From a Japanese TV game show: competitive acrobatic testicle-whacking for fun and profit. Not actually gay in its cultural context, certainly it is homoerotic to our quirky eyes. Via 15 Association Fraternal JB. Thanks! Dedicated to Big Gay Al, who digs this kind of thing. Don’tcha, Al? Thwack! For the video clip of these guys in action, click here. Translation of text in upper left? More context? It would be much appreciated!
Posted in GAY GAZE: Visual Culture, Photos, Art, Comics, Film, Objects, etc..., Internet, Japan, Leather, Men, Subcultures, Television
Tagged 15 Association, Balls, Big Gay Al, CBT, Culture, Game Show, Gay, Homoerotic, Impact, Internet, Japan, Testicles, TV
IGLHRC E.D. Cary Alan Johnson
The IGLHRC website has been banned in Indonesia.
Statement from Cary Alan Johnson, Executive Director, International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission:
“This is not the first time that attempts to organize and educate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their allies have been met with state censorship. All too often, governments use the charge of pornography as a smokescreen to attack freedom of expression. Oppressive governments can’t stop the tide of LGBT voices—whether they are on the Internet, in the media or on the streets. IGLHRC stands with human rights defenders in Indonesia in their struggle to keep the web free for dialog on basic human rights issues.
According to a spokesperson for the internet service provider IM2, the order came from the Minister of Communication and Information who … banned [the website] due to it’s content which, they determined contains pornography.
Subsequently, Indonesian LGBT activists who tried to access the website reported that they had received the following message: Site inaccessible. The site you wish to open cannot be accessed. (Situs tidak bisa diakses. Situs yang hendak Anda buka tidak dapat diakses.)
Web censorship in Indonesia is frequent but is neither well organized nor uniform and depends on the operator and their respective location. Therefore, with word that they had been banned, IGLHRC reached out to dozens of activists in Indonesia who investigated the accessibility of the website. Indonesian activists confirmed that they were unable to access the IGLHRC website. Many reported they were denied accessibility.
Specifically, IGLHRC was censored in Jakarta (Telkomsel, Indosat, 3), Bandung (Telkomsel, XL), Palembang, South Sumatra, Surabaya (XL), Salatiga, Central Java as well as other areas. Censoring operators include Telkomsel, Indosat (IM-3), Three, XL Axiata, and Telkom Speedy. Only First Media, a small cable operator consistently refused to ban the site.
Posted in Asia, History, Indonesia, Internet, SCANDAL: Politics, Crime, Revolution and More., WORLD WIDE: Gay around the Globe!
Tagged Activism, Cary Alan Johnson, censorship, Culture, Gay, human rights, IGLHRC, Indonesia, Internet, LGBT
Blogger Bears Jorge Vieto and Gryphon Van Der Hole. Subspecies: California Single-tail Pocket Bear and Giant Electric Midwestern Ginger. Feeding at Rocco’s Cafe in San Francisco’s South of Market District.
Posted in Beards, Gryphon Van Der Hole, Human Animals, Internet, iPhone, Leather, Photography, San Francisco, Subcultures
Tagged Bears, cafe, Culture, Dapperkink, Gay, Gryphon Van Der Hole, Internet, Jorge Vieto, San Francisco, SOMA
Jesus Christ - Twitter Avatar
Breaking internet meme: this site was surprised when one of its associates was notified that his newest Twitter follower was none other than Jesus Christ Himself! With a tag line of “Follow Jesus in your life and on Twitter” J.C. seems to have appeared on the internet just this morning. None of His posts are older than an hour, but this son has been busy. He goes by @JesusProphet online and has already tweeted at Lady Gaga that she looks “like the cowardly lion.” Seemed like a compliment! Other choice bits include “White people are funny, they really think I am one? Come on, get a map.” and “I think I’m starting to get splinters.” You can find Christ on Twitter @JesusProphet. And yes, we are following Him back.
UPDATE: RIP JC of the Internet. After a mere two-hour existence on-line, Jesus Christ has had His Twitter account suspended. Religious satire lives fast and dies quick on the Internet. More to the story…no doubt.
Posted in Internet, Literature, Spirituality, Strange News, Subcultures
Tagged Funny, Internet, Jesus Christ, JesusProphet, Lady Gaga, meme, Religion, Satire, Tweet, Twitter
Donk. For a great Lady Gaga Telephone re-do, click here. For an interesting musical political commentary, based on a lyrical re-working of the Beach Boys’ classic Kokomo, click here.
These two are just too cute. Barely more than kids, as soldiers usually are, they are caught in a complicated history, their own personal stories intertwined with that of their country at war. Vets, and children of vets, understand how one can despise war and still honor warriors. Many of us still carry the physical and emotional effects of conflicts long past. “It’s complicated” – as they say on Facebook. War is hell, but it is also boredom. In these media days, that’s easily taken care of with a camera and a YouTube account. The Internet is awash with interesting videos made by soldiers with time on their hands. These two mess around to Soulja Boy’s
Posted in Afghanistan, Internet, Iraq, Middle East, Military, Music, SCANDAL: Politics, Crime, Revolution and More., Subcultures, Video
Tagged Beach Boys, Culture, Dance, Donk, Hot, Internet, Kokomo, Lady Gaga, Marines, Military, Music, Sexy, Silly, Soldiers, Soulja Boy, Telephone, USMC, Video, War, YouTube
Doubt the death of the author? At art.com, visitors can choose images from the library and preview them framed over the couch in a choice of living rooms or stretched over canvas above the toilet in the bathoom. It’s the ‘view-in-room’ option, a database-driven, semi-automatic and very interactive shopping experience. Most of their images are drawn from the visual arts canon, but they also offer medical stock photography and other arcane scientific and historical subjects, which make for some very strange interior design possibilities. Pictured here: AIDS Virus, Black Background Photographic Print, 32′ x 24″ framed, displayed in the #2 children’s bedroom option. Get it here. Or not.
Posted in AIDS, Collecting, Internet, SCANDAL: Politics, Crime, Revolution and More., Sickness and Health, Signage, Strange News
Tagged 30 Years Old, AIDS, Anniversary, Art, database, Gay, HIV/AIDS, Internet, Photography, SCANDAL: Politics, Crime, Revolution and More., Thirty Years
This Ready to Bare site’s promo describes itself as a site dedicated to Queer Culture , Art, Community, Discussion & Celebrity Interviews. Regularly entertaining, Accidental Bear features the Hair Ball of the Day. Big fun for fur fans!
Posted in Beards, Facial hair, Internet, Photography, Subcultures
Tagged Accidental Bear, Bear, Beard, Gay, Hairy, Hirsute, Internet, Otter, Photography, Sexy
The telegraph has been called ‘The Victorian Internet.’ But this thing? Remote communications? On-demand printing? Database? Imaging technology? All in a mobile device! Of course, there are still a few bugs in the system. For the very latest in Renaissance apps…
Left to right: Jose Ortiz, Jonathan Chavez, and Steve Parelli West coast of St. Lucia, Thursday, April 21, 2011.
Other Sheep is an organizational blog about “faith and LGBT concerns worldwide.” Run by long-time partners Rev. Steven Parelli and Mr. Jose Ortiz, Other Sheep recently returned from a nine-day cruise through the Caribbean. Rev. Parelli reflects on what has changed (and what has not) since he was a closeted Baptist teenager on Martinique in 1970. To read the Other Sheep travelogue, click here. For a big evangelical coming-out party, unrelated to Other Sheep, click here.
Posted in Internet, Spirituality, Subcultures, Travel, West Indies
Tagged Baptist, Blogs, Caribbean, Christian, Culture, Evangelical, Gay, Internet, Out, Religion, Spirituality, Travel