Ellen presented the Orange is the New Black star with GLAAD’s highest honor calling the trans actress an ‘LGBT icon.’
We’re a species that has a space station floating above the Earth for 20 years. We even have a rover on the surface of Mars. How can we be the same species that is telling people… we have legislators and legislation in places, in certain places that tells women what they can and cannot do with their bodies. How is that possible? When I say equality, I mean equality for everybody. Who are you telling who they can marry and who they can’t? What is this? This is 2014.”
Faith in America has taken out a full-page ad in today's New York Times to make an impassioned plea to Pope Francis on behalf of homeless LGBT youth. The letter to the Pope is written by Carl Siciliano, the executive director of the Ali Forney Center, NYC's largest shelter for homeless LGBT youth.r
Read the ad HERE.r
"So much has been accomplished for LGBT legal equality….now we hope the next wave will be an all-out effort for LGBT spiritual equality…one that will especially protect vulnerable teens….and one that will enable all legislation to be passed. Just imagine for a moment if so many of the kids that have killed themselves did not grow up being taught that homosexuality was sinful….if when they came out to their parents they were totally embraced rather than being told they were “disappointed” and needed counseling….if they felt they had family and church to turn to?r
"I’ve come to see that in the final analysis it is this “sin” hurdle that is the basis for too many to be against LGBT equality and it is clearly one of the most harmful parts of an LGBT teen’s life. Just a few months ago a precious 13 year old in my community told me how he agonizingly contemplated suicide for over a tortuous year. Why? Because he thought he was a sinner. On a very basic, simple level I believe we must dismantle this wall of outdated, misguided and ill-informed religious teachings. Not an easy task….but one that has to be done…..by all of us, with a concerted effort."r
A Facebook page was also launched to accompany the ad.
Trailblazing actress Laverne Cox accepted the prestigious the Stephen F. Kolzak Award at the GLAAD Media Awards last night in Los Angeles. Newly out Oscar-nominated actress Ellen Page presented the award to the stunning star of Orange is the New Black, whose mother also made a surprise appearance on stage.
While introducing Cox, Page told the audience one of the best things about coming out is the way she’s become enabled to show publicly support for people who have inspired her and give her courage and that one of those people is Cox.
Cox received a standing ovation as she walked to the stage and noted that as an African-American transgender woman from a working class background, she isn’t accustomed to receiving awards.
“I’m so moved by the work that GLAAD has been doing, particularly over the past year, to make sure that the ‘T’ is not silent in the LGBT community,” Cox said. “For years, I was trying to have a career as an actor doing what I love to do most and was told repeatedly that they didn’t know what to do with me, and that I would not work.”
Cox also revealed a shocking story about a transgender friend of hers who was found guilty last week after being arrested in Arizona just for being a trans person of color and walking through a neighborhood under the charge of “manifesting prostitution.”
Watch the speech below. Check back this week for our interview with Cox.
By the Way
Director: Shanti Lowry
Cast: Chioke Dmachi, Chris Salvatore, Sarafina King, Sabrina Revelle
USA | 2013 | 19 min
ENG - While balancing everyday lives and their relationship, Taylor and Jordan are challenged with facing their own inner demons. Can their love overcome their fear? Can hope overcome doubt? The film opens with Jordan and Taylor engaged in an age old couples dance of mistrust, insecurity and uncertainty. Each feels they are alone in their love. After an ugly truth emerges, Jordan hopes Taylor can overcome all doubt so, together, they can discover love is enough. In a world where we guard our hearts with judgment, anger and accusation, can love be the force that breaks down our walls?.
Campaign of Hate: Russia and Gay Propaganda
Director: Michael Lucas
USA | 2014 | 78 min
ENG - As most of the world moves forward toward gay equality, Russia is seemingly heading backward. Antigay sentiment and legislation are spreading rapidly throughout the country. In 2013, the Russian parliament passed a ban on so-called ‘gay propaganda’ that effectively makes nearly any public discussion of gay equality a crime.
A new campaign launched by a group of entrepreneurs is taking off in Mississippi, the Clarion Ledger reports:r
If You're Buying, We're Selling started in the commercial district of Jackson's Fondren neighborhood last week, and has since spread statewide. The campaign is built around opposition to Senate Bill 2681, which proponents claim would only raise the burden government has to meet before denying someone's right to practice their religious beliefs...r
...Eddie Outlaw, who owns William Wallace Salon and Fondren Barber Shop, was part of the creative team behind If You're Buying, with Mitchell Moore, who owns Campbell's Bakery in Fondren.r
"A lot of us were trying to counter the negative stuff from outside Mississippi," Outlaw said, referring to the national coverage 2681 got while it circulated the Capitol. "We wanted to let people know – not just the LGBT community but the progressive community as a whole – that this doesn't represent everybody here."r
Businesses have begun displaying the decals, which are being produced by Equality Mississippi, in their front windows. Let's hope the whole state gets on board.
Trans actress Laverne Cox received the Stephen F. Kolzak Award at the GLAAD Media Awards last night in Los Angeles. The Stephen F. Kolzak award is presented to an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality for our community.r
Cox spoke about the importance of getting trans stories written about in the media and roles created in entertainment. She also spoke about the documentary currently in production about trans woman and activist CeCe McDonald.r
Said Cox: "I'm so moved by the work that GLAAD has been doing, particularly over the past year, to make sure that the 'T' is not silent in the LGBT community. For years, I was trying to have a career as an actor doing what I love to do most and was told repeatedly that they didn't know what to do with me, and that I would not work."r
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...r
Jennifer Lopez also received a special GLAAD award at the organization's Los Angeles ceremony. Actress and Rita Moreno presented Lopez with the Vanguard Award. Lopez's show The Fosters, was also recognized as Outstanding Drama of the Year.r
Lopez spoke about her gay aunt during the speech:r
"I've always felt a tremendous love from the LGBT community and the LGBT community has always supported me and returned that love...Marisa was my cool aunt. She was my mom's older sister and she lived in New York City. I lived in the Bronx and she lived in Manhattan, it was like worlds away! She wanted to be an actress and I always wanted to be like her. Marisa grew up gay in a time when it meant life could be very difficult and that her struggles were mostly kept to herself. It wasn't until I got older that I really began to know and appreciate the difficulties she dealt with and the struggles of her community. I also realized the quiet lessons I had learned from my family of tolerance and acceptance."r
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...r
Another week, another round of freaks and perverts posting M4M Craigslist ads. (We mean that in the nicest way possible, of course!) From guys with food fetishes to men looking to be used as human urinals, there’s no shortage of filth and kink happening on the world’s most popular free classifieds website.
Scroll down to read this week’s roundup. (Reader discretion advised!)
Title: Nylon Dress Socks
Ad: Hey guys, I’m looking to hook up with other masculine, in-shape guys who get off on nylon dress socks. Goldtoe are my favorite and I like ‘em to be somewhat smelly.
Me: Six two, 190lbs., 46 y.o., size 13. Pics are of my feet.
If you’re into it, email me back –hopefully with a pic. Mention the word cotton, and you’re out! ;)
Ad: Who is down to come over and chill? I have plenty of beer and ganja. Fart on my pillow and see what happens from there
Ad: I have this wierd fetish in which I would like to pay a guy to step on a piece of food and then make me eat it. I know it is weird. For some reason it gets me going. with shoes or barefeet whatver.
hit me up
Even if it just in a parking lot. I just like the food smashed.
Title: Pamper playtime
Ad: Love diapers and related play, from simple dress up fun to full on roleplay. Love to be the bottom or lil guy who’s too little to know any better. Also into mutual diaper play with other cute guys anywhere from 18-40. Daddy type guys also welcome.
LOTS and lots of fun gear to play with and in, hanging in Huggies, playing in panties, jerking in lil boy briefs & PJs; all sorts of fun pervy lil outfits and scenes. Can get into being a very dirty lil boy… maybe some humiliation, light spanking, enemas, verbal play, etc.
Safe only, condoms a must if we get to that. 5’11″, 150 lbs, brown hair, hazel eyes… cute. Pics are of me and recent. Prefer to host at my hotel but have a car as well. ;)
Title: Into men’s feet?
Ad: Into men’s feet?
Nice clean trimmed size 11′s here with aligned toes and soft soles.
They love attention. Massage, kiss, lick and suck my toes.
Hit me up if you can host locally.
Title: Doctor role play
Ad: Good-looking 40-year-old straight guy lean athletic runner 5’8″ tall Italian Irish. Looking for a good looking real doctor or someone who has access to a doctors office to do some doctor-patient role-play. Nothing too wild, just a fantasy for a long time and thought I’d throw it out there and see if it might actually work
Title: Lingerie Show Cock Tease
Ad: Wife is gone which means I’m wearing her underwear…again. Prancing around like a total slut modeling this and that. Anyone interested in a show? Would love to model it for you while I tease you.
Title: fuck you fake ass douchbags.
Ad: I’m so fucking sick and tiered of staying up late exchanging bullshit emails with robots and giving out my pics and info to thieves, collectors and spies.
If you feel the same way and your looking for a cool fit gl 30yo guy with a nice tool. Then let me know your real. By leaving some kind of tool like “hammer” for example. (But NOT that) in the subject line. One liners suck. And dont ask me for pics. I’ll exchange those later if theres mutual intetest and not via craigslist, to save us all time and effort.
My requirementz are you must be: 18 – 32yo. Std/hiv neg. Physically fit. That does not mean a perfect body. Just not obice. Oral. 420 and drink friendly.
Other attributes that are not required but appreciated are. Straight/ bi. Masc. Kinky. Uncut. 6″ or smaller. Swallows.
Title: Big, preg belly?
Ad: Love big, round ball bellies….
Anyone into the fantasy of pregnant dudes? Love pretending to be pregnant myself and also love to see that pregnant belly on another guy. Would love to chat about the fantasy and see where it goes…
Ad: Hey there,
SO, hope this does not sound too weird or un-politically correct, but I am 5’3″ on a good day and looking for shorter guys! The shorter, the better. Little person would be SO hot!
Kinda tired of being the small one all the time, but I am the nicest guy you will meet on here or anywhere. Very clean, excellent hygiene, semi hairy, single and horny all the time! I am 50, about 160, decent shape, small belly, muscular and not too bad overall!
Age is not a big deal for me, younger, older – all good. Just be a little dude, short and skinny, short and stocky, short and fat – all good.
Not necessarily for tonight but sometime soon would be awesome! I do have pics, and can share if we connect on here. Just be a cute hot little dude!
Title: Fantasy Role Play
Ad: Let the costumed NYPD officer show you the latest in Stop n Frisk
test your co-ordination with new field sobriety techniques
as well as check your blood alcohol level using the new sucking the tube instead of blowing into it
looking for in shape bad guys looking to have some creative fun
guys under 45 send your mug shot to see if you are on the wanted list
PS as expected cuffs and night stick are not part of this promotion
If you like hot boys in public places, click here.
Two supercute dudes, one smooth and one not-so...
Things got steamy at the Leslie-Lohman Museum this spring when Stroke: From the Mattress to the Museum Wall opened. The exhibition is a historical retrospective of sexy and erotic illustrations by artists who made work for gay male magazines from the 1950s to the 1990s. New York artist Robert W. Richards curated over 80 original illustrations by 25 artists, including many forgotten bodies of work and some that have been tucked under mattresses for years. Work by Tom of Finland, Bob Mizer and others were featured in early gay magazines like Grecian Guild Pictorial and Tomorrow’s Man at a time when the U.S. government was cracking down on the “sexual perversion” of gay life. By the late ’60s and after the “sexual revolution” magazines like Blueboy, Torso, Honcho, Mandate and InTouch came out. Each issue featured illustrations by artists like Antonio Lopez, Mel Odom, George Stravrinos and Richard Rosenfeld. They’re all included in the current Stroke exhibition, which is on display through May 25.
Director: Lawrence Ferrara
USA | 2014 | 82 min
ENG - Testosterone, power, sex. Men of all orientations discuss their fantasies, obsessions and thoughts about sex, power and masculinity. Gay men speak out about the power dynamics that influence their sexuality, opening up honest dialogues that challenge our beliefs and reshape ideas on gay male sexuality. No effort is made to conceal their thoughts, beliefs and fantasies on what drives their sexual behavior.