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On The Cover: The Ripple Effect

On The Cover: The Ripple Effect

By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

For our latest issue ‘Trending Summer’ we teamed up with Australian underwear brand Aussiebum to bring you some extremely hot guys frolicking on Sydney’s Bondi Beach.

If you haven’t had a chance – or if you just want to revisit the stunning images – here are the photos from the shoot. And you can click directly on each photo to purchase the swimwear at aussiebum.com. Enjoy!

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What’s Hip, Hot & Happening In Gay Atlanta

What’s Hip, Hot & Happening In Gay Atlanta

By D. David Kinney 

In addition to all of the great gay events happening in Atlanta this weekend, the 78th annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival is also taking place. You can enjoy the blooming dogwood trees and the festival from April 11 – 13 at Piedmont Park. Ready to put your weekend into high gear? Check out the great Leather Pride events at the Atlanta Eagle, and whatever you do don’t miss the incredible FEMME FATALE show this Friday at Burkhart’s Pub. “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 3 winner Raja is joining the cast of FEMME FATALE alongside Trinity K. Bonet from the current season. It’s going to be a busy and entertaining weekend!

FENUXE Event Gay Party Club Bar Atlanta Weekend To Do

7:00 p.m. – Returning Home Art Exhibition at Kai Lin Art

7:00 p.m. – Troy’s Charity Birthday Bash at Bliss Atlanta

7:00 p.m. – The shOUT Show at the Phillip Rush Center

8:00 p.m. – Girls! Girls! Girls! Night at Joe’s on Juniper

8:00 p.m. – Designing Women Live #8 at The Process Theatre Co. 

9:30 p.m. - The Other Show at Jungle Atlanta

10:00 p.m. – Boys Room at Mary’s

10:00 p.m. - Got Leche? at Club Rush

10:00 p.m. – Atlanta Leather Pride 2014 at Atlanta Eagle

11:00 p.m. - FEMME FATALE With Raja at Burkhart’s Pub

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

11:00 p.m. – Body Party at My Sister’s Room

11:00 p.m. - Fur with DJ Mike Pope at Heretic Atlanta

FENUXE Event Gay Party Club Bar Atlanta Weekend To Do Saturday

10:00 a.m. – Easter Art Hunt with the Atlanta Fringe Festival at Brownwood Park

2:00 p.m. – Lost-N-Found Youth Volunteer Training at L-N-F Home on Chantilly Dr.

8:00 p.m. – Miss LeBuzz 2014 at LeBuzz

8:00 p.m. – Mr. & Ms. Atlanta Eagle 2014 Contest at Atlanta Eagle

8:00 p.m. - Designing Women Live #8 at The Process Theatre Co. 

9:00 p.m. – Bearracuda Atlanta with Wayne G at Heretic

9:00 p.m. – Ruby’s Redd Light District at Jungle Atlanta

10:00 p.m. - GlitterGlam at Blake’s on the Park

10:00 p.m. – Wet T-Shirt Contest – My Sister’s Room

10:30 p.m. – 10th Anniversary Underwear Party at Jungle Atlanta

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

After-Hours: 3:00 a.m. - Twisted Dee at Xion

FENUXE Event Gay Party Club Bar Atlanta Weekend To Do Sunday

2:30 p.m. – Atlanta Leather Pride T-Dance at Atlanta Eagle

6:00 p.m. – 10th Anniversary Harness Singlet Party at Jungle Atlanta

6:00 p.m. – Pitties in the City Dog Benefit Show at My Sister’s Room

7:00 p.m. - Designing Women Live #8 at The Process Theatre Co. 

8:00 p.m. - The Armorettes at Burkhart’s Pub

9:00 p.m. - Cell Block Sunday at Blake’s on the Park

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Atlanta’s Largest Toga Party Hits Plaza Theatre

Atlanta’s Largest Toga Party Hits Plaza Theatre

By D. David Kinney

Atlanta’s largest toga party returns next Thursday, April 17 at the Plaza Theatre, and it’s going to be an epic event. The gay owned and operated theatre is taking the classic “Animal House” college bash and recreating it with kegs, camaraderie, competition and togas. However, no Delta Tau Chi pledge class of ’62 throwback party could be complete without a bevy of red solo cups. Have no fear the Plaza Theatre will have plenty alongside the ice cold kegs. It’s the classic college experience without all of those boring classes to get in the way. 

What could be better than lots of guys running around in togas? How about scoring a great deal on tickets with Plaza Theatre’s incredible Scoutmob offer. It’s one of Scoutmob’s current “hand-picked” offers and for only $18 you get into the show, your own red solo cub with plenty of keg beer and an out-of-the-ordinary wicked fun experience. 

Toga Party Animal House Plaza Theatre Atlanta

Think you’ve got the best Caesar look? Enter the Plaza Theatre’s toga contest and see if you really do reign supreme. If your fraternity days are a bit hazy and you need a quick refresher on how to turn your crisp bed linens into a toga, check out this quick how-to:

The first screening of the movie is at 7:30 p.m., however, if you want to arrive with the fab crowd, we suggest arriving for the second screening at 9:45 p.m. This is going to be an insanely fun evening and would make a great date night!

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This is one roman holiday fiesta you don’t want to miss! For more information visit Plaza Theatre or check them out on social media:

 

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‘Sing For Your Life’ Winner Announced

‘Sing For Your Life’ Winner Announced

By D. David Kinney

The “Sing For Your Life” finale was at Jungle Atlanta last night where Christy Clark was named the Season 2 winner. Clark has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from SCAD and is introducing her beautiful voice to the world with hopes of making it to the Great White Way. Congrats! If you missed her performances throughout Season 2 of the live show you can check them out below:

Clark won the competition by beating singer Dominic Greco. Despite not walking away the winner, the judges agreed that Greco is destined for fame and success as an entertainer. He performed lots of great songs throughout the competition. You can watch some of them below:

The show was hosted by Jean Kelley who was fun and affable in her interactions with the audience. She was joined by the energetic and insightful panel of SFYL mentors including JL Rodriquez, Michael Robinson and executive producer of the show Barry Brandon. Thursday’s guest judge was Bill Kaelin from Bill Kaelin Marketing Events Consulting. 

Sing For Your Life Mentors and Guest Judge Bill Kaelin

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College Jocks Make #SELFIE Video Parody

College Jocks Make #SELFIE Video Parody

By D. David Kinney

The Wake Forest University men’s tennis team blew off a little steam recently by poking fun at the slowing fading #SELFIE craze. Shooting in locations throughout the Winston-Salem, NC campus, the video is a parody of The Chainsmokers’ #SELFIE. Maybe this super fun video is the brainy jocks letting their superego finally overcome the #SELFIE love… or maybe they’re just jumping in as fun-loving contrarians. Either way you can tell these guys had a great time making the video:

Want to see the original? Okay. But first let me take a #SELFIE:

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Stephen Colbert Is Moving To CBS To Replace Letterman

Stephen Colbert Is Moving To CBS To Replace Letterman

By D. David Kinney

Stephen Colbert announced Thursday that he is leaving “The Colbert Report” and Comedy Central. He’s heading to CBS to takeover the “Late Show” where David Letterman has held comedy court since 1993 . Colbert is best know for his ultra right-wing character that goes by the same name, however, “Colbert will be leaving his right-wing persona behind along with his Comedy Central show,” Forbes is reporting. “The Colbert Report” will continue for another eight months before it officially ends. 

Despite Colbert’s right-wing character it is obvious that he strongly supports gay rights. Check out these two recent segments from “The Colbert Report”:

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Atlanta Gay News Flash

Atlanta Gay News Flash

By D. David Kinney

“Gay Of Thrones” Returns For A Recap

Join hairdresser Jonathan as he recaps the premiere episode of Season 4 of “Game of Thrones” on HBO. It’s two parts vapid and with a heaping spoonful of hilarious mixed in. It’s the perfect afternoon work distraction:

What did you think of the first episode? Will Daenerys Targaryen be able to keep her dragons in line? Will HBO stop cutting away from the best parts (Oberyn Martell at the brothel picking out the unavailable man)? Let us know what you think!

 Chick-Fil-A Anti-Gay

Chick-fil-A Touts New Gay Acceptance As Brand Seeks To Expand

Chick-fil-A is now more profitable than KFC in the U.S., and the brand is desperately trying to win gays back as it sets its sights for fast food domination. “All of us become more wise as time goes by,” CEO Dan Cathy told USA Today, “We sincerely care about all people.” However, that doesn’t sound like the Cathy from two years ago who said he was “guilty as charged” for being anti-gay. So what is making Atlanta’s infamous gay-hater cluck a different tune? “Chick-fil-A executives recognize that the comments may have done longer-term damage to the brand’s image at the very time it was eyeing major growth outside its friendly Southern market,” USA Today suggests. The article talks about lots of the positive changes that Chick-fil-A is making. They’re trying to make the food healthier and reducing their carbon footprint. They’ve even “tempered” their donations to anti-gay groups. But the one thing that hasn’t changed is the fact that Chick-fil-A (a privately held company) is owned by a staunchly anti-gay family. Instead of becoming enlightened on the issue of gay rights Cathy is just sticking his head in the sand and counting his money. “I’m going to leave it to politicians and others to discuss social issues,” Cathy told USA Today. It appears the only thing that has changed for gays at Chick-fil-A is its media strategy.

 FENUXE Gay Atlanta Tom Daley

Tom Daley Reveals He Is Gay And Not Bisexual

Last December we ran a story about Olympic diver Tom Daley coming out of the closet. FENUXE reported that Daley came out as gay, however, some media companies reported that Daley came out as bisexual. Now Daley has cleared the air and officially announced that he is a gay man.

 Derrick Gordon Gay Basketball UMass

UMass Basketball Player Comes Out

Derrick Gordon became the first openly gay player on a Division I college men’s basketball team Wednesday after deciding to come out. “Why now? Because I’m comfortable with myself,” Gordon told USA Today, “I didn’t feel like hiding anymore. It was killing me, eating me alive. No one should have to go through that. I want to help kids who don’t know how to handle [it]. I want to show you can be an athlete and be gay.” USA Today reports that Gordon told his family on Sunday and his coach later that night. He told his fellow teammates on Wednesday. Gordon is a sophomore at UMass. After making the announcement he took to Instagram where he posted the photo below and wrote: “This is the happiest I have ever been in my 22 Years of living…No more HIDING!!!…Just want to live life happy and play the sport that I love…Really would love to thank my family, friends, coaches, and teammates for supporting me….I would also like to thank my support team Wade Davis, Jason Collins, Brian Sims, Micah Porter, Anthony Nicodemo, Patrick Burke,Billy Bean, Gerald McCullough, Kirk Walker…You guys are AWESOME!!! Ready to get back in the gym with my teammates and get on the GRIND and get ready for next season!!!!”

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The Tin Man Project Previews Tonight At Plaza Theatre

The Tin Man Project Previews Tonight At Plaza Theatre

By D. David Kinney

“The Tin Man Project,” a soon-to-be-released documentary focusing on Atlanta’s own Barry Brandon, is being screened tonight at the incredible Plaza Theatre. “[It's] a documentary about his journey through eight open-heart surgeries and the birth of his charitable foundation,” promotional material for the film explains.

Barry Brandon is a well-known Atlanta event producer and entrepreneurial artist. In fact, if you’ve been to Season 2 of Sing for Your Life at Jungle Atlanta this year you’ve seen him in action. (Don’t miss Sing For Your Life’s season finale starting tomorrow at 8 p.m.)

Before things kickoff tomorrow night with Sing For Your Life, take a glimpse into Barry Brandon’s world and the incredible journey that made him into the artist we know today. For additional information and advance tickets visit thetinmanproject.com.

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Atlanta Gay Rapper Needs Your Help To Fund First EP

Atlanta Gay Rapper Needs Your Help To Fund First EP

By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

If you’ve been a regular in Atlanta’s nightlife for the past few years, chances are that you have experienced J Tyler – Atlanta’s first out gay rapper – perform at venues like Blake’s, Havana Club, Lebuzz, Jungle and Burkhart’s to name a few.

His talent is undeniable and so is his determination to make it in the music industry, which is why he is know asking for fellow Atlantans for help to raise funds for the release of his first EP.

You can be part of J Tyler’s dream by going to his GoFundMe page where you can donate money for his project – and remember: even a little goes a long way!

“I’m working on officially releasing an EP. These funds will go directly towards finalizing the product such as leasing instrumentals, photos for the cover, and producing the finished product! Even a little can go a long way! I’d like to thank everybody for their continued support thus far! I wouldn’t be J. Tyler without you guys! <3″

(From J Tyler’s GoFundMe page)

If you’re unfamiliar with J Tyler’s work, you can check it out on jtylerofficial.com, where you can listen to his current Soundcloud. And to stay on top of J Tyler’s comings and goings follow him on Twitter (@official_jtyler) and Instagram (@jtylermusic).

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Advising Atlanta’s Mayor

Advising Atlanta’s Mayor

By D. David Kinney

Atlanta is a progressive splash of blue treading water in a blustery sea of red. Keeping Atlanta on a Democratic bearing has been Mayor Kasim Reed since he was first inaugurated in 2010. However, Mayor Reed isn’t a member of the LGBT community. He doesn’t necessarily know what our community needs or how laws are uniquely affecting our population. So Reed created a new LGBT advisor position to help him navigate the legal landscape with respect to gay issues.

“Last Autumn the mayor created the advisor position and asked me if I would serve. I was very honored and, of course, accepted,” Robin Joy Shahar told FENUXE Magazine during a recent interview. Shahar is the Mayor’s Advisor on LGBT Issues and Chief Counsel at the City of Atlanta Department of Law. She began her career with the City of Atlanta in 1993. “I’ve worked in the Attorney’s office since 1993. I started out as an associate city attorney and worked my way up to now be one of the chief counsels in the office,” she explained.

It is Shahar’s job to advise the mayor on LGBT issues, however, she still has to separate her personal feelings from her professional opinions. “As a lawyer I have to distinguish between what is in my heart and how I address things professionally. Similarly, as an advisor I have what is in my heart, but I advise the mayor for what makes sense in his role. He feels very passionately about [LGBT rights] and I identify ways for him to accomplish what he wants to accomplish. I take that role very seriously and I’m honored to be in this role,” Shahar commented.

Shahar made an effort to point out that all of her work is made possible because Mayor Reed wants to affect positive change for the LGBT community. “He believes in it. Atlanta has a history of being on the right side of civil rights issues. Civil rights add to the richness of this city. The mayor has identified that LGBT rights are basic human rights. On the issue of marriage equality it took him more time. But he was voting on LGBT equality issues in the legislator in a progressive, supportive way years ago,” Shahar said.

Atlanta has a large and beautifully diverse LGBT community which must make advising the mayor on LGBT issues a daunting task. Shahar has to consider everyone in our community when she makes recommendations to the mayor. “It does feel like a lot of weight, but it gives me the opportunity to help Atlanta be cutting edge on LGBT equal treatment,” she remarked.

If Shahar and Mayor Reed’s goal is to keep Atlanta on the cutting edge of LGBT equal treatment there is data that clearly suggests the Mayor is succeeding. “The city is the first in the deep South to get a 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index,” Shahar cheerfully added, “It is huge for us and that is not a stopping point. It is an area where we will continue to look at cutting edge ways to be supportive of the LGBT community and equal treatment as well as equal rights (because they’re not the same). As his advisor on LGBT issues I’m committed to providing him suggestions on how to do that. He wants to be doing that. I am talking to people, reading things and thinking about ways to improve Atlanta’s protection of LGBT rights.”

One of the ways Shahar is helping Mayor Reed improve LGBT rights for gay Atlantans is through their work with the Freedom to Marry organization. “The Freedom to Marry is an organization that has been around for a while,” Shahar said, “Their goal is to try to get support nationally for marriage equality for different reasons. One of which is that even though the Supreme Court is supposed to be politically neutral the reality is that public opinion does influence the timing of decisions. Freedom to Marry would like to show that there is a majority of Americans that support marriage equality.” Shahar helped Reed get on board as a co-chair of Freedom to Marry’s new initiative, Southerners for the Freedom to Marry. We’re “focusing on the South because it is likely the area of the United States that needs more attention in terms of education and having people think about the issue of marriage equality. Ultimately, it will also allow people who are struggling with it to have their views moved toward understanding the importance of marriage equality. As [Mayor Reed] said in his press conference, he will wear as many hats as necessary to help achieve marriage equality,” Shahar detailed. However, she didn’t ignore the fact that Reed hasn’t always supported marriage equality. Instead, Shahar highlighted Reed’s evolution on gay marriage as the reason for his ardent support. “Marriage equality is an issue that the has struggled with and come to resolution with relatively recently in the past year or so. After making a decision about that issue he felt strongly that he needed to support it. Not just in Atlanta but nationally because it is a basic human right. He supports basic human rights and Atlanta supports basic human rights,” she said.

Atlanta may support gay rights, but the same can’t be said for Georgia after recent legislative scares in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Both chambers considered legislation called the “Preservation of Religious Freedom Act,” also known as HB 1023 and SB 377. Critics argued that the bills would legalize anti-gay discrimination. However, Shahar sounded optimistic that Georgia won’t pass these bills. The Georgia anti-gay “bills were almost identical to Arizona’s. What I thought was fascinating and very powerful was that the legislators who wrote the bills in Arizona realized that they had made a mistake and requested the governor veto them. That the Super Bowl came out and said to Arizona, ‘If you pass this we may not come here.’ That respected large corporations said to Arizona, ‘Don’t do this.’ You’re going to have people who feel threatened by the progress of LGBT rights. That’s to be expected. But what’s so fascinating is that they’re being drowned out. It wasn’t even the LGBT community that ultimately changed the minds of these folks. It was the reality that the private sector isn’t going to put up with it. The private sector is no longer behind it. The private sector by and large understands the importance of LGBT equality and is going to say so,” Shahar explained.

So we narrowly prevented a setback here in Georgia with HB 1023 and SB 377. Can Georgia’s LGBT community realize progress when we’re fighting to merely maintain ground? “I never thought that in my lifetime I would see the decision that came out of the Supreme Court this past year. I think that Georgia is moving forward. I think that statewide the progress will take time. I think we’re moving in the right direction consistently. We may have to step back and take two steps forward. I don’t think it will be easy. But I think there are enough people on the right side of this issue that progress will continue to be made. That’s huge. I think the city will lead the way nationwide in terms of progressive policies and progressive laws. Atlanta will continue to be a place where LGBT people will visit and make home. A place where they enjoy living, working and feeling like they are equal citizens like anyone else who lives here,” Shahar concluded.

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