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OUT June/July 2019

Sexy, smart, and sophisticated, it inspires readers with captivating feature stories, striking fashion layouts, and lively entertainment reviews. Get OUT digital magazine subscription today to discover what's in. Each issue is filled with interviews, fashion, travel, celebrities and more for gay life today.

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Here Media
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Phillip Picardi Editor in Chief Sean Santiago Art Director Raquel Willis Executive Editor Yashua Simmons Fashion Director EDITORIAL Michelle Garcia Managing Editor Tre’vell Anderson Entertainment and Culture Director Fran Tirado Deputy Editor Maxwell Losgar Casting Director Mikelle Street Senior Editor Nicolas Bloise Visuals Editor Coco Romack Associate Managing Editor Harron Walker, Rose Dommu, Mathew Rodriguez Staff Writers Ian Martella Social Editor Esther Gim, Jamie Staples Copy Editors Devin-Norelle Assistant Editor Julian Mack Fashion Assistant CONTRIBUTORS Aaron Philip, Akwaeke Emezi, Ari Liloan, Broderick Greer, Brodie Turner, Ceyenne Doroshow, Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, Deeg Gold, Elliott Fukui, Hao Zeng, Janaya “Future” Khan, Jennicet Guttiérez, Julia Serano, Kevin Serna, Kia LaBeija, Miss Major, Lia Clay, Nick Mrozowski, Pooja Gehi, Thanu Yakupitiyage, Valerie Shaff, Wriply Bennet Joe Valentino Executive Vice President, Publisher Stuart Brockington Assistant Vice President, Associate Publisher ADVERTISING Adam Goldberg Executive Director, Integrated Sales Ezra Alvarez Executive Director, Integrated Sales Paige Popdan Executive Director, Integrated Sales Stewart Nacht Senior…

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pride in protest

MY EARLIEST MEMORY OF PRIDE TAKES PLACE right in front of New York City’s iconic Stonewall Inn in 2011. That evening, my group of friends from New York University learned that the state legislature was poised to make a landmark decision on marriage equality. So, we walked from the subway stop towards Christopher Street, dressed in our finest, tightest T-shirts and denim shorts. When we finally arrived, we encountered a whole crowd of smiling faces: children made up in rainbow glitter on their fathers’ shoulders, elders sitting on lawn chairs parked outside of the bar, and more drag queens than I’d ever seen in one place. And, of course, there were students, just like us—youth who had grown up during this fight for marriage equality, hoping that, by the time…

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a queer imagining

BY THE TIME JAMES BALDWIN WAS 16, he was already creating the world in which he wanted to live, one where the words others used to describe him—Black, gay, poor—had little impact. “All of the American categories of male and female, straight or not, Black or white, were shattered…very early in my life,” he wrote in the 1985 article “Here Be Dragons or Freaks and the American Ideal of Manhood.” “Not without anguish, certainly; but once you have discerned the meaning of a label, it may seem to define you for others, but it does not have the power to define you to yourself.” This world—which the late writer-activist called “the new Jerusalem”—was a place where people like him had nothing to prove, one where a person’s identities were not thought of…

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the house that sylvia built

TWO YEARS BEFORE HER DEATH, Stonewall veteran Sylvia Rivera served as muse for a photography series captured by Valerie Shaff. The black-and-white images feature the outspoken activist dolled up with razor-thin eyebrows, a bold lip, and wind-strewn hair on a makeshift encampment near the Hudson River. A nearly 50-year-old Rivera was living there in protest of the mostly gay- and lesbian-focused organizations and community groups at the time—particularly, The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center (then known as the Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center Inc.), which was mere city blocks away. Rivera contended that the mainstream LGBTQ+ organizations were ignoring the needs of local homeless youth and transgender people. For her, the LGBTQ+ nonprofit industrial complex had grown into something far different from the initiatives she’d spearheaded throughout her…

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casting the first stone

STONEWALL WASN’T DONE OUT OF A SENSE OF PRIDE. It was done after a buildup of shit from constant police raids in Greenwich Village. It just came to a head like a pimple—and it got popped. The memory of that first night doesn’t come to me with a sense of joy or happiness, because so many of the girls and a few guys got really hurt. After the city police barged into the bar—with numbers and attitude—the prevalent feeling that night was fear. Looking at the riot squad was like watching Star Wars stormtroopers, but they were in black with riot gear, sticks, guns, mace, helmets, and shields. The brutalization as they moved across and down the street was like a tidal wave hitting a coastline city. It just hit…

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the queer canon

IFTI NASIM Not a day goes by that I don’t think of the lineage of the queer ancestors that fuels my practice today. To discover Ifti Nasim, an openly gay Pakistani-American immigrant poet who wrote of queer love in our native tongue of Urdu, was mind-blowing. Between starting Sangat, a South Asian LGBTQ+ youth organization and his lifetime of charismatic activism, there is a bright reflection of my community in his magnificent truth. MOHAMMED FAYEZ ARTIST BABAYLAN I didn’t learn about Babaylan, the third-gender shamans of a pre-colonial indigenous Philippines, until well after I transitioned, having left my native country at 15. They were leaders in their society and were thought to have special powers. Over the years, their legacy has inspired me to recognize that those of us who live between genders hold a…

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