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Book Review: Secret Daughter

In: Dan, Random Reads

For the last few weeks I have disappointingly fallen off the book reading bandwagon. This lack of literature in my life was in large part to a five-day whirlwind adventure to Vegas and needless to say, Sin City doesn’t provide a lot of room or time for reading, despite all the lights. Since returning home to Vancouver I thankfully fell back into my regular rhythm and quickly picked up where I originally left off in my reading of Canadian author Shilpi Somaya Gowda’s inspirational and emotionally charged novel, Secret Daughter.

A coworker recommended this book to me and she forewarned me that it would most definitely spark a few emotions in me, mainly grief, and would undoubtedly help a few tears fall down my cheeks. Let that be my warning to you, as a fellow reader, that this novel is not one for public transit on your morning commutes. It’s best left for your reading prior to falling asleep at night, or wrapped in a blanket by yourself on a Sunday afternoon. With that said, I fully recommend that everyone reading these words pick up this book and tackle it at soon as you possibly can. Then, tell everyone you know about this book, and pay it forward.

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With Season 25 of The Real World just around the corner, and it’s ballsy inclusion of gay porn star, Dustin Zito as part of it’s triumphant return to Las Vegas, I felt it would be the perfect opportunity to look back at the past twenty-four seasons. Most notably, the gay houseguests to join the different casts around the United States and around the globe. There were some incredible highs and lows throughout the past seasons, a few relating to the gay cast members, and it’s hard to think of a time prior to The Real World exploding our senses. Below is a list of the men, women, bisexual and transgender people who have graced out TV screens, warmed our hearts, and in turn are worthy of our judgment. It’s now in your hands to determine THE HOTTEST GAY HOUSE GUEST from The Real World television series.

The Real World – New York – Season One (1992)

Norman Korpi

Norman was the first homosexual cast in The Real World, in the premiere season in New York City. Over the course of the season, he developed a serious relationship with a man outside of the existing cast. The MTV description back in 1992 described Norman as a ‘free spirit who enjoys a good conversation, a joke, a story, or an anecdote at the drop of a hat, and who adds a lot of humor and heart to the show’. That may be the blandest character description I have read for any reality show, in history! I have to admit that in his day Norman definitely had an edgy/cute factor that played well into his likeability with audiences and house members alike.
His original cast page can still be viewed on MTV.com.

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BC Home + Garden Show 2011

In: Dan, Random Reads

Originally Posted February 25, 2010. Thought I would repost it as reminder to check it out this weekend.

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Don’t forget to use PROMO CODE: HOMO to recOnce again the fabulous BC Home + Garden Show is descending on Vancouver next week at the Vancouver Convention Centre from March 2 – 6, 2011. Naturally, yours truly alongside a gaggle of the Homorazzi cast will be taking in all the sights, sounds and brawn that the BC Home + Garden Show has to offer. If you recall from past events, we’ve definitely had our fun while scouting out the hottest men on site and all the latest trends in home fashion and décor!

This year’s event is proving to be bigger and better than ever as it’s the 40th Anniversary of the show with it’s triumphant return from the unexpected 2010 postponement due to the 2010 Winter Olympics and the BC Place roof replacement. There will be over 425 vendors on site demonstrating everything under the sun (literally, for your home and garden) and the perfect interior compliments and colours for the upcoming summer season. Seriously people, summer is just around the corner (I know, it’s still February but a man’s gotta have something to look forward to) and there’s no better way to get into the spirit than heading down to the BC Home and Garden Show and discovering ways to bolster your home with spring essentials.

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Legally Blonde The Musical

In: Dan, The Arts, Totally GAY!

Last night, Ali and I and fellow cast members Jonny, Tommy, Donovan and Brian took in the premier show of Legally Blonde – The Musical at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver. In my personal opinion, the show was fantastic! The first half of the show had it’s eye rolling moments (as any musical does); however, the second act was superb in it’s musical and comedic timing. The show is playing its limited engagement at the Queen E Theatre from now until Sunday, March 6, 2011 so if you want to check it out I recommend you get tickets ASAP!

I definitely went into this show with an open mind and wide-open eyes, not knowing what to expect from this film-turned-musical extravaganza! For those of you not familiar with the epic movie masterpiece, Legally Blonde, starring Academy Award Winner Reese Witherspoon, let me tell you! Reese plays the charming (and incredibly air-headed) Elle Woods who winds up losing the supposed man of her dreams when he deems her not ‘serious enough’ for marriage and his future plans. Imagine! Her revenge is simple. Elle swapped in the lifestyle of sororities and shopping for a book-reading, lawyer-filled stint at Harvard, all in an attempt to win back said princess charming. Along the way, Elle and Bruiser (her Chihuahua companion) hit a few bumps in the road, meet a few new people and learn a LOT about life and what true happiness and love really means. How’s that for an impressive recap?!

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WOO HOO, the Oscars are finally here. It feels like forever since we first started talking about them. There are so many things to look forward to tonight. Will Anne Hathaway and James Franco make us laugh? Which actress will dazzle on the red carpet? On the flip side, who will shock us with their interesting fashion choices? Which movie will dominate tonight and win the most awards? But most importantly… which Homorazzi cast member will predict the most correct winners? I know, it’s so exciting you can barely stand it ;)

Patrick, Dan, Brian, Adam, Jonny, Rich, Nic, Redd and myself have all cast our ballots for tonight’s ceremony. We all love a little friendly competition, and would love to have bragging rights amongst us as the official unofficial Oscar guru at Homorazzi. You can check out all our selections below and afterward, place your votes on which cast member you think will come out on top? Pssst, a little secret. Like ‘N Sync sang, “It’s Gonna To Be Me“.

check out all our predictions after the jump

Last weekend, the majority of the Homorazzi cast headed up to Whistler, B.C. for the 19th Annual WinterPRIDE Gay & Lesbian Ski Week. As always, we had a blast, with the majority of us nestled in our Glacier’s Reach condos in the village. There were people from all over the world in attendance for the week of festivities

Homorazzi cast skied and snowboarded the picturesque mountains of Whistler Blackcomb, felt the adrenalin rush of the tubing park, mixed & mingled at the the apres skis, and ripped it up at Snowstorm, Whoossh, Furrocious, and Snowball. Some of us even jumped off a bridge at Whistler Bungee! Last year’s winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 2, Tyra Sanchez wowed everyone with her performances, as did Homorazzi’s own Tommy D, performing as his alter ego, Syren.

If you missed out this year, be sure to go next year – especially because next year will be the 20th Annual WinterPRIDE! What a part that will be! Check out the video montage of our weekend below. I figured Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” was the perfect fit for such a pride -filled weekend. Enjoy!

Check out all of our adventures in our WinterPRIDE video after the jump

Vancouver Olympics: One Year Anniversary

In: Dan, Random Reads

The one year anniversary of the Vancouver Olympics is this upcoming weekend and it’s hard to believe that an entire year has passed since the incredible sporting event touched down in our city for seventeen incredible, record-breaking days. There are so many moments I still hold dear and often reflect upon when at parties and simply chatting with friends who shared in my experience as well. I don’t think you could find a Canadian who doesn’t remember exactly where they were when Sidney Crosby scored the golden goal for the Canadian Men’s Hockey Team, in the incredible overtime finale against Team USA.

It truly was a moment in time that will define out generation, and a story I will be passing along to my children and grandchildren, as soon as I start popping them out! Looking back over the past year there truly has been a change amongst Canadians and their extraverted desire to show their pride for the white and red. I too dusted off the red Olympic mittens from last season, a little pilled around the edges, and was quickly reminded of the moments that those mittens were exposed to. From the Opening Ceremony, in which Patrick and I danced our hearts out, through the Heineken Holland House and then GM Place converted into Canada Hockey Place, all the way to the Olympic Closing Ceremonies that I watched from Molson Canadian House in False Creek. Those seventeen days are permanently etched in my heart alongside millions of Canadians alike, and with that I wanted to share a beautiful tribute, and a reminder of how truly great this country really is…

Naturally, this perfect compilation video is set to our national anthem, O Canada. We truly set the bar with the most gold medals ever won by a host nation, and we continue to impress the world with our humble hospitality. Keep it up Canada and bring on Sochi 2014!

Check out the video after the jump…

Book Review: Lady Gaga – Behind the Fame

In: Dan, Random Reads

In 2010 a good friend and confident of Lady Gaga, Emily Herbert, decided to pen a tell-all book describing the incredible (and quick) rise to fame of the now legendary pop star phenomena that is Lady Gaga, born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta. Naturally, when I saw this book on the shelf I had to snap it up to read – my infatuation with Lady Gaga and everything she stands for is bordering on crazy (similar to her personal style) and I was surprised with myself that I wasn’t aware this book was inexistence!

Throughout the pages Herbert gives an incredibly detailed personal experience of Stefani’s pursuit of fame, art, revolution and love, all whist she transcends from a local New York girl working her way through the underground pop scene to the international gay rights icon, Lady Gaga. Believe me, if you think you know everything about Lady Gaga, I guarantee this book will prove otherwise. Although I was familiar with her New York roots and the round about way she claimed the name Lady Gaga, there were several darker stories in Gaga’s past that I wasn’t aware of and Herbert’s words did a brilliant job of showcasing the emotion and pain behind each individual step of the process.

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