David Atlanta http://davidatlanta.com Atlanta's #1 LGBT Community Magazine Fri, 29 May 2015 19:34:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Latest Print Edition: Read It Now http://davidatlanta.com/2015/05/latest-print-edition-read-it-now/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/05/latest-print-edition-read-it-now/#comments Fri, 29 May 2015 18:49:47 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=134401 David Atlanta Volume 18 Issue 21 Featuring Atlanta Film Boom, LGBT Cinema & Lisa Lampanelli

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Volume 18 Issue 21

Featuring Atlanta Film Boom, LGBT Cinema & Lisa Lampanelli

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11 Must-Try Masturbation Techniques & Tips http://davidatlanta.com/2015/05/11-must-try-masturbation-techniques-tips/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/05/11-must-try-masturbation-techniques-tips/#comments Fri, 29 May 2015 18:48:33 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=134417 Masturbation is a healthy and natural thing. As men, we all do it. However, just like the physical act of intercourse, masturbation can become complacent, even boring if you’re stuck in a rut with the traditional hand-on-member gesture. If you have fallen out of love with your lackluster routine and aching to try something new ...

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Masturbation is a healthy and natural thing. As men, we all do it. However, just like the physical act of intercourse, masturbation can become complacent, even boring if you’re stuck in a rut with the traditional hand-on-member gesture. If you have fallen out of love with your lackluster routine and aching to try something new then fret not, my friends, for gayguys.com’s Blake Michaels has graciously offered up a few tips to help spice up your “me” time.

Follow the link below for 11 easy and salacious ways to have even more fun with yourself and your favorite “muscle.”

11 Masturbation Techniques EVERY Guy Must Try

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The New Face of Atlanta Pride Committee http://davidatlanta.com/2015/05/the-new-face-of-atlanta-pride-committee/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/05/the-new-face-of-atlanta-pride-committee/#comments Fri, 29 May 2015 18:30:46 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=134409 The Atlanta Pride Committee is proud to announce their new Executive Director, Jamie Fergerson. Jamie will take over for longtime Director Buck Cooke, who is departing from Pride in favor of a move to London in July. Fergerson will bring a multitude of experience to the role as Executive Director. She has served as a ...

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The Atlanta Pride Committee is proud to announce their new Executive Director, Jamie Fergerson. Jamie will take over for longtime Director Buck Cooke, who is departing from Pride in favor of a move to London in July.

Fergerson will bring a multitude of experience to the role as Executive Director. She has served as a volunteer with Pride for over a decade, has 15 years of fundraising, administrative and event planning experience. She recently worked with Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta where she managed the organization’s grantmaking and community outreach.

“ I am thrilled at the opportunity to serve Atlanta Pride and Atlanta’s LGBTQ community in this new capacity, ” Jamie said. She continued, “As I prepare to lead this organization into its 45th annual Pride observance, I am incredibly grateful to all of those people who have worked to build the Pride movement. This certainly includes my predecessor and friend, Buck Cooke.” Finally, she noted, “ I look forward to working with all of the members of our diverse community and our allies to continue the march towards justice and equality for all.”

After a national search, APC feels confident in their selection. As stated by Atlanta Pride Board Chair, Trisha Clymore, “ We are very pleased to make this announcement. Jamie’s career history, education and community service is a perfect fit for Atlanta Pride. She has a deep sense of commitment to this organization- and has already enthusiastically served at a variety of programs, executive and leadership levels so her position is exceptional.” Clymore finished, “Jamie has a breadth of perspective and experience that makes her uniquely qualified to continue moving Atlanta Pride toward lasting and greater success.”

Fergerson’s first day with Pride will be June 29. She will spend several weeks working along side Cooke in order to guarantee a smooth shift in the passing of the baton. Cooke’s final day with Atlanta Pride will be July 9.

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Whoa Dude! Is Back and Does Not Disappoint http://davidatlanta.com/2015/05/whoa-dude-is-back-and-does-not-disappoint/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/05/whoa-dude-is-back-and-does-not-disappoint/#comments Fri, 29 May 2015 15:36:36 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=134404 In the latest episode of Whoa Dude!, Johnny McGovern’s gay version of The Soup, the Hey Qween host brings us a new round of tantalizing, homoerotic clips made by everyday young men. This episode gifts us with a college boy prank (seriously, how are these guys not gay?), a little finger action in a wrestling ...

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In the latest episode of Whoa Dude!, Johnny McGovern’s gay version of The Soup, the Hey Qween host brings us a new round of tantalizing, homoerotic clips made by everyday young men. This episode gifts us with a college boy prank (seriously, how are these guys not gay?), a little finger action in a wrestling match and the significance of white boy twerking. Ch-ch-check it out!

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Action Cycling/AV200 Rides Past $2 Million With Continued Fundraising http://davidatlanta.com/2015/05/action-cyclingav200-rides-past-2-million-with-continued-fundraising/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/05/action-cyclingav200-rides-past-2-million-with-continued-fundraising/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 17:27:05 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=134374 Due to more than a whopping $235,000 being raised in the 13th ride of the Action Cycling Atlanta AIDS Vaccine 200, the organization has extended its astounding fundraising efforts through June 30th. Action Cycling Atlanta (www.ActionCycling.org), an all-volunteer philanthropy, will be disbursing continued raised funds to recipients at a rewarding ceremony held later this summer. ...

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Due to more than a whopping $235,000 being raised in the 13th ride of the Action Cycling Atlanta AIDS Vaccine 200, the organization has extended its astounding fundraising efforts through June 30th. Action Cycling Atlanta (www.ActionCycling.org), an all-volunteer philanthropy, will be disbursing continued raised funds to recipients at a rewarding ceremony held later this summer.

The 200-mile bike ride helped benefit AIDS vaccine research being conducted at the Emory Vaccine Center. Additionally, four research fellows and Positive Impact and Jerusalem House were beneficiaries, as well.

“We’re especially proud that, even though contributions are still coming in for this year’s ride, we’ve already crested the $2 million mark in terms of cumulative fundraising,” stated Leon Morales, Action Cycling Board President, in a recent press release highlighting that 100 percent of rider and volunteer funds raised go to beneficiaries.

BR-2Despite the fun of the group bike ride having passed, for anyone who is interested and would like more information on the ongoing individual bike rides or donating to volunteers you can visit www.AV200.org.

 

Photo Credit: Dan Lax

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RHU-Paul’s Orange Tic Tac http://davidatlanta.com/2015/05/rhu-pauls-orange-tic-tac/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/05/rhu-pauls-orange-tic-tac/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 02:11:06 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=134244 Every year the competition really heats up on RPDR, and the final contestants are given an opportunity to sit and enjoy “a meal” with RuPaul herself. It’s a chance for them to have a private conversation (on camera) and open up even further to each other, and the TV audience. Each queen relishes the stomach ...

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Every year the competition really heats up on RPDR, and the final contestants are given an opportunity to sit and enjoy “a meal” with RuPaul herself. It’s a chance for them to have a private conversation (on camera) and open up even further to each other, and the TV audience. Each queen relishes the stomach filling sensation of a full meal consisting of a single Tic Tac. MMMmmm.

In honor of this seven-year itch of a tradition, we’ve created a fruity, fizzy and fabulous cocktail inspired by that infamous “lunch” with RuPaul.

1 part Art in the Age RHUBARB
1 part orange juice
2 parts sparkling wine
Splash cranberry juice
Flamed orange peel
(optional) Teaspoon of Galliano

Mix RHUBARB and orange juice in a glass, over ice. Top with sparkling wine and a splash of cranberry juice, and garnish with a flamed orange peel. For extra 70’s disco flair, stir in a teaspoon of Galliano liqueur.

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Beyond Hollywood: Atlanta’s the New Production Haven http://davidatlanta.com/2015/05/beyond-hollywood-atlantas-the-new-production-haven/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/05/beyond-hollywood-atlantas-the-new-production-haven/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 02:00:55 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=134216 By Elijah Sarkesian “The Hollywood of the South.” It’s a branding that’s been stuck on Atlanta in recent years, as more and more film and television productions make their way to our city and surrounding parts of the state. Let’s be clear, though: Atlanta’s becoming more than an extension of the center of the film ...

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By Elijah Sarkesian

“The Hollywood of the South.” It’s a branding that’s been stuck on Atlanta in recent years, as more and more film and television productions make their way to our city and surrounding parts of the state. Let’s be clear, though: Atlanta’s becoming more than an extension of the center of the film industry. Thanks in part to a series of tax credits that have caught the idea of big and small productions alike, Atlanta’s relationship with the film industry has resulted in a major movie-making hub. Chances are strong these days that if you’ve watched a movie or a television show recently, it was at least partially filmed here.

That’s not hyperbole. Over the past few years, the biggest films and television shows have been filmed in and around Atlanta. Among them: the #1 film at the box office of 2013 and the #2 films at the box office in 2014 and 2015 – otherwise known as The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, and Furious 7. Marvel Studios is even getting into the Atlanta scene. After shooting this summer’s Ant-Man in town last summer, the studio recently returned for the currently-filming Captain America: Civil War. So no, if you think you might have seen Chris Evans or Robert Downey Jr. pop up somewhere around town, your eyes may not be deceiving you.
Of course, none of those films actually take place in Atlanta. The same can’t be said for one of the biggest shows on television: The Walking Dead. It’s easily the #1 rated show on cable television, with numbers that dwarf most network programs. In the coveted 18-49 demographic, it’s flat-out the top-rated show on television. And as fans of the show (or even some casual observers) know, the show has played up its location since before it premiered. The first season’s iconic poster shows the city of Atlanta turned into a ghost town.

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So what’s drawn so many productions to Atlanta in recent years? A number of factors come into play, but the most obvious factor is simple: tax incentives. Thanks to tax incentives originally introduced in 2002 and reinforced in 2008, qualified productions are granted a transferable income tax credit of 20% of all in-state costs for film and television investments at or above $500,000. Projects that are approved and carry a Georgia Entertainment promotional logo in the credits get an additional 10% tax credit. In other words: these films are saving a lot of money by shooting here.
Productions in Atlanta existed before 2008, but the last seven years have seen the number of productions explode. With that, the number of businesses and facilities created to cater to the film industry has also exploded – in 2014 alone, the film industry generated $5.1 billion for Georgia’s economy. Among the biggest was the creation of Pinewood Atlanta Studios, an extension of the U.K.-based Pinewood Studios. Since its creation in the 1930s, Pinewood has become known as the home to major films from around the world, including nearly every James Bond film. The expansion into Atlanta marked Pinewood’s first studio presence in the U.S., and is a large reason films like Ant-Man and Captain America: Civil War have found Marvel shifting from Pinewood’s U.K. studios to Pinewood Atlanta.

Another contributing factor to Atlanta’s popularity with films – especially the bigger-budgeted films that land here – is its unique architecture. Insurgent, the second film in the Divergent series, is just one of several films to use the work of Atlanta architect John Portman to create a dystopian future. In that film alone, the Portman-designed AmericasMart and Hyatt Regency make notable appearances. Mockingjay, meanwhile, used the atrium of the Atlanta Marriott Marquis to create part of Panem’s Capitol. While it’s easy – and fair – to lament Atlanta’s tendency as a city to destroy iconic parts of its past to create new buildings, the creation of many of Atlanta’s skyscrapers since the 1980s give the city a more modern look than other large cities, and that’s something film producers want.

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At the same time, you don’t have to travel too far to find parts of Atlanta that don’t look like they’d fit into a dystopian future – and that’s allowed for some diversity when it comes to filming in Atlanta and the surrounding suburbs. Piedmont Park has popped into comedies like Billy Crystal and Bette Midler’s Parental Guidance and the Jennifer Lopez-led What to Expect When You’re Expecting, while Woodruff Park served as the meeting ground for the celebrity cameo battle of Anchorman 2. The high school-based comedy The DUFF included extensive scenes in places like Grady High School and Perimeter Mall. Buddy-cop comedies like Let’s Be Cops and the Atlanta-set Ride Along (along with its sequel, shooting later this summer) include extensive parts of the downtown Atlanta area. Atlantans may have recognized more than Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro and Morgan Freeman in their comedy Last Vegas in Atlanta; some Atlanta drag performers, including current Drag Race phenomenon Violet Chachki, also pop up in the film. Identity Thief, which paired up Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, shot all over Georgia, including some of the film’s more memorable scenes at the Colonnade and the Cheshire Motor Inn. The 2013 comedy A.C.O.D., which included Adam Scott, Jane Lynch and Amy Poehler among its cast members, shot at the Atlanta Botanical Garden and in parts of Decatur.

Meanwhile, with their continued cycles of production, several television series have made Atlanta home for years. Beyond The Walking Dead, shows like Drop Dead Diva, The Vampire Diaries and Halt and Catch Fire have all shot in and around the Atlanta area. During its first few seasons, Teen Wolf also filmed in Atlanta – and even used Jungle to film an episode that included performers such as Phoenix and Alissah Brooks.

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So what films can you expect to see filming around Atlanta, or elsewhere in Georgia, right now? Plenty of films with some major star power. There’s the previously mentioned Captain America: Civil War (which includes pretty much every Marvel character you can imagine at this point), of course. Next year’s major Melissa McCarthy film, Michelle Darnell, is also filming in the Atlanta area these days. That film also includes costars Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage and Kristen Schaal. Another comedy currently shooting in town is Barbershop 3, with series stars Ice Cube and Cedric the Entertainer filming alongside newcomers like Nicki Minaj. Ryan Gosling and the openly gay Matt Bomer are also filming in Atlanta for The Nice Guys, about a private eye’s investigation into the apparent suicide of a fading porn star. Furious 7’s Vin Diesel will be back in town with Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund for Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, which is being directed by the man behind Brokeback Mountain, Ang Lee. Following his recent Oscar nomination, Michael Keaton’s next gig finds him taking on the role of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc in The Founder. And a little further south of Atlanta (in Savannah, more specifically), Zac Efron’s been making waves in recent weeks on the set of Dirty Grandpa, which co-stars Robert De Niro, for some scenes that involve the appearance of public nudity.

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So the next time you’re walking around town and you see a film crew, keep an eye out – you never know who you’ll see, or whether you might be seen in a year or so.

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Lisa Lampanelli: Fat Girl Interrupted http://davidatlanta.com/2015/05/lisa-lampanelli-fat-girl-interrupted/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/05/lisa-lampanelli-fat-girl-interrupted/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 02:00:42 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=134336 By Gregg Wynn Lisa loves fags. Comedy’s “Loveable Queen of Mean” also adores lesbos, queers, straighties, gooks, spics, heebs, cripples, and a few other types that we’re not going to print. She skewers them all equally. Since the ’90s, Lisa Lampanelli has been heaping both affection and affliction upon audiences all across North America. On ...

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By Gregg Wynn

Lisa loves fags. Comedy’s “Loveable Queen of Mean” also adores lesbos, queers, straighties, gooks, spics, heebs, cripples, and a few other types that we’re not going to print. She skewers them all equally. Since the ’90s, Lisa Lampanelli has been heaping both affection and affliction upon audiences all across North America. On May 30, the laughster brings her brew of acidic insult comedy to Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Center.

Lampanelli isn’t all just dirty talk. She puts the money where her filth is. While appearing on Celebrity Apprentice 5, she raised $130,000 for Gay Men’s Health Crisis, one of the nation’s largest AIDS service organizations. When the notoriously anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church threatened to picket one of her concerts in the Midwest, she promised to contribute $1,000 to GMHC for each protester that showed. After the final tally, she defiantly announced in front of the crowd and church members, “These assholes have contributed to the Gay Men’s Health Crisis twenty-thousand dollars!”

Foul-mouthed and viciously quick, Lampanelli ejaculated onto America’s TV screens as the crowned queen roaster of celebrities, including Pamela Anderson, William Shatner, David Hasselhoff, Flavor Flav, and Gene Simmons of KISS. She currently stars as a regular on Bounty Hunters, the first-ever animated series on CMT.

In 2009, the HBO comedy special “Long Live the Queen” propelled her popularity. That same year, she published an autobiography, Chocolate Please, My Adventures in Food, Fat and Freaks. She has also written for Playboy magazine. Her recording of “Dirty Girl” was nominated for a 2007 Grammy award as Best Comedy Album.

Lisa Lampanelli recently dialed in to David Atlanta Magazine to discuss Southern gays, gastric surgery, Broadway, and her incredible shrinking vagina in advance on her May 30th Atlanta comedy concert and her fifth stand-up special “Back to the Drawing Board” which airs Friday, June 26 on EPIX.

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David Atlanta: Hello, Lisa. Thanks for taking some time to talk with us today. Where are you calling from? What are you up to?

Lisa Lampanelli: I’m in New York. I did a Sirius Radio thing with Jeff Foxworthy yesterday, who I know is an Atlanta guy. It’s been a wild media frenzy. I’ve got this interview, and then the next one, and the next one. But, after today I think I get to take the rest of the week off and sit on my ass for a while.

DA: You call yourself “The Fag Whisperer.” Gay men throng to your concerts. You’ve traveled all over the country. By comparison, what makes Southern gays unique?

LL: Well, they have more manners. They use a lot of lube before they stick it in, I guess. To be honest, I think all y’all gays are alike. Just like all the straighties are alike. Wherever you go, there’s nice ones, there’s bitchy ones, there’s good ones, there’s bad ones. It’s just like every other population. They’re very diverse and crazy, and we all have our nut jobs.

DA: I understand you’re putting together a one-woman show for Broadway, is that right?

LL: Actually, I’ve turned it into a play. Instead of doing a one-person show, which seems pretty self-indulgent, at least from my angle, I’m going to do a play about the struggles of weight, body image, and food for women and gay men everywhere. That’s coming up next fall and it’s really good. It’s going to be called Fat Girl Interrupted.

DA: In fact, you’ve lost a lot of weight and you’re looking fabulous these days. How did you do it?

LL: Aw, come on. You didn’t even look that up?

DA: Well, on stage you tell that you used Jenny Craig.

LL: Boy, are you out of date, girl. You gays are supposed to be on the cutting edge of everything. Go to Google and look it up! What happened was, I had a 32-year struggle with weight ever since I went away to college. I tried every diet in the world. None of them worked. I think all these diets are created to keep us in the diet cycle. Because all you do is gain more weight when you go of it. So, at age 50, three years ago, my ex-husband and I decided to have gastric sleeve surgery. It’s not gastric by-pass. It’s a surgery that basically makes your stomach much smaller. They cut out 85-percent of your stomach. and you can’t get it back no matter how much you beg your idiot doctor. Basically, we can eat a cup-and-a-half of food a day for the rest of our lives. It’s a great solution. But, it’s not a solution, if you know what I mean. It’s a great tool. You have to be in the right emotional space in the first place. You have to figure out how to eat small portions with lots of nutrients in them. It’s going to be a juggling act for the rest of my life. But, at least I have the head start of not wanting to throw up every time I look in a mirror.

DA: That’s sounds terrific. But, it has changed your life, right?

LL: Oh, my God! I have more energy. I feel better about myself. I don’t know if you’ve been overweight. But, when you are overweight, especially a lot, like obese, there’s a cycle where you look in the mirror and you get depressed, so you eat. And you get depressed because you ate. So, you eat more. You look in the mirror and you hate yourself. You keep going through a cycle of depression that never wears off. So, I had to take the whole weight thing out of it and be like, “Okay, I don’t hate myself the way I look anymore, at least from the waist down. Now, I’ll work on the rest of it.” So, yeah. Except for the probably one percent that’s the same as it used to, I’d say it’s totally different.

DA: On May 30th, you’re going to be in Atlanta at the Cobb Energy Centre. Aside from that show, do have any extracurricular activities planned? Will we see you around town?

LL: Well, no, here’s the problem. Atlanta is one of the coolest cities with lots of rich people. I’ve always wanted to stalk Tyler Perry and see if I can break into his compound. But, unfortunately, this is the travelling life of a comic. You fly in. You take a nap because you’re so tired. You do the show. And you fly out. It’s not a crappy life at all. But, we don’t even get to stick around and enjoy the city. Hopefully, when I retire someday, I’ll be actually able to see something. But, if there was one thing I’d do in Atlanta it would be stalk Tyler Perry.

DA: You mentioned retirement. In the ultimate world, where would you retire and what would you do?

LL: I think New York City is the best place to retire because you can get anything delivered to you. And I happen to live across the street from a hospital. So, they can just roll me out in a wheelchair, dump me in the morgue, and I’m done.

DA: Our readers are always looking to meet new guys and you seem to have mastered awkward moments like that. Do you have any good opening lines that might work for our readers?

LL: Well, I’ve found that for you guys, just accidentally showing up in a men’s room with a couple of lemon-drops will really work out. Because you guys love those faggy drinks. So, you show up in the men’s room, sidle up to the urinal and have at it. Sometimes it works. Hey, I’ve sucked people at urinals. I don’t think anything’s wrong with it. If I can do it, so can you Atlanta fags.

DA: One last question. You talk about this a lot in your show. Everyone’s wondering. What’s up with your vagina these days? How’s it doing?

LL: Oh, it’s terrible! Here’s what happened. I lost weight, and I’m not even making a joke of this, the doctor said, “You’re going to lose weight everywhere.” Well, I’m not thinking down below. I lost weight. Now I have a skinny vagina. I’m literally a skinny cunt. I knew it was too thin when it started making noise when I would walk. It would make these flopping noises like extra skin on a fat person. But, I’m doing these exercises to get it back into shape. So, next time I’m in town I might be able use it.

Lisa Lampanelli will be performing at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre (2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway) Saturday, May 30. Get your tickets at ticketmaster.com

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Dear Dom V. 18 I. 21 http://davidatlanta.com/2015/05/dear-dom-v-18-i-21/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/05/dear-dom-v-18-i-21/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 02:00:37 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=134226 Dear Dom, I have a compulsion to shower right after sex. Like immediately! Sometimes my sex partners have to wait until I get done taking a shower to “get done” themselves. What the hell is wrong with me? Scouring Out A Preoccupation The reason for this post-lust longing to lather may be simple, SOAP. Your ...

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Dear Dom,

I have a compulsion to shower right after sex. Like immediately! Sometimes my sex partners have to wait until I get done taking a shower to “get done” themselves. What the hell is wrong with me?

Scouring Out A Preoccupation

The reason for this post-lust longing to lather may be simple, SOAP. Your skin crawls because the men you fuck are filthy.

The problem, however, is more than skin-deep. Psychiatrists call this Post-coital Dysphoria. While the sex itself is satisfactory, afterwards you feel emotionally dirty. This causes you to retreat from your partner and go bathing in an unconscious effort to get clean.

Visit a counselor. Insight-oriented therapy will help you identify the person or event that triggered this disorder. Until then, scrub-a-dub-dub and don’t drop the soap.

Dear Dom,

With over a 10-year age gap between myself and the guy I am seeing, there’s a lot of my generation’s history that he doesn’t know. This makes some conversations awkward, or even impossible, without feeling like an old perve. Do I educate the youngster or just skip the parts that he isn’t aware of?

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That’s what happens when you rob the cradle, BABY. And frankly, how much history does the kid need to know when his ankles are over your shoulders? You’re not a perve. You are a dinosaur.

Dating younger guys can be joyful. They’ve got plenty of energy. They’re more flexible. They taste good. But, the generational differences are daunting. It’s tough work telling someone how you lived before the internet was created, to watch black & white television, or attended Lincoln’s funeral.

While you are attracted to this younger man’s freshness & vigor, he is attracted to your knowledge & experience. Teaching him about your past–call it history, if you must–should be an important part of the journey you two will share. His role can be to educate you about his newer generation.

My partner is almost 20 years my junior. I remember the Stonewall Riots. He wasn’t even born yet. He will never fully comprehend the historical impact of Jordache jeans. Likewise, I simply cannot understand today’s obsession with men’s stretch denim. Gadzooks!

Try this: imagine your boyfriend as a visitor from a far away country and you are showing him around the important sights and events of your life. That way you’ll feel more like the tour guide of a mysterious archeological wonder instead of just a dried out fossil.

Dear Dom,

I just started dating a guy who is using a fake British accent. He’s from Detroit, and it like he’s trying to imitate Madonna when she was married to Guy Ritchie. I like the guy. But, how can I get him to cut the Cockney crap?

Lame Imported Speech Pattern

He’s mocking Madonna, LISP? Why? That sorry bitch hasn’t been vital since she released Ray of Light back in ’98. Tell your oh-so-faux beau to quit the Brit shit. His crappy fake accent is just as bankrupt as that broke-down town he came from.

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Queer Zombies to Military Men: Atlanta Filmmaking From Top to Bottom http://davidatlanta.com/2015/05/queer-zombies-to-military-men-atlanta-filmmaking-from-top-to-bottom/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/05/queer-zombies-to-military-men-atlanta-filmmaking-from-top-to-bottom/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 02:00:27 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=134239 By Jason Metielski We’ve come a long way since the first time two gay men danced together in the 1895 motion picture, The Dickson Experimental Sound Film, produced by William Dickson and Thomas Edison. The queer men depicted in film in those days paved the way for the stereotypes: limp wristed, effeminate, flowery queens whose ...

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By Jason Metielski

We’ve come a long way since the first time two gay men danced together in the 1895 motion picture, The Dickson Experimental Sound Film, produced by William Dickson and Thomas Edison. The queer men depicted in film in those days paved the way for the stereotypes: limp wristed, effeminate, flowery queens whose mannerisms could be easily mocked and taken advantage of by movie producers to produce comedic effects for the mostly straight audience. But no more are we the butt of every joke: gays are now out in the forefront of modern culture, portrayed as a whole, queens and butch boys alike—funny, macho, sassy—running the gamut of character portrayal, from single fathers to hair stylists to politicians and gangsters.
The fact is, moviemaking is happening in epic proportions in Atlanta, which means a couple of things: gay characters are being written into scripts as lead and supporting roles and films; and we’ve also reached a pivotal moment in history where LGBT people have become sort of homogenized with mainstream society, to the point where a character’s sexuality isn’t a focal point in a film—it just IS. Both of these factors are bridging the gap between yesterday’s discrimination and today’s current state of acceptance of LGBT people, and also laying the groundwork for some damn good entertainment for everyone.

On one side we’ve got gay filmmakers like Keith Bailey, who got his start writing and repairing scripts under his mentor, the late and great Gene Roddenberry. Keith, with his extensive filmmaking background which includes theatrical hair, makeup and special effects, is currently wrapping up the zombie feature film Test Group (go to www.atlantazombiefilm.com to watch exclusive, scary trailers) and is working on the pre-production phase of the new Vampire TV series, Immortalz Atlanta. Yes, with the success of series like HBO’s True Blood and AMC’s The Walking Dead, we know that zombies and vampires are hot, with a palpable homoeroticism that keeps us glued to our flat screens—and Keith has perfected this medium and taken it to a new level. To make us feel even more at home, many of the scenes in his films were shot in The Atlanta Eagle and Woofs, starring the rugged and sexy Jayson Duckett who, after dropping out of high school in 1998, finally realized his dream when he began acting in theatrical productions of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol and Agatha Christie’s Mousetrap.

When I asked Keith what his thoughts were on Atlanta and LGBT filmmaking in general, he said that film and television has finally reached a point where they’re ready to explore these issues, while he’s personally addressed gay rights in his films and that many of the main characters in Immortalz Atlanta are gay and lesbian. He also believes that Atlanta, which has welcomed him with open arms, is becoming the new Hollywood (as evidenced by the plethora of open air movie sets around the city!), and we should be paying special attention to our own Tony Gowell and Jared Allman.

Equally potent in the Atlanta filmmaking industry we have trendsetters like Tim Everett, who’s straight but doesn’t believe an actor’s or character’s sexuality matters as long as the story is good and compelling. He doesn’t believe in labels, and as I researched his genre I’m wont to agree: Sexuality aside, Tim’s films are poignant and RELEVANT to our era. He’s an ex-military man, who began experimenting with filmmaking in the 90s shooting short films in the barracks with a big VHS camcorder, and moved into writing, directing and eventually acting in movies produced by his company, Bravo Whisky Charlie Films (www.bwcfilms.com). He currently has several features in pre-production, such as BattleTech: Mercenaries, based on the BattleTech and MechWarrior game universe, and the fantasy genre The Psion, featuring an all-female cast which he hopes to pitch to Amazon Studios. But what hits home the hardest is his semi-autobiographical film he has in the works which deals with issues affecting our veterans (suicide, homelessness, unemployment, substance abuse), which is extremely relevant to our time because, let’s face it: we all know someone, straight and gay alike, who’s serving in the military and risking their lives for our freedom. You’ll want to follow Tim on Twitter: @bwc_films, and Facebook: www.facebook.com/bwcfilms for updates and ways to potentially star in his movies.

When Tim Everett posts a casting call for his films, he usually makes a point to say “age/race irrelevant”. He’s all inclusive when it comes to characters and actors. Tim just wants REAL. He wants to show us life the way it is or the way we imagine it to be. He doesn’t do remakes; he deplores censorship and believes in originality. He’s making it a point to bring veteran’s issues to the table because he believes we can all go beyond a simple “Thanks for your service” and do something positive and enriching for the men and women who have risked all they have for us. Basically, we’re all in this together.
Yes, Atlanta is indeed becoming the “New Hollywood”, offering 20% tax credits to film productions over $500,000—we’ve seen blockbuster hits like The Hunger Games, Fast & Furious 7, and Dumb and Dumber To filmed here, but it’s the local guys like Tim Everett/BWC Films and Keith Bailey/The Otherside of Georgia Productions who need and deserve our support. They’re the ones who are coming into our community and raising us up. They’re the ones who are making it sexy and keeping it real.

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