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Washroom Woes

In: Kevin, Random Reads

If you know a little about me, you may know that I can be fairly opinionated. It’s taken me a while to become comfortable with that, but I’ve learned to embrace it in certain ways. Generally speaking, I’m fairly easy-going but when something strikes me as strange, ridiculous, stupid or otherwise – I’ll probably say something about it.  It’s this that has driven me to finally break down and write this article - even though it forces me to admit that I occasionally have to use public washrooms.

A little background… I worked in an office with approximately 800 other people split between 3 floors.  With that many people , you’re bound to encounter some weird shit (no pun intended… well, maybe it was) but I am constantly surprised at people.  Here is a list of my public washroom pet peeves:

Click to read the list

In honor of Mother’s Day, some of the Homorazzi cast has decided to proclaim their love to their respective mothers on the website. We hope you enjoy the read.

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I love my Mom, and just recently we’ve developed a relationship of being less Mother/Son and more friends who can share a good laugh and story over a drink or two. While growing up, I never thought that I would come to a place where I actually WANTED to hang out with my parents, but that day came knocking on my door a few years back after I invited them to my 23rd birthday party and they actually showed!

It dawned on my that my Mom is a pretty rad woman who cares a lot about her family and who’s sole goal in life is to make sure her children and grandchildren have everything in the world they could possibly want, even before her own needs. For this, I take my hat off to her, and say I love you with all my heart.

She hasn’t had the easiest life, but I would like to think that the few beers we shared in sun are well remembered and will keep her smiling!

Thanks for everything Momma, I love you!

- Daniel

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The Beginner’s Guide to Gay Labels

In: Kevin, Totally GAY!

Gay or Straight, if you’re new to the gay community, you might come across a few phrases or labels that you don’t have a clue what they mean. For the gays, that lack of understanding might land you in an interesting situation… such as showing up at a guy’s house for the first time expecting to go play water polo and finding out that “water sports” is something else entirely.

To avoid these awkward situations, here’s my take on a few of the labels and pieces of information you should be aware of- without venturing into the XXX realm of course, this isn’t xtube after all! I’ve added a few I’ve recently learned, as well as some coined by our very own Homorazzi cast members… and remember, we’re defining stereotypes here, so the descriptions are going to be extremely stereotypical in nature.

Check out the guide after the jump…

This morning, my good friend and fellow ex-Mormon, Brett, sent me a link to this article in Religion Dispatches, written by Joanna Brooks, announcing an “Openly Gay Mormon Appointed to LDS Church Leadership Position”. The title of the article alone was enough to peak my interest and the contents within it definitely gave me a lot to think about.

Mitch Mayne- an openly gay man living in San Francisco- has been called to the position of Executive Secretary in his ward (which basically means his congregation), which is an executive-level position working directly with the Bishopric (that is, the leaders of the Ward) on administrative and pastoral functions.

Up until a year ago, Mitch was in a monogamous & committed relationship- with a man- when he decided that it was time to end his relationship for reasons “not related to religion.” Feeling that he needed “time to heal”, he chose to take a break from relationships altogether (which is likely one of the only reasons that he would be found “worthy” for a church calling.)

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Recently, Homorazzi attended the 10th Annual Taboo “Naughty But Nice” Show at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Along with our coats, we checked our inhibitions at the door (well kind of) and checked out what this adult playground had to offer. From pole dancing, to S&M, to bedroom toys – we got a little taste of everything (In a very PG way).

The booths were very interactive, informative, and entertaining. There have been so many innovations in toys and apparatus in the world of sex over the past several years, it was mind boggling. As one Homorazzi cast member said, “I didn’t realize how vanilla I was until I went to the show.” There were booths where you could buy stuff, contests to enter, and seminars & shows to help you expand your horizons.

If you haven’t been to the show, be sure to check it out when it comes to your area. Great to check out with your partner or with friends, tapping into the sometimes “taboo” subject that sex.

Check out more pics and video of our experience after the jump…

So many tragic stories in the news lately of gay teens been bullied in school to a point where they feel they just can’t take anymore – to a point where they take their own life. It’s so sad. If only we could tell them to hold on, to let them know that it gets better and life after high school is really where your life begins.

The writers/cast of this site are gay, and we’ve all gone through the sometimes troubling times of high school, so we were very eager to share our stories and contribute to the “It Gets Better” campaign. Because it does. It gets so much better.

If you’re being bullied in school, you’re not alone. There is someone here for you – someone who cares and understands. Call The Trevor Project, a confidential, toll-free, suicide hotline for gay & questioning youth. It gets better!

Listen to Homorazzi cast members tell you how & why it gets better after the jump

On July 25th thru July 30th I participated in the Toronto People with AIDS (PWA) / Friends for Life Bike Rally for the very first time. In its 12th year, the Bike Rally is a 6-day bike ride stretching over 600km from Toronto to Montreal, and in my nearly 32 years of life, I am hard pressed to think of a single thing of which I am more proud.

After months of training rides and fundraising, over 400 riders & crew departed amid a crowd filled with cheering friends, loved ones and supporters on our 6-day journey to honour those currently living with HIV/AIDS, remember those we’ve lost and to draw attention to the invaluable services the PWA provides. The excitement and energy was palpable as we rolled out of Queen’s Park in downtown Toronto with a police escort to the edge of the downtown core. Day one’s 111 km flew by with the help of supporters who canvassed the route carrying inspirational signs, hooting and shouting encouragement.

Those 6 days of riding have become some of my most cherished memories. Making new friends, sharing stories about why each of us did the ride, setting up tents at camp and taking part in the fun events the committee planned for us… there was just so much to take in and the collective energy of the group made it virtually impossible to be anything but happy, positive, supportive and fun! We woke up at 5:45 am every day and even that wasn’t enough to dampen our spirits as we gathered under the breakfast tent and loaded up on carbs for the day’s ride.

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Top Gay-Themed Movies: Drama

In: Kevin, Movies, Totally GAY!

Following up to my recommendations for the Top Gay-Themed Comedies, here are my recommendations for the Top Gay-Themed Dramas. Each of the movies on this list tell a unique and meaningful story about a different aspect or common occurrence within the GLBT community. Whether it’s the struggles of a transgender woman, school boys falling in love, dealing with HIV or fighting for gay rights, each movie carries an important message and are sure to pull at your heart strings.

Again in no particular order, click the title to watch the trailer:

Milk


Milk

  • My name is Harvey Milk and I’m here to recruit you!
  • Although my intentions for this list were to call out movies that are more “classic” rather than new-releases, no list of gay movies would be complete withouth mention of Milk- regardless of when it was released. The movie is the brilliant true story of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California, and how lead the fight for equality back in the 1970′s. The film is a beacon of hope for our community as we find ourselves in the midst of another equality battle being waged across the nation. Sean Penn is brilliant as Harvey Milk and James Franco is fantastic as his lover, Scott Smith. Emile Hersch & Josh Brolin should also be given shout outs for great performances. Gus Van Sant directed a masterpiece with this one. All around, an amazing movie telling an amazing story that is both relevant and essential for every gay person in the US today.

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