Neverland by Holland

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K-pop newcomer Holland released his first single Neverland earlier this year. The song and music video are all about queer love. Neverland is a mellow R&B track that relays the emotions of a man who wants to avoid discrimination and escape to a place of free love.

The song’s accompanying music video similarly places the singer’s sexuality in the spotlight, depicting a rare same-sex kiss in a video describing the ups-and-downs of a relationship. Neverland received a 19+ rating in South Korea because of the kiss.

Holland is the first openly gay k-pop idol to debut, though MRSHLL, another R&B artist, came out before releasing his first song last year, becoming the first Korean singer to begin his career while openly addressing his sexuality. Same-sex love is rarely addressed in k-pop and South Korea’s entertainment industry. Only a handful of celebrities, including the entertainer Hong Seokcheon and the transgender singer Harisu, are publicly out.

Though Holland has no large agency backing, and was a relatively unknown in the k-pop scene until he first started teasing his debut single, he has already caught the attention of many k-pop fans who have been eager to see more diversity and queer representation in the Korean idol industry.

Neverland racked up more than 700,000 views within 24 hours of its release, to this day the video has been watched over 10 million times.

Dance to This

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Troye Sivan and Ariana Grande start their own party in the video for their collaboration, Dance to This. Troye’s sophomore album Bloom is out on August 30th.

The clip opens with Sivan sitting in a rec room-cafeteria setting where people are quietly eating and reading. Bored, Troye brings a CD to a man with a boombox and begins singing, then dancing, at the front of the room before Grande gleefully joins him. The confused people eventually leave so Troye and Grande have the room to themselves.

Bloom follows the 23-year-old singer’s 2015 debut album Blue Neighbourhood. Sivan recently said that he’s been taking dance lessons ahead of his tour in support of Bloom (where he’ll be joined by trans singer Kim Petras as an opening act). “We spent the whole first class just moving in slow motion for, like, two hours,” he said.

Boy Erased

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Gay conversion “therapy” in America has become a poignant cultural touch point in the era of Mike Pence. The practice is, alarmingly, still legal in 41 US states.

Following the release of Desiree Akhvan’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post early next month, Focus Features is readying Joel Edgerton’s gripping conversion drama Boy Erased, based on Garrard Conley’s Boy Erased: A Memoir of Identity, Faith, and Family.

The film stars Lucas Hedges as the teenage son of a Baptist pastor in small town Arkansas, who is sent off to a conversion therapy camp by his straight-laced parents, played by Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman. Crowe and Kidman aren’t the only two big-name Aussies to appear alongside Hedges — Boy Erased also features popstar du jour Troye Sivan as a silvery-haired fellow queer at Lucas’s camp. “Play the part,” Sivan instructs Hedges in the first official trailer, flexing a very passable Arkansas accent.

Conley, who is working with Edgerton on Boy Erased, wrote in a blog post last year that he’d be “working hard to populate the world of Love in Action [the conversion camp] with predominantly queer actors.” While Hedges isn’t gay, Boy Erased won’t be his major gay moment on screen. He also appeared in Lady Bird as the titular character’s all-American first boyfriend Danny.

Boy Erased hits cinemas on November 2, 2018.

Is this Commercial turning innocent Kids into Jock-sniffing Kinksters?

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The laundry detergent Gain recently released an ad that has the web buzzing for its homoerotic undertones. In the new Gain jockstrap commercial, two young boys try to play a trick on their dad by dropping a jockstrap on his face while he naps. To their surprise, the jockstrap’s scent makes him smile — because it’s been washed in Gain laundry detergent, of course, not because Dad is secretly a jock-sniffing perv.

Naturally, the new Gain commercial has some prudish folks clutching their pearls and talking about how “inappropriate” and “dirty” it is. But anyone who has ever been a boy knows that kids (like the ones in the commercial) regularly make butt, poop and fart jokes. So they’re not angels; they’re basically pre-pubescent frat boys.

And look who their role model is: A hunky DILF who leaves his budgie-smugglers idly laying in plain sight like some sort of masculine lingerie. Any man who leaves his jockstraps right in his children’s view is basically flaunting his musky genitals and delectable buttcheeks around the house anyway. Is it any wonder his kids literally wanted to throw some of dad’s own man-stink back in his face? The poor boys have probably been dealing with dad’s post-game scents and dirty jocks for god knows how long.

When the boys lower dad’s stanky mankies into his sleeping face, the joke’s on them — dad likes the smell of his own junk … and he’s probably not the only one. We noticed Mom’s not around. Maybe there is no Mom — see what I’m getting at, boys?

It’s not the detergent he’s smelling, kids. Oh sure, Gain is a fine product, but it takes more than the smell of Oxi Boost or Febreeze to get him smiling in his dreams. In fact, dad doesn’t just smile, he spoons with the jockstrap and curls his athletic fingers around that man-sling like a huffing junkie grasping a paint rag. Dad is addicted to jockstrap smells, okay?

And it looks like Dad’s influence is rubbing off on his impressionable young sons as his eldest boy curiously rips the jockstrap away from Dad’s horny-yet-drowsy clutches to get a big whiff of Dad’s jock too. We imagine the younger brother will secretly take a sniff after dinner, wondering all the while if this is why the other kids in Little League all make fun of him.

Basically, the Gain jockstrap ad is going to turn everyone gay. And if you watched it, you’re already gay. Now go buy a jockstrap, you gay, jockstrap-sniffing perv, you.

Mexico’s Third Gender

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In Tehuantepec, a town in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, Lukas Avendaño and fellow muxes live beyond the gender binary. A muxe is an individual assigned male at birth who behaves outside roles traditionally associated with masculinity. Sometimes referred to as a third gender, muxe identity pre-dates Spanish imperialism in the Zapotec region.

For Lukas, dressing in feminine Zapotec clothing is a political act, giving everybody the power and the liberty to decide who they want to be.