David Atlanta http://davidatlanta.com Atlanta's #1 LGBT Community Magazine Sun, 01 Feb 2015 03:19:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 BANNED IN THE BEDROOM, DON’T STICK THAT THERE http://davidatlanta.com/2015/01/banned-in-the-bedroom-dont-stick-that-there/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/01/banned-in-the-bedroom-dont-stick-that-there/#comments Sun, 01 Feb 2015 03:17:03 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=132952 Alright boys and maybe girls. Sometimes we get in heat of the moment thing we get caught up in and then there’s those that are just plain stupid and irresponsible. Sex is meant to be enjoyable, safe not end up in a 3am trip to the ER. These things just don’t belong in your ass, period. ...

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Alright boys and maybe girls. Sometimes we get in heat of the moment thing we get caught up in and then there’s those that are just plain stupid and irresponsible. Sex is meant to be enjoyable, safe not end up in a 3am trip to the ER. These things just don’t belong in your ass, period. Got it?

#14 – Lollypops

Cute and totally sweet in theory, but burns like a son of a bitch in reality. This sugary hell is loaded full of citric acids, malic acids and basically all the stuff that rots the teeth of children. Now that ain’t belong up there.

#13 – Vegetables/Fruits

Cucumbers, zucchinis, corn…? Yep. Buy a fucking dildo. Um Doctor, half a cucumber broke off and got lodged in my….You seriously wanna have that conversation?? Sexual imagery of a banana is just that!! Sexual reality of a banana is a mixture of chemicals, bacteria, and other contaminants ending up in places where there where never meant to be.

#12 – Beer Bottles

This is ridiculous, yet has manifested itself in many a tube porn sites. Need convincing? Why don’t you look up that video where some stupid guy that has a glass something shatter inside his ass.

#11 – Random household objects

There’s being “practical” and then there’s just being plain asking for trouble. There’s no need to exchange a list of what not to use, as it’s endless. The very things children ain’t meant to put in their mouths, grown ups ain’t meant to have put in their asses. Yes that includes stuff like electric razors being used as makeshift vibrators, etc.

#10 – Kitchen Utensils

Wooden spoons can leave splinters. And that’s just plain ouch!

#9 – Unclean Toys

Are just plain yuck. It’s not only unhygienic but can cause a string of health issues, as well as transmitting STDs. Not good.

#8 – Ordinary “Vaginal” Lube / Vaginal Douches

The PH of the vagina is much lower than that of the ass. Which could account for why using “ordinary” lubes in the ass burn like crap. Same goes for any vaginal related products. Ouch.

#7 – Uncut fingernails

I will always be the first to say..cut your fucking nails. Torn assholes are no fun (unless the result of serious ass-pounding).

#6 – Soap

Sodium Hydroxide and Sodium Laureth Sulfate are amongst some of the caustic and carcinogenic chemicals used in soaps – which is the very reason that virtually all soaps available on the shelves shouldn’t even be used to wash your skin with, let alone your penis and certainly not your ass.

Douching with room temperature, clean water is all that needs to get used, and all these soaps are going to do to any other areas is fuck with the natural balance of oils in your skin. And that can cause some nasty long term skin issues. Yuck.

#5 – Deodorant/perfumes

A certain teenager I know once sprayed body spray and fragrance in his ass after showering. It was one of his first encounters with anal sex and quite naturally being totally freaked out by “nasty smells,” he sought to fix that concern by smelling nice instead.

Not only did this cause a string of sensitivity related issues, it’s taken him a really long time to ditch the irritation experienced as a result thereof. Please, don’t ever do this kind of shit.

#4 – Animals

There’s a random video online of some douchebag going to hospital with a..gerbil stuck up his ass…WTF??

#3 – Cheap toys (or toys designed for vaginal sex)

I had a playmate once who insisted on using some bad beads he’d “borrowed” from his girlfriend in his ass. This goes years back, and was my first and last experience with using substandard toys (and those designed for vaginal sex).

It remains unclear whether these beads were plain cheap or simply designed for vaginal sex, but long story short – we spent half an hour trying to get them back out again. Suffice to say there was no more sex that night. Buyer beware!

#2 – Dicks that are too big

Unless you’re into that kinds thing or know how to handle your oversized playmate. Just because it looks good in the movies, don’t mean it doesn’t hurt like hell the first time. And then cause some potential damage in the process. Know your inches.

#1 – An “unsheathed” cock

If you don’t know the health (hiv) status of your newfound playmate – it ain’t going in there. Unsafe sex is stupid and irresponsible and tops the list of things that absolutely don’t belong up there. Remember it and don’t fuck it up.

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10 Benefits of Sleeping Naked http://davidatlanta.com/2015/01/10-benefits-sleeping-naked/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/01/10-benefits-sleeping-naked/#comments Sun, 01 Feb 2015 03:07:15 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=132948 It is proven that sleeping is one of the most important things we do every night and I can agree. That and sex, just saying! Getting the right amount of sleep has an untold number of health benefits and it is shown that not getting enough sleep can lead to depression, stress and cause chain ...

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It is proven that sleeping is one of the most important things we do every night and I can agree. That and sex, just saying! Getting the right amount of sleep has an untold number of health benefits and it is shown that not getting enough sleep can lead to depression, stress and cause chain reaction issues. Did you know that you can get additional benefits by sleeping naked? Here are some benefits of sleeping in the nude:

1. It is easier.

A lot of people have a fear of sleeping naked and I know I did before I started sleeping naked. I would think “What if the house catches on fire and I have to run outside naked?” or “What if I have morning wood and someone walks in on me?” These are thoughts you just have to get over! Keep some sweat pants beside you bed you can slip on in case of an emergency. When you don’t have to worry about sleeping in clothes, things start to get easier. You have less clothes to wash and less clothes to put away. You may have to clean your bed sheets more often, but not nearly as often as you’d have to wash your pajamas when you run out.

2. It is cleaner

This brings us to our next point. Your bed after years can collect a TON of dead skin, hair, dirt, dust and bed bugs. That is why it is important to replace your bed after 7 or 8 years. How often do you wash your PJ’s? You pajamas can also gain dead skin, dirt and bacteria. Think about it, you are in them at least 8 hours at a time.

3. It can make you feel happier and more free.

Just imagine the feeling of laying in bed naked. You’re free of your pants and underwear. You don’t get tangled in clothing when you roll over. Women, you’re not wearing a constrictive bra. It’s just you sandwiched between two cool sheets. The feeling just makes you want to smile and it makes you feel more free. Everyone can use that kind of good feeling every now and then, and it may even help you be happier as a person.

4. Skin-on-skin contact is the best.

If you’re living with your significant other, sleeping naked gives a greater chance of skin-on-skin contact, especially when it comes to cuddling. This kind of contact can also lead to a more active sex life. All of this releases copious amounts of oxytocin. The covers rubbing against your naked body will stimulate you and make you more excited more often. It also keeps you a bit cooler, so you can cuddle even longer!

5. It could lead to better sleep.

Let’s revisit the scenario I described above. There are no drawstrings or clothes getting tangled in sheets. You don’t have to worry about shirts getting twisted. All of these distractions go away when you sleep naked and it may help you get better, deeper sleep. You don’t need science to tell you that better, deeper sleep only helps you be healthier.

6. It can help your skin.

For once your body gets to breathe. Your private parts, armpits, and feet are generally restricted all day and are often covered by multiple layers, even in the summer time. Give those parts a chance to air out and breathe. It can keep you cooler and you may not sweat as much at night. You also may not smell as bad in the morning.

7. Helps you regulate your cortisol.

Cortisol is a very strange chemical in the body but it can do a lot of damage. When you sleep naked, it helps keep your body temperature at the optimal ranges so your body can better create cortisol. If you sleep overheated your cortisol levels tend to stay high, even after you wake up. This can lead to increased anxiety, cravings for bad food, weight gain, and more terrible things. Sleep naked so you can keep your body temperature down and sleep well so your body can properly produce and regulate cortisol.

8. Balances your melatonin and growth hormone.

Continuing along that same vein, keeping your sleeping environment below 70 degrees (F) every night can help your body regulate its melatonin and growth hormone levels. These chemicals help the body do things like prevent aging and are essential to good health. When you sleep in clothes, your body heats up and prevents effective use of these hormones. In other words, sleeping with clothes on makes you grow old faster.

9. It can keep your sex organs happier.

For men, the cooler sleeping conditions allows your testes to remain at a cooler temperature. This helps keep your sperm healthy and your reproductive systems functioning as normal. For women, the cooler and more airy sleeping conditions can actually help prevent yeast infections. Yeast grows better in warm, moist conditions. When it’s cooler and dryer, the growth of yeast is prevented.

10. Sleeping in the summer is more bearable.

Summertime is a tricky time to get good sleep. If you don’t have air conditioning, then you may find your bedroom a bit stuffy at night. Shedding those bedtime clothes can help the bedroom feel more comfortable. You may even be able to turn the A/C off on those cooler nights, which can save you a few bucks on your electricity bill. Don’t wake up drenched in sweat again because your thermostat is downstairs and the hot air expands up to your bedroom where the thermostat can’t read the warm temperatures.

For fuck sakes, get over yourself and get naked in bed. TRY IT! It may be weird the first night, the next week but you will feel fabulous afterwords!

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KATHY GRIFFIN IN ALL SERIOUSNESS… http://davidatlanta.com/2015/01/kathy-griffin-seriousness/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/01/kathy-griffin-seriousness/#comments Sun, 01 Feb 2015 01:54:57 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=132945 By Chris Azzopardi Kathy Griffin isn’t kidding when she says, “If I can get serious for one second…” Putting aside her usual biting assault against all things celebrity, the comedian gets candid about her dear friend and idol Joan Rivers in our latest interview: Griffin’s frequent death-related conversations with the late comedy legend, “literally” getting ...

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By Chris Azzopardi

Kathy Griffin isn’t kidding when she says, “If I can get serious for one second…” Putting aside her usual biting assault against all things celebrity, the comedian gets candid about her dear friend and idol Joan Rivers in our latest interview: Griffin’s frequent death-related conversations with the late comedy legend, “literally” getting Joan’s permission to supersede her on Fashion Police, and how Joan taught Kathy “not to give a fuck.”

David Atlanta: Hi Kathy, how are ya?

Kathy Griffin: Umm, this isn’t gonna go out to any, uh, gay people, right, Chris? Because, you know, you give those people an inch, they’ll take a mile.

DA: Are you talking about penis size?

KG: I’m talking about, when are we gonna end it with the letters and the numbers, Chris! LGBTQIA-2-3-4-5! Dammit! I’ve got a GLAAD Vanguard Award and an HRC Award and I still can’t keep up.

DA: I’m gay myself and I can’t keep up.

KG: (Laughs) Which letter or number are you?

DA: Just the G for now.

KG: Look, Chris, you’ve gotta up your game. You’ve gotta stick in at least – can’t you be a Q? How hard is it to be a “questioning”?

DA: For you, Kathy, I could be a Q. And I could be a number.

 

KG: OK, good. I just wanted to get a little something out of you, because, you know, I gotta be up on the times with the LGBTQIA2s, and from what I understand you people are adding letters on a daily basis.

DA: It’s really confusing you straight people, I know.

KG: (Laughs) Keep it simple for the breeders! We are simple people, dammit!

DA: So, Kathy, congratulations on Fashion Police!

KG: Thank you! I am so-o-o-o excited! I mean, obviously I have the biggest shoes in the world to fill. But the fact that Joan and I were such good pals – and, in fact, discussed the show many, many times – it’s just, for me, if I can get serious for one second, actually meaningful. And I know it’s a silly show – we’re gonna make fun of silly celebrities and pictures – but Joan was such a good pal to me, but also an unrecognized pioneer in many ways.

I have to say, I really am getting a lot of gratification out of the fact that I believe posthumously she’s finally getting the respect that she so earned and so deserved, and that’s kind of a mission that I’ve assigned to myself. No one has assigned it to me, but it’s just important to me that her legacy is protected and honored, because it’s a legit legacy.

I mean, she was wild and outrageous, and I get it – with the sequin jackets and the feather boas and the saying crazy things to TMZ – but just as a female comedian, I mean, talk about a feminist, talk about a groundbreaker. I would never have this career without her, and I don’t mean just this job (on Fashion Police) – like, duh – but I mean everything from the beginning: what she did for women in comedy in such a male-dominated field, and for the LGBT community, and being down with the gays long before Stonewall, before it was cool. Anyway, it’s such an honor for me to sit in that chair.

DA: Because Joan obviously was such an immense influence on you, do you see your lives and careers aligning in any ways?

KG: I see our careers aligning in every way except stylistically. Joan was the master of the one-liners and the zingers; I am a lot more improvisational and conversational. Don’t think that I’m really gonna be doing Joan’s style of comedy, because one of the reasons we got along so well is that we were never competitors in any way. First of all, she was a fucking living legend, an icon, and I’m just me. But in addition to that, we had a deep understanding – and this is very inside baseball – that stylistically, she was in her lane and I’m in my lane, and that’s what’s gonna happen on Fashion Police. I’m gonna do what I do. I am off the cuff and take-no-prisoners, and in that way we shared a philosophy, but stylistically we’re actually quite different.

As far as our careers aligning, yeah, of course. I mean, the struggles. And one of the reasons I loved her so was, I’ve never seen anyone in my career have to fight so hard on their own. And this is no disrespect to my representatives, etc., but one thing I always admired about Joan and that we share is, I never had a Lorne Michaels, I never had a studio head take me by the hand and say, “Here, I’m gonna set up an environment for you.” That’s why my show was called My Life on the D-List, and that’s why my talk show – I had a blast, but it was canceled after two years. It’s been a struggle for me, and that’s just my road.

So when I look at Joan, I look at someone that struggled and it really paid off, and it paid off in so many ways. What I learned from her is something that is just my story as well, and it’s not everybody’s story, but it’s – you’ve got to have your tentacles everywhere. What was so great about Joan was the QVC line and the reality show with Melissa (Rivers) and Fashion Police and touring. We would often talk about how that’s just the way it is for us; it’s not just gonna be the one job where then we have summers off and we flip houses and we have our gifted children that go to school with other celebrity children. We’re just workhorses. So, that’s the way I roll, and that’s the only thing I know. I’ve come to actually really love it.

DA: You’ve said that Joan, before she died, passed the Fashion Police torch onto you. How so? What was the context of that conversation?

KG: Besides the fact that she literally said it to me at dinner one time? I mean, we used to talk about death all the time, which is very common for comedians. It might sound macabre, but we talked about everything under the sun, and we would joke about everything, and nothing was ever off-limits and nothing was ever off the table. She did, in fact, make all these jokes (about), “If anything happened to me…” She would say, “If Jennifer Lawrence ever kills me, you should take over Fashion Police,” and I would say, “If Demi Lovato ever kills me, you can take over my one-nighter at such-and-such center.” Stuff like that. We discussed a wide array of things, but certainly the thing we discussed probably more than anything was, I would say, “Who was your Joan Rivers?”

She would say, “Look, for a long time Phyllis Diller and I were linked, but the truth is, Phyllis was kind of the only girl in certain clubs.” She said, “Phyllis was a little older, so she paved the way for me and, of course, there’s Moms Mabley and Totie Fields.” And, for me, that person was Joan. So when I say I lost my person, that’s really what I mean. As much as I’m a fan of all the comedy girls and I am a comedy girl fan, I am not a competitor.

Everybody has a different story, so, for some reason, Joan is the one that I connected with the most, (especially) as far as, “What are you in trouble for this week?!” and always laughing through it and never really feeling like it was like real trouble. We used to say, “Are you in real trouble or ‘Hollywood trouble’?” And it was always Hollywood trouble. Through her example, and whether or not it’s to my detriment, I really did learn not to give a fuck.

DA: Regarding the skepticism of your role as host of Fashion Police – how do you respond to the naysayers who doubt you know anything about fashion?

KG: First of all, I would say that I really did have a fashion evolution, and what’s so funny about that is, and I actually talk about it in one of my specials, it’s called a “gay mission.”

When I started out on Suddenly Susan I would turn to Brooke Shields and say, “You know all these people who can give me an outfit for a day!” I was on the worst dressed list and then stylist Robert Verdi came into my life and he said, “That’s it. I’m making this a gay mission. I just think, because of who you are – a wacky comedian – you need to be out there in labels. I don’t think you’re Eva Longoria where you can be putting designers on the map. You’re someone that needs to be out there in Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Michael Kors and Dolce & Gabbana. If you look at my red carpet stuff over the last couple of years, that’s all I’m in. So, it’s been an evolution for me, and it’s been a learning process that I love. I’m gonna bring the hammer down no matter how amazing these designers are.

DA: You wouldn’t be Kathy Griffin if you didn’t.

KG: They’re actually identifying it now as a comedy show. They didn’t hire me to really be a fashionista. I love fashion, but they hired me to really be the funny one and be the brutally honest one, and also brutally kind whenever it warrants. Just like my act, I never know what I’m gonna say.

DA: Being that I’m a gay man, I’m naturally concerned about Cher, one of your BFFs. How is she doing health-wise? Is she better?

KG: She is! She just texted me last night and she hit me right back and she’s feeling better. It’s funny, I reached out for the same reason you did: I was like, “I’m a gay man and I need to know,” and she was like (in Cher voice), “I’m feelin’ a lot betta.” She texted me back in seconds. If she’s able to text me back within five seconds, I’m thinkin’ that’s a good sign. And of course she stuck in some emojis, which I think is an even better sign.

DA: Which emoji did she send?

KG: She did two lips – kisses.

DA: Good. I’d be concerned if she did “happy poop.”

KG: (Laughs) Six of one and half dozen of the other – they’re both good emojis from Cher.

DA: Lastly, Kathy, if you could turn back time…?

KG: I would have slept with Anderson Cooper for the one week he was heterosexual during his 21st birthday. I tried everything in the book, trust me, and it just wouldn’t happen. I tried everything short of the Cosby.

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OLYMPIC BOXER LUKE CAMPBELL GETS NAKED FOR GAY TIMES MAGAZINE http://davidatlanta.com/2015/01/olympic-boxer-luke-campbell-gets-naked-gay-times-magazine/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/01/olympic-boxer-luke-campbell-gets-naked-gay-times-magazine/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:51:01 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=132942     You can purchase a digital download of the Naked Issue here.

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Eight Artists to Watch in 2015 http://davidatlanta.com/2015/01/eight-artists-watch-2015/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/01/eight-artists-watch-2015/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:39:34 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=132939 by Joseph Brownell Rihanna is posting snippets of new music on Instagram. Demos from Madonna’s highly anticipated album are leaking left and right. Kelly Clarkson has promised a single in the first part of the year. And, yeah, that Adele record, possibly titled 25 . . . it’s coming. Plus, there’s new music from Fergie ...

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by Joseph Brownell

Rihanna is posting snippets of new music on Instagram. Demos from Madonna’s highly anticipated album are leaking left and right. Kelly Clarkson has promised a single in the first part of the year. And, yeah, that Adele record, possibly titled 25 . . . it’s coming. Plus, there’s new music from Fergie and Gwen Stefani (although we might argue both have released underwhelming and dated sounding singles). Simply put, there’s plenty to look forward to in the 2015 world of music and other than Madonna’s ramped up #RebelHeart release, we just don’t know when.

In the meantime, we’re hitting the gym hard in January – New Year’s Resolutions and all – and need something new in our earbuds. If you’re looking for something to pound your iPod in 2015 (have you seen Vance Joy), check out these eight artists that we’re looking forward to hearing more from in 2015. No matter your genre (or your type) when these artists come out on top in 2015, you’ll be able to say, ‘you knew them when.’

VANCE JOY

Taylor Swift basically turned Ed Sheeran into a zillion teenage girls’ dream come true when she brought him alongside her for her record-breaking Red Tour. Tapped for Swift’s upcoming The 1989 World Tour, we can only imagine the wet dreams Vance Joy is having for his already bloomed career. Swift herself, as well as fellow 2015 artists to watch MisterWives have covered the Michelle Pfeiffer, name checking, shaking single “Riptide,” so if you don’t already know this singing and songwriting sexy Aussie, get ready.

RYN WEAVER

If 2014 was the year you discovered Charli XCX, go back and get her first album True Romance, and then check out Ryn Weaver. First single “Octahate” is a basket of catchy bounce and she’s already gotten the seal of approval from writer-producer-rapper Benny Blanco (Jessie J, Britney Spears, Kesha, Maroon 5) as well as Jessie Ware, Passion Pit and Paramore’s Hayley Williams. What else do we know about the twenty-something? Not much, but she is working with Charli XCX on a super-secret project. Let’s hope it’s her debut album.

SEINABO SEY

Sweden continues to export artists that we fall madly in love with. Less saccharine than Abba and Ace of Base but more moody than Robyn, Seinabo Sey has already notched a number one Billboard dance track with the Kygo remix of her single “Younger.” While awaiting her 2015 debut, check out her five-track EP featuring second single “Hard Time,” the cinematic “Pistols at Dawn” and the gliding “You.” Eight Artists to Watch by Joseph Brownell G

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Datebook – What to do in Atlanta V18 I4 http://davidatlanta.com/2015/01/datebook-atlanta-v18-i4/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/01/datebook-atlanta-v18-i4/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:29:13 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=132936 ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA LGBT NIGHT You’ve never heard (or seen) anything like this on the Atlanta Symphony Hall stage! Organist Cameron Carpenter, a dashing, übertalented young organist. Included in ticket price is an exclusive after party with drinks and tapas. Thursday, Jan. 29 • 8 p.m. Woodruff Arts Center (1280 Peachtree Street NE) • www.aso.org ...

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ATLANTA SYMPHONY
ORCHESTRA LGBT NIGHT
You’ve never heard (or seen) anything like this on the Atlanta Symphony Hall stage! Organist Cameron Carpenter, a dashing, übertalented young organist. Included in ticket price is an exclusive after party with drinks and tapas.
Thursday, Jan. 29 • 8 p.m.
Woodruff Arts Center
(1280 Peachtree Street
NE) • www.aso.org

 

“SMOKED BOWLS” RAMEN NIGHT AT SWEET AUBURN
Join Sweet Auburn executive chef Joey Stallingsand chef Reid Turner of Kimball House for a one-time “Smoked Bowls” pop-up ramen night! Celebrating Sweet Auburn’s Asian-inspired menu, guests will enjoy traditional pork cheek tonkatsu ramen with a barbecue edge, smoked Niman Ranch pork.

Thursday, Jan. 29 • 9 p.m. 

Sweet Auburn (656 N. Highland Ave.)

www.sweetauburnbbq.com

 

AUSTRALIAN BEE GEES
Get ready for the new Australian Bee Gees Show, a multimedia theatrical concert experience that takes a nostalgic trip through the legacy the Bee Gees left behind while celebrating over our decades of the infectious music written by the Gibb brothers.
Friday, Jan. 30 • 8 p.m. 
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
(2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway)
www.cobbenergycentre.com

 

SUPER BOWL XLIX
The Seahawks will head to Arizona in two weeks with a chance to become the NFL’s first back- o-back Super Bowl champion since 2005. Join your crazed football freaks for Woof’s busiest day of the year and watch the game on their many flat screen TVs.
Sunday, Feb. 1 • 6:30 p.m.

Woof’s Sports Bar (2425 Piedmont Rd NE)

www.woofsatlanta.com

 

TUCK EVERLASTING
A world premiere musical based on the novel by Natalie Babbitt that poses the question: If you could live forever, would you? Take an exhilarating journey you’ll never orget in this new musical about everlasting love, never-ending life, and discovering what it means to truly feel alive.
Feb. 22 • Times vary • Alliance
Theatre (1280 Peachtree St. NE) •
www.alliancetheatre.org

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Dear Dom v18 Issue 4 http://davidatlanta.com/2015/01/dear-dom-v18-issue-4/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/01/dear-dom-v18-issue-4/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:05:00 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=132934 Dear Dom, I recently caught a sexually transmitted disease. At least it wasn’t HIV. But, I feel so ashamed and filthy. What should I do? Forgot About Important Lessons Sex is cleaner with a packaged wiener. That’s a lesson best re­membered the next time you’re doing the dirty, FAIL. However, if you do contract an ...

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Dear Dom,

I recently caught a sexually transmitted disease. At least it wasn’t HIV. But, I feel so ashamed and filthy. What should I do?

Forgot About Important Lessons
Sex is cleaner with a packaged wiener. That’s a lesson best re­membered the next time you’re doing the dirty, FAIL.
However, if you do contract an STD, the emotions can be im­mobilizing. “Shame comes to you as a feeling so deep and is incapable of your getting a grasp on it that it seems there is nothing you can do,” says psychologist Robert Caldwell. He recommends replacing shame with mature guilt. “Guilt has of­ten received bad press, and well it should–if and only if, you are talking about neurotic guilt–guilt that self-flagellates and changes nothing. If you are talking about mature guilt, then guilt is one of the great inventions of nature. For mature guilt lets you know what is unacceptable and offers you the opportunity to do something about it.”

In the future, keep this in mind: Got no protection? Don’t use your erection!

Dear Dom,
I like to be hip and trendy. You’ll always find me wear­ing the most fashionable clothes and hairstlyles. Can you help me impress my pals at the clubs and let me in on the latest drink craze?
Sophistication To Impress Finicky Friends

Eased relations between the United States and Cuba will bring a flood of imports from that island nation, STIFF. What is the country’s best known product besides cigars and rafting refu­gees? Why, rum, of course. Expect a tsunami of the spirit to flow to our shores. Bartender Juan Borracho shakes up this inventive twist on the vodka-based Kamikaze. “Mojitos and Cubra Libres are so yesterday,” he says. “This new cocktail is cool and muy caliente.”

Here’s a rummy yummy from the land of Castro: The Commie- Kaze. In a cocktail shaker full of ice combine 1 oz. Cuban White Rum, 1 oz. Triple Sec Liqueur, and 1 oz. Rose’s Lime Juice. Shake well, do not stir. Strain into a chilled glass. Makes one serving. Salud!

Dear Dom,
I’m only 30-years old and just found my first gray hairs. OMG, this is way too young to start looking old. What am I going to do? Concerned About Pigment CAP, before you reach for the Grecian Formula, consider em­bracing your gray. In fact, the dignified look of silver hair seems to increasing in popularity. Think about gay TV personalities Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen; or mainstream celebs like George Clooney, Eric Dane, and Taylor Hicks.
Among his predominantly gay male clientele, New York psycho­therapist Brian Lathrop sees a growing trend amongst men in their thirties and forties that’s markedly different from just a decade ago. “They’re not treating it like a symptom of aging,” Lathrop told Advocate magazine. “Instead, they’re making it work for them. It’s not hyper-masculine but truly masculine.”
Personally, I prefer to think of my graying hair as a trophy; the merit badge of a life well lived. Try accepting the change, CAP. If you do, you might just find that gray is the new black.

Dom
Advice columnist Dominic has been there and done that with most everything. He gives a new low to all levels of depravity. He’s heard every question and every answer. Give him a try, email DearDom@davidatlanta.com.
Warning: Advice given in this column is intended for entertain­ment and novelty purposes. Please proceed at your own risk.

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The Comeback Queen Winner of Dragnificent Cycle 3 http://davidatlanta.com/2015/01/comeback-queen-winner-dragnificent-cycle-3/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/01/comeback-queen-winner-dragnificent-cycle-3/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 02:44:43 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=132926 FOUR YEARS AGO, JAZELLE THOUGHT IT WAS TIME. SO AWAY WENT THE WIGS, THE VEGASSTYLE COSTUMES. AWAY WENT ENOUGH FEATHERS AND MAKE-UP TO FILL A SMALL STORAGE SHED. AT THE TIME, PATRICK THOUGHT THAT WAS ALL BEHIND HIM, UNTIL HIS BOYFRIEND BECAME ONE OF THE CATALYSTS TO BRING JAZELLE BACK OUT OF THE CLOSET TO ...

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FOUR YEARS AGO, JAZELLE THOUGHT IT WAS TIME. SO AWAY WENT THE WIGS, THE VEGASSTYLE COSTUMES. AWAY WENT ENOUGH FEATHERS AND MAKE-UP TO FILL A SMALL STORAGE SHED. AT THE TIME, PATRICK THOUGHT THAT WAS ALL BEHIND HIM, UNTIL HIS BOYFRIEND BECAME ONE OF THE CATALYSTS TO BRING JAZELLE BACK OUT OF THE CLOSET TO COMPETE IN JUNGLE’S DRAGNIFICENT CYCLE 3.

323436yWhat made you decide to quit JaZelle?

After five years of doing drag I sort of felt emasculated. So I kinda wanted to stop, so that people would stop putting me in a box. So I went to the gym and worked out and lived that gym-life for a little while. After suppressing that creativity for a while I wanted to come back out. I’m at my happiest when I’m able to create a beautiful costume and showcase it for people to see.

What did your boyfriend say to convince you to start again?

We knew that it might affect our relationship a little bit so we kind of had a discussion about it before we started. Adam kind of gave me the bravery to bring my creativity back to the stage. He was such a catalyst to be who I am, and for that [JaZelle] to be OK.

What’s next for JaZelle?

I’m just taking it day by day and enjoying the experience. Describe JaZelle’s style of drag. It’s Vegas and very over-the-top, lots of extravagant large costuming. I would like to expand on that and do more illusion…more edgier looks. I don’t want to be pigeonholed as doing just one type of drag. People know me for the extravagant Vegas style, but I’m definitely interested in exploring other looks right now.

Any thoughts about entering RuPaul’s Drag Race?

You know after just completing Dragnificent, that is the furthest thing from my mind. I just want to give it a go and see how much I enjoy doing drag again before I do something like that. Even if you don’t do well on that show, you are exposed to so much criticism and nonsense in my opinion. I will say though that RuPaul’s Drag Race has certainly gotten people into drag again, and for that I’m definitely thankful.

Best part about re-entering drag?

For me it’s the ability to be creative again. Having an idea, and being able to make it come alive on stage. I also love the comradery backstage. Sometimes the best show is actually behind the scenes, rather than what’s on the stage. I love performing. I love making people smile. I don’t think there’s any better feeling. Worst part about re-entering drag? Um…having to shave all the time. I hate that. I like having a beard. I just hate shaving. It’s uncomfortable, but the trade off is worth it.

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David Atlanta Volume 18 Issue 4 http://davidatlanta.com/2015/01/david-atlanta-volume-18-issue-4/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/01/david-atlanta-volume-18-issue-4/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 02:20:19 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=132919 David Atlanta Volume 18 Issue 4  

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Volume 18 Issue 4

 

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Big rise in number of children adopted by gay and lesbian couples http://davidatlanta.com/2015/01/big-rise-number-children-adopted-gay-lesbian-couples/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/01/big-rise-number-children-adopted-gay-lesbian-couples/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 03:28:52 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=132916 Last year 180 infants were adopted by gay couples and another 150 went to live with lesbian parents, according to the Department of Education   There has been a sharp rise in the number of children being formally adopted by gay and lesbian couples, new figures from the Department of Education reveal. Last year 180 ...

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Last year 180 infants were adopted by gay couples and another 150 went to live with lesbian parents, according to the Department of Education

 

There has been a sharp rise in the number of children being formally adopted by gay and lesbian couples, new figures from the Department of Education reveal.

Last year 180 infants were adopted by gay couples and another 150 went to live with lesbian parents.

Four years ago there were just a total of 120 children who were adopted by either gay or lesbian couples.

Heterosexual couples still make up the vast majority of homes provided for children who are adopted, with infants being placed with gay and lesbian parents accounting for around one in every 20 cases.

There are currently more than 68,840 children in the care of local authorities in the UK.

Read more here: http://news360.com/article/275723471

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