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04/15/2014

Gay Web Series ‘Eastsiders’ Returns, Seeks Funding For Season 2 On Kickstarter: VIDEO

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Eastsiders, the popular web series that focuses on the aftermath of infidelity on a gay couple living in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Silver Lake (what some might term LA’s answer to Brooklyn), is back for a second season. Season 1 was picked up by LOGO Online but now the show’s creators are turning to Kickstarter for help getting things off the ground for the show's next chapter.

From creator and star Kit Williamson:

“I'm so excited to take the show back where it started: in the fans' hands, on Kickstarter. This is a very unique moment in time where audiences have the power to say what kind of stories they want to see told. We've been so lucky to have found an amazing community of viewers that have been with us from day one, and continues to grow every day. I hope they want to see more from us, because I am so excited to continue telling this story.”

Season 1 raked in the accolades, winning Best Web Drama at the 2013 LA Weekly Awards, Best Ensemble at the Indie Series Awards and a Satellite Award nomination. The show stars Van Hansis, who memorably played Luke of Luke and Noah (a.k.a. ‘Nuke’) on the daytime drama As The World Turns, and creator Williamson, who has appeared on Mad Men and on the New York stage in Talk Radio with Liev Schreiber.

Season 2 will see the return of memorable cast members such as John Halbach, Traci Lords, Sean Maher, Matthew McKelligon and Constance Wu along with the addition of new players such as Willam Belli, whom you will recall from Nip/Tuck, his RuPaul's Drag Race days and his role as one third of Detox. 

Check out the Kickstarter video, AFTER THE JUMP…

You can also visit the Kickstarter page and donate HERE.

And in case you missed season 1, you can watch episodes 1 & 2 HERE, episode 3 HERE, and episodes 4 & 5 HERE.

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Le1f's 'Wut' Inspires Some Amazing Dancing From A to Z: VIDEO

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Krumping. The Rumba. East Coast Swing. They're all types of dance that get us excited and moving. Now thanks to Diesel Jeans (and a cast of very talented dancers), you can see 26 dance moves from A to Z that'll make you wanna hit the dance floor.

You may also recognize the video's music as gay rapper Le1f's song "Wut" — it's the song he accused Macklemore of ripping off.

Watch the video AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Apr. 15,2014 at 7:36 PM EST by in Dance, Hip-Hop, Le1f, Music | Permalink | Comments (3)


Louisiana Votes to Keep Unconstitutional Law Criminalizing Sodomy

The Louisiana House voted 66-27 to reject a bill that would have repealed the state's unconstitutional law criminalizing sodomy, the Times-Picayune reports:

SmithA House Committee passed the legislation onto the body's floor by a vote of 9-6 last week. But one of the state's most powerful lobbying groups, the conservative Christian Louisiana Family Forum, opposes striking the sodomy ban.

The law remaining on the books came under national scrutiny last summer when East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriffs' Deputies used the statute to arrest men who agreed to have sex with undercover male law enforcement officers.  The District Attorney declined to prosecute the men, and the sheriff, Sid Gautreaux, under intense criticism, later apologized for the arrests.

Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith, a Democrat who represents Baton Rouge, said she brought the bill, in part, because of those arrests, which drew negative national attention to her community.

The Supreme Court invalidated all anti-sodomy laws with its Lawrence v. Texas decision in 2003 but 17 states have still not formally repealed or revised their laws.

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Gay Jeans 'Come Out' And Reveal Their Rainbow Threads The More You Wear Them

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The fashion innovators at Betabrand clothing are crowd-funding the creation of “Gay Jeans,” denim jeans that “come out of the closet” the more you wear them:

“Gay Jeans begin life looking and acting like regular 5-pocket denim jeans, but as they experience normal washing and wearing over the course of their life, their indigo dye gradually fades away, revealing fabulously colorful yarns just waiting to come out.”

While their ad copy includes ham-fisted joking about “denim equality,” the jeans' creator Steven B. Wheeler explains his personal connection to the design:

"Early in life, I was not wildly unlike any of the other boys on the playground, but as time went by, I noticed things about me that set me apart from others. The same too for Gay Jeans; it takes time for them to uncover the things that make them unique.

"... the name (Gay Jeans) is a pun on the issue of science finding the “gay gene,” and the debate over whether or not being gay is a choice. For these jeans it isn’t a choice. Like me, they were born this way, and like me, they’ll come out in their own time.

"And finally, I love this project because no matter what else they are, Gay Jeans are no more or less a pair of jeans than I am more or less a human being. I'm a gay man, yes, but a man nonetheless."

The jeans cost $78.40 and 10 percent of all proceeds will go to the San Francisco LGBT Center.

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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1559

DUST: Its role in the universe.

TRAILER: "Maps to the Stars". With Robert Pattinson, Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Mia Wasikowska, Sarah Gadon, Olivia Williams and Carrie Fisher.

ON SHAKY GROUND: The 1989 SF earthquake and seismic readiness now.

JOAKIM NOAH: Not happy it's snowing again.

For recent Guides to the Tube, click HERE.

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News: Spain, Johnny Weir, Xscape, Michael Phelps, Poaching

RoadRise of the Hillary Clinton "shoe truthers".

RoadOlympic swimmer Michael Phelps coming out of retirement.

RoadSubmersible searching for MH370 forced to surface after reaching maximum depth.

BuffettRoadSon of Warren Buffett to provide anti-poaching helicopters to Tanzania: "...the American billionaire also will support capacity building and anti-poaching efforts in Tanzania through purchase of vehicles, GPS equipment and the training of helicopter pilots and game rangers."

RoadJohnny Weir and husband Victor Voronov reconcile, sign ridiculous post-nup.

RoadGoogle just bought a start-up drone company: "The drones are covered in solar panels, which store enough energy to lift the craft 20 kilometers above sea level. The drones can stay aloft for five years before having to land or refuel."

RoadIllinois officials address confusion over status of marriage equality law: "Since a Feb. 21 federal court ruling requiring Cook County to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a patchwork of marriage equality has emerged in the state — with some counties deciding to join Cook in issuing licenses under the ruling, while many more are holding off on doing so until the June 1 start date of the new state law."

RoadThe tracklisting of Michael Jackson's posthumous album Xscape has been released.

HubRoadVisions of a future NYC.

RoadTransphobic six-term Canadian MP defeated.

RoadU.S. right wing extremists more deadly than jihadists.

RoadShould the Democrats call in Bill Clinton to save the midterm elections? Bob Shrum thinks so.

RoadThousands lose HIV assistance in Fort Worth, Texas: "Fort Worth’s AIDS Outreach Center has temporarily eliminated the funding for approximately 374 patients so that it can assist people who signed up under the Affordable Care Act with their insurance premiums. About 24 new people have asked for help with insurance premiums, and the AIDS Outreach Center hasn’t received any additional funds for the program, which was also used for copays, lab bills and deductibles."

RoadIs Beyoncé going to be a bridesmaid for Kim Kardashian?

RoadSara Gilbert and Linda Perry stepped out as a married couple at the MTV Movie Awards.

RoadHere's the trailer for David Fincher's adaptation of Gone Girl starring Ben Affleck.

EvansRoadUK teen found not guilty of attempted murder of gay man in cruising area: "But the jury sitting at Chester Crown Court took more than three hours to decide that Floyd Evans, 19, did intend to wound 35-year-old Francisco Nascimento on October 21 last year, by stabbing him in the chest. The attack left Mr Nascimento, originally from Brazil, fighting for his life and was believed by police to have been a homophobic assault because it happened at the top of the City Walls steps on Frodsham Street, a known meeting point for gay men in the city."

RoadChelsea Manning named honorary Grand Marshall of San Francisco Pride.

RoadGay and lesbian senior home planned in Spain: "Federico Armenteros, president of the 26 December Foundation, which is behind the scheme, said that as far as society was concerned 'elderly LGTB don't exist'. He said the home would not be exclusively for gay people. 'We're not going to ask you who you sleep with when you apply,' he said. 'Anyone can come, the only thing to bear in mind is that it specialises in elderly LGTBs. As it is, there are homes for ex-servicemen, nuns or retired workers from specific companies and no one says they are being discriminatory.'"

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