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Cult of Boys

With her scrapbook Cult of Boys fashion photographer Toyin Ibidapo created a visiual memorial for the (slightly older) androgynous sons of the fading emo decade.

You can’t always trust your gaydar. Opening this book might let you think of the numerous gay photographers with their affection for teens. Not this time though. Cult of Boys comes form a woman who photographed for clients like the Dazed & Confused magazine or the late queer fashion star Alexander McQueen.

The portraits of the emosih lads featured in this book were made over a longer period of time in her own flat. Most of the boys are scantily clad (or not at all) but eroticism isn’t the major theme; there seems to be an intimate atmosphere built on trust and maybe even friendship. Ingenuous models explore who they are–and who they could be. Although carefully staged the photos, which might remind you of the Yatrofsky’s work, seem genuine and emit the honesty and frankness the photography of the young and beautiful so often lacks. Impetuous and with lots of charm the fascinating pictures capture the raw vulnerability of the soft youth.

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Make it better NOW

Four months ago, Jamey, a boy from the state of New York made an “It Gets Better” video, usually something done by self-actualized queer adults who are happy with how they’ve turned out. But Jamey was just 14 and in his video he admits his schoolmates often call him a “faggot” and that anonymous users had been posting vicious comments telling him to kill himself on his Formspring account after he came out as bi.

Even though he was under so much pressure from the people in his school he wanted to help other kids, wanted to give back some of the support he said he got from people online; that’s why he made the It Gets Better video. But a few months later he was dead.

And it will be hard for the people in charge to deny that there were clear signs that Jamey was not OK. On September 8, he posted on his blog, “No one in my school cares about preventing suicide, while you’re the ones calling me ‘faggot’ and tearing me down” and he put up a separate post letting everyone know it was National Suicide Prevention Week. The next day, he blogged, “I always say how bullied I am, but no one listens. What do I have to do so people will listen to me?”

Yet influential religious groups in the U.S. are trying to prevent legislation against bullying and say bullying isn’t a real problem, that there shouldn’t be laws made for just a few per cent of the population and that efforts to prevent bullying are a part of the “gay agenda” to turn kids queer.

On Saturday night, Jamey posted a lyric from Lady Gaga’s The Queen on his Facebook page: “Don’t forget me when I come crying to heaven’s door.” Then he hung himself. He had just started as a freshman in High School.


The Bad Reaction

It happens more often than not that people don’t really like the idea that the videos they upload to YouTube end up being featured on a site serving flaming queers like milkboys. Some of them ask us politely to remove the video (this actually works!), some just shout and throw random insults our way and some even threaten to get the police involved before they consider using the first option mentioned (or disabling embedding for their videos).

And then there are the people who use their creativity to handle the situation. You remember the photo TheJoeFrom1993 did as a Thank You? ;p Coincidentally this story is about another kid named Joe. His Poke War video was posted here last month and even ‘tho Joe seemed to be a bit weirded out by the success of his video with you peeps (it got more than 20.000 views, quite a few compared to the thousandsomething views his videos usually got), he appreciated the sudden attention as he explained here and he made a video about the whole experience!

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