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They also "skirt around" criticism of the effectiveness of their HIV prevention work with gay men. But it's a rather strange piece as it's an At Home With... feature, and so keeps suddenly shifts into a guided tour of Partridge's - admittedly lovely looking - home in "up-and-coming" Peckham.
From what I know, Nick Partridge has always seemed like one of the good guys, and this may have been the only way of getting a significant plug in what's basically a high-end lifestyle magazine, but this did seem rather "odd", to say the least. Continue reading
Smart-talking lesbian political analyst will be discussing her new book Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power Sunday at 12:30 pm. Then, Sunday at 3:30 pm, gay stats wizard Nate Silver (aka "the guy who called every state in the last election) will be discussing his book The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail but Some Don't . On Monday, March 11th at 12:30 - Randall, the sassy narrator from the viral "Honey Badger" video will discuss why his YouTube clip became such a hit, and what it teaches us about effective viral videos.
Nick Vivion and Kevin Farrell of Unicorn Booty will discuss how they turned their LGBT blog into a successful New Orleans bar . You can see them Tuesday, March 12th at 11am. On Monday March 11th at 12:30pm, Slate political contributor Emily Bazelon will be on a panel discussion about growing up in the Facebook age before hosting a book signing for her work Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy.
You can meet all the SXSW queers Saturday at 5pm at the LGBTQ MeetUp in the Red River room of the Hilton Garden Inn. Drinks and mischief will be had. And then later that night, join the organizers of the GaymerX LGBT gaming convention for the SXSW Super Gaymer Party at The Basement bar.
There are also a lot of other panels about sex, women in media, representation and technology. Check out the SXSW Interactive site for a full listing. FILM: SXSW has a surprising amount of queer and queer-related film in the festival, if you know where to look.
Once of those places will be at the gay bar Oil Can Harry's March 9th at 3pm. During that time The OUTLander Project and One More Lesbian will host a film festival of LGBT web series including the very funny Unicorn Plan-It and others like Kiss Her I'm Famous, The Throwaways and Lez Find Love. The event is open to everyone.
Below are a list of the other LGBT-related films in the fest (click on the links for times: Much Ado About Nothing - Shot in only 12 days, Joss Whedon's film is a contemporary view of Shakespeare's classic comedy. Though the film is about straight romance, it features several gay actors such as Tom Lenk (Buffy's Andrew). And c'mon it's Shakesqueer.
The bard has always been pretty fruity. GBFF - Made by high school students, GBFF tells the story of Reese. Wanting a gay bestie more than anything else in the world, she embarks on a journey only to encounter obstacles along the way.
Mr. Angel - This chronicles the life of trans male porn pioneer Buck Angel. Born female, but raised male until puberty, Buck transitioned with a double mastectomy.
This film explores Buck's personal journey as he overcomes addiction and challenges what it means to be male. I Am Divine - This film is a definitive biographical portrait of Divine (Harris Glenn Milstead), exploring his high status as both international drag icon and cinematic muse to legendary film maker John Waters. Before You Know It - Gay director PJ Raval follows five gay seniors as they navigate the uncertain waters of their golden years an especially important topic considering the coming wave of LGBT seniors in our community.
Unhung Hero - Does size matter? That's the question that plagues Patrick Moote after his girlfriend rejects a marriage proposal via jumbotron because of his penis size. What follows is an international expedition to Papua New Guinea, Korea, and other locales as he struggles to answer the question for himself.
Sequin Raze - Goldberg works on a hit reality show as a producer who pokes and prods female contestants into on-camera meltdowns, but she may have met her match when she encounters a spurned beauty queen. The Punk Singer - The Punk Singer takes viewers on a journey into the life of former LeTigre member and outspoken feminist punk icon Kathleen Hanna. Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer - After performing a 40 second "punk prayer" inside the main Russian cathedral, Nadia, Masha, and Katia were arrested and charged with religious hatred.
As members of the feminist art collective Pussy Riot, this film explores the complex relationship between politics, religion, and art, and how Russian society has been irrevocably changed in its attempt to make an example out of three young artists. Pit Stop - A realist look at small town gay life covers the heartache of disentangling from former relationships, and pausing to catch one's breath before continuing along in another. The parallel stories of Gabe and Ernesto converge in a typically gay way (read: a hook-up), but despite any melodrama they seem to find love in a hopeless place.
Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton - Influencing the Beat Generation with his mantra of "follow your own weird", this film explores the diverse life of James Broughton, a pansexual poet, film maker, and spiritual guru whose voice helped define the sexual revolution. The Other Shore - A film which chronicles the legendary swimmer Diane Nyad's fourth attempt at doing something no one has ever done, swimming from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage in waters infested with both sharks and poisonous jellyfish for 60 hours. Amazeballs.
MUSIC: It can be hard telling which bands are LGBT because they typically care more about their music that their queer-cred. Nevertheless, there are two non-official queer music events happening during the festival that are open to everyone. The east side bar Cheer-Up Charlie's will host Y'All or Nothing: "A Queer as Shit Showcase" Saturday, March 16th at 7PM.
It has a slew of queer-identified bands including Fist-ting, Double Duchess, Total Unicorn, Mom Jeans, Guacamole Wristwatch, Dangerous Ponies and even "conceptual aerobics with Erica Nix." Ending the festival all day on Sunday, March 17th is GayBiGayGay , a rapturous queer music festival that has to be seen to be believed. Really. If you're in town, stop by.
Costumes, hot folks, great music, food prepared on site and more friendly queers that you can shake a stick at. Continue reading
Happily, James will now put the record straight. He's not really a "hellraiser", despite those those pictures that appeared online and in the press of him and some chums at a party in various states of undress. One of the images appeared to show him using a hairdryer on his pubic hair.
Another saw him sitting naked, by a fireplace, holding a bottle of lager. In a third photograph, he bared a waxed chest and well-toned upper body, with one hand covering his modesty. He was also pictured in drag - FB.
Perhaps the most memorable shot showed Middleton and three male companions, with their trousers and underpants round their ankles, standing with their backs to camera on a leafy rural road. A nearby road sign proclaimed: Back Lane. Lawyers hired by the Middleton family successfully instructed newspapers never to re-publish the images, which had leaked via a Facebook account with inadequate security settings.
But, inevitably, they have endured in cyberspace. And old reputations die hard... "Out-of-character", say friends. "He s actually the reverse of a party animal" says one, "quiet and a little bit shy. One of his hobbies is beekeeping, which speaks volumes." Doesn't it, just?
But if James has sometimes played hard, he works bloody hard, too, "he claims to work 14-hour days" at his two cake businesses. And no, he's been bankrolled by the multi-millionaire Middletons. It is mere convenience that means he operated from their business compound, his cakes are sold through their Party pieces website, and it seems they've secured his business debts - handy, as it's currently trading at a (small) loss.
Oh, and he also lives rent-free at a million pound pad they bought in Chelsea. And no, James hasn't been considering a role in Made In Chelsea. "'Just a typical, speculated rumour of the sort his family has sadly become so used to ." Poor show, evil newspapers! But what about the "scurrilous rumours" we've heard about young master James being a big old gay?
A failure to live up to the It-boy stereotype by falling out of nightclubs with blondes on each arm has seen James endure widespread speculation about his sexuality. After he gave the reading at sister Kate s 2011 Royal Wedding, web forums buzzed with chatter. James has never publicly discussed his private life, on the grounds that it would open a Pandora s Box.
But one of his closest friends who was authorised by Middleton to speak to me described the suggestion that he is gay as ridiculous . Believe me, she said, anyone who has known James for any length of time would know that s nonsense. He s just a heterosexual 25-year-old who is in no rush to couple up and seems happy with the single life.' Another friend said: If you ve ever heard James talk privately about girls, you d know he s not gay.
But he s not that bothered by the rumours, either. He s quite meterosexual so, in a way, he takes it as a compliment. Jolly glad to hear it.
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"Spartacus: War of the Damned" Episode 6 Recap: How to Succeed in Roman Business (Without Really Dying)
Saxa soon wises up that they are hopelessly outnumbered, telling the others to boogie while the boogieing is good. I swear, if they ever had a Rebel Spelling Bee, she d win first prize in a landslide. Crassus enters the city, and Caesar smugly welcomes him to Spartopolis.
We see Roman soldiers everywhere, battling former gladiators or chasing down former slave girls, and clearly, things are not going well for our heroes. Spartacus, Crixus, Gannicus, and Agron meet up and swap stories about the double betrayal of Heracleo and Caesar. Crixus votes to stay and fight to the last man, but Spartacus quickly decides they are and here I ll use military terminology drawn from the annals of Herodotus himself completely screwed.
Spartacus believes that their only chance is escape through the north gate and up the ridge, into the snowy mountains above the city. Ahh, but how to hold off the Romans in order to let everyone out? Gannicus steps forward to sacrifice himself.
Spartacus says no, he will do it, but Gannicus reminds Spartacus that the show is named after him and even if there are only a few episodes left, it would be weird if Spartacus himself wasn t actually in any of them. Everyone agrees, and Gannicus prepares to find a way to slow the Romans down. Saxa gives her man a big smooch and wishes him luck.
Clearly, for her, this is no Tammy Wynette moment. Stand by your man? No way.
There is more a Julie Andrews theme at work here: the hills are alive, and so is Saxa if she heads there. I told you she was smart. Agron searches for Nasir, who is in a spot of trouble until the dueling divas of Castus and Agron help him out.
You know, the last time two men fought over me like that, I umm okay, so two men have never fought over me like that. And the only time the hubby ever gets riled up is when I put the toilet paper on the roll upside down (can someone explain to me how toilet paper can be upside down, please?) Agron believes Castus to be part of Heracleo s nefarious schemes, but Nasir defends the honor of the hunky man he is not supposed to be checking out. Awk-ward Gannicus and a comrade plan to start a fire in the city as a way to distract the Romans.
And, of course, who should show up but Gannicus own personal stalker, Sibyl . Gannicus is clearly not amused but rolls his eyes and tells her to stick close. The fire rages but Crassus is not fooled; he knows a distraction when he sees one.
He orders his men to march on the north gate. Spartacus had better hurry. Spartacus and company are nearly evacuated when the Romans arrive.
Spartacus, Crixus, and Agron manage to eviscerate the early arrivals (maybe this is why my mother always stressed that it was obnoxious to show up early for a dinner party?), but soon the entire bloody legion is there. No matter Spartacus makes it out by the skin of his teeth while Caesar and the Roman soldiers run into the gate like a cartoon monster on Scooby Doo . Boink!
Despite the rebels escape, Crassus is very pleased with how the battle went and declares it a great victory for well, himself. He orders his soldiers to kill any remaining rebels, so Gannicus and Sibyl hide in the one place they know no one will look in the secret cellar to Laeta s stables, where Laeta herself hid a number of Roman citizens from the rebels. Hmm.
Locked in a small, dark windowless room with my stalker?
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