Author: Adrian Ryan

The Mix: Collide-O-Scope XMESS 2016

In this very extra sparkly holiday edition of The Mix, we shall all get down on our knees (an incredible departure from the norm, i realize) and give praise to the lil’ Baby Jebus and Co.™ for the heavenly blessing that is Shane Wahlund and Michael Anderson, whom I have sworn to gay marry someday , preferably in a frosty, critter-filled forest on a crystal Christmas morn.

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Playing With Angels

Tonight marks the debut not only of a new queer theatrical production, but of a new queer playwright and director, Robert Roth. The play is called “When there were Angels”, Robert’s semi-autobiographical account of fleeing his emotionally abusive and homophobic family to find self-acceptance, adventure, and love–and it comes to us at a time when the need for new queer arts has been so deeply underscored.

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BenDeLaCreme is Back, and There’s Hell To Pay

I write about BenDeLaCreme because how could I not? I am compelled by forces far too forcey to resist: up to and including my own freaking-out, hair-pulling, screaming-girl fandom. My position on the matter is well documented, and Ben’s charms and talents are held in high esteem by teaming hordes.

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Pride and Tragedy

I see so many sentiments blatantly, aggressively defying this hate, fear, and islamophobia, so many of us refusing to be used and divided by hate. Instead, we choose to confront this evil in the way our community always does: by coming together. By refusing to hate. By embracing what’s good. By refusing to be divided. By choosing love. If there is anything I am or will ever be proud of in our community, it’s that. It is always that.

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Kim on Kim

Kim Dogluv, star and subject of the Aaron Bear documentary Finding Kim, talks about capturing his emotional journey of a trans man embracing himself and his true identity.

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Two Men and a Little Lady

Danny Roberts, who is most famous for being, “the most recognized Real World cast member ever” (New Orleans season), and his beau Wes, recently became the beaming fathers of a bouncing baby bundle of cuteness called Naiya Sage.

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Shut Up I’m Talking: Intimate Portrait of a Barber Chair

Picture it: Seattle! 1997-ish! Raw and grungy and barely an Amazon in sight. Neither you nor I were even born yet, of course, but everyone with a flannel shirt and a full head of hair (barring Billy Corgan) or enough space in a stepmom’s garage to practice in (barring the Green River Killer) or ten minutes of coding class at Seattle Central Community College (barring nobody) was getting rich and famous. Bill Clinton was in the White House (God and history will judge her later), Courtney had freshly killed Kurt (duh), Microsoft had merely begun its long journey of...

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Shut Up I’m Talking: Wigging Out with Pakio

“It gives me chills,” Pakio Galore says as the theme music of RuPaul’s Drag Race begins to play. It’s the premier of Season 8, and he’s not kidding about the chills. Pakio has two compelling, life-long obsessions: reality TV shows, and all aspects of drag–and not even a little bit in that order. Drag Race is Pakio’s Super Bowl, his Oscars, and his Gay Olympics all rolled into one big sassy drag obsession, slapped into a wig that he probably styled himself. Drag wigs are in fact crucial to Pakio’s draggy raison d’etre: with big-name clients like Cherdonna Shinatra,...

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Shut Up I’m Talking: Too Good to be Truvada

The Slut Shaming of Patrick Buckmaster The ubiquitous Merriam-Webster Standard English Dictionary defines the word, slut, thusly: Slut: /slət/ : Noun: Patrick Buckmaster. Synonyms: Patrick Buckmaster; Patrick Buckmaster; Totally Patrick Buckmaster. Go ahead. Flip it open. His picture is right there next to the definition on the page. Not that dear, old Merriam-Webster is trying to slut-shame our friend Mr. Buckmaster, or anything as undignified as that. (And it’s dreadfully 90s of you to think so.) Let’s just say that the boy has climbed a lot of beanstalks. And then spit on the tops of them, sniffed a heroic...

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