Aydian Dowling May Be First Transgender Cover Model for Men’s Health

I think it’s pretty obvious that we’re big Men’s Health fans here, and this news just reminds me why! Pretty much everywhere that I’ve visited online in the past few hours has been celebrating the fact that trans activist, Aydian Dowling, is, so far, the front runner – by a landslide – in the Men’s Health Ultimate Guy Search. If he wins, he will make history as the first transgender individual to ever make the cover.

Men’s Health recently had Shaun T on their cover, and I commended them for refusing to focus on his sexual orientation for what was really supposed to be an article on his physique and fitness regimen. With Aydian, I’m even more thrilled because it also means that gender identity is no more a deterrent to them than sexual orientation.

Aydian has already made national headlines when he recreated Adam Levine’s nearly-naked photo above, and he is well paced to do the same again.

It was only yesterday morning that I was thinking that, with transgender rights and issues becoming more apparent, it’s unfair that we don’t see enough FTM trans individuals getting focus. Laverne Cox has done amazingly in portraying a positive image of the trans community; we also have Gigi Gorgeous, who has a fiercely loyal fanbase (myself included); Jeffrey Tambor has received rave reviews for his role in Transparent; and even Bruce Jenner is making headlines with his alleged transition (though the fuss for this one is arguably more sensationalism than actual support). Either way, MTF transitioning seems to be the focal point of trans identity in the eyes of the mainstream media, yet it is literally only half of the community. Aydian Dowling is a positively gorgeous man, and he has a great body, so that alone really should warrant his feature in the magazine. However, his appearance would do so much more than that, and it would be great representation to the trans community as a whole, with particular meaning to FTM transgender individuals.

This makes me super happy!

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Pics via Aydian Dowling Instagram

Michiel Huisman Does Interview Magazine

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It’s for reasons like this that I love Interview MagazineMichiel Huismanwho has shot to notoriety thanks to his role as Daario Naharis on Game of Thronesis featured in the magazine, and he discusses his experience on Thrones, as well as his role in the upcoming Blake Lively-starring film, The Age of AdalineLet me just say that whether or not this movie does well, or is even well-executed, I am dying to see it! It’s very Benjamin Button/Dorian Gray and I need it in my life! Moving on…

In the interview, Michiel talked about what drew him to The Age of Adaline:

When I read the script, I was a little bit swept away, captivated by the sense of this young woman traveling through time. Right away, I could kind of see how beautiful that would be: to see this person through all these different decades. On top of that, one of the things that I was looking forward to was that he is this perfect single guy, right? He’s in San Francisco. He’s made a fortune. He’s now just a philanthropist. He’s a little bit too good to be true. So I thought it would be fun to try to undercut that.

He’s very persistent and seductive. What would you say is the key to on-screen seduction?

HUISMAN: [laughs] Um, I wouldn’t know. I guess look at the girl and breathe. It’s made very easy by such an amazing actress as Blake. So maybe that’s the secret to on-screen seduction: Blake Lively, in this case.

I like that he felt such great chemistry with Blake. I know that very many people get on her case about her being as interesting as a bowl of tepid porridge, no milk or sugar added (I’m paraphrasing), but I actually quite like Blake Lively. She seems… well, maybe not down-to-earth (see: Preserve) but nice enough and endearing.

Michiel goes on to describe that scene (warning: NSFW) in Game of Thrones, which the magazine labelled “the male version of #BreaktheInternet. On a serious note, though, people, can we please stop using this moronic phrase? It was nothing but a stupid (albeit successful) attempt to gain lots of views of Kim Kardashian’s naked behind, which would have garnered all those views anyway because, well, it was Kim Kardashian’s naked behind! One cannot break the internet any more than one can break a droplet of liquid water. The mere fact that you’re here reading this means that the internet is, in fact, still unbroken. Okay, mini rant over.

The internet kind of blew up. Twitter freaked out a bit. Very good reviews. Were you surprised by the reaction to it?

HUISMAN: [laughs] I did not anticipate that. I was happy about it. The funny thing is, whenever I’m working on something, I kind of forget there’s a lot of people watching. It makes it easier to be in the moment and to tell a story as well as possible. So when it did air, I wasn’t really prepared for such a strong response. But I’m happy people responded well. It would have been awful if it would have been the other way.

#BreaktheInternet usage aside, I can attest to the fact that people have been obsessed with that scene since it came out. I wrote a post about it shortly after it aired, and it has gotten thousands and thousands of views. In fact, I’d be willing to bet that, at any given day that you’re reading this post right here, if you look to the left of the screen, you’ll most likely see it as one of the top posts of the day.

The full interview is well worth the read, and Michiel comes off as just lovely in it. I, for one, would not mind seeing more of him… well, even more than we already have (NSFW).

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Darren Criss Is Hedwig

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Darren Criss is a beautiful man! I mean, straight up boner-inducing beautiful! Remember that interview with Tyler Oakley, where he was sporting the scruff and throwing around the f-word? Hello!

Well, he is trading in that appearance for another, as he takes on the iconic role of Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, previously played by Neil Patrick Harris, Michael C Hall, and the play’s creator, John Cameron Mitchell. Huh, I think Darren Criss needs to come up with a middle name if he truly wants to fit in with this lot of predecessors.

Quite a few people are digging this look of Darren… I am not one of them. Strangely enough though, the look never bothered me on anyone else who played the character. I think I’m just finding it difficult to replace my Blaine image with this one. That said, I think that Darren is an amazing actor and his voice is a musical aphrodisiac, so I have no doubt that he will do this role justice.

Beware the Dangers of This Photo

A Brazilian man named Nelson Felippe, uploaded this photo to his Facebook page, warning us all of the dangers of this photo. The post has gone viral and, after reading Nelson’s strong stance on the matter, I think you’ll understand why. Here’s the original post, translated to English:

I am not prejudiced, I think everyone does what they want in their life. But I find it absurd to witness a scene like this.

What you do yourself is your problem, but what you do in public concerns me, yes. And I refuse to see a scene like that and consider it normal.

I do not wish evil on anyone, but humanity should be preserved. Challenging social conventions, like this, can be dangerous. If there is an accident, or worse, if someone dies, who will be blamed? Me?

The worst part of all is the example it sets for the children.

What will go on in the head of a child who sees this scene every day? Kids will think that it is normal to wait for the subway standing top of the yellow strip.

So, do not behave like that guy over there. Follow the example of the girls.

Wait for the subway before the yellow strip, and only approach the track after the subway is stopped and the doors are open.

How awesome was that?! Naturally, pretty much everyone thought that he was going after the two females embracing and, several people who didn’t read all the way to the end even ripped into him. I think it’s awesome the way that Nelson was able to point out how stupid it is to think that same-sex affection could ever be dangerous, without actually saying it. I also think that it’s sad that we live in a world where we’ve been bombarded with these same inane arguments so many times that we all thought that the post was going to be homophobic until we got to the end.

Nelson’s post is amazing because, not only does it seek to show that there are far more pressing concerns than two females holding each other, it helps us laugh at an awful and hateful mentality that isn’t always so easy to laugh at.

Let’s Take A Moment to Appreciate Luke Evans’ Sexiness

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Luke Evans first really came into my radar when I first saw Immortals, which was truly a terrible movie. It was incredibly badly written, and there was nothing original about it. From beginning to end, I knew what was going to happen because it was pretty much a carbon copy of Clash of the Titans and The Scorpion King. I believe the creators of the movie knew this, and tried to redeem themselves by featuring as many good-looking guys as they could half-naked, some of whom included Henry Cavill, Kellan Lutz and Luke Evans. Since then, Luke has gone on to star in much better films, including The Hobbit  and Dracula: Untold.

There has been quite a bit of speculation and controversy surrounding Luke’s private life, due to the fact that he was openly and unashamedly gay at the beginning of his career and then, when things took off, his engagement to a woman was made public. He was often called out for it, but never spoke much about it. Recently enough, though, he gave an interview where he pretty much confirmed being gay without actually saying it, so that’s that. Really, though, I can’t be too hard on the guy. His decision to head back into the closet isn’t one that I’d advise anyone to do, but the reality is that we can understand why it was done. It isn’t great, and it isn’t fair, but it is, unfortunately, understandable. At the end of the day, what really matters is that you’re happy with yourself, and proud of the decisions that you make.

This week, Luke Evans is featured as our sexiness appreciation specimen, and I invite you to appreciate all the sexiness, clothed and otherwise (so NSFW alert)  after the jump

Game of Thrones Season 5 Episode 1 “The Wars to Come”: My Unsolicited Review

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After far too long, it’s back, people! Game of Thrones is back! Let’s just jump right into it.

Fresh off the murder of her father, we find Cersei grief-stricken and in a mood even fouler than usual. The episode starts off with a flashback of her – the very first in the show’s history – as a child, visiting a supposed witch who lived in the woods on Lannister lands. At Cersei’s instructions (she was a demanding bitch even as a child), this witch took a sip of Cersei’s blood in order to tell her her future. According to this witch, although Cersei would never be a princess, she would be Queen… at least, for a time, until someone younger and prettier came along to take her crown away. Cersei was also told that, although her husband would father twenty children, Cersei herself would only have three. None of this made any sense to her as a child but, now, Cersei is seeing all too clearly the truth in these prophecies. In present day, she leaves all the mourners of her father outside, while she goes in to see him alone, finding Jaime standing guard over the body. She wastes no time in bringing it to his attention that it was Tyrion who was responsible for the murder, accusing Jaime of unwittingly aiding in Tywin’s death.

Show me the rest of the review and the GIFs, dammit!

Lupita Nyong’o Is The New Face Of Beauty

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When I first read this title given to Lupita Nyong’o by the new issue of Harper’s Bazaar, I admit that I side-eyed it for a while? After a while, though, I realized that I was just reading into it the wrong way. I was taking “the new face of beauty” to mean that Lupita wasn’t beautiful in the conventional sense of the word. To some extent, that is true, just not in a bad way. For so long, it’s almost as if we’ve been programmed to accept that beautiful women were those with long blond hair and piercing blue eyes. However, this is not the only archetype of beauty and, quite frankly, not everyone’s highest standard of beauty, either. Blond hair and blue eyes are beautiful, indeed. It doesn’t mean that only those who have it should be considered beautiful and I think that that’s what this title is trying to dispel.

Lupita Nyong’o is gorgeous. Truly, it is breathtaking how gorgeous she is. More than that, though, she has proven time and again that she is graceful, intelligent and gracious – three qualities that, if you ask me, are far more valuable than any outward beauty. I think, also, that the media has done a good job of portraying all those qualities – though, understandably, they have focused more on her physical beauty.

Last year, I read an article in which the writer claimed that the media’s attention towards Lupita was more fetishism than it was actual admiration and, to that writer, I say, “Have a seat.” I do admit that the frenzy surrounding Lupita Nyong’o last year did almost border on obsession, but I don’t think it was because they were fetishizing her. I think it had more to do with the fact that they were just so enthralled at the idea that Hollywood and the general population for the most part were so aggressively embracing someone who didn’t fit the established mold of Hollywood beauty, and they ran wild with it. I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing, though. It gave Lupita a well-deserved ego boost, as well as showing the countless number of people out there – especially dark-skinned black individuals – that their beauty is just as valid as the blue-eyed blonds, And, really… fetishism?! As long as the attention shown to someone is positive and respectful, does it matter if it’s different?

The Harper’s Bazaar article is a good read, and Lupita, of course, comes off as endearing as always as she discusses her shocking catapult into stardom. It’s particularly great because she neither comes off as an entitled diva who thinks that they’ve worked so hard that they deserve the attention, nor does she present herself as a hipster poser who is so over the media attention and just wants to work on her “craft”. She sounds just like any normal person would – excited and a little terrified, just trying not to be overwhelmed by it all… and I love her more for it!

A few more pictures are here

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… because random is awesome!

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