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Troye Sivan Explores Cruising Culture With Porn Star Justin Brody in "My My My!"

Australian singer Troye Sivan is back with a new single and music video.

“My My My!” shows Sivan opening up to a more sexual side of himself than ever before. The video not only includes heaps of shirtless men, like porn star VBrody Blomqvist, but it shows Sivan exploring the world of gay cruising.

“My My My!’ is a song of liberation, freedom, and love,” says Sivan. “Throw all inhibition to the wind, be present in your body, love wholeheartedly, move the way you’ve always wanted to, and dance the way you feel—hopefully even to this song!”

Sivan also shared on twitter he thoughts after the video dropped on Youtube.

“Guys legit im just scrolling through all of your comments and tweets and articles and i can’t stop smiling. so much more to come, too. 2018 is gonna be so fun!!!”

You can watch the video down below, and look forward to Sivan’s upcoming album (currently untitled) coming out in the spring.

 

 

Fetish Photographer Rick Castro Supports Erotic Art Fair Fundraiser

LOS ANGELES - The autumn sun was moving toward the horizon as I stood in the back lot of a sex shop on Sunset Blvd. in Silverlake. I saw about 60 men milling about considering erotic art purchases, whether to dance to a young Latino DJ’s deafening sounds, take advantage of free food or move behind a black curtain strung across a humble metal bar where a handwritten sign read “Hard Zone – donation $5.”

 

“Hard Art,” fetish photographer Rick Castro, 60, told me the event was called.  “And Adrian, the owner of Rough Trade Gear does it every year. It’s to raise funds for Hector Silva.”

Who is Hector Silva? The event invitation on Facebook read, “Hector…is a beautiful, gentle, charismatic and super sexy man, who has donated a lot of his work to help many different causes and to help and support other people when they needed it.”

He’s also a well-known erotic artist and his cancer, which had been in remission for three years, no longer is. 10% of all purchases at the Rough Trade event today will go to Silva for his medical bills and living expenses.

“The fetish community is a tight-knit, small community,” Castro said. Indeed. Brother In Need, a nonprofit group of local leather enthusiasts dedicated to supporting their own, co-presented the event.

Castro’s booth was chock full of his many black-and-white images available for purchase, most of them framed. In addition, his two coffee table books of mostly BDSM photography, Castro and 13 Years of Bondage, were on sale.

A photographer since 1986, Castro, who is a native Angeleno and still drives the same car he’s had since high school, calls himself “a fetish artist.”

 

After a “mainstream career” in costume design and fashion styling for big stars like Bette Midler, Tina Turner, Mel Gibson and Joan Rivers, as well as celebrity photographers Herb Ritts and Annie Leibovitz, Castro decided “to go into the opposite direction and explore my desires.”

He even used his real name, as opposed to following the advice of his agent, who told him to come up with a pseudonym to protect his career.

Castro, his first book, came about after Durk Dehner, who was involved personally and professionally with the late famous erotic artist Tom of Finland, pitched Castro a publishing deal. The two knew each other from “the One Way, which was the best leather bar ever.” Castro added: “No longer there of course.” 

I asked Castro to share one surprising-slash-unique memory.

Nothing surprises me, because I’m very jaded,” he said, joking (I think). He then recalled a hustler he picked up on Santa Monica Blvd. back in the 90s. “This is before the Internet and before cell phones, so I approached him directly.”

“You want me to model for you?” the young sex worker asked, surprised. His face showed significant scars.

“He was very nervous,” Castro said. “I did one photo…and he ran out the door.” The hustler bolted before Castro could pay him – or find out the story behind those provocative facial scars.

 

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Gay Vietnamese-American Poet Won £5,000 At Poetry Oscars

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A Gay Vietnam-born poet just won the top award at the “Poetry Oscars.”

28-year-old Ocean Vuong just received £5,000 for winning the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection at the Forward Prizes for his book Night Sky With Exit Wounds.

Andrew Marr, the head of the judging panel, praised Vuong’s writing as ''a truly remarkable new voice".

He explained further that:

''This exciting poet navigates different terrains, from personal traumas to history and mythology, with great skill and imagination. Formally daring, and rich in images, Night Sky with Exit Wounds is an incredibly accomplished first collection by an extraordinary talent."

This is just the latest step in a continually successful career and life for Vuong.

Ocean Vuong was born in Saigon, Vietnam but soon moved to the US (specifically Hartford, Connecticut) with his family when he was two. Vuong then went on to earn a BFA at Brooklyn College before committing to a career of poetry.

Since then, Vuong has authored poetry collections  such as Burnings in 2010, The chapbooks No in 2013, and Night Sky With Exit Wounds in 2016.

Vuong has seen his work be translated into Hindi, Korean, Russian, and Vietnamese and he’s been honored with fellowships from the Elizabeth George Foundation, Poets House, Kundiman, the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, and Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry fellowship from the Poetry Foundation.

Plus, Vuong has won prizes for Academy of American Poets Prize, an American Poetry Review Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets, a Pushcart Prize, a Beloit Poetry Journal Chad Walsh Poetry Prize, and a Whiting Award.

While celebrating this moment of victory, Ocean Vuong awaits returning to his Pioneer Valley, Massachusetts home, and his faculty job in the MFA program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.