Edmund White photographed by Slava Mogutin for "Sissy Daddy" in Gayletter #4











Revisiting Photos That Find
Tenderness Amid Inequality


“Untitled, Shady Grove, Alabama, 1956.” Photograph by Gordon Parks
“Untitled, Shady Grove, Alabama, 1956.”
Photograph by Gordon Parks/Courtesy of and copyright The Gordon Parks Foundation.


Black Classroom, Shady Grove, Alabama, 1956.
“Black Classroom, Shady Grove, Alabama, 1956.”
Photograph by Gordon Parks/Courtesy of and copyright The Gordon Parks Foundation.


“Outside Looking In, Mobile, Alabama, 1956.”
“Outside Looking In, Mobile, Alabama, 1956.”
Photograph by Gordon Parks/Courtesy of and copyright The Gordon Parks Foundation.


“Untitled, Mobile, Alabama, 1956.”
“Untitled, Mobile, Alabama, 1956.”
Photograph by Gordon Parks/Courtesy of and copyright The Gordon Parks Foundation.

Gordon Parks’s “Segregation Story” images, first published in Life magazine in 1956, are as important today as they were 60 years ago.
Though the civil rights movement is most commonly associated with black-and-white photography, these images were shot on color film, and connect past and present in a more immediate way.
Parks brought an equally tender and frank eye to capture and honor the intimate, everyday moments of the Thornton family and their community in Shady Grove and Mobile, Ala., showing us how they managed to live “normal” lives in conditions that were anything but.
Moments of happiness, love and strength, like a church gathering or a family outing to the ice cream stand, take place under codified inequality. (The New York Times, Caroline Hirsch, March 24, 2016. Read more.)



"Truly heartbroken. But I will never give up on my dream of
being an Olympic champion." - Tom Daley (via his Facebook page)




heat wave sunset---
it looks cooler
than it is

- Fred Masarani (more here)


Gianluca by Nico Quinteros for Vanity Teen


Xavier Serrano


the paths of glory

The moment Tom Daley lost his gold medal.


Tom Daley has made a shock early exit from the Rio Olympics 10m platform diving, as he failed to make the finals, placing 18th, last, in the semi-finals today, with a score of 403.25.





Tom's performance today will leave many wondering, "What the hell happened?"
Was it over-confidence after his spectacular performance on Friday? That happens with the best of athletes, posting a personal best then turning around the next morning and flubbing the performance. Is there some of that element here? It's possible. Again, it happens to everyone at some point.
Was it all the attention he suddenly received overnight? Doubtful. Daley has been doing this for a long time, as he discussed in a great spot on NBC that aired Friday night. It's hard to believe this guy let the pressure and attention get to him.
Apparently Daley's fiance, screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, rewarded his boyfriend after every successful round of diving with a chocolate bar. Maybe Daley is just tired of chocolate?
Daley explained it in a way that a lot of athletes can understand. Sometimes you just don't have the hot hand:
I truly am heartbroken, because I really do feel I'm in peak physical condition, and I could have gone out there and won tonight. It's really hard to accept how it went today.
When I'm up on the board, I'm completely present in the moment; today things just weren't clicking. I was giving it my all, I was so up for it today - training beforehand was really good, but in the competition it just fell apart.
It didn't feel any different, I guess my mind and body weren't connecting. I knew I had a shot on the last dive still, and I gave it my all, it just didn't happen today.'
Whatever the reason, fans will be shaking their heads, and the diving world will be long questioning how Daley, who finished with a bronze in London and looked like a solid bet for at least a top-five finish in the final, finished last in the semifinal.
Still, at only 22 years old, Daley is already thinking ahead to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Hopefully he can put today behind him, go win some World Championships and bring him an Olympic gold in four years. (Source: Outsports, Cyd Ziegler, August 20, 2016. Read more)
























"Le meilleur moment dans l'amour, c'est quand on monte l'escalier."


Tory Nyhaug

Tory Nyhaug is a Canadian racing cyclist.
He represents Canada at the 2016 Rio Olympics in the men's BMX event.
My heartfelt thanks to JiEL for this inspired submission.


Tory Nyhaug


Tory Nyhaug


Tory Nyhaug


Group installs nude Donald Trump statues in US cities


INDECLINE erected statues in New York, San Francisco,
Los Angeles, Cleveland 
and Seattle overnight Thursday,
with the intent to humiliate Trump...




In an interview with the Washington Post, INDECLINE explained that they wanted to humiliate Donald Trump while nodding towards his authoritarian tendencies, as dictators often erect statues of themselves.

The artist behind the designs, Ginger, said he wanted to give Trump a “constipated look”. The statues show a veiny Trump with a saggy bottom. There are also specific details, such as a Masonic ring on his finger.(Source: The Guardian, August 18, 2016. Read more)

Chris Hinchey by Larry Schwarz
Chris Hinchey by Larry Schwarz


Alex Valley by Ted Sun
Alex Valley by Ted Sun (more here)


Alex Valley by Ted Sun


Frank Lloyd Wright Revival Initiative proceeds
with next phase of Banff Pavilion rebuild



In 1938 The Pavilion, which served multi-purposes, was demolished. Built on a flood-plain without mitigation measures, the integrity of the structure, originally erected in 1914, was compromised and, amidst much controversy, eventually torn down. Over the last 35 years, there have been a number of efforts to see it rebuilt. Only recently has Banff’s Town Council demonstrated a sincere willingness to move ahead. (Source: Canadian Architect, August 8, 2016. Read more...)









"When it gets hot like this, you know what I do? I keep my undies in the icebox!"

Thomas Leuthard Photography (via Instagram)


Jirka by Peter Dobias for Vanity Teen Magazine
Jirka by Peter Dobias for Vanity Teen Magazine


Jirka by Peter Dobias for Vanity Teen Magazine


Jirka by Peter Dobias for Vanity Teen Magazine


Garçon Model Alex Valley, by Ted Sun for Adon magazine
Garçon Model Alex Valley, by Ted Sun for Adon magazine



Garçon Model Alex Valley, by Ted Sun for Adon magazine