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
Hôtel Gaytheringis 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.
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.
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”.
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 (budgysmuggler) for Olympic competitive swimmers. This started the Budgy Smuggler brand along with AussieBum down in Australia.
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.
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
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.