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SAN FRANCISCANS: A Robert Mapplethorpe pop-up installation will be in San Francisco this coming Friday and Saturday (3/25-3/26) at PROXY (Linden St. and Octavia St. - see map on the next page). Open to the public from 6pm-10pm each night, the installation features some of Mapplethorpe’s most famous works projected onto the side of shipping containers (like the NYC installation pictured above), and a digital gallery of his more personal works will be available inside. This is a very special chance for guests to venture inside the mind of one of the 20th Century’s most important artists, and experience first-hand the magnitude of Mapplethorpe’s legacy.
The pop-up arrives just prior to the premiere of HBO Documentary Mapplethorpe: Look at the Picutres airing on April 4th at 9pm.
On Monday, July 27, Logo TV will be premiering the second documentary from its new Logo Documentary Films division. The film, Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine from filmmaker Michele Josue, interviews family, friends and the people who knew him best as well as police investigators, witnesses and the bartender who last saw him alive that fateful night nearly 20 years ago.
Come back later this week (or next Monday) as ESP will be running a clip from the film later in support of the premiere.
On October 7, 1998, University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard was brutally beaten, tied to a fence and left to die because he was gay. Now, Josue, who was a close friend of Matt’s, revisits the shocking case with never-before-seen photos and rare video footage, as Matt’s all-too-brief life is remembered through the vivid testimonies of those whose lives he touched.
John Goodman stars as KFC’s Colonel Sanders in Funny Or Die’s new video! The colonel explains how much he loves gay people...unlike his competitors at Chick-fil-A. If you want the gayest chicken, you gotta visit The Colonel.
U.K. filmmaker Mike Buonaiuto's 'Adam' is a gay short film raising awareness of the importance of self-acceptance. The film mocks up a futuristic advert for a customisable robot and uses the mechanical metaphor to say we should never seek to control, suppress or silence a person, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. We are not robots.
Straight ally Hudson Taylor, 3-time All-American wrestler at the University of Maryland, and current assistant wrestling coach at Columbia U, believes that sports should be for everyone. As such, he created Athlete Ally — a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging athletes, coaches, parents, fans and other members of the sports community to take proactive steps to end homophobia and transphobia in sports.
Hudson was featured in the latest Buick Human Highlight Reel - series featuring former NCAA student athletes who are doers, leaders, and game-changers in their communities.
Impetus Ensemble is proud to present a special encore presentation of “CONSENT”, a staged reading of a bold and timely new play that confronts bullying and homophobia to benefit The Trevor Project on National Coming Out Day - October 11, 2011 at 7PM at the National Comedy Theatre.
Based on factual accounts, “CONSENT” examines the many types of bullying gay youth face, both obvious and subtle. The work focuses on Seth, a troubled 16-year-old, trying to come to terms with his sexuality in the face of ridicule and prejudice. In addition, the play honestly depicts Seth’s sexual awakening as he crushes on his bully’s younger brother and discovers that his feelings may be reciprocated.
“CONSENT” speaks to the responsibilities we all have to teach our children to celebrate their differences instead of denigrating them. The play explores the myriad of reasons gay teens feel compelled to consider suicide and provides quite the potentially controversial twist to a much too prevalent story.
“CONSENT” features: Liza Harris, Eric LaPointe, Benedict Mazurek, John Edgar Moser & Chelsie Shipley. At the National Comedy Theatre: 347 West 36th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues), NYC. Admission: $5. Suggested Donation to The Trevor Project: $5.
Nous Model Management's men's division is proud to exclusively debut their Shepard Fairey “Defend Equality, Love Unites” signed poster; symbolizing support of marriage equality in California and beyond. The original poster was commissioned by grassroots marriage equality organization FAIR in the wake of the passage of Prop 8. To date, over one hundred celebrities have signed these unique posters as a symbol of their support of marriage equality for all Americans in the Love Unites Campaign. The posters are sold at auction, with all proceeds going to grassroots equality work. Nous Model's Men's Director, David Todd and President, Kenya Knight are avid supporters to this cause and are thrilled to offer their support. Todd said, "Over two dozen of today’s leading male models participated in Nous’ poster signing". International rugby star and model Nick Youngquest also extended his support to the cause.
ONE MORE PHOTO of Nick and manager, David Todd, on the next page. Click the one above for a closer look-see!
STR8 dudes take it off so the Homos can get their rights on! What happens when the gay guys at FCKH8.com get their hands on a dozen STR8 guys? The 2011 "STR8 Against H8" Benefit Calendar! They stripped the boys down, oiled them up & took some steamy pics! Go behind the scenes & watch all the action. Calendars are just $10 & $4 from each one goes to fund the fight for equal rights & for queer youth suicide prevention.
OUT mag presents a slide show of sexy, racy, celebratory photos from this year's Broadway Bares, an annual burlesque benefit put on by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. This year's Strip-opoly theme found otherwise perfectly respectable actors stripping down in front of thousands of strangers, taking in more than a million dollars from charitable giving.
"It's very liberating," explained Charlie Williams of the Tony-award-winning show Memphis. "The energy from the crowd was something out of this world." When asked what his mom thought about her son showing off his, well, money-maker he said, "She's proud, but she didn't want to hear any of the details."
A new life has been breathed into the nation’s capital, and a group of D.C.’s most influential gays shine a light on the city’s rise to hotness.
“It’s not embarrassing anymore to say you live in D.C.,” says Richard Florida, the author who rethought city coolness with his book The Rise of the Creative Class. “When we measure the gay index, D.C. is off the charts. Of course, you still have preppy dinosaurs living in the formaldehyde netherworld of Georgetown. But that’s ending.”
What’s life like in D.C.’s gay boom? See what the city’s influencers and trendsetters had to say at OUT.com.