Unsurprisingly, the National Organisation For Marriage are cock-a-hoop at the election of Donald Trump.
This is a bright and exciting time for NOM, and we are committed to taking full advantage of the opportunity we have. Our voice and our views matter to the incoming administration, and that means your voice and views matter.
And as you might expect, they’re determined to reverse the US Supreme Court decision in favour of same-sex marriage and to end “dangerous” Presidential gender identity directives. It’s tempting to yawn, but protecting our hard-won rights and freedoms is going to occupy us and require a lot of energy over the next couple of years, don’t you agree?
Kerstin Ott – who appears as the photographer in the video – isn’t your stereotypical German pop star, freely admitting she’s pretty much the opposite of artists like Helene Fischer; but her song Die Immer Lacht (which she wrote 12 years ago) has been one of the biggest hits so far this year in Germany and Austria, and the video has quickly gathered more than 50 million viewers.
Kerstin, who’s in her early 30s and has been out since she was 17, did a post-school apprenticeship as a painter and decorator, but her new-found success means she’s now a full-time musician. Her follow-up single, released this month, hit the iTunes Top Ten within 24 hours…
(more like this on our companion site That Gay Music Blog)
Be careful what you wish for when you demand equal treatment, certainly when it comes to reality television. US cable viewers are about to get two new series focusing on gay men in lurve and trans models looking glam, both of which live up/down to the quality of their more mainstream ancestors, and which have their fair share of queens and divas behaving badly, as befits the genre.
Oxygen is soon to premiere Strut, a fly-on-the-wall series about Slay Model Management, the first exclusively transgender modelling agency. Happily it appears less bowel-clenchingly earnest than I Am Cait (phew), but still looks to leave no cliche un-revisited even if some viewers will find it…er…educational. As with RuPaul’s Drag Race, the entertainment value partly consists of waiting for someone to fall off their stilettos and lose it. But it’s produced by Whoopi Goldberg and features the highly-articulate trans model and activist Laith Ashley, so may turn out to be less of a further round of transploitation than one might fear.
On Logo, a tried and tested format gets a gay twist with the arrival of Finding Prince Charming, which has everything thrown at it, including Lance Bass as host (who can give you dating tips if you need them). IMHO, this looks about as far from the reality of gay dating as you could possibly imagine, and underneath its greeting card commercial facade looks suspiciously like 80s softcore porn. Nonetheless, the team say serious issues affecting the lives of today’s gay men will be touched on throughout the series.
Some of the soft-focus gloss has been wiped away by seriously NSFW reports that the bachelor looking for love, Robert Sepulveda Jr, is a former rent boy, allegations which he hasn’t denied. Although that frisson of excitement may increase audience figures, it’s unlikely that we’ll see all his equipment in action. Oh, and one contestant will reveal they are HIV positive. Have a box of tissues handy.
Openly-gay Brian Justin Crum has reached the semi-finals of America’s Got Talent 2016, with polished performances of the usual mix of hits aimed at wowing a mainstream audience. He has a solid musical theatre background, so is well above karaoke standard. Although he’s filmed in the intro as though he’s the sweet and swarthy cub about to turn up at the apartment of a hot daddy in a gay porn movie (some will like this…a lot), what’s laudable is that it doesn’t dodge his sexuality and personal challenges he faced growing up. If he doesn’t win, he’ll doubtless pop up at Pride Events in 2017.
Kudos goes to the breezy MTV pro-feminist YouTube channel Braless for commissioning this (which is a good watch), though cynics might argue that the target audience this really needs to reach won’t be watching this and other Laci Green hosted videos anytime soon. MTV Braless was rightly lauded at the 2015 Webby Awards, but unless something amazing happens and this goes viral, cat videos probably still rule.
Not me, him. This from an opinion piece by Gary Keely, one of the gay twins who own cafes in London which serve breakfast cereal at hipster-friendly prices. Of course, it’s designed to provoke comment, but also shows how little has changed since the days before smartphones when old queers like me in search of a date had to stand around in smoky bars wearing flared trousers and platform shoes, clutching a slowly-warming half of lager. Internalised homophobia and general prudery still lurks beneath the glossy veneer of our happy new world of same-sex wedding planners and gender expansiveness. So, once again, here’s a link to the only pamphlet you need to read, sadly still as relevant today as it was in 1974 (wtf!!!), With Downcast Gays, written by Andrew Hodges and David Hutter.
“Why I am a homophobic homosexual”
…I was watching a film with my boyfriend a few weeks ago, and in it, there was a story line that featured a gay guy. In one scene he had met and fell for another guy, and like the start of all love stories there was the inevitable kiss, when it happened my boyfriend and I simultaneously let out a screech, “eeeeeeuuuuggghhhh – two men kissing? Gross!” (Source: Gay Times)