Postcards from L.A.

Rinaldo Hopf is a Berlin based artist and curator of the very popular anthology books Mein Schwules Auge. From May 26 he will show the outcome of his residency at the Tom of Finland Foundation in Los Angeles at The Ballery in Nollendorfstrasse 11 in Berlin.

There will be images of sexy cowboys and portraits of Hollywood stars in postcard format. The opening is on the 26th from 6 to 10pm. The exhibition runs until June 23. General opening hours are
Tuesday: 6-10pm
 Wednesday – Friday: 3-7pm Saturday: 12-5pm

More at FB and theballery.com.

Equal Rights for All Love

On May 17 the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia takes place.

Why is it the 17th of May? On this day in 1990 the The World Health Organization crossed homosexuality off the list of mental diseases. There will be a rally at the Brandenburg Gate from 2.30pm. At 4pm the Love Deserves Respect rally with the Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany is going to take place at Wittenbergplatz. For more information please got to dayagainsthomophobia.org.

Candlelight Memorial Week from May 14 to 21

The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial will take place for the 7th time in Berlin. It was originated in San Francisco in 1983 and has since been taken to numerous cities. It's an international cooperation of about 1200 organizations in 115 countries. There will be several events spanning eight days in Berlin. It will start with a kick-off dinner at Café Ulrich's on May 14 at 8pm.

On May 20 the Berlin AIDS Hilfe funeral procession will take place. The memorial week  will come to its close with a memorial at the St. Matthäus-Kirchhof cemetery on May 21. For more information please go to candlelightmemorial.de.

Xposed 12th edition

This month the queer film festival Xposed will be taking place for the 12th time. It's a small festival which started predominately as a short film festival and there are still a lot of shorts to see. There are also many interesting feature films to watch.

The festival will begin and end with two French sexual dramas. 4 Days in France by Jérome Reybaud and Staying Vertical by Alain Guiraudie. 

The festival takes place from May 11 to 14. The locations are the Moviemento cinema, Südblock and the new Aquarium which is located behind Südblock. For more information and tickets please go to xposedfilmfestival.com.

Gay Berlin in May

What's happening in gay Berlin in May? I might have missed a few things this month because our email broke down*. But I do know about the May Day bank Holiday (yesterday, but you were warned in April) and it's another holiday Christi Himmelfahrt (Ascension day) on Thursday 25. Quälgeist are celebrating that with an extended bondage weekend and there's a revolting dance party for men and women at lab.oratory on Wednesday 24. In addition it's the Xposed Film festival from 11 May and on Sat 13 it's Eurovision at Monster Ronsons.

For all that and some more check the gay Berlin calendar or scroll down for club by club listings - more coming in the next day or two.

* My email address is george@teletower.info and the mail forwarding and domain name are cared for by godaddy.com. About a month ago, without warning, they reorganized again and stopped the mail forwarding. It is fixed now. We are not amused.

SchwuZ in May

Photo by A. Huber
This month SchwuZ starts with London Calling (Fri 5), has the Ascension Day Party (Wed 24) and Spring Breakers (Fri 26).
Apart from that enjoy the regular Electronic Thursdays (CRUSH on Thu 25), Kiezdisko (Sat 20) and the Proxi Club (Sat 27)!

SchwuZ is at Rollberg Strasse 26, Berlin-Neukölln. All this and and more in your gay Berlin calendar. Click the headline for full details.

GMF in May

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Hot May nights still on top of Berlin at the Weekend club!
This months special will be the 21st anniversary party on May 24. At the turntables this month Katy Bähm, Stella deStroy and many others.

Apart from New Year, GMF is at Klosterstrasse 44, 10179 Berlin and runs every Sunday from 23:00 through to 06:00. Its all in the gay Berlin calendar.
Click the headline for full DJ line ups.

Chantal's House of Shame in May

Photo by A. Huber
Gay club Chantals House of Shame is open every Thursday for trashed trannies, young babes. Anything goes in Chantal's medium-sized utterly shameful dance bar -- unless the straight bar assistant catches you. 
Don't miss Nicolaj Tange Lange's show on May 18.
Open from 23:00, show at 01:30. Entry 10€.

It's at Bassy, Schönhauser Allee 176a Prenzlauer Berg. Click the headline for all the performers and times. All this and more in your gay Berlin calendar.

Berghain in May

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Acclaimed by many as Berlin's finest dance club, Berghain / Panorama Bar is open on most Fridays and Saturdays this month.
This months specials include a Finest Wednesday on May 24 and the Delsin 20 party at Berghain + Panorama Bar (Fri 26). The party on Friday May 12 will be at Säule. BTW the garden opened on May 1st.

Berghain is at Am Wriezener Bahnhof, Friedrichshain. Parties are in your gay Berlin calendar. Click the headline for night by night details.

KitKat in May

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Mostly sexy, mixed and calm plus gay club night Revolver on the 12th, KitKat is open Fridays, Saturdays, Sunday mornings (Afterhour) and on Mondays. This month has a new midweek party called Too Much. The opening is on Wednesday May 10.  Other parties include Gegen Galaxy (Fri 5), Mystic Friday (Fri 19) and the gay Piep Show on May 26.

Club Kitkat is at Brückenstr. 1, Mitte or sometimes the entrance is round the corner by the exit to the U-Bahn. It's all in the gay Berlin calendar. Click the headline for full details.

Möbel Olfe in May

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Kreuzberg's wildly popular, mostly gay bar Möbel Olfe started life as a furniture store - check the chairs stuck to the ceiling. On most Tuesdays it's Girls Disco. Thursdays are more full-on gay and other parties run on most Fridays and every Saturday. 
Steve Morell will be at the turntables on May 11.
Möbel Olfe is in Kottbusser Tor, Kreuzberg. This and more in your gay Berlin calendar. Click the headline for all the DJs.

lab.oratory in May

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Industrial gay sex club lab.oratory regulars: Naked Sex (Thursdays) and Friday Fuck 2-4-1 (Fridays) are joined this month by Fausthouse (Sat 13) and the Rubber party (Sat 20). There will be the Yellow Facts piss parties on May 6 & 28. There will be a special Revolting party for men & women on Wednesday May 24.
lab.oratory is just round the corner from Berghain at Wriezener Karee, Berlin-Friedrichshain.  If you've been in lab earlier and get a stamp you can queue jump into Berghain and only pay 6€.
It's all in the gay Berlin calendar. Click the headline for details.

Factory in May

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Factory (formerly known as Connection) has it's regular Club Night The Fabric on all Saturdays.  Other monthly regulars are Industry (Fri 5) and the Cazzo party (Fri 19), hosted by the Cazzo porn film production.
Click the headline for details every night.
All this and more in your gay Berlin calendar. Gay club Factory is at Fuggerstrasse 33, Berlin-Schöneberg.

Südblock in May

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This month's highlights at gay bar/club/cafe Südblock include Flittchenbar's May Gala by Christiane Rösinger (Fri 5), followed by Zembil (Sat 13). 
There will also be a pub quiz on February 23. There are also specials at the Aquarium behind Südblock. See listings for more.
They are all in your gay Berlin calendar.
Click the headline for full listings. Südblock is at Admiralstrasse 1-2, Berlin-Kreuzberg. Normally closed Monday daytime.
Open Sundays from 10:00, otherwise from 12:00.

SO36 in May

Photo A. Huber
Start this month with some Balkan beats (Sat 6) and learn some new dance moves at SO36's regular Café Fatal Party on Sundays! Towards the end of the month will be the opportunity to show off bad taste at My Ugly X (Fri 26) and swing your hips at the queer oriental Gayhane (Sat 27).
On Monday May 15 it's Roller Skate Disco time!

SO36 is at at Oranienstr 190, Kreuzberg. All parties are in the gay Berlin calendar. Click the headline for full details.

Böse Buben in May

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SM and Spanking mischief from Wednesday to Sunday. 
This month starts with a Cocksucker's Contest (Fri 5) and ends with Pumpstation 2.0 (Sun 28) to test your limits.
The other Sunday afternoons are dedicated to fisting.
There is also a chance for a Corporal Punishment (Sat 13).

Böse Buben (Bad Boys) bar is at Lichtenraderstr 32, Berlin Neukölln.
Dates are in your gay Berlin calendar. Click the headline for details.

Monster Ronson's in May

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This month Monster Ronson's specials include the public viewing of the Eurovision on May 13 plus After Dark (Thu 18).
Enjoy the regulars Panty Splatters (Thu 11) and the Multisexual Boxhopping on Mondays and treat yourself to a Liquid Brunch on Sundays.
Most Tuesdays are dedicated to the Drag Race screening.

Monster Ronson's is at Warschauer Strasse 34, Berlin-Kreuzberg it is open daily from 19:00. It's all in the gay Berlin calendar.
Click the headline for full details.

Quälgeist in May

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Gay SM sex club Quälgeist (roughly translated: Tortured Soul): featuring SM sex, bondage, with some mixed sessions. 
Specials this month include Dungeons Deluxe (Sun 7) and the long Bondage Ascension Weekend from May 25 to May 28.

Click the headline for full details and it's in your gay Berlin calendar. Quälgeist is at Mehringdamm 51, Berlin-Kreuzberg in the back corner of the last backyard.

Homage to Tom of Finland

There is an exhibition which pays homage to the life of Touko Valin Laaksonen, better known as Tom of Finland.

The show Loves and Lives at the Salon Dahlmann (until May 6) is dedicated to the biography of the artist who died 25 years ago.

The Salon Dahlmann is on Marburger Str. 3 in Berlin-Charlottenburg and at salon-dahlmann.de.

Opening hours are from Thursday to Saturday 12 - 6pm.

Sex-tistics - amazing Brit invention

What could it be? It's the latest in wearable technology, the i.Con Smart Condom, and can answer those questions that have been nagging you for years: How many calories are you burning during intercourse? How many thrusts? Speed of your thrusts? The duration of your sessions? Frequency? How many different positions you use in the period of a week, month or year? Ever wondered how you stack up to other people from around the world?

It's more like an adjustable cock ring than a condom, so you can reuse it - thank heavens at £59.99. You download your vital sex-tistics via a micro USB port into your computer while you have a fag and it has a charge.

More info from British condoms.