The Rowan County Clerk made national headlines earlier this summer when a video uploaded to the internet showed her denying a marriage license to a gay couple just says after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of nationwide marriage equality.
Davis made headlines again a month later when she argued before a federal judge that she objects to gay marriage on religious grounds, and that the First Amendment guarantees her the right to religious freedom, and so, therefore, she shouldn’t have to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples if she doesn’t want to, and blah, blah, blah.
After the federal judge ordered Davis to obey the constitution, she responded by turning away even more gay couples and appealing the ruling. Then, to prove she’s really serious about all this, she and her lawyers decided to petition the US Supreme Court, asking it to delay the federal judge’s decision until her appeal is finished, a process that could take months.
In her petition, Davis says she is seeking “asylum for her conscience.” Unfortunately, her “conscience” probably isn’t going to get much “asylum” since the judge assigned to the case is none other than Justice Elena Kagan, one of the five justices who voted to legalize gay marriage in the US in the first place. (Whomp, whomp.)
In the mean time, Davis is refusing to marry any gay couples, though she’ll happily continue collecting her $80,000 salary. She has also vowed to never, ever, ever, under any circumstances whatsoever, issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple, even if SCOTUS denies her request. Doing so, she claims, would “forever echo in her conscience.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger gave the bodybuilder a human face, there were two kinds of roles available for him: Italian sword-and-sandal, and American beach bunny, an object of ridicule, vain, silly, sexless. How dare he try to transform his body into a work of art! Women's bodies were made to be looked at, men's to be ignored. So bodybuilders who weren't playing beach narcissists had to keep their physiques under wraps.
William Smith worked to change all that.
Born in 1933, Smith graduated from UCLA magna cum laude, and was teaching Russian (one of several languages he spoke fluently), when he began modeling for Bob Mizner's Athletic Model Guild, which published many other posing-strap-clad hunks (Gary Conway, Glen Corbett, Randy Jackson) for a mostly-gay male fanbase. He was also a regular at Henry Willson's infamous gay-and-gay-friendly parties.
When he signed on for Laredo (1965-67), he was already accustomed to presenting his body as an object of male and female desire. It would not be one of the stereotypic Westerns of the period.
Alias Smith and Jones a few years later, was about buddy-bonding. Two hunky Texas rangers, Chad Cooper (Peter Brown) and Joe Riley (William Smith), worked together, played together, and had eyes only for each other, in spite of Chad's occasional dalliance with the feminine. The actors remained close friends for the rest of their lives.
See also: Peter Brown, the Buddy-Bonding Cowboy.
Featuring real people (in real relationships), in real kitchens with real ingredients, Food to Get You Laid focuses on a couple trying to take their relationship to the next level. And food helps. In this week's episode shows host Ronnie Woo teaching RuPaul's Drag Race Pit Crew favorite Jason Carter how to make a romantic meal for his partner (also named Jason). And garlic is allowed!
This episode of Food to Get You Laid airs Friday, Aug. 28 at 9:30 p.m. on Logo.
Watch the clip below:
Harry Bush was a homosexual who drew male nudes throughout the 1970s and '80s for hardcore magazines but wanted nothing to do with gay people in particular. And although his work rarely deviates from the archetypal youths awakening to their primal urges at the very moment they reach physical perfection, the man drawing those images was a frail and aging hermit who kept an oxygen tank not far from his ever-present pack of cigarettes.
Bush has been described over the years as a talented bundle of contradictions barely covered by skin. Even as his work became more pointed and popular, Harry obsessed that if his fixation on the Boy Next Door ever got back to his relatives, they'd conspire to strip him of his government pension and lock him up in an old age home to die. Even so, and despite knowing that most of his colleagues worked under pseudonyms, Harry Bush signed everything he ever drew with his own name.
Bush died in 1994, of emphysema. He left a legacy of impossibly perfect teens dangling like ripe fruit in the half-light between adolescence and adulthood. But while the gay cognoscenti have long embraced many artists of the era, including Tom of Finland, The Hun, and Blade, much of Bush's work remains unknown outside a small circle of fervid collectors.
According to Bob Mainardi, who assembled the 2007 Harry Bush anthology Hard Boys (alongside partner Trent Dunphy), most of Bush's contemporaries were "leaning toward comic book cartoons. Much of their work was a parody of reality," he says. "MaybeHarry's work is more threatening because it's visually more realistic, People would look at it and think that these drawings were taken from life."
Anyone personally acquainted with Bush knew he was in no shape to prowl the streets trolling for models on the cusp of manhood. Mainardi met the artist in his declining years, after they were introduced through a mutual friend, "Blade" artist Neel Bate. After striking up a correspondence with Bush, both Dunphy and Mainardi visited San Juan Capistrano, where Harry worked in the privacy of his condo.
"It took a while to earn his trust," Mainardi muses, "because Harry felt he'd been burned so much in the past, by people who either didn't return his originals or didn't reproduce them to his specifications. In his mind, there were lot of people who wronged him, so sooner or later he seemed to have a falling out with everyone."
Being both a perfectionist and curmudgeon earned Bush a reputation as difficult to work with, and as word circulated, it undoubtedly cost him both fame and fortune. Touko Laaksonen -- better known as Tom of Finland -- was well promoted, says Minardi. "Especially by Bob Mizer, a publisher who also promoted Harry for a while, until they had a disagreement about something or other that ended their relationship. Tom of Finland went on to come to America and get involved with a model of his named Durk Dehner, who promoted Tom and started a foundation dedicated to him and got him published elsewhere and all kinds of recognition. And The Hun was online very early and marketed himself very actively on his own; he'd go places and sell his art there. Harry would never have done that."
No matter, Mainardi says. Bush's craft and dexterity are unassailable. "First of all, I thinkHarry's art stands out because he was a brilliant technician; his ink is so meticulously composed. He dismissed everything he did in oils and watercolors, but even so, his technique is just far above everyone else's, including Tom of Finland. Harry's art may not be as cartoonish, but there's a healthy dose of wit at work. It's one of the things that makes him such a conundrum; that he was basically unhappy and so alone, but his work is full of joy."
For some, thumbing through a Tom of Finland catalogue is no more provocative than skimming through an issue of Superman, because the figures do not capture perfection, they exaggerate every possibility -- similar to the expanse between a Village People video and soft-core porn. Several years before the book was published, Mainardi recalls hearing from the director of The Drawing Center in New York who'd heard about Bush's work.
"She came out to San Francisco and looked through the entire collection, and she loved it. But she said she couldn't show any of it. She said, 'People would be outraged.' "
Mainardi and Dunphy hoped Hard Boys would provide the kind of introduction to HarryBush that the artist could never muster. "My partner and I have known a lot of gay artists," Mainardi says, "and to one degree or another they all have creative and emotional conflicts. Oftentimes they're trying to work something out. Just like van Gogh created a night sky with swirling stars all around, they they're trying to capture something that may only exist in their mind's eye -- something the artist would like to be true, but isn't real."
If Bush's drawings continue to captivate succeeding generations, Mainardi believes it's because they're about "living without shame, especially when you're young, which I still think is difficult. It's still a tough time growing up and deciding how to come out or whether to come out at all."
And what about Harry? How would the misanthropic artist have assessed Hard Boys? "I like to think he'd have liked it," Mainardi says cautiously. "We did print it on the best paper we could afford and took as much care with the images as possible. So he'd have either loved it -- or he never would have spoken to me again."
Tyler Posey may be the hottest wolf since teenage Jason Bateman. If you watch Teen Wolf, you understand the appeal and why he leads a cast of equally handsome young gentlemen. There's something about the homoerotic supernatural that makes you wanna howl at the moon like a wolf in heat
This week, Posey treated his Instagram followers and anyone with a view over his fence to an "early morning undies sesh" of skateboarding. Personally, I think he was a little overdressed.
If you missed it, watch below:
Designer Marc Jacobs took the infamous Instagram sext he released by mistake in June, and did what he does best: Make fashion.
The flirtatious fashion designer shared a selfie (on purpose this time) in which he's seen wearing a white T-shirt bearing his Instagram handle (@themarcjacobs) and the caption that came with the accidental ass/dick pic, "It's yours to try!"
At least he's taking the high road with this. Who hasn't sent a sext to the wrong person? I'm assuming Jacobs isn't the only one who's posted a nude for a split second, before realizing it was meant to be a direct message.
In response to the "scandal," Jacobs pretty much said "IDGAF" and went about his day. And what better way to show he's not bothered than profiting from his social networking faux pas?
According to his Twitter, it will soon be everyone's to try:
In stores Sept. 1! https://t.co/vobgLoJRIy
— Marc Jacobs (@marcjacobs) August 27, 2015
Get in line!
Freeheld, starring Ellen Page (as Stacie Andree) and Julianne Moore (as Laurel Hester) as domestic partners, is set for release this fall. The story documents the true life struggle the couple faced trying to ensure that Hester's pension benefits would be passed onto Andree, after Hester's diagnosis of terminal cancer. Especially in light of this summer's incredible marriage equality victory, it's a timely and important look at the people who fought so hard to get us to this point. Page spoke with TIME about the film, and shared her strong ideas on the issue of "playing gay:"
I think, given the effect it might have on your career, yours is the sort of performance people tend to call “brave.” What do you make of that word as relates to actors?
Maybe this is a bad thing to say, but I have a hard time when people call actors brave. I don’t really get that, because our job is to read something on a page.
Unfortunately, though, there really aren’t many movies about LGBTQ people, so it makes it more likely that actors are seemingly taking a career risk by appearing in one.
When people are [called] brave in regards to playing LGBTQ people, that’s borderline offensive. I’m never going to be considered brave for playing a straight person, and nor should I be. It’s hard to say this, because the context of the film is so deeply tragic, but for me there was a deep sense of peace on set that I had not felt in a really long time, potentially since I was a teenager and first having these really beautiful, fortunate moments in films. There was something about being out, getting to play a gay character, and getting to play a woman who is so inspiring to me—it was such an amazing experience for me. Honestly, if I played gay characters for the rest of my career, I’d be thrilled. I wish I could, honestly!
Read the full interview on TIME.
Just the other day, Jennifer Lawrence let slip that she and new best friend Amy Schumer are writing a film together--and that they'll be playing sisters! The two really are inseperable, it would seem, as they made a surpise appearance at a Billy Joel concert in Chicago last night. When Joel began performing 'Uptown Girl,' Schumer and Lawrence hopped on-stage (and on-piano) and got to dancing.
Schumer tweeted her own verison of the performance:
Uptown girls pic.twitter.com/zBY0q1wVB1
— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) August 28, 2015
CNN's coverage of Virginia shooter Vester Flanagan, a former employee of the news station WDBJ-TV who shot and killed reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward, has been widely critcized for the undue focus given to the fact that Flanagan was gay. As part of the ongoing investigation into the attack, CNN correspondant Drew Griffin said that reports that Flanagan owned a number of gay porn websites was "just another disturbing twist." When Wolf Blitzer asked gay CNN correspondant Don Lemon to weigh in, Lemon, while in no ways defending Flanagan's actions, quickly shut down the dangerous link between violence, instability, and homosexuality that his network has been, knowingly or not, perpetuating:
"Well, I think the gay porn site is something--to me, I don't really see the releveance of it."
“I don’t want to gay-shame him. There’s nothing wrong with being gay.”
Lemon then went on to say that the fact that Flanagan went on to own other websites is nothing strange, noting that Dan Abrams, formerly of ABC, went on to found another site. When Blitzer offered the clarification that Abrams didn't launch a gay porn site, Lemon fired back:
"There's no difference though. They're both legal. If Dan Abrams or anyone else wanted to start a gay porn site, as long as they're abiding by the law, there's aboslutely nothing wrong with it. You may look down on it and judge it, but there's nothing illegal about it. I don't see why it's relevent in this particular case."
Blitzer responded that Lemon's was a "fair enough point."
Watch the segment below:
[H/T Raw Story]
For his role as Moriarty in the BBC's hit drama, Sherlock, alongside Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes, Andrew Scott has earned himself hordes of die-hard fans. After starring in Pride, the heart-warming 2014 film about a London gay rights organization teaming up with a small Welsh mining town during the turbulant premiership of Margaret Thatcher, Scott was one of our Out100 honorees. He's now set to appear in the upcoming James Bond film, Spectre, making him the second openly gay actor to join the franchise, along with Ben Wishaw. In a recent interview with Red, he discussed his professional and personal life, and got emotional remembering this summer's successful marriage equality referendum in his home country of Ireland.
"People came out in droves, from all different backgrounds, to vote for love. And that’s essentially what it is. It also meant that the idea of being gay or bisexual was discussed by families all over Ireland. So it was no longer talked about in hushed tones, like, 'Oh, I believe she has a son that’s… you know.' Bringing it out in the open like that, and for it to have a result like that, means that it has changed something in the genetic make-up of the country. I don’t think that the full depth of what has been achieved there has even unfolded yet."
"Just because I’m gay doesn’t mean I have to want to get married now. It’s just an option. But it’s about having the same options as everyone else. So now a gay person has a right not to get married."
To read the full interview, visit Red.
Julianne Moore plays a New Jersey detective, Ellen Page stars as her lovestruck mechanic spouse, and Steve Carrel as a “middle-class Jewish homosexual from New Jersey” in Freeheld.
Based on Oscar-winning documentary short of the same title, Freeheld tells the true story of Laurel Hester (Moore) and Stacie Andree (Page), domestic partners fighting to ensure that Stacie will receive Laurel’s pension benefits after Laurel is diagnosed with lung cancer.
Freeheld opens in theaters Oct. 2. Check out the posters below:
These are the words of a renowned queer black man living in an anti-black, anti-queer world.
Bryce Williams was a queer black man living in an anti-Black, anti-queer world.
The narrative had begun to take shape: those of us fighting for liberation are to blame for violence, and we must atone for it.
Anti-black, anti-queer, and anti-trans sentiments are the reasons people use guns or the state employs law to kill black, queer, and trans people almost daily. These sentiments are killing us on camera, like they did with Sam Dubose, with just as much sadism as Bryce Williams, and streaming our deaths on a seemingly infinite loop. That is why the public must fight until the anti-black racism and antagonism aimed at LGBTQ people are ended. No one should ever lose sight of that.
That Williams' final acts were evil does not erase the fact that what he experienced as a black, queer man in America was evil, too. We do not yet know why he snapped, but we do know America must reckon with its racist, heterosexist violence, and it must do so now. Those things to which we are demanding an end, anti-black and anti-queer violence, still deserve our full commitment. That can and will never be up for question.
You can't take your eyes off Alex Newell — who showcases his stunning vocals while wearing a flower crown and sequins — in the new video from Austin Peters for The Knocks' "Collect My Love."
"He did a great job capturing the energy of Alex's performance and the energy of our favorite part of New York City," DJ B-Roc tells Vulture of Peters's work on the video.
Watch the video below:
Where the hell did this summer go? It feels like just yesterday we were dancing in the streets of NYC Pride celebrating the start of summer. Don't get too upset though. We've picked some of our favorite late-summer releases that feel like perfect jams to listen to before the leaves start falling.
1. "Omen Feat. Sam Smith" by Disclosure
Oh how we've missed Sam Smith and his angellic voice serenading us. This follow-up to "Latch," his first collab with British electro-pop band Disclosure, makes us wish they could release a full LP together.
2. "Got to Work it Out" by Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique
Break out your neon leg warmers and sweatbands for this gym sesh hit!
3. "E•MO•TION" by Carly Rae Jepsen
"Call Me Maybe" now feels sooo 2012, right?! We're really, really, really, reall,y really loving this new single by the pop princess, who proves she's no one-hit wonder
4. "Love Myself" by Hailee Steinfeld
Screw boys and love yourself "so hard 'til it hurts." Preach, gurl.
5. "Here" by Alessia Cara
Best appreciated after a couple glasses of wine, dancing in a corner on your own.
6. "What Do You Mean?" by Justin Bieber
The Biebs is back! His just-released single is a departure from former hits "Baby" and "Boyfriend," but Hollywood's most infamous wannabe bad boy might have another pop hit under his belt with this trappy tune.
In an act of potentially deadly defiance, a gay filmmaker questions and reclaims his faith while exposing Saudi Arabia’s violent conservatism.
For many, Mecca is a city in Saudi Arabia shrouded in mystery: impenetrable, unknowable. But for devout Muslims, the hajj, a pilgrimage to Mecca, one of Islam’s holiest sites, is a journey one must make in their time on earth.
Photographing or videotaping the hajj is strictly forbidden, so to see the swirling masses at the Kaaba, the sacred cuboid building in the middle of Mecca, as seen in Parvez Sharma’s intensely personal documentary, A Sinner in Mecca, gives audiences a voyeuristic thrill. We feel the claustrophobia, the danger, the violence as the camera — strapped secretly to Sharma’s neck — approaches the sacred object.
Many fundamentalist Muslims already revile Sharma, a proud gay man whose 2007 film, A Jihad for Love, questioned Islam’s treatment of LGBT people. Though homosexuality is punishable by death in Saudi Arabia, Sharma decided to go back in the closet — both as gay and as a filmmaker — to get the visa and permissions to make the hajj. Like a carefully constructed thriller, the film shows the tension that exists as Sharma makes his way toward the Kaaba; as irrational as it is, we wonder if he will be struck down for his impertinence to defile this hallowed object. He finally touches it, and the world doesn’t end. He feels relief, but he’s not out of danger yet. Sharma is ultimately traumatized by the experience.
The film is more than his struggle with reconciling his faith with his sexuality: it’s an open challenge to Wahhabism, the ultraconservative movement within Sunni Islam practiced by the majority of Muslims in Saudi Arabia. And it’s this political examination and challenge that has prompted death threats and hate speech directed at Sharma, and required extra airport-style security at many of the screenings in North America and Britain.
“Conservative Muslims are organizing themselves and coming with only one
purpose in mind: to publicly attack and shame the film,” Sharma says. “At a U.K. screening, it was a group of Saudi women who condemned the film in public. I tried to defend it. I have experienced hostility face to face, but this time was different. I crumbled.
They followed me out of the theater. It was an awful experience.”
During the Q&A session at the film’s first screening at HotDocs in Toronto, a young gay Muslim man was inspired to come out, thanking Sharma for making the film for all other gay Muslims who may never be able to make the hajj — but that experience was followed by hostile questions. When Sinner screened at Outfest in Los Angeles this summer, where it was awarded the Best Documentary Feature, a group of Iranians arrived to attack Sharma’s motivations for making the film.
“They said I was fooling people because I dared to film the experience, and filming and prayer don’t go together, so I shouldn’t claim any sense of religiosity,” he says. “But being a filmmaker and a religious Muslim, I can divide my brain into halves, and it’s my natural instincts to film. No way I wasn’t going to document the most important journey in my life.”
Eager to reach as many viewers as possible, Sharma hands out DVDs to people who ask so they can organize screenings in Muslim world capitals. The film will be released in New York on September 4 and in Los Angeles on September 11, which will make it eligible for awards consideration, and Sharma says Netflix will stream the film. He hopes to reach a wide Muslim audience so that they can help change the religion that “has no resemblance to Islam as it was originally intended.”
“People are reacting very strongly. But most are reacting to a film they haven’t even seen.”
A Sinner in Mecca opens Sept. 4 at Cinema Village in New York City. Watch the trailer below: