As someone who has been part of the bear and gay community as a whole for twelve years now, I have seen a bevy of trends come and go in our culture, yet there is a constant that remains throughout it and that is an incredible lack of respect from younger and older gay men to each other that needs to stop immediately. Seeing as we can be a culture that hardly comes together as a community with how vicious we can be, it can be something as simple as this that can break these walls downs and we can unite better as a culture. [Read more…] about There Needs to be Mutual Respect Between Older & Younger Gay Men
Television shows can generally be addicting, but in recent years, one that really comes to mind in the LGBT community is “RuPaul’s Drag Race”. The show has become a cultural phenomenon, with millions tuning in each week to see who shantays, and who sashays away. Whereas this show has been a vital movement in the media presence of LGBT over the past decade, I have to wonder why this is the only damn show on television right now where the entire cast is gay, and not just a supporting character, IE “Modern Family”. [Read more…] about Why, as a Gay Community, Do We Only Have RuPaul’s Drag Race?
Sometimes the best way we can connect between each other isn’t exactly with chatting, it can simply be through our body language that can make the connection that much greater. Than can truthfully be said in the short film that the incredibly sexy and talented Sam Hendi created two months back, called “MASS: C19H2802”, which examines that with close to a dozen bearish type models in a fourteen minute film where the absence of voice is right and center and all you are left with is a visual masterpiece of the human body.
[Read more…] about Sam Hendi’s MASS: C19H2802 is Visually Stunning & Sexy to Boot
I for one am always super impressed by anyone who comes from a small town like I am and makes it big in a city like Manhattan, where millions of people are trying to leave some type of impressionable footprint before they leave this earth. To accomplish a lot of that footprint in your early 20’s just shows the type of drive and talent one must have to succeed. This can be said about one of the hottest rising stars in the art world, Nicholas Contrera.
What an exciting accomplishment it is to combine the forces of so many talented people in the LGBT comic business and create a special, one of a kind book to display just how amazing the people, stories and backgrounds are of each? That is what is happening this month with the launch of an amazing new Kickstarter campaign for a book called “Hard To Swallow”, a gay erotic comics anthology created by “No Straight Lines” Justin Hall and “Feral And The Ghostskaters” Dave Davenport. The campaign for this book to be released is going on now until March 1st, and for anyone in the LGBT community, this is something that you should really get involved in to help the art world and for these great people to showcase their work.
[Read more…] about Justin Hall & Dave Davenport’s “Hard To Swallow”- Get Involved
As someone who is always interested in up and coming brands, primarily ones with an LGBT focus, it gives me a great sense of adoration when there is one in particular I really like a lot that has had some fantastic developments to them, all within a short time frame. This can be said of the up and coming and booming clothing line Krave and Kulture, who just relaunched their website with four incredible new collections for the savvy & smart guy.
Guest Contributor: Daniel Woolmer
Now that Love is starting to win for the LGBT community and equality of marriage is becoming accepted over many countries worldwide, we really need to stand for our rights and get the rest of the world on board. The days of being stereotyped for our natural genetics and outcast-ed with the things that do not fit in to the bracket of “normal”, is on its way to being over. The LGBT community must now make the most of the freedom that so many pioneers past and present have worked so hard in braking the boundaries so we can have what we have so far in the modern times.
Something I always admire are people who have a dream for themselves and instead of letting that dream go to waste they actually follow their destiny and make it happen. It is even better when it is someone in the LGBT community, which is exactly why I am happy to put this month’s spotlight on the handsome, smart and very talented Eric Liebig, who runs a fantastic body care line called Cedar Soap Company.
I became aware of Eric on none other than social networking, where he amasses thousands of followers due to his incredible physique, friendly demeanor and his success in starting this fabulous company. I started conversing with him a couple of weeks ago and when I learned more about his soap company and the history of it I knew I had to get him on Manhattan Digest. With amazing different scents ranging in Egyptian Orange, White Tea & Ginger and my personal favorite, Shea Butter, and a great price to boot, this was a no brainer to feature. Check out our exclusive on the history, the inspiration, what separates Cedar Soap Company from the pack, and more.
How did the concept of this company start?
I was traveling in Turkey during my days in the military and found a small shop that sold pure olive oil soap. I was amazed how clean I felt after using it and from a product that was all natural.
What inspired the name Cedar Soap Company?
I grew up on a farm in Nebraska, we have many Cedar Trees there and its one of my favorite smells of the forest so what better way to name my company after a tree I had many good memories growing up around
There are so many companies like yours, what separates you from the rest of the pack?
I aim to give to my customers a big bar and one that is very well scented. I want my customers to know they are getting a great value for the size and scent of my soaps.
Do you see yourself promoting the brand in the LGBT space first as you have such a large gay following and then the rest of the spectrum or do you have another plan?
I never planned to reach so many in the LGBT community, but I am thankful for it. My main plan is to reach as many people who love their skin and want to use a natural product to gently clean them.
Speaking of your following, you have 13,000 plus followers on social networking. Pretty impressive! How have you been able to amass that?
I am always amazed I have so many followers. I think its because what you see is what you get, a big goofy country boy who loves to break stereo-types and makes great soap. I always aim to be positive and upbeat in all I do.
Now tell me about Cedar Soap. What are the different types of soaps & products that someone can order?
My soap blend selection varies, I try to have wide range of various scents. All my soaps have excellent traits to keep you clean and your skin soft. I like to have a variety of Herbal, Floral, Woodsy, and Citrus scents to stimulate the senses and I am always looking to expand and add other great scents. I love them all and it is hard to find one that’s my favorite.
Do you add any incentives for your customers when they order your products?
I do, if my customers order three or more bars I send them a nice wooden soap rack to let their special soap rest, and dry out between showers so it lasts longer for them and I am always putting combo pack discounts together for them to save them a little when buying a lot of bars.
If someone is having an issue with dried or cracked skin, what do you recommend they do?
I would suggest them trying my Shea Butter or my Cocoa butter blends. I add a lot more to those blend for that very reason of dry, cracked skin the winter can bring sometimes.
You have some pretty exciting things coming up in 2016. Can you tell our readers about them?
Yes. I am working creating more visual dynamic soaps, with new fresh crisp scents that will inspire your senses and tease your eyes on amazing look of soaps.
What are you ultimately hopeful for regarding the future of Cedar Soap?
My dream is to soon one day work at this full time and share my passion for my soaps. I would love to reach out to as many as I can and show how a natural product that has been around for thousands of years is still relevant, great for the senses and responsible to the earth. We have one body and one planet to live on, I hope with my efforts I can bring a great soap to benefit my customers and contribute to a better future for our planet.
This past year, Marvel had teenage Bobby Drake/Iceman (boy?) from the past, come out, in present day, with the “assistance” of past teen Jean Grey. The internet reacted, and, in general, the fans weren’t happy. This seemed like a move designed to garner gay money without actually having a gay character/storyline, especially since it could be easily changed back. Not too long ago, DC got into some hot water with fans due to not allowing Batwoman (who is a lesbian) to have a wedding, though DC has issued their own reaction to that. There’s been a rise in mainstream gay comic characters, and an explosion in the indie and online market. So, with New York Comic Con here, it seemed a great place and time to talk to some of the creators about where we stand with queer representation in the comic industry. [Read more…] about We’re Here, We’re Queer, and We’re Going to NYCC 2015!!
Author. Actress. Outspoken LGBT Activist. Just some of the words you can describe for the uber talented Kimberly Amato. There isn’t much that Kimberly can’t do in today’s day and age. Write a super impressive novel (Steele Resolve) with many more to come? Check. Star in a popular YouTube series? (Nic & Kimmie Show)? Double check. Kimberly has kept herself quite busy in her acting and writing career over the past ten years, and has a lot more to come in the future. Check out our exclusive interview we did with her at Manhattan Digest.
What inspired you to get into acting in the first place?
It was so many things, but primarily it was the idea of being someone other than myself. I could have any job, hobby, name, family – but I didn’t have to be Kimberly. I could explore the world from the set of any production.
Do you have any particular actor/actress, movie or TV show that really was the driving force in getting you into this particular industry?
Jodie Foster. She has such a way about her and her work ethic. Her ability to showcase her talents in so many different roles was inspiring. As I got older and read more about her, I was more fascinated. She’s a brilliant woman who moves me to spread my wings and continue fighting for my career.
Your IMDB profile is very impressive. What has been your favorite role you have taken on so far and why?
I loved playing “Raven” in “Under The Raven’s Wing”. The writing was great, availability to improv was supported and it was the most versatile character ever. During one day of shooting I went from calm to angry to emotionally drained – it was awesome.
A ton of debate has been going on lately regarding female roles in Hollywood, and how they are expanding beyond the stereotypical types. What are your thoughts on that?
I think it is a bit of a double edged sword. I do happen to see more roles for women that are out of the mold – but they are being played by younger women. The older actresses are more on television and have more “classic” roles handed to them. We can be anything, but at a certain point we are no longer viable for an action hero character. Men are afforded longevity in areas like that. It’s also interesting that when women are cast in these tougher, more action based roles – they are brought down by men only referencing their beauty. Most recently two stars of the Avengers referred to the Black Widow as a whore. In jest or not, it sets a precedent to younger people.
Another example is actress/activist Angelina Jolie speaking to the U.N. on the crisis in Syria. The Syrian U.N. Ambassador, Bashar Ja’afari was asked his opinion on her speech – he said she was beautiful. No matter how many roles, directorial successes women seem to have or expand into – it always comes back to how we look and not who we are.
Do you have a particular actor, actress or director you are dying to work with?
Joss Whedon, Jodie Foster and Angelina Jolie – they bring such rich stories to the screen with well-developed characters. Not to mention, I have always wanted to play an action hero or a vampire hunter.
You are also an author of a book called “Steele Resolve”. What is it about?
It’s about Jasmine Steele, a detective who had her life going in the right direction. She was happy with her job, even through it was a detour from her dream. She had the love of her life and was planning to take the next step. Then she got a call that all families dread. Her brother was murdered in a car accident. Her life fell apart. She’s raising her nephew and had no room to deal with her grief. She lost connections with friends, her work suffered and she lost her soulmate. Now a series of murders all relate back to that fateful night. She has to find a way to figure it all out before someone else she loves dies.
Would you consider doing more novels in the future?
Oh yes! I am currently working on Melting Steele – book 2 of the Steele Series. I would love to continue writing the Steele Series for as long as the fanbase allows. Beyond that I have several other books and screenplays outlined just waiting to be put to page – er computer screen.
You are also part of the LGBT community. What was your take on Bruce Jenner’s revelation this past week?
I was very thankful that someone with more visibility actually stood up and expressed themselves. I will be honest and say I have friends on Facebook that I would love to see documentaries on. Bruce was courageous yes, but he has money and support. Many others out there are alone and we need to see them as well for a more rounded view of the issue.
What strides do you think we still need to take overall as a community?
We need to change the negative views that we are deviants, rapists, pedophiles and whatever else people say. We need to speak of the reality with factual based arguments and not fight one another. After Bruce Jenner spoke, people were asking me about what sport he should be allowed to play and what bathroom he should use if he doesn’t get a full sex change operation. They asked me about how he could identify as straight if he felt he was a woman. Some of these questions came from supporters and members of our community. The answer is simple – It doesn’t matter. We live in a society with a need to categorize everything. We are not criminals, we don’t need a registry – we need acceptance. If we can change that, maybe we have a chance, but we must stand as one. I’d like to think this is all possible.
Anything else you have going on in 2015 and beyond you can share?
I do have Melting Steele and Breaking Steele on my to-do list and I have been auditioning as much as possible. Other than that, I am working on my webseries endeavor with Nicole Stiegelbauer called The Nic & Kimmie Show. We are planning to shoot more episodes this summer.