28.2.11

Rupaul's Drag Race is Gaining in Viewers!.



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Rupaul's Drag Race, shown on Logo, cable's syndicated gay and lesbian channel, is attracting an even larger viewing audience than before.  This is its third season running and the show has attracted national attention.  It's viewing audience has started to go more mainstream as straight audiences are taking notice of this wacky reality show.
If you have not watched it let me give you the low down.  The concept is a reality show in which a dozen drag queens are chosen from around the country to compete for the Drag Superstar of the year award as well as winning $50,000 dollars as a top prize.  Absolute Vodka is the major backer for the show as well as MAC cosmetics.  The winners get some major P.R. and show up in vodka advertisements as well as guest appearances at various events.  
The show is pure gay camp at its best!  Catfights over wardrobe and makeup, bitchy comments galore , and some great catch phrases like "extravaganzzzaaaahhh" and "scandalo", and more gay drama than you can shake a stick all adds to the over the top camp!


Check it out....its on LOGO on Mondays at 10pm. 

Bollywood's First Gay Kiss

Bollywood Gone GAY??









 This article is dedicated to my friend Steve Zupcic, lover of all things Indian!  Enjoy!


Bollywood is the informal term popularly used for the Hindi-language film industry based in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. The term is often incorrectly used to refer to the whole of Indian cinema; it is only a part of the total Indian film industry, which includes several regional film industries sorted by language. Bollywood is the largest film producer in India and one of the largest centers of film production in the world.

Has Bollywood finally caught on and gone GAY?  It seems that it is posed on the brink of going gay very soon and the film that will present India's first gay on screen kiss has caused quite a controversy! Check out the article below taken from an Italian magazine.



"These days India may be going to confront one of its longest held taboos, as the film “Dunno Y … Na Jaane Kyun” (Don’t Know Why) threatens to present Bollywood with its first gay kiss on screen between the leading actors Yuvraaj Parashar and Kapil Sharma. After the controversy caused by the movie, Parashar’s real life parents have taken legal action to disown their (heterosexual) son because of the shame arising from his acting as a gay character, claiming to “not want to see his face even in death”; meanwhile, Kapil Sharma has recived some anonymous threatening letters accusing him to have betrayed Indian culture and tradition. In spite of that, Sanjay Sharma, Kapil’s brother and director of the film, says he believes that Indian audiences are “mature enough” to handle gay subject matter despite the fact the country only recently did away with colonial-era laws against homosexuality (only in 2009 High Court overturned a law outlawing homosexuality whose full legalization is expected but still must pass India’s Supreme Court). ‘Dunno Y…Na Jaane Kyun’ is the first Hindi film to look at a gay relationship with some degree of dispassionate honesty. According to Ashok Row Kavi, the editor of the country’s first gay magazine Bombay Dost, ”It talks of the complexities [of being gay] in India. Taboos are still very strong and hopefully it will change things.” Actually the lovemaking scene between Yuvraaj and Kapil is facing censorship. Kapil Sharma, who also wrote the film, says: “Why should the censors be scandalised if two men are kissing and making love? The ones in my film are very aesthetic. And so what if it’s two men making love? Love is love regardless of gender.” The storyline follows a gay model forced to compromise his morals for his career. He then forms an intimate relationship with another man, who is already married and lives with his family. Where Dunno Y.. tries to take it further than just a furtive liason is in the way it shows the relationship between the two men: the married man nearly reaches the point of breaking off with his wife, but his lover refuses to let him. For a Hindi movie, this is way beyond anything that’s been shown in the homosexual range till now. Not just in the way the men show skin and suck lip, but in the feelings they share: these are people who want to live together, not just have illicit sex."  - 5 Magazine, Italy

Lets take a look at some of Bollywood's hottest hunks!
 










 





Historic Pittsburgh Photographs

Cathedral of Learning Circa 1950

Downtown Pittsburgh - Circa 1932

East Liberty Shopping District 1928

Guild Theater (now Gullifty's Restaurant) - 1965

Phipps Conservatory - Circa 1911

Phipps Conservatory 1930

Pittsburgh Zoo - 1935

Schenley Park Golf Club -

Schenley Park Pool - Circa 1958

South Negley Ave - 1909

South Negley Ave. - 1909

Squirrel Hill Tunnel Construction- 1958

24.2.11

Horst P Horst

One of my favorite vintage photographers, German born Horst P Horst was well known for his fashion photographs, work with Vogue Magazine and also photographs of women during the 1930's and 40's.  He was also recognized for his work with architectural photography as well as interior design. He worked with Coco Chanel and was her favorite photographer.  I have posted a few of his works below.  If you want to know more about Horst P. Horst click on this link:  HORST P HORST GALLERY



















22.2.11

Love versus Sex

I went on a search for photographs that show a true and real connection between two people.  Most of the time sex is portrayed in the media, on the web, on billboards, ect. but they never seem to capture any real meaning between two people.  I wanted to show photographs that capture a true intimate moment, photographs that portray us as being human and that show that love, be it between gay or straight couples is a very real and tangible thing.  It isn't all about sex....its about love for another person, a true and tangible connection between two people on a deep and intimate level  To me, that is much more provocative than any graphic photograph could ever be...it is what true art is all about....portraying life.

Maybe these will disturb some of you.  The thought of two men, or two women being intimate is too much for some people.  It is a very real thing.  So many times the media portrays the gay life style as just being based on sex....I can assure you that it is not.  We have real commitments, real love, real families and real feelings. I saw a quote on my search that said "sex with another person is great, sex with someone that you love has no comparison."
  Take a look below......

















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