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Pride celebration? Consider Nuuk Pride in Greenland. It offers a great combination of viking descendants and breathtaking natural beauty.

14Meet. MEET THE MODEL: MATTHEW ROBERT PAPPADIA sexy model Matthew Robert Pappadia from Bay Shore, Long Island.

16With. COVER STORY: GAYS ON TV 2017 all the streaming entertainment available to

us, "TV" does not refer to just that squawking box in the living room anymore, so broadcast entertainment series featuring gay themes and characters are more readily available. Wire Magazine spotlights a few of the myriad options for your viewing pleasure.

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In this week's annual Gays on TV special issue, our 2017 cover story has a look at some of the series on-screen and online with notable LGBTQ themes or characters, to help you either watch your favorite shows when you take a break from the summer heat, or set your DVR so you don't miss what might be a future favorite. This week, we also feature a striking model on our cover and centerfold. If perusing featured model Matthew Robert Pappadia from Long Island, New York, who loves pineapple and pepperoni pizza, has you a little hot under the collar, maybe you need a cool-down summer vacation. You know where it is cool? Greenland. It isn't as far away as you might think, it's been gay-friendly for decades, and even has a Pride event in the city of Nuuk. In this week's Destinations column, Dane Steele Green tells you all about exploring Greenland's capital and largest city, with its hardy Viking descendants and exceptional natural beauty. Also in this edition of Wire Magazine, in Sexy Rides I share the thrill of driving the sophisticated and athletic Audi S5 Coupe with its impressive technology, and a powerful new 3.0-liter TFSI twin-scroll turbocharged DOHC V6 354 hp engine with road gripping quattro all-wheel drive that gets you from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. The S5 Coupe is also equipped with an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission and a three-spoke multifunction flat-bottom sport steering wheel with shift paddles – just be careful not to race too fast and get a ticket. Finally, in Shopping Bag we showcase four men's bracelets sure to bring the bling – in high style – to your personal look with beautiful designs by Cartier, Versace, David Yurman and Gucci.

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KING IN THE NORTH t is a gay Pride staple: nudity! I'm talking Speedos, fig leaves and bare chests stretching as far as the eye can see. Which is why Nuuk Pride is such a disappointment – but as this is Greenland, let's cut the boys some slack. Check your maps: Frozen Greenland is actually a part of very liberal Denmark. Long inhabited by the Inuit, Norse settlers showed up in the 10th Century, vanished by the 15th, and reestablished themselves by the 16th. In 1907, the island formally became part of the Danish Kingdom, with all the rights and responsibilities therein ever after, including LGBTQ equality. So while it may be cold, Greenland is as warm and welcoming as Copenhagen. On the southwestern coast, Nuuk is the Greenlandic capital and largest city, with a population of around 17,000. Modest as that is,

the city still prides itself on its gay population, and every June throws a Pride-fest. However, considering average June temps come in at a brisk 43º F, have patience if you are jonesin' for a flash of hot Arctic skin. That being said, the parade and parties have everything you would expect: hot boys, pride aplenty and good times for all (albeit indoors). And yes, Nuuk has a gay club – two, actually. In a town this small, all clubs and bars tend to pull double duty, so don't be too surprised if the crowds at Manhattan and Magiske Mr. Mox are particularly diverse, FYI. That the gay clubs have the best music, drinks and people is a worldwide phenomenon. Nuuk Pride is, however, decidedly informal; after the parade (it's short), various cliques head off to the bars or house parties. Compared to the mammoth Prides of New York or Toronto, with official be-

fore, during, and after-parties, to say nothing of their respective parades, Nuuk is downright quaint. The upswing is that in Greenland, it is far from being a corporate event. Just show up and have a good time. Now, if you came all the way to Greenland just for the gay life, they'd be thrilled and you'd be freakishly easy to please. In Nuuk, there is the Greenland National Museum, the Katuaq Cultural Center and the Nuuk Art Museum, and the locals often take advantage of the long summer days at Qornok, a scenic point at the mouth of the fjord fronting Nuuk. Nature in all its awesome majesty is never too far away from anywhere in Greenland, and if you pack a good pair of hiking shoes, wander over the wild landscape along the waterfront or inland behind the city for views that pretty much set the standard.

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ure, just as gay characters, themes and stories were becoming virtually reflexive on TV, the whole definition of "TV" has become something else. With the proliferation of alternative vehicles for delivery of streamed entertainment (Netflix, Amazon) and with so many now seeing a large portion of said streamed entertainment on phones and pads, "TV" is a whole new paradigm. It's OK, though. Those themes are as prevalent across the home entertainment spectrum. From beloved sitcoms on old school networks to the pansexual nature of old school cable/pay networks (Here's looking at you, Game of Thrones) to a gaggle of gays online (Netflix alone...), there's gay and gay-ish material a-plenty. Of course, just acknowledgment and representation is sooo 20th Century. That's fine too. Because rather than just a small part of the fabric of popular fictional worlds, gay themes and characters are essential components of programs from Modern Family to Sense8 and beyond. Just keeping track of the gay content beaming around the globe is a chore these days. To help out, this week, Wire Magazine offers a quick glimpse of some programs you might want to consider. Even if they aren't necessarily "on TV."

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13 REASONS WHY Netflix

13 Reasons Why has taken audiences by storm with its ripped-from-the-headlines themes. The source material is the best-selling books by Jay Asher. 13 Reasons Why follows teenager Clay Jensen as he returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker – his classmate and crush – who tragically committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah reveals the 13 reasons why she committed suicide, leaving Clay to listen and determine if he is one of the reasons. The compelling, young-adult based series transcends demographics in exploring themes familiar to people of all ages. No way a series this contemporary misses out on an LGBTQ component, which in this case includes a prominent lesbian character and a young gay male who shared his secret with the deceased Hannah.


A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS Netflix

A few years ago, even one young adult oriented work of fiction with overt gay characters and themes would make headlines. Today, it is barely notable. Witness A Series of Unfortunate Events. Based on the internationally best-selling series of books by Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) and starring Emmy and Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events recounts the tragic tale of the Baudelaire orphans – Violet, Klaus, and Sunny – whose evil guardian Count Olaf will stop at nothing to get his hands on their inheritance. Interestingly modern in sensibility, the series introduces its audience to Sir and Charles, a gay couple who operate a lumber mill. Initially introduced as "partners" to the Baudelaire children, the pair is revealed to be gay by Lemony Snicket. "In fact, 'partners' can mean several things," Snicket explains in the series. "It could mean two people who own a lumber mill together or a cupcakery. And now, with the advent of more progressive cultural mores, not to mention certain highcourt rulings, it could also mean…"

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AMERICAN HORROR STORY FX

American Horror Story is so inclusive it is almost... well... scary. Since its beginning, the series has walked the line between good and evil, insanity and stability, etc. while exploring and expanding on popular myths and memes. Each season features an entirely new storyline, with links across the time and place of the settings, creating a still-to-be revealed tapestry. LGBTQ content has been pretty standard to varying degrees. The most recent season, American Horror Story: Roanoke was the sixth season of the series and played with reality television and the nexus of real and unreal in a photo-within-a-photo type plot line that left a few scratching their heads when it was over. Still, the aristocratic Edward Philippe Mott made for an entertaining gay character last season and fans are anxiously waiting to see what's next. Photo by Jeff Neumann. Courtesy of Showtime

BILLIONS

Showtime Showtime has never been afraid to explore gender and orientation in a realistic way and the network pairs that with timely inspiration in Billions. The series is loosely based on the activities of crusading federal prosecutor of financial crimes Preet Bharara, the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and his legal battles with hedge fund manager Steve Cohen of S.A.C. Capital Advisors. Non-binary actor Asia Kate Dillon is stealing scenes as non-binary character Taylor Mason this season, helping keep Showtime on the edge.

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BROOKLYN NINE-NINE Fox

Brooklyn Nine-Nine has demonstrated that there remains an audience for police dramas and that, when done well, they still garner respect. It has won two Creative Arts Emmy Awards, and two Golden Globe Awards: one for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy and one for Andy Samberg for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy. Andre Braugher has also been nominated for three consecutive Primetime Emmy Awards for his performance. Braugher, no stranger to TV or to cop dramas, plays Captain Raymond Jacob Holt, the captain of the 99th precinct. Holt is both a by-the-book cop and an out administrator, making for a complex and appealing character and a portrayal obviously well received by critics.

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DEAR WHITE PEOPLE Netflix

This satirical series – which picks up where the acclaimed 2014 film by the same name left off – follows a group of "Winchester University's" students of color as they navigate a diverse landscape of social injustice, cultural bias, political correctness (or lack thereof) and sometimes misguided activism in the millennial age. Through an absurdist lens, Dear White People utilizes biting irony, self-deprecation and sometimes brutal honesty to hold up a mirror to the issues plaguing society today, all the while leading with laughter. Gay people of color have largely remained less visible in entertainment media than their Anglo counterparts, but this Netflix series, like others, doesn't shy away from inclusion. Series character Lionel is gay, although it takes a little while for him to be comfortable saying it, even in a fictitious Ivy league setting. Other characters Neika and Monique, who are lesbians, are more comfortable already with their identities but no less compelling as characters.

EMPIRE Fox

Empire has taken the TV world by storm... even though it is actually on network! It's success has been with audiences and critics. Named a Top 10 Television Program of the Year by the American Film Institute, Empire was the only broadcast series to earn a Golden Globe Award nomination this past year in the category of Best Television Series – Drama. Additionally, Taraji P. Henson won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama and recently was nominated for an Emmy Award, for the second year in a row, in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. While the series has demonstrated that a drama focused largely on African Americans can succeed with a broad audience, it has also included gay themes in that context. Jamal Lyon is a main character in the series, a scion of the family whose story is being told, and gay. His exploration of himself in the particular world he inhabits rings sincere. 18 WIREMAG.COM #28 2017

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GREY'S ANATOMY ABC

Hospital dramas are a network staple and after a decade, a Golden Globe Award and multiple Emmy nominations, Grey's Anatomy continues to steam along. Hospital/medical dramas have long provided settings for insightful looks into a host of issues. However, there has been an evolution from LGBTQ "issues" to LGBTQ concerns as integral to storytelling. Jessica Capshaw has played pediatric surgeon Arizona Robbins for most of the series and has provided a realistic and layered lesbian character for the program's vast audience.

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Murder, deception, fear and guilt are the ties that bind Middleton University Professor Annalise Keating to her long-time associates Frank Delfino, Bonnie Winterbottom and her students, the "Keating 5." But as the group struggles to move on with their lives and focus on their clients, their past continues to haunt them. With Wallace Mahoney's murder unsolved and Frank's whereabouts still unknown, Annalise and her inner circle struggle to keep their secrets from getting exposed. Among the primary character is the fascinating Connor Walsh. Dashing, daring and edgy, this is no cookie cutter gay character from central casting of 20 years ago. ABC pushes the envelope with the portrayal and made a splash when Connor went on PrEP because his partner is positive.

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Netflix

One of the series that has thrust Netflix into the mix of any discussion of "TV" series, Orange is the New Black really couldn't avoid queer content if it wanted to. Although the series, based on a real-life story, focused early on very tightly to one upscale, bisexual white woman's trials and tribulations after being sentenced to federal prison for a youthful indiscretion, Orange has evolved. Recent seasons have broadened the focus on the whole, with spectacular cast of character's back-stories and struggles. Rich in emotion, deeply insightful and funny at the same time, gay and straight characters blend seamlessly. Most recently, they pushed the boundaries of political correctness be featuring a gay male jailer who also happened to make a detestable but nuanced villain. Photo by JoJo Whilden. Courtesy of Netflix

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RIVERDALE The CW

Not to be left out, The CW network's Riverdale is based on characters from the Archie Comics. Set in the present, the series offers a bold, subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica and their friends, exploring the surreality of small-town life – the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale's wholesome facade. OK, so it isn't the Archie Comics you (or your parents) grew up with. Kevin Keller was a major recurring character during the first season of Riverdale, then getting "promoted" to regular status in season two, proving there is plenty of room at the table with the Archie Comics regulars.

SHAMELESS Showtime

To say that the fictional Gallagher family around which this series revolves are shameless is a tremendous understatement. Quite often they are just wrong. However, they are also engaging, hilarious and entertaining to viewers. Ian Gallagher has shared the limelight from the beginning, and his teen gay foibles have driven or contributed to numerous story branches. Reactions to his orientation have ranged from heart-warming to hilarious with quite a few somewhere in between – reflecting many people's contemporary reality, even in the setting of poverty class South Chicago. Ian's evolution and relationship issues ring true with many. Photo by Patrick Wymore. Courtesy of Showtime

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THE WALKING DEAD AMC

Arguably, the single greatest broadcast television sensation of the past decade, The Walking Dead's exploration of a post-zombie apocalypse has roped in viewers the way the graphic novel source material did readers. With just a few exceptions, characters tend to come and go – often suddenly and unexpectedly. Still, the television series, like the graphic novels, routinely features gay characters among the ensemble. Sure, in the light of the end of the world, there isn't much time to worry with a lot of traditional gay themes. But Aaron and Eric, a gay couple who appeared in recent seasons, still confronted mild discrimination of sorts even in a rare haven from the zombie hoards. However, it might be the more matter-of-fact inclusion of characters that illustrates the series' real smarts.

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TWIN PEAKS Showtime

The return of the all-time cult classic favorite has been hailed by longtime fans and the entertainment media. Episode 4 of the new Peaks revival catches up with Denise, a trans woman. Now a chief of staff of the FBI, she has finally come out as transgender and undergone a transition. Denise is portrayed as the thoughtful, gentle soul that made the character such a standout in the first place, with a nuance reflecting excellent writing and acting. A particularly touching sequence highlighted the paternal affection a colleague has for Denise, hinting at possible further storytelling progress in the series.

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UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT Netflix

Tina Fey and Robert Carlock created this offbeat comedy that has found a solid and loyal viewer base. Who said there are no original storyline setups in comedy anymore? The series follows 29-year-old Kimmy Schmidt as she adjusts to life in New York City after her rescue from a doomsday cult in Indiana where she and three other women were held by Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne for 15 years. Determined to be seen as something other than a victim and armed only with a positive attitude, Kimmy decides to restart her life by moving to New York City, where she quickly befriends her street-wise landlady Lillian Kaushtupper, finds a roommate in struggling actor Titus Andromedon, and gains a job as a nanny for the melancholy and out-of-touch socialite Jacqueline Voorhees. The gay Titus, played by Tituss Burgess, is hilarious; and who doesn't gravitate toward Jane Krakowski, who plays Jacqueline Voorhees?

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