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A Brief History Of Pride

Friday, June 26th, 2015

This Sunday, June 28th, marks the 46th anniversary of the riots that ensued after NYC police raided the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village in 1969. Police raids on bars that catered to homosexuals were not uncommon, and patrons were often arrested while cameras waited outside to splash their faces across the newspapers as social pariahs and deviants. The Stonewall Inn was frequented by the poorest of the community in the ghetto for gays that was the West Village. Transgender people, femme boys, drag queens, male prostitutes, and homeless youth all found refuge inside of the low-ceilinged establishment; for them, it was a safe haven.

Yours truly on a recent visit

In the early hours of that morning, a typical police raid quickly spiraled out of the men in blues’ control, the community had enough. A crowd began to gather in the street as patrons were loaded into police wagons, peaceful at first, but once the police began mistreating those arrested, the taunts took to a more physical approach. Outraged, the crowd started with pennies and then bottles to pelt the police cars and wagons until all hell broke loose. The crowds fought back, all the while taunting the police, and something big was about to be born. Years of oppression had reached a boiling point and it would spread across the country and the globe. The LGBT community had a voice and it was time to be heard.

From that turbulent weekend of June 27th through 29th, 1969, the idea of Pride blossomed. The community wasn’t going to let anyone shame them anymore, and they were not going to hide in the corners and pretend anymore; they were going to show everyone that there was nothing wrong with them. The following year, on June 28th, 1970, the first Pride marches took to the streets of New York City. Crowds of people who were considered an abomination came out to prove to the world that they were here, many, and one. That was forty-six years ago, and Pride continues to evolve.

By 1978, the movement for LGBT rights was gaining momentum. In San Francisco, another Pride parade was in the spotlight. The march had become a peaceful protest and celebration of the community. That year, although receiving multiple threats on his life, openly gay city supervisor Harvey Milk rode in a spectacular parade atop an open car before delivering one of his iconic speeches. That year we were introduced to a symbol now known around the globe as a symbol of hope, resilience, perseverance, and celebration: the rainbow flag. Unfortunately, the party couldn’t last; just sixth months after Harvey rang in Pride that year he was murdered in city hall with Mayor Moscone by fellow supervisor Dan White. Riots would erupt in San Francisco. The community was sick of the cops, and the cops were sick of the community. It was a recipe that only meant disaster. Amidst the ashes, we rallied again and peacefully mourned the loss of such a respected leader with a candlelight march and vigil that now represents a moment in time that has imprinted itself in Pride to this day.

A storm was brewing and as it grew, something no one could have ever expected poured down on the LGBT community, devastating lives and taking with it almost an entire generation. The 1980’s were the playground of the angel of death. A plague was sweeping through at an alarming rate and no one knew what it was until it was horribly too late. AIDS would tear our world apart, yet bring us even closer. The “gay cancer” was taking lives in unprecedented numbers, and it was mainly men who were affected. Up until then Gays and Lesbians had been mutually self segregated, but as the disease spread it was the Lesbians who came in to nurse the victims when no one else would. We were all over the news and awareness of our numbers became more relevant. Once again the community was one massive pariah. Ignorance overtook understanding; it was time for another uprising.

In 1987, ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), known for their motto “silence = death,” was formed. Pressuring the government to acknowledge the effects of AIDS as not just a “gay disease,” ACT UP demanded them to recognize it and take action. We were angrier than ever before and from this anger, fear, and death, we found new strength to continue our fight for equality. Finally the world was taking notice we were gaining allies with people the public respected. That same year the Names Project would recognize so many lost to AIDS. It is a national treasure and a testimony of love. Pride had a new meaning yet again.

With the arrival of a new decade our understanding of HIV and AIDS advanced, yet still the struggle continued. A light was beginning to shine in the darkness again. We were being accepted more than ever before. We were becoming mainstream; in fact, we were being emulated then. But with the light comes the darkness. Just as the decade was closing a young man would lose his life alone tied to a fence in Wyoming a victim of savageness and ignorance. Matthew Shepard’s story dragged a dark and ugly subject into the public eye, something that happened every day. Horrific acts of hate have against the LGBT community are very real, and unfortunately Matthew’s life was lost just like thousands of others before we started talking about it. His passing was also the subject of the successful play “The Laramie Project.” Just over a decade later, the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act was passed by Congress, another step forward at too high a cost.

In the brand new millennium, the closet doors were bursting open and the LGBT community was truly over the rainbow. We greeted the beginning of a new century with more open arms than ever before. Our achievements were finally getting the credit they deserved and our battle continued. More advances were being made in the medical field too as  HIV was finally losing some of its stigma as a death sentence. The decade also brought serious stories about our community to mainstream film. Brokeback Mountain and Milk stand out as two important films that were widely received by the public in general. Milk, the story of Harvey Milk, was a film that told a story we wanted the world to know, and with its director and cast Harvey’s story was told as a brilliant tribute thirty years after his death.

Now halfway through the second decade of the 2000’s, Pride, now in its forties, has grown and matured into what it is today, but that could change tomorrow. A pill to help prevent the spread of HIV is now available, DADT (Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell) was repealed, DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) has been shot down; yes, these are major wins, and there is still more to do. There are still places in this world where being LGBT is punishable by death. Hate still rears its ugly head, and we have quite the road ahead of us. The Transgender community is finally getting long awaited recognition in their struggle for acceptance and equality, a fight that still has a long way to go. There is still violence against us, and there is still ignorance, bigotry, and prejudice, but we can change that, and that is what Pride is all about. Pride is a time to celebrate our community and all that is good within it, although there are changes that still must come within as well.

Laverne Cox

Pride is more than just a party, more than just a few days in June. Pride is inside of us. Pride is our past, our present, and our future.

And just breaking today, June 26th, 2015, the United States Supreme Court has ruled that marriage equality is effective and protected in all fifty states-just one more reason to be proud.

Happy Pride

-The Otter

Heating Up Philly With A Splash Of Pride

Friday, June 19th, 2015

This past Sunday, on June 15th, 2015, Philadelphia “the city of brotherly and sisterly love,” Pennsylvania celebrated its twenty-seventh Pride day. To kick it all off, a massive parade wound its way through Center City down to the plaza at Penn’s Landing on the Delaware River. Although the temperature soared to ninety degrees, it was a beautiful day in the historic city. GayHotMovies.com, as a sponsor of the events, was there too with throngs of people who came down to festivities.

Joined by porn power couple Jimmy Durano and husband Christian Owen, the GayHotMovies.com booth was abuzz with activity. Up and coming star Luke Harding (who will soon be coming to GayHotMovies.com) was also in attendance as we gave away our branded bags, underwear, sunglasses, and cum rags. Visitors also left with free minutes cards and our “I heart GayHotMovies.com” stickers. Of course we needed some real style with us on such a wonderful day, and who better than Miss GayHotMovies.com Fanci Dismount? Everyone was welcome to stop by our booth for a picture with all the talent and take away the free goodies we managed to fit under our little tent and it was well worth it.

Christian Owen, Jimmy Durano, and Luke Harding worked our booth.

Miss GayHotMovies.com Fanci Dismount

Fanci and Jimmy

Our awesome giveaways

Philadelphia celebrated in a big way and it wasn’t just the glittering parade that brought out crowds of onlookers. Culminating in a crescendo at Penn’s Landing an afternoon of entertainment and merriment ensued; and Philly delivered. Her iconic voice is instantly recognizable, she’s an outspoken LGBT supporter, and cancer survivor/activist Fran Drescher headlined the spectacular event.

Photo by Freedom G Photography

At the massive main stage attendees watched as Alex Newell (Unique from Glee), Steve Andrade (the nation’s best Cher impersonator), and Puddles Pity Party (“Sad clown with the golden voice”) gave it their all in the blistering heat.

Other notables who showed up for the fun and show their support were Philadelphia’s Mayor Michael Nutter, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine, State Representative Jim Kenney, and Philadelphia’s very own State Representative Brian Sims.

GayHotMovies.com is proud of our community. As a “proud porn provider,” stop by and check us out! We wish everyone a happy Pride month. Stay proud, stay loud, and stay yourself!

-The Otter

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Caitlyn is Transgender, Don’t Call Her a Drag Queen

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Vanity Fair

Let’s finally clear the air-Caitlyn Jenner is transgender. There has been a slew of misinformation flying around the internet and even in our community. You’d think that most gays would know the differences, but we’ve been surprised at what we’ve been reading. I would never call a drag queen a cross dresser (mainly for fear of my life) and I certainly wouldn’t call transvestite a transsexual. Why? Because I know the difference. So here’s a nice, little primer for everyone:

Transgender/Transsexual, like Caitlyn, is used for an individual who does not identify as the sex they have been born, and sometimes (but not always) have surgeries to transform their bodies. This does not mean that the individual is schizophrenic; that is a diagnosed illness and does not have anything to do with being transgender.

My personal inspirational Transgender individual happens not to be a real person at all. Anna Madrigal in many ways IS very real, and close to the heart of so many fans of Armistead Maupin’s Tales Of The City series. (If you haven’t read these books, do so immediately!) Anna was a groundbreaking character who has no doubt inspired and empowered so very many people despite gender and I wanted to honor her in this post.

So let’s get to what Caitlyn is not…Starting with a term I’ve seen a lot.

Drag Queen/King: No, Ms. Jenner is most certainly not a drag queen and I wouldn’t call a drag queen transgender. A drag queen/king is a like a geisha, a living breathing work of art. A drag queen is a performance artist and can be either male or female. Although there are those who are sexually attracted to drag queens/kings, drag queens/kings themselves are in general not “turned” on by painting their faces and donning their wigs or faux beards. Some will go as far as abstaining from sex until their beard grows back in.

Examples:

Donna Sachet

The Late Vicki Marlane, photo by Rick Gerharter

 

Lady Bunny

RuPaul

Heklina

Willam Belli

Hoku Mama Swamp, female drag queen

Landon Cider, drag king

Transvestite: An individual who enjoys wearing the clothes of the opposite sex. Transvestites do not identify as the opposite sex, nor a desire to change the sex they were born with, but enjoy the aesthetics of the opposite sex; once again, not to be confused with drag queens. Also, this term is going out of fashion.

Examples:

Dr. Frank N Furter, Twentieth Century Fox

Eddie Izzard

Cross Dresser: Similar to a transvestite, a cross dresser is an individual, generally in the heterosexual community, who is turned on sexually, or non-sexually, by wearing the clothes of the opposite sex. The term developed for those who wanted to distance themselves from the transvestite community. While there are female cross dressers, most of the CD community is comprised of straight men. They may even keep their interest in women’s clothing a secret from their partners.

 Non-binary/Genderqueer: An individual who does not identify as any one gender, or with gender at all.

Examples:

Jiz Lee

Dwane Reade, Foxhouse Films

Intersex (formerly hermaphroditic): Simple, an individual who has both male and female hormones and/or chromosomes that may express themselves in a variety of different ways. Not every intersex person has a vagina and a penis. It’s not that simple. You cannot become intersex; you must be born intersex even if it’s not apparent until later in life, such as at puberty.

Now, for my special shout outs:

Sister Of Perpetual Indulgence: I myself would not label the sisters as drag queens/kings since they are so much more than what they appear to be. All over the world, donning spectacular habits, elaborate make up, and tons of sparkle, these dedicated nuns bless us with glitter, bring smiles to our faces, and remind us we have hope, and a lot more work to do since 1979. For decades, the Sisters have worked tirelessly helping those in need both within and out of the gay community. Their focus on creating a better world while putting on one hell of show deserves a special bow.

Examples:

Sister Roma

Sister Mary Margaret X-plosion

And finally I would like to add someone who just cannot be put in any category, because she is just too…everything. Amanda Lepore is an ICON.

Photo by Ves Pitts

I know I’ve most likely missed something, but hopefully for those whose ignorance may have gotten them into the hot seat, I hope this helped clear things up. Now go out and get to know people before passing judgment.

-The Otter

Updates For The Week Of June 7th – 13th 2015

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

We’ve got the updates you’ve been waiting for on this sizzling summer day. It’s gonna get even hotter when you see whose biographies have been updated, so get on over to GayHotMovies.com and check em out! Now, in alphabetical order of course…

Adam Champ

Rugged, ripped, and rowdy just the way we like ‘em! Adam has got a perfect coat of fur and majestic uncut cock that will have your mouth watering in no time.

View Adam Champ’s biography.

Bravo Delta

Bravo” is all we want to say to Bravo’s parents, they certainly gave this guy some seriously smokin’ genetics. Once again “Bravo!”

View Bravo Delta’s biography.

Dakota White

Don’y let those puppy dog eyes fool you, this lil pup will really tear up your sheets, and your hole with his impressive bone.

View Dakota White’s biography.

Johnny V.

This ginger power bottom gets us going in all the right ways. With his gorgeous hair, jacked muscles, skin as smooth as polished marble, and hungry bubble butt, Johnny is red, hot fire on screen.

View Johnny V’s biography.

Paco

We “can’t even” with beards and burl. WOOF fucker!

View Paco’s biography.

Rusty Stevens

There’s nothing “rusty” about this guy’s moves. Seriously, Mr. Stevens is a demi-god on Earth.

View Rusty Stevens’ biography.

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