I’d rather go blind

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…than to see you walk away. We’re back :) And what better way to celebrate than with Mr Ronan Parke? I’ll have a detailed post about why we were gone and how we’ll try to avoid doing it again in the future once and for all later, for now let’s just enjoy this…

Troye Sivan goes Wild

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Released from the new EP under the same name, Wild comes following a hugely successful YouTube career and his TRXYE EP last year, gaining almost three million Twitter followers and over three and a half million YouTube subscribers in the process.

The electro-pop track follows a friendship between a younger Troye and what appears to be his best friend. As the story progresses, we jump between the friendship and the current Troye clinging onto this childhood boyfriend before ending as the duo kiss.

Wild is the first of three in his Blue Neighbourhood series. Fingers crossed we see more of the adorable couple in part two and three.

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Tryoe a few years ago

Talking to Popjustice, Troye revealed that he’d like to work with Years & Years’ Olly Alexander: “I think we’d have to write something new. A nice pop ballad would be really good. A GAY BALLAD. There’s not many romantic male-on-male duets.”

via GayTimes

Teenage Dance

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Andrew, who’s playing the main character, submitted this and wrote: “Here’s a short film I acted in called Teenage Dance about one teen’s decision whether to attend their school’s dance as they appear or want to appear in their dreams.

The short film was featured on CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) this past July [2014], and at LGBTQ film fests in Toronto, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Kingston, and Albuquerque (where it screened in a shorts series with your recently-posted film Hey Kowalski!). It’s also on a youth issues compilation DVD curated by the International Film Festival Rotterdam and used for sensitivity training by a consulting firm in Scotland.

I was cast because as a genderqueer person, the director felt I understood this character’s emotional background and journey.
Hope your fans enjoy it! “

The Boxers that hide your Boner

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Bloxers solve a peculiar problem—that of the public erection. Not ill-considered municipal sculptures, but something equally embarrassing: the untimely engorgement of the male member. Bloxers boxer shorts are sewn with a special interior panel that deflects “the dreaded public boner” down and to the side, thus hiding it from view.

The folks behind Bloxers call this panel the “Deflector Shield,” and buyers can pick a model with the shield positioned on the left or the right, depending on to which side the gentleman dresses. The shorts are cotton, and the shield is a nylon/elastane mix.

Is this a joke? No. I asked the appropriately-named Chris Woods, one of the people behind Bloxers, whether they were real. He sent me a picture of a prototype, which looks just real enough, including the shield (Chris asked us not to publish the photo, as it doesn’t show the finished design).

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So who will actually buy these things? “From the interest we have gotten, the demographic that has been most enthusiastic about our product has definitely been teenage boys,” says Woods No surprises there. Teenage boyhood provides just the right mix of social awkwardness and unpredictable tumescence to make Bloxers an essential purchase.

“Most of our buyers however, havecome from an older demographic mainly buying Bloxers as a funny gag gift for friends, not necessarily to solve a major problem they themselves face,” says Woods.

It’s easy to laugh, but it’s also possible that many people will be—if you’ll pardon the deliberate pun—cock-a-hoop with the Bloxers. And Bloxers certainly aren’t the first functional garment that saves embarrassment or changes the way we show our bodies to the world.

The list is pretty long. Padded training bras for young girls might be the closest-related to Bloxers, but we also have all manner of girdles and pressure garments to hide and reshape fat, or more functional items like Always Discreet for women, pads and underwear which absorb urine leaks.

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The one thing that all of these articles have in common is that we don’t like to talk about them. From leak-stoppers through belly-flatteners to Bloxers, we might want their effects, but we don’t want anyone to know about them.

This shame, Woods believes, is what’s behind his Indiegogo campaign’s poor sales (currently at $2,000 of the $20,000 goal). “The teenage boy demographic tends not to buy things themselves but instead they ask their parents to do so for them. Bloxers aren’t exactly something a teenage boy would be comfortable asking their parents to buy.”

To combat poor sales, Woods is trying to get Bloxers stocked in “stores that sell funny gifts.” And this, ironically, may end up making them more available to the teens that need them. Like old folks that buy trekking poles from sports stores instead of walking sticks from, uh, old-people stores, it’ll be a lot less embarrassing for teens to order Bloxers from Amazon than to ask their mom to buy a pair from Indiegogo.

via Fast Company

Kite

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“Sometimes you should fight for what you love and keep on trying to make things work and never stop chasing it down but once that’s over and you’ve reached your limit or realized the expiration date already hit, you should let it go. Life works better that way.”

Cobra Club: A Dick Pic Game

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dickpicsIf you’re into weird video games about sex that carry some form of social critique within, you might have heard of indie developer Robert Yang. Creator of games as Succulent (where you suck a phallic object while travelling through dimensions) and Stick Shift (about jerking off a gay car), Yang is the master of making games that while odd & sexual, carry an interesting and intellectual message.

Over the weekend, Yang released his newest free game, Cobra Club. So, what do you do in Cobra Club? You take a whole bunch of interactive dick pics, send them to people on a fake social media program and get sent other dicks to look at.

Set your dick length, level of erection, girth, ball size, ball bias, pose, lighting, filters, rotation, skin tone and zoom. Get that perfect dick pic and send it to every hot guy who wants it. Add some sparkle, turn off the safety limiters, see dicks as they were always meant to be seen.

While it may on the surface appear to be just a silly experience, Cobra Club has a real level of depth and social commentary hidden within it. You’ll have to dive quite far down the dick photography rabbit hole to find it, but the game makes some really interesting points about body image and online data security.

The photo above is there just for illustration and has nothing to do with the game ;) If you want to see actual screenshots check out this in-depth review here.

Perfect Obedience

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Mexican film Obediencia Perfecta (Perfect Obedience) written and directed by Luis Urquiza is a biopic about disgraced priest Marcial Maciel – who used drugs, abused boys, and fathered numerous children, who he also allegedly abused. The movie is creating shockwaves in mainly Catholic Mexico.

After a lifetime surrounded by persistent rumours, in 1997 a group of men publically accused Maciel of sexually abusing them during the 40s and 50s and lodged a formal complaint at the Vatican in 1998. A year later, they were told that the case had been shelved on orders from Pope John Paul II.

Juan Manuel Bernal, who acted in the film, said: “I don’t think that we are looking for scandal or ridicule. We are simply trying to tell a story, to go deep into the subconscious mind of this character, which I think could be interesting for the spectator. Because effectively, we believe that all the world knows the story and most likely somebody read an account of it but has forgotten it. But the awful thing is that it keeps on happening and because of this, I think the film is important.”

In 2006, a year after the death of John-Paul II, a Vatican investigation concluded that the accusations of abuse were true and Pope Benedict ordered Maciel to retire to a life of prayer and penitence. Maciel died two years later at the ripe old age of 88.

Perfect Obedience (Original Title: Obediencia Perfecta)
Release: 2014, Mexico| IMDb | Updates

Gaming in Color

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“Diversity in games is a huge problem that the industry knows about, and is going to have to do something about,” says game developer Naomi Clark in the trailer for Gaming in Color, a documentary film about queer and genderqueer players and creators in the world of video games.

Created by Midboss, the company behind the GaymerX convention, the film deals with the harassment faced by LGBT gamers, the importance of representing them within games themselves, and the shifts already taking place within gaming and game development communities. “There are a lot of gamer and game designers who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or genderqueer who are really seeking to reinvent games,” says Clark.

The film is now available through on a plethora of sources: iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Playstation, Xbox and more.

via Boing Boing