Karl Schmid an entertainment reporter for ABC's affiliate station in Los Angeles over the weekend came out as HIV-positive in a Facebook post that has gone viral.
Hi. I’m a 37 year old HIV+ man who has been poz for almost ten years. I work in television. And on the side of the camera where, for better or worse it’s considered “taboo” for people ‘like me’ to be ‘like me’. For 10 years I’ve struggled with ‘do I or don’t I’? For ten years the stigma and industry professionals have said, ‘don’t! It’ll ruin you’.
Schmid decided to ignore the advice and is proud of who he is and doesn't see a reason to feel ashamed or to even hide his status. “I’m me. I’m just like you. I have a big heart and I want to be loved and accepted,” he writes. “So here’s what I say, stand tall, and stand proud. You can’t make everybody happy but you can make you happy.”
He concludes the heartfelt post with a few words of encouragement for other HIV-positive people:
Love me or hate me, that’s up to you. But, for anyone who has ever doubted themselves because of those scary three letters and one symbol, let me tell you this, you are somebody who matters. Your feelings, your thoughts, your emotions count. And don’t let anybody tell you otherwise. I’m Karl Schmid, and I’m an HIV-positive man!
The support has been overwhelming and he appears to be humbled. He wrote on Twitter: “Today has been insanely overwhelming. I had NO idea that me sharing something would have such an impact. For those of you who dm’d with your stories THANK YOU.”
Well, it appears that another math teacher has a gay adult film past, and trust me he should be celebrated. It appears that students at Peacehaven Community School (located in East Sussex) discovered that their math teacher has a past that they were not prepared for. They made the discovery after a Google search using his name, Scott Sherwood.
The 50-years old teacher performed under the name Aaron Cage and his videos can be found on a number of online platforms. The title of one video says it all "Aaron is a Hot British Bear". Who can argue with that?
Also discovered is a YouTude video in which Sherwood openly talked about his time as an adult film star - He stated: “for me, becoming a [Colt Studio] model, it was just a dream come true.”
A student wrote in the comment section: “That guy is my maths teacher his real name is Scott Sherwood. I’m scared”. While a former student wrote: My old maths teacher”. It's understandable that they would be shocked, I mean your math teacher was once a porn star!
Sherwood talked candidly in an interview with Gay Community (using 'Aaron Cage'), he spoke about problems he witnessed in the adult porn industry. He stated “It’s sad to see, some are turning to drugs, some [attempting] suicide. Porn shouldn’t be seen as work. It’s a second job at best. Everyone has a shelf-life. Even me. Trends in porn change." Furthermore, “I would have been big in the ’70s and finished by the ’80s when everyone was waxed within an inch of their life. It happens. I know that one day, they won’t call.”
Sherwood added: I see all these 22-year-olds with stars in their eyes – thinking this is going to be their career, then finding it’s all over and having their next career options curtailed. I was already settled, established. These guys well… well, see the previous question about work drying up.”
The sad truth is that not everyone is accepting of individuals who have worked in the adult industry. The Mirror has
reported that since this has all come to light, Sherwood hasn't returned to the classroom.
Another teacher in Rome was outed to have been an adult film star in October 2017.
Rickey Martin wants to have an open conversation about open relationships, especially with gay men. He is currently playing Antonio D'Amico the longtime lover of Gianni Versace on he Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. The two were in a 15 year committed relationship, however, they were open and did sleep with other people. Martin wants the series to dispel the stereotypes about non-monogamous relationships.
Martin told Vulture “I want to normalize relationships like this,” and “It’s good for the world; it’s good for me as a gay man with kids. It’s important that we shed some light on power couples like this.”
What he found most challenging as an actor was in the first episode, when the FBI began it's interrogating D'Amico about his relationship with Varsace. “It was a very excruciating scene for me. I mean, this guy was opening every door that was a secret from Gianni’s and Antonio’s relationship. I’m talking about bringing men into our lives. I’m talking about bringing escorts. That exposure is very heavy,” Martin said. “[But] the story, once again, needs to be told, for people to see the level of unity between these two. The level of commitment after 15 years. The level of security… and trust between them is so solid.”
Halloween is considered one of the best holidays in New Orleans. For the LGBT Community, it’s about sharing its love of showmanship, and culture.
Halloween New Orleans for 35 years has been one of the most successful events in New Orleans. The sole mission of HNO is to raise money for Project Lazarus an organization that provides health care, support services, and housing for those living with HIV/AIDS (both men and women). HNO has raised approximately $4.5 million for Project Lazarus, 100% of all donations go directly to Project Lazarus, and is one of the few donation/volunteer events left in the United States.
HNO weekend is something to experience, after attending last year’s event at the House of Blues I was amazed at the transition. There are few events that impress me, however, I can’t stress how this one truly did. You come to realize that behind the scenes there is a lot of work put into this event. Each year they select a different theme, and according to Dustin Woehrmann, President of the HNO Board “the planning and execution of the Halloween event is planned right down to the smallest detail.” Furthermore “It’s about having fun, but also raising money for Project Lazarus, which is getting harder to do each year. We must reach a younger crowd and that can be difficult.”
But make no mistake HNO works hard to raise what money they can, last year they raised approximately $30,000 for Project Lazarus. For the board, it’s not just about raising money, but a desire to foster a supportive community here in New Orleans. HNO will also host mini-events during the year to keep the group engaged.
Most people know that I’m not a fan of large LGBT parties. It’s been my experience that most turn into another boring circuit party, with stuck up half-dressed men, loud music, overpriced drinks and me wondering what the hell I'm doing here. However, for some reason, the HNO Halloween Party was different for me, maybe because I was there to take pictures, but I was impressed with the creative costumes and the effects were impressive (did I say that already?) either way I look forward to next year’s events.
For more information visit: Halloween New Orleans
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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
So this video is about six months old, but hey when you combine free-balling and Dreamgirls that could never go out of style?
We just came across this a-little-bit-funny but a-whole-lot-hot video in which a guy named Griff Twombley-King (what a name, right?) was recorded by his hubby Rick performing an impromptu “routine” in the kitchen.
(Sidenote: Griff and Rick live in Atlanta are both total hotties. They got married last December in what we can only assume was an amazing, super sexy ceremony.)
The original Facebook stated: “What happens when you put a former chubby kid in charge of dessert?? Well, you’re gonna love it ! Especially the explosive happy ending." If you happen to stick around and watch the entire video there definitely is an “explosive happy ending” involving that can of whipped cream Griff has turned into a microphone.
While Griff effortlessly nails every note and every run of Jennifer Hudson’s version of “And I Am Telling You” from the 2006 film version of Dreamgirls (personally we would have preferred Jennifer Holliday’s 1982 version, but hey, beggars can’t be choosers), there’s something else altogether that might keep you enraptured.
And there is an added bonus it appears that Griff doesn't like wearing underwear (not complaining) and sporting grey basketball shorts. The shorts are quite revealing, and Griff appears to wear them well. There isn't a moment of shyness and well the performance is funny and cute, you can't help but just fall in love.
On a final note just didn't understand about what happens in the video, after you watch: Why the hell are you chucking what we presume to be perfectly good cupcakes?! Not cool, bruh. Not cool.
WATCH THE VIDEO AND ENJOY!
If we're going to be honest I had never heard of Colby Melvin. It's impossible to follow everyone in the LGBT culture and to me he was just another pretty face. But I took the time to read the article published by Queerty. The article talks about his coming out in conservative Alabama, the pressures of modeling, being a young gay man, HIV testing, and some other interesting topics.
When I first came out I was scared to get tested. I hadn’t really received much education on how to take care of myself. Over the years I’ve learned and become much more comfortable talking with my doctor and regularly getting checked. Colby Melvin
Regardless if you're a fan of following young gay men or not. I found this article to very open and interesting. We tend to forget that while they have amazing bodies, they are for all intents and purposes people.
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How does a young man from conservative Memphis go from working at A & F, and attending college suddenly become a popular and in demand porn star? JJ would start his porn career in Memphis. Recruited by Jason Sparks he would do his first scene in a hotel room. I’m not going to speculate about that room. “It was a little nerve-racking at first, I was afraid that my family and friends would find out. But what the hell I can have sex with hot men and get paid”.
His first scene would be for Falcon Studios’ in October 2015 and shot in Palm Springs (Heated). It’s hard to believe that he's only been in the industry for two years; since then he has managed to learn the “ropes”; comfortable performing while people are watching, developing an established name, and the understanding that even if you’re not attracted to your co-star you still must perform. “I might have to “juice” myself up” he states. Establishing a name for yourself is important as he explains, you might get asked who you want to work with, however, that’s not always the case. If you go into a scene with someone you’re not typically attracted to you must complete the scene, it’s what I’m getting paid to do. To be always professional, regardless of the scene or scene partner.
Every porn actor must understand and know that there will come a day when they're no longer in demand. So, I asked JJ his thoughts, “of course I’m afraid that one day I’ll no longer be in demand. So, you can either make the decision to leave or someone will do it for you”. There are just a few porn actors that have remained in the industry for a long period of time and remain successful. Explaining that he doesn’t expect this to be long term, but would like to work behind the camera producing movies. Like most in the porn industry, he has learned the value of self-promotion using social media. Social Media has truly become one of the most important aspects of promoting not only his name but scenes or movies.
I want people to know that they can approach me, to say hi. Some people might think I'm a asshole, in truth I'm not. JJ Knight
For every porn actor, public appearances and dancing can be tricky. So, they must learn that it's a balancing act. JJ fully knows that he is there for the fans. There are times some will go a little far with touching, but it's part of the business. "I completely understand that people are going to touch me, especially in the area I'm known for " (depending on what you like, there could be a lot to touch, just saying). He appears completely at ease with this aspect of his life. He does admit that sometimes it's hard to go out. Fans or people in general what a picture and you just don't want to do it. That many don't comprehend that even porn actors have a personal life and that what you see on film isn't a true depiction of their personal life.
When it comes to his personal life including, dating, and relationships JJ stated that it has been hard to date outside of the industry and simply impossible. The guys he wanted to date were either dancers or models but didn't want to date him because he was in porn. He has found that most of his friends are in the industry, maybe because they understand how it works, and know that it's a job. I would imagine it would be hard; I mean here's your boyfriend working 12-16-hour days sucking, getting fucked or fucking someone perceived as hot. I can only imagine that the industry might take a toll on personal relationships.
JJ is currently engaged to Brent Corrigan. JJ considers this his first serious long-term relationship. While in Australia promoting a new movie, he would ask (and had the ring for a while), however, Brent was hesitant at first since he had been engaged before but said no and it would be several months later that Brent would say yes. JJ contributes this to their getting to know one another, and this allowed JJ and Brent to grow closer. It's apparent that the two are devoted and committed to their relationship and love each other.
I can say that I found JJ Knight to be relaxed and laid back during the interview. Willing to be open about his life and career, candid, realistic about the ups and downs of the porn industry, remaining focused on his career, and the balancing act between his personal and professional life.
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Duchesse fessée de Etamps made a rare appearance in New Orleans for Southern Decadence. Spankings were the order of the day, and she paraded in the historic French Quarter. Looking for bad/nasty men to spank. The Duchesse was seen with Princess Stephaney as she reigned as one of the Southern Decadence Grand-marshals and her royal court. Will she make an appearance next year, who knows....The Dechesses had this to say "Donner l'fessées sont importants à l'ordre de la culture gay. Ce n'est pas il n'aime pas être une fessée, je veux dire qui ne fonctionne pas ?"
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Darrell Klassy competed in the annual Mr. Louisiana Leather contest hosted by The Lords of Leather over the Southern Decadence weekend in New Orleans. Mr. Klassy will represent the leather community in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region. Ross Randsom who won the title in 2017, gave an amazing speech and it will be a tall order to fill his shoes. But I believe that Mr. Klassy will manage to make the title his own, and represent the community at IML in Chicago in 2018. We wish the very best to Mr. Klassy.
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