29 March 2012

Paul Freeman's "Heroics"

Australian photographer Paul Freeman continues his exploration of the male form with a series of iconic portraits inspired by historic bravery and romance. He published his first book in 2004 titled Bondi Classic, featuring the musculature physique of the men of New South Wales' Bondi Beach, and his following series Outback showcased the rugged men from Down Under. In this project, Freeman, abandons his Aussie fantasies for a more heroic aestheticism.

Note: This post contains male, full-frontal nudity and is Not Safe For Work (NSFW)

28 March 2012

Kennedy Carter

Meet that kid, Kennedy Carter. My friends, and some of y'all, know that I have a hard spot for redheads and Kennedy is definitely my favorite of them all. He's got the whole package - a crazy, adorable smile, great ass, beautiful ink, amazing body, and an even better personality; he's such a sweetheart! We finally met up at last year's Folsom Street East where we were clad in, well, not much but had a blast on that fine, summer day.

26 March 2012

Black Party Expo 2012

WARNING: Content Not Safe For Work (NSFW)

This past weekend marked the 32nd consecutive season of the Black Party in New York City, presented by The Saint at Large. The exposition showcases several vendors, adult entertainers, performers, and artists of the nightlife and adult entertainment industries in a gorgeous venue where they can drink, party, shop, and drool over the men.

22 March 2012

Slowly Dying of Embarrassment in the Corner

I was too lazy to make breakfast this morning so I decided to go for a healthy meal of coffee and a bagel at Dunkin' Donuts. As I was waiting for my order, a cute boy who resembled a young(er?) Tim Tebow walked in, stood in line, and gave me a sheepish grin. I would normally welcome a cute smile but we're in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn here and I can't be too safe so I just smile back at him and continue waiting next to the register. I grab my bagel and am about ready to head out when he catches up with me and asks for my name. Slightly shocked, I sign out an E-L-L-E to him to which he responds by signing out an A-L-F-I-E.
I choke out, "You can sign?!" while drinking my coffee.
"...and you can speak?" he laughs out.
"Well, I lost my voice and sound like a frog." I admit, impressed and incredulous.
"So is that pronounced ehl-ie or...?"
"No, like the magazine - but that works, too, I guess."
As we're walking around the neighborhood - really, with the intention that I'd lose him when I turn toward the block toward my apartment - I find out that he isn't a crazy homophobe with the intention of luring me into an alleyway, beating, and leaving me for dead. Why, then, is he talking to me? Surely no one can be this forward or charming.

21 March 2012

Chaim Levin

My dear friend, Chaim Levin, is an out, gay Jewish activist and writer. On his blog, Gotta Give 'Em Hope, he writes about his experiences as a gay man in the Orthodox community. For the past two years Chaim has dedicated himself to working as a voice for gay Orthodox youth and has been featured in The Jewish Press, Huffington Post, Truth Wins Out, and many other publications.

13 March 2012

New York City's High Line

The High Line is a public park in New York City which was built on an old railway running between 10th and 11th Avenues, and extending from to Gansevoort Street to 30th Street. Upon the completion of its third and final phase, it will run north to 34th Street.

12 March 2012

Entering the World of WarCraft

World of WarCraft is one of those thoroughly addicting games that I can easily say has a firm and unrelenting grasp on the lives of its players. I first discovered the series from my cousin Michael as he was playing the third installation, WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos. After ten years and five game expansions I stand before you all and say, "Hi. My name is Elle and I play WoW."

08 March 2012

'Bully' Documentary

A new documentary shedding light on the different facets of America's bully crisis is set to be released in select theaters on the 30th of March 2012. The Weinstein Company (TWC) film "Bully" has unfortunately been given an R rating by the Motion Pictures Association of America (MPAA) for "some language," preventing many of its target audience from seeing it. Katy Butler, a 17 year-old high school student from Michigan, is currently spearheading the appeal for the MPAA to change the movie rating to PG-13, allowing the film to be shown in classrooms and to young teens. On the 28th of February The Weinstein Company lost their appeal to change the movie rating but they continue to pressure the MPAA to reconsider, gaining the support of Ellen DeGeneres who spoke about the documentary on her talk show this Wednesday.

07 March 2012

Jay Roth

In celebration of Purim 2012 we're putting a spotlight on the delicious, little matzah ball that is Jay Roth. As my dear friend, Austin Helms, pointed out last week we usually see pictures of each other (aka Grindr) long before we are formally acquainted. That being said I remember first seeing Jay splashed across the pages of Next Magazine dancing in his shorts on top of a bar.

02 March 2012

Chad Griffin Named Human Rights Campaign's New President

It was announced earlier today that Joe Solmonese will be succeeded by Chad Griffin as the new president of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest LGBT civil rights organization. Griffin, 38, was finally selected by HRC's Board of Directors after an extensive six month search of over one hundred candidates. Solmonese, who joined HRC as president in 2005 and has led the organization through a series of amazing campaign victories over the last seven years, was named a national co-chair of the Obama campaign last month. He will continue leading HRC after the end of his contract this month until Griffin assumes his new position on the 11th of June 2012.