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Watch: Ryan McGinley's 'Entrance Romance'

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Gay photographer Ryan McGinley has released a motion-focused short film titled "Entrance Romance (It Felt Like a Kiss)" starring model Carolyn Murphy in which the cover girl gets to tongue a dog and have a fish bowl (filled with water and resident fish) thrown at her head. I'm certain breakable "candy" glass was used. Well, I hope.

McGinley used a Phantom camera, which captures video at over 1000 frames per second, for the shoot. Watch the oddly fascinating film AFTER THE JUMP.

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News: Cambodia, Chris Hughes, Immigration, Janet Jackson

 roadDubai hotel frees whale shark.

Buschbaum  roadHis name was Yvonne: German pole vaulter Balian Buschbaum.

 roadSenator Chuck Schumer signals commitment to inclusion of LGBT provisions in comprehensive immigration reform: "I support [UAFA] and I am working on introducing a comprehensive package that would address this issue along with a host of immigration issues . . . At this time, I believe that the only way to pass meaningful and effective immigration reform is through a comprehensive bill, not through piecemeal legislation."


 roadJanet Jackson announces release date of new single, called "Nothing".

 roadBo Bice (remember him?) becomes 'Bob' Bice

 roadTom Brady grows it out.

 roadNice knowing you, Bluefin tuna: "Global talks on the conservation of endangered species have rejected calls to ban international trade in bluefin tuna, raising new fears for the future of dwindling stocks. Countries at the meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) in Qatar voted down a proposal from Monaco to grant the fish stronger protection. The plan drew little support, with developing countries joining Japan in opposing a measure they feared would hit fishing economies."


Mcginley  roadThe NYT 'T' magazine pays a visit to the studio of Ryan McGinley.

 roadChicago Mayor Daley appoints new chair to gay advisory council: "Elizabeth Kelly will serve a three-year term as chairperson of the Advisory Council on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues. Kelly is a professor of women's and gender studies at DePaul University. She was a founding member of DePaul's interdisciplinary program in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender studies."

 roadGay Facebook founder Chris Hughes starts Jumo.com, a social platform for global volunteerism: "Think of the site as philanthropy, volunteerism and social networking all rolled into one. It's a platform that will connect people and organizations around the world, and Hughes is arguably the most well-known tech entrepreneur to enter the still evolving global space." Site.

 roadThe SF Chronicle discovers Grindr.

 roadKiller of gay bar manager up soon for parole.

Vman  roadVman modeling search winners announced (site possibly nsfw).

 roadSiem Reap, Cambodia's gay haven: "Homosexual acts are not outlawed in Cambodia, as they are in a few Southeast Asian countries, but outward displays of affection and untraditional lifestyles are rare. Yet in Siem Reap, a small town that gets about a million tourists a year, gay visitors and locals are carving out a little haven. In the last few years, a small flurry of gay-friendly bars, restaurants and hotels has opened up in the city’s center and beyond, with wink-wink names like the Golden Banana and Cockatoo."

 roadFacebook deletes Seattle gay youth group.

 roadAtlanta Eagle lawsuit grows: "Thirty-one Atlanta police officers have been added to a federal lawsuit that complains patrons of a gay nightclub were ordered to lie on the Atlanta Eagle Bar floor, on spilled beer and broken glass, while enduring insults about their homosexuality. The suit, originally filed in November, was expanded Wednesday to include six more bar employees and contractors, bringing the total to 28 people who say they were victimized during the highly publicized raid on Sept. 10."


News: Ryan McGinley, Russia, Posh, Channing Tatum, Himalayas

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Activist David Mixner on the mend. We are happy to hear it.

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New Ryan McGinley solo exhibit in London features naked young people in caves.

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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn restores budget funding for HIV/AIDS services.

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How did Posh Spice's first day as an American Idol judge go?

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Russian Big Brother contestant sues over claims he is gay and a prostitute: "His legal team says the case is the first time that a Russian public figure has sued over allegations that he is gay."

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NPR covers New York's Big Gay Ice Cream Truck.

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New anti-healthcare ad tactic: scare the hell out of seniors.

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U.S. Attorney won't investigate Rainbow Lounge raid: "In a statement e-mailed to the Star-Telegram, Jacks wrote that although his office monitors reports of excessive force by local or state police, it is the role of the FBI to investigate complaints of civil-rights violations." Gay rights group continues push for outside inquiry...

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Christian group in Russia wants gay culture to vanish: "Everything that is connected to the propaganda of gay culture must be moved away to limit the impact on ordinary people, because it leads to degradation."

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Now this is what I'd expect Thor to look like.

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WWF: Over 350 new species discovered in Himalayas in last decade. "This enormous cultural and biological diversity underscores the fragile nature of an environment which risks being lost forever unless the impacts of climate change are reversed."

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Game Show Network's Newlywed Game seeks gay couples...

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UK water park bans Speedos: "To prevent embarrassment among fellow members of the public and to maintain the family friendly atmosphere at the resort, bosses have taken the extreme measure of banning these tight trunks from their popular waterpark located within the Splash Landings Hotel."

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Channing Tatum's stripper past.

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Tennessee's first male strip club to open in Nashville over Labor Day Weekend. Metro Councilman: "I'm sick to my stomach - I'm just absolutely sick. It's different for a man to show himself than a woman. It's another step in the wrong direction."

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Promo pics for yet another vampire series.

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Michael Jackson buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery in the Hollywood Hills.

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The Shake Weight: with this and thighmaster you'll be all set.

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John Mayer spends "mature and beautiful" evening out.

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Survey to reveal number of gay clergy in England: "Inclusive Church, a network of individuals and organisations working for better recognition of minorities, says the survey will be the first of its kind and will prove that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) clergy play a crucial role in the everyday life of the church.


Gay Photog Ryan McGinley's Wrangler Roadkill

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Photographer Ryan McGinley's new campaign for Wrangler is raising some eyebrows for its depictions of models as (hunted) wildlife. Imho they're spooky and strange in a good way. They're only for Europe though. America will likely get something much blander.

The most "controversial" roadkill image, AFTER THE JUMP...

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The Male Gaze: Pornography or Art?

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"The Male Gaze", the new group show of gay male art up at powerHouse Arena in the DUMBO area of Brooklyn, was recently given feature treatment in the New York Times as they lauded the entrance of a renewed gay aesthetic in the art world.

The images aren't proper for every gaze, however, according to the organizers of the Brooklyn Design Fair, which happened over the weekend. They requested that the gallery take down certain provocative images they didn't want children, who might be accompanying their parents to the design fair, to stumble upon.

SignA tipster sent us this photo of the list of artworks temporarily taken down by the gallery, along with this note:

"I asked one of the women at the cash register about the sign, and they said that they were expecting the fair would bring in customers with children, and that there was a concern that the work was too explicit. (Why a Design Fair specifically, and not just normal DUMBO traffic—would bring in children, is beyond me.) Three of the photographs removed were by Ryan McGinley—who had his own profile in the New York Times published the same day as Guy Trebay's 'Male Gaze' article. The fact that powerHouse chose to remove this work seems to suggest that they think the work is pornography, not art.

...There's a certain ironic poetry that this self-censorship occurred at a show that has been billed as symbolic of a larger, prideful movement (or moment) in gay art. For it to happen at a company that's known for publishing smart, alternative gay art books makes it even more disappointing. I can't help but feel that this action seriously undermines the institution's credibility, and highlights the rather unfortunate effects of gentrification on gay speech and sexuality."

Are the gallery's actions indicative of a broader double standard in our culture when it comes to sexually-charged male imagery? Does a photographer (McGinley) who has been the subject of a solo show at the Whitney Museum deserve removal from a gallery's walls on the chance that a parent and child might stumble upon them? Was it shameful or responsible of the gallery to censor part of its exhibition to appease a current segment of the public?

Two of the less explicit images on the list (above), by Brian Kenny and Ryan McGinley, respectively, are at the top of this post. Others can be found at the powerHouse site. "The Male Gaze" continues through May 27th.

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Ryan McGinley Wins International Center for Photography Nod

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The International Center for Photography has just announced its "Infinity Awards" and gay photographer Ryan McGinley, who was the youngest artist ever to be granted a solo show at the Whitney in 2003, racks up another one. He has been awarded their "Young Photographer" prize.

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