisfyingly full, but of course, still wanting more.
9:00 P.M. - La te Da’s historic building has been a staple of Duval Street for many years, and for good reason. The hotel-bar still hosts the coolest tea dance and the best cabaret shows in town. We caught an epic performance by Randy Roberts—who graced the stage as both Bette Midler and Cher—that left us in stitches. Sit back, relax, and try your best to chug though the two-drink minimum between laughs.
11:00 P.M. - Now it’s time to hit Duval Street properly. Have a more relaxed drink at Aqua before heading to 801 Bourbon Bar for a drag show upstairs. Once midnight hits, it’s off to Bourbon Street Pub where the fun will continue until early morning. Make sure you check out the outside area—you can jump in the pool or recline in the back sitting patio (just mind the nondescript mancave behind you). If you’re craving late night eats or even a sauna, find your way back to Island House where the food is 24/7 and the pools never stop running.
German hunk Marcel Schlutt (@marcel_schlutt) may look familiar for several reasons, the chief one being that he's one of the only gay adult film stars who successfully transitioned from X-rated movies to arthouse cinema.
After starring in Bruce La Bruce's zombie skin flick, Otto or Up With Dead People, and French gay thriller Unfaithful, Schlutt decided to focus on modeling gigs and his full-time job as editor-in-chief of Kaltblut magazine, a fashion glossy based in Berlin.
Still, Schlutt doesn't shy away from his porn past, and he doesn't miss an opportunity to remind us he's still got it --whether he's shedding layers to promote Kaltblut's latest issue, or reenacting scenes of Stranger by the Lake in his birthday suit.
Cheeky, yet so freakin' adorable. Tchüss, Marcel!
Holland Taylor, known for her role as bisexual grandmother Evelyn Harper on Two and a Half Men, her stunning Broadway performance as Ann Richards, and whom many fans fondly remember for her hilarious jabs as Peggy Peabody on The L Word, has had a long career in theater and film, during which time she’s maintained privacy about her personal life.
At 72-years-old, Taylor publically talked about her sexual identity for the first time in a recent interview with WNYC. When the conversation turns to Taylor’s long-term relationship, Death, Sex & Money host Anna Sale asks, “Do you find yourself enticed by marriage?”
“Well, my relationship is with a woman,” Taylor responds, “and I have not — given my generation it would not be something that would automatically occur to me. But she's mentioned it because just from a spiritual point of view, from a heart point of view, as a — as a — as a deed that has a very rich symbolic gesture to it, it has its attraction. But it's been a very casual conversation at this point. But it’s not — it would be a very private thing. I would not do that publicly. But as a symbol, as a pledge, as a plighting one's troth I would see it — that it would be a wonderful thing to do.”
When pressed for her girlfriend’s name, Taylor is as reserved as she’s always been.
“Well I feel at this point in the conversation it feels kind of awkward. Now I feel very very shy of it. I’ve been really wrestling with this lately because most of my relationships have been with women and I don’t like talking about them because I don’t like talking about the politics of it all because I’m not political about it. I think we’re ridiculous in this country about it. Ridiculous. And so, it’s awkward because if I talk about relationships in my life or people that have been in my life, or somebody I’ve been seeing for a while or this, that and the other thing, I’d like to be able to just say that, without having to stop and say, ‘so have you come out?’ No, I haven’t come out because I am out. I live out.”
This is the first time Taylor has ever discussed her relationship with a woman to the press, but she does share one thing about her girlfriend: “There’s a very big age difference between us which I’m sure shocks a lot of people, and it startles me.” Startled as she may be, Taylor doesn’t seem too torn about dating a much younger woman, as she dryly concludes, “But as they say, ‘If she dies, she dies.”
Listen to the rest of the interview below: