Gay Daddy & Bear Blog: Age Appropriate

RobHeartsDH
October 21, 2013
Category: Gay Culture
Queer Eye

Hard to believe, but it was 10 years ago that Queer Eye for the Straight Guy opened the flood gates and unleashed a whole lot of gay on TV screens across the US. Sure there were gay characters on TV, but this was the beginning of something bigger and one of the first times that an entire show was cast with all gay men. With the reality and makeover craze at it's peak, these 5 men were able to win over hearts and minds with their humor and expertise and transformed hetero norms for the better. Sure it was stereotypical, but it was only the beginning of an onslaught of gay characters that have brought about the highest representation of LBGT characters on TV ever.

This week, Andy Cohen hosted the Fab Five for a reunion special where the boys dished on their favorites episodes, body grooming, hookups, and what it meant to be out and proud on TV. I think for many of us, the extremely favorable public response to this show signaled a change in the way the rest of the world thought of us. Coupled with Will & Grace, it made everyone want a Gay BFF who could make them over and style their husbands as well. Whether that was actually the case is another story, but for a little gay reality show on little watched Bravo it ultimately made for a big change in the world.

Were you a Queer Eye fan? Did it change the way straight...

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RobHeartsDH
October 14, 2013
Category: Gay Culture
Spooky Bear Weekend

It's almost that time of year again. The best gay holiday there is! No, not Pride. Halloween! It's a day where we can unleash our secret fetishes on an unknowing public and role play loudly and proudly all night long! What better day than for the gays to put their creativity and theme party prowess to good use than Halloween? I've been celebrating New York Halloween for 7 years now and it's always a crazy scene. For an entire week the streets are filled with a plentiful mix of sexy and scary, and that's not even including the annual Village Halloween Parade. There are always plenty of parties that end up being a blast, but this year I needed a venue change. I've heard New Orleans is one of the best cities for Halloween and that was in consideration until I heard about Spooky Bear Weekend in Provincetown.

For years I've heard Provincetown is great in the off season, but Halloween is one of their especially fun weeks (the bear factor pretty much ensures that). And after reading up on it, I'm heading straight up to see what it's all about. But now comes the tricky part of choosing a costume. Given the audience, it's probably best to show a little hair, but I want to up my game this year and create something clever. Any daddies out there good with a sewing machine? Being in a new city should contribute to the adventure factor that comes with Halloween. You usually never really know the people you meet till you see them out of costume, but...

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RobHeartDH
October 9, 2013
Category: Gay Culture
Cubcake

Loving how much work was put into this video promoting San Francisco Bear Pride. Not only is it adorable and sexy but also extremely well executed. Those San Franciscans sure are talented. Also, who knew that bear related events had so many ties to food? The festivities run Thursday, November 7th - Monday, November 11th, 2013 and judging from the video line up there seems to be something for everybody, including performances from the very cute and talented Matt Alber, Jeb Havens, and Big Dipper.

We've posed the question before, but given the many gay subcultures our community has, do you feel like separate Prides enhance or dilute our celebrations?

Official Daddyhunt
October 7, 2013
Category: Gay Culture

gay founding fathers jackie walker

Welcome to "Gay Founding Fathers," a new series that goes back—sometimes way back—through queer culture to introduce you to gay men who made a difference, made history, made us swoon, and just plain made us be proud to be who we are.

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In the past couple of years, we've seen more gay athletes coming out of the closet than ever before (YES!), but only time will tell if sportsmen like Wade Davis, Jason Collins, and Robbie Roberts will be remembered for their achievements on the playing field as much as the moves they made off of it. With football season in full swing, we can't help but recognize one of the golden boys who managed to do both: All-American linebacker Jackie Walker.

Athletically gifted, smart, good looking, and humble to a fault, Walker's greatness was already being predicted when he became the first African American to attend the University of Tennessee on scholarship, in 1970. And the freshman from Knoxville wasted no time in making good on his promise. Despite not being a senior, his teammates elected him captain for the '71 season, making him the first African-American to lead an SEC team, and he shattered a number of NCAA records, including making the most number of career interceptions converted into touchdowns, a title that he...

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RobHeartsDH
October 3, 2013
Category: Dating
Daddy Coffee Date

With so many of our social interactions moving online these days, people seem to be of two minds about how best to proceed after the first encounter. Some like to take their time and get to know people via long messages first then progress to more tangible interactions like a phone call or meet up in real life. While others like to view a profile and set up a face to face meeting right away. There's no right or wrong way to do it, and that's the beauty of online dating: it's what you make of it.

There's something to be said for each path. On the one hand, there's a lot you can learn about a person through correspondence and I would argue that you can get a good sense of who someone is via writing. But then there's the hard truth about physical attraction and chemistry, which is only something an in person interaction can provide. It's possible a good rapport online can translate into the waking world, but it can also be a let down when you've built someone up in your mind and come to find it doesn't hold true after the first meeting. Which is why sometimes it's better to expedite things by messaging and setting up a date shortly after. You can learn fairly quickly if you're interested in someone over a quick, pressure-free coffee date

But we want to hear from all of you: do you prefer the long lead messaging or are you more of immediate offliner?

RobHeartsDH
September 30, 2013
Category: Entertainment
Daddy Construction Workers

Watching two daddy bears fall in love on a construction site seems like the best way to start the week. Out gay singer Doug Strahm released his new video for "Better This Way" for us all to enjoy. A heartfelt love song with an eye candy filled video to go a long with it. We like to support these gay singers who continue to put themselves out there (on the sometimes vicious) interwebs. Whatever your tastes may be, we can all appreciate men who go for them dreams and use their creativity for the entertainment of us all.

Are there any up and coming (or long established) gay artists that you've found through the internet that are worth sharing? Post about them in the comments below and link to some of their work for all to see.

RobHeartsDH
September 23, 2013
Category: Entertainment
Daddy Liberace Emmy

For those of you who watched the surprising, frustrating, touching and sometimes funny Emmy's on Sunday, we were treated to some great acceptance speeches. Between Merritt Wever's sure to be remembered ultra quickie to Michael Douglas' innuendo laden thank you to Matt Damon, the speeches may have been the best part of the broadcast. Add to that an Elton John (sort of) tribute to Liberace, our favorite Neil Patrick Harris as host, another win for the hilarious Jim Parsons and a slew of hot dancers smattered about the show's musical numbers and you've got yourself one rainbow filled show. What were your favorite moments from the show?

And speaking of television, with the new Fall season kicking into high gear this week, what new or returning shows are you most looking forward to?

Official Daddyhunt
September 20, 2013
Category: Gay Culture
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All relationships are complicated, perhaps none more so than those between daddies and their younger paramours. We’ve heard it from many of you firsthand: from finances to mismatched sex drives to having to deal with total strangers (or worse, family and friends) giving you and your stud the side eye when you walk down the street, Daddy-Son relationships bring a whole host of unique challenges and relationship issues. They can also be some of the best, fieriest, and most fulfilling relationships around. But when they fizzle, you’d best believe the sparks will fly! Just for fun, we’ve cherry-picked a few of the most notorious and talked-about Daddy-Son relationships the world has ever witnessed. Consider them cautionary tales when it comes to May-December romancing. And count your blessings you weren’t involved in any of them.

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Calvin Klein and Nick Gruber

Calvin Klein is infamous for raising temperatures with his racy ad campaigns, but it was his relationship with army soldier turned gay porn model Nick Gruber, 47 years his junior, that had his friends and fans raising their eyebrows. The 70-year-old fashion designer was reportedly so smitten with the then-19-year-old Gruber after seeing a picture of him posing in nothing but a green jacket (as a nude model, Gruber went under the name Aaron Skyline) that he launched a full-blown sugar-daddy assault on the young man, moving him into a multi-million-dollar New York City apartment, giving him a...

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RobHeartsDH
September 16, 2013
Category: Gay Culture
daddy dallas pride

Dallas Pride took place this past weekend and as the pics and posts roll in we'll know soon enough if community adhered to the newly enforced dress code. That dress code asked that participants in the September 15th Alan Ross Texas Free Parade cover up: "no bare asses, no breasts (even with pasties), no tight underwear on dancers, nothing too political at all". Many Dallas gay daddies were in an uproar claiming that they were trying to make the parade as heteronormative as possible given the increasing number of heterosexual attendees and corporate sponsorships. Which begs the question, with queer culture becoming more and more accepted and mainstream, will some of our more under the radar antics be phased out? Nudity (both tasteful and lewd) and the freedom to be sexually free has always been a glorious staple of our community. One that can be shocking, but one that's deeply significant in that it echoes quite loudly what these parades have always been about: that we are not going to hide and remain unseen in the shadows. We are proud of who we are.

It also brings up an interesting question about Pride itself: as we break down more barriers and gain more acceptance, will Pride even be necessary in 10 - 15 years? We're more visible than ever and as we look to tackle equality in all it's forms, we'll be able...

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RobHeartsDH
September 10, 2013
Category: Wellness
Older Gay

Whether you're a 20-something or 70-something there's one thing we all have in common: we're getting older. Year after year, decade after decade, we find ourselves getting closer towards whatever it is that's waiting for us at the end. As our bodies start to show more and more proof of living (hello wrinkles! oh hey gray!), it becomes all too apparent that there's no escaping the aging process. And in a youth obsessed culture, that can be a frightening thing. Whether it's purely superficial or on a deeper level of accomplishment, looking at what the future holds is something we have to face head on.

When we're young it seems like we can't wait to grow up. But even with that eagerness to be an adult, fears still abound when it comes to getting on in our years. Similarly, when you've reached a certain age, you can find yourself wistful about your youth, not really realizing what a better place your in with time, experience, and perspective. Over at The Advocate they've got a new column called Prim Timers that focuses on the LGBT community over 65 and how life can be lived at any age. They've got plenty of great content over there from stories to film recommendations all that showcase lives well lived.

I'm of the belief that as a community we can collectively debunk the myth that the best of your gay days are before 40. Working for Daddyhunt all these years, I've talked to a bunch of happy, enthusiastic...

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