Category: Ian McKellen on Gay Life in the past

Underwear Model Dad Bods; Tatum O’Neal Dates Women; Hot Photos of Harry Potter’s Matthew Lewis; What Gay Life Was Like Years Ago

Underwear Model Dad Bods

I was going to post about BEA (Book Expo America) but since that is so freaking boring, and so heteronormative, this article caught my eye instead. It’s focused on what advertisements would look like if they used dad bods instead of photo shopped bodies of perfect, muscular young men. And I think it’s interesting because I’ve not only been seeing a lot of this lately, I also think people are getting tired of seeing the same old images of men in ads. People like a balance. I run four to five miles a day, and lift weights, but I do that for healthy reasons. What I get physically from running and working out is only something a little extra. I don’t even like having my photo taken, so the body image for me is the least of it all.

In any event, here’s what it’s about:

Summer 2015’s hottest men’s health trend is apparently doughnuts, pizza and beer.

But we have a feeling the dad bod craze was always a bit of a nonstarter.

The folks over at Distractify seem to feel differently, though. They reimagined some iconic underwear advertisements with dad bods replacing the hard-won gym bods.

Which do you prefer?

 You can check out the images here. It’s interesting, but I’m not sure it will catch on everywhere. In all honesty, I don’t think I’d put a dad bod on the cover of a gay romance novel. But as I mentioned, the balance is important.

Tatum O’Neal Dates Women

I’m not sure how we should react to this. I guess everyone will react differently. However, my initial reaction was…big deal. She dates women. And I like Tatum O’Neal, always did. 

 Proving that it’s never too late to be true to yourself, even for a precocious former child star, Tatum O’Neal has announced that she’s now dating women.

“I like women,” O’Neal tells People magazine. “I definitely have been dating mostly women recently.” The now 51-year-old actress avoids labeling her orientation and only says, “I’m not one or the other.”

Maybe it’s a good thing that my initial reaction was big deal. It could mean we’re moving toward a place where labeling isn’t as necessary as it once was, which in turn removes the shame we’ve all lived with for so long. That can’t be a bad thing. I can still recall when it was insulting as ask a guy if he was gay. Not so much anymore.

You can read more here.

Hot Photos of Harry Potter’s Matthew Lewis

This is one of those multi-link articles from Queerty where they mention more than one topic. Part of it is about a photo shoot Harry Potter’s Matthew Lewis did.

It’s another score for Gryffindor! More photos from Attitude magazine’s cover shoot with a barely-clad Harry Potter star Matthew Lewis have been released.

But if you really want to get to the most important part of this article, scroll down and read what Sir Ian McKellen has to say about what life was like for gays years ago. This blew me away.

Sir Ian McKellen once had a crush on his Vicious costar Derek Jacobi. “Yes, I did fancy Derek, but I didn’t act on it, God, no,” he reveals. “It was illegal, remember. I do get on my high horse about it, because it was so difficult. There were no gay clubs you could go to. No gay bars, no gay newspaper, nothing. What there was was a bit sleazy, I suspect. One of the reasons I became an actor was that you could meet gay people. Even then everything was difficult. When you went to America they asked, “Are you now, or have you ever been, homosexual?” I lied on the form. It was a different world.’

You can see all this here. I never knew a time like that, and I think it’s fascinating to think about how gay men before me lived and survived.