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Friday January 15, 2010
Wowie zowie, V Magazine's new "shape" issue features a stunning pictorial with divine burlesque star Dirty Martini! The photos are by Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld!
Here at My Comrade, we've got a special place in our heart for Dirty—She's a former cover girl!
The 2006 print version of MC with Dirty, performer Milan and fashion designer Austin Scarlett.
And speaking of Chanel... In the most recent issue of spirited "freak zine" Gazelleland, I, Linda Simpson, editor of My Comrade, appear wearing a Chanel knock-off ensemble!
My portrait is from the early 1990s. Chanel never goes out of style, darling!
(My Comrade cover by Scott Ewalt; Linda's portrait by Michael Wakefield.)
Wednesday August 27, 2008
Swatch, Armani and MAC Cosmetics are among the companies who've hired striking looking transsexual Amanda Lepore to appear in high-profile advertising campaigns. And now comes another: Her ad for Jawbone Bluetooth headsets debuts in this week's issue of The New Yorker.
Lepore's other business deals this summer include her teaming up with Camp Cosmetics to produce her own makeup line.
Also, a New York artist known as Davey has just created an Amanda Lepore "celebriduck." It floats!
You’ve probably heard by now that the new season of America’s Next Top Model includes its first ever transgender contestant, a young gal named Isis.
And no one’s more excited than X-rated actress and MySpace blogger Allanah Starr, who was quite moved after she got a sneak peak of a couple of episodes.
"I can't tell you what an overwhelming experience watching this show was for me. I was on the verge of tears both times Isis survived eliminations. The sheer joy in her face and her own tears were so very touching to me."
"If you just try to understand the prejudice, lack of opportunities, and rejection that most transsexual people face everyday… to see an out transsexual woman being judged as an equal, and by her own merit, not just because she is a transsexual, is an amazing thing."
Starr gives Tyra Banks a big bravo for providing Isis with a chance to shine.
Jamie Clayton is “the second most beautiful girl in New York”—at least according to a story in today’s New York Observer.
But what makes her worthy of a profile is that the 30-year-old makeup artist spent the first part of her life as a femmy boy. After high school, she moved to the city, transitioned into a stunning woman (and worked at the drag-themed restaurant Lucky Cheng’s, which the article doesn’t mention) and now navigates a complicated love life. Turns out that even the prettiest transgender girls have a hard time finding guys who aren’t schmucks.
Saturday August 16, 2008
There's nothing more voyeuristic than the Olympics—billions of television viewers ogling some of the world’s best toned bods, including those belonging to the American gymnastic team.
When the team competed earlier this week—and nabbed bronze—there was an erotic sense of excitement as the nubile athletes showed off their bulging torsos and incredible dexterity. (Can you imagine how much fun those guys must be in bed?)
But back in the good ol’ U.S. of A., two college star wrestlers—Paul Donahoe and Kenny Jordan of the University of Nebraska—got into big trouble for daring to assert their sexuality after it was revealed that they posed nude for the porn site FratmenTV.
The reaction was swift and predictable: A steady stream of pious outrage and homophobic ridicule, especially from sports-writers and commentators. “College athletes must remain pure,” railed columnist Rick Telander in the Chicago Sun-Times.
Yes, you guessed it—Donahoe and Jordan (who are presumably straight) were kicked off their wrestling team.
Once again, America’s puritanical streak raises its ugly head. And two young athletes are punished for doing basically the same thing as the lauded Olympics gymnasts: Putting their hard-earned muscular physiques on display for an eager and appreciative public.
Donahoe and Jordan deserve medals, too—solid gold for their great sexual service to mankind.
Monday August 4, 2008
For Olympic athletes, taking home the gold can lead to lots of lucrative product endorsements. But homophobic advertisers shied away from gay superstar diver Greg Louganis, who nabbed a total of four gold medals at the 1984 and 1988 Olympics.
No Nike. No Wheaties. No McDonald’s.
At least Banana Boat had the balls to hire him.
Louganis was more successful as an author with his best-selling memoir, Breaking The Surface. The book was made into a television movie in 1997. Potraying Louganis was actor Mario Lopez.
On a related note, The Advocate’s current cover story is a profile of 20-year-old Australian gay swimmer Matthew Mitcham, who will be competing in Beijing.
According to the article, he doesn’t exactly spend much time thinking about Louganis and his pioneering ways. “We’re both gay divers,” says Mitcham, but “that’s about the only similarity— two things we share out of thousands of millions of qualities and character traits.”
Most swimmers don’t reach peak performance until their mid-20s, so we’ll probably be seeing a lot more of Mitcham.
Hopefully, he’ll reap the benefits of all his hard work and make advertising moolah galore!
Friday July 18, 2008
Since debuting in 1939, Batman has gone through his gayish phases.
During the 1950s morality campaign against comic books, a prominent psychologist and author decried “the subtle atmosphere of homoeroticism which pervades the adventures of the mature Batman and his young friend Robin."
The 1960s TV show was a camp riot, including the dynamic duo's deliciously flamboyant costumes...
...And the ultra-queeny villians.
Gay director Joel Schumacher was responsible for two of the 1990s Batman films, including Batman Forever, starring Val Kilmer and Chris O'Donnell in extremely body-defining attire.
The latest addition to the superhero series, The Dark Knight, is pretty devoid of gayness… Unless you count the fact that Heath Ledger (who plays the Joker) was best known previously for his role of a queer cowboy in Brokeback Mountain.
Straights rule Gotham now. But not forever.
Gay Batman will rise again!
Tuesday May 6, 2008
Today it became known that Mildred Loving (what a wonderful name) died earlier in the week at age 68.
Back in 1967, she and her white husband, Richard, went all the way to the Supreme Court to overturn state laws against mixed-race marriages.
Several years before the trial, Virginia police busted into the couple's home and threw them into jail for violating the state's Racial Integrity Law. How creepy... shades of Nazi Germany...
Here's the final paragraph of her New York Times obituary.
What a sweet soul! Makes you wanna cry...
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