In an interview with The Advocate back in 2010, Ryan Phillippe dished about a "secret" uncut version of the film 54 that included a kiss between him and Breckin Meyer. Well that secret kiss has now found it's way to the internet for our viewing pleasure. The quality may not be the best, but it's still totally worth watching.
Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...(skip to 1:40 for the kiss)
Watch artist Tim McCarthy's project on HIV transmission, AFTER THE JUMP...
Said McCarthy, in a press release: “The concept is meant to be disturbing. We want to engage guys—especially young guys—in a conversation
about HIV that seems to have lost momentum.”
McCarthy adds that the video title and Grindr handle, 'R U the 1?', is intentionally equivocal: "Are you the one I’ll spend a night with? The rest of my life with? Or the one who gives me HIV?" He adds that the reverse label on his handouts includes information about the rise of HIV infections and the use of social apps for bareback sex. It also includes tips for making sex safer with online partners.
Added McCarthy: "The Internet and smartphones have changed gay culture and how we meet one another. There’s no shame in meeting online for sex. But if guys knew about the prevalence of new HIV infections, they might do more to prevent its transmission.”
Watch public reaction to McCarthy on the streets of Ptown, AFTER THE JUMP...
In related news, a recent study of over 1,300 gay and bisexual men in the New York City area who use Grindr revealed that 1 in 10 men on Grindr in NYC had never received an HIV test.
Further analysis showed that the proportion of older men getting tested for HIV was notably higher than that of the younger men, with 1 in 5 young MSM between the ages of 18-24 having never received an HIV test. Comparing these men to the overall population of NYC MSM indicated that a higher proportion of men onGrindr had never been tested for the disease (10% of Grindr users versus 2.6% of all NYC MSM).
At the United Nations General Assembly last week, outgoing Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili expressed growing concern that Russia's anti-gay law is being used by Putin to gain influence in ex-Soviet states. Buzzfeed reports that Saakashvili also used his address to rail against Putin's larger foreign policy, calling it "fueled by intolerance."
Saakashvili says the Kremlin's embrace of anti-gay policies is Putin's last despereate attempt to rein in his old empire. "He had nothing to offer to his former zone of influence. He has no soft power. He has no economic benefits to offer them," Saakashvili says. "So what he's telling them: 'OK, Europe is promising you much more, it's a better market, they might give you subsidies, they might give you lots of new opportunities and openings. But what you should know is Europe is all about gay rights. If you go to Europe, your family values will be undermined, your traditions will be destroyed. So we as Ortodox unity, we should stick together.'"
The larger issue of Russia's using its anti-gay regime as a rallying point is vital to understanding Putin's underlying motivations and goals. Indeed, many ex-Soviet States such as Ukraine and Armenia have already followed in Russia's footsteps in considering "gay propaganda" bans of their own. Saakashvili's concern is that this wave of anti-gay pressure inspired by Russia's law may eventually spread to Georgia and lead to even greater hostility towards the country's LGBT community. Back in May, we reported on the horrific footage of thousands of people - led by Orthodox priests -attacking Gay Pride marchers in Tblisi, Georgia.
Saakashvili, to his credit, acknowledged that Georgia still has a long ways to go before attitudes towards homosexuality line up with Westernized attitudes. But he doesn't see it as much more than growing pains.
"It's all about way of life, it's not about gay pride or whether your son will become gay because you are in Europe or Russia," he said. "This is all about whether political opponents are held in prison, whether there is freedom of speech, free elections, meritocracy or nepotism, criminal authorities directing everything. It's really fundamental issues that are at stake."
RICK OWENS: The Spring 2014 Womenswear collection, Paris.
REAL-LIFE ROCKY:The first in a 'Movies in Real Life' series from Improv Everywhere. What movie would you like to see them recreate?
MAN IN A CUBE: Is this for real? Unfortunately, no.
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NYC's iconic eatery Pastis closing...
Cocaine use can make otherwise resistant immune cells HIV-susceptible.
Kill Your Darlings star Dane DeHaan photographed by Ryan McGinley for Vman.
Science Guy Bill Nye does the robot and dances to Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" in final Dancing with the Stars performance.
Lil Wayne, what the hell are you doing?
Marc Jacobs leaving Louis Vuitton after incredible funereal final Paris show. “When we started together, Marc Jacobs was a tiny little business of around $20 million,” Mr. Arnault said in an interview on Wednesday. “Now the totality of sales is approaching $1 billion. It has been an enormous growth.
PPP poll: Republicans more likely to subscribe to govt conspiracy theories. " Overall, 36% of Americans and 62% of Republicans believe that the Obama Administration is secretly trying to take everyone’s guns away; just 14% of Democrats believe the same. One in four Americans say that President Obama is secretly trying to figure out a way to stay in office beyond 2017 – including almost half of Republicans (44%). And 26% of Americans think that Muslims are covertly implementing Sharia Law in American court systems, while 55% don’t think so and another 19% aren’t sure."
It's the trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
Angela McCaskill, the Gallaudet diversity officer who was put on leave for signing a petition to put marriage equality on the ballot, files a lawsuit against the school: "Her lawsuit accuses Gallaudet of violating anti-discrimination provisions of the D.C. Human Rights Act and of intentionally causing her emotional distress."
Weather Channel releases winter storm names for 2013-2014: "This year’s list begins with Atlas and ends with Zephyr. The list was developed with the help of a Latin class at Bozeman, MT High School. The 26 names will be used in alphabetical order to identify strong winter storms that meet the naming criteria."
Henry Cavill needs a dining companion in Rome.
Disney is working on a live-action film about Cruella de Vil. No word on casting yet.
U.S. Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) and David Cicilline (D-R.I.) criticize Russia's anti-gay laws at Capitol Hill reception: “I strongly believe that every person deserves to live a life that is free from persecution and harassment and I am committed to guaranteeing the full enjoyment of universal rights for all members of LGBT community,” Ros-Lehtinen said. “Unfortunately, the situation in Russia for the LGBT community has been rapidly deteriorating.”
Lorde is doing a remake of this song for the Hunger Games soundtrack.
Canadian MTV series 1 Girl, 5 Gays announces new cast.
GaymerConnect announces GaymerX2 convention in July 2014: "According to co-founder and Creative Director Matt Conn, GaymerX was created to provide both a safe space for LGBT gamers, but also to start a dialog with game developers (and each other) around LGBT representations in games. With an outpour of fan and media support, the inaugural GaymerX convention was a huge success."
Fan of Lorde's "Royals"? Perhaps you'll like the Wild Boyz! remix, and if you do they're offering a free download. It's my personal favorite.
Listen, AFTER THE JUMP...