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.

If you've got all of the books in the Fifty Shades trilogy on your nightstand, this event is for you.

E.L. James, the author of the bestselling Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed, is set to do a book signing event in Vancouver.

The event will take place on February 16 at 2 p.m. inside Chapters (788 Robson Street) in the downtown core.

Here's the details from Chapters:

Ever heard or even said that being a sex object is empowering for women? 

Politics professor Caroline Heldman is asking you to seriously reconsider that notion with her whip-smart TEDxYouth San Diego talk.

Heldman astutely unravels the commonly accepted ideology that sex sells.

She points out that it's not actually sex that's being sold—because, as she states, if that was it, we would see men depicted as sex objects as frequently as we see women depicted as such, including in both men's and women's magazines.

The Bachelor Canada has been renewed for a second season, and producers are hoping to select 25 eligible bachelorettes during a six-city casting tour across Canada.

The tour kicks off in Vancouver on Saturday (January 25) between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. at the Opus Hotel (322 Davie Street), and will continue onto Calgary on January 28, Winnipeg on January 30, Toronto on February 1, Montreal on February 2, and Halifax on February 3.

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