IMPORTANT FACTS FOR BIKTARVY®
This is only a brief summary of important information about BIKTARVY and does not replace talking to your healthcare provider about your condition and your treatment.
MOST IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT BIKTARVY
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF BIKTARVY
BIKTARVY may cause serious side effects, including:
BIKTARVY may cause serious side effects, including: Those in the “Most Important Information About BIKTARVY” section. Changes in your immune system. Your immune system may get stronger and begin to fight infections that may have been hidden in your body. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any new symptoms after you start taking BIKTARVY. Kidney problems, including kidney failure. Your healthcare provider should do blood and urine tests to check your kidneys. If you develop new or worse kidney problems, they may tell you to stop taking BIKTARVY. Too much lactic acid in your blood (lactic acidosis), which is a serious but rare medical emergency that can lead to death. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get these symptoms: weakness or being more tired than usual, unusual muscle pain, being short of breath or fast breathing, stomach pain with nausea and vomiting, cold or blue hands and feet, feel dizzy or lightheaded, or a fast or abnormal heartbeat. Severe liver problems, which in rare cases can lead to death. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get these symptoms: skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow, dark “tea-colored” urine, light-colored stools, loss of appetite for several days or longer, nausea, or stomach-area pain. The most common side effects of BIKTARVY in clinical studies were diarrhea (6%), nausea (6%), and headache (5%).
Worsening of hepatitis B (HBV) infection. Your
healthcare provider will test you for HBV. If you have both HIV-1 and HBV, your HBV may suddenly get worse if you stop taking BIKTARVY. Do not stop taking BIKTARVY without first talking to your healthcare provider, as they will need to check your health regularly for several months, and may give you HBV medicine.
ABOUT BIKTARVY BIKTARVY is a complete, 1-pill, once-a-day prescription medicine used to treat HIV-1 in adults and children who weigh at least 55 pounds. It can either be used in people who have never taken HIV-1 medicines before, or people who are replacing their current HIV-1 medicines and whose healthcare provider determines they meet certain requirements. BIKTARVY does not cure HIV-1 or AIDS. HIV-1 is the virus that causes AIDS. Do NOT take BIKTARVY if you also take a medicine that contains: dofetilide rifampin any other medicines to treat HIV-1
BEFORE TAKING BIKTARVY Tell your healthcare provider if you: Have or have had any kidney or liver problems,
including hepatitis infection. Have any other health problems. Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if BIKTARVY can harm your unborn baby. Tell your healthcare provider if you become pregnant while taking BIKTARVY. Are breastfeeding (nursing) or plan to breastfeed. Do not breastfeed. HIV-1 can be passed to the baby in breast milk. Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take: Keep a list that includes all prescription and over-the-
counter medicines, antacids, laxatives, vitamins, and herbal supplements, and show it to your healthcare provider and pharmacist.
BIKTARVY and other medicines may affect each other.
Ask your healthcare provider and pharmacist about medicines that interact with BIKTARVY, and ask if it is safe to take BIKTARVY with all your other medicines.
These are not all the possible side effects of BIKTARVY. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any new symptoms while taking BIKTARVY. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.FDA.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088. Your healthcare provider will need to do tests to monitor your health before and during treatment with BIKTARVY.
HOW TO TAKE BIKTARVY Take BIKTARVY 1 time each day with or without food.
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about BIKTARVY. Talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist to learn more.
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MAKE HEALTHY FOOD CHOICES. Feel good from the inside out by selecting good nutrition, allowing your body to function at its best. A healthy weight and regular physical activity can prevent chronic health conditions, including some types of cancer.
GIVE BACK TO OTHERS. Being an active part of our community and offering support to others is a part of maintaining healthy relationships. Call a friend you have not spoken to in a
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or volunteer within your local community. Small acts of kindness like this can make you, and others, feel happy and appreciated.
TALK ABOUT YOUR FEELINGS.
FOREFRONT OF EVERYONE’S MIND FOR SOME TIME
Many of us keep a lot of our feelings in, whether that
NOW. In addition to the obvious health concerns, the
be sadness, anger, or despair. Talking about what you
LGBTQIA+ community is subject to increased risks of
are feeling can help you in processing your thoughts.
physical, behavioral, and sexual health problems. A good
Writing in a journal can help in expressing your feelings
place to start is with a healthy mindset. This is indeed a
as well. LGBTQ youth face elevated rates of suicide, bul-
commitment that may involve lifestyle changes, but the
lying, sexual abuse, and other challenges. Again, your
right frame of mind will set you up for success.
local LGBTQ Center or trusted healthcare provider can
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do. It can be hard to have self-love when we are constantly comparing ourselves to others. Always strive to be better, to be healthier, and to be happier, but to attain
FOCUS ON WHAT YOU CAN CONTROL.
this self-acceptance, it helps to understand that only you
Avoid the added stress in worrying about the things
can do it for you — and no one else. You were born this
you cannot control. There will always be things that you
way for a reason - you are unique and perfect as you are,
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KEEP A POSITIVE BODY IMAGE.
SURROUND YOURSELF WITH POSITIVE PEOPLE.
transgender and queer youth. Back to that self-acceptance
Eating and weight disorders are especially high in
Laughing and feeling appreciated can help to boost
and how hard it is to love ourselves. Love your body and talk to a trusted healthcare provider if you have concerns.
your mood. Surrounding yourself with family, friends and others who have a positive outlook will give you a greater sense of wellbeing. Having trouble finding other
USE FAILURE TO ENCOURAGE SUCCESS.
like-minded people to surround yourself with? Check
Use failure as an opportunity for success. We all fail at
out your local LGBTQ Community Center, most have
times. It can be disheartening, and you may instinctively
several fun programs to participate in. Go out, try new
want to give up. However, it is important to remember
things, and have fun!
each time you fail at something it teaches you a lesson. It’s how you chose to learn from these lessons that is
APPRECIATE THE LITTLE THINGS.
important … learn from them and use them for success!
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20 MJ RODRIGUEZ POSE’S MICHAELA JAE HAS SOMETHING TO SAY
28 BIANCA DEL RIO GET OUT, LIVE, AND HAVE A DRINK
38 BLU DEL BARRIO DISCOVERING THE FUTURE
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7 THE SCOPE New Barbra Streisand, the girls from RuPaul’s Drag Race Live! are back in Las Vegas and more
A Legacy of Photography and Love
TRAVEL 33 Soak It All In A Spa Vacation Can Bring Rest and Rejuvenation
46 Curacao Old and New Worlds Collide AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2021
10 Bad Hair Day? Take back control and revitalize your hair
25 Summer Reading Six Heath and Self-Help Books to Devour this Summer
ENTERTAINMENT 14 Lucas Murnaghan
42 What’s In Your Gym Bag?
4 EDITOR’S LETTER
Set Yourself Up for Success
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CURATED BY MICHAEL WESTMAN
BARBRA STREISAND - RELEASE ME 2
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Release Me 2 is the eagerly awaited second volume of Barbra Streisand rarities, a timely companion to her highly successful 2012 Columbia/Legacy album Release Me, which entered the Billboard 200 at #7, making it her 32nd Top 10. Release Me 2 showcases exquisite songs and sublime studio performances recorded over the course of Barbra’s astounding career but were shelved for various reasons. In her notes for the album, Barbra says,“For me, the studio is a combination musical playground and laboratory … a private sanctuary, where the possibility of catching lightning in a bottle always exists. Whenever that kind of magic happens, it’s extremely satisfying. Sometimes though, when the arrangement doesn’t quite gel or the song no longer fits the tone of the album it was meant for, the tapes go into the vault for safekeeping. Working on this 2nd volume of Release Me has been a lovely walk down memory lane … a chance to revisit, and in some cases, add a finishing instrumental touch to songs that still resonate for me in meaningful ways. I’m particularly struck by the ongoing relevance of ‘Be Aware’ and ‘One Day,’ which still speak to our collective sense of humanity.” Throughout her career, Barbra’s passionate social activism has been a driving force in her art and life. Her performances of “Be Aware” and “One Day (A Prayer)” connect to the core of the human condition. Release Me 2 features songs penned by celebrated writers and tunesmiths including Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Barry Gibb, Randy Newman, Michel Legrand/Alan Bergman/ Marilyn Bergman, Harold Arlen and“Yip”Harburg, Carole King, Steve Dorff, Paul Williams/Kenny Ascher, and Walter Afanasieff/John Bettis. In addition to her duet with Willie Nelson, Release Me 2 features Barbra singing with Muppet superstar Kermit the Frog on the classic composition“Rainbow Connection” (originally intended for Barbra’s Wet album in 1979) and a musical collaboration with Barry Gibb on“If OnlyYou Were Mine,”written by Barry Gibb/Ashley Gibb/Stephen Gibb as a potential bonus track for 2005’s Guilty Pleasures. Release Me 2 will be available as a digital album as well as a CD digipak with a 32-page booklet--featuring liner notes by Barbra Streisand and Jay Landers, the album’s executive producers. Several collectible 12” vinyl editions, art directed by Barbra Streisand, will be available in a variety of color packages, color vinyl pressings, and a special picture disc.
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RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE LIVE! LAS VEGAS
RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE LIVE!, THE MOST SICKENING ELEGANZA EXTRAVAGANZA IN LAS VEGAS HERSTORY, is returning to the
stage at Flamingo Las Vegas beginning Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021. Tickets for performances through Friday, Dec. 31, 2021, are on sale now. From the creative team behind the Emmy® Award-winning series RuPaul’s Drag Race, the critically acclaimed Las Vegas revue is everything you love about the TV show and then some. With over-the-top costumes, visually stunning sets, and jaw-dropping performances, RuPaul’s Drag Race Live! serves the audience a drag experience like they’ve never seen before. Each show features six queens, including Asia O’Hara, Derrick Barry, Kameron Michaels, Naomi Smalls, Vanessa“Vanjie”Matteo and Yvie Oddly. To coincide with the reopening of RuPaul’s Drag Race Live!, RuPaul’s Werk Room, the immersive, multi-sensory store experience at Flamingo Las Vegas, will also reopen
this August. A reflection of the bold, interactive style of the live show, RuPaul’s Werk Room is located next to the Spa at Flamingo Las Vegas near the conference center and will be open daily at 4 p.m. Directed by RuPaul and award-winning choreographer and filmmaker Jamal Sims, RuPaul’s Drag Race Live! is produced by World of Wonder, the creative team behind RuPaul’s Drag Race, with Voss Events. Original music for RuPaul’s Drag Race Live! is written by RuPaul, RuPaul’s Drag Race composer Leland and Tom Campbell, Chief Creative Officer at World of Wonder. The score includes RuPaul’s hit songs from the past 13 seasons of Drag Race, plus original show-stopping numbers created especially for this residency. RuPaul’s Drag Race Live! will perform Thursday through Monday at 9:30 p.m. Tickets starting at $49, plus applicable tax and fees, are available for purchase now at www.ticketmaster.com/dragracevegas.
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HOW TO COME OUT IN A WALMART PARKING LOT AND OTHER LIFE LESSONS FROM POPULAR LGBTQ ADVICE COLUMNIST AND WRITER JOHN PAUL BRAMMER COMES A HILARIOUS, heartwarming memoir-in-essays chronicling his journey
growing up as a queer, mixed-race kid in America’s heartland to becoming the “Chicano Carrie Bradshaw”of his generation. The first time someone called John Paul (JP) Brammer “Papi” was on the popular gay hookup app Grindr. At first, it was flattering; JP took this as white guy speak for“hey, handsome.”Who doesn’t want to be called handsome? But then it happened again and again…and again, leaving JP wondering: Who the hell is Papi? What started as a racialized moniker given to him on a hookup app soon became the inspiration for his now wildly popular advice column ¡Hola Papi!, launching his career as the Cheryl Strayed for young queer people everywhere—and some straight people too. JP had his doubts at first—what advice could he really offer while he himself stumbled through his early 20s? Sometimes the best advice to dole outcomes from looking within, which is what JP has done in his column and book—and readers have flocked to him for honest, heartfelt wisdom, and of course, a few laughs. In ¡Hola Papi!, JP shares his story of growing up biracial and in the closet in America’s heartland, while attempting to answer some of life’s toughest questions: How do I let go of the past? How do I become the person I want to be? Is there such a thing as being too gay? Should I hook up with my grade school bully now that he’s out of the closet? Questions we’ve all asked ourselves, surely. Publish Date: June 8, 2021 Format: Hardcover US Price: $26.00
THIS PAGE: ¡HOLA PAPI! BOOK COVER COURTESY OF SIMON & SCHUSTER • UDO KIER IMAGE COURTESY OF SWAN SONG
LEGENDARY ACTOR UDO KIER STARS AS RETIRED HAIRDRESSER PAT PITSENBARGER, WHO ESCAPES THE CONFINES OF HIS SMALL-TOWN SANDUSKY,
Ohio nursing home after learning of his former client’s dying wish for him to style her final hairdo. Soon, Pat embarks on an odyssey to confront the ghosts of his past – and collect the beauty supplies necessary for the job. SWAN SONG is a comical and bittersweet journey about rediscovering one’s sparkle and looking gorgeous while doing so. Written and directed by Todd Stephens. Produced by Todd Stephens, Eric Eisenbrey, Tim Kaltenecker, and Stephen Israel. Starring Udo Kier, Jennifer Coolidge, Linda Evans, Michael Urie, Ira Hawkins, and Stephanie McVay. In theaters August 6th and On Demand August 13th. METROSOURCE.COM
BAD HAIR DAY?
TAKE BACK CONTROL AND REVITALIZE YOUR HAIR BY JEFFREY JAMES KEYES AFTER A YEAR AND A HALF OF QUARANTINING AND ZOOM MEETINGS, GROOMING MIGHT NOT BE THE FIRST THING ON YOUR MIND BUT IT’S
TIME TO TAKE BACK CONTROL AND REVITALIZE YOUR HAIR. Fran Leb-
owitz, star of Pretend It’s a City, says, “You’re only as good as your last haircut,” and while there’s truth in her statement, there are plenty of things you can do to ensure you look your best between trips to the barber chair. We looked at a variety of new and trusted hair care products on the market. Summer is upon us, after all. So be sure to look your best, now that we’re getting out of the house more.
DYSON DYSON SUPERSONIC HAIR DRYER www.dyson.com $399.99 Are you emerging from the pandemic with long, luxurious hair, ala Brad Pitt in Interview with a Vampire and Legends of the Fall? If not, a quality (read: adult) hair dryer is a necessity. The Dyson Supersonic hair dryer is engineered to protect your locks from extreme heat damage while drying and controlling with speed and efficiency. The hair dryer features three precise speed settings (high, medium, and low) and four precise heat settings (hot, warm, cooler, or cold drying) as well as a “cold shot” to set your hair after styling. All Dyson Supersonic hair dryers come with magnetic styling attachments for easy fitting and rotating during styling. Add a pop of color in your bathroom and opt for the fuchsia/nickel color dryer and take advantage of the bonus styling set to help you get the kinks out.
EUFORA HERO FOR MEN POWER POMADE & GROOMING CREAM www.Eufora.net $22 Eufora has been offering clean, quality beauty products since 1997. Eufora formulations harness the power of more than 100 unique plant and flower extracts, essential oils, vitamins, and natural aromas for their products. The company is known for their fantastic line of hair care products, including Power Pomade, which delivers shine and a firm, powerful hold without crunch or greasiness. This pomade is lightweight, water soluble, and easy to wash from hands and hair. Need a little frizz control? Eufora HERO for Men’s Grooming Cream ($19.50) is great for taming and managing curls, offering a medium hold and low shine. This cream is a great non-messy styling cream that will help you look and feel your best.
EVERY MAN JACK SEA SALT SURF SPRAY & BEARD + FACE WASH www.Everymanjack.com $8 & $10 Bring the beach home with you with Every Man Jack’s texturizing Sea Salt Surf Spray. This product will add texture, enhance body, and leave a matte finish to give you that just-left-thebeach look (who doesn’t want that?). This spray is enriched
INNERSENSE REFRESH DRY SHAMPOO
Face wash will cleanse and condition your beard and face while
hydrating the skin. Coconut oil and glycerin work together to
Dry shampoo became all the rage a few years back, and with so
condition and soften. Surf’s up, fellas.
many dry shampoos on the market it’s difficult to know which
with aloe vera, vitamin B5, and vitamin E. The Sea Salt Beard +
product can clean your hair. Just a few pumps of Innersense Refresh Dry Shampoo can not only remove dirt but also absorb oil
GAGE FOR MEN FLEX WAX
while adding volume and a bit of shine to any type of hair. The
and tapioca starch to help pull oil, while certified organic honey
GAGE for Men is a full line of multipurpose, high performance
tasy. Want to take Innersense in the shower with you? Innersense
hair care and styling products created by hair expert Bennie
Color Awakening Hairbath and Radiance Daily Conditioner are
Pollard specifically for men. Their Flex Wax provides ultra-hold
two great products for medium texture and for color and chemi-
without that obnoxious crunchy feel. Work a little Flex Wax into
cally treated hair.
foam features bitter orange and tangerine to relax, witch hazel adds body and shine so you can live your Legends of the Fall fan-
your hair and see how this styling blend holds like a gel but is flexible like a wax. GAGE for Men also offers a refreshing Tea Tree Shampoo & Tea Tree Conditioner ($34 each), that work together to increase scalp and hair circulation while balancing oil production, reducing itchiness, and hydrating so you can go out and look your best.
JACK BLACK DOUBLE-HEADER SHAMPOO + CONDITIONER www.GetJackBlack.com $32 Jack Black’s Double-Header Shampoo + Conditioner with coconut oil and kelp extract is a creamy, sulfate-free lather that removes oil
HOUSE OF DEAR RESURRECTING RINSE & RESURRECTING WASH
and product buildup while lightly conditioning, detangling, and
extract, peppermint oil (no wonder why it smells amazing), sea
Dear Clark Salon, the #1 salon in Dallas, launched House of
hair and your scalp and lather before rinsing. Not familiar with
Dear this past January offering a six-product line to lean into
Jack Black? They’re a family owned and operated company out of
this summer. Master hair artist Holly Dear is passionate about
Carrollton, Texas that has grown to become a top selling men’s
beauty and haircare and has partnered with a world-renowned
skincare company after getting their start a little over twenty years
Italian chemist and botanist to learn how to create hair care
ago. Jack Black offers body, hair, face, and grooming products that
products that harness the power of nature and take on beau-
will take your medicine cabinet to the next level.
soothing the scalp. This fantastic two-in-one product contains creatine, rice seed protein, white lupine protein, coconut oil, sage leaf kelp, basil, and green tea extract. Massage a small amount into wet
ty challenges at the root. The House of Dear line, formulated around rose of Jericho, nourishes the hair down to the cuticle to resurrect and hydrate. House of Dear Resurrecting Wash is a brand-new color safe shampoo, formulated with rose of Jericho, aloe vera, sunflower, cucumber, hydrolyzed quinoa and lupine protein, gently cleanses away debris while rejuvenating. Follow the wash with their Resurrecting Rinse to rebalance the hair’s moisture. Formulated with rose of Jericho, aloe vera, sunflower, prickly pear, hydrolyzed quinoa, and lupine protein, this rinse is a perfect addition to your shower routine. Need a little mid-day boost? The House of Dear Volumizing Tonic, with a bit of additional witch hazel, ginger root, and yucca, will give your hair a boost of volume right when you need it. METROSOURCE.COM
KIEHL’S SINCE 1851 OLIVE FRUIT OIL DEEPLY REPAIRATIVE HAIR PAK www.kiehls.com $25 You probably know Kiehl’s Since 1851 for their great skincare products, but their extensive line of hair products ranging from shampoos and conditioners to gels, masks and treatments are out of this world. Kiehl’s Since 1851 Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Repairative Hair
Mask is a perfect antidote to dried out, dull, and tired hair. Lather a
REMINGTON REMINGTON T-SERIES ULTIMATE PRECISION HAIRCUT KIT
oil, and avocado oils, to moisturize and strengthen your hair while
restoring its shine and healthy appearance. This is a great summer
Still too anxious to go to the barber? Remington can help you to
product, after a long day out on the water or jogging in the park.
step up you’re at-home barbershop. The company released an ex-
The sun and excessive heat can weaken and strip the hair’s balance
tensive line of new haircut and grooming kits this past January to
leaving it undernourished and ready for some pampering. Leave the
help you clip, cut, and shave, alleviating your need to step out of
mask in for at least three minutes before rinsing.
your cluster to “sit in the chair.” Remington T-Series Ultimate Preci-
generous amount of this product, with enriching olive fruit, lemon
sion Haircut Kit offers a high-visibility cut-away neck design so you can see as you clip. Access all fourteen lengths and style settings and take advantage of the foil shaver attachment to quickly clean up the neck and jawline. Enjoy ultimate precision without having to leave your home. Want to step up your facial game? The Remington
LEONOR GREYL PARIS REGENERESCENCE NATURELLE
WETech 100% Waterproof Body & Face Grooming Kit gives you the
You have 70-minutes for the blades to run. Just be sure to get out a
freedom to groom in the shower or dry. Use the 3-Blade Body Hair Shaver at seven length and style settings. Like to take your time? mirror so you can see the back of your head as you go.
RuPaul’s Drag Race standout Mrs. Kasha Davis is known for saying, “There’s always hair could also use a cocktail. Leonor Greyl
SALWA PETERSEN CHEBE DU TCHAD
tail, Régénerescence Naturelle, a stimulat-
ing and purifying scalp oil known to stimulate and treat the scalp, to
Chébé powder has been used in haircare rituals in Chad for cen-
stimulate and purify those slow growing follicles with 100% natural
turies. It is famous for its ability to help achieve long and healthy-
essential and botanical oils, amino acids, and proteins that nour-
looking hair. For the first time in modern times, Salwa Petersen has
ish, protect, and encourage growth. Use once or twice a week on
infused Chébé, sourced directly from Chad and selected from an ex-
those pesky dry scalp sections while gently massaging. Leave on
ceptional harvest, into a leave-in hair care cream with an intoxicat-
for at least fifteen minutes before shampooing out. Régénérescence
ing fragrance. Salwa Petersen Chèbe du Tchad hair cream is perfect
Naturelle is the first 100% natural booster, designed to regenerate
for daily use to smooth, strengthen, and reduce hair breakage. In
tissue and significantly improve hair loss-related problems.
addition to Chébé, the product includes fair-trade African shea but-
Paris has concocted the perfect hair cock-
ter and a selection of five oils: virgin castor oil, cold pressed sweet almond oil, organic sesame oil, avocado oil, and sea buckthorn oil. Apply to damp or dry hair and watch as your hair wakes back up from its dull, dry nap.
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time for a cocktail,” and let’s face it, your
HOW DOES HIV TREATMENT WORK AS HIV PREVENTION Starting and sticking with HIV treatment every day helps lower the amount of HIV in your body. It can get so low it can’t be measured by a test. That’s undetectable. Less HIV in your body means it causes less damage. And according to current research, getting to and staying undetectable prevents the spread of HIV through sex. It’s called Treatment as Prevention. Or TasP for short. There’s no cure for HIV, but if you stick with treatment you can protect yourself and the people you care about.
Talk to a healthcare provider and watch It’s Called Treatment as Prevention at YouTube.com/HelpStopTheVirus
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LUCAS MURNAGHN HEADSHOT BY CHEE SIM
MURNAGHAN A LEGACY OF PHOTOGRAPHY AND LOVE BY STEVE GOTTFRIED The Great Escape
WHEN IT COMES TO PROMINENT GAY PHOTOGRAPHERS, SOME HAVE DISTIN-
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GUISHED THEMSELVES BY PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES OF SEXUAL EXPRESSION
(Robert Mapplethorpe, Steven Arnold) while others have focused on the aesthetics of the male form (like Tom Bianchi or Herb Ritts). Lucas Murnaghan added a new dimension by taking the art form underwater, producing an impressive collection of captivating images that showcase not only his subjects’ bodies but also challenge us to look beyond the surface. When it came time to publish his works, the title Beneath the Surface made sense literally and metaphorically. The images are not just physically provocative but evocative, exploring a spectrum of emotions and themes. Alan Cumming [stage and screen actor], an admirer of Murnaghan’s work, wrote in the foreword how Murnaghan’s images “transcend the usual click-bait aesthetic of the male form…” capturing “an otherworldliness, as though we are joining these perfect specimens in a kind of amniotic pool that takes us away.” My interest in learning more about the man behind the images hit a brick wall when Lucas passed away this year at the age of 45. Like so many of his fans, I was shocked and saddened by this sudden loss. I had seen a riveting TEDx talk Lucas gave in 2019 two years before his death. In just under 20 minutes,
Lucas gives an unflinchingly honest and cohesive account of his life, distilling well-earned life lessons. Having battled homophobia, depression and addiction, Lucas spoke of his relationship with water as a sacred place of refuge. While photography and medicine were interwoven in his family lineage, his interest in photography only developed much later in life once he had become established as an accomplished orthopedic surgeon in his native Canada. I realized I would have to settle for a posthumous account of the late photographer’s life, but it wasn’t until I reached out to his surviving partner Antonio Lennert that things really came into focus. Little did I realize that my article about photography would turn into a love story. Adjusting to the loss of his life partner of 14 years, Antonio assumed the task (a labor of love, no doubt) of managing Lucas’ estate and carrying on his legacy. Handsome and youthful at 37, with a lanky athletic build and an endearing, soft-spoken manner, it is easy to see what drew these two together. A native of Brazil, Antonio grew up with a deep reverence for the ocean and for surfing specifically. But as a gay man, he encountered homophobia in Brazil and moved to the United States at the age of 20 in search of a more tolerant existence where he studied design and interactive media. METROSOURCE.COM
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Over the course of our hour-long Zoom chat, Antonio took me back to the beginning of their relationship, starting with their“cute meet”when Lucas was visiting San Diego for a medical conference. Lucas wandered into a G-star clothing store in the Gaslamp district where Antonio was selling overpriced jeans. Antonio recalls how Lucas kept trying on jeans as if looking for any excuse to prolong his immediate and palpable chemistry with Antonio. When he learned of Antonio’s passion for surfing, Lucas played up his interest (and ability) in surfing, quickly taking Antonio up on his offer to join his friends for a surf outing. At this stage, there was an undeniable spark, but neither was completely sure whether the other was gay. Once they exchanged phone numbers, Lucas leveled with Antonio via text that he might have exaggerated his interest in surfing. They settled on a non-surfing first date and would go on to form a tight bond even though their relationship would have to endure a period of long-distance separation while Lucas returned to Canada for work and Antonio finished his degree in San Diego. Five months later, Lucas returned to California for a visit, but a sudden medical emergency would change everything, putting their relationship on a fast track that would test their budding relationship. When Antonio realized how dire the situation was, he dropped everything and flew to Canada to be with Lucas.“I remember the first few days at the hospital, he was asking: are you sure you want to be here? You didn’t sign up for this. Well, I said, I’m in love with you and it doesn’t matter. I’ll do whatever I have to do to take care of you. I feel like that has been our main role in each other’s lives. I took care of him, and he took care of me in different ways. And we created this life for ourselves, and we just lived life to the fullest, because we knew it was so fragile and could be taken from us at any point.” Lucas’ medical problems eventually settled down after he had his spleen
removed. His health improved to the point where he was competing in Ironman competitions, something he turned to as an outlet from the stressors of a demanding career in medicine. But this close call had another impact on his life. Having watched his father (also an orthopedic surgeon) put off traveling and enjoying life until late in life, Lucas resolved that he would enjoy life to the fullest, and this led Antonio and Lucas to travel to many exotic locales for surfing. Antonio recalled the early stages of Lucas’ interest in underwater photography. They were traveling in Barbados when Lucas bought a waterproof case for his iPhone.“We surfed for about 30 minutes. He caught a couple of waves, and I was encouraging him. But then he decided to hang back and just take some photographs.”Antonio was struck by Lucas’ excitement as they looked over his photos, recalling Lucas’ words: “Oh my god, this is so amazing. I love taking photos of surfing way more than I like surfing.”“And from that point on, he just started going out with me to shoot whenever I went surfing. So, we got him a proper case for his DSLR camera, and he started documenting the surf scene here on the Great Lakes.” It was during this time that Antonio was starting to develop a business to promote and support the surf community in the Great Lakes region in Canada. When he first moved to Toronto to be with Lucas, the prospect of surfing the placid waters of the Great Lakes seemed nonexistent. It took a trip to the Bahamas where he ran into a fellow Canadian to explain that the Great Lakes were in fact surfable. You just had to know how to find it. Antonio describes how Lucas was one of the first photographers here to get in the water and document the surf scene on an immersive level. “So that’s kind of how it started. We traveled to beautiful islands, and he would get out and shoot. He did that for a few years. But I think we both struggled a bit in the surf industry because we were gay. There are a lot of amazing people in
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surfing, and it’s come a long way, but it’s still a very white male dominated sport. Very hetero-centric. It’s changed quite a bit over the years, and we’re a part of that change, but he never fully felt that he belonged there.” For a time, it seemed that Lucas found his niche in sports photography, but for some reason he was not getting the response from the commercial market. So, he redirected his energies. Because of his clinical practice at the University of Toronto Athletic Centre where he treated professional and varsity athletes, he got permission to shoot the water polo team as well as the swimming team. As Antonio explains: “From here, it actually evolved very quickly. He had an opportunity to book one of the other pools at the University of Toronto. It’s like this beautiful pool – for himself to shoot with three of the athletes from the swimming team.”Antonio, who was recovering from back surgery, went to assist him. “They started shooting – and the guys were doing action stuff – and then Lucas approached one of them and said let’s just sink to the bottom of the pool. He got him to pose as if he’d won a Gold Medal – just crossing his arms, looking straight at the camera. And that was the moment things clicked for him. When he posted that photo to his Instagram, that photo just blew up. That’s when he switched all of his work underwater.” Lucas’ technique was pioneering in many ways, eschewing breathing apparatus in favor of a more holistic approach, focusing on the connection between photographer and subject. For someone who had an interest in acting during high school, it seems that he would channel that creativity into creating artistic scenarios with his subjects underwater, drawing on his imagination and exploring the dynamics of various conflicting impulses: vulnerability and confidence, solitude and connection, pride, and shame. It was in this manner that his art really flourished to the point where he was waking at night scribbling down ideas that would come to him and finding ways to bring these ideas to life. It seemed as if he had truly found his calling, but it would take a while for him to navigate his place in two disparate worlds, the world of medicine and his role as an artist with a homoerotic bent. But in a cruel twist of fate, having mastered two very disparate careers, Lucas’ medical problems resurfaced. As Antonio explained:“He was really healthy for many years – that’s when he was competing in Ironman races and triathlons. We were traveling all over the world, surfing and free diving. But two years ago, in the winter - right around when he had his first underwater photography show - he got really sick.”They relocated temporarily to Oahu to escape the harsh winter, but after two months, his doctors found a tumor. “The moment they gave him the diagnosis, he knew what the outcome was going to be. We had lots of difficult moments and sad conversations – but there were also some of the most beautiful conversations we have had in our lives. I am just so happy that it was not something that took his life overnight. We
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actually had 8 weeks to take care of each other and tell each other all of the things we always wanted to say.” As with many couples, Lucas and Antonio each brought something unique to each other’s life. I asked Antonio what he brought to Lucas’ life. “The main thing that I brought to his practice and to his life was the creativity – the encouragement to pursue his creative side. I went to design school here in Toronto – we were always surrounded by artists and designers, and we were always going to art shows. I think it was my encouragement – to push him to pursue his creative side. That was probably the biggest gift that I gave him. I was able to witness and empower him to get behind the camera and to get underwater and to produce those beautiful images. And the images aside – just to see how happy he was when he was shooting – when he was coming up with those ideas and planning shoots. I just feel so honored I was able to witness that.” But Antonio did more than just offer encouragement. He handled a lot of the logistical challenges. His background in lifesaving and rescue as a surf instructor became particularly useful during the shoots that were filmed in the ocean in non-controlled settings.“I was part of most of his shoots. I did artistic direction, I did lighting, I did wardrobe, I did safety – because I am a surf and paddleboard instructor. So, for the photo shoots involving shipwrecks and stuff like that, I oversaw taking everyone to those places. And tying the boards and overseeing safety, looking out for the bad weather. Our creative practices were very intertwined and very connected. ANTONIO IS EXCITED ABOUT THE WORK THAT LIES AHEAD. “I just know that there will be so many gems that I’m going to find as I start going through his work. It is going to be something I will probably do for the rest of my life. That just gives my life a sense of purpose now that he is no longer physically present here. I just have something so special to hold onto and to give continuity to.” Lucas is not the only one with a legacy. Antonio is featured in a soon-to-be-released documentary called Fresh Water. The 40-minute documentary explores Antonio’s conflicted emotions about his homeland (Brazil) and the homophobia and bullying that compelled him to leave. At the same time, he acknowledges that the adversity instilled in him a resilience which pushed him to persevere. It is also the source of his lifelong passion for surfing which provided the impetus to bring his surfing expertise to Toronto and build and foster a sense of community and camaraderie in the Great Lakes region through the surf company he co-owned with Lucas. ■ Visit www.lucasmurnaghan.com.
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MJ’s Blanca became mother to us all, her advice and show of unconditional love a force for our present-day LGBTQ community. MJ’s own mother would be her foundation and inspiration. My mom was one of the main driving forces of why I’m in the music industry today. When I was 11 years old, she put me into a program at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (North New Jersey, all day Brick City - just wanted to throw that out there!). My mom made sure she was adamant with me. She made sure that she kept my energy focused and she saw that I had a knack and a love for the arts, especially music. So, she just kept me diligent in it. MJ’s childhood would be a colorful one, being raised in an African American and AfroPuerto Rican father. Her heritage is at the core of every performance and every song. I love being an Afro-Latina woman, I love being Black and I love being a Latina. I feel like there are pieces of my community that have shown up in ways that I’d never thought before. It is empowering to be an Afro-Latina woman in this time and to be a trans woman and just live in my truth. I stand for every part of my communities and my culture.
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Not only did we see Blanca grow into her role as Mother, but we also saw MJ blossom as an actress in her first major TV role and as an activist for the trans community and beyond. The final day of filming was bittersweet. I knew there was another chapter for me. I knew I wanted to pursue other ventures in my life, but I did not know that it would happen so quickly. But I will say it was beautiful. It was emotional, it was endearing. And more than anything, I feel so strong and empowered. So, the last day I just cried tears of joy. The ballroom scene presented by Pose was not new to Michaela Jae, she had been voguing from the age of 14, hand-picked by her house father. My house father at the time was coming to my school and was teaching fashion shows. I was already voguing at high school, with my friends, and we were having battles in the cafeteria, we had all this stuff. We were voguing down! But I just remember him seeing me at a fashion show. I did like this kind of like arm crack behind my back and he was like, “That’s my daughter right there!” And the rest just went on from there!
No one could have predicted the success of Pose. Not only was it a hit with the LGBTQ community, but the show’s reach and presence in the mainstream media also put trans actors into the spotlight. This new generation of actors was here to make noise. I was not ready for all of it! I was ready for the work of it all, I was ready for the professionalism of it all. I was ready to get down and dirty into an industry that I had already been ready to be a part of, but I didn’t know that it was going to get the extreme reception that it got. I was insecure. I was worried that the world was going to talk about us and, you know, deem us something other than what the world usually does with people or individuals that they have no understanding of. And I was fooled. I was proven wrong. The world instead, or most of the people of the world, shows nothing but love. What I learned about myself is that Blanca taught me to be a strong woman, a grown woman, a leader. I don’t know how I’m leading, but I know I’m doing it. And I live freely. I live autonomously, but I also live with direction. I make sure that I have a set direction, a set purpose. I don’t know what my purpose is, but I know there’s a purpose. I feel like that’s what I’ve learned from Pose is that there’s a purpose that may be bigger than you, but you got to just follow it. So, I am following it. Pose was a history lesson for our community. With the younger generation of our community not having experienced the fear we lived in during the AIDS epidemic, it opened our eyes to the reality of that time. MJ started researching the stories of people of that era. What shocked me most is that (the news) did not shine a light on trans women of color having this disease. And for me, I was just so sad about that because I can only imagine how many women wanted some kind of resource, some kind of place to go to, but they didn’t have it because they weren’t being seen, even as much as the gay community - and that’s no shade to the gay community, but it’s the truth. There were trans women who were not seen. They were considering it “the white man’s disease, gay man’s disease.” And then more research came out and they started sticking it to just gay men in general, when not realizing that it was a disease that affected everyone and that everyone needed the care, and everyone needed help when it came to that disease. I learned a lot when Pose shed a light on that.
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In addition to the attention MJ received for her acting, she also became a strong voice as an activist. Looking back at the young, theatre kid, did she have any idea that she would become such a leader in our community? I did understand what I wanted to do and what I felt my purpose could have been at a very young age. I wanted to be someone who was changing and helping and pushing forward and just being truly and completely immersed in the arts. And boy, was I surprised that it happened the way it did, and I’m glad that it’s going to stay that way. I am excited. I am blessed. I am filled with love. I want to constantly keep instilling that in people, it just feels good. I know I never dreamed it to happen so quickly, but the fact that it did it just showed me that I have worth, and people are looking to me now. And I’m glad because I’m going to be the example, or at least I’m going to try. I always say that I’m going to try to be the example as best as I can. I’m human. Telling the stories of our community is nothing new to MJ. While attending college, Rodriguez was cast in a theater production of Rent as the iconic Angel, a role that she had wanted to play since first seeing the film. Actress Fredi Walker-Browne (who originated the Broadway role of Joanne) saw MJ’s performance and helped land her an audition for an upcoming off-Broadway production. MJ got the part and earned a Clive Barnes Award for her performance. This year marks the 25th Anniversary of Rent. What I learned from Angel, and what I incorporated from her, is that she lives every day as if it were her last. And I live my day, like every single day, if it were my last. I LIVE, she taught me that. What a strong individual that person was, simply bearing and dealing with the onslaught of HIV and AIDS at that time - that was empowering to me. Her death was very emotional to me, but the fact that her spirituality, her energy was left through all these strong characters, this strong ensemble, made me want to leave that kind of legacy. It made me want to leave that kind of impression on people when I’m gone. Like, this is what you need to do, what you need to keep doing. You need to give love. And sometimes when people are down, get them up, make them happy, you know? MJ got to play another iconic theatre role. She challenged theatre norms with her portrayal of Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors at Pasadena Playhouse. Everything from what had been presented with that character changed. Vocal keys were different, the energy was different, the role of Audrey was thrust into the modern day. She and her costar, George Salazar, performed the show’s hit “Suddenly Seymour” on The Late Late Show with James Corden, a performance that, for MJ, was at once as exhilarating as it was terrifying. I was very nervous at first because the vocal keys
were changed, and I was still in this phase of comfortability with my voice and how people receive my voice and in all different facets of it. So, that came into play. Once I got over that, the focus was really representing all women. No one has ever gotten a chance to play Audrey who is trans and Afro-Latina. So, I wanted to speak for every single last person who was within those intersections - Black, Latina, trans, Asian, or a white woman that doesn’t feel like she’s the stereotypical blonde woman who has to feel inferior or has to be considered dumb because she’s blonde. I wanted to break down those barriers, and I feel like the only way to do that was to go into that role. And now any woman who goes into that role, whether she be cis or trans, she is not going to go into it thinking that she must be this caricature, she can go in there with the story of this woman who
is fighting and who has been battered and who has been broken but finds herself through someone who actually sees her, who is Seymour. And that’s one of the reasons why “Suddenly Seymour” was one of my favorite moments too, because it was speaking to myself - those words spoke to me as a woman of the trans experience. And if it spoke to me, then I know it spoke to all those women out there who were looking at me, who possibly knew, or did not know, that I was trans, but saw me and understood. And now, in her own voice, Michaela Jae has “Something to Say.” This summer, she dropped her debut single, a definite summer bop with a message. Music has always been a major part of MJ’s life, she was a multi scholarship recipient at Berklee College of Music. This time, there’s no role, there’s no script, just pure Michaela Jae. When we ended on the third season, I was just like, “work!” This is a perfect time for people to see the person outside of Blanca and inside of MJ, which METROSOURCE.COM
(left to right) Hailie Sahar, Angel Bismark Curiel, Indya Moore, Dyllón Burnside, MJ Rodriguez, Angelica Ross, Dominique Jackson, Ryan Jamaal Swain, and Billy Porter
is Michaela Jae. I want people to really see what I have to offer as an artist and what I have to say as an artist, which is “Something to Say.” The song is really about upliftment and togetherness and speaking out, knowing who you are and never being afraid to speak out because we all have something to say, knowing that we all have more in common than we realize, and it doesn’t take just one group of people - it takes all of us. My favorite lyric is “black and brown and yellow, and why let’s stand for something tonight.” We are here as a collective, as the human race. So, yeah, there’s a bigger purpose behind the song. The music gets you
Left to Right top: MJ Rodriguez, Angelica Ross, Bottom: Hailie Sahar, Dominique Jackson and Indya Moore
Michaela Jae is a modern-day superhero. It is fitting that she takes her stage name from Marvel comics. MJ is a play on Mary Jane from Spider-Man, and she made history playing Sister Boy on the TV show Luke Cage, marking the first appearance of both a transgender actress and character in the Marvel universe. My love of comics started when I was a child. My uncle got me hooked on comics. Luke Cage was one of his comics that he had stacked up in his closet, and I was just sneaking into his room and stealing his comic books. And, after a while, I had already known how to draw so I was like, I’m going to just start drawing and creating characters that I think best represent me or who I felt more resonant with. We will see a lighter side to MJ in the upcoming AppleTV series Loot starring Maya Rudolph. I’ve always wanted to just delve into comedy. I knew I had that kind of knack, and I knew that I had the ability to just take it head-on. And when I found out that it was Maya Rudolph, I just felt safe, with her protecting me in that space and just being comforting. She’s been in the business for so long, I feel like I’m someone that’s going
to be under her wing. I can’t wait, I cannot wait until I play next to her. And we get to delve into these two different characters, a totally different character from Blanca and the world gets to see it. They get to see this whole story. And what does Michaela Jae want to say, right here, right now? I got something to say, and this is what I’m going to say. Dear babies out there across the world, no matter if you’re cis or if you’re trans, or if you’re a part of any type of culture or community – keep being you, keep loving you, keep pushing, never let anyone tell you that you don’t deserve to live or exist because you do. You have a purpose on this earth and I’m a testament to it. And if ever you feel that you are going to falter, or if you feel that you don’t deserve to be here, look to me. I promise I’ll be there. ■
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up, but the lyrics are very serious. Saying something, as MJ has, can ignite hate. There are people saying something and standing for something on the opposite side of the fence that rally against us and hurt our community. How do we build bridges with them? Or do we just work on making our community stronger? I think most importantly, we must keep trying. I think there are some people out there who just don’t have the education and who don’t mean any harm. We know the people that mean harm have been very prevalent to us and now it’s everywhere, we see it now more than we have ever. So now we know those specific people to distance ourselves from. But the people who are willing to learn, more willing to understand, really willing to getting into our lives and our story, we should give them just a little bit of grace too. I still think there is a space for everyone on this earth for understanding and not every person on this planet understands the human condition, right? But there are some of us who so happen to be in the LGBTQIA community, who also happened to be in the black and POC community, who happen to be in the white community, who do understand the human condition and see the bigger picture and why we deserve to be together. So, those people who’ve been creating those legislations and who have been deeming us something that we’re not, you can keep doing what you’re doing, but we’re not going anywhere and we’re going to keep fighting. And we’re beating the stereotypes, we’re stepping up and fighting up against the stigma. We are literally here, and we are not going anywhere.
FITNESS FOR EVERYONE 50 EXERCISES FOR EVERY TYPE OF BODY
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Don’t know where to begin? Dr. Stengler offers a clear two-week meal plan
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with a variety of delicious recipes in the back of his book. It’s never too early
nerve, and talent in their life, Serving Face: Lessons on poise and (dis)grace
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from the world of drag is a wonderful addition to the coffee table. Written by Felix Le Freak, winner of Drag Idol UK, 2018, with a foreword by Monét X Change, winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars season four and voted Miss Congeniality on RuPaul’s Drag Race season ten. Author Felix Le Freak says, “It has been a privilege and a romp to delve into the minds of these utterly fabulous artists. Drag is not just a hot topic right now but a rich historic tradition and the starting point of infinite creative possibilities. I hope that the sass, wit and campery contained within this book sparks joy in the imagination of its reader, as writing it did for me!”Serving Face offers inspiration and motivation while dishing out real talk life lessons and offering tips and tricks from some of the most revered drag queens and kings from around the world, including Adam All, Andro Gin, Art Simone, Calypso Jeté Balmain, Cheddar Gorgeous, CHIYO, Miss Coco Peru, Crystal, Evah Destruction, Fay Ludes, Freida Slaves, Gingzilla, Glamrou, Majic Dyke, MYNXIE, Myra Dubois, Peaches Christ, Sum Ting Wong, Tynomi Banks and Yuhua Hamasaki. Explore the multitude of fun offerings of this book, including a handy glossary of terms including: clock, for the gods, lace front, shade, and gag. Peruse through the nuanced, and informative interviews and profiles of each of the queens and kings including a fun “60-Second” sidebar for each legend. Explore the broad array of performers and lewk queens, including those who identify as camp, fierce, glam, and punk. The interviews, as Le Freak states, “cover a broad range of topics, from queer history and underground movements to the peaks and perils of the reality TV zeitgeist. What they have in common is a wealth of overflowing insight on life, style, and performance, straight from the unicorn’s mouth!”
GET OUT, LIVE, AND HAVE A DRINK
BIANCA DEL RIO IS UNSANITIZED BY ALEXANDER RODRIGUEZ GIRD YOUR LOINS, GIRD YOUR PEARLS, GIRD YOUR EVERYTHING. THE LARGEST FORCE SINCE COVID
“best known from” with one pinnacle show to recognize them by. Bianca Del Rio may have won RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 6, but the credits don’t end there. She’s a comedian, a podcaster, an author, a custom designer, a businessperson, and above all, a hell of a good time. This September she hits the road for a national tour with her new one-person show, Unsanitized! – beware the tagline “She’s vaxxed, she’s waxed, and she has more attitude than ever.” This tour will mark her 5th show around the globe, her first show The Rolodex of Hate came hot off the heels of the end of her Season on Drag Race. I knew I had to hit the ground running and I made it a point to go out and do as much as I possibly could. I took every gig there was. And from there is when I started touring because that is ideally what I wanted to do because after so many years of being in bars - nothing wrong with being in bars - but I had done it for many, many years, and some nights are good, some nights are bad, some nights there are two people, some nights there’s a hundred. So that was basically the rat race that I was playing, along with a day job, that I thought, okay if I can just tour, I’m going to tour my ass off and focus on that. And that was kind of the beginning of me doing it. So, I have been very fortunate on that level, but it has also been a conscious choice to say, this is the lane I’m staying in - I don’t do music videos. I’m not going to lip-sync some stupid song, let the other queens do it. If music videos made money, I would have done 12 of them. You know what I mean? But it doesn’t. Contrary to popular opinion (or Bianca’s own tweets), she loves the audience. Under the costumes, under the makeup, under the witty insults, she is an entertainer first. I love what I’m doing. Shockingly, like people … I mean, I generally do. That’s important in comedy. I do a meet and greet before my show with 150 to 200 people, but we do it early in the evening because they’re still scared of me, I still look somewhat decent, and they’re not drunk yet. So, I get to meet those people. I know their quirks, I know their problems, I know what they’re about. I see them and it helps me with the show. I enjoy meeting people. I love hearing their stories, including the ones they have about me (which makes me cackle), their ideas, and views. And they always say, “You’re taller than I thought you were. Uh, you’re skinnier than I thought you were. Uh, you’re not pretty in person.” I love it. You know? And that’s just my family.
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Dubbed the “Joan Rivers of the Drag World” by the New York Times, she is known for her acidic tongue and wildly politically incorrect humor. But her comedy has timing, has an intelligence to it, and is honed from years in the business. I think it’s truth. Truth is all you have, you know, I mean, and self-awareness, I think is very important. Now everybody’s saying you can’t say this, or I’m offended. You know what happens to people that get offended? You’re going to die. Like the rest of us, it doesn’t matter. So, I come from a place of, if it is not your cup of tea, move on - don’t drink it, don’t come near it, don’t watch it. But don’t ask me to change or ask me to alter it to justify some fuckery that suits you. I don’t get that. It’s especially relevant in the gay community because the gays love to put you on a pedestal and then tear you down. I mean, that’s just how it is. So truthfully, I’m no advocate, I am no ringleader, I am not trying to run for office, I’m not your mother, I’m not your grandmother. So, I don’t have to answer to any of you. Do not put me on a pedestal, I’m here in my little corner doing my thing. And if it works for you, great. And if it doesn’t, bye, keep moving. Bianca, known without her makeup as Roy, formed her personality from the get-go. Born into a Cuban and Honduran home with four siblings, the home was always full of vibrant chaos. It was full of cooking, lots of bad attitude, broken English, rules that didn’t make any sense whatsoever. I just assumed that that’s how everyone grew up. I didn’t know any different until I saw maybe The Brady Bunch and thought, “Wow, look at these white people!” But it was a completely different world, it was so accepting. I know people often complained about their childhood or say they were misunderstood, or their family didn’t understand their gayness and they cry about it. Well, that’s not me. Everything that they did is a product of why I am who I am today. So, I have no regrets, no remorse. I have no sad story. I made it out alive. I’m happy. There was no denying that Roy was different. In high school, he started acting and designing costumes for plays. I was called a faggot before I ever knew I was “gay.” It was just one of those things where I knew I was different. I didn’t know what that meant. But I knew that I was an embarrassment by just being eccentric or being flamboyant or being artistic - which was just IN me. I just loved all these things. I loved Dynasty and I loved everything that was catty and glamorous. I think my parents just didn’t know what to do with it, and maybe they were concerned about what society was going to think of me and worse, and what society was going to think of them as parents. No one wants to raise a different child. METROSOURCE.COM
I think that’s what’s missing from a lot of drag queens nowadays. I think if they’ve never worked in a bar, never had an act, never dealt with an audience (and I’m not saying everyone should), but we live in the Instagram world now where they can look gorgeous in a photo, but there’s no substance. I’m not saying that they’re doing it wrong, I just mean you do have a better sense of self and professionalism if you’ve been around the block, especially some shitty blocks. I think that that’s one of the reasons I’ve been successful with work is because I’m a go-getter. I go and do it on my own. I’m not going to worry about all this fanfare and all this production and all this madness. I know I have to get out and hustle because it isn’t going to last forever. While Bianca is part of the Drag Race world, she has made her brand and her business her own. She is a standout, not just from the show, but from drag history. I think the hustle is important. I enjoy working and I hustle now more than ever. I never thought this Drag Race opportunity, whether I won or not, this amazing platform that puts you in people’s living rooms, would allow me to sit back and smoke a cigarette and see what the show is going to do for ME. That was never the case because I didn’t know the outcome. I didn’t know what was going to happen. I did not know what the end result in editing was going to be for their narrative, which I signed up for. People expect Bianca to be purely Bianca. There is no time off for Roy, he’s set the bar high. Fans feel like they know Bianca. I see people in the street and it’s like, “Do you mind if I get a picture?” Of course, it’s not a problem - it comes with the territory. I mean, I’ve had many years where no one wanted a photo, so it doesn’t bother me in the least. And I think that also who I am on stage and who I am in real life are very similar. Obviously, it’s heightened when you’re on stage, but you’re not really getting a different person. It does get tricky when people look at me and say, “Read me, read me, read me!” And I’m like, “Well, that’s not how this works!” I could be a little bitchy but give me a minute. So, I do find that fascinating, but I think how lucky that anybody even gives a shit to say hello or take a picture. That’s where I come from. When Bianca comes to your town this year, don’t expect a party. She’s a worker. It’s a very tricky game when you’re on the road because when I’m in whatever country, I’ll be traveling on a tour bus. I like to do at least five to six shows in a row, in a different city every night, so I don’t like to have too much time in between. I don’t like a day off or any of that. We only do it for union reasons that I have to take off. I like to hit it hard.
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I think through that, I was able just to find my voice. I knew that some people in school didn’t understand me, but the advantage was I found the theater. Finding theater was a whole new grouping of people who for once said, “Oh, you’re talented. You’re not crazy. You’re not insane. This is your path. This is what you need to do.” And has been my passion – theater, costume, acting and performing. Once you can release that, then you can go, “Okay, I’m safe. This is the stage. This is where I want to be.” And that was kind of the narrative for me growing up, just get through high school, get through this move to New York, find your way. I did not think I was going to be a drag queen, but it was definitely part of the journey. And I had great people who encouraged me along the way. Roy’s first costuming achievement came at the early age of 15. He was hooked and was destined to become a viral sensation. He was helping a local dinner theater with costumes and was asked to design the state costume (Mardi Gras for New Orleans) for Mrs. Louisiana for a pageant. That was the first thing I did and the local newspaper (back in the day when newspapers were a big deal) ran a story on me. And the headline read “ASK HIM ABOUT HEMS” and it was about my life and how I got to make this costume for her. And the next day when I went to school, everyone I saw said, “What about hems?” Roy was nominated for 13 Big Easy Entertainment Awards for costume design, winning six. Bianca’s drag debut would happen by chance while doing wigs and costumes for a play called Pageant. The show needed a bit player and since Roy was already there, they asked him to fill the cameo. I did the part, and, in the beginning, it was two minutes long and then the next week it was five minutes long and then the next week it was 10 minutes long. So, it became my bit because I was just covering with the audience and filling the time needed, and I really enjoyed it. That look wasn’t really a Bianca look, so to speak, but that was the start of my love affair of me wearing a costume because all these years I never wore one. I made stuff for other people. This was the first time that I actually experienced the excitement of being in full drag, doing it. Local drag queen Lisa Beaumann saw him in Pageant and would start casting him in shows at Oz nightclub. He would go on to win the New Orleans Gay Entertainer of the Year for three years. All of those $50 gigs, changing in the bathroom, having no light in the dressing room, the hotel rooms where you had no money to even put down for incidentals, is something I’ve never forgotten. And all of that makes me appreciate all of the fabulous things I have now.
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You get into town around maybe noon each day. About 3:00pm I’m allowed into the theater. I unpack, get ready for a meet and greet at 5:30pm. Once they open the house, I go in and do my show around 8:00pm. I’m finished, out of drag, and in the shower by 10:30pm - 11:00pm. Then I put on my pajamas, get back on the bus, pass out (maybe take a Xanax that I bought in Puerto Vallarta), and then wake up in the next city and do it all over again. So, it’s really not that exciting on the road, but that’s how I like it best. I like to keep it moving. If I do six nights in a row, then I ask myself, okay - what worked well out of four of those nights? What didn’t work? What do I need to eliminate? What do I need to work on? This Pride season, Bianca wants you to get off your ass. I would say get out, get out - we’ve sat home long enough, get out, go live. And if anything, 2020 has taught us that you just cannot worry about the bullshit. It was so amazing to be in New York for Pride, and it was also beyond amazing that I didn’t have to be in a wig. I was so happy not to have to work, but I got to experience it. And there’s just an energy that’s out there now. I think people realize, “Hey, we get one life!” We lost a whole year, an insane year - not to mention an insane four years before that. Get out, go out, live, enjoy your life. Don’t be affected by the ideas and the games, or the rules that people make up. It’s insanity. You just got to live and find what’s best for you. We’ve sat at home long enough. We’ve been depressed. We’d been mad. Now, get out and just live and have a drink. Please have a drink. I’m always suspicious of people that don’t. ■ You can follow everything Bianca and get your tickets for Unsanitized! at www.TheBiancaDelRio.com And check out our podcast chat as we get into Bianca’s dating life, little known hobbies, playing Angel in RENT, and her time working at Bloomingdale’s (it did not go well) at www.Metrosource.com. METROSOURCE.COM
SOAK IT ALL IN
A SPA VACATION CAN BRING REST AND REJUVENATION BY JEFFREY JAMES KEYES EVERYONE CAN USE A SPA VACATION AFTER THIS PAST YEAR. AND LUCKILY, THERE IS NO SHORTAGE OF NEW AND TRUSTED TREATMENTS TO TURN TO ALL OVER THE WORLD. We surveyed the
globe and found some of the best spas to check out as soon as you’re ready to don a robe and slippers for your pampering. Be sure to follow local guidelines for safety and find a window to rest and rejuvenate on your spa day. Soak it all in, you deserve it!
Blue Lagoon Iceland
SPA ALKEMIA AT ZADUN, A RITZ-CARLTON RESERVE, MEXICO www.ritzcarlton.com Spa Alkemia, part of the recently opened Zadún, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is a playground of peaceful healing inspired by nature and tradition. Located just a short distance from the Los Cabos International Airport and San Jose del Cabo, the property is the fourth RitzCarlton Reserve in the world. Treatments in the spa are performed in secluded settings amid the rich foliage, blending the line between indoor and outdoor. The healing elements of nature and the magic of Mexico form the foundation for blissful signature experiences at Spa Alkemia. Indulge in the Day of Dreams, a four-hour adventure that includes agua frescas in a private soaking pool, three treatment choices including a massage, facial and manicure/pedicure. The unique Purificacion Ritual is a three-hour journey that includes ceremonial smudge, a steam with fresh botanicals, followed by a botanical scrub and outdoor shower, a detoxifying wrap and foot massage. Finish this luxurious ritual with a massage off the Spa Alkemia menu.
Spa Alkemia at Zadun
THE RITZ-CARLTON SOUTH BEACH, FLORIDA
The Ritz-Carlton South Beach
www.ritzcarlton.com The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach, is an oceanfront hotel inspired by its 1950s Art Deco building. The property embodies the glitz and glamour of Miami culture, and is located close to Lincoln Road, one of the most famous shopping districts in the country. The Ritz-Carlton Spa, South Beach is the exclusive Miami partner of Natura Bissé, a luxury skincare line known for its innovative ingredients and devotion to outstanding service, quality and ultimate luxury. The Spa’s latest spa experience is the impressive Ritz-Carlton, South Beach Diamond Experience, which includes the 60-minute Diamond Luminous Facial and 90-minute Diamond Rose Massage, using products from the Natura Bissé Diamond collection. Both Diamond treatments are also available on their own, for 60 or 90 minutes. If you prefer something more traditional, Deep Muscle Massages are available for 60 or 90 minutes and the spa’s Mindful Massage, a 100-minute journey, is a deeply relaxing massage that focuses on both the mind and body. Need a workout? The hotel’s 24-hour fitness center offers treadmills, elliptical machines, free weights, and classes including cardio, sculpting, Pilates and yoga. Take a dip in the enormous outdoor pool or kick back in a private cabana and feel that ocean breeze.
www.bluelagoon.com The Blue Lagoon was formed in 1976 during the operation of a nearby geothermal power plant. Its geothermal water has a unique composition of three active ingredients: silica, algae, and minerals. The water is a blend of fresh and seawater, combined at extreme temperatures rising at just about 100-degrees Fahrenheit. People started bathing in the lagoon and noticed the incredible effects it had on their skin. In 2005 the New Blue Lagoon Clinic opened with a variety of retail shops, building on the existing spa with skincare lines. Guests can opt to stay at the glamorous Silica Hotel with sweeping views of the nearby lava fields. The standard entrance fee to the Blue Lagoon (which includes a Silica Mud Mask, a towel, and a first drink of your choice) is $45. The luxury pass ($372) will grant you entrance to the Retreat Spa, a private changing suite, spa care amenities, a drink of your choice, and access to eight subterranean spaces as well as the Spa Restaurant. Take your spa day to the next level at the Blue Lagoon by adding on their Signature Massage, a 120-minute inwater massage in the revitalizing powers of geothermal seawater.
BLUE LAGOON GEOTHERMAL SPA, ICELAND
CASA SPA AT HOTEL PUNTA ISLITA, COSTA RICA www.hotelpuntaislita.com Hotel Punta Islita is a Costa Rican luxury property that connects guests with the vibrant culture and legendary landscapes of its surroundings. Located in Guanacaste, one of the most popular provinces in Costa Rica, this resort boasts one of the best ocean views in the country. Venture into a lush tropical garden to discover Hotel Punta Islita’s Casa Spa, home to “pampered wellness.” From the moment you are greeted with a relaxing cup of justbrewed herbal tea you will feel a true taste of Costa Rica’s legendary hospitality. Beauty rituals, Costa Rican traditional healing arts, and local herbalist wisdom are artfully combined to gently relieve modern stress. Casa Spa’s ample selection of treatments offer options for the whole family and includes massages, aromatherapy baths, body scrubs, and skin nourishing wraps. Keep the wellness going throughout your stay at Hotel Punta Islita, with on-site Pilates/Yoga, guided arm stretches to “channel the ocean’s energy” and take some time in the resort’s infinity-edge pool that merges with the ocean horizon. What a great way to start (or finish) each day!
Hotel Punta Islita
Eau Palm Beach Spa Garden
EAU PALM BEACH RESORT & SPA, FLORIDA
Blue Lagoon Iceland
www.eaupalmbeach.com Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, situated on the expansive and inspiring backdrop of Florida’s gold coast, offers fun in the sun, an intimate ocean retreat, and a place to unplug and find your inner bliss. Indulge in the warm Florida sunshine, with chic accommodations designed by Jonathan Adler, and the awardwinning Eau Spa. Step into the adorably titled Self-Centered Garden, a true oasis with cabanas, lush water gardens, a central dipping pool and swinging chairs for lounging and playing. The spa itself is a 42,000 square foot wonderland, a mix of play and relaxation. Planning on getting a few treatments? Eau Spa offers a completely customizable experience including a selection of scents, color therapy, tailored music, and your choice from their “Scrub & Polish Bar’’ available in nineteen different treatment rooms. Eau Spa proudly carries Storie Veneziane by Valmont, a line of elegant, handcrafted fragrances. Float a candle in the Wishing Well, sip on free-flowing bubbly, and nibble on whipped cupcakes. The sky is truly the limit at Eau Spa. Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa is part of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest independent hotel brand, connecting discerning travelers to not only luxury but unparalleled service levels through their Integrated Quality Assurance Program.
KOH SAMUI SPA RESORT TREE SAMUI SPA, THAILAND
Banyan Tree Samui Rainforest Spa
www.banyantree.com Located just off the coast of the azure waters of the Gulf of Thailand, Banyan Tree Samui is nestled perfectly in the jungles of Lamai Bay. The luxury all-pool villa resort offers a variety of exquisite spa treatments through the Banyan Tree Spa Samui. Disappear for an afternoon and indulge in this secret hideaway that features The Rainforest: a holistic hydrotherapy wellness experience designed to heal and soothe. Banyan Tree Spa Samui offers a suite of ten spa treatment pavilions where you can experience the Sukhothai Heritage treatment, an authentic spa journey including Thai Body Treats, a Thai Classic Massage, Coconut Jasmine Rice Facial, and a Thai Jasmine Bath. Products in the Sukhothai Heritage treatment include Thai ingredients like fresh coconuts, jasmine rice, turmeric and tamarind.
FUN IN THE SUN, AN INTIMATE OCEAN RETREAT, AND A PLACE TO UNPLUG AND FIND YOUR INNER BLISS” — EAU PALM BEACH RESORT & SPA, FLORIDA
www.mamounia.com In Marrakech’s La Mamounia Palace, one of the most Instagrammable hotels in the world, sprawling corridors reproduce Medina’s narrow streets and gorgeous wooden doors lead the way towards sweet dreams in 135 rooms, 71 suites, and three elegant riads. The lavish property is famous for celebrity guests like Winston Churchill, Elton John, and even Sarah Jessica Parker while she was filming Sex and the City 2. The crown jewel of the palace is the luxurious spa, of course, and if you’re ready to pamper it’s the place to be. Allow the lanterns to guide you to The Spa at La Mamounia, an expansive sanctuary of marble and exquisite ornamentation dedicated to beauty and wellbeing. Let your worries wash away as you travel from the hammam to the jacuzzi pavilion, sauna, outdoor heated ozone swimming pool, indoor ozone swimming pool and beyond. Need a workout? In addition to a high-tech fitness facility, La Mamounia offers a coaching room, cardio, fitness, yoga, two clay tennis courts, table tennis, and even a French bowling pitch.
LA MAMOUNIA PALACE, MOROCCO
MIRBEAU INN & SPA RHINEBECK, NEW YORK www.rhinebeck.mirbeau.com Just a short drive from the hustle and bustle of New York City, Mirbeau Inn & Spa Rhinebeck embodies the Mirbeau philosophy of balancing life with wellness and indulgence. Check into the swank hotel for a weekend of indulgence and enjoy the 12,000 square foot spa featuring a European-style resting area, Aqua Terrace with thermal pool, eucalyptus-infused steam room, and Himalayan salt saunas. Mirbeau spa treatments tailored specifically include Just a Day Away treatment, featuring a manicure, pedicure, and two 50-minute (or a 100-minute) treatments with lunch for one in Willow by Charlie Palmer. Couples can opt for the Close to You experience, a 50-minute Couples Treatment and a quiet lunch for two at Willow.
Mirbeau Inn & Spa Rhinebeck
THE RITTENHOUSE SPA, PHILADELPHIA
La Mamounia Palace
www.therittenhousespaclub.com Inspired by the fashions of Jean Paul Gaultier, The Rittenhouse Spa in Philadelphia is a luxurious hotel day spa serving locals and tourists alike in the heart of the City of Brotherly Love. Skincare offerings include a vitamin C treatment to combat the signs of premature aging, a Diamond Brightening facial to diminish the appearance of hyperpigmentation, and a non-invasive, non-surgical HydraFacial MD procedure to resurface the face. Massages range from therapeutic to their classic Rittenhouse, custom tailored with aromatherapy and customized massage techniques. In the mood for something a little different? The Citrus Drench uses natural ingredients like crystallized honey shea butter and orange juice to restore elasticity and increase hydration. Be sure to head to the Rittenhouse Spa & Club for state-of-the-art Technogym equipment, bikes, yoga, treadmills, and an expansive atrium indoor saltwater pool.
ROUND HILL HOTELS & VILLAS, JAMAICA
Round Hill Hotel
www.roundhill.com Round Hill Hotel and Villas, located on a lush 110-acre peninsula just west of Montego Bay, Jamaica, is a classic resort known for attracting Hollywood A-listers and jetsetters alike. The Spa at Round Hill, nestled into a beautifully restored 18th century plantation house, is the only spa in the Caribbean to utilize the renowned Elemis product line. Center yourself with a transformative yoga class in the open-air pavilion with sweeping views of the sea, experience an outdoor Vichy shower under a canopy of tropical foliage, or indulge in a seaside massage as you listen to the Caribbean waters folding into the shore. The spa features an extensive treatment menu focusing on natural and indigenous influences, all focusing on each individual’s physiology while working to restore, balance and transform the skin. For a truly unique spa experience, book one of their authentic Jamaican treatments that utilize local ingredients or enjoy a therapeutic Vichy shower or massage in the secluded Hydrotherapy Loft surrounded by tropical gardens. The 120-minute “Total Time Out for Men” treatment is a complete face and body overhaul. Take in the best of both worlds by combining a Time for Men Facial with a Deep Tissue or Wellness Massage to improve total body performance. At the end of your visit, go ahead and select a stone of your choice and cast the white, pebbled stone into the warm Caribbean waters silently with a clear intention. Each stone reflects positive energies - love, peace, prosperity, happiness. Cast yours and let go of any stress or worry and link your mind, body and soul with the spirit of Jamaica. METROSOURCE.COM
DISCOVERING THE FUTURE BY ALEXANDER RODRIGUEZ
PHOTO BY PHIL SHARP
BLU DEL BARRIO
Blu del Barrio as Adira and Ian Alexander as Gray of the CBS All Access series STAR TREK: DISCOVERY. Photo by Michael Gibson/CBS BLU DEL BARRIO’S JOURNEY TO THE STAR TREK UNIVERSE TOOK THEM AROUND THE GLOBE FIRST. Of Ar-
gentinian heritage, raised in Southern California, studying in London, and filming in Canada, Blu now calls the USS Discovery home - in the 32nd century. In the third season of the CBS Access’ Star Trek franchise, Blu’s character, Adira, tells her fellow crew member, “I’ve never felt like a ‘she’ or or a ‘her,’ so… I would prefer ‘they’ or ‘them’.” Star Trek history was made as the first non-binary actor took their place to play the first recurring character in the franchise not to identify with their assigned gender at birth. This telling moment, carefully curated by the producers with involvement from Blu and with involvement from GLAAD, added to the promise of Star Trek – in the future, everyone will have visibility, and no one will be excluded because of race, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation. It took Star Trek 55 years to get here, but then again, so did Hollywood. The casting of Blu as Adira happened at warp speed. Blu was finishing up school in the UK, taped their audition, and in the space of a few weeks, was arriving on set to begin their mission.
It did happen insanely fast! I don’t know that I necessarily nailed anything in the audition, but I do remember feeling really calm afterward. Every once in a while, I’ll do an audition and just feel calm and present after the fact. And then you let it go. I think in this case it just had to do with Adira. I saw so many similarities to myself in them right off the bat, so I felt at home playing them. Star Trek Discovery is their first major acting project. Not only did Blu have to deal with the nuances of joining a hit show already in its third season, but they also had to learn about the Star Trek Universe. Decades worth of canon, with multiple spinoffs, novels, comics, and even animation would seem daunting all on its own, then add the unforgiving Trekkie fandom who remember every factoid and storyline. Prior to auditioning, I hadn’t watched a lot of Star Trek at all. But as soon as I was cast, I got recommendations left and right from friends who are Trekkies! They told me which series to watch, which character arcs I should follow, what their favorite storylines are. It was very eye-opening as to how
rich and caring the Star Trek community is. On top of 55 years of material to catch up on, Blu was given a complex character. Adira is the first human known to become a “permanent” host to a Trill symbiont, an alien species that also happens to be their boyfriend. To research for the role of Adira, I watched Deep Space Nine. Specifically, to follow the storyline of Jadzia Dax (now one of my favorite characters). There’s not a whole lot of information about the Trill species elsewhere in the other series, so I spent a lot of time with DS9. It may sound odd, but the resulting storyline is beautifully poetic and reflects our own journey to feel complete, to feel loved, even in the void of isolation and loss. Double history was made with Blu’s storyline as Ian Alexander was cast as Adira’s boyfriend, marking the first openly trans actor cast in the Star Trek Universe, playing the first trans character of any franchise. The two were immediately celebrated by the LGBTQ community and swept up in a media frenzy. Blu did not just get an acting role; they became a spokesperson for the community. METROSOURCE.COM
When I was young, I adored the improvisational aspects of theater. I loved bouncing off someone else and making people laugh. Coming to work on Star Trek, I was so terrified to misstep. But my first episode was directed by Jonathan Frakes who is quite possibly the most playful person I’ve ever met. He encouraged that side of me, and I’m so grateful for it. The on-screen chemistry with the Discovery cast is palpable. Del Barrio joins other actors from our community, including Wilson Cruz, Anthony Rapp, Tig Notaro, and co-star Alexander, as well as other actors from the show who have come out as staunch allies. I know this is simple and sort of sounds too good to be true, but I just got lucky. This cast is full of the most caring, inspiring, hilarious people I have ever met. They feel like family to me. The chemistry we have on screen, we don’t have to work for. I am so insanely grateful that I get to work with people who I consider some of my closest friends. Favorite part about filming in the Star Trek universe? This might be a simple answer, but the fantasy. I get to play a character in a fantastical universe that has been built and built upon for years. A world in which almost anything is possible. I walk on set and there’s a spaceship. I walk outside and there’s an alien smoking a cigarette. It is absolutely the coolest job in the world. There are moments on set sometimes where one of us will turn to another and just say in disbelief, “We’re on Star Trek.” The most challenging part about acting in the Star Trek universe? Ironically, the same answer: the fantasy. The most difficult parts for me are when we’re discussing the science of this universe. If I can’t fully understand what I’m talking about, it’s hard for me to memorize my lines. When it comes to the technical and scientific jargon we use, I really need to sit down and make it make sense in my mind in order to learn it. With consummate acting training from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, the focus on Blu’s career is their identity as non-binary. Does the media attention regarding their identity overshadow their acting skills? Yes and No. This is an interesting and very important question. I remember what it was like being an actor before I came out. Yes, there was more focus on my acting, but binary gender roles still exist. Problematic ones. Especially in this industry. The only people we really don’t seem to put boundaries on are cis straight white
men. They win awards for playing anything and everything. In terms of my career now, yes, I do feel that there is a much larger focus on my gender identity, but I believe it’s necessary. There are still very few visible non-binary actors in this industry. So, it’s imperative that I talk about my experience and share with the world who I am. The goal is to have countless more trans and nonbinary actors working in the film industry and being seen, especially actors of color. That won’t happen if we stay quiet. Once there are more of us in the media, the focus will be centered on our art rather than our identities.
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I am an introverted person, so I was honestly terrified when Ian and I were announced. I don’t know that I could have ever been ready for it. One thing it’s brought me that I am infinitely grateful for is a community of queer people who resonate with Adira as much as I did. I get so many messages from trans kids (and parents of trans kids!) just saying hello and how much they loved seeing Adira on TV - and it means more to me than I can put into words. I had a lot of anxiety at the beginning. I had only just come out and didn’t feel like I deserved a platform. I felt I couldn’t represent everyone. What I’ve come to realize is, I was right. I can’t speak for everyone. What I can do is share my experience, be honest and transparent, and lift the voices of other members of the LGBTQ+ community. Blu’s character has educated the world of sci-fi as to what the future really looks like and has educated a fandom of Trekkies who are now experiencing the extent of what creator Gene Roddenberry’s intent for the show was. Star Trek would also teach Blu something about their own life. I’m learning that I am more resilient than I thought I was. I’ve struggled with my mental health for my entire life, and for most of that time, I’ve been told I was weak because of it. But while being on Star Trek I’ve learned (and am still learning) that it is just the opposite. I’ve fought so hard to stay afloat and keep going, and I’m still fighting. I’m constantly working at 110% to fight against my mental illness. So, for anyone who does struggle with their mental health, know that you are an incredible force. We’re so much stronger than people perceive us to be. Blu’s acting career started at the age of seven with theater and short films and was a finalist for the 2016 National YoungArts Foundation awards in the theater category. I honestly think it was the escapism. Theater for me as a kid was the only place I could explore my identity freely. When I showed up to school looking like a boy, parents wouldn’t look me in the eye. But when I walked on stage as Sebastian in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, no one asked any questions because I was just an eight-year-old “playing a character.” Theater gave me freedom. It’s given me joy, friendship, and love. It has been the most incredible outlet for my whole life. So, if you’re a parent and your child shows interest in the arts, please support them in any way you can! Something I think I’ve relearned from when I was a kid is how much I love to just play.
Sonequa Martin-Green as Burnham, Doug Jones as Saru, Raven Dauda as Doctor Pollard, Wilson Cruz as Dr. Hugh Culber and Blu del Barrio as Adira of the CBS All Access series STAR TREK: DISCOVERY. Photo by Michael Gibson/CBS
Blu del Barrio as Adira of the CBS All Access series STAR TREK: DISCOVERY. Photo by Michael Gibson/CBS
We are all still learning about the parts that make up our community. There is still resistance in the mainstream world, and even in the LGBTQ community, to accept the uses of pronouns or gender identity outside of the accepted norms. How would Blu describe their identity as non-binary? I can only speak from my own life since everyone experiences gender (or lack thereof) very differently. I experience being trans and nonbinary in a very fluid way. There is never any stasis. To put it simply: I wasn’t comfortable when I was living and being perceived as “female.” I felt alienated and alone. I had
dysphoria and I knew something needed to change. But when I started thinking more deeply about my identity, I knew I also didn’t feel entirely like a “male.” Realizing that I am still valid even if I don’t fit into that binary is what finally brought me some comfort. Before, I felt I was stuck in this life. Now, I feel like I’m on a journey. This isn’t exclusively about nonbinary people, but people need to understand the difference between gender identity and gender expression. There is such a warped belief that nonbinary people need to look androgynous,
trans men need to “look like men,” and trans women need to “look like women.” GENDER EXPRESSION AND GENDER IDENTITY ARE NOT THE SAME THING. Communication is key. I think within our community there is trauma, and a common response to that is to put up walls for safety. I believe that’s the reason there’s some gatekeeping within the LGBTQ+ community. But when it comes down to it, when we listen to each other’s stories, there are so many similarities. It’s what makes us a community in the first place. And what does the future of non-binary actors in film looks like? In the future, they’ll just be called actors. Blu has become a role model for a number of youths, within the Trek family and beyond. Coming out as non-binary can be difficult, not to mention dangerous. If you are thinking about coming out, the best advice I can give you is: Listen to your gut first. This is your life. Do not let anyone pressure you into coming out or staying silent. If you can, find at least one person with who you feel totally safe sharing. And if it doesn’t go smoothly, know that your future is still going to be full of other queer people who will empathize and shower you with love. Found family is a beautiful thing. You’ve got this. Given the chance, Blu would tell their seven-year-old self, fresh into the acting world: You know exactly who you are. You always have. You don’t need to be like anyone else to be accepted. You’re not alone, you’re special. And deep down, you know that. Lead with love. (Also, you are absolutely allowed to name yourself Blu). Season 4 of Discovery is coming soon, with a slight delay due to COVID, and the actors have been away from their homes for months filming in Canada. Fans are clamoring for more and given the path the show has taken with the storyline and the progression of an inclusive vision, the future is literally an open possibility, where no one has gone before. Del Barrio would love to work on queer independent films with a bigger dream to star in a Tim Burton project. For now, they are enjoying the ride. Their Pride message is clear for this century and into the 32nd century: Happy Pride to ALL of you - those who are out and those who aren’t. Those who are still questioning and those who aren’t. Those who are younger and those who are older. There is no right way to celebrate pride. Love where you are right now. I love you. Crew member Paul Stamets, played by Anthony Rapp, remarks about Blu’s character, “Their work has been nothing short of stellar. They’re, really something.” Indeed. Warp speed ahead. ■
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CURAÇAO OLD AND NEW WORLDS COLLIDE
A FAVORED LOCATION AMONG DUTCH NATIONALS MAY ENTICE AMERICAN TRAVELERS IN SEARCH OF NEW SIGHTS
BY MEGAN VENZIN
“DUSHI” HAS MANY MEANINGS. DEPENDING ON THE CONTEXT IN WHICH IT’S USED, THE PAPIAMENTO WORD CAN DESCRIBE SOMETHING THAT’S TASTY, SEXY, SWEET, OR JUST PLAIN NICE. The dreamy island of Curaçao, where the language is most often used, deserves all
those complimentary labels and more.
Mention Curaçao and most minds will conjure images of the sweet blue liqueur of the same name. While many Americans have tasted the drink made from bitter oranges, it seems that less of them frequent the popular European vacation spot. However, that could change as fully vaccinated travelers embark on unfamiliar adventures. Curaçao doesn’t boast the brand name all-inclusive resorts of the Bahamas or Cancun, and that’s a good thing. The Caribbean escape offers an experience far more complex than that, completed by a vibe that is personal, unique, and charmingly homegrown. For those who are just now learning that Curaçao is more than the sapphire-colored booze that settles at the bottom of their favorite rum punch, here is the simple introduction: Curaçao is a constituent country part of The Kingdom of the Netherlands, to be specific. Sitting between Aruba and Bonaire, and just 40 miles north of Venezuela, it is the largest and most populous of the ABC islands.
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Handelskade and Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge
Settled first by the Arawak Amerindians who migrated from South America, Curaçao was later inhabited by Spanish colonists in 1499. The Dutch assumed power about a century later and transformed the island into the commerce center of their West Indian Trade Company. Simply put, it is a history lover’s dream, and is home to eight masonry forts dating back as early as the 1600s. These towering behemoths were constructed for defensive purposes, mostly to preserve the highly valuable trade routes (which on a darker note also played a major role in facilitating the Dutch slave trade). Along with downtown Willemstad’s colorful Handelskade - a riverside row of businesses, hotels and residential plots that look like technicolor gingerbread houses - these sights undoubtedly contribute to its status today as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge is
another renowned structure, which floats and opens to allow traffic flow along the capital city’s busy central waterway. (Start running when the bell rings, or you may be waiting on the waves for quite a while. When it is all lit up at night however, tourists hardly seem to mind the delay.) Aside from its storied past, Curaçao is highly sought after for its energetic and friendly atmosphere. Thrill seekers make the trek to dine on world-class food, engage in watersports and drink in streets lined with casual BBQ stands, or as the locals call them,“trùk’i pan.” For those who want a taste of both worlds, Avila Beach Hotel is the move. It is the oldest hotel on Curaçao and has served many functions prior to accepting leisure and business stay-overs in 1949. It first housed English governors, and eventually operated as a boarding school for boys and as a private hospital where
the well-off could retreat for emergency care. The black and white photos that hang on the reception walls, and landmarks such as the on-site Octagon Museum, offer a glimpse into the past. But, honestly, it is difficult to feel anything other than hyper-present when breathing in the serene beauty of the hotel’s two private beaches and vibrant house reef where mid-day snorkeling is a must. “Our amazing staff is what makes our hotel stand out,”says PR coordinator, Gabriëlla Hoop. “Over 90% of our staff are locals and we try to offer them a working environment where their growth is an important element. The sunny weather year-round and friendly and welcoming staff is why our slogan is ‘Feel the Warmth’.” And feel we shall. We kick off our stay with the resort’s own pineapple-kissed “Bon Bini” cocktail, which means “Welcome” in the native tongue. It’s the perfect introduction to several METROSOURCE.COM
days spent snacking on signature bites like the beet and truffle bitterballen at The Pen Restaurant and indulging in open-air total relaxation massages compliments of the magic hands at Cloud Nine Spa. And if you are a hopeless romantic, there are plenty of opportunities to lean into those“feels”, too. “The observer tower is a unique location to enjoy together with your loved one - it’s also a popular occasion and spot to get on one knee,” Hoop adds with a wink. The Blues Restaurant, home of Curacao’s legendary jazz night, was closed to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19, so we transformed the tower into our own quiet dancefloor on more than one occasion. Even in the absence of amplified sound, the ambiance is on point and love is in the air. For those wishing to experience Curaçao with their partner, know that it is considered an incredibly open country where the LGBTQ+ community is embraced. In fact, every September, a seven-day Pride celebration attracts visitors from near and far. Though 2020’s festivities were postponed due to COVID-19, the Curaçao Pride organization hopes to bring the love back this fall. (Current event information can be found at www.Curaçaopride.com) Late-night beach parties and other mass events like the aforementioned are on hold, but there are still plenty of other sights and sensations to behold. Not far from Avila’s front steps are several noteworthy restaurants with Caña Bar & Kitchen and Mosa topping that list. The two sit adjacent and share a kitchen and courteous staff who graciously serve up an array of small plates. Caña has an impressive cocktail list that pairs well with its menu of bright ceviches, tender grilled meats and other bold flavors that scream Latin-fusion. Mosa meanwhile, brings the type of breezy, courtyard setting, and a stunning wine list deserving of any date night reservation. We go twice - once to each location, opting for bites like a flaky snapper steamed in banana leaves, a delicate and creamy burrata garnished with blueberries and tangy balsamic and perhaps one of the best bacon-laced okonomiyaki we have had this side of the Western hemisphere.
Avila Beach Hotel
Cloud Nine Spa Outdoor Massage Pergola
A stroll through the nearby and eclectic Pietermaai District provides an answer to the existential question: “What would it be like to live inside a box of Chiclets?” Squatty hostels in shades of hotpink, emerald green and baby blue welcome scuba divers from out of town. They sip on espressos and gather their gear before venturing out to sights like the famous Tugboat Beach, where a coral-encrusted shipwreck merits a close-up gander. METROSOURCE.COM
This is the location where we tackle a day of exploration with Seabob Curaçao. Our tour guide is the spirited Suzy, who runs the business alongside her three siblings. She divulges that she studied psychology before deciding to “dive into” (pun intended) an alternate profession. “You can understand why it had to be something fun and not that serious!” she jokes, adding that her co-worker siblings have backgrounds in insurance, law, and justice. “The choice was easy. Tourism is one of Curaçao’s main sources of income. With lots of research we found a thrilling activity unique for Curaçao and still new to the world.”After our first go, we can attest that there is life before Seabob, and life after Seabob - we prefer the latter. The Seabob is a motorized aquatic vehicle that looks a bit like a miniature jet ski. How they differ, is that his little beauty works best when completely submerged underwater. Using one is the closest we have come to connecting with our inner-mermaid selves. While we get the hang of trying this new apparatus, Suzy wastes no time collecting footage with her GoPro. Wait … are we making a film? “Let me show you something fun, under water, come now,” she instructs pointing down. Below the surface we watch Suzy effortlessly zip through the sea like a corkscrew.“Now, your turn! Go!” Easier said than done, Suzy. But in time we master the trick (and have the shots to prove it). After an hour of flying over plentiful schools of neon tetras and navigating coral nurseries and long-lost wreckage we make out back to the pebble-covered shore. The final day is reserved for an outing to Mambo Beach Boulevard, a bustling shopping center full of beach bars, restaurants, and high-end shopping. The refreshing mojitos lend reason for a short respite from the sun as we overlook the shimmering Caribbean Sea. It is hard to believe our trip is already over, but time flies in paradise. We have made so many friends during our stay - Clifton, who works behind the omelet bar at Avila insists we must return for Carnival. “That’s when we really party,” he says with a laugh. You don’t have to ask us twice. After all, there wasn’t enough time to explore Christoffel National Park or the Hato Caves where winding paths of stalagmites and stalactites bear a stark contrast to the powder-white beaches of majestic Klein Curacao, a tiny, uninhabited island that is a favorite among sunbathers and divers alike. Ah, the to-do list upon our return just keeps getting longer. But still there is something quite sweet, or shall we say “dushi,” about having witnessed this hidden gem of a destination during a lesser-traveled moment in time. ■
Snorkel and Explore Avila’s House Reef
FEED THE SOUL WITH ART AND FRIENDS
BY MEGAN VENZIN THERE IS MORE TO GOOD HEALTH THAN DIET AND EXERCISE ALONE. ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT NOURISH THE MIND, WHILE TIME WITH
ings of elation. Now is the time to share your newfound zeal with the world. That said, it is completely normal to experience bouts of anxiety or stress. This has been a traumatic time, and one many New Yorkers will be processing for months to come. A yoga class or a good laugh can go a long way. In fact, any of the outings offered below - from art exhibits to exercise meetups to full-scale music festivals - should offer a rejuvenating step in the right direction. At the end of the day, being healthy is being happy. Metrosource hopes these late summer events will bring you joy.
FRIENDS FEEDS THE SOUL. With the return of live events, comes feel-
CRUX LGBTQAI+ CLIMBING: FIRST FRIDAY NEW CLIMBER NIGHT
The Cliffs at LIC 11-11 44th Drive Queens, NY 11101 August 6th Whether you are brand new to rope climbing or have scaled the walls for years, this rockin’ hangout has something for everyone. On the first Friday of every month, break a sweat with other members of the community at this unique event set in the heart of Long Island City at The Cliffs, an indoor space with two floors for rock climbing and bouldering. Climb from 7:00pm to 9:30pm and then wander over to a local bar for an evening of socializing with your new crew. CRUX also hosts climbing and outdoor recreation events in Harlem and Midtown. Find your anchor at www.climbcrux.org
DAYBREAKER New York, NY Visit Website for Dates & Locations Rise and shine, baby -- your favorite morning dance parties are back! Kick your workday off right with Daybreaker, a unique health and wellness event series where participants gather in unforgettable locations to celebrate the sunrise with group yoga, high-energy DJ sets and healthy morning bites. In July, yogis practiced their pigeons among the birds when Daybreaker took their “Sky High Ball” to Edge at Hudson Yards. Where will you bring your positive energy? Check the website for Aug & Sept announcements and grab tickets at www.daybreaker.com.
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KUSAMA: COSMIC NATURE NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN Bronx, NY Now through October 31st Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama, sends imagination into full bloom at New York Botanical Garden this season with her eye-catching Cosmic Nature exhibition. This immersive experience pairs larger than life sculptures with adjacent floral displays for a vibrant and delightfully abstract experience that will delight visitors of all ages. Inspired by a remarkable childhood spent amongst the flora and fauna of Kusama’s homeland, Cosmic Nature promises to be one of the five boroughs’ most colorful escapes. With indoor and outdoor spaces now open for this one-of-a-kind exhibit, visitors will have ample space to explore. There is nothing more calming for the mind and body than a leisurely stroll through gorgeous, plant-filled grounds. Reserve your timed entry ticket at www.nybg.org/event/kusama.
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SUPERFUNLAND: JOURNEY INTO THE EROTIC CARNIVAL
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Presented by the Museum of Sex 233 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10016 Open Daily, 12pm-10pm Get your blood pumping at this offbeat amusement park that’s equal parts sexy and silly. Gaze into the country’s largest infinity kaleidoscope or meet up with RuPaul, who is apparently moonlighting as a fortune teller these days (they say “mother” knows best). At Superfunland there is no limit to mischief and laughs. The design team at Manhattan’s iconic Museum of Sex lend their sensual touch to this naughty, carnival-inspired house of fun which offers four floors scorching hot attractions, rides, and interactive games. So let your freak flag fly. After a quiet year cooped up indoors you deserve to have a blast. For a taste of camp and kink, snag your timed entry tickets at www.museumofsex.com.
Welcome to once-monthly HIV treatment.
Once a month, and you’re
good to go. CABENUVA is the only complete, long-acting prescription injectable used to replace daily HIV pills in certain adults.
CABENUVA is given as two injections monthly by a healthcare provider, after taking about a month of once-daily starter pills. It’s important to attend all appointments.
It's a long-acting injectable that works continuously to keep you undetectable for an entire month.*
"HIV pills aren't on my mind anymore."
Stays undetectable with CABENUVA
Important Facts About CABENUVA This is only a brief summary of important information about CABENUVA and does not replace talking to your healthcare provider about your condition and treatment. (kab' en ue vah)
*Undetectable means the amount of HIV in the blood is below the level that can be measured by a lab test. Results may vary.
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CABENUVA is a complete prescription regimen used to treat HIV-1 infection in adults as a replacement for their current HIV-1 treatment when their healthcare provider determines that they meet certain requirements. HIV-1 is the virus that causes Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). CABENUVA contains 2 different medicines: • cabotegravir • rilpivirine It is not known if CABENUVA is safe and effective in children.
DO NOT RECEIVE CABENUVA IF YOU
• have ever had an allergic reaction to cabotegravir or rilpivirine. • are taking certain medicines: ° carbamazepine ° rifampin ° oxcarbazepine ° rifapentine ° phenobarbital ° dexamethasone (more than a single-dose treatment), and/or ° phenytoin ° rifabutin ° St John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum)
Ask your doctor about CABENUVA
BEFORE RECEIVING CABENUVA
Tell your healthcare provider about all your medical conditions, including if you: • have ever had a skin rash or an allergic reaction to medicines that contain cabotegravir or rilpivirine. • have or have had liver problems, including hepatitis B or C infection. • have ever had mental health problems. • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if CABENUVA will harm your unborn baby. CABENUVA can remain in your body for up to 12 months or longer after the last injection. Please see additional Important Facts About CABENUVA on the following page.
Important Facts About CABENUVA (cont'd) BEFORE RECEIVING CABENUVA (cont'd)
Tell your healthcare provider about all your medical conditions, including if you: (cont'd) • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. Do not breastfeed if you take CABENUVA. ° You should not breastfeed if you have HIV-1 because of the risk of passing HIV-1 to your baby. It is not known if CABENUVA can pass to your baby in your breast milk. ° Talk with your healthcare provider about the best way to feed your baby during treatment with CABENUVA. Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Some medicines interact with CABENUVA. Keep a list of your medicines and show it to your healthcare provider and pharmacist when you get a new medicine. You can ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for a list of medicines that interact with CABENUVA. Do not start taking a new medicine without telling your healthcare provider. Your healthcare provider can tell you if it is safe to take CABENUVA with other medicines.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF CABENUVA
CABENUVA may cause serious side effects, including: • Allergic reactions. Call your healthcare provider right away if you develop a rash with CABENUVA. Stop receiving CABENUVA and get medical help right away if you develop a rash with any of the following signs or symptoms: ° fever ° blisters or sores in mouth generally ill feeling ° ° blisters ° tiredness ° redness or swelling of the eyes muscle or joint aches ° ° swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue ° trouble breathing • Post-injection reactions have happened within minutes in some people after receiving their rilpivirine injection. Most symptoms resolved within a few minutes after the injection. Symptoms may include: ° trouble breathing ° feeling warm ° stomach cramps ° feeling light-headed or feeling like you are going to pass ° sweating out (faint) ° numbness of your mouth ° feeling anxious ° blood pressure changes
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF CABENUVA (cont’d)
CABENUVA may cause serious side effects, including: (cont’d) • Liver problems. People with a history of hepatitis B or C virus or people who have certain liver function test changes may have an increased risk of developing new or worsening changes in certain liver tests during CABENUVA treatment. Liver problems have also happened in people without history of liver problems or other risk factors. Your healthcare provider may do blood tests to check your liver function. Call your healthcare provider right away if you develop any of the following signs or symptoms of liver problems: ° your skin or the white part ° nausea or vomiting of your eyes turns yellow ° loss of appetite (jaundice) ° pain or tenderness on the right side of your stomach area ° dark or “tea-colored” urine ° light-colored stools (bowel ° itching movements) • Depression or mood changes. Call your healthcare provider or get emergency medical help right away if you have any of the following symptoms: ° feeling sad or hopeless ° have thoughts of hurting feeling anxious or restless yourself (suicide) or have tried ° to hurt yourself The most common side effects of CABENUVA include: • pain, tenderness, hardened • headache mass or lump, swelling, • muscle or bone pain redness, itching, bruising, and • nausea warmth at the injection site • sleep problems • fever • dizziness • tiredness • rash These are not all the possible side effects of CABENUVA. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
GET MORE INFORMATION
• Talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist. • Go to CABENUVA.com or call 1-877-844-8872, where you can also get FDA-approved labeling. January 2021 CBN:1PIL Trademark is owned by or licensed to the ViiV Healthcare group of companies.
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PINKNIC GOVERNORS ISLAND New York, NY September 4th-5th Take one last sip of summer at Pinknic Festival, an upscale music and arts festival where Rosé is the chillest headliner. Guests can catch sets from a diverse array of artists including rapper Fat Joe, live electro-pop duo Sofi Tukker (Sunday only) and LCD Soundsystem’s own, Nancy Whang, among others. This year, the two-day event returns to its original home on Governors Island where guests can enjoy sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline while dining on gourmet bites and toasting a muchneeded reunion with friends. Dress in pink or white summer chic and don’t forget to grab a VIP ticket, which offers access to expanded food offerings, including savory dishes prepared inperson by Gabriel Pazos, the grill master best known for Gauchonfire.
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New York, NY September 3rd-5th Rejoice in the return of large-scale events at New York’s premiere electronic music festival, Electric Zoo. This year’s “Supernaturals” theme invites ravers to get in touch with their wilder side during massive performances from headliners like Kaskade, REZZ and Alesso. Want a sneak peak of the next generation of LGBTQ+ artists who are making their big splash in the EDM scene? We recommend the loud and proud sounds of rising hip-hop star Wreckno or Moore Kismet’s unusual brand of experimental bass. After all, Labor Day weekend is always better with lazers. Prepare for an out of this world time by grabbing your three-day pass here www. electriczoo.com.
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GAY GEEKS OF NEW YORK TRIVIA NIGHT THE CENTER
455 Jefferson St. Brooklyn, NY Opens September 9th Does the climate crisis have you bummed? It’s time to turn anxiety into action - that’s exactly what trailblazing musicians and producers like Nosaj Thing, Aluna, Mount Kimbie, Jayda G and Bon Iver are doing via UNDERCURRENT, a new platform where artists can use their creativity to drive positive impact. Multimedia installations created by these influential artists address the situation and inspire solutions, and you can experience the full spectrum of sight and sound in a massive Brooklyn art space this September. Explore 60,000 square feet of interactive art while you sip on sustainable farm-tococktail concoctions, snatch up goods from eco-conscious vendors and make your voice heard at this unique exhibition event. After all a healthy planet fosters healthy people. Act now by securing your timed entry ticket www.undercurrent.world/event.
208 W 13th Street New York, NY September 10th, 5:30pm Exercise your memory at the monthly “Gay Geeks of New York” trivia night, which returns on September 10th (and then will take place on the second Sunday of every month after that). Hit The Center with fellow queer geeks to dish about comic books, sci-fi films, cult classic tv shows and much more. May the team with the thickest glasses take all. Show off your skills at find more information here www.gomag.com/event/gay-geeks-of-new-york-trivianight/2021-09-10/.
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GRIZ (LIVE) BROOKLYN MIRAGE 140 Stewart Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11237 September 22nd & 23rd When Michigan-born producer, GRiZ, came out in a heartwarming letter to the Huffington Post in 2017, he spoke directly to the queer kids who felt like they didn’t belong: “it gets better” he offered then, and soon after in a song of the same name featuring GRAMMY-nominated vocalist, DRAM. GRiZ’s relentless message of positivity is a throughline in his soulful electronic music which integrates elements of funk, house, and heavy bass, all accented by his unmatched saxophone skills. Hot off the release of his new dubstep-forward album Rainbow Brain, the artist and LGBTQ+ activist brings a brand-new live experience to the majestic Brooklyn Mirage for two nights in September. This trippy adventure is intended to help listeners let go and lose themselves in the technicolor world of psychedelia. Get lifted here www.avant-gardner.com/ events/2021/9/22/griz.
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SAVORY TALKS & PERFORMANCES @ LITTLE ISLAND PIER55 IN HUDSON RIVER PARK West 13th St., New York 10014 September 20th & 26th As part of Little Island’s new recurring events series, Savory Hospitality gathers the city’s leading culinary minds, farmers and activists to engage in talks about food, sustainability and justice in the New York community and beyond. Savory Talks and Performances are free and take place in The Glade, and the information you glean there can help you make healthier dining choices for your body and Mother Earth. Check out Little Island’s full Artist Series schedule here www.littleisland.org/artist-series.
ORIGINAL IMMERSIVE VAN GOGH EXHIBIT: NEW YORK PIER 36 NYC 299 South St. New York, NY 10002 Open Daily, 9am-10pm Bathe yourself in “Starry Nights” and “Sunflowers” and experience the works of Vincent Van Gogh like never before. Created by Massimilano Siccardi and featuring Creative Direction from David Korins (a Tonynominated designer known for his work on Broadway’s Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen), this immersive installation invites spectators into the mind and oeuvre of one of the world’s most famous impressionist painters. Prepare to indulge in 500,000 square feet of cubic projections as the most renowned oil paintings are transformed into more than 90,000,000 illuminated pixels, all set to soothing and playful soundscapes you will not soon forget. Plus, this exhibit features social distancing circles so you can peer upon masterpieces with peace of mind. www.vangoghnyc.com/.
BROADWAY IS BACK! BY BEN RIMALOWER
NEW YORK IS REOPENING AND, AT LEAST FOR ME AND EVERYONE I FOLLOW ON INSTAGRAM, THAT MEANS BROADWAY (belted
out Ethel Merman style, naturally). The iconic street was officially resuscitated in June with the return of the original denim adonis himself, Bruce Springsteen, reprising his acclaimed solo turn, Springsteen on Broadway (St. James Theatre, through September 4th).
Jon Michael Hill (kneeling) and Namir Smallwood as the main characters and Gabriel Ebert as a police officer in Antoinette Nwandu’s play “Pass Over.”Photo by Jeremy Daniel
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With Broadway returning, we’re seeing some immediate results for the valiant efforts by many in and out of the theater community to make theater more equal considering the cultural awakening that spread after George Floyd’s murder. I remember coming of age as the AIDS epidemic inspired a groundbreaking onslaught of work by out writers (albeit all white and cis) and it is heartening to see mainstream theater open its gates once again. Time will tell whether the new greater BIPOC inclusion by producers, theater owners and investors will last, but for now, it is remarkable that all seven of the new plays opening on Broadway in 2021 are by Black writers. The first drama back on the boards begins August 4th, Antoinette Nwandu’s Pass Over (August Wilson Theatre, through October 10th), directed by Danya Taymor. The play’s challenging and provocative presentation of Black life in America, via an absurdist lens a la Waiting For Godot, caused such a sensation in its 2017 Chicago premiere that Spike Lee took interest and filmed the show, now available to stream on Amazon Prime. But the play has been rewritten since then and, of course, there is no substitute for the thrill of seeing it live on stage.
Hadestown at Walter Kerr Theatre
MUSICALS, MUSICALS, MUSICALS! For the show queens among us, Broadway’s biggest thrill is musicals and September is when things really get cooking. September 2nd is curtain up on the 2019 Tony Award winning Best Musical Hadestown (Walter Kerr Theatre, openended), and the expected return of its stellar song-and-dance soul man André De Shields (Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Wiz, The Full Monty) as Hermes. September 14th is a big day for Broadway musicals with the reopening of long-running hits: -Chicago (Ambassador Theatre, open-ended), sadly sans its pre-Pandemic Roxie, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Jayne and the meta drama she could bring to the celebrity crime musical these days, -Hamilton (Richard Rodgers Theatre, open-ended), the Pulitzer Prize-winning sensation high on new hype for Jon M. Chu’s big screen adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s other show In The Heights, -The Lion King (Minskoff Theatre, open-ended), in all its avant-garde puppet show meets Walt Disney splendor, and -Wicked (Gershwin Theatre, openended), queer teenagers and their BFFs everywhere rejoice. Also beginning September 14th is the long-awaited Broadway premiere of Tony Award winning actor and writer (and star of ABC’s Castle) Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s one-man tribute to the formidable woman who raised him, Lackawanna Blues (Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, open-ended).
Another returning hit is the Off-Broadway revival of Little Shop of Horrors (Westside Theatre, open-ended), a nearly perfect production of everybody’s favorite classic musical of the 80s. Stepping into the role of Seymour is smoldering Supergirl (and Newsies) heartthrob, Jeremy Jordan and returning to the scene-stealing ensemble track is Tony-winning funny man Christian Borle (Smash, Something Rotten, Legally Blonde). But the one to watch is Emmy winner and Tony nominee Tammy Blanchard (Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying) completely reinventing Ellen Greene’s indelible Audrey as her own damaged broad from Bayonne. Also, on September 21st the popular Come From Away (Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, open-ended) flies back into town. I took several quarantine walks with my AirPods blasting lesbian matinee idol Jenn Colella’s inspiring original cast album rendition of the show’s 9-11 anthem, “Me and the Sky.”(If only six feet were far enough from other pedestrians for me to sing along…)
HAPPY ENDINGS September 17th will bring satisfaction at last to what has to be the longest edging session in history when Six (Brooks Atkinson Theatre, open-ended) resumes preview performances after an 18-month hiatus, in advance of finally opening to critics on October 3rd. This bubble gum pop concert telling of the wives of Henry VIII lit the Edinburgh Fringe Festival on fire before becoming the toast of the West End and was already generating Broadway box office bombast and buzz before the Pandemic.
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The company of Moulin Rouge! The Musical
HEY SISTA, GO SISTA, SOUL SISTA, FLOW SISTA... Beginning September 23rd, veteran actorsinger Douglas Lyons (Beautiful, The Book of Mormon) makes his Broadway debut as playwright with Chicken and Biscuits (Circle in the Square Theatre, through January 2nd), directed by Zhailon Levingston, who, at 27, will become Broadway’s youngest Black director ever. I love comedies set at dysfunctional family funerals, so I was already psyched even before they announced casting fan favorites Norm Lewis (Pose, Scandal, Porgy and Bess) and Michael Urie (Ugly Betty, Torch Song, Buyer and Cellar).
September 24th sees the comeback of Moulin Rouge! (Al Hirschfeld Theatre, open-ended). The Broadway adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s beloved blockbuster suffered a notably bad backstage breakout of COVID right before the shutdown—Broadway’s beloved Danny Burstein was on a respirator! You have to imagine the first performances will be a lovefest. The show is up for several trophies at the 74th Annual Tony Awards, rescheduled for September 26th (from June 2020). Some of the categories are light on nominees due to the truncated theater season and Moulin Rouge! leading man Aaron Tveit has literally no competition!
September 25th brings acting heavyweights Simon Russel Beale, Adam Godley and Adrian Lester in The Lehman Trilogy (Nederlander Theatre, through January 2nd), directed by Sam Mendes. The epic about the rise and fall of some of the malfeasant capitalists who got our economy into its current mess sounds like just the schadenfreude the doctor ordered. The final Broadway show to reopen in September will be Aladdin (New Amsterdam Theatre, open-ended) on the 28th with everyone’s favorite haughty queen, Tony nominee Jonathan Freeman, returning to the role of Jafar, which he created definitively on Broadway and in the original animated film.
Ebony Marshall-Oliver, Jennifer Fouche, Ashanti J’Aria, and Douglas Lyons
LIFE IS A CABARET! Of course, one cannot live on theater alone; come to the cabaret (old chum)! “Broadway’s supper club,”Feinstein’s 54 Below will feature Tony winners André De Shields August 3rd7th, Norbert Leo Butz (“Sings Torch Songs for a Pandemic”) August 17th-22nd, and inaugurating their new Diamond Series, Kelli O’Hara September 28th-October 3rd. Across town on 10th Avenue, The Green Room 42 was the first nightclub to reopen post vaccine and is presenting its usual mix of A-Listers and “up ‘n comers,” most excitingly Tony winning Broadway royalty (recently seen on HBO Max’s Search Party) Lillias White August 12th-14th. And if variety is the spice of your life, look no further than West 44th Street’s famed jazz club, Birdland, and its downstairs sister, the Birdland Theater. Monday nights at Birdland are Jim Caruso’s long-running Cast Party, where the debonair-for-days emcee is likely to welcome to the stage anyone and everyone from a hot horn player you haven’t yet heard of to his own close pal, Liza Minnelli. Tuesdays downstairs it’s Susie Mosher’s The Lineup. Mosher’s a gifted vocalist, easily one of the funniest, most likeable people in New York, and always host to a coterie of talent sure to delight even the toughest critics.
Show’s Stephanie J. Block (August 22nd), a live presentation of my own podcast Ben Rimalower’s Broken Records (August 23rd), Sirius Radio Andy’s John Hill (August 24th), Lillias White (August 27th- 28th), Fun Home’s Beth Malone (August 30th), 93-year old dynamo Marilyn Maye (August 31st-September 11th), The Prom’s Beth Leavel (September 5th), and Forbidden Broadway’s Christine Pedi (September 11th), as well as the hilarious Judy Gold (now through September 5th).
BY THE SEASIDE… For those who summer outside the city, there’s no better entertainment than the plethora in Provincetown. Even coming out of COVID, each venue has a calendar chock full of world class performers, but absolute must-sees are drag mainstays Dina Martina (brilliantly bizarre, the best!) and Varla Jean Merman (maddeningly madcap), each presenting a new show for this season at the Crown & Anchor through September 11th. No trip to Provincetown would be complete without sitting in their audiences. Equally legendary in her own right and a singular master at working the crowd, Miss Richfield 1981 is back again with a new show at Pilgrim House through September 18th, where you can also catch the fabulous Paige Turner, quickly becoming a “Ptown” essential. If Broadway is your passion, in or out of town, Provincetown provides in spades. Thanks to impresario Mark Cortale and musical host Seth Rudetsky’s incandescent Broadway at The Art House series, you can’t swing a clutch purse without hitting a Tony winner or TV star, including Dear Evan Hansen’s Rachel Bay Jones (August 1st), RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Ginger Minj (August 4th-September 11th), pint-sized powerhouse Kristin Chenoweth (August 8th), Miss Saigon’s Liz Callaway (August 13th-14th), The King and I’s Kelli O’Hara (August 15th), Susie Mosher (August 21st), The Cher
Even Fire Island has shows now, and the one not to miss is the fiery Pixie Aventura, whose lip synchs are like short films, with borrowed dialogue ranging from Ana Navarro on MSNBC to “E.T. phone home” and elaborate choreography. She performs every Monday night at the Pines Pavilion and there is no one like her. ■
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LL STUDIO BRINGS A RUSH OF INSPIRATION TO YOUR YOGA ROUTINE BY MEGAN VENZIN
MANHATTAN’S LL STUDIO offers yoga classes where students and teachers are encouraged to celebrate their individuality
Dorian Shorts once aspired to be a world-traveling dancer. That physically taxing journey called him to a higher purpose that has him feeling even more fulfilled. “I wanted to go on tour with someone awesome, like Janet Jackson or Lady Gaga,” he tells Metrosource with a laugh. “I was dancing really hard, and it became clear to me that dancers are working with injuries. I wanted something that might help me experience less injury in my life.” Shorts turned to yoga for cross training purposes, but the spiritual practice soon became his livelihood. Today, he teaches across New York City. However, there is one place of work he holds especially near and dear to his heart. That sanctuary is LL Studio (formerly Laughing Lotus Yoga Center), where he completed more than 500 hours of certified yoga teacher training, and where he currently serves on the Inclusivity and Diversity Committee. “As an instructor my path has been about helping my students take agency over their own healthcare practice,” Shorts explains. “It’s different from going to a doctor -what you learn from your yoga teacher can be crafted into something you can use to remain healthy for life.You get a chance to monitor yourself and feel where healing starts and where it needs to go.” LL Studio, which has two locations in the Flatiron and Upper East Side neighborhoods (as well as seasonal rooftop classes at Arlo Hotels) boasts an inherently healing vibe. From the animal-inspired murals to the ever-smiling instructors, LL Studio has become a place of inspiration for a diverse array of yogis.
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“LGBTQ people talk about that rainbow life, and how it represents resilience. Maybe it’s because we have all had to struggle, and we need something bright to look toward,” Shorts shares about what initially attracted him to the space. “The studios have a colorful vibrance that, as a gay guy, aligned with my sense of resilience.” He has since made it his mission to ensure that everyone who walks through the doors feels that same rush of passion. Shorts specializes in vinyasa and restorative
modalities. However, students at LL Studio can find a wide variety of class types in addition to their signature LL Flow and Soul Sweat classes. “We strive to create a space that celebrates our teachers’ and community members’ individuality and offers something for every practitioner,” says Director of Operations, Jessica Halverson. The studio formerly offered a “Fluid Flow” class for gender queer practitioners which embodies that sentiment. Nowadays, the studios offer more than 30 music-infused classes each week across four permanent and pop-up locations, and virtually. This ethos permeates LL Studio’s teaching training sessions, too. For example, the pre-natal training now includes an entire segment on trans birthing spaces and how instructors can be better allies and supporters of those community members in yoga class. “Having that kind of information helps to open everyone’s eyes to inequity and what we can do on a personal level to make sure our spaces of healing are inclusive,” Shorts explains. He recently participated in Brima Jah’s Yoga and Social Equity advanced training that explored how the pillars of yoga philosophy can lend structure to a more accepting world. While the teacher training modules do tackle some complex topics, Shorts says the studio is ideal for fun-loving souls, or just anyone who values the rejuvenating power of yoga. “We want to be a place where people feel joyful, feel comfortable, and where everyone feels like they belong.” ■
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CHELSEA BARRACUDA Cool music, cute crowds, wild drag shows and talent competitions hosted on the tiny stage in the rear. 275 W. 22nd St. at Eighth Ave., NYC 212-645-8613
BOXERS CHELSEA Big gay sports bar with games on flat-screens, pool tables and a smoking patio. A pizza oven dispenses mouth-watering pies, but the bartenders are even hotter. 37 W. 20th St. between Fifth and Sixth Aves., NYC 212-624-5942. boxersnyc.com
THE EAGLE This dark and cruisy leather-and-Levi’s clubs boasts a great rooftop deck and popular events for specific fetishes. 554 W. 28th St. between Tenth and Eleventh Aves., NYC 646-473-1866. eagle-ny.com
GYM Popular after work sports bar with plasma-screen TVs broadcasting games, a pool table and a basement dugout. 167 Eighth Ave. between 18th and 19th Sts., NYC 212-337-2439. gymsportsbar.com
EAST VILLAGE/LOWER EAST SIDE THE BOILER ROOM A throwback to the days when the East Village was for the punky and funky, this no-frills lounge is popular with the college set, attitude-free, and rocks with an eclectic mix of music and scruffy pool players. 86 E. 4th St. at Second Ave., NYC 212-254-7536
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FAIRYTAIL LOUNGE Glittery Centaurs and other enchanted-forest motifs distinguish this cozy lounge in way-west HK with theme parties and guest DJs. 500 W. 48th St. between Tenth and Eleventh Aves., NYC 646-648-3897
Boasting NYC’s Best Happy Hour seven days a week, this way uptown outpost of the gay bar phenomenon always offers incredible eye candy. 3820 Broadway at 159th St., NYC. boxersnyc.com
When not serving vodka sodas in glass steins, bartenders jump on the bar for boot-scootin’ to Achy Breaky-type tunes. 793 Ninth Ave. at 53rd St., NYC 212-713-0481. flamingsaddles.com/nyc
HARDWARE Enjoy cheap drinks at the front bar and fun tunes on the rear dance floor when live performers like Jan Sport, Marti Gould Cummings, Brita Filter and Paige Turner aren’t on stage. 697 Tenth Ave between 47th and 48th Sts., NYC 212-924-9885. hardware-bar.com
INDUSTRY Big venue with couch-filled nooks, a game room with a pool table, and industrial design that’s a nod to its parking-garage past. Tina Burner and Kizha Carr shake things up. 355 W. 52nd St. between Eighth and Ninth Aves., NYC 646-476-2747. industry-bar.com This neighborhood fixture attracts tourists, locals and theater pros from both sides of the footlights with strong drinks, cheap prices and friendly staff. 656 Ninth Ave. at 46th St., NYC 212-307-1503
POSH A mixed bag of Hell’s Kitchenites and the occasional celeb spill out onto the sidewalk as this lounge spins pop and dance tunes. 405 W. 51st St. at Ninth Ave., NYC 212-957-2222. poshbarnyc.com
This upscale boy boîte had places to perch on multiple levels, but a kickin’ sound system makes it unlikely you’ll settle down. 369 W. 46th St. at Ninth Ave., NYC 212-333-2554. ritzbarandlounge.com
EAST VILLAGE CLUB CUMMING Willkommen to this sassy, performance-based club from Alan Cumming, Benjamin Maisani, Darren Dryden and Daniel Nardicio. Picture backstage at a Berlin nightclub where anything goes from Drag Race viewing parties to (of course!) cabaret. 505 E. 6th St. between Aves. A and B, NYC 212-777-2555. clubcummingnyc.com
THE COCK Longtime late-night haven for naughty go-go boys and those seeking debauchery from the naughty to the nightlife glitterati. 29 Second Ave. between First and Second Sts., NYC
NOWHERE Ultra-mellow East Villager with distressed décor, a pool table and what may be the smallest back room ever. 322 E. 14th St. between First and Second Aves., NYC 212-477-4744. nowherebarnyc.com
PHOENIX Find folks enjoying video games, a pool table, a jukebox and the diverse crowd in an exposed-brick space with an uncomplicated vibe. 447 E. 13th St. at Ave. A., NYC 212-477-9979. hoenixbarnyc.com
HELL’S KITCHEN/MIDTOWN WEST ATLAS SOCIAL CLUB Josh Wood, Benjamin Maisani, Pablo Raimondi, and Asi Mazar hit a home run with this HK hotspot, where celebs like Andy Cohen, Anderson Cooper, and Cher have made cameos. 753 9th Ave. between 50th and 51st Sts., NYC 212-262-8527. atlassocialclub.com
BARRAGE This HK lounge has au courant accouterments and outrageous drinks. Late happy hour from 11pm to midnight is the perfect time for a discount. 401 W. 47th St. at Ninth Ave., NYC 212-586-9390
BOXERS HK This outpost of the Chelsea sports bar features a large ground floor, basement game room dubbed The Dog Pound, and big rooftop patio. 742 Ninth Ave. at 50th St., NYC 212-951-1518. boxersnyc.com
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Home to the local lesbian crowd (and a few boys), this small, unpretentious bar features a capricious décor heavy on fish. 281 W. 12th St. at Fourth St., NYC 212-243-9041. cubbyholebar.com
Downstairs at the city’s oldest continuing cabaret/piano bar, the staff performs while serving. Upstairs is a more traditional boy bar and an intimate room that books cabaret acts. 61 Christopher St. at Seventh Ave. South, NYC 212-255-5438. theduplex.com
Manly neighborhood bar with a diverse crowd. 115 Christopher St. between Bleecker and Hudson Sts., NYC 212-627-2044
9TH AVENUE SALOON
Acclaimed mixologist Johnny Swet sets the scene at this cocktail lounge, ironically situated at the former headquarters of NYC’s Bureau of Prohibition. The gastropub is a tribute to its great Irish namesake and displays a collection of related relics. 45 W. 27th St. at Sixth Avenue., NYC 212-213-3066. oscarwildenyc.com Sexy Chelsea hangout where G Lounge used to be with ondustrial décor and sexy staff drawing all kinds of men (especially local muscle bears). 225 W. 19th St. between Seventh and Eighth Aves., NYC 212-929-1085. rebarchelsea.com
Kings of NYC nightlife joined forces for this fab yet unpretentious watering hole right where you can dance all night every Friday and Saturday. 859 9th Avenue., NYC 646-892-3313. risebarnyc.com
THE RITZ BAR & LOUNGE
THERAPY The modern duplex draws a fierce crowd to weekly shows by legendary performers like Pixie Aventura. Don’t miss Paige Turner’s infamous Sunday night Slurp show. 348 W. 52nd St. between Eighth and Ninth Aves., NYC 212-397-1700. therapy-nyc.com
EAST SIDE THE TOOL BOX This two-level dive bar with a cozy downstairs hosts parties with DJs and go-go boys on Friday and Saturday. 1742 Second Ave., between 90th and 91st Sts., NYC 212-348-1288. thetoolboxnyc.com
THE TOWNHOUSE Two levels of mature gents and their younger fans swaying to live songs from the Jerry Herman oeuvre. 236 E. 58th St. between Second and Third Aves., NYC 212-754-4649. townhouseny.com
UNCLE CHARLIE’S After a remodel that put its piano in the center of the action, this effervescent lounge is once again going strong with live entertainment and multiple bars. 139 E. 45th St. between Third and Lexington Aves., NYC 212-661-9097. unclecharliesnyc.com
UPPER WEST SIDE
Popular lesbian lounge with a multicultural crowd. 438 Hudson St. at Morton St., NYC 212-924-3347.henriettahudson.com
On a normal night, the city’s oldest gay bar is a comfy place for cheap drinks, burgers and fries. Once a month, Mattachine turns it into a crowded, rowdy dance party with excellent vinyl music. 159 W. 10th St. at Waverly Pl., NYC 212-243-1928. juliusbarny.com
Old-school sing-alongs are on tap at this long-running piano bar. Stop in and “sing out, Louise!” 59 Grove St. at Seventh Ave. South, NYC 212-243-9323. mariescrisis.us
Sheridan Square stalwart where fab guys and dolls sing along to show tunes upstairs while DJs spin for a diverse crowd downstairs. 80 Grove St. at Seventh Ave. South, NYC 212-924-3558 Open Mon-Fri, 4pm-4am; Sat & Sun, 2pm-4am. monsterbarnyc.com
Bop to retro dance tracks or laugh at drag queen antics like Ms. Vodka Stinger’s B-Movie Mondays. 8 Christopher St. at Sixth Ave., NYC 212-929-9291. piecesbar.com
For boys who prefer fur, there’s this butched-up bar with a fist-pumping soundtrack, cheap drinks and very sexy parties. 185 Christopher St. at Weehawken St., NYC. rockbarnyc.com
Daddies, faux thugs, and girls who like girls rule this two-story birthplace of gay pride. Every night offers a different theme, e.g. drag shows, karaoke and beer blasts. 53 Christopher St. at Seventh Ave. South, NYC 212-488-2705. thestonewallinnnyc.com
Ye Olde Boy Bar serves a loyal and friendly Christopher Street clientele — NYPD and Firemen especially welcome. 114 Christopher St. between Bleecker and Hudson Sts., NYC 212-741-9641. tys.nyc
OUTER BOROUGHS & BEYOND ALBATROSS
Homey Astoria bar with a pool table and jukebox. 36-19 24th Ave. at 38th St., Astoria, NYC 718-204-9045. albatrossastoria.com
SUITE This adorable spot attracts Columbia gays with leopard-print lamps, leather banquettes and drag entertainers. 992 Amsterdam Ave. between 109th and 110th Sts., NYC 212-222-4600. suitenyc.com
WEST END LOUNGE
Beefcake dancers and NYC nightlife legends flock to this unassuming Astoria watering hole for great beats and impressive drag. 31-84 33rd Street., Astoria, NY 347-808-7592. iconastoria.com
Columbia boys and neighborhood cubs converge at this Morningside watering hole for Topless Tuesdays, karaoke nights, and local drag queens. 955 West End Avenue between 107th and Duke Ellington Blvd., NYC 212-531-4759. thewestendlounge.com
B-burg bar with a spacious patio. 559 Lorimer St. at Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg, 718-599-4444. metropolitanbarny.com
ALIBI LOUNGE Popular Harlem bar that’s a great spot for after work. Bring some cash for the jay-dropping go-go boys on Man Crush Mondays. 2376 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. at 139th St., NYC 917-472-7789.
Popular with lesbians, this long, dark bar has a jukebox and an outdoor garden. 363 Fifth Ave., Park Slope, Brooklyn 718-788-0924
THE ROSEMONT NYC
Mixed cocktail bar with eclectic entertainment and a big back deck. 63 Montrose Ave., Brooklyn 347-987-3101. therosemontnyc.com
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ACCOUNTING Dikman, Bernard L., C.P.A. 37 W 20th St, Ste 703, NYC ������� 212 929-4299
Woloshen, Robert A. CPA 29 W 15th St, Ste 1 NYC ������������������������������������ 212 843-3486 www.rawcpa.com
80 Fifth Ave, Ste 906 NYC �������������������������������������������� 212 874-0898 www.acupuncture-nyc.com
ADOPTION SERVICES Friends in Adoption
NYC �������������������������������������������� 800 982-3678 www.friendsinadoption.org
AESTHETIC SERVICES Advanced Dermatology Associates
200 Central Park South #107 NYC ������������������������������������������� 212 262-2500 NYC ������������������������������������������� 212 246-0800 www.adv-derm.com
Lexington Plastic Surgeons
113 E 39th St, NYC ��������������������� 646 374-2410 www.try.lexingtonplasticsurgeons.com/metrosource
Sexual Health Men
290 Madison Ave 6th Fl NYC �������������������������������������������� 973 493-7607 www.sexualhealthmen.com Stoller, Roy B., D.O.
515 Madison Ave, Ste 1205 NYC ������������������������������������ 212 920-4499 www.hairdoctornyc.com
Torre, Martin B. RA AIA Architecture + Planning PLLC 605 E 14th St, #8 NYC ��������������������������������������������� 646 257-9081
Li-Lac Chocolates West Village: 40 8th Ave, NYC Greenwich Village: 162 Bleecker St, NYC Grand Central: 43rd & Lexington, NYC Chelsea Market: 75 Ninth Ave, NYC Industry City: 68 35th St, Brooklyn NYC ��������������������������������������������212 924-2280 www.li-lacchocolates.com
Paul Evans Catering
David Stern Architecture www.davidsternarchitecture.com
Bing, Steven E.
276 5th Ave, Ste 1008 NYC ��������������������������������������������� 212 286-1666
20 W 20th St NYC ��������������������������������������������212 321-1822 NYC ��������������������������������������������212 243-4494 www.paulevanscatering.com
Chianese & Reilly Law, P.C.
122 E 42nd St, Ste 3900 NYC ��������������������������������������������� 212 953-6447 100 Merrick Rd, Ste 103E Rockville Centre, NY �������������������� 516 599-2020 www.awclawyer.com
Midtown Integrative Medicine 509 Madison Ave @ 53rd St, Ste 1111 NYC �������������������������������������������� 212 906-9111 www.michaelazizmd.com
Dave’s New York
581 Ave of the Americas, NYC Toll Free ��������������������������������������800 543-8558 www.davesnewyork.com
Chou, Luna, Esq. NYC ��������������������������������������������� 212 226-2610 www.lunachoulaw.com
Goldman, Jeffrey E., Esq 501 Fifth Ave #1900 NYC ��������������������������������������������� 212 983-8999 NYC ��������������������������������������������� 212 949-5085 www.jgoldmanlaw.com
Law Offices of Thomas Sciacca, PLLC
44 Wall St, 12th Fl NYC ��������������������������������������������� 212 495-0317 www.sciaccalaw.com Long & Associates NYC ��������������������������������������������� 212 360-0394 www.landapllc.com Parker | Waichman LLP 6 Harbor Park Dr. Nationwide ��������������������������������� 800 JUST-CALL www.yourlawyer.com
ALLERGIES Aziz, Michael, M.D., FRSM
Tesler, Richard, Esq. 41 W 72nd St NYC ������������������������������������� 212 362-6961
ABS Design & Construction
NYC ��������������������������������������������212 731-0642 www.abs-construction-nyc.com
Angers, Marc E., M.A. Oxon, L.C.S.W./L.P.
Licensed Psychoanalyst, NCPsyA NYC ��������������������������������������������917 678-7929
Barneson, Jeff, LCSW
119 Washington Place NYC ��������������������������������������������212 252-2314 www.jeffbarneson.com
Blatter, Andrew, LCSW
NYC ��������������������������������������������917 442-5213 www.andrewblatter.com
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Campbell, Robert D., LCSW Psychotherapy for Individuals & Couples NYC �������������������������������������� 646 783-8155 www.robertdcampbell.com Davies, Ann Conant, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.
Kingan, Peter L., Ph.D.
Babushkin, Howard, D.D.S., L.L.C.
31 Oak St Patchogue, NY ����������������������������631 447-6425
DATING SERVICES SEE ALSO INTRODUCTION SERVICES
NYC ��������������������������������������������212 564-4025 www.manmate.com
740 West End Ave, Ste 1 Cell ���������������������������������������������917 923-2257
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Dicker, Phyllis D., L.C.S.W., A.C.S.W., B.C.D.
NYC ��������������������������������������������718 855-5171
NYC ��������������������������������������������212 564-4025 www.manmate.com Dating Coach NYC ��������������������������������������������212 564-4025
525 West End Ave #1G, NYC �������� 212 874-2880 www.manhattanoasisdentistry.com
Cassidy, J.R., D.D.S.
West 10th Dental P.C. 45 W 10th St NYC ��������������������������������������������212 982-5883 www.west10thdental.com
De Bonis, William B., D.D.S.
World Wide Plaza Dental Associates 370 W 50th St NYC ��������������������������������������������212 333-2650 www.wwpdental.com
Factor, Rhonda J., PhD 85 5th Ave, Ste 912 NYC ��������������������������������������������347 834-6057 www.rhondafactorphd.com
Jarratt, Kent, L.C.S.W. 19 W 34th St, NYC ������� 212 947-7111, ext 119 Oceanport, NJ �����������������������������917 686-6179 www.kentjarratt.com
Johnson, Thomas E., L.C.S.W. Chelsea ���������������������������������������212 645-3952
Kingan, Peter L., Ph.D. 99 University Pl, 4th Fl NYC ������������������������������������������������917 428-2431
Koetting, Michael E., L.C.S.W. NYC ��������������������������������������������212 741-2606 www.koettingpsychotherapy.com
VILL AGE APOTHECARY T H E C O M M U N I T Y P H A R M AC Y T H AT C A R E S
McFadden, Stephen, LCSW SEP 435 W 23rd St NYC ��������������������������������������������212 627-8419 www.smcfadden.com
Nelson, Joshua, Ph.D. 71 W 23rd St, Ste 1115 NYC ������������������������������������646 512-0043 www.jnelsonphd.com Rayhill, Daniel, Ph.D. 276 Fifth Ave #1101 NYC ��������������������������������������������212 683-2454
Ross, Steven, LSCW
Union Square ������������������������������917 406-7900 www.stevenrosstherapy.com
Schuetz, Volker, PsyD
1133 Broadway #913 NYC ��������������������������������������������212 470-9024 www.nychangemanagement.com
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Tallent, Marc, Ph.D.
51 Fifth Ave NYC ��������������������������������������������212 645-5795 http://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/33692
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30 E 40th St #706 NYC ��������������������������������������������212 286-1717 www.nycdental.com
LuxDen Dental Center
2579 E 17th St, Ste 11 Brooklyn �������������������������������������718 382-3444 www.luxden.com
Rosa, John D., D.D.S., P.C. 40 Newport Parkway, Ste P-1 Jersey City, NJ ����������������������� 201 626-2700 Sengos, Demetrios, D.D.S.
West 10th Dental P.C. 45 W 10th St NYC ��������������������������������������������212 982-5883 www.west10thdental.com
OMNI Aesthetic MD
Eviatar, Joseph, M.D., F.A.C.S. 5 W 19th St NYC ��������������������������������������������212 257-0007 www.omniaestheticmd.com
New York Life/NYLIFE Securities
Marlon J. Altoe 420 Lexington Ave, 15th Fl NYC ������������������������������������������� 646 227-8605 Cell �������������������������������������������� 646 761-4372 www.newyorklife.com/agent/maltoe
Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD)
Peloso-Barnes, Julia A., CFP, CPM, CRPC Purchase, NY ������������������������������914 225-6391 www.advisor.morganstanley.com/the-pelosobarnes-group
Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD)
1700 Stadium Way LA �����������������������������������������������213 847-LAFD www.joinlafd.org 700 E Temple St, B-38 LA �����������������������������������������������866 444-LAPD www.joinlapd.com
EVENT PLANNING & EVENT SPACE/RENTALS
550 W 54th St NYC ��������������������������������������������212 265-1111 www.themercedesclub.com
SEE ALSO CATERING, WEDDING SERVICES
Bizzell, Steven J., D.M.D., D.A.B.P.
Elite Private Yachts NYC ��������������������������������������������866 862-7245 www.eliteprivateyachts.com www.entertainmentcruises.com/new-york
la Fleur d’Harlem
OMNI Aesthetic MD
Hornblower Cruises & Events Pier 40, NYC �������������������������������646 832-2805 www.hornblowerny.com/metrosource
DENTISTS/PERIODONTISTS 50-02 5th St Ste B, Long Island City ��������������������������718 530-6539 www.licdentalassociates.com
Eviatar, Joseph, M.D., F.A.C.S. 5 W 19th St NYC ��������������������������������������������212 257-0007 www.omniaestheticmd.com
DENTISTS/SUBURBAN Rosa, John D., D.D.S., P.C. 40 Newport Parkway, Ste P-1 Jersey City, NJ ����������������������� 201 626-2700 Dermatology
Advanced Dermatology Associates
200 Central Park South #107 NYC �������������������������������������������212 262-2500 NYC �������������������������������������������212 246-0800 www.adv-derm.com (SEE AD IN THIS ISSUE)
Arora, Navin, DO, FAAD
Arora Dermatology 115 Broadway, Ste 1800 NYC ��������������������������������������������212 244-1252 www.aroraderm.com
Houston Hall 222 W. Houston St NYC ������������������������������������������� 212 582-2057 Patina Events - Brooklyn Botanic Garden Brooklyn �������������������������������������718 307-7133 www.patinaevents.com The Riverside Church 490 Riverside Dr. NYC ��������������������������������������������212 870-6762 www.trcnyc.com
Yachts for All Seasons NYC �������������������������������������� 212 534-6380 Cell ��������������������������������������� 917 864-7670 www.y4as.com
EVENT SERVICES Big Apple Event Audio Visual 519 8th Ave, Ste 815 NYC �������������������������������������� 212 518-3175 www.avnycrentals.com
203 W 144th St NYC �������������������������������������������646 850-5973 www.lafleurnyc.com
14th Street Framing Gallery
225 W 14th St NYC ��������������������������������������������212 691-8156
GIFTS Li-Lac Chocolates West Village: 40 8th Ave, NYC Greenwich Village: 162 Bleecker St, NYC Grand Central: 43rd & Lexington, NYC Chelsea Market: 75 Ninth Ave, NYC Industry City: 68 35th St, Brooklyn NYC ��������������������������������������������212 924-2280 www.li-lacchocolates.com
GUEST HOUSES/B&B’S Chelsea Pines Inn
317 W 14th St NYC ��������������������������������������������212 929-1023
Colonial House Inn
318 W 22nd St NYC ��������������������������������������������212 243-9669
Incentra Village House
150 Broadway #111 NYC ��������������������������������������������212 962-1115
32 8th Ave @ W 12th St NYC ��������������������������������������������212 206-0007 www.incentravillage.com
Juva Skin & Laser Center
Ameriprise Financial Services
Goldman, Barry D., M.D.
60 E 56th St #2 NYC ������������������������������������������� 212 421-9501 www.juvaskin.com
Lance R. Kash, Financial Advisor, CFP® 122 E 42nd St #2215 NYC ����������� 646 964-9400
44 Wall St, 12th Fl, NYC �������������212 495-0317 www.sciaccalaw.com
Peter Chien, MD, PhD 37 E 28th St, Ste 304 NYC ��������������������������������������������646 820-1716 www.lumosdermatology.com
Law Offices of Thomas Sciacca, PLLC
HAIR REMOVAL Advanced Dermatology Associates 200 Central Park South #107 NYC �������������������������������������� 212 262-2500 NYC �������������������������������������� 212 246-0800 www.adv-derm.com METROSOURCE.COM
NEW YORK DIRECTORY HAIR REMOVAL – PHARMACIES/DRUGS Brisk N Posh 132 Crosby St, Ste 8E NYC ��������������������������������������������212 433-4477 www.brisknposh.com
OMNI Aesthetic MD
Eviatar, Joseph, M.D., F.A.C.S. 5 W 19th St NYC ��������������������������������������������212 257-0007 www.omniaestheticmd.com
1200 Alta Loma Rd West Hollywood CA �������������������� 800 858-9758 www.sunsetmarquis.com
2426 Kuhio Ave Honolulu, Hawaii ������������������������ 808 687-2000 www.vivehotelwaikiki.com
OMNI Aesthetic MD
Stoller, Roy B., D.O. 515 Madison Ave, Ste 1205 NYC �������������������������������������� 212 920-4499 www.hairdoctornyc.com
Toll Free �������������������������������������� 844 346-9476 www.metrosource.healthsherpa.com
INTRODUCTION SERVICES SEE ALSO DATING SERVICES
NYC �������������������������������������������� 212 564-4025 www.manmate.com
LASER VISION CORRECTION
HOTELS The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
Atlantic City, NJ ��������������������������609 317-1000 www.outatborgata.com
Foxwoods Resort & Casino www.foxwoods.com
OPTOMETRISTS Coad, Christopher T., M.D., F.A.C.S. Chelsea Eye Ophthalmology 157 W 19th St, NYC ��������������������������������������������212 220-0066 www.chelseaeyeophthalmology.com
OMNI Aesthetic MD
West Village Eyecare Associates
10 Sheridan Square NYC ��������������������������������������������212 242-6592 www.eyecarenyc.com
SEE ALSO OPHTHALMOLOGISTS
Coad, Christopher T., M.D., F.A.C.S. Chelsea Eye Ophthalmology 157 W 19th St NYC �������������������������������������� 212 220-0066 www.chelseaeyeophthalmology.com
Samuelson, Stefan T., MD
44 E 12th St, Ste MD1 NYC ��������������������������������������������212 993-8573 NYC ��������������������������������������������212 594-1600
PERIODONTISTS OMNI Aesthetic MD
The Graham & Co
Phoenicia, NY �����������������������������845 688-7871 www.thegrahamandco.com
Holiday Inn Manhattan 6th Ave - Chelsea
125 W 26th St NYC ��������������������������������������������212 430-8500 www.hi-nyc.com
127 W 28th St NYC ��������������������������������������������844 423-6004 www.hotelhaydennyc.com
Eviatar, Joseph, M.D., F.A.C.S. 5 W 19th St NYC �������������������������������������������� 212 257-0007 www.omniaestheticmd.com
LIPOSUCTION Marfuggi, Richard M.D., D.M.H, F.A.C.S.
Eviatar, Joseph, M.D., F.A.C.S. 5 W 19th St, NYC ����������������������� 212 257-0007 www.omniaestheticmd.com
San Jose �������������������������������������� 408 763-7924 www.brand2fly.com
GayVan.com Travel Marketing www.gayvan.com
Sandman Suites on Davie
Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel
Coad, Christopher T., M.D., F.A.C.S. Chelsea Eye Ophthalmology 157 W 19th St NYC �������������������������������������������� 212 220-0066 www.chelseaeyeophthalmology.com
1088 Burrard St Vancouver, BC Canada ���������������������������������������604 331-1000 www.sheratonvancouver.com METROSOURCE.COM
OMNI Aesthetic MD
Opus Hotel Vancouver
1160 Davie St Vancouver, BC Canada ���������������������������������������604 681-7263 www.sandmanhotels.com
Periodontist 50-02 5th St Ste B Long Island City ��������������������������718-530-6539 www.licdentalassociates.com
Nulo Pet Foods
322 Davie St, Vancouver, BC Canada ���������������������������������������604 642-6787 www.opushotel.com
Bizzell, Steven J., D.M.D., D.A.B.P.
50 E 69th St, NYC ����������������������� 212 317-1188 Denville, NJ ��������������������������������� 973 377-8950 www.askdrm.com
37 W 24th St NYC ��������������������������������������������844 277-9123 www.hotelhenrinyc.com
OMNI Aesthetic MD
VIVE Hotel Waikiki
HAIR REPLACEMENT/REPLICATION Eviatar, Joseph, M.D., F.A.C.S. 5 W 19th St NYC ��������������������������������������������212 257-0007 www.omniaestheticmd.com
446 6th Ave NYC ��������������������������������������������212 477-0762 www.ansoniapharmacy.com
2201 Broadway, NYC ������������������212 877-3480 Arrow Pharmacy 883 Ninth Ave NYC ��������������������������������������������212 245-8469 www.arrowpharmacy.com
7 2nd Ave, NYC ��������������������������212 260-3131
414 Sixth Ave, NYC ��������������������212 533-2700
Chelsea Specialty Pharmacy
171 Seventh Ave NYC ��������������������������������������������212 255-9900
NEW YORK DIRECTORY PHARMACIES/DRUGS (CONTINUED) – PLASTIC SURGERY CVS Specialty
126 8th Ave NYC �������������������������������������������212 807-8798 (SEE AD IN THIS ISSUE)
Mayfair Chemists 21 Seventh Ave, NYC ���������� 212 242-1444 New London Pharmacy
246 Eighth Ave, NYC ������������������212 243-4987
New York Chemists
77 Christopher St, NYC ���������������212 255-2525 www.newyorkchemists.com
Thompson Chemists &
Thompson Alchemists 137 Thompson St 449 West Broadway NYC ��������������������������������������������212 598-9790 www.thompsonchemists.com
346 Bleecker St NYC �������������������������������������������212 807-7566 www.villageapothecary.com (SEE AD IN THIS ISSUE)
PHYSICAL THERAPY Galán, Antonio, PT, DPT, MBA, CHC
RestoreRehab Physical Therapy 664 10th Ave NYC ��������������������������������������������212 245-5259 www.restorerehabpt.com
Symbio Physio Therapy
Dillon, Stephen, M.D.
Int. Med., Inf. Dis. 314 W 14th St NYC ��������������������������������������������212 620-0144
Dormer, Anita L., M.D., F.A.C.C.P.
22 E 72nd St, 5th Fl NYC ��������������������������������������������212 535-5905
Fonville, T.W., Int. Med.
29 Fifth Ave @ 10th St NYC ��������������������������������������������212 674-1020
Goldberg, Edward S., M.D.
Int. Med., Gastr. 121 E 60th St, 3rd Fl NYC ��������������������������������������������212 980-8800
Hsu, Ricky K., M.D.
154 W 14th St, 4th Fl NYC ��������������������������������������������212 627-7560
Icochea, Rosendo S., M.D.
117 E 18th St NYC ��������������������������������������������212 387-9199
Jaeger, Lawrence D., D.O. 200 Central Park South #107 NYC ������������������������������������212 246-0800 NYC ������������������������������������ 212 262-2500 www.adv-derm.com Jarratt, Kent, L.C.S.W.
19 W 34th St, Penthouse Ste NYC ������������������������������ 212 947-7111, ext 119 Oceanport, NJ �����������������������������917 686-6179 www.kentjarratt.com
214 W 29th St, Ste 901 NYC ��������������������������������������������917 338-6268 www.symbiopt.com
Leach, Eric G., N.P.
PHYSICIANS & MEDICAL SERVICES
Lexington Plastic Surgeons
Midtown Integrative Medicine
Aziz, Michael, M.D., FRSM 509 Madison Ave @ 53rd St, Ste 1111 NYC ��������������������������������������������212 906-9111 www.michaelazizmd.com
Namdar, Isaac, M.D.
Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialist 425 W 59th St NYC ��������������������������������������������212 262-4444 1090 Amsterdam Ave NYC ��������������������������������������������212 663-2210 www.newyorkentspecialist.com www.namdarmd.com
OMNI Aesthetic MD
Eviatar, Joseph, M.D., F.A.C.S. 5 W 19th St, NYC �����������������������212 257-0007 www.omniaestheticmd.com
154 W 14th St, 4th Fl, NYC ��������212 627-7560
Pearl, Alan, M.D., Psychiatrist
Advanced Dermatology Associates 200 Central Park South #107 NYC ������������������������������������ 212 262-2500 NYC ������������������������������������212 246-0800 www.adv-derm.com
113 E 39th St NYC ��������������������������������������������646 374-2410 www.try.lexingtonplasticsurgeons.com/ metrosource
Mandell, William, M.D.
Amida Care NYC ������������������������������������855 462-6432 www.amidacareny.org
Infectious Diseases 31 Washington Sq West NYC ��������������������������������������������212 475-8833
Astor Medical Group
Marfuggi, Richard A., M.D., D.M.H., F.A.C.S.
67 Irving Place, 5th Fl @ E 18th St NYC ��������������������������������������������212 253-2968 www.astormedical.com
Central Park Medical Associates
200 Central Park South #107 NYC �������������������������������������������212 262-2500 NYC �������������������������������������������212 246-0800 www.centralparkmedicalassociates.com Coad, Christopher T., M.D., F.A.C.S. Chelsea Eye Ophthalmology 157 W 19th St NYC ��������������������������������������������212 220-0066 www.chelseaeyeophthalmology.com
50 E 69th St NYC ��������������������������������������������212 317-1188 Denville, NJ ���������������������������������973 377-8950 www.askdrm.com
135 W 70th St, NYC �������������������212 724-5188
Samuelson, Stefan T., MD
44 E 12th St, Ste MD1 NYC ��������������������������������������������212 993-8573 NYC ��������������������������������������������212 594-1600
PLASTIC SURGERY Dr. WW Med Spa and Laser Clinic
85-16 Queens Blvd, 2F, Elmhurst, NY 139 Centre St #224, NYC �����������718 457-0707 www.drwwmedspa.com
Lexington Plastic Surgeons
113 E 39th St NYC ��������������������������������������������646 374-2410 www.try.lexingtonplasticsurgeons.com/ metrosource
Maze Sexual & Reproductive Health
Maze Men’s Health Maze Women’s Health Maze Labs Maze Cord Blood 633 Third Ave, Ste 9B NYC �������������������������������������������646 585-8980 www.mazehealth.com (SEE AD IN THIS ISSUE)
Marfuggi, Richard A., M.D., D.M.H F.A.C.S.
50 E 69th St NYC ��������������������������������������������212 317-1188 Denville NJ �����������������������������������������������973 377-8950 www.askdrm.com METROSOURCE.COM
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Eviatar, Joseph, M.D., F.A.C.S. 5 W 19th St, NYC �����������������������212 257-0007 www.omniaestheticmd.com Sexual Health Men 290 Madison Ave 6th Fl, NYC �����973 493-7607 www.sexualhealthmen.com
TF Cornerstone www.tfc.com Wright, Daniel Compass NYC ��������������������������������������������917 304-4270
REAL ESTATE/SUBURBAN Habeeb-Clark, Deborah
Cosmetical Aesthetics 157 E 57th St, NYC 181 7th Ave, NYC �����������������������212 989-6555 www.skintologyny.com
Keller Williams Hudson Valley, NY �����������������������845 800-5413
Perasso, Matt Prominent Properties/Sotheby’s International Realty 2 Main St, Edgewater, NJ ������������201 840-8898 Cell ���������������������������������������������917 834-0454 www.goldcoastcribs.com
RETAIL Eva’s Supplements
11 W 8th St (bet 5th & 6th Aves) NYC ������������������������������������������� 212 982-2500 www.evassupplements.com
PODIATRISTS Ciment, Ethan J., D.P.M.
Collins, Michael, D.P.M. Chelsea Foot & Ankle Center 37 W 20th St, Ste 308, NYC �������646 929-4149 www.chelseafootandankle.com
REAL ESTATE Bonavita, David Compass NYC �������������������������������������� 212 501-8281 www.davidbonavita.com Chroughan, Judy
Julie B. Fee Sotherby’s 49 Purchase St Rye, NY ��������������������������������������914 262-5323
Coldwell Bank Residential Brokerage
JC Waterfront – Team Francesco Robert G. Harris 1 2nd St, Ste 1 & 4 Jersey City, NJ �����������������������������201 604-4200 Cell ���������������������������������������������646 334-0559
Enzo Morabito Team
Douglas Elliman Real Estate Bridgehampton �������������������������� 631 537-6519 Cell ���������������������������������������������516 695-3433 www.theenzomorabitoteam.elliman.com
Hendler, Lisa E.
Berkshire Hathaway Blake Realtors Kinderhook, NY ��������������������������518 929-4519
McGrotty, Amy, JD
Castelli Luxury Real Estate Services Fort Lauderdale, FL ����������������������954 347-1732 www.amy.castellihomes.com
Powell, DeWayne A.
Town Residential NYC ��������������������������������������������917 748-5100 www.townresidential.com
Prince, Keith A.
Brown Harris Stevens NYC ��������������������������������������������917 826-3451 www.brownharrisstevens.com
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Brooklyn Heights Montessori School
Foxwoods Resort & Casino
185 Court St, Brooklyn ���������������718 858-5100 www.bhmsny.org
Philadelphia, PA ��������������������������215 599-0776 www.visitphilly.com
Li-Lac Chocolates West Village: 40 8th Ave, NYC Greenwich Village: 162 Bleecker St, NYC Grand Central: 43rd & Lexington, NYC Chelsea Market: 75 Ninth Ave, NYC Industry City: 68 35th St, Brooklyn NYC ������������������������������������������ 212 924-2280 www.li-lacchocolates.com
Make My Cake
Visit Philadelphia Rudolf Steiner School 15 E 79th St NYC ��������������������������������������������212 535-2130 www.steiner.edu
SPA/SALON SERVICES Brisk N Posh 132 Crosby St, Ste 8E NYC �������������������������������������������212 433-4477 www.brisknposh.com (SEE AD THIS ISSUE)
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1180 Avenue of the Americas, 8th Fl NYC ��������������������������������������������888 422-6464 www.bespokematchmaking.com
Elite Private Yachts NYC ��������������������������������������������866 862-7245 www.eliteprivateyachts.com www.entertainmentcruises.com/new-york
New York Zoos and Aquarium
Bucks County Pennsylvania www.visitbuckscounty.com
Kennedy Travel 130 W 42nd St #401 NYC �������������������������������������� 212 398-0999 Toll Free �������������������������������� 800 237-7433 www.kennedytravel.com
Gatherings Floral Design
254 W 54th St, Cellar NYC ����������������������������������� 212 302-5559 x114 www.54below.com www.gatheringsfloraldesign.com
Ogunquit Chamber of Commerce 36 Main St Ogunquit, ME ����������������������� 207 646-2939 www.visitogunquit.org
Hornblower Cruises & Events
Sullivan Catskills Catskills, NY ������������������������� 800 882-CATS www.sullivancatskills.com
222 W. Houston St, NYC ����������� 212 582-2057
Pier 40, NYC �������������������������������646 832-2805 www.hornblowerny.com/metrosource
NYC ������������������������������������������ 212 627-8838 www.manhattanpenthouse.com
NYC ������������������������������������������ 718 741-3836 www.nyzooevents.com
135 West Gate Dr Huntington, NY ������������������������ 631 659-1400 www.oheka.com
Our Wedding Officiant NYC
Peter Boruchowitz NYC ������������������������������������������ 917 523-1438 www.nyc-gay-weddings.com Patina Events - Brooklyn Botanic Garden Brooklyn ����������������������������������� 718 307-7133 www.patinaevents.com Paul Evans Catering 20 W 20th St NYC ������������������������������������������ 212 321-1822 NYC ������������������������������������������ 212 243-4494 www.paulevanscatering.com The Riverside Church 490 Riverside Dr. NYC ������������������������������������������ 212 870-6762 www.trcnyc.com Yachts for All Seasons NYC ������������������������������������������ 212 534-6380 Cell ������������������������������������������� 917 864-7670 www.y4as.com
WILLS Law Offices of Thomas Sciacca, PLLC
44 Wall St, 12th Fl NYC ������������������������������������������ 212 495-0317 www.sciaccalaw.com
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Walter Boss, Custom Builder
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Main & Bayview Cherry Grove ������������������������������������ 631 597-6140
D� Katen Fire Island Properties, LTD
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A Summer Place
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Pines Harbor Realty
Main Walk Cherry Grove ������������������������������631 597-6239
The Pines Pantry
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36 Fire Island Blvd Pines �������������������������������������������631 597-7575
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Belvedere Guest House
Bay View Walk, Cherry Grove������631 597-6448 www�belvederefireisland�com
Cherry Grove ������������������������������631 597-6766
Pines Bistro & Pizza
Cherry Grove Beach Hotel
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APPLE SOFTBALL LEAGUE BIGBIG APPLE SOFTBALL LEAGUE West 208208 West 13th13th St St New York, 10011 New York, NY NY 10011 212212 696-7482 696-7482
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CITY CRUISERS MC MC CITY CRUISERS Old Chelsea Station Old Chelsea Station PO Box 1614 PO Box 1614 New York, NY 10011 New York, NY 10011 www.citycruisers.com www.citycruisers.com (gay men’s motorcycle club)
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FAST AND FABULOUS CYCLING FAST AND FABULOUS CYCLING 23008, Ansonia P.O.P.O. BoxBox 23008, Ansonia Sta Sta New York, NY NY 10023 New York, 10023 212212 567-7160 567-7160
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JERSEY G&L BOWLERS NORTH NORTH JERSEY G&L BOWLERS Belle Aire Lanes Belle Aire Lanes West Caldwell, NJ West Caldwell, NJ 201 823-2250 201 823-2250
GAYLEAGUE POOL LEAGUE NY GAYNY POOL PO Box PO 1502 Ansonia Sta Box 1502 Ansonia Sta New York, NYYork, 10023 New NY 10023 212 496-4585 212 496-4585
NY RAMBLER’S SOCCER SOCCER NY RAMBLER’S CLUB, INC. CLUB, INC. 917 767-9789 917 767-9789 www.nyramblers.com www.nyramblers.com
NYC GAY BASKETBALL LEAGUE NYC GAY BASKETBALL LEAGUE www.nycgaybasketball.org
OUT OF BOUNDS OUT OF BOUNDS NYC & TEAM NYC & TEAM NEW YORK NEW YORK 372, PO Box PO 372,Box Times SqTimes StationSq Station New NY 10108 New York, NYYork, 10108 www.oobnyc.org www.oobnyc.org
PINKNY PONG NY PINK PONG Sunnyside, Sunnyside, Queens Queens 718 623-2926 718 623-2926 www.pinkpongfoundation.org www.pinkpongfoundation.org
SUN/MON/TUE SUN/MON/TUE NIGHT TEAMS NIGHT TEAMS c/o Chelsea Piers AMF Bowl c/o Chelsea AMFYork, Bowl NY 10011 Pier Piers 60, New Pier 60, 212 New835-2691 York, NY 10011 212 835-2691
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TEAM NEW YORK AQUATICS TEAM NEW YORK AQUATICS 212 691-3440 212 691-3440 (hotline) (hotline)
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Grove Pizza & Restaurant
185 Holly Walk Cherry Grove ������������������������������631 597-6612 Cherry Grove ������������������������������631 597-6600
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Pines Hardware & Sundries
36 Fire Island Boulevard Pines �������������������������������������������631 597-3599
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LONG ISLAND LONG ISLAND RAVENS MCMC CLUB RAVENS CLUB c/oc/o Long Island Eagle Long Island Eagle 94 94 Clinton Ave Clinton Ave Bayshore, NY 11706 Bayshore, NY 11706 631631 968-2750 968-2750 www.liravensmc.org www.liravensmc.org
MONDAY NIGHT FOURPLAY MONDAY NIGHT FOURPLAY BOWLING LEAGUE BOWLING Syosset Bowl LEAGUE Bowl 631Syosset 842-5166
APICHAAPICHA 400 Broadway 400 Broadway New York, NYYork, 10013 New NY 10013 212 334-6029 212 334-6029 www.apicha.org www.apicha.org
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BIG GAY MEN OF NEW YORK 9111 Liberty Ave #662 Ozone Park, NY 11417 631 780-2807 www.convergence.nyc
LESBIAN HERSTORY ARCHIVES PO Box 1258 New York, NY 10116 718 768-3953
QUEENS L&G PRIDE COMMITTEE PO Box 580445 Flushing, NY 11358 718 460-4064
EMPIRE CITY MEN’S CHORUS P.O. Box 1017 New York, NY 10185 empirecitymenschorus.org
LESLIE-LOHMAN MUSEUM OF GAY AND LESBIAN ART 26 Wooster St New York, NY 10013 www.leslielohman.org
QUEENS PRIDE HOUSE 76-11 37th Ave Jackson Heights, NY 11372 718 429-5309
GAY & BI FATHERS FORUM OF GREATER NY PO Box 1321, Midtown Sta New York, NY 10018 212 721-4216 (recording) 718 728-0476 GAY & LESBIAN ALLIANCE AGAINST DEFAMATION (GLAAD) 150 West 26th St New York, NY 10001 212 807-1700 www.glaad.org GAY FATHERS OF NY 245 Eighth Ave #897 New York, NY 10011 212 388-2618 GAY MEN OF AFRICAN DESCENT 44 Court St, 10th Fl, Ste 1000 Brooklyn, NY 10201 718 222-6300 www.gmad.org GAY MEN OF THE BRONX PO Box 511, Bronx, NY 10451 www.gmob.org IMPERIAL QUEENS & KINGS OF NY 70-A Greenwich Ave #120 New York, NY 10011 212 229-5900 x3655 IN OUR OWN WRITE 208 West 13th St New York, NY 10014 212 620-7310 x305 (monthly readings) IN THE LIFE 30 West 26th St, 7th Fl New York, NY 10011 212 255-6012 JERSEY CITY LESBIAN & GAY OUTREACH (JCLGO) 113 Pavonia Ave #247 Jersey City, NJ 07302 201 333-5725 LATINOS & LATINAS DE AMBIENTE/NY (LLANY) 208 West 13th St New York, NY 10014 212 367-1092 LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL & TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY SERVICES CENTER 208 West 13th St New York, NY 10014 212 620-7310 www.gaycenter.org LESBIAN & GAY NATURAL HISTORY GROUP OF NY 80 Garfield Pl Brooklyn, NY 11215 718 965-0013
LIVE OUT LOUD 45 West 36th Street, 6th Fl New York, NY 10018 212 378-4095 www.liveoutloud.info THE LOFT-LOWER HUDSON VALLEY LGBT CENTER 252 Bryant Ave White Plains, NY 10605 914 948-2932 www.loftgaycenter.org THE L.I. GAY & LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL ORG P.O. Box 360 East Northport, NY 11731 www.liglff.org LONG ISLAND GAY & LESBIAN YOUTH 34 Park Ave Bay Shore, NY 11706 631 665-2300 www.ligaly.org LONG ISLAND RAVENS M.C. c/o The Long Island Eagle 94 North Clinton Ave Bay Shore, NY 11706 631 968-2750 www.liravensmc.org MALES AU NATUREL (MAN) MEN’S NUDIST GROUP 347 704-0704 www.males.org MEN OF ALL COLORS TOGETHER NEW YORK PO Box 1518 Ansonia Station, NY 10023 NYC GAY MEN’S CHORUS 561 Seventh Ave, Ste 803 New York, NY 10018 212 344-1777 www.nycgmc.org NYC PRIDE 154 Christopher St, Suite 1D New York, NY 10014 212 807-7433 www.nycpride.org PARENTS AND FRIENDS OF LESBIANS AND GAYS (P-FLAG) PO Box 553 New York, NY 10021 212 463-0629 THE POINT FOUNDATION 5757 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 370 LA, CA 90036 866 33-Point www.pointfoundation.org PRIME TIMERS c/o Don Hargus 208 Anderson St, Suite 8DS Hackensack, NJ 07601 201 488-4839
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HEALTH/ COUNSELING AIDS CENTER OF QUEENS COUNTY 97-45 Queens Blvd #1220 Rego Park, NY 11374 718 896-2500 AIDS DRUG ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (ADAP) 800 542-2437 AIDS HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION 475 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, NY 11217 718 637-2970 888 AIDS-CARE www.ahfpharmacy.org AIDS HOTLINE/NYC DEPT OF HEALTH 311 Broadway, 4th Fl New York, NY 10007 800 TALK-HIV
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GAY MEN OF AFRICAN DESCENT 44 Court St, 10th Fl, Ste 1000 Brooklyn, NY 10201 718 222-6300 www.gmad.org GAY MEN’S HEALTH CRISIS 446 West 33rd St New York, NY 10001 212 367-1273 212 367-1489 800 243-7692 www.gmhc.org GOD’S LOVE WE DELIVER 166 Ave of the Americas New York, NY 10013 212 294-8142 212 294-8100 www.godslovewedeliver.org www.racetodeliver.org GREENWICH HOUSE 80 Fifth Ave New York, NY 10011 212 691-2900 HEALTH EDUCATION AIDS LIAISON PO Box 1103 New York, NY 10113 212 873-0780 HETRICK MARTIN INSTITUTE 212 674-2400 www.hmi.org
NAMES PROJECT NYC 75 Varick St #1404 New York, NY 10013-1917 212 226-2292 NYC DEPT OF HEALTH OFFICE OF G&L HEALTH 125 Worth St, Suite CN67 New York, NY 10013 212 442-6944 PROJECT ACHIEVE New York, 212 305-2201 Project ACHIEVE (Union Square) New York, 212 388-0008 www.nycvaccine.org www.hopetakesaction.org THE SAMARITANS OF NEW YORK SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE PO Box 1259 New York, NY 10159 212 673-3000 (24 Hours) TALK SAFE + PLUSES 203 West St #408 New York, NY 212 604-1500 TREVOR PROJECT 9056 Santa Monica Blvd #100 West Hollywood, CA 90069 310 271-8845 VILLAGE NURSING HOME DAY TREATMENT PROGRAM 133 West 20th St, Ground Fl New York, NY 10011 212 633-1616
BODY POSITIVE OF NY 19 Fulton St Suite 308B New York, NY 10038 212 566-7333 800 566-6599
HEALTHSHERPA 844 346-9476 www.metrosource. healthsherpa.com
BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS 165 West 46th St #1300 New York, NY 10036 212 840-0770
HISPANIC AIDS FORUM, INC. 213 W 35th St, 12th Fl New York, NY 10001 212 868-6230 www.hafnyc.org
LAMBDA LEGAL DEFENSE AND EDUCATION FUND 120 Wall St #1500 New York, NY 10005 212 809-8585
HIV STOPS WITH ME www.hivstopswithme.org
LEGAL (L&G LAW ASSN OF GREATER NY) 799 Broadway #340 New York, NY 10003 212 459-4873
BROOKLYN AIDS TASK FORCE 465 Dean St Brooklyn, NY 11217 718 783-0883 CALLEN LORDE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER 356 West 18th St New York, NY 10011 212 271-7200 CHEST (CTRHIV/AIDS EDUCATION STUDIES & TRAINING) 250 West 26th Street, 3rd Floor New York, NY 212 206-7919 DESIGN INDUSTRIES FOUNDATION FOR AIDS (DIFFA) 200 Lexington Ave #1016 New York, NY 10016 212 727-3100
AIDS RELATED COMMUNITY SERVICES 2269 Saw Mill River Rd Elmsford, NY 10523 914 345-8888
F.E.G.S. MANHATTAN COUNSELING CENTER 80 Van Dam St New York, NY 10013 212 366-8289
AIDS SERVICE CENTER NYLIVEC 64 West 35th St New York, NY 212 645-0875 www.ascnyc.org
FRIENDS HOUSE IN ROSEHILL PMB#248 50 Lexington Avenue New York, NY 10010 212 995-5000 www.friendshousenyc.org
INSTITUTION FOR HUMAN IDENTITY 322 Eighth Ave, Suite #802 New York, NY 10011 212 243-2830 www.ihi-therapycenter.org LI ASSN FOR AIDS CARE (LIAAC) 631 385-AIDS (hotline) 631 385-2451 MEN OF COLOR AIDS PREVENTION PROGRAM (MOCA) 125 Worth St, Box 67 New York, NY 10013 212 788-4402 MEN’S HIV SUPPORT GROUP 212 877-8227 x214 MINORITY TASK FORCE ON AIDS 475 Riverside Dr New York, NY 10115 212 870-2691 NAMES PROJECT NJ P.O. Box 716 New Brunswick, NJ 732 249-3933
LESBIANS LESBIANS ABOUT VISUAL ART 118 Fort Greene Pl Brooklyn, NY 11217 LES HERSTORY ARCHIVES PO Box 1258 New York, NY 10116 718 768-3953 LESBIAN MOTHERS @ THE LOFT 180 East Post Rd Lower Level, White Plains, NY 914 948-4922
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PRIDE DEMOCRATS 70 Greenwich Ave New York, NY 10011 212 613-6039 STONEWALL COMMUNITY FOUNDATION 119 West 24th St, 6th Fl New York, NY 10011 212 367-1155 STONEWALL DEMOCRATIC CLUB 212 561-9008 www.stonewalldems.com STONEWALL REPUBLICANS PO Box 650052 Fresh Meadows, NY 11365 718 357-7075
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LESBIAN AND GAY AFFIRMATIVE PSYCHOTHERAPISTS 250 West 15th St New York, NY 10011 212 517-1722 FSIX FINANCIAL SERVICE INDUSTRY EXCHANGE www.fsix.org GAY OFFICERS ACTION LEAGUE PO Box 2038, Canal St Sta New York, NY 10013 NATIONAL GAY & LESBIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE NY 340 West 42nd Street New York, NY 10108 646 964-5027 www.nglccny.org OUT PROFESSIONALS 332 Bleecker St #149 New York, NY 10014 212 462-9255 THE PUBLISHING TRIANGLE 332 Bleecker Street #D36 New York, NY 10014 www.publishingtriangle.org
REFERRALS/ SWITCHBOARDS G&L SWITCHBOARD P.O. Box 693 New York, NY 212 989-0999 THE GAY PARENTING FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FUND New York, NY 10011 www.menhavingbabies.org
TREVOR PROJECT 212 545-0081 www.thetrevorproject.org
RELIGIOUS BROADWAY UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 263 West 86 St, 3rd Fl New York, NY 10024 212 316-5700 www.bwayucc.org CHURCH OF ST PAUL & ST ANDREW 263 West 86th St New York, NY 10024 212 362-3179 COMMUNITY CHURCH OF NY 40 East 35th St New York, NY 10016 212 683-4988 www.ccny.org CONGREGATION BEIT SIMCHAT TORAH 130 West 30th St New York, NY 10001 212 929-9498 DIGNITY NEW YORK PO Box 1554 New York, NY 10150 646 418-7039 Brooklyn - 718 565-2171 Metro NJ - 973 857-4040 New Bruns. - 732 968-9263 Nassau - 516 781-6225 Suffolk - 631 654-5367 INTEGRITY/NEW YORK (LBGT EPISCOPALIANS) PO Box 20067 New York, NY 10011 212 691-7181 MARBLE COLLEGIATE CHURCH 1 West 29th St New York, NY 10001 212 686-2770 www.marblechurch.org METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY CHURCH OF NY 446 West 36th St New York, NY 10018 212 629-7440 www.mccny.org MIDDLE COLLEGIATE CHURCH 112 Second Ave @ 7th St New York, NY 10003 212 477-0666 www.middlechurch.org NOT SO CHURCHY www.notsochurchy.org ST. JOHN’S LUTHERAN CHURCH Reverend Mark Erson 81 Christopher St. New York, NY 10014 212-242-5737 www.stjohnsnyc.org