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04/19/2007


What Happened To Republican Rep. Phillip Hinkle's Teenaged Gay Paramour?

Kameryn_gibson_on_gay_porn_site Remember Kameryn Gibson? He's the broke 18-year-old from Indiana who posted a Craigslist ad soliciting "sugga daddies," and somehow landed himself a towel-draped Republican pol of such overwhelming skeeziness that, when it came time to do the deed, Mr. Gibson couldn't perform. Well. It seems Mr. Gibson is broke no longer.

On Top Magazine reports that Mr. Gibson is now performing for two gay porn studios, CocoDorm and ThugBoy, under the name of DeJuan Diamond. According to the mag, Gibson's talent agency, Flava Works, has released a statement which reads, in part:

It is no secret that many Republicans are closet homosexuals, while at the same time preaching anti-gay messages and protesting gay marriage. Now with DeJuan Diamond starring online ... Republicans will be able to enjoy the men they love right from the comfort of their home or offices.

Witty! Vicious! But, hey, Kameryn, if you're reading this: Please don't take Flava Works PR braggodocio too seriously. What you're doing is fine, but it ain't activism, and as happy as your new associates are to rep you now, they probably won't care much in five years. Do yourself a favor, and use this brief reprieve from unemployment to get a degree or some vocational training, or just to do some serious thinking about what you want out of life. You've got some breathing room now. Use it wisely, or you'll be back on Craigslist in no time.


Gay Porn Actor Arrested For Choking Dog

What a strange and saddening story: gay Porn actor Shane Michael Thompson, who in the porn world goes by the stage name Jason Creed, has been arrested in Florida for animal cruelty after allegedly choking to death his own dog, a three-legged wolf-dog named Moonshine. Thompson brought the dead animal to an animal clinic for cremation and apparently told workers there that his dog had suffered a seizure. That's when a vet examining the dead animal discovered suspicious injuries.

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Police said Thompson, of Boca Raton, had beaten the dog before he took it to an animal clinic earlier this month to have it cremated. A necropsy showed Moonshine had severe blunt force trauma and had died with food stuck in its throat. Creed allegedly told the clinic the dog may have died from a seizure. When a friend of Thompson's called animal control on Oct. 7 and told them he suspected Moonshine had been killed by Thompson, police began an investigation. Thompson's roommate and friends told police Moonshine had been physically abused by Thompson before.

Animal control had been called to Thompson's home in the past after complaints from neighbors but the dog was never taken away form his owner. Thompson refused to go in front of a judge yesterday but was scheduled to face one this morning.

Watch a safe for work interview with a seemingly righteous Thompson as his alter ego Jason Creed, AFTER THE JUMP.

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News: Johnny Weir, Modern Family, Porn, Focus On The Family

 road Man attemps to mace Fred Phelps' group at soldier's funeral: "Officers on duty for the funeral say Vogel drove up in his Ford F-150 pick-up truck and as he was passing by Westboro Baptist Church protesters he extended his arm out the truck's window and sprayed a large amount of mace into the air from an industrial-sized container."

Weir road Weir Johnny Weir is still dodging questions about his sexuality: “'I’m completely self-sufficient,' he says. 'I don’t need anyone for anything. I can have sex with myself, I can love myself, I can do all those things myself. The importance that people place on me not having another half even if it’s just for sex, it’s irrelevant to me. It’s very old-school. When you put people in boxes, you take away a lot of who that person is.'"

 road Modern Family's Jesse Tyler Ferguson says that the show's much-anticipated gay smooch episode has been shot: "Yes, we filmed the kiss episode. It's a very organic kiss. People are going to be very surprised when they see it."

 road Alexander Skarsgard arrives at LAX looking as cool as ever.

 road The beautiful men of gay pornography are becoming less homogeneous.

 road Get ready for Kylie's Les Folies Tour in 2011.

 road Pennsylvania makes a progressive decision about driver's licenses for transgenders in that state.

 road Jane Lynch's purple number on the read carpet.

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 road If you only watched Fox News last week, you wouldn't even know about Ken Mehlman's coming out.

 road Crispin Blunt's recent coming out has apparently "completely traumatised" his unsuspecting wife.

 road Focus on the Family plays the victim card: "We feel more and more that activists are being deceptive in using anti-bullying rhetoric to introduce their viewpoints, while the viewpoint of Christian students and parents are increasingly belittled."

 road Rihanna has an unfortunate run-in with a curling iron.

 road Indonesian volcano erupts for the first time in 400 years.


The Porn Game: An Interview With Bel Ami's George Duroy

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Bel Ami star Jean-Daniel Chagall

Do you like porn? If you're a gay man, probably. But while the product is meant to be a mindless escape, its production is a rich and controversial subject, even in a community legendarily open about sexuality.

When the phrase "Bel Ami" is uttered, very few gay men think first of Guy de Maupassant's second novel. Instead, images of countless "beautiful friends"—pornstars—from Eastern Europe come to mind, young men like Lukas Ridgeston and Johan Paulik, with eye-popping endowments and legit movie-star looks and a performance style worlds away (Bratislava, to be exact) from the moves that characterize American porn films. There's almost a wholesome quality to Bel Ami's smut, even if the action is as dirty as the business.

Speaking of which, the porn industry has undergone a slew of changes in recent years. Beaten down by easy access to free porn online, crowded out by amateur exhibitionists and in some cases ill-equipped to adapt to the market's declining interest in DVDs as opposed to downloads, video companies have come and gone and publishers have mostly just gone.

Dolph_Lambert_todd_rosset Then there is the hot-button issue of bareback porn, which for many years during the onset of the AIDS crisis was absolutely taboo—Can actors be assured of the status of their co-stars? Does marketing it encourage unsafe sex among viewers? Does anyone care if the money is there?—but which has quickly become a major aspect of the industry in spite of some companies' seemingly principled refusals to succumb to it.

With the news that the venerable COLT has filed for bankruptcy, I wondered how other companies were faring and wanted to bring up some of the issues that surround the porn industry. What better company to focus on than one of the largest still standing? What follows is my interview with George Duroy, the founder and president of Bel Ami. He, more than anyone, has an interest in figuring out if gay men will automatically think of his product when the phrase "Bel Ami" is uttered in the future.

Since this was an e-mail interview, the follow-up questions to some of his most provocative answers will have to come in the form of your comments at the end.

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News: Obama Cover Drama, Natty Nadal, Shotgun Weddings, Scraping By

Rafa1Road Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams and others attend the 2010 Wimbledon Champions Ball. Nice tux!

Road Families forcing gay men in the UK into straight marriages. Also an interesting finding, the UK has a Forced Marriage Unit that investigates this phenomenon.

Road If a gay (but celibate) man is appointed Bishop of Southwark, conservative parishes of the Church of England might seek leadership abroad.

Road Gallagher, he of watermelon-smashing fame, is now "a paranoid, delusional, right-wing religious maniac." (And still isn't funny.)

Road Will Republican Minnesota state Sen. Paul Koering lose votes—or gain them—in the wake of his dinner "date" with a porn star?

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Road The cute cyclist above got into quite a scrape. It's probably wrong to check out his ass when he's in pain. Here's hoping it heals quickly. 

S-CASTER-SEMENYA-largeRoad South African Caster Semenya—banned from competitive running for nearly a year over a gender controversy—has been cleared by the findings of a panel of experts. It took them 11 months to figure out she's a woman?

Road The hottest guys of...The Price is Right???

Road That Bachelor relationship sounds like it went from honeymoon to seven-year itch overnight, with Jake Pavelka admitting he withheld sex from his faux-fiancée after less than a month of togetherness.

Road George Michael arrested. Again.

Road Via Kenneth In The (212): An op-ed by a gay scholar who thinks "the argument for upholding California's gay marriage ban has merit—not because the policy is fair or wise (it isn't) but because it represents a reasonable judgment that the people of California are entitled to make." Huh?

IfbeRoad Today, controversial artist Mr. Brainwash finds beauty everywhere.

Road I'm From Driftwood launches four-month, 50-state tour across the country in search of true LGBT stories. Sounds expensive!

Road The only person convicted in the Lockerbie bombing, Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, was released by Scotland last year so he could die in Libya...except it turns out he "could survive 10 years or longer."

Road Jared Leto's hair-raising appearance for Christian Dior.

Road SHOCK: Gay youth activist Pasikali Kashusbe has been found decapitated and dismembered in Uganda. UPDATE: This story was a hoax.

Road The Economist doctors a photo of President Obama to make a more compelling cover, and one that becomes "the ideal metaphor for a politically troubled president." The mag thinks it's no big deal.

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The Kids Are Post-Gay: Meeting The Cast Of The Kids Are All Right

Zz4a581238 I sometimes think the dividing line between reviling and embracing the concept of "post-gay" must run right down the middle of me, because people older than I am are more likely to turn up their noses at it and people younger than I am are more likely to live by it. My reaction to the post-gay outlook—in a nutshell, the concept that one's sexuality doesn't really matter anymore—is usually negative. I do think we are supposed to be working toward a world where sexual orientation doesn't matter; it's just that I continue to believe that asserting our society is post-gay is a lot easier to do from a gay haven like Manhattan or San Francisco. (And when ex-gays are on board with post-gay, it's time to recalibrate.)

For many people, for most, we are still in the pre-post-gay era.

Capitalizing on society's gay fatigue from the left and the right, Hollywood would love for us to believe all of its products are post-gay. But it's often grating when films are dishonestly marketed in such a way as to suggest that gay elements integral to the plot are really not what the films are about. "It's not just gay" is an irksome way of saying, "Please don't stay away from this movie just because it's gay, gay, gay—I could use your money." A Single Man, an (in my opinion) brilliant gay film by a gay director adapted from a gay novel written by Christopher Isherwood, one of our greatest gay writers, suffered from this misguided approach.

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          Moore says of her role, "I know plenty of gay families...it wasn't like I had to go out and do research."

But in Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right (out—so to speak—in limited release July 9 and expanding thereafter), I think we've got a rare thing, a film that bridges the gay and post-gay worlds, a film that can be called gay, is genuinely not specifically about gay issues and should play very well with all but the most resolutely homophobic of audiences.

And best of all, it's a terrific story with great acting, some tears and lots of laughs. (My review here.)

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Ruffalo & Moore attend a special NYC screening of the film. Photos from this event courtesy of Focus.

3581_cropped The movie, co-written by Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg (The Girl Next Door, The Election of Barack Obama), stars Annette Bening and Julianne Moore as lesbian mothers of two teenagers, played by "It" girl Mia Wasikowska and up-and-comer Josh Hutcherson, who decide to hunt down the sperm donor who helped give them life. Mark Ruffalo plays their "donor dad," a man in his forties who's quite the opposite of the women whose family he helped make—he has no commitments and no family, so it's not so surprising he would covet the cozy family that comes calling. Bittersweet hilarity ensues.

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"I'm half a lesbian myself," Ruffalo admits. DVD-watch: "The ratings board gave us an X for one too many thrusts." 

Alright "What I love about the movie is it quickly transcends the novelty of the lesbian couple with teenage kids looking for the sperm-donor dad," Ruffalo said at a roundtable in Manhattan last week featuring all of the principals except for Bening (absent for personal reasons) and Wasikowska. "That's a great 'in' to a movie, but I've seen it with a few audiences now and what I responded to in the script is how much it felt like a couple that's been together a long time, whether they're straight or gay. And those teenagers are just like any teenagers trying to break away from domineering parents. [Bening and Moore], I felt they have that worn warmth and sort of simpatico and common dialogue that a long-time relationship has."

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