Aug 13, 2016
1. His face
2. His physique
3. His missing right leg
Most people find #3 neutral or even a turn-off, but for a surprising number, it's a big plus, making him infinitely more attractive than guys with four limbs.
The absence makes the whole body stand out in vivid detail, drawing our attention to every muscle.
The lack of symmetry brings a pleasant dissonance, like a minor chord in music.
We're not supposed to look, not supposed to notice; when looking is forbidden, it becomes erotic.
A fetish is a primary erotic interest in an object or part of the human body other than the sex organs. Acrotomophilia, the amputee fetish, is all about the absence.
Most amputee fetishists prefer guys with a single missing or shortened limb.
Some prefer double missing limbs, two arms, two legs, or one of each.
A smaller but still significant number prefer four missing limbs.
They can be quite specific about how much of the limb should be missing for optional erotic potential.
Whatever type they find preferable, partners are hard to come by.
Although there are nearly 2 million amputees in the U.S., over half are elderly diabetics with a host of medical issues, probably not interested in erotic exploration. Less than half have lost limbs due to accidents.
It works out to about 50,000 gay adult men with missing limbs and no significant medical problems that would preclude dating.
With a combination of prosthetic limbs and innovative mobility techniques, amputees can do everything anyone else can do, including drive a car, swim, and lift weights. There's a guy who goes to my gym who is missing most of an arm, yet has fully defined, symmetrical pecs and shoulders.
Didi (Tracey Ashton), one of the people Earl had wronged ("stole the car of a one-legged girl).
Plus her boyfriend, played by Cameron Clapp, a triple-amputee athlete and motivational speaker (seen here surfing).
The Amputee Coalition offers support groups and assistance to help amputees and their families and friends live to the fullest. One of its activities is the Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp, a traditional summer camp founded in 2000 that has served 790 children with limb loss and limb difference from the U.S., Britain, Australia, Mexico, and Tunisia.
Some like the attention -- anything that makes you stand apart from the crowd is a good thing, right?
Most dislike being objectified, reduced to only an amputee, just as guys dislike being sought after simply because they are Asian or black, or have large penises. They want to be desired for their face and physique, their eccentricities and quirks, their accomplishments, their intelligence, their sense of humor, and everything else that makes them unique.
An uncensored version of this article, with nude photos, is on Tales of West Hollywood.
Aug 12, 2016
Here are 10 celebrities who I somehow managed to acquire shirtless photos of, although I know nothing about them except that they are, or were, on tv.
1. Andrew Triscitta.
Aug 11, 2016
When I saw this black-and-white photo of the muscleman with an old-fashioned swimsuit and hairstyle, I figured he must be a 1950s beefcake star, like Troy Donahue or Rock Hudson, maybe one of Henry Willson's stable of gay and gay-friendly actors hired for their physique rather than for their background in The Taming of the Shrew.
But I thought I had covered almost all of them, even the most obscure.
Turns out this guy was born in 1969: this is a faux-retro photo from the 1990s.
At the same time he was a correspondent for Good Morning, America, working on the Oscars, the Golden Globes, and other events, and interviewing celebrities from Mario Lopez to Wolfgang Puck.
Any gay content? Oh, I don't know. Look at those abs.
Ok, ok, he plays a gay character in 54 (1998), with Ryan Philippe (with a gay kiss edited out), and Getty Images has some pictures of him at the Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in L.A. in 2011.
That's enough gay content for me.
Aug 10, 2016
Apparently he was the star of a newspaper comic strip launched in 1934 by someone named Mo Leff. It lasted only a year, but was reprinted in comic books in both the United States and France.
Peter Pat, aka just Pat, was carried off by a winged warrior to Pagoland, a sword-and-sorcery fantasy world, where he proved to be a superb fighter -- for a three year old.
What's up with the oversized Dick Tracey head?
Pat has a sidekick named Pom, a even younger toddler (is he wearing a diaper?) with an old man's head.
Is Mo Leff just inept, or is there some reason for this weird phenomenon? Maybe in Pagoland heads get older and bodies get younger.
I don't know why his shorts and belt changed color.
The people of Pagoland had a preference for "p" sounds. Pat's prim pony Pepper promenades in Pagoland pastures.
Mo Leff was also the ghostwriter for the Joe Palooka strip.
Omar Khayyam (1048-1131) was a Persian poet, astronomer, and mathematician who may or may not have written the ruibaiyat (4-lined verses) ascribed to him. The compilation came three hundred years after his death.
It became famous in the English-speaking world with the translation by Edward FitzGerald (1809-1883), based on original manuscripts in the Oxford Bodleian Library. The first edition (1859) contained 75 quatrains. New editions increased the number to 101.
Here with a Loaf of Bread beneath the Bough,
A Flask of Wine, a Book of Verse - and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness -
And Wilderness is Paradise enow.
After all, life is short: we should seize the day:
Ah, make the most of what we yet may spend,
Before we too into the Dust descend;
Dust into Dust, and under Dust, to lie,
Sans Wine, sans Song, sans Singer, and - sans End !
Up, smooth-faced boy! The daybreak shines for thee!
Translator Edward FitzGerald was gay. He was with William Kenilworthe Browne from 1832 to 1859, in spite of their both being married. His romance with his second lover, a fisherman named Joseph Fletcher, or Posh, lasted from 1865 to 1873.
Aug 9, 2016
It was created by Chris Savino, who previously worked on such gay-context classics as Rocko's Modern Life, Dexter's Laboratory, and My Gym Partner's a Monkey. It's a naturalistic series about a contemporary Michigan family with a husband (Brian Stepanek), wife (Jill Talley), and ten daughters, all apparently biological progeny: Lori, Leni, Luna, Luan, Lynn, Lucy, Lana, Lola, Lisa, Lily.
And one son, the central character, 11-year old Lincoln Loud (Grant Palmer, left).
You might expect a lot of "battle of the sexes" plotlines, with stereotypic boys and girls fighting it out over pink ponies and baseball practice. But conflicts are mostly about the sheer size of the group:
Lincoln wants to sit at the "adult" table at dinner.
Lincoln struggles to get a favorable seat in the van for a family trip.
Lincoln buys headphones to drown out the noise in the house.
There are few boy-girl dating plotlines, but few gay-subtext plotlines either. Lincoln has a best friend, Clyde McBride (Caleel Harris), with a standard preteen bromance going on.
But Clyde has two Dads, Howard and Harold McBride, the first male-same sex couple to appear as a couple in any children's program in the U.S.
They are not a stereotyped fey gay couple: one is tall and thin, the other chubby and balding.
Nor do they appear just once, for shock value, and then never again. They have appeared in at least four episodes, and been referenced in more, a standard part of the Loud House world.
They are voiced by Michael McDonald and Wayne Brady, comedians who have played gay characters in live productions, and are probably aware that they are making history, even if the kids watching are not.
Aug 8, 2016
I first saw him in "The Magic Mirror" (1966), an episode of Lost in Space, playing a boy trapped in the mysterious world on the other side of a mirror.
And then in "Miri," an episode of Star Trek (1966), as the leader of a group of kids trapped in a perpetual childhood.
And then in "The Scene," an episode of The Danny Thomas Hour about a girl lost in the psychedelic world of the hippies. He played her hippie friend.
Years later, I saw some of his more serious roles, where Michael used his boyish quirks to play man-childs, sometimes affecting, sometimes dangerous and deranged.
In Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Michael played C. W. Moss, who befriends the criminal duo (Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway) and has a rather obvious crush on Clyde.
In Little Fauss and Big Halsey (1970), he is the inept, childish motorcycle racer Little Fauss who can barely contain his crush on the superstar Big Halsey (Robert Redford).
Dirty Little Billy (1972) is an unromantic portrayal of Billy the Kid (Michael) as a leering psycho.
Off camera, he was a leather-jacket rebel. Once when he was in Morocco with Jim Capaldi, he helped write the lyrics for "Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys," a gay-themed song recorded by Traffic (1971).
If I gave you everything that I owned and asked for nothing in return
Would you do the same for me as I would for you?
Or take me for a ride, and strip me of everything including my pride
But spirit is something that no one destroys
And the sound that I'm hearing is only the sound
The low spark of high-heeled boys
I don't know if he is gay or bisexual in real life, though he was married to actress Beth Howland (of Alice) from 1961 to 1969.
I haven't seen much of Michael's more recent work, though I understand that he's still playing mostly hippies, psychos, and man-childs, and in a humorous turn, the mischievous transdimensional Mr. Mxyzptik on Superboy.
But I'll always remember the Lost Boy of my childhood.
See also: Lost in Space
Aug 7, 2016
The 14-year old identical twins starred as Ranny and Danny (yes, someone named their son Ranny) in the short-lived tv series Second Noah, about a couple, baseball coach-writer Noah (Daniel Hugh Kelly) and veterinarian Jesse (Betsey Brantley), who live near Busch Gardens in Florida (holy product placement, Batman!), and adopt lots of kids and animals. Teen idol James Marsden takes his shirt off. There was no ark.
Not to mention eldest adoptee, 23-year old James Marsden (now Cyclops in the X-Men franchise).
Gay preteens had a role model in 10-year old Jeffrey Licon, who would go on to star in Nickelodeon's Brothers Garcia and the gay-themed Mysterious Skin.
And for the adults, Daniel Hugh Kelly, previously the Hardcastle and McCormick hunk.
The series specialized in shirtless and semi-nude shots.
During those few months, Jeremy and Jon Torgerson received an amazing amount of teen idol attention, including gushing articles and endless photos, including some of the chummy, nearly holding hands, homoerotic subtext sort (notice the ultra-feminine jewelry).
Unscathed by the momentary fame, Jeremy attended the Fashion Institute of Art and Design and now works behind the scenes as a set designer. Jon is a studio chef and also works in human relations. They're both married with children.