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10 sexy guys from one of the world’s top portrait photographers / GayCities Blog

10 sexy guys from one of the world’s top portrait

GayCities encourages you to stay safe during the Covid 19 pandemic. If you choose to travel, we recommend that you follow all CDC Travel Guidelines and adhere closely to all local regulations regarding face coverings, social distancing and other safety measures.

UPDATE: Due to the Coronvirus pandemic, it is not considered safe to meet up with strangers quite yet. However, there’s nothing wrong, as they say, about looking at the menu as long as you don’t order. These regular guys, handpicked for shoots around the globe, will help you fill in the time before it is safe to venture out and about again.

The photographic subjects for this article were hand-picked by Liam Campbell from the first four years of the magazine project, Elska, to celebrate the magazine’s anniversary last year.

Liam generously agreed to share them exclusively with GayCities along with a bit of behind the scenes commentary on some standout moments.

Aarash K (Mumbai, India)

I often site Mumbai as my favorite city. It was uncomfortably hot, crowded, and simply overwhelming, but also unforgettable and full of some of the most lovely people I’ve ever met. One of the participants offered me dinner with his family, another invited me to the beach after our shoot, and pretty much all of the guys’ mothers and grandmothers were bringing me tea when I came over to shoot. Aarash’s session was particularly memorable though. We started by me getting on the back of his moped so he could tour me around potential shoot locations, then he took me to a café for afternoon tea, then we went to meet his friends, and I almost managed to stay along for dinner if I didn’t have to get to another shoot. I never felt so welcome as in Mumbai, and I can’t wait to return to India one day.

Kolbeinn H (Reykjavík, Iceland)

Conducting a photoshoot out in the middle of a city is interesting enough as jobs go, but when it’s only 2 degrees outside and the subject is half-naked, you really have to pinch yourself. Somehow Kolbeinn managed to neither look cold nor to lose his focus even as the wind howled and as traffic started to slow to watch. It was a Sunday morning and apparently, it’s a popular pastime for older Icelandic couples to cruise in their cars along the harbourfront. They got a somewhat more beautiful view than usual that morning.

Tammie B (Los Angeles, USA)

Over the years, Elska’s become known for not featuring models and celebrities, but it’s never been the case that these people weren’t welcome. It’s just that these sort of people don’t often see the value of a little indie arty publication like this one. Before I got to LA I knew that it was possible I’d end up meeting some celebs just because they’re such a part of the fabric of the city. A couple of them turned out to be egomaniacs, and unfortunately, their shoots had to be canceled when their demands for trailers and MUAs showed a huge misunderstanding of what I am all about. Of course, some celebrities are still human, and that includes the surprisingly down-to-Earth Tammie Brown. When I got to his house he greeted me with a big hug, put on a pot of coffee, and then toured me around his rather ordinary neighborhood hotspots, including the local 99c store and a little playground where he played on the swings as I snapped the camera. It was such a sweet day.

Myeongjin K and Y.E.S (Seoul, Korea)

One of the most incredibly fun and exciting cities I ever visited was Seoul, but it was also perhaps the most difficult place to shoot. Despite over ten million people and the biggest gay scene in Korea, the number of men who were out, or out enough to feel comfortable being published in a magazine was tiny, making it very hard to find guys for the issue. Furthermore, there was this ludicrously oppressive standard of beauty that the men seemed to be subjected to, meaning that even if they wanted to take part, they kept insisting they were too ugly or uninteresting. I tried to reassure them, but they weren’t listening to me. Luckily with the help of some local LGBTQ activists (like Myeongjin here on the right) and a few local drag queens, the word managed to spread and we made it a success. Korea is opening up more and more, but it’s a slow process.

Nikolas L and Pieterjan V (Brussels, Belgium)

It’s always a pleasure to meet a couple. Even though there’s some difficulties getting two people to coordinate for a photo, the results of seeing a happy loving gay couple in their home environment are worth it. One common challenge is that one half of a couple tends to be shier than the other, meaning you constantly have to pause while the couples argue about what to reveal, and this was definitely the case with this Brussels couple. At first, it was easy because the shots were very simple – them sitting on the sofa together, having a laugh, drinking tea – but then when we moved to the bedroom it got tricky. Let’s just say that Pieterjan (the one on top) got a little bit frisky, and although I tried to shoot what was going on for a while, eventually my natural shyness took over. I ended up putting my camera away and sneaking out, and left it to my imagination what happened next.

Sonwabo S (Cape Town, South Africa)

When Elska started I wanted each of the issues to be really different from the one preceding it, so I tried to choose cities that were geographically or demographically diverse. However, my choice of locations was also subject to a really tight budget. It took some time but eventually, we managed to save enough funds to shoot an issue on every continent (except Antarctica), including Africa, which was somewhere I always wanted to go. Sadly, Africa is one of the most difficult places in the world to be gay, and a lot of the region is simply too unsafe for me or for the participants due to incredibly high levels of social and political homophobia. South Africa however, and particularly Cape Town, is safe, free, and is a real beacon of hope for all queer Africans. I can’t wait to get back to Africa, even if it’s to another city in South Africa. Johannesburg maybe?

Marcin Z (Szczecin, Poland)

One of the things I like about photography is the spontaneity of the images. I like to treat each photoshoot like a documentary, leaving it up to each participant and to the mood of the moment where we shoot, how we shoot, and what he wears or doesn’t wear. Due to social differences between cities, naturally we end up with some issues that have a lot of nudity (our two Latin American issues, Guadalajara and Bogotá, have the most) and some that have very few guys who want to bare all (two of our Nordic issues, Reykjavík and Helsinki, have the least). Although I enjoy going with the flow, I did get a bit annoyed at how shy everyone in Helsinki was. That’s why a few days later on a side trip to visit friends in Berlin I took my camera on a day trip to the Polish city of Szczecin. When I arrived I turned on a gay dating app and started messaging strangers to ask if they wanted to do a shoot and story for us. Two guys agreed straightaway – Beniamin and Marcin – both of whom weren’t the least bit shy. So I ended up adding them to our Helsinki issue and looked forward to one day doing a full issue somewhere in Poland. Stay tuned for that.

Daniel D (Los Angeles, USA)

While it’s not our biggest seller by any stretch, our Los Angeles issue is truly one of the best, both for the hard work the men put into their stories, and especially for the photography, which just somehow flourished under the California sun. Photography is technically all about using light, something that Daniel here, a photo-artist himself, understood well. I remember sitting in his kitchen, happily chatting but also aware that he seemed to be killing time. Eventually, I asked if we should get started, so he went over to look out the window and said, “Yes, the sun is in the right place now.” He then took me up to his bedroom where at that moment the sun was streaming through his blinds, creating a zebra light effect. I quickly sat him in the mix of sun and shadows and starting clicking the camera.

Yosh N (Yokohama, Japan)

I definitely can’t make a list of my favorite moments without mentioning the Yokohama issue, which I shot along with my husband serving as an assistant and designated bag-carrier. My husband is kind of a Japanophile, and he used to always bring up stories from a business trip he once took to Yokohama, which is Japan’s second-largest city. I imagined that if I ever did an issue in Japan, it would be Tokyo or Osaka, or maybe even Sapporo, but I ended up going for Yokohama, in part to surprise him and invite him along. We ended up having a great time but of course, we also did a lot of work dealing with some of the shiest people I’ve ever met, Yosh here being a happy-go-lucky exception. Making an issue in Japan has its challenges, but it’s also super fun.

Gabriel P and Mario A (Bogotá, Colombia)

Another of my absolute favorite issues to make was our trip to Bogotá. It was truly one of the most stereotype-breaking places I’ve been. I remember how horrified my grandmother was when I told her I was going there, after which she started to tell me horror stories that I presume she stole from episodes of “Narcos.” In reality, Bogotá is one of the coolest and gayest places I’ve ever been, and quite safe too in my experience. But the people really are what made it special. They were some of the most open and up-for-it I’ve met, including Mario (the one in front), who I was meant to shoot alone, but when I casually asked his boyfriend Gabriel if he wanted to join rather than sit staring at us from the sofa, he promptly undressed, wrapped his arms around Mario, and looked right into the camera. Magic.

Victor UK (London, England)

Ok, so I meant to give my top ten images, but I’m adding one more. Consider it an ‘honorable mention’ bonus shot. London is my hometown, and when I shot our Elska London issue it was my first time back in the city after moving to the USA two years earlier. Unfortunately, it became one of the most unpleasant experiences I’ve had – the schedule was just too busy, the commuting and crowds exhausted me, and frankly a good number of the guys I met were moody AF. This isn’t really a surprise if you’re used to London, but I guess I sort of forgot after the time away. Anyway, Victor was a total ray of sunshine in an otherwise grey experience. If it wasn’t for him I’d have probably jumped into the Thames. Cheers, Victor!

Liam Campbell is editor and photographer of the indie print mag, Elska, a project that involves traveling around the world, getting to know some regular local guys, and introducing them and their city to the world through honest photography and personal stories. This month the project marks its fourth anniversary, so far comprising twenty-four issues in twenty-four cities and more than four hundred photographic subjects.

Issues of Elska Magazine are available, both in a limited edition print version and in an e-version. Signed art prints, annual subscriptions, and a behind-the-scenes bonus zine called Elska Ekstra are also available.

The top seven jobs for Ivanka Trump & Jared Kushner after they leave the White House / LGBTQ Nation

The top seven jobs for Ivanka Trump & Jared Kushner

The top seven jobs for Ivanka Trump & Jared Kushner after they leave the White House

Photo: Ivanka Trump’s Twitter account

What’s an entitled couple to do after they’ve wreaked havoc on democracy?

If you’re Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, the options may seem limited. After all, between Jared’s role in the administration’s disastrous COVID response and Ivanka’s consideration of Trump rioters as “American patriots,” the couple haven’t exactly burnished their resumes or social credentials.

Related: Republicans condemn Cindy McCain for supporting LGBTQ people. She couldn’t be happier.

They are well aware of the dilemma they face. Ivanka is reportedly in a “panic” that the Trump insurrection has harmed her political prospects. She had hoped to become the first female president, apparently on the premise that the the presidency should be a family business. The mob of Trump supporters storming the Capitol vaporized those dreams.

The Trump brand is so toxic right now that everyone, from the Professional Golf Association (PGA) to the City of New York, is tripping over themselves to sever ties with it.

But all is not lost. There’s plenty that Jared and Ivanka can do to keep in the public eye and earn money, the overriding goal of any Trump family member. Here are some suggestions:

1. A reality show

Life with Javanka! It’s an opportunity to show the human side of being fabulously wealthy and utterly clueless. Viewers can sympathize with Jared’s struggles to build a mansion on their 30-acre Florida estate, or Ivanka’s battles with stepmother Melania.

Besides, reality shows run in the family. We wouldn’t have had President Donald Trump without The Apprentice.

2. Goya brand ambassador

Remember how Ivanka violated federal ethics rules by endorsing Goya products after the food company’s CEO supported her dad? Maybe that was just her debut as the company’s spokesmodel.

After all, nothing says authentic Latin food more than a multi-millionaire blonde whose father is a racist.

3. Remake The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Oscar Wilde wrote this story about a portrait that shows all the depravity of the title character while the character remains ageless.

Jared is perfect for a new movie version. Gray’s narcissism of the character would come naturally to him, to say nothing of his dipped-in-plastic look.

4. Fashionable militia gear

Ivanka’s clothing line went down in flames after retailers dropped it because of her father’s policies. But there’s still a market among Trump supporters.

How about reviving the line, but tailored to insurrectionists? High-fashion militia gear could be the next big thing, and Ivanka can have the field all to herself.

5. Milk thistle promotion

Right-wing figures make buckets of money hawking questionable products. The folks behind milk thistle extract had to settle for disgraced gay provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos to sing its praises as a kidney cleanser.

Luckily, Jared and Ivanka are much bigger names. If the milk thistle gig isn’t available, there are plenty of others, such as Jim Bakker’s Silver Solution or, even better, MyPillows made by fellow election denialist Mike Liddell.

6. Financial advisors

As a fabulously wealthy couple, Jared and Ivanka can sell their services to others who want to be reach their heights. There are two problems with this opportunity, however.

The first is that step one of their program is to be born rich. The second is that the Trump financial empire is teetering on the edge of disaster, so this chance would only be available for a short time.

7. Imodium spokespersons

The news that Secret Service agents were banned from using the bathrooms in the “Javanka” D.C. residence may have looked like one last PR disaster for the couple. But actually, it’s a job opening.

Can’t you see the couple proclaiming the merits of Imodium? For other people, of course. “When you really don’t need them to go…”

It’s a natural for the pair.

Gay Puerto Vallarta A Top Destination For Thanksgiving 2020

puerto vallarta thanksgiving gay events

puerto vallarta thanksgiving gay events

Gay Puerto Vallarta Is A The Top Destination For Thanksgiving Holiday 2020 Travel. For the sixth consecutive year, Mexico is the most popular travel destination for Americans during Thanksgiving Holiday with Puerto Vallarta at No 3 (moving up 4 places from last year).  According to Allianz, Mexico has been a leader in tourism recovery since COVID-19 began with safety protocols like restricted capacity at resorts that enable proper social distancing helping make travelers feel safe.

Get ready to kick off Thanksgiving Week with BRAWNY BEAR WEEKEND. Brian Kent Productions and Mantamar Beach Club join forces to bring you an epic Weekend you won’t soon forget spanning THREE DAYS and featuring FOUR international DJs at TWO stunning venues. Prepare yourself for mind blowing sunsets, amazing music, bears of all shapes, colors and sizes and lazing on the dazzling sandy beaches. 

White Party PV Thanksgiving Weekend Nov 27-30 2020 DJ’s Anne Louise, Nina Flowers and Isis Muretech headline White Party PV Thanksgiving 2020.  

ALL VENUES ARE FOLLOWING LOCAL GOVERNMENT COVID-19 GUIDELINES AND SAFETY PRECAUTIONS TO OPERATE**  Events are limited capacity, temperature checks, hand sanitization, shoe sanitization, and masks are required to enter all venues. If you are not comfortable being around others during this time, please do not attend.

See the rest of the upcoming gay events in Puerto Vallarta here.

Ricky Martin’s shadow, Kelechi’s crop top, & Billy Porter’s fruity drink / Queerty

Ricky Martin’s shadow, Kelechi’s crop top, & Billy Porter’s fruity

This week gay Twitter thirsted for a horrible gay Republican, Andrew Rannells described having on-screen sex with Tuc Watkins, and LGBT activists hoisted a rainbow flag high above Ukraine. Here’s what happened on Instagram:

Brian Jordan Alvarez took a shower.

Kelechi rocked a crop top.

River Viiperi stayed in bed.

Ricky Martin cast a shadow.

Bruno Alcantara swam in the ocean.

Mehcad Brooks sat on the porch.

Titanius Maximus smoked some.

Seth G prepped John Halbach and Kit Williamson for their benefit workout tomorrow.

Adrian Anchondo showed off his plant.

Wilson Cruz sat on the floor.

Dato Foland ditched his swimsuit.

Mike Rizzi gave the dog a bath.

Dave Coast cleaned the beach.

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It’s officially summer, which means…..the #dailydip is back! This will be my third summer in a row committing to a daily ocean plunge, followed by a beach clean-up ??. After my dip tonight, I also decided to check out the #pride lights on the @DTSantaMonica #ThirdStreetPromenade. There’s plenty of room to #socialdistance (especially on weeknights) and with this weather, you can’t find a better place to get some fresh air and support local businesses ??. In case you find yourself in SM this summer, a few of my favorite spots are: @backyardbowls for acai, @eatflowerchild for healthy eats, @elephante for a special lunch/dinner, @uovopasta to carb-load, and the new @santamonicaproper (for a gorge home base during your visit). See ya in the ?! #DTSantaMonica #samopride

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Billy Porter made a drink.

Willie Gomez got some sun.

Terry Miller wiped his forehead.

Taylor Bennett flexed.

Victor Turpin got a tank tan.

Max Emerson caught some waves.

Matthew Camp got sweaty.

Ashley Mckenzie vibed in the garden.

Cameron Dallas dropped a new single.

Eliad Cohen showed off his veins.

And Gregg Sulkin worked out at home.