DEMARO is an emerging, openly gay dancehall artist who’s ready to risk the adversity associated with the Caribbean’s stance on homosexuality, in the pursuit of his music career. Jamaica, a country so beautiful, is still plagued by it’s negative ideoglogy of the LGBTQ community. For Demaro, that meant moving to New York would be his only escape for hope, survival, and sharing his music freely. Check out his first music video below.
NEW TATTOO, NEW YOU? The Biebs gave a tattoo tour on Insta.
IN MEMORIAM Writer Brian Keith Jackson’s last Instagram post of the year was dedicated to gay teen Nigel Shelby who committed suicide earlier this year. “Last post of the year. I’ve had a great many memories this year, most, of which, I keep to myself. Still, as I sit in my hotel room, at 3:20am, trying to figure out what things I should show, my mind kept returning to Nigel Shelby. As we head into 2020, please interact with our kids, young adults, adults, and elderly. Let them know we see them. Not all will trust or appreciate it, but do it. WE still have time to grow. Unfortunately, Nigel does not. He should have seen a New Year. He will be my guardian angel, going forth. I hope to make him proud. Shit ain’t easy for adults, so just imagine…” Jackson wrote.
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Last post of the year. I’ve had a great many memories this year, most, of which, I keep to myself. Still, as I sit in my hotel room, at 3:20am, trying to figure out what things I should show, my mind kept returning to Nigel Shelby. As we head into 2020, please interact with our kids, young adults, adults, and elderly. Let them know we see them. Not all will trust or appreciate it, but do it. WE still have time to grow. Unfortunately, Nigel does not. He should have seen a New Year. He will be my guardian angel, going forth. I hope to make him proud. Shit ain’t easy for adults, so just imagine…#nigelshelby, #angel, #makethetime, #beofservice, #iseeyou, #happynewyear, #wegotrainedon
REST IN PEACE Visionary literary editor Sonny Mehta. Says the New York Times, “The urbane and astute head of Alfred A. Knopf who guided one of the book world’s most esteemed imprints to new heights through a blend of prize-winning literature by Toni Morrison and Cormac McCarthy among others and blockbusters such as Fifty Shades of Grey and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, has died at age 77. Mehta, the husband of author Gita Mehta, died Monday at a Manhattan hospital. According to Knopf, the cause was complications from pneumonia.
“Mehta’s contributions to the world of letters and publishing are without precedent,” a statement from the publisher read Tuesday. “His exacting standards – in editorial, production, design, marketing, and publicity – were a beacon to the book industry and beyond.”
The bearded, chain-smoking Mehta spoke carefully and chose wisely, helping Knopf thrive even as the industry faced the jarring changes of corporate consolidation, the demise of thousands of independent stores and the rise of e-books.
RONNY CHIENG thinks 2019 was stupid. Watch The Daily Show correspondent below.
LEGENDARY SCI-FI ARTIST Syd Mead is dead at 86. According to Boing Boing, “Mead’s work powers the visionary qualities of movies such as Blade Runner, Tron, Star Trek The Motion Picture, Aliens, and Elysium, but his work as a designer for automaker Ford and electronics company Philips are just as influential. His is a body of work truly without end.”
It is my great honor to say I have a Syd Mead story. pic.twitter.com/XIFTSWFb3g
— Joel, ᵃ ᶠʳⁱᵉⁿᵈ (@joeljohnson) December 30, 2019
WWE STAR and homophobe Lars Sullivan is discovered to be a former Gay Porn actor says Towleroad.
WWE is Lars Sullivan territory
Pornhub: *clears throat* "THIS IS LARS SULLIVAN TERRITORY! pic.twitter.com/UkeTn89Dpc
— Fiending for Followers‼️🎅 (@Fiend4Follows) December 29, 2019
JOHN BOYEGA aka Star Wars‘ Finn is getting called misogynistic for making jokes about how it doesn’t matter who Rey kisses, it’s who she sleeps with in the end… saying he’s reducing her to being a sexual object. His response:
Star Wars romance 😗👀🙂 pic.twitter.com/ngB6XEMMS2
— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) December 31, 2019
LUKE SYKWALKER himself, Mark Hamill speaks out on the speculation of the “love affair’ between Finn and Poe. “Luke never met either Finn or Poe So what they do behind closed doors I guess I’ll never know… But I would like to also note that love is love Whatever floats your boat.
Luke never met either Finn or Poe
So what they do behind closed doors
I guess I'll never know…
But I would like to also note that love is love
Whatever floats your boat.#LGBTerrific 🌈 https://t.co/swT1F1UsOG
— Mark HammyNewYear (@HamillHimself) December 30, 2019
Hamill also commented on the SNL Weekend Update joke saying Rise’s same-sex kiss was not nearly as provocative as the fact that A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back featured an incestuous one between Luke and Leia: “SNL Weekend Update-“The new
#StarWars surprised fans by featuring a gay kiss-which seems pretty tame considering the 1st movie had incest” WRONG! Since Luke & Leia were totally unaware that they were related in any way whatsoever-what they did was actually #Innocestuous. ”
SNL Weekend Update-"The new #StarWars surprised fans by featuring a gay kiss-which seems pretty tame considering the 1st movie had incest" WRONG! Since Luke & Leia were totally unaware that they were related in any way whatsoever-what they did was actually #Innocestuous. 💋😚😳🙄 pic.twitter.com/B4EnBr2OCv
— Mark HammyNewYear (@HamillHimself) December 30, 2019
GAY PENGUINS In March, zoologist and comedian Daniel Sloss gave Conan O’Brien an update on them.
REGULATION HOTTIE singer Froy Gutierrez got a new pet for Christmas. Daw.
me n my dog ➖👌➖ pic.twitter.com/sgjgG2f1Vh
— froylan (@froynextdoor) December 30, 2019
GRATUITOUS Caption this!
“Teacher: Did you know that the first Olympics were held entirety in the nude? Clark, you’re something of an athlete, right?” wrote Dekker Dreyer.
EMO KYLO REN pokes fun at his own and Rey’s family tree in Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker. “Come to the dark side,” he writes, “Our relatives were colleagues.”
come to the dark side
our relatives were colleagues
— Emo Kylo Ren (@KyloR3n) December 30, 2019
AUTHOR MADELINE MILLER talked to PBS NewsHour about her novel Circe. Her previous novel The Song of Achilles revealed her love of classical Greece. Miller joined Jeffrey Brown to answer reader questions on Circe. Miller says her fascination with the character of Circe goes back to when she was a child. “The first time I read The Odyssey, I had been really excited, because I knew there was this witch who turned men into pigs. And I thought, ooh, wow, that sounds like a really interesting and meaty and complex character, which are kind of thin on the ground in general in Greek mythology. But when I got there, I was really frustrated about how sort of flattened the portrait was and how it was really still just Odysseus’ story. And so there was this piece of me from the very moment, the first time I read The Odyssey as a 13-year-old, that really wanted to go in and explore this character and find out, well, who is she? Why is she turning men into pigs, which is the most notable things she does in The Odyssey, but which is never addressed at all.”
PDA is OK! Lach and and some lucky dude.
Good Morning pic.twitter.com/hOLlU61y1t
— Lach (@romeohomo) December 30, 2019
A NEW YEAR’S BLESSING “That everything that arrives is better than what you are looking for, lasts longer than you expect and makes you happier than you could imagine.”
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que todo lo que llegue sea mejor de lo que buscas, dure mas de lo que esperas y te haga mas feliz de lo que pudiste imaginar. 🙂 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #instagram #instadaily #photography #picoftheday #martes #tueday #relax #montaña #gay #gayman #instagay #gayhot #gayespaña #gayteen #gaylife #gayboy #gayspain #gaypride #gaymen #gaycute #gayhunk #gayguy #gayfollow #gayjock
NOVELIST ALEXANDER CHEE is raising money for After Mentorship: Queer|Art’s alumni showcase series. The program says, “2019 has been our most significant year yet. In recognition of Queer|Art’s growing impact, this year we’ve received major grants for 2020 from the NEA, the New York State Council on the Arts, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Bloomberg Foundation — but we are still at the core a grassroots project supported by a small group of artists and individuals who together keep Queer|Art strong.” Adds Chee,
“As a new board member I’m proud to support this work and I ask you to join me, at whatever level you can. Happy New Year!”
PETE BUTTIGIEG had a few things to say about Impeachment, Ukraine, and Joe Biden to the Associated Press.
FOOT FETISH Who does the mystery foot belong to in Gus Kenworthy’s dispatch from his holiday vacay in French Polynesia?!