Aug 26, 2016

Logo's Finding Prince Charming, aka The Gay Bachelor

Apparently this has been in the works for a while now. In doing my research for this post I found videos and articles from at least one month ago talking about the creation of this god awful mess. Look, it's not because this is a "Gay version of the Bachelor" that I call it a god awful mess. Let's get some basics out of the way: The Bachelor on ABC and the idea behind the show, the very concept, is trash. Absolute garbage. How can any self respecting woman (or man, "Bachelorette" on ABC) live in a house with 10-12 other people all vying for the same person? Like, people actually watch this garbage? 

Well congratulations gays! You, too, now have equality in this regard. Thanks to Logo TV you can also find representation in one of the most horrible forms of "reality" TV this country has to offer. In 2010 I was totally here for "The A List: New York", also by Logo, but

Aug 25, 2016

Did Grindr Just Make it Easier to Discriminate?

In an era of openness, willingness, acceptance, and equality, most out gay men find themselves, whether willing or otherwise, representing the greater LGBTQ+ community in one form or another. Some go all out, become activists, engage in dialogue, debate, and conversation surrounding a multiple array of topics, while others are more laid back, and the rest fall somewhere in between. At Edugaytion, we have held multiple conversations about a variety of topics and discussions. One such discussion surrounded gay dating apps and the "Preference vs Racism" argument, and the discussion is nothing new. It has raged on for years now; the debate over whether or not broadcasting that you only want to date one type of man, filtered out by a number of line items (size, ethnicity, age, etc) is any form of "-ist" or just one's personal preference. 

Many of the discussions that I have had that surround these -isms have concluded with the same compromise: You can have your problematic view of the world and dating, but you shouldn't put it out there for others to see. It is more damaging for one to say "No blacks, no femme, no Asian, DDF" than to simply not respond to those people when they approach you. Ideally, if the world were as equal and progressive as we all like to pretend, everyone would have a chance with everyone, or at very least we wouldn't have material for Douchebags of Grindr. 

So imagine my surprise when after a recent update to the app, I was scrolling through Grindr and saw a new addition to the user interface, the "edit my type" button. "Oh lord", I said to myself, "what is this all about...?" I reluctantly clicked

Man Gets 40 Years for Pouring Scalding Water on Gay Couple

A judge sentenced a Georgia man to 40 years in prison Wednesday for throwing scalding water on a gay couple sleeping in an apartment, leaving them with severe burns that required surgery.
Jurors deliberated for about 90 minutes before finding Martin Blackwell, 48, guilty of eight counts of aggravated battery and two counts of aggravated assault in the February attack on Anthony Gooden and Marquez Tolbert.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Henry Newkirk said the evidence was overwhelming and that Blackwell had behaved in a soulless and malicious way. He noted that it "takes a long time" for a pot of water to boil.
"You had so many outs where the voice of reason could have taken over," the judge told Blackwell, who had faced up to 80 years in prison.
Prosecutors said

Aug 21, 2016

Flamecon 2: Day One

Last year, when I heard of Flamecon, as it was described to me: Comicon for the gays (lesbians, bisexuals, transgender, and queer), I was super upset to know that it was a one day event happening just down the street from where I would be singing an engagement at the Brooklyn Museum for the Tyler Clementi foundation. It was a very important concert that focused on the seriousness of cyber bullying performed by none other than the New York City Gay Men's Chorus, with whom I am a member. The chorus geeks and gaymers, as we call ourselves, all tried to think of ways in which we could finish the concert and then make it out to Flamecon. It was no use. The call time was too late, the show was an hour and a half, then we would have to change out of our clothes, go somewhere to prepare any cosplay, because you know we would do it, and then find our way to the venue where Flamecon was, buy tickets, get in, and enjoy. It was just too much.

So that October, one of our chorus DMs, Dennis, posted, in a secret group, that Flamecon 2 tickets were available and that we should all cash in on the great deal they were having: just 35 dollars for a weekend pass, including the party. We all purchased our tickets and laughed: "It's so far off... Summer 2016? Ok, gurl..."

Fast forward to the end of July. The 2015-16 season has just wrapped up, and we're all on choral vacation! We had just returned