Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Playing Gay: How America Came Out on Television Documentary Kickstarter!

Hey, check out the Kickstarter for the awesome documentary Playing Gay: How America Came Out on Television. The film is being executive produced by My So Called Life's Wilson Cruz. Looks like they have it mostly in the can, but need some crowd funding help to finish up the project and give it a proper release. Apparently a lot of the expense is paying the network's licensing fees to air some of the television show footage.

Here's some of their pitch:
There has been a major shift in the hearts and minds of America over the past four decades. Television was both the catalyst for, and a powerful reflection of Americans’ views on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.
We urgently need your help to tell this story. We are lining up interviews with actors and directors who have played key roles in the history of LGBT people on TV, but we need the money and resources to go film them and to make this film a reality.
Any amount you can afford to give will make a difference -- just as the hundreds of small contributions on television have made a difference in LGBT rights.
Take a look at some of the videos below. They are pretty darn compelling evidence that this wonderful project needs to be funded.

Also, please be sure to visit their KICKSTARTER PAGE and give a few dollars if you can spare it.




Wilson Cruz talks about what it meant for him to audition for the part of Rickie Vasquez on My So-Called Life.


Michael Douglas on his romance with Matt Damon: "We just played it as a love story."


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Monday, July 27, 2015

Friday, July 24, 2015

Pray The Gay Away - Sketch Comedy!

Honestly, we don't know much about the origins of this sketch comedy video shot at The Groundlings theatre. We found it on actor Danny Farrell's vimeo page. But, it is so hilarious, we couldn't not post it. A mother drops her son off at camp to help him overcome his "gay phase." But, camp turns out to be a little more fun than her son ever could have imagined. Any watch the sketch...it's lots of fun.



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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Hunky YouTuber Michael Rizzi Explores Sex Toys!


Check out super cute YouTuber Michael Rizzi and his pal Chris play Edward 40 Hands while exploring a box full of AdamMale sex toys. It's pretty entertaining, especially since each of them only has one hand. Oh...and by the way...the egg shaped thing is really fun Japanese masturbation toy called the Tenga!

Be sure to subscribe to Mikey's YouTube Channel or follow him on Twitter!



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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Exclusive Podcast: Treklenburg Episode #78

Hosts Michael Earle and Molly Jay hilariously talk all things Star Trek.
In this episode, Mike and Molly breakdown their Worst Imaginable Bridge Crew candidates then dive head first into TOS Episodes That Which Survives and The Lights of Zetar.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

We'll Eventually Hit Rock Bottom: An Interview With Jim'll Paint It

Just when you think you have seen everything that could possibly exist on the internet, along comes Jim'll Paint It to prove you wrong. The premise is simple. You send Jim the wildest, most far fetched scenario you can imagine, and if Jim likes it, he will paint it for you using Microsoft Paint...probably even more hilariously bizarre than you ever imagined. Jim's paintings have become so popular, it has allowed him to launch a line of prints, t-shirts, tote bags, and pretty much any other kind of swag as well as collaborate on projects with prestigious mainstream institutions like National Geographic. Also, there is a wonderful Jim'll Paint It anthology of collected works titled Electric Dreams.

I was fortunate enough to corner Jim in a poorly lit gas station bathroom stall where he finally agreed to an interview. If you'd like to explore more of Jim'll Paint It on your own, I suggest his Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, and of course, you have to buy yourself a little something from his Store.

Can you paint the Very Hungry Caterpillar undergoing gastric bypass surgery?

Q: What was the eureka moment behind offering your services free of charge to the funniest bidder?
Jim: It started off on my personal Facebook page. I was bored and asked my friends if they wanted me to draw them anything on Paint. It was never supposed to be a case of just painting the funny ones. But because most of my friends are a bit odd it didn't take long for it to escalate into full blown surrealism. I put a few of my favourites on Tumblr and over night was swamped with requests from people I didn't know to the point where I had to give up any idea of painting them all and focus instead on the ones that would make me laugh.

Q: What is the most off the wall request you have received? And...did you paint it?
Jim: I think reading the many thousands of requests I've had over the last 3 years has totally skewed my perspective of what off the wall is. I don't even think I have a wall for things to be on. That said, one that really threw me was this:
Can you please paint me Davina McCall with dreadlocks, cooking a full English
breakfast on the beach, and all of the seagulls at the beach are in karate kit and/or Nazi uniforms and are attacking her and her breakfast is on fire and there’s a dog poo on the beach (it’s not a very nice beach) and she’s smiling a lot staring right at you smiling in a really creepy way with big gold hoop earrings in and can Davina please be dressed in pajamas and have spiders coming out of her eyes a little bit.

This painting would make me very happy, thank you. Gemma Sherman
-specifically the bit about the spiders coming out of her eyes a little bit. I had always thought spiders coming out of your eyes was kind of a binary thing. Like you either had spiders coming out of your eyes or you didn't. It was pretty tricky to get across the noncommittal nature of the spiders coming out of Davina McCall's eyes and that's why it took me about 8 months to get round to painting it.

Q:  What kinds of things do you just flat out refuse to paint?
Jim: Nothing really provided the context was right. I mean, I obviously I try not to paint things that will get me arrested but yeah I think generally I would consider anything if I thought it was funny. There are definitely things which make me overlook a request almost automatically. I'm not sure why but I don't like requests that rhyme or are a forced play on words. I think it shows a lack of vision. I swear down I get asked to paint some variation of 'Bear Grylls grilling a bear' every other day. Also sticking either an exclamation mark or 'lol' at the end of a request is generally not a great idea.

Q:  Do you ever hear (positively or negatively) from any of the subjects of your paintings?
Jim: Generally I hear only good things. Brian Blessed and Heston Blumenthal have both expressed their appreciation, which is lovely. My only bad experience was from The Ultimate Warrior (God rest his soul) who, somewhat bizarrely, sent his lawyer after me because of the picture I drew of him and Alan Partridge posing for a photo. Something to do with how because he has his logo on his face I'm breaching copyright. But I just agreed not to sell any merchandise of the image and that was the last I heard on it. Pretty sure it was just his mate pretending to be a lawyer if I'm completely honest.

Q:  In your online bio you say that you like music, horror films, bubblewrap and painting things on Microsoft Paint. How distraught are you that the makers of bubblewrap are changing their production process so the bubbles no longer pop?
Jim: I must admit I'm not panicking about it. I'm pretty sure there are plenty of off-brand bubble wrap makers out there to fill the gap in the market and besides I've got a huge, unpopped roll of the stuff in a cupboard that I save for when I need some 'me time'.


Q:  Just out of curiosity, does it get any darker than muppets re-enacting The Deer Hunter Russian Roulette scene?
Jim: There is definitely a recurring theme with children's characters being put in horribly dark real life situations. So far we've had Postman Pat arrested for swearing at a Police officer during an EDL march, the cast of Rainbow storming the beaches of Normandy, Makka Pakka from In The Night Garden using heroin, The Very Hungry Caterpillar undergoing gastric bypass surgery, Mr Bump in a multi car pile up on the M4 and The Teletubbies forced to perform at gunpoint for North Korean television. I'm fairly sure we'll eventually hit rock bottom.

Q:  Do you have a formal art education or are you self taught?
Jim: Self taught. For the first half of my life I was obsessed with drawing and everyone at school said I would do that for a living so inevitably, come my teenage years I sacked it off and did a music technology course and spent 10 years making aggressive electronic music under the name Eraserhead. In the meanwhile I worked doing design and typography for a small publishing company who were just glad to have someone who vaguely knew how Photoshop and In Design worked.

Q:  What artists/illustrators do you currently follow?
Jim: It's quite bad but I don't really follow anyone really. I do really like David Shrigley and Chris Simpsons Artist obviously. I follow It's Nice That on Twitter and see really cool illustration and design on there every day but I'm really bad at actually following it up and becoming a rabid fan of anyone in particular.

Q: How often do you find yourself looking up the proper spelling of our Dark Lord Cthulhu?
Jim: I'm bad with names so I tend to just stick with 'Sir'

Q:  Unicorns...or Narwhals? Who would win in a fight?
Jim: Is the fight happening on land or in the sea?

Kanye West travels back in time in a DeLorean to ruin Mother Teresa’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech .

Please can you paint Daft Punk Morris dancing on the surface of Mars wearing only their helmets and official Morris dancing tassels and braces. Adam Ant is shredding on the electric guitar to accompany the dance. The sun has gone supernova and Earth is exploding in the distance.

Dear Jim, can you paint Colonel Sanders Last Stand?
Please paint He-Man on Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents.

Crash Bandicoot at a speed awareness course with other Mario Kart and Wacky Races characters.

The 3 of us battling the Psychedelic Cosmic octopus (badly) while God (played by Gazza) tries to rescue us with a fishing rod and chicken. Meanwhile in the foreground a greyhound dressed like Charles Dickens licks the frosting off some doughnuts.

Dear Jim, can you use Paint to show us a scene from a not too distant future in which those fucking Minion things have finally taken over completely? 

Awkward Star Trek orgy.


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Monday Morning Dance Party: Electronic "Getting Away With It"

This morning we decided to go old school! Electronic was a super group from the late 80s/early 90s featuring Bernard Sumner from New Order, Johnny Marr from The Smiths, Neil and Chris from Pet Shop Boys, and even Karl Bartos from Kraftwerk. Take a listen to the track "Getting Away With It."




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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Molly Jay's Illustrated Guide to Gay Star Trek Romances!

Anyone who is a fan of the Star Trek franchise knows that its shows are rife with sexual tension and homoerotic undertones. Much to our chagrin, the producers never once allowed a blossoming same sex romance to ever come to fruition. I guess that's why there is so much Star Trek slash floating around in the fan fiction universe. So, we enlisted Treklenburg Podcast co-host Molly Jay to break down her five favorite burgeoning LGBT Star Trek relationships. But, Molly did us one better. She hilariously illustrated all the scenarios the way they should have played out!

Without further ado, here is Molly Jay's illustrated guide to gay Star Trek romances!

#5) Malcolm Reed and Major Hayes
Some of you might be saying, “Malcolm Reed and who?” I get that. A more obvious pairing might have been Reed and Tripp. Unfortunately, Mr. Tucker was mired in the worst romance ever with Commander T’Pol. Seriously, those two were about as titillating as dry rot. True, Major Hayes was not a main character and was only featured during the whole Xindi story arc until his tragic demise. But when he first appeared as head MACO (Military Assault Command Operations) and started throwing his weight around, Lt. Reed took exception. On the surface, the two men seemed threatened and antagonized by each other but underneath that veneer of hostility, the two were teeming with animal-lust for each other. The whole “conflict” escalated into one of those let’s-taunt-each-other, look-I-pinned-you, now-you’ve-pinned-me, just-fuck-already fights. (ENT: Harbinger)You could cut the sexual tension with a space knife!





#4) Captain Janeway and Seven of Nine
There are many slash pairings in the Star Trek fanfic universe and a personal favorite is Janeway and Seven. When Jeri Ryan first appeared as Seven, her sexuality was deemed ambiguous by many fans who petitioned the character be revealed as a lesbian. Of course, that was not to be. But the chemistry between these two ladies is palpable! Sure, Captain Janeway started off as Seven’s mentor but throughout their journey through the Delta quadrant, her feelings deepened. Now, it is inappropriate for any starship captain to have a romantic relationship with a sub-ordinate, so these two had to keep their affair on the down-low. However, any casual observer could see a romance blossoming between the two. A favorite scene is when Captain Janeway becomes a nightclub owner in Nazi-occupied France (VOY: The Killing Game) and Seven is the buxom diva that headlines every night. The set-up already smacks of “Casa Blanca” with Seven singing an almost Irving Berlin ballad. Play it again, Sam!




#3) Captain Picard and Q
This one is a no-brainer. It is an established fact that Q is obsessed with Captain Picard. He gives one or two little throw away explanations but we all know Mr. Omnipotent is completely infatuated with Jean-Luc. He ends up in the man’s bed more than once (TNG: Qpid, TNG: Tapestry), he runs off with Vash to make the Captain jealous, and he appears on the Enterprise bridge completely naked (TNG: Deja Q). Some of you may blame the Continuum for the last one, but it’s just another facet in the giant mind-fuck that Q plays with Picard. And some of you dissenters might point to Picard’s lack-luster romance with Dr. Crusher and proclaim Beverley as his inamorata. But I heartily disagree! There is so much passion in Picard’s eyes when he is contending with his almighty rival! And, c’mon, who wouldn’t want to have sex with a god?










#2) Captain Kirk and Spock
This here be the mightiest Trek slash of all the slashes! Go ahead, google “Kirk/Spock”. There is a veritable cornucopia of fanfiction dedicated to these two iconic characters. There is even a dang Wikipedia article dedicated to the phenomenon! In fact, this branch of fiction became so popular that Gene Roddenberry was compelled to respond, “Yes, there's certainly some of that -- certainly with love overtones. Deep love. The only difference being, the Greek ideal-- we never suggested in the series-- physical love between the two. But it's the-- we certainly had the feeling that the affection was sufficient for that, if that were the particular style of the 23rd century.” Basically, if physical love between two men was “in style” by the time we got to the 23rd century, Roddenberry himself could totally see it happen!




Possibly the most popular scene between the Captain and his First Officer is from Star Trek: The Motion Picture, where Spock confesses how emotions contribute to the richness of his life. True, some humor is added to the illustration above (personally, I always thought Bones had a bit of a crush on Spock) but this is a sweet scene from the first movie. (Also, I depicted Bones and Chapel in their uniforms from the show and not the movie because the uniforms from TMP are hideous and I hate Chapel as a brunette.)

#1) Dr. Bashir and Garak
For purely selfish reasons, I’m topping this list with my favorite Trek pairing. Sorry Ezri, but you were basically an afterthought and only existed because of “Becker”. Ziyal, you were a mere child, too naive and young... and, also, you’re dead. We all know (and by “we”, I mean the true believers) that Julian Bashir and Elim Garak are meant to be! All the lunches, bonding over literature, the coy smiles and looks of longing... these two are so in love! True, Garak is usually the initiator, crashing the doctor’s holodeck program, inviting himself on missions, giving Julian Delavian chocolates... but Dr. Bashir is instantly intrigued by the Cardassian. In a more perfect world, the DS9 producers would have let this love blossom on-screen (thanks for nothing Rick Berman) but, fortunately, there is a bevy of well-written slash and it’s not hard to find testaments to my favorite celebrity couple!


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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Preview the Terrific "Bleed Pop" EP by LGBT Band WASI

Check out the terrific "Bleed Pop" EP recently released by Cali punk pop band WASI. It's insanely peppy and the music just crackles with energy. Plus the recording quality is shockingly great. If there is this much happiness coming through my speakers, I can't even imagine how much fun their live shows must be.

Here's some background from their press materials:
The band started becoming more involved with the LGBT scene after singer Merilou (Cosmo) threw a few No On Prop 8 rallies in Buena Park (about a mile away from Anaheim, one of the most conservative cities in the US). They expected just a couple dozen of our friends to show up and rally, but ended up catching the attention of a few hundred people who came out to be part of the cause - from attendees, to Knott's Berry Farm, to kids in the Inland Empire who heard about the rally through home-made Youtube videos the band created to promote the rally. 
Today, the band constantly finds themselves invited to schools and other feminist/lgbtq groups to perform or just speak about our struggles as women and lesbian musicians. They hope through each of these conversations to inspire others to find their safe space to create positive energy through music, art and other passions. Jessie, the bassist and other vocalist for the band, who has been bullied her whole life for her masculinity, makes a point to showcase what she was bullied is now a gift. Aside from performing at Pride festivals, LGBTQ art galleries and other lesbian/feminist events in Hollywood such as Her/LA & Single de Mayo, they throw on our own events such as Women Fuck Shit Up Fest - an annual feminist/queer event that seeks to empower those community to share their art and voice and to create an energy of confidence to own who they are with pride.
Since their formation, they have performed at select dates on the Vans Warped Tour and have shared the stage with artists such as Shiny Toy Guns and K. Flay. College friends Garret Harney (drums) and Dylan Robin (guitar, vocals) joined the duo in 2015, thus completing the dance-fueled, anthemic-pop lineup.
If you'd like to help support the band, you can download their EP here. Also, check out their Website and be their pal on Facebook!





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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Exclusive Podcast: Treklenburg Episode #77

Hosts Michael Earle and Molly Jay hilariously talk all things Star Trek.
In this episode, Mike and Molly ask each other a bunch of fun Star Trek based hypotheticals and then move on to TOS episodes "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield" and "The Mark of Gideon."

Original broadcasts of Treklenburg are Monday nights at 8pm EST on www.pmcradio.org.



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