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Author: Eric Starker

Totally Unofficial Queer Guide to Comicon

by Eric Starker So you’ve chosen your best, flattering spandex outfit (or maybe just an ironic nerdy T-shirt.) You’ve established what character you’re cosplaying as and from what timeline. All systems are go for your attendance at Emerald City Comicon. But wait – what do you do if you happen to be queer? What’s out there specifically intended for the non-straight crowd? While you can pour through the guide yourself, I’ve highlighted some picks of particular queer interest. If you’re NOT attending Comicon, read on as I’ll include off-site events too that don’t require Comicon attendance! BEFORE THE CON Gay...

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Suction:  Black Friday at the Eagle

The fetish community in Seattle is a robust one. There’s always some fellows in harnesses hanging about at the Cuff or the Eagle, and you’ve probably seen some pup hoods and maybe a buttplug tail or two. Furries have a strong presence here. But men in shiny rubber are scarce. Despite appearances in popular media such as American Horror Story, and gay stars and icons wearing rubber (such as Jake Shears of the Scissor Sisters and Kylie Minogue), latex is still a relative minority in the Seattle gay fetish world. Some here in Seattle are looking to change that. Black Friday is...

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Where the Rubber Meets the Road: RubbDown 2015

If you’re a kinkster, and looking for some cool events to attend, there are some great national events to attend that most folks have heard of. On the west coast, the Folsom Street Fair gets an insanely huge turnout, and you can travel to Chicago for International Mr. Leather. Once you narrow down the kink to a specific fetish, though, your options can become fewer. Latex/rubber is my particular interest, and while it’s enormously popular in Europe, the community for it in the US/Canada is smaller, but passionate. The biggest rubber fetish event in the US is Mr. International Rubber in...

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Gay Onscreen: The Rise of Queer Web Series

The LGBT presence is growing on network and cable television. Gay characters on shows like Modern Family are a more regular presence, while shows like Lookihng offer a more specific lens into queer culture. Still, network and cable shows aren’t always able to offer as personal and relatable an experience as an LGBTQ viewer, like myself, would want.

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Seattle: Queer Geeks Galore

Seattle is widely known as one of the geekiest places in North America (at the very least). Whether it’s due to the rain, the glut of software and game companies in the area, or some other factor, you’d be hard pressed to find a city with more game stores, arcades, conventions, bookstores, and various havens to explore your love of comics, science fiction, and video games. In the last several years especially, geekdom has expanded into events targeted towards geeks who are also queer. Huge, mainstream conventions such as PAX and Gen Con have added panels about inclusivity and...

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Into The Woods: I Could Not Wish For More

When I first heard about the release of a movie version of Into the Woods, based on the Stephen Sondheim stage musical I had adored since I was a teenager, I was excited and skeptical. The recent film adaptation of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd had its moments, definitely presenting both a point of view and a fun, macabre story aimed at a younger audience, but it sacrificed a lot with the sub-par vocals of the beautiful score. Into the Woods is part of that same recent movie musical boom. It features a mostly “movie star” cast that’s not universally known...

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