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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Life Celebrates Diversity / SML Photography


Life celebrates diversity.
Life celebrates differences.
Life celebrates humanity.

Regardless of age, attire, or build.
Regardless of class, color, or culture.
Regardless of education, flavor, or gender.
Regardless of hair style, income level, or interest.
Regardless of life style, location, or philosophy.
Regardless of profession, physique, or race.
Regardless of religion, role, or sexual taste.

Life is equilibriumism.
Life is everything and nothing.
Life is all of us and none of us.

See-ming Lee, 2007.07.07

+ SML Flickr Set: 2,016 photos, 4 videos

Related SML Universe
+ Life Celebrates Diversity (Flickr Group)
+ Life Celebrates Diversity (FriendFeed)
+ Life Celebrates Diversity (Twitter)

CC-BY-SA See-ming Lee 李思明 SML / SML Photography / SML Universe

Sunday, October 18, 2009

I Say A Little Prayer [video]

This is *so* gay!!! Love it!

The Full Silkwood performing "I Say A Little Prayer" from GLEE, starring Josh Cheon, Jason Whipple and Mark Louque.

via FriendFeed:idlg2009

TV Ad: Together [video]

via Rochelle on FriendFeed

Friday, October 9, 2009

Best gay artists on Flickr

I have been on Flickr for quite a while and I have met countless inspiring gay artists on Flickr whom I follow on a daily basis. Here are a few who caught my eyes over the years:

male ®

It's Britney bitch (by male ®)

Tote bag by male ®  (by male ®)

madonna by male® (by male ®)


Tooker: Waiting Room, 1969 - a ReVision (by centaurpics)

Moon Kiss (by centaurpics)

Correggio: Danae, a revision (by centaurpics)


b020209 (by bodirkley)

081109 (by bodirkley)

020509 (by bodirkley)

Ismael Álvarez

Bakala Duo (by Ismael Álvarez)

Blonde (by Ismael Álvarez)

Melancolía en Londres (by Ismael Álvarez)

Do you know of anyone that I have missed? Let me know by leaving a comment below!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

That's gay: No Homo [video]

Discovered one day while reading tweets from @lgbtlife, this is the funniest gay video I have seen in years!

That's gay: No Homo | Infomania | Current

Are you terrified that people may think you're gay? No worries, hip hop has coined a phrase to get you out of the stickiest situations. Just throw in a "no homo" and you can say pretty much anything you want!

That's Gay is a recurring segment on the weekly television show infoMania. In each episode of That's Gay, Bryan Safi explores gay issues and stereotypes as they are portrayed by the clueless media. For more Bryan visit and Current TV.

infoMania is a half-hour satirical news show that airs on Current TV. The show puts a comedic spin on the 24-hour chaos and information overload brought about by the constant bombardment of the media. Hosted by Conor Knighton and co-starring Brett Erlich, Sarah Haskins, Ben Hoffman, Bryan Safi and Sergio Cilli, the show airs on Thursdays at 10 pm Eastern and Pacific Times and can be found online at or on Current TV. And make sure to check out our facebook profile for special features at

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Bert and Ernie / SML Ideal Husbands

Bert and Ernie (Wikipedia) are two roommates on the long-running television show Sesame Street. The two appear together in numerous skits, forming a comic duo that is one of the centerpieces of the program. Originated by Frank Oz and Jim Henson, the characters are currently performed by Muppeteers Eric Jacobson and Steve Whitmire, with Oz performing Bert occasionally since 2000.

Bert and Ernie: Let me tell you a secret / 20090917.10D.53994.P1 / SML (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)

I always thought that Bert and Ernie are the perfect couple. I admire them and I cherish them. I also thought that they are the ideal husbands, and I wish that my love life is as rich and colorful as theirs.

A few years back, I met a friend who used to be an executive producer at the Children's Television Workshop, and I said: you know they are so gay... He said: They look gay because they *are* gay.

I don't know why I have never thought of putting them in a photoshoot together but tada here they are, featured in my Ideal Husbands photography project. I tried to write toy stories regarding these two love birds:

Toy Story 1

Ideal Husbands: Bert and Ernie / 20090917.10D.53940.P1.SQ / SML (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)

Toy Story 1

SML: Hi, I'm working on a project called Ideal Husbands and I would really like to include you guys in it.
Ernie: Yeay!
Bert: Hmm... I'm not sure, Ernie, it doesn't sound like a very good use of our time...
Ernie: But it would be so much fun.. Weee....
Bert: I'm exhausted from work. Don't you think that it would be better use of our time if we cuddle in bed instead?
Ernie: Oh come on babe, if we get photographed by SML, we would be famous! Wee..!
Bert: (reluctantly) Alright.. I guess I can sit in for a few minutes, but be quick!
SML: Thank you thank you thank you! Lots of SML Love for you!
Bert: Hurry up I don't have all day... Ernie honey, try to sit still!

Toy Story 2

Ideal Husbands: Bert and Ernie / 20090917.10D.53948.P1.SQ / SML (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)

Bert and Ernie with the wooden salamander during the Ideal Husbands shoot at SML Studio.

Toy Story 3: Kiss

Kiss: Bert and Ernie / 20090917.10D.53934.SQ.BW / SML (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)

I made an attempt to get these love birds for my kiss project but Ernie's constant open-mouth action made it tricky. I will try again later.

Toy Story 4: Life is great when you're next to me

Bert and Ernie: Life is great when you're next to me / 20090917.10D.53973.P1 / SML (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)

Toy Story 5: Bert and Ernie: Getting Trashed on Pinot Noir

Bert and Ernie: Getting Trashed on Pinot Noir / 20090917.10D.53958.SQ / SML (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)

With a big glass of Pinot Noir in hand, Bert forgot about the pain of modeling while Ernie got trashed.

Erotocrat (NYC) had a different take:
It was reported by Burt that the euphoria caused by Ernie is unlike hand-puppet jobs received from other muppets. I even remember my first experience with Ernie, who as a young muppet, emerged from Mr. Hooper’s bodega off of Sesame Street one crispy morning. Ernie glanced at me as though I were a masked Adonis of some sort and told me in no uncertain terms, that he felt like the letter B.

Toy Story 6: When Tigger Visits

Bert and Ernie: When Tigger visit / 20090917.10D.53975.P1 / SML (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)

Bert is unamused when Tigger comes to play.

Bert: Tigger comes over to visit us every now and then. I think that he's cute and all but the problem is, he and Ernie would just giggle and gossip non-stop which gets really annoying sometimes.

Related SML
+ SML Flickr Sets: Bert and Ernie / SML Ideal Husbands
+ SML Flickr Sets: Ideal Husbands
+ SML Flickr Sets: Men

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Flickr Censorship Standards = Gay Bashing?

Cross-posted on SML Pro Blog.

Earlier this year, Flickr popped my account to "restricted" status, resulting in a 3000 to 30 daily stream views.

SML to Flickr: Why is my stream flagged as moderate? = Severely diminished traffic volume (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)

It took me 6 months to figure out what the hell was wrong. I didn't get a reply from the official staff despite several attempts to contact them. Eventually I got so pissed off that I did a Twitter stunt and posted a long-winded outcry on That appears to help, I got a reply from the Flickr staff within one day.

Apparently, according to Flickr standards, the image below is to be treated as moderate / restricted.

An R-rated image as according to Flickr Censorship standards / 20070624.10D.43162.BW.SQ / SML (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)

Personally I do not understand why this image is moderate. Afterall, don't you see guys like this *all the time*?

Flickr replied by saying that the image needs to be moderate because the person is wearing "skin-tight" clothing. I then asked them if I took photos at the Olympics or at the beach, do I need to mark them as moderate as well, to which they reply, that "regardless of where they were taken, they need to be moderated."

In other words, according to Flickr Censorship standards, this will only appear in an R-rated movie. Meanwhile, the Yahoo Pride page during 2007 happily use my photos on their site, so WTF?!

As such the image above is flagged as moderate as well. Even though I disagree with Flickr's standards...

Anyhow, SML Flickr is now "safe" after flagging all these images to moderate to restricted status, but this standard appears questionable.

Related blogosphere
+ Now Public: flickr: Racist and Homophobic, or Scamming?
+ Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection: Someone's started a Flickr Is Fascist Blog, Accuses Flickr of Anti-Gay Censorship Policies

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

madonna by male®

SML Flickr: madonna by male®
madonna by male®, originally uploaded by male ®.

Another stunning piece of art work by Martin Leon Duque aka male® on Flickr.

male by male ®

SML Flickr: male
male, originally uploaded by male ®.