ICYMI: News and Pop Culture Round-Up

Posted by Shane Smith, Editor, Stonewall Gazette

Building LGBTQ Political Power Across the Nation 
Election Night 2017 was a historic one for the LGBTQ community. Candidates across the country campaigned hard, talked to voters, raised funds, and spread their message. Their diligent work paid off. Forty LGBTQ candidates won their races. And now, more than ever, it is crucial that LGBTQ leaders have a seat at the table when critical decisions affecting our rights are made. However, in the time of Trump and its accompanying surge of homophobia, transphobia, and white supremacy, these advancements are under threat.

The Federal Communications Commission Killed Net Neutrality
Net neutrality is dead — at least for now. In a 3-2 vote today, the Federal Communications Commission approved a measure to remove the tough net neutrality rules it put in place just two years ago. Those rules prevented internet providers from blocking and throttling traffic and offering paid fast lanes. They also classified internet providers as Title II common carriers in order to give the measure strong legal backing.

Gotta Love Vintage Beefcake!

Written by Shane Smith, Editor, Stonewall Gazette

I love to see men socializing together, as they are in the video below. I particularly enjoy seeing sexy hunks from the past strutting their cockiness while wearing nothing but blue jeans (or less!). When you combine vintage cars and hot guys with swagger it's must-see viewing.

Enjoy the shirtless gallery and video!

Interview: Drake Jensen and Patrick Masse on Life & Career as Openly Gay Country Music Singers

Written by Shane Smith, Editor of Stonewall Gazette

Drake Jensen (L) and Patrick Masse (R)

This past June, during Pride Month, openly gay country music singers Drake Jensen and Patrick Masse released their song "Go Your Own Way" and I was so excited by their collaboration I contacted Towleroad's Michael Goff, HuffPost's Noah Michelson, Axxidental's Mike Enders, Queerty, Bear World Magazine and many other folks in queer media. The importance of two openly gay singers doing a duet was unprecedented in country music and I wanted to help in any way that I could.

Exposing Hollywood, Washington, Islam & Much More in Today's Editor Picks

The media landscape saturates us with so many interesting news and entertainment stories that we can sometimes feel overwhelmed. Our social media feeds overflow with more stories than we can possibly read in a day. So what to do? I created the Editor Picks column to help the reader stay informed, educated and entertained. I hope you enjoy today's picks. Leave your comments below. I enjoy getting feedback from old and new readers so please do take a moment to share this post on your social media (it's very much appreciated when you do!). If you have any questions or suggestions be sure to contact me here.

Happy Reading!

Shane Smith, Editor, Stonewall Gazette.

How Pop Culture Journalism Became ‘Entertainment: SVU’

The Harvey Weinstein exposés have changed the way Hollywood thinks about sexual harassment and assault. But they’ve had another side effect: They’ve changed the way Hollywood’s editors and reporters think about their beat. The normal industry fare — the signing of a deal, “10 things we learned from the Last Jedi trailer” — has given way to a frantic chase to expose the depredations of the Next Harvey (or the further depredations of the current one). Publications and sites have undergone a kind of gritty reboot, and what was once a micro-genre of reporting has become the main event. Welcome to Entertainment Writing: SVU. READ MORE

Sam Elliott: Hollywood's Hirsute Hunk

Written by Shane Smith, Editor of Stonewall Gazette

Sam Elliott shows off his hairy chest in the 1976 film, "Lifeguard"

I, like so many other gay men, have had a serious crush on Mr Elliott since he burst (bulged?) on the Hollywood scene back in the 1970's. The two Sam Elliott films that really made me stand up and take notice (yes, I am using a euphemism here) were: "Lifeguard" (1976) and "The Legacy" (1978). There's a great scene in "The Legacy" where Sam gets out of bed completely naked and we see him step into the shower. The scene continues as he lathers up his furry chest with soap. Woof! Check out the full scene in the video below!

How Would Gay WW2 Hero Alan Turing Want To Be Remembered?

Written by Shane Smith, Editor of Stonewall Gazette

Alan Turing was not only a computer scientist but also a respected mathematician and is widely considered to be the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence. Why is it that so many people don't know who this man is?

I believe that because Turing was a gay man he's been brushed out of history. The truth about Alan Turing's legacy is that he's not celebrated in the same way as other famous inventors such as Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell.

Turing is the man who stopped the Nazi's from ruling the world. Seriously! He lead the way in cracking coded messages which gave the Allies the upper hand in defeating the Nazis during World War Two. He was a genius. Turing is often painted as a homosexual who loathed himself, a person for whom one should feel pity. Is that an accurate representation of Turing? Is that how he'd want to be remembered?

Top Reads Round-Up (World AIDS Day Edition): #Blog2BlogLuv

As part of our mission on Stonewall Gazette to highlight smaller blogs or articles that may be of interest to the gay community, I've created the #Blog2BlogLuv column.

I hope you enjoy this eclectic round-up.

Mourning Has Broken: Remembering My Friend Matt on World AIDS Day 2017

Written by Shane Smith, Editor, Stonewall Gazette

Today, on World AIDS Day 2017, I am thinking of my late friend Matt and I'm reminded of lyrics from the hymn "Morning Has Broken" a song which was made popular in the early 1970's by singer-songwriter Cat Stevens. The first line of the song is:
Morning has broken, like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird
The song has been playing in my head for a couple of days now since I read Hank Trout's recent article, Kintsugi: A Survivor’s Reflection on World AIDS Day 2017. In the piece Hank explains how the Japanese mend broken objects by filling in the cracks with gold. The gold emphasizes the many broken pieces.

News Round-Up (HIV Edition)

A Long-Term Survivor Speaks Out

Sean McKenna (above) reflects on the urgency of overcoming isolation and depression for people who tested HIV positive before 1996. READ MORE

Research Suggests HIV Treatment May Prevent Accelerated Brain Aging 

Cognitive decline has been a major concern for people living with HIV as they age.

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