Mark Shenton was the UK's Sunday Express chief theater critic for 11 years. However, he was sacked this week after nude pictures from 22 years ago surfaced on a gay website.
"The paper had been tipped off by a malicious third party that there were some private, personal (but entirely legal) images of me available on a gay website," he explained. I'd never seen or heard of the site myself so it was news to me, but yes, the thumbnail picture I was shown by the head of human resources was indeed of me.
"I had not posted it, but remembered it being taken, by my reckoning, by a friend in San Francisco I have long lost touch with some 22 years ago – long before I either worked for the paper or the internet had come of age, so I never expected them to turn up on a website that didn't exist then."
Shenton said he was confronted by the newspaper's editor, Martin Townsend, who told him the pictures brought the newspaper into disrepute and were 'embarrassing.'
"It is truly ironic that I should be fired by an organisation run by a pornographer," Shenton argued, referring to the paper's owner, Richard Desmond (who made - and still makes - a fortune from straight pornography). "It is rank hypocrisy to sack me over this."
Northern & Shell, Desmond's publishing company, refused to address Shenton's dismissal. Perhaps it is too busy with plans to relocate to Russia.
Sunday Express theatre critic Mark Shenton 'fired over nude gay website pictures' [The Independent]
Mark Shenton, Sunday Express Theatre Critic, Claims He Was Fired Over Gay Pictures [Huffington Post UK]
James Franco posted two interesting pics on Instagram that he titled '50 Shades of Batman and Robin.'
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The Skivvies are Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley who stop by Broadway star Nick Adams' home to share some scantily clad holiday cheer.
Sir Elton John is supposed to be performing two concerts in Russia later this week. However, because of his outspoken nature, the shows may be cancelled for fear he will violate Russia's 'gay propaganda' law.
“I've got to go,” John said. “And I've got to think about what I'm going to say very carefully. There's two avenues of thought: Do you stop everyone going, ban all the artists coming in from Russia? But then you're really leaving the men and women who are gay and suffering under the antigay laws in an isolated situation. As a gay man, I can't leave those people on their own without going over there and supporting them. I don't know what's going to happen, but I've got to go.”
A group of Russian parents have asked that the concerts be stopped. They argued Sir Elton should be banned because his music, style and views could negatively influence children.
"The singer intends to come out in support of local sodomites and break the current Russian law, directed at protecting children," the group stated in an open letter. Another conservative group, The Union of Orthodox Brotherhoods, started a petition to have him barred from the country, calling Sir Elton's "support for gays and other perverts" an "insult to all Russian citizens."
These people are so narrow they probably think "Beyond the Yellow Brick Road" counts as gay propaganda.
Elton John's Russian tour at risk of cancellation over anti-gay laws [The Independent]
Alternadudes, known for showcasing the alt guys you won't find on most other porn sites, is ready to move beyond just boys with tats, piercings and mohawks. The studio's newest model is female-to-male transexual James Darling.
“It's always interesting when you forge into new territory,” Alternadudes President Chris Koloff said. “People are scared of what may happen if you color outside the lines. As people find out about James working for Alternadudes, I've been hearing about how 'brave' we are. I don't think that's the case at all. ... There's plenty of alt guys of all sorts to go around, and James is now one of those guys.”
“I've always liked [Alternadudes’] work and the way they devote their site to the guys that are sometimes too ‘out there’ for other companies to feature,” added Darling. “I fit in with the guys of Alternadudes. I look a lot like many hip, punkish guys my age, but one thing that sets me apart is that I'm a female-to-male trans person, meaning that I was assigned female at birth and later transitioned to male.
"I still have my ‘original plumbing,’ and I love my extra hole and have no desire to change it. I identify and live my life as a man. Most people would have no idea I'm trans unless I told them or they watch a lot of internet porn, and it's not something I think about as much anymore outside of porn.”
We wish him the best of luck with in his new home! You can check out his first scene at Alternadudes.
This is Andrew Christian's tribute to a gay house music classic anthem, "Call On Me" by Eric Prydz.
Olympic diver Tom Daley has come out of the closet.
"Come spring this year my life changed massively when I met someone and they made me feel so happy, so safe, and everything just feels great - and well that someone is a guy," he explained. "And it did take me by surprise a little bit. It was always in the back of my head that something like that could happen but it wasnt until the spring of this year that it clicked, felt right. Like I said, my whole world just changed, right there and then. And of course I still fancy girls but right now I'm dating a guy, and I just feel safe, and it really does just feel right. Is it a big deal? I don't think so."
Alexander Bohun (pictured) is the most recent victim of Russian-based Occupy Pedophilia, a group of vigilante skinheads who torture gay men.
The ringleader of Occupy, Maxim Martsinkevich, recently fled Russia after hearing that he could face charges of extremism for abusing other men (though he managed to torture many people, film the abuse, and still remain untouched by Russian authorities for almost a year). Martsinkevich relocated to the Ukraine, which is where he targetted Bohun.
Bohun, who was a contestant on the Ukrainian version of X-Factor, was hoping to hook-up with someone he met on the social media site VK. Instead, he found Martsinkevich and some of his friends waiting for him.
LGBTQ Nation said that Bohun was threatened with violence and forced to confess to trying to meet a minor. He was covered in Jewish stars and homophobic words, and forced to use a dildo as a fake microphone. His head was shaved and Martsinkevich painted it with rainbow colors. Bohun was also forced to drink urine.
“I was referred to as “pedophile,” mocked, and forced to admit actions and desires that I have not committed in any circumstances, and I had to admit all that publicly,” Bohun told police.
Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs has launched a criminal investigation into Martsinkevich’s activities; there are unconfirmed reports that he has fled the country.
Middle America was in for a big holiday surprise on Thursday when the cast from the musical Kinky Boots showed up to perform at the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Parade.
The show, which was written by Harvey Fierstein with music by Cyndi Lauper, tells the story of a struggling British shoe factory's straight-laced owner who works with a drag queen to save his footwear business.
"Does every parade these days really have turn into a gay pride thing?" asked SuperLatvian, who posted a video of the parade segment. "... Parents must have had a lovely time explaining to their kids who watched the parade what a 'transsexual' is or why those men dressed in such a way." (Answer: Because they're fabulous, of course!)
Other several conservative types complained, so Fierstein decided to respond: "I'm so proud that the cast of Kinky Boots brought their message of tolerance and acceptance to America's parade. Ten years ago I was humbled to ride a float dressed as Mrs. Claus, and it was the thrill of a lifetime. Congratulations to Macy's, on leading the world, not only with your salesmanship, but also your humanity."