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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #126

GAGE WESTON: Colt Model and Iraq war veteran appears on Bravo's Work Out.

TORNADO: Storm chaser video shot last Friday in Ellis County, Oklahoma.

SEAN PENN: On Bill Maher. Tenet, Bush, Rice, and Cheney should be in F-ing jail.

STREET SENSE: Comes from 19th in an amazing rail move to win the 133rd Kentucky Derby.

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  1. Gage Weston just happens to book an appointment at Sky Gym where (gasp! Surprise!) they're filming a reality TV show. Nah, nothing staged here. The episode was more notable for the tragic news of Doug's passing, which was genuinely moving.

    Posted by: mark m | May 7, 2007 2:23:07 PM


  2. ...and for the Idiot Trainer...who doesn't know anything about gays in the military "...because that isn't something *I* would ever want to do...." Airhead!

    I thought Gage Weston was pretty cool; and his story poignant. Oh, and fucking hot. Wonder if he had the kid, after the cameras quit rolling...

    Posted by: kile | May 7, 2007 2:52:24 PM


  3. At least it would have been interesting if Gage and the trainer had hooked up. I'd love to see him throw that little prat around the room. That's the best kind of cardio training.

    Posted by: Dan | May 7, 2007 2:52:57 PM


  4. Sean Penn rocks! ;)

    Posted by: Darren | May 7, 2007 2:56:42 PM


  5. I thought Gage Weston was really impressive and articulate.

    That twink trainer, on the other hand, babling about "everyone's experience is going to be different..." Weston's expression at the end was priceless.

    Posted by: sam | May 7, 2007 2:59:00 PM


  6. YEAH ANDY! I was hoping you'd have seen last week's Real Time too! Whoohoo! Go Sean Penn!!! Thanks for posting for others to see.

    Posted by: FizziekruntNT | May 7, 2007 3:01:10 PM


  7. Sean Penn...one of the great thinkers of the age.

    Posted by: James | May 7, 2007 3:24:11 PM


  8. Gage should be a trainer. The other guy was practically drooling. Did they explain why the "date" happened later? Interesting contrast between unserious eye-candy moments and serious political discussion!

    Posted by: anon | May 7, 2007 3:43:46 PM


  9. So this "articulate" guy's response to a senseless military policy is to be gayer than ever as a porn slut? That'll show 'em. He definitely should be a trainer, because nothing he's done with his life since that tour of duty will do anything to change DADT. Perhaps he and Matt Sanchez can duke it out to become the next great gay public advocate.

    Posted by: 000000 | May 7, 2007 3:53:11 PM


  10. I still wish Sean Penn would shut his mouth. He says something articulate one moment, and then goes and does something idiotic like bring his camera crew to New Orleans to photograph his "charitable" cleanup work. Abusing celebrity to voice your beliefs is right on par with the "richest candidate/party wins" political atmosphere we have in our country. Push politics with money, push politics with fame...is there a difference?

    Posted by: scientitian | May 7, 2007 4:48:35 PM


  11. The difference is, Sean Penn is right. How a bias gets in the way of that, I don't know.

    Posted by: 000000 | May 7, 2007 4:54:19 PM


  12. Jesse shld be reading more towelroad and less colt, me thinks.

    Posted by: Mike | May 7, 2007 6:09:16 PM


  13. I've met Gage Weston and his partner, Luke Garrett. Both are articulate, smart men. Wake up, "000000", not all adult performers are drug addled losers--many are activists, philanthropists, entrepreneurs...You assume that because he's an "adult model", he's done nothing worthwhile with his life? How do you know what he does in his spare time? Former porn star Sharon Mitchell got a doctorate and runs a health clinic. GayVN nominee Brett Mathews councils people with HIV. Many studios and stars host AIDS benefits. Don't be so quick to judge someone who works in the sex industry. Gage may have made a positive impact on someone who was watching "Work Out"; can you make the same claim? Oh, and incidentally, your internalized homophobia is showing--might want to check that...

    Posted by: Nathan | May 7, 2007 8:01:40 PM


  14. *Disclaimer: my one and only shallow comment on a guy until, oh, next year*

    Gage Weston is really attractive, and actually he was more attractive when he wasnt as steriod-buff. He was really articulate as well - *drool*.

    The only thing I notice is that he's face is a bit wooden - looks like the muscles on the face got a bit too much steriods in them.

    Posted by: Landis | May 7, 2007 9:02:34 PM


  15. Sean Penn I could take him or leave him...however, the conviction of that spot was something I could relate to. When Bush refers to the Constitution as "just a piece of paper" and Cheney snarls and tells people to go fuck themselves on the floor of Congress and Condi...well, what can I say to Mz. I-won't-respond-to-a-subpoena. These people are willful obstructionist criminals. They know they're doing criminal things, they just don't care. That is sociopathc...right up there with murderers, cannibals and hoods. They aren't politicians or statesmen...they are the worst that humanity has to offer.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | May 7, 2007 11:57:23 PM


  16. Looking at Gage's bf, it would be more likely that he'd be attracted to Brian rather than "gay-fat" Jesse.

    Posted by: Glenn | May 7, 2007 11:59:44 PM


  17. Nathan, notice all the community outreach you mention has to do with STDs! It seems to me that it's a porn studio's fucking DUTY to host AIDS benefits, especially to a subculture measuring its worth in sexual attraction. Nobody's courting "models" to represent the environmentalist crusade. I don't give a shit what kind of activism he and his ilk are engaging in on the side. They think fucking on film is a stepping stone to respectability because gays like you are so desperate for role models. As far as waking up, take your own advice, that is, if you think this fuck toy is going to change the minds of people who could potentially reverse DADT. He didn't say a thing we didn't already know ourselves. As far as proving to the armed forces that oversexed homos won't destroy the institution, I'm glad he contained himself until after his service! Common sense to me is "internalized homophobia" to you. But I'm gay enough to extend the invitation for you to kiss my ass.

    Posted by: 000000 | May 8, 2007 1:31:15 AM


  18. My, guess I hit a nerve, eh 00000? I'll decline the offer to kiss your ass, but thanks for your generosity. You seem a bit too preoccupied with STDs for me to be comfortable with such an activity...

    Posted by: Nathan | May 8, 2007 3:02:29 AM


  19. That sissy didn't know what Colt was? Riiiight.

    And someone please tell her ass not to talk with food flying out of her mouth.

    Posted by: shane | May 8, 2007 7:39:37 AM


  20. What does everyone think about the fact that there's a homosexual porn star on national T.V being portrayed as if it's nothing else. I admire him for serving for our nation, but why is the porn industry so glorified in our subculture? Why is selling your body for money in a very DARK industry that will eat you up then spit you out advertised...all the time? It's secodn nature for 18 year olds who rebel to run away from home from middle America to come to L.A and discover a new wonder, explore a new life, and take part in a new journey....that journey, exploration and discovery leads to taking off your undies for cash (nothing short of prostitution) and in our community, not only do we applaud that....we actually LOOK up to it as an ideal, evident by all the flattering comments toward this adult film star and his career.

    It's not about morals, or my values are better then your values...

    It's the message we're sending to that 14 year old gay kid who doesn't know he's gay but the only gay man he sees on T.V, on the internet, and all over gay oriented web blogs is ....a gay porn star. We corner this profession far TOO often (yes, MORE often then the straight world)

    If there was nothing wrong with it...there wouldn't be a stigma attached to it, and anyway you slice it...having sex for money and offering the world (and society) nothing but your penis in hardcore sex...WILL always have a (negative) stigma attached to it.

    Please, let's encourage mayors, humanitarions, scientists, professors, artists...who are openly gay, loud, proud and paving the way for that 14 year old closeted boy...we have them, but we could use more! Let's look up to them, name drop them and mention how "HOT" what they are doing in this world is....

    I'm sure I'll get ripped a new one myself for this opinion on this forum but I guess I may stand alone.

    Posted by: Stargazer | May 8, 2007 8:15:26 AM


  21. BRAVO stargazer !

    Posted by: A.J. | May 8, 2007 9:08:23 AM


  22. Stargazer: I agree with that. But I think it has to start from an accepting environment that allows individuals from all walks of life to be shown as a model in the community. When you have teachers censured for allowing a LGBT play, someone bashed in the head walking down the street, careers ruined because you told a VP that you're not on *their team*, I would think thats pretty difficult. So, how can Americans be more accepting of diversity? You tell me, and then we can talk about having out models for our youths.

    Posted by: Landis | May 8, 2007 10:08:26 AM


  23. Well, I can tell you how it won't pan out successfully...

    I'm 20 years old (just turned) and live in a predominately gay neighborhood in a prominent city, the point isn't where, but that I'm tuned in through my residence about the good and bad of our community.

    Time and time through & through...I see, meet, and yes...have dated guys in my age bracket who use the "cop out" card as I call it (everything you mentioned above as far as the censorship, gay bashing, limitations due to our sexuality...) coupled with the infamous one liner "They see I'm gay and won't hire me" and use it as their ticket into skipping on lifes "easy way out route 101" ...and pretty much having that escape goat enable them to do anything they want to do. Again, NO limitations...

    I'm not blind sighted by the fact that everything you mentioned exists...but instead of CAVING IN (yes, the porn industry IS giving in...and it's not a positive impact toward your name, reputation, or our history, that you are giving in on) use that to magnify your motivation, fuel your fire, and intensify your hunger TO make a positive name for yourself in this world...and really, in hindsight, play with the cards life dealt you by proving everyone wrong.

    A recruitor won't hire you?....Find one who will...an employer harrases you?...Find a new job...Attacked? Take charge of your life and attack back through success in life. I know it sounds like hogwash and easier said then done...but the point is, it CAN be done. Where there's a will, there's a way...and we the gay community ahve shown that so passionately.

    They expect us to crawl into a corner of the world and have sex for money. Do you know how many homophobes assume ALL gays think about, want to do, and are good for is sex...they also equate us in the "professional" world as far as our career endeavors are concerned, as nothing more then either escorts, strippers, or porn stars (as well as druggies). I go out to a club, a guy (again, in my age bracket) approaches me, we start dating, and I soon find out that when it comes to porn stars he is verryyy savvy (pictures, posters, stacks of DVDs on entertainment set) and when same said guy can't name one person running for office in either parties, has no idea whats going on in Darfur, and thinks the whole hoopla over gay marriage is "Borrring" ...it makes me step back and wonder, are all those preconceived notions truly notions? And are those "evil, hateful, homophobes" to blame for thinking them? Certainly...but heck, some of us certainly don't hurt their cause either. (and don't tell me I got the short end of the stick in the dating pool...you'd be surprised how many gay men...errr...gay "boys" ....I've come to meet who'd rather have one day in the life of a porn star or heck, even meet one...then read a newspaper.)

    In life...there's ALWAYS a right and wrong in everything we do....everything...it's our job, however, to define it. Whether you realize it at 18 (usually you might at 48...not so much by choice, but by shame, when your past is resurfaced to tarnish your present reputation) or not...we're all put on this earth to contribute in a positive manner to help each other...and promote something...anything...through our talents. My heart goes out to those young "models" my age who have all the talent and potential in the wuniverse masked by an industry that tells them "No, are you kidding? Your gay...this is all your good for, but don't fret...this is what we do, and your a celebrity for doing this, it's trendy, it's sexy, it will make you a star...now drop down on your knees, oh! and watch those tan lines"

    Treating sex like a hand shake is never healthy for anyone...treating sex like a hand shake...on camera...for your livlehood? That's a recipe for disaster.
    I love all my gay brothers (even those who'll read this and bash me upside down, left, right and center) and say the above schpeel from a good place :)

    Posted by: Stargazer | May 8, 2007 12:06:39 PM


  24. You're absolutely right, Stargazer. But men swooning over bodybuilders they'll never have can't admit it. My only disagreement is in your assessment that there's a stigma because it's wrong. To that end, how do you explain the stigma against gays? For me, the porn world should have little to no exposure. How else do you create a boundary for that 14 year old? Don't raise kids in San Francisco, I guess.

    Posted by: 000000 | May 8, 2007 12:32:50 PM


  25. Um, so those who are putting down the porn industry make good points. I can't argue with the fact that a LOT of that industry is dark and self destructive.

    But humans like sex. NOTHING WILL EVER CHANGE THAT. Gay, straight, bi, Martian... doesn't matter... men will be men and men watch porn. It's like being against prostitution, which some courts throughout history have deemed "a necessary evil." You can make eloquent arguments against it but at the end of the day, it's just talk. That "profession" still exists and will always exist.

    Nothing wrong with having a strong bias against it, but at some point you really need to choose your battles. Gay men turning their backs on porn?

    Not gonna happen.

    Posted by: mark m | May 8, 2007 1:35:34 PM


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