Health Initiative for Men, a Vancouver-based organization devoted to the full spectrum of well-being for gay, bisexual, and all men who have sex with men (MSM), has been busy at work so here's a quick rundown of what's new with them.

My Fucking Life

What do you like about your fucking life? Dislike?

HIM decided to ask 70 gay men and MSM about their fucking lives and what they discovered was transformed into a six-part webseries called—rather appropriately—My Fucking Life. Since they're a sex-positive organization (that regards sex as an integral part of a healthy life, rather than shameful), they wanted to avoid any moralizing about sex.

The Bachelor Canada is returning to TV screens for a second season starting September 18. Twenty-five women from across the country will compete to win the heart of 28-year-old Tim Warmels. The Ontario-born tech entrepreneur is also a part-time model and furniture designer. He follows in the footsteps of CFL player Brad Smith, who played the part of Canada’s most eligible bachelor on the first season.

Of the 25 women—aged 23 to 42—competing on the show, six reside in B.C.

People with good taste generally wish the whole Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon would just go away; not because there is anything inherently wrong with erotic fiction in general or BDSM themes in particular, but because E.L. James's writing is so painfully—one might even say torturously, but not in a hot way—awful.

It's not going anywhere, though. The Hollywood adaptation is scheduled for release next February. If nothing else, it should be fun spotting all the Vancouver locations in the movie, which was shot locally (although the story is actually set in that other Vancouver).

Dan Savage’s HUMP! Film Festival takes place at the Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway) on July 4 and 5. Show times are 7 p.m. on July 4 and at 6 p.m., 8 p.m., and 10 p.m. on July 5.

Seattle-based Dan Savage, best known for his sex advice column Savage Love and the co-creator of the It Gets Better Project, decided in 2005 to challenge his readers to create some good old-fashioned homemade porn. As such, the HUMP! Film Festival was born.

The 20 short films shown are a mix of Savage’s personal favourites and popular audience picks throughout the years.

What is there left to say about James Franco's gay obsession that hasn't already been unsaid? That said, his work speaks for itself. Sort of.

Here are the latest works of art (sort of) from his ongoing collaborative art project with Seth Rogen that he has given the cryptic and enigmatic title: Gay Sex Art Project.

He previously made several images based on his video "Bound 3", a homoerotic spoof of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's "Bound 2" music video.

That's in addition to:

U.S. Airways has some probing to do after someone handling the airline's Twitter account posted a photo that shocked many of its followers.

The company quickly deleted the photo (depicting a toy airplane in woman's vagina), which was tweeted in response to a disgruntled customer, but not before it was screenshotted and the airline began trending for reasons that certainly aren't appreciated by its PR team.

An Alaskan politician has declared war on fetal alcohol syndrome—because women are irresponsible whores.

This is the confusing message coming out of the mouth of Peter Kelly, a self-described pro-life, pro-gun, pro-business senator in the 49th state.

Just as spring has sprung, it's been the unofficial Week of the Weenie in Vancouver theatres. With the recent run of The Final Member, a documentary about an Icelandic penis museum, and the release of Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac and the gay-cruising thriller Stranger by the Lake, there's been a lot of unpacking of not only assumptions but packages—of the male kind—on screen.

If you're a gay Vancouverite who is fluent in English and Chinese (written and oral, in either Mandarin or Cantonese), Health Initiative for Men is looking for you.

HIM is organizing interviews and group discussions (to be conducted in English) to help develop a sexual health resource for Chinese-speaking gay men and men who have sex with men.

The resource will include information about sexual health risk factors (such as HIV and STI transmission), HIV and STI prevention and testing, mental health, and more. The resource will be made in the spring of this year.

This project is the starting point for more resources to be made in other languages.

Following a nationwide casting tour that started in Vancouver in January, the Bachelor Canada season two has found 24 single women who will vie for the bachelor’s love on CityTV this fall. In a new twist to the reality series, however, Canadians have a chance to vote on this season’s 25th contestant.

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