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Wednesday 05.06.20

Moan Together by Matt Lambert

A video to support sex workers at risk during Covid-19

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Monday 12.16.19

PLEASURE PARK – MATT LAMBERT – TOM OF FINLAND FOUNDATION – MEN.COM

Berlin-based filmmaker and photographer Matt Lambert has become known for his art house approach to erotic film. In his fast-paced style, he merges filth, fun, and sexual fantasy with a dynamism rarely seen in the porn production industry.

 

Pleasure Park is his fifth publishing project, produced as both a film and zine, inspired by the legacy of Tom of Finland. Debuting on Men.com in early 2020, the film is a stylized documentary of a group of adult performers, friends on a hot summer day, shot at the Tom of Finland Foundation, at Tom’s former residence. The cast includes Sean Ford, Joey Mills, Angel Rivera, River Wilson and Tannor Reed, with a live music performance by Taco Guillen of SCUM and several of its East LA Latinx members. The accompanying zine was released in early December 2019, illustration and graphic design crafted by Stefan Fähler, and it is available at the Tom of Finland Store.

 

Having worked with Christeene and Rick Owens on their infamous music video, Butt Muscle, and the picture book Vitium, a collaboration with his husband Jannis Birsner, Lambert is no stranger to voyeuristic sensibility and sensual oddity. Recounting the experience of making Pleasure Park, he describes, “there’s definitely a big throwback to queercore punk zine culture which we started to play with in Vitium. With Tom’s work being such a conscious and sub-conscious influence on my work, it was so inspiring to create this in the context of the foundation and at the house which holds such a magical and hedonistic spirit.” …

Thursday 11.14.19

Sam Morris

Authenticity and romance — that’s what’s missing from mainstream porn. Now Sam looks to the past to change the future of erotic film

With his elegant accent, Sam Morris is an exceedingly charming champion of body and sex positivity. He shares his notably artistic films on his website, offering previews to his nearly 400,000 Twitter and Instagram followers. There’s no studio or camera crew —  just Sam, his partners and a camera.

 

Formerly a child actor in London, Sam, now 31, appeared in various TV shows and West End productions. Later, he trained to become a professional dancer. For the past few years, as erotic film developed into Sam’s area of expertise, Berlin has been home.

 

His films aren’t scripted or planned; the hookups are honest. His partners are hot, yes, but they aren’t actors or porn stars. Thus his work bleeds into the realm of documentary. It isn’t traditional porn, per se — there isn’t always penetration or the famed “money shot” — but chemistry is guaranteed.

 

Sam strives for authenticity, both in work and private life. He speaks highly of Amy Winehouse, a woman who couldn’t be anyone but herself. “She lived so authentically and fucking died in her authenticity,” Sam says. “I’ve never seen anything more authentic in my lifetime. She lived and died in the public eye so raw. That, to me, is inspiring.”

 

 

 

Jeans by Helmut Lang.

 

 

 

When did you first realize you were getting popular? Instagram’s been a bit of a slow burner for me. I would say I started doing more stuff on Instagram about four years ago, and essentially everything’s slowly grown. …

Tuesday 03.26.19

A Chocolate dick

I opened the press email about this item fairly quickly after reading the subject “…Dick at Your Door!” I opened my eyes wide and read the details. For those of you that get easily excited the chocolate dick appears bigger in this photograph than what it is in real life, although it’s still an exciting size — something like a good 6-inch rocket. This gives you an idea of how deceiving dick pics can be, photography can do wonders for the appearance of your penis.

 

The chocolate dick was an item originally developed as a prank, “a way for people to anonymously tell their friends, office colleagues, frenemies… to “eat a dick” without the repercussions” the inventors tell us. I mean sure, but receiving a dick at the door for me sounds funny and perhaps it’s more suitable to cause a few giggles, than freak anyone out. The company is pitching this item as a “perfect April Fools and Easter gag gift.” I can certainly see it for Easter, if they have chocolate bunnies and eggs, why not a dick? “One dollar from every order is donated to the American Cancer Society to help fund Prostate Cancer Research.”

 

It’s a nice gesture to send a chocolate dick to anyone who loves a light joke or maybe someone who’s super conservative? The dicks come in different types of chocolate, just in case you are picky about your flavors. Send a friend, a family member or anyone who could appreciate the joke. …

Wednesday 12.19.18

SLAVA MOGUTIN: XXX FILES

The latest exhibition of special edition prints exclusively at Tom of Finland Store

The Tom of Finland Store is equal parts online boutique and gay art gallery. We’ve seen exhibitions of work by Bruce LaBruce, Jack Pierson, Daniel Trese and now their latest — a collection of special edition prints by the artist Slava Mogutin (titled Slava Mogutin: XXX Files) exclusively available on their site. The online exhibition launched in December 18th, a day after Tumblr decided to ban adult content. It’s one of the dumbest thing we’ve heard about this year, wasn’t pornography the only reason why people went on Tumblr in the first place? Our GAYLETTER XXX Tumblr got closed down after a few successful years and a massive following, but you know what, who cares, it’s time we all leave Tumblr and show them that we don’t need to support their regressive, homophobic ideals.

 

“For me, the personal is political and the political is personal. At the time when our fundamental constitutional rights are under attack, I believe that queer imagery can serve as the most effective weapon against hypocrisy, bigotry, and censorship. When they censor my work either on social media or in real life, my response is always — double up on the queer, double up on the fight and what they don’t want to see. I want to shine light on the darkest corners of human nature and sexuality as a way to understand and peacefully coexist with each other, because being different is a blessing, not a curse.” — Slava Mogutin.

 

This exhibition is composed of photographs, performance and film work from different stages in Slava’s career. …

Tuesday 10.02.18

Folsom Street Fair 2018

San Francisco's Folsom Street Fair happens annually the last weekend of September

Monday 06.18.18

Folsom Street East 2018

Pups, Cubs, Daddies, Leather, Ladies and more

Friday 05.04.18

b-Vibe Triplet Anal Beads

A blinding orgasm. Thats what we all want, right? Now, there’s a few ways to achieve an orgasm of that caliber: maybe, for you, it’s poppers (I hear Iron Horse and Pig Sweat are pretty good?), maybe it’s edging (if it’s not for at least an hour, you’re not doing it right mama). Maybe, even, it’s only getting off once a week or once a month to let things build up. For me, though, my approach this week was b-Vibe’s Triplet Anal Beads.

 

 

First and foremost, b-Vibe did not create just any anal beads. When I think of typical anal beads, I imagine a long cord with a bunch of big beads, all of which are inserted into a very hungry bottom. This is something else entirely. It’s equal parts dildo, vibrator, beads, and 100 percent fun.

 

 

I’m going to relay my experience with the Triplet Anal Beads, but first, let me describe to you some aspects of the toy that aren’t readily apparent in the fabulous photo pictured (which features GAYLETTER Issue 1’s back cover design). Upon unboxing the toy, I was pleased to find that it includes a discreet travel case made of hard plastic, reminiscent in material and form of those shell suitcases that I saw a couple basic queens try to fit in the overhead bins on my last flight to Barcelona. Girl, give it up. The toy itself is made of a super soft body-safe silicon and has six vibration levels and 15 vibration patterns. …

Monday 04.09.18

ANEROS HELIX G-SPOT STIMULATOR

I’ve always been fascinated by sex toys — the fleshlight varieties, the kind you insert, those vibrating ones — and, thanks to GAYLETTER’s poppin’ XXX desk, I’ve had the good fortune of starting my own collection! I recently received the Helix male G-spot stimulator by Aneros and was thirsty to try it. Sexually speaking, I’m a top, but a top who loves his ass to be toyed: Rubbed, touched, licked, eaten, really anything… except penetrated. Sorry! But lately, I’ve been trying to be more open (pun intended) about putting toys and penises in there. Anyway, I shoved my stimulator away in my backpack and took the Helix home.

 

By the time I got around to trying it, though, I was kind of nervous. My sexual energy had been knocked off kilter after a really strange hook-up with this guy who was hot but definitely a pathological liar, which is the biggest turn-off.  My horniness was so outta wack that I felt like I had to wait to use my new toy in order to give it a fair review — fair for the toy, but also fair for myself. Finally, after the latest episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race I was thoroughly wine-drunk and sativa-stoned, and my doggish horniness returned. My dick was on brick, and I knew I was ready.

 

I pulled up my porn Twitter (because Porn Tumblr is cancelled), put some lovely Wicked Masturbation Créme on my dick, started jacking off, lubed myself up, and put the Helix in! …

Monday 03.19.18

WICKED MASTURBATION CRÉME

The other day at the office, we had a lovely little gift exchange courtesy of the Wicked Sensual Care Collection. Some of us received flavored lube a la salted caramel, cinnamon bun, and pomegranate — I received an unscented masturbation cream. My sex drive is pretty high, so I end up masturbating pretty frequently, so I was excited to try it.

 

So far, I’ve used the cream twice. The first time, I used it in a hook-up while this boy and I were giving each other hand jobs. Our consensus was that we didn’t like how thick the cream is. We ended up wiping our hands and dicks and decided to use cocoa butter instead, which I prefer since it’s a little looser without being as wet and slippy as something like coconut oil or water-based lube.

 

The second time I used the cream was yesterday, after I had gotten home from a very casual coffee date in Bushwick with a really cute twink, and before I had to leave to get drinks in Downtown Brooklyn with a former co-worker. I noticed some of the cream’s better nuances this time around, since I was alone and pretty stoned off a luscious THC-infused watermelon gummy. I noticed this time how the cream starts out very thick but as you stroke, it actually melts into more of a traditional non-greasy lube. And the longer you masturbate — or give a hand job — for, particularly if you like to edge, your — or ya man’s — precum will mix with the cream-turned-lube and make it just a little wetter, which is necessary, I find. …

Monday 10.30.17

Manta Ray

A newcomer on the queen scene reviews IMTOY's men's stroker — the Manta Ray

It was a dark and gloomy evening. Rain pitter-pattering on her Greenpoint apartment’s fire escape — a luxurious New York terrace. Maybe not luxurious, but a queen needs her outdoor space. It was nippy — one of those autumnal times that’s more indicative of impending winter than a bygone summer. She gets into her cozy bed — it’s still too early to turn on the radiator — so she snuggles up with her down comforter, silken sheets, and a tattered copy of Jane Eyre that she’s read a couple times.

 

Just kidding, no Jane Eyre. She gets into bed with her IMTOY Manta Ray vibrator. And “she” is me.

 

Let me describe this thing to you in case our photo isn’t loading on whatever device you’re reading this on. It’s millennial pink in color (something I’m yassing, to be totally honest) and made of this really soft silicone. The shape is disarming but not so strange once you realize what you’re supposed to do with it (namely, wrap it around your dick and move it up and down? — at least this is what I’ve gathered).

 

Not pictured in the photo: you can control the toy via an app on your phone. In all transparency, I haven’t tried out this feature because that’s extra, and despite my name, I’m not that extra when it comes to getting myself off. Maybe when it comes to getting cute boys off, but not myself. Also not pictured: there are 16 different vibration options for you to choose from. …

Friday 06.23.17

Sean shows Pride

Sean Ford, CockyBoys newest exclusive model, thinks “entering porn is entering politics.” While that may sound unbelievable to some, Sean’s idea captures the progress made by our LGBTQ forebears. Without their fighting at the Supreme Court and rallying year after year on the streets all across the country, Sean probably would have grown up in fear like so many other queer youth who are still afraid, ostracized, lonely and uncertain in regards to their inherent sexuality.

 

We took Sean’s super cute, super proud self to be photographed by Gerardo Vizmanos (who photographed one of our past covers — He sure knows a thing or two about butts) to celebrate Pride Month with messages of strength and support. Sean was very comfortable with being nude on set, and we found that very refreshing. (It was much appreciated, Sean!) It also made him super easy to work with. Considering how pleased we were, we’re going to release some of those beautiful nudes in our next printed issue (GAYLETTER Issue 7 coming soon). You’re welcome!

 

Being proud doesn’t come easy to everyone, but the statements written on caps and t-shirts encourage us to remember those who we are fighting for this month: our trans, bi, two-spirited siblings, the queer youth and each other.

 

We are here and we are queer. Be proud for one another.

 

Sean wears a t-shirt by Tom of Finland Foundation x Lockwood51, briefs by Undie Bandit.

 

Enjoy Cock Muscle shirt by Lockwood51, jeans by Rufskin. …