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MY BIG GAY JEWISH CONVERSION with Simon Atkins

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When a nice Irish Catholic queer ‘boy’ falls in love with a nice English Jewish queer ‘boy’ he frets about whether if he should change Gods too. TV Presenter/Producer SIMON ATKINS decided to check it out see if there’s more to the issue than just undergoing an (extremely painful) adult circumsion. His very entertaining search takes him from liberal North London to ultra Conservative Orthodox Jerusalem via Israel’s gay hotspot Tel Aviv.

Now with his documentary being available streaming on Amazon Prime in the US, Atkins talks to QUEERGURU about what happened



Queerguru goes to Hotel Gaythering the gayest hotel in Miami Beach and never wants to leave

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Hôtel Gaythering is proud to be the gayest boutique hotel in Miami Beach.  Artist/owner Alex Guerra and his partner Stephan have combined their design aesthetic with a desire to create a contemporary queer space for more discerning gay travelers and locals alike.

There is such a sense of joie de vivre the moment you step through the door, so Queerguru sat down with Alex to talk about why the Gaythering is the place to be in SoBe.

P.S. This was filmed before COVID 19 BUT the Hotel itself is still open (with highly reduced rates) but the Bar and Sauna remain close in accordance with State/City requirements. 

That however has not stopped Alex has is running a whole calander of VIRTUaL EVENTS which you can find out about at https://www.instagram.com/gaythering/ and https://www.facebook.com/HotelGaythering/



SWIM : Making a Bigger Splash

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Until we can go back to the beach or sit by a pool, we can think about what swimwear we are going to wear when we can. So here is a fun brief queer guide on the history of men’s swimwear.

One piece bathing suits – When we first started to enter the water for fun and exercise in the early 1900s the one piece suit was worn. It was often made of wool and with nautical themes dominating the styles or prison stripes with button tops attached to long-john bottoms, not a bare chest in sight.

Two-piece suits started to be a trend for men in the mid 20th century still remains decency but an upgrade from the all in one. Robert Redford wore such a style playing Jay Gatsby in the 1974 film the  “Great Gatsby”.

Small trunks (as they were called) became all the rage after the first world war, fairly revealing and still worn today on may European beaches Burt Lancaster in the 1953 film  “From here to Eternity” romped in the sea in a pair of trunks.

Then along came Larger trunks in the late 20th century with a higher waistband and fuller in the leg leading to the board shorts of today, further developing into surfers shorts.

In the 1960’s revolutionary designer Rudi Gernreich showed unisex thong style swimsuits. You can still buy these today from the Tom of Finland store or on Ebay. This was the original thong that inspired the one worn by Sacha Baron Cohen as “Borat”.

In 1997 when Tom Ford was designing for Gucci he sent models down the runway in no back no sides swimwear. Again you can buy originals of these on  Ebay for in excess of $1,399 -$3,99.

Have to mention Speedos as the most famous brand world wide and also a commonly used word for the style.. The company started in 1914 but came to everyone’s attention when they made the small (budgy  smuggler) for Olympic competitive swimmers. This started the Budgy Smuggler brand along with AussieBum down in Australia.

Other famous film scenes with men in swimwear are Elvis Presley, Daniel Craig as James Bond and that famous scene with Jane Russell and the boys in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. So we can’t all wait to dive in.

 

GRAHAM FRASER Queerguru’s Culture, Fashion and Arts Correspondent was once half of the award winning FASHION DESIGNER duo WORKERS FOR FREEDOM. Years spent working in the luxury end of International fashion he now lives with his partner the artist RICHARD NOTT and their two Cavapoos Albert and Raf in a stunning renovated 1950’s house on the edge of the Sussex Downs with distant sea views.



Israeli Filmmaker EYTAN FOX talks about his new Romance

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Multi-award winning filmmaker Eytan Fox is often referred to as the ‘father of Israeli queer movies’ : think Yossi and JaggerYossi Bubble (Film).

He now has a wonderful brand new film …. his first one shot in English …. and starring John Benjamin Hickey and newcomer #NivNissim.  Queerguru tracked him down in Tel Aviv to talk with him about this new heart-warming romance that is perfect for  these times

You can read also Queerguru’s full review of Sublet at http://www.queerguru.com/sublet-a-story-of-re-discovering-love/



Rachel Mason talks about CIRCUS OF BOOKS: the story of her family’s iconic gay porn bookstore

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For her sophomore feature filmmaker RACHEL MASON turned her cameras on to her own parents to tell their unlikely tale of running the most successful Adult Book Store in West Hollywood. It was part a journey of discovery for her too as growing up with her 3 siblings in this nice middle class Jewish household, the source of her parents income was a closely guarded secret from everyone inside and outside of the  family.

Now her award-winning documentary CIRCUS OF BOOKS is about to have have its debut on Netflix, so Mason talks to Queerguru about her fascinating family story.   And what a really nice man Jeff Stryker is.



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