Archive for July, 2011

July 29, 2011

Pee-Wee Herman Tribute Art Exhibit In Los Angeles

by Accidental Bear

 

With his signature suit, voice and subversive family nature, Pee-Wee Herman has been a pop culture mainstay for decades. Even when the actor portraying him, Paul Reubens, had a bit of a run in with the law, fans still clamored for more Pee-Wee, rabidly watching his old specials, TV shows and movies. In 2010, Pee-Wee jumped back in the spotlight with a live Broadway show and he’s even got a new movie in the works with Judd Apatow. Like it or not, Pee-Wee Herman is an icon.(www.slashfilm.com)

Mouse over each image for the artist name.

July 29, 2011

News Briefs: ‘HE-SHE FREAK,’ Brown’s Anti-Gay Views, Pelosi to Bachmann, Sept. Arguments in Prop. 8 Case

by Accidental Bear

Trevor’s David McFarland On Teen Suicides In Anoka-Hennepin School District Civil rights organizations are pushing district to address suicide epidemic. Anti-gay groups accused of fueling & ignoring crisis. Thomas Roberts talks with David McFarland from The Trevor Project.

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Pelosi to Bachmann: Address the Teen Suicides in Your District Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann’s failure to address a disturbing trend of teen suicides within her own congressional district does not reflect well on her White House ambitions, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told The Advocate Thursday.                Calif. Supreme Court Schedules Sept. Arguments in Prop. 8 Case The California Supreme Court will hear argumentson September 6 as to whether proponents of Proposition 8 have the legal standing to appeal Judge Vaughn Walker’s decision striking down the ballot measure — one he issued nearly a year ago. In February, the state’s highest court certified a question from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, where the case is currently on appeal, on whether under state law the backers of an initiative have “the authority to assert the State’s interest” when public officials refuse to do so.    

Voters Split Over New York’s Same Sex Marriage Law, Support Growing Among Religious Respondents Americans are split over whether New York’s same-sex marriage law is a positive or negative outcome, a new Washington Post poll finds. Support is increasing among political independents and religious respondents, however. While 50 percent of all adults viewed the outcome as a positive development (46 percent do not), 54 percent of Independents, 63 percent of White non-Evangelical Protestants and 59 percent of Catholics said they support the measure. Among African Americans, “more than six in 10 say the law is a negative development, while roughly one in three see it positively” 

WOMAN ASSAULTED AT SIZZLER: KICKED, THREATENED, CALLED ‘HE-SHE FREAK’ Lambda Legal has field a lawsuit on behalf of Liza Friedlander, a woman who was “physically and verbally assaulted for her perceived sexual orientation.” Friedlander was out to brunch at Sizzler Restaurant in Forest Hills, Queens, when an employee of the restaurant approached Friedlander, claiming she hadn’t paid, and then “proceeded to shove Friedlander and kick her. Patrons joined in assaulting her, with one customer calling her a ‘he-she freak’ and another threatening to sexually assault her. The injuries she inflicted required an ambulance.”

Denying ‘It Gets Better’ Only Latest Example Of Scott Brown’s Anti-Gay Views  Here is a quick look at Brown’s anti-gay remarks and actions:

– OPPOSES SAME-SEX COUPLES RAISING CHILDREN: In 2001, he attacked state Sen. Cheryl Jacques and her domestic partner, Jennifer Chrisler, for deciding to have children, calling it “not normal,” though later said he chose the wrong words.

– CALLED OUT YOUNG PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT EQUALITY: In 2007, Brown “crossed the line” when he quoted profanity from a Facebook group and identified the students who used it when he was invited to King Philip Regional School District to discuss his opposition to marriage equality.

– TRIED TO BAN SAME-SEX MARRIAGE MULTIPLE TIMES: As a Massachusetts state senator, Brown voted twice in 2007 to ban same-sex marriage after voting for two similar amendments in 2004.

– TRIED TO CENSOR HOMOSEXUALITY IN SCHOOLS: Brown cosponsored the “Parents Rights Bill,” which would have allowed Massachusetts parents to prevent their students from learning anything about same-sex families in school.

– TRIED TO OVERTURN DC MARRIAGE EQUALITY: Brown took a “state’s rights” position on same-sex marriage in his campaign for U.S. Senate, but in March of 2010, Brown voted for a referendum to overturn marriage equality in the District of Columbia. This was in contradiction to previous statements leaving marriage to the states.

– OPPOSES NONDISCRIMINATION PROTECTIONS: Brown has made it quite clear that he would oppose passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would protect LGBT employees from unfair hiring practices.

– ACCEPTED MONEY FROM ANTI-GAY GROUPS: Many of Brown’s electoral victories have been thanks to the support of anti-gay PACs and organizations like hate-group MassResistance and the National Organization for Marriage.

– NO SUPPORT FOR ANTI-BULLYING BILLS: Though Brown’s spokesman said he has a “strong record…against bullying,” Brown has not signed on to support any of the anti-bullying bills currently before Congress.

 


July 28, 2011

PSA: Women are from Venus, Men are from New Jersey: Video

by Accidental Bear

Titus Andronicus – “No Future Part Three: Escape From No Future” (Official Video)

July 28, 2011

Cuddle mattress: The Design That Lets You Keep a Loved None Close

by Accidental Bear

Who knew? I have yet to try one of these cuddle mattresses, but in theory I love them. For someone who spends half the night with arms half dead and tingly from sleeping on them this could be a solution. One the other hand this mattress might be a flop. If you get the chance grab someone and cuddle and get back to me pronto before I throw down some Benjamins.

It is a problem that has taxed mankind since Adam first lay down next to Eve. How do you cuddle your loved one at night without your arm going numb? Now, centuries later, the Love Mattress has arrived with an ingenious solution to this quandary. Though the central portion of the mattress is a single foam block, each end is made up of ten slats which are each three inches wide. These part easily from one another, leaving room to slide an arm beneath a partner and leave it there.

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July 28, 2011

Hair Balls of the Day: Beards Wrestling Shirtless, No Mercy

by Accidental Bear

Source: bondagebudsf

July 28, 2011

Interview: Artist Ed Luce Schools Me on his Comic The Wuvable Oaf

by Accidental Bear

Ed Luce the artist and writer of the luvable Wuvable Oaf comics just schooled me in The Wuvable Oaf’s history and was patient to give me a crash course in Wuvable Oaf 101. Now I will be abundantly ready to rub elbows with and chuckle about good ole’ issues #1 & #2 with Wuvable Oaf super fans tomorrow night at the release party for issue #3 in San Francisco’s Mission District. In anticipation I will have the Pointer Sister’s hit “I’m so Excited” on repeat for the next 24 hours.

Ed Luce’s first comic book project, Wuvable Oaf is a “fairy” tale chronicling one big, scary lookin’ dude’s search for cute little “mans” in a city that looks suspiciously like San Francisco.

The Oaf has also made appearances in the UK’s Gay Times Magazine, Italy’s PISSZINEInstinct MagazineWhite Crane Journal, Prism Comics 2008 Guideand on the chests of hunky dudes n’ sassy ladies all over the world, in the form of his very own t-shirts.

While currently pouring his energy into the comics world, Ed also leaves a lengthy trail of art debris behind him, including recent published features in Bearflavouredartists’ catalog and LA gay men’s health magazine Corpus. His paintings have been exhibited in galleries, museums, store windows and bathrooms from San Diego to Buffalo to Paris. http://www.wuvableoaf.com

San Francisco Wuvable Oaf #3 Release Party!  

Friday, July 29th from 7-9 PM
Goteblüd, 766 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
Signing and Wuvable Oaf Art Exhibition Reception with Ed
plus the debut of a new “Wuvable Oaf” print!

Accidental Bear’s Mike Enders & The Wuvable Oaf creator Ed Luce bear-rake it down for you (Get it? Break it down? Oh, just read the damn interview):

Accidental Bear: Wuvable Oaf is such a  cuddly name. Was that the intention behind naming him that?

Ed Luce: Wow…after three years of comics and shirts, no one has ever asked me that!  Well, at first it was just meant as a commentary on the character’s speech pattern, which I imagined to be mildly baby talkish.  In a deep bass tone, of course.  But as the comic evolved, it also made sense as a unique name, easily searchable on the web.

A B: Where was your energy going to before the creation on the Oaf?

Ed: I was a painter for nearly ten years before the Oaf was ever born.  In some ways, he’s an extension of that work, in a different format and genre.   My work was already very cartoony, using bits and pieces from Popeye, Sluggo of Nancy, He-man and G.I. Joe in a sort of smorgasbord of hyper-masculinity.  The Oaf sprung directly out of that soup, moving from the canvas to the page pretty effortlessly.

A B: The release for Wuvable Oaf is this Friday the 29th. How old is the Oaf since you first put him on paper?

Ed: The first time the character appeared with that name above his head was in a paper doll design I did for a theme show at the Trunk Space Gallery in Phoenix.  I believe it was fall of 2006, so he’ll technically be five years old this fall!   The shirt appeared one year later, followed by the first comic in the summer of 2008.

A B: Could you give a quick rundown of what someone might expect if they are picking up The Wuvable oaf for the first time?

Ed: I’ve toyed around with many descriptions over the years…none of which ever really work for me.  Lately, I’ve been calling it “the gay comic for everyone else”, somewhat jokingly.  I feel it’s from an undeniably queer perspective but is written and constructed to be all-inclusive.  I don’t shy away from the gay, anyone that has ever seen the book can testify to that.  But I try to speak in terms, both visually and textually, that don’t alienate any one group from appreciating the narrative.  I feel I achieve that easily enough with an absence of explicit sex scenes.  It’s important to me that hetero folks identify with the Oaf and his pals too, and I think boners don’t always work well in that capacity.  But otherwise, it’s ostensibly a love story, about someone who thinks he’s impossible to love.

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July 28, 2011

September 12th, Anderson Cooper Kicks off Anderson, His Daytime Talk Show

by Accidental Bear

Anderson, I love-hate you. Lets see if your daytime talk show sways opinion to one side or the other.

(via www.afterelton.com)

If Anderson Cooper isn’t already one of the busiest journalists working in television today, he’s certainly about to be: on September 12, Cooper kicks off Anderson, his daytime talk show.

While sitting in the Beverly Hilton for the summer edition of the Television Critics Association press tour, however, Cooper repeatedly assured the assembled TV critics that he’s up to the task of maintaining a day job while still doing his duties at CNN in the evening and occasionally contributing to CBS’s 60 Minutes.

“You know, I manage my time really well,” said Cooper. “The schedule of this show, we’re taping it and shooting it in the same building where I work at CNN, in New York. I think it’s all very do-able. It’s going to be a lot of work, but I like working hard. I’ve been working hard for a long time now.”

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July 28, 2011

The Late Great Fashion Designer Alexander McQueen Keeps on Giving

by Accidental Bear

(via news.pinkpaper.com)

Alexander McQueen bequeathes £100,000 to Terrence Higgins Trust

The late fashion designer Alexander McQueen has bestowed £100,000 of his fortune to gay men’s charity Terrence Higgins Trust. The donation is one of four £100,000 gifts he donated in his will, this week. Other organisations who also received the sum are: Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, the London Buddhist Centre and the Blue Cross animal welfare charity in Oxfordshire. Out of his estimated £16 million fortune, he also left £50,000 for each of his dogs, gave £50,000 to both of his two housekeepers and  bequeathed £250,000 to each of his siblings.

The iconic fashion designer, who suffered long-term anxiety and depression, was found dead at his London home on 11 February 2010. Westminter’s Coroner’s Court ruled today that he had taken sleeping pills, tranquilizers and cocaine before strangling himself.

Sir Nick Partridge, Chief Executive of Terrence Higgins Trust, said: “Alexander McQueen was a friend of THT. He supported us for over 12 years, working alongside the charity to raise awareness of HIV as well as vital funds. We’re touched that he chose to leave this generous legacy, which will be used to support those living with and affected by HIV in the UK.”

July 28, 2011

What Your Beard Says About You

by Accidental Bear

Sometimes my beard says, homeless hottie or I just ate a glazed doughnut. AB

Beards: Rugged? Trendy? Or Unreliable?

FOUR years ago, I grew the first full beard of my adult life on a whim. I was 41, and it was neither a fashion statement nor a midlife crisis, but it came at a fortuitous time: the style world just happened to be entering the Postmillennial He-Man Beard Epoch.

It was the dawn of an era, when dewy actors like Ryan Gosling and Jake Gyllenhaal started showing up on red carpets sporting cheek-fringe that seemed to boast, “My cover-boy looks can shine even through this tangle”; when it became obligatory to show up at Brooklyn warehouse parties with the shaggy jowls of an 1890s beaver trapper; when the Unabomber chin mane became unexpectedly chic on fashion runways.

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July 27, 2011

Tim Gunn: Hillary Clinton Dresses Like “She’s Confused About Her Gender”

by Accidental Bear

You tell it how it is Tim! And hey, what are you hiding under those turtle necks you are always wearing? It just got me thinking. AB

Apparently, it never gets old to mock Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s “cankles” and pantsuits, at least if you’re Tim Gunn and George Lopez, who took the sexist trash-talking to the next level on Lopez’s show last night.

Gunn referred bitingly to her “Jersey Shorestyle,” and Lopez compared her prints to No Bugs M’Lady. It got worse.

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July 27, 2011

Man Robs Cupcake Store With Syringeful of HIV-Positive Blood

by Accidental Bear

Ok, here’s one for you to chew on. Crazy is as crazy does. Awe, poor cupcakes, they must have been terrified.

via Gawker

It’s hard to really put one’s finger on the precise moment a trend dies. Is it when you get your first photo of your mom planking on the washing machine? Or when adult soapbox derbies are profiled in a piece about the Portlandification of Brooklyn? Or, perhaps, when someone robs a cupcake store in Denver by waving around a syringe filled with HIV-positive blood? Yes, I do believe that last one would do it.

The incident in question happened last Thursday morning at Gigi’s Cupcakes in Denver. A man entered the store, grabbed a worker by the arm and quickly “forced her into a corner,” said her co-worker.

“He showed her the syringe. It was uncapped and (he said) it was full of his own AIDS blood. He said he was going to inject her if she didn’t open the register.”

The man eventually made off with $300. No one was hurt — except for the cupcake, which is now well and truly dead as a doornail. (P.S. Avoid the red velvets. They have a funny aftertaste.) [KDVRimage via Gigi’s Cupcakes]

July 27, 2011

Daddy Can I have Some Shoes? F-Troupe for Harris Tweed Chukka Boots

by Accidental Bear

Hmmm, I’m thinking fall.

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AHTE. No, we’re not misspelling hate, that stands for ‘all Harris Tweed everything’ – a cause we can all get behind in this day and age. It’s certainly a cause F-Troupe believe, as they’ve released a tweed heavy range for this autumn, which includes these lovely Chukka boots. (Selectism)

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July 27, 2011

Josh Ritter: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

by Accidental Bear

One of my non-guilty pleasures is NPR‘s Tiny Desk Concerts. Musicians chosen wisely. I’m not sure but I think NPR may have me in mind and smoke grass (a lot). If this is your first time or you missed this one, I present to you, Josh Ritter.” Josh Ritter carries himself with the bearing of a folk-singing mayor: gregarious, charming, down-to-earth and impeccably dressed. But there’s not an ounce of insincerity about him, or else he’d have found a way to sing the apocalyptic ballad “The Temptation of Adam” without letting all those wry smiles slip through. Watch Ritter perform a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR Music offices (NPR).”

 

 

July 27, 2011

Grab You by the Balls News: Antigay Preacher Plans to Sue Maddow, Gender-Neutral Bathrooms, Scandinavia’s Dark Side…

by Accidental Bear

BRADLEE DEAN RACHEL MADDOW X390 (SOURCED) | ADVOCATE.COMAntigay Preacher Plans to Sue Maddow A controversial antigay preacher from Minnesota has plans to sue MSNBC and Rachel Maddow for $50 million for being allegedly shown in a false light. Bradlee Dean, who runs the You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International ministry, spoke in 2010 on a radio show about Muslims and their views on homosexuality. He also encouraged Christians to take a more proactive approach against gay rights and LGBT activism. The Examiner reports that The Minnesota Independent initially reported Dean’s message in 2010, but the ministry claims that his quote was edited and presented inaccurately. Despite a statement put out by the You Can Run But You Cannot Hide ministry disputing the Independent‘s reporting, several other news organizations, including ABC News and The Rachel Maddow Show also ran with a shortened version of the quote.    

Gender-Neutral Bathrooms at University of Texas at Austin Linda Millstone, the associate vice president for the office ofUNISEX GENDER X390 (FAIR) | ADVOCATE.COM institutional equity and workforce diversity, said “If I am a woman in a wheelchair and my attendant is a male, where am I supposed to go?” in an interview with the campus newspaper,  The Daily TexanPat Clubb, vice president for university operations, agreed that gender-neutral restrooms are a priority and will be available in all existing campus buildings. 

Lesbian Couple Save 40 From Norwegian Shooter A lesbian couple dodged bullets to save as many as 40 people who became the target of the shooter in Norway, who is being detained for killing at least than 76 people on Friday. Hege Dalen and her partner, Toril Hansen, were having dinner at a campsite opposite Utöyan Island when they heard screaming and gunshots coming from the island. The couple hopped in their boat and drove across the water, picking up groups of fleeing young people, according to Finnish news site HS.fi

Amulet 1A Novel So Graphic You Can’t Look Away … For Kids As a book snob, I’ve fought and lost a lot of rear-guard actions lately. It was one thing when academics and hipsters (a horn-rimmed multitude) started wrinkling their brows over comic book artists like Daniel Clowes and Art Spiegelman. I was down with that, however reluctantly. Only a bitter-ender could deny that some comic book writers have had a big enough cultural impact — and have come up with resonant enough stuff — to merit a real scholarly look-see. But in a tiny inner voice, I always told myself real books were not just better, but much more up my particular alley. I’d put away childish things. So how do I explain my guilty pleasure, the graphic novel series Amulet, by Kazu Kibuishi?

Crime Writers Expose Scandinavia’s Dark Side Norwegian Prime Minister JensAnders Behring Breivik (shown in an undated video) is accused of killing at least 76 people in Norway. Scandinavian crime writers have focused on many of the social issues at play in Breivik's case. Stoltenberg expressed confidence Wednesday that his country’s open, democratic society will not be intimidated by a right-wing extremist’s brutal twin attacks that killed at least 76 people. But questions are being raised about authorities’ failure to recognize the potential threat from the ultra-right — a threat that has been clearly described by some of the country’s leading crime writers. Five days after the bombing at the government district and the killing spree at a youth camp, a mood of collective sorrow still grips Norway.

              


July 27, 2011

Nirvana “Nevermind” Gets the 20th Anniversary Treatment

by Accidental Bear

Put your gay hands in the mutha fukin’ air. Rock and roll baby.

Nirvana's "Nevermind" Gets the 20th Anniversary Treatment

I’m actually a fan of many of the remaster releases for LP release anniversaries. I’m actually anxiously awaking the “Achtung Baby” remaster which has to drop this year to be in line with the album’s 20th. Same year U2 dropped what I consider to be their most essential record, Nirvana clearly came onto the broader scene with their signing onto Geffen and the release of “Nevermind Nirvana Nevermind Gets the 20th Anniversary Treatment.”

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