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I didn’t write the first draft of Pose until 2014, after a full career as a college administrator. But at the time that I wrote that first draft, the two things that were at the forefront for me were, one, my writing professor who’d always say, “Writ
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Venice Beach
Art Director BEN WARD @_benjaminward_ Photographer EASTON SCHIRRA @eastonschirra eastonschirra.com for @theonly.agencytheonly.agency Model ERIK SATHRUM @eriksathrum for @photogenicsla photogenicsmedia.com Stylist DAVID GANGEL @davidgangel for @theonl
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Take Me Away!
Leading LGBTQ+ travel company Vacaya has seen record-breaking bookings for its trips since the U.S. election and vaccination news turned the tide on travelers’ perspectives. That being said, its travel packages are exactly what we need to start our p
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Building Back, Together
The blue wave ain’t over just yet. In one of the most intense election years we’ve seen in the history of the United States, newly activated voters showed up to the polls in droves, voting in a wave of LGBTQ+ legislators, many of whom are first-time
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She’s Every Woman
Since she first landed on folks’ radar with her BAFTA award-winning performance in 2016’s Lady Macbeth (not to mention another stellar performance in 2019’s Star Wars: Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker), actress Naomi Ackie’s talent has been impossib
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The Gayest Little Town in Florida
At the end of the Florida Keys, the southernmost point of the continental United States, is a colorful tropical LGBTQ+ paradise: Key West. The Florida Keys begin at the edge of the Florida peninsula and stretch 113 miles across a series of islands co
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A New Way to Vacay
Our newest hotspot is Playa Largo Ocean Residences, an exclusive gated enclave of private vacation houses with distinct Florida Keys architecture that’s part of—but secluded from—Playa Largo Resort & Spa. These new vacation rentals utilize gorgeous d
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Global Citizenry
As the world continues to recover from the trauma of 2020 and Pride flags begin to unfurl across gayborhoods foreign and domestic, all eyes are on Copenhagen, Denmark and Malmö, Sweden. Both cities will host WorldPride. Copenhagen will also host Euro
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What Are The Stars Telling You?
You are starring in a movie about your own life, magnetic Aries, and the soundtrack is vibing! Mars in Leo will carry you through June’s retrogrades and you will stay upbeat. You will feel especially fired up on June 12th but remember to hold off mak
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Indya Moore As Angel Evangelista
Pose was something different for me because it told a story about family and love and humanity through the lens of queer and trans people, during a time when queer and trans people were struggling to find ground in this world. Pose captured that duri
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Making My Own Way
When I was 6 years old, I lived in Santa Ana, California with my single-parent mother. While my mom worked two full-time jobs so we could afford our small apartment and make ends meet, I found solace in television. But one moment in particular change
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Final Bow
When an iconic television show ends — think A Different World, Scandal, or The Wire — a small hole is often left in the television landscape. But as the third and final season of the Steven Canals-created, Ryan Murphy-produced Pose takes its final bo
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The Fight Continues for NYC Pride
NYC Pride returns for 2021 with a theme that seems to perfectly capture the state of the LGBTQ+ movement as well as the times in which it takes place. Organizers are quick to point out how “The Fight Continues” reflects the need to carry on the strug
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Beat To The Gods
Pride season is all about the colors, honey! While every year there’s a righteous debate about the involvement (and motivation) of corporations during the month of June, it’s always important to magnify companies who are doing it the right way. Enter
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Nature’s Gifts
Honduran botanical artist Lutfi Janania knows how to create opulence using distinguished dry and dehydrated natural materials that convey a sense of multiple spaces between life, the divine, and ourselves. Creating these magical designs from his Broo
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The Stars Are Aligned, Hunty!
Jeremy’s sun is in Cancer with a conjunction to Venus within eight degrees of each other, therefore Venus is a part of Pope’s identity. This Sun-Venus conjunction belongs specifically to highly creative minds. We know Pope is a gifted actor and a sin
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Love In The City
Adrienne and Brittany Glover’s love story begins in a New York City nightclub, an unlikely place given that neither of them were from the Big Apple. Adrienne was from Philadelphia and Brittany from North Carolina, and yet they found themselves in the
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Table Talk
Queer representation on culinary competition shows is not entirely new. We watched chef Tiffani Faison ascend to acclaim after her runner-up finish on Top Chef’s first season in 2006. Plus, who doesn’t love a Ted Allen moment à la Chopped? That being
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Country Road
Country music is having a moment. Since singer Chely Wright’s widely publicized coming out in 2010, the industry has dragged its feet in welcoming a new class of queer artists to the radio waves. However, in recent years, thanks in large part to Wrig
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New Heights
Stephanie Beatriz is intimately familiar with the power of media representation. Growing up, she was inspired to become an actor by Daphne Rubin-Vega, who was the first Latina on Broadway she connected with. Now, because the universe has a wonderful
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Time to Fly…
One of my favorite parts of summer is waking up to the sound of birds. It reminds me of when my family and I would vacation at a Texas lake near an old dirt road. I remember waking up to the smell of buttered jam biscuits, sunlight at the foot of my
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Here Comes the Sun — and We’re So Ready
When it comes to skin care science advances, every year is a leap year. Now SPF-protecting luxury brands are performing a disappearing act. That is, we hardly know the products are on our body or face even while we’re lifting, brightening, and tighte
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40 Years of HIV
Forty years ago, an unnamed illness began to disproportionately impact members of the LGBTQ+ community, specifically gay and bisexual men. The disease, which later became known as AIDS, caused by a virus dubbed HIV, devastated our community, becoming
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Express Yourself
Lots of names are making offbeat fashion choices and you know what? I love it! From the revived Prada Linea Rossa line comes another ’90s-inspired frame while Italian luxury brand Persol (one of the oldest eyewear makers in the world) topped their ev
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Come Out and Play
A vision of our future appeared in April when Twitter user @bestinsio sent this out into the world: “Writing a screenplay about the post-vaccination world. It went like this: BARISTA (hornily) Good morning. CUSTOMER (hornily) Good morning. I would li
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DIANE ANDERSON-MINSHALL Chief Executive Officer and Editorial Director DAVID ARTAVIA Editor in Chief Mikelle Street Digital Director Marco Medrano Grooming & Beauty Editor Trudy Ring Senior Copy Editor Desirée Guerrero Managing Editor Donald Padgett
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A Star Is Born This Way Jeremy Pope
Nearly every morning this past year, Jeremy Pope — the star of Netflix’s Hollywood and Broadway shows like Choir Boy — sat down and wrote in his journal, a new ritual he adopted during quarantine. In the past, he was never an ardent lover of writing.
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Crystal Clear
For many of us, crystal has been associated with a “look, don’t touch” policy. Though gorgeous to observe and feel, my family treated crystal as a special affair meant only for weddings and holidays, tucked away in my grandmother’s display case. But,
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My Three Dads
This past year many people realized that nothing is more important than family. At the same time, our definition of family is expanding — chosen families are becoming more popular, some folks are co-parenting, single parents and same-sex parents are
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Angelica Ross As Candy Ferocity
While I had experience on my résumé as far as being an actress, I had not experienced being a series regular or really having a thoughtful story arc and having to show up the way that I had to show up. What the show unlocked for me was what happens w
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