Tumblr may be the greatest time sink ever invented. You can lose yourself in communities devoted to your favorite shows, movies, bands and stars. It’s also a gay mecca, combining humor, news, hot guys, and yes, lots and lots of porn. Part of the joy of Tumblr is its randomness. Depending on who you follow, scrolling through your Dashboard can yield Pokemon, naked models, and the lyrics to your favorite song in one twist of the wheel. You never know what might pop up.
We’ve compiled a list of our favorite gay interest Tumblrs for you to follow covering the breadth of what the system has to offer. Well, most of the breadth. Due to our charter, some excellent Tumblrs that have nudity and R+ related content didn’t make the cut. But finding those really isn’t that difficult, and we’re sure you can manage. And we bet you have favorites of your own you’d like to share in the comments.
If you’re looking for the latest sexy male models, celebrities with their shirts off, and generally the hottest men in the entertainment field, this is the place to be. Fresh faces, GIFs, and beautiful people doing the things that make us lust after them, the selection ranges from Hollywood stars to runway models you may have seen but never knew their names. It’s endless eye candy.
Chris has carved out a niche for himself with some of the best GLBT political reporting out there, from his time with LawDork, to MetroWeekly, and now Buzzfeed. His Tumblr will not only bring you his stories for Buzzfeed, but often the breaking news before he has time to form it into his trademark analysis. Plus, he goes places you don’t generally get to, be it the White House Briefing Room to Buzzfeed Brews, and he takes you there with him, in images and words. On top of all that, Chris is one of the nicest guys in the business.
Actor, activist, comedian, and all around renaissance man, this Tumblr tends to be updated weekly, with some of the deeper thoughts behind politics, gay rights, and sometimes just expanding on online conversations he’s had on Twitter. What is guaranteed is that there will be an honest, thoughtful read on a serious topic without it being like reading in college. You’ll probably learn something.
This is run by the same social media person that made George Takei’s Facebook page required reading. It touches on gay rights, Broadway, television, and general internet comedy. It generally provides you with a laugh at exactly the moment you needed it, so you can get back to procrastinating about doing some actual work.
Stacy Lambe has written for Buzzfeed, Queerty, Out and VH1, covering pop culture with an eye for the absurd. He’ll have the latest on Miley Cyrus, his attempt to learn “Cups”, serious interviews of celebrities, and the latest photos from his trips to the red carpet. If you want to know what’s happening in the pop culture world fastest, his Tumblr is essential, and his take on it is impeccable.
Dave Holmes was one of the VJs on MTV, and since then makes a living writing, producing, and doing comedy. He’ll have promotions of his shows, commentary on music, television, and gay rights. He’s shown a fondness for our own snicks’ Top 100 of the 80s, and called out gay media for failing to support gay artists instead of their own. He’s both deeply thoughtful and wildly cynical.
Some people find this creepy, but to me it’s a window on the world. These are simply snapshots of hot guys, taken in public places, in restaurants, on the street, etc. The photos flow in from users all over the world, and are tagged with the location the photos are taken. The men vary from college to middle age, all with some indefinable thing that makes them hot, even if they don’t look like they could star on a show on the CW. But quite a few could.
This Tumblr acts as a clearing house for comics, photos, eCards and all things GLBT. It generally has a humorous bent, and sometimes you see things you’ve already seen before, but generally the net here is cast so wide that I get several surprises each day. Sometimes it can get a little tough on some categories – there are days when it just won’t let up on cisgender males, or allies who want too much credit, but generally it just stays a funny one stop shop for all things gay and happy online.
Buzzfeed LGBT is perfectly adapted to Tumblr. It seeks to get information out as visually and succinctly possible, frequently by imposing powerful quotes on images, tailored for the soundbite culture of the web while still remaining visually interesting as you scroll past. They have the hook for the reporting that gets done on Buzzfeed that makes you not only reblog, but also click thru to get the whole context. They cover Russia, marriage, the Supreme Court, and Hollywood with equal finesse, and provide a window into extensive reporting.
Yes, we’re including ourselves! TheBacklot Tumblr is run by me, and I like to think I provide a good mixture of news, beefcake, quirky humor and Hollywood scoops in a timely fashion. It’s the Morning Meme that never stops, and you don’t have to wait for morning to read. If you’re not following us, you’re missing out.
So those are our favorite Tumblrs, but Tumblr is a big, growing place, and we all have our favorites. Which ones have you found that other readers of TheBacklot should know about?