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Bachelor Food: Saturday Morning Coconut Pancakes

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017 in Cafe Inspirado, Food! | 0 comments

Bachelor Food: Saturday Morning Coconut Pancakes

It’s hard to write when you’re full. And that’s one thing these coconut pancakes do: fill you up. It’s all the fiber in them, I think. But they’re tasty, easy to make — and grain-free. So here’s how this little adventure started out. I love my carbs. Pastas, pancakes, pastries, crusty French bread… They’re the stuff of life. They’re also not great for someone keeping an eye on their blood sugars and lipids. So I’ve been deliberately cutting out foods with added sugars, and...

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Review: A.W. Strouse’s “BBC – The Black Boyfriend Compendium”

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 in Reviews | 0 comments

Review: A.W. Strouse’s “BBC – The Black Boyfriend Compendium”

A new memoir by occasional IMPACT contributor A.W. Strouse, B.B.C. (The Black Boyfriend Compendium), examines the various (14) black lovers he has had in his life. It was an entertaining read that left me wanting more, in more ways than one. The narrative recalls some of the negative experiences the writer has had with men, and was partly inspired by Oscar Wilde’s De Profundis. We see the protagonist change from a young, naïve virgin at the beginning, looking for his first experience as a bottom, to an experienced, somewhat jaded yet still...

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Review: “Merlí”

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Reviews | 0 comments

Review: “Merlí”

Spanish television, in general, is not that great. Sure, La que se avecina is entertaining, and Polonia from Catalunya and Vaya Semanita from the Basque Country are actually much funnier than Saturday Night Live usually is. In fact, until now, I’ve only been able to get into one Spanish series, the horrible yet wonderful Física o química (Physics or Chemistry), a teen soap with 20-something actors playing teenagers and their slightly older teachers. (Some of the episodes are available on YouTube — if you can manage to get past the...

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World AIDS Day. Live Aware.

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in Hot Topics | 0 comments

World AIDS Day. Live Aware.

  December 1st is World AIDS Day, a day dedicated to remembering those lost to HIV/AIDS infection around the world. But it is also a day for raising awareness, for reminding all of us to live our lives responsibly, safely. Fast Facts More than 1.2 million people in the US are living with HIV, and 1 in 8 of them don’t know it. From 2005 to 2014, the annual number of new HIV diagnoses declined 19%. Gay and bisexual men, particularly young African American gay and bisexual men, are most affected. Worldwide Epidemic There were...

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Donald Trump, Meet Queen Esther. A plan for moving forward.

Posted by on Nov 14, 2016 in Featured, Hot Topics, Politics | 0 comments

Donald Trump, Meet Queen Esther. A plan for moving forward.

I’ve spent a great deal of time this past week thinking about the Presidential election and the fallout from it. Like many in America, I am reeling from the uncertainty that this election has fostered. Before I get into my assessment of the situation and outline a course of action, I want to revisit an ancient story that very much parallels what we’re going through right now. Enter Queen Esther. If you’re not especially familiar with the story of Esther in the Old Testament, let me provide a brief synopsis: Xerxes was the King of...

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Bachelor Food: Pasta Puttanesca

Posted by on Oct 28, 2016 in Cafe Inspirado, Food! | 0 comments

Bachelor Food: Pasta Puttanesca

It’s been a while since we’ve run a foodie post, but the other day when I posted a photo of my dinner on Facebook (yeah, I’m one of those people), a bachelor friend commented that he doesn’t know how to cook and wished I’d posted the recipe along with the photo. So, for you, Jay, here it is. I’ve been a spaghetti fan since I was a kid. And it’s one of the handful of foods that almost every guy knows how to cook. No big recipe needed, no elaborate culinary planning or advanced shopping needed. Most of...

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LGBT Show “Disposable Teens” Nominated for Streamys‏

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in Reviews | 0 comments

LGBT Show “Disposable Teens” Nominated for Streamys‏

OutliciousTV is pleased to announce season 1 of our LGBT drama series, Disposable Teens, has been nominated for Best Indie Series for the 6th Annual Streamy Awards. The Streamy Awards is an annual awards show honoring the best and the brightest in internet video entertainment. Think Emmys for YouTube/Vimeo. Streamy Award winners will be determined by a group of creators, executives, and other experts in the online video industry. Previous nominees have seen their shows and careers skyrocket after the event. Last year’s event aired on VH1....

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My Gender? My Sexuality? Do I really need to explain?

Posted by on Aug 22, 2016 in Featured, Hot Topics | 0 comments

My Gender? My Sexuality? Do I really need to explain?

Maybe you’ve seen this T-shirt… I think I want one … and I bet you know why. The message captures an all-too-common experience: the vague knot in our stomachs, the brace of fear, the incipient eye-roll when we know a question about our orientation, our gender, the people we are and the people we love is coming straight at us. Yes, I’m talking about explaining. To me, this feels different from coming out. Yes, coming out is also fraught with terror and danger (and hopefully, if it goes well, exaltation and relief and joy). The one big...

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Dear rich gay white man at the RNC…

Posted by on Jul 22, 2016 in Featured, Politics | 0 comments

Dear rich gay white man at the RNC…

Dear rich gay white man, I see you. I saw you on that stage tonight. Your incessant need for reassurance and acceptance by the very same people who would strip you of your rights if they could; it’s fooled you into thinking you’re one of them. I saw your education, your haircut, your suit, your whiteness, your privilege. They saw your money and influence. But if they saw you on the street corner working for a warm room and $20 you would be nothing but another well-deserved HIV case. If they saw you in the high school lunch room being picked...

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Orlando Made Me More “Out and Proud” Than Ever

Posted by on Jun 23, 2016 in Hot Topics | 1 comment

Orlando Made Me More “Out and Proud” Than Ever

I kept asking myself why the Orlando Shooting affected me so much. It took me a few days, but I finally realized why. When 9/11 happened, it really didn’t do much to me. I was in 6th grade and only 11 years old. It didn’t make sense to me, I couldn’t really understand it, and I had only been on a plane once before. Yet, adults all over the world were distraught. It was a terrible incident; it shook people to their core, and made everyone realize how fragile life was. In my lifetime, this is the single biggest attack on the LGBTQ+ community....

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