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Key West Shows You New Level Of Gay Advertising

Key West Shows You New Level Of Gay Advertising

By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

If you reacted the same way as me, your jaw dropped in awe while watching this ad for vacationing in Key West. Under the tag line “We were out before it was in”, the clip carouses in beautiful imagery of gay couples that take in all that the beautiful island of Key West has to offer. Even the speak-over is amazingly inclusive saying “though we come from many different places, we are one human family” – the word ‘we’ being key.

Yes, the ad (from award-winning agency Tinsley Advertising) may be a little on the grand side, but compared to other ads featuring gay couples, this is a quantum leap. It’s not just a quick flash of a gay family or inclusion of a modern gay family, but the depiction of a world where being gay is fully accepted and not a question about conforming to society in order to become accepted – it’s all-inclusive in the best possible way!  Sounds like a dream world, right? Well, in Key West it may not be (according to the ad), because as the ad states at the end: Key West – Close To Perfect, Far From Normal.

Take a look below and let us know what you think: Will you be going to Key West soon?

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Midtown’s Cafe Mezo Introduces Male Belly Dancing

Midtown’s Cafe Mezo Introduces Male Belly Dancing

By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

The Pan-Mediterranean gem, Cafe Mezo, on Juniper in Midtown has (since their opening early this year) shown their Middle-Eastern flair by having belly dancers on Fridays and Saturdays. And now they’re introducing a male belly dancer every Thursday! What’s not to like about the combination of some great Mediterranean food and a guy writhing his torso for your viewing pleasure? Pretty much perfect, right?

The male belly dancer will be performing for dining guests on Thursdays starting at 8 pm. You can read even more about Cafe Mezo in the dining guide of FENUXE, which coincidentally also comes out tomorrow (Thursday, May 8).

 

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Atlanta Gay News Flash

Atlanta Gay News Flash

By D. David Kinney

Former Drag Emcee Wants New Job As Anti-Gay Conservative Candidate

If you ever visited Club Odyssey in Winston-Salem, North Carolina you may have met Miss Mon Sinclair. She was hard to miss as an emcee at the club. However, you won’t find Miss Mon Sinclair stuffing dollar bills in her bra or feeling up hunky dancers anymore. The man behind Miss Mon Sinclair, Steve Wiles, is now an anti-gay Republican and conservative candidate running for the NC State Senate. Despite working at the gay bar from 2002 until 2010 and working as a promoter for the 2011 Miss Gay America pageant, Mr. Wiles now leads a very different life and wants voters to forget his drag past. He attempts to explain his position against gay marriage in the Facebook post below:

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America’s Oldest Gay Bookstore Closing Soon

The Philadelphia Gay News (PGN) revealed last week that Giovanni’s Room, “thought to be the oldest gay bookstore in the country,” will go out of business on May 17. The store has served Philly’s gay community for 38 years and is owned and operated by Ed Hermance. The owner blamed Amazon for the store’s closure closure during an interview with PGN. “The government is allowing Amazon to tighten their fingers around the throats of the publishers and drive their retail competitors out of the business by clearly monopolistic methods,” he explained. 

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Anti-Gay Owner Sparks Beverly Hills Hotel Boycott

If you’ve ever stayed at the Beverly Hills Hotel or the Hotel Bel-Air you’ve helped make the Sultan of Brunei a little richer. Why are gay activists and Hollywood actors alike upset by this? “The Sultan is implementing sharia law in his country, which can include the stoning to death of gays and lesbians, amputation for crimes like theft and the public flogging of women who have abortions,” Los Angeles’ ABC Channel 7 explained. 

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Another Fox News Contributor To Be Keynote Speaker At Anti-gay Fundraiser

Two weeks ago Fox News contributor and host of Atlanta’s Evening News on Talk WSB Radio, Erick Erickson, held a fundraiser for an anti-gay group here in Georgia. Mr. Erickson used his TV and radio fame to rake in anti-gay dollars for a Georgia anti-gay group. Now another Fox News contributor, Ben Carson, is using his TV news fame to raise money for an anti-gay group. (FENUXE Editorial Moment: Is it just us or is it weird that a news channel devoted to being “fair and balanced” is allowing their on-air contributors to raise money for political groups.)

Source: Media Matters

 

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What’s Hip, Hot & Happening In Gay Atlanta

What’s Hip, Hot & Happening In Gay Atlanta

By D. David Kinney 

Weekend! Weekend! Weekend! Obviously we’re not excited for this weekend at all! There are lots of great things going on including the HRC Atlanta Gala Dinner & Auction and OutlantaCon. So get out there and enjoy all of the great things happening in Atlanta this weekend!

FENUXE Event Gay Party Club Bar Atlanta Weekend To Do

5:00 p.m. – OutlantaCon/Gaylaxicon at the Atlanta Marriott Century Center

6:00 p.m. – Tim Sisk Memorial Service at Burkhart’s Pub

7:00 p.m. – Dos de Mayo Tequila Crawl at Tin Lizzy’s Midtown

8:00 p.m. – Lakebottom Prime at The Process Theatre Co.

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

10:00 p.m. – Dancers Elite at My Sister’s Room

10:00 p.m. – Boys Room at Mary’s EAV

10:00 p.m. – Fur Friday at Heretic Atlanta

11:00 p.m. – FEMME FATALE at Burkhart’s Pub

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

11:00 p.m. – Men’s Night – Hard Bodies Contest – at LeBuzz Marietta

11:00 p.m. – Got Leche? at Club Rush

FENUXE Event Gay Party Club Bar Atlanta Weekend To Do Saturday

9 a.m. – 11 p.m. – OutlantaCon/Gaylaxicon at the Atlanta Marriott Century Center

4:00 p.m. – Powering Safe School 5K Kickoff Event at Tudor Square in Avondale Estates

5:00 p.m. – HRC Gala Dinner & Auction at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta

5:00 p.m. – 2014 Mr. HSL Contest and Fundraiser at Jungle Atlanta

5:00 p.m. – “The Kentucky Derby” Viewing at Blake’s on the Park

8:00 p.m. – Frisky Monkey Performs at Smith’s Olde Bar

9:00 p.m. – Jockstrap Sister Twister at Atlanta Eagle

10:00 p.m. – Fever at Heretic Atlanta

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

10:30 p.m. – DJ Morabito DBL Play at Xion

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

11:00 p.m. – “Slow Dancing” by Betty Who CD Release Party at Blake’s on the Park

11:00 p.m. – Gurlfrandz Presents Country Queens at Mary’s EAV

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

FENUXE Event Gay Party Club Bar Atlanta Weekend To Do Sunday

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. – OutlantaCon/Gaylaxicon at the Atlanta Marriott Century Center

10:00 a.m. – Georgia Safe Schools Coalition 5K in Avondale Estates

10:00 a.m. – Atlanta Rollergirls Spring Tryouts in Norcross

12:00 p.m. – Weekend Blitz with Rep. Simone Bell at Intersection of 10th & Piedmont

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

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Star Wars: Episode VII New Cast Announced

Star Wars: Episode VII New Cast Announced

By D. David Kinney

With filming starting this month, Disney couldn’t keep the cast of the upcoming “Star Wars: Episode VII” a secret for long. Fans have patiently waited to learn who will star in the new film and today the cat was let out of the bag on starwars.com. The film has a scheduled release date of December 18 of next year. Scroll below to meet the new cast and learn which stars are returning to reprise their role:

John Boyega:

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Daisy Ridley:

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Adam Driver:

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Oscar Isaac:

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Andy Serkis:

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Domhnall Gleeson:

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Max von Sydow:

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Joining the new cast members are these Star Wars veterans:

Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker:

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Harrison Ford as Han Solo:

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Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia Organa:

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Anthony Daniels as C-3PO:

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Kenny Baker as R2-D2:

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Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca:

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Atlantan Tim Sisk Has Passed Away

Atlantan Tim Sisk Has Passed Away

By D. David Kinney

Community member and owner of Tim’s 21 Atlanta, Tim Sisk, passed away on Monday. Our thoughts and prayers are with Tim’s family and friends during this difficult time. One of his family members, Lindsey Sisk, created the touching memorial for her uncle seen below:

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The details regarding the memorial service and funeral have not been announced. We will provide an update when the information becomes available.

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But First: Let’s Guide You To The Perfect Selfie!

But First: Let’s Guide You To The Perfect Selfie!

By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

If you have perfected the art of taking the ultimate selfie and if your Instagram and Twitter profiles are ablaze with smouldering hot selfies of yourself, you may qualify for a spot in Andrew Christian’s newly launched Spring Model Search. This year it’s based entirely on hot guys (duh!) and their even hotter selfies.

If you’re one of the few who hasn’t hashed out the ideal pose and shoot for a sexy selfie, Andrew Christian has included a brief (hehe) guide on how to shoot a selfie befitting of the model search. Who knows: you could be starring in one of their sizzling ad campaigns or in an even more sizzling video clip like the one below (which is NSFW-ish).

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Think you got what it takes? Then get ready in front of the mirror and follow these rules:

1. Look at the camera
2. Focus the lens
3. Hold a sign with your name
4. Wear Andrew Christian Underwear
4. Provide a Facebook friendly photo

(no pubes showing, dark underwear and cropped above the bulge).

To enter send your “Perfect Selfies” to [email protected] Winners will be announced on Andrew Christian’s Facebook page.

Video: Andrew Christian

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Davey Wavey Wants To Get Your Body (And Booty) Beach Ready

Davey Wavey Wants To Get Your Body (And Booty) Beach Ready

 

By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

Yes, it’s true – swimsuit season is here! Soon you will be stripping off the layers to reveal that body that hasn’t seen sunlight for months on end! And if you’re like most (gay) guys, you’re probably under the impression that your body needs a little work before stepping out in skimpy swimwear. No matter to what extent your body needs to be trimmed, it’s always a great feeling to get that workout in, which in turn will also help boost your confidence when beach or poolside.

So, here’s Davey Wavey to the rescue! His numerous YouTube videos about fitness and other topics (like why gay men hate their bodies so much) have thousands of followers and his website, DaveyWaveyFitness.com, is a veritable catalog of healthy living complete with exercise, nutrition and weight loss advice. And of course there are plenty of videos with lots of inspiration and to top it off they are certainly bad to look at, because Davey is usually half-naked in them. Just take a look at his Urban Street Workout below an tell me it’s not worth a second, third and fourth look. And how knows: maybe you’ll get inspired to get out there and do some of the exercises yourself!

His latest post is about a body part that most gay guys would want to have as firm and jutting as possible (especially in a swimsuit!): The butt! Davey recommends building the glutes (the butt muscles) by using the principles of progressive overload, which is basically increasing the resistance over time when performing a given exercise. Between many favorites he lists three exercises that will give you good results: squats, dead-lifts and lunges. All three cover more muscle groups than merely your behind but the focus is on your glutes. Click here to see other tips to train your behind and get video instructions as well if you’re unsure how to perform the exercise. Your beach body awaits!

 

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Out Photos: 2014 Easter Drag Races At Burkhart’s Pub

Out Photos: 2014 Easter Drag Races At Burkhart’s Pub

By D. David Kinney

Is it the weekend yet? No, but we’re getting close! In the meantime check out these pictures from The Armorettes’ 2014 Easter Drag Races at Burkhart’s Pub:

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Atlanta Gay News Flash

Atlanta Gay News Flash

By D. David Kinney

Lambda Legal Files Federal Lawsuit Over Georgia Marriage Ban

On Tuesday morning Lambda Legal filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of seven named plaintiffs arguing that Georgia’s gay marriage ban is a “violation of the rights under the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution caused by the State of Georgia’s exclusion of same-sex couples from the freedom to marry and the recognition of lawful marriages entered in other jurisdictions,” the lawsuit reads.

If you’ve been following similar lawsuits in other states you’ll notice that this lawsuit deals with both Georgia marriage rights and the state’s recognition of marriages performed in other states. This is important because some cases working their way through the court system do not ask for both questions to be answered. For example, federal judges in Ohio and Kentucky recently ordered those states to recognize gay marriages legally performed in other states. However, the cases did not go so far as to contemplate both scenarios.

This is a positive step in the fight for marriage equality in Georgia. For more information check out

Georgia Equality and the Marriage Matters Georgia campaign. You can read a copy of the complaint here.


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Church Defends Gay Scout Leader, Boy Scouts Revoke Church’s Charter

Rainier Beach United Methodist Church has a Boy Scouts troop and their leader happens to be gay. Who cares, right? Apparently the Boy Scouts care and they’ve revoked the troop’s charter because the church refused to fire the gay man. “As you are aware the policy of the Boy Scouts of America does not allow open or avowed homosexuals to serve as volunteer adult leaders,”CNN reports the Boy Scouts of America wrote to the church leadership in a letter. Despite the letter from the Boy Scouts, the pastor of the church “refused to remove McGrath from his post,” CNN reports. It wasn’t long before the church received another letter from the Boy Scouts, saying, “As a result of this refusal to comply with the policies, guidelines, rules and regulations of the Boy Scouts of America, Rainier Beach United Methodist Church is hereby advised that it is no longer an authorized chartered organization and may no longer use the Scouting program or any of its registered marks or brands.”

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NYC Pride Names Grand Marshals, Atlanta Pride Accepting Nominations

Jonathan Groff (from HBO’s “Looking” and Disney’s “Frozen’), Laverne Cox (the incredible actress in “Orange Is The New Black”) and Rea Carey (the executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force) have been selected as the grand marshals for this year’s New York City Pride March. Who do you think should be the Grand Marshal for the Atlanta Pride Parade? Click here to make a nomination! The Atlanta Pride Committee will be accepting nominations until Thursday, May 15.

Bill O’Reilly Suggest Opposing Marriage Equality Could Get You Hurt

For years gay men and women have been bullied and subject to violence and harassment from anti-gay conservatives. However, now that gays are more accepted in society it is the anti-gay bullies who are whining about being bullied. “Fox News host Bill O’Reilly became the latest right-wing media personality to frame gay rights supporters as bullies, baselessly alleging that support for marriage equality has risen so quickly because activists have threatened to ‘harm’ and ‘hurt’ opponents of same-sex marriage,” Media Matters for America points out. In the clip from “The O’Reilly Factor” below, Mr. O’Reilly brings up the CEO of Mozilla who gave a donation to an anti-gay group and was pressured to step down. This was his big example of how opposing marriage equality could get you hurt. Yes, being the face of a corporation and opposing a popular social issue can have consequences. However, that is incomparable to the type of intimidation the gay community faces. Anti-gay conservatives aren’t being beat up after strangers ask their sexual orientation. Anti-gay conservatives aren’t harassed for holding hands in public. Young anti-gay conservatives aren’t committing suicide because of the mental harassment they’ve faced. Things have changed dramatically for our community, but being gay can still get you “hurt.” When you look at the danger of being anti-gay versus the danger of being gay, O’Reilly’s suggestion holds laughably little water. 

Photos: spirit of america / Shutterstock.com, a katz / Shutterstock.com, 

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