A new viral vidoeo titled “My New Face” shows what happens when a man shaves his beard after 14 years. The three-minute online film by Israeli agency BBR Saatchi & Saatchi for Super-Pharm’s Life M6 razor blades has 44-year-old Mook shave off his over a decade-old facial hair. Watch has his parents, wife, and children react to his brand-new look.
Check out the cute video after the jump…
Possibly best known for the LOGO seriesNoah’s Arc, which infused a healthy dose of diversity into a racy, Queer As Folk–style ensemble dramedy, openly gay writer-director Patrik Ian-Polk truly landed a coup when Oscar-winner Mo’Nique signed on to co-produce and co-star in his moving 2014 LGBT film, Blackbird. Mo’Nique plays the devoutly religious mother of a gay teenage son (out-newcomer Julian Walker) struggling to accept his sexuality and a less-than-ideal family situation.
A native of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Polk graduated from the University of Southern California’s film school before landing a gig as production executive at Edmonds Entertainment. Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and his wife Tracey as executive producers, Polk made his feature debut with Punks, a zingy 2000 comedy hailed as a gay, black Waiting to Exhale/Broken Hearts Club.
A flash mob in Kingston, Jamaica calling attention to the lack of LGBT rights in Jamaica received a Hollywood boost when actress Ellen Page attended the event. The first-ever gay pride in the Caribbean country was intended to be a weeklong event, including a pride parade, but it was ultimately decided that a parade would put marchers at risk for violence from the notoriously anti-gay country.
Instead, a major flash mob took place in Emancipation Park where 40 people attended, including Page. J-Flag, Jamaica’s LGBT group, posted a picture of Page calling her attendance as “…magical and awe-inspiring.” [GSN]
Philadelphia once again becomes a summer haven for gay arts, as GayFest! , the city’s LGBT theater festival, celebrates its fifth anniversary with a lineup of plays and “one night stands” that cast a rainbow aura over the City of Brotherly (and Sisterly) Love. With almost 30 performances in all, GayFest! will be held August 7-22 as local theater company Quince Productions dons its LGBT hat.
According to Producing Artistic Director Rich Rubin: “Five years ago, when the Philadelphia Gay and Lesbian Theater Festival ceased existence, we decided to jump in and fill the gap, because Philadelphia shouldn’t be without an LGBT theater festival. They (whoever `they’ are) told us we were nuts, it was too ambitious, it would never succeed, etc. etc. But here we are five years later, and still going strong.”
As has become the tradition, the festival opens with an import, this one brought in from Los Angeles by way of New York: At The Flash by Sean Chandler and David Leeper. In this one-man tour de force performance, Leeper plays five characters over five decades of the bar “The Flash”: closeted married man, drag queen, club kid, bar owner, and lesbian activist. It’s a mini-history of gay lives over fifty years. Just wait for that moment when all five characters interact over the years (we won’t say more because we don’t want to spoil anything!).
More exciting news about GayFest! on the next page.
Fresh off their North American tour with Kaiser Chiefs, the Portland-based electropop duo Priory, comprised of multi-instrumentalists Brandon Rush and Kyle Sears, have just released the music video for their song ‘Put ‘Em Up’ off their debut album Need To Know.
Rush wrote the song about watching his brother’s struggle with being gay in a conservative and religious family, and the black and white video, which starts with a stirring quote from Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, does a fantastic job revealing how those in the LGBTQ community work to blend in with hetero-cisgendered society.
Rush had this to say on the video, “When we made the video, we wanted to show regular people doing regular things in an anonymous fashion until they came together in a place of mutual acceptance where everyone had a chance to be free to be whatever they were on the inside or outside.”
Check out the moving video from this soon-to-be anthem after the jump…
Ling Ling is a new experience from the now-global Hakkasan, which opened n Mykonos, Greece on July 1. Located in the center of the old town in Mykonos, Ling Ling borrows from the key elements of Hakkasan to create an experience that expertly suits the island life, and, of course, the late-night revelry visitors to Mykonos have come to expect. Inspired by the Izakaya concept, Ling Ling encourages guests to discover Hakkasan’s cuisine differently. Reinvented presentations of smaller plates provide the opportunity to share and try a variety of the Cantonese-style dishes. The perfect accompaniment to a superlative drinks menu; the bar is being invigorated with summer cocktails and a wine list from the award winning team in London.
We got the recipe for our favorite cocktail, so you can try it home.
Add cubed ice to the top. Shake and double strain into the serving glass over fresh ice Top up with soda water.
According to a 2012 Durex Sex Survey of 1,000 American adults, half of people are dissatisfied with their bedroom “escapades” and 37% feel that their time between the sheets ends too quickly.
We at Passport feel this is unacceptable, so in honor of National Orgasm Day, we’re going to share with you some health reasons compiled by LELO on why you should be having more orgasms, because, frankly, you can figure out the other reasons for yourself.
- Orgasms are a great natural stress relief and can even relieve pain
Orgasms cause the brain to release the hormone oxytocin, aka the love molecule, which induces feelings of optimism, increased self-esteem, and trust. Studies have shown that a rise in oxytocin levels can relieve pain caused from headache, cramps, and overall body aches, so maybe consider a quickie instead of just popping an ibprofen.
- Orgasms boost the immune system
According to the British Medical Journal, there is a strong correlation between orgasms and mortality rates. Apparently, those who orgasm two times a week or more can add up to eight years to their life by boosting immune system, heart health, and even “brain power.”
- People who orgasm 4 or more times a week may look up to seven years younger
A survey of 3,500 people by Dr. David Weeks, a British consultant clinical psychologist and former head of old age psychology at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, found that people who had more orgasms looked younger. According to Weeks, a vigorous sex life was the second most important determinant, after physical activity, in determining how young a person looked. I guess that’s what puts the O in Botox.
- Semen has antidepressant properties
Just about every woman has heard this at some point (normally when trying to be convinced of the benefits of unprotected sex or fellatio), but there may be some truth to it. A study from the State University of New York found women who regularly have unprotected sex are less depressed. One theory has to do with semen containing a variety of hormones, like mood-elevating estrogen and oxytocin, cortisol, melatonin, anti-depressant prolactin, thyrotropin releasing hormone and serotonin. With that said, this shouldn’t be the main rationale in such decisions, so please be safe, especially if having unprotected sex.
- Orgasms help fight insomnia
Although sleepiness post-coitus is typically attributed to me, orgasms can have a similar affect on both sexes. The release of various chemicals upon climax, like oxytocin and vasopressin, as well as melatonin, which helps regulate sleep. Besides this, its pretty understandable to be tuckered out after a solid, pleasurable, work out.
International Order of Sodomites is in Session: Prolific ‘Queer Quipster’ Justin Sayre Talks New Shows
by Jim Gladstone
Perhaps the most prolific queer quipster working today, Justin Sayre has been writing a new set’s worth of comedy material nearly every month since 2011, when he first presented his topical live act, The Meeting of the International Order of Sodomites (iOS) in New York back in 2011.
Sayre’s shows mix wicked riffs on current issues—from gay marriage and parenthood to the unbearable whiteness of Looking—with homages to timeless gay icons, from Judy Garland to Julie Andrews.
Now a staple of queer Manhattan night life, running at Joe’s Pub between October and May, iOS Q represents just a fraction of Sayre’s output—he relocated to Los Angeles to join the writing staff of Two Broke Girls and has a much-needed young adult book—Husky—about an overweight gay kid being published next month.
For each ‘meetings’ of iOS— which also features guest musical performances—Sayre develops all new material, much of which is filmed in performance and posted to the internet shortly afterward.
“I never mind that the material is out there,” says Sayre, “I like the challenge of doing something new – to always do something creative and move the conversation forward.”
“I see the web as a gift,” Sayre notes, “Its gotten my work out there, and I also take it as a good challenge. When I do a new show, it really has to be new. An audience being familiar with your material can be a trap if they like what you did in the past and want you to do it over and over. I hope I’m building an audience that wants to hear my voice and my perspective, not specific routines.”
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A glimpse of hope comes a day after the horrific stabbing of six pride marchers in Jerusalem. Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem Aryeh Stern visited the victims speaking to those injured and denouncing the tragic attacks as “totally contrary to the Torah.” He told the press that “This is a day for prayer for the injured and for unity…Differences of opinion and dispute are legitimate and will continue but raising ones hand against ones fellow is forbidden. ”
He continued by assuring the LGBT community that the religious community “does not and will not tolerate such acts,” and “people who believe in the fear of heaven are very distant from these deeds.
While most of the world has embraced Apple’s introduction of those cute LGBT-friendly emojis, the higher ups in Russia see them as breaking their anti-gay propaganda law and want the tech giant to delete them.
According to Vocativ: “The federal group responsible for patrolling Russian media wrote a letter to “Young Guard of United Russia,” the youth wing of the “United Russia” political party, requesting the group’s members investigate emojis posted to social media platforms. Gay emojis might violate the countrywide ban on ‘gay propaganda,’ according to Roskomnadzor.”
The gay and lesbian emojis were released this April along with more inclusive emojis that represent persons of all ethnicities.