They’ve only been around for a short while but already, MOGO Wear is starting to make a big name for themselves in the gay fashion market. If you’re looking for an eco-friendly, fun and flirty t-shirt that makes you look and feel good, then you should definitely be wearing one of MOGO’s designs. MOGO which is an acronym for “Men Of Gay Origin“, want you to love being who you are when you are wearing one of their pieces. Whether you are outgoing or a little shy, preppy or plain nerdy, flamboyant or just all rough and tough, they want you to feel good wearing a MOGO design and are able to express yourself through the simplistic, but eye catching prints.
Some of their most popular products include their line of Nutrition Facts which pick a gay stereotype such as JOCK, PRINCESS, GAYSIAN or BEAR and dissect their content through witty and playful descriptions of the ingredients that make up the specific character. These t-shirts are available in both black and white. What is also great about these shirts is that are made of a unique eco-friendly and antibacterial cotton, bamboo and spandex blend which make them super soft and really durable.
With the launch of their Spring/Summer line for 2011 about to be released through an event this Thursday at J Lounge in Vancouver, BC and the release of their new Gay Advocate Super Hero MOGOMaxx, MOGO Wear is sure to become a gay household name soon and we’d like to help. Want to win of these fabulous shirts?
Let me begin with a disclaimer that while my sensational title may seem to attempt to speak for all gay men, this polemic is my opinion alone- though I do think that more than a few gay men out there will find some of themselves in my words. Still, I do not at all presume omniscience of anyone else’s thoughts: this article is the culmination of my experiences and the shared experiences of some of my closest friends.
About a month ago, I developed a really bad knee infection that later was diagnosed as being the result of sliding and tearing up my legs on a heinous turf field during soccer. When it happened, I started to swell up something fierce and get physically ill; as a result of these amalgamated symptoms my mind went straight to one thought and one thought alone: I have HIV. Now, before I lose most readers to eye rolling thoughts at Homorazzi’s more “liberal lover” getting his just desserts, I feel the need to universalize myself to most of you by admitting that while I’ve had my share of sexual encounters over the past few months, I’ve been the top and I’ve always, always used a condom. Still, the second I felt sick and started to get a seemingly unwarranted swelling in my knee, I became obsessed with the notion that I had contracted HIV.
Call it histrionics, call it a lack of education, or hell, call it being realistic, personally I’d call this a pretty typical reaction for a 21st century, sexually active gay male. I go from testing to testing, constantly worrying that some accident occurred and that my negative status will have finally been compromised and my worst fear come to light… And, I personally know of no way to abate this tiring, seemingly eternal obsession.
And they are all INCREDIBLE! The HOTTEST vocalists on the scene right now are all booked to perform at Jeffrey Sanker’s White Party in Palm Springs this April. After a very impressive DJ lineup announcement (including some of my faves Freemasons, Joe Gauthreaux, Kimberly S, Peter Rauhofer, Rosabel and Hector Fonseca), the performer list was revealed a couple days ago and it’s unbelievable! I wasn’t sure if I was wanting to go this year, but after the performer announcement, it’s making me REALLY want to go! Here are the girls!
Arguably the hottest vocalist out there right now, her song “Happiness” was one of the best club tracks out for almost 2 years. Being only 18 years old, she’s also one of the youngest? Can she even get into clubs (I’m teasing). She’s got a new track out “Good Girl” with a sickening remix done by The Freemasons. Alexis is performing the Sunday T Dance, the BEST event of the whole weekend with The Freemasons.
SPOILER ALERT! Glee has played a pivotal role in shaping a gay character with Kurt Hummel and has really helped create a good role model for teens struggling with their sexuality and helping with gay acceptance in its story lines. That role was then assisted with the addition of Kurt’s first real love interest in Blaine played by Darren Criss. However, the newest Glee spoiler is causing all of us to turn our head and get a little confused, and we’re not the only ones.
According to a Glee source, the character of Blaine is about to have an intimate encounter with someone of the opposite sex. This interaction causes Blaine to have second thoughts about his sexuality and begins to wonder if he swings both ways. I am going to go on the record in saying WTF!?!?
Today, Oprah shed light on a topic that she has become a pioneer for on daytime talk TV: coming out. Over the years, spanning countless episodes, Oprah has helped many people come out, facing the obstacles in their lives and careers to come to terms with who they are. These shows have earned her numerous GLAAD awards and nominations including hitting this year’s nomination list.
Today’s episode served as a retrospective, looking back at the guests she has had that came out, shared the stories and even shocked some viewers and herself. The show began with a look back at Olympic athlete Greg Louganis who not only struggled with dealing with his sexuality, but also being HIV positive. After being on the show in 1995, a 12 year old male was changed by the message he sent out. He appeared on the show today to share his story and Greg came on stage to surprise him.
Greg and Oprah discussed how much has changed in the country in terms of acceptance on the show since his appearance. They celebrated in the fact that their are so many more gay figures on television and in popular culture portraying real life gay couples in family situations. Greg’s health is great and he discussed his drug regiment with Oprah saying he wouldn’t wish it on anybody.
A few days ago, I told you about the fact that Steve Jobs was taking a medical leave of absence from his role as CEO of Apple. In his absence Tim Cook (COO) is taking over, and in the event that Jobs’ extended leave turns permanent, 50 year old Tim Cook will replace him permanently. Oh yeah, and he’s gay, which now makes him the most powerful gay man in Silicon Valley. Up until this point, he had been described as a “lifelong bachelor” and “intensely private,” but Valleywag (division of Gawker) claims it has confirmed through “two well-placed sources” that he is gay.
He’s been with Apple since 1998 and has served as acting CEO of the company in Job’s absence before. He’s a hard worker, and keeps in good health and shape by hiking, cycling, and going to the gym. He’s an early riser, and starts sending emails at 4:30 a.m. He believes that intuition has guided his life’s choices and that preparation and hard work are necessary to execute.
I started off this post as a “Behind the Cast” which for those who aren’t frequenters of the site means it’s an article about something going on in my personal life. And, while that category fits, I decided to change it to the broader category of all-things-gay because I realized this isn’t just an issue that I’ve faced.
Basically, I’m here asking: “Why is it okay to hate the skinny gay?”
Since birth, I’ve been thin. Never had to work for it and never “escaped” it either: my weight (and very likely high metabolism) have been extremely constant throughout my 28 years. Growing up in the 80s and 90s it was frequent to hear the overweight kids get non-stop abuse in the school yard and on the weekends: today, that has definitely taken a shift. While of course there is continual bias against fat people, a shift in the mean body size of Americans and Canadians towards an all-time extreme high has seen the world and public institutions try to become more and more PC and faster to react to hatred against hate speech regarding overweight kids. As a gay, adult male, I’ve seen this shift in our culture as well. Sure, you’ll hear the whispered comment about the overweight guy stuffed into a pair of 32′s, but overall, what’s acceptable to say to each other and out loud is very different.
Personally, I have friends from all walks of life: different ages, races, heights and importantly, different sizes. Some of my friends are very much the “muscle types” in our group while others are content calling themselves “average” in weight: still, others hit the polar ends of the spectrum and range from what would be considered very overweight to very skinny. Now, maybe it’s just my friends (though, I’m not exactly just polling 13 people here), but I can honestly tell you that the only ones ever commented on in a negative or “this is what you need to fix” way are the skinny boys and to a much lesser extent the average size guys. The gym bunnies and fat friends are left without a mark. I don’t understand it at all.
Getting my hair cut by a friend recently, we started chatting about the just passed “Red Dress” event in Seattle where gay men don ladies’ attire- specifically, red dresses- to increase awareness of HIV and AIDS and raise a huge amount of money for the cause as well. Some go all out: shave the legs, mascara the eyes and heel the shoes, while others go as men… in a red dress. My friend excitedly declared he hoped they bring the event up to Vancouver cause he can’t wait to try on a dress and go nuts for the night; I was curious to hear that he actually looked forward to going out in women’s clothing. My question of: “Really?” was met with a resounding: “Yeah! It’d be so hot!” Scrunching up my face as I imagined what my bearded, 6″1 friend would look like in a BCBG original, cherry-coloured backless, I realized I would lose whatever sexual attraction I would usually muster for him the second I saw him dolled up. It got me to thinking: does drag actually turn gays on or is it just a way to express oneself without involving a stirring in the loins?
Coming off a recent article regarding racial preferences in dating, I thought this might be an interesting follow up as I’ve heard a myriad of different views on this topic for years now. Before we delve into the wider net of gay drag in general however, let’s begin by focusing first on drag queens specifically. I absolutely love a good drag show: the fantasy, the glitter, the ebullient singing and crowd “reading” (thank you RuPaul for that term ;). One of our writers Tommy D shim-self puts on a show more than a few times a year as the brobdingnagianly tall and extravagant “Syren” and it’s always a blast to attend. I can even appreciate the unique beauty and work required to pull off a realistic look: our reigning drag empress Raye Sunshine has an undeniable sexiness that even manages to appeal to the 2% remaining hetero part of me. BUT, as they are men, and I like men, I am not able to achieve wood knowing that their gibblies are tucked and taped away and that there’s more MAC slapped on their mugs than a 90s Tammy Faye Bakker.