Periodical Political Post *23

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Boys Briefs 4

Six Short Films about Guys who hustle

The hustler is a common figure in gay arts and culture. While sex workers of all sorts appear in straight cultural productions, the queer hustler is different from his female other. Rarely, to the best of my knowledge, are female sex workers in heterosexual arts subject to the kind of sympathetic characterization and subcultural adulation as the queer hustler, gigolo, rent-boy, or street-corner cocksucker.

The hustler is simultaneously tragic, romantic, and heroic. Often his tragedies appear the result of dysfunctional if not outright abusive families, and are further tied to a general and pervasive societal homophobia. So, in Boys Briefs 4‘s Into the Night, Marcus’ (Bryan Marshall) father has rejected him, presumably because of his son’s homosexuality, and in Boy, Sam’s (Jesse Lee) life is characterized not only by poverty, but also by seemingly casual homophobia and violence. The hustlers’ stories represent all too common experience of anti-queer violence and self-determination in the face of intolerance.

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The hustler is romantic as far as the audience’s fantasy extends to “rescuing” him. This is a role commonly fulfilled by a caring john. In Rock Bottom, Billy (John Militello), a sweet, overweight, 30-something, picks up twinkie street hustler Jason (Timothy Lee DePriest) and takes him home. Typical hustler-john shenanigans take place; Billy makes awkward small talk, Jason cases the apartment, insists he doesn’t kiss. Yet a real rapport develops between the two, and the film ends with Jason crossing his own hustler boundaries to kiss Billy, suggesting things might get better for both. In Gold, the aging, nearly blind artist Cal (Aron Tager) employs hustler Jay (P.J. Lazic) not for his body, but to assist him in painting new canvases; in teaching Jay about passion and beauty, he leads the young man to a kind of salvation.

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[Found by yoshia]

  

Ethan’s Equality Rally

After overhearing that a same-sex couple in his neighbourhood couldn’t get married, nine-year-old Ethan McNamee decided to organise a gay rights rally. The third-grader, from Denver, got the idea after hearing anti-gay insults in the playground and learning that his friend’s two mothers were not allowed to marry. With a little help from his parents and teacher, Ethan and several friends worked to gain permits for the rally, find speakers and raise awareness of the event in the community. On Saturday, more than 200 people turned up to show their support on the steps of Colorado’s state capitol. Addressing the crowd, Ethan told supporters: “I believe I am doing the right thing. I hope this rally will make an impact and let our voices be heard.” Despite critics suggesting he was too young to have views on same-sex marriage, Ethan’s teacher told reporters he had been careful not to impose his own views on his class.

Photo by Tom Andrews
[via Pink News]

  

Do Me

 
[Found at So Many Boys]

  

Blog Spotlight *3

The first guy who got his journal at milkblogs was Jake. He is quite an interesting person with some strange habits for you to discover. Sadly he’s too lazy to think of a few words about his blog so you have to check it out for yourself to see if you care enough to follow him through the (maybe not so?) tough life of a bisexual Aussie boy. Just don’t ask about his hair straightener, it’s a weak spot. So, enter Jake’s Home if you dare.

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Elephant Gun

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Back to Nature

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[Via Skyclad Scribble]

  

Periodical Political Post *22

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Es gibt übrigens wieder einen Wahl-O-Mat, diesmal zur Europawahl Anfang nächsten Monats. Die Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung hat sich diesmal sogar durchgerungen, alle Parteien in den Test aufzunehmen (nachdem sich die Piraten in den Wahl-O-Mat zur Landtagswahl in Bayern eingeklagt hatten), der dabei behilflich sein soll, eine Partei zu finden die den eigenen Standpunkten nahe kommt. Man muss die Parteien, mit denen man seine Positionen vergleichen kann allerdings selbst anklicken, also guckt euch ruhig auch mal die kleineren Parteien an. Im Gegensatz zu vorherigen Ausgaben haben es leider weder die Rechte von Schwulen und Lesben noch der Datenschutz oder die Freiheit des Internets in den Fragebogen geschafft, gleicht also solche Positionen am besten selbst mit den Parteien ab, die ihr zur Wahl in Betracht zieht.
Bei mir kam das hier raus.

Wahl-O-Mat zur Europawahl 2009

  

Trap Thursday *5

I wonder if people will read this text after all considering the intriguing nature of the photo below ^.^ This might be my chance to get away with the fact that I have actually no idea if the last Thursday Trap is a girl or a boy. I never said I do but I guess people just assumed I know. I’m so sorry. Really. I’ll know the answer next time, i’ll promise xD Also: Seems like this week is pretty much Black & White, eh?

[Found at Count Candy]