America's first legal male prostitute, or "prostidude," has been revealed. While some media sources are providing him anonymity, referring to him only as his working name "Markus," I agree with Steve Freiss. This is not a privilege he deserves when the picture he has circulating through the media is the same one as his Facebook profile picture. His name is Patrick L. Norton and he has made history.
Patrick, 25, is an ex-marine college dropout who left a floundering career in porn to become America's first legal gigolo. Once the Shady Lady Ranch won the state and county approval they needed to begin hiring prostidudes, Patrick was hired and has since become a focal point for controversy. He's received much flack from his female counterparts for refusing to take on male clients, but that's the least of his problems. Patrick recently came under much fire for his interview in Details Magazine where he compared his role in the sex business to that of Rosa Parks in the civil rights movement.
On September 9th I found out that my short film, KALEIDOSCOPIC, was chosen to be screened at the first NEW YORK FASHION SHORTS film festival event, presented by designer Bruno Grizzo and Curated by artist Kostantinos Menelaou. The screening took place during New York Fashion Week at the Tribeca Grand Hotel on September 11, 2009 to a packed house of film aficionados and fashionistas, followed by a buzzing party with the Misshapes performing. The screening was dedicated to promoting the medium which has become a valuable source of inspiration for the film and fashion industries. New York Fashion Shorts showcased 14 “of the best fashion related short videos and films from across the world”. It was an honour to be one of the selected directors.
Burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese and singer Katy Perry have teamed up with H&M and Designers Against AIDS to help fight the disease and raise youth awareness about AIDS. Joining the fashion icons are stars such as Moby, Yoko Ono, Cyndi Lauper, Estelle, and N.E.R.D.
With the year winding down and holiday parties galore, it’s easy to lose sight of the meaning of the season. But with holiday parties for charitable causes we’re quickly reminded of what we can do for others. Tuesday night played host to the first holiday party for Lauren Bush’s FEED Project. Guests showed up to the Holiday FEED-Raiser & Market Party at the Mercy Corps Auction Center sporting their FEED bags and shopped for charitable goods. Guests included Moby, Andrew Saffir, Ashley Bush, Teddy van Beuren, and Lauren’s beau David Lauren. FEED bags help children all over the world get nutritious meals.
Nothing quite says “Merry Christmas” like male models running around in red tighty whities and Santa hats, but as the saying goes, to each his own. The male models were part of Kol Design and BoConcepts’ 6th Annual Holiday Party held Tuesday night at BoConcepts in NYC. Guests enjoyed more than just scantily clad male models (although, what more could you really need to lift your holiday spirit?) as they mixed, mingled, danced, cocktailed and sipped coffee drinks served by Café Bustelo.
Guests included Patrick McMullan, Moby, Douglas Marshall, Jules Kirby and Paul Johnson-Calderon, David Kaplan, Patrick McDonald, and NYC’s favorite Lady Bunny.