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AT THE LAKE One Last Summer Play Date with Photographer Greg Brown

Backstreet Boys’ AJ McLean:

A Self-Proclaimed ‘Fag Hag’

Mark Rosenberg Eats His Feelings

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What’s something that you wanted to do this summer, but didn’t do? For me, it’s swimming. Now, given the wet weather we’ve had here in Atlanta all summer long, there were plenty of days where I felt like I was swimming in the rain (or worse, the humidity). But actually swimming, whether in a pool or more natural body of water, has eluded me this summer.

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Since there are technically several more days of summer before fall officially begins, why not do something you’ve wanted to do this summer? I know I’m looking for a nice, cool place to swim for a few hours – preferably with eye candy like you’ll see in our photo spread later in this book. Seriously, go check the spread out on page 44. You’ll be glad you did.

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That’s So Julie!


side from doing drag, vogueing, and decorating, there’s a cutely arranged cornucopia of talents in our community, including stand up comedy! This week I’d like to get untucked with a comedian I met right after I first started doing stand up. She’s funny and the only one of her kind (black, lesbian) who hosts and produces her own comedy shows (at My Sisters Room) and other places like Pensacola Pride (two years in a row). Her name is Julie Osborne of J.O. Entertainment. Okay, so tell us about your stand up comedy shows at My Sisters Room. It came from wanting to create a comedy show that would allow my LGBT community to perform and hear comedy in our own environment. So I went to My Sisters Room, then – boom – I find myself hosting two shows there. One is called “It’s That Time of the Month” that I do on the last Saturday of the month. It’s a feel-good show where we celebrate and laugh at life (the show features gay and straight comedians). Then every other Thursday, I host a comedy competition where we give away $500 in cash prizes.

I think it’s hot. I mean for being true to who she is and not what people think she should be. I hope she continues to be a voice for our community. “That’s so Raven!”…No boo, “That’s So Gay.”

Okay. Any other celebrity females you would love Love it! So tell us which comedians you look up to, to see come out? and why? Hmmm, I’m not really into calling anyone out, but I would be I appreciate the talents of so many like Whoopi Goldberg. ok with getting into Queen Latifah’s closet! She tells the truth and has broken many barriers. And of course Ellen, Wanda, Dave Chapellle, and Cheryl Underwood. What are your future goals in the world of comedy? However, I also have mad respect for some of our local comedians and I respect any comedian who follows through Well damn…let me do one day at a time boo, one day at a to live their dreams! I mean that’s what it’s all about. time. Right now, I just gotta be me! What’s the road like for a black, lesbian comedian in Atlanta? It’s an amazing journey. However, it’s really not about being a “lesbian” nor being “black” actually. It’s simply living my dreams and creating amazing experiences. You betta be creating amazing experiences! Random question…sort of. What are your thoughts about Raven Symoné coming out that closet? 12 //

Thanks Julie and as always, I enjoy our conversations, I’ll see you when I do your show at MSR on September 28th! XOXO!

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of the week: Pat Robertson

But the man was not content to stop there. He had not reached the apex of his insanity. And while some people said it couldn’t be done, the man may have finally maxed out his crazy card. On the August 27 episode of The 700 Club, while discussing AIDS with cohost Terry Meeuwsen, Robertson said, “There are laws now, I think the homosexual community has put these draconian laws on the books that prohibit people from discussing this particular affliction, you can tell somebody they had a heart attack, you can tell that they’ve got high blood pressure, but you can’t tell anybody they’ve got AIDS,” he continued. Huh? So homosexuals have made it illegal to talk about AIDS? It’s not clear from what he says if he means that gays have made it illegal to disclose your own status to people, or if he’s talking about the legality of disclosing someone else’s status. Either way, it isn’t true. There is not a gay mafia gag order on AIDS talk. Robertson continues, and this is when shit gets real, “You know what they do in San Francisco, some in the gay community there they want to get people so if they got the stuff they’ll have a ring, you shake hands, and the ring’s got a little thing where you cut your finger,” Robertson said. Meeuwsen replies, “Really?” Which is probably the closest one can come to saying, “WTF?” on The 700 Club. She also is giving Robertson an out, a chance to say, “Just kidding, LOL! No one would possibly believe such a thing or say something so completely untrue and inflammatory on national TV!” But that’s not what he says. He says, “Really. It’s that kind of vicious stuff, which would be the equivalent of murder.” If slicing AIDS handshakes were a real thing, that would be shocking in itself. But that someone would say such a thing out loud and believe it is the real shock here.

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or decades conservative Christian yapping head Pat Robertson has made a living by saying really crazy shit. He says it on TV, he writes it in books, he’s on the Internet. So this crazy shit gets a lot of attention. And the shit just gets weirder and weirder. Take the time when he blamed 9/11 on “pagans, abortionists, feminists, gays, lesbians, the American Civil Liberties Union and the People For the American Way.” Or when he made fun of people who have plastic surgery saying they’ve “got the eyes like they’re Oriental” and then pulled his eyelids to either side and squinted. Or when he asked if mac and cheese was a “black thing.” Or when he compared homosexuality to demon possession.

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So I got to thinking about how Robertson’s not afraid to say ignorant, offensive, racist shit and, considering the derision he receives, he’s not afraid to be laughed at. And that’s when I realized the truth about Pat Robertson. He’s a stand-up comic on the down low. These aren’t just the ravings of a fringe lunatic, they’re bits. All this time he’s been punking us. Granted, he’s not very funny. But it doesn’t seem fair to hold him to the same quality standards as mainstream comics. I mean, that’s how it works with Christian rock. But his secret is out. And the fact that no one in his audience gets the joke helps explain why he’s trying out more shocking material, like the AIDS ring bit. It’s sad to watch a comic bomb. And sadder still that Robertson doesn’t have people in his life who have the heart and the guts to tell him to get off the goddamn stage.

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Mark Rosenburg Talks About His New Memoir BY DYL AN MICHAEL 20 //

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e have all heard the term “eating your feelings”, but only a few people have actually LIVED it. My friend, and nationally known author, Mark Brennan Rosenberg is one of those people. In his newest book, Eating My Feelings: Tales of Overeating, Underperforming, and Coping with My Crazy Family, he talks about growing up a “fat kid in a family of thin”. In his book, he tells us stories of him growing up and learning life lessons; whether it be going as Homey Da Clown for Halloween (in blackface), or hiring a personal trainer, simply because he wanted to sleep with him. Mark is the epitome of “sassy gay friend”, and his new book is laugh-out-loud hilarious. I got to talk to Mark, before his appearance on September 17, at the Highland Inn Ballroom at 7 p.m., about inspiration with the book, growing up gay, and how you “can never really take the fat girl out of the boy”! Mark! Hi there! Congrats on the success of your new book! Thank you! I’m glad you like it! It was a fun book to write, and I’m just glad that people are receiving it well. Well, trust me, they are! So, I like to start out every interview the same way, so forgive me for this tired old question. For those of us who don’t know you, who is Mark Brennan Rosenberg? Oh God. This question! [Laughs] Well, Mark, he’s a pain in the ass – and not the good kind! Ya know, I’m just like your typical sassy New Yorker. I really don’t know! I’m just kind of real. I’m just a real person and I write about real things and hope that they resonate with the people who read it, whether it be a gay man or a middle-aged straight woman, as long as it resonates, I’ve done my job.

Oh, and the P90X story! That’s a fun one. It’s relatable because most people do a program like that, whether it be dieting or exercise or any of that shit. The whole Grindr aspect of the story was cute, too. It’s funny how much I learned in those 12 weeks about dating and exercise. I’ll tell you one thing I learned right now: online dating fucking sucks! In the book, you leave your hometown and become a “New York Gay”. What is the NYC dating life like? Oh my God, it’s horrible. It’s awful. When people move to the city to date, I think they’re idiots. It’s so bad. There are just so many gay people. Honestly, I think it’s a horrible place to be straight or gay. In NYC, people are always looking for the next big thing: the next big bar, or club, or show. Everyone is always looking for something better. And that, unfortunately, translates to dating as well. [Laughs] I outsourced to find a boyfriend. I went all the way to Washington, DC to find one. Gay guys here in NYC are so nasty and catty, and everyone has unnecessary attitude. Ya know? It’s a bar on Friday night, and all anyone does is play on their phones. It used to be so much friendlier, now it’s SO not fun. It’s all about who you see, and who ya know. You promote a bar on Friday nights? Great! Chances are, people are only friends with you for the free drinks. It’s just stupid.

What I love about Eating My Feelings is that by reading the book, it was like hearing myself talk. It was quirky, bitchy, and funny. Before I picked up the book, I had never heard of you. But I was sold simply by the title and ice cream on the cover! If you were to try to describe your book to our readers, what would you say to sell it? It’s about issues that everyone deals with, not just mine. Everyone has a relation with themselves in the mirror. And sometimes we don’t like that relationship. This book is about everything from growing up fat to being an adult and not accepting me, and not respecting myself. It was a long road to that headspace, until finally one day I realized that everyone sucks but me. [Laughs] And that has helped a lot. What is your favorite story/chapter in the book? “Blackface Halloween” is so funny because it’s so innocent, ya know? It was this innocent mistake that turned into this huge debacle. I thought it was fun! At that age, I didn’t see the racism aspect. So that’s just one of those stories that everyone goes back to. @DavidAtlantaGA // 21

love my nieces and nephews but I don’t know if that’s in the cards for me. Lots of people have this vision of what they want their wedding to be but I was never like that. I don’t think it’s not important. I just have too much going on right now. In writing this book, was there some sort of cathartic therapy that came about? You know, I think honestly, whenever my first book came out, there was a therapy to it. But for this one, there wasn’t. Eating My Feelings was meant to be more of a continuation of the first one. The first book “Blackouts and Breakdowns” was about me getting sober, and was written while I was going through it. Writing is something that always helps me focus and stay calm. And actually, ya know, I guess it is therapeutic. It’s always nice to have people read your shit and them like it. I’m not an actor, I’m not a stage performer. I don’t have that instant gratification. I write a book and I wait until it comes out 3 years later, so to get the validation that people like what I’m doing is amazing. So you said the NYC dating scene sucks, maybe you should try to date a Southern man! Are you single? And if so, what do you look for in a man?

Growing a “fat kid”, are there certain walls/defenses you have to build up in order to protect yourself? Whether it be through self-deprecating humor or otherwise? That’s pretty much it. I became the comedian. And I had the worst mouth as a child. When I was little, and I would go to my cousin’s house and I would curse up a storm, and they wouldn’t believe that I cussed like that. People would ask my parents if I was always like that and it was just like “Well, yeah. That’s just Mark.” In the last chapter of the book, you talk about your nieces and nephews and the way you write about them, there’s just obviously so much love for them. Do you think you’ll ever have children of your own? Well I just got a cat, and he’s like a kid. I mean, I’m treating him like a kid, at least. He’s such an asshole, but I loved him automatically. I don’t know if I’ll ever have kids of my own. I 22 //

[Laughs] I am not single anymore, actually. I started dating someone in January, and it was too late to change the back of the book, so we just didn’t. We’ve been together about 8 months now. And he’s great and wonderful. When he met my mom, she actually turned to me and said: “what the fuck is he doing with you?” He deals with my craziness and I deal with his. It’s been great! Are you excited about coming down to Atlanta? Oh yeah! I used to go to Atlanta a lot! Back in my drinking days, watch the fuck out! We’d go to Backstreet and it was just the most fun down south. Everyone’s so nice (to your face, at least). I think it’s a great place to be gay, there’s so many fun things to do and it’s the comparable thing the south has to NYC. I’ll be out at my book signing then I’m gonna be out hitting the town! I love doing karaoke because my singing voice is offensive! If you want to catch Mark doing readings from his new book, Eating My Feelings, you can see him at the Highland Inn Ballroom at 7 p.m. on September 17, and then join him for karaoke afterwards.

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BOYS Will Be BOYS Backstreet ‘fag hag’ AJ McLean talks screaming gays, his nude Marilyn Monroe pictorial and mistaking men for women BY CHRIS A Z ZOPARDI


in California, and I was just ecstatic. I just love the fact that people love each other, no matter if they’re the same sex or not. I think everybody’s equal, period.

We caught up with self-proclaimed “fag hag” AJ McLean, a founding member of one of the biggest-selling boy bands in history, to chat about how his queer friends (and “Same Love” rapper Macklemore) inspired that video, doing Marilyn Monroe in the nude for an upcoming book and the time the band performed with men they thought were women.

I had just seen the Macklemore video for “Same Love” and that really inspired me. Knowing what the subject was about for “In a World Like This” – about love conquering all – we had talked with the director about basically having different moments in history that really were very impactful. We had done the first two, and then we were like, “What’s the last one gonna be?” I was like, “Why don’t we do something about same-sex marriage? We have a huge gay following and it’s a huge deal.” The guys were all on board and we made it happen. I was so happy about it.

hen the Backstreet Boys dropped their latest album’s title track, “In a World Like This,” they did something special with the video: They ended it with a victorious moment in LGBT history, as an older lesbian couple finally celebrated their right to marry.

The video for the album’s first single, “In a World Like This,” celebrates marriage equality. Why was it important to take that stance with that music video? It stemmed from me personally. I have a lot of gay friends and two of my best friends have been together for almost 10 years. And living in California, it’s been so friggin’ frustrating to me that they could not get it right; they couldn’t pass the bill. Then, literally, right after we dropped the video, they actually passed the bill (allowing LGBT people to get married) 28 //

When were the Backstreet Boys first aware they had a gay following? We did a show years ago in Ybor City in Tampa and Divine Brown – the girl who messed around with Hugh Grant back in the day (laughs) – was hosting a drag show. We actually had no idea. We were all really young. Kevin (Richardson) was obviously older, so he had been around all his gays at Disney (when he worked there before Backstreet Boys) and he had been around

I think it’s awesome. It’s great. I’ve worn a dress at my wedding. I’ve worn 6-inch Louboutins. I’ve got no fear and no shame. There’s one guy named Matt and he’s a big, big Nick Carter fan. He’s this older gentleman from Tampa and he’s gay, and he’s been following us during this whole tour from China to Japan and now through the U.S. I think he really hopes that Nick might have a little bit of gay. What’s the verdict on that? I don’t think he does. I’m gonna say no. You’ve performed at G-A-Y in London recently, and you’ve done San Francisco Pride in the past. Who’s louder: a bunch of screaming girls or a bunch of screaming gays? If we did a full arena with the LGBT community, I bet you they’d be louder. When we did G-A-Y, there was about 2,200 people crammed into this little club, and they went buck wild. I feed off of a crowd anyway, but it was just so cool to sing a love song and grab this guy’s hand. He about melted. You really rock a tutu, AJ. After wearing one for a series of photos, have you considered a side career as a drag queen? I thought about it. I thought it might be fun to do a music video where I’m a drag queen, but I got a thing with my facial hair. I don’t like to shave. Also, I might be the ugliest drag queen you’ve ever seen. photo: Big Hassle

drag queens before Nick (Carter) and me. We were in our trailer and we were watching these guys changing. We thought these were chicks – and all of a sudden they were taking off their clothes and I’m like, “Wait, that girl’s got, like, pecs. And oh, that’s a penis.” I was like, “What the hell is going on?”

You’d have to shave your legs too, you know.

Oh, trust me, I’ve shaved my legs before. My poor wife hates me because she’s like, “You have better legs than most women I know.” See, you’d be the perfect queen.

We did three or four songs, the crowd went nuts and I was standing next to this 6-foot-6 drag queen who gave me a hug and a kiss. I was beside myself, and that was when we first knew that we had a big gay following. I was just like, “Wow, this is kind of friggin’ crazy.” Thinking back on it, I’ve been in this business since I was 3 and I grew up in musical theater, so I was raised and surrounded by gay men and gay women. I was hardly around anyone straight.

And I can walk in heels. I was a little wobbly at first. I was like a baby calf, but then I figured it out. I don’t see how women walk heel to toe in friggin’ heels, so, for me, I walk toe to heel. It’s weird. I walk like a stork, but at least I’m not falling down. What inspired the Tyler Shields drag photo shoot?

It’s amazing you’re straight, actually. It kind of is. Everyone always says, “When you look at a boy band, one of them has to be gay.” No, they don’t. Instead of me being gay, I’m the fag hag. What do you think of all the interest and hope from fans that there is a gay member in the Backstreet Boys?

Tyler and I have been friends with each other for about eight years. We’re always trying to push the envelope with each other and push each other to the next level. Once Tyler said he was gonna marry my wife and I, I was like, “You know, I’m gonna wear a dress in our wedding.” We went to downtown L.A., I was in the full outfit with the hat and the heels, and he’s like, “You look too pretty. I want @DavidAtlantaGA // 29

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you to look all cracked out.” So we sat down on the curb – there’s a homeless guy pissing in the corner – and we took about 15 shots and that’s about it. There’s gonna be more. You’re gonna see a lot more of me than you probably ever wanted to. Tyler is doing a coffee table book. It’s due out at the end of this year and it’s called The Dirty Side of Glamour. You just might see me completely naked in nothing but heels. Well, you gotta one-up the Jonas Brothers and their shirtless pics with some full frontal, right? There’s no frontal, but you will see my little nonexistent ass. I’m in some very interesting poses a la the old Marilyn Monroe pinup look. It’s pretty funny. You’ve been outspoken about bullying and the suicides that have resulted in the LGBT community by making an It Gets Better video. A song on the new album, “Madeline,” was inspired by someone who was bullied into suicide, too. What do you hope fans who are or who’ve been bullied gain from that song?

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I just hope that it shows that there are mean people in this world that will never understand or even try to understand what you’re going through, but there is always going to be more people who do. Unfortunately, people that get bullied as much as some of these fans of ours have, or many of these young gay teens that got bulled into committing suicide, there comes a point where it starts on the other end – it starts on the bully side. You don’t

the top in the last few years, does it remind you of the early days of the Backstreet Boys? Oh, absolutely. We obviously miss certain parts of our career, and there are certain parts we don’t miss, but I think we wouldn’t be the men that we are today or the band that we are today had we not gone through all the shit we’ve been through, both highs and lows. It’s definitely cool to sit back and watch One Direction, The Wanted, Big Time Rush, Jonas and all these different groups. There are a lot of similarities, from the songs to the music titles to the producers that they work with to image. Everything. It’s like looking in a mirror. The only difference is 90 percent of the new boy bands don’t dance, and not all of them play instruments. But that doesn’t take away from their natural talent. They all sound great, they all look great and obviously they’ve got a bunch of screaming girls going buck wild for ’em. It is very reminiscent of us in our early days. Do you prefer where you’re at now in your career? I do. We all have a newfound respect for each other. And we still act like a bunch of friggin’ twatsicles. I mean, I’m 35 years old and I just bought a friggin’ remote control photo: Big Hassle car just to race around backstage. So we’re still kids at have to like what someone’s gender is and you don’t have heart. We’ll always have that little piece of youth for the rest of our lives. to like what they believe in. And if you don’t, don’t say anything. Just shut the fuck up. Let them do their thing. Also, being fathers now, we don’t want to be all chiseled and old. We still play jokes on each other. There’s an app I just hope the bullying stops. I hope that these young called Burner where you can basically text someone from teens, or even full-grown gay men and gay women that a fake number and really fuck with them. Nick really got are still struggling with bullying and still struggling with me good talking about this fucking fan that I had slept being looked down upon, know that you can do this as with 10 years ago who has a kid that’s mine. I was having long as you surround yourself with the right people and a friggin’ panic attack and sure enough, he came and believe in yourself and stay true to who you are. knocked on the door and he’s like, “I’m that fan.” I’m like, “You son of a bitch.” When you see other boy bands who’ve risen to

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Out on Film is Atlanta’s own LGBT film festival. We’re in our 26th season. Out on Film was created in 1987 to inform, entertain, educate and enrich the regional LGBT community by recognizing the creative work of LGBT artists and professionals.

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Out on Film selects a variety of films for our LGBT audiences, including comedies, dramas, romances and documentaries. In addition, we screen multiracial and multi-cultural films.

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aised in an athletic family, Joey Komara grew up with a love of sports and fitness. He found his true calling, however, in acting. Starting on the stage, Komara worked his way up in the industry, building up an impressive resume both on stage and on screen. He is now a star on the Cinemax hit series, The Girl’s Guide to Depravity. In the upcoming season of the show, Komara’s character, Tyler, enters into a relationship with a patron who comes into his bar. I had the chance to catch up with Joey and talk about his life as an actor, his role on the show, and being in an on-screen gay relationship. At what age did you become interested in music and theatre? It was probably around seventh or eighth grade that I saw a local production and I was like, “That is awesome!” The command of the stage, the power, the presence, and just being able to move people sitting in a chair on stage was really exciting. You got your start in acting on the stage. Could you tell us a little about your experiences on with theatre? I started with musical theatre, taking some class in high school and doing it for fun and extra-curricular. In college they needed some dancers and I was naturally good at performing so I started doing some shows there. After that, I mean where else do you go in theatre? So I headed to New York and got started doing regional shows.

It was an amazing and awesome experience traveling the country and working with friends. I got my first role in a Broadway show shortly after. What show was that? It was The Donkey Show, as provocative as that sounds (laughs). It is a modernization of A Midsummer Nights Dream. It was done in a club so people could come in, hang out, dance, and watch the show. We performed basically all disco songs, kind of setting the play in a 70s, Studio 54 style. Were you always interested in film and television? How did you get into it? Basically everyone has a bucket list things they want to do in life. I felt like I was kind of done in theatre. I wanted an easier life and to calm down and I did so by switching to a not-so-calming industry. But I love TV as a medium. It’s so similar to theatre in the sense that you have to be real; things are heightened. With TV, though, you take on a role and you’re done instead of, in theatre, playing that role eight times a week. Do it once and put it on tape. It offers a lot more variety and more soul feeding for the creative part of me. Do you still act on the stage? I try to do at least one show a year. I like to still do it but spaced out.

Was it difficult getting a start in the theatre industry? You starred in the film eCupid, which tackled some of the issues of the modern dating world It was actually, I mean, I won’t say it was easy. When I got including online dating sites. What is your opinion there I started auditioning a lot and within first two auditions of the effect of gay dating and social sites on I had two jobs. Then I started a tour across the country. relationships?

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things with that you normally wouldn’t--and it’s interesting to see how that plays out here. Along with the two female leads, you are also credited for appearance on all current 13 episodes of the series. Has taking on such a big role been difficult?

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Things happen so fast and I think basically my experience in the past of learning shows quickly having that attitude of being ready anything and everything carried over to this. You just have to get out of your head and be like “this is what it is and I’m just going to be true and seem like a real person.” Your character will be entering into a same-sex relationship in the upcoming season. Can you reveal any information on that? There is this very manly fellow that walks into the bar and, to Tyler’s surprise, the guy ends up being on his team. He’s not the typical pretty boy. He’s just an average, manly man with a sort of realness about him. How do you prepare for taking on the role of an on-screen relationship? We ended up hanging out a lot. The first couple of days of shooting we went to see the symphony orchestra and the choir so we sort of had a few hangout sessions and realized it was really nice finding the comfort level that you will be going for on-screen.

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Everyone’s doing it. I think there’s nothing negative about it. I think the funny thing about eCupid is that it kind of shows you how it can overtake your life. Remembering the realness and the present and being in the same room is so important. Right now, in our society, we have all of these options. Easy accessibility for finding dates can lead to people being unhappy and not having a happy and healthy relationship because they get the mindset of “I can always find another date or hook-up online.” It can be detrimental if not used properly. Tell us a little about your character on The Girl’s Guide to Depravity. Tyler is a bartender—basically the sounding board for the two girls. He was there to sort of give advice and hear them out and it grew a little from there. I think a lot of times the bartender becomes a confidant--someone to talk about 38 //

What other interests or goals do you have in the entertainment industry? For me I’ve always found the industry attractive because of my theatre background. The live audience thing is a big rush: all of that energy. I would like to move and possibly do more on the stage. As a rising gay voice in the entertainment industry, do you have any interest in advocacy work? Yea, I think so. I think everybody should realize that the more exposure you get should definitely have a voice. I have a lot of friends who do advocacy work and I was involved with talking to youth. It’s important to show journey you’re on. We’re bound to see more of Joey on the screen as he climbs farther up in his career. Season two of The Girl’s Guide to Depravity is scheduled to premier this fall on Cinemax. Check out Joey as Tyler on the show and keep an eye out for this rising star.

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theRundown Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman’s ‘Harmony’


Wed., Sept. 11 • 6 p.m. • Alliance Theatre (1280 Peachtree St NE)

The story of the Comedian Harmonists, a vaudevillian German sextet whose rise to international fame was interrupted by the Nazis rise to power. For more information, visit

Jojo Moyes Reading

Thurs., Sept. 12 • 7:15 p.m. • GA Center for the Book (215 Sycamore St Decatur)

Welcome Jojo Moyes, the New York Times–bestselling author of Me Before You, to celebrate her newest book, The Girl You Left Behind. For more information, visit

Depeche Mode with Bat for Lashes Thurs., Sept. 12 • 7:30 p.m. • Aaron’s Amphitheater (2002 Lakewood Ave SE)

Watch as Bat for Lashes opens for Depeche Mode in concert. For more information, visit

Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson Two giant pop acts – and LGBT supporters – come together for what’s sure to be one fantastic night of pop music. Maroon 5 (with sexy and frequently naked lead man Adam Levine) are touring in support of last year’s Overexposed, while Kelly Clarkson is supporting her Greatest Hits: Chapter One project. They’re bringing their joint tour to Aaron’s Amphitheatre (2002 Lakewood Ave. SE) this Monday, Sept. 16, beginning at 7 p.m. For more information on the acts, visit or To purchase tickets – which may or may not be available by the time you’re reading this – visit

Little Five Fest

Thurs., Sept. 12 • 9 p.m. • Little Five Points

Join some bands such as The Queers, The Coathangers, The Booze and many more. For more information, visit littlefivefestatlanta. com.

Clipper Party for Charity Sat., Sept. 14 • 8 p.m. • Atlanta Eagle

The Atlanta Eagle hosts the Clipper Party for Charity, with haircuts and massage, benefitting Lost –N-Found. For more information, visit

Pet Shop Boys

Sat., Sept. 14 • 8 p.m. • Atlanta Symphony Hall (1280 Peachtree St NE)

The Pet Shop Boys’ Electric Tour 2013 comes to Atlanta. For more information, visit

Comedy for a Cause Tues., Sept. 17 • 7:30 p.m. • Buckhead Theatre (3110 Roswell Rd NE)

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Now Playing in Theatres The Family: Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Tommy Lee Jones star in this action comedy about a mafia boss and his family, who are relocated to France as part of the witness protection program. Insidious Chapter 2: The cast, writer and director of Insidious return for the sequel, which finds the Lambert family working to uncover the secret that’s left them connected to the spirit world. Jayne Mansfield’s Car: Billy Bob Thornton stars, writes and directs this story about fathers and sons in late 60s Alabama. Salinger: This documentary focuses on the life of the famed author of Catcher in the Rye. Short Term 12: In this indie release, a young woman struggles with some unexpected developments while working as a supervisor in a home for at-risk youth.

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fairyscopes ARIES (March 20 – April 19): If you need to take a break from your long to-do list today, don’t waste it on surfing the Internet (though you may be tempted to simply veg out for a while). A bit of exercise will clear your head and give you energy.

LIBRA (September 23 – October 22): Several worrisome minor problems are adding up to a somewhat heavy load today -- but you mustn’t let them weigh you down into immobility. Take things one at a time -- by the end of the day, you’ll have made good progress.

TAURUS (April 20 – May 20): Express your love for

SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21): It may be

other people in tangible ways today -- material (flowers or a small gift) or physical (a hug or a gentle stroke). Today is one of those days when actions really do speak louder than words.

time to reveal a secret you’ve been keeping -- something about yourself that embarrasses you. Someone close to you has the same secret, and your revelation will help you both understand that you’re not alone.

GEMINI (May 21- June 20): Pay bills, take care of errands and attend to household chores -- today may not be the most exciting day you’ve ever had, but it would be a good idea (and personally satisfying) to take care of these humdrum matters today.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 20): An authority figure of some sort may find fault with you today, or ask that you redo a job you’ve already done. Don’t react in anger. Take a deep breath and get to work. Tonight, exercise will release the tension.

CANCER (June 21- July 22): When was the last time

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you hosted a dinner party? Well, today is an excellent day for event planning. You’ll likely find some inspiration in a cookbook or a food magazine. Try out a new recipe tonight.

information or advice you need is coming to you from a great distance -- physical or temporal. Do you owe a far-off friend or relative (perhaps someone you’ve lost touch with) a phone call?

LEO (July 23 – August 22): Although you may be in

AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18): Today you should shift your focus from the big picture to the fine print -- all your wonderfully innovative, creative ideas will come to nothing if you disregard these small (but significant) details.

the mood for decisive action today, find time for a session of clearheaded strategizing. Don’t make any moves forward until you have the entire route (and a realistic budget) mapped out.

VIRGO (August 23 – September 22): If you start working on small details today, you’ll end up making major headway with a project that has gotten somewhat out of control lately. Recent confusion will resolve into clarity today.

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PISCES (February 19 – March 19): Expect to gain a new understanding of a relationship today -- you may discover that someone’s feelings for you are deeper than you thought. Alternatively, you may realize that you’re the one whose feelings have deepened.


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I am not “faking” butch... I am butch.

Just because you’re a porn star doesn’t mean you get to leave your house in your pajamas.

Just because I like to have sex with however many people I want doesn’t entitle you to label me a whore. Keep your fucked-up concepts of sexuality to yourself.

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Stop calling going out with someone for two days love. Obviously you need to reevaluate your emotional definitions.

A lot of you guys say you can’t stand flakes. I’ve heard it said a gazillion times. I wonder when those of you saying this shit are going to realize: you’re the flakes!

Sorry, I must have missed the “Men Only” sign at the gay male strip bar. Was it next to the water fountain for the Whites or Coloreds? You should let the guy who gives you good head know that he is not just a blowjob! Sometimes a cocksucker just needs to hear that! No one wants to feel used! Sweetie, making a scene so everybody can see because you saw your EX with another guy when you’re the one that dumped him in the first place spells I.S.S.U.E.S. Issues.

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