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.
Spring is here and so is the god damn rain if you live anywhere near the bulk of us razzi’ writers up here in the Great Northwest. BUT, with great rainfall comes great fun as the sun will soon poke its head out of the cumulus’ and shine on the greatest (IMO) gay sports league in Vancouver: Out For Kicks, YVR’s gay/lesbian/bi/straight soccer organization. Though it’s a particularly close group to me: introduced to it by Topher and where I first met my best friend and site owner Patrick, I still am level-headed enough to declare this an amazing opportunity to active guys and girls around Greater Vancouver who want to meet new people and get physical in a fun, social environment.
I’ll attach the details of the league below and the upcoming registration for new members, but first I had to explain that this org is for both those new and terrible to the sport or long-standing pros as all skill levels are mixed and the only goal is to be fit and have a total blast. Still, for those with a competitive edge- like me- there’s an appreciation for hard work and talent.
This year will be focusing on social events to bond the league of possibly up to 200 members this time around and is going to be a blast. One of the best perks of this league is the tournaments we have with the sexy and talented gay soccer leagues in both Seattle and Portland. Further, this past year we submitted two teams to the Gay Games hosted here in Van that we actually performed pretty damn well at! Hell, through these leagues I got to attend the internationals in Copenhagen where we won the whole damn thing. So, what are you waiting for, a written invitation? Well, here it is!
Obviously, the sane answer is a “HELL NO“, but try telling that to a government official in Peru. Jose Benitez, the mayor of Huarmey, claims that the drinking water in his town could result in an increase in homosexuals. He claims the high levels of strontium found in the water is to blame. According to him, “strontium reduces male hormones“. How hilarious is that?
What’s he basing his “scientific” findings on? Easy, he’s looking to a neighboring town to backup his claims. Huarmey’s tap water comes from Tabalosos. A local TV station once reported that the town had 14,000 homosexual inhabitants. Sounds like this Tabalosos could be a fun place to have a big circuit party. Maybe even a big pool party filled with all this “gay” water so we can dunk hot straight boys in.
Update April 2010: Just found this remix and it’s a pretty damn good one! http://soundcloud.com/rokcandy/call-me-maybe-carly-rae-jepsen
While I often go on and on about how today’s television is the best source of new music for me, I do admit that the club scene is the usual go-to for most mo’s out there. However, clubs + Adam + vodka = no ability to remember specific songs, so I need to rely on other, more tame channels. And, what’s more tame than a handsome, muscle friend who secretly has the same penchant for Taylor Swift-esque songs of teen love??
This past week, a good friend tagged me in a post about a song he’d heard on satellite radio and laughed at himself for going for something so teeny bopper… and, while it is, it’s still completely awesome. Yes, this girl is talkin’ about cute, teen flirting, but let’s face it, teenagers have sex about as fast as gay guys riding a bump at a Tiesto concert these days, so once in a while it’s cute to slow it down and hear something that doesn’t start and end with popping p@$$ies ;) What he have here is Carly Rae Jepsen who (wow, I just learned this) is from Mission BC and came third on Canadian Idol! Her song is “Call Me Maybe” and it will STAY IN YOUR HEAD. I’m loving every second of it and can’t wait for a real music video BUT, I’m bringing it to you today because we need a remix!!
Before you pass this gem by, assuming this is gonna be some B-Movie: “Octopus Monster vs. Zombie Shark” piece, let me just say that this ain’t no low-budget, cookie cutter shoot em’ up.
Taking place in current day America, “Red State” happens in just that: Anywhere Hick-Ridden USA. It opens to a boy’s funeral being protested by a flock of asshole, devout cultists Christians informing us that his homosexuality earned him a ticket straight to Hell. Without giving too much away, this modern work is written in riveting chapters as it opens, following three relatively typical boys as they find themselves at the heart of a dangerous showdown with the god-lovers. A true liberal to the end, Kevin Smith of “Chasing Amy” and “Dogma” writing and directing fame, offers us this great flick to shudder and mostly revel in the “just desserts” the gay-hatters receive.
Thank you for Dan for sending this to me – totally made my day! For those of you that don’t know, PFLAG is a national non-profit organization devoted to GLBT, their families and communities. They have just launched a national campaign that uses social media to document people’s experiences in coming out – both everyday people (including kids) and well known personalities, including So You Think You Can Dance Canada‘s guest judge Rex Harrington (who is also the artist In residence of the Canadian National Ballet) as well as HGTV personality Terry Edward Briceland.
“Stories are the mechanism through which we support each other and inspire people to carry forward,” said Cherie MacLeod, national executive director for PFLAG in Moncton, NB. “We’ve always believed that the more connected we are, the more we can help create a safer world. This is definitely a reflection of the work that we do and how we want to inspire Canadians.”
There are also image / print ads that tease the videos with pictures of those that shared their story with a QR code on them. Those interested have to scan the code to reveal more info. PFLAG Canada wanted to show that they are embracing new technologies to get its message out. I’m really glad that PFLAG has done this. It’s so important.
Vancouver’s reputation as the laid back utopia of the North West definitely took a huge hit a couple months ago due to the post Stanley Cup riots which led people to wonder if they really know what Vancouverites are actually like. Admittedly, the suburbs and the straights were the bigger variable in this little disaster equation, but, it begs the question: what is Vancouver really like… specifically, the Vancouver gays.
Today, I’m considering something I know all my friends have been told at some point that: “Vancouver gays are just the worst to meet!” At first, this statement seems laughable. Canada has some of the nicest citizens and Vancouver is full of happy smiling, pretty people… right? I’ve heard you can stop most anybody if you’re from out of town and for the most part have a great experience as you attempt to find out how to get the beach. BUT, take a walk down Davie Street (our tiny version of San Fran’s Castro) and apparently this generosity and welcoming nature is thrown out the window…
I’ve always known I was gay. From a very young age. It was something inexplicable, but always there. People ask me all the time, “so when did you become gay?” “Errrr, when I popped out of my Momma,” is what I reply, because honey, I was born this way (gay)!
Being gay is the easy bit. Accepting it and loving yourself is the harder bit.
I wrote the following many years ago, about feeling different, and coming out. Having rediscovered it, I wanted to share it with you. Its deeply personal, and only a very select few ever got to read the original at time of creation.
To anyone out there who reads this who may be a young question gay, lesbian, transgender or bisexual person. I can say that it does Get Better, and that it got so much better for me :)