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Fans Think Troye Sivan's New Song is About Bottoming

Openly gay pop singer Troye Sivan dropped the video for his latest single called "Bloom."  The almost four minute clip is done totally in 3D by artist Jason Ebeyer, and currently sits number four on the website's trending page. 

The song title isn't exactly about a flower here. People are thinking that it's more about... bottoming.  The lyrics that coincide "Bloom" sort of support that cause, even though Troye playfully denied that it was in an interview with Dazed Digital where he said "It’s 100 per cent about flowers! That’s all it is.'

 “It’s true, babe… I’ve been saving this for you… Promise me you’ll hold my hand if I get scared now… Might tell you to take a second baby slow it down… You should know I bloom, I bloom just for you.” Those are just some of the lyrics from the song.  The way Troye sings it implies that he is the one bottoming for the first time. 

The song even kicks off with "Take a trip into my garden, I've got so much to show ya, The fountains and the waters, Are begging just to know ya."  So Troye, you really aren't fooling anyone here.

It's the third single he's released after "My My My!" and "The Good Side" from his forthcoming sophomore album.  His debut, Blue Neighbourhood, was a major hit and was certified gold in several different countries including his home country of Australia and the United States.

Do you think "Bloom" is about bottoming? Take a look at the video below.

5 Phenomenal Queer Couples Who Attended Prom in 2018

For as much hate as millennials get, one thing that they have gotten truly right is their ability to accept others for who they are.  This could not be truer than the vast amount of queer couples who have attended prom this year, as they have been showcasing just how special their night was all over social media.

Going to prom with someone with someone of the same sex or identifies with you as LGBTQ is something that is still somewhat frowned upon, but honestly, we are getting there. This was a non-issue even a decade ago as many of us would never dream of bringing our boyfriends or girlfriends to the prom.  Now, it's becoming more and more normal, and these incredible photos prove that and then some. Take this high school football star who went to prom with his swim team boyfriend.  Truly awesome. 

Here's hoping that this generation continues their compassion and kindness onto the next so homophobia will continue to be a thing of the past.  Glad that all these couples got to experience a one of a kind night with the person they love that will hopefully give them memories they will never, ever forget.

 

 

Prom 2k18 was one for the ages

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Adult Film Performer And Go Go Dancer Jimmy Durano Needs Help Paying Form Major Surgeries

Adult film performer Jimmy Durano of Men.com is currently recovering from a visit in the ICU and his loved ones are asking for financial help for when Durano gets out of the hospital.

Durano was recently in a serious accident that sent him to the hospital, an accident so bad that he needed to go through multiple rounds of brain surgery.

After the first round, Durano spent two weeks recovering in the hospital's ICU. During the surgery, doctors had to remove parts of his skull during the surgery. Unfortunately, his head swelled too much for them to continue with more of the operation at the time. Because of his, he’s had to use a helmet, even outside of the hospital, to protect his head while the doctors wait for the swelling to go down.

After he was released and allowed to go home, Durano only took a few moments to realize that something was wrong as he was in great pain and needed to return to the hospital. There, doctors discovered that he had an infection and decided he needed to have a PICC line inserted.

Larry Mendelson, who’s a family friend, started a GoFundMe page to explain more of the situation and to express why Durano needs financial help.

"'A PICC line is a thin, soft, long catheter (tube) that is inserted into a vein in a arm, leg or neck. The tip of the catheter is positioned in a large vein that carries blood into the heart. The PICC line is used for long-term intravenous (IV) antibiotics, nutrition or medications, and for blood draws.'"

"The insertion of the PICC line required a second surgery and Jimmy is once again in great pain and in the in the ICU. When he is released there will be another very long recovery period. Unfortunately, not all of this is covered by insurance."

"With the multiple surgeries we hope he will be able to work in the future, but for now, he will be laid up for a very long time and the future is unknown. It is expected he will be in recovery for at least an additional 6 months to a year after he is released from the hospital following this second surgery, and will require at least one more surgery and recovery period after that when they replace his skull."

Along with not being able to work, Jimmy Durano will be facing an increase in medical bills and living expenses. As such, Durano, Mendelson, and company are asking others for help in Durano’s time of need.

If you want to help Durano and give even a little bit, you can head over to the GoFundMe page here. So far, 70 people have donated $4,181 all together, but that’s slightly below one-third of the expenses that Durano is currently facing, with still more to come.

Our hearts go out to him and his family during this time.

Here's Why You Should Register/Donate For AIDS Walk New York

Facts: AIDS Walk New York is the largest single-day fundraising event in the world.  This iconic event, which has been around for over 30 years now, has some incredible statistics on top of the one that has already been mentioned.

AIDS Walk New York has inspired nearly 1 million, you heard that right, 1 million people to not only walk but to donate in the process.  What does that result in?  Nearly $150 million dollars raised to combat HIV and AIDS.  It is a huge force and major help for advocacy programs like GMHC (Gay Men's Health Crisis) and several other organizations who provide immense care for the thousands of men, women and families affected by the disease in the tri-state area.

This year's event, taking place on May 20th, has already raised $1,453,256 dollars (as of Sunday night) and it isn't for another three weeks.  Want to get in on the action and participate?  Here's how.  You have until May 9th to register your team (20 or more) and secure your piece of Central Park with a designated table.  Several teams like the House of Xtravaganza, New York Gay Men's Chorus and MAC Cosmetics have already raised thousands of dollars for the big day and the good news is that you can raise money until June 27th in order for it to count for your 2018 total. You also have the option to simply donate as well.

What's even better is that this year, like so many years in the past, is filled with a ton of amazing stars who are coming out to support such a great cause.  It starts at 8:30 AM where you sign in, and then at 9:15 is when the opening ceremony begins.  The opening ceremony will feature major names in the entertainment industry like Matt Bomer, Rosie Perez, Mercedes Ruehl, Michael Urie, Nico Tortorella and more.

After the walk is done, you can enjoy even more entertainment at the post-show party which is being headlined none other than the fabulous Pointer Sisters!  There will also be some amazing talent from RuPaul's Drag Race there from Aja, Milk, Jiggly Caliente and so much more.

It looks to be another fantastic event that will no doubt raise a ton of money and help thousands of people in need.  For more information, click here.

Joy Reid Denies Writing Troubling Homophobic Posts... But Can't Prove It

 

Progressive MSNBC correspondent Joy Reid is taking an "Oops, did I do that?" approach to addressing bigoted comments dredged up from posts she allegedly once wrote on her since-abandoned website, The Reid Report. Last week Reid vehemently denied new uncovered posts - which only add to the previous ones she apologized for in December - and claims that hackers hellbent on slandering her reputation are to blame. 

Reid hired Internet security experts in a vow to clear her name and identify the assailants, but as of yesterday, said that the team she hired has not yet detected the foul play that led to the foul anti-gay words. She took to her show AM Joy to update inquiring minds:

I genuinely do not believe I wrote those hateful things, because they are completely alien to me. But I can definitely understand, based on things I have tweeted and have written in the past, why some people don’t believe me. 

I have not been exempt from being dumb or cruel or hurtful to the very people I want to advocate for. I own that. I did it. And for that I am truly, truly sorry.

I look back today at some of the ways I’ve talked casually about people and gender identity and sexual orientation and I wonder who that even was, but the reality is that like a lot of people in this country, that person was me.

Her acknowledgement of a homophobic past stems from circulating previous tweets as well as the posts uncovered in December, but she still maintains that she did not write the newly uncovered blog posts. Here are some of the tweets:

 

Here's a taste of posts Reid apologized for in December ripping on Florida Congressman Charlie Crist:

I can just see poor Charlie on the honeymoon, ogling the male waiters and thinking to himself, ‘god, do I actually have to see her naked…?'

Miss Charlie, Miss Charlie. Stop pretending, brother. It’s okay that you don’t go for the ladies

And here's a taste of the freshly dug up anti-LGBT sentiment:

...a lot of heterosexuals, especially men, find the idea of homosexual sex to be … well … gross.

Most straight people had a hard time being convinced to watch ‘Broke Back Mountain.’ (I admit that I couldn’t go see the movie either, despite my sister’s ringing endorsement, because I didn’t want to watch the two male characters having sex.) Does that make me homophobic? Probably.

Reid's investigation into a potential hacking is still ongoing. We're all on a journey to bettering ourselves, and whether or not Reid wrote the, um, colorful posts, it sounds like she does not, in fact, find homosexuality to be "gross." Do you think Joy was hacked? Does focusing on Joy's unverified homophobic rant detract from more immediate threats facing the LGBT population in 2018? Let us know.

Okay Guys, Time To Get Real. Let Us Know Which Gay Movie Or TV Show Changed Your Life

 

I loved hearing your Facebook responses to my post last week - Do You Remember The Exact Second You Realized You Were Gay? - but not unlike Jack McPhee when it comes to the boys, I want more, and today I want to know which gay movie or TV show changed your life! Sometimes, as gay youths, our only connection to the LGBT world is through media, which is why gay representation in movies and television is so important. I'll never forget when the angel of a man Vice President Joe Biden said:

I think Will & Grace did more to educate the American public more than almost anything anybody has done so far. People fear that which is different. Now they're beginning to understand.

From this to Mike Pence. How fun for us. Biden is right. But those who "fear" gays aren't the only ones who benefit from gay characters being beamed into their living rooms. Gays themselves, especially those who grew up pre-Internet like moi, need the education and connection as well.  

 

 

I grew up in whatever one step up from a meth lab is in the hills of Appalachia, and I certainly wasn't going to glean any insight into gay culture from a high school where rebel flags were not just tattoos, t-shirts, or license plate frame options, but also a way of life. My first sense of belonging, of being understood, came from the the gay characters I saw in movies and television.

Now more gay characters are featured on the big and small screens than ever before, and I want to know, from Looking to Brokeback Mountain to Call Me By Your Name to Will and Grace to Charlie Hunnam and Aidan Gillen on Queer as Folk (that one's mine BTW and FYI), which gay movie or TV show changed your life. Do some soul searching and let us know in the comments!

 

Taylor Olson's New Video 'RudeBoy' is Our Music Pick of the Week!

Los Angeles based singer, songwriter and rapper Taylor Olson is about to get our "pride month" heart rates going as he just released the video for his newest single "RudeBoy".

This talented triple threat has been in and around the music industry for the better part of the 2010 decade as he released his first album back in 2013 called Rehab, which was focused strictly on pop and dance.

He then decided to do a bit of a 180 on his career stylistically by immersing himself into the world of hip-hop, a territory which used to be a "no gays allowed" situation for several years before prominent artists like Frank Ocean and Cazwell disrupted the industry and gave us a level playing field to participate.  That was reflected on his album FlipSide which he created in 2015.

He went back to his pop roots after that with his creation of The Black Album,  but that may have just been a short visit as his newest single "RudeBoy" is nothing but pure and delicious hip-hop for your ears to enjoy.

The video, which is set in a house of sorts, finds Taylor surrounded by beautiful drag queens and fellow gay men as he drops some bars to a fantastic beat.  It also has some comical aspects to it when other voices appear on the track saying "Oh my god he sleeps with everyone," and "I know, what a slut!"  Girl, I can relate. 

Outside of that, the track showcases how a gay hip-hop artist can use beats similar to what you would hear on and off the charts nowadays and not immediately be judged because of his sexuality.  Here's hoping that Taylor can really find himself in this industry as we need more men and women like him to help us break down those barriers that have long been a problem for us. 

You can purchase the song on iTunes here and check out the full vid below:

 

 

 

 

 

If Bears are Your Thing, Then Furball is the Place to Be

The bear community has seen its rise in the overall spectrum of gay visibility over the past ten to twenty years, so much so that we are even finding ourselves in several mainstream programs.

Bear parties, which tend to feature hundreds of furry men of all shapes and sizes (not to mention their admirers of sorts), have run the muck in several large scale cities across the world, from The Big Apple all the way to Australia.  If you are one of the lucky people out there who get to travel a lot, or live in one of these cities, chances are you have been to at least one of these parties and have some faded memories of the good night that you had with your friends and potential f**k buddies as well.

One of the best, if not the best, bear parties out there is the legendary Furball.  Furball has been around for fourteen years now, and spans the country from Atlanta to NYC as well as being part of major circuit parties like Southern Decadence (New Orleans) and Bear Week (Provincetown, Massachusetts). 

There isn't much to describe when it comes to how amazing Furball is.  But let me explain from personal experience.  I started gogo dancing three or four years ago, and my first event was Furball.  It was sort of like being thrown into the deep end of the water when you have never swam before.  Was I scared to death to dance in front of hundreds of incredibly sexy dudes?  Yes.  However, the minute I got on that stage and started dancing to the insane beats was when I truly realized how amazing this place is.

Picture you are on top of a platform and internationally known DJ Corey Craig starts spinning Madonna's "Vogue" at 2:30 in the morning.  The look you see is truly spectacular, as you span the massive floors that guys are dancing on and having an amazing time in doing so.  And this isn't just limited to the dudes that are in shape.  No. Everyone is invited, everyone gets on the dance floor with their shirts off, and has a gay old time.  This is something you don't see of too much outside of bear parties, and the inclusion and acceptance of all body types that Furball brings is like none other.

Speaking of DJ's, Furball has had some incredible talent walk (or shall I say scratch) through their doors since the party's inception back in the early 2000's.  From Grammy winners like Hex Hector to amazing talents like Sean Mac, Jack Chang, Frankie Knuckles and more, this event has seen its share of incredibly talented guys who go beyond the whole "press play" type of scenario and really give you something to enjoy as the night goes on.

Joe Fiore, who has championed Furball for a long time now, has seen the party grow exponentially every single year, especially with its most recent event during Black Party weekend in NYC.  This will continue on throughout 2018, as Furball will make its way to Chicago for IML/Bear Pride and many other events.

If you haven't experienced Furball yet... do yourself a favor and go.  It's worth the visit.  For more information, click here.

Rugby Player Simon Dunn Kisses Homophobia Goodbye

 

Homophobia, you're Dunn for! We're no stranger to bobsledder-turned-Aussie rugby player Simon Dunn - who frequently shows off his hard work at the gym on Instagram - but now he's bringing on the social media sexiness for a cause, and we are here, for, it! 

 

 

 

According to Gay Times, the drama started back in April when Rugby player Israel Folau delivered some choice words about homosexuality to Instagram. In response to the question:

What was God's plan for gay people?

Folau responded:

HELL... unless they repent their sins and turn to God.

Charmer. This bigoted language is in violation of Rugby Australia's inclusion polity, which states:

Rugby has and must continue to be a sport where players, officials, volunteers, supporters and administrators have the right and freedom to participate regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race or religion and without fear of exclusion.

 

 

Nonetheless, Folau was allowed to continue to play rugby for the league, which is where Dunn's tongue comes in. The London Kings Cross Steelers' player originally posted this smooch with his partner as a simple victory photo in April, but now he's asking people to retweet it specifically to show Folau that love will not be defined by his bigotry. Dunn had this to say to Gay Times about the epic photo:

Unfortunately the sporting world is still a place where kissing my partner after our team’s victory is still seen as an act of defiance or rebellion. It’s an environment where someone’s homophobic comments can be defended as ‘just his opinion’ and that truly is worrying.

I’ve devoted my life to sport, and as an out and proud athlete I’ll continue to do what is natural for me, and hopefully break down stereotypes in the process.

If Folau doesn't like gay people, then he definitely picked the right sport. Gorgeous, buff men with thighs the size of tre trunks who spend the entire day trying to pin each other down. Nothing gay about that. As I've always said, if you have the energy to write up homophobic remarks on the Internet, ya gay boo. Thankfully, Folau is in in the right profession for it. 

 

 

WWE's Finn Bálor Shares Interesting Photo With Fellow Wrestler Seth Rollins

WWE star Finn Bálor has definitely become one of our biggest allies in professional sports. as he made a huge LGBTQ-inclusive entrance into WrestleMania  earlier this month. 

Although that move was met with some negativity, the response was overwhelmingly positive as he is helping pave the way for LGBTQ athletes to make their mark in an arena that they couldn't dream of doing even a couple of years ago.  

Now, he's sort of teased something on his social media regarding him and fellow pro wrestler Seth Rollins (who he lost to at WrestleMania back in early April).

Finn shared a photo of the two of them together, one shirtless, one not, with the caption "Finn & Seth" next to an emoji of two men holding hands.  Hmmm...

 

 

Finn and Seth

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The caption was left ambiguous, although its safe to say that the two will more than likely become a tag team of sorts for an upcoming match.  Besides, both men are straight (sadly), but hey... we can dream right? 

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