Vitamin Gay

GLBT Related Politics, Music & Art Reviews

Featured on Fandom Base, L.D. Original Adventure Time Scarf March 27, 2013

I’m a big big fan of the show adventure time and especially the back story of Marceline the vampire queen & the Ice King, who is the former anthropologist Simon Petrikov, they’re very good characters and in honor of the latest episode chronicling their back story together, I made a special quilted, fleece sewn appliqué on double layered felt backing scarf w/both of them on it…and guess what…

WE GOT FEATURED ON MEME BASE’S FANDOM BASE FRONT PAGE!

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I’m so proud! Its quite the feather in my cap, especially considering that this is about the third or fourth time I’ve tried to get featured on there or on must have cute and the firs success.  The scarves are available for purchase in my etsy, along w/lots of new costume listings, tutus, pride treats, candies, and fabulous new paintings by my shop partner Diva Lesé, who is a very talented watercolor artist.

Be sure to stop by meme base and/or my shop & show this tranny artist some love ;).

sorry i haven’t been on in quite some time, life has been crazy hectic.

 

take a min to tell ‘cake boss’ what you think of how they treat the T community June 12, 2012

friends, I come to you today to ask that you help spread the word about this very unfortunate incident involving a show on TLC called ‘cake boss‘ (i honestly have no idea what that is, nor do i care to find out after the shit they pulled), who had our girl Carmen Carrera on an episode and said they would use the proper and respectful terms to describe her and then blatantly threw in a ‘whoa thats a MAN’ moment…WTF people, where do you get off?

The incident reasonably upset poor Carmen, apparently made her cry even (poor girl, i would too), and i ask that you sign the petition along w/me to send them a message that this sort of behavior is shamefully wrong and that they should publically apologize for this bullshit because it is NOT ok.

You think its FUN being born into the wrong body fuckers? you think its FUN to make fun of trans individuals & people w/GID? you have no heart!  people w/this problem frequently commit suicide because they just can’t COPE with the way society treats us like circus freaks, we are NOT some side show attraction for you to gawk at people, we are REAL people just like you, w/REAL emotions and the shit you pull frankly is so incredibly hurtful sometimes that you’re luck trans people are largely non-violent unless they’re actively being threatened at the moment because i’d hate to see what would happen if we weren’t.

If Carmen walked down the street, and you had no familiarity w/Rupaul’s drag race, or who Carmen was, you WOULD NOT be able to clock that! that is an unclockable, 100% passable piece of hot female right there! and you had no right to call her out like that on public television of ALL places you scum.

thats my two cents on the subject, Carmen honey I’m sorry you had to go through that, its not right and I sincerely hope they publicly apologize like they should.  *hugs* stay strong girl! much love to you & all my trans sisters & bros.

PS- HAPPY FUCKIN PRIDE MONTH *RAINBOW CONFETTI* go out there and get you some! (some booze, some hot ass, some partyin it up, whatever you want, its pride and its a month long mardi gras ALL OVER the country! WOOO!…someone slam some tequila for me since i can’t drink 😉 LOL)

 

The INCREDIBLY Gay Cast of Frasier, SURPRISE! May 30, 2012

It is all to well known a fact that I am an avid fan of the 1990s NBC sitcom ‘Frasier’ and have been ever since my youth (around age 13), I started watching the early season reruns in the mid 90s and then, once I had caught up to the current story arch, I started catching it in prime time.  For whatever reason my family weren’t fans of the show (probably too intelligent for them…sad but true) but I had always been naturally drawn to it.  It was often asserted by my friends at school that the show was ‘so gay’ and around my freshmen year actor David Hyde Pierce, who played Niles Crane, came out of the closet after much speculation on the part of the general public and media.  It made a lot of sense to me and more over it made sense that he was the character I was most drawn to.

Well, in recent years I downloaded the entire series and have been enjoying it in my free time, often times I throw on a playlist of my favorite episodes to listen to while I sleep, and, naturally, I have become interested in Frasier trivia…its the natural path of any fandom, you want to know all about it.  Well, it turns out that David wasn’t the ONLY gay actor playing it ‘straight’ on the show…in fact it seems producer & main star Kelsey Grammer has a bit of a thing for putting gay actors in straight rolls and having straight characters mistaken for gay for comedic purposes.  One of these I’m sure most of my fellow Frasier fans have already guessed but I’m betting the other two will surprise you ever bit as much as they did me.

We’ll start w/actor Edward Hibbert AKA Gil Chesterton, KACL’s premier food critic and absolutely flaming fop.  On a number of occasions Gil has gone out of his way to ‘IN’ himself, as Frasier put it, by mentioning his ‘wife’ (more mutual beard as she is most likely a lesbian, it is HEAVILY implied) Deb whom his coworkers all assumed was his cat.  He rants about how people are so presumptuous and that ‘honestly, just because a man dresses well and knows how to use a pastry bag makes people jump to wild conclusions!’ (Season 5, episode 17 ‘the perfect guy’).  However, off & on throughout the series it is continually hinted that the character Gil is in fact gay and in the third episode of season 11 ‘The Doctor is Out’, the audience is finally given a nod that yes, Gil is indeed on the ‘down low’ and as queer as a football bat, when he is seen lurking outside bad billy’s reading the paper when Roz & her boyfriend approach to enter her apt. after they go upstairs he tosses the paper on the stack and runs down stairs after straightening his bow tie.  As I have mentioned in a prior post on the blog, actor Edward Hibbert is one of our fine gay actors & advocates for our queer rights.  Finding this out was about as surprising as learning that David was gay, a pleasant surprise but hardly shocking :).

NO, the real surprise are the two actors who’s characters play it so straight you probably never would have suspected.  That would be actors Dan Butler (Bulldog Brisko) and John Mahoney…OMG SHUT UP :O! (no wonder he ended up on my foxy grandpa list…when I was first looking up cast members a few months ago I pulled up an image of him to see how he was aging and was like ‘yeah, I’d totally hit that’ 😉 mystery solved) for real real, he’s well known in the Chicago GLBT scene, though he’s not out to the general public in the sense that no one has ever asked him and he has never felt the need to make a public statement about it.  Understandable given the generation he’s from, he learned to fake it really well to avoid getting beaten up doubtless.  Even if he’s not out entirely, at the very least he knows he can go around his neighborhood etc. w/out being harassed about it etc.

Upon finding out about the later two I was stunned ridged, it explains why those were the characters I was always most drawn too (not unlike my natural draw to George Takei as Sulu in original star trek), and I never would have suspected either of them because they are so talented as actors in those rolls that you really cant’ tell.  I gotta say though, it made my day finding out because it makes every episode of Frasier that much better now and I have all the more appreciation for the sheer talent that went into that silly little show.  I have always said that one of the truest tests of an actors ability is how well you can convince your audience while playing opposite your true sexual orientation (if I had seen Patrick Stewart in Jeffery first and not star trek NG, I would have SWORN he was gay and I don’t think anything short of the actor saying so himself would have convinced me otherwise…speaking of, he guest stars in the episode ‘the doctor is out’ as a gay opera director and he once again flames FABULOUSLY!).  Frasier truly was the gayest show on tv at the time, the only male main cast member who ISN’T gay (unless he’s still in the closet, though i never really got gay off him) is Kelsey, how fun is that?

I certainly have all the deeper appreciation for my Frasier & its cast now, I hope you do too.  Be sure to go out and have a giggle at some of their hilarious antics, especially ‘match maker'(S2, E3), ‘out with dad'(S7, E15), ‘the doctor is out’ (S11, E3) and ‘the dog that rocks the cradle'(S7, E5) all showcase some of the best mistaken orientation gags in the series (dog that rocks the cradle is really more Dan Butler playing it straight amazingly well, like he always does).  Watch & enjoy, and be sure to read up on the actors on their wiki pages (their names are hyper linked).  Here’s to the INCREDIBLY flaming cast of Frasier! Thanks for the years of talented acting and great comedy you brought us in the 90s! CHEERS!

 

PS- Below is the latest update from Carmen, telling us all about how her surgery went, since I’m following her transition I thought I’d share to help keep y’all updated.  Cheers (omg, you gonna look amazing once you’re all healed…not that you weren’t already FLAWLESS 😉 but you knew that <3)

 

 

 

Tell your friends, beautiful wedding garb, GLBT friendly designer May 12, 2012

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One of a kind bespoke clothier specializing in custom fit clothing for the GLB & Trans community, costuming & props for drag artists & other performers, wedding & formal wear (men & women’s), plus size women’s wear and clothing for the petite gentlemen (but I’ll work with any size), also offering a wide variety of accessories and much, MUCH MORE! Currently running a special on custom order wedding gowns, have a look right here- http://www.etsy.com/listing/99450434/southern-belle-bustleswag-wedding-gown

I am trained in- sewing, pattern & fashion design (I make ALL my own patterns), crafting & accessory making, costume replication & cosplay gear (making reproductions of costumes from movies, anime and other such sources), corsets & undergarments, etc.

I specialize in working w/the GLBT community, but I work with anyone.
I charge $10hr for my services, design consultations are free (I even include a free, custom fit dress form which I also make myself, see photo links below). If you have a costume you want replicated I WILL need photo references (as many as possible). On average wedding gown packages start at around $900 (this price quote includes supply costs)

Remember, to get that custom fit to achieve the perfect look you crave, be unique, wear an original.

To see my portfolio visit here- http://ldcustomcouture.carbonmade.com/projects/4312788#1

To see my online store front visit here- http://www.etsy.com/shop/LDORIGINALS

*rate quotes include supply costs in the total, minimum down payment is necessary to start any new project (down payment varies depending on size of project & the amount of supplies needed).

Email me prior to ordering to make sure I have a window open for your wedding. I will require a minimum of 8 weeks, up to a max of 12 weeks. Any faster will incur a rush fee.

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Custom hair accent clip w/mock veil

View of the gown from behind

The blushing bride

double w/dress

Duct tape body double

(all photos from the wedding, courtesy of T&R Boyd Photography of Portland- http://www.trboyd.com/photography/index.html)

 

RIP Maurice Sendak, You Will Not Be Forgotten… May 9, 2012

Tonights blog is actually going to be something different than anticipated, last night I said the next article I typed you would be on the subject of the incredibly gay cast of Frasier, we’ll get to that another night.

This morning I got word via the internet that one of my favorite childhood authors who was very influential on my life both as a child and even now, had passed away.  That author, as I’m sure most of you already read, was Maurice Sendak, beloved author of two of my favorite children’s stories ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ and ‘In the Night Kitchen’.  The reason I’m writing about him here is because, some of you may not have known, he was one of us.  He was gay and he was never able to fully come out.  I had no idea.

I wanted to share w/you a very special reading of ‘Where the Wild Things Are’, read by Christopher Walken (one of my favorite actors) in his charming voice, I think its the best reading I’ve ever heard myself.  In short, if Mr. Sendak was someone who encouraged your imagination to run wild, take a quite moment, sit back and honor his memory w/this lovely reading.  Its very soothing :).  Mr. Sendak, you will be dearly, dearly missed, you were a wonderful author & illustrator and your books will live on forever.

R.I.P. Maurice Bernard Sendak June 10, 1928- May 8, 2012

I also wish to promote the following artist & their etsy shop, they sell adorable cards & stationary and one of their sections is dedicated to quotes from ‘Where the Wild Things Are’

 

And now a word from our sponsors… May 8, 2012

excuse my shameless self advertising but, lookin for work & I figure posting this anywhere I know I get traffic is a good idea, CHEERS! (next article to post to VG- the incredibly gay cast of Frasier, an in deepth look at gay actors on the show…hint, it wasn’t just David Hyde Pierce and I’ll bet you’ll be surprised by at least one of them 😉 )

***NOW AVAILABLE TO TAKE ON NEW COMMISSIONS!
TAILOR/DRESS MAKER & MORE FOR HIRE!!***

One of a kind bespoke clothier specializing in custom fit clothing for the GLB & Trans community, costuming & props for drag artists & other performers, wedding & formal wear (men & women’s), plus size women’s wear and clothing for the petite gentlemen (but I’ll work with any size), also offering a wide variety of accessories and much, MUCH MORE!

I am trained in- sewing, pattern & fashion design (I make ALL my own patterns), crafting & accessory making, costume replication & cosplay gear (making reproductions of costumes from movies, anime and other such sources), corsets & undergarments, etc.

I specialize in working w/the GLBT community, but I work with anyone.
I charge $10hr for my services, design consultations are free (I even include a free, custom fit dress form which I also make myself, see photos). If you have a costume you want replicated I WILL need photo references (as many as possible).

Remember, to get that custom fit to achieve the perfect look you crave, be unique, wear an original.

To see my portfolio visit here- http://ldcustomcouture.carbonmade.com/projects/4312788#1

To see my online store front visit here- http://www.etsy.com/shop/LDORIGINALS

*rate quotes include supply costs in the total, minimum down payment is necessary to start any new project (down payment varies depending on size of project & the amount of supplies needed).

**Pictured below are photos from the wedding I tailored this spring for a good friend, the total package cost $1040(including fabric, supplies & all…$860 for the tailoring fees) and included the following- free consultation & design session, free body double (hand tailored, duct tape dress form I designed, ensures a perfect, customized fit), wedding gown w/accessories (crinoline, garter & hair accessory), grooms best and flower girl dress. Schedule your consultation TODAY!

(all photos from the wedding, courtesy of T&R Boyd Photography of Portland- http://www.trboyd.com/photography/index.html)

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Wedding Garb1 by ~LDOriginals on deviantART

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Wedding Garb4 by ~LDOriginals on deviantART

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Wedding Garb6 by ~LDOriginals on deviantART

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body double by ~LDOriginals on deviantART

 

MINI T SAYS ‘SPREAD THE GAYNESS FOOL’ May 6, 2012

Thought i’d post it early as a lil treat to make up for there not being posts the last few days.  a couple stills from the latest FCKH8 campaign video, AND the video to…Mini T Says ‘I Love my bitches & hoes, but don’t be hatin on the homos!’

WORD MINI T!

don’t be hatin on the homos!

spread the gayness fool!