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Some queer kids in Berlin for the summer need some cash or something, and could use your help. Peter and Pedro are two pretty young things working on a postporn (don’t worry, TNG had to Google it, too) photography/illustration book to be published by the end of the summer, and have set up a Kickstarter crowdfunding page to help with costs. Why should I care? you might ask yourself as you hurtle recklessly down the queer blogosphere queer rabbit hole on a trajectory that can only end with Xtube, a flame war with Larry Kramer, or some unexpectedly arousing combination of the two. Because their stuff is fuckin’ awesome is why – a postglam junkyard Nan Goldin sort of affair with a rusted glitter sensibility resonant for all of us trying to make beauty in the smoldering wreckage of neoliberalism.

Check out some of their work (NSFW-ish, maybe, for those of you toiling unsympathetically in corporate drag:)

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If Washington D.C. is – to adapt a canard beloved of this city’s famously self-deprecating political class – “Brooklyn for ugly people,” these guys haven’t been told. Christopher Cunetto, Jason Tucker, and Armando Bircann are three members of a swell new gay art collective calling itself Boys Be Good who are setting out this summer to, among other things, “challenge the stereotype of ‘homosexual art’ and seek to explore the impact gay art and culture have on society while encouraging change and creative mutation within these same realms.” They’re words that should prick up queer ears in this town, especially coming from a crew as smart, young, and promising as this one.

I sat down with the Boys at the foot of the James Buchanan memorial in DC’s Meridian Hill Park, the closest thing America has to a monument to powerqueen ineptitude (Old Doughface could have saved us a lot of trouble by hanging every Secesh and Mormon traitor in the country if he hadn’t spent the middle of the 19th century fretting over doilies in the Red Room.) A fruitfully impious setting, all things considered, for the conversation we ended up having:

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One of TNG’s omniscient Stasi-like cultural informants tipped us off to this alternaqueer gem, a tumblr aptly titled Gay Men Draw Vaginas. Created, maintained, and (very liberally) edited by shadowy homosexual types whose work requires anonymity (if, indeed, they were given conventional Christian names at all by their loveless underworldly demon-sires ), the site very smartly demonstrates what happens when gay men are asked to represent female genitalia – those yawning and unfathomable voids of existential insecurity, primordial jealousy, and cooties – in cartoon form

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Erick and his ex-boyfriend Mitch reconnected a few weeks ago at Callender’s, Erick and his current boyfriend Chris’s favorite restaurant, where Mitch had just started working as a waiter. In that time, Mitch has found himself tagging along with Erick and Chris to a play, showing up to a movie night at Chris’s apartment and making an evening appearance at a Coffee Bean while the two of them were there reading. Erick found it odd to be spending so much time with both his current boyfriend and his ex-boyfriend, but a recent breakup had left Mitch without a lot of friends. Since Chris and Mitch were getting along so well, Erick didn’t say anything until Chris himself made mention of it.

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Ghosts of drag queens passed emerge over Kawfee Kayke

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This week our dynamic duo runs into an ex-boyfriend from Erick’s past.

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On a morning hike, Erick crosses paths with a ferocious Fido. Chris to the rescue!

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Pop quiz: You’re in the supermarket with a screaming child. What should you do?

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I had the pleasure of spending a full week on a culture vacation in New York City this month. While an escape from winter certainly sounded nice, the allure of hiding from the cold in New York’s museums, theaters, and cultural institutions won me over in the end. I can’t recommend highly enough a culture vacation alone or with a companion, and while such a vacation can be done in many cities, if you can do it in New York, you must do it.

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We get quite a bit of feedback here at TNG HQ. Often, individual posts receive comments, and we appreciate (nearly) all of them. Occasionally, we receive personal email messages from readers expressing thanks for or frustrations with our efforts. Never before have we received actual, physical fan mail, until today. The above image is the front side of an anonymous postcard we received (on St. Valentine’s Day of all days) that expressed a very heartwarming message.