Posts by Official Mister

Official MISTER
February 4, 2014
Category: Gay Culture

If you’re a football fanatic (or just like watching beefy athletes in Spandex pat each other on the butt), chances are things got a little rowdy in your living room as you watched the Seattle Seahawks take on the Denver Broncos in this year’s Super Bowl. But no matter how raucous the hooting and hollering got over bad calls, botched plays, and, of course, those crazy commercials, it still paled in comparison to the uproar that was heard from football fans back in 1975, when retired gridiron great David Kopay told a newspaper reporter something no other professional athlete had ever said before: “I’m gay.”

The pigskin hit the fan. Back then, the idea that a macho, muscled football hero who was named an All-American running back and had played for five NFL teams, including Vince Lombardi’s legendary Washington Redskins lineup, was unthinkable. Outraged fans flooded the newspaper that published the story with hate mail, Kopay’s post-retirement football opportunities evaporated overnight, and his former coaches and teammates all but abandoned him.

But the deafening reaction to Kopay’s historic coming-out confession was about to get even louder. In 1975, he published his groundbreaking autobiography, The David Kopay Story: An Extraordinary Self-Revelation, a warts-and-all account of an athlete...

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Official MISTER
January 16, 2014
Category: Gay Culture
Gay Founding Fathers: Alan Turing

From email to Amazon to XTube to reading the blog you're on right now, computers have become so essential to our day-to-day that it’s rather mind-boggling to imagine life without them. So, who exactly do we have to thank for this game-changing gadget? Bill Gates? Good guess. Steve Jobs? Think again. The actual man credited with inventing this game-changing gadget is the original tech titan of the 20th century (and this week’s Gay Founding Father), British mathematician Alan Turing.

Born in London in 1912, Turing’s early years appeared to follow the standard narrative of the classic overachiever—academically driven, introverted (a chronic stuttering condition often left him feeling self-conscious), head constantly buried in a book. But by the time he became a teenager, it was clear this smartypants was something special. His remarkable ability for picking up and deciphering advanced mathematical and scientific concepts (even without ever having formally studied them) attracted attention, and upon graduation, he enrolled at the prestigious King’s College at Cambridge University, where he gained first-class honors in mathematics.

His intellectual acuity in top form, Turin’s reputation for being an original thinker soon solidified with the release of a number of high-profile papers, including a 1935 dissertation on the central limit theorem that earned him a fellowship at King’s (practically unheard of for...

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Official MISTER
December 2, 2013
Category: Health
Introducing Hula: Making STI Testing Easier

Yesterday was World AIDS Day and, in commemoration, we’re announcing a partnership with Hula, a free mobile app (available only in the U.S., for now) that can help you take control of your sexual health and keep HIV prevention and awareness going strong all year round.

So what’s Hula? In our opinion, it’s a game changer when it comes to taking the hassle and stress out of STI testing. If you’ve been tested in the past, you know it can be a tedious experience at best and a terrifying one at worst. Hula makes the whole thing a lot less painful by giving you the information you need to decide which centers and services are right for you. Want to know which testing centers receive the best ratings and reviews from actual patients? Or which have the most up-to-date testing methods? Hula gives you all this info and more, right at your fingertips. Users can also choose to have their results sent straight to their phone, which not only saves you time but also provides you with a convenient digital record of your results that you can share with others.

We know that there are many places online to find testing locations, but we think the ease with you can do it on Hula makes a difference. With a recent study showing that as many as 1 in 10 guys using a gay app has never had an HIV test, new ways to access to this information is still really important.

Ready to check it out? Signup or download the app...

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Official MISTER
November 29, 2013
Category: Gay Culture

Welcome to "Gay Founding Fathers," an exclusive series that goes back—sometimes way back—through queer culture to introduce you to gay men who made a difference, made history, made us swoon, and just plain made us be proud to be who we are.

Showbiz is a notoriously tough game for actors, especially if they’re not willing to play by the rules. Image is everything, and one misstep can turn even the Hollywood royalty into box-office poison faster than you can scream, “Cut!” But this week’s entry in our Gay Founding Father series, actor turned interior designer Billy Haines, managed to buck that trend with a career second act that was even more successful—and honest—than his first.

Born on Jan. 2, 1900 in Staunton, Virginia, Haines became fascinated with movies as a child and spent a great deal of time watching silent films at the local theater. Recognizing his homosexuality at an early age, he ran away from home with a boyfriend to the bigger city of Hopewell, where the two opened up a dance hall. But Haines knew there was more out there waiting for him, so like thousands of other young men with big dreams, he moved to New York City, working odd jobs, modeling, and becoming a presence in Greenwich Village’s burgeoning gay community.

He soon struck pay dirt. Spotted by a talent scout, who was taken by the 20-year-old’s handsome good looks and silver screen appeal, Haines signed a $40-a-week contract with mega movie producer Samuel Goldwyn. His career started small with a string of small supporting roles in less-than-memorable films, but...

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Official MISTER
August 26, 2013
Category: Site News
SXSW MISTER PanelPicker Vote

We’re way into gay gamers, cinema-going studs, music-listening muscle boys, and digital-minded dudes, which is why we can’t wait for next year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival, going down next March 7-16, deep in the heart of Austin, Texas—it’s easily the biggest and best music and tech event of its kind!

MISTER was proud to be part of last year’s festivities with a MISTER Meetup at Oilcan Harry's, and we’re hoping to be there again in 2014 with a very special interactive panel event we’ve cooked up featuring MISTER CEO Carl Sandler and a very special diva comedian (think Margaret Cho or Chelsea Handler), who will go head to head on all kinds of funny, sexy, and irreverent topics. Read all about it, here.

Sound like a good time? Give it a thumbs-up on SXSW’s official Panelpicker website! Your vote will tell event organizers that you want MISTER to be part of this incredible week-long festival and help us introduce more great guys (and hopefully more than a few Texas cowboys) to MISTER.

Casting your vote is easy:

1. Click here and sign up for a free SXSW Panelpicker account through September 6.
2. Check your e-mail to confirm your registration.
3. Click on the MISTER Panelpicker page.
4. Click the thumbs-up icon on the left side of the page.

Better yet, saddle up and...

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Official MISTER
July 17, 2013
Category: Entertainment

The dog days of summer are upon us, and for us, there’s no place better to cool off than at the local multiplex. But it’s not just an extra-large tub of popcorn and a box of Junior Mints we’ll be enjoying with the lights down low and the AC pumping. From furry funnymen, bearded bad boys, rough-and-tumble renegades, and a comic book character whose claws we’d gladly sink our flesh into, there’s plenty of daddy eye candy to savor as well! Here’s our list of the top five Hollywood hunks we can’t wait to spend some quality time in the dark with over the next few weeks. Let’s start the show:

1. Hugh Jackman in “The Wolverine”

MR. Jackman if you’re nasty! Everyone’s favorite X-Man once again bares his adamantium claws (but more importantly, his chiseled, hairy chest) in this action-packed sequel to his blockbuster 2009 spinoff. This time around, Wolverine says konichiwa to the island of Japan, where he encounters an enemy from his past that will impact his future. No matter how you slice it, this one’s a must-see. Opens July 27.

2. Bruce Willis in "Red 2"

OK, so the last "Die Hard" installment didn't exactly have us screaming "Yippee-ki-ya!" but we're ready let MR. Willis make it up to us with this high-octane action-comedy sequel to the sleeper...

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Official MISTER
June 14, 2013
Category: Gay Culture

MR. Yigit Pura is this week's Real Man We Admire.

We're all about a nice set of "cakes," but what really makes us melt quicker than tempered chocolate is a guy who can bake one from scratch. It's a recipe that this week's Real Man We Admire, Yigit Pura, has down pat. Not only is this openly gay pastry chef one delicious dish, he's also making some pretty sweet moves when it comes to supporting the LGBT community.

Reality-TV fans no doubt recognize this baking beauty as the winner of the first season of Bravo’s “Top Chef: Just Desserts,” where he showcased his expertise in the kitchen and his ability to create all sorts of mouth-watering morsels with just seconds to spare. It’s a talent that took shape while growing up in Ankara, Turkey, and later honed at some of the country’s finest restaurants, including Le Cirque 2000, Daniel, and the Four Seasons Hotel. Since taking that culinary crown, he's gone on to become one of his industry’s most sought-after chefs and personalities, opening the hugely successful Tout Sweet Pâtisserie in San Francisco’s bustling Union Square neighborhood and penning his first-ever cookbook, Sweet Alchemy, which will hit bookstore shelves later this year.

Pretty impressive stuff for someone who’s just 32 years old, but it’s Pura's commitment to the community that’s truly the icing on the cake. Over the years, he's worked to promote a number...

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Official MISTER
June 7, 2013
Category: Gay Culture

MR. Scott Norton is this week's Real Man We Admire.

It’s not just because his kisses make headlines and his ball-handling skills snatch trophies that we want to roll with this week’s Real Man We Admire, Scott Norton. It’s also because this pro bowling champion is using his popularity to get people to switch lanes when it comes to thinking about equality.

The now 31-year-old was just 18 when he burst on to the bowling scene by winning a string of amateur titles, including becoming the youngest person ever to take the Adult National Amateur Championship. But that was just the first strike in his long list of accomplishments. In 2011, inspired by the coming out of Phoenix Suns President and CEO Rick Welts, Norton did so as well, becoming the first openly gay player in his sport.

"It is extremely important for me to come out to show other gay athletes, both current and future, that it is important to come out to show that we are just like everyone else,” he wrote, in an article published by the Professional Bowlers Association. “Being gay doesn’t define who I am as a person or as a professional athlete…it's...

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Official MISTER
May 30, 2013
Category: Gay Culture

MR. Denis O'Hare is this week's Real Man We Admire.

As excited as we are for the season premiere of “True Blood” on June 16, we can’t help but be a little disappointed that one of our favorite things about watching the show will be missing: getting glamoured through our TV set by this week’s Real Man We Admire, Denis O’Hare.

As the 2,800-year-old villainous (and totally gay) Vampire King of Mississippi Russell Edgington, the celebrated actor (himself openly gay) constantly raised the dramatic stakes on the hit HBO drama—that is until he was stabbed right through the heart with one during last season’s nail-biter finale.

No worries, though. While you might not be seeing him in Bon Temps anymore, rest assured O’Hare will be biting into more great roles very soon. After all, the 51-year-old is one of Hollywood’s most respected character actors and a model for other out and proud performers looking to avoid being typecast. Throughout his career, he’s played both straight and gay roles in a slew of popular movies (“Milk,” “The Proposal”), TV series (“American Horror Story,” “The Good Wife”), and Broadway shows (he won a Tony Award in 2003 for portraying a baseball-loving gay business manager in the critically acclaimed play “Take Me Out”).

“Well, it’s certainly home territory,” he told Out magazine about his playing gay characters. “You can kind of...

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Official MISTER
May 24, 2013
Category: Gay Culture

MR. Anton Krasovsky is this week's Real Man We Admire.

What happens when the person reporting the news becomes the headline himself? Ask Anton Krasovsky, this week’s Real Man We Admire. The Russian political journalist and television personality shocked audiences earlier this year when he came out live on air, risking his career (and, arguably, his life) in the process.

In a scene straight out of the classic film “Network,” the 39-year-old former head of Russia’s government-sponsored Kontr TV network, ended his broadcast by saying, “I’m gay, and I’m just the same person as you, my dear audience, as president Putin, as prime minister Medvedev, and deputies of our Duma.” He was fired the next day.

Krasovsky’s surprise statement was brave by any standard, but even more so when you consider Russia’s notoriously oppressive stance on homosexuality. While being gay is not technically illegal, the government recently passed a series of laws against distributing “homosexual propaganda,” enacted a ban on adoptions by same-sex couples, and barred gay pride parades from ever taking place in Moscow well into the next century. Anti-gay violence, including murder, also appears to be on the rise.

So what made Krasovsky put it all on the line? Much like fictional newsman Howard Beale, he was...

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