Saturday, July 25, 2015

How About 30 Minutes of Vogue?

If you're a die-hard M fan, you're going to love this.

If you'll recall, about three or so years ago, a fan who discovered extra footage (in an old storage locker of all places!) remade the Vogue video showing some of the deleted scenes.  Now it looks like the full video has leaked -- all 30 minutes of B roll!  Hard to say if it's from the same person, but it seems most likely.

Lots of little nuances here and there...  If you watch the whole thing like I did, you may not be able to hear the full song again for awhile, but oh man, was it awesome!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Bitch I'm A Condom

Fun parody from Impulse Los Angeles encouraging everyone to wrap it up! 

"Impulse United is proud to release their first ever Safer Sex Parody! There is nothing funny about the risks of HIV, but together we can educate & protect ourselves from STI's. The video reinforces the mission of Impulse Los Angeles by promoting an open and direct discussion of safe sex practices as well as overall sexual health."

Starring Pandora Boxx, Jai Rodriguez, Manila Luzon, Quinn Jaxon, Pablo Hernandez, Rhea Litre and so many more!  Enjoy

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Caitlyn Jenner & Anti-Trans Humour

reposted with permission from I Should Be Laughing

My Two Cents: Caitlyn Jenner & Anti-Trans Humor [?]

Transgender is funny, y’all; it’s a joke. I mean, a sixty-something guy, a former Olympian, slaps on a dress and we’re all supposed to be accepting and understanding at the freak show?

Even Mike Huckabee gets it, saying he wished he could just switch genders back in high school so he could watch the girls shower; it’s a joke, right? And, Huckabee said, being trans is nothing to be proud of, or to celebrate, or accept.

It simply deserves belittling, the idea that someone can be transgender. Oh, but then add to that the idea that the trans person is somehow a hero? Oh, hell no.

See? isn't transphobia fun? Of course it isn't, but that isn't stopping people ...

It’s been a couple of years that people have been speculating about then-Bruce Jenner; I mean, he had surgery on his face and suddenly looked decidedly more feminine; he’d ALLEGEDLY — though we now know it to be true — had surgery to shave down his Adam’s Apple. Was Bruce transgender? Let’s all make jokes about it ….

Then Bruce did transition, but before doing so completely he gave one last incredible interview to Diane Sawyer, chronicling his struggle with gender dysphoria, chronicling his struggle with trying to match how he looked on the outside with how he felt on the inside; chronicling his decision to simply stop hiding who he, soon-to-be she, was, and live a more open life.

And then the jokes really rolled in … and the anger and hate … when it was announced by ESPN that now-Caitlyn Jenner would be the recipient of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY awards this year.

And while those more narrow-minded and hateful among us because spreading rumors about why the ESPY producers chose Caitlyn, let’s make one thing clear: ESPY producers never had a “second place” or another pick for the courage award. Caitlyn Jenner was their first and only choice.

But that didn’t stop people from wondering why others had been overlooked, such as veteran and double amputee Gregory Gadson. And soon these transphobic people began spreading a meme on social media, a side-by-side photo comparison of then-Bruce Jenner versus Gregory Gadson with this message:
“One man traded 2 legs for the freedom of the other to trade 2 balls for 2 boobs. Guess which man made the cover of Vanity Fair, was praised for his courage by President Obama and is to be honored with the ‘Arthur Ashe Courage Award’ by ESPN?” 
Lovely, yes? And it spread and spread because it’s easier to make fun of things, and people, you don’t understand than opening your mind and brain to something you’d never thought about before. And what galls me most of all are the ALLEGEDLY reasonable thinking folks who reposted this idiotic meme, like Lone Survivor and Battleship director, Peter Berg, who added this caption to the photo:


Luckily, or unluckily for Berg, some people, those rational thinkers among us, were tired of the hate and the transphobia and the general bigotry of those memes and began calling out people like Peter Berg, who then issued his own walk-back apology of sorts:
“I have the utmost respect for Caitlyn Jenner and I am a strong supporter of equality and the rights of trans people everywhere. I also believe that we don’t give enough attention to our courageous returning war veterans, many of whom have sacrificed their bodies and mental health for our country and our principals ... principals that include the freedom to live the life you want to live without persecution or abuse.”
Okay, so you’re a supporter of veterans; but why denigrate Caitlyn Jenner to support your cause? Why turn something that had to have been the most difficult decision of her entire life into a joke about balls and boobs? Ignorance; idiocy; stupidity; and the idea that one doesn’t need to think before speaking, or posting. Caitlyn Jenner is courageous; our US soldiers and veterans are courageous, too. We can recognize and honor one person’s courage without denigrating and belittling another for their bravery.

And, before I go on, Peter Berg is still an asshole, let’s be clear about that. After his half-hearted apology, Berg kept that hateful meme posted on Instagram for several more days until he removed it because, well, stupid.

But Peter Berg isn’t alone; let’s toss some D.L. Hughley into the mix; Hughley, a comedian who, after sporting a pair of black-rimmed glasses fancies himself a political and social commentator with an albeit limited world-view.

In an on-air interview with TMZ, Hughley insulted Caitlyn Jenner with a series of childish jokes and ridiculous attempts at humor.

"She is a beautiful woman, isn't she?" the TMZ cameraman asked.

"No." Hughley replied, and then continued.
“In a Miss Doubtfire kind of way. Stop it.”
Hughley then added that Jenner "looks like very P.E. teacher I've ever had."

And Hughley is not only standing by his idiotic remarks, he’s doubling down on them. On Saturday, he Tweeted a photo showing Caitlyn Jenner at the ESPYs alongside a photo of Robin Williams as his title character in Mrs. Doubtfire.
"Somebody tell me I'm wrong #TeamDL."
Okay, I will. There is nothing at all similar about a person who has been struggling with gender dysphoria, struggling for over sixty years to live her true life, damn the consequences and the jokes, and then chooses honesty, and a man who dresses up in women’s clothes, in a movie, so he can see his children who are living with his estranged wife.

Apparently, D.L. you cannot see the difference between a film comedy and someone’s real life, so it’s best if you sit down, take off the horn rims, and stop acting like you’re an expert on anything other than insulting remarks and transphobic comments.

But, of course, he doesn’t sit down; he then speaks about Arthur Ashe, the first and only black man to win the singles title at Wimbledon, and a man who died in 1993 from AIDS-related complications. Hughley calls Ashe a "symbol of courage."
"He fought AIDS with dignity and honor and Caitlyn Jenner put on a dress. I don't think it's the same thing."
It’s the exact same thing.

Arthur Ashe died of AIDS at a time when it was still considered something sick and sinful, but Ashe gave a face to AIDS; he made people see that anyone, even an athlete, could contract AIDS.

And like Ashe, Caitlyn Jenner, has put  a face to transgender and made people, at least some of us who aren’t living in a cave somewhere, see that transgender isn’t something sick or sinful, and that anyone, even an athlete, could be trans.

But Hughley just wants to make jokes because, when people, are fearful and frightened and ignorant, they use humor and bad, bigoted jokes to cover their stupidity.

So we have man who thinks Caitlyn isn’t as courageous and a war veteran, and a man who thinks Caitlyn is just a man in a dress, which is not brave at all.

But what about a real soldier? What would a soldier say to these two men about Caitlyn Jenner and courage?

The night that Jenner gave that amazing speech at the ESPYs the internet was flooded with supportive messages and praise for her struggle and her acceptance and her strength in finally becoming herself. And, neutrally, that praise brought out the haters with their own special brand of vitriol.

And that brought out the comments of Joey Vicente, a 23-year-old behavioral health specialist in the US Army:
"Your negative opinions on Caitlyn Jenner and her deservedness of an award that you didn’t even know about until a few days ago are irrelevant. Your definition of what or who a hero can or cannot be is irrelevant. 40% of the transgender community have attempted suicide. What if I told you that her speech last night saved even one human being from attempting to take their life? I’d call that a victory on any scale. I’d call that (gasp)… heroic?"
And that’s what it boils down to; if one person, struggling with gender dysphoria, decided that, after listening to Caitlyn speak, not to take his or her own life, then her stepping out of the shadows and into the light, as her true self, speaking her truth, would be one of is the most courageous step of all.

And for Caitlyn to tell all the haters, who seeks to ridicule her as some kind of freak, who transitioned for fame of publicity or a TV show, or because she’s mentally ill, or whatever, to direct all their vile, disgusting remarks and hate at her, and stay away from the younger people struggling with their gender identity, then that also counts as courage.

What is not courageous is making a joke, or posting a meme, or saying that Caitlyn Jenner is a man in a dress.

She’s so much more than that, and so much more than people like Peter Berg and D.L. Hughley can every hope to be.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Revolution of #LoveWins!

Madonna celebrates #LoveWins on her Instagram page.

UPDATE///sorry for the delay on this was in my drafts for some reason?

Beyoncé Celebrates #LoveWins

Never Too Late! #LoveWins
Posted by Beyoncé on Wednesday, July 1, 2015

"It Is So Ordered..."

...and with those four words, the tireless work of thousands of gay men and women over the past 40 years saw a rainbow-tinted dream come true.

On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States delivered their historical announcement that makes same-sex marriage (aka marriage equality) legal in ALL 50 states.

Honestly, I cannot even express the joy in my heart.  I keep tearing up while writing this, and it's already been 5 days!

The timing of the announcement could not have been more perfect; June is commonly known as LGBT Pride Month in countless cities around the globe.  This final weekend being a huge one in major cities everywhere, such as New York, San Francisco, Toronto, Houston, Mexico City, Barcelona, and London.

Allow me to take this moment to wish everyone a Happy Pride wherever you are, and an extra special hug and a squeeze to my American brothers and sisters.  I am so filled with happiness.  If you're celebrating this weekend, this month or at some point over the next couple of months, have a wonderful time.  There is much to celebrate.

 This landmark decision comes on the heels of the Supreme Court of Justice in Mexico which said that "the norms used to ban same-sex marriages...have been declared unconstitutional
in all the states across Mexico.  Right now, there are clerk's offices that could stall weddings by denying or delaying issuing licenses forcing couples to file appeals.  "In this scenario, couples will have to file an appeal for constitutional protection and here’s where the Supreme Court ruling comes into play: all the judges are forced to protect the couples and demand the civil registry to marry them."

...and the hit just keep on coming...

In Lebanon, yes...Lebanon..."LGBTQ rights supporters rejoiced on Thursday with news that homosexuality is no longer illegal in Lebanon.  A court ruling abolished a case against an unnamed transwomanaccused of having a “same sex relationship with a man” – stating that homosexuality can no longer be considered a crime because it is “not unnatural.” Lebanese law only prohibits sexual acts “contradicting the laws of nature.”  Amazing. 

Here's the current map:

Yes, there is much to celebrate, but there is much work to do.
• It is still legal in 29 states to fire someone for being gay/bisexual/pansexual/not straight.
• It is still legal in 32 states to fire someone for being trans.
• It is legal in 29 states to evict someone for being queer.
• It is still purposefully difficult for same-sex couples to adopt children.
• The lack of resources, education, protection and medical services for trans people often forces them into violent situations where sex work is the only way they can make money.

• Queer people (especially minors) are still getting beaten to death and kicked out of their homes.
• Being queer is still illegal in 79 countries.
• Being queer is still punishable by DEATH in 5 countries
• Same-sex marriage is illegal in over 81 countries.
So, we're just beginning...and while same-sex marriage has been legal in Canada for over a decade, I honestly did not think I would ever see something like this for my neighbours to the south.  I raise a glass to all of you, AND to the thousands of men and women who are not alive to see this day.  

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Yep, I'm...

...just being Miley?
Earlier today, Paper magazine published a very revealing interview, along with some saucey photos, where she confirms not only the fluidity of her own gender identity, but that she is bisexual. 
"I am literally open to every single thing that is consenting and doesn't involve an animal and everyone is of age. Everything that's legal, I'm down with. Yo, I'm down with any adult -- anyone over the age of 18 who is down to love me," she says. "I don't relate to being boy or girl, and I don't have to have my partner relate to boy or girl." She says she's had romantic entanglements with women that were just as serious as the ones (Liam Hemsworth, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Nick Jonas) that ended up in Us Weekly. "I've had that," she admits. "But people never really looked at it, and I never brought it into the spotlight."

She recalls confessing to her mother, at age 14, that she had romantic feelings toward women. "I remember telling her I admire women in a different way. And she asked me what that meant. And I said, I love them. I love them like I love boys," she says. "And it was so hard for her to understand. She didn't want me to be judged and she didn't want me to go to hell. But she believes in me more than she believes in any god. I just asked for her to accept me. And she has." These days, Cyrus only wants to grant others the same clemency."
The more this girl grows up, the more bad-ass I think she is.  No wonder Madonna loves her so fucking much.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

One Pedophile And Counting: Duggars Bare All?

Looks like Jim Bob Billy Joe Duggar and his coif-challenged wife, Michelle, will sit down in an "exclusive" interview this coming Wednesday on...wait for it... Fox News. 

They will be interviewed by Megyn Kelly, whose politics have been sometimes mysterious, and sometimes obvious.  She has maintained that regardless of which party approaches her, her response has been: "you assume too much."  One thing we know, she's no fan of Karl Rove.

As far as I'm concerned, this will be the interview that "makes or breaks her" politically.  Will she be the "straight news anchor" that will ask the tough questions, or will she cave to the higher ups and let them massage the truth with words like "inexcusable" instead of "illegal."

I honestly don't want to watch, but this is going to be a huge Vagina Clown Car Crash too hard from which to look away.  I think I've seen about 7 -12 minutes of the show TOTAL over the years, and I shake my head every time.  I'm compelled to watch the interview, only to see how they try to use Jesus to explain why this whole scenario is acceptable.

...and then to drag them for their backwards, backwater ideals.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

What Happens In Vegas ~or~ Like A Lamb To The Slaughter

Mariah has begun her 2 year/50 date residency in Vegas.  She has released her "#1 To Infinity" CD to coincide with the event.  Can we just take a minute to look at the artwork vs. a snap from the first show:
On the left, the album cover, on the right, Vegas.
Ummm...Okay... kinda revives THIS parody.  Anyway, I have posted this review in its entirety... THESE ARE NOT MY WORDS (but I a little bit wish they were).

THE EVISCERATION OF MIMI: New York Times Review Tears Mariah Carey’s New Vegas Show to Shreds 

 “You watch the crash because you want to see how it will end.”

It’s been a rough week for Mariah Carey. One day after opening her new mega-show this past Wednesday at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, The New York Times published a review, and let’s just say… it wasn’t pretty:

“Her once-transcendent voice is like decaying manufacturing machinery: It still churns, but the product might be polished or dinged.”

The production, “#1 to Infinity”, takes its name from the concert lineup, a collection of her staggering 18 #1 Billboard hits plus a new original number…

“There’s a new song, too, called “Infinity” – it won’t be No. 19.”

Regardless of your opinion of Mariah’s music, the icy review by writer Jon Caramanica is certainly worth a read, merciless enough to induce winces in fans and jaw-drops in, uh, just about anybody else.
“Whether the decision to undertake this project was born of necessity, hubris or obliviousness, it has put Ms. Carey in a precarious position – she is in decline and trapped in a cage of her own making.”
Most painfully, much of the criticism of “Ms. Carey” focuses on the state of her famously huge vocal range, which most critics agree is the talent that originally set the performer apart from her peers:

“When it came to the notes, though, the struggle was real.“
 Despite the sting she may feel after critiques like this, Mimi’s in it for the long haul. Wednesday’s concert marked the opening of a 50-show scheduled to run over a 2-year residency.

“Maybe the new performance spectacle could resurrect the old vocal spectacle.”

We hope, for the sake of concert-goers, that this will be the case.

That's pretty rough...

Monday, May 11, 2015

The Lisp Review: It's The Wurst

Actually, to be fair, I haven't even listened to it.  Do I need to?  I think not.  So really, this is more of a read than a review.

In fact, I've never even heard a full Conchita Wurst song...I saw her on some show, perhaps Chatty Man, and after about thirty seconds, I knew everything I needed to know. 

Celine Dion washed an egg with Clay Aiken's baby-batter, incubated it under Elton John's toupé and gave birth in some Palm Springs piano bar.

And I mean...just look at some of the JUST know what you're getting:

You Are Unstoppable
Up for Air
Colours of Your Love
Out of Body Experience
Where Have All the Good Men Gone
Rise Like a Phoenix
Other Side of Me


Speaking of "yikes:"

 Bret (Poison) Michaels has released a country album, True Grit.

It's full of rah-rah-America vs Rowdy Cowboy tracks (again, haven't actually listened to it).

Strangely, I think he's got on more make-up than Conchita does.




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