Photo by Boybeauty
With an erotic softness & quiet confidence, the young, fully-nude subjects in I Heart Boy exhibit a willingness to be celebrated by all for their beauty and openness. Posing in the intimacy of their own homes, often in studio apartments in Manhattan’s East Village and Lower East Side, lanky bodies are posed sensually against the minimalist backgrounds of naturally lit rooms with sparse furnishings.
Welcome to today’s gay ideal of the male nude, an aesthetic with nods to Larry Clark and the 80s underground music scene, and appreciated by the likes of designer Hedi Slimane, American Apparel, and the most popular indie bands from New York, L.A., London, Paris, and Berlin. Yatrofsky’s waif-like men—merely boys just a few years ago, bordering on androgynous, with an occasional tattoo and a bit of punk swagger to match their youthful naiveté—hardly resemble even the shadow of the beefcake of generations past. This is the undressed and carefree look of today’s urban trendsetter—whose style trickles out of the young, creative circles in cities, only to be copied elsewhere tomorrow.
With each photograph, these sexually charged images of male bodies invite the viewer to dwell upon the welcome tenderness of warm skin. Ultimately I Heart Boy is a series of nudity in the purest sense; of being simply bared as human before the world.
Some might be arguing that it’s queers around the world that are the victims of institutional homophobia, but the Vatican isn’t going to sit back quietly while earth’s bigots get thrown under the bus. The Holy See’s Archbishop Silvano Tomasi told the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday that "people are being attacked for taking positions that do not support sexual behaviour between people of the same sex. When they express their moral beliefs or beliefs about human nature they are stigmatised, and worse — they are vilified, and prosecuted. These attacks are violations of fundamental human rights and cannot be justified under any circumstances." Tomasi was the same guy who, in 2009, told the same Human Rights Council it should ease up on the Catholic sexual molestation scandal, because hey, Protestants and Jews were equally at fault of raping kids.
Article by Queerty
Haters gonna hate!
Middle School student Dawn Henderson drew some unwanted attention over a t-shirt she wore to school on a no-school-uniform day. She sported a t-shirt with the text “Some Kids R Gay. That’s OK.” The message wasn’t welcome though. The principal told her she needed to change the shirt immediately because “it is a distraction”. Read on…