My greatest hope is that we finally turn our back on the idea that diversity is a sign of delinquency, that seduction is corruption, that femininity is weakness, that social progress is wickedness, and that transformation is a form of madness. I hope we see queer heroes and villains in the same proportion as the straight and cisgender heroes and villains.
The goal here is not to reach a place where the villain is never a flamboyant effeminate gay guy, but to get to a place where the hero sometimes is as well.
All this. Read the whole essay—well worth your time.
Posted by: Zachary, who honestly can’t fathom why the lasses fancy Loki, but whatever.
Thank you to everyone who’ve waited so long for this. It’s been an epic journey, with more ups and downs than a Highland roadway (the sort I tend to drive way too fast and then my dad yells at me and makes me pull over so he can take the wheel, and then HE drives even faster and thinks it’s okay cos he’s an International Man of Mystery (TM), and then Mum makes us stop so she can use the toilet at some dodgy gas station outside Glenshiel, which she then whinges about the cleanliness, so we drive another forty or so kilometres in circles searching for antiseptic hand wipes and get pure f***in’ lost, and then we’re all late to Gran’s house, which is when the yelling really starts.)
I wish that were only a metaphor.
Anyway, I love youse all, and I hope you love my story. I will work night and day between now and 21 December to make it perfect for you. Or if it can’t be perfect, it’ll at least be—no, it’ll be perfect.
1. you don’t have to actually dance. if you WANT to dance and share a video of it, or if you spontaneously decide, during the party, to dance around your living room or the coffee shop or whatever, AWESOME.
2. SHADEboys dance parties are about sharing videos of people dancing.
3. what’s even AWESOMER is if you make up a story about it. basically, lie.
FOR INSTANCE: here are (left to right as the dudes are positioned at the beginning) me and Zachary and Martin ten years from now. we are the best men at Dylan’s wedding! we had to change our names to fool the DMP.
OBVIOUSLY this is just a made-up story. no one would ever marry Dylan.
4. PRIZES: some sweet SHADE swag packs, which now include buttons that say I Heart Logan, I Heart Martin, and I guess some that say I Heart Zachary, too. you’ve NEVER had a chance to win those before! plus there’s some seriously cool stuff made by Team Kilt members:
5. HOW YOU WIN PRIZES. as i explained last week, you get one (1) chance at a Shade swag pack by posting any dance video you like. make sure you use the #SHADEboys hashtag or we won’t see it!
but if you find a video where you can make up some story about YOU dancing with one (or more) of US, then you get five (5) chances.
"This is my husband/brother/uncle/grandfather, who met Zachary when he was only six months old, and already he was chubby, super cute, and an excellent dancer!"
"I work at Subway, and we totally caught Logan (with a Mohawk!) dancing on close circuit camera.":
no, wait, Martin wants us to save his video for tomorrow night.
see how easy that is?
(hat tip to @jenniferstrand for the Beyonce/guys in kilts video!)
It’s the one-year anniversary of Olympic Swimmers’ first full-length album. If you’ve ignored my incessant promotion of this lovely Glasgow band and not bought it yet, why not celebrate this milestone with a listen?
My favourite track is still the first I ever heard, “Where It Snows”, but “Bricks of Our Building” brings a wee tear to my eye on occasion.
Logan: ever since last year’s SHADEboys dance party brought Shade readers to their feet, rocking their butts off, we’ve been asked to do another.
Martin: This was before I was on Twitter, so it could’ve been even better.
Logan: RIGHT. Zach and i needed a third dude to perform our awesome dance in the Munich Apple store, so we roped in my little brother Dylan (who is little only in age—he’s actually taller than me). i’m in the middle, Z is the cool guy on the left, and Dylan is the vaguely Jesse Eisenberg-y looking guy on the right:
Zachary: Classic. One of our best moments.
Martin: Nae bad for a bunch of straight lads.
Logan: um. well, we’ve seen how well you dance. Z shared a video during the party of you and him and your friends: