Valentine’s Day is usually about love, flowers, chocolates, restaurant reservations… but this year that’s all getting thrown out of the window. Netflix is wooing lovebirds to stay at home with the release of Season 2 of its Emmy Award-winning show “House of Cards” on February 14th. If you’re looking for something a little less political check out our picks for the top 10 “Gay & Lesbian” Netflix movies available to stream now. See a movie you’d like to watch? Netflix subscribers can click the movies below to instantly start watching:
Ever wonder what the models on the cover of FENUXE are wearing? Well, wonder no more because we are here to break it down for you!
Then again cover models Justin Tucker and Tyler Hendricks aren’t wearing much on this month’s cover, but their snug tights are both from Nike – Justin wears Nike Pro Combat Hyperwarm Tight ($70) and Tyler is in Hypercool Running Tights ($120). The shoot took place at Urban Body Fitness – thank you to Rad Slough and the staff for letting us use the facility!
Below are a few select shots from this month’s photo shoot along with a few outtakes that didn’t fit in the magazine. Enjoy!
All clothing by Nike Photo: JR West (Outtake)
All clothing by NIKE Photo: JR West (Outtake)
Tights and Top by adidas Shoes by NIKE Photo: JR West (Outtake)
Tights by NIKE Photo: JR West
Tights by NIKE Photo: JR West
Tyler’s outfit by adidas Justin’s outfit by NIKE Photo: JR West
Tights by NIKE Photo: JR West
Justin’s outfit by NIKE Tyler’s outfit by adidas (shoes by NIKE) Photo: JR West
Why does Russia always claim to be looking out for children when it does evil things? Two weeks ago Russian President Vladimir Putin said that gays are welcome in Sochi, but warned that gay people should “just leave kids alone.” Now the AP is reporting that Sochi has hired a company called “Basya Services” to kill large numbers of stray dogs in the city by shooting them. “Thousands of stray dogs are roaming the streets of Sochi and some of them are ‘biting children,’” the AP quoted the company owner saying. The same business owner told ABC News that the dogs are “biological trash.”
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is seemingly turning their head the other way on this issue like they have with Russia’s anti-gay laws and violence. In a statement released Monday the IOC wrote: “All stray dogs that are found in the Olympic Park are collected by a professional veterinary contractor for the well-being of the people in the park and the animals themselves. The dogs are being handled by professional veterinary staff, who carry out a full health examination off-site and look to locate the relevant owner. All healthy animals are released following their health check.”
This accounting of the dogs’ treatment is starkly different from what is being reported by news agencies around the world. The IOC explained the difference by stressing that this is what the Russian Olympic organizing committee told them.
Who would have imagined just a decade ago that a Southern state could be on the precipice of gay marriage becoming legal? Gays in the South know that it will take voters here a lot longer to approve gay marriage than other states. However, what happens if our rights are no longer subjected to someone else’s vote of approval? What happens if our rights are upheld in the same fashion as a straight person’s rights? Well… it could lead to Virginia becoming the first Southern state where same-sex marriage is legal.
After last year’s monumental decision on DOMA by the U.S. Supreme Court, gay Virginians Timothy Bostic and Tony London filed a lawsuit challenging Virginia’s constitutional amendment that bans gay marriage. After they filed the case Virginians Carol Schall and Mary Townley joined the lawsuit.
U.S. District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen is hearing arguments in the class-action lawsuit Tuesday. Normally there would be pro gay marriage arguments from the plaintiffs and the attorney general would argue against them by defending Virginia’s constitutional amendment that bans gay marriage. However, the plaintiffs aren’t going up against the Virginia attorney general in court on Tuesday. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring told the Norfolk court last month that he would not defend Virginia’s discriminatory constitutional amendment.
As MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow often says, “Elections have consequences.” No where is that more true today than in the state of Virginia. In an ugly election for Viriginia governor last year Democrat Terry McAuliffe eventually won. McAuliffe put the Virginia governor’s mansion back into Democratic control and he quickly appointed Democrat Mark Herring as attorney general.
When Virginia’s previous governor, Republican Bob McDonnell, was still in power he selected Republican Ken Cuccinelli to be attorney general. Cuccinelli fiercely defended his state’s anti-gay constitutional amendment. Want to know the kicker? Virginia’s new governor, Terry McAuliffe, defeated Ken Cuccinelli in the election for the governorship. If Ken Cuccinelli had won the governor’s mansion for the Republicans the future of Virginia’s marriage equality case would be rockier.
But… seriously. Did you think the Viriginia Republicans would take this lying down? Not a chance. The Virginia House passed a bill on Monday that would give lawmakers legal standing in cases where the governor and attorney general were choosing not to participate. Standing in these cases would allow lawmakers to essentially act like the attorney general in defending the laws and constitutional amendments they created.
So what is going to happen? Will Virigina gay couples see marriage equality realized in their state? Well… Viriginia is for lovers. So why can’t it be for gay lovers? We’ll have to wait and see what the U.S. District Judge decides, but the recent cases out of Utah and Oklahoma have us incredibly hopeful.
Atlanta based Coca-Cola ran a commercial during the first half of the Super Bowl that depicted a gay family ice skating. This marks the first time that any Super Bowl ad has ever shown a gay family. The family appears alongside other Americans with a version of “America the Beautiful” playing in the background in eight different languages. The ad ends with a musical transition into the Coke jingle by the young children singing.
The commercial is celebrating everything and everyone that makes America beautiful. In fact, the commercial ends with the hashtag #AmericaIsBeautiful The emotionally moving ad even prompted the Vice President’s office to send this tweet:
However, not everyone is feeling the vibes that Coca-Cola paid millions of dollars to put out on Sunday. Some members of the gay community remain critical of Coke for its continued sponsorship of the Sochi Winter Olympics and its recent digital coke bottle snafu. “A social marketing effort that allowed customers to give each other digital coke bottles with words written on them backfired after the site wouldn’t allow users to put the word ‘gay’ on them,” NBC News reported.
The loudest and most hateful comments about the commercial came from the homophobic, racist and English-only Internet trolls who took to social media to throw some shade Coca-Cola’s way. The comments from these people are so ridiculous we’re not reprinting them here. However, if you want to hear the song from the commercial in all eight languages check out the videos below:
Barneys New York has long been a destination for high-end fashion lovers who want to be on the forefront of trends. And with their new spring magazine and catalog campaign, Barneys has put themselves way ahead of the rest by featuring transgendered models for the fashion images. Shot by acclaimed photographer Bruce Weber, the campaign openly supports transgender equality by not only highlighting the 20 transgendered models, but also by sharing their stories of incredible struggle and impressive transformation on their website. For example, Arin and Katie, who actually dated while going through each of their transitions, remain the closest of friends today because they have a profound understanding for what they each have gone through. See a small selection of the amazing and beautiful photos below and then head over to Barneys website to read and watch more of the astounding stories.
Valentine’s Day is always a special time of year to spend with the one you love and this year, you can also spend it with moi! I’m so excited to share with you that I’ll be hosting 4 shows (2/14 at 7:30 and 10p & 2/15 at 7:30 & 10p) at Le Maison Rouge at Paris on Ponce. It’s an incredible lineup of national entertainers, female impersonation, burlesque dancers and all hosted by me. I hope you’ll come spend part of your Valentine’s weekend with all of us. I’m sure gonna make it special. Tickets are available at parisonponce.brownpapertickets.com and a portion of the proceeds benefit Jerusalem House. Please share with your friends…
Atlanta writer Michael Alvear, author of “How To Bottom Like A Porn Star“ and former co-host of HBO’s “The Sex Inspectors,” has been hard at work assembling a blue ribbon panel of judges to once and for all solve the question–Which men in Atlanta have the hottest Grindr profiles?
On his website Alvear wrote, “While you can’t ever get around the fact that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, you can lessen the impact of bias by having a diverse panel of judges. That’s why our team put together a panel of 12 judges from all walks of life. They include artists, photographers, attorneys, business folks and social media mavens. Most are gay but we have a couple of straights, too. We even had diversity in age, with judges in their 20′s, 30′s, 40′s and 50′s.” But the panel didn’t just stop there. They also used Grindr in different locations throughout the metro area to leave no Grindr stone unturned.
I know what you’re thinking. What about age? Alvear thought of that too and included three different age ranges: 21-29, 30-39 and 40-49. Ready to see which sexy Atlanta men came out on top? You can see them all at the links below:
The Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia are about to commence and with it comes controversy, discrimination and even terrorist threats. Even though efforts have been made to boycott and even cancel the games, the wheels are already set in motion and the games are happening. The only thing to do now is to hope for the safety of the athletes and to show the IOC and their sponsors that we don’t accept the games being held in a country that violates basic human rights so grievously. Some are doing this by not watching the games at all. Or do like Danish pop sensation Tomboy by sending lots of love and glitter to Russia in the new “Gay Guy Arise” video released a couple of days ago.
On the official Tomboy Music Youtube page it reads: “With All The Hatred And Discriminating Laws Against Gays, It Was Time To Spread a Little More Glitter.”
And he certainly does. Everything from makeup, hair and costumes are literally doused in glitter. Even a pink unicorn has a glittery horn and a hot pink mane! It’s nothing short of over-the-top fabulous!
But all glitter and glam aside, the message behind the video is really quite simple and perfectly phrased:
“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace”
Watch the glittery video below and check out the Tomboy’s homepage right here.
So, just the other day a rather remarkable video surfaced on Facebook featuring actor Vin Diesel, Katy Perry’s song “Dark Horse” and Beyonce’s “Drunk In Love”–and some rather, shall we say, interesting dance moves.
The video was first posted by the actor himself on his Facebook page with the caption: “You know I love music.” Since then it has become a viral sensation due to the fact that he is seemingly dancing around while lip-syncing, sometimes singing along to the two songs, all alone. It isn’t until about midway through the 7-minute long video (3:13) that he turns down the volume and addresses his fans and talks about how grateful he is that his movie Riddick is topping the download charts. “It’s a win for all of us, and really, really, really, thank you so much,” he says before kissing two fingers and goes off to do more swaying and bouncing dance moves. He also takes a moment to talk about the Grammy’s while dancing to Beyonce’s “Drunk In Love” with more of his lonesome, adorable yet awkwardly clumsy dance.
Vin Diesel is continually surrounded by rumors of being gay despite the fact that he lives with a girlfriend and they have a child together. I don’t know if this video appearance will slow down the gay rumor mill. The big question is when will society stop labeling guys based on stereotypes? Gay or not gay, I think this video–however strange and slightly awkward it is–is kind of sweet. It shows a different and more vulnerable side to the action movie star. Who knows – maybe he is really drunk and in love in the clip?
What do you think about Vin Diesel’s video? Comment below.