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Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Friday, December 23, 2016
So here we are, not knowing what the future will be and clinging to happy loving memories of our past or present. Nostalgia is about what we recall. In times of great change and problems from the past, one item that many of us of a certain age hold dear to are the images created by a movie studio. To be sure, there's plenty of history with this famous company that has been much less-than gay friendly over the decades, but for many generations of gay men who grew up in a marketing world filled with comic books, movies, cartoons, television programs and theme parks (in far-away places like California and Florida), the name "Disney" often sparks some fond memories of childhood. And especially in the past few decades the company has been supportive of gay employees and visitors to its theme parks. Being made to feel welcome and included is important to everybody.
A lot of the Disney magic was (and continues) to be created by talented gay men. So on this Christmas Eve, it's the magic of the artisans who created a smile and laugh for kids of all ages (and sexualities) that matters most here at VGMH. Disney gay talent Howard Ashman proved that making magic knows no boundaries or prejudice. Feeling happy inside and having fun never goes out of style. There's more about him below. A sincere and worldwide best wishes to all, from Steve.
Producer, lyricist and openly-gay Howard Ashman made a huge splash in the world of Disney animation in 1989 with "The Little Mermaid," which he co-produced with John Musker. The song "Under the Sea" (co-written with composer Alan Menken) won an Oscar for Best Song.
Howard's lyrics, as Menken recalled, "would wink at the adults and say something to the kids at exactly the same time." And as demonstrated below, the handsome (and buff) male heroes and villains in these Disney classics have continued a long-standing tradition of being immortalized in cartoon-style smut fantasies.
Perhaps his greatest work was "Beauty and the Beast." In fact, "Beauty and the Beast," which he executive produced, was the first animated movie ever nominated for an Academy Award for Best Motion Picture, a category typically reserved for live-action films, while its title song won the songwriters yet another Oscar.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, on May 17, 1950, the successful lyricist, librettist, playwright, and director moved to New York and became an editor at Grosset & Dunlap, while writing plays including "Dreamstuff," a musical version of Shakespeare's "The Tempest," which marked the beginning of his association with Off-Off-Broadway WPA Theatre in 1977.
The hunky gents in these films have evoked many artists to pay honor by creating their own (slightly more gay-erotic) versions. But back to how Howard joined Disney...
Two years past 1977, Howard teamed with Menken for the first time creating a musical version of Kurt Vonnegut's "God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater." They went on to write the musical version of Roger Corman's 1960 cult film "Little Shop of Horrors" and won critical raves and awards including the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical of 1982-83. The off-beat show was transformed into a motion picture by Frank Oz in 1986, subsequently winning the musical duo their first Academy Award nominations.
That same year, Howard penned the ballad "Disneyland" for the Broadway production of "Smile," written with Marvin Hamlisch. Soon after he signed a contract with The Walt Disney Company to write lyrics and dialogue for its animated features. The rest is a wonderful history of great song and memories for several generations.
In 1994, "Beauty and the Beast" moved to the New York stage, and has since become Broadway's 10th longest-running musical. The production features "Human Again," a chorus number by Howard and Menken that was storyboarded for the animated motion picture, but never completed. The princely hunk from The Little Mermaid continues to delight boys of all ages. Please relax, have inner peace, and enjoy this season and good memories from holidays past.
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Monday, December 19, 2016
Back in 2013, Kmart's latest holiday ad was "Show Your Joe" which featured six male hand-bell players wearing tuxedo jackets on top and only Joe Boxer briefs on the bottom. Instead of ringing bells with their hands, they swivel their hips to shake what's between their legs in order to ring out the tune "Jingle Bells". Which guy's "ringing" do you like best?
Sadly for Sears/Kmart, in the last few years sales have not improved and there's speculation that unless the figures are decent enough, this may be one of their last holiday seasons.
Sunday, December 18, 2016
link to a real-life man's very personal web space. This is where he shares his sexuality with his devoted followers. His "in your face" close-up masturbation videos are enjoyed all over the world! It's amazing how many different looks this sexy guy has to go along with his uncut manhood. And if you have a special request, he evens does his best to take care of those, too! As for what VGMH would like to see, what's hotter than a real-life guy standing naked in the bathroom shaving while still sporting his morning erection? WooF!! Thanks El Fuego for sharing with all of us.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Mel Roberts was one of the early pioneers of Southern California physique photography. Born in Toledo, Ohio, on August 26, 1923, he was drafted into military service in 1943 and served as a cameraman in the South Pacific for the U.S. Air Force. Afterwards around 1950, Mel began to study film at the University of Southern California.
In 1953 Mr. Roberts worked on Herbert Biberman's movie Salt of the Earth, a story that focused on Mexican-American miners who were striking against a giant corporation. It became the only motion picture blacklisted in American film history, being produced by a number of film artists tagged/blacklisted for their membership in the Communist Party or other leftist organizations. The film starred actor Will Geer (a blacklisted bisexual actor who decades later played the grandfather on television's family drama The Waltons).
|Sean Patrick circa 1968|
Sexuality in the late 1960's was, by Robert's own accounts, open and fun. He often had a handful of young men staying at his home and many of them had girlfriends who were also welcome at the house. Roberts' photographs highlight the experimental openness and uninhibited attitudes of the late 1960's and early 1970's. When not at the beach, many of the photographs in his books, magazines and videos were shot in the house and around the back garden.
|Bobby Kroop circa 1973.|
Volume One California Boys: Photographs from the 1960s and 1970s and Volume Two, The Wild Ones. Fotofactory also still issues Roberts Original Photos Gallery Prints (Printed and Signed by Mel Roberts), and a series of blank greeting cards.
|Don Anderson, circa 1973|
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Just 12 days before trying to end his life on the dam, Ed had decided he couldn't be untrue to his desires any longer and had his first sexual encounter with another man. Only the joy of waking up next to another guy (who he had met at a gay bar the night before) was overcome by the real-life fear of AIDS and the knowing that he was one of the people that mainstream society loathed.
"I was so scared of dying of AIDS and hurting others, I thought maybe I should just kill myself," Gallagher recalled later. "I didn't’t want to be gay, I didn't’t want my father knowing, I didn'’t want anyone knowing."
Only fate stepped in and this 6' 3" gay sportsman didn't die.
Ed made it a point to tell his story and show his pride in who he was as a man. He focused his efforts on helping kids accept themselves for who they are. Ed also went on to become a fierce advocate for disabled rights, creating the organization Alive To Thrive. He eventually died May 2005, after having a life-changing positive impact on thousands of others. Thank you.
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