Posts tagged ‘Gay Lesbian and Bisexual’

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 27, 2011

Handpicked Queer Headlines: ‘Intolerance’ Among Gays, End Gay Blood Ban, LGBT Education Law…

by Accidental Bear

Truth Wins Out on FRC’s Claim of ‘Intolerance’ Among Gays  Earlier this week, Family Research Council president TonyDADT TONY PERKINS X390 (GETTY) | ADVOCATE.COM Perkins slammed Truth Wins Out, the group that recently went undercover at Marcus Bachmann’s Minnesota clinic to investigate reparative therapy rumors (rumors it confirmed). In an op-ed, Perkins called the subsequent media coverage a “drummed-up controversy” and wrote of Truth Wins Out, “These self-styled apostles of ‘tolerance’ should try practicing a little themselves.”                                                                                                                                                                    

BLOOD SEX AND THE FDA X390 (MARIO WAGNER) | ADVOCATE.COMWill Latest Attempt to End Gay Blood Ban Work? The U.S. department of Health and Human Services is once again looking at changing its policy that bans men who have sex with men from donating blood. The HHS described the current policy as “suboptimal” and asked a group of experts, known as the Blood, Organ, and Tissue Safety Working Group, to look into ways of changing it. As it stands, any man who had sex with another man since 1977 cannot donate blood. A new policy could allow certain gay or bisexual men, possibly those who have abstained from homosexual sex for a certain time, to donate.                                                                                                                                                                                  Group Targets California’s LGBT Education Law The Fair Education Act (SB 48), authored by State Sen. Mark Leno and signed into lawMARK LENO X390 (GETTY) | ADVOCATE.COM by Gov. Jerry Brown earlier this month, requires social science curriculum to include the historical contributions of LGBT people, and has been criticized by the group Stop SB 48 “as selective treatment of history by requiring that only events that reflect positively on people in the LGBT community may be discussed.”

Jon Stewart Exposes Don Lemon’s Aversion to CNN’s Silly Antics: VIDEO

Lemon                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Rick Santorum Pledges To ‘Go To New York’ And Repeal State’s Same-Sex Marriage Law At a campaign stop in Ankeny, Iowa, Rick Santorum reiterated his criticism of Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) for saying he was “fine” with New York enacting a same-sex marriage law and pledged to personally fight for its repeal. “I am not, as some in this race have said, OK with New York doing what they’re doing. What New York did was wrong. I will oppose it and I will go to New York, if necessary, to help overturn it,” he said. He also predicted that marriage equality would undermine “every traditional value in this country” and said that the nation has fought wars to protect that idea. AUDIO

 

ANTI-GAY CHRISTIAN GROUPS CAN NO LONGER PROFIT OFF APPLE  After a Change.org petition gathered more than 22,000 signatures, Apple has removed their iTunes store from the Christian Values Network (CVN). When customers make purchases through CVN, a donation is made to the religious charity of the customer’s choice, and anti-gay groups like Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council use the service to raise money. Companies like Microsoft, Macy’s, Wells Fargo, Delta Airlines, and BBC America have all recently removed their stores from the network.

July 18, 2011

On Our Gaydar: Louise And Rocky: Year Zero London (Clothes Store)

by Accidental Bear

We are re-defing GAYDAR! Our DAR picks up way more than GAY. Feeling a bit Wacky today? These fashionistas from London might be right up your alley.

Check Year Zero London out on FACEBOOK

July 16, 2011

Accidental Bear’s “It Gets Better… Mmmm Cupcakes” Video

by Accidental Bear

Accidental Bear’s owner Mike Enders joins the It Gets Better troops and talks about the many different types of gays you can be. He expresses the celebration of Bears love for men who are fuzzy, husky and tattooed and their appreciation for CUPCAKES!!!

July 13, 2011

Straight Allies Ben Cohen & Michael Irvin Grace the Covers of Out Magazine

by Accidental Bear

 

  • OUT MAGAZINE AUGUST COVERS 560x (COURTESY) ADVOCATE.COMDallas Cowboys star Michael Irvin talks about what he learned by having a gay brother, and about being afraid “to even let anyone have the thought” that he might be gay too, in an interview with Out magazine.  READ MORE >
July 11, 2011

CONGRATULATIONS TEAM GAY CITY: Group Health Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic

by Accidental Bear

 

Congratulations Team Gay City on our fourth year riding in the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic, with two days of riding, two hundred miles ridden, and thousands of dollars raised. Thanks for all of your hard work!

Team Gay City is dedicated to being inclusive, supportive & fun. You can learn more about the Group Health Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic here.

July 9, 2011

TOMS Defense : Founder Expresses “regret,” says Focus on the Family misrepresented relationship

by Accidental Bear

What to do now. Live and let live. What will it take for you to forgive TOMS? I may be a total push over, but I fully believe owner Blake Mycoskie. Call naive, but that would be rude. AB

(via news.change.org)

Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS Shoes, has issued an exclusive statement to Change.org in response to an embarrassing controversy linking the popular urban apparel company to anti-gay, anti-choice group “Focus on the Family.”

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July 8, 2011

Handpicked News: Polygamy Next? Pentagon suspends DADT, Final Shuttle Launches

by Accidental Bear

Santorum, Bachmann, sign Family Leader’s marriage vowFormer U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum and U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann have made commitments to sign pledges in support of traditional marriage sought by the Family Leader, an Iowa group that backs Christian conservative social values.

Man Accused of Killing Boy He Thought Was GayA possible cult leader in North Carolina is accused of shooting to death his 4-year-old stepson because he believed he was gay. Peter Lucas Moses, 27, may face the death penalty if he’s found guilty of the murder of Jadon Higganbothan; Moses is also being charged with the killing of Antoinetta Yvonne McKoy, a 28-year-old woman

Pentagon suspends DADT in wake of court ruling The Pentagon has ordered a halt to all separations of gay troops under “don’t ask, don’t tell” and will begin accepting applications from prospective recruits who identify themselves as homosexuals. The moratorium issued Friday came after a ruling Wednesday by a federal appeals court in California ordering the Defense Department to immediately stop enforcing the law. The court said the law is unconstitutional because it treats gay Americans differently under the law.

BACHMANN: GAY MARRIAGE IS LIKE PEARL HARBOR You are a type of Orville Ethier — a patriot looking to secure American freedoms. The is, will the Senators of Minnesota act like the Honolulu military headquarters and ignore your message? Today we face perhaps the greatest attack on the family in our lifetime.  Now is OUR time to stand up and send a message to avert and equally impending disaster.

Fox News: Gays “Indoctrinating” Your Kids Fox News’ anti-LGBT bias isn’t exactly a well-kept secret. The network has a long history of smearing the LGBT community and providing hate group leaders with national platforms to spew their anti-gay propaganda. Fox television hosts have compared same-sex marriage to incest and polygamy as well as marriage between humans and a number of different animals.

N.Y. Archbishop: Polygamy Next? Now that his state has legalized same-sex marriage, New York Roman Catholic archbishop Timothy Dolan (pictured) is worried that polygamous unions are next and that religious liberty is in danger.

Bringing Gay Men Back to Showtime

Darwin Would Recognize This Process

FLYING INTO HISTORY: Final Shuttle Launches The AP reports, “Atlantis and four astronauts rocketed into orbit Friday on NASA’s last space shuttle voyage, dodging bad weather and delighting hundreds of thousands of spectators on hand to witness the end of an era. It will be at least three years — possibly five or more — before astronauts launch again from U.S. soil, and so this final journey of the shuttle era packed in crowds and roused emotions on a scale not seen since the Apollo moon shots.”


July 5, 2011

2 Gay Soldiers, Friends Allegely Beaten By Men Shouting Anti-Homosexual Slurs

by Accidental Bear

I must admit, my first response to this news was my hope that these two gay solders had it in them , to open up a can of whoop ass on this anit-gay offenders and call in my flag holders reading, “See , See , don’t fuck with us fags.” Unfortunately the indecent did not end well, but with the attacked left with bruised ribs and facial fractures among other serious injuries.

 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Police are investigating a suspected hate crime after a group of men beat two gay Fort Carson soldiers and others while shouting anti-homosexual and racial slurs. The victims told KRDO-TV they believe they were targeted at a fast food restaurant early Saturday because they’re gay.

Two victims are Fort Carson soldiers, who asked to remain anonymous because being identified as homosexual could harm their military careers. Read more at www.thedenverchannel.com

July 1, 2011

I Heart Men that Can Read: Has Amazon Killed Book Stores?

by Accidental Bear

There are a variety of gay books stores but what we are talking about here are the ones with out sticky movie booths in the back with convenient holes cute out the walls at waist height. What do we lose if all store front book stores close? Is it a decline in our  community, a social place to meet, browse and cruise that doesn’t involved brain thumping terrible dance remixes of remixes of really bad songs and booze. I believe these staples in out community should be saved and kept alive. AB

Reading is Fundamental Say’s Advocate Magazine

While gay literature thrives in some quarters, another venerable gay bookstore closes; is it as simple as blaming Amazon?

Reacting to news in April that San Francisco’s 32-year-old A Different Light bookstore would be shuttering in the spring, writer Thomas Roche contemplated the reasons for the closure in the S.F. Appeal. Was it the switch to e-books and Amazon.com? The mainstreaming of LGBT literature? An overall exhaustion with gay themes? It’s all of the above, Roche surmised in the Appeal, which, ironically, is an online-only publication. Read More

June 30, 2011

Headlines: SF CA-Gentrification, Report Hate Crimes, Mayor a Leather Look

by Accidental Bear

SF CA|Gentrification still an issue 15 years after dot-com boom,activists say “Our contribution to humanity is greater than what can be seen” in most shop windows in the Castro today, Mitulski recounted.

FBI encourages LGBTs to report hate crimes The FBI office in San Francisco is encouraging LGBT people to report hate crimes based on a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity now that the federal agency has jurisdiction to investigate such criminal activity.

SF CA|Campaign backers give mayor a leather look He already has the quintessential gay male accessory – his trim mustache. Now Mayor Ed Lee has gone leather. During the Pride festivities the city’s interim leader could be seen sporting a leather biker’s cap. Well, the cartoon version of Lee, that is. The backers behind the “Run, Ed, Run” campaign, aimed at convincing Lee to seek a full four-year team, unveiled a new poster last weekend that showed the leather attired Lee’s cartoon face with a pink background and a rainbow over the left side of his head.                                                                                                                                Lesbian activist Jean Harris dies Longtime lesbian activist Jean Harris died at her home in Palm Springs, California on Saturday, June 25. 

A New York state of Pride The 41st annual San Francisco Pride Parade Sunday, June 26 had a joyous atmosphere surrounding it as people celebrated the victory in New York, where late Friday night Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a marriage equality law after it passed the state legislature. Some, like state Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) reminded folks that the California legislature had actually approved a same-sex marriage bill first, back in 2005. But it was vetoed by then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

 

June 30, 2011

Rowdy Queers: We “Glamdalized” D.C. HRC Store

by Accidental Bear

I like to call things what they are, a spade a spade. This is a case of asshole-ism. This is no better in spirit or crime than the little wanna be gansters scribbling tags on the public trains with over sized sharpies, making up with their 2 inch cocks. Shame on you“The Right Honorable Wicked Stepmothers’ Traveling, Drinking, and Debating Society and Men’s Auxiliary” , lay off the booze. Drugs are bad mmkay! AB

HRC STORE VANDALISM X390 (SOURCED) | ADVOCATE.COM(via advcate.com)
A group calling itself “The Right Honorable Wicked Stepmothers’ Traveling, Drinking, and Debating Society and Men’s Auxiliary” has claimed responsibility for vandalizing the Human Rights Campaign store in Washington, D.C. Tuesday night. In a bizarre homage to the Stonewall Riots, the group said — via its press release — that after determining the “god awful monstrosity” would “look great with a bit of shattered glass and splattered paint,” the members strapped on their “riot chaps” and “poured pink paint into light bulbs, grabbed hammers, and went party party party! all over that tacky testament to the transformation of radical queer liberation into consumer junk.”

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June 28, 2011

Trevor Project Honors Actor

by Accidental Bear

The Trevor Project, founded in 1998, is devoted to increasing acceptance and preventing suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. Its fund-raiser may also be one of the few in New York City where several pairs of men’s 2xist underwear were up for silent auction.

The first thing being celebrated was the 21-year-old actor Daniel Radcliffe, currently starring in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” on Broadway and soon to appear in movie theaters in the final installment of the Harry Potter films, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2.” The second was the right to gay marriage in New York.

Let’s start with Mr. Radcliffe, who a few years ago, lent his name to the organization and made a public-service announcement on its behalf. MORE

Via online.wsj.com

 

 

June 26, 2011

Chicago Pride Floats Get Cut

by Accidental Bear

Really? This is like picking on a child. Thankfully the damage was just superficial and pride marched on in the windy city. Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me. I call low blow.

In what could be a hate crime, dozens of tires on floats headed for Chicago’s Pride Parade were cut with knifes just hours before the Parade Sunday.

Chuck Huser, owner of long-time Pride float provider Assocated Attractions at 4834 S. Halsted on Chicago’s South Side, said the floats were fine when he left 8 p.m. Saturday night, but when he returned 5 a.m. Sunday to start preparation for drivers to depart, he found two tires punctured each on more than 30 floats.

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June 23, 2011

Handpicked News: 50,000 Gay Parents, Complaint Against Southwest, Undocumented Immigrants, Teen Gay Suicide And The X-Men On

by Accidental Bear

 
 HIV-Positive Chicago Man Says He Was Denied Life-Saving HIV Medication While Jailed

 California Has More Than 50,000 Gay Parents More detailed information about where the country’s gayby boom is coming from was released today by the Williams Institute, with California naturally boasting a large population — 52,530 gay parents. The institute’s numbers are based on Census information. In the survey, California reported 125,516 couples, 21% of which are raising children. That means that one of every five gay couples is parenting.                                                                                                  

Flight Attendants Consider Official Complaint Against Southwest Members of a union representing 9,400 Southwest Airlines flight attendants say they are angered and disappointed by the remarks made by a pilot who used homophobic, misogynistic, and ageist terms to refer to members of his flight crew.

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Obama To Confront Two Gay Rights Factions At Thursday’s Gala NEW YORK — There are two prisms through which to view President Obama’s LGBT fundraiser on Thursday night. The first is presidential politics and, mainly, Obama’s continued evolution on gay rights. New York is poised to pass a law legalizing same-sex marriage, making the president’s reluctance to come out in favor of it (despite clear signs of support in the past) the source of obvious tension. The second, more telling prism, is the political potency of the gay rights movement itself.

Undocumented Immigrants React To Jose Antonio Vargas Revelation, ‘Come Out’ To Protest Crackdowns ATLANTA (AP) — E

ighteen-year-old Dulce Guerrero kept quiet about being an undocumented immigrant until earlier this year, when she became upset after a traffic stop that landed her mother in jail for two nights. The arrest came as Georgia lawmakers were crafting what would become one of the nation’s toughest immigration crackdowns, and Guerrero feared her mother would be deported.

 


Teen Gay Suicide And The X-Men On July the 20th, Marvel will be publishing a very special comic. X-Men writer Kieron Gillen and artist Jamie McKelvie, creators of the comicPhonogram, and working together to tell a story about teenage gay suicides in the X-Men comic, Generation Hope #9. Based on recent prominent news stories, and  public awareness campaigns, Kieron Gillen finds the topic ideally suited to the X-books. He told iFanboy;