Official MISTER
March 29, 2013
Category: Gay Culture

MR. Chad Griffin is this week’s Real Man We Admire.

If your Facebook feed has been awash in red over the past few days, you’ve got a few people to thank. First up are all your friends for their belief in equal rights for the LGBT community. The next is HRC. As president of the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBT advocacy and political lobbying organization in the United States, Griffin works tirelessly to combat LGBT discrimination all across the country, from standing up for gay teens being bullied in small town America to taking the battle for marriage equality all the way to the Supreme Court.

It’s a fight the handsome 39-year-old is confident we’ll win (and not just because his middle name happens to be Hunter): “I’m optimistic that it will be one that brings about freedom and equality and Proposition 8 will be erased from our books once and for all,” he told reporters. “The end is certainly in sight.”

For more of Griffin's take on the situation, check out the video below or read his fantastic op-ed piece in U.S. News and World Report. Then head to the HRC website for up-to-minute news on this historic LGBT moment and to find out some simple things you can do right...

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Official MISTER
March 22, 2013
Category: Gay Culture

MR. Jonathan Hopkins is this week’s Real Man We Admire.

With less than a week to go before the Supreme Court begins to hear oral arguments on the legality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Proposition 8, our community is in a fighting mood. Fortunately, we've got real-life soldier Jonathan Hopkins on our side.

The former Army captain turned gay rights advocate has been one of the most vocal leaders in the battle to overturn DOMA's crippling affect on married LGBT people, particularly those serving in our country's Armed Forces. While the Court's decision on DOMA is important for all of us, it's even more important for LGBT service members and their spouses, since they receive benefits that are subject to federal law.

It's a fight that's intensely personal for Hopkins, since it was another piece of anti-gay legislation—the now-defunct "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy—that ended his military career in 2010. Today, he works tirelessly with organizations such as Outserve and Knights Out, which are dedicated to bringing about full LGBT equality to America's military.

For more information about the dangers of DOMA, check out Hopkins' fantastic op-ed piece in Time magazine and Outserve's...

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RobHeartsDH
March 17, 2013
Category: Gay Culture
BPX black party expo

It seems like just yesterday I was a Black Party Virgin, and yet when talking with friends recently, I found myself sounding like an old pro. That first leather cherry pop was only 2 years, but I've been in love with the party ever since. I'm not a huge fan of circuit parties, but there's something incredibly freeing and special about The Black Party that seems to attract the best mix of men. Doesn't hurt that there's a barely there dress code and the party leaves you feeling horny and wild for weeks (even months) after.

Last year I was able to check out the Black Party Expo for the first time and realized how much fun that could be too! It's like a little leather/fetish carnival with all kinds of tricks and treats. And with all the vendors they have, it's okay to wait for the last minute to decide what you want to wear. Our friends Charlie Harding and his partner Scotty Rage will be working the MISTER booth on Saturday from 12pm - 3pm. Charlie was the winner of the MISTER Model Contest Folsom Edition and is also nominated for "Best Daddy" at The Hookies (which is held Friday night at Roseland). They'll be giving out a limited number of free MISTER hats to men that show the MISTER app on...

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Official MISTER
March 16, 2013
Category: Gay Culture

MR. Robbie Rogers is this week’s Real Man We Admire.

We think every man should be brave enough to come out, but we also respect a guy’s decision to do it on his own terms. So this week, we’re giving a shout out to pro soccer player Robbie Rogers for kicking down his closet door. To the surprise of many footie fans, the 25-year-old pro soccer player publicly came out earlier this year, becoming one of the few openly gay players in the sport (or any sport, for that matter).

“Life is so full of amazing things,” Rogers posted on his blog. “I realized I could only truly enjoy my life once I was honest. Honesty is a bitch but makes life so simple and clear. My secret is gone. I am a free man. I can move on and live my life as my creator intended.”

Unfortunately, part of Rogers’ newfound freedom includes him taking some time away from the field to do some self-exploration, but his fellow players and teammates say there’s definitely a place for him, should he decide to return. Pro sports without homophobia? That’s one goal we hope Rogers’ coming out helps make a reality.

Read Rogers' full coming-out post on his official blog, or follow him on Twitter.

Who doesn't appreciate a guy who can handle his balls?
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Official MISTER
March 8, 2013
Category: Gay Culture

MR. Chris Butler is this week’s Real Man We Admire.

Who says cartoons are strictly for Saturday mornings? If Chris Butler is involved, we want them every day of the week! The handsome British-born animator has had his hand in some of the coolest animated movies around, including “Coraline,” “Corpse Bride,” and, most recently, the Oscar-nominated “ParaNorman,” which is heralded as the first mainstream animated children’s movie to feature an openly gay character.

“Some adults were outraged,” he told GLAAD, “but they were also the kind of adults who just sat through an hour and a half of story explaining why intolerance can be so damaging and cruel. I think the younger audience happily embraces it without question. There's nothing quite so refreshing as seeing a kid accept something wholeheartedly because they don't share the baggage of their parents!”

While the movie didn’t take home the big prize on Oscar night, it’s got another shot at this year’s GLAAD Media Awards, where it’s up for Outstanding Film. Win, lose, or draw, we can’t wait to see what he does next.

Mitch, the gay jock from "Paranorman."
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Official MISTER
March 4, 2013
Category: Gay Culture

MR. Cheyenne Jackson is this week’s Real Man We Admire.

Weather you liked him or not, Seth MacFarlane has said he won’t be performing an encore as the host of the Oscars next year, so we’d like to cast our vote for who we think would make an excellent replacement: Cheyenne Jackson. One look at his resume, and it’s clear the 37-year-old star has everything it takes. Funny? Check (anyone who watched him on “30 Rock” can vouch for that). Able to carry a tune for the inevitable song-and-dance number? Double check (he’s a veteran Broadway star with a debut album dropping this year). Movie star good looks? Clearly, there aren’t enough checks we can award him in that department. One thing’s for sure, staring into those baby blues would certainly make watching the long, drawn-out ceremony a LOT more bearable. So what do you say, Academy? We can pretty much guarantee nothing but four-star reviews.

Follow Cheyenne Jackson on Twitter and WhoSay.

Official MISTER
February 22, 2013
Category: Gay Culture

MR. Don Lemon is this week’s Real Man We Admire.

First the good news: We live in a world where a public figure doesn’t have to hide their sexuality to rise to the top. Case in point: CNN News anchor Don Lemon, whose career hasn’t skipped a beat since he publicly came out in his best-selling memoir, “Transparent.” In fact, the baby-faced 46-year-old journalist is more in-demand than ever, hosting the weekend edition of the network’s popular primetime show “Newsroom” and speaking to sold-out crowds around the country.

“I abhor hypocrisy,” Lemon told the New York Times. “I think if you’re going to be in the business of news, and telling people the truth, of trying to shed light in dark places, then you’ve got to be honest. You’ve got to have the same rules for yourself as you do for everyone else."

Now the bad news: Sorry, guys, this newsman’s off the market. His longtime boyfriend, news producer Ben Tinker, got the exclusive scoop.

MR. Lemon getting reactions to President Obama's 2012 inauguration speech mentioning the Stonewall riots:

Don talking about coming out and his book with Dr. Drew:
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Official MISTER
February 15, 2013
Category: Gay Culture

MR. Guillermo Diaz is this week’s Real Man We Admire.

We have to give it up to anyone who marches to the beat of his own drum, which is exactly what makes Guillermo Diaz our kind of guy. Just as his career was taking off with roles in 90s indie films like “Party Girl” and “Stonewall,” the Cuban-American actor did what could have easily ended his career in those pre-Ellen days: he publicly came out. Rather surprisingly at the time, nobody flinched, and he’s been working steadily ever since, most recently on the hit TV-show “Scandal.” Proof that talent trumps all (though that cuddly face of his certainly couldn’t have hurt!).

“I don’t even think about it, I’m an actor,” he told Gay Star News. “I’ve been out since I started acting, and I’ve worked my whole life. I don’t stress about it. If somebody doesn’t want to work with me because I’m gay, I don’t want to work with them either.”

Here he is on Weed's talking up his shoes:

Official MISTER
February 8, 2013
Category: Gay Culture

MR. Bjarne Melgaard is this week’s Real Man We Admire.

Painting can be dirty work, which is just the way this well-known New York-based Norwegian artist likes it. In fact, it’s a big part of his inspiration. Considered one of the world’s most important living artists (the New York Times called his debut show “like nothing else around”), Melgaard’s work extends to a variety of mediums and explores all sorts of sordid topics, including Norway’s underground heavy metal scene, carnal desire, and some of the darker corners of gay culture. Not such surprising material, considering his rough and tumble persona and bearish good looks. He’s quite a masterpiece, if you ask us.

Learn more about him and his work at the Saatchi Gallery online.

I know some of you aren't going to be into the whole modern thing so what are some of your favorite artists? Let us know in the comments.

Official MISTER
February 8, 2013
Category: Gay Culture

MR. Bjarne Melgaard is this week’s Real Man We Admire.

Painting can be dirty work, which is just the way this well-known New York-based Norwegian artist likes it. In fact, it’s a big part of his inspiration. Considered one of the world’s most important living artists (the New York Times called his debut show “like nothing else around”), Melgaard’s work extends to a variety of mediums and explores all sorts of sordid topics, including Norway’s underground heavy metal scene, carnal desire, and some of the darker corners of gay culture. Not such surprising material, considering his rough and tumble persona and bearish good looks. He’s quite a masterpiece, if you ask us.

Learn more about him and his work at the Saatchi Gallery online.

I know some of you aren't going to be into the whole modern thing so what are some of your favorite artists? Let us know in the comments.