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We’re taking the day off today, so we decided to repost some of our favorite Christmas-themed posts from this and previous years.
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE.

If you’re an avid reader of the site, you might’ve noticed there was a shortage of articles Sunday. Reason being was, we were all busy having our Christmas staff party. Given everyone’s busy schedules this time of year, it’s almost next to impossible to find a date that works for everyone. Surprisingly, all but three of us were able to make it yesterday. That’s a pretty amazing feat considering our busy lives and Alex, Kevin and Topher not currently living in the same city as the most of us. Check out the pic above. The only people missing from the pic are Nic (his BF’s sis was in town), Stephen (was there earlier but had to leave for another engagement) and Alex (LA) and Kevin (Toronto).

It was great to have so many of us together to laugh, catch up and reminisce about the early days of the site. Not to sound super cheesy, but there’s this amazing energy among all of us when we’re all in the same room. With our recent accomplishments, it was nice to sit back and relax for one night and pat each other on the back.

In between all the laughs and drinks, we decided to have a gingerbread contest. We split up into two different teams determined by names out of the hat. Team 1 (my team) won the right to pick either the house or the train. We opted for the train. Each team was given only 30 minutes to build, decorate, and come up with a theme for their creation. Now, we need your help to decide which team pulled it off better. Cast your votes so we can declare a winner and give one team bragging rights over the other.

THANKS again to all of you for making Homorazzi.com such a success in a short period of time. We have the best readers on the internet for sure.

view our gingerbread creations after the jump

The Colors Of The Drunken Rainbow

In: Random Reads, Topher

Having too much to drink can unleash another side of yourself: a side that you may prefer to keep hidden away. Hell, maybe alcohol is the secret to revealing everyone’s multiple personalities. We’ve all seen it: a friend- or a stranger- making an absolute fool of themselves at the bar. A lot of the time it can be fun to see a different side of someone; alcohol can often help people shake off the nerves and have a better time. But, there are those times you wish they would’ve stayed in and played cards.

In this article, I’ll be discussing just a couple of the many personalities we’ve all seen at some point. Maybe you’ll see one of your friends (or yourself!) described below.

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Since the majority of the cast members on Homorazzi are Canadians, we thought we’d share each of our plans to celebrate our nation’s birthday (from where ever we are in the world). As usual, we’re all over the place this weekend.

Certainly, Vancouver has gone through it’s highs and lows over the past couple years. Last year, the Olympics brought a level of togetherness and patriotism that I had never experienced before with my fellow Canadians. The Canada Day that followed also reached a whole new level in terms of the vibe and electricity in the city. Unfortunately, our city’s global reputation recently received a big black eye as a result of the idiotic rioters that decided to trash the city after the Canucks lost the Stanley Cup. It was a disgusting side of humanity I never wish to see again. With that said, something positive did come out of it. The next day, the city came together to clean up the mess and attempt to show what it means to be a true Canadian/Vancouverite to the rest of the world that had us under a spotlight. We picked up the pieces and I’d like to think we grew stronger as a result.

Now, what does each cast member have planned for the occasion? Find out below.

Cast member Canada Day plans are after the jump…

iPhone Game: Mini Gay Boyfriend

In: Charge It, Gadgets & Tech, Topher

I was in Stockholm about a month back at a gay club called Zipper (super fun, by the way) when I met the developer for a cute little iPhone game called “Mini Gay Boyfriend”. I downloaded it when I got back to the hotel room, and have been playing it ever since.

MGB from Digicub Ltd., is a fun, great app. In it, you choose from a list of animated boyfriend avatars which one you want to start dating. There’s a punk, a goth, a drag queen, and many more. Whatever your tastes are you’re sure to find something you like. After that it’s your job to grow the relationship via multiple levels of mini-games. There are 3 games at the beginning level that you can choose to play, and you unlock additional games as your relationship gets more serious. You need to stay on top of your relationship, if you forget about your virtual boyfriend for too long, he may decide to leave you. That shouldn’t be a problem though, because the game’s appeal will have you playing it in all your spare moments.

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5 People You Might Not Know Are Gay

In: Topher, Totally GAY!

There’s a lot of media attention right now on LGBT youth due to an unfortunate string of suicides. Some of the Homorazzi cast participated in the “It Gets Better” campaign, and recorded a video message to youth out there that things get better after high school. I didn’t do a segment for that video. Not that I don’t agree that life gets way better after high school, but to be frank, I wasn’t bullied in high school. I wasn’t out, and I wasn’t too flamboyent. If anything I was picked on for being a nerd, but that’s being a bit dramatic. High school was a weird and confusing time for me, but it wasn’t life threatening.

Still, I feel saddened by the trend in gay teen suicides and I tried to think about back to when I was in high school, what would have made life easier for me; what would have cleared up some of my confusion? A corollary of me not being that flamboyant is that I can’t really remember having too many (if any) gay role models that I could relate to when I was a kid. Hell, I’m having trouble even thinking of one gay celebrity right now. KD Lang comes closest I guess. Liberace and Elton John didn’t really hold my attention the way hockey players or grunge rock stars did, and there weren’t any high profile out people in those professions.

Since I didn’t take part in the “It Gets Better” video, I still wanted to use this venue to perhaps give some support to some questioning youth out there. This isn’t to out ‘supposed’ homosexuals, but to highlight people who have publicly stated that they are queer, but aren’t necessarily obviously defined by their sexuality.

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And just like that another year has gone by and a new one begins. January brings a fresh start for people interested in a little self reflection and personal growth. You can look back at what you may have (or haven’t) accomplished over the past year. Reflect upon the people that have come into your lives, relationships you’ve grown to value, and all the good times and bad.

Looking back (and inward for that matter) helps you to look forward with a little more focus and clarity. Here are some of the resolutions (or outlooks on resolutions) of a ten of the Homorazzi cast members, including myself, as we step into 2011.

Check out the resolutions after the jump…

Topher’s Top Ten Albums of 2010

In: Music, Topher

There’s still a few weeks left in the year, but a few publications have released their top of 2010 lists already (Rolling Stone, The Onion’s AV Club). I haven’t seen anything on the horizon that piques my interest, so I’m confident in posting my list a little early as well. I’m not a professional music critic, so there are a few albums I didn’t get the chance to fully listen to that might have made the list. I really enjoyed the following 10 albums a lot this year, whether at work, at the gym, or riding around town on my bike. I don’t think my music tastes will line up with some (read: most) of the other cast members, but here we go.

10. Girl Talk – All Day

This is more of a nod for Greg Gillis than the actual album itself. I mean, I’m pretty much his exact target audience: 80s born, pop culture enthusiast with a short attention span. That broad brush covers a whole whack of my peers as well, so it’s no surprise that Girl Talk has had so much success the last few years. All Day marks his fifth album, and 2nd since his rise to fame with Night Ripper. The mixes between old school hits and new school rhymes continue, but this time Gillis gives them a little bit more time to breathe. I love Girl Talk live, and Night Ripper and Feed The Animals were on my playlist for a LONG time. All Day doesn’t have as much staying power. The Beyonce / M.O.D. / Miley Cyrus mix is great, and there are a lot of places on the album that sound amazing, but I’d rather hear it live.

Check out the rest of the Top 10 after the jump…

This may be the most random music video you will ever watch in your entire existence. Swedish band Gylne Tider has somehow managed to dig through the J-List tub of celebrities and bring them all together to appear in their newest video for their version of the Beatles classic, Let It Be.

They even pulled in some 90′s music talent like Milli Vanilli, Right Said Fred, Boyzone and the Rednex. Other random stars in the video include Jason Alexander, Roger Moore, Daryl Hannah, Alfonso Ribeiero, Malcom Jamal Warner and more.

This is quite possibly the strangest thing I have ever watched. But, like a car crash, or a train wreck, you can’t look away. Check out the six minute spectacle below.

Video after the jump…

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