Archive for May 16th, 2011

May 16, 2011

All Eyes On Alexander Guerra; Spicy Miami Artist

by Accidental Bear

I am not going to attempt to to pretend to be able to come up with words for Alexander Guerra’s images. But I will say, fuck yeah Alexander Guerra, you work rocks me like a hurricane.

May 16, 2011

Compulsive Shopping Isn’t Just for Girls, Men Just Wanna Have Fun Too

by Accidental Bear

Compulsive is compulsive. Whether you wash your hand 60 times a day to bloody stumps, check your self in the mirror every 30 seconds or buy $700- silly items on your lunch break while having a shit-day, it’s still considered compulsion. Details Daily just published this article about men who shop to fill the big dark void with purchases. I know how some of you “fill” the void, dirty!~AB

When Coltrane Curtis needs a break during the workday, he doesn’t linger over a long lunch or head to the gym. He goes shopping. Recently, he picked up a pair of vintage Cazal aviators. One time, he bought a Zero Halliburton briefcase; another time, it was a $7,000 Leica camera.

Curtis, the 32-year-old owner of a marketing firm in New York, admits that he shops for clothes far more than his wife does. Evidence of this comes in the form of 600 pairs of sneakers stacked in boxes in the spare bedroom of his Tribeca apartment. In response to his habit, his wife has given him the kind of order that is usually heard coming from the mouths of grouchy sitcom husbands: Stop buying shoes. READ MORE

“A recent study of men’s buying habits done by WSL Strategic Retail found that guys in their twenties and early thirties visit a greater variety of stores than older men do. “They tend to shop more like women,” says Wendy Liebmann, WSL’s founder and president.

May 16, 2011

Ben Cohen’s Retirement May Come Early Due to the Success of His Acceptance Tour

by Accidental Bear

It is bouncing around today that Ben Cohen, our gay-straight alliance hero “Cohen retires to tackle bullying and homophobia.” During my interview with Ben I asked:

AB: Your rugby career has put you in the history books. How much longer do you have in you? Hollywood next?

Ben: I am now approaching retirement. At 32 I am quite old for the position I play on the wing. I will probably make the decision to retire soon as I have a lot of other projects on the go which are demanding more and more of my time.

So, I guess you can say you heard it here first. The actual date of his retirement is still up in the air. With the massive popularity of his his tolerance tour he may have upped the date. We’ll keep you posted, our eye’s are always on Ben.
Ben Cohen Quits Rugby
By Editors

British rugby star Ben Cohen has announced his retirement from the sport in order to devote his time to fighting homophobia and bullying through his foundation.

The Independent reports on the announcement from Cohen, 32, who was player of the year for the Sale Sharks this year.

“Cohen believes he could play for another two years but has turned down offers from clubs in England and France. Instead he will focus on heading up the Ben Cohen Stand Up Foundation, which tackles bullying and homophobia,” reports The Independent.

“I have reached the top in my sport,” said Cohen in a statement on his website. “It has been an incredible journey and has put me in the privileged position I am in today to be able to work on these exciting new projects through the StandUp Brand. As athletes, it is not enough just to have strong bodies. We must have strong characters and use our voices to support those who need and deserve it.”

This week, Cohen will launch his 10-day Ben Cohen Acceptance Tour of U.S. cities to include talks, training sessions, and fund-raising events.

May 16, 2011

A Song to All You “Skinny Little Bitches” , Long Live Husky

by Accidental Bear

To all those naturally thin men out there that eat pizza, Burger King and down a 2 liter of soda everyday and don’t gain an once, you are a “Skinny Little Bitch.” To my homies out there who nibble on carrots and bird food (but spit it out in napkin to avoid calories) this song is an homage to you , you husky little bitches. Much love, long live HUSKY!

May 16, 2011

Hair Ball of the Day; Super Star Hunky Painter Aaron Smith

by Accidental Bear

May 16, 2011

Eric Himan @ El Rio Tonight w/ Namoli Brennet 5/16 SF CA 8PM

by Accidental Bear

San Francisco, CA El Rio

Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $5. Age restrictions: No Minors.
Address: 3158 Mission Street San Francisco, CA, 94110.

“Though the rest is still “UNKNOWN”, I intend for “SUPPOSED” to take me to great places I haven’t been before.”-Eric Himan

May 16, 2011

NYC Here Comes Two Storms called Aaron Smith & Anthony Iacono; Sloan Fine Art

by Accidental Bear

MAIN GALLERY: Aaron Smith, “Coterie of the Wooly-Woofter”

PROJECT ROOM: Anthony Iacono, “Victor Victoria”

RECEPTION: Friday, June 3rd, from 6 to 8 pm

EXHIBITION: June 2 through 26, 2011

Aaron Smith and Sloan Fine Art would like to invite you the join the ìCoterie of the Wooly-Woofter,î a bad-ass neo-dandy beardo brigade from beyond time. Part reality, part invention of the artist, the ìCoterie of the Wooly-Woofterî exemplifies a convergence of spectacular subcultures – from Dandyism, Freak Folk, Steam Punk and Bear Culture, to Beard and Mustache enthusiasts – that revel in the exaggeration of masculinity’s archetypes and encourage men to play freely with past forms of male identity.

Mixing images of Victorian and Edwardian gentlemen with those of men in his immediate circle, Aaron Smith paints with irreverent swagger. In each impasto portrait, woozy colors and aggressive surfaces act as a foil to the sitter’s stoic pose, maintaining a giddy ambivalence to nostalgia. Rounding out this collection of dapper gents are still lifes infused with historical and cultural references to the beauty and delight of a natty man.

Aaron Smith attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, where he is now an associate chair. Galleries in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York have mounted multiple solo exhibitions of his work and he has been included in group shows at galleries and museums nationwide including Laguna Art Museum, Frye Art Museum and Museum of South Texas. He was the first artist in residence at the J. Paul Getty Museum. Smith currently resides in Silver Lake, California with his husband Tom and their dogs Flora and Miles.

Running concurrently with ìCoterie of the Wooly-Woofterî in the project room, Sloan Fine Art is pleased to present “Victor Victoria,” new photographs by Anthony Iacono. Anthony Iacono’s interest in miniatures began as a boy. Gazing into his grandmother’s China Cabinet, he became infatuated with her collection of porcelain figures and decorative party favors. With his new body of work, “Victor Victoria,” the artist repurposes inherently androgynous Victorian miniatures, incorporating a variety of found and handmade elements to create fetishized, narrative portraits. The use of Play-Doh acknowledges the artist’s painterly hand, while the plasticity of the medium suggests ideas of the sensual. Fragments of toys, craft supplies and collectibles interrupt the gestural quality of the sculpted elements with gaudy embellishment. The artistís formal concerns with baroque lighting and decor saturate the compositions with insistent indulgence. The unconventional quality of Iaconoís chosen mediums refreshes his traditional influences, paying tribute to classical references through a contemporary vocabulary. And his apparent fixation with obsessive collecting and staging, paired with a fascination with theatrical performance and impersonation through costume and disguise become seamless partners within each decadent, ambiguous sculpture.

Anthony Iacono was born in Nyack, New York and currently resides in Brooklyn. He studied at Massachusetts College of Art and Design and the School of Visual Arts in New York where he received his BFA. While he has exhibited his painting, sculpture and photography in group exhibitions at Daniel Cooney Fine Art/ iGavel Auctions, CultureFix, Visual Arts Gallery and Greenpoint Gallery, Victor Victoria is Anthony Iaconoís first solo exhibition.

Sloan Fine Art
128 Rivington Street
(corner of Norfolk)
New York, NY 10002
Lower East Side

Hours are Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 6, and by appointment

Above images, from left to right: Aaron Smith “Chopsy,” 2011, oil on panel, 28″ x 24″ & photo of Aaron Smith. Anthony Iacono, “Miss Virginia Hamm,” 2011, c-print (edition of 3), 27″ x 19″ & photo of Anthony Iacono.

May 16, 2011

ILGA launches 2011 ILGA State-Sponsored Homophobia Report at University of London

by Accidental Bear


Every year, ILGA produces maps on Gay and Lesbian rights in the world as well as its State Sponsored Homophobia report. Most material is available in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French. You can download them on this page.

ILGA launches 2011 ILGA State-Sponsored Homophobia Report at University of London

Founded in 1978, ILGA, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association is now a association of over 700 groups in over 110 countries campaigning for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) rights.

To raise awareness on the extent of State Sponsored Homophobia in the world, we’ve created a few items (in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish) you may want to use around you:

– ILGA State-Sponsored Homophobia report: A world survey of laws prohibiting same sex activity between consenting adults. The research, by Eddie Bruce-Jones & Lucas Paoli Itaborahy, Birkbeck College School of London, United Kingdom was updated in May 2011.

May 16, 2011

CNN Anchor Lemon Comes Out, Nobody’s Shocked

by Accidental Bear

Out news anchor Rachel Maddow called for other gay anchors to come out, come out where ever you are and be part of the “visible” gay force. Whether her words fell on deaf ears or not, anchors are publicly coming out as gay left and right. Most recently Don Lemon who has anchored at CNN since 2006. Lemon has published a book titled “Transparent,” Mr. Lemon has a lot to say about reporting for television and about journalism in general. But he knows enough about news to recognize what will get this book noticed. (NyTimes) ”


“It’s quite different for an African-American male,” he said. “It’s about the worst thing you can be in black culture. You’re taught you have to be a man; you have to be masculine. In the black community they think you can pray the gay away.” He said he believed the negative reaction to male homosexuality had to do with the history of discrimination that still affects many black Americans, as well as the attitudes of some black women.

“You’re afraid that black women will say the same things they do about how black men should be dating black women.” He added, “I guess this makes me a double minority now.”


May 16, 2011

The Ambiguously Gay Duo, “The Dark Clenched Hole of Evil” Unanimated 5/14 SNL

by Accidental Bear

“Nobody’s bi, that’s just a gay guy that occasionally bangs a lady.”

Jon Hamm and Jimmy Fallon embrace the crime fighting “Ambiguously Gay Duo” when Rob Smigel’s hilariously Saturday Night Live cartoon characters morphed into a live action sketch last night. The Ambiguously Gay Duo return to SNL with Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Ed Helms, Jon Hamm and Jimmy Fallon

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