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Update on JohnnyBoyXO, Amanda Lepore, Cazwell and MORE! June 27, 2011

sorry for the delay guys, was horribly sick w/flu & a fever from hell that just wouldn’t quite, hence the lack of update for the last couple of days, many apologies…we now return you to our regularly scheduled blog…
 
So, some of my favorite trannys have put out some BITCHIN new tunes!  This week, June 21st, JohnnyBoyXO released their latest single ‘The Countdown’ and Amanda Lepore’s latest album ‘I…Amanda Lepore’ hits Itunes this week on June 28th (This album’s projected release date was spring 2010, but it took a little extra finishing time).  Further more the sensational queer DJ/rap artist Cazwell hits the television airwaves on the gay channel HERE! and Heretv.com with a new series Boombox, more on that in a minute.
First lets talk about the HOT tranny bitch herself, JohnnyBoyXO.  They are excellent, my favorite piece by them thus far has been ‘Trannylicious‘ because it is HOT HOT HOT! Most recently they released their latest ‘The Countdown‘ (available on Itunes, buy it bitches and support an artist) and its another great dance tune and it went straight onto my ‘workin it’ playlist (music I use to get me pumped for…just about anything I need to get amped up for).  I highly recommend this song, I also must insist that you check out other music by JohnnyBoy and/or their youtube channel where they Vlog.  They’re an up & comer and you better watch out because this chick is GOIN places.
Next on tonights list we’ve got the flawless, fabulous & FIERCE DIVA herself, miss Amanda Lepore, stepping out with her latest release this week ‘I…Amanda Lepore’ featuring her latest booty shakin dance beats in her own special style.  This album will be hitting Itunes this Tuesday the 28th, and when it does I have one thing to say: GET IT (GIRL)!!! I’ve had a chance to sample the tunes available for listening on youtube and they’re sweet, just like cotton candy baby *wink*.  The album features a few guest artists including Mýa, Larry Tee and of course, her sexy partner in crime, Cazwell.  She has recently released the music video for the song ‘Marilyn’ (view below) featured on this album, both the song AND the video are beautiful.  Especially the video, the cinematography is phenomenal and very artistic (parts of it are slightly reminiscent to Citizen Kane in style…thats just MY opinion though and I’m sure film buffs everywhere would be OUTRAGED by such a comparison, but if you’ve seen the movie please watch the music video and tell me what you think…thats just what the style made me think of).  Check this shit out and if you’re not familiar with this FIERCE artist, and you love techno dance beats & trannys, I have a feeling you will definitely enjoy their work.
Lastly I’d like to talk a bit about Cazwell (who’s birthday happens to be today, so HAPPY BIRTHDAY CAZWELL!) and his new show thats coming SOON to a TV (and internet) near you!  The show is called Boombox (hotlinked to press release/interview) and is going to be like MTV was once upon a time, you know, back when they actually WERE music television and played music videos.  The main premise of the show is to introduce music videos by artists that the audience may not yet be familiar with, thus promoting new artists of various stripes, and will include at least one musician interview per episode.  I think this is a great idea as, I don’t know about you guys, but I really enjoyed MTV back in the day before it spiraled into something completely unrecognizable when compared to its original format, so the idea of a show bringing back that style of promotion and introduction to new artists, is very appealing to me.  You can see the premiere of this new show on the website (link above) for Here TV, and the show is FRESH!  The first episode features videos by: Beth Ditto, Cherie Lily, Hunx + His Punx, Chris Willis, Nervo featuring Ollie James, and an interview with miss Amanda Lepore. Also, I must say, not only do I love his music, but I LOVE listening to him TALK, he’s got a wonderful voice.

That concludes our music watch update, now for a hint of political news for the night.  On June 24th New York state made history by becoming the LARGEST state in the nation to legalize gay marriage, this is a monumental step forward for our movement for equality in all aspects of our lives as a community.  The bill wont take effect for 30 days, but believe it, the registrars office is going to be BOOKED SOLID for the entire following month, and particularly bursting the first Monday that it goes into effect.  I am overjoyed for my brothers and sisters in New York state, if not a tiny bit jealous as Oregon is a fairly liberal state that keeps being held back in this particular aspect, by close minded rural dwellers in the Eastern half of the state (and don’t you tell me I don’t know what I’m talking about BITCH, I’m FROM Eastern, born and raised, and those bitches out there be fucking CRAZY! lets just say I got the fuck out of dodge and have NO intention of looking back EVER!).  I hope all the happy gay couples who storm the local registrars in the coming months to ratify their now LEGAL commitments to each other, all the happiness in the world, you deserve it.  Congratulations on ANOTHER victory and ANOTHER step forward in this movement for across the board marriage equality for all.  One step at a time, one state at a time, we’ll get there eventually!
And yes, I am aware that Oregon offers ‘unions’ for same sex couples, but FUCK THAT, we’re not gonna settle for less than equal, or similar but supposedly equal, said unions DO NOT offer all the same protections that a marriage license does, and until they do we wont accept it.  Its a half ass attempt to placate us with something CLOSE to what we desire, but not the real deal.  Until we see marriage equality in our state, my partner and I refuse to fuss with the fees and paper work…and we’ve been married for 3yrs (four in September), but our state doesn’t RECOGNIZE.  Why bother if you’re not getting the full protection under the law.  If you live in Oregon, are a same sex couple and choose to accept the civil unions (or whatever they call them here), good for you, I wish you well, however I encourage my fellow Oregonian queer peers to stand strong and hold out for TRUE equality!
You can read more about this historic bill that was passed in New York here.  Below is a clip from the always eloquent news persona Keith Olberman (whom I ADORE, and whoever his writer is) speaking his piece on this historic movement.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this, belated, installment of VITAMIN GAY- PRIDE EDITION!!! a few more days of pride month and then its over for the year *sad*, but don’t forget that pride is EVERYDAY, being out, open and proud to be alive and who we are.  LOVE YOU, and thanks for reading!!

Miss Amanda Lepore, in all her glory.  Photo by: Nico Iliev
The sexy JohnnyBoyXO.  Photo by: Gatto Photography
The Captivating Cazwell, Photo by: Marco Ovando


Almost FORGOT to post this…this is EXCELLENT!!

 

John Inman…and Vintage Couples June 23, 2011

>John Inman, what can you say about the man? Well, if you don’t know who he is, probably very little.  He was a British actor, most famous for his role in the TV show Are You Being Served? as the lovably FABULOUS character, Mr. Humphries.  Witty, adorable & always impeccably dressed, this charming character actor became easily one of the most memorable from the series, which ran for 10 seasons on the BBC.  Set in a department store, the series deals with various antics involved in running the mens & womens wear departments of Grace Bro.s department store, and mostly deals in double entendre humor and various running jokes based on the various characters personalities (Mr. Granger falling asleep, Mr. Rumbold being an utterly incompetent ignoramus, Mr. Lucas’ womanizing ways and of course Ms. Schlocombe’s pussy).
I was introduced to this show randomly back in 2006 and what kept me hooked was the character portrayed by Mr. Inman, his high camp flamboyance was very captivating.  The fact that a show from the 1970s was willing to have an OBVIOUSLY gay character, that all the other characters KNOW is gay, was very bold to me, as it was something you DO NOT see in US TV.  It showed remarkable tolerance & maturity in my eyes.  They even talk about his relationships, vaguely, eluding to them in conversations w/his coworker Mr. Lucas, who takes the conversations in stride and is very receptive to talking about it.  These facts make it all the more surprising to me that a handful of members of the ‘campaign for homosexual equality’  picketed one of his shows saying that he ‘gave a bad face/negative image’ to the gay community.  Inman responded that he felt if anything he was HELPING the gay community, which I agree with.  I just don’t see the negative to it, but then I grew up during a very different time, and in a different country, and this naturally has an effect on my perceptions.  His fame from his role in the show was not limited to the British Isles, the show gained popularity in the US where he became a gay icon, and on a trip to San Francisco was startled by a fan who fell off their bike when they noticed him walking by and shouted ‘I LOVE YOU MR. HUMPHRIES’ (this would have been my reaction too).  The show remains popular even to this day, still running repeats on the BBC.
Unfortunately, in 2004, John contracted Hepatitis A from some contaminated food, which would cause numerous medical complications the rest of his life and lead to his demise 3 years later in the March of 2007.  In 2005 he and his partner Ron Lynch (of 33 years at the time) were able to enter into a civil partnership at the Westminster Register Office.  When Inman passed away he left virtually everything to his partner, his entire estate totaling more than £2.8m, the only portion of his estate left to someone else was £5,000 left to the Entertainment Artistes Benevolent Fund.
If you aren’t familiar with John Inman and/or Are You Being Served? I recommend you familiarize yourself, its a witty show w/a bold, flamboyant, and most importantly, openly gay character from the 1970s.  Find & enjoy.

‘I’m FREE, Mr. Granger’ Mr. Humphries

Another thing I wanted to share with all of you is an assortment of vintage photos of, likely, gay couples…whether all the men in the photos are gay or not, these photos are TOO CUTE, enjoy. (article hyper linked)
and thats it for tonights, VITAMIN GAY!!

 

Its Just ME…Then and NOW… June 21, 2011

Stumbled upon an old folder of modeling photos I did WAY BACK in 2005, well before I started hormone therapy, and figured I’d give ya’ll a little then and now photo spread…enjoy.

Fully clothed
‘Peak a Boo’ this is my favorite shot
An excellent comparison of how HUGE my breasts used to be (my back does not miss them)
may not be the prettiest, but its a good comparison of how much I used to weigh vs. what I weigh now
January 2011
May 2011, my breasts now (unfortunately I still have them)
Flirty, May 2011
SUPER GAY! my body NOW, May 2011
My face now, my nose is bigger
GAY PRIDE! June 18, 2011
Pensive, clothed full body shot…I really like how I look now, June 2011
 

UN Passes Gay Rights Resolution

In good news, this last week (Friday June 18th) the UN passed a gay rights resolution.  This historic bill was pushed for in particular by South Africa, which this blogger finds to be both fascinating and hopeful news.  It is good to know that regions that have historically been excessively homophobic are pushing for equal treatment & protections for its LGBT citizens, this is great news and a truly historic occasion.
The bill, which passed narrowly w/23 for and 19 voting against, didn’t mix words and expressed ‘grave concern’ for the various discriminatory laws and violent abuses of the global LGBT communities citizens. According to Amnesty International, consensual same-sex relations are illegal in 76 countries worldwide, and discrimination exists in virtually all countries, manifesting in one form or another.  A few of those backing this resolution include the European Union, Brazil and other Latin American countries, and the US.  While a few of those who voted against this measure include, unsurprisingly, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria and Pakistan and others.  One other issue this resolution addresses is the establishment of a formal UN process to document human rights abuses against gays, including discriminatory laws and acts of violence.
I think this is excellent news and it came right in time for our local pride weekend.  Unfortunately, historically speaking, the UN has a difficult time enforcing their various resolutions.  One in particular that comes to mind is the UN Declaration of Human Rights, article 25 Pt.1, which states: “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.” By those standards set, we should have proper health care in this country, but we don’t and the UN isn’t going to step in and insist that we change that because, this is the US and, politically, our country really likes to throw their weight around.  Further more, the US believes that our way is the BEST way and if you don’t like it, leave.
Now please NOTE, I like living here (most of the time), I ENJOY living in a country that, while still fairly up tight, is relatively accepting of people like me and a country that affords me the freedoms to lead a life that makes me happy (to a greater or lesser degree), so don’t tell me I don’t appreciate what we’ve got here, I DO.   I’m just saying, things could be a lot better here and the only argument those who want the status quo to continue to be such, re-health care etc, is that ‘if things can’t be perfect then, why bother?’ which is just ridiculous.  So things aren’t going to be perfect, NOTHING EVER IS OR EVER WILL BE, get over it.  That is NO EXCUSE not to improve on what exists and try to make it the best it can be.  That sort of mind set is just plain lazy.
I apologize for getting a little more into general politics but, hey, health care is something we all need, gay or straight, and I was mostly using it as an example of resolutions/declarations that the UN has but can’t fully enforce.
I hope this actually works to improve the global political social environment regarding the rights of LGBT citizens, I really do.  Events such as this and news like my high school from my home town (Pendleton OR) establishing a GSA (gay straight alliance), fill me with hope that maybe, some day, the world will change.  One step at a time, with small & then progressively larger ripples, we’ll achieve our goals locally, nationally & globally if we just STAY STRONG and stand our ground.  We’re not second class citizens and we do NOT deserve to be treated as such.  Stand strong, be out & open and have the back of your friends, remember to keep our alliances strong w/our hetero counter parts in the community, the more we pull together, the more support we have to offer each other.  GAY PRIDE!

Ok, I’m done politicking you to death.  NOW, for a little laughter…as I feel laughter is the best medicine.  Weird Al just released his latest video/single ‘perform this way’ and it is PURE GOLD! I laughed so hard I fell out of my office chair, it is utterly priceless, the master of musical parody has done it again.  Kudos to you Mr. Yankovic, you’ve STILL got it! Enjoy!

 

Worst Timed Panic Attack Since Yara Sofia’s… June 20, 2011

You remember how this year on drag race, when Alexis Mateo & Yara Sofia had to lip sync for their lives against one another, and how poor Yara had a horrible panic attack.  The timing could not have been worse for them, and it unfortunately meant that they had to sashay away that week.  It was very sad.  Well, today a similarly ill timed panic attack ruined my pride weekend.
I got up early this morning, after getting to bed good and early and getting plenty of sleep so I’d be fresh & perky the next day.  I had already gathered up most of my supplies the night before so I wouldn’t have to panic, running around the house at the last minute trying to find my tripod & extra batteries or snacks etc.  Unfortunately, I woke up in not the best of moods, I was really cranky and I couldn’t figure out why.  But I tried to keep positive because, its PRIDE DAY and I want to be out w/my queer peers.  Bozzley’s a bit yappy this morning, probably sensing my nerves, and this lead to me being agitated by the time we left for the bus.
When crossing the street at 39th (to my knowledge w/the signal…I’m gonna say that both parties, myself AND the motorist, are to blame as clearly neither was paying close enough attention) I was nearly cut off/ran into by an asshole making a left turn when there was not just someone in the cross walk but a couple cars coming down holgate in their direction as well *annoyed*…at this point I must apologize for my actions because, while I feel they were somewhat justified (I flipped him off in case you’re wondering, and told him to get bent…and i’m sure other choice phrases I can’t remember as I mostly red out* at that point because my PTSD revolving around IDIOT motorist is well, over powering) I feel bad because I set a bad example of behavior from the LGBT community…decked out in my rainbows and cursing someone out…followed by making a scene at the bus stop by having an argument w/my partner, resulting in us coming home…after sitting at the #75 stop by walgreens for 10 or so minutes thinking about how I’d not only yelled at my partner, but I had: disappointed my niece, sis & their partner but all my friends who had wanted to see me, along w/anyone who was looking forward to my personal photos & footage from the parade (not to mention the fckh8, say gay-a-thon montage that will eventually get put together, but wont have quite the same feel i was going for)…
To you all I apologize for both my absence and my stupidity in my actions that likely left this individual & his passengers w/a negative impression of our community.  Unfortunately there is only so much I can do when a panic attack of that magnitude is triggered and I felt it best for my mental health that I come home, the fact that it meant missing pride just deepens the wound; but I still think it was the healthiest decision I could have made.
I am rethinking how to do the ‘say gay-a-thon’ and I’m thinking that at some point, I’ll let ya’ll know when, that I will go down to pioneer square w/my equipment & sign and get photos of people posing w/the sign and I can use my audio recorder to record messages and play them over a photo montage w/music, thus allowing for many more people to have to opportunity to get involved…i may set up near one of the farmers markets some time too, do a few different locations to ensure a nice wide demographic of supportive people.
I’m sorry today’s VITAMIN GAY-PRIDE EDITION, wasn’t what I had intended to bring to the table…some times these things happen at the worst POSSIBLE moment and just total screw the day over.  Its a shame. (it also makes me wish I’d gone to the mustache party last night, but I skipped it because I A- had to save my bus fare and B- needed to get up early the next day & didn’t want to be tired & sluggish)

Photo courtesy of my friend Chris, he took a bunch of photos w/his 8mp phone cam for me, THANKS MAN!

more tomorrow…love you guys and it looks like most of you had a great pride, I hope  you all did *HUGS*

 

BE PROUD! June 19, 2011

Tomorrow is Portland Pride 2011, I’m happy I’ll be able to make it this year as I missed last year’s parade.  Kick off is between 11:30 & 12, I’m gonna perch myself out front of CC Slaughter’s w/my friends & family.  If you’re a local stop by and say a lil piece for our ‘SAY GAY-A-THON’ video montage!!

the sign said: GAY PRIDE! (symbolically anyway)

I’ll have my tripod set up, recording supportive, pro-gay messages to share online w/everyone, especially for those who may NOT have pride & pro-gay support systems in place in their area (I know some of my readers are in foreign countries where things aren’t as liberal & accepting as they are here)…a message of love & friendship for all those in small town USA & bum fuck no where anywhere else, you are loved & appreciated, don’t let the jerks get you down & get somewhere w/a supportive community soon as you can!
Its also a promotion for fckh8.com and their campaign against the state of Tennessee’s RIDICULOUS new ‘teachers can’t say gay’ law…because, as we ALL know, there’s NO SUCH THING AS HOMOS, we don’t exist (or so they would like the youth of their state to believe).  We can’t say gay?? we’re gonna say it anyway, and I encourage any of my readers in Tennessee: civil disobedience, this law has NO PLACE in our society and should be blatantly disregarded.  DO NOT replace GAY w/another word (love you George Takei, I LOVE YOU MAN, but I don’t think we SHOULD replace the word) say it loud, say it proud!
WE’RE HERE, WE’RE QUEER AND WE’RE NOT GOIN ANYWHERE!!! sometimes these people need reminding!
Celebrate pride, celebrate life, love, friendship and family! meet new people, make some new friends, fly your own unique flag high & proud! and ABOVE ALL:
EVERYONE HAVE A SUPER FUN & SAFE PRIDE! LOVE YOU ALL!
VITAMIN GAY- PRIDE EDITION!! GAY PRIDE!
and don’t forget to check back tomorrow night for photos and video footage (should be posting sometime around midnight…ish) *MUAH* ❤

 

PRIDE…What it means to me…how about you? June 16, 2011

This is June, and it has officially been declared this year, that June is now OFFICIAL NATIONAL PRIDE MONTH!!! ALL MONTH LONG!! so celebrate your pride!
Ya know we get asked all the time…WHY PRIDE? whats it all about? etc…its different things to different people, for some its just a once a year celebration of our community & a chance to go out and party it up all week (or for some, all month) long.  Some in the community don’t even get involved, for various personal reasons, and that makes me sad.  so WHY PRIDE?  this is MY answer:
WHY PRIDE? because people keep telling us we need to CHANGE who and/or what we are.  Because there are people out there who STILL see us as second class citizens that don’t have/or even deserve the same rights as everyone else.  Not unlike the civil rights movement of the 60’s & the interracial marriage debate back then, we face similar social stigma EVERY DAY, just because of who we were born as.  We do NOT choose to be gay, its in the hardware, either you are or you’re not, and thats all there is to it.  No amount of prayer, aversion or repression is going to “CURE” your non-affliction.  This is why pride.
WHY PRIDE? Because it is our opportunity to get in your face and show you that, no matter who you are, or where you GO, there will always BE GAY PEOPLE there somewhere *BOOGAH BOOGAH*, you interact with us EVERY DAY, whether you are aware and/or choose to acknowledge this fact, is another story entirely.
WHY PRIDE?? because it reminds us that we are, who we are, we HAVE a community that loves & supports us, individually and as a whole.  It reminds us of our roots, lest we FORGET that, despite recent social uproars etc, we are VERY lucky to live in an era where being out & open about who and what we are is more socially acceptable and less taboo, and that if we don’t REMEMBER THIS, REMEMBER OUR HISTORY and OUR FIGHT, we are DOOMED to keep repeating it.  Just like any other aspect of history, those who do NOT learn from their mistakes are doomed to repeat them. 

REMEMBER HARVEY MILK! our first OPEN gay representative in a government setting, and how much work it took, the years of struggling and getting voted down before he succeeded in order to go forth and be a spokes person for people like ME AND YOU!
REMEMBER STONEWALL!! and the riots, where we took over christopher st. and pushed the police back and said NO! ENOUGH! we will not continue to be pushed and swept under the rug, we WILL NOT be BULLIED and we WILL NOT stand for these raids & bashings.  WE TOOK IT TO THE STREETS! we put THEM in THEIR PLACE! never forget this.  and NEVER FORGET, if you’re one who feels you shouldn’t be out at the pride parade because you ‘don’t want to be surrounded by freaks & queens etc’ NEVER FORGET, it was a tranny who threw the first brick at this riot that turned the tides & the tables in our communities inlet in the east village.
REMEMBER HOW LUCKY YOU ARE to live in an era where you can go to bars that are dedicated to our community, to have our pride parade, to have these things that the homophobes & religious right would take AWAY from you, just because of who you LOVE.  When Stonewall happened, raids on the bars involved things like taking anyone dressed as women and having them inspected by a fucking police officer and if you weren’t a woman, you were arrested.  if you were a woman, you HAD TO HAVE at least three pieces of women’s clothing on (and yeah, they checked) and if you didn’t YOU WERE ARRESTED!! thats right, in the era of the Stonewall riots, you could literally be arrested for wearing THE WRONG CLOTHES!!! in America…land of the FREE? my ass!
REMEMBER ALL THOSE WHO HAVE FOUGHT FOR YOU and YOUR RIGHTS, before you were even born…they worked their ASSES OFF to make this a place we could be out and proud! NEVER FORGET THEM! read up on the riots & the first movement for our rights, read the articles, watch MILK and the ‘life & times of Harvey Milk’ TORCH SONG TRILOGY, QUEER DUCK, anything that makes you feel proud, anything that helps you realize that you’re gay and thats OKAY! You are who you are and YOU CAN NOT change that!
Pride is a SPECIAL time of year for me…i see those colors flowing on the flag and I’m filled with such emotion, joy, sorrow, love, awe, admiration…the colors, vibrant and proud, a truly beautiful site…all the colors of the rainbow, like our glorious community, a varitable cornacopia of different sects, cultures, even religions, and we all LOVE EACH OTHER…we stand proud, a community united, watching each others backs.  It fills me w/love I NEVER thought I could feel being recipricated by my brethren & sisters, who love me back and care about who i am, how I feel, and what goes on in my life.  WE CARE!  I CARE FOR YOU! EVEN I DON’T KNOW YOU, I LOVE YOU! because you’re a part of our community, and if you’re a part of this community, you’re FAMILY! local, national, GLOBAL! WE just want to be FREE, to love…who ever! is that REALLY so much to ask??
VITAMIN GAY!!!- PRIDE EDITION!!!
whats the pride about? share your story, I’m listening and I’d love to hear it!
what does pride mean to you?
and if you’re a local, and you want to get involved in my ‘SAY GAY-A-THON’ Video project in support of FCKH8.com, come find me on the parade route sunday, I should be somewhere near CC’s or Embers.  I’ll have my tripod set up and my sign, come pose for the camera, tell the WORLD you’re gay AND PROUD!!! give em the finger if you want to, we’re gonna tell them what we think!
you CAN’T SHAME ME WORLD! you CAN NOT GUILT ME into pretending to love someone I DON’T just to please YOU! because it isn’t ABOUT YOU, its about EVERYONE! we all deserve to be who we are, proud & open, loving who we love!  So lets tell em what we think and put our voices out in the innumerable sea of support we’re amassing…the world IS CHANGING, there is a NEW social order coming, and it WONT be dominated by the haters & the religious right, because GUESS WHAT:
the younger generation doesn’t care about the gays, they don’t see what YOUR PROBLEM IS (because it is YOUR personal problem & hang up, not theirs) and you FAIL utterly to persuade them by making us out to be evil boogy men, when they interact w/gay people on a daily basis.  w/the internet its HARD to close yourself off, it is HARD to tell your kids defacto ‘this is how the world is, and its like that EVERYWHERE’ because they can just go online and talk to someone who’s gay, bi, trans, etc…and not just from here, but from AROUND THE WORLD! remember that!

GAY PRIDE MOTHER FUCKER!!! wanna make somethin of it?

and always remember *RAISED FIST* GAY PRIDE!!!!