SLIDESHOW: Aspen Gay Ski Week

DV freelance photographer Chuck Dube of MarceloMedia just sent over some great shots from Aspen Gay Ski Week, which marked its 34th year from Jan. 16-23. Dube notes that this year’s festivities were MC’d by Dallas’ own Paul J. Williams.

“The energy and enthusiasm from the participants in this year’s Costume Contest far exceeded recent years and that energy greatly contributed to this being one of the best we’ve had in my 10 years of hosting!” Williams said. “On top of that, I was able to bring back three of my favorite performers for our Comedy Night who performed to a nearly sold-out house.”

Check out Dube’s photos by going here.

—  John Wright

Concert Notice: Katy Perry brings her ‘Teenage Dream’ to Verizon Theatre in July

True fans of Katy Perry probably got this word first. The pop singer announced on Facebook that she’ll be on the road with her California Dreams 2011 world tour. The tour itself is sounding pretty interactive. The press release says the following:

Katy is planning on interacting with fans through social media networks throughout the California Dreams tour. Using Facebook Places/Deals, fans will be able to check into the venues each night to receive special treats. Fans will also be able to submit their own photos of the show via Twitter which will be incorporated into the live show and also live on her website.

That’ sounds like a whole lotta work. Can’t we just go see the show?

Whilst touring, the release says Perry is about to release “E.T.,” as the album’s fourth single and begin shooting the video.

She’s scheduled to play North Texas at the Verizon Theatre on July 28. Take a look at her here from her performance in Dallas as part of the 2008 Vans Warped Tour.

—  Rich Lopez

Lambda Literary features photos from Joanne Santangelo’s ‘Proud to Serve’

Lambda Literary has featured several of the photos from Joanne Santangelo’s DADT photo exhibit titled, ‘Proud to Serve.’

You’ll recognize some of the faces and names from the battle to end DADT, including our own Tim Beauchamp.




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Cops Find Photos Of AZ Shooter Posing With Gun While Wearing Red G-String

Investigators today said that they’ve received a bizarre series of photos of mass murderer Jared Lee Loughner. The photos show Loughner wearing a red g-string with a Glock pistol next to his naked buttocks.

The photos were turned over to the police by Walgreens, where Mr. Loughner had taken the 35-mm film to be developed on Jan. 7, the day before the shooting. In some of the photos he is holding the gun near his crotch, and in others, presumably shot in a mirror, he is holding the gun next to his buttocks, the police said. It was not yet clear when the photos were taken. According to a detailed timeline released by the Pima County Sherriff’s Department on Friday, Mr. Loughner posted one of the photos and a bulletin saying, “Goodbye friends,” on MySpace early Saturday morning.

Joe. My. God.

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‘Born this Way’ photo essay blog is charming as hell — and has nothing to do with Lady Gaga

Thanks to Brad over at Gilley’s for tipping me off to this (albeit inadvertently through Facebook). He linked to this new photo essay/blog titled Born This Way. In it are images submitted by people who, in hindsight, can see the gay coming in their childhood photos. By the looks of it, the first post was published on Sunday, and already there’s a pretty impressive collection.

Born This Way is Paul V.’s project (and yes, Gaga’s next album title). Paul V. is a DJ based in Los Angeles, but I’m really hoping he sticks to this project. There’s such a heart to the pictures that makes it so super charming and even funny — but in a good way because you’ll likely relate to it.

Paul V. was inspired, if you will, by the recent teen suicides as well as the political movement and rhetoric around Prop 8 and DADT. Initially he thought his idea would be great as a book, but after sitting on it for a while, he told me he just wanted to get it out there. And it’s caught on — like wildfire. “I’m a little inundated but it’s great,” he said. “The first photo (above) was from a MySpace friend. I just thought if any pic ever proved that we feel what we feel and it comes through, this was it. I was heartbroken by the suicides and if  young people find this blog and realize there have been gay kids forever, they see they aren’t alone.”

—  Rich Lopez

What’s Brewing: Chick-fil-A downplays anti-gay sponsorship; Gates on DADT repeal; Lady Gaga

1. Chick-fil-A is attempting to downplay its sponsorship of two upcoming events hosted by the anti-gay Pennsylvania Family Institute, releasing a statement Thursday on Facebook saying a “local operator” had simply agreed to provide greasy-ass food. In the meantime, however, LGBT blogs have uncovered several additional connections between the company and anti-gay groups. Fool me once …

2. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the Pentagon is moving fast to end “don’t ask don’t tell,” with military leaders expected to begin training troops on the change “in a very few weeks.” The troop training is part of a three-step process outlined by Gates on Wednesday in his first public comments about DADT since President Barack Obama signed the bill repealing the policy.

3. Lady Gaga unveils Polaroid sunglasses that take photos, video (video above).

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Photos from today’s DADT bill signing

No, it’s not a scene from the Sopranos, it’s Jonathan Lewis, Servicemembers United’s Alex Nicholson and Jarrod Chlapowski, and Paul Yandura. Jonathan has been a big supporter of GetEqual. As for Paul… John McCain would accuse him of running a “Georgetown Salon” (not the haircutting one, but the “gather smart people together and make a lot of trouble” kind of one). Though, knowing McCain, maybe he did mean the haircutting one.

Katie Miller, a West Point cadet who recently quit rather than lie about her sexual orientation.

Robin McGehee and Heather Cronk of GetEqual, Robin’s son, Sebastian, and Keori who writes at Pam’s House Blend.

The ever-dashing, and even better spoken (as if it were possible), David Mixner, who was arrested protesting President Clinton over DADT at the White House fence back in 1993. David was a big FOB at the time, so it was a big deal that he publicly broke with the President.

Justin Elzie, first Marine discharged under DADT, and Joe Sudbay.

The Advocate’s Kerry Eleveld, soon moving over to Equality Matters.

Miriam Ben-Shalom, Robin McGehee and Rob Smith. Miriam and Rob are vets. Last time these three were together, they were getting arrested on the White House fence (11/15). Miriam has been fighting DADT since the beginning.

Trevor Thomas of SLDN.

Joe Sudbay and Joseph Rocha. Joseph is a discharged vet who was put in dog cages. He wrote a letter to Obama for SLDN.

Congressman Barney Frank.




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Send us your old (or new) Christmas photos for the blog

Hannukah works too. Just send us a great photo of your holidays, and we’ll post it in the box in the upper right corner of the blog. If you’re photo-savvy, send a jpg or gif that’s at most 500px wide. I can resize them (so send them anyway if you don’t know how to shrink them down), but it’s easier if you do.

So send your Christmas (and Hannukah, and/or “holiday”) photos to:
photos AT americablog DOT com
And it goes without saying, feel free to add some context to the photo, explaining the circumstances, the time, a funny story (or a sad one), and old photos are always welcome too.

NOTE: By sending us your photos you are granting us permission to publish them on the blog, and you are attesting to the fact that you have rights to the photos. Please only send us YOUR photos. Thanks, JOHN




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Photos of suspect in gay man’s murder

These are screen grabs taken from surveillance video provided by the Dallas Police Department. The surveillance video was taken at the 7-11 at 2008 Commerce St., where the man used a debit card belonging to gay murder victim Aaron Cheung, 27. Police say the man shown is a “person of interest” in Cheung’s murder. The suspect appears to be in his 50s and stands about 5 feet, 5 inches tall, according to police. He walks with a pronounced limp. Anyone with information is asked to call the Dallas Police Homicide Unit at (214) 671-3661.

—  John Wright

Jenny McCarthy and Betty White in a lesbian calendar: Should they or shouldn’t they?

Jenny McCarthy, left, and Betty White: Calendar girls?

I adore Betty White. One of my all-time favorite movies is Lake Placid, and it is her character in the movie that makes it great. And then there is her hysterical TV commercial for Snickers candy bars. And so much more.

And Jenny McCarthy — the 1994 Playboy Playmate of the Year — is undeniably hot. And funny.

But what about the idea of Betty and Jenny appearing together in a lesbian calendar?

McCarthy brought up the idea in a post on Twitter on Tuesday, probably just as a joke. But apparently, the idea is getting a lot of positive response. At first, I was a little leery. I mean, what is a “lesbian calendar” anyway? Are we talking about nude or semi-nude poses of Jenny and Betty in romantic poses together? Are we talking about photos of the two of them with other women?

At first, I wasn’t too sure about the idea. But the more I thought about it, the more I liked it. And a poll on SodaAhead.com agrees with me (although just barely): 42 percent said yes; 37 percent said no, and 21 percent were undecided. (Of course, the actual importance of the poll is questionable, since there were only 19 votes total when I posted this.)

So what do you think? Should they do it? Would you buy the calendar?

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