28 October 2011


The captain of the Welsh rugby team, the Old Redcliffians, came out as gay after a potential suitor he met said he couldn't date someone who was closeted.

Jed Hooper, 22, told theEvening Post that the encounter was the catalyst for his big announcement.
"Before that, I think I had already told about ten friends and their reaction was very positive so that gave me an inkling of what might happen," he said. "And I also thought if the crap really hits the fan then at least there are ten people on my side!"
Hooper texted his contacts and also made the announcement on his Facebook page. After, he said, "I then cried my eyes out as I was thinking to myself 'What have you done?,' but very quickly I must have had 40 replies and all of them were positive."
Hooper, who plays the position of back row forward, then consulted the team's chairman, Ray Massey.
"I said that if the club doesn't want a gay man as its figurehead I would understand and step down," Hooper said. "But he was brilliant and said 'you're our captain and this doesn't change anything'. That support was massive to me."
The news comes after another star of Welsh rugby, Gareth Thomas announced his retirement this week. Thomas said he could no longer commit all of his time to the sport, but a film is still in the works, shepherded by American actor Mickey Rourke.

27 October 2011


OK. The porn star persona of Matthew Rush!
Not the actual Matthew Rush, whose real name is Greg, and who announced his retirement this week on Twitter (of course). "I've told myself when I met the man of my dreams, 'Matthew Rush' dies. I'm sorry, but 'Matthew' died @ 11:45PM last night ... Hi, I'm Greg," he wrote earlier this week.
And with that, Rush's ten plus years in gay porn came to an understated close.
In 2001, Matthew Rush became Falcon's first "lifetime exclusive" and was one of the first (if not the first) bi-racial gay porn stars to enjoy such success.

An exotic bodybuilder's psychique juxtaposed with boy-next-door looks, Rush was intimidating yet innocent. He was shy, yet aggressive. He had muscles as hard as steel, but the skin surrounding them looked at soft as velvet. He was a top, and later he was a bottom. His cock was huge, his ass was bigger. Matthew Rush was both everything a gay porn star was supposed to be and like no other gay porn star anyone had ever seen before.
With industry awards for Best Newcomer, Best Versatile, Best Performer, Best Duo, and Wall of Fame honours, Rush left Falcon in 2009 to work independently for other studios. He crossed over into several gay indie film projects, including Bruce LaBruce's L.A. Zombie and Another Gay Movie. Currently, Rush is appearing in the stage production of Making Porn in San Francisco. Goodbye forever, Matthew Rush! Or goodbye until I see you at the gym with your hot boyfriend who, as your tweets suggests, is indeed hot and worth leaving porn for.

[Some of these pictures - like the one directly above - of Matthew are from a fabulous sunset shoot he did for Manifest Men back in September 2009. "Adult superstar Matthew Rush is a modern legend, the perfect package of think masculine muscle and manly sexual charm and confidence with a dash of youthful enthusiasm," they said on their website. "He has few peers in the world of male erotica but he remains as approachable and friendly as the day he first started out. His confidence blends with his intense sexuality to create a very special blend."]