Lost home videos were discovered by Geoff Story, a filmmaker from St. Louis. Telling Nancy Fowler from St. Louis Public Radio he explained that he stumbled upon them 20 years ago at an estate sale of the Buddy Walton.
Walton often referred to as St. Louis' "hairdresser to the stars", including Eleanor Roosevelt and Ethel Merman if they happened to pass through St. Louis, but was also known for having lavish pool parities at his home.
“These men are still in their 20s in the sun, swimming, like they always will,” Story says. “There’s a real sweet pain, and when you watch it, there’s a happiness but you can’t believe it’s so long ago and you can’t touch it–it’s gone.”
Finding the footage inspired the idea for a documentary, which lead Story to set out and find gay men who were alive in the 1940's and talking to them about their experiences and lives. Story's new film Gay Home Movie, which he is currently working on, give us a rare look into an invisible world when LGBT individuals were forced to love and live in the dark. His documentary has already sparked the interest of gay Hollywood exec Brain Graden. “It speaks to a wide array of people on a very deep level,” Graden tells Fowler. “What are the chances someone would go to an estate sale and pick up these canisters of old footage? It’s almost like these men are trying to talk to us from beyond the grave.”
h/t: St. Louis Public Radio
There is no doubt that Olympic gymnast are down right hot, especially the men - OK, some might think that the wrestlers or divers are right up on top as well. So as the Winter Olympics are approaching (the 2020 Summer Games are two years away), you'll just have to get you fix watching this video of three shirtless and sexy, British athletes backflipping into a pair of athletic shorts.
The video features Nile Wilson (British Olympic medal-winning gymnast), along with fellow gymnast Ashley Watson and Luke Stoney. Two men hold a pair of shorts open for their teammate to backflip into.
Amazing, they complete seven flips into the shorts, sticking the landing each time. My personal favorite is the final flip, when muscle-bear Watson flips into into the shorts and the three men triumphantly flex and grunt - while playful, damn it's HOT!
It's no wonder the video has been viewed more than 4 million times since being posted by Wilson on Saturday.
HERE IS THE VIRAL GYMNAST VIDEO. ENJOY!
Gus Kenworthy admits he was terrified about coming out and the consequences in 2015. The American skier decided to allow himself the freedom and was prompted by the outpouring of support, which he found unexpected.
Kenworthy, would win a Olympic silver medal at the Sochi game in the ski slopestyle, and came out in a cover story for ESPN, and thus become the first openly gay action sports athlete to do so.
At his winter base in Colorado he told Reuters by telephone that “I had set myself up for the worst case scenario,” and “I thought I was going to be turned against and become this pariah.” He has already told his family and close friends who are all very supportive. Their support is the very reason he would come as out as homosexual, along with wanting to be an inspiration to young men and women who might be to scared to come out. “I knew I would feel so much better because I was being authentic and maybe it would help kids going through the same transition as me,” said Kenworthy.
“I thought it would maybe help other people, either in professional sports or amateur sports or even just in communities where they felt isolated and scared to be themselves.” Gus Kenworthy
Minutes after the new breaking, Kenworthy's phone was blowing up. “I thought it would maybe help other people, either in professional sports or amateur sports or even just in communities where they felt isolated and scared to be themselves.” He says that the decision lead to what he calls "headspace" going into competitions, and that he no longer had to compartmentalize his life which allowed him to be himself, thus contributing to a greater since of freedom and confidence.
This would mean a big change for Kenworthy going into the Pyeongchang Winter Games next month, as he feel more confident and relaxed." Kenworthy is known by many as the "gay skier". But he's not running from the tag, instead he has embraced it and hopes to serve as an inspiration for LGBT people around the world. As Kenworthy says, he can be a gay man at the top of the world, an Olympic gold medalist, then he would prove so many people wrong," Nothing would make me happier, he said. Furthermore ”The Olympics is a cool opportunity to represent our country, which is amazing, but I have another community I am competing for and that is the LGBT community.
”There are all these stereotypes and stigmas that people have associated in their mind over time but nothing breaks barriers down more than visibility or representation. Gus Kenworthy
As per tradition, Kenworthy would visit the White House along with the rest of the U.S> Olympic team to meet then President Barack Obama. He describes the experience as "thrilling", however, if he is invited to the White House this time around he states he would politely decline. “I am very proud to represent the U.S. but I don’t stand by (U.S. President Donald) Trump and his cabinet and their policies,” said Kenworthy.
”I do not want to feign approval for policies that are in place and things that are being pushed at the moment, by going. If I was invited I would decline my spot.”
THE SENIOR CORNER - JIM MEADOWS 1/12/2018
Happy New Year! It's hard to believe, but 2018 is already upon us, and maybe you're starting to think about New Year's Resolutions. Too often, that phrase gets us thinking about ways we haven't quite measured up somehow. Have no fear; there are no diet tips here! I believe we're better served by adding new, fun things to our lives than by beating ourselves up. And broadening your social circle is one of the best things you can do for your mental, physical, and spiritual health.
Research has suggested that the health risks of social isolation and loneliness are comparable to or even greater than those brought on by obesity, physical inactivity, violence, and substance abuse. According to a 2015 meta-analysis, social isolation, loneliness, and living alone increase the likelihood of death by about 30%. And SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) reports that LGBT older adults are more likely to live alone, to be single and childless, and to be estranged from their biological families than their straight and cisgender peers.
So what can we do about it? For many LGBT people, bars have long been the first thing we think of when looking for a place to socialize, but there are a lot more options out there. Here are six:
1) Get the Party Started. The simplest solution may be the one nearest at hand: Dig out your old black book. If you've fallen out of touch with friends and are feeling lonelier for having done so, chances are that some of them feel the same way. Why not throw a Mardi Gras party to get everybody (re)acquainted?
2) Volunteer. You've been talking about doing this for years. 2018 is the year to follow through! Volunteer work is number one on my list of the best ways to bring some great new people into your life. There are a number of LGBT organizations that could definitely use your help: NOAGE, PFLAG, and the LGBT Community Center of New Orleans are just a few. However, there are countless worthy causes that could use your help. The best resource I've found is VolunteerMatch. You can search by location and by the type of organizations you'd like to help. I really can't recommend this enough.
3) Meet-Up Groups. Common interests make for the best of friends. Whether you're looking for a book club, a discussion group, or a cooking class, there's almost certainly a meet-up group for that near you. Check out MeetUp.com to find the one you're looking for.
4) Take a Class. The New Orleans Lifelong Learning Cooperative (NOLLC) is a life-long learning community offering cultural and educational enrichment through classes and discussion groups. To find out more about their offerings, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or click here to subscribe to their newsletter.
5) Join a Team. Stonewall Sports is a community-based LGBTQIA non-profit sports organization. They host several sports leagues in New Orleans, including kickball, volleyball, and dodgeball (shout-out to the Dirty Dianas!). Getting involved with a sports team is a great way to meet new friends and to have fun while getting in shape. (Be sure to check with your physician before starting any type of fitness program.)
6) NOAGE Events. NOAGE has regular social events for LGBT older adults and their allies, including Coffee Talks, Movie Nights, a Potluck Club, and more. The best way to stay informed about NOAGE events is to subscribe to our newsletter. To subscribe, click HERE and scroll down until you see the subscribe box or email us at email@example.com. You can also find out about our events on Facebook.
If you'd like to try some of the above ideas out, but just aren't able to get out of the house for one reason or another, we've got volunteers who would love to come visit you. Our number is (504)517-2345. It might seem like you're alone, but it doesn't have to be that way. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us.
I hope some of these ideas have got you excited for some of the good things - and good friends - that this year can bring to you. May 2018 be your best year ever!
It appears that underwear designer Andrew Christian needs people to view his companies website to drum up business, by using leaked nude photos' of Olympic diver Tom Daley. We here in New Orleans experienced Mr. Christian's lack of respect and taste when he insulted a well-known drag performer (Andrew Christian: A Hypocrite & Disgrace). It appears that he constantly needs attention and isn't above using images that have nothing to do with his business. The page has since been removed, one can only guess at the suggestion of his lawyer.
Tom Daley is allegedly distressed about the selfies and Twitter users are of course just as displeased. One even went so far as saying "the lowest point of 2018 so far.
This Past Tuesday the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled that all 20 member countries in Central and South America must legalize same-sex marriage (at best confer the legal rights associated with it).
The Court was established in 1979 by the Organization of American States, which are a comprised of several countries in Central and South America. It is the judicial enforcer as outlined in the American Convention on Human Rights, a document that outlines provisions for “personal liberty and social justice based on respect for the essential rights of man.”. Currently the there are 20 countries which include: Argentina, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname and Uruguay.
The court reached it decision when Costa Rica asked the court for its opinion on if property rights extended to same-sex couples. Seven Judges from the court said that member nations “must recognize and guarantee all the rights that are derived from a family bond between people of the same sex.” The ruling is legally binding to all member countries, in-affect legalizing same-sax marriage (or rights associated with it).
There was no language on how each country needed to go about legalizing marriage equality - and there doesn't appear to be a deadline for doing so - the court rebuffed evangelical and conservative political forces opposing LGBT rights in Central and South America.
The Court also ruled that Costa Rica must allow transgender people to change legally change their name and gender marker on government-issued identification documents. While this is clearly a monumental win for LGBT rights, several of the countries listed above have policies forbidding members of the LGBT community to donate blood, adopting children, joining the military or having access to housing, employment and public accommodations.
Everyone has their own personal taste in music, just a fact of life. For example, mine vary from classical to pop, or trance, depending on my mood and what I want to listen to that day. So, as usual, I’m sitting in front of my computer doing some work and then someone sends me a request to post something either on my website or Facebook pages. If it hadn’t come from someone I know, I would have just skipped over it until later. The request was to post an event on my Facebook pages, and therefore, I went ahead and posted it. However, I decided to do a google search and learned that Mr. Simon appears to be an accomplished singer/songwriter. Well, I wanted an interview. Not just because he is a singer, but because he is a part of the LGBT community.
Parker Simon is an up-and-coming singer and it’s evident from his music that he very passionate about his music. Music that is defined by the events in his life both past and present; which has shaped his music and made it very personal.
Parker grew up in a conservative town in Oklahoma and into a very religious family. He stated that it was very hard being gay, knowing that his family wasn’t supportive made it very hard to talk about. He endured constant judgment, was told he would go to hell, and wouldn’t be saved (Baptist). Parker would deal with depression and at one point went into reparative therapy (Conversion) all to be normal as defined by his up bring. It wouldn’t be until he went off to college that he would begin the process of self-acceptance, and learning it was ok to be gay, and it was his normal.
We need everyone to be who they are, be yourself. Everyone has something to bring to the table and everyone has a spot at the table. Parker Simon
So, how does this relate to his music, he stated: “music is a story about my past and present life.” His music has a definite pop tone, but you hear a little of musical theater. Parker admits that his music has elements of an angry overtone, mixed in with his personal feelings about his life. It is telling a story about a rebirth, coming out and being who he is. I must be honest his music is interesting and at the same time unique. Unstoppable, It’s Going Down, and Moving Away have a concise message about living life on your own terms, being who you are, never settling for second, and believing in yourself.
He is unapologetic about his life, and his music. For him, it’s an outlet to express his feelings and explore his life on his own terms. He doesn’t care about those who feel it’s just a hobby he states, “I’m at a place in my life where I don’t care what people think of me,” and “I love music and I’m not going to apologize for that.”
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Adult entertainer Boomer Banks is taking aim at Grindr and demanding that Grindr do something to combat fake profiles. Recently he has been a victim of identity thieves creating fake profiles and using his images to promote a scam. Recently he release screenshots of the conversations, apparently someone was asking for Grindr users to sign up for a membership site.
In an article at Outbuzz.com he stated “I get reports at least twice a day—sometimes from people in different cities or even different countries—that my likeness is being used on Grindr,” He's concerned for anyone who signed up at these websites and gives their credit/debt card information. One instance Boomer recounts that Once in Reno, Nevada, a guy claiming to be me asked guys to come over. He would physically assault them and rob them." He is now insisting that Grindr do something about the fake profile using his name. It appears that Grindr was unresponsive after he reported this issue several times. It wasn't until he tweeted his concerns.
Other colleagues in the adult entertainment business have had the same issues. "Many of my colleagues will tell you the same thing to them," Billy Santoro, Dirk Cabree,and Rocco Steele appear to have similar problems with fake profiles.
So how does it work, it appears that Grindr users are asked to click on a link where they are lured to fake adult entertainer profiles and asked to sign up at InstaStudz.
Grindr responded to Boomer's tweet by stating “We’re SO sorry about this! Our product team is working to combat this problem head on and we’re here to support. We are actively monitoring for false accounts and taking action to remove them from our community.”
Just remember that if you're going to use any social app use extreme caution. Most entertainers will not ask for personal information, especially your financial. The best practice would be to report the account and let them handle the problem.
Private photos of Olympic swimmer Tom Daley were leaked this past week, showing him naked in bed. The photos were taken back in 2016 when Daley and his current husband, Dustin Lance Black were on a seven-month break.
This news comes only one year after an intimate video of Daley was released, forcing the swimmer to confess to Black about his online sex session. This video was also taken during the couple’s break, which was kept private from the media. Daley has explained that the various demands of a long-distance relationship led to the short-term split.
Regarding the photos that have recently resurfaced, a close friend of Daley told The Sun Online, “The pictures are old. From 2016, way before Tom and Lance were married. They are from a time where they split for a few months, which they have both talked about previously, but they reunited.” Daley also stated at the time of the video release, “It was the distance. It’s not like I actually met up with anyone. I’m 22 years old, and if you talk to someone through social media it is what it is. It was nothing more than that. We never physically met”.
When Daley spoke of his online escapades, he made it very clear that it is all in the past now. “This will absolutely never happen again … Lance and I had time apart then came back together, realizing we’re meant for each other. We’re soulmates.” Daley’s lawyers have issued a notice to website demanding the photographs be taken down.
Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black were married in May of 2017 at Bovey Castle in Devon, England which is a few miles outside of Daley’s hometown of Plymouth. In speaking about his marriage on his YouTube channel, Daley has said, “There’s something about married life that just changes the way that you think, the way that you feel, how secure you are, how just everyday life just seems to be a whole lot better.”
I'll end on this note, maybe you shouldn't take your clothes off for every Tom-Dick-and-Harry!