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Summer is sexy — no doubt about it. The apparent reason is the lesser clothing and the pool parties; the less obvious is the more carefree attitude to life that comes with hours spent outside and under the sun. This issue of Peach is sexy too. We have a quick guide on how to feel more confident and sexy from head to toe, we spoke to Chef Laurent, a Parisian who left for New York to make desserts, and our cover model, courtesy of ES Collection, was simply so hot that we felt the need to show you a few more photos from his smoldering photo shoot. The celebrity interview this week is with Looking alum and total hottie Murray Bartlett, who talks his ‘surreal’ San Francisco ties and playing an enduring character in the new Tales of the City on Netflix. And that is, of course, not all, so stay sexy, Atlanta, and enjoy!

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Madonna fans unite to celebrate the queen of pop’s 61st birthday with a viewing party followed by a musical journey through the material girl’s extensive catalog. In celebration of Madonna’s 61st birthday (on her actual birthday), dedicated fans and music lovers are treated to an all-night Madonna experience. The first part of the evening starts out with a viewing party of the Confessions Tour live concert viewing party. As one of the biggest and best Madonna concerts of all time, the whole show will be played from start to finish on the big screen TVs throughout the club. The bars and the dancefloor will be open to get you in the right Madonna groove. Directly following the viewing party, The Madonna Dance Party will get the dancefloor even more packed as DJ Mike Pope will take you on a journey back in time to the very beginning of Madonna’s career. As a special treat, DJ Mike Pope has curated an iconic playlist, that catalogs all of Madonna’s hit songs in chronological order of release. That means you will hear all of Madonna’s hits in their original or slightly remixed version to keep you glued to the dancefloor all night. See the full program lineup at sebbevents.com, and make sure to register if you wish to attend the workshops.

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As Michael “Mouse” Tolliver, Looking alum Murray Bartlett is the third actor to walk the queer utopian enclave at 28 Barbary Lane in Armistead Maupin’s book-based Tales of the City. The role was originated by actor Marcus D’Amico, who first starred as Mouse, the gay confidante of adorably fizzy San Francisco-viaOhio transplant Mary Ann Singleton (Laura Linney), in the series’ debut on PBS in 1993. Paul Hopkins took over the part for More Tales of the City, in 1998, and again in Further Tales of the City, in 2001. Now, Bartlett, 48, portrays the Tales mainstay in Neflix’s new revival of the perennial saga. The openly gay Aussie actor recently talked about Mouse in modern times and acting alongside characters he’s long cherished. Having shot two LGBTQ-themed shows in San Francisco, how would you compare those experiences? We shot some stuff in San Francisco for Tales of the City, but (unlike Looking) we weren’t there most of the time. But the show has the spirit of San Francisco, so it was interesting; there’s a real spirit to San Francisco that I connected to in the ’90s. When I first went there, I really loved it, and on my first trip to San Francisco I watched the first season of Tales of the City, and so my impressions of San Francisco are completely sort of inextricable from Tales of the City (laughs) and I projected Tales of the City onto San Francisco. Was Tales on your mind while shooting HBO’s Looking, then? Weirdly there was that thread for me working on Looking in San Francisco. We arrived to shoot the pilot of Looking in San Francisco on the night of my birthday and I rented this old stable house, which sounds kind of glamorous – it wasn’t (laughs). But it was beautiful and it had a garden and we watched Tales of the City, and then Armistead sort of became our godfather. We met up with him a couple of times and he was so lovely and generous with us. Even though I’m playing two gay men who live in San Francisco, there is quite significant differences in the characters, but the worlds of those shows are really kind of intertwined because San Francisco is so sort of bound to Tales of the City in a lot of ways for me. What did the original Tales of the City mean to you? Particularly in the ’90s there were very few queer characters in film and TV and a lot of them were tragic figures, so it was lovely to have these characters. I mean, they were tortured in some ways, but they were generally this wonderful family of people. It was great to have that kind of identification with real characters that weren’t, like, about to die or going through some crazy stuff that we got used to with queer characters. During that time, AIDS was a ubiquitous storyline in TV and film featuring LGBTQ characters. And in the new Tales, Mouse’s HIVpositive status is reflected as just a small part of his everyday life. It isn’t dwelled on. We’re at a time where most people with HIV are undetectable or they’re on PrEP, but it was interesting playing out “older generation meets younger generation” in terms of attitudes about that between Michael and Ben (Michael’s lover, played by openly gay actor Charlie Barnett of Russian Doll) because Michael still carries all the baggage of that, the fear and the way it was drummed into us of that generation that you have to have safe sex. Even though there’s these amazing new freedoms that have come with the developments that have happened, it’s very difficult to let go of that stuff. Michael went through it at a time when he thought he was gonna die and he lost a lot of the people around him. It was a huge trauma to carry into this new generation of freedom, and for him that’s interesting and challenging to navigate through. The show’s approach to the cross-generational divide is something

I appreciate, particularly during that tense dinner debate where Ben calls out a gay man for using the word “tranny” and, in turn, he’s chastised for his young post-AIDS gay privilege. What about that scene struck you? It’s such a beautifully written episode. We had such an amazing team on the show and Andy (Parker), our writer for that episode, was just phenomenal. The thing that struck me about it is that it throws up both perspectives of a younger and an older generation and it doesn’t allow you to take sides. You kind of agree and disagree with both, but they both have a point and I love that. It does a beautiful job of just showing the complexity of that sort of collision of those two perspectives, but it doesn’t say this one is right or this one is wrong. It just shows the value of both. To be a part of a show that once left a great impression on you, what was that experience like? What went through your head when you stepped on set and there’s Olympia Dukakis as Anna Madrigal and there’s Laura Linney as Mary Ann? It was completely surreal and I felt that the moment I knew I had the job. It was very dreamlike, partly because I connected so strongly to the show and it and the books mean so much to me personally and I was involved in Looking, which was very sort of interconnected because of Tales for me. Also amazing because I love those women as actors in pretty much everything that they’ve done, but I first came to them – well, I think I’d seen Olympia in Moonstruck before Tales of the City, but I hadn’t seen Laura before Tales of the City and so I strongly associate them with those characters. So I was nervous in my first few scenes with Laura, even though she was just very gracious and friendly. But then once we started the scene, I’m talking to Mary Ann! It’s weird! Sort of no kind of acting required in a way (laughs) because she is this character for me. So it was very surreal and just a completely joyful experience. And Olympia, everything that she says just feels like she’s this sage woman reaching down from the heavens giving you this pearl of wisdom. I just wanna cry every time she says something. So it was just an absolutely beautiful experience. Was there more pressure on you knowing that Mouse had already been played by two other actors? I didn’t feel that. I don’t know why I didn’t feel that, but I think maybe because so much time has gone by in between and so much has happened to Mouse since we last saw him in the TV shows. Decades have gone by, and he’s gone through so much that I felt like he’s got the essence of Mouse but he’s almost a new character, as you kind of are after a couple of decades, particularly going through everything that he went through. He’s still got that buoyancy and that boyish, man-child vibe, which I love. But he’s gone through the depths, facing mortality, seen a lot of death. He’s been through some deep shit. Really transformative stuff. So I felt like I could really approach it fresh. I didn’t really think about it that much, to be honest. You had a bit part alongside Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City as her gay friend Oliver. Say you were to get Mouse, Oliver and Dom, your “Looking” character, together for brunch – how do you envision that might go? (Laughs) I think they’d probably get along. I feel like Oliver is a little more worldly, or likes to think of himself as more worldly, so he might find them a little provincial. I feel like Michael and Dom would get on well, but I feel like they’re of a slightly different generation and I think Dom’s life has been a little more sort of superficial than Mouse’s has. I feel like Mouse has been forced to go really deep and face his demons and death and all that stuff, and I think Dom is starting to do that but he’s still at the beginning of that. I think Dom would probably be slightly intimidated by that aspect of Mouse and Mouse would be like, “Yeah, I see you” (laughs). So I don’t


think any of them would be fast friends, but I think they’d get along. Especially with bottomless mimosas. Exactly. Loosen things up! In the new Tales, Mary Ann returns to Barbary Lane with an infomercial product she once proudly hawked: Bloodies, which is essentially a hooded Snuggie. Did they let you keep your Bloodie? (Laughs) We all got Bloodies as a wrap gift! Are you wearing it right now? No, I’m not. It’s really funny, but it’s one of those things where you’re like, “Great. What the fuck am I gonna do with this now?” (Laughs) You can have it if you like. You haven’t worn it, I take it? I mean, I’ve worn it just kind of, you know, to laugh at it (laughs), but not for real. I still have this amazing kind of Pendleton robe from Looking that I wear because it’s so beautiful. I never wear robes but it’s so gorgeous I have to wear it sometimes. Do you keep in touch with the Looking cast? Yeah! That was a total lovefest, that show. And we became great friends. And we’re still really good friends, all of us. A bunch of us live in New York so we see each other regularly. You had a famously sexy porn stache on Looking and you have a beard on Tales, and because it’s not a Murray Bartlett interview without asking about your facial hair: Were there serious discussions about Mouse’s facial hair for this new Tales? (Laughs) I had a little beard when I auditioned, and I’ve got a lot of gray in my beard. I’m not that much younger than Mouse, but I’m a little bit younger, so we wanted him to look his age so it seemed that having it gray was helpful in that. I also think that beards are still a thing – maybe they’re not anymore; I can’t keep up! – (laughs) but you still see a lot of beards around, and it felt like

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something very kind of his generation. Also I think he has this boyish spirit but he likes to have this manliness to counteract his boyish, sometimes girlish, spirit. And Mouse is basically a daddy now. Totally. I think Ben in some ways has it more together, but Mouse does have that breath of experience that does give him a sort of daddy vibe and daddy wisdom, but I think he’s happy for Ben to take the wheel at times. Tales doesn’t shy away from queer sex, and in episode two there’s a great queer-sex montage. For Looking, writer-director Andrew Haigh was intent on making sure those sex scenes were done a particular way. In terms of authentically depicting queer sex and relationships, did you learn anything from working with him? Andrew is kind of a master of that stuff. He does that so beautifully, I think. But I guess one of the big differences for me between those two shows is that Dom in Looking never really got into a relationship. I mean, he did a little bit with Lynn later on. But what was really great in Tales of the City, and what Charlie and I were really mindful of, was we wanted all the sex scenes, all the intimate stuff, to be very intimate. We wanted to focus on the intimacy – these guys love each other – and that they’re not just fucking, they’re actually connecting. Because I don’t think we see a lot of that. I think we get to see a lot of angry sex. I mean, it’s definitely changing and we’re seeing more, but I think it’s really beautiful for us to see more queer relationships that are loving and tender and, yeah, it’s sexual and hopefully feels very real, but the grounding point of it is that these two people love each other. -As editor of Q Syndicate, the international LGBTQ wire service, Chris Azzopardi has interviewed a multitude of superstars, including Cher, Meryl Streep, Mariah Carey and Beyoncé. His work has also appeared in GQ, Vanity Fair and Billboard. Reach him via Twitter @ chrisazzopardi.


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Charles Laurent left Paris for New York City to chase his American Dream of baking sinfully delicious desserts that celebrate the LGBTQ community – in a low-calorie and sexy way, of course! Upon arrival to the big city, he  landed his first job as a door mannequin at Abercrombie on Fifth Avenue, where a major fashion agency scouted him. Soon he was walking the catwalk for some of the top fashion ateliers in the world, including the MT Costello runway at NY Fashion Week. But his real dream was to create art, based on his life experience and passion for whimsy. While modeling, he enrolled at the International Culinary Center in Soho to study French pastry. Since becoming a full-time cake baker, some of his most prized designs have been cakes that celebrate the LGBTQ community and his experience in fashion. He has also distinguished himself for his low calorie, vegan, and gluten-free cakes.  “I look back at that young boy I was in France, and I smile,” Charles laughs. “He didn’t travel the typical road to his American Dream, but somehow, he found his own.”  It just happened to be paved in butter crème. We spoke to him from his NYC home. How did you find your way from the runway to the pastry kitchen? I always knew modeling couldn’t last

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In the spring of 2005, I was a 30-year old attorney in my first year working with a law firm in Nashville. One week, I flew to Houston for a work trip. On one of my free evenings, I decided to venture out to the gay area of the city to have dinner and explore the bars. I ended up wandering into the Midtown Mining Company and then walked over to J.R.s. I remember seeing a handsome blond, suntanned guy in a blue dress shirt with sleeves rolled up, standing in a corner of the bar. I can’t remember if it was him or me who made the first move, but I think it was him. We made initial small talk. I told him I was a lawyer. His name was Todd, an accountant, who grew up on a cattle ranch near a small town in Oklahoma, but he had moved to Houston a year or two prior. He went on about how much he loved Houston. I shared how I wanted to leave Nashville and live in a bigger, more cosmopolitan city. After a few more drinks, we decided to go home together. I ended up spending the entire night at Todd’s apartment. The following morning, we continued conversing while he ironed his shirt and got ready for work. I could tell that we both felt like this was more than just a one-night thing. He dropped me off at my hotel on his way to work and we exchanged numbers. I flew back to Nashville, smiling, excited about the person I had just met. In the following days, Todd and I exchanged text messages and telephone calls. Every morning, he would call me from his car on his way into work, complaining about the Houston traffic. I would often already in my office with my door shut while I talked with him. We made plans for me to fly back to Houston and for him to visit Nashville. On my trips out there, I remember him taking me to the Hill Country, to the monument of San Jacinto (because I am a history nerd), fantastic Tex-Mex restaurants and nightclubs like South Beach where we danced the night 32 | 08.14.19

away. When he came to Nashville, I showed him the surrounding countryside. At karaoke nights, Todd’s singing skills impressed even a musically talented Nashville crowd. We went to the annual Steeplechase where I passed him off to my straight friends from work as an old friend from college. The weekends were fun-filled, but all too short. Eventually, the excitement of the first few months together wore off. It was really hard being apart for such long periods of time. I started to realize that this was a minimalist version of the relationship I really wanted. Our weekends together were often event filled, without time to simply lounge at home together, to have those moments a couple that lives in the same city always has access to and perhaps takes for granted. However, I wasn’t going to move to Houston, and he wasn’t going to move to Nashville. Ultimately, we came to the decision to part ways. Todd was actually the first long-term boyfriend that I ever had. While the long distance wasn’t ideal, it was the right mix of what I needed at the time. Not only was there infatuation and sex appeal, Todd was someone who really cared about me. For the first time in my life, I felt what it was to feel loved by another man, more than in a physical way. I think it deepened my sense of self-worth, even if the romance didn’t last forever.

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I know it’s gross to think about, but our bodies are literally crawling inside and out with trillions of microorganisms that actually outnumber our own human cells by over ten to one. Our bodies are diverse ecosystems containing millions of different species of microbes including bacteria, fungi, algae, protozoa, and viruses. These microbes are collectively referred to as our microbiota and they inhabit every nook and cranny on our skin, in our mouths, noses, ears, genitals and throughout our digestive tracts. In fact, Humans are essentially considered “hybrid organisms”, consisting of human and microbial cells living and working together as one interconnected system. Each person harbors a distinct mixture of gut bacteria, a “microbial fingerprint” which is actually a more accurate identifier of you than your own DNA! So, the fact that we are outnumbered by over ten to one, it’s fair to wonder who’s really running the show here. The truth is, we are just beginning to understand how much influence these bugs have on our brains, our bodies and our behaviors. We do know that we are interdependent and rely on our microbes to perform a wide variety of functions that we could not perform on our own. This is a symbiotic relationship which is beneficial to both parties involved. We provide them with a stable environment, temperature control and plenty of food. In return, they help us to develop and maintain our immune systems, influence our brains development, help digest our foods and produce essential nutrients. The bacteria in our guts communicate with our immune systems to identify incoming pathogens and to help coordinate attacks. Similarly, the bacteria on our skin, in our mouths, and covering all the other mucus membranes, form a living ecosystem that works in consort with our immune systems to provide an adaptive shield against unwanted invaders. In the gut, bacteria synthesize a wide variety of essential vitamins, nutrients and amino acids. The types of bacteria we carry also affect how we utilize and store energy, causing us to gain or lose weight more easily and to crave certain foods over others. Negative bacterial shifts (dysbiosis) cause the intestinal barrier to weaken, allowing unwanted substances to enter the bloodstream (Leaky Gut). Dysbiosis and the resulting Leaky gut is thought to trigger the onset of several auto-immune diseases including inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis as well as allergies. Gut dysbiosis is also known to cause systemic inflammation and may play a role in the development of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s as well as depression. It turns out the bacteria in our guts are in constant communication with our brains, sending messages back 34 | 08.14.19

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EAT MORE PLANTS Beans, nuts, seeds, whole grains, fruits and vegetables are naturally rich in fiber. Soluble and insoluble fibers are used as food for gut bacteria (prebiotics) and are fermented to produce important short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs).

LIMIT SUGAR Sugar, Processed foods, saturated fats and alcohol cause dysbiosis by providing food for bad bacteria to thrive and take over.

TRY FERMENTED FOODS Add more good bacteria by eating fermented dairy products such as yogurt, kefir and aged cheeses as well as non-dairy fermented foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut, pickles, miso, tempeh, natto, and kombucha tea.

PRIORITIZE SLEEP Lower stress level and feel well-rested. Aim for 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night; decrease caffeine and alcohol intake, especially in the evening; limit screen time; and establish a relaxing bedtime routine. -Scott is a local Registered Dietitian Nutritionist specializing in men’s health and wellness programs. Learn more at sohnnutrition.com.


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If you are looking, hiring, or just want to extend your network in the Health and Wellness industry, join MAAP on for their first-ever health and wellness-focused Mix & Mingle event and make the connection that will move your career forward. Wednesday, August 21, 6-8 pm Art of Touch Massage

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Featuring an array of visual art pieces from several mediums, the Mayor’s LGBTQ Pride Exhibit, in the office of Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, highlights 33 pieces of work by 20 LGBTQ+ Atlanta artists. The event is free and open to the public. Wednesday, August 21, 6:30-8:30 pm Atlanta City Hall

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LEO (JUL. 23 - AUG. 22)

PISCES (FEB. 19 - MAR. 20)

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ARIES (MAR. 21 - APR. 19)

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By Mikkel Hyldebrandt Trouble in the love department? With sex? Or just people in general? Send us your queries, questions, and problems, and you’ll get answers served straight up and with a little ice.

My boyfriend and I have been together for two years now, and up until recently, we were very happy. But Lately, my boyfriend has begun to express a lot of rage, and it manifests itself in tantrums over seemingly random things. Like, he will be putting away laundry, and all of a sudden, he is throwing clothes around or slamming doors. Or he drops something, and he gets overly upset. The aggression is never directly aimed at me, but he has spoken harshly to me when I tried to calm him down. I’m surprised at this side to him, and I am fearful that if this aggression continues, it will be the end of things for us. What should I do? Sincerely Take Cover or Run Dear Take Cover or Run If he at any point directs his aggression towards you, so you feel threatened, you need to get out immediately – no exceptions! It does, however, seem like this is something that could be described as a temporary thing, and usually, when people feel this kind of anger, it is not because the laundry won’t fold properly, but because there is some other underlying reason. You’ve already established that trying to talk to him when he is upset does not work, so what you need to do is have a conversation, when he is in a calm state. Let him know that you have observed this new behavior in him and that you’d like to know the underlying reason for this level of aggression and frustration. Tell him that you will be supportive of him but also that any aggression directed towards you is an absolute no-go. There are so many dynamics in a relationship, so be prepared to hear some truths about you maybe and take that same opportunity to examine if there has been something in the relationship that you have neglected or is unaware of. Perhaps he is bottling up his anger about something in your relationship, and that needs to be drawn out. Hopefully, talking about it and offering him a chance to vent will be the end of any future outbursts.

My husband and I have been together for nearly ten years now, and about two years ago, we opened up our relationship to have sex with other people. It was something that I initially wanted, but we are both satisfied with this arrangement. There is a problem though; I am finding myself mainly enjoying having sex with other men than my husband, and I sense that he is suspecting my hesitation towards him. I wonder if this open relationship is my subconscious way to confirm that I am possibly no longer in love with him? I enjoy our ‘union’ together, but I can also see myself in a relationship with other men. Should I maybe just call it quits? Sincerely Matri-Horny Dear Matri-Horny Believe it or not, what you are experiencing is not uncommon in open relationships. Often, the newly acquired option of having a world of men at your feet again unintentionally boxes the initial partner out. Mostly sexually, but sometimes also emotionally. We have sex for several reasons, and the two main ones are for ‘fireworks’ and intimacy. They can certainly go nicely together, but with any new partner, it predominantly is the firework aspect that’s the allure. That is probably what you are experiencing right now. But you are also suggesting that this might be the gateway to some more profound emotions about your relationship altogether. The first thing you can ask yourself is not if you want to have sex with your husband, but instead, do you want to want to have sex with him? If you do want to get to a place where you have sex with your long-term partner, you may need to face the consequence of not having an open relationship, at least for a while so that you can recreate the sense of excitement. But if you are truly using this as a way out, you need to start being honest to yourself – and your partner.

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