Look, but Don't Touch!

Look, but Don't Touch!

Look, but don't touch! Kind of an odd directive coming from a porn business, where we encourage looking that encourages touching (either oneself or if you are lucky, someone else).

 

No, I'm thinking instead of the recent incident that occurred in a museum in Florence. Yes, Florence, the place where the iconic (and gay iconic) statue of David is on display. 

 

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Retrostuds of the Past: Focus on Chad Douglas

Retrostuds of the Past:  Focus on Chad Douglas

 

Recently, one of our Facebook page fans asked about Chad Douglas, one of the true mystery men of porn, who came to prominence in the 1980s. 

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The Good Guys Don't Always Win: Reflections on the Seventies Disaster Movie, The Towering Inferno

The Good Guys Don't Always Win:  Reflections on the Seventies Disaster Movie, The Towering Inferno

I remember my Dad taking my brothers and me to see the movie Earthquake and hearing the sirens from The Towering Inferno in the adjoining theater. Remember those seventies disaster movies? I wonder why they were so popular at that time, but when one thinks how they were made before the days of computerized digital special effects, the time and effort that went into making them is awe-inspiring. 

 

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Famous Porn Stars of the Past: Focus on Jon King

Famous Porn Stars of the Past:  Focus on Jon King

Jon King looked like this totally straight guy named Frank I had a crush on in college who was a double English/Philosophy major. Both Jon and Frank shared the thick black hair and deep dark eyes, the tight muscular ass, and that indelible combination of ruggedness and vulnerability. I don't know what happened to Frank, but what happened to Jon was unfortunately the fate of so many stars from the golden age of porn. 

 

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Banks, Churches, and Marriage Equality: Thoughts on Chicago's 44th Annual Gay Pride Parade

Banks, Churches, and Marriage Equality:  Thoughts on Chicago's 44th Annual Gay Pride Parade

I attended Chicago's forty-fourth annual Gay Pride Parade, mostly to wait for the Leather Pride float sponsored by Touché (it was practically at the end of the line-up; I wonder why?) Standing with a friend in an area away from the crowds at the barricades where we could both smoke, I noticed less gay bar floats (the older, at this point, community fixtures like Baton and Sidetracks showed up; more welcoming religious organizations (they pretty much marched together en masse, a stunning effect which should silence the holy haters like the Westboro Baptist Church); more schools including Nettlehorst, a local primary school; less politicians (though the really key figures like the Governor and the Mayor showed up, pretty much a given these days); but, overall, many groups, even nonpolitical ones, emphasized marriage equality given the recent decision on DOMA by the Supreme Court. 

 

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