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GayTies News for Friday, August 29, 2014

Five Ways You Can Help Pass GENDA

Last week, Governor Cuomo wrote a letter to the Pride Agenda asserting his "deep commitment" to transgender protections and calling on New York to extend the Human Rights Law to include gender identity and expression. We've been fighting for the passage o...
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How Going After Our Dreams and Overcoming Our Fears Helped Us Become a Family of Four

When our son turned 2, we decided that it was time to think about having a second child. We'd made it through those first parenting milestones of pure euphoria and utter exhaustion -- that feeling of having no idea what you were doing, but eventually know...
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'Do You Want to Be the Mother or the Father This Year?'

When a local health foundation's bi-monthly marketing newsletter arrives in my mailbox, I throw it in the recycle bin without a second glance, every time. But the issue that arrived yesterday stopped me in my tracks. The cover features two handsome, fas...
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Giant Men Meet Tiny Kittens In Adorable Mismatch For The Ages

Giant men. Tiny kittens. They both come together in this adorable BuzzFeed video. Before the giant men visited the Kitty Bungalow Charm School For Wayward Cats, a rehabilitation center for feral kittens in the Los Angeles area, they seemed woefully unawa...
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What Children Want To Hear When Their Gay Parent Comes Out Of The Closet

As millions of LGBT Americans know, coming out of the closet can be complicated. That's especially true when you're an adult with grown children and an established family who may have a hard time with such a radical shift in their parent's identity. So wh...
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Why Author Jill Di Donato Wishes Her Gay Dad Had Come Out Sooner

Author Jill Di Donato found out that her father was gay when she was 22 -- and now, in retrospect, wishes he'd come to terms with his sexuality earlier. "Finding out at that point left me a little bit angry at my parents for sort of hiding this and dece...
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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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