August 31, 2012

3 New Things I Learned From Clint Eastwood At The RNC

1.  President Obama is invisible. I mean, "Mr. Obama" is invisible.

2.  Clint Eastwood is crazy.

3.  I honestly can't think of any more.

However, I was able to come up with 7 Things I Would Rather Do Than Have Mitt Romney Elected

Jennifer Lopez, I Mean J-Lo, Has A New Lesbian T.V. Show

She may be Jenny From The Block, but Jennifer Lopez is set to be an executive producer on a television show for women who don't love cock. Please note that I have an English degree and $40,000.00 in student loan debt, so making an immature, rhyming joke is the least I could do to honor my educational background. I digress.

ABC Family has recently green lit the new series Meet The Fosters, which revolves around a lesbian couple who are foster parents. People are pissed, especially the anti-LGBT group One Million Moms. Please note that the group does not have one million members, but around 40,000.

In a recent posting on the One Million Moms website, it reads:

“Obviously, ABC has lost their minds. They haven't let up so neither will we. ABC's Family Channel has several anti-family programs, and they are planning on adding to that growing list. ABC Family has approved a series pilot from Jennifer Lopez's production company, Nuyorican, about a lesbian couple and their diverse family. Many families have already discovered that ABC Family Channel is anything but family-friendly. But because of family being part of the network's name, we thought a warning should still be sent out for anyone who continues to watch the channel."

LGBT inclusive media has been a growing trend over the past few years. The New Normal, which premieres on September 11, revolves around a gay male couple who use a surrogate to have a baby.
Partners, a new show from the writers of Will & Grace, follows the lives of two best friends; one gay and one straight, as they navigate their lives in New York City.

In addition, make sure to read How America Subconsciously Evolves, my newest op-ed for The Advocate, on how mainstream Americans are changing their beliefs on LGBT rights due to inclusive and gay friendly advertising.

Way to be progressive, J-Lo! The LGBT community appreciates it. Although we still need to take an official vote at a Lady Gaga concert, I think it's safe to say that collectively, we now forgive you for the 2003 movie Gigli.

August 30, 2012

Idiot Of The Week: Gina Rinehart

The richest woman in the word, billionaire Gina Rinehart, has a few "tips" for low-income individuals who are envious of those who live a lavish lifestyle.

A highlight of her recent advice:

“If you’re jealous of those with more money, don’t just sit there and complain. Do something to make more money yourself — spend less time drinking or smoking and socialising, and more time working.

Great advice, Gina! Who knew Australians gave such amazing insight?

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Maybe everyone should attempt to follow in the footsteps of Ms. Rinehart directly, which involves:

1.  Being born to a rich family.
2.  Being left 30 billion dollars after your parents die.

In between steps one and two, one must gain excess weight to become seventy to ninety pounds overweight.

6 Upsetting Things This Week

1.  Realizing that Justin Bartha from The New Normal is not gay in real life.

2.  Realizing that Marcus Bachmann is gay in real life.

3.  Seeing cute Republicans at the Republican National Conference.

4.  Seeing ugly Democrat protestors at the Republican National Conference.

5.  Finding out that Lindsay Lohan was banned from the Chateau Marmont for not paying $46, 350.04.

6.  Finding out I was banned from my favorite dive bar in the East Village for making out with the bouncer in an alley. Uh, just kidding.

USMC Commandant James Amos: No Problems Since The Repeal Of Don't Ask, Don't Tell

James Amos, the "top" U.S. marine, had this gem of a statement back in 2010 regarding what would happen if gay soldiers served openly in the United States:

"When your life hangs on a line, on the intuitive behavior of the young man ... who sits to your right and your left, you don't want anything distracting you," Amos told reporters at the Pentagon. "I don't want to lose any Marines to distraction. I don't want to have any Marines that I'm visiting at Bethesda (hospital) with no legs," he said. He added that "mistakes and inattention or distractions cost Marines' lives. That's the currency of this fight."

Thankfully, I've never had to fight overseas, but for those who serve our country, I'd like to assume that while under gunfire or attack, they wouldn't be thinking about who their fellow soldiers are fucking, but I digress.

In a recent interview with The Washington Blade, Amos seemed to evolve on his beliefs. A snippet from the article:

“I don’t think there is a problem,” said Commandant Gen. James Amos during a National Press Club luncheon in downtown Washington. “I don’t see it. I don’t hear about it.” [snip] “We obey orders,” said Amos. “We do that better than anybody does and we have.” He again noted that he doesn’t “even get a question” about openly gay and lesbian servicemembers from subordinates and other Marines. “I don’t hear anything,” said Amos. “I’m not seeing anything at all, so I’m very pleased with how it’s turned out. I’m very proud of the Marines."

Ideas For Gay Pride Events At The Pentagon

Don't Ask, Don't Tell was repealed on September 20, 2011.

Gay and lesbian Americans are able to serve openly throughout the world as they put their lives on the line. When back in the United States, they are only able to legally marry their same-sex partner in a handful of states.

August 29, 2012

Ann Romney Loves The Television Show Modern Family

In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, Ann Romney said that her favorite television series is Modern Family, which portrays the lives of a "modern" American family that includes a gay couple and immigrants. Hmmmm.

Show creator Steve Levitan was excited, and even had a tweet for the potential first lady:

"Thrilled Ann Romney says ModFam is her favorite show. We'll offer her the role of officiant at Mitch & Cam's wedding. As soon as it's legal."

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In other news, I also heard a rumor that she and Todd Akin watch marathons of 16 And Pregnant together while naming the unborn children of rape victims.

August 27, 2012

New San Francisco Archbishop Arrested For Driving Drunk

Bishop Salvatore Cordileone, an outspoken proponent against marriage equality in California, nicknamed "The Father of Proposition 8," was arrested this past weekend  in San Diego after having dinner with friends.

Prop 8 was a ballot proposition and constitutional amendment passed in November 2008, which banned marriage between people of the same sex in California.

And no, in case you were wondering, the DWI was not "Driving While Instagramming" a cross. He was drunk. Rumor has it he was listening to the song "One Of Us" by Joan Osborne.

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On Monday, he released the following statement:

“I apologize for my error in judgment and feel shame for the disgrace I have brought upon the Church and myself. I will repay my debt to society and I ask forgiveness from my family and my friends and co-workers at the Diocese of Oakland and the Archdiocese of San Francisco. ... I pray that God, in His inscrutable wisdom, will bring some good out of this."

I also heard another rumor that he refused to blow into the breathalyzer because it was "too gay."

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Idiots Of The Week: NBC Affiliate KSL In Salt Lake City

This week, the Salt Lake City television station KSL said they won't air the new ABC sitcom The New Normal. The series, set to premiere in September, follows the lives of a gay couple and their surrogate who is carrying their gayby. I mean, baby.

In an interview with The Salt Lake Tribune, Jeff Simpson, CEO of KSL's parent company Bonneville International, said,
“For our brand, this program feels inappropriate on several dimensions, especially during family viewing time."

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The series is set to debut on NBC on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 8:30PM. Check out the trailer, but be careful; THERE ARE GAY PEOPLE, A BLACK WOMAN, and EVEN PEOPLE WITH PROGRESSIVE IDEAS THAT GO AGAINST THE BIBLE. You were warned. Be careful.

Bill Nye The Science Dude: Why America Is Wrong On Evolution

Bill! Bill! Bill! Bill! Do you remember who screamed that during the 90's? If you are thinking Monica Lewinsky; yes, you are right. However, that was also part of the theme song of the popular series Bill Nye The Science Guy. Bill is back -- and the bitch ain't impressed.

In a recent video for Big Think, Nye discusses how the denial of evolution is unique to the United States of America.

"The idea of deep time of billions of years explains so much of the world around us. If you try to ignore that, your worldview becomes crazy, untenable, itself inconsistent," Nye said in the video posted on Youtube.

"I say to the grownups, if you want to deny evolution and live in your world, that's completely inconsistent with the world we observe, that's fine.  But don't make your kids do it.  Because we need them.  We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future.  We need engineers that can build stuff and solve problems."

At Odds With Religion. Again.

In June, the Gallup Poll released its latest findings on evolution, which showed that 46% of Americans believed in creationism, 32% believed in evolution guided by God, and 15% believed in atheistic evolution.

I'm not going to knock the beliefs of 46% of Americans, but on what fucking day were dinosaur bones planted into the Earth?

August 26, 2012

This Gay Adoption Political Cartoon Is A Tad Bit Dramatic

          There's no way the gay couple wanted a dog AND a baby.

Bush Puppeteer Karl Rove To Speak At Canisius College

Back in 2000, in a dark room where gays, immigrants, blacks, and women were not allowed, a puppet looked in the sunken eyes of his creator and asked, "What would happen if I was a real politician? I mean, boy? Then what?"

As Karl Rove, the hot shot Republican political consultant and policy adviser looked into the eyes of George W. Bush, he told him that everything was going to be okay. He was soon to be president.

Alright, alright. I'm not exactly sure that happened, but I wouldn't be surprised if it did.

Now, while I love Buffalo and my Jesuit Alma mater, Canisius College, they are always doing styupied shyt. During my junior year, they allowed Orrin Hatch, one of the most homophobic and oppressive politicians, to speak on campus. This past year, they did not allow LGBT activist Zach Wahls to speak, for which they claimed was "lack of communication" with Unity, the gay straight alliance at Canisius.

On Monday, September 17, 2012, Karl Rove will speak at Canisius College. Rove’s lecture is entitled “Understanding America’s Challenges.

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"Canisius College. Where Leaders Are Made." My only question; what type of leaders are being "made?" Shit, that reminds me -- I have a student loan bill due.

Happy Women's Equality Day

On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was certified. What did that mean for America? Well, women were now allowed to vote in the land of the free. Females put their babies down and ran to cast that first vote -- running slow enough to ensure that their ankles did not show.

The right for women to vote was first proposed in 1848 and took over 70 years to pass.

This post is dedicated to all you women who will be voting for homophobic politicians this election season.

Happy Women's Equality Day!

5 Reasons Why I Wish My 20's Were Spent In The 1990's

1.  I could wear flannel all day, every day. If I went to a gay bar, I wouldn't be mistaken for a butch lesbian, with is oftentimes the case for me in 2012. Horned up, New York City lesbians aren't impressed when you get to their basement apartment and they find that you are packing some heat.

2.  I think I would be old enough to adopt the Bumble Bee girl from the "No Rain" music video by Blind Melon.

3.  When at a bar, my friends wouldn't be annoying as hell and constantly checking their iPhones. However, I'm sure one friend in the 1990's would have their eyes glued to their beeper. "Well, you know, what if it's an emergency?"

9 Signs That You Were Gay If You Grew Up In The 1990's

4.  There was no such thing as internet dating. Well, other than the AOL sex chats. ASL? Don't act like you don't know what that means. With less places for me to find a date, there are less chances for me to get turned down - or, even better, less of a chance for me to unknowingly agree to go on a date with a married couple. DO NOT use while drunk.

5.  I would somehow figure out a way to get on the set of Saved By The Bell during the episode where Jessie becomes addicted to pills. Um, caffeine pills. Watching this scene in person would completely make my life. Luckily, the clip is on Youtube, so check it out.

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August 25, 2012

OMG Guys Snooki Is In Labor

Reports are in that Ms. Jersey Shore, Snooki, is, like, having her baby right now! In less important news, a couple hundred more people are dead in Syria.

"Snooki is in labor y'all," tweeted one user. "My friend's mom works at St. Barnabas in Livingston, NJ and Snooki is there having her baby lol."

Photograph courtesy of Ricardo Garcia Vilanova.

August 24, 2012

Empire State Building Shooting, Gunman Killed By NYPD

Close to a dozen people were shot Friday morning in front of the Empire State Building, according to the New York Office of Emergency Management.

The suspect in the shooting was shot and killed by police.

Reports of gunfire occurred around 9AM on Friday. In an interview with CNN, a witness said that the gunman shot a man in the head.

The Empire State Building is one of New York City's best-known tourist attractions which has around 4 million visitors to the building's two observation decks each year.

The skyscraper, a few blocks from my office building, can be seen from my office window. My thoughts go out to all those impacted.

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August 23, 2012

A Raisin Isn't A Legitimate Grape

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer In Brooklyn

As we all know, I hate boobies and vaginas, but I love women. And, from what I can imagine, losing a breast, or both, to cancer has to be a terrible circumstance that brings additional psychological damage.

Like that picture of me in pink? I wear pink underwear, too. Just an FYI.

A few months ago, I had a "scare" where a few doctors thought it was going to lose one of my testicles
. Fortunately, it ended up being cleared up with an operation and medication, but it still had me thinking: Is this cancer? What happens if I lose one of my boys? What if I lose both of my boys?

On Sunday, October 21, 2012, I will be walking with my team - PINK OF THE PACE - in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, in order to raise money for breast cancers survivors.

My goal is $2,500. I know, I know, it's a fucking recession (wait, is it still?), so calm down.

For anyone who donates more than $37 to my goal, I will write you an article on the topic of your choice, up to 400 words. You will get a shout out in the post, as well as a kiss from me if I ever see you in person. Is this a form of prostitution? Oh well, it's for a good cause.

But, I'm serious about the article part. To donate, please visit MY OFFICIAL FUNDRAISING PAGE, and send me an email at once you have done so.

7 Possible Memoir Titles For Those Who Suck At Dating

Since moving to New York City from Los Angeles, I’ve found that it’s been a tad bit easier to sleep around. I mean it’s been a lot easier to sleep around. I MEAN DATE. Alright. Moving on.

When describing my dating and love life, I find it easier to compare and contrast popular culture to give my friends a better perspective, such as, “Think of the HBO show Girls with the suspense of the Scream franchise. That pretty much sums it up.”

A Generation Y Perspective On Love

It seems as if everyone has a memoir, so here are a few possible  memoir titles inspired by movies. And my life.

1.  Fifty First Dates (And No Second)

2.  The Goonies (Of Manhattan)

3.  Armageddon (On)

4.  Waiting To Exhale (And Die)

5.  The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly (And The Guy Who Seemed Really Nice And Then Said He Wasn't Really Gay Even Though He Kissed Me Goodnight And Asked Me To Stay Over And I Said No)

6.  Disturbing Behavior (And Mannerisms)

7.  Die Hard: Insight on Blue Balls In A Modern Era

Generation Y Dating Tips: From Trashy To Classy

August 22, 2012

Hugh Hefner Defends LGBT Individuals And Gay Marriage

If the straightest man in America can support gay rights, then you can, too. Hugh Hefner was written a column to appear in the September issue of Politico that calls for the inclusion of gay men and women.

"The fight for gay marriage is, in reality, a fight for all of our rights. Without it, we will turn back the sexual revolution and return to an earlier, puritanical time,” he writes.

“Today, in every instance of sexual rights falling under attack, you’ll find legislation forced into place by people who practice discrimination disguised as religious freedom. Their goal is to dehumanize everyone’s sexuality and reduce us to using sex for the sole purpose of perpetuating our species. To that end, they will criminalize your entire sex life."

Sherlyn Chopra Is The First Indian Playmate

In other news, Marcus Bachmann is jerking off to a Playgirl magazine somewhere in Iowa.

August 21, 2012

You Don't Like Buffalo, New York? Well, Fuck You, Buddy

My hometown of Buffalo, dubbed "The City Of Good Neighbors," allegedly has the rudest people in the United States. Thank god I moved to New York City because the residents here among the politest; well, at least on Twitter.

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A new, rudimentary study by Vertaline used a certain methodology in ranking the cities, such as:

"We scanned for tweets containing phrases Good morning and F— you in 462 specific locations within United States. In order to get enough data for creating an animation we scanned Twitter at intervals approximately once per hour."

The Buffalo area produces the greatest prevalence of "F— you" posts.

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In other news, it's not really a tweet if your phone didn't want it to be. Right Todd Akin?

Follow me on fucking twitter, would ya?


Idiot Of The Week: Todd Akin

When I hear the last name Akin, the first thing that pops into my mind is one man that is the prototype of male masculinity; Clay Akin. Now, my fantasies have been clouded, yet again, by an idiot politician.

Todd Akin, who is the Republican (surprising, right?) nominee for Senate from Missouri, recently told a reporter that women rarely get pregnant from rape.

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"It seems to me, first of all, from what I understand from doctors, that's really rare,” he told KTVI-TV in St. Louis this weekend. “If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

Todd -- women are humans, not robots that have automatic defense mechanisms that shut down their vaginas. By the way, what the hell is "legitimate rape?" Another gem from the Republican party.

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August 14, 2012

I Hope Jay Z And Kanye West Will Sing At My Future Wedding

                                     THAT SHIT GAY.   

August 13, 2012

Why Girly Jewelry Can Fuck Off

What's one of the best things about living in New York City? Meeting fabulous and talented artists, of course. Have you ever wanted a necklace that said something along the lines of "Fuck You?" Well, then read on and learn about Tiffanie Drayton.

A "Best Friends Forever" necklace is so 1992 ... and not in a good way, sister.

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Drayton is mostly a self-taught metal smith residing in Brooklyn. The creator of Metal Taboo: Socially Deviant Metal Art, she began metalsmithing seven years ago after taking a class. Working out of her studio in Brooklyn, Metal Taboo was started three years ago as an embrace of vice.

She spoke with me about the popularity of her work and how artists can contribute to social movements. She is one bad ass chick!

Jeffrey Hartinger (JH): What was the initial response of your "controversial" pieces?

Tiffanie Drayton (TD): The line was started out of the belief that many people were feeling angst and frustration; I assumed from the beginning it might be well received. But because I started it online and didn’t get any in person reaction, the only feedback I initially got was based on sales--and I did sell relatively quickly. Once I started selling in person, I got the confirmation that people really identified with and liked it. And interestingly, a line that started out as a reflection of frustration and vice has snowballed into something that brings smiles to people’s faces. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, though. From the beginning, and still every now and then, a random person will challenge me, scoff, or give me an eye roll. I embrace it all.

JH: What is one of your best selling items?

TD: To date, “Fuck Cancer” and “Cunt” have been my consistent best sellers from the start. The “Fuck Cancer” is pretty self explanatory. The disease has run rampant and it causes a very strong emotion in people. As for “Cunt”, I remember thinking when I first added it that it was either going to go over really well or cause quite a stir. Needless to say, it went over extremely well. But I will say it is the number one cause of the scoffs.

JH: The mission of Generation: (WH)Y? is to entertain, as well as inform people regarding the gay rights movement. Do you see national marriage equality in the near future?

TD: The “near” future is subjective and as far as I’m concerned, years from now is not near enough; so I won’t use that word. I do think marriage equality will be a reality, but it will take some time. My belief on that has been formed not only by the fact that I am a black woman engulfed in a culture that as a whole frowns upon homosexuality, but also one from North Carolina, where people just a few months ago passed that awful marriage amendment. I can say from first hand experience that there are a lot of deep-rooted homophobic ideologies that have to be conquered in this country before change is made. There will be people fighting equality until the end, but there are great strides being made. We’ll get there eventually.

JH: Any LGBT related pieces in the works?

TD: Always and forever. I incorporate LGBT pieces as regularly as anything else. Pieces chanting “Gay Pride”, “Pride”, “Queer”. “LGBT”, “Chicks Over Dicks” or anything similar can all be found on display or in the shop at any given time. The LGBT community has been a great customer base, as well as source of creativity for me. I’ve even vended at Gay Pride.
Isn't Tiffanie awesome? Make sure to check out her official website, become a fan of
Metal Taboo: Socially Deviant Metal Art on Facebook and Twitter, and shop for her items at Etsy. For some humor, read the 6 Things I Wouldn't Be Able To See In A Girls Life Without Instagram.

August 6, 2012

Idiot Of The Week: Porn Star Jenna Jameson

The first lady of porn, Jenna Jameson, has went ahead and endorsed Mitt Romney for President of the United States. In a VIP room of a strip club in San Francisco.

“I’m very looking forward to a Republican being back in office,” Jameson told a KCBS-TV reporter, champagne in hand. “When you’re rich, you want a Republican in office."

Hey Jenna -- are you aware that Romney has vowed to make porn illegal if he is elected?

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You Can Be Friends With An Ex

Over the years, I've probably had more boyfriends than Marcus Bachmann and Clay Aiken combined. Through dating - and more specifically, growing up - I've realized that it's more than fine to be friends with an ex boyfriend or girlfriend; well, under certain circumstances.

Check out my Rage Monthly column for August: It's An Adjustment. If you live in Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County, or Long Beach, you can pick up a copy!

If not, click on the title, go to page 32, and read away.

You may also want to check out what inspired this column: I May Lose A Testicle.

August 5, 2012

Things That Will Change For Me If Gay Marriage Becomes Legal

1.  I'll have less things to talk about on my blog. This is the only civil rights movement going on right now, right?

2.  I'll have no excuse when my grandmother asks, "why aren't you married to a nice guy yet?" I don't have the heart to tell her that my cell phone number is etched into every bathroom stall spanning Los Angeles to Boston.

3.  I'll have to bribe Vera Wang into making me a tux. If this does not work, I'll settle for a dress.

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4.  I'll have to draft up a prenuptial agreement to protect my assets from my future husband; close to $50,000 in student loan debt, my four year old iPhone, expensive clothes that I stole from ex-boyfriends and one night stands, and a half eaten pack of skittles.

5.  I'll have to receive the same rights as other Americans.

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August 2, 2012

Congratulations To Chick-Fil-A

I'm exhausted by writing about Chick-Fil-A, so this will be my last post on the topic. I just wanted to send out a congratulations; not only to the company, but also to the countless Americans that stood in line for hours yesterday.

It was the "Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day."

The company reports record breaking sales.

In a way, I think it's great that so many Americans stood up for what they believe in; I suppose I'm just a little put back because after living in liberal cities such as Buffalo, Los Angeles, and New York, I'm a tad bit disconnected to how many bigots there are in this country.

I wonder what will happen if humans come across my blog a couple thousand years from now -- will they live by what I say?

Read a fucking book people. One other than a bible.

Amtrak Markets To Gay People

joins a growing number of companies that are marketing to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community.

They recently began the "Ride With Pride" campaign. Not to be confused with Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, whose partner won't receive benefits because she was a lesbian.

And just to be clear -- I always ride with pride.

5 Things I Learned The Hard Way In My 20's So Far

As a 23-year-old gay dude, I've had my fair share of mishaps; if you are a regular reader of my blog, you are all too familiar with my shenanigans. And yes, I fucking said shenanigans. I've learned a lot along the way -- most of it the hard way. Let me guide you, young grasshopper.

Here are five things that I learned the hard way:

1.  The City That Never Sleeps. Contrary to popular belief, people in New York City do take time to sleep. After one particular experience, I found out that it is frowned upon to take a nap at a bar in the East Village. I've often thought above sending the picture to the right to Ralph Lauren in hopes of launching a modeling career, but have since decided against it.

2.  Make Friends With Breeders. Straight guys are friends with straight guys. Girls are friends with girls. Gay guys are friends with girls and other gay guys. Lesbians are friends with ... well, I'm not quite sure. I came out early during my freshman year of college and sort of gravitated towards friendships with girls and other LGBT individuals because - I suppose - they were more accepting and wouldn't slip with a "fag" or "homo" joke. Our generation is accepting, and some of my growing friendships are with straight dudes. Don't let great friendships slip away.

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3.  Be Safe, Not Sorry.  When at a friends house, ask before you take two pills for a headache. Yes, even if they are in an Excedrin bottle in their medicine cabinet and the pills have a little "e" on them. Well, for one thing, the headache went away.

4.  End Shitty Relationships. Let me repeat. End shitty relationships. When someone says, "If I saw you dying of thirst in the desert I wouldn't stop my car to help you. Never mind. I would probably drive over you," I think it's time to call it quits.

A Generation Y Perspective On Love & Relationships

5. Life Is A Drag. If you don't want to do something, don't do it. In college, friends convinced me to do drag at a local gay bar in support of a local college night. I didn't want to do it, but eventually gave into peer pressure; those gays are pretty manipulative. I had my makeup done in the basement of a gay club that looked like a mix between the Saw and Hostel franchises with an LGBT twist. To this day, I am convinced that I saw a naked midget run down a corridor carrying a box of wigs. I was very drunk, so I'm not quite sure what happened. I never got to perform; I was asked to leave after spilling two quarts of fake blood on a drag queen. What I was planning to do with the fake blood on stage is still a question I ask myself to this day.

August 1, 2012

A Chat With James Duke Mason

James Duke Mason is an actor, producer and an advocate for the LGBT community. He is the son of Go-Go's lead singer Belinda Carlisle and producer Morgan Mason, and the grandson of the late British actor James Mason.

Yes, the Go-Gos! Since my friends and I were a tad bit slutty in college, our anthem was "Our Lips Are (Not) Sealed." Well, anyways, since January 2012, he has served on the Board of Directors of OUTFEST; the youngest member to be appointed in the organization's 30-year history. He has just started a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for Disappear Here; a movie which will introduce him in his first starring role.

I had a chance to speak with James Duke Mason on his upcoming movie and, of course, the gay rights movement and the role of Millennials.

Jeffrey Hartinger (JH) : As a child of famous parents, shouldn't you be doing something like drugs or a reality show? What motivated you to pursue Disappear Here?

James Duke Mason (JDM) : I've been offered drugs and I've been offered a reality show,
although I just didn't think they were for me. I've never been a typical sort of teenager, nor did I ever find myself identifying with most of the other celebuspawn, as I like to put it, here in Hollywood. I came out as gay when I was 14, and ever since then I've had a strong passion to make a difference and speak out on the issues I care about within the LGBT community. This movie, while suspenseful and entertaining, will also definitely have a strong political and social message to it.

JH: If you had to choose one, and only one, what would it be: acting, writing, or producing?

JDM: Writing is definitely not my main forte, although I do it because I have a lot of ideas and nobody else is going to write them down for me. I love producing, but most of all I'd say acting is my passion, particularly because I've wanted to do it since I was a little kid. My grandfather was a pretty famous actor back in his day, and I've wanted to follow in his footsteps as long as I can remember. The fact that I'm gay just added to my enthusiasm for it, as I think acting is a great way to tell powerful stories that have the potential to create change."

JH: Congrats on being appointed a member of the OUTFEST Board of Directors; the youngest person in the 30 year history of the organization. What is one thing you learned from this experience so far?

JDM: I've definitely learned about communicating with my people my own age, as up until recently, I'd felt sort of detached from a lot of the other youth within the LGBT community. I felt frustrated and disillusioned about the apathy and complacency that exists among some of us, but I think the fact I've been able to talk and get to know more of my peers has made me more optimistic and confident about the future of the gay movement. We're not perfect, but ultimately, I know we'll do what we need to do.

JH: You were named one of the 100 most influential LGBT people in the world in 2011 by OUT and "Forty Under 40" by The Advocate. What LGBT individuals from Generation Y inspire you?

JDM: There are lots of young people out there today who inspire me. Matthew Mitcham, the diving gold medalist who's currently at the London Olympics, is someone who's really inspired me, considering what a trailblazer he's been as an athlete. Plus, he looks great in a
speedo! Also, Frank Ocean, just recently, is someone I've come to respect and admire. It takes guts to come out the way he did in a world like hip-hop. I think he'll be remembered as a true hero who set the trend for future generations of artists.

JH: If you and your boyfriend break up, can we go on a date?

JDM: I appreciate the compliment, but Shawn and I are doing quite well! We've been together for about a year and two months now, and he's been a real champion for all the stuff I've been doing in my life, including this movie and other projects we're actually working on together. But hey, maybe next time you're in LA, we can all have lunch or something? After all, we're always looking for new friends...
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