Exterior. Road-side. Magic hour. A young male prostitute is hired by an older man to accompany him on a trip to the Grand Canyon, the same trip the John took with the love of his life 10 years ago. This is the catalyst that sets Retake, a new gay indie drama with Luke Pasqualino, Derek Phillips, and Kit Williamson, off to the races.r
As I've gone on my journey producing and crowdfunding Retake, which we've mentioned on Towleroad once before, the process spurred some thinking about various films in the "hustler" genre. I quickly realized how many films are rooted in the world of gay hooking and hustling, so it seemed natural to share the results of my discussions with director Nick Corporon and cinematographer Collin Brazie here. After some lively debate we settled on our top 10 depictions of male hustlers in movies.r
10. George Peppard in Breakfast at Tiffany’sr
Playing a kept man, Peppard encounters Truman Capote’s frothy creation, Holly Golightly, whom he once described as part of a “whole breed of girls who live off men but are not prostitutes. They’re our version of the geisha girl.” With his steely grey eyes, Peppard waltzed into our hearts and cinema history.r
9. Richard Gere in American Gigolor
Before he played the customer in Pretty Woman, Richard Gere turned tricks as Julian in Paul Schrader’s amazing take on hooking. Gere said he was interested in the role because of the gay subtext. “There’s kind of a gay thing that’s flirting through it and I don’t know the gay community at all,” he told The Advocate in 2012. “I wanted to immerse myself in all of that, so I dove in,” Gere said.r
8. Robert Downey Jr. in Less than Zeror
Playing the 80s-tastic drug addicted yuppy whose record startup fails, Downey Jr. turns to hustling when his habit gets out of hand and he’s cut off by his family. The movie is classic LA neo-noir adapted from a novel by (who else?) Bret Easton Ellis.r
7. Jon Voight in Midnight Cowboyr
Academy Award winner for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay, Jon Voight won over audiences in 1969 as Joe Buck, a young Texan dishwasher who packs up and moves to New York City to please women. It’s the only X-rated film to win Best Picture and launched a long career for Voight and gave us the iconic phrase from co-star Dustin Hoffman, “I’m walkin here!”r
6. Mark Wahlberg in Boogie Nightsr
His member may have been prosthetic, but Wahlberg’s performance as the uber adult film star Dirk Diggler who turns to hooking when down on his luck is jam-packed with bravado, sex appeal and tenderness. Director Paul Thomas Anderson shows an eagerness in Boogie Nights to turn the objectifying gaze of the camera, a gaze that in heterosexual adult film is cast almost exclusively on women, onto the male characters that inhabit its world. Boogie Nights also features Phillip Seymour Hoffman as a closeted boom operator who struggles to come to terms with his sexual identity. Said Hoffman of his character, “He was so completely stunted I don’t even think he knew his attractions were of a gay nature.”r
5. Kevin Zegers in Transamericar
Delivering a performance that is simultaneously sexy and heart-wrenching, Kevin Zegers turned many heads as Toby, an emotionally wrought teenager who has been hustling to make ends meet. He ends up on a cross country journey after being picked up from jail by a "social worker" who may or may not be his father, played by Felicity Huffman in a performance that earned her an Academy Award nod.r
4. Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Mysterious Skinr
Playing the carefree young boy who’s willing to do whatever it takes to break free from his small town, Joseph Gordon-Levitt embodies the archetype of the sexy twinky gay hustler in a performance that cast him in a light we’d never seen him before. Gordon-Levitt said of his part in Mysterious Skin, “It is a really different role for me, and I'll always be really grateful to [director Gregg Araki] for believing that I could do a role like this. I've played the nice kid, and the smart one or funny one and even the angry one, but Gregg was the first one to call me sexy, and I'll always be really grateful for that.”r
3. Simon Baker in LA Confidentialr
Today he might be known as The Mentalist but hot Aussie Simon Baker made a memorable turn as a male prostitute in the 1997 adaptation of James Ellroy’s noir thriller LA Confidential. Playing a hooker ‘cut’ to look like James Dean, Baker is used by Kevin Spacey and Danny DeVito in an attempt to lure a district attorney into a homosexual tryst. Naive never looked so good.r
2. Leslie Cheung in Happy Togetherr
Playing an on-again off-again lover to Tony Leung, Leslie Cheung is the emotionally absent half of a couple that is doomed from the start in Wong Kar Wai’s Happy Together. As sexy as he is brutal, Cheung never lets his counterparts forget what they came to him for. Cheung creates a vivid portrayal of the vicious tango of on-again-off-again romance and the perils of toxic relationships, the kind that keep you coming back for more, and wondering why every time.r
1. River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves in My Own Private Idahor
River Phoenix’s portrayal of a narcoleptic street hustler who is falling for his (possibly) straight counterpart played by Keanu Reeves in Gus van Sant’s now iconic My Own Private Idaho was not only at the top of our list it was also a huge source of inspiration for Retake. A sexy emotionally charged journey that takes us all over the world as Phoenix and Reeves figure out who they are and who they'll become, My Own Private Idaho is just about as good as it gets.r
BONUS: Luke Pasqualino in Retaker
Color us biased, but we can't wait to see Luke Pasqualino (Skins, Snowpiercer) playing a street hustler who gets hired to go on a role-playing road trip that gets darker and more twisted as it progresses.r
Retake is now in the final week of its Kickstarter campaign. You can support the project HERE!r
What do you think of our list? Share your thoughts in the comments!r
And AFTER THE JUMP...check out a full sizzle reel with concept footage giving you a taste of what a feature length Retake aims to be.rr
The Oprah Winfrey Network's Michael Sam docu-series that was postponed back in May due to concerns it was causing a "distraction" for the openly gay footballer is set to make a revival in the form of a 90-minute documentary airing later this month.r
Via news release:r
The documentary was originally announced as a multi-part series but transitioned into a 90-minute documentary when shooting was postponed to allow Michael to focus on football. Cameras get up close and personal with Michael as he openly discusses a childhood fraught with tragedy and poverty, as well as his emotional decision to come out as a gay man in the world of pro sports.r
Watch a promo for the documentary, AFTER THE JUMP...r
Following the documentary's airing at 9pm ET on December 27, Oprah will sit down with Michael Sam for a special television interview, the first since he was cut from the NFL back in October.rr
Veteran gay journalist Dominic Di Natale has died of an apparent suicide.r
J.K. Rowling just released the first of her 12 new Harry Potter short stories for Christmas, with this first one centering on the childhood of Severus Snape.r
Stephen Colbert has a heated interview with Smaug .r
A Jackson County judge has denied the Missouri General Assembly’s attempt to stop Kansas City from recognizing same-sex marriages from other states.r
Early reviews are coming in for Netflix's new period drama Marco Polo.r
Financial Times names Tim Cook as its "Person of the Year"r
Kansas' marriage licenses are now gender-neutral.r
South Dakota has prematurely pulled out of its new "Don't Jerk and Drive" campaign. Said Trevor Jones, Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety: "I decided to pull the ad. This is an important safety message and I don't want this innuendo to distract from our goal to save lives on the road."r
Saved from the slaughterhouse, Benjy the gay bull is getting ready to settle into his new forever-home tomorrow.r
Was this newly discovered Boston time capsule buried by none other than Paul Revere and Sam Adams?r
Someone is suing Zooey Deschanel because she allegedly broke their horse.r
A farewell look back at Matt Bomer's best shirtless moments from White Collar.r
Rebel Wilson says she'd do the all-female Ghostbusters film for free ("fo free!)r
The reason why oil keeps getting cheaper and cheaper.r
The names of the new characters in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer have been revealed.r
New York governor Andrew Cuomo says insurers must cover trans healthcare.r
From savior to villain: Chris Hughes, the openly gay multi-millionaire owner of the New Republic.r
Will Facebook ever get a dislike button?r
Neil Patrick Harris is one of Barbara Walters' 10 Most Fascinating People this year.
Musicologist Stephen R. Amico discusses Russian popular music and post-Soviet homosexuality
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But even Harry wasn’t prepared for the recent National Examiner cover story alleging a hush-hush sexual relationship with none other than President Obama.
Are you listening, Aaron Sorkin? This has the makings of the best follow-up episode of The West Wing we’ve ever seen.
The gang was asked about the affair backstage at the Billboard Music Awards. Via the Gay UK:
When Harry, 20, was quizzed about the affair at last night’s BBC Music Awards he seemed unaware of the rumour replying, “I honestly have no idea what you’re talking about” before he then added, after a quick explanation: “I’ve heard some good ones in my time, but that’s interesting.”
Liam added: “Wow, it’s all getting a bit political!” Louis then joked: “So, does that give you some power in the White House then?” as Harry said: “Yeah, maybe.”
Here’s video of the bandmembers’ reactions:
Another day in the life of Harry Styles.
So I started going to my boyfriend Fred's United Methodist church. They thought that was ok. A little too liberal, but ok.
After Fred and I broke up, I tried Catholic, Lutheran, and Russian Orthodox churches. My parents were ok with that, too, as long as I didn't tell their Nazarene friends.
During my first year in grad school in Bloomington, Indiana, I joined the Baptist Student Fellowship.
My parents were horrified!
Nazarenes thought that Baptists were the ultimate evil. At least the Catholics and Lutherans were open about worshipping idols and tearing apart the Bible, but the Baptists pretended to be Christians.
They believed the "once saved, always saved" heresy -- once you were saved, you could do whatever you wanted, from going to movies to dancing to saying bad words, and God wouldn't care. Disgusting!
When I was a kid, the older boys at church whispered that since Baptists had no morals, they would "put out" for anybody. So if you wanted a "sure thing" on a date, ask a Baptist girl.
I didn't join the Baptist Student Fellowship to upset my parents; I wanted to see if Baptist boys were also "easy," willing to "put out" for anybody. Especially me.
They weren't. At least at first glance, they seemed nearly as strict as the Nazarenes, exhorting each other to "stay pure" and "resist their urges." Like the Nazarenes, they taught that God hated premarital sex, same-sex activity, masturbation, any sexual act that wasn't intended to make a baby.
Our main project was putting on a musical about a guy who makes obnoxious come-ons to every girl in sight, until one of them invites him to church, where he gets saved and vows to "stay pure" until his wedding night. I only remember one song:
The Devil is alive and well on the Planet Earth.
The Devil is alive and well, and he can make you feel like hell....
Feel like hell was code for Having erotic desires or giving in to them. But church elders disapproved, so we changed the line to "send your soul to hell."
Beginning around Christmastime, we performed for youth groups at various Baptist churches in the area. Not only in Bloomington, but in Columbus, Martinsville, and Indianapolis, cities up to an hour's drive away.
Then one Sunday in the spring, we were booked by a church in Plymouth, Indiana, about three hours away -- too far to get home after the evening youth group. So we car-pooled on Sunday afternoon, and after our performance, church members gave us dinner and put us up for the night.
The four boys in the cast stayed with an elderly couple whose sons had grown up and moved away.
I got one of the twin beds, and Chuck, a rather buffed business major, the other one. A slim, blond chemistry major named Jens slept on a sleeping bag between us and beneath a large window, and the fourth guy, whose name I don't recall, received a cot on the other side of the room.
Just like a sleepover when I was a kid, except I was 22 years old, knowledgeable about cruising, and anxious to convince the Baptist boys to try some same-sex activity.
Grab the guy next to me?
Pull out a gay porn magazine?
Say "Hey fellows, does anyone feel like hell??
Completely frustrated, I put a pillow over my head and tried to drown out the other guys' conversations about "girls! girls! girls!"
Eventually the conversation gave way to mild snoring. I peeked out from under my pillow. If I turned my head slightly, I got a perfect view of Jens. He had kicked off the covers and lay on his back, wearing only cotton briefs, his slim pale body bathed in moonlight.
I could see him bulging and...and..well, nothing else.
I continued my vigil, half watching and half drowsing, until, about half an hour after the conversation ceased, Jens began to tent. Then slowly he began to give in to temptation.
He worked slowly, deliberately, listening for any sound: any shift or creak from the beds around him, and he dove under the covers again.
After about a half hour, he finished with an exhaled breath and grabbed a wad of kleenix that he had evidently prepared in advance.
One down, two to go. I turned my attention to Chuck, also lying on his back in the moonlight. I had a clear view of his shoulders and chest, but anything below was lost in shadows. But I persevered, and sure enough, a few minutes after Jens began breathing evenly, I saw a slow, rhythmic movement that must have been Chuck giving in to his sinful urges.
The third guy was too far away to make out in the darkness, but no doubt he waited for the others to finish up, then started on business of his own.
I imagined it happening every night, in bedrooms and college dorm rooms all over the world. Thousands of Baptist boys and men waiting for the midnight silence, then beginning an act that they believed God hated, that they couldn't admit even to their closest friends, that made them feel guilty and unclean. Perhaps begging for forgiveness and promising themselves that they would never do it again. But, being overpowered by their desire, night after night.
It was a little sad.
But it definitely helped create my fetish for religious guys.
See also Trying to Escape Church and Cruising Religious Guys.
The decision, which received unanimous support by committee members, came after the issue of discrimination against LGB athletes arouse during the 2014 Sochi Olympics due to Russia’s homophobic and discriminatory laws.
Andre Banks, Executive Director and co-founder of All Out, an international non-profit organization devoted to promoting love and equality around the world, called I.O.C.’s decision a “pivotal moment for equality in sport.”
Athlete Ally, an organization dedicated to ending homophobia and transphobia in sports, also applauded I.O.C.’s decision.
“There is no greater sign of progress in combating homophobia in sports than to have the oldest organized athletic competition in the history of the world saying enough is enough,” Hudson Taylor, Executive Director of Athlete Ally, said in a press release. “The I.O.C. took a major step today recognizing that the practice of sport is a human right and that every individual must be able to practice without discrimination.”
While the I.O.C. certainly made notable progress by including sexual orientation in its non-discrimination language, it failed to include gender-identity. Athlete Ally now hopes to remedy that.
“We’ve seen significant progress today, but the job of the I.O.C. in achieving full equality is not done,” Taylor said. “The I.O.C. needs to include gender-identity in its Principal 6 language and Athlete Ally will continue to work with itscoalition partners to encourage the organization to do just that.”
It’s one thing to document discrimination, publicly shame a bigot or even go as far as get someone fired if they behave inappropriately on the job. It’s another thing entirely to go after a massive global corporation based on the actions of one experience with one employee.
But that’s what former Marc Jacobs boyfriend/Brazilian porn star Harry Louis is doing after a nasty spat with an airport Starbucks employee.
Louis claims he was just trying to get a cup of coffee at São Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport on Wednesday morning when he approached a closed Starbucks where a female barista was setting up tables.
He asked her where he could get a cup of coffee at that hour, and she told him if he wanted one, he should go “put on an apron.”
Louis joked that no, it wouldn’t be a good look on him, and she snapped back, “Become a man and then I won’t offer you my apron!”
He later said, “I felt humiliated, because there was a line of people watching the scene.”
Starbucks has responded, putting out a statement saying:
“We are actively investigating the incident. We do not tolerate any discrimination against customers, so we are taking the necessary steps to investigate the case and make this right effective. Such behavior does not reflect our values that value by treating everyone with dignity and respect.”
Which, given Starbuck’s track record of celebrating diversity, is the exact right thing to do.
But GayStarNews reports that Louis is set to take Starbucks to court with a lawsuit.
Good luck with that one.
A must-add to your sex playlist.
A federal district judge on Friday declined to lift his stay of a ruling striking down Texas' same-sex marriage bans.r
The decision from Judge Orlando L. Garcia means same-sex marriages won't be allowed pending an appeal of the decision to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court.r
Last month, plaintiff same-sex couples asked Garcia to lift the stay since the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear appeals of decisions overturning marriage bans from other federal appeals courts. Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is defending the marriage bans, responded that lifting the stay would be "deeply offensive."r
In rejecting the motion to lift the stay, Garcia noted that the Supreme Court has never declined to impose a stay on same-sex marriages in a state where a circuit court hasn't resolved the issue. He also noted that the 5th Circuit recently granted a stay of a ruling striking down Missisippi's same-sex marriage ban:r
"Lifting the stay would not bring finality to this Fourtenth Amendment claim. To the contrary, such action would only be temporary, with confusion and doubto folow. The day for finality and legal certainty in the long and dificult journey for equality is closer than ever before. Ultimately, as mentioned in the February 12, 2014 hearing, this Court believes the isue wil ultimately be resolved by the United States Supreme Court and 'a group of five people will decide this case.' Acordingly, Plaintifs' motion is DENIED."r
The 5th Circuit is scheduled to hear oral arguments in the Texas and Mississippi cases — as well as one from Louisiana — on Jan. 9.r
Read Garcia's full order denying the motion to lift the stay, AFTER THE JUMP ...rr
In an interview with Michelangelo Signorile, LA Galaxy player Robbie Rogers confirmed he's no longer in a relationship with Greg Berlanti, creator of Arrow and producer of Brothers & Sisters, Everwood, and Dawson's Creek, among others.r
The news had orignially been reported by gossip blogger Perez Hilton earlier this week.r
"When Perez posted that, I don’t think I even cared. I don’t think a lot of people do care. I understand that my personal life is going to be more and more in the spotlight. And it’s not going to stop me from dating people or being public about it. I just want to live a normal life. It doesn’t bother me, to be honest...We dated for a year and half. And we split up. Stuff happens. But again, we’re still friends. And we’re very supportive of each other.”r
Rogers also chatted in the interview about why he decided to come out, rather than leave soccer for good.r
Listen, AFTER THE JUMP...rrr
Anti-gay "Chistian" litigation group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is once again playing the victim in a new video covering the Kentucky t-shirt company found guilty of violating Lexington's fairness ordinance prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, reports Good As You.r
Best known for defending anti-gay retailers in trouble for defying laws banning discrimination, ADF also lobbies for homophobic laws abroad.r
Back in 2012, Hands On Originals refused to print the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization's Pride t-shirts. The company was found to have violated the non-discrimination code and was ordered to provide diversity training for staff.r
Good As You’s interpretation of ADF’s latest moan?r
“There is not one shred of difference between the protections that apply to gay customers and their perfectly fair consumer requests and the protections that apply to Black, Chinese-American, Jewish, straight, disabled, or Christian customers. The only difference is the sense of entitlement that far too many anti-LGBT Christians believe they deserve. And why wouldn't they believe this? There are scores of false witness bearers and false witness-bearing organizations desperate to keep that lie alive.”r
Watch long-suffering pro-discrimination advocates talk about the Hands On Originals case, AFTER THE JUMP...rrr
Revenue Department spokeswoman Amanda Collier says the license plate with the saying "NOHOMO" slipped past its three-member review panel. She says the state prohibits personalized tags with profane or vulgar messages.r
Collier added taht the car owner can appeal the decision.
“Why can’t you just pick one? It’s weird.”
“But you’re actually gay, right?”
“Only girls can be bisexual. When guys are bisexual, they’re really just gay.”
“You’ve been with both, right? Otherwise, how would you know?”
These are just a few of the awkward questions and comments bisexual men hear on a regular basis. The good folks over at Buzzfeed have put together a laugh-out-loud funny new video called “17 Bisexual Guy Problems,” which features all the strange, embarrassing, and downright bizarro things people say to bi guys.
Check out the video below.