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No stranger to the camera, you may recognize Levi Michaels from a number of things. As a Cockyboys model, from his own personal vlog “Life With Levi” or, if you’re lucky enough to live in New York, out and about at the city’s best gay bars.
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Levi starts off in Digital Camo from Wood, though the glow from the camera helps him stand out, rather than blend in, to his surroundings. He flexes in Alexander Cobb and Superhero briefs from aussieBum—which are bound to bring some fun into the bedroom. Neon waistbands from Jor light up the room, whether under the blacklight or not, and a Justin Case Jockbrief shows off Levi’s best assets. And wearing your sunglasses at night? It’s never too late to take a cue from Corey Hart.
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Pope Francis kicked off the Vatican's "traditional marriage" summit this week with a discussion on the state of marriage and the family in today's world - with some potentially mixed messages. In Francis' address, “The Complementarity of Man and Woman in Marriage,” he reinforces the idea of marriage and family, but it seems he might also be ambiguously referring to gay couples in several passages throughout the commentary, or at least one could deduce that he is from particular words used.r
The basis of the address is based on the term "Complementarity," which means "situations where one of two things adds to, completes, or fulfills a lack in the other.” However, Francis puts the word in a Christian context.r
"Christians find its deepest meaning in the first Letter to the Corinthians where Saint Paul tells us that the Spirit has endowed each of us with different gifts so that-just as the human body's members work together for the good of the whole-everyone's gifts can work together for the benefit of each (cf. 1 Cor. 12)."r
Francis explains that the complementarity between women and men is the root of marriage and family, but the only other explicit mention of specific pairings between men and women doesn't occur until the very end of the address. Francis also seems to challenge traditional gender roles and recognize the suffering of women.r
"When we speak of complementarity between man and woman in this context, let us not confuse that term with the simplistic idea that all the roles and relations of the two sexes are fixed in a single, static pattern.r
"Evidence is mounting that the decline of the marriage culture is associated with increased poverty and a host of other social ills, disproportionately affecting women, children and the elderly. It is always they who suffer the most in this crisis."r
It's unclear what social ills Francis is referring to but with his support for civil unions and taking responsibility for sexual abuse scandals within the church, Francis' views on LGBT people and the church makes him the most progressive, socially responsible pope to take office thus far. The most telling passage of Francis' commentary is the discussion of future generations and the trappings of ideological concepts.r
"It is important that they do not give themselves over to the poisonous mentality of the temporary, but rather be revolutionaries with the courage to seek true and lasting love, going against the common pattern: this must be done. With regard to this I want to say one thing: Let us not fall into the trap of being qualified by ideological concepts.r
"Family is an anthropological fact - a socially and culturally related fact. We cannot qualify it with concepts of an ideological nature, that are relevant only in a single moment of history, and then pass by. We can't speak today of a conservative notion of family or a progressive notion of family: Family is family! It can't be qualified by ideological notions. Family has a strength of its own (per se)."r
However, Francis ends his address with a reinforcement about marriage between men and women as a natural, unique and fundamental good, and it's unclear whether the statement about ideological trappings means Francis is willing to think beyond religious dogma, is just a simple contradiction on his behalf or an attempt to find a delicate balance between traditional ideological teachings and empathy toward the plights of LGBT people. Additionally, the fact that he invited hate leader Tony Perkins to the summit seems damaging to both his and the summit's credibility.
Leslie Feinberg, a well-known transgender activist and author of Stone Butch Blues, died on Saturday due to complications from multiple tick-borne illnesses.r
Feinberg's family provided The Advocate with an obituary that read, in part:r
She died at home in Syracuse, NY, with her partner and spouse of 22 years, Minnie Bruce Pratt, at her side. Her last words were: “Remember me as a revolutionary communist.”r
Feinberg was the first theorist to advance a Marxist concept of “transgender liberation,” and her work impacted popular culture, academic research, and political organizing.r
Her historical and theoretical writing has been widely anthologized and taught in the U.S. and international academic circles. Her impact on mass culture was primarily through her 1993 first novel, Stone Butch Blues, widely considered in and outside the U.S. as a groundbreaking work about the complexities of gender. [...]r
At the time of her death she was preparing a 20th anniversary edition of Stone Butch Blues. She worked up to within a few days of her death to prepare the edition for free access, reading, and download from on-line. In addition to the text of the novel, the on-line edition will contain a slideshow, “This Is What Solidarity Looks Like,” documenting the breadth of the organizing campaign to free CeCe McDonald, a young Minneapolis (trans)woman organizer and activist sent to prison for defending herself against a white neo-Nazi attacker. The new edition is dedicated to McDonald. A devoted group of friends are continuing to work to post Feinberg’s final writing and art online at Lesliefeinberg.net.r
Throughout her life, Feinberg participated in and helped organize numerous anti-war, pro-labor, and anti-racist demonstrations. You can read more about Feinberg's long life of activism by reading her full obituary over at The Advocate here.r
Our thoughts go out to Feinberg's friends and family.
Check out our weekly guide to make sure you're catching the big premieres, crucial episodes and the stuff you won't admit you watch when no one's looking.r
— Soak in all the crazy on Thursday’s How To Get Away With Murder before the show goes on hiatus until 2015. Viewers will find out who killed Sam in the midseason finale, airing Thursday at 10 p.m. Eastern on ABC, but we’re really hoping there will be more of Connor (Jack Falahee)’s steamy scenes to hold us over until the series returns.r
New housewives on Beverly Hills, a very '90s Christmas and more TV this week, AFTER THE JUMP ...rr
— One of the most unpredictable franchises in The Real Housewives universe, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, is getting some new energy. The fifth season, premiering Tuesday at 9 p.m. Eastern, will feature new cast members actresses Lisa Rinna and Eileen Davidson, as well as appearances from former Housewives Adrienne Maloof, Taylor Armstrong and Camille Donatacci. No word yet on the "morally corrupt" Faye Resnick.r
— The designers are asked to wear their hearts on their sleeves for the next Project Runway All Stars, Thursday at 9 p.m. Eastern on Lifetime.r
— If you were hoping for a future free from the onslaught of holiday TV-films until after Thanksgiving, well, you’re never gonna get it. Free your mind, and try not to overthink An En Vogue Christmas, Saturday at 8 p.m. on Lifetime.r
— The brilliant but canceled series Hello Ladies is back for a final film, Saturday at 10 p.m. on HBO. The show, which featured the U.K. Office’s Stephen Merchant as wannabe ladies' man Stuart, returns with an unforgettable cameo from Nicole Kidman.r
What will you be watching this week?
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Harry Styles made headlines last week when he suggested that he might be bisexual. During an interview he told a reporter that gender is “not that important” when evaluating a potential new mate.
The media (including us) took the story and ran, and it’s easy to imagine Harry getting annoyed with the coverage. His bandmate Louis Tomlinson, by comparison, thought he was being called gay and didn’t take it lightly, getting into a bit of a Twitter spat with a reporter.
But if there’s one person who doesn’t appear at all bothered with Harry Styles bi rumors, it’s Harry Styles. In the wake of all this hubbub, he’s thrown more fuel on the fire.
During an interview, he and the only only romantically available One Direction member, Niall, were asked about their love lives by The Sun. They got into a joking bit about how Niall sleeps with a different girl each week, and the reporter suggested the next person should be a male.
Harry then placed his hand on Niall’s knee and told him, “Don’t knock it ’til you try it.”
In a parallel universe somewhere, Harry leaned over and gave Niall a long, passionate kiss on the lips, putting an end to all this bizarre homoerotic sexual tension once and for all.
Director: Petra Clever
Cast: Sinha Gierke, Sascha Tschorn, Klaus Nierhoff, Meike Gottschalk, Verena Wüstkamp, Madlen Kaniuth, Anna-Katrin Keller
Germany | 2014 | 86 min
ENG - Lucca is in the middle of her A-level exams, heading for a career as a high-flying lawyer when she is mistakenly accused of criminal damage and sentenced to community service in a hospice. There she meets Valerie who is determined to carry out the last wishes of her friend Herma, despite Hermas son who is only interested in his inheritance. Lucca helps Valerie to kidnap Hermas ashes and they begin a journey which turns Luccas ideas and values upside down.
Russell Tovey learned an invaluable lesson on his birthday last week.
Have the careers of award-winning actresses Jane Lynch and Hilary Swank gone to the dogs? Nah, they’re just hosting “Fox’s Cause for Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular,” on Thanksgiving night, which will find homes for rescued pups.
Oprah visited the Castro to promote her new Oscar-bait movie Selma and all hell broke loose.
Never let it be said that Brent Corrigan is greedy. The sometime porn star/legit actor danced on stage at Share nightclub in Las Vegas and tossed toys from his Fleshjack Line to the eager party boys.
Jessica Lange‘s mantle became even more crowded over the weekend when the Freak Show goddess was honored with the Kirk Douglas lifetime achievement award from pal Demi Moore. The two costar with another legendary actress, Shirley MacLaine, in the upcoming comedy Wild Oats.
Gay couples in South Carolina are prepared to begin marrying on Thursday at noon, which is when the stay in U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel's ruling striking down the state's gay marriage ban expires.r
Last week after Gergel struck down the ban, Attorney General Alan Wilson filed an emergency stay request asking for the court's order to be halted pending an appeal to the full Fourth Circuit, or, if denied, the U.S. Supreme Court.r
Attorneys for plaintiffs Colleen Condon and her fiancee Nichols Bleckley filed their response to Wilson's request late Sunday, The Post and Courier reports:r
"Currently 34 states permit same-sex couples to marry, or recognize marriages legally celebrated by same-sex couples in other states. If history is any indicator, the State's claim of potential harm here is overstated, if not completely contrived," the new filings says.r
Malissa Burnette, lead attorney in Condon's case, has said she feels very optimistic the Fourth Circuit will uphold Gergel's ruling. It is the same court that struck down Virginia's constitutional gay marriage ban and was among those that triggered the recent cascade of legalized same-sex marriage across the nation.r
The Fourth Circuit could rule on Wilson's request for an emergency stay at any time.r
SCOTUS has also already turned down an appeal request from Virginia in its marriage case, and all the other states in the Fourth Circuit have marriage equality, so it would be a strange and troubling move for the Court to grant Wilson's request.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency in Ferguson ahead of an expected grand jury decision in whether to indict Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.r
Actresses Evan Rachel Wood and Katherine Moennig have called it quits.r
Ben Affleck joked about his penis at the Hollywood Film Awards on Friday.r
Mount Dora, Florida will decide who sits on its city council by drawing a name out of a hat after incumbent Nick Girone and challenger Marie Rich each received 2,349 votes.r
A new study "is not proof but it's a pretty good indication" that genes influence men's chances of being gay.r
Bono gets in a bike accident, postpones visit on The Tonight Show.r
Fusion has published a six-month investigation into the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency regarding abuses against trans immigrants and asylum seekers.r
New images show the Philae lander's bumpy landing on comet 67P.r
The White House has confirmed the death of American aid worker Peter Kassig in new ISIS video.r
Pope Francis will go to Philadelphia next year, the first visit to the U.S. since he took over as pope in Marce 2013.r
One Direction gets quizzed by Matt Lauer about Zayn Malik's "tummy bug" and rumored drug use.r
Rick Santorum says he'll make his 2016 White House decision around June of next year.r
Male model Monday: Roger Frampton.r
WATCH: Allison Williams sings, Christopher Walken sails in new promo for NBC's upcoming Peter Pan Live!r
Pucker up: new study finds french kissing transfers as many as 80 million bacteria.r
Solange Knowles tied the knot in New Orleans this weekend. Check out the stylish photos over at Vogue.r
Five conservatives who don't understand net neutrality...but are definitely against it.r
Alabama received the worst marks in the country for laws and policies protecting LGBT people, according to the HRC's Municipal Equality Index.r
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) calls out "dumbass liberals".