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GayTies News for Thursday, August 28, 2014

Writer Michelle Theall Talks Memoir Teaching the Cat to Sit and LGBT Issues (AUDIO)

This week I talked with writer Michelle Theall about her memoir Teaching the Cat to Sit, which recounts her experience growing up gay and Catholic in the Texas Bible Belt and her quest, years later, to keep her 4-year-old adopted son from being expelled f...
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Interview: Sinéad O'Connor Isn't Bossy; She's the Boss

Photo by Donal Moloney One can't help but notice the disclaimer strewn across her public website: "SINEAD'S MUSINGS. STRICTLY NOT FOR MINORS." It's true: The 5-foot-5, Grammy Award-winning Irish songstress takes distinct issue with the oversexualizing of...
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A Numbers Game: Making An NFL Roster

Making an NFL team's 53-man roster starts in training camp. According to NFL rules, each team can only have 90 players when training camp starts. The 90-man roster consists of players from the previous year, drafted and undrafted rookies and free agents f...
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Beverly Hills Hotel Boycott Drawn Into Pro-Israel, Anti-Hamas Debate

Shut up. Just shut up. And think. That is the message being tossed about by a Hollywood heavyweight who recently penned an op-ed for the entertainment industry trade magazine The Hollywood Reporter to celebrities, artists and "globally respected icon...
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Harry Styles Supports Michael Sam By Wearing His St. Louis Rams Jersey In Concert (PHOTO)

Michael Sam has earned his share of detractors since he became the first openly gay man drafted into the NFL, but Harry Styles isn't one of them. The One Direction star, 20, donned Sam's Rams jersey during a concert in St. Louis this week. As GLAAD offi...
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Everyday Sexism In Just 9 Illustrations

From "leaning in" to "having it all," it can sometimes be hard to keep track of where we have and haven't made progress when it comes to gender roles. A new project however, simplifies everyday gender stereotypes, making it impossible to ignore their nega...
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Artist Spotlight: Paul Reitz

Paul Reitz has lived and worked in New York City for 23 years, and he has 25 years of professional experience in shooting dramatic images of men, with an emphasis on body and an editorial style. He is sought by the leading male model agencies and new faces alike, to provide his own vision of contemporary male beauty.

Interested in photography from a very early age, he honed his skills while studying the medium in college, both from journalistic and artistic approaches. A common thread throughout his work is the simple elegance that emanates from his relaxed shooting atmosphere, allowing an uncanny connection with his subjects.

"I've been very active with Axiom for Men,” Reitz said, “which has received some outstanding press for its focus on LGBT charities. Don Hood, Levi Jackson, and Stu Reardon are my muses and good friends in various aspects of the fashion and male beauty worlds. Stu and I are working on a calendar for the coming year, and I'm catching up on editing some special projects in advance of the fashion week madness which is coming up in early September. I'll be shooting some editorial fashion work in the coming month and focusing on some fitness and body/beauty shoots as well. Matthew Zink of Charlie by Matthew Z was kind enough to supply swimwear for the shoot with Bobby Sullivan on a blazing hot summer day in Tulsa, my hometown."

In a recent interview, Paul Reitz was asked, “Why are you a photographer?”
I have to shoot. If I haven't in several days, it starts gnawing at me, and I have to get those creative juices flowing. I'll take a break for a week or so sometimes and am always excited to start shooting again. On a more philosophical level, I want to show the world that men are beautiful. I wasn't taught that, and most of us aren't.”

What catches your eye?
A true beauty. Men who have a confident, easy sensual appeal. Often there can be one signature thing that sets them apart, takes your breath away when you pass them on the street, whether it's the eyes, the body, exotic features.”

How do you choose your subjects?
I look for different men at different times. I often like to work with new faces that have that something special, and give them my vision of them. Or I will get inspired to give someone something new and unexpected, if I feel they are playing it too safe. For this book there has been a concentration on younger men in an urban environment.”

How do you describe your work?
I depict beautiful, masculine men in a simple and relaxed sensuality.”

What makes a good photograph to you?
An image that people can connect to ... and that creates desire. I try not to be too overt and to beat people over the head with the "story" in each shot. I want to allow the viewer to bring enough of their own sensuality to the experience, and in the end I hope the image would have more broad appeal.”

Who are your favorite artists? And why?
Jenny Holzer, for the way she uses the power of language and ideas in a visual manner. Steven Klein, for creating images that have balls. John Waters, for being John Waters. And the late Luke Smalley, for toying with Americana and tradition in his images of men.”

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  • Posted on 10/13/2013
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