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Blake Skjellerup’s Hawaiian Wedding; Gay Pride Meme Outrage; Magic Mike Shocker from Sam Kalidi

Blake Skjellerup’s Hawaiian Wedding

One of the things I enjoy about LGBT news lately are the names I see of people I never heard of and know absolutely nothing about. Blake Skjellerup is one of those names, and his husband, Saul Carrasco, is another.

Evidently, BS is an Olympic skater and SC is a designer. From what it sounds like here they made all of their wedding plans in public, on instagram, and they finally settled on Hawaii.

There’s a question and answer and this is an excerpt:

Was the timing influenced by the Supreme Court’s decision about marriage equality?

No, I can’t say it was. We live in New York where Marriage Equality has existed for some time now, and I am from New Zealand where marriage equality passed into law back in 2013. Getting married is important to us, and we are very grateful to those that have fought so hard for us to have the freedom.

You can read the rest here. Not sure if they’ll be posting honeymoon updates on social media. But I would assume that’s next. It’s seems to be the trend with some people.

Gay Pride Meme Outrage

I posted about this on social media and I received more than a few interesting comments…many from gay men. Some were on the fence about it, others supported it, and some were not so thrilled about it.

With this photo, I think it’s important to understand that it’s not a new image. It was done about ten years ago.

This is from the photographer:

When I took this picture almost ten years ago, it never, never occurred to me that it would someday come to symbolize the victory we are celebrating today. Congratulations to all of us! Love to you all.

You can read the rest here. For me it’s a part of gay culture that symbolizes many things, among them equality for the men and women who served in the military that were gay.

Magic Mike Shocker from Sam Kalidi

Sam Kalidi is a comedian I’ve posted about here before. I follow him on Twitter and I never know what to expect. In some cases I can’t even retweet, even though I think the tweet is hysterical. He can get away with some things that I could never think about getting away with. 

Kalidi put together a meme which is a parody of the new Magic Mike sequel.

Editor’s note: We’ve asked online comedian, voice actor and chest hair model Sam Kalidi to create a new meme each week for Queerty readers. This week he looks forward to the continuation of a certain stripper movie franchise. Sam looks forward to all your hate mail.

You can check that out here. The comments, as you would imagine, are mixed and range from people complaining about fat-shaming to praise. Once again, a PERFECT example of how some people don’t understand parody.

Loving Daylight

 

A PG rated Mainstream Romance
 

 
 

Amazon Book Returns; Naked Men in Paris; Blake Skjellerup, Gay, Olympics

Amazon Book Returns

I once wrote a much longer post about Amazon’s return policy on e-books, here. I went into details about several things and I’m only going to link right now. But the reason I’m posting about this again is because I saw something interesting that had never occurred to me before with e-book returns. On social media, I noticed someone mention that an e-book where all the proceeds were going to charity was returned.

From my original post. This is Amazon’s return policy.

Books you purchase from the Kindle Store are eligible for return and refund if we receive your request within seven days of the date of purchase. Once a refund is issued, you’ll no longer have access to the book. To request a refund and return content, visit Manage Your Kindle, Click the Actions button next to the title you’d like to return, and select Return for refund, or contact customer service.
As I said, I’m on the fence about this for many reasons I’m not getting into right now. One reason I’m against the return policy is I do nothing on impulse. I know what I’m buying, why I’m buying it, and I rarely return anything, including books. But not everyone is that focused. I get that. In some cases I can see why someone would want to return a book. Frankly, I’d love to have the ability to return movies.

But to return a book where all the money is going to charity is not only shabby, the person who does this has a cold heart that will most likely melt in hell someday. I’m a big believer in karma and metaphysics. I’m in the process of learning how to do online curses…on a small scale. Karma always comes back to get you. And when you’re laying there and suffering yourself someday, and you will be, make no mistake about that, you’ll remember the day you returned that e-book where all the money went to charity.

Naked Men in Paris

If you haven’t seen the naked men exhibit in Paris at Paris’ Musée d’Orsay Guy Cogeval there’s still time to check it out.

The exhibit running from 24 September 2013 until 2 January 2014 will include over 200 pieces that range from classical pieces like paintings and sculptures to contemporary works by gay artists including Pierre et Gilles, David Lachapelle and George Platt Lynes.

I’m personally a huge fan of George Platt Lynes. I used to sell art books about him when I owned my gallery in New Hope, and I had one artist…a seventy year old straight woman…who would sculpt small figures based on Lynes photos. They were her muses, so to speak. Her focus was often on the penis.

I think the male nude as an art form still has a way to go, especially in the US where anything penis related is often considered taboo. There are also psychological factors, too, and penis envy isn’t just a theory for some people. It’s a way of life.

You can read more here.

Blake Skjellerup, Gay, Olympics

Speed skater, Blake Skjellerup, recently put in a bid to be part of the Olympics in Russia this winter. He’d also planned on wearing a rainbow pin in public, in Russia, to show his support for equal rights. Unfortunately, he didn’t qualify.

He was painfully close missing by just one spot. In all, 32 automatic bids were handed out and Skjellerup finished 33rd, according to Outsports.com.

But not all hope is lost. Skjellerup is the first alternate and could still compete if one of the qualifying nations does not send a skater.

They have until 10 January to notify the International Olympic Committee.

At least he’s standing up for what he believes in. I’m still for the boycott. You can read more here.