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06 | WHEELS Getting to know the Acura ILX 08 | LOOKING GOOD A summer’s worth of skincare 09 | MONEY$TYLE Good times and good causes 11 | ON THE TOWN Scenes from the party circuit 12 | FITNESS PROFILE Life lessons from running 14 | ON RELATIONSHIPS When he’s not yours alone
22 | DAVID FURNISH FROM THE HEART Elton John’s husband talks exclusively and candidly with IN
16 | MIAMI ON THE MOVE The whole LGBT-friendly city is sizzling
Adam Webster : Thompson Hotel, Toronto
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NO SUB FOR SUBSTANCE → The Acura ILX finds its voice, and it’s quieter By Casey Williams
cura found out the hard way
is quick, crisp and finally able to move
that just putting a fancy
the car with a sense of urgency.
suit and snooty logo on the
working-class Civic didn’t make the
Steering feels more direct, less like
ILX a luxury car. The early ILX was
a video game. The suspension was
noisy, rode harsh and wasn’t up to its
also retuned for less chatter over
price. In fact, many felt the Civic Si was
bumps and quicker responses during
a better all-around car for less coin.
cornering. No rough pavement could
For 2016, the ILX trades sass for substance.
wasn’t true of the previous jitterbug.
Flowing styling with a peaked grille and sculpted rear haunches give it a
Front-drive or not, it’s a much more enjoyable car to handle.
sleek profile. But designers polished
There’s no question the ILX is much
it with thin-profile LED headlights, a
improved and a slick swath of style,
grille with chrome blade and sportier
but it exists in a crowded club of
fascias. This fashion show rides on
debutantes. Prices start at $29,490, or
new 10-spoke 17-inch alloys.
a few thousand more loaded. At that
Throw shade from the flashy interior. It’s very nice with heated leather seats,
price, the ILX will have sass served back to it in a silver chalice.
padded/stitched dash panels and silver trim on the instrument panel. Rear passengers fit, but only for trivial trips.
2016 Acura ILX
Quelling a big gripe, thicker door glass,
Five-passenger, FWD sedan
improved engine insulation and active
Powertrain 150kW/201hp 2.4-litre I4,
noise cancellation hush the ILX’s
8-spd auto transmission
Suspension f/r Ind/Ind
electronics. Our ride had the new AcuraWatch™ system that includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane-Keeping Assist,
(steers car into lane) and CollisionMitigation
Wheels 17”/17” alloy f/r Brakes disc/disc fr/rr with ABS Must-have features Style, handling Fuel economy 9.3/6.6 litres/ 100km city/hwy Assembly Greensburg, IN Base price $29,490
automatically). It also has a multiview rear camera as well as pedestrian sensing. It all affords a rather spirited driving experience. The 2.4-litre four-cylinder delivers 150kW/201 horsepower and 9.3/6.6 litres/100km city/hwy. Even better, the engine is mated to a new eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The powertrain
Casey Williams is a contributing writer for Gaywheels.com and a frequent business traveller to Montreal. He contributes to the New York-based LGBT magazine Metrosource and the Chicago Tribune. He and his husband live in Indianapolis, where Williams is a columnist for that city’s newspaper, the Star. TALK BACK Feel free to share your comments on IN or articles in the magazine by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. inmagazine.ca
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SET FOR SUMMER → Keeping your skin fresh in the season of heat and humidity By Tracy Howard
rom our mood to our clothes, summer is the season to lighten
do, though, the trifecta of sun exposure, heat and humidity can cause
up. But one of the things that shouldn’t be eased up on is a
breakouts, excess shine and skin damage—none of which you want
solid skin-care regimen. It’s easy to let down our guard amid
hanging with you at Pride or on a patio. Give bad skin the brush-off
cell-phone invitations to beach parties or convertible rides. When we
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POTENT PROTECTOR Just because your skin looks slicker at this time of year doesn’t mean it’s adequately moisturized. But instead of your usual moisturizer, you may want to use a serum for its lighter texture. It will be absorbed more efficiently into skin. Province Apothecary Rejuvenating + Hydrating Face Serum works on all skin types to hydrate and stimulate skin on a cellular level. This all-natural serum harnesses neroli and frankincense to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and improve skin tone, while jojoba balances sebum production and controls shine. But the biggest benefit for summer may be its antioxidant-rich formula. Most dermatologists agree that using an antioxidant serum followed by sunscreen helps fight sun damage more effectively than wearing SPF alone. ($26, at provinceapothecary.ca)
TONE IT UP Sweat and pollution can do quite a number on your face. What to do? After cleansing, apply a toner to help remove excess dirt and shrink pores. Province Apothecary, an organic skin-care line made in Toronto, includes geranium, witch hazel and other natural ingredients in its Invigorating + Balancing Toner to help restore the skin’s natural pH, reduce blemishes, relieve redness and tighten skin. ($14, at provinceapothecary.ca)
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THE HEART OF SUMMER → To celebrate Pride, here’s a way to give back you can take to the bank By Al Ramsay
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NOT JUST SEX → The pleasures and perils of open relationships By Adam Segal
My husband and I have been together for about four years. We decided about two months ago to open our relationship to allow for casual sex with other guys. We’ve been mostly pretty happy in our monogamous world, but things have gotten a little stale in the bedroom, and we both felt that some flexibility would help us feel more satisfied. Here’s the scoop: When I’m meeting other guys, it doesn’t change my feelings for my partner, but when I envision him hooking up, all I can think is that they’ll fall madly in love and I’ll get dumped. I’ve been obsessing about this and it’s making me feel resentful every time I imagine he is out there with someone else. He seems totally fine with our new openness, and I feel stupid for feeling so hung up on this. How do I let this go and trust that everything will be okay?? Omar
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a monogamous relationship there Dear Omar: Comparing yourself and your are obviously still risks of betrayal comfort level to that of your or the possibility that one of you husband is going to drive you will fall in love with someone else. bonkers and isn’t really fair. If But in an open relationship, we you’re going to seriously engage have to face our fears of losing in an open relationship, the our partners in more tangible and conversation will need to be ongoing ways. It’s not your fault that adapting ongoing. That will give both of you clarity about each other’s to an open dynamic is taking some feelings—and those feelings will time. We’ve been told repeatedly likely shift over time. Opening a that monogamous relationships are somehow relationship to address a In an open relationship, more loving and have greater sexual slump we have to face integrity than might be okay, our fears of losing open ones do. so long as our partners in We also live you are also more tangible and in a culture of considering ongoing ways. jealousy that whether an open arrangement really works can make it super difficult to trust for you personally. Is it your goal that connections with our partners to stay in an open relationship aren’t constantly under threat by forever? Is this a temporary their interactions with others. If you continue to feel experiment? Are you both approaching your extra-curricular distressed, or even overly distracted by this new arrangement, it will activities in a similar way? It took you four years to build a be vital that you speak up and trusting monogamous relationship, address any discomforts together. so an open one will need time to Otherwise, the relationship will develop. In a relationship we form suffer a fate that could be much attachments to our partners, and worse than underwhelming sex. it’s always best when those bonds feel secure and dependable. Opening the relationship for Adam Segal, writer and therapist, works outside escapades is certainly in private practice in downtown Toronto. Ask him your relationship or mentalstirring up your sense of safety— health question at and that makes perfect sense. In email@example.com.
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o this is lunchtime mid-week
district has come into its own, a hip hotel (YVE;
Miami proper, reserve an open-air table at chic
in downtown Miami. We’re
see sidebar) has lent new cool to the formerly all-
La Savina in the Mondrian South Beach Hotel. Its
awaiting our caprese salads at
business downtown, and at least two new inner-
delectable Mediterranean-inspired menu is graced
a sidewalk table outside D’oro
city malls are taking shape, poised to enhance the
with gently seasoned char-grilled meats. Save room
Caffe and feeling every inch like
luxury-shopping experience for designer-conscious
for an exquisite dessert and digestif to linger over
locals. This, after all, isn’t one
with the last pink hues of daylight against the
of the area’s more famous tourist streets—in fact,
Take a taxi or convenient (and inexpensive)
city bus to South Beach, where almost any drop-
When night falls, the region’s steady music goes
And yet the people-watching, the musicality of
off point along vibrant Collins Avenue will be
into overdrive. Fans of live, mostly solo singing acts
seemingly every language but English being spoken
welcoming. Pick your spot on the miles of soft
savour the nightly lineups of the earthy Cabaret.
by passersby, the din of construction cranking out
sand along the tropical hues of the Atlantic Ocean.
Besides the crooners and belters who entertain
high-rises that soar toward the airline traffic above
Before, after or in between stints on the beach
at the grand piano, bartenders and waiters in this
it all create an almost exotic mix of the familiar and
(gays rule everywhere but often cluster at 12th
dimly lit lounge regularly lend their own strong
strange that borders on the intoxicating.
Street), enjoy a meal or drink at one of the many
voices to the engaging mix.
it’s not even in a historically touristic area.
For many, the mention of the Atlantic-hugging
smart cafés just steps away. Their varied menus
As night dissolves into the early morning, the
metropolis in South Florida conjures up images of
and price points are complemented by priceless
area’s popular club scene heats up. Score is always
men rocking Speedos and clubs that throb with
good for some unbridled fun, with frequent special
techno delirium until sunrise. And that remains an
For a rarefied version of that sport, lunch at
live performances. (An offering titled “Fifty Shades
apt description of life in sultry Miami Beach. But
Terrazza in the tony Shore Club. The poolside
of Gay” was featured during our trip.) Farther
the greater Miami area is itself pulsating with life
restaurant puts you in the middle of a Hollywood-
down bustling Washington Avenue is Twist, where
in pockets that were once overlooked by long-time
meets-South American elite served bottles of
there might be a drag show or two-for-one drinks
residents, never mind visitors. Says Paula Gomez,
Champagne at their chaise longes.
as far into the morning as 3 a.m. Friday nights are
Allow an hour or two for strolling the palm- and
generally packed. Endearing themed nights (such
fountain-dotted Lincoln Road. These long blocks
as “Bears & Hares”) are a staple at local hangout
With good reason. The renaissance that
of vehicle-free outdoor eateries and shops include
transformed South Beach, giving it A-list status
several local favourites. Among them is the high-
For something a bit dressy—by South Florida’s
among international LGBT vacation destinations,
ceiling AllSaints, where the hip fashions for men
casual standards, at least—there’s the showy LIV,
continues to spread across the entire metropolitan
and women share space with its dizzying and
in the iconic Fontainebleau hotel.
area. In just the past few years, a world-class
endearing collection of vintage sewing machines.
who’s been a Miamian for all of her 30-some years: “I feel very proud.”
museum (the Pérez) has opened its doors, a design
For dinner with an unforgettable view of
Among other Miami nightspots on LGBT radar is the cavernous Club Space; its record-launch
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→ MIAMI NICE Evening overtakes the swank Art Deco buildings of Miami Beach (opening pages). The sun rises on a soon-to-be buzzing oceanfront, above. Elegance rules the poolside La Savina restaurant and bar, above right, at the Mondrian in South Beach.
parties are talked about for days. For the more idiosyncratic fashionista, there’s House, where patrons are admonished to “save the tank tops and tennis shoes for the beach.” At R House, tropical fruits influence the extensive drinks menu, and
IN THE HEART OF IT ALL
ake no mistake, the neighbourhood that’s home to the sleek YVE Hotel is crowded, a bit noisy and, by day, can be somewhat tricky to navigate by car. Welcome to the new Miami! YVE sits like a giant ice cube of a structure in the middle of old—or what pass for old—
buildings along Biscayne Boulevard, in the middle of downtown. With Bayfront Park and the Port of Miami cruise terminals just beyond, you won’t feel pinned in by the high-rises lapping the sky almost all around you. While the city views have their own appeal, rooms facing the water not only afford a sense of place but can be simply breathtaking at any hour. The intimate lobby, where an array of international guests
visitors are likely to be surrounded by more locals
settle into sofas lining the walls, is heavy with the buzz of big
social and business plans. It’s like a gathering in New York’s
R House is located in Wynwood, which has
Soho with slightly less self-importance. Because of the hotel’s
emerged as one of Miami’s hot neighbourhoods. On
partnership with a local gallery, a wait for friends can be a
once-forbidding streets, pedestrians now find such
time for perusing the artwork on the walls of the lobby and an
cool places as Lagniappe, a wine bar that borrows
adjoining staircase. While there is no concierge, per se, front-desk and bell staff
a page from New Orleans in its music, décor and
are eager to assist with everything from taxis to tea-dance
friendliness. Craft-beer fans have taken to the
suggestions. The hospitality extends to the unpretentious
taproom of the Wynwood Brewing Company, with
Biscayne Tavern, just off the lobby. Happy hours are just that,
its selection of award-winning ales.
with generous—and generously priced—drinks accompanied
Another once-sleepy part of this modern
by tasty appetizers. The restaurant is open for all three meals,
boomtown is the Brickell area. Businessmen and
and morning coffee is complimentary.
-women lunch in the sunlight by day, then groove
Suites can be more generous, but regular guestrooms are
to Latin and other rhythms by night. At the Blue
not huge. There’s nothing extraneous about the furnishings.
Martini, for one, the revues exude the energy of Las
(But then, how often do you need enough seating for a handful
Vegas and the carefree spirit of a city revelling in its
of visitors?) The tight squeezes, especially in the bathroom, could make things a challenge if you’re not in
at least decent shape. What you might sacrifice in spaciousness will be more than recouped in a stay that gives you a taste of
(For information, contact the Greater Miami
a proud city changing right before your eyes (www.yvehotelmiami.com).
Convention & Visitors Bureau, www.gmcvb.com.) inmagazine.ca
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IN THE ART OF IT ALL
hen one thinks of Miami, who doesn’t think of sun, beaches and
of Art Deco architecture. The pinks, limes and other pastel colours are
a party scene that crackles until light peeks over the Atlantic
accented by portals and other design elements that evoke the luxury cruise
Ocean? True, that’s the region’s inescapable—and well-
ships of another era. A casual walk on your own past the 1930s-built hotels
deserved—image. But the home of the internationally acclaimed Art Basel is
along Collins Avenue, as well as the treasures on its residential side streets,
enjoying an increasingly high profile on the cultural scene. A sampling:
will give you the flavour of the details that defined the decorative form. But
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens Often described as “the finest private house ever
for more of the district’s storied history and context, there are guided tours available, with one of the most comprehensive organized by the Miami Design Preservation League (www.mdpl.org).
34 rooms containing more than
MDC Museum of Art + Design This downtown treasure
2,500 works of art and pieces of
brims with meaning for Miami’s large
fine furniture. Its 25 acres of lush
Cuban community. Almost 90 years
gardens feature a notable orchid
old, the grand Mediterranean Revival
collection. A few hours at this
structure, with its noble, soaring
bayside haven affords a relaxing
tower, became the processing
antidote to the engagingly fast-
headquarters for Cubans who fled to
paced city into which it’s nestled
America in the 1960s. Today, visitors
are free to roam the museum’s
built in America,” Vizcaya has
airy and ornate galleries, where a photographic exhibition highlighting
Galleries representing all
Cuban-American celebrities is on view
manner of works abound.
through August (www.mdcmoad.org).
In the Design District alone, dozen boutique museums
Pérez Art Museum Miami
and showrooms for largely
The strikingly designed
contemporary offerings (www.
behemoth on Biscayne Bay
houses a trove of 20th- and
Among the popular South
21st-century works from
Beach galleries is the Williams
the Americas, Western
McCall, home to new tropical-
Europe and Africa. The
influenced works by the painter
former Center for Fine Arts
John Dowd—whose “Florida
was relocated to its current
Williams McCall Gallery
there are more than a
Landscape (after the rains)” is pictured above (www.williamsmccallgallery.com).
Art Deco District
Herzog & de Meurondesigned home and opened less than two years ago in a $100 million-plus
It’s well worth taking a break from Miami
Beach’s sun and games to tour one of the world’s largest concentrations
building with an 1,800-strong collection, including works by Diego Rivera and other Latin-American artists (pamm.org). Photos this page (except painting) courtesy of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
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From the Heart Pride toronto’s parade marshal puts his celebrity to work in the cause of human rights By Paul Gallant
avid Furnish lived a double life during his 20s in
(It was John’s second marriage; his first, to a woman, ended in 1988.)
Toronto, saying good-night to his girlfriend before
Their two children, Zachary, 4, and Elijah, 2, were conceived by in vitro
running off to Church Street in “the village.” Though
fertilization (IVF) with a donor egg and mixture of the couple’s sperm,
he grew up in a Scarborough home where he knew
prompting Furnish and John to call for a boycott of Dolce & Gabbana
“only happiness and stability,” he didn’t trust that
earlier this year when the Italian designers suggested that IVF children
gay life in Canada would work out for him. “I look back and know I was running away,” says Furnish, now a 52-year-old film and theatre producer and chair of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. But the Prodigal Son is back, this time to lead Toronto’s 2015 Pride Parade as Grand Marshal. Commanding the spotlight can’t come easy when you’re married to one of the most famous people on the planet. Furnish and Elton John, 68, have been together since 1993, a relationship sealed by a 2005 civil
were “synthetic.” What kind of personality is required to be husband and business partner with one of the world’s most flamboyant celebrities? Judging by IN’s one-on-one with Furnish, it takes quiet confidence, unflappability, an understated sense of style and a decidedly teamplayer attitude. IN What was your gut reaction when you were invited to be Pride Toronto’s grand marshal?
union (what the U.K. offered same-sex couples at the time) and a star-
DAVID FURNISH It didn’t take me very long to think about it. I was
studded wedding last December at their home in Windsor, England.
very honoured. I grew up in Toronto and was largely based here until
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I was 27, then I kind of ran away. Sometimes you need a little distance to appreciate things fully. I’ve seen Canada go through amazing political and social change. I didn’t think Canada was very cool when I left. It got much cooler while I was away. IN What’s your marshalling strategy? DF I’ve never been in a parade before. I haven’t picked out my wardrobe, though a few people have offered to make me an outfit. I’ll try to be me, really. A lot of my friends from the States and the U.K. are coming to support me. IN Is there a particular message you’d like to get across? DF What I would most like to draw attention to is the 81 countries in the world where lesbians and gays are criminalized. On a human-rights level, I’m appalled by that. And then when you put these homophobic laws in place, they create a culture of fear, stigmatizing people on the basis of their sexuality. What happens is HIV/AIDS is associated with being a “gay disease.” People don’t feel confident to present for an AIDS test, to reveal their status, to pick up their medication or adhere to it. Not only is it wrong from a civilrights perspective, it’s killing people. Elton and I met in the Oval Office with President Barack Obama [last month], and that was the first thing we brought up with him.
“I’ve seen Canada go through amazing political and social change. I didn’t think Canada was very cool when I left. It got much cooler while I was away.” IN Do you consider yourself a role model? DF I guess I am, yeah. [Laughs.] IN Do you feel like a celebrity? Photos by Michael Kovac for Getty Images
DF I was just up and down on the subway to see my parents, who live in a retirement home in North York. I sit on the subway, and I’m absolutely, perfectly fine. People don’t come up and ask for a selfie. People don’t run down the street asking for my autograph. I don’t have that kind of celebrity, and I really don’t want that kind of celebrity. IN I’ve seen paparazzi photos of you. DF A paparazzi photo of David Furnish walking down the street is not worth very much money. A paparazzi photo of David Furnish with Elton or with his children or with another celebrity or in what they may judge to be an incriminating or embarrassing situation, the price goes up. But my value? I just think I’m kind of a by-product. Elton is a global icon and a musical legend. I have
→ WELL CONNECTED Furnish, top, with husband Elton John, and above, with U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
a lot of profile from my marriage to him and my association with him. Where I have an opportunity to do something good with that, I’m very grateful for it.
When we travel, we’ve been fortunate that we can take the children with us.
IN How do you make time for family?
You keep the routine consistent. When Elton was doing his show at Caesars
DF The golden rule for us is, unless we’re out of town, that we never, ever
Palace in Las Vegas, we took an anteroom off his dressing room and converted
miss the boys’ bath time and story time and putting them to bed at night.
it into a bath and bedtime area with an inflatable duck tub, a rocker-glider and
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some storybooks. They put on their pyjamas, they say good-night to Daddy, and then Daddy goes on stage and does his show. IN Are you the good cop dad or the bad cop? DF I’m probably a tiny bit more practical in my approach with the children. There are certain things with them that it’s very difficult for Elton to do, out in
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“I’m probably a tiny bit more practical in my approach with the children. I’m the one who gets down on the ground and gets really rough and tumble, kicking the football.” IN Have you forgiven Dolce & Gabbana for their “synthetic” comments? DF The reason they stung—and I’m not going to wade into a debate with anybody on traditional families, because if you want to make those judgements, history is going to prove you wrong—is that they were branding any child born of IVF as being synthetic. It is a crime to stick a label on a child the same way it’s wrong to stigmatize someone by their sexuality or the colour of their skin, by their work, by their family background, by their income. I would welcome the opportunity to sit down with them and clear
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a civil partner by referring to myself as a “husband,” because I didn’t want to suggest it was total equality when it was not. But now I am his husband and Elton is mine. Elton was onstage the other night. He said, “I have a wonderful life with my partner-husband.” When he came offstage I told him, “You can drop the ‘partner’ part now.” TALK BACK Feel free to share your comments on IN or articles in the magazine by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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o call it a game-changer is putting it mildly. In the wee hours of June 28, 1969, 46 years ago this month, the earth shifted for gays. That was the night of the Stonewall riots, a signal moment in the fight for LGBT equality. When patrons of New York Cityâ€™s Stonewall Inn stood up to police harassment, the modern-day gay-rights movement was born. Their courage is worth remembering with each season of Pride parades. And in every other season.
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