If you know about Grindr, then this video pretty much needs no introduction. If you don’t know what Grindr is, well, it’s a gay “dating” app where it displays profiles of other people on the app who are near you by using geo-location on your phone. It has a…reputation for being quite…sexually oriented.
But then again, anyone who’s made any sort of foray into the world of online dating for gay men will know that that’s pretty unavoidable.
This is actually a clip from a longer documentary by Will Means that you can view here.
This is an incredible collection of portraits of drag queens with just half their faces done up in drag. It’s fantastic way to highlight the line that drag queens constantly dance across.
From Leland Bobbé, the New York-based photographer behind the project called “Half-Drag… A Different Kind of Beauty”:
With this series my intention is to capture both the male and the alter ego female side of these subjects in one image in order to explore the cross over between males and females and to break down the physical barriers that separate them.
These aren’t digitally composed at all – it’s all just the power of drag queen make-up and hair-dos!
The Lin Kuei can only rely on each other right? No wonder that Sub Zero and Reptile had to eventually hook up. (These are ninjas from Mortal Kombat, for those not into the game).
Mhmm…yep. I can deal with this. So glad I got a photo of this.
I found the MCM Comic Con in London to be exceptionally crowded. There were SO many people it was near impossible to move on the Saturday. Fortunately for me, I had gone on the Friday as well – so I’d seen most of the stuff available and didn’t need to browse as much and so (thankfully) could spend most of my time away from the really thick crowds.
I did get to see some of the actresses in Lost Girl speak briefly – that was kinda cool. my boyfriend really wanted to ask Kenzie if he could get a cuddle…of course this was impossible. On the off-chance she’s reading this though, my boyfriend would totally appreciate a cuddle.
Have you ever needed dating advice – but all the advice you find is heterosexual oriented? It’s hard to find a good range of blogs these days that write about LGBT topics right?
Well www.gaydatingsites.net has put together a list of the Top 100 LGBT marriage, dating and relationship blogs so that’ll provide you with a nice place to start – especially if you’re newly engaged and need inspiration for wedding concepts or advice on where to find wedding vendors etc.
I haven’t had a proper look through all the sites on the list, but my guess is they’re quite America-centric but no matter where in the world you are, it’s nice to see the LGBT community being represented – and celebrated.
And let us know in the comments if you end up finding something awesome. Better yet – having a gay geeky wedding!? SEND US PHOTOS! We’ll definitely want to celebrate with you! Email them to [email protected].
In terms of news, this is really old. I mean really, really, REALLY old. However, I thought I might bring it up since nobody seems to talk about it, not even the fans. So the two pages you’re about to read are from a manga called Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler) and is a character guide for the officially confirmed second most powerful being in the entire story (it’s a manga, so read from right to left):
I just find it really interesting that despite the existence of this in canon (it can be considered canon since it’s from the manga-ka and it reveals some key aspects of the character as Yana Toboso designed her) fans of this anime/manga universally and unanimously identify Grell as male. Shipping between Grell and the male characters is categorised as yaoi/BL despite the fact that it’s technically heterosexual and her relationship with Madame Red is either ignored or classified as het despite actually being homosexual.
One of the most common reasons I’ve heard for this is that Grell’s trans identity isn’t prominently brought out in the story as part of the plot or even part of a sub-plot but does it have to be??? The way the Kuroshitsuji fandom seems to rationalising this is as such: nothing is absolutely, explicitly stated in the canon storyline since it’s not a massive deal plot-wise, so the fans are all confused and still mostly think that Grell Sutcliff is a cisgender, gay man. Seriously fandom? SERIOUSLY??? Yana Toboso has literally done everything she can in the main story to show the readers that Grell is trans*, from using feminine Japanese (read this article from Tofugu if you need to know more about that) to having Grell state several times that she wants to “be a maiden”. Everything except explicitly say that Grell is transgender. Thankfully the fandom seems to be generally okay with accepting that Grell is bisexual, yet frequently ignore the “bi” part of “bisexual”. Like Grell’s gender identity, Yana Toboso did everything to prove that Grell is bisexual, this time including a few lines where Grell explicitly states that she is bisexual.
This is one of the biggest reasons why Grell is my favourite character in Kuroshitsuji. She’s loud and proud about her bisexuality and gender identity. In an anime/manga that is absolutely full of effeminate-looking characters, Grell is a few steps above and beyond simply being effeminate – she does her very best to express her true gender despite her biology and is an upbeat, vibrant figure in an otherwise gloomy cast of angsty characters.
I honestly do not know what to think about this fandom’s response to having a trans* character in their canon. Is it because Japan and the Western world both have a very stringent view of sexuality that isn’t very kind to trans* people? Or do people in society still not like the idea of trans* people in general? Or perhaps it’s just because the Kuroshitsuji fandom is extremely problematic on a general level? (See: this Tumblr blog.)
Basically, I just wanted to put this up here now to show people that there is an admittedly excellent work of fiction out there where a trans* person is a main character who often helps to significantly drive the plot and who is actually one of the most powerful characters in the cast (Toboso stated that Grell is the second most powerful after the main character, Sebastian Michaelis). I don’t want people to continue to ignore her trans* identity. It’s a really important part of her character.