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OUT February 2018

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4 min.
sex, crime, and punishment

IN 1984, I was old enough to know that I was gay, and that sex would kill me. I knew that if I kissed another boy in public I could be arrested. My favorite song that year was “Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty-Four)” by the Eurythmics, and in ways too complicated for me to articulate then, I knew at some deep and cellular level that I was a sexual outlaw and that my desires would be complicated and compromised for decades to come. Perhaps that’s why, seeing Call Me by Your Name at a special screening last summer, I was swept up in ways I didn’t expect to be: The movie is set in 1983, and is therefore free of the specter of AIDS. It is the least cynical depiction of gay…

1 min.

DOUG INGLISH “I got to dance with Ricky Martin,” says Doug Inglish, who casually lived out our ’90s fantasies while shooting Martin and Édgar Ramirez for this issue’s cover. “And Edgar is always brilliant,” he adds. One of Inglish’s favorite gigs ever was a men’s fashion shoot in the Bahamas for a past issue of Out, and he’s recently worked for GQ Style UK and GQ Australia. LUKE FONTANA “This was my first time shooting for a publication only using natural light,” Luke Fontana says of his work on this year’s Love Portfolio. “I set up my lights for the very first shot and something just felt off.” The fruits of Fontana’s instincts have also appeared in Vanity Fair, Elle, and People. MENELIK PURYEAR “I shot these photos on the exact day that, two years…

2 min.

2017, Over and Out At its onset, 2017 seemed like an insurmountable year. America’s queer community, like many others, was without a vocal ally in the Oval Office for the first time in eight years, and bills, executive orders, and tweets seemed like daily retractions, set to limit the hard-won freedoms of the Obama era. And yet, the year ended with what felt like a stronger LGBTQ community, determined to face whatever challenges came—or may come—from small-minded oppressors. Our OUT100 cover stars, Chelsea Manning, Jonathan Groff, Lena Waithe, and Shayne Oliver represented vastly different, yet fundamentally linked, facets of our indefatigable culture. “It was, for lack of a better term, a moment,” wrote The Hollywood Reporter, referring to Waithe’s history-making speech during her Emmy win for comedy writing, in which she praised LGBTQIA.…

4 min.
poetic justice

DANIELA VEGA SPEAKS like a poet, artfully crafting her sentences in a way that feels organic. It’s no wonder the Chilean actress and opera singer—who gave one of last year’s greatest breakthrough performances in Sebastián Lelio’s foreign-language Oscar entry A Fantastic Woman—repeatedly mentions the work of Stella Díaz Varín, a late and little-known poet from Vega’s home country whom she implores others to read. “Poetry is an expression of what’s inside you,” Vega says, “and what’s most inspired me from Stella’s work is her relationship with time.” Born and raised in Santiago, Vega has also had an intriguing, tumultuous connection with the ticking clock, pacing herself and trusting her gut while chasing her destiny. The 28-year-old has been singing since she was 8, taking extensive classes paid for by her eternally…

7 min.
the gay agenda

1. The Irresistible Spirit of Saturday Church Dreamy dance numbers ignite Damon Cardasis’s surreal movie musical about chosen families. When Bronx teenager Ulysses (Luka Kain), the main character in Saturday Church, is overcome with emotion, queer writer-director Damon Cardasis drops him into fantastical musical numbers, allowing him to escape locker-room bullies or revel in first love. Like a shy angel with half-sprouted wings, bisexual newcomer Kain floats through the sequences with both terror and vigor, whether surrounded by dancing jocks or falling rose petals. A major arc of the movie, which was a hit at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival, shows Ulysses becoming less dependent on these dreamscapes, and more accepting of his gender identity. He finds his chosen family in the drama’s titular queer youth program. “I hope the film opens…

2 min.
foreground trending

Mellow Yellow In the middle of winter, when our meticulously crafted outfits are hidden under big, heavy jackets, it’s hard to make a fashion statement. One solution: slipping on some brightly tinted sunglasses. And if you’re going to go bright, why not opt for the brightest shades of all? Not only is yellow the season’s hottest color for lenses, it’s also functional—and friendlier. Ditching darker-hued specs means that you can see better, and that others can see you. Whether it’s a classic pair from Tomas Maier or Carrera or some funkier frames from Retrosuperfuture or Polaroid, you’ll have plenty of styles to choose from—all of which will get you thinking of the warmer, sunnier, carefree days ahead. The Pink Shoe: Anything But Bashful We’ve extolled the pristine simplicity of white sneakers, revived that…