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If You Prefer Your Gay Magazines without Rainbow Flags or Men With Chiseled Abs: VIDEO


Then Hello Mr., a start-up publication out of Australia for "men who date men" which is seeking funding on Kickstarter might appeal to you.

They write:

What you won't find here are articles tagged with recycled stock imagery of multicolored flags waving in pride, hand-painted demands for equal rights, or idolized midsections of seemingly flawless men. If that's your thing, there is a sea of glossy mags filled with those images readily available at your local newsstand. We believe that Hello Mr. can address the need, felt by the modern majority, to rebrand 'gay' and move beyond any unrepresentative depictions defined by our past.

Check out their video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Young Urban Cute Kids. (YUCK).

    Sorry, looks like another gay rag to me.

    Posted by: kodiak | Nov 12, 2012 9:30:03 PM

  2. I love chiseled abs and the rainbow flag. I also love my subscriptions to Corbin Fisher and Sean Cody.

    Posted by: andrew | Nov 12, 2012 9:46:04 PM

  3. Little Kiwi = Endless self righteous and arrogant b*ll S*it! Send him back to Canada. We can deal with our problems without his "help".

    Posted by: andrew | Nov 12, 2012 11:04:38 PM

  4. Couldn't wait to see this video, and found this generation's version of plucked and tweezed: skinny, geeky, gorgeous. I didn't see anyone over 40, anyone who couldn't be a print model, anyone ... just, happily normal. (now THERE'S a title for a gay mag: Happily Normal !)

    Posted by: will b | Nov 12, 2012 11:57:51 PM

  5. Diversity of any kind? Race. Age. Body type? They barely got latte colored. Plus more disturbingly, I guess anyone over the age of 28 no longer exists. 1 in 5 men now have eating disorders...unless you are a model for Hello Mr., then the number jumps to 1 in 1.

    Posted by: Bill | Nov 13, 2012 12:05:03 AM

  6. Allow me to be one of two people who says: I like this, I look forward to reading it.

    Posted by: Cole | Nov 13, 2012 12:12:35 AM

  7. Little Kiwi you should blow Francis. You arrogant, self righteous know it alls deserve each other.

    Posted by: andrew | Nov 13, 2012 12:47:01 AM

  8. @Justme: Don't try to reason with an ideological terrorist like Little Kiwi. He doesn't understand the basic concepts of diversity of opinion in an open democracy. He like Benedict XVI think they are infallible.

    Posted by: andrew | Nov 13, 2012 12:57:13 AM

  9. @Justme: don't be surprised if you see ridiculous post in your name on this site. That is one of the tactics that ideological terrorists like Kiwi regularly employ. I didn't know that such evil existed on the left.

    Posted by: andrew | Nov 13, 2012 1:06:10 AM

  10. @WIll B: everybody's skinny, geeky, gorgeous, a print model, nobody over 40. That's happily normal? Guess everybody else who doesn't fit that mold would have to be put away in camps somewhere - maybe before they're gassed.

    Posted by: RC | Nov 13, 2012 1:12:10 AM

  11. Not gonna succeed, HORRIBLE name and horrible climate to start a would be great to read stories about 'regular' gay guys, the nerds and gay men who don't choose to make sex and physical looks their defining quality...but no would buy it unless there were pee-pees or men in underwear...even THIS site has a 'model of the day' so...gotta know your audience I guess

    Posted by: John | Nov 13, 2012 1:19:24 AM

  12. I am way more interested in the song that is playing in the video. Anyone know what it is?

    Posted by: Derek | Nov 13, 2012 1:29:50 AM

  13. Exactly - good luck with starting a print publication these days, and they certainly don't want my money. The video made it clear that no one under 40 need buy the magazine.

    Posted by: John Freeman | Nov 13, 2012 8:59:05 AM

  14. Another flavor of ghetto culture, the group think, obsession with looks and bodies over brains and kindness and character, contempt for serious discourse, refusal to set standards to stop hiv, etc...
    There's a lot about gay culture that is healthy and fun, which we can all celebrate. But there's a lot that isn't. Until we start to face the self-destructive aspects, we are going nowhere. And a new magazine like this is just another dingbat pacifier.

    Posted by: Wilberforce | Nov 13, 2012 12:59:06 PM

  15. so it's a "don't say gay" campaign. you know, Jack Smith said it best "Normalcy is the evil of homosexuality"

    Posted by: Travis Harvey | Nov 13, 2012 3:08:15 PM

  16. as an over 50 gay who was around for fight that got us to where we are now. This whole consept is offensive. First off the whole add looks like its geared towards the twink and twenty something crowd that turn up there noses at everyone who isn't perfect looking and spend all their time at circuit parties, the gym and bars, and who we rarely see on the picket and protest lines, the rallies and the voting booths ( no offense to those who do, you are loved and appreciated; if few in number you stand tall in courage) Quite frankly it looks like the same old thing recycled and add new faces. (kind of like the bars every decade.

    Posted by: john | Nov 13, 2012 6:30:54 PM

  17. "David" - i call your bluff. That you have to list, uh, Barbra and Gaga shows that you're not "post-gay" at all - you're still living to prove to yourself, and others, that you're not like "those gays"

    i understand where you're coming from. i was that way when i was younger. then i stopped giving excuses for my own insecurities.

    by pretending that you're "forced to subscribe to stereotypes" you only prove me right. you live in fear of them, instead.

    man up.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Nov 13, 2012 6:38:11 PM

  18. gotta say, reading these comments has been wonderful. i t's great to know that the majority of us have the integrity and intelligence to see this nonsense for what it is.

    well met, brothers :)

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Nov 13, 2012 6:40:00 PM

  19. Why does 'the gay community' have such a hard time accepting that there are other kinds of gay men? Why are we required to blubber over Madonna, collect drag queen trading cards, know all the latest sound-a-like techno pop dance tracks, skip the cottage for Pride, call each other 'girl', and be 24/7 cheerleaders for trannies and the rest of the LBCDEFG alphabet soup?

    Posted by: foobar | Nov 13, 2012 9:50:04 PM

  20. I think the video shows their prospectus to be a lie. They're just trying to be new when they're not.

    @Will B: Back in 1985 a Toronto-based publication called The Body Politic published a hilarious book by Richard Summerbell entitled, "Abnormally Happy: A Gay Dictionary". I think that's the closest you're going to get.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Nov 14, 2012 12:24:48 AM

  21. FOOBAR - thanks for proving the rest of us right. You just showed, with your pathetic and hilarious laundry-list of things you're terrified of being associated with, that it's the cowards like you that have a hard time accepting other gay men.

    confident, secure and Out gay men are not only well aware of the diversity in our communities, but we actually celebrate it - together, without some wimp-factor act of "i'm not like THOSE gays.."

    so thanks. you do our work for us.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Nov 17, 2012 3:37:01 PM

  22. Past is prologue gentlemen, not destiny. While I agree the video is as pretentious as they gay vibe they claim to eschew, I like this idea a lot. Gay urban media is still, for many of us, too vacuous, tacky, and narrow. Its insistence on defining its gay audience is often cultist. Yes, there is a huge market for Hello Mr.

    Many commentators here seem extremely agitated by this idea. You've tripped over each other depicting would-be Hello Misters as closeted, self-hating, or any number of self-soothing pejoratives. What is really so wrong here? The idea of diversity in our community? Could it possibly be that many of you have vested so much of your identity into urban gay subculture that you take any retreat from it as a personal slam?

    Well folks, one of the freedoms we've won over the years is that to be our true selves and openly like what we like. In other words, a concept oddly dismissed by our most strident activists.

    Posted by: TexRex96 | Nov 20, 2012 5:06:33 AM

  23. It's the scent of dirty sheets.... ..still selling the old "life is a journey" farce.

    Posted by: Gary | Nov 27, 2012 8:24:35 PM

  24. RC; My oldest brother was at the inception of "The Body Politic" in Toronto, and its' ending. Nice to see it mentioned. Rick passed away in 2009. It pulled no punches, and Ricky had a lot to do with that.

    Posted by: Gary | Nov 27, 2012 8:42:41 PM

  25. I have enjoyed Kiwi's posts on this thread and this is one of the few occasions where I side with him completely. The editors of this magazine aren't just aiming the publication at a certain type of gay individual (this would be fine), but are deliberately attempting to redefine the collective image of gay men. This last goal implies that the image gay men have now is a false and/or damaging one - and this is a direct insult to gay men who DO fit the current image of what gay men are. Kiwi is right to be offended by their "I'm not like the REST of you gay people" theme. There was a way to market this publications without creating schisms in the gay community. The editors were asking for trouble.

    People often accuse Kiwi of insisting on uniformity within gay culture. But he is only intolerant of gays who chose to stay in the closet, and gays who post anonymously on the internet. He never implies that every gay man has to be a Kiwi-clone.

    Posted by: Mary | Nov 27, 2012 9:24:03 PM

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