andsoimissedmychance:

Travis McEwen
Staying Up Late For TV
oil on canvas
14” by 12”
2014

aldrinvaldez:

A spread from Diver, Dive into Me, a handmade book and my response to Paul Thek’s work, particularly his journals. It was included in Not Over: 25 Years of Visual AIDS at La MaMa Galleria, this past June.

This came up again and I was startled how so much of it still resonates with me since the time I made this. Maybe it’s silly to think that I would have had some major change or that I’ve moved on. Some grace, that’s all. Breathe.

temporarilyeuropean:

semiserious:

Here’s a weird story. That site Who Dated Who lists Nathan Lane as a rumored ex-boyfriend of Ricky Martin. Naturally I decided to investigate. Turn out t was a fake rumor from Perez Hilton, go figure. Somehow though I decided i wanted to read Lane’s coming out interview. I Googled and found old back issues of The Advocate archived in Google Books

So I read the interview, and then skim through the rest of the issue. It’s interesting to see where the gay press was in 1999. Apparently Keith Richards is a giant homophobe and Jon Stewart has always been pretty cool. Go figure. 

The advertisements are still the kind you’ll see in gay mags today: booze, cigarettes, HIV meds. But then half way though I start seeing a lot of ads for vague financial services, and I don’t really pay attention to them. That is until I see this one. I assumed it was some horrible, horrible joke about negative to positive cash flow, but then I see the word “Viatical settlement.” Then I realize that term is in all of these ads. I have no idea what is, so of course I got to Wikipedia. 

Turns out Viatical settlements were a once little used arrangement where you could sell your life insurance policy for cash up front, and then the buyer would get the full payout when you died. 

They’re legal, but weren’t very prominent until the ’80s when AIDS took off. Since you know gay marriage wasn’t a thing, gay men often didn’t have anyone to have on their life insurance except their parents, people they may have been estranged from or who might not have needed the money. 

So this entire industry pops up around Viatical settlements. Gay men got some of their life insurance money when they were still alive, kicked the bucket from AIDS a little while later, then the buyer cashed in. 

From the perspective of the investor, purchasing a vatical is similar to buying a zero coupon bond with an uncertain maturity date [however an annual maintenance fee is payable i.e. the policy premium],” says. Wiki. “The return depends on the seller’s life expectancy and when he or she dies.”

Gay mens deaths: just like buying a zero coupon bond!

And, ok, on one level, great, it provided a much needed way to get money for gay men dying of a disease. On the other this was sadly the easiest way for them to get money. An entire financial services industry arose around the deaths of hundreds of thousands of gay men.

People found a way to profit off of the AIDS crisis. Like holy shit. There’s people still to this day who probably have vacation homes they bought because gay men died. 

America right there. 

Keep in mind this issues is dated 1999. This was just 15 years ago. 

People found a way to profit off of the AIDS crisis. Like holy shit. There’s people still to this day who probably have vacation homes they bought because gay men died. 

This word “Viatical” is something new for me, and I thank you for that teaching moment, but let’s get serious. People have always profited off of the AIDS crisis. The first ACT UP protest was on Wall Street in 1987 and it demanded that AZT prices be lowered. People are still profiting off of it. The pharmaceutical industry still profits from every new HIV infection as well as anyone who manages their viral load with medication. Today, the really stunningly, elegantly pernicious thing that Big Pharma managed to do is medicate the negative body as well as the Poz body with the same drug (Truvada). I mean, I’m grateful for PrEP as a prevention tool because it really does seem to be working and I hope that it does on a sustainable level but I do find it kind of unavoidably, cosmically fucked that risk reduction and prevention efforts are so poor everywhere that instead of anyone in power following the advice of its own government and reducing stigma by repealing HIV de-criminalization laws, or abolishing abstinence only sex education programs, or even not de-funding or decreasing funding for HIV research and prevention, or even not fucking criminalizing carrying condoms, Gilead sees a great untapped market and says “I have a solution!” and it coincidentally makes the neg body profitable in the same way the poz one is (a client for life if you seroconvert!). Solutions that cost the US government money are a no, solutions that end in paid taxes are a yes.

I guess what I’m saying is that “Abuse of power comes as no surprise.” And that we should not be surprised that some people are still buying their vacation homes thanks to each and every seroconversion.

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Shaun King via twitter
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Shaun King via twitter
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Shaun King via twitter
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Shaun King via twitter
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Shaun King via twitter
thotayatollah:

N.Y.C., Harlem, neighborhood ballet class, 1968. Photo by Eve Arnold.

thotayatollah:

N.Y.C., Harlem, neighborhood ballet class, 1968. Photo by Eve Arnold.

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peashooter85:

1899 cartoon depicting Uncle Sam educating the “uncivilized” nations of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and the Philippines.  

An interesting cartoon created after the Spanish American War and at the beginning of America’s global ambitions. The racial prejudice’s illustrated depict what was called "The White Mans Burden”, the belief that it was the duty of white European and American society to civilize and Christianize the rest of the world, even by force if necessary. Note the racial attitudes being shown by the cartoon, with people of color being depicted as crude caricatures and stereotypes.  In the background are an American Indian holding a book upside down, a Chinese boy at the door, and a black boy cleaning a window. The other white children depicted represent US States.  Originally published on p. 8-9 of the January 25, 1899 issue of Puck Magazine.

Written on the blackboard: “The consent of the governed is a good thing in theory, but very rare in fact. — England has governed her colonies whether they consented or not. By not waiting for their consent she has greatly advanced the world’s civilization. — The U.S. must govern its new territories with or without their consent until they can govern themselves.”

Caption:  ”School Begins. Uncle Sam (to his new class in Civilization): Now, children, you’ve got to learn these lessons whether you want to or not! But just take a look at the class ahead of you, and remember that, in a little while, you will feel as glad to be here as they are!”

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Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop (9.25.14): Protesters in Ferguson are back out tonight, demanding Police Chief Jackson’s resignation and the immediate arrest of Mike Brown’s killer, Darren Wilson. #staywoke #farfromover

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop (9.25.14): Protesters in Ferguson are back out tonight, demanding Police Chief Jackson’s resignation and the immediate arrest of Mike Brown’s killer, Darren Wilson. #staywoke #farfromover

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop (9.25.14): Protesters in Ferguson are back out tonight, demanding Police Chief Jackson’s resignation and the immediate arrest of Mike Brown’s killer, Darren Wilson. #staywoke #farfromover

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop (9.25.14): Protesters in Ferguson are back out tonight, demanding Police Chief Jackson’s resignation and the immediate arrest of Mike Brown’s killer, Darren Wilson. #staywoke #farfromover

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop (9.25.14): Protesters in Ferguson are back out tonight, demanding Police Chief Jackson’s resignation and the immediate arrest of Mike Brown’s killer, Darren Wilson. #staywoke #farfromover

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop (9.25.14): Protesters in Ferguson are back out tonight, demanding Police Chief Jackson’s resignation and the immediate arrest of Mike Brown’s killer, Darren Wilson. #staywoke #farfromover

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop (9.25.14): Protesters in Ferguson are back out tonight, demanding Police Chief Jackson’s resignation and the immediate arrest of Mike Brown’s killer, Darren Wilson. #staywoke #farfromover

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop (9.25.14): Protesters in Ferguson are back out tonight, demanding Police Chief Jackson’s resignation and the immediate arrest of Mike Brown’s killer, Darren Wilson. #staywoke #farfromover

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop (9.25.14): Protesters in Ferguson are back out tonight, demanding Police Chief Jackson’s resignation and the immediate arrest of Mike Brown’s killer, Darren Wilson. #staywoke #farfromover

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop (9.25.14): Protesters in Ferguson are back out tonight, demanding Police Chief Jackson’s resignation and the immediate arrest of Mike Brown’s killer, Darren Wilson. #staywoke #farfromover

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop (9.25.14): Protesters in Ferguson are back out tonight, demanding Police Chief Jackson’s resignation and the immediate arrest of Mike Brown’s killer, Darren Wilson. #staywoke #farfromover

(via queerandpresentdanger)

chungsun:

videogaymers:

andythotcandy:

fuckyeahalisonblaire:

Dazzler redux by timberoo

a less furry version of videogaymers

Less silvery too.

I used to think I liked Dazzler but if male Dazzler is just another basic white gay then I think I may have to pass on the character altogether.

Interesting transformation and unsurprising that it is just another white gay male.

"Artist John Romita, Jr. originally intended for [Dazzler] to resemble model, actress, and singer Grace Jones, as seen in early depictions. However, representatives from Filmworks – wanting to promote model and actress Bo Derek – insisted on design changes to reflect Derek’s features."

Source: http://unpublishedxmen.blogspot.com/2013/07/dazzler-as-grace-jones-by-john-romita-jr.html

"In a functioning democracy, the people have a voice in how their government is run. If this were the case for the Philippines, Filipinos would not desperately seek every minuscule opportunity simply to be heard. Filipino community organizers wouldn’t exist if the issues were actually resolved."