David Atlanta http://davidatlanta.com Atlanta's #1 LGBT Community Magazine Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:43:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Latest Print Edition: Read It Now http://davidatlanta.com/2015/07/latest-print-edition-read-it-now/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/07/latest-print-edition-read-it-now/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:10:47 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=134401 David Atlanta Volume 18 Issue 26 AT LAST! Marriage Equality, Matt Bomer & Joining Hearts: Dive Into The Pool

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Volume 18 Issue 26

AT LAST! Marriage Equality, Matt Bomer & Joining Hearts: Dive Into The Pool

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Our World Has Changed for the Better; But What Does That Mean? http://davidatlanta.com/2015/07/our-world-has-changed-for-the-better-but-what-does-that-mean/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/07/our-world-has-changed-for-the-better-but-what-does-that-mean/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:09:15 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=135060 By Jason Meitelski In a landmark decision recently released by the US Supreme court, same-sex couples have now been legitimized and have the freedom to marry in all fifty states. After a decades long fight for equal rights, our day has finally arrived! Emotions are high, tears have been shed, and marriages have been proposed ...

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By Jason Meitelski

In a landmark decision recently released by the US Supreme court, same-sex couples have now been legitimized and have the freedom to marry in all fifty states. After a decades long fight for equal rights, our day has finally arrived! Emotions are high, tears have been shed, and marriages have been proposed as couples and families can now be made whole. Same-sex marriage carries a variety of connotations to each of us as individuals, but what are the benefits we’ll gain under the blanket of the law? Quite a few, as you’ll see below:
• Married LGBT Military Members: They no longer have to worry about getting married in a state that allows same-sex marriage, only to be transferred to a state that doesn’t recognize it, which would effectively nullify their union. They can be now be proud to serve and protect their country that recognizes them as first-class citizens. Also, spouses of LGBT Military personnel that transition from active duty to retired will have full access to veteran’s benefits in ALL states.
• Social Security Benefits: Social Security is important because it provides the sole means of support for many Americans who have been disabled or retired. Surviving partners of a deceased recipient and those raising a minor child are eligible to receive those benefits. LGBT spouses will now be able to get those benefits previously unattainable to us. For example, a child of a previously unmarried gay man receiving Social Security would have received nothing after he died; and now that child may receive seventy-five percent of those benefits.
• Federal Inheritance Tax: No longer will LGBT couples who invest time and money in mutually acquired property have to sell what they own and pay the Federal Government a FORTY PERCENT inheritance tax on their partner’s share. Same-sex partners can now marry and rest assured knowing the IRS won’t come to take what’s rightfully theirs at a moment when they should be allowed to mourn in peace.
• Hospital, Visitation and Funeral Rights: Married LGBT couples no longer have to worry about hospital staff or judgmental family members denying their access to their partner’s hospital room or funeral services. LGBT partners now have the right to care for their spouses or grieve with dignity.
• Employer Subsidized Health Care Benefits: Same-Sex married couples can now legally enroll their spouses and their children in their employer-provided healthcare programs. No more worries about sick children and spouses: everyone’s covered via the fundamental right to marry.

President Obama knocked it out of the park when he said, “If we are truly created equal, then the love we commit to one another should be recognized as equal. And it finally is.”

Thanks to the brave LGBT people who stood up against society in the fight for equal rights, from the drag queens at Stonewall to Harvey Milk and Barney Frank, we’ve finally been recognized as equal citizens in this country and can enjoy the freedom to marry the one we love.

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THE EIGHT ESSENTIAL EXERCISES THAT WILL EASILY UP YOU’RE A-GAME…IN BED http://davidatlanta.com/2015/07/the-eight-essential-exercises-that-will-easily-up-youre-a-gamein-bed/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/07/the-eight-essential-exercises-that-will-easily-up-youre-a-gamein-bed/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 14:15:06 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=135045 By the Atlanta Stud (www.AtlantaStud.com) Hey Studs, summer is officially here. That means that the sun’s out. The swimming pools are open. The birds are chirping. And your sex drives are at their hottest peak. That’s why I advise all of my clients to treat the summertime like you would handle a cock, and grab ...

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Hey Studs, summer is officially here. That means that the sun’s out. The swimming pools are open. The birds are chirping. And your sex drives are at their hottest peak. That’s why I advise all of my clients to treat the summertime like you would handle a cock, and grab it by the shaft and let it know that you own it, while embracing it down deep. Scientifically speaking, your cocks are at their greatest hardness at this very moment. That’s why the Atlanta Stud’s going to give you his secret eight exercises at the gym that will guarantee your sexual satisfaction in between the sheets.

1. PUSH-UPS: Nothing better than good-old fashion push-ups. Remember back in school, in your P.E. class, when your bear coach would try to push you through your push-ups saying, “C’mon you big nelly bottoms…act like you’re a beefy, brutal top and give me 20!” Well, as grizzly as your bear coach could’ve been, he was 100% correct. Push-ups truly do correlate with when you’re in bed on-top of your next sexual conquest. To get you through this exercise, imagine yourself lying on-top of that beautiful stud who’s just waiting for you to dive into him. His legs are wide open, and he is just so freaking hard, waiting for you to enter him. So, align your chest over his, get up on your toes, have your hands shoulder-width apart, and come down close to him, but don’t come yet. Repeat by going up—then down—then back up—then back down. You’ll get through those push-ups faster than you know it. And your chest, shoulders, and triceps will appreciate the hard work while your stud partner will mutually appreciate it too.

2. SIT-UPS: Another basic exercise we learned during puberty are the sit-ups. They may be traditional, vanilla, and even dull, but they work fabulously. And after you invest into doing some of these, your washboard stomachs will be your dividends that will pay off in the bedroom. To get through these exercises, you’re going to have to lie on your back and be the bottom this time. Close your eyes, and picture that hot stud on-top of you. Take your hands behind your head, and pretend he’s got some handcuffs ready for you. Better yet, he’s actually holding onto your legs for support, and each time you come up for those sit-ups, he treats you with a tender kiss on the lips for each sit-up. This is great foreplay because you can switch positions on this several times over. Oh, not to mention the abs are a great area for come shots.

3. BENCH DIPS: Okay guys, for this one, we need to grab a bench. You’re going to role play this out by picturing the bench as the edge of your bed. Get up on their, and support your entire body weight with your strong arms. Looking down, you’ve got that hot stud right where you want him, and he’s begging that you’re going to dip up and down on his pretty dick. This one is arguably the hardest one of them all, but you can get through it, and keep him hard the entire time.

4. BENT-OVER DUMBBELL ROWS: Grab a couple of heavy dumbbells. This is where you’ll show off those defined biceps and bulging back muscles. Bend over with those dumbbell weights, and while you’re at it, stick that ass out for me. Take those dumbbells by their long, sleek grips and pop out some of those rows as if you’re trying to jerk them up (without jerking them off). Although you’re assertive on this exercise, make sure that you’re gentle at the same time. Remember, not all guys you’re handling will be studs. Some of them may be a twink, so you may want to err on the side of being soft in this case. But fear not, twinks are great at turning those softies into hardies in no time.

5. PLANK: Back to being a top for a second here. I want you to imagine that you’ve got your stud turned over on his stomach. But here’s an ultimate challenge. Before you can take him from behind, you’re going to have to perform a static, isometric exercise here and stay still. That’s right, a full minute plank is my challenge to you. That’s going to so turn the boy on because he’s waiting in climactic expectation while you’re hanging over him, literally, and when that full minute is over with, he knows that you’re going to service him, fulfilling his most desirable fantasies.

6. SQUATS: Alright studs, it’s not all about the upper body and abs. We have to pay attention to our foundation—our legs. Those gorgeous thighs and toned calves need to accentuate the rest of your delectable features. Therefore, you need to grab a big, huge barbell, and place it on the back of your shoulders. Position yourself with a nice wide stance. And on this exercise, I want you to imagine that you’re holding your guy up in front of yourself, with his legs tightly wrapped around your mid-section. He’s clinging on for dear life, while you are holding his entire body weight on you. You squat down, and while squatting down, he’s feeling that colossal cock of yours enter his accepting ass. You won’t even think about his body weight because you’ll be too focused on how pleasurable this is feeling for the both of you.

7. DONKEY KICKS: Still focusing on the legs, we are transitioning to work those rock-hard glutes of yours. Get down on all fours, like you’re ready to take it from behind. We are working one leg at a time on this exercise. To get through this one, there’s a really hot stud kneeling in front of you. He’s literally hanging down in front of your face while you’re doing your donkey kicks. So, time to show him why your mouth should be insured since the blow job you’re about to perform on him’s about to feel like a million dollars.

8. JERK OFF: You’ve read in my previous articles the importance of masturbation. Well, what better way to ready that cock of yours for preparation than to give it some solo time? You don’t need a step-by-step instructional guide from me on this one. I know that you can do this one just marvelously. But take your time. Give it some good sets & reps, remember your controlled breathing, and explode at the end with all the force you have left in you.

Well studs, there you have it. So what are you waiting for? Now that you’re done reading this, it’s time for you to get to the gym, and do these exercises ASAP. But remember, do them in order, and I know you can’t wait to get to the final step—which happens to be my favorite too. So as your personal trainer, and as your coach…make me proud. Show me what you’ve got, and finish strong and hard. Just like IHOP’s philosophy, come hungry…and then come again. <3

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Get Your Bear Fix: Atlanta Bear Fest 2015 http://davidatlanta.com/2015/06/get-your-bear-fix-atlanta-bear-fest-2015/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/06/get-your-bear-fix-atlanta-bear-fest-2015/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 02:00:46 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=135050 By Dustin Shrader It is that time of year again! Southern Bears is back with its annual Atlanta Bear Fest dedicated to be full of more fun and fur than any bear lover can handle. Founded some 22 years ago, Southern Bears Club’s ABF strives to set itself apart from other runs. Dedicated to providing ...

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By Dustin Shrader

It is that time of year again! Southern Bears is back with its annual Atlanta Bear Fest dedicated to be full of more fun and fur than any bear lover can handle.

Founded some 22 years ago, Southern Bears Club’s ABF strives to set itself apart from other runs. Dedicated to providing a more laid back and sociable run, Southern Bears President John Beck says they work to keep things warm and friendly for all participants.

“As a club, we try very hard to make sure people are included and made to feel welcome. For many people in the bear community, this and other runs are a major form of socialization with others in the bear community. They get to see old friends they have known for years, meet people in person they have only talked to online and meet new people with whom they develop long friendships,” explains Beck.

ABF is fondly known for its safe environment where all bears can attend and enjoy themselves without a feeling of judgment or not living up to anyone else’s standards. It is also a sanctuary for someone who is not a bear, but a bear lover can participate and meet hot locals under certain circumstances they might not normally be able.

ABF 2015 is a four day event, taking place the weekend of July 2 – July 5. Held at the Courtyard Marriot in Atlanta, Bear Fest will include: “two open bars at the host hotel, three meals (South of the Border Buffet, Fruit Bar, Atlanta Eagle Island Cook-out) & Breakfast Buffet ($3 off coupon), pool parties with DJ Eric and complimentary soft drinks and bottled water for all pool parties.”

Unlike last year’s Christmas in July theme, this year’s Bear Fest will be taking you down “South of the Border,” very reminiscent of a “classic spaghetti western”.

Once registration commences, a meet and greet pizza party will kick off the jam-packed weekend before all bears and friends alike will be shuttled to The Eagle for “Bears in the Dark.”

An all day pool party with DJ Eric and an open fruit bar will keep things rocking through Friday, while Saturday ups the ante with a second DJ Eric pool party, the ABF photo shoot, “South of the Border” buffet, games at the pool and awards for “Best of Show.” Sunday wraps up the festivities with a Farewell Cookout at The Eagle.

Although ABF is a guaranteed “fun” time for one and all, Beck reveals its main focus this year will be to raise money for club events and local charities. The organization is currently working towards raising a $5,000 goal for Lost-N-Found Youth.

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Dive Into the Pool: Joining Hearts Main Event http://davidatlanta.com/2015/06/dive-into-the-pool-joining-hearts-main-event/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/06/dive-into-the-pool-joining-hearts-main-event/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 02:00:41 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=135054 The Piedmont Park Aquatic Center is asked often if they will rent out the space for parties. The answer is always no. Joining Hearts is the only social event that they allow. Why is that? Because every single dollar raised is donated to the charities that Joining Hearts supports. The Piedmont Park Conservancy will only ...

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The Piedmont Park Aquatic Center is asked often if they will rent out the space for parties. The answer is always no. Joining Hearts is the only social event that they allow. Why is that? Because every single dollar raised is donated to the charities that Joining Hearts supports. The Piedmont Park Conservancy will only allow 501(c)3 charities to rent the space. They wish to keep it a family oriented pool, closing it down basically at sundown each day. Except this one evening a year.

This year’s theme “DIVE” has a retro theme. “We’re always look for exciting ways to keep the event fresh and different” explains Director of Events, Steve Cainas. “As a result, we’re incorporating performance elements like Debby Holiday and The Armorettes.”

Included in the exciting lineup of performers is an opening set by famed Miami DJ, Deanne. Following her set, DJ Grind will headline the Main Event. “We recognized DJ Grind as one of the most sought-after and rising stars at dance festivals around the globe” states Cainas. “I knew his uplifting vocal house style would be a good match for Joining Hearts. He was deeply honored to be involved and joining us even with his solid Summer tour calendar.”

As always, there are several different tiers of general and VIP tickets to choose from. The Ultra VIP Lounge level garners you and five of your friends a pre-party early admission with passed food and drink, plus a special performance by The Armorettes. During the party you’ll also have your very own tented cabana overlooking the whole pool area.

The VIP level also allows you early admission to the pre-party and Armorette show, as well as VIP bathrooms and premium bar access. Finally the general admission allows you entry at 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. including your enjoyment of both DJ and the special guest performance by Debbie Holiday.

The goal of Joining Hearts is to surpass the $2 million mark as the total amount collected for their beneficiaries since 1987. Each and every dollar from admission goes directly to three charities: AID Atlanta, Jerusalem House, and Living Room.

We’re looking forward to Joining Heart’s main event on Saturday, July 18 at Piedmont Park Aquatic Center from 4-11 p.m.. We hope to see you there.

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Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and Endless Laughter! http://davidatlanta.com/2015/06/vanya-and-sonia-and-masha-and-spike-and-endless-laughter/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/06/vanya-and-sonia-and-masha-and-spike-and-endless-laughter/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 02:00:38 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=135069 By Jeffery Silvey When the lights come up on the Horizon Theatre’s production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, we first see an empty morning room that overlooks a lake. The room is adorned and accessorized with various items and tchotchkes, including books, pictures, and the Game of Life board game. The entirety ...

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By Jeffery Silvey

When the lights come up on the Horizon Theatre’s production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, we first see an empty morning room that overlooks a lake. The room is adorned and accessorized with various items and tchotchkes, including books, pictures, and the Game of Life board game. The entirety of the play takes place around the stagnant board game and appropriately so. After all, that’s what this play is about: Life.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike won Christopher Durant, the playwright, the Tony Award for Best Play. He created a modern comedy by creating homage to the legendary playwright Anton Chekhov. He took plot elements from different Chekhov plays and even three of the four titular character names and blended them all into one unique and hilarious story.

The play, much like Chekhov’s Three Sisters, focuses on the lives of three siblings: brother and sister Vanya and Masha, and their adopted sister Sonia. While Masha has been traveling the world as a successful actress, Vanya and Sonia have remained at their childhood home taking care of their parents. Now that they’re all approaching the middle years of their lives, it seems that no one is sure of himself or herself anymore. Once they all come together they are able to find new meaning and inspiration, not only for each other, but also for themselves.

Tess Kincaid, an Atlanta based actress who plays the role of movie star Masha, says that the play focuses on the idea of “going home to find yourself again.” Even though Vanya and Sonia are already at their “homes,” the play reiterates that home doesn’t necessarily have to be a physical place, but it can be a place or time where people are joined together. “Once they’re all back together they have a real sense of home,” says Kincaid. While the story of these three siblings coming back together to figure out their lives is a great one, it is even better thanks to the humor of the play. “The humor is delightful,” says Kincaid, “and the fact that it is accessible to anyone whether they know Chekhov or not is great fun!”

That accessibility is something that the Horizon Theatre and their crew have worked on to great effect. While the set design of the play evokes architecture and accessory references to Chekhov’s work, as well as several lines of the dialogue, the play goes so much further than that. Pop culture is referenced a lot, with Snow White, Carly Rae Jepsen, Maggie Smith, iPods, and voodoo all being parts of the show. The play is written in a way to provide an inside joke to each audience member, and the way the cast members handle each joke makes you feel like you’re in on it all. Under Justin Anderson’s direction, this cast shines with each of their punchlines and their effortless and entertaining humor.

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Matt Bomer: More Than Meets the Eyes http://davidatlanta.com/2015/06/matt-bomer-more-than-meets-the-eyes/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/06/matt-bomer-more-than-meets-the-eyes/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 02:00:35 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=135067 Magic Mike star on telling his kids he’s in a stripper movie, Channing flattery and indecent gyrations. By Chris Azzopardi Matt Bomer is not buying all the buzz about Matt Bomer. Channeling his trademark charm, the actor calls it “sheer fallacy” that anyone – let alone heterosexual men – could possibly find his piercing baby-blue ...

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Magic Mike star on telling his kids he’s in a stripper movie, Channing flattery and indecent gyrations.

By Chris Azzopardi

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Matt Bomer is not buying all the buzz about Matt Bomer.

Channeling his trademark charm, the actor calls it “sheer fallacy” that anyone – let alone heterosexual men – could possibly find his piercing baby-blue eyes swoon-worthy.

And then there’s his body. On display in all its near-nakedness in Magic Mike XXL, Bomer is modest about his sculpted physique. You expect it, of course. The 37-year-old dreamboat – just ask Channing Tatum – was born in Missouri and raised in Texas, and he hasn’t strayed from his humble Southern roots despite scorching screen after screen.

Not just with a striptease, either.

His Golden Globe-winning performance as Felix Turner in HBO’s powerful adaptation of Larry Kramer’s 1985 play The Normal Heart was a tear-jerking tour de force. And soon, Bomer will bring the spooks, starring alongside Lady Gaga during the upcoming American Horror Story: Hotel, another collaboration with Ryan Murphy (both worked together previously on Glee and The New Normal).

We talked to Bomer about geeking out to Gaga, explaining Magic Mike to his sons and how Channing Tatum made him blush.

David Atlanta: You and your Magic Mike co-star Channing Tatum recently made a surprise appearance at LA Pride. As a gay man yourself, what was it like having Channing show his support for you and the rest of the LGBT community?

Matt Bomer: It’s one of the many things that makes him the magnanimous, amazing, cherished soul that he is. It was his idea, to be honest with you. And he didn’t have to do it. The reality of the situation is, it wasn’t some PR move on his part – he wanted to be inclusive, and that’s a big part of who he is as a human being. So, given the opportunity to work with him, and really everybody in this cast – they’re just a great example of what we all can be, which are people who are secure in themselves, and loving and accepting of people no matter who they are and where they come from.

DA: Channing was very complimentary toward you in his recent Reddit AMA interview. He said he “absofuckinglutely” gets lost in your eyes, and that “I don’t know what they are made of outside of dreams and rainbows and amazingness…” How did you react when you learned of his enthusiasm for you?

MB: (Laughs) I mean, obviously, I blushed. Knowing Channing, and what a kind soul he is, I guess when you’re the most handsome man on the planet – and probably the most desired man on the planet – you have the security to give those kinds of compliments. And so, it was great. It made my day, of course! I and the rest of the world feel the same way about him.

DA: Your eyes get a lot of attention from a lot of people. Have they always stopped traffic?

MB : I don’t think they do! I think that’s sheer fallacy and kindness on the part of others. (Laughs) No – I’m still just trying to wake up in the morning with the kids, so I don’t really have time to think about that. More like, “Do I look like I got five hours of sleep last night?!”

DA: So there’s a gay bar scene in Magic Mike XXL.

MB: How great is that, to have a gay bar scene with a full-on drag show and some of the best voguers in the world? I mean, it was like a little vogue ball going on.

DA: Did you shoot at a real gay bar?

MB: I’m not sure, to be honest with you. They sure made the location feel like it! I didn’t ask; you roll up on set and that’s where you are that day. I wasn’t like, “Guys, is this a legit gay bar?!” The set-dec team on this movie is so gifted, so everywhere you go you just think, “Oh, this is what it is!”

DA: It’s good to see you have more lines in XXL.

MB: Well, that wouldn’t be hard. I would only have had to say, like, two or three words to have more lines than I had in the first one. (Laughs)

DA: And the singing! You get to cover D’Angelo’s “Untitled (How Does It Feel).”

MB: Oh my god. I mean, that was the best white man’s attempt I could make at that song. I just tried to stay in the game, man. I mean, that vocal and that song – I couldn’t believe we were even trying to touch it.

DA: Were you intimidated?

MB: Of course! The whole thing was Channing’s idea. We did the first movie on a tiny budget, and we entertained the extras between takes. One time he just threw them right in front of my face and was like, “Do something entertaining.” That’s the creative, spontaneous soul that Channing is, and Joe (Manganiello) has known me since we were 18 and so (Joe) was like, “You should sing something!” And I was like, “What do I sing?” Channing was like, “I don’t know – sing some Jodeci.” And so I did!

He remembered that for the second movie. He was like, “Why don’t you sing something? What song would you sing?” I was like, “Obviously the sexiest song of all time is ‘How Does It Feel’ by D’Angelo, but I’m not gonna touch that song.” He was like, “Why don’t you give it a try?” So I basically recorded a vocal over a karaoke track, more or less – I ended up singing it live in the movie – but that recording is basically what we used to choreograph the piece and what we based the eventual performance on.

DA: What do you remember thinking the first time you saw D’Angelo bare almost all during the “Untitled” video?

MB: Honestly, I got Voodoo as soon as it came out (in 2000), and I remember hearing that song and just playing it over and over again. And there’s an extended cut of that song that’s, like, seven minutes long! I was just so fascinated to hear a song that’s in six-eight time, and I know that’s musician lingo, but it was so inherently sexy in such an effortless way. Seeing the video was icing on the cake. I think I was like, “How do you get that jacked? How do you get in that kind of shape?” And then I was also like, “Was he really naked?!”

DA: And now you are that jacked in Magic Mike.

MB: Oh please! Not even.

DA: As they get older, how will you explain Magic Mike to your three sons?

MB: You know, I think the dialogue has already begun. I think it’s dangerous to just ignore something. Fortunately or unfortunately there are billboards on the way to their school, so when I’m driving them to school in the morning – the first couple of times I tried to duck my head – they realize it’s me. So, I told them when I was doing the movie, “This is a movie I’m doing where we play dancers and we have fun and we try to entertain these ladies.” I try to frame it in a context that they can understand so that they’re not just operating in the dark and going, “Why is my dad naked on a billboard?” Because I’m trying to help them make sense of their world. In terms of a real conversation as to what that is, that probably won’t start until they’re teenagers. (Laughs)

And by the way, they keep me real grounded and real down to earth about it all. I remember I was actually taking my older son to see Jurassic World, and on the way there was the billboard and I was like, “Ah, crap.” And he brought it up. “Hey, that’s you on that billboard.” I was like, “Yeah.” And he goes, “But they’re not all you.” Like, you ain’t that cool. (Laughs)

The interesting thing about kids is, they don’t care what you do so much or what other people think about you; they’re more interested in what your relationship with them is like and how you prioritize them in your life. I try to make a strong effort to make them know they’re always number one for me.

DA: As an actor, what’s it like to go from a role in a movie that’s as intense as The Normal Heart to Magic Mike XXL? Is that balance critical for you as a person?

MB: I’ll be honest with you, it was for me, man. I went from Normal Heart into the last season of a show I’d done for six years (USA’s White Collar, 2009-2014), and then into a couple of more serious roles in other films, and this was the perfect break. The thing about being an actor is you approach your work the same regardless of what the role is or what the genre is or what the themes are – you try to put the same amount of work into it – but it was certainly nice and a breath of fresh air to get to chill out and have fun with these guys.

DA: You came out publicly in 2012, and you handled it with so much grace and subtlety. These days, there’s a lot of pressure on Hollywood actors to take that step. Where do you stand on the role of public Hollywood figures in terms of advancing the gay movement?

MB: You know, it’s not my business to get up on a soapbox and tell people what they should and shouldn’t do. I think one thing that people don’t always take into consideration is a holistic aspect of what may or may not be going on in that individual’s life – you know, what kind of relationship they have with their family, how the people around them feel about it. But for me, having kids and being married, it was important to maintain the integrity of those relationships and not teach my kids that this is a shameful secret and that my husband (Simon Halls) has to be waiting in the wings all the time. So that’s why it was important to me personally. By the same token, I don’t hold anyone else accountable. It’s their choice.

DA: Now onto American Horror Story. According to a tweet from Ryan Murphy, Lady Gaga has to choose between you and actor Finn Wittrock during the upcoming season of American Horror Story: Hotel. First of all, have you even read the script yet?

MB: (Laughs) That’s a great question. You’re the first person who’s started with that question, which I think is, ultimately, the most important question. I’ve read a couple of them. I wish I could tell you more. Honestly, I have no specifics of who’s playing which role and what Finn is playing, but I have a tremendous amount of respect for him as an actor and a person, and I’m incredibly excited to work with Stefani (Germanotta, aka Lady Gaga) as well and see what she brings to the table. And listen, Ryan is a creative genius. He really is. Nobody does a show quite like he does, so I’m really excited to get to play in that twisted and beautiful world they’ve created. Whatever they bring my way, I’m down.

DA: Which Lady Gaga song could you see yourself stripping to?

MB: Oh, you mean which one do I blast full volume in my car? I don’t know which one I’d strip to, to be honest with you, but I definitely get down to The Edge of Glory in my car and just geek out to it. If anyone saw me at a stop light, they would think I was crazy. I just let it fly in the car. I’ll do that.

MB: Do you ever watch that show Broad City? It’s everything. I’m so in love with these two girls who are the leads, and one of them at one point finally gets the apartment to herself and she blasts Edge of Glory and just does a full-on dance around her apartment. I will straight up do the same thing at my house when I get, you know, two free seconds.

DA: How have the moves you’ve learned from doing two Magic Mike movies been an asset to you in your own life?

MB: Um, they haven’t been. (Laughs) First of all, after we finished the first film, my sister got married shortly thereafter, and I took some of my new gyrations to the dance floor at her wedding reception. I realized very quickly, after getting some scathing looks from my cousins, that some things are just best left in the club and not brought to your sister’s wedding reception party. Like, “Oh, I better check myself – I’m not in Magic Mike anymore!” (Laughs)

The nice thing about this movie, and what I personally love, is it’s about freedom, it’s about being comfortable with yourself – especially the second one. It’s about acceptance and a lack of judgment no matter who you are or where you come from. What I love about this world, this kind of odyssey that these guys all go on – yeah, they’re in a drag club, and then they’re at this party where people are doing drugs, but there’s no judgment about it. It’s these guys who are in this world trying to forget who they are but also accepting everything and everyone around them. That’s me and something I take with me in my life.

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Fairyscopes http://davidatlanta.com/2015/06/fairyscopes/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/06/fairyscopes/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 02:00:26 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=135058 Aries: You might find that your brain is moving in the slow lane. It may even be creeping over to the breakdown lane. You might find that it’s a bit harder to make your witty rebuttals in conversation. Take your time and make sure you choose your words carefully. Taurus: Words may not be the ...

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Aries: You might find that your brain is moving in the slow lane. It may even be creeping over to the breakdown lane. You might find that it’s a bit harder to make your witty rebuttals in conversation. Take your time and make sure you choose your words carefully.

Taurus: Words may not be the best way to communicate things this week. Body language, touch, and taste will be much more effective. You will find that your senses are heightened. Let your feet follow your nose and go enjoy a good meal with someone special.

Gemini: Things may get quite intense this week. There will be a great deal of information coming your way, but it might not all be that good. It seems that someone is putting a roadblock in your path, making it difficult for you to pass. Don’t let this stop you.

Cancer: Your head may buzz with activity. Suddenly it seems like the spotlight has been turned on. You’re on stage and your brainpower is being tested. Are you up to the challenge? Ready or not, it’s here. Remember the importance of individuality. Be your own person and think for yourself.

Leo: Focus on the simple pleasures. Don’t feel like you have to go to distant lands or engage in expensive recreational activities to find happiness and peace. Realize that everything you need is inside. Delight in nature. Smile at the Sun, Moon, and stars.

Virgo: Focus on your creative mind this week. This is a fertile time to plant seeds that will surely grow up healthy and strong. You have the ability to be prosperous now, but it won’t come easily. The key for you now is to stay cool. Don’t overreact to the little annoyances that come your way.

Libra: Motivation must come from within right now. The only thing that can pull you out of bed is your inner drive. Too much partying may leave you spent to the point where you don’t want to move. Remember to keep things in moderation. Be good to your body.

Scorpio: Your mind should be clear and communications should go extremely well for you. Very few words will be needed to get your point across. You will connect to people on many levels. Realize that you have important information to share with those around you.

Sagittarius: Strong forces may act up this week and ask you to stand up a little straighter than usual. Keep your shoulders back and be proud. Don’t think any less of yourself just because there is disagreement between you and others. Maintain respect for your opinions.

Capricorn: Feel free to take the lazy route this week. Don’t lift a finger if you don’t have to. It may be hard to get others moving, too. You can prod all you want, but if people don’t want to go, they aren’t going to go. Your flexible nature might be tested.

Aquarius: Your thinking is steady and reserved right now. Your mind is right in line with your ego, and you will be able to accurately verbalize what is going on inside. You might be a bit reserved in how much you tell people. It could be that others are holding back information from you.

Pisces: This is an excellent week to say exactly how you feel. Your thinking is sharp and clear. Once you start talking, you may never stop. People will listen extra carefully to your words. You have a great deal of influence, so realize how much impact you have on the environment.

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From Porn to Norm: Adult Film Star Jumps to Indie Acting http://davidatlanta.com/2015/06/from-porn-to-norm-adult-film-star-jumps-to-indie-acting/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/06/from-porn-to-norm-adult-film-star-jumps-to-indie-acting/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 02:00:21 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=135065 By Jason Mietelski You may know him best from his roles in porn hits such as “Perfect Fit,” where he starred alongside the inimitable Aiden Shaw, or Chi Chi LaRue’s “Detention”, which earned him a Grabby Award in 2003 for “Best Group Sex Scene”. But these days Johnny Hazard has reinvented himself as an Indie ...

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By Jason Mietelski

You may know him best from his roles in porn hits such as “Perfect Fit,” where he starred alongside the inimitable Aiden Shaw, or Chi Chi LaRue’s “Detention”, which earned him a Grabby Award in 2003 for “Best Group Sex Scene”. But these days Johnny Hazard has reinvented himself as an Indie film actor with depth and skill, going by the name given to him at birth, Frankie Valenti. In 2008 he was part of the main cast in the here! original series, The Lair, starring as Tim, a wayward landscaper and botanist’s assistant. But these days Frankie Valenti has blossomed into something grand, making his debut splash into the feature length filmmaking arena, starring in Tiger Orange, directed by Wade Gasque, Mark Strano and Paul Della Pelle.

Before sitting down to watch Tiger Orange—I’ll admit—I was as skeptical as the critics, and I wasn’t expecting much; but the movie, and Frankie in particular, challenged my preconceived notions of what it means to be porn star turned actor and make a poignant film. The writing and directing was relatable to just about any one—gay men in particular—the characters were incredibly human, and Todd, played by Frankie Valenti, was so real and convincing that I felt like I’d known him my whole life. The story, which portrays two diametrically opposite gay brothers who’ve reunited after their father’s death, is brilliant in its simplicity and authentic performances and characterizations.

I recently had a chance to chat with the 37 year old Valenti, who grew up in what he calls a loving, “Beaver Cleaver” family in Ohio, and just happened into film by chance (which surprised me, since he seems like such a natural!):

David Atlanta: In the movie, Tiger Orange, how were you able to relate to your character, Todd?

Frankie Valenti: Todd and I had a lot of similarities in life and childhood, so it was really easy for me to know what he was feeling, what he was thinking, and what he would do next.

DA: What did you have to do to prepare for this role?

FV: I had to work with Mark Strano (who played his brother, Chet), to understand the way that he works as an actor…and I just kind of drew from my personal experiences when playing the role of Todd.

DA: What, if any, challenges, did you face while filming Tiger Orange?

FV: The only challenges were the hours—the night shoots were very difficult to get through physically. And learning the finer mechanics of lights, cameras, and filming angles. You know, it’s just the matter of learning a new skill.

DA: How did you feel about the dynamic between Todd and Chet, two gay brothers with such different views and levels of self-acceptance?

FV: I thought it was great. They did an excellent job writing and illustrating the story. It wasn’t cheesy or clichéd like many gay themed films. It was genuine and there’s not much I would’ve changed.

DA: Personally I loved the scene when Todd gave the doll to the little boy in the hardware store. Was the anger Todd displayed toward the boy’s mother an accurate representation of your views on homophobia, and could you shed some light on how you think we could change the public’s attitude toward accepting children who display signs of being different?

FV: Well I’d read the script, obviously, so I knew the story from start to finish. And I knew what the opening scene was, when Todd and Chet were boys and the issue with the doll, so I knew there was going to be some unresolved internal resentment on Todd’s part. So I feel like it’s up to the parents to educate themselves. And it’s been my experience that these type of parents are often more accepting when their son wants to wear a dress to school or play with Barbies, or their little girl wants to wear sweat pants. And in my opinion, experience and circle of friends, it’s these parents who are taking the view of “let them be who they are”.

DA: Did filming this movie shape you in any way regarding acting and the film industry?

FV: Oh yes! This film helped me realize and perfect a certain set of skills that I’d never been able to experience! It’s definitely changed the way I look at a movie now. I used to watch movies and simply say, “That was good,” or, “That was bad,” and never really go beyond that. But when you’re working closely with a director and a camera and a cinematographer and you finally do watch a movie or something on TV, you see things beyond what’s there on the screen. You see the way it was shot, edited, cut, and all the little things that go into making a film.

DA: What are your future filmmaking plans?

FV: I don’t have anything solid right now—I just have the willingness and hope that something will come along. With the rerelease of Tiger Orange to a vast number of people I’m hoping that will lead to some more projects in the future.

DA: How do you feel about the state of the gay-themed film industry?

FV: I think it’s finally growing up a little bit, judging by the movies I’ve seen at the film festival. When I was growing up they were all pretty much the same bubble gum, really gay clichéd movies, and now they’ve grown up. They’re more serious now, and not just about some drag queens and two gay boys getting drunk in West Hollywood.

DA: What is your advice for gay youth and the younger readers of David Atlanta Magazine?

FV: My advice for gay youth is to talk to the elders of the gay community and not be so grossed out by them, because they’ve worked hard in making it easier for the younger generation to come out. I think the upcoming kids have no idea of what it used to be like for gays. I mean, I don’t even know what it used to be like, but in speaking to people I do have a general idea. And I think it’s important for kids to realize it wasn’t always this easy, and that gays weren’t always on television, and Will and Grace wasn’t always a hit show. It was hard, people died, and it sucked, and I think it’s their responsibility to understand that.

DA: Is there anything else you could add to help us understand who Frankie Valenti is and what he represents to the community?

FV: Hopefully I’ll be one of, or the one, porn star who makes the transition into film successfully. That’s my goal; I wanna be the one who does it.

DA: Speaking of porn: have you had to deal with any social stigma when making the transition into film acting?

FV: Nothing really obvious, at least not to my face. But I know from being in both ends of the business that there were some serious doubts as to my level of performance, and I think a lot of critics were walking into with it with an open mind, but were leaning more towards how bad they thought it was gonna be. But after all is said and done, I know that ninety-five percent of the reviews have been quite favorable and most have been very supportive.

Unfortunately, Frankie Valenti has no plans of visiting Atlanta soon, but when he does, I assured him we’ll welcome him with open arms!

You can watch Tiger Orange for $3.99 on Amazon Instant Video, or go to https://tigerorangemovie.wordpress.com to pre-order the DVD, set to be released on Tuesday, July 7. Or you might want to check out some of Frankie’s earlier Johnny Hazard films so you can see what he’s working with!

Either way, you won’t be disappointed!

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Real Life http://davidatlanta.com/2015/06/real-life/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/06/real-life/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 02:00:19 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=135056 By Dr. Warrick Stewart Happiness in relationships begins with “self” acceptance. Many people desire better relationships with their significant others, but lack self-love and self-confidence to achieve it. Many of us never learned how to love ourselves on a deeper level and, as a result, sought out unhealthy relationships with unhealthy people that never had ...

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By Dr. Warrick Stewart

Happiness in relationships begins with “self” acceptance. Many people desire better relationships with their significant others, but lack self-love and self-confidence to achieve it. Many of us never learned how to love ourselves on a deeper level and, as a result, sought out unhealthy relationships with unhealthy people that never had the capacity to love us in the first place.

Sigmund Freud, who believed that our need for love was centered on the need for an “ego ideal” or image of the person that we wanted to become and of whom we held in high respect, developed one of our first theories of love. Love was more than talking the talk, but it also included walking the walk. There was no tolerance for microwave love. Love was defined by action and not just words. Unfortunately, today our perceptions of love has become so skewed that we end up in relationships looking for love in all the wrong places and all the wrong faces.

Granted, many of us had challenging childhoods were we had parents and loved ones who never loved us quite like we thought we should be loved. We then jumped into relationships with the first person that came along that expressed some interest in us, hoping that he or she would love us until we learned to love ourselves. This “fake it until you make it” syndrome has permeated our relationships and has become the rule instead of the exception.

Being in a healthy and committed relationship, gay or straight, starts with us learning how to happily love ourselves. Basing our self-worth on external stimuli will never lead to self-love. As we learn together how to love ourselves, I implore you to start each day with a constant reminder of just how worthy you are of love. Tell yourself, “I am beautiful. I am love. I can love and I can be loved” and then saturate yourself in the wholesome feelings of self-acceptance that follows. Using affirmations to train your mind to love “you” first is a powerful step towards self-love.

We all have things about ourselves that we wish we could change. Life shows up. Learning how to dance through the rain will go a long way towards becoming that strong person who can not only embrace pain, but also live through it to learn the lesson. There is liberating power in looking at our difficulties in life by the lessons we get to learn. Let’s face it; living life on life’s terms isn’t always easy to do; especially when it relates to matters of the heart. But trust me, it’s better to learn the lesson, than it is to prolong the pain.

We have all been guilty of holding on to pain that we should have let go many years ago. Our parents didn’t accept us. Our peers made us feel less than. The church damned us to hell. Get over it and let it go! The only person that you can change is yourself. I have learned to replace my greatest pain with love.

Our attention has been on marriage equality for the past few years. It’s important to note that marriage equality means equal freedoms to marry, but the inverse is freedoms to divorce. It is absolutely critical that as we begin to seek out husbands and wives, that we first assess whether we love ourselves. Thirty-seven percent of the population still disagrees with marriage equality. As such, the onus is on us as responsible gay men and women to show the 37%’ers that we respect the sanctity of marriage; we love ourselves first, we respect ourselves, we understand self-acceptance, and we are equipped and prepared to love our spouses with the same passion and fervor that they have grown to enjoy.

For more than six years psychotherapist and Life Coach, Dr. Warrick T. Stewart has been an integral and innovative addition to the counseling, and mental health field. Dr. Warrick is a Licensed Professional Counselor in both North Carolina and Georgia.

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