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 10. BOOK: Naked; Turn on Sports: The Best in Erotic Sports Photography; Trunk Show: Swimwear Inspires Art; and Gay Porn Heroes: 100 Most Famous Porn Stars
Get an eyeful of these new photo books from LGBT publisher Bruno Gmünder: Dylan Rosser leaves little to the imagination in Naked, his latest collection of beautiful men; noted photographers team up to shoot athletes with their equipment for Turn on Sports; editor Jason Salzenstein compiles images of guys in swimwear for Trunk Show; and JC Adams celebrates four decades of iconic male adult entertainers in Gay Porn Heroes. 


 9. DVD: The Smurfs

Hollywood’s latest big-budget expression of ’80s nostalgia stars Neil Patrick Harris as a cosmetics marketing exec who saves a displaced blue man group. You know Katy Perry voices Smurfette, but listen for Alan Cumming as Gutsy Smurf and The Daily Show’s John Oliver as fancy, flower-wearing Vanity, a good candidate for The A-List: Smurf Village. Also look for Tim Gunn’s Tim Gunn impression and a cameo by Michael Musto.


 8. DVD: Friends With Benefits

Will Gluck’s likable romantic comedy — which makes itself look better by making fun of other rom-coms — stars Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis as recently dumped damaged goods who try striking up a sexual relationship with no strings attached. Woody Harrelson is an unexpected treat as JT’s flirtatious coworker, a confident and horny gay GQ sports editor who enjoys basketball, boating, and ogling male models at photo shoots.

December 02 2011 3:00 PM

Question: Every so often I meet a guy who tells me he just won’t use a condom because (take your pick): (1) He can’t stay hard; (2) He’s too big; (3) He’s allergic to latex; (4) He’s HIV-negative; or (5) It’s a mood killer. How do you suggest I handle these situations — especially when I’m really turned on?

Answer:  Let me start today by noting that it’s World AIDS Day, which is observed December 1 each year and — as the official site in the U.K. proclaims — “is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.”

That being said, there’s no better way to observe this day than to pledge to protect yourself and your prospective partners from HIV. And if there’s any tool we have to prevent the continued spread of the virus, it’s the much-maligned, low-tech (but lifesaving) condom. 

I know you’ve heard this before (I certainly hope that you have) but latex and plastic rubbers, when used properly (and yes, that’s key) with a water-based lubricant, provide a high degree of protection to each partner. But sometimes information alone doesn’t do the trick. If only. Instead of going to the experts (as Mr. Manners often does) I decided to ask a friend of mine who recently became infected why his knowledge of safer sex didn’t safeguard him:

“You can be armed with all of the information in the world, but it's much harder to put it into practice when you combine casual sex, alcohol, and drugs — and put places like Fire Island into the mix,” he told me. “My suspicion is that somewhere along the line I wasn't sober enough to do what I needed to do to protect myself, and there were enough of those nights that the statistical odds became stacked against me.”

So, how do I suggest you respond to these periodic ploys (and that’s what they are) to have unprotected sex?  It would be facile for me to suggest that you just say no. Still, you can’t make sound judgments if you’re stoned, high, drunk, tweaked, or toasted — and there’s no question that drug and alcohol use are closely linked with new HIV infections.

For now, though, let’s take each of the objections to using a condom and do a little role-playing:

 He says:“I can’t stay hard.”

 The truth: It’s true that in a fair number of instances guys may lose their erections after suiting up. But there are a number of things you can do, like try different brands of rubbers — especially those that might not be as tight or as thick. More often than not, though, what you’re hearing (and seeing) is a self-fulfilling prophecy based on a psychological response (“I don't like to wear a condom”).  To counter that, try making the unveiling and capture playfully sexy and fun. If your buddy loses his erection as soon as the glove goes on, go back to first or second base for a while to help him get (re)stimulated.

 He says:“I’m too big.”

 The truth: Condoms come in all sizes, my friend. Unless your partner is superhuman, there’s a condom for him. He doesn’t go shoeless because he’s a big guy, does he? He shouldn’t go without a glove either. Among the jumbo-size options are Trojan Magnum XL Lubricated, Durex XXL, and Kimono MAXX.  Keep shopping for options until you find one that satisfies.

 He says:“I’m allergic to latex.”

 The truth: Indeed, some men are, but there are condoms made out of plastic (polyurethane) that provide protection against HIV and other STDs. Be sure to use a water-based lubricant with either latex or plastic. And remember: Don’t use lambskin condoms since they don’t protect against HIV and other STDs.

December 01 2011 4:05 PM

From Cameron Diaz and Zooey Deschanel to Helen Mirren and Amy Poehler, our favorite female celebs share their same-sex crushes exclusively with The Advocate.

December 01 2011 4:00 AM

Archie Comics has revealed that gay character Kevin Keller’s marriage will not only be mainstream comics’ first same-sex union, it will also be interracial.

November 28 2011 2:44 PM

Question: I’m so excited that the holidays are almost here. My friends call me a “Christmas junkie” – that is, when they don’t refer to me as “the gay Martha Stewart.” Maybe it’s because I’m still trying to recreate that perfect Courier & Ives experience.   Anyway, here’s my question for you (actually two questions): My boyfriend, Houston, and I are going to my parents’ home for the holidays, and I haven’t come out to them yet. I was thinking that I’d tell them about Houston and me once we’re already there, but he isn’t so sure that’s a great idea.

November 28 2011 4:00 AM

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Oprah's TV network, OWN, is premiering two new documentary specials on Sunday: Being Chaz (the follow up to Chaz Bono's award winning, Becoming Chaz, from last year) and I Am Jazz: A Family in Transition. The latter, stars Jazz, an 11-year-old transgender girl, her three siblings, friends and parents, as they navigate the world with a gender-variant kid and grapple with the possibility of hormone blocking therapy as she reaches puberty. Director Jen Stocks' doc is an engaging, heartwarming, and moving look at a trans kid. With her parent's support, Jazz has been living as a girl since she was a toddler. We caught up with her to find out about making the doc, meeting Bono, and life in middle school.

The Advocate: I love all your YouTube clips. How long have you been dancing and singing?
Jazz: Thank you. I've been singing, dancing and acting my entire life. Ever since I was about 2-years-old I would put on tutus and dance and sing around my house.

Are the other dancers in your class OK with you being transgender?
All my friends from my acting, singing, and dancing class are very accepting and understand my situation. If you watch the documentary you will see how we all enjoy what we do and hang out with each other.

You’ve said you tell people that you have a girl brain and a boy body. How do other kids react to you when you tell them that?
Most of my friends tell me that I'm the same person inside and they tell me that they still love me and are still my best friends.

When did you first realize you were a girl?
Ever since I was able to express myself, I always referred to myself as a girl. I went for the Barbies and the dresses and would avoid the boy toys. When I was 2, my mom would say, "Good boy" and I would say, "No, mommy. Good girl."

Tell me about your siblings. How helpful have your brothers and sister been?
First, I have twin brothers, Sander and Griffen, who are 13. Then, I have a sister named Ari who is almost 16. They are very supportive and protective of me. Every time somebody is whispering bad things about me, and the word gets to them, they will defend me. They go up to the person and tell them they shouldn't being saying bad things about their sister.

November 26 2011 12:32 PM

In 1981 The New York Times began reporting on a mysterious illness that was striking down gay men. As the first victims of the disease that would eventually be called AIDS were dying, Josh Rosenzweig was coming of age as a young gay man. Rosenzweig now reflects back on the past three decades with the powerful, heartbreaking new documentary 30 Years From Here, which chronicles the trials and tribulations unleashed by the AIDS pandemic. "I want this film to jostle people out of complacency," he says. Rosenzweig, who is also senior vice president, original programming and development
for here! (owned by the same parent company as The Advocate), and his team have assembled personal accounts from many of the key activists and medical experts, such as ACT UP founder Larry Kramer, choreographer-fundraiser Jerry Mitchell, and Marjorie Hill, CEO of Gay Men’s Health Crisis. All were there in the beginning and have witnessed how the disease has ravaged lives as well as the hope generated by advances in medical research. Rosenzweig tells The Advocate why he was compelled to make the film and shares what he learned in the process.

The Advocate: What was the impetus to make 30 Years From Here?
Josh Rosenzweig: A year ago when we began to plan the 2011 original production slate, we felt very strongly that we acknowledge this 30 years period with some sort of original program. At first we were going to follow the same timeline that The Advocate was creating for the magazine and, but as we began to work on the film it seemed to be following its own path. However, then we were faced with the Herculean task of scaling this giant monolith, so to speak. When you look back at three decades of this pandemic, the question is what part of the story do you tell? So we just jumped in and one interview led us to the next and so on... and the story slowly began to emerge organically.

There have been numerous other documentaries that look back at the ravages of AIDS. What distinguishes your film from others?
As I mentioned, AIDS is a huge topic. There are, literally, millions of stories that can be told about HIV and AIDS, and ours is just one among many... But, I think what may set this piece apart a bit from others is that it’s very New York City-centric. It is a unique combination of interviews from medical experts, activists, and everyday people who were here on the ground in the early ‘80s, working and living with this epidemic all around them — and these are the stories that we have not heard. We also felt that we wanted and needed to present the story in a somewhat matter-of-fact manner and let it speak for itself. Therefore, it is somewhat devoid of sentimentality. It’s not brutal, but I would say it is very frank.

November 25 2011 1:18 PM

 If you might think actor Mark Cirillo looks familiar, there’s a reason. For years, he’s toiled in small parts in sitcoms such as Will & Grace and How I Met Your Mother as well as popular gay-themed films such as Girls Will Be Girls. And he boasts an impressive pedigree — he’s the great-great-great maternal grandson of President Ulysses S. Grant. Now Cirillo gets his most challenging role yet and delivers a finely tuned performance as Ryan, a closeted gay man studying theology in Joshua Lim’s new film, The Seminarian (in select theaters November 25). Here, examining his instincts for complicated characters, he talks openly about baring all for his art and whether certain actors should open the closet door.

The Advocate: You play a closeted theology student caught between an unfinished thesis and unrequited love. What attracted you to the role?
Mark Cirillo: I wanted to play a character that stands at the opposite end of the spectrum from my personality. And I liked that Ryan had to struggle deeply in profound ways to rectify who he is with what he was taught. That resonated with me on so many levels, from the sexual to the religious.

Do you know any gay seminarians?
Actually yes, a few. Aside from the film’s writer and director, Joshua Lim, several gay seminary students assisted in the making of the film. I’m grateful that there was always someone on set to answer my questions about God and sexuality. Luckily, I also had two weeks of intense, daylong crash courses in evangelical Protestant Christianity before we shot even one day of footage. By the end, I could believably say certain lines and really know what I was talking about.

November 23 2011 12:57 AM

Good news for lesbos: Barbie's new man is the spitting image of Ellen DeGeneres.

Apparently the DVD came out earlier this year, but the promo ad for Barbie: A Fairy Secret, is now circulating the interweb, and Ellen fans are positing whether the "fairy" in this secret is Barbie's playmate.

Even better, you can watch a clip (with French subtitles) on YouTube and decide if the flick is as subversively lesbo as the ad.

November 22 2011 1:55 PM