Wire Magazine Issue 9.2022 Model Vlad Parker and OUTshine Film Festival

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ISSUE #09 | 09.29.22 DISPLAY UNTIL 10.26.22

ARTS & CULTURE:

14TH OUTSHINE FILM FESTIVAL FORT LAUDERDALE EDITION

OUT & ABOUT:

2022 URGE MIAMI THANKSGIVING FESTIVAL

OUR COMMUNITY:

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HANDSOME MODEL

VLAD PARKER



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TABLE OF CONTENTS: 5. OUT & ABOUT: URGE MIAMI THANKSGIVING FESTIVAL URGE Miami Festival returns Thanksgiving weekend with six grand events.

8. PUBLISHER’S CORNER: 26TH ANNUAL NATIONAL LGBTQ TASK FORCE GALA

The National LGBTQ Task Force Gala returns to the magnificent Grand Ballroom of the Miami Beach Convention Center October 22.

12. COVER STORY: HANDSOME MODEL VLAD PARKER Enjoy the interview and steamy photos of Vlad Parker from St. Petersburg, Russia by Stas Vokman.

18. ARTS & CULTURE: LGBTQ+ OUTSHINE FILM FESTIVAL 14th Fort Lauderdale Edition of the OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival starts October 13.

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OUT & ABOUT By Rafa Carvajal

2022 URGE MIAMI FESTIVAL RETURNS THANKSGIVING WEEKEND Photos by Adinayev

The celebrated URGE Miami Festival will return to Miami this Thanksgiving weekend (November 25-28) with six grand events, including the always anticipated Beach Party on the sands of South Beach with gorgeous gay men from around the world. This year, the Festival’s Friday night party will take place at Miami's newest M2 Nightclub. Formerly known to so many as Paragon/Glam Slam/Level/Mansion and Icon, this South Beach iconic venue has been transformed with a recent $10 million renovation. Visit urgemiamifestival.com to get your passes and tickets before they sell out.

URGE Miami Festival is produced by Luis Morera, Billy Kemp and Hilton Wolman, and will feature several of the world’s most famous circuit DJs, including Alex Lo, Dan S l a t e r, E d u Q u i n t a s , E n r i c o M e l o n i , J e r a c , J o e Gauthreaux, Marvin Ayy, Mauro Mozart, Paulo Fragoso, Suri and Tom Stephan, with more to be announced. As explained by Hilton, “After the massive success of last year’s Thanksgiving Festival, we are excited to do it all over again, bigger and better than ever before.” The Festival host hotel is the Royal Palm South Beach, which features 400 rooms, with over a quarter of them suites. The hotel is perfectly located on the beach on Collins Avenue at the end of Ocean Drive and will be the site of the URGE Miami Festival Welcome Center.

DJ’s Tom Stephan and Alex Lo will man the decks at M2 Nightclub, and some of the hottest dancers from Spain and Europe will be keeping the dancefloor super sexy into the morning hours. On Saturday, the Royal Palm South Beach will be hosting the pool party, presented by Eliad Cohen as part of the Papa World Tour, with DJs Dan Slater and Paulo Fragoso delivering energic beats to a beautiful, large crowd of men in their bikinis.

URGE Warrior will be the Saturday night Main Event at one of Miami's premier film studios, where some of the biggest blockbusters on HBO Max and Netflix have been filmed. DJs Suri and Mauro Mozart will deliver amazing beats to everyone attending. This will be followed by the legendary Sunday Beach Party on the sands of South Beach with DJ’s Enrico Meloni from Italy and Joe Gauthreaux from the USA, and thousands of sexy gay men in attendance. Miami Beach Pride, a not-for-profit organization that works to unite members of the LGBTQ community by celebrating the unique spirit and culture of its people, will receive a portion of the proceeds from the 2022 URGE Miami Festival.

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PUBLISHER’S CORNER 26TH ANNUAL NATIONAL LGBTQ TASK FORCE GALA Every year, thousands of supporters and allies get together for the premier annual celebration of South Florida’s LGBTQ+ community, The National LGBTQ Task Force Gala. This year’s theme, ‘Red, White and YOU,’ affirms the Task Force’s ‘Queer the Vote’ campaign, which will mobilize progressive-minded voters to participate in the critical midterm elections to elect people who believe in supporting and advancing our rights. Comic, actor, singer, and LGBTQ+ and Latina advocate Sandra Valls will be the Gala’s emcee. Visit thetaskforcegala.org for additional information. LGBTQ+ people and our allies will gather at the Gala to honor our heroes and support the crucial work of advancing equality for all LGBTQ+ persons and their families. The National LGBTQ Task Force has been advancing full freedom, justice, and equality for us since 1973. The Gala not only funds the work of the Task Force, but also benefits several key organizations that serve our South Florida LGBTQ+ community. By producing the Gala and the Winter Party Festival, the Task Force has provided over $3.3 million in funding for indispensable LGBTQ+ community services in South Florida. This year’s 26th Annual Task Force Gala, will return to the magnificent Grand Ballroom of the Miami Beach Convention Center on Saturday, October 22. It will be an amazing evening featuring a cocktail reception, a large silent auction, a sit-down dinner, an enlightening awards ceremony, and an energetic After Party with a DJ and dancing. Task Force Deputy Executive Director Mayra Hidalgo Salazar, Our Fund Foundation President and CEO David Jobin, and The Miami Foundation President and CEO Rebecca Fishman Lipsey will discuss the three organization’s exciting new philanthropic joint venture, the LGBTQ+ Equity Fund. The National LGBTQ Task Force is focused on building a future where everyone can be free to be our entire selves in every aspect of our lives, since millions of LGBTQ+ people still face barriers in every part of their lives, including housing, employment, healthcare, retirement, and fundamental human rights. Add to that the fact that politicians like Marco Rubio are running deceptively disgusting television ads saying that his political opponents “try to turn boys into girls,” which only fuels unfounded hatred and discrimination against our LGBTQ+ community. The 2022 Gala will honor the Gadinsky Family (Liebe, Seth, Naomi and Natasha) with the 2022 Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award for championing equality for LGBTQ+ people and broad social justice reform for over 30 years. Jonathan Capehart, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Associate Editor of The Washington Post, and anchor of The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart on MSNBC, will receive the 2022 National Leadership Award. LGBTQ+ and gun violence prevention activist, and survivor of the Marjory Stoneman-Douglas High School shooting, X Gonzalez will also be honored with the Changemaker Award. Cheers,

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Rafa Carvajal: Where are you from and where do you live? Vlad Parker: I am from Russia, St. Petersburg. In 2018, I moved to live in the United States. RC: What do you do for work? VP: I am a fitness trainer and model on OnlyFans. RC: Explain to our readers how you maintain such a fit body. VP: The main thing is the stability of visiting the gym and good motivation. My subscribers motivate me.

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RC: What are your favorite three exercises to stay in shape? VP: For me, the result is important, so I don’t have favorite exercises. I do something new every time. RC: What are your eating habits to complement your fitness routine? VP: I have a balanced diet, while I try not to limit myself in the variety of food.

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RC: Why do you enjoy modeling for photography? VP: It gives me a lot of positive emotions. It adds self-confidence and also motivates me to look appropriate. RC: What do you like to do when you have free time? VP: I love to travel, explore new places, and walk along the beach.

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RC: What is the biggest dream you would like to achieve in your life? VP: Become a superhero. RC: Who is the person or public figure that inspires you most and why? VP: I love bodybuilding, and everything related, so there are a lot of athletes that I'm passionate about, and, of course, the legend Arnold Schwarzenegger. RC: Is there anything else you would like to share with Wire Magazine readers? VP: I am the champion of Russia in men’s physique bodybuilding. Please follow me online, Instagram: Parker_NO, Facebook: P a r k e r . V I P, a n d T w i t t e r : Parker_OnlyFans.

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ARTS & CULTURE By Albert Bravo

14TH OUTSHINE LGBTQ+ FILM FESTIVAL FORT LAUDERDALE EDITION If you like cinema, it is time to check out the films’ lineup for the upcoming 14th Annual Fort Lauderdale Edition of the OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival. The Festival will be showing 51 films from over 25 countries and five Spotlight screenings, each followed by a party, October 13 to October 23. The opening night celebration will be at the NSU Art Museum with the film The Blue Caftan, coming from the Cannes Film Festival. This touching, romantic story about a married master tailor who falls in love with his young apprentice will be shown in the museum’s theatre. It was filmed in Morocco, France, Belgium and Denmark. Be sure to join the festive party in the museum’s gallery and outdoor balcony after the film. This year, OUTshine will showcase both in-person screenings at the newly renovated Gateway Theatre and the Savor Theatre, and virtual screenings if you prefer to watch from home. According to Joe Bilancio, Director of Programming for the Festival, “I have been programming LGBTQI+ festivals for a long time and rarely do I remember so many quality films being made. We have something for everyone this year, whether it's documentary, fiction, or shorts.” OUTshine will also provide you an opportunity to attend several after-parties and meet the filmmakers and stars, fellow moviegoers, and LGBTQ+ community leaders. Additional film highlights include In From the Side, a drama about two rugby players who have a torrid love affair (Men’s Spotlight Film); and The Shiny Shrimps Fight Back (Closing Night Film), a comic look at a gay water polo team that gets stranded in homophobic Russia. Visit outshinefilm.com to view the entire films program and buy your tickets. A special 10-pass is also available for $75, which saves you $45. Enjoy the films!

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Director: Ken Kwek. Singapore, 2022 In a tour-de-force performance, Yao plays renegade vlogger Sean and his gay identical twin, Ricky, supercharging this exhilarating, damning, and morally essential fable about social media celebrity, cancel culture, and the erosion of human rights. The brothers lead happy-go-lucky lives with their free-thinking single mom until they witness a popular televangelist demonizing homosexuality. Sean posts a scathing video attacking the ‘holy’ man, it goes viral, lands him in jail, and leaves his mom and Ricky to fight an uphill battle for justice. Ricocheting entertainingly between moods and genres, Ken Kwek’s indictment of backward thinking and barbaric laws veers from the deadly serious to the colorfully camp without losing its humanity.

HORSEPLAY (LOS AGITADORES)

Director: Marco Berger. Argentina, 2022 It's the Christmas holidays, and sexy Andy leaves the city in order to spend some time at a luxury villa with all his handsome and hunky best friends. The timelessness of the holidays encourages rest, relaxation, and the occasional teasing. But their initial consensual horseplay reveals that they each have different personal boundaries. Ever since his debut film, Director Marco Berger has taken a continued interest in queer narratives and the depiction of erotic fantasies, sexuality, and gender, – and Horseplay is no exception. Once again, the Argentinian filmmaker presents a subversive political tale, this time focusing on masculinity in its dangerously toxic form.

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IN FROM THE SIDE

Director: Matt Carter. U.K., 2022 When an injured player from the A-team is selected to play with the Bs as part of his recovery, initial suspicion turns to physical lust for two of the team members. Personal loyalties are stretched as they try to conceal the affair, not only from their own partners but also their teammates. Hard drinking and macho antics are par for the course amongst the team, but these bulky athletes soon reveal their vulnerabilities. Even if you've never played rugby, or even had a taste for it, you'll be drawn into the drama of these young men. In From The Side is a muddy, sweatdrenched emotional thrill ride.

LONESOME

Director: Craig Boreham. Australia, 2021 Casey, a hot, hunky young man from the countryside running from a small-town scandal, finds himself down and out in the big city of Sydney. When he meets Tib, a young city lad, struggling with his own scars of isolation, there’s chemistry, not only sexually but also emotionally, as both men find something they have been missing. Can they overcome their own insecurities and let the other in or are the walls they have built too strong to knock down? Lonesome takes audiences on a thrilling, hedonistic, erotic journey, depicting two characters, who not only seek sexual fulfillment but also acceptance and a meaningful bond.

THE BLUE CAFTAN

Director: Maryam Touzani. Morocco/France/Belgium/Denmark, 2022 Halim and Mina own a small tailor shop that specializes in gorgeous caftans. Halim is a stubborn proponent of traditional handcrafted work, but it is time-consuming. So he decides to hire an assistant, Youssef. The presence of the attractive gay young man arouses long-suppressed feelings in Halim, something that does not go unnoticed by his wife Mina. Maryam Touzani presents a warm film, shot with the kind of love and care with which Halim works on his life’s work, the titular blue caftan. A deeply moving melodrama about the many forms of love, The Blue Caftan excels thanks to a sophisticated script and the three leads’ excellent performances.

THE SHINY SHRIMPS FIGHT BACK

Director: Cedric Le Gallo and Maxime Govare. France 2022 In the sequel to The Shiny Shrimps (Audience Award Winner at OUTshine Fort Lauderdale 2019), the Shrimps Water Polo team is heading to the Gay Games in Tokyo to honor a teammate who died. But after they miss their connection, they are stranded in homophobic Russia. Thus starts a crazy adventure that finds many of the Shrimps held hostage at a gay conversion camp while the rest of the group plans their comical yet perilous rescue. While uproariously funny, The Shiny Shrimps Strike Back does not shy away from skewering Putin’s Russia in all its homophobic (anti) glory… and that is reason to laugh. Oh, and a few great musical numbers are included!

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