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Summer-Lovin’ Lemonade

Summer-Lovin’ Lemonade featuring Stoli OranjIt’s the peak of summer, and nothing quenches your thirst like an ice-cold lemonade, right? Wrong! You gotta kick it up a notch. Stoli and lemonade is the hottest drink this summer. It’s coold and refreshing. Perfect for an afternoon on the patio, a garden party, on the boat, by the evening campfire, or just a quiet evening at home sitting in front of the fan. You can mix it up with all different kinds of Stoli too… Original, Gold, Ohranj or Citrus… or walk on the wild side by using Razberi or Strasberi. Go on… have some fun this summer!

  • 2 oz Stoli Oranj
  • Lemonade
  • Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Fresh Lime Juice

Fill a Collins glass with ice. Pour in Stoli Oranj. Add fresh squeezed juice from half a lemon and half a lime. Top with lemonade.


Salad Jars

Salad JarsHealthy eating in the summer is easy – there are so many fresh fruits and vegetables. It helps cut the calories in our diets and fuels the body. But just because summer is over, doesn’t mean the good salad times have to end. Give salad jars a try – they are perfect for people on the go.

If you have a busy, hectic life, crazy work schedule and trying to fit in time at the gym, you need portable food that is healthy and nutritious.

Fresh ingredients still comes in throughout the fall. Take advantage of seasonal produce.

You can prepare meals in advance. Just line up a row of jars and make it into a production line. Use wide-mouth mason jars (500 ml). You can re-use the rings and lids as long as you clean them between uses and don’t use them for preserving.

Layer ingredients one at a time. Start with the salad dressing on the bottom to keep greens fresh (keep greens at the top). Layer from the bottom to top, heartier vegetables, shredded cabbage, snowpeas, beets, carrots. Add quinoa or pasta. Leftover chicken is good. Store in the fridge.

When you’re ready to eat, turn the jar upside down to mix in the salad dressing and eat right from the jar. Remember to bring a fork and to save and reuse the container.  Perfect for using leftovers. Fast, easy, and nutritious.


BC should receive a failing grade for not reducing new cases of HIV

IMG_8471_smIn the week leading up to Vancouver Pride, the largest gay pride event in Western Canada, it should be a time of celebration for the LGBT community, especially in a jurisdiction that has gone to great lengths claiming to be a world leader on HIV/AIDS research. A recent report of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), reveals that over the past decade new cases of HIV are on the rise amongst gay, bisexual and men who sleep with men (MSM), and today, anti-retroviral drugs to reduce new HIV infection rates isn’t even part of the long-term strategy.

Premier Christy Clark was pleased to recently announce the AIDS epidemic is now over in British Columbia, and confirmed the AIDS ward at St. Paul’s Hospital in downtown Vancouver would be repurposed for other uses.

Awkwardly, just weeks later, the annual report released by the PMO, states new cases of HIV are on the rise in the gay target segment. Furthermore, out of all the recommendations outlined in the PHO’s report, the use of anti-retroviral drugs isn’t even mentioned as a key strategy in reducing new cases of HIV in British Columbia.

Anti-retroviral drugs have been proven to reduce the risk of HIV by up to 99%; it’s called pre exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and it has been approved in the United States for over two years, and additionally endorsed by both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO).

In fairness and with full disclosure, the use of PrEP for approved in Canada requires the drug manufacture to submit an application to Health Canada for review. At this point, it is not known if a recent application has been made, but according to Positive Living BC, no known applications have been submitted to date. However; PrEP, under the brand name Truvada, is available off-label in Canada, and can be prescribed, under extremely rare circumstances, by doctors for high-risk patients. These high risk patients, primarily those who are sex workers or have partners who are HIV positive, must agree to HIV testing every three months and undergo regular kidney and liver tests. Other potential risks may include reduction in bone density over long-term periods of use in some patients.

While anti-retroviral drugs are technically available to all Canadians, British Columbia does not have a formulated strategy in how to handle PrEP, therefore anyone who is HIV negative, at high risk, and who wants to be on the preventative medication, doesn’t have a clear method to access preventative treatment. Unfortunately the health care system in British Columbia is so segments and uncoordinated that it is not as simple as going to your family doctor.

In order to quickly reduce the rate of new HIV infections in Canada there is an urgent need for both policy to be developed and lobbying of the drug manufacturers to get PeRP approved for wide spread use in Canada.

In British Columbia, key stakeholders including the Ministry of Health, BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, AIDS Vancouver, Positive Living BC, nPEP, Spectrum Health, the Health Initiative for Men, STOP HIV, and other key organizations need to come together quickly to provide people who want preventative medication, access to the medication quickly and easily. Again, this includes the formulation of a strategy and lobbying of drug manufactures like Gilead Sciences, the manufactures of Truvada, to get the use of the drug approved by Health Canada.

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“For years, governments have refused to take specific actions to target specific segments, taking a one-size-fits-all approach,” said Spencer Chandra Herbert, MLA Vancouver-West End. “Less than ten per cent of the budget from the Canadian Institute for Health is targeted for HIV health, when we are a population that takes more than 50 per cent of HIV cases. This is not helping those that truly need prevention. It’s staggering.”

While there are other segments within British Columbia where new infection rates are on the decrease, it doesn’t address the steady or increase in new HIV infections amongst gay men.

“Some would say its because of homophobia, or ignorance, or not paying attention,” stated Spencer. “There has been a focus on areas like the downtown east side and intravenous drug users, to use the stop analysis on those areas. It’s not focused on gay, bisexual, or men-who-sleep-with-men. Every time a new report comes out, with gay men, specifically young gay men, infection rates are increasing. It’s wrong. Targeting efforts have been proven. When you target a community specifically, you’ll have greater success, rather than a one-size-fits-all approach.”

While Spencer is pleased to see recommendations from the PHO, much work still needs to be done and he hopes government stops to listen to the medical, gay, lesbian, transsexual, and bisexual communities.

“We have long called for, and why BC continues to be a leader, because back in the 1990’s the government made it a priority, but the shift has comes off the gay male population,” said Spencer, explaining the BC NDP’s position on the use of PrEP to ensure that all British Columbian’s have access to anti-retroviral drugs as a preventative method for HIV risk reduction. “We have the cocktail and various drug combinations that can make it an illness and not a death sentence. Yes, we’ve made great strides in many aspects, but it is still preventable and needs to be top priority.”

At the time of this article being written, Premier Christy Clark’s office and the Ministry of Health both deferred questions to Dr. Montaner at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, who is currently attending the World AIDS Conference in Australia. At the conference, PrEP has become a key area of focus and studies have shown that no one who has taken PrEP four times per week has been infected with HIV. It was also noted that demand for PrEP was strong in this large cohort of MSM/TGW, indicating a high degree of acceptability for PrEP in this population when it is offered free of charge.

As it stands today, both government and medical communities in British Columbia feel it is acceptable for more new infections of HIV to occur while they continue to put priority and focus on research to find a cure and treat people who are living with HIV. It is true that today in British Columbia, it is easier to get access to doctors and medication if you are infected with HIV, than for someone who is HIV negative and wishes to protect him or herself through the use of proven anti-retroviral drug treatments. It should not be acceptable for access to medication to be given only after an exposure, especially when preventative treatments are available and endorsed by other jurisdictions and leading health organizations around the world.


The top five things you need know about PrEP

Adam Zuboski reveals the top five myths of PrEP / TruvadaPre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), has become a very hot topic these days. Study after study has shown the successful use of anti-retroviral drugs, like Truvada, to reduce the risk of HIV infection by as much as 99%. Still, there are skeptics and research and studies continue to prove that a pill is an incredibly safe HIV prevention method.

Adam Zeboski, an HIV test counselor at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and founder of the #TruvadaWhore campaign, which recently landed him on the front page of the New York Times, says these are the top five things you need know about PrEP:

  1. PrEP is an HIV prevention strategy in which HIV-negative people take anti-HIV medications to reduce their risk of becoming infected. Truvada is the only FDA approved PrEP in the USA at this time (since July 2012). Currently, PrEP is not licensed for use in Canada as an HIV prevention method, although it is being prescribed “off label” for these purposes.
  2. PrEP does not protect against other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and is not a cure for HIV. However, a recent study in Kenya and Uganda has shown that taking Truvada for PrEP may lower the risk of genital herpes by about 30%.
  3. According to data analyses from the iPrEx study that found PrEP to be effective, seven pills per week yielded protection from HIV estimated at 99%. Four pills per week yielded protection estimated at 96%.
  4. The USA’s FDA (Food and Drug Administration), CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), and the WHO (World Health Organization) all recommend PrEP for people at risk for HIV.
  5. PrEP does not increase sexual risk taking.

It’s important for anyone who is taking PrEP, or considering taking PrEP, to know the side effects are generally mild. Most people experience “starter’s syndrome” which involves mild gastro-intestinal issues that go away a week or two after starting PrEP. More serious side effects, related to kidney and bone mineral density issues, are rare.


World Pride performance strikes a chord with R&B diva, Jully Black

Jully Black at World Pride 2014

From the moment she stepped on the TD Welsey Stage at World Pride, the entire crowd knew it was going to be one hell of a show, and Jully Black did not disappoint. Jully Black sang her heart out at World Pride 2014 in Toronto, as the R&B soulstress, threw every ounce of passion she had into her 30+ minute performance, which left the ocean of concert-goers amazed at her power and energy. In a word, Jully Black was more than a diva, she was FIERCE!

Jully Black at World Pride 2014

Jully Black at World Pride 2014Performing at World Pride held a special place in Jully’s heart. The youngest of seven kids, and the only one who was born in Canada, Jully knew the meaning of the term gay from a very young age. While she was born in Canada, she grew up in Jamaica. She vividly recalls when she was just 13 years old when her sister’s best friend, who was gay, passed away from HIV. It was an emotional time for her, and her entire family.

Years later, Jully would again be faced with a similar situation where a close friend of hers who was living in New York found out he was HIV positive. Her friend was afraid of the stigma and told people he had cancer. It was hard for Jully.

For Jully, performing at World Pride was an opportunity for her to show people in Jamaica and around the world, to see her on stage, celebrating gay rights, and showing people that it’s ok to be who you are.

“The Olympics of gay prides of the world” is how Jully described World Pride 2014 in Toronto, Ontario. This was her first time performing at this kind of event. She took the opportunity so seriously that she even commissioned her very first custom made gown from a Vancouver, BC designer, specifically for the performance. And it dazzled! She looked fabulous!

Jully Black at World Pride 2014

Later this year, Jully Black will be releasing a new album, MIC, which was originally short for Made In Canada. She’s since shortened it to MIC, like mic, short for microphone, as a symbol to giving a voice. A touching tribute from an artist who has been honoured as one of Greatest Top 25 Singers in Canada Ever!

 Jully Black at World Pride 2014

Jully truly appreciates every single one of her fans around the world, old and new. Every new Like on Facebook and follower on Twitter excite her. She’s genuine, had a heart-of-gold, and judging by her incredible performance at World Pride, could easily out-do Beyoncé in a heartbeat!


Blast fat with HIIT

High intensity interval trainingHigh intensity interval training, also known as HIIT, is one of the best ways to burn fat. HIIT is a repetitive cardio exercise designed to quickly bring up your heart rate, followed by a period of rest to bring it back down. Repeating this over and over burns fat at an incredible rate and much faster that longer periods of cardio at a constant pace.

HIIT is most successful on shorter interval times. For example, sprinting for 30 seconds or one minute, and walking for the equal amount of time, and then repeating again. It takes a minimum of 15 repetitions for HIIT to be effective and is ideal to do 30 repetitions. In fact, two weeks of HIIT has the same aerobic capacity result as six weeks of endurance training, and recent research has shown more progress in 15 minutes of HITT three times a week, compared to someone running at a steady pace on a treadmill for an hour.

It is important to push yourself to your limits when doing interval training. It’s where the biggest success leaps come from. At the end of each interval it should feel like your heart is about to jump out of your chest.

HIIT is also the preferred cardio routine of choice for people who are looking to bulk up or maintain muscles. This is because the weight loss comes from fat stores, not from the muscle breaking down. HIIT also releases important human growth hormones, which help the body recover faster and build stronger muscles, which slows down the aging process.

Biking, swimming, running, skipping, rowing and any other type of cardio exercise can all incorporate HIIT training. You’ll feel amazing and see results in a matter of weeks.

Remember, check with your doctor before you start a new and aggressive workout routine.


Hidden hotel gems in Las Vegas

Palace Station Hotel in Las VegasDon’t be fooled. When searching for great hotels in Las Vegas, you don’t have to stay on the obvious choices. There are awesome spots to call home for a few days that don’t involve the strip. Boutique hotels, affordable retreats and mega-resorts are all options and could become the epicenter of the party on your next visit to Las Vegas.

The Rumor is a smaller, somewhat quiet boutique getaway. It’s cute, romantic and has every little touch you would need for a nice Vegas trip. They have great staff, beautiful suite options, a pool, dining room and even offer breakfast in bed. Rumor is located minutes away from everything you would want to do in town.

The Artisan Boutique Hotel is a favourite of many. It has a very unique setup and room décor of any property in Vegas. There is a restaurant, bar, lovely clothing-optional pool, and a party that doesn’t even get started until 3:00am! Artisan Afterhours is a real thing and it guarantees you will have something to do at all hours of the day.

There are several Station Casinos throughout Las Vegas valley, some of which even include major resorts like the Green Valley Ranch and Red Rock. Palace Station has rooms starting at $19 a night! It’s just five minutes from the Strip and within ten minutes of everything to do in Las Vegas. Even being off the Strip, Palace Stations offers affordability, comfort, and convenience.

Despite what some people believe, the Hard Rock is not on the Strip. With an amazing night club and performance venue, along with multiple dining options and one of the most talked about pool / beach experiences in Las Vegas, it’s the place to be, and be seen. The Rehab Pool party is a brand in itself, and definitely a great perk. Less than two miles from Las Vegas Blvd, you won’t have to deal with obnoxious tourists who are stumbling down the sidewalk, but still get all the amenities of a major resort.


Wash summer pollutions away; skincare tips for men

How to wash summer pollution away; skincare tips for menSummer can wreak havoc on your skin. Sweat, mixed with bacterial, pollution and sticky oil all create a messy cocktail for breakouts and blackheads. After a long, sweaty day or a hard workout, you need to treat your skin and bring it back to life. It’s can be quick and easy to get back to a beautiful summer glow.

Guys typically produce more oil because they have extremely active sebaceous glands. The key to keeping great, healthy looking skin is to have a good skincare routine to remove surface debris and dead skin cells. This is done through daily deep cleanses and weekly exfoliation. Using the right cleansers will help penetrate under the skin and give perfect results every time.

How do you know what cleanser to use?

This is why it is important to understand your skin type, and also know how your skin deals with seasonal changes. Your skin can change based of the season and lifestyle choices. A skin expert can help determine your skin type and identify skin concerns. Using harsh soaps or chemicals dehydrates the skin, which results in the skin overproducing sebum, making guys think that they have an oily skin type.

Once the correct cleanser is selected, it should be used twice a day. A morning cleanse will wash away sweat and debris that transfers from your pillow and sheets, which is normally oils from your hair and hair products. It also preps your skin for daily moisturizers, toners and SPF’s.

In the evening, double cleanse, especially if you are prone to breakouts and blackheads. The first cleanse should be an oil based cleanser to remove surface oil, products and other debris like city pollutions. Dermalogica PreCleanse will emulsify and not leave a greasy film behind that would otherwise clog skin pores. The second cleanse should be a water-soluble cleanser because it penetrates deeper. Priori AHA Gentle Facial Cleanser is an fantastic product that uses pH to correct lactic acid and essential vitamins to remove residue, leaving your skin feeling soft, smooth and clean.

If you find your skin always on the oily side, try Dermalogica Dermal Cleanser. The clay based cleanser gives you a deep clean using kaolin and green clays, calming cucumber and sage to keep skin feeling soothe and refreshed.

Twice a week follow with Dermalogica Agesmart Thermafoliant, an exfoliator to slough off the dead skin cells and refine the skins texture making it feel soft and silky. Always follow up with a hydrating moisturizer or masque.

There you have it. Simple and easy ways to wash away summer pollutions for beautiful, glowing skin.

Guys are welcome to stop by Bare Essentials Skin Bare at 790 Richards Street to get a complimentary skin analysis and to play at the skin bar to try out all the products on your own skin. For a limited time, purchase two Agesmart products and receive a free Agesmart limited edition travel pouch with travel size products.


Vancouver Gin Fizz

Vancouver Summer Gin FizzVancouver consistently makes it on any list as one of the top places in the world to live. The city is a wonderful example where people can both live and work in a downtown core. The city is passionate about healthy living and being eco-friendly. As one of Canada’s most liberal cities, acceptance, tolerance and diversity are welcomed and celebrated, regardless of your age, race, religion, or sexual orientation. When it comes to food, chefs around the city pride themselves on East meets West fusion of flavours to come up with creative dishes that would please the palate of the most discerning foodie. Yes, Vancouver is a city where the unexpected comes together and the result in harmony. The same thing happens with this Vancouver Gin Fizz, a classic cocktail incorporating local ingredients, Canadian traditions, and Asian-inspired flavours, to make a refreshing summer beverage. Cheers Vancouver!

  • 2 oz Gin
  • Fresh Local Mint Leaves
  • 2 Dashes Bitters
  • 1 oz Fresh Squeezed Mandarin Juice
  • Club Soda
  • Maple Syrup

In a highball glass, gently muddle mint leaves and gin together. Strain gin into a pint glass filled with ice. Add bitters, juice and club soda. Stir gently. Add syrup to taste.


Bourbon and Oatmeal Pancakes

Boozey pancakes Boozey Pancakes with bourbonWeekends are for brunch and who doesn’t like a little booze with their breakfast? These hearty pancakes are packed with flavour and will have guests drooling for more. Great for breakfast in bed, hosting a brunch, or making a big batch to freeze for the week.

Ingredients (serves 2):

  • 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 1/2 oz bourbon
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

In a large bowl mix together the flour, walnuts, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. In a blender combine the oats, brown sugar, buttermilk, vanilla, bourbon, and melted butter. Blend until smooth. Fold the blended ingredients into the dry bowl. Add more buttermilk or flour as needed. Melt butter in a cast iron frying pan and cook on medium heat. Flip once. Serve with butter, maple syrup, or a mango/strawberry compote.


Meet the fun, quirky, vivacious and genuine, Leo Forte

Leo Forte 2He’s fun. He’s loud. He’s vivacious. He’s a darling. If you don’t know who Leo Forte is, you’ve been missing out! Having worked in the gay porn industry since 2009, Leo Forte has certainly found his niche.

Gay porn star, Leo Forte, is a straight forward, total no non-sense, funny and quirky guy that you’ll ever meet. He has an amazing reputation to make people laugh and putting a smile on their face. He’s as genuine as it gets.

“I like to think that everything I like to do has prepared me for a series of events to prepare me for the next event,” said Leo Forte as he recalled how he got into the gay porn industry. “I remember being in the military, 18 years old, and the only place I could get into was called Boxers and Briefs. I would hang out there with the strippers and all the porn stars would come in. I felt utterly invisible. I wanted that kind of attention.”

After summoning up some courage, Leo got to know the local strippers and started talking to the models and dancers. It’s how he learned the art of conversation and to use sexuality as a tool to get things out of people.

“I became a full-time go-go boy and a model,” explained Leo Forte. “I worked on my form and shape. In December 2009 I decided to do it. I realized this would be a huge change in my life. Porn is forever. As soon as I said I was going to do it, it was going to be big! I didn’t want to be the one that does three scenes and then I’m gone.”

Telling his family he was getting into the porn industry wasn’t difficult either.

Family, it was a selecte few I told. The rest found out through proxy. The blow was defend by the time it got to them. Yeah, it was something we thought he would do.

“I didn’t have a structured family unit; my friends were my family,” said Leo Forte. “I told a select few and the rest found out through proxy.”

When it came to his friends, it was a similar, but more intimate conversation.

“When we were alone, I would tell them what was going on and that I wanted to get into porn,” Leo Forte said. “I asked for their opinion. They all said it would be fun as long as I didn’t loose myself along the way.”

As Leo has said, he knew that getting into the adult entertainment industry was something that couldn’t be reversed. Some gay porn stars have regrets, but not Leo.

Leo Forte“I wasn’t where I thought I would be five years ago,” explains Leo. “I was going to study medicine and go into emergency medicine. Culinary arts didn’t work out either. This was the path of least resistance.”

Over the past year Leo has realized that many porn stars he started off with back in 2009 aren’t in the same place that he is today.

“A lot of guys I started out with are either completely off the map, horribly drugged out messes or did something with their life like finishing law school, a masters or bachelors,” Leo Forte explained. “These guys were using this as a crutch to become something better. To become more respectable. I’ve gotten to a place. It’s not Orthodox. It’s me. It’s fun. It’s what I like doing. It brings me joy; however, there’s that secondary universe that says I could have been a doctor by now.”

The Portuguese porn star had dreamed of being the next Matthew Rush. While that hasn’t happened yet, Leo Forte has clearly proven to be extremely successful in the gay porn industry. Yet, despite his success, he in touch with reality, what could-have-been and struggles with hiding his successes with those he loves most.

“I’m living and loving what I have and mourning what I don’t have,” said Leo Forte. “I could have been a doctor, lawyer or architect. I could have done something to make my mother proud. The lines are blurred and she has a vague description of what I do. It’s plausible deniability. She just knows I’m really good with a camera now. I do other things like filming, music videos and other things. I don’ need to say I’m in an eight-way gang-bang.”

Leo Forte and Mr. Pam

But there’s a bright side, and Leo Forte has a vision for his future. It’s behind the camera, capturing the moments and piecing it all together into creative pieces of sexual art.

“I would like to be my own version of Mr. Pam,” says Leo Forte. “I idolize her. Her work is phenomenal. It’s love by anyone who sees it; both viewer and performer. She’s highly sought after and well respected. She is a titan in the industry and I would love to be like her.”

While Leo Forte and Mr. Pam are great friends and she is a mentor he can look up to, there are others in the industry who have inspired him to achieve his success in the future.

“I want to be a successful, accomplished, more loved version of Michael Lucas,” said Leo Forte. “I’ve met him a few times and he’s been very kind to me. I hear a lot about him but I don’t hear anything good about him. But at the same time, he’s a successful person. In his moment, he was the fucking kind of the industry. I want to do that, but still be loved. It’s great to be like. It’s great to be disliked too. But I’d like to be liked over disliked any day.”

Leo Forte is a one-of-a-kind guy who tells it like it is. His creative, artistic spirit shines through in his work and his personality. There’s certainly a bright future ahead for this outrageously amazing gay porn star.


Mr. Pam; one of the most respected and successful females in the gay porn industry

Mr PamIt’s not often that a young, aspiring, female video student get an opportunity do to an internship at a gay porn studio. In fact, for most young girls, it would probably be considered quite inappropriate, but for one lucky girl it would become the beginning of a fabulous career that has her sought by porn studios all over the world. Introducing the fabulous, proud, and incredibly talented, Mr. Pam!

After completing her internship with Falcon Studios and Hot House, where she received the nickname, Mr. Pam, she worked on various projects with Chi Chi LaRue, would later go on to shoot with Colt, and spend some time dabbling in the corporate world, but her heart was set on her true passion, photographing, filming and directing gay porn.

“It’s been an awesome voyage,” says Mr. Pam. “The fact that I’m doing something different with my life. I like that I am working in entertainment and make people happy. I love my gay boys. They are always exciting, dramatic, fun, gorgeous, tragic and everything in between!”

Just like how other gay porn stars have stories of telling their family that they were working in the gay porn industry, it was just as tough for Mr. Pam.

“My mom was really supportive as long as I am happy and keep my clothes on behind the camera,” explained Mr. Pam. “She’s had a few disagreements about things, but I couldn’t be where I am now without my mom and her conservative mind.”

Her family is even so supportive that she’s brought her Grabby Awards to places like swim meets where her little cousin has posed to get pictures with it. But it wasn’t just her family who was there for Mr. Pam, her friends were with her along the way.

“They were telling their friends and showing off,” giggled Mr. Pam. “I remember coming back from a shoot for a week and they were like, ‘please, stop with the dick and the cock’. I don’t really have a filter.”

Yes, Mr. Pam has been incredibly fortunate with her successes. Her creativity, skills, talent and bubbly personality make her one of the best gay porn directors. However, like everyone, it hasn’t gone without challenges along the way.

“I think this industry is so competitive and keeping on top of what’s new and exciting,” said Mr. Pam, referring to some of the biggest challenges she has personally faced. “It’s everything from trends in gay sex, technology, cameras, and lighting. Guys come to porn for so many reasons. It’s personal. It’s technical. It’s entertainment. I’ve just trust my guts and stay on top of my game.”

Mr Pam

It’s not just porn stars who have embarrassing moments on set either. Mr. Pam has had her awkward moment caught on camera too!

“I had to shoot a nine-man orgy in the pool when I was on my period,” laughed Mr. Pam. She warned the guys before they jumped in the pool and they re-assured her it would be ok. “Luckily nothing tragic came out of it. It was fine. No sharks.”

Of course there are many funny and awkward moments when it comes to working in the gay porn industry, like the time when Mr. Pam was shooting at a marina and the closest bathroom being a mile away. Being that there aren’t any secrets when on a porn set, a couple of the studs from the set grabbed Mr. Pam by the arms, kindly helped dangle her over the side of the pier so she could tinkle behind what she thought was a power box. The next thing she knows, there’s a group of four guys filming the entire thing. Porn can be quite spontaneous and full of funny and embarrassing moments.

Mr. Pam is part of the fabric of the gay porn industry. The award-winning director is respected by her peers and is the life of every party. She can always bring a smile to anyone’s face and is an amazing person to be around. Mr. Pam is raunchy as fuck and isn’t afraid to do whatever it takes to get a scene shot.

Mr. Pam currently lives in San Francisco, California and is the director of film at Naked Sword Originals.


Synthpop duo, La Roux, coming to Vancouver

La RouxTickets will go on sale this Friday, July 18 at 10am for the British shynthpop duo, La Roux, returning to the Commodore Ballroom on Thursday, September 18, 2018.

Best-known for their hit single, Bullet Proof, La Roux is a composed of singer, keyboardist, co-writer and co-producer, Elly Jackson, along with co-writer and co-producer, Ben Langmaid. They are supported by band members, Mickey O’Brien on keyboards and backing vocals, and William Bowerman on drums.

Tickets for La Roux start at $30 (plus tax, and FMF).


Jason Mraz Yes Tour

Jason Mraz YES! Tour“YES!” hits store shelves all around North America today and at all online retailers. The much anticipated album from multi-Grammy award winning singer / songwriter, Jason Mraz, is the most unexpected and accomplished collection of his career.

Along with the release of Jason Mraz’s “YES!” album comes the announcement of a North American tour. Tickets for the Jason Mraz YES! Tour will go on sale this Friday, July 18 at 10am. Tickets start at $25 (plus FMF and services charges).

The tour is slated to visit legendary venues around the world starting in the fall of 2014 and continuing into 2015. The tour will kick-off in his home town August 21 at the San Diego Civic Theatre. Mraz has chose to perform in select, small venues and theaters with multi-day shows, to keep the performance more intimate.

Further announcements, concert updates, TV interviews and more will be posted on www.jasonmraz.com. Fans are encouraged to share photos on social media with the hashtag #SummerOfYES.


Samsung Galaxy S5 and Gear Fit support healthy lifestyles

IMG_5471_smLeading a health lifestyle is rewarding. It’s even more fun when you can incorporate technology to keep you motivated, on track, and help you set goals. That’s exactly what the new Samsung Galaxy S5 and Gear Fit do together.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is more than just a smart phone with the latest in technology and a kick-ass 16 mega pixel camera. It will become your healthy living companion.

For starters, the Galaxy S5 comes with S Health software. You can create a personal fitness tracker which will help you set goals and guide you through your daily fitness routines, quickly and consistently. S Health offers a plethora of exercises yo can do at the gym that are simple and easy to follow. It also tracks your walking distance, speed, duration, calories and more, especially important when cardio training.

Wearable technology is the latest trend for tech-geeks to fitness nuts. The Samsung Gear Fit automatically connects to the Galaxy S5, providing real-time updates, and tracking your progress. And just like the Samsung S5, it also has a built-in heart rate monitor. Sleep is incredibly important when it comes to healthy living and exercise, and the Gear Fit can track your sleep, including total motionless hours. It’s completely customizable, from being able to choose the background display design to the automatic messages you can program to reply to texts and emails right from your wrist! It’s a fun little gadget that where fashion meets function.

Back to the Samsung S5. On top of being able to accurately track and measure your fitness, it’s designed for active living. The hard-shell case is both dust and water resistant, meaning you can wear it running in the dessert or outside on a rainy day, without fear of it getting ruined.

There’s nothing like bragging when you’re pushing through a workout or enjoying amazing scenery while out for a run. That 16 mexa pixel camera is one of the world’s fastest HDR, auto-focus cameras available in a smartphone. Connected to the TELUS 4G LTE network, and you’ll be posting selfies like crazy that will make all your followers jealous they weren’t along side with you.

It’s fair to say that not everyone is comfortable with switching to a new device; it can definitely be intimidating. That’s where TELUS can help. They now offer product specialists through Learning Sessions, which can be booked at their over 200 locations across Canada. The personalized 1-on-1 training will help you navigate the feature-packed Samsung Galaxy S5 and Samsung Gear Fit.

The Samsung GALAXY S5 is available from TELUS for $229 on a two-year term or $730 month-to-month. The Samsung Gear Fit is available at TELUS for $219 in select stores and online. For more information, stop by your local TELUS store for complete details and a free demonstration!

Samsung Galaxy S5

  • Original Style / Design: ★★★★★
  • Material / Workmanship: ★★★★★
  • Makes a Statement: ★★★☆☆
  • Ease-of-Use: ★★★☆☆
  • Price / Value: ★★★★☆
  • Overall: ★★★★☆

 

Samsung Gear Fit

  • Original Style / Design: ★★☆☆☆
  • Material / Workmanship: ★★★★☆
  • Makes a Statement: ★★☆☆☆
  • Ease-of-Use: ★★★★★
  • Price / Value: ★★★☆☆
  • Overall: ★★★☆☆

 


10 Summer Running Tips

10 Summer Running Tips

Photo credit: Running Room

It’s here! The dog days of summer. Long, hot, sunny days, where you just want to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. Nothing beats slipping into your favourite pair of running shoes and hitting the pavement for a run.

While the weather may be perfect, before you dash outside for a run, you better be prepared. Here are 10 summer running tips to keep you safe.

  1. Slather on the sunscreen. Just as if you were going to the beach or outside for a picnic, you can get burned easily while outside running. Don’t forget your ears, nose and shoulders.
  2. Stay hydrated. Have a couple glasses of water before you go out and make sure you take a large contingent of water and electrolytes in your fuel belt. You certainly don’t want to dehydrate. You can always stop along your run at a store to get more water along the way if you run out.
  3. Slow and steady. On especially hot days, reduce your speed and intensity. You’re body is going to be working overtime to try to stay cool; you don’t need to push yourself to the point of passing out.
  4. Wear light clothes. Not just light weight material, but also light in colour. Light and bright colours will keep you cooler.
  5. Cover up. Protect your head with a running hat and your eyes with a pair of running sunglasses. A good tip to cool down quickly is to pour some water onto your hat. It’ll cool you down quickly.
  6. Fountain runs. Plan your route so you can go from fountain to fountain for cool water stops. You can refill your water bottles, soak your hat, and pour cold water down your legs and into your shoes. You’ll appreciate it.
  7. Wake up early. The early bird gets the worm, and the coolest temperatures of the day. Don’t run in the peak of the day, try to run early in the morning. It’ll get you jazzed for the day and it won’t be as hot out.
  8. It’s ok to treadmill. Running in an air-conditioned gym is a good alternative. You can easily get in a good hill training or speed workout on a treadmill. It’s also a good alternative when the air pollution is bad outside.
  9. Trail running is your friend. Get off the scorching hot blacktop and head for the cool hills. Tree-lined trails offer lots of shade and cooler temperatures.
  10. Know the warning signs. If you start to feel dizzy, stop sweating, or feel nauseous, immediately stop running and head for the shade. These are classic signs of dehydration. Drink as much water as you can and plan the quickest route back home.


4 must-do activities off the strip in Las Vegas

Biking in Las Vegas past Red Rock Mountain

Photo credit: Bicyling.com

In Las Vegas, life moves fast and people don’t sleep. Seriously, they don’t sleep. But all the fun things happening in Las Vegas doesn’t have to happen on the strip. There is fun to be had all of the time, far, far and away from the strip. Here are some awesome suggestions to help you find a vacation in Las Vegas that would be better suited for you, rather than just sitting in a casino playing slot machines.

Kiss Monster Mini Golf
In a single word, cool! Neon lights, glow-in-the-dark everything, KISS music blasting and a kick-ass mini golf course. You can always grab some drinks and try putting a bit tipsy. This place is just cool.

Gun Store
The Gun Store has pretty much all the fun that you could want in your spare time in Las Vegas. You won’t find any slot machines, blackjack tables, or roulette wheels, but you will find hard hitting excitement and lots of firepower. The range includes several packages for every type of visitor and is definitely as winning experience for any visitor.

Red Rock
Yes, there are mountains in Las Vegas! For the outdoor adventure seeker, there are hiking trails, campaign, and BBQ spots. Red Rock offers amazing views of Las Vegas and if you’re lucky, you might come across a wild burro.

Downtown Container Park
One of the newest hot spots in Las Vegas in the DTLV’s Container Park. Here you can get some retail therapy, enjoy a variety of fantastic eats and beverages, and not have to battle for parking. If you like eclectic, then you’ll love strolling through the studios and artisan shops too. The Downtown Container Park is also said to be a great place to take a date, with lots of drink options, live music and DJ’s spinning on weekends.


Demi Lovato put the LGBT community center stage this summer

Demi Lovato at LA Pride 2014June was a busy month for singer, songwriter and actress, Demi Lovato. Demi was honoured as the Grand Marshal for both LA Pride and New York Pride in June. But it wasn’t just hear two appearances that have made her stand out as one of the most important celebrity advocates for the LGBT community this summer.

Prior to the launch of Orange is the new Black, television series, Demi revealed that her own grandfather was a trailblazer in the LGBT community, having out in the 1960’s. Unfortunately he passed away a few years later and was not able to be a part of the massive movements the gay community has overcome. She admitted he would be proud and she is excited to be a part of more changes for the future.

In the lead up to the LA Pride parade, which she was the Grand Marshal, Demi had been working on a new song, Really Don’t Care. She worked with Christopher Street West, the organizers of the LA Pride parade and the LA Pride festival, and her crews came out to shoot the video for the new song.

The recently released Really Don’t Care video features scenes from the 2014 LA Pride parade and a special booth where LA Pride festival goers could be filmed in a white box for a chance to be in the video. The result is a sensational music video that truly represents the LGBT community.

On September 6, Demi Lovato kicks off the North American leg of her world tour in Baltimore.


The Best SPF’s This Summer

Bare Essentials Skin Bare SPF SunscreenBare Essentials Skin Bar in Vancouver, BC, has a variety of SPF sunscreen products Summer is in full swing and it’s hard not be to out and about enjoying the summer sunshine. Whether you’re enjoying refreshing drinks on a patio, take a troll through the park, or our on a hike with friends, protecting your skin from UV exposure should be the number one priority on your list.

The sun emits UVA and UBC rays, which can cause premature skin aging, eye damage, including cataracts, skin cancers, and could make it difficult for your immune system to fight illness and diseases.

Cases of melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, are on the rise. Each year, more men than women die from melanoma, so being sun safe is vital to your long term health.

“I recommend the use of sunscreen, which is your best defense to protect your skin,” said Amy Sahota, owner of Bare Essentials Skin Bar in downtown Vancouver. “To keep your skin looking sexy this summer here is a list of some popular sunscreens I personally love.”

Top pick for full body coverage
Dermalogica Protection Sport SPF 50
This water resistant Face & Body SPF is perfect for your everyday protection when you’re enjoying the outdoors. It uses Oleosome microspheres to help enhance SPF performance and prevent moisture loss triggered by extended daylight exposure without feeling greasy.

Top pick for oily prone skin
Dermalogica Oil free matte SPF 30
This light weight, oil free moisturizer will help prevent shine and keep your skin looking matte while you enjoy laying by the pool side.

Best for 2 in 1
Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF 30
Combines a medium weight, age defying moisturizer with a SPF. Perfect for people looking to apply one product with two benefits.

Sun Kissed Glow
Dermalogica Skinperfect Primer SPF 30
The velvety silicones and soy protein will even out texture and smooth fine lines. Natural earth minerals will brighten up skin giving it a radiance even glow while keeping your skin looking matte all day. Also AgeSmart peptides will shield against MMP and free radical damage.

“Always reapply every two hours, or after swimming,” recommended Amy. “Apply 1 ounce, about 2 tablespoons, of sunscreen to your entire body about 30 minutes before going outside. Do your research many sunscreen labels use the phrases multi spectrum, broad spectrum or UVA/UVB protection, which will indicate that some UVA protection is provided. There are about 17 active ingredients approved for sunscreens by the FDA but remember not all sunscreens are the same and will protect against both UV filters.”

Find the best SPF for your skin at Bare Essentials Skin Bar is located at 790 Richards Street in Vancouver, BC. For a limited time, get a free gift with purchase of $100 or more.


Uplifting Spirit

Uplifting Spirit gay pride Stoli cocktailThe colour violet on the rainbow pride flag stands for spirit. The gay community has a wonderful sense of spirit. From the colourful costumes and thoughtfully chosen outfits, to the passion and enthusiasm of volunteers and advocates who help build a better tomorrow. The social fabric of the queer community is strong, vibrant and full of energy. This pride, raise your self-confidence and says cheers with uplifting spirit!

  • 3 oz Stoli Gold Vodka
  • 1.5 oz Lychee Liqueur
  • 1 oz Voilet Liqueur
  • Splash Blue Curacao
  • 1 Edible Flower
  • Mint Leaves

Fill a martini shaker half full of ice. Add Stoli Gold Vodka, lychee and violet liqueurs, and blue curacao. Shake for 20 seconds, until the shaker begins to frost. Pour into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with edible flower and mint leaves.

 


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