News Round-Up: December 23, 2019

Alex Abramov (image via Instagram)

Some news items you might have missed:

InstaHunks: Alex Abramov (above) offers this quickie #instagay take on getting ready for the holidays: remove shirt, add Russian fur hat and lights, shoot.

OUT: The mother of a child who committed suicide due to excessive bullying has sued the school on the basis of neglect and creating a hostile environment for LGBTQ students.

Instinct: The streaming giant teased its upcoming true crime documentary based on the real-life story of bisexual pro football player turned murderer, Aaron Hernandez.

• Christianity Today: The president of the evangelical magazine supported his editor in chief’s recent op-ed calling for the removal of Donald Trump. “The global Body of Christ — and the community of evangelicals — is vastly larger than our domestic political squabbles. But partly on behalf of that global body, we can no longer stay silent. We write for a readership of One. God is our Tower. Let the whirlwind come.”

The Verge: Theaters are receiving a new version of Cats with “some improved visual effects,” just days after it premiered to dismal reviews. Last-minute tweaks apparently left room for mistakes like Judy Dench’s human hand slipping through unnoticed.

• AP News: After Sen. Elizabeth Warren accused Mayor Pete Buttigieg of holding fundraising events in “wine caves” serving $900 bottles of wine, the owners of the venue that hosted the event pushed back. They say wine caves are common at wineries in Napa Valley because they’re good for storing wine at cool temperatures.; no $900 bottle of wine were served; and no one attended thinking they would become besties with Mayor Pete.

Advocate: Schitt’s Creek creator and star Dan Levy called out UK television channel 4Music for editing out same-sex moments from the series.

Will & Grace: Sean Hayes tweets a photo of the fab four taking a final bow as the last episode of Will & Grace was shot, and the unexpected revival of the hit sitcom comes to a close.

News Round-Up: October 25, 2019

Brett Miles & Alex Abramov

Some news items you might have missed:

InstaHunks: Woofy Brett Miles and Alex Abramov (above) have their Halloween costumes down. They’re dressing up as….Fire Island gays! #TheyConvincedMe

NewNowNext: Megan Mullally will miss two episodes of the final season of Will & Grace giving more fuel to the rumors of a feud with Debra Messing.

Washington Examiner: A reporter at the conservative newspaper got a call from White House counselor Kellyanne Conway. It didn’t go well.

KIT212: Kenneth’s weekly gay rag roundup finds the gays gearing up for Halloween

Variety: Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci will play a gay couple on a road trip in Supernova, a romantic, modern love story that “follows two people who are bound together by their love for each other but being pushed apart by the situation they find themselves in.”

New Music: 3-time Grammy Award-winning vocal group Pentatonix drops this lovely cover of the Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows” from their new Best of Pentatonix Christmas album.

While a Beach Boys song may not immediately ring Christmas bells in your head, ever since the tune was used in the closing credits of the uber-romantic Love Actually (2003), folks consider it a holiday-appropriate tune. I find the new version refreshing & sweet. Hit play below.

News Round-Up: April 12, 2019

Some news items you might have missed:

• Even though his iPhone didn’t recognize his newly-32-year-old face this morning, I’m thinking Alex Abramov (above) will find a way to soldier on…

• Rugby Australia has declared its intention to terminate Israel Folau’s contract over his anti-LGBTQ social media posts.

• Donald Trump’s transgender military ban went into effect today. Nearly 15,000 Americans who signed up to put their lives on the line for the US could be impacted (read that ‘discharged’) by the new policy.

• A Trump-supporting Oklahoma woman has been arrested after confessing to a spree of racist vandalism that targeted black, transgender and Jewish residents in two towns.

Two male dancers have joined the New England Patriots cheerleading team.

• Check out the latest single from P!nk, “Can We Pretend,” from her upcoming album Hurts 2B Human out April 26.

P!nk makes me feel good. I like her music, I like her musical perspective on life. If you’ve never seen her in concert (and I’m not a concert kinda guy) you have to go. It’s a totally feel-good experience.

And I love that a lyric in this song is “Can we pretend that we both like the president?”

News Round-Up: July 6, 2018

InstaHunk Alex Abramov heads up this installment of The Randy Report's News Round-Up
(image via Instagram)

Some news stories you might have missed:

• InstaHunk Alex Abramov says, “The category is: Live. Work. Pose.”

• The New York Yankees are the only Major League Baseball team to not hold a Pride night this year.

• A barista at Starbucks has been fired for mocking a man who stutters. After stuttering on his name during his order, the barista replied, ‘Okay, S-s-s-sam.’ When he received his coffee, his name on the cup was written as ‘SSSAM.’

• Twitter is deleting over a million fake accounts a day – double the rate from last October.

• Scarlett Johansson cast herself in the role of a transgender man in the upcoming film, Rub & Tug, and folks are not happy about it.

• I’ve been meaning to post this really heartwarming viral video of four fathers attending Pride for the first time with their LGBTQ children.

Produced as an ad spot for Dublin Bus, its really beautiful seeing the kids faces upon hearing their dads were heading to Pride with them on a rainbow-colored bus. Watch the short spot below.

Podcast: Interview With Artist/Producer/InstaHunk Alex Abramov

(all images via Instagram)

Russian artist and producer Alexander Abramov lives his life out and proud on his Instagram account where over 300,000 people (including me!) follow him each day for a look at his woofy, furry goodness in action.

Alex has just released the first two volumes of a five-part series of revealing art photography books, Uncovered.

The hunky Russian has kept personal journals for more than 18 years and has drawn upon those memories to create Uncovered.

“My diary is about awareness of my homosexuality, about my experiences and explorations of the world: first feelings, first love, first sexual encounter,” says Abramov. “It’s also about human imperfection and struggle, drugs and fears, scars and past troubles.”

“On the whole, it tells of becoming the man I have wanted to be: a man who is able to inspire others to make changes for the better,” he adds.

A little background on Alex: he began his career in the media business as an assistant in a PR agency in Kazakhstan. He moved to Moscow in his early 20s where he worked as a producer of photo projects.

He also dabbled in fashion design creating collections that appeared on the runways of Russian Fashion Week.

Life eventually led to working in TV as an executive producer of a popular makeover reality series where he remained for five years before moving to the U.S.

“It’s been a long, winding road to where I am now but all of my past experiences in magazines, fashion and TV have contributed enormously to the making of this series,” says Alex. “They are all a part of the fabric of the man that I’m excited to reveal in ‘Uncovered.’”

I had the opportunity to chat with handsome Alex for my podcast, The Randy Report. Here’s a few takeaways from my chat:

Alex knows some folks just want to see him in the buff, and he’s ok with that.

“Some people wanted to see me naked,” says Alex. “Okay, people, see me naked. But only in the way I want to represent myself. I actually don’t have any issues with being naked. It was part of marketing and the story, to sell this book. Because, let’s be realistic – some part of people will buy this book because they want to know me better through my journal notes; some part of people will buy just because they want to see me naked. And I’m cool with this.”

What you see is what you get with Alex. How he appears today, how he chose the characters for Uncovered. This is all an extension of Alex.

Press materials reveal that he was somewhat sickly as a child. And at 6’2” and 130 pounds, he was skinny with health problems. Eventually, he found his way to a gym as a young adult. But not necessarily to improve his health. It was to get a man. The kind of man he liked.

“I was always attracted to, kind of like, muscle, big guys. I had lovers and I had experience when I was skinny, but it wasn’t exactly what I wanted. So, I start going the gym because I want to change my body to become more attractive to a type of guys who I really like.”

And that’s also how he chose the five characters in Uncovered. Each volume is named for the characters he portrays (Wrangler, Mercenary, Woodsman, Journeyman and Seafarer) and all represent masculine, sexual archetypes Alex has been drawn to all his life.

“It’s all about my, let’s call it, sexual fantasy,” says Abramov. “I was always into men. Like – men, men, men. You know, soldiers, cowboys, lumberjacks. It should be look like men and smell like men. It should wear clothes like men. I’m totally cool with different types in our LGBTQ community. All these different things. But my personal preference was always about men.”

If you’d like to hear Alex (and his charming Russian accent) talk about his journey to Uncovered, hit the play button below for the full podcast. We end up talking about a range of things including a bit of politics (I’m talking to a real Russian and I’m not gonna bring up “collusion???”).

In that he was born in the Republic of Kazakhstan and  lived his young adult life in Russia, Alex knows well the lack of LGBT rights in these countries.

For those reasons, he is donating 10% of proceeds of Uncovered to The Russian LGBT Networkwhich promotes equal rights and respect for human dignity, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity.

You can find more information about Alex’s book series Uncoveredat his official website.
Let’s close with just a few snaps from awesome Alex’s Instagram account:

👨🏻💭 [ First image like a first step ] HI guys, today I finally can introduce you to my very #personal #project titled: ‘UNCOVERED’. 1️⃣0️⃣ months in the making, 1️⃣0️⃣0️⃣➕ hours of photo shoots at multiple locations 🏞🌄🌅, more then 5️⃣0️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ pictures taken 📸🙌🏻 by my good friend and hugely talented #photographer Dima Bocharov | @dmitrybocharov | comes 5️⃣ #artbooks 5️⃣ different #characters and only 1️⃣ story – My Story – the story of a man who wasn’t afraid #speakup, follow thru with his #vision and be #uncovered, both #body and #soul. 👨🏻👉🏻🔛 Put your profile #notifications #ON, every day I’ll post more information and images 🐻💪🏻 #photography #imnotafraid #cowboy #cowboyhat #bodyandsoul #introduction #monday #mondaymotivation #dmitrybocharov #storyofmylife #beardman #betruetoyourself #betrue #mirrormirroronthewall #eyesisthewindowofthesoul
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🐻💭 day 3 of our first shoot last #summer with @dmitrybocharov [ 5:30 am at Joshua Tree National Park ] 💭😌🙌🏻Me completely #naked in #boots and a #Stetson with a #rifle on my shoulders. 🧐🤪💭Now I’m trying to remember what I was even thinking about, but I can not. 😝😬 Totally sleep deprived, but yet in the #moment. 🐻🙌🏻 What I do remember it’s how I was feeling. 😈👊🏻 “#Wild” – a word which will explain to you guys my mindset that #morning. 🐺An #animal. 🐺A #hunter. Alone in the middle of nowhere amongst the #wildlife and sounds of the #desert waking up to the #newday. 🇺🇸🌅🙌🏻 The picture doesn’t show you now all #beauty around me in this #July morning in the east #Southern #California, but I #promise, the pictures in the book, will… #photography #imnotafraid #cowboy #cowboyhat #bodyandsoul #introduction #dmitrybocharov #storyofmylife #artbook #wrangler #uncovered
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Photography: Alexander Abramov’s New Art Book Series “Uncovered”

I’ve featured woofy Russian artist Alexander Abramov many times on The Randy Report via his must-see Instagram account.

Now, Abramov has a five-part series of art books, featuring photography by Dmitry Bocharovwhich, which chronicle his journey as an adult gay man in the world today.

From his official website:

Alexander Abramov bares all in Uncovered, his coming of age story about a man who isn’t afraid to speak his truth, follow through with his vision and be exposed, both body and soul.

The five part series of art books tells the story of Alexander Abramov. The Russian artist and producer portrays different characters in unique worlds full of action and emotion.

Through images and notes from his personal diary, Alexander explains to the world who he really is.

“I started keeping journals 18 years ago. My diary is about awareness of my homosexuality, about my experiences and explorations of the world: first feelings, first love, first sexual encounter… It is also about human imperfection and struggle, drugs and fears, scars and past troubles. On the whole, it tells of becoming the man I have wanted to be: a man who is able to inspire others to makes changes for the better.”

10% of proceeds will go to The Russian LGBT Organization.

Abramov will be attending a book signing event in Palm Springs, April 28th at 12pm at the Papa Pool Party hosted at the Renaissance Hotel.

Pre-orders are now available through Abramov’s official website here.

News Round-Up: March 22, 2018

(via Instagram)

Some news items you might have missed:

• First, it was Superman star Henry Cavill going all clean-shaven. Now, one of my favorite InstaHunks, Alex Abramov, (above) is teasing his followers writing, “Trim your scruff!” #KeepTheFur

• LGBT series EastSiders was nominated for 6 Daytime Emmy Awards including Outstanding Daytime Digital Drama Series, Outstanding Writing & Directing for creator and star Kit Williamson and Outstanding Actor in a Digital Daytime Drama Series for Van Hansis.

• San Francisco Airport plans on renaming one of the terminals after gay rights icon Harvey Milk.

• CNN president Jeff Zucker went THERE calling out competitor Fox News as “state-run TV.” He added, “It is a pure propaganda machine, and I think does incredible disservice to this country.”

• Two separate research teams believe they’re found links between genetics and being transgender.

• Emmy Award-winner Lena Waithe covers the latest Vanity Fair in style – her own style. Hit the link because if you don’t know her yet, you will love the uber-talented out writer actress after.

At the recent Black Women in Hollywood Awards, she told the crowd, “Being born gay, black and female is not a revolutionary act. Being proud to be a gay black female is.” Now, how you not gonna love that?

News Round-Up: December 20, 2017

Some news items you might have missed:

• Sexy Santa? I got your Sexy Santa right here thanks to the above selfie from Alex Abramov 😉

• Get ready to disco down as Summer: The Donna Summer Musical is now heading for the Lunt-Fontanne Theater on Broadway with previews beginning March 28 with an April 23 opening night! From the same team that brought us the blockbuster Jersey Boys.

• Republican Gov. Chris Christie says Donald Trump Jr. totally “deserves the scrutiny” he’s getting regarding the ongoing Russian election interference probe. He recently told MSNBC’s Nicole Wallace, “He was involved in the transition and involved in meetings that call into question his role. And the facts will determine that ultimately.”

• Former pop-tart Aaron Carter says he’s ready to embrace his bisexuality.

• Eminem says he’s found dates on dating apps like Grindr and Tinder.

• A massive fire at a five-star hotel in Scotland took the lives of a gay travel writer and his boyfriend.

• Hump Day Bonus!

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