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Archive "1009年04月"

<English>

Translated by faiyaque

Hello everybody, chief editor Yuki here!

It seems like everyone around the world is talking about the recent break-up of actress Lindsay Lohan and DJ Samantha Ronson. Well, just last week, Lohan appeared on the popular American program Ellen in her first televised interview since the much ballyhooed split for an up-close and personal talk with Ellen DeGeneres.

☆There are just a few points from the program that I thought I'd share☆

First of all, it seems that few would be in a better position to understand what Lohan is going through now than Ellen DeGeneres herself, since the openly gay comedian faced trouble of her own following a sensationalized public break up with Anne Heche in 2000. In the program Ellen honestly reflects on her own past experiences and Lohan embraces the sentiment by sharing her thoughts in what became a remarkably heart-felt conversation.

The fact that Lohan specifically chose to appear on this program--hosted by a well-loved and positively out lesbian star--suggests that she felt comfortable with the idea of confiding in DeGeneres. It's remarkable to think actually that here we have two larger-than-life female celebrities chatting openly about their past girlfriends on broadcast TV.

Also, we are given a glimpse into their "celesbian" lives when DeGeneres mentions early in the interview how she hasn't seen Lohan since Ronson deejayed at the joint birthday party DeGeneres had with her wife, Portia de Rossi.

As the interview begins Lohan confides, "Samantha and I are friends" and later adds, "I really care about Samantha. We'll see what happens maybe when we're both fully in the right place..." Towards the end, DeGeneres asks, "Do you think you would get back together at some point?", to which Lohan straightforwardly admits her feelings for Ronson with, "I don't know [but,] yes, I hope so" . However, she reminds DeGeneres that she is more focused on her work right now and says, "But I need to be sure I'm taking care of myself first and I'm set in what I need to do. I have to grow up....I've been working really hard on getting things done."

Lohan discredits the gossip circulating in magazines and shows that she's got a positive outlook on life ahead. Could a rekindling of the romance also be in store?!

※For the interview, check out the link below!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1VOWxnaktU

★To return to Tokyo Wrestling's homepage, follow the link here.




09.04.27




<English>

Translated by faiyaque

Hi everybody, chief editor Yuki here!

I wanted to bring you just a little more queer art from David LaChapelle to follow my post on David LaChapelle and Amanda Lepore.

First, take a look at Chapelle's Diesel ad from the 1990s. They were selling a card-sized version at the museum boutique and just about every queer visitor, myself included, was in line to buy one!

Davis Lachapelle exhibition/Rod Jackson/Bob Paris
※ LaChapelle's 1990s Diesel ad.

In addition to the two sailors kissing, one major winning point here is the Navy theme and all its underlying queer innuendo. Also, let's not forget that the lovebirds up front are model Rob Jackson and former Mr Universe/Mr America Bob Paris. The couple, both out civil rights icons, married in a commitment ceremony in 1989. They are unfortunately no longer together.

So, when it comes to this work of art, everything--the photographer, the models, the theme, the motif--everything here is absolutely purely queer. TOO HOT!!!!!

Davis Lachapelle exhibition/Leonardo DiCaprio
※Leonardo DiCaprio, popular with gay men for his finely-featured face and androgynous allure. Here he poses as the 1950s gay icon, Marlon Brando.

This portrait of Leonardo DiCaprio posing as The Wild One's Johnny Strabler, a character iconic among gay men, who was in turn played by Marlon Brando, a gay icon in his own right, is a queer work of art through and through.

Alongside James Dean, Marlon Brando made the leather-jacket-and-jeans look what it is today--the fundamental makings of "butch"--by the power of his all-encompassing, cool allure. His tough, sexy aura, his open bisexuality, and his propensity for seducing Hollywood's leading men, made Brando legendary as a gay icon.

Gang leader Johnny Strabler from "The Wild One" also became iconic among gay men for his striking boyish charm, and the beauty of his courage in the face of adversity.

David LaChapelle/The Wild One/Marlon Brando

※The DVD cover for "The Wild One",
the Marlon Brando picture upon which
DiCaprio's portrait was based.

The retrospective exhibition features many other artist works that have caught the undivided attention of queer men and women the world over! Anyone in Paris should definitely take the time to drop by and check it out!

●Lasts until Sunday, May 31
●Location: La Monnaie de Paris
●Address: 11, quai de Conti 75006 Paris
●Tel: +33 (0)1 40 46 56 66
●Nearest station: Pont Neuf on Line 7, or Odeon on Lines 4 and 10
●Official website: www.monnaiedeparis.fr
●David LaChapelle's Official Website: www.davidlachapelle.com

★To return to Tokyo Wrestling's homepage, follow the link here.



09.04.25




<English>

Translated by faiyaque

Hello everybody, chief editor Yuki here.

I wanted to let you know that, in addition to our community on mixi, Tokyo Wrestling will now be with you on MySpace as well.

TokyoWrestling/myspace

We'd actually been planning to get this up and running long ago, but we were delayed a little by all the work we've been up to. However, everything is finally in order and we are thrilled to announce our official MySpace debut!

We intend to use MySpace in conjunction with this site to better cover queer (and queer-related) musical artists and bands. Every week or so we'll select an artist to introduce here in TW Notes, and include a link to our MySpace page where you can hear their songs.

For our very first selection, we'd like to recognize a band that we've been avid supporters of since we first started TokyoWrestling.com. Fresh from the Number 2 position in our Hottest Lesbians Ranking, we'd like to introduce: the queer, electro Hip Hop duo, Scream Club!

Scream Club is irresistible; their musical mastery is matched only by their humorous, solidly political lyrics, their openly queer radiance, and their self-styled dyke attitudes.

We love "Life of a Heartbreaker", which we chose to share this week for its dynamic rhythm, fun electro stylings, and the rockin' French male vocals at the end. Scream Club has gained impressive ground in the European music scene and they continue to set themselves apart from the rest--particularly with their hot collaborations with other artists.

Scream Club has worked with both the queen of electro-punk, Peaches (featured in their song "Fine as Fuck") and Beth Ditto from Gossip ("If You Want It"). Definitely check these two tracks out when you get a chance!

Also take time to explore our list of MySpace friends, which includes a number of artists who have been shaping the queer scene around the world. Be sure to check out some of their profiles and comments sections for unlimited access to art, film and other queer culture announcements!

TokyoWrestling/myspace


★TW's MySpace page is here: www.myspace.com/tokyowrestling

★Scream Club's MySpace page is here:www.myspace.com/screamclub

★To return to Tokyo Wrestling's homepage, follow the link here.



09.04.20




<English>

Translated by faiyaque

NHK・LGBT website Niji-Iro

Hi everybody, chief editor Yuki here!

Recently, I was approached by folks from NHK’s LGBT website Niji-Iro (Japanese) for an interview and, since it was just posted, I thought I'd give a little personal background on it here.

Niji-Iro's editor contacted me about the interview earlier this year in January. Our conversation was interesting for me because most of the questions I usually get in interviews tend to focus on the 'lesbian web magazine' aspect of my experience, but this time around the interviewer showed a lot of interest in learning about the general process of setting up online Japanese media.

Following its official launch in June 2007, TokyoWrestling had been active for a year and a half at the time of the interview. I've never given much information on the website about personal background behind the start of TokyoWrestling, so this interview was a great opportunity for me to reflect. I would like to thank the Niji-Iro team for that.

We talked about the history of Tokyo Wrestling at a café in Shibuya and conversation brought many memories back to me. I became nostalgic recalling how excited I felt when I first discovered lesbian culture, or when I first went to the States on an assignment, and how thrilled I was when conducting my first interview ever.

At a time when I thought that few lesbians existed in the world, I still clearly remember how blown away I was when I first learned that, not only are there lesbians, but a very cool and edgy lesbian culture already exists out there. This realization was a very inspiring experience for me. Here at TW, I'll be doing all I can to share as much insight as possible with readers. And we're always working on fresh ideas, so be sure to look forward to coming additions!

★For my interview on the Niji-Iro website (Japanese), follow the link here.



09.04.19




<English>

Translated by faiyaque

Hello everybody, chief editor Yuki here!

In my last post I wrote a bit about David LaChapelle’s retrospective at the Musée de la Monnaie in Paris, so this time I wanted to share a little more about some of his works visible at the exhibition and the museum boutique.

First of all, when speaking of David LaChapelle, one must also recognize his muse, the world famous MtF transsexual superstar, Amanda Lepore.

Based in NYC, model, singer, entertainer, and fashion icon, Lepore has been a long-time friend of LaChapelle's and regularly appears in his work.

In a 2003 interview with the “New York Observer”, LaChapelle explained that he felt transsexuals are often misunderstood, and said, “They really have strong desires and they follow them through rather than going into a closet.”

LaChapelle's admiration of Amanda Lepore has led him to take countless photographs of her and, naturally, many of them were on display at the retrospective. In fact, the portrait of her as Marilyn Monroe was chosen for use as the exhibition's main poster.

David LaChapelle Retrospective Exhibition
※Amanda Lepore as Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe. This poster hangs at the boutique entrance. Amanda’s ravishingly queer come-hither look is pure sexy!

This portrait pays homage to Andy Warhol’s “Marilyn Monroe”, but gives it a queer twist by putting Amanda in the place of the glamorous 1950’s American bombshell. Indeed, LaChapelle once exclaimed, “Amanda Lepore is the Marilyn Monroe of transsexuals!”

Also on display in the same series was a portrait of “Elizabeth Taylor”, another 1950’s icon famed for setting men’s hearts on fire. This portrait was so popular that the poster was sold out when I went.

David LaChapelle Retrospective Exhibition
※The glamorous Amanda Lepore in a witty yet daring photograph by LaChapelle.


Also, in a March 2009 interview with France’s most notable gay culture magazine, “Têtu”, LaChapelle says “I have always admired the different forms of beauty in the world. I like people whose beauty is different (from the usual definitions), like people who are older or heavier. LaChapelle also shared that he is currently working on a new series titled “Heaven” with Amanda Lepore, and they wrote a song together. Can't wait until its release!

I’ll be back with another post on some more of LaChapelle’s work!

★To return to Tokyo Wrestling's homepage, follow the link here.



09.04.15




<English>

Translated by faiyaque

David LaChapelle Retrospective
c David LaChapelle

Hello everybody, chief editor Yuki here!

Before I move on to covering events in Japan, I just wanted to give you a little glimpse of something else I saw in Paris.

Until May 31st, the Musée de la Monnaie in Paris is holding a retrospective exhibition of works by famed photographer and film-maker Dave LaChapelle.

David LaChapelle Retrospective
※David LaChapelle's Retrospective Exhibition in Paris

Over 200 works, including celebrity portraits and LaChapelle's trademark pop-styled photographs, were on display making this the largest LaChapelle exhibition to ever to be held in France. The man himself was present at the opening in February to the great joy of countless dyke and queer French fans.

David LaChapelle's Retrospective Exhibition

LaChapelle famously got his start as a photographer for "Interview", after being discovered at the age of 20 by the magazine's editor, Andy Warhol.

Since then, in addition to his photographs for fashion magazines and advertisements, he has diversified his art to include portraits of celebrities, music videos and film. He has won many fans for the critical eye he turns to consumer society in his provocative yet humorous images. No look at modern American pop culture would be complete without taking LaChapelle's artistry into account.

When I went to the exhibition, it was not hard to spot the high queer ratio among visitors. There were countless gender queer Parisians mingling at the event, and some stood out more than others. I saw one handsome gay couple walk by in long, dark grey coats, while beside me stood a young baby-faced techno-punk gay boy in a chain necklace. At the same time one woman with short, blonde hair and a killer pair of skinny jeans was scrutinizing portraits across the room with her girlfriend. Not only was the art amazing, but I had much fun people-watching too!

I'll be showing some of LaChapelle's art in later posts, so check back!

David LaChapelle's Retrospective Exhibition
※A retrospective exhibition popular with all kinds of folks. On Sunday, there was a long line for admission.

●Lasts until Sunday, May 31
●Location: La Monnaie de Paris
●Address: 11, quai de Conti 75006 Paris
●Tel: +33 (0)1 40 46 56 66
●Nearest station: Pont Neuf on Line 7, or Odeon on Lines 4 and 10
●Official website: www.monnaiedeparis.fr
●David LaChapelle's Official Website: www.davidlachapelle.com

★To return to Tokyo Wrestling's homepage, follow the link here.



09.04.14




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Translated by K.T.

Lindsay Lohan/Samantha Ronson


★For Lindsay Lohan's first televised appearance after her break-up with Ronson (on the talk show Ellen with Ellen DeGeneres), follow the link here.


Hello everybody, chief editor Yuki here!

I'll be posting about David LaChapelle soon, but before I do I just wanted to touch on the latest development between actress Lindsay Lohan and DJ Samantha Ronson. TokyoWrestling has followed news of the pair for a while now, so it seemed fitting that we report on the most recent item to grab fans around the globe.

Since the end of the last year, Lohan and Ronson had been seen quarreling in public while media outlets repeatedly reported the couple's breakup. TokyoWrestling opted to overlook these reports because Lindsay herself denied the rumors. It appeared that, though the two were having fights, they were not actually breaking up. However, after approximately 2 years, it seems that Lohan and Ronson's relationship has truly come to an end.

The American tabloid magazine US Weekly reported that the locks were changed at the home Lohan shared with Ronson and that Lohan was kept from entering the popular celebrity clubbing spot Chateau Marmont where an after-party was being held for fashion designer Charlotte Ronson, Samantha's twin sister. Lohan has commented that, "I really love her", reminding us that even they are not immune to the pits of "dyke drama".

Just last year Lohan appeared as a special guest at Charlotte’s fashion show in Japan and everything seemed to be going well between Lohan and the Ronson family. From the beginning TW has fondly kept an eye on their relationship, so it's hard to see it end. But we expect that they will both find terrific new girlfriends.

We also hope that Lindsay keeps her head up. She's sure to score a super hot dyke for herself once again!


★To return to Tokyo Wrestling's homepage, follow the link here.



09.04.09




<English>

Translated by faiyaque

Hello everybody, chief editor Yuki here.

I'm sure that most of you have already heard the news, but nonetheless I'd like to write a bit about events that have changed our world this week!

First of all, something phenomenal took place on March 29, 2009 in my own home country of Switzerland!

Corine Mauch, an out lesbian politician, won the mayoral elections in Switzerland's largest city, Zürich. It is doubly pleasing to know that she is not only Zurich's first openly gay mayor, but also the first woman to hold the office.

With openly gay mayors heading both Paris and Berlin, as well as a lesbian recently elected as Prime Minister of Iceland, it's becoming hard to overlook the growing presence of openly gay men and women around the world making their mark in the field of politics!

Switzerland may be small, but it had already begun to show its progressive stripes by passing a referendum allowing the registration of same-sex partnerships in a popular vote held in 2005.

As fate would have it, Zürich was already slated to host this year's EuroPride, Europe's largest gay pride event held every year in a different city. Now with this this happy news to celebrate, crowds at EuroPride 2009 are sure to throw themselves into the festivities with greater excitement than ever.

The pride events last from May 2nd to June 7th, and Mauch herself will be delivering a speech during the opening ceremony held on the first day. The one-month celebration will culminate in
a parade expected to draw tens of thousands of people, held on June 6th, so anyone planning on going to Europe should certainly make an effort to drop by!

Also, with so many illuminating events in the international scene, I'm now overjoyed to see that Japan has its own shining light as well!

Even while same-sex partnerships and/or marriages have become legal in several countries--including France, Germany, Spain, England, Canada, and Belgium--debate on the subject has not even begun in Japan. Yet, there was recently a move on the part of the Japanese government to recognize the marriages of citizens who legally wed their same-sex partners outside of Japan.

In November of last year (2008), Mizuho Fukushima, leader of the Social Democratic Party, urged the Ministry of Justice to issue certificates required for legally-binding marriages and, on March 26 of this year, the Ministry made the decision to issue such a certificate for a Japanese couple with plans to marry overseas.

This is a first in Asia!!

Any Japanese nationals thinking of marrying their same-sex partner overseas should now know, the doors are wide open!

★To return to Tokyo Wrestling's homepage, follow the link here.



09.04.08




<English>

Translated by faiyaque

Hello everyone! Chief editor Yuki here.

I wanted to follow up on my last post and show you some of my favorite campy items found at a shop in Paris's gay area of Passage du desir. What I've got here parodies the conservative mindset of 1960's & 1970's middle-class America...and is absolutely hilarious!

#1
Paris Card


#2
Paris Card


My favorite part is where it says, "Scientifically engineered with a touch of class". And I wasn't the only one. Several of the men in the shop, including a gay couple, picked this up while snickering.

#3
Paris Card


#4
Paris Card


#5
Paris Card


#6
Paris Card

And these items are just the tip of the iceberg. There was tons of stuff perfect for presents for queer friends and acquaintances. Anyone hanging out in Paris should definitely drop by here!

●Passage du desir
●Address: 23 rue S’Croix de la Bretonnerie 75004 Paris
●Open Mon-Sat: 12 :00 - 9 :00 pm; Open Sun: 2:00-8:00 pm
www.passagedudesir.fr



09.04.07




<English>

Translated by faiyaque

Paris
※Paris's fashionable gay area, the Rue Marais, with adorable shops lining the safe city streets.

Hello everyone, chief editor Yuki here.

Right now I would like to introduce a wonderful, little love shop I found in the Rue Marais area of Paris. First of all, even though this is known as the gay area, you’ll find tons of fashion shops and cafes for all people right next door to its gay and lesbian spots. In this sense, the atmosphere is a bit different from Shinjuku’s Nichome since you’ll find just as many non-queer as queer folk roaming the district. With a plethora of cute cafes and shops, this area is quite lively in the afternoon and makes a good place for taking a pleasant walk. Its cobblestone streets are absolutely charming and, more than anything, it’s filled with the feel of Paris. I recommend it to queer and non-queer folks alike.

So during my visit, I happened to discover an interesting shop selling queer-themed goods. The shop, Passage du desir, is about a 7 minute walk from the Hotel de Ville station on the subway Line 1 (yellow). It’s known for it’s popularity among gay folks in the area, but it also offers much for its straight clientele. In addition to sex toys, this attractive, easy-to-enter shop offers a lot in the way of general merchandise too. (In fact, I didn’t realize that it sold sex toys at first!)

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※Stylish inside and out. The main store is targeted mainly for straight people, but the Rue Marais shop offers more for its predominantly gay clientele.

What inspired me to enter the shop was the placement of a rack of cards right by the front window, where one funky pop postcard showing two men in tuxedos with the line, “Best wishes to you both” caught my eye. As soon as I walked in there was an almost endless display of cards with twisted and witty and hilariously queer messages. I was ready to buy every, single one - but I did manage to limit myself to only a few...which I’ll share with you in my next post!

Paris
※Postcards and cards flaunting queer humor for our queer moments.

●Passage du desir
●Address: 23 rue S’Croix de la Bretonnerie 75004 Paris
●Open Mon-Sat: 12 :00 - 9 :00 pm; Open Sun: 2:00-8:00 pm
www.passagedudesir



09.04.04