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Out Photos: PRIDE Kickball In Piedmont Park

Out Photos: PRIDE Kickball In Piedmont Park

By D. David Kinney

The sporty folks over at Go Kickball debuted PRIDE Kickball on Monday in Piedmont Park and it appears to be a hit. We stopped by to snap some photos of the fun. Enjoy!

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Music Midtown Announces 2014 Artist Lineup

Music Midtown Announces 2014 Artist Lineup

By D. David Kinney

Music Midtown revealed their 2014 lineup on Tuesday and social media in Atlanta has been buzzing about #MM2014 ever since. Artists taking the stage in Piedmont Park this year will include: Eminem, Jack White, Zac Brown Band, John Mayer, Lana Del Rey, Lorde, Iggy Azalea, Bastille, Run DMC, Gregg Allman and lots more.

So what does Atlanta think of the lineup? We scanned social media and found that most people who are commenting appear to be psyched about the artist announcement:

And, like always, there were a few people happily raining on the parade:

 

To make Tuesday’s big announcement, Music Midtown partnered with Cartoon Network’s “Squidbillies” for a funny video pitching the event:

So what do you think about the lineup? Ready to buy your tickets for the festival? Click here for additional information and to purchase tickets.

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Poppycock, Dragons & Liquid Sky. Atlanta Cotillion Kicks Off Summer.

Poppycock, Dragons & Liquid Sky. Atlanta Cotillion Kicks Off Summer.

By D. David Kinney

There is nothing better than having a good time for a good cause, and Atlanta Cotillion set the bar this past weekend with a fantastic event. Atlanta Cotillion’s “Cirque de Nuit en Rouge” took place at the beautiful new Delta Flight Museum on the first day of summer, June 21st. The museum first opened last week on June 17 and Atlanta Cotillion was the venue’s first outside event.

Guests were of course fabulously dressed in outfits ranging from relaxed tuxedos and cocktail wear to uber creative and larger-than-life costumes. Wearing one the fiercest looks of the night, Prince Poppycock delighted the crowd with two songs. You may remember him as the powerful voice that graced the “America’s Got Talent” stage in 2010. He quickly captured America’s attention on the show and went on to eventually come in fourth place. Joining Prince Poppycock with standout performances was the Dragon House Dance Crew from “So You Think You Can Dance” and Atlanta’s very own Liquid Sky.

Here are some photos that we snapped at the event!

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HBO Tackles Prop 8 In Award-Winning Film Airing Tonight

HBO Tackles Prop 8 In Award-Winning Film Airing Tonight

By Dino Thompson-Sarmiento

The riveting HBO documentary “The Case Against 8″ takes an in-depth look at the historic federal lawsuit filed in an effort to overturn Prop 8, California’s discriminatory ban on same-sex marriage. Shooting over five years, with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the powerhouse legal team of David Boies and Ted Olson and the four plaintiffs in the suit, directors and producers Ben Cotner and Ryan White have created a powerful emotional account of the journey that took the fight for marriage equality all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“The Case Against Prop 8″ won the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Directing Award in the U.S. Documentary category and the SXSW Audience Award in the Festival Favorites category.

FENUXE Magazine chats with Ryan White, Atlanta native and “The Case Against 8″ film director and producer.

Ryan WhiteHow do you expect or desire to impact society with this documentary?

Our goal in making the film isn’t to impact society or change people’s minds — our goal was to make a character film about the journey that these four incredible plaintiffs took part in for five years, and hopefully by the end of the film our audience feels like they went on that journey too. If we’ve done that, then we’ve done our job well. And our audience can decide in the end when they watch the two couples get married if they feel like it’s a right that they deserve.

In your opinion what are the top two reasons that folks refuse to support same sex marriage (SSM) even when they have LGBT family and friends?

I think there are many reasons people don’t support same-sex marriage, and what’s important is to keep those conversations going. Don’t close people off, because as David Blankenhorn exhibits in our film, there’s a lot of power in someone changing their mind. I have seen a lot of my own friends and family change their mind on the issue over the last few years, and I think we’re at an incredible tipping point in the country as we watch public opinion polls continue to move.

Does the issue of raising children within LGBT families strengthen or weaken arguments for SSM?

I think it strengthens the argument. Kris and Sandy are wonderful mothers of four great boys. All they want is for their family to be treated equally under the law. As Justice Kennedy pointed out in the oral arguments, someone has to speak up for these children with LGBT parents, because often their voices are lost in the politics surrounding the issue.

What can individuals do to help the movement of equality?

I wasn’t particularly active in the No on 8 campaign, probably because no one really thought that it would pass and I took that for granted. Following the lawsuit the past 5 years has given me a whole new perspective on activism, and the biggest way that manifests I think is by telling our stories. Kris and Sandy and Paul and Jeff lived openly and honestly about who they are — and they were willing to do it in a very brave and public way — and I think that humanity holds a lot of power in winning people over on marriage equality.

Prop 8 is California-centric, how exactly will it help or hinder other states decisions?

Some version of Prop 8 still exists for 31 states around the country. Each of those states currently has a lawsuit waging challenging the ban. So, while Prop 8 was California-specific, the arguments that were made in court — that this violates the 14th amendment and the human dignity of LGBT people — are the same principles that LGBT people nationwide are experiencing and deserve to be heard.

Can you describe why SSM is not the same as domestic partnership and why the more than 1,138 federal rights to civil marriage are so important to same sex couples?

I think the word marriage is a lot more than a word. Benefits aside, when LGBT kids grow up feeling different because they and their relationships are classified in a different way by their government, they can’t help but feeling the weight of that discrimination.

Tune in to HBO tonight (June 23 at 9 p.m.) and watch this informative documentary. For a sneak peek take a look at the trailer below:

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Schizophrenic Photogenic: A Night To Defy Reality

Schizophrenic Photogenic: A Night To Defy Reality

By Dustin Shrader

One photographer. One performer. Both are artists uniting to bring Atlanta a night the city will remember. Two years’ worth of work all comes down to a few hours filled with electrifying art that defies one’s sense of reality, leaving the spectator stunned in awe by the beautiful imagery on display. This is Schizophrenic Photogenic; a collaboration, some might even consider it a kaleidoscopic collision, between the talented photographer Chris Buxbaum and the iconic performer David Richardson.

Fate brought the dynamic duo together a few years back. Chris was working on a show entitled “Transformers,” which consisted of a full year of documenting Atlanta’s drag queens, night creatures and club kids. Out of the many faces Chris encountered, David Richardson’s face immediately enamored him. “No one fascinated me more than David. His outfits and attention to detail completely captivated me, and I approached him with the idea for a show,” Chris recalls.

Throughout their two-year journey, Chris shot more than 5,000 images of David. His looks ranged from a punk Elizabethan queen to a faded movie star from Hollywood’s golden age. Chris believes David to be a living work of art, “He is a different person every time he leaves the house. He rarely repeats the same look twice.”

While discussing his fascination with David and his androgynous style, Chris thinks back to a time when he was beginning to explore the cool weirdness that the surrounding world had to offer. “I remember being 13 years old and seeing David Bowie perform on television. I thought, ‘What was that?’ I immediately wanted to dye my hair and wear my sister’s shoes!” Growing up as a Bowie Kid and Punk Stylist in 1970’s and 1980’s London, Chris was an original Blitz Kid member, which further influenced his photography, transforming his work into the fabulous, visionary pieces we see today. Chris perceives the idea of fashion as armor, a form of escaping everyday life that ‘they’ (society) had planned; it is the core of what he does. “Meeting David Richardson was the perfect serendipity – he embodies and lives this attitude… every day a different movie. Every day the star.”

Schizophrenic Photogenic brings Chris and David full circle, combining Chris’s lifelong passion for androgyny and fluid identity with David’s gift of molding his body into a living, breathing canvas of beautiful creativity. The downtown art event will feature the photograph collection, as well as a live performance by David, the living legend himself. The event will be somewhat historic, as it will be the first time all of the art will be together in one place. Along with the help of friends yearning to see their journey come to life, both artists have poured their heart and souls into their work. Describing the collection, Chris laments, “These photographs show that you can be from anywhere and become anyone you want to be. For no other reason, we are doing this because we want to do it. We want to bring people together.”

Built upon artistic imagination and sheer ingenuity, Schizophrenic Photogenic will undoubtedly be not just a night for the gay community but also a night for artists of all walks of life, a night everyone will truly remember.

Schizophrenic Photogenic will be Jun. 28 at Lucky Street Gallery from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m.

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Georgia Attorneys Stand Up For Marriage Equality!

Georgia Attorneys Stand Up For Marriage Equality!

By D. David Kinney

Georgia attorneys are standing up for marriage equality in a new campaign from Southerners for the Freedom to Marry in partnership with Georgia Equality. It’s called Georgia Lawyers for the Freedom to Marry and organizers say the list of signers include “prominent attorneys from communities across the state, including Atlanta, Augusta, Savannah and Athens.”

Georgia Lawyers for the Freedom to Marry is a pledge, already signed by 206 attorneys, that reads: “As proud members of Georgia’s legal community, we believe that allowing the freedom to marry for same-sex couples is crucial to fulfilling the promise of liberty and equality for all of Georgia’s residents. All Americans, regardless of whom they love, deserve to be treated equally under the law.”

To view the pledge and the list of Georgia attorneys who have signed it, click here.  If you’re a licensed Georgia attorney and would like to sign the pledge, click here.

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5 Must-Haves For Summer

5 Must-Haves For Summer

By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

Summer is here and it’s your time to get out there and revel in the hot weather (and the hot men)! And of course FENUXE is here to help, because with these five summer must-haves you will cover just about all bases for being your most fabulous self this season.

1. Tank Top
In case you haven’t noticed, tank tops are all the rave right now. On any given night out in the bars the sleeveless top will be donned be closely half of the guys at the venue. One of our favorites is this Swank Tank’ by Nasty Pig.

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2. Summer Fragrance
Summertime is a great time to try out a new cologne as manufacturers launch a slew of new scents right about now. A good summer fragrance should be light and crisp and preferably with little or no alcohol to avoid burns on the skin in the sun. We suggest you try this one – Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Bergamotto di Calabria – because it is out of this world.

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3. Colorful Sneakers
They’re comfortable and fashion-forward – and these particular ones even show your pride being in the #BeTrue pride collection by Nike! Colorful sneaks are a huge trend this summer and a great way to spruce up any outfit. Also check out the other stuff in the #BeTrue collection right here.

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4. Good Shorts
Not too loose and above the knee are the keywords you should go for when picking out shorts for your summer attire. And if you choose right, your shorts can double as gym shorts and swimwear – it’s a win-win-win. We love these Supersets shorts from Chubbies (and we like that name too…).

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5. Sunscreen
We cannot stress enough how important sunscreen is. Not only because it will save you from burning here and now, but because it will prevent much more serious conditions like hyperpigmentation and skin cancer. This Kiehl’s Facial Fuel UV Guard is a favorite, because it absorbs very quickly and offers lasting protection.

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And now get out there and enjoy your summer! 

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Photos: Lance Bass Joins Atlantans For World Record Breaking Toast

Photos: Lance Bass Joins Atlantans For World Record Breaking Toast

By D. David Kinney 

Gay Atlantans and allies filled the W Hotel Midtown on Monday night to break the Guinness World Record for the Largest Arms-Linked Toast. The event was the launch of Freedom to Marry’s #ToastToMarriage campaign. Joining in on the record breaking fun was Lance Bass and his fiancé, Michael Turchin. Latrice Royale was also on hand to toast marriage equality after two nights of shows at Burkhart’s Pub.

#ToastToMarriage is a partnership between SKYY Vodka and Freedom To Marry, so naturally guests were drinking a cocktail called the SKYY Vodka Proposal. Before the big toast got underway, FENUXE spoke to Lance Bass about why he was excited for the campaign launch: “I’m from Mississippi so I’m proud to be here as #ToastToMarriage launches in the South here in Atlanta.” When we asked him about his favorite cocktail for a special toast he paused, smiled for a moment and revealed it would have to include SKYY Georgia Peach.

According to materials provided to press at the event: “[#ToastToMarry is] a national campaign to draw together communities to increase visibility and raise funds to support public education programs in places where same-sex couples are currently excluded from marrying.”

If you don’t live in Atlanta you can still catch one of #ToastToMarriage’s future events. They’ll be traveling to Fort Lauderdale, Philadelphia, Columbus, Chicago, New Orleans, Houston, Phoenix, San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Here are some of the photos we snapped during the event:

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What’s Hip, Hot & Happening In Gay Atlanta

What’s Hip, Hot & Happening In Gay Atlanta

By D. David Kinney 

Looks like it’s going to be a fairly nice weekend in terms of weather, and in terms of events there is more going on that you can possible do in one weekend! So see what piques your interest, grab some friends and make this a weekend to remember. But there is little time to wait. The weekend is here and waits for no one! We’re heading over to Burkhart’s Pub to grab a great place to see Latrice Royale from RuPaul’s Drag Race! See y’all out and about!

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6:00 p.m. – Fourth Tuesday Atlanta June Happy Hour at Mixx

6:00 p.m. – Ready for Hope Happy Hour at F.R.O.G.S.

7:00 p.m. – Heroes + Villains at Big House Gallery

7:00 p.m. – Galka, Linstrum and Schick at Kai Lin Art

8:00 p.m. – “End Of The Rainbow” at Actor’s Express

8:00 p.m. – “Steel Magnolias” at Onstage Atlanta

8:00 p.m. – “Midnight In The Garden of Good & Evil with Lady Chablis at Plaza Theatre Atlanta

8:00 p.m. – “The Full Monty” with the Marietta Players at Theatre at the Marietta Square

9:00 p.m. – “Meh Meh” at Druid Hills Baptist Church

9:00 p.m. – Friday the 13th Full Moon Black Out Party at Mary’s

10:00 p.m. – Friday the 13th Ladies Lounge at My Sister’s Room

10:00 p.m. – Jockstrap Lube Wrestling at Atlanta Eagle

11:00 p.m. – Latrice Royale at Burkhart’s Pub

11:00 p.m. – Daring Divas at Blake’s on the Park

11:00 p.m. – Pump Friday at Heretic

11:00 p.m. – Le Laughs at LeBuzz Marietta

11:00 p.m. – Got Leche? at Club Rush

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9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Out & Equal Workplace Leaders Forum at Newell Rubbermaid Headquarters

7:00 p.m. – East Point Possum Show in East Point, GA

8:00 p.m. – “Steel Magnolias” at Onstage Atlanta

8:00 p.m. – “End Of The Rainbow” at Actor’s Express

8:00 p.m. – Daniels Family Reunion at My Sister’s Room

9:00 p.m. – “Meh Meh” at Druid Hills Baptist Church

10:00 p.m. – DJ Mike Pope at Atlanta Eagle

10:30 p.m. – Bedlam Presents: Wacked Out Black Out at Jungle Atlanta

11:00 p.m. – Midnight Madness at 10th & Piedmont

11:00 p.m. - SYNERGY at Burkhart’s Pub

11:00 p.m. – DJ Roland Belmares at Heretic

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2:00 p.m. – “End Of The Rainbow” at Actor’s Express

3:00 p.m. – “Steel Magnolias” at Onstage Atlanta

7:00 p.m. – Unplugged in the Park with Sonia Leigh at Park Tavern

8:00 p.m. – The Armorettes’ Sunday Sing-Along at Burkhart’s Pub

8:00 p.m. – Cell Block Sunday at Blake’s on the Park

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Sexy Soccer Stars Sizzle In Brazil

Sexy Soccer Stars Sizzle In Brazil

By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

In case you hadn’t noticed the FIFA World Cup has just commenced in Brazil and will continue until July 13. If you’re not a big soccer fan, there are still plenty of reasons to catch a game or two, because being a global sporting event it will feature soccer players from all over the world – and some very hot ones at that! At FENUXE we have done some initial research as to which countries have the hottest team players so you can at least coordinate which games you are going to see. Still not convinced? Just bear in mind that these guys are usually ripped, because they basically jog around for 90 minutes. And there is a strong tradition for swapping jerseys after each game, which will leave practically all of players running around half-naked after a completed match. Heck, Cristian Ronaldo will even bare his body after scoring a goal during the game! So, here is our list of the top ten super sexy soccer players that we suggest you look out for over the next month.

For the full game schedule go to FIFA’s homepage.

Cristiano Ronaldo- Portugal
Armani underwear model and the player most likely to rip off his jersey during a game.

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Alexis Sanchez – Chile
Pure Chilean hotness who is also known for posting shirtless pics to his Facebook and Instagram account.

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Olivier Giroud – France
Olivier is known as one of the key players of the French national team – and as one of the hottest too.

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Glen Johnson – England
The sexy Brit gained even more hotness points when he cut his hair short.

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Gerard Pique – Spain
This guy is partnered with Shakira – and if you haven’t seen the video clip of his, ahem, assets, we suggest you do a Google search right now…

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Wesley Sneijder- Netherlands
The Dutch midfielder is proof that thinning hair isn’t the end of the world, because he looks sexy!

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James Troisi – Australia
The Aussie’s dormant hotness suddenly awoke when he cut his hair short!

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Neymar – Brazil
Kinda like Cher he only needs one name because he is a force of hotness (and an amazing soccer player..).

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Radamel Falcao – Colombia
Due to a knee injury Radamel will be missing out on the World Cup this time around – but he is still a sight to behold!

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Graham Zusi- America
Graham is the rising star of American soccer and we can totally understand why. He should reconsider the long locks though…

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