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  1. FKIN (A)rt FRIDAY

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    Meet New York photographer Ron Amato

    All photos: ©Ron Amato

    For respected New York photographer Ron Amato thinking inside "The Box" has proven to be very sexy.  

    The Box by Ron Amato

    Photo from "The Box" ©Ron Amato

    "The Box," in this case, is the title of Amato's monograph of gorgeously sensual male nudes. At 112 pages, in a smart 10”x10” format, "The Box" was released in 2017 following a widly successful Kickstarter campaign to complete production.  

    Focused on themes of isolation, desire, conflict and empowerment, Ron Amato uses a series of boxes to create visual metaphors, echoing his development from adolescence to adulthood through over 100 color, and black and white photographs.  

    Photo from "The Box" ©Ron Amato

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  2. Leather-bound and Bigger than ever, IML turns 40 – Windy City Times

     Leather-bound and Bigger than ever, IML turns 40 – Windy City Times

    This week Chicago's premiere LGBTQ publication Windy City Times celebrated the 40th anniversary of International Mr. Leather (IML).

    If you're in town for the event or just following on social media, do yourself a favor and read up on the legacy of this longstanding, underground gay event.

    IML 40th anniversary feature in Windy City Times

    Above, from the slideshow of historic IML photos from the last 40 years.

    From the article:

    Size matters at the daddy of all leather competitions with a total of 72 contestants—the largest number on record—competing at International Mr. Leather ( IML ) 2018 in Chicago, IL, surpassing the previous record of 66 contestants from 2002. IML draws an estimated 18,000 attendees from around the globe who will have a boots-on-the ground presence this year to mark the 40th anniversary of the event.

    Those boots will also have the opportunity to receive leather care at the 26th annual International Mr. Bootblack competition, which takes place throughout the IML weekend and features four contestants this year.

    IML began as a competition at the Gold Coast, a long-shuttered gay men's leather bar in Chicago owned by iconic businessman and IML founder Chuck Renslow. The contest became so popular it exceeded the pub's capacity, and in 1979, International Mr. Leather was born. Today, IML has evolved into a multiday event featuring fetish workshops, speakers and dance parties, with a Leather Market full of kink wares from chains to chaps...

    Continue reading the full story on the Windy City Times website.

    And speaking of the Leather Market, stop on by the Perfect Fit Brand mega-booth for deep discounts on our entire catalog. The sale will go sitewide as of May 25.

    Perfect Fit Brand IML sitewide sale

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  3. 24 Women Share Their Best Tips For Mind-Blowing Sex

    24 Women Share Their Best Tips For Mind-Blowing Sex

    From writer Gigi Engle at Women's Health comes a list from the ladies. Gentlemen, take heed. Here is Engle's intro to the piece, followed by a link to the full post.

    Things you may have filed under don't ask a friend over brunch: "What was your bowel movement like this morning?", "When are you going to dump your boring boyfriend?", and "What are your go-to moves for mind-blowing sex? I need helppp!"

    But that last one is totally a shame. Because, even though talking about sex with your friends can be awkward or even flat-out unhelpful, some of the best sex tips and inspo can come from ladies who have been there, done that.

    To help you tap into the intel of other women's sexcapades, Women’s Health surveyed 81 real women, ages 22 to 51 to find out their advice for taking your sex life from meh to amazing. And they certainly delivered. Here are some of the best ideas on how to have better romps, more orgasms, and fabulous sexual experiences overall—from ladies who know what's up.

    Read the full article on Women's Health here.

    P.S. We're particularly partial to one comment: “Cock rings are life-altering.—Lucy, 27" as we're very proud of the success of our Play Zone Kit of 9 Xact-Fit cock rings on a mini traffic cone. Perfect for finding the perfect fit cock ring for your man.

    Play Zone Kit with Xact-Fit Cock Ring System

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  4. Perfect Fit Brand is XBIZ "LGBT Pleasure Products Company of the Year"!

    Perfect Fit Brand is XBIZ "LGBT Pleasure Products Company of the Year"!

    CEO Steve Callow is a Dedicated Sponsor of LGBTQ Events, Organizations

    (New York, NY) May 18, 2018–At the XBIZ 2018 Awards–the “Golden Globes” of the adult industry–Fort Lauderdale/Toronto-based sex toy company Perfect Fit Brand was named "LGBT Pleasure Products Company of the Year."

    Perfect Fit Brand CEO Steve Callow with his XBIZ LGBT Pleasure Products Company of the Year awardPerfect Fit Brand CEO Steve Callow

    While the innovative Perfect Fit Brand has steadily released numerous products that appeal to men gay and straight, it is the Buck Angel FTM Line of trans sex toys that brought the company's imagination and daring to media attention.

    A collaboration between trans activist and sex-positive personality Buck Angel and Perfect Fit Brand designer and CEO Steve Callow, the FTM Line was officially launched with the 2017 release of the Buck-Off™ FTM stroker, designed specifically for trans men undergoing hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

    In early 2018, two new products in the Buck Angel FTM Line were released: The Kiss-X, a smaller, tighter version of the Buck-Off™ designed for FTM guys not in medical transition, or early on in their HRT, and the Fun Boy FTM Packer (fake penis and balls to be worn in pants), which, though initially designed for FTM men, is so sensational looking may gay men are wearing them for fun.

    Buck Angel and Perfect Fit Brand CEO Steve Callow at the 2017 Folsom Street FarBuck Angel and Perfect Fit Brand CEO Steve Callow at the 2017 Folsom Street Fair

    Perfect Fit Brand personnel include CEO Steve Callow, who is gay, a trans man, and people across the gender and sexuality spectrum.

    The company is a dedicated sponsor of numerous LGBTQ events and organizations, including International Mr. LeatherThe Saint at Large presents the Black Party, and Folsom Street Fair. An expanded list of recent and current sponsorships is below:

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  5. FKIN (A)rt FRIDAY

    FKIN (A)rt FRIDAY

    Meet the lovely, inclusive, LGBTQ loving artist, Felix D'Eon

    Tripping over the glorious queer art of Felix D'Eon whilst in a Twitter hole will stop even the most derailed ADD victim in their tracks. Vintage in feel, gracious and sensuous, D'Eon's art is a welome oasis in a digital world stobing by at seizure-inducing speed. 

    He aptly introduces himself on Twitter,  "I am a Mexican, latinx painter and activist dedicated to the art of queer love, romance, and sensuality." 

    Felix D'Eon

    Caption from his Facebook page: "The famed Edwardian pornographer, Felix d'Eon."

    Sweet, friskly, and lovely, this is feel-good art for everyone, wherever you fall on or near the LGBTQ+ spectrum.

    "The feeling of seeing oneself reflected in art is very important; this is something which I think straight people might take for granted," he told OUT.com in an interview last year.

    From grand masterpieces (above) to figure painting, to tarot, shunga, and greeting cards, D'Eon's rich catalog is available to view and purchase online at http://www.felixdeon.com Please do yourself a favor, and visit his website (just paging through the homepage slideshow is a delight), and don't miss the blog, to get a look behind the art. And buy some art!

    Felix D'Eon Love Is Love

    Above: Felix D'Eon "Love Is Love"

    From his website, here is his bio. 

    Felix was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, to a French father and a Mexican mother. At a very young age, he and his family moved to Southern California, where he spent most of his childhood and adolescence. He attended college at the Academy of Art University, in San Francisco, and subsequently lived in San Francisco until 2010, when he returned to his native Mexico.

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  6. Men Who Masturbate Often Have Better Sex Lives – Metro UK

    Men Who Masturbate Often Have Better Sex Lives – Metro UK

    Thanks to one of our favorite sex advice columnists, Dr. Dick, of Dr. Dick's Sex Advice blog, for highlighting this article from MetroUK, and providing even more reason to keep on strokin'!

    Metro UK writer Ellen Scott says:

    There’s no shame in masturbating.

    It’s a stress reliever, it’s the only form of entirely safe sex, and, as new research notes, it might actually make you better at sex with another person.

    Sex toy brand Tenga have revealed that men who masturbate weekly are 10% more confident in their own sexual performance than those who masturbate less often.

    Men who masturbate weekly or more often are also 12% more satisfied with the quality of their orgasm, and 6% more confident in their own body.

    Tenga surveyed 2,000 UK men for the results, asking them about their solo sex habits and their experiences with other people.

    They found that 96% of British men masturbate, and that the average person discovers masturbation at age 15. The top three reasons why we masturbate are to achieve pleasure, to relieve sexual tensions, and to de-stress. Other popular reasons include to aid sleep, to deal with boredom, their partner isn’t up for sex, and to help improve sexual performance.

    British review YouTube channel Oh Boy Reviews recommends The Boss stroker by Perfect Fit Brand

    Of course, this study only shows a positive correlation between masturbation and improved sexual satisfaction and confidence in your own body. What’s not clear is a cause and effect relationship.  

    It’s possible that men who are more sexually confident are more comfortable masturbating more, or that men who are comfortable in their bodies tend to be more open to exploring themselves sexually, rather than the other way round.

    Read the full article here.

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  7. A Hilarious interview with Gay Adult Superstar and Total Cut-Up, Rafael Alencar

    A Hilarious interview with Gay Adult Superstar and Total Cut-Up, Rafael Alencar

    You have GOT to watch this just posted absolutely hilarious interview with gay porn superstar Rafael Alencar.

    Fans know the man has a sense of humor, but you really get to see it in, um, full swing, in this interview.

    Far too often we see an insanely sexy guy, begin to fantasize, only to have it all go flaccid the second he opens his mouth and we realize he zero sense of humor. Sexy bod? Great. Sharp, silly sense of humor? Fun. But it’s the combo of the two that makes most guys swoon.

    Raphael Alencar by Joe Oppedisano

    The best photo ever taken of Raphael Alencar, by Joe Oppedisano @joeoppedisano

    Excerpted from the press release:

    Amateur, fetish and porn star clip site IWantClips Ambassador Marc MacNamara has released an exclusive interview with gay adult superstar Rafael Alencar where he officially announces his retirement from porn.

    “Rafael is at the core an amazing human being. He is a smart businessman, but what most people don't know is that he is witty, quick and funny as shit, says MacNamara. "He has experienced more of this industry than anyone I can think of,” MacNamara said. “I learn from him every time he manages to formulate a sentence. This interview really shows off who he is and what he reveals will no doubt shock people.”

    Alencar, who is known for his large manhood and acclaimed on-screen performances, announces his retirement from porn as well as discusses his career and life in a compelling interview with the acclaimed filmmaker as part of his new interview series “NSFW With Marc MacNamara.” The series is expected to grow exponentially over the years with regular interview releases.

    A post shared by Marc MacNamara (@marcmacnamara) on

    In the insightful interview, Rafael expresses he is grateful for his time in porn and the success he has achieved, but feels it is time for him to move on. 

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  8. 5 RIDICULOUS Myths About Gay Men And Gay Sex — Debunked!

    5 RIDICULOUS Myths About Gay Men And Gay Sex — Debunked!

    A great little post from sex advice website Your Tango. Writer Rick Clemons runs down the list of gay sex stereotypes and unravels 'em one by one. 

    He says:

    For whatever reason, gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender individuals, and other members affiliated with the (LGBTQ) community keep getting this bad rep for being "sexual deviants of society." Yet, if a married heterosexual couple chooses to embark into their own private world of Fifty Shades Of Grey, enjoying a romp into BDSM, they're doing it under the sanctity of marriage!

    How many married straight couples have felt the spontaneous desire to pull off to the side of the road for a quick romp? Understand my point yet?

    It's a rather a crude joke that every situation described in the aforementioned paragraph are stereotypical definitions of gay men. With all due respect, until you've been a gay man and walked in his shoes, don't assume to know what makes him stand at attention in his Levi's 501s.

    Click here to go to Your Tango to read Clemon's "5 ridiculous gay stereotypes people have about gay men and gay sex."

    More widsom from Rick can be found here.

    Your Tango logo

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    @YourTango @RickClemons #gaymyth #gaysex 

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  9. FKIN (A)rt FRIDAY

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    In honor of what would have been the artist's 98th birthday, take the @itgetsbetter tour of the Tom of Finland House

    “Is there any other artist that we ejaculate to and also have on the coffee table?” – Time Out, Chicago

    May 8 marked what would have been the 98th birthday of a man who one could arguably say was the most influential--and certainly the most visible--artist in contemporary America gay culture, Touko Laaksonen, known as Tom of Finland (1920-1991).

    To celebrate, the It Gets Better Project presents a video tour of the Tom of Finland House, along with a commemorative T-shirt. The tour is hosted by Official Tom of Finland Ambassador and It Gets Better Cofounder (and husband to Dan Savage),Terry Miller.

    “You see Tom of Finland drawings in almost every leather bar in the United States,” says Miller in the video. You see them in tons of gay bars. It’s almost code like, here is where we are accepted. Here is where you will find a community for yourself.”

    What gay man doesn’t remember the first time he saw a Tom of Finland illustration? The slim hips and bulging muscles, the lips, eyes, the groping! Hallucinogenically hyper-masculine, electrifying and jaw-dropping, they left an indelible impression. John Waters agrees.

    “I think he captured what every gay man was looking for. An exaggerated man. A VERY exaggerated man. And it was the opposite of the gay man in the 50s,” he says. 

    While the leather/fetish scene existed in early underground gay and gay bar culture, it was Tom of Finland who provided the blueprint for many seeking to adopt the look, and who put the look on a pedestal. Frankly, Tom of Finland men where gods!

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  10. "Trivial Cahoots: Sex Toy History Trivia Quiz" via Autostraddle

    "Trivial Cahoots: Sex Toy History Trivia Quiz" via Autostraddle

    Carolyn Yates at Autostraddle, the wesbite for "kickass lesbian, bisexual & otherwise inclined ladies (and their friends)" recently posted this smart, well-researched sex toy history quiz. 

    She introced the quiz thusly:

    "You know that sex toys have been around since before that franchise blew up in 2015, and before rabbits and Magic Wands appeared on Sex and the City, and before doctors’ offices in the 1900s. But for all that they’re a fascinating way to look at technology, gender, sexuality, culture, censorship, human connection, innovation and the pursuit of really great orgasms, sex toys and their history are often overlooked. For this quiz, I encourage you to cheat. Knowledge is power."

    30,000 year old dildo

    Pssst! If you need to cheat a bit, check out our very first blog post, "Dildos, Strap-Ons, and Pegging: An Anal History." Above, a clue to the answer to the first question.

    Now, hop over to Autostraddle and take the quiz here and don't miss Yate's sex toy history book recommendations at the bottom of the post.

    www.autostraddle.com "News, entertainment, opinion, and girl-on-girl culture. The world's most popular independent LGBTQ women's website."

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    #historyofsex #sextoys @autostraddle @c_yates 

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