RAW! UNCUT! VIDEO! chronicles the rise and fall of homegrown gay porn studio Palm Drive Video, and explores how a devoted couple helped battle a devastating health crisis by promoting kinky sex.
Legendary leatherman Jack Fritscher met Mark Hemry in 1979 at Harvey Milk’s birthday party – and the two fell head over heels in love. When the AIDS epidemic swept through San Francisco, the couple left the city to begin a new venture: turning a rural ranch in Sonoma County into a safe-sex porn studio that offered viewers new sexual possibilities in an age of plague. Casting rugged non-professional models to explore their unique erotic fantasies onscreen, the studio explored a wild array of queer kinks – and helped champion sex-positivity in the porn industry.
Sneak Preview at Wicked Queer — April 8-18
We are so excited to announce that “Raw! Uncut! Video!” will be having a SNEAK PREVIEW at @wickedqueer Boston LGBT Film Festival!!! The festival’s 37th edition is virtual – and the film will be available for streaming anywhere in the U.S. from April 8-18, 2021.
WOW Report has named “Raw! Uncut! Video!” as one of the top 21 movies to see in 2021.
„Raw! Uncut! Video!“ Tells the Story of Early Kink and Fetish
Wohler Film’s statement regarding the homophobic removal of Raw! Uncut! Video! from social media site Instagram.
Born in Big Sur, California, Ryan White is a documentary filmmaker whose award-winning films have screened around the world. He spent four years in Hanoi, Vietnam working as Film Advisor for the World Wildlife Fund’s Greater Mekong Program, then relocated to Bangkok, Thailand, where he produced and directed two documentary features, Camp Unity (2010) and Mondo Banana (2013). His short film Cruising Elsewhere (2016) was awarded Best Short Film at the Tampa Bay Gay & Lesbian Film Festival and Best Documentary Short at CineKink NYC. Other documentary credits include co-directing Dirt McComber: Last of the Mohicans (2018), producing The Organic Life (2013) and associate producing Pray Away (2020) and Out Run (2016). Ryan also lectures in the Department of Communication at California State University, East Bay and the Cinematic Arts & Technology Department at California State University, Monterey Bay.
Alex Clausen is an artist that lives and works in Guerneville, California. Clausen earned a bachelors’ degree in Art and Physics from University of California, Davis, and a graduate degree from the California College of the Arts. He was awarded a Graduate Fellowship at the Headlands Center for the Arts for the 2006-2007 year. Clausen has exhibited work at Rena Bransten Gallery, the San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art, the Contemporary Art Museum in Houston, Kala Art Institute, the Exploratorium and is part of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco collection.
Todd Verow attended the Rhode Island School of Design and the AFI Conservatory. He made short experimental films and worked as a cinematographer before making his feature film debut with Frisk in 1996 (Sundance, Berlin & Toronto). Starting his own production company Bangor Films, Todd has directed over twenty-five features and numerous shorts, establishing himself as the most prolific auteur emeritus of the New Queer Cinema.
Charles Lum, aka clublum, received his MFA in Photography from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago in 2004, after 25 years scouting and managing locations for TV commercials and classic feature films like Wall Street, Fatal Attraction and Sid & Nancy. His short videos have screened internationally in museum, art and film venues.
Based in Toronto, Paul Lee has produced, co-produced, and associate-produced over 50 films – more than half of which have been award-winning LGBTQ films. LGBTQ productions include San Francisco filmmaker Jenni Olson’s Berlin-premiered Blue Diary and Sundance-premiered The Joy of Life, and the Berlin-premiered Below the Belt by Toronto filmmakers Dominique Cardona and Laurie Colbert. Since 1991, Paul has organized, programmed, and curated film festivals in 25 countries around the world. His own films, Thick Lips Thin Lips (1994), These Shoes Weren’t Made for Walking (1995), and The Offering (1999) have screened at hundreds of film festivals and won numerous international awards.
These 14 photos tell a story of life post „don’t ask, don’t tell.“
Before „don’t ask, don’t tell“ was officially repealed for gay, lesbian, and bisexual military personnel in 2011, a photo of a male Marine in drag could have landed him in hot water. Today, we can celebrate the diversity of those brave enough to take up the call to serve in the military, while living the life most authentic to them.
Last November, photographer Devin Mitchell unveiled a photo series documenting the lives of service members. Since then, Mitchell has photographed even more veterans for The Veteran Vision Project. The images spotlight veterans, occasionally revealing the stark contrast between their lives in and out of uniform.
„One photo that really speaks to me the most is the picture depicting Joshua Zitting and his husband Patrick Lehmann,“ Mitchell Mic last November. „It reminds me of how unfair it is that this man can serve while enjoying all of this constitutional rights as an American, while other men and women similar to him cannot in other parts of the country, due in part to recent decisions such as the one made by circuit judge Jeffrey Sutton [who upheld same-sex marriage bans in Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee]. Judges like him are blind in my eyes. Maybe pictures like this will help him see better.“
Lesbian, gay, and bisexual military personnel had been serving our country for decades without receiving equal protection, while transgender troops are still prohibited from serving openly. While, as many speculate, marriage equality may be the law of the land come this June, there is still plenty of work to be done to truly accept and integrate all LGBT service members. Mitchell says he hopes this photo series will put a face to the LGBT people who tirelessly serve our country.
„As a gay man, I can relate to what is still the oppressive stigma of homosexuality. Legislation is just the beginning of a long sociological process to acceptance,“ Mitchell tells The Advocate. „The subjects featured in this project might be an example of such development in our communities. Images such as these would have been unprecedented before December 2010. Perhaps a century from now history students will look back and commemorate the turn of the tide.“
The Advocate exclusively obtained 14 more photos from Mitchell’s series that show LGBT military personnel after the dismantling of the „don’t ask, don’t tell“ policy.
Brutal! Vulgar! Dirty! Mae West and the gay comedy that shocked 1920s America
Mae West was taken to court for writing The Drag – a play about a closeted gay socialite that ended up banned. Polly Stenham, who’s directing a revival, celebrates the star who took a limo to jail
Why the fuss? Partly because West was a woman writing about sexuality and, in particular, gay male sexuality. The Drag, subtitled A Homosexual Comedy in Three Acts and written under the pseudonym Jane Mast, is about the cost of living with a secret life. Its hero is a closeted gay socialite, Rolly Kingsbury, who comes “from one of the finest families” and is trapped in a loveless marriage. Rolly’s father is a homophobic judge, his father-in-law a therapist who specialises in gay conversion. West herself had been a male impersonator early in her career, and the play culminates in an elaborate drag ball, with largely improvised dialogue and a jazz band on stage.
The Drag was inspired by her many gay friends. She knew their daily struggles to be open about their relationships, and to be accepted for who they were. When casting the play, she actively sought out gay actors. As a playwright she is compassionate, but also very funny. From performing in stage revues and burlesques, West had gained a reputation as a sex symbol and, as someone who was subjected to it herself, she had a particular understanding of the male gaze. This gave her an interesting angle when writing from a homosexual man’s point of view.
West’s casting of gay men was incendiary at a time when the actors’ union barred them from parts with lines. Likewise the manner in which she auditioned them: open casting calls at a gay bar in Greenwich Village. In her autobiography, she claimed to have “helped a lot of gay boys along” by casting them at a time when “producers never gave speaking parts to homosexuals”.
When it opened in Connecticut, The Drag was a success with audiences, although Variety called it “an inexpressibly brutal and vulgar attempt to capitalise on a dirty matter for profit”. West had hoped it would run on Broadway but it never made it. One Broadway producer said it was “the worst possible play I have ever heard of contemplating an invasion of New York” and that it “strikes at the heart of decency”.
West’s take was that audiences were “too childlike to face like grownups the problem of homosexuals”. The Drag was just too risque for the mainstream. West rewrote the play a year later as The Pleasure Man, sanitising it by making the lead character straight, but she still faced criticism for it being too explicit. Like Sex, The Pleasure Man eventually landed her in court.
The Drag deals with guilt, shame and families falling apart over secrets. As the director of a new revival at the National Theatre, I have been fascinated by its strong elements of farce – that’s quite a traditional form to explore such subversive content. It has an anarchic streak, too, which I’ve always liked and I hope there’s always one in my own plays, which have also been concerned with family dynamics.
The play feels very nonjudgmental: it just poses the situation. I’m constantly trying to remind myself how radical it was. West had a lot of status, she was a public woman, so I think it was very brave of her to put it on. Women today are still outnumbered in the arts. Back then, 90 years ago, she was a playwright in an extremely male-dominated profession. That’s radical in itself – but if you consider the kind of plays she wrote, she can be seen as an activist too. Outsiders always appeal to me and that’s what West was.
While The Drag is very much of its time, the play is certainly still relevant. I think it’s easy to forget, living in a liberal city like London and working in the arts, as I do, that it’s still tough for gay people around the world. Just look at the reports about Chechnya’s detention centres for gay men.
The Drag is about a very specific subsection of the LGBT community, with its focus on upper-middle-class, white, cisgendered men. In her autobiography, West talks about what compelled her to write it and her other plays that “brought down the howl of the too pious”. She describes feeling “a strong compulsion to put down a realistic drama of the tragic waste of a way of life that was spreading into modern society, at a time when any mention of it was met by ordinary people with a state of shocked horror”.
Things have undeniably moved on but, despite all this progress, we still haven’t fully attained equality in the UK. I find it patronising that gay marriage has only been a thing for a few years. It’s a human right to be able to get married. It’s so important to keep the Pride celebration going, keep it visible. I’m looking forward to the day when there will be married gay grandparents.
Black Gay (Raw) Sex
Marlon M. Bailey, 2016. „Black Gay (Raw) Sex“, No Tea, No Shade: New Writings in Black Queer Studies, E. Patrick Johnson
Marlon M. Bailey takes to task the epidemiological surveillance of unprotected sex among black gay men within HIV/AIDS prevention discourses and institutions. Drawing on interviews and analyses of black gay men’s profiles on gay sex websites, Bailey demonstrates how aims to prevent hiv transmission are undermined because they fail to encompass black gay male sexual pleasure and desire. Arguing for a move beyond a reductive causal relationship between sexual behavior and contagion that buttresses an always already pathologized and surveilled black queer sexuality, Bailey proposes a black queer theoretical framework as a way to reconceptualize prevention methods and discourse in health care. Given the struggles within structures of systemic racism, classism, and homophobia, black queer men, are always already “at risk”; unprotected sex is a risky behavior that at least provides them with a form of intimacy and affection that they do not otherwise receive.
11 Gay, German Movies From 1924-2004
German movies from the Weimer Republic, East Berlin, and the 21st Century.
Germany has been churning out gay hits for nearly a century. Here, 11 gay movies, from the dramatic to the comedic, from the absurd to the touching, from the Weimer Republic to unified Berlin, straight out of Germany.
1. Michael („Michael“), 1924: Based on Herman Bang’s 1902 novel, Mikaël, and directed by legendary silent movie filmmaker Carl Theodor Dreyer, this Weimer Republic-era picture, also called Mikaël, Chained: The Story of the Third Sex, ruffled a few feathers for its frank, sympathetic portrayal of a painter who falls for one of his male models, but mostly the critics were either too shy to discuss it or it went over their heads.
2. Die Büchse der Pandora („Pandora’s Box“), 1929: Actress Alice Roberts reportedly wasn’t keen on playing tuxedo-wearing lesbian Countess Augusta Geschwitz in this pre-talkie feature, but she did anyway, pulling off the role of a woman lusting after Louise Brooks’s Lulu, a woman on her way toward the end of her wits, and Jack the Ripper’s blade.
3. Mädchen in Uniform („Girls in Uniform“), 1931: While homosexuality was simply alluded to in the aforementioned flicks, it was on full display in Mädchen in Uniform, the tale of a boarding school girl who falls for her teacher. The movie, based on Christa Winsloe’s play Gestern und heute, was so influential that it was remade in 1958. It was such a big deal in the US when it came out that there was an immediate Broadway adaptation, and Irving Thalberg asked for more lesbian undertones to be added to the script for Queen Christina, starring Garbo.
4. Anders als du und Ich („Different From You and Me“), 1957: Not to be confused with the similarly gay 1919 movie Anders als die Andern („Different from the Others“), this mid-20th Century narrative revolves around rich kid Klaus’s affair with a lower-class peer named Manfred. Drama ensues. And drama also ensued when the picture came out — not only were conservatives displeased with the gay content, early gay activists were livid over an ending in which, spoiler alert, Klaus is „cured“ of his homosexuality. This clip shows Klaus mooning over his unrequited love. The entire movie, subtitles and all, is also available at YouTube.
5. Nicht der Homosexuelle ist pervers, sondern die Situation, in der er lebt („It Is Not The Homosexual Who Is Perverse, But The Society In Which He Lives“), 1971: Perhaps one of the most controversial gay features ever to come out of Germany, or anywhere else, this mouthful of a movie and its portrayal of gay men as shallow, fashion-obsessed, limp wristed weaklings created such a stir that the videotaped criticisms from gay activists constitute their own short. It’s called „Audience Response to It’s not the Homosexual…“
6. Faustrecht der Freiheit („Fox and His Friends“), 1975: Iconic New Cinema filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder directed, wrote, and starred in this story of a gay man who falls for a wealthy heir.
7. Taxi zum Klo („Taxi to the John“, or „Taxi to the Toilet“), 1981: Frank Ripploh’s semi-autobiographical drama about a prim and proper school teacher with a hardcore after-hours sex life was groundbreaking and sensational for its time, and indeed remains a cult classic (and one of the sexiest gay films according to director John Cameron Mitchell). There’s also a 1987 sequel called Taxi Nach Kairo.
8. Ein Virus kennt keine („A Virus knows No Morals“), 1986: Released in 1986, at the height of the AIDS crisis, this musical uses comedy to address a terrifying plague. In this clip, the nurses use song to stress condom use and safer sex.
9. Coming Out („Coming Out“), 1989: There’s no need for translation to understand Heiner Carow’s coming-of-age tale set in East Germany, which — fun fact! — premiered the very night the Berlin Wall collapsed.
10. Lola und Bilidikid (Lola and Billy The Kid), 1999: Writer/Director Kutluğ Ataman had hoped to film this story of a young man trying to reconcile his homosexuality with Islam in Turkey, the main character’s family’s homeland, but he couldn’t shore up enough support. Thus, filming was moved to Berlin, where the movie actually takes place.
11. Männer wie wir („Guys and Balls“), 2004: No, this flick — which literally translates to „Men Like Us“ — isn’t a camp remake of Guys and Dolls, though that would be spectacular. Instead, Sherry Hormann’s rom-com tackles homophobia in sports by casting Maximilian Brückner as Ecki, a closeted soccer player who comes back strong after being booted from his team for being gay.
How to Pick Up Gay Men
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Meeting gay guys is hard. First you have to determine if the guy you’re interested in is gay or straight. Then you have to approach him and strike up a conversation. And that’s assuming you have the confidence to walk up to an attractive stranger. Take some time to build up your confidence, and before you know it walking up to that cute guy at the bar won’t be a problem.
Bangkok’s Popular Gay Nightlife Spots
Bangkok’s gay nightlife is touted as a hub in Southeast Asia for good reason. The city has some of the best – be it bars, clubs, saunas, or inventive go-go boy shows – when it comes to catering to the LGBT crowd.
Bangkok’s gay scene is so active that you can party 7 nights a week and still find new places to discover. Our list of the best gay experiences in Bangkok is a great place to start, whether you want to dip a toe into the community or dive in headfirst. Prepare to be blown away by a variety of fun and decadent delights tailored to all the kings, queens, and everything in between in the Thai capital.
Tawan Bar is famed far and wide for its extensive selection of male hosts and dancers. Packed almost every night, this bar stages regular dance numbers and drag comedy onstage. Drink prices are steep but worth it considering there’s no admission fee. You can get to this gay bar by taking the BTS Skytrain to Sala Daeng Station – it’s less than 10 minutes away on foot.
Lage: 2/1-2 Soi Than Tawan, Suriya Wong, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand
Öffnungszeiten: Daily from 5 pm to 2 am (Sundays until 12 am)
The Babylon Bangkok
The Babylon Bangkok is a gay-friendly hotel in Sathorn that’s known for its fabulous spa facilities. There are 2 dry saunas, 2 steam rooms, and a communal Jacuzzi within the hotel. A firm favourite among locals and travellers, it also has plenty of facilities for a pleasant stay in Bangkok. You can find a well-equipped gym with professional trainers, swimming pool, and a souvenir shop.
Lage: 43 Soi Atthakan Prasit, Thung Maha Mek, Sathon, Bangkok 10120, Thailand
Chakran Sauna combines a lounge, gym, sauna and a restaurant with a sophisticated Mediterranean mood. Located on Soi Ari 4, the sauna is quite an extreme but popular gay hangout in Bangkok. It’s within a 5-minute walk of the Ari BTS Skytrain Station.
Lage: 32 Chakran Building, Ari Soi 4, Samsen Nai, Phaya Thai, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
Öffnungszeiten: Monday–Thursday from 3 pm to 12 am, Friday–Sunday from 2 pm to 12 am
G Bangkok is an after-hours gay dance club on Silom Soi 2, about 450 metres west of the Silom MRT Station. It has a large dancefloor, sexy house beats, big crowds, and a lot of eye candy. Admission is free, and the best time to be at this gay-friendly nightclub is around midnight, when a drag show takes place.
Lage: 59 Soi Si Lom 2/1, Suriya Wong, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand
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Picking up a gay man can be intimidating, but if you play it cool, act confident, and be yourself, you’ve definitely got this! Approach guys who interest you with a simple “Hello” or a smile to get a conversation started. After you’ve introduced yourself to a guy, make small talk to get to know him a bit. When you’ve met someone you like, be honest and tell him that you’re into him. If you’re unsure whether he likes you, see if he makes eye contact, which is a sign he’s into you. Once you feel confident he likes you, be direct and ask whether he wants to do something together, like dancing in a club or meeting for coffee. Don’t forget to ask for his phone number so you can stay in touch. For tips on how to follow up with a guy after you’ve got his number, read on!Did this summary help you?YesNo
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DJ Station is one of Bangkok’s busiest gay nightclubs. Located at the far end of Silom Soi 2, this 3-storey club kicks off each night with a series of lip-syncing divas before things get taken up a notch with shirtless male dancers taking to the stage. Indulge in cheap drinks and an excellent music selection to keep you dancing throughout the night.
Lage: 11 Silom 2/1, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand
Silom Soi 4 has a small concentration of chic restaurants, bars, karaoke joints, and award-winning pubs. One of Bangkok’s long-established gay nightlife spots, the overall atmosphere here is jovial and friendly. If you enjoy dramatic diva impersonations or drag fashion shows, stick around for lip-syncing performances that often take place right in the middle of the street.
Lage: Soi Silom 4, Suriya Wong, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand