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5. FEATURE: WHY DO WE CELEBRATE PRIDE IN JUNE? REMEMBERING OUR HISTORY
Check out our article about Pride, its history, and why we celebrate it in June.
10. SHOPPING BAG: COOL MASKS TO PROTECT YOURSELF
Protect yourself with these cool masks and help flatten the COVID-19 curve.
12. HEALTH & WELLNESS: HOW CAN I REINVENT MYSELF? “COMING OUT” OF COVID-19
"How can I use this time to reinvent myself?" is likely a question you’ve thought about in the past however many weeks or so. Brian Falduto helps you answer it.
16. COVER STORY: MIGHTY KINGS: THE FABULOUS DUO BEHIND HUSBANDS RICK AND GRIFF
Over 700,000 followers on multiple platforms including Instagram, real-life husbands Rick and Griff give us the inside scoop on their lives, their success, and their new merch line.
22. SEXY RIDES: 2020 STINGRAY CORVETTE The 2020 Stingray is the fastest, most powerful entry Corvette. It delivers on performance, technology, craftsmanship, luxury and speed!
24. SEXY RIDES: 2021 TOYOTA GR SUPRA A91 EDITION
The GR Supra A91 features a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine that produces 382 horsepower at 5,800-6,500 rpm, and a 0-60 mph time of 3.9 seconds.
26. FLIX: 7500 7500 delivers a tense terror-filled thrill ride that’s a little out of the ordinary.
28. FLIX: THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND
Our movie critic has a hard time deciphering what category of movie this is.
WIREMAG.COM: ISSUE VIDEO
Enjoy our video of digital issue 7.2020 with striking hunk and OnlyFans sensation Joe Wachs from Chicago, Illinois, and his hot photos by Photo Studio Miami.
PUBLISHER'S CORNER WE ARE GLAD TO BE BACK IN PRINT FOR YOU! We are very glad to be back in print for you. For now, we are going to publish Wire Magazine in print once per month, and in digital once per month – so two issues every month. Unfortunately, some of our advertisers are unable to advertise due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their businesses. We will resume our regular printing schedule of every other week once several of our advertisers return, when their financial situation improves. I want to thank everyone for your continued support of Wire Magazine in these challenging times. We are committed to supporting our LGBTQ community and its institutions with our publication through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond! In this week’s cover story, we introduce you to the hunks behind Rick and the Griffopotamus. Rick and Griff give us the inside scoop on their lives, their success and their new merch line. These two real-life husbands have amassed over 700,000 followers on their social media accounts. Enjoy their interview and pics. June is Pride Month, so we celebrate it with a feature by Nick Sedbrook. His story looks at why we celebrate Pride this month and remember Marsha P. Johnson – an African-American drag queen who helped lead a revolution. We can be very out and proud now because of the battles fought by many people before us. In Sexy Rides, we showcase two very fast and beautiful sports cars, the 2020 Stingray Corvette and the 2021 Toyota GR Supra A91 edition. The Stingray has a 0-60 time under 3 seconds and a top speed of 194mph, so you might want to catch it before it slips past you. The GR Supra A91 edition sports a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine that delivers 382 horsepower at 5,800-6,500 rpm, 368 lb-ft of torque, and a 0-60 mph time of 3.9 seconds. In Shopping Bag, you can check out the selection of beautiful masks to stay safe. In Health & Wellness, the gay life coach, Brian Falduto, weighs in on how to reinvent yourself during the COVID-19 pandemic. We also have two Flix reviews that you can check out while selfisolating. Our movie critic Alyn Darnay reviews 7500 and The King of Staten Island. 7500 is a thriller about a plane hijacking and what the pilot endures. This tense, action-filled ride is not an ordinary story. Alyn is not sure how to categorize The King Of Staten Island. This movie's plot wedges itself between multiple genres. Maybe you can decide what it is. Read Alyn’s reviews and watch these two films while staying safe at home. Cheers,
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”IT ALWAYS SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE UNTIL IT’S DONE.“
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HEALTH & WELLNESS By Brian Falduto, The Gay Life Coach
HOW CAN I REINVENT MYSELF?
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"COMING OUT" OF COVID-19
Whether it was something you started brainstorming right away or something that occurred to you somewhere along in the quarantined state of the world, “How can I use this time to reinvent myself?” is likely a question you’ve thought about in the past however many weeks or so. We are in the slow but sure process of unfreezing things and that thawing process is coincidentally coinciding with Pride Season. I feel it’s a good time to discuss how the queer community specifically can “come out” of this stronger as our resilient type tend to do after trying times. I remember when I finally came out of the closet my senior year of college, I wanted the world to stop for a moment. At that time, when the truth about who I was became non-negotiable, I didn’t know that coming out is actually a healing process. I didn’t know that I would have to spend the next chapter of my life battling 14 years of internalized homophobia and discovering a rejected self that was hidden in shame. Instead, I just waltzed into my twenties completely out of tune with who I was and with very little time to figure it out. I had t o navigate my new role as a 12 WIREMAG.COM #08 2020
gay man while finishing college, getting a job, ending a relationship, moving into my first apartment, and all the while having to provide status updates to friends and family that were anything but reflective of what was going on inside. During this healing chapter I didn’t know I was entering, the most important improvements on my relationship with myself have come during the quiet moments. They’ve often arrived right when I’ve started to slow down, or even more often when I’ve crashed and burned from going too fast. They’ve arrived on nights where I was alone with nothing but my own thoughts and feelings to keep me company. They’ve arrived in the form of hurt. When I look back at some of the perceived tragedies of my twenties, I see that they were actually the biggest moments of growth. Quiet. Loneliness. Tragedy. Do any of the above sound familiar? Look, we all know at its core that this pandemic is a bad thing with a negative impact. It comes with so many unanswered questions and troubling concerns. But I’d like to propose an additional way of looking at it, and that is as the healing time that I, and perhaps we, have been waiting for. If you think about what being in the closet is, it’s a form of compartmentalization where we disassociate from aspects of ourselves that don’t feel important or worthy enough to present to the world. Those beautifully valid parts of our being get tucked away in the back of our mind
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