National: Arts & Culture

05-28: Out on Film opens four-day fest

imageAttention gay film buffs: Starting Thursday, you've got plenty to do.

Out on Film opens Thursday and offers eight films (and several shorts) over four days that should whet your appetite for an even larger fest this fall. Two of the films -- "Fagbug" and "Stand-Up 360: Inside Out" -- make their LGBT film festival debit with the Atlanta screenings this weekend.

So go ahead and splurge for a weekend pass, which costs $30, and enjoy all that the event has to offer. All the screenings take place at Plaza Theatre on Ponce.

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Is Morehouse softening its homophobia?

imageContributing blogger Darian Aaron is an Alabama native who now calls Atlanta home. He’s the creator of Living Out Loud with Darian, a blog that offers his take on social, political and religious issues that impact the LGBT community.

Morehouse College hasn't exactly been a welcoming and affirming place for it's gay students.

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Is David Paterson the new Harvey Milk?

imageContributing blogger Mike Alvear is an Atlanta-based columnist, author and TV personality who rants on sex, dating and pop culture while living at the corner of urge and merge. Find more from him at his blog.

Harvey Milk could charm a banana out of a gorilla’s hands. God Himself cocked his ear whenever he made a speech. And clearly, few politicians sacrificed more for their cause.

A lot of gay folks have been waiting for Harvey to come back in another form. But really, who’d have thought that the next Harvey Milk would be straight? Or black? Or blind?

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Know these answers before shagging a guy

imageContributing blogger Mike Alvear is an Atlanta-based columnist, author and TV personality who rants on sex, dating and pop culture while living at the corner of urge and merge. Find more from him at his blog.

You see him in the corner. Pure Shagability. Before you bust a move, know that he’s going to ask himself two things when you get there.

1. Are you hitting on me? 2. How long are you going to be?

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At least have the decency to lie

imageContributing blogger Mike Alvear is an Atlanta-based columnist, author and TV personality who rants on sex, dating and pop culture while living at the corner of urge and merge. Find more from him at his blog.

I knew it was going to be a long flight when I asked the sweet grandmotherly woman sitting next to me why she was flying into town. “I’m the head of a non-profit Jewish organization,” she said. Cool, I thought, until she finished. “We’re here to work with the Christian Coalition.”

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Fighting words: Jack Mackenroth v. Tyra

imageContributing blogger Darian Aaron is an Alabama native who now calls Atlanta home. He’s the creator of Living Out Loud with Darian, a blog that offers his take on social, political and religious issues that impact the LGBT community.

Not everyone is excited about GLAAD's decision to honor talk show host and LGBT ally Tyra Banks with their Excellence In Media Award.

Former Project Runway contestant Jack Mackenroth has expressed his disapproval on his blog and his harsh criticisms of Banks is evenly dividing the gays.

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Women say gay black men a drag on dating

imageContributing blogger Darian Aaron is an Alabama native who now calls Atlanta home. He’s the creator of Living Out Loud with Darian, a blog that offers his take on social, political and religious issues that impact the LGBT community.

Are black gay men ruining the dating pool for black women?

Well urban blogger Necole Bitchie and a slew of angry single black women seem to think so.

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Coming out advice from (hot) hetero twins

imageContributing blogger Darian Aaron is an Alabama native who now calls Atlanta home. He’s the creator of Living Out Loud with Darian, a blog that offers his take on social, political and religious issues that impact the LGBT community.

Believe it or not I don't spend a lot of time surfing videos on YouTube, most of the videos I watch are either related to a specific post on this blog or sent to me by my own personal YouTube aficionado. So when I came across a video by two heterosexual identical twin brothers who were discussing reasons why one should come out I knew I had to post it.

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The duck and start of my going out anxiety

imageContributing blogger Mike Alvear is an Atlanta-based columnist, author and TV personality who rants on sex, dating and pop culture while living at the corner of urge and merge. Find more from him at his blog.

Here’s what happened the last time I got ready to go out...

Getting ready at home

I can’t wear this shirt– It’s so gay it practically lisps. Wardrobe change!

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Tavis Smiley’s black union excludes gays

imageContributing blogger Darian Aaron is an Alabama native who now calls Atlanta home. He’s the creator of Living Out Loud with Darian, a blog that offers his take on social, political and religious issues that impact the LGBT community.

Journalist Karen Ocamb has penned a thought provoking piece on Tavis Smiley's annual State of the Black Union. During the 10th anniversary of Smiley's much lauded and well attended think-tank, the presence of openly gay black leaders and issues affecting the black LGBT community were once again the elephant in the room.

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Your spark can turn wood into a spectacle

imageContributing blogger Mike Alvear is an Atlanta-based columnist, author and TV personality who rants on sex, dating and pop culture while living at the corner of urge and merge. Find more from him at his blog.

This question came from a letter to my "Need Wood" column:

You have to help me. You are my last resort. I am 25, and have the sex drive of an 18-year-old. My boyfriend of almost seven years is 32, and has the sex drive of a 60-year-old. It seems like the only time we have sex is when he is in the mood, or when I am almost “forcing” him to.

I can usually get him into the mood by doing different things to seduce him, but he is never the one to initiate sex. We have tried several different things, with no improvement. What can we do to get his sex drive up to where it should be?

The answer after the jump.    READ MORE »

And the Oscar for best kiss goes to ...

imageContributing blogger Mike Alvear is an Atlanta-based columnist, author and TV personality who rants on sex, dating and pop culture while living at the corner of urge and merge. Find more from him at his blog.

Why do celebrities kiss so beautifully in the movies and so badly in real life? In the cinema when the guy kisses the girl, we sigh. In real life, we groan.

It was only after writing an article about romantic chemistry and spending hours on Google trying to find pictures of passionate celebrity smooches that I realized just how bad they are. Google “celebrity kisses” and you’ll see what I mean. You hope for something that’ll make you lean forward but what you get makes you step back. How can so many beautiful people do such a beautiful thing in such an ugly way?

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Perfect positioning for sex on Valentine’s Day

imageContributing blogger Mike Alvear is an Atanta-based columnist, author and TV personality who lives at the corner of urge and merge. Find more from him at his blog.

Is it, as comedian Lord Carret said, “her knees over my shoulders, with my wallet hidden where she’ll never think of looking for it?”

Or is it a little more romantic than that?

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Robert Spano keeps his purse strings tight

imageRobert Spano, the openly closeted conductor of the Atlanta Symphony, opined about the orchestra he leads, the impact of the recession on the arts organization and the upcoming season in a new interview.

With the ASO announcing its 2009-2010 season and its 65th year, we sat down to talk with conductor Robert Spano. Always an intense, high-wire musician, Spano has mellowed in his eight years as music director. He arrived as an agent of change, with a penchant for contemporary scores and intriguing thematic programming.


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Making Facebook work for your gay lifestyle

No doubt that by now, you've been tagged with the "25 Random Things About Me" floating about Facebook.No doubt that by now, you've been tagged with the "25 Random Things About Me" floating about Facebook.

Some folks take it seriously, spending considerable time on compiling their response, others blow through it in a few minutes and confirm that you really don't want to know. And others still just ignore it as a frivolous cost of being on Facebook.

The folks at Queerty added another twist, giving their 25 random tips on how to make Facebook work for your gay lifestyle.

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Burger King’s got a new Flame for you

imageWanna smell like a (Burger) King?

The home of the Whopper has just the thing -- a new men's body spray for $3.99 that brings you "the scent of seduction with a hint of flame-broiled meat." This spray isn't for twinks.

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Reflecting on the demise of Playgirl

Not long after Nicole Caldwell became editor in chief of Playgirl magazine, she realized that looking at photos of naked men all day was not everything she had imagined it would be. When she would meet them, there was often a curious vapidity to the men, who Ms. Caldwell took to describing as “mimbos.”

Readers, Ms. Caldwell decided, deserved more.

So she and her fellow editors, all women in their 20s and all relative neophytes to the world of magazines — and pornography — resolved to fill Playgirl with something different. They aspired to bring Playgirl back to its roots, back to a time when the magazine covered issues like abortion and equal rights, interspersing sexy shots of men with work from writers like Raymond Carver and Joyce Carol Oates.

All the while, the editors juggled the demands of the publisher, Blue Horizon Media, which they said pushed to fill Playgirl with even more nudes and fewer words.    READ MORE »

Magazine asks if ‘Gay is the new black?’

The night before Election Day, a black woman walked into the San Francisco headquarters of the No on Proposition 8 campaign. Someone had ripped down the No on 8 sign she’d posted in her yard and she wanted a replacement. She was old, limping, and carrying a cane. Walking up and down the stairs to this office was hard for her.

I asked why coming to get the sign was worth the trouble, and she answered, “All of us are equal, and all of us have to fight to make sure the law says that.” She said that she was straight, and she told me about one of the first times she ever hung out with gay people, in New Orleans in the 1970s. “I thought I was so cool for being there, and I said, ‘You faggots are a lot of fun!’ Well, that day I learned my lesson. A gay man turned on me and said, ‘A faggot is not a person. A faggot is a bunch of sticks you use to light a fire.’ ”

The next day, Barack Obama was elected president, and gay marriage rights in California were taken away. At the same time, Arizona voters amended their state constitution to preemptively outlaw gay marriage. Florida went further, outlawing any legal union that’s treated as marriage, such as domestic partnerships or civil unions. Arkansas passed a vicious law denying us adoption rights.    READ MORE »

‘Naked Boys’ at center of lawsuit in Wisc.

A gay arts group has sued the city of Milwaukee in federal court for violating its free speech rights three years ago when officials shut down a musical revue featuring nudity.

The city temporarily shut down performances of "Naked Boys Singing!" in August 2005 while it considered the Milwaukee Gay Arts Center's application for a theater permit. The group later received a permit and reopened the show.

Larry Dupuis, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin, which is handling the case, said the city's enforcement seemed unusually zealous, even given the musical's content.    READ MORE »

Lesbians face ‘double-glazed glass ceiling’

A new study into the experiences of lesbian and bisexual women in the workplace has revealed that many of them were more concerned about their gender than their sexuality.

Lesbians are far less visible in the workplace than gay men, and few women attend sexual orientation staff networks or events.

The research also found that out gay women see few if any role models or other out gay women in high-level positions.

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