Autoblow A.I.

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Scientists have created a blowjob machine, complete with 16 oral sex settings, using artificial intelligence. The so-called “Autoblow” is believed to be the first sex toy made using artificial intelligence.

The robot was developed using the results from a research paper. This paper, “Analysis of Movement in Oral Sex Performed Upon Men,” involved PhD robotics engineers and artificial intelligence scientists analysing more than 108 hours of blowjob videos.

Users if the Autoblow insert their lubricated penis into a soft sleeve, designed to feel like a mouth, which then moves up and down according to the stroke setting selected. The sleeve is designed to comfortably hold different sized penises. The Autoblow even includes a pause button to simulate “automated edging.” The sleeve can be removed to dispose of fluids after the user has finished their business.

A crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo has so far raised more than $195,000 towards the Autoblow, which is waiting on the approval of a patent. It will be sold fora pretty steep $249 and is expected to be distributed by May 2019.

“The variety of stroking actions ensure that men with short, average length, and long penises will all be able to enjoy the machine equally,” the Indiegogo page reads.

Sculpture Saturday *12

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Did we miss the (queer) point of one of the world’s most famous sculptures? Any thought of the biblical King David is bound to conjure Michelangelo’s 17-foot-tall marble masterwork. Although the sculpture, created between 1501 and 1504, has become one of the most famous artworks in the world, the iconic symbol of the Florentine Republic would not have been possible without Donatello’s earlier work on the same theme, which remains one of the most beautiful, enigmatic, and radical sculptures ever made.

David’s beauty also denotes ancient ideals revived in the Renaissance: the value of physical perfection as a virtue and a celebration of sexual relationships between men and beautiful male youths

Composed at some point between the 1430s and 1450s, Donatello’s bronze David represents a series of firsts in art history. It constitutes the first bronze male nude and the first free-standing statue—unsupported by or unattached to a support—since antiquity. At the time Donatello made the sculpture, the character of David represented how Florence saw itself: a small, mercantile city-state without a duke, and with a history of defending itself against more powerful enemies. But while the David and Goliath story became a popular motif in Florentine art, there is a subversive, queer side to this particular version.

Just a shepherd boy when he fought Goliath, David’s disadvantage is demonstrated here by his prepubescent physique. Naked except for a helmet, sandals, and shin guards, David’s androgynous body is smooth and unmuscular. He shifts his weight onto one foot in naturalistic contrapposto—rather than an idealized, heroic pose—with his hand resting on his provocatively jutting hip as he triumphantly steps his foot on the Philistine conqueror’s head. When viewed from behind, it’s almost impossible to tell what gender or sex the figure is. His hair is long and luxurious, and, judging by the traces of gilding, was originally presented as gold. In one hand, he holds a rock from his sling; in the other, the oversized sword of his enemy.

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Newfound Courage

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Newfound Courage is an adventure game with a gay protagonist that looks to offer an experience different from other games in the queer space. It’s a narrative-driven coming-of-age adventure that finds inspiration in stories like Love, Simon and games like To The Moon and Fable.

“While in recent times we have started to see many excellent games featuring gay males, they are often either underdeveloped as characters or the games are sexual in nature,” developer Curtis Campion said. “Right now, if you want to play a non-sexual game with a gay story, there are not a lot of options out there. I want to change that.”

Players will fill the shoes of Alex, a young man who lives in a town obscured by the shadow of The Vault, a “mysterious institute containing the knowledge of a long-dead civilisation.” Alex sets off to solve the mysteries of the Vault while at the same time dealing with feelings for another young man named Jake

Campion said Newfound Courage is a game that he’d love to have played as a young teenager after being captivated by Fable back in 2004. “[It was] the first video game I ever played with any sort of gay character. You played as a male character, who was a total badass, and could sleep with and… marry other male characters. It was the first time in my life I felt represented in any media. It had a big impact.”

Campion wants to pay it forward by creating a title that helps to further normalise gay protagonists in video games “Newfound Courage is unique because gay men in games are often either highly sexualised, underdeveloped side characters or side options in otherwise straight stories,” he said. “I plan on telling a wholesome and emotional story about a gay hero, while still making sure it’s suitable for all ages.”

Featuring a soundtrack by award-winning composer Jessica Kelly, pixel art by Kurt Prieto and editing by Lee Arthur, Newfound Courage is planned for an early 2019 release on Windows PC and Mac.

The Village

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Wrabel’s music video The Village follows a transgender teen struggling to find acceptance. The five-minute video doesn’t shy away from highlighting the daily struggles of many transgender teenagers, beginning with a scene in which the protagonist’s father bursts in on their attempting to conceal their breasts with tape. “In nature, a flock will attack any bird that is more colorful than the others because being different is seen as a threat,” reads the video’s opening titles.

As the story develops, we follow the protagonist through awkward family dinners and toxic high school hallways until an uplifting ending. Meanwhile, Wrabel croons lyrics about being misunderstood at a piano — “there’s nothing wrong with you / it’s true,” he belts, his cheeks streaked with a rainbow of paint.

The story behind The Village:

I grew up in church. My childhood was quite nomadic, but church was the constant. Fast forward to when I was 23 and I came out to my church in Los Angeles. It was called “Reality” (how ironic). There they had a gay guru of sorts. He was the example of what it could be like to be freed from this burden of same-sex attraction.

I was offered reparative therapy but couldn’t do it. This “all loving god” I was taught about as a kid . this savoir that loves the outcasts. He’s hanging out and washing the feet of people that no one wants anything to do with but he hates me cause I’m gay? Cause I have a beautiful and humongous capacity to truly and deeply love another man? And so i got kicked out along with my first boyfriend that I met there. And it tore him apart and it tore me apart and it tore us apart. It left  some of the deepest scars that still bleed .

Here I am, twenty eight, living in Los Angeles, writing and singing songs. I went on my first tour last year. My first time getting face-to-face time with people that have been listening to my songs and my stories. And I meet these two kids, two trans teenagers and here’s where the story really starts. Read on…

Poppy’s genderqueer Anthem

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Rising pop star Poppy released her second studio album yesterday and one of the album’s songs is a proud anthem for all genderqueer and non-binary people in the world. The album, Am I a Girl?, has a single of the same name on it.

Please don’t complicate me
I don’t understand
Sometimes I’m feminine
Sometimes I’m masculine
Don’t evaluate me as woman or man
Am I a girl?
Am I a boy?
What does that even mean?
I’m somewhere in between

It’s a catchy techno pop track and a proud song for an underrepresented part of the queer community. Identifying as genderqueer, genderfluid, or non-binary means not subscribing to conventional gender norms.

Rather than strictly identifying along the male/female binary, people who are genderqueer identify with both genders, neither, or a combination. Actors Asia Kate Dillon, Ruby Rose, and Tommy Dorfman all identify as genderfluid. Drag queens like Aja and Courtney Act also identify on the genderqueer spectrum.

In an interview with Nylon, Poppy discussed her own identity: ‘Some days I feel like a boy, some days I feel like a girl, so I haven’t figured it out yet.’

“Revelation” from Boy Erased

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Troye Sivan and Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi have released “Revelation” from the soundtrack of the gay conversion therapy drama Boy Erased. The film, adapted from the memoir by Garrard Conley, stars Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, and Russell Crowe as well as Troye.

Boy Erased recounts Arkansas native Conley’s life growing up in a religious home and being sent away to gay conversion therapy, an ordeal he would survive but which would drastically affect his life.

Troye spoke to Stephen Colbert in September about learning of the experience boys who enter gay conversion “therapy” go through: “The thing that was most hurtful about it… I remember being so relieved – I’m gay by the way – when I came out to myself, because I was like ‘it’s not something I can change. It’s not something I have to fight any more. It’s just something I have to navigate and accept.’ And so that was the big moment for me, and the second that these kids or sometimes adults arrived at these camps, that was taken away from them and they were told immediately, ‘no, you weren’t born like this. this is a God-shaped hole that you’re trying to fill with these homosexual tendencies.’”

Imagining being 15 again when I was at my most vulnerable, and having that put back on me and being set up with that impossible task of trying to change this thing that ultimately is unchangeable, it’s just one of the most damaging things I can imagine. And so I really hope that the movie is going to speak to – I really want to communicate with parents as to just how much your reaction to your kid coming out can really change their lives.”

The Summer House

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The Larsens are a picture perfect family from the German upper-middle class. They have everything that means comfort and should mean happiness. Business success, a stylish, light-flooded home and a full scholarship for their daughter to study in England. However, the head of the family, Markus, an architect, lives a secret, bisexual double life as his wife Christine and their eleven-year-old daughter Elisabeth drown in unendurable loneliness.

Markus realizes that he has a strong yearning for one of his daughter’s school friends, Johannes, 12, also the son of his tax penalty-bedeviled business partner, Christopher. He succeeds in getting closer to Johannes and binds the boy to himself with ever-increasing intensity. His wife is desperately aware of the emotional distance of her husband, but only her daughter Elizabeth, reacting to the sexually laden atmosphere, sees through the lies and secrets that she instinctively knows to be an growing, disruptive threat to the entire family. As Markus loses control of the situation and in a final moment of strength, pushes Johannes away, the action nevertheless moves them all remorselessly into the abyss.

Esteros

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A familiar tale unfolds with uncommon lyricism in Argentine filmmaker Papu Curotto’s debut feature about two boys’ years-long relationship. Many other films have explored the theme of a central character learning to accept his sexuality after years of self-repression, but Esteros stands out for its uncommon restraint and sensitivity.

The story revolves around childhood friends Matias who spend their summers enjoying typical boyhood pursuits on the farm owned by Jeronimo’s family. Their relationship begins to take on a new, physical dimension during their adolescence, but is cut short when Matias’ father accepts a new job in Brazil and moves the family away.

Cut to 10 years later when the adult Matias, now an uptight scientist, returns to the area for a visit with his girlfriend Rochi. He reunites with his old friend, whose openly gay, bohemian lifestyle stands in marked contrast to that of Matias. It soon becomes clear that the two men are still attracted to each other, and when they decide to spend a few days in the house where they had spent idyllic summers, sparks inevitably fly.

In story and characterisations, Esteros (Spanish for “tidelands”) doesn’t really give us anything we haven’t seen before. But despite its recycled tropes, the film works beautifully thanks to its assured direction and economical, non-melodramatic script. The performers playing the younger and older versions of the main characters are excellent, with the latter heating up the screen in their inevitable torrid love scene. And the cinematography beautifully captures the glories of the Argentinian countryside, making the film a visual stunner.