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May 10, 2013
Category: Gay Culture

MR. Gus Johnston is this week's Real Man We Admire.

It’s been nearly two weeks since pro basketball player Jason Collins came out of the closet and became the first active player on a major American sports team to be openly gay, and we’re still double dribbling with pride over his history-making revelation. The times, they are a changing! While Collins might be the most high-profile sports figure to go public about his sexuality, we can’t help but think about another sportsman whose coming out story might not have made international headlines but was no less inspiring: this week’s Real Man We Admire, Gus Johnston.

This ginger-bearded Australian field hockey player scored big with sports fans Down Under in late 2011 when he posted an emotional 12-minute video on YouTube in which he outed himself as gay and gave an honest and open assessment of the complex relationship between homophobia and sports. In the film, titled 'The Reality of Homophobia In Sport," the ginger-bearded goalkeeper looked directly into the camera and announced, ''My name is Gus Johnston, I'm a writer, art director, filmmaker, and a hockey goalkeeper, and I'm also a gay man.”

While field hockey isn’t as high-profile as American basketball and certainly not the most popular sport in Australia (that would be cricket), Johnston’s story was still an important one. Up until that point, only three Australian male athletes had ever come out (another being Olympic...

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Official MISTER
May 3, 2013
Category: Gay Culture

MR. Sam Champion is this week's Real Man We Admire.

We know, spring might have officially sprung way back in March, but it wasn't until this week that New York City, home to the MISTER headquarters, really started to feel the change of seasons. Now that it's here, we're looking forward to this week's Real Man We Admire, "Good Morning America" weatherman Sam Champion, letting us know about all all the beautiful days that lie ahead.

With a prime spot on America's #1 morning show, the 51-year-old brings viewers around the world a little ray of sunshine Monday through Friday with his informative weather reporting, and easy rapport with co-hosts Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos. But for us, it's his willingness to not be afraid to reveal who he really is that keeps us tuning in. This past October, Champion revealed on air that he had gotten engaged to his partner of three years, artist Rubem Robierb. While his sexuality was somewhat of an open secret when he was  local weatherman on New York City's WABC-TV, going public on a show whose popularity is dependent upon big-time advertisers and support from Middle America was definitely a risk.

In perhaps a sign of the changing times, barely anyone balked. In fact, the show trumpeted the nuptials, keeping viewers up-to-date on the big day (the wedding went off without a hitch this past New Year's Eve) and featuring it prominently on their website. And when viewers did express bigotry...

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Official MISTER
May 3, 2013
Category: Gay Culture

MR. Sam Champion is this week's Real Man We Admire.

We know, spring might have officially sprung way back in March, but it wasn't until this week that New York City, home to the MISTER headquarters, really started to feel the change of seasons. Now that it's here, we're looking forward to this week's Real Man We Admire, "Good Morning America" weatherman Sam Champion, letting us know about all all the beautiful days that lie ahead.

With a prime spot on America's #1 morning show, the 51-year-old brings viewers around the world a little ray of sunshine Monday through Friday with his informative weather reporting, and easy rapport with co-hosts Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos. But for us, it's his willingness to not be afraid to reveal who he really is that keeps us tuning in. This past October, Champion revealed on air that he had gotten engaged to his partner of three years, artist Rubem Robierb. While his sexuality was somewhat of an open secret when he was  local weatherman on New York City's WABC-TV, going public on a show whose popularity is dependent upon big-time advertisers and support from Middle America was definitely a risk.

In perhaps a sign of the changing times, barely anyone balked. In fact, the show trumpeted the nuptials, keeping viewers up-to-date on the big day (the wedding went off without a hitch this past New Year's Eve) and featuring it prominently on their website. And when viewers did express bigotry...

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Official MISTER
April 27, 2013
Category: Gay Culture

MR. Kelvin Atkinson is this week's Real Man We Admire.

Honest, candid, and vulnerable aren’t the first words that come to mind when we think of politicians, but they perfectly sum up Kelvin Atkinson, this week’s Real Man We Admire. The Nevada state Senator (D-North Las Vegas) surprised many of his constituents and fellow politicos this week when he publicly came out during a debate to repeal his state’s ban on gay marriage.

“I’m black. I’m gay. I’ve dealt a lot with what people are talking about,“ he announced on the state Senate floor, in what felt like a completely raw, unrehearsed moment. “I know this is the first time many of you have hear me say that I’m a black, gay male.”

The 44-year-old, who has been part of Nevada’s legislature for more than a decade, says he was moved to come out after listening to months of heated discussion from voters over Senate Joint Resolution 13, which would abolish the heterosexual definition of marriage that’s been in Nevada’s Constitution since 2002.

“I didn’t think. I just knew it was time,” he told reporters afterwards. “I never considered myself not out. I didn’t care who knew, I just didn’t ever think that I needed to make a public statement about it.”

We’re glad you did, Senator, and we wish more public figures would follow suit. Not only did the bill pass (Nevada residents will vote on the issue in 2016), but Atkinson claims his speech swayed at least two other lawmakers...

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Official Daddyhunt
April 24, 2013
Category: Sexuality
"Put a Finger In It" - and Other Thoughts on Anal Play

We’re big fans of furry funnyman Greg Scarnici’s ability always find the humor in taboo topics, and his latest comedy video, “Put a Finger In It,” is no exception. This hilarious ode to the art of, umm, shall we say, “digital” love had us rolling, and we think you’ll give it two big thumbs up, too.

Now, we know some of you guys, particularly those who prefer the top bunk, might find the idea of having someone pull up to your bumper somewhat of a touchy subject, but we’re curious: does the desire for anal stimulation when you're getting your rod worked on mean you might secretly be a closet bottom?

The answer, at least according to this article we found on Psychology Today’s website, is not necessarily. In fact, it just means you’re completely normal. Turns out people of all sexual persuasions—including 24% of straight men—enjoy the art of the backdoor finger bang every once in a while.

So go ahead, all you top dogs out there, embrace your inner bottom. Better yet, share your favorite techniques for getting into the dig in the comments section. We promise nobody will point fingers. Well, unless you want them to.

RobHeartsDH
April 23, 2013
Category: Gay Culture

As I've come to realize, once you have a type it's pretty hard to step outside of what you like. No matter how hard you try. I can pinpoint pretty significant instances when I realized that I liked hairy guys and then subsequently was attracted to older hairy guys. Both stem from my adolescence (one in my middle school gym class and the latter due to my hot as hell 8th grade Earth Science teacher) and proved to be pretty formative in shaping the rest of my gay adult life.

But I want to hear from you guys, when did you know you liked older or younger guys? Was it a specific person or experience that left a mark on you? Let's start a discussion on how our attractions (and ultimately types) are created in our lives.

Official MISTER
April 21, 2013
Category: Gay Culture

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest bear of all? The answer just might be Chris Salgardo. As president of Kiehl’s, one of the biggest names in skincare, this bearded beauty is not only blazing a trail in the business world, he’s also giving antiquated ideas of what it means to be butch an extreme makeover.

With his preference for sporting muscle tees and tight jeans rather than three-piece suits and power ties, Salgardo is hardly your average buttoned-up businessman. But what most sets him apart in our eyes is his insistence on being out and proud in a corporate environment where conservatism—even in the beauty industry—is the name of the game and being openly gay can still cause eyebrows to wrinkle. It’s a decision that Salgardo is anything but apologetic about.

“You have to provide good role models for kids who are struggling, so it’s important to be visible and show the leader of a major corporation can be gay and successful,” he told Out magazine.

Adding to this role-model status are Salgardo’s many philanthropic endeavors. Under his leadership, Kiehl’s has created collaborations with top artists, celebrities, and athletes to raise money and awareness for organizations within its three pillar causes: HIV/AIDS, the environment, and children’s charities.

But it’s Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR event that’s pushed the company’s mission of giving back to the community into overdrive. This annual 10–day, 1,800-mile charity motorcycle ride from...

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Official MISTER
April 12, 2013
Category: Gay Culture

MR. Zachary Quinto this week's Real Man We Admire.

He gave us the creeps in his breakout role as a supervillain on the hit series “Heroes” and scared the living daylights out of us as the twisted serial killer Dr. Oliver Thredson (a.k.a. Bloody Face) on “American Horror Story: Asylum,” but there’s not many other guys we’d rather hide under the covers with than Zachary Quinto.

This tall, dark, and furry browed 35-year-old is one of Hollywood’s brightest up-and-comers, making steady appearances on stage, screen, and TV, as well as working behind the scenes as a producer (he co-produced the critically acclaimed film Margin Call, in which he also appeared alongside Kevin Spacey and Demi Moore). And while his career is certainly soaring, it’s sure to shoot into the stratosphere when he reprises his role of Spock in next month’s Star Trek Into Darkness, the sequel to director J.J. Abrams’ successful big-screen reboot of the iconic sci-fi series, which has blockbuster written all over it. (Psst, watch the trailer here.)

Despite his success, however, it turns out space wasn’t Quinto’s final frontier—coming out was. Never one to shy away from gay roles (he played Tori Spelling’s gay friend on her short-lived TV show “So Notorious” and starred in a 2010 Broadway revival of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Angels...

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Official MISTER
April 8, 2013
Category: Gay Culture

MR. John Barrowman is this week’s is this week’s Real Man We Admire.

They say every girl’s crazy about a sharp dressed man, but in John Barrowman’s case, it’s the guys, too! As the mysterious “Well-Dressed Man” on the hit CW series “Arrow,” this Scottish-American actor is making audience members quiver with sci-fi delight.

It’s a genre that’s been very good to the 46-year-old, thanks to his iconic role as alien hunter Captain Jack Harkness on the popular BBC time-traveling TV show “Doctor Who.” The character was such a hit with fans, the network gave him his own spinoff series, “Torchwood,” which ran for 4 seasons and turned Barrowman into a household name in the U.K.

Becoming an overnight sensation might have made any other celebrity think twice about publicly coming out of the closet. Good thing Barrowman was never in one in the first place. In his 2010 autobiography, I Am What I Am, he revealed that when he first got into the acting business, a producer urged him to pretend to keep his homosexuality a secret. His reply? “I really hope you’re not saying this, because I’m not going in the closet for you or anyone. Being a gay man has nothing to do with my abilities.”

The encounter had a lasting effect on Barrowman...

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RobHeartsDH
April 1, 2013
Category: Gay Culture
Best Nude Beaches

Summer is just around the corner, which means it's time to start thinking sun, fun, and getting naked at the beach. Gay Cities counts down the 10 Best Nude Beaches in the World 10 Best Nude Beaches in the World and damn if I don't want to go to all of them. As I've gotten older, I've become more comfortable with my body and exhibitionism has become more and more appealing. Add to that the fact that the beach is one of my favorite places to the be and now you've got a perfect storm of summer fun. Off this list I've only been to the Provincetown beach, but I hope to check out the others out in my travels. From what I hear, there always seems to be a friendly vibe at nude beaches. Maybe it's because you've got nothing to hide at that point so there's nothing holding you back when it comes to getting friendly with you and nude neighbor. Either way, it sounds like a wonderful summer adventure if you've never been to one.

Do you agree with the list linked above? Any others you'd recommend checking out? Let your fellow members know in the comments below and maybe we'll see your naked ass there.