Tom of Finland Vodka is an epitome of what One Eyed Spirits is all about. It’s a bold and daring brand with world-class liquid.
TOM OF FINLAND VODKA celebrates the life and art of Touko Laaksonen, the world-famous artist known as Tom of Finland. He was the original, the pioneer who 50 years ago single-handedly dreamed and drew what the gay culture is today. Tom of Finland is widely regarded as one of the 20th century’s most influential artists for his revolutionary representation of the male figure. His work has had a ripple effect throughout gay and straight culture influencing lifestyle, political tolerance, design, fashion and art unmatched by virtually any other artist.
”The mention of Tom of Finland produces smiles, ears at attention. He is the man we all wish we could be, the kind of man all women wish they could meet. Tom of Finland is the embodiment of all things favourable in life. His work is part of the fabric of Western culture.”
– Durk Dehner, Tom of Finland Foundation
TOM OF FINLAND VODKA is artistically crafted in Finland from the finest wheat, rye and the purest arctic water. It is 100% organic and contains no sugar. The taste is superbly smooth with a pleasurable tingle at the finish. Enjoy it neat or as part of your favourite cocktail. Negotiations are underway to get it into South Africa.
BE PROUD, BE HAPPY AND HAVE FUN WITH TOM
The Social Bar is a very exciting new bar, upstairs at 18 Jarvis Street in Green Point. Slap bang in the heart of Cape Town’s gay village, open to men and women, whether you’re gay, straight, bi or transgender. With stunning views from the terrace over the harbour to Blouberg in the distance, it is the ideal venue for fun evening drinks or to warm up before hitting the clubs in the area.
The Social Bar uses the same street entrance as the Hothouse, but instead of entering the Hothouse you keep walking up the stairs. So there is no need to go through the Hothouse, nor do you need to hand your clothes in LOL!
Opening times : Every day except Monday from 5pm to midnight
Upstairs at 18 Jarvis St, Green Point, Cape Town.
By Lawrence Mashiyane
It is February and, for those who care for such things as Valentine's Day, it is the month of Love. Some scurried throughout January to get someone 'special' and others are getting on the love train before the 14th. At the end of search, many will be on dates on the 14th and many will be having sex; others will probably be watching TV, but we are not interested in them for now (and clearly love isn't either). The interest is in the ones who will be on dates and/or having a shag. The interest is in what happens after Valentine's Day. After Valentine's Day, how long until the romance fizzles out and turns into a memory or worse, a one night stand? You're probably thinking not long and if you are then it means you know about the cloud that hovers over the gay community; our relationships do not last. Of course this stereotype or stigma does not apply to everyone in the gay community but, as I always say, stereotypes do not come from out of nowhere. They are not made up. Stereotypes are that big cloud of black smoke that let every one know there's a fire. It does not mean an entire building is burning, but it does mean a floor or two could be.
For any relationship to last, one thing is important and that one thing comes before love, trust and commitment/faithfulness. That one thing is compatibility. The problem with the gay community is that compatibility has been cut down to two simple things; sex role and behaviour/gender expression. "Are you top, bottom or versatile?" They ask. "Are you 'straight' acting or feminine?" Once those two questions are asked and the answers are the desired, everything is good to go! But truth is, it is not good to go. Not at all! I am not saying that those things are not important (although how greatly important is up for debate), I am saying that there is more to find out beyond those two. There is a lack of compatibility in Gay relationships and it is usually because people have two things in mind: Society and Sex.
Whether a guy is effeminate or not is usually a concern with society; especially if one is in the closet. Sometimes it is preference but also, some people prefer to be with more masculine or 'straight acting' guys because it is a lot less obvious and covert. When two guys walk down the street, looking all heterosexual, no one really thinks "oh look, there goes a gay couple" but the concern is if a guy walks with another guy who has a twist in his hips, a twang in his voice and speaks with swinging hands; it all looks too obvious. The feminine guy draws too much attention, the two guys walking together now stick out like a sore thumb. Even if some guys are 'open' and out of the closet, the still remain (if I can say) conservative. They do not want to put society on edge, draw the attention of homophobes and they believe that their sexuality is no body's business. A fear for being judged for being gay still exists.
The second concern is Sex. The "are you top, bottom or versatile question?" simply put is, "are we going to be able to fuck or not?" I reject any other interpretation, it simply amounts to that.
In Afghanistan, as part of an illegal but traditional practice, men recruit young boys, luring them with gifts and money with the intention of having sex with them. They do it under the guise of a disgusting old sexual traditional practice called “bacha bazi” (boy play).
The practice has been widely discussed — for example, in The New York Times, Newsweek and The Daily Mail. Further coverage comes in a video documentary titled ‘They don’t just dance’ that is now available online through RTDoc – an English-language documentary channel created by Russia’s government-backed media company RT.
The documentary shows how under-aged boys are recruited and taught how to dance like women in parties organized by rich folks, who then later select their favorite boy for sex.
In Afghanistan, this is not viewed as homosexuality, even though there are strict laws prohibiting the act.
Men who have sex with men (MSM) are South Africa’s most at risk population for HIV acquisition and transmission. For this reason ‘WeTheBrave’, a sexual health campaign, has been launched with MSM in mind. This will be the first large scale campaign ever in this country to specifically address gay men and other men who have sex with men.
The launch event took place in Newtown, Johannesburg on Thursday 25 June with a who’s who of LGBT and HIV activists in attendance. They were entertained by a performance by Odidi Mfenyana and heard messages from Sir Elton John, Professor James McIntyre, and others.
Spearheaded by the Anova Health Institute, and funded by the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the WeTheBrave.co.za campaign will address both prevention and treatment issues in an affirming, non-judgemental and sex positive way, which will be entertaining and engaging.
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