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Kissing Bliss from a Brit Band

Male Bonding, a noise-pop band from London, filmed a fun, surprising take on the laid-back, summer-drenched music video. The boys shoot some hoops, kick back with some beers, and move from arm-wrestling to a kissing party.

Even as a gay man, it still shocks me to see two men kissing on television, in films, or a music video like this, streamed over the Internet. I guess it’s that these images are still so rare that they avoid normalization.

It’s amazing to me this simple yet transgressive act of men kissing can be so affirming.

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The Who Woulda Thunk Files: Indie Bands with Gay Frontmen

So I adore Grizzly Bear and their hypnotic, near-ambient sound. Massachusetts local Ed Droste, of course, is openly gay and named the band after a furry ex-boyfriend.

But Droste is only one of many indie bands fronted by gay men. There’s Jonsi of Sigur Ros, Kele Okerereke of Bloc Party, among others. A burgeoning trend? Queerty compiled a nice little homage to the musicians and their stolid (defiant?) queer moments.

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» "Pinays," AGNI, Spring 2016
» "Dandy," Post Road, Spring 2015
» "Wrestlers," Fifth Wednesday, Spring 2014
» "Babies," Joyland, August 2011
» "Nicolette and Maribel," BostonNow, May 2007
» "The Rice Bowl," Memorious, March 2005
» "The Rules of the Game," Screaming Monkeys: Critiques of Asian American Images (Coffee House Press, June 2003)
» "Deaf Mute," Growing Up Filipino (Philippine American Literary House, April 2003)
» "Good Men ," Genre, April 2003
» "The Foley Artist," Drunken Boat, April 2002
» "Squatters," Take Out: Queer Writing from Asian Pacific America (Asian Am. Writers' Workshop, 2001)
» "Deaf Mute," The North American Review, Jan 2001
» "The First Lady of Our Filipino Nation," The Boston Phoenix, 1999
» "Paper Route," Flyway Literary Review, 1996
» "Brainy Smurf and the Council Bluffs Pride Parade," Generation Q (Alyson, 1996)
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