Celebrating California Queens 2016

Hollywood SignHappy New Year! It’s been a minute since I’ve posted so once I settled into my offices for a weekend of catching up, I’m doing just that. Well, later that same day. (cue laugh track) Nah, seriously it’s all good. We’ve stayed steady about town through the holidays. To mine eyes I didn’t see much drop in tourism to speak of. Now with the new year we head into opportunity and chance to do and see more than ever before. Do you see the optimism in my words?! Yes, I’m The One. Keep reading…

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Happy Holidays at The Cosmopolitan

Steven MichaelEven though we brought mom into Las Vegas for Thanksgiving, the husband and I decided we needed a trip for ourselves. So we booked another one bedroom terrace suite at The Cosmopolitan, scheduled a few dinners at the resort and looked ahead to arriving Christmas Eve for a few days and nights of chilly Sin City debauchery. My good brother Brandon and his girl Megan were also heading over so we planned on connecting with them for some food, drink and memories. And as my readers know, what happens in Vegas rarely stays there when I’m penning the tale. Here’s the Tea…

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Reviewing Out and About Dad

Jim JosephThink of a time before the celebrated Mitchell and Cam of television’s juggernaut Modern Family. And especially before it was a popular and “in” thing to do, widely accepted and embraced as it is today. There was Jim Joseph! In Out & About Dad: My Journey as a Father with all its Twists, Turns, and a Few Twirls, author Jim Joseph chronicles his struggle with not only becoming the primary caregiver to his two children but doing it as an out gay man in the early ’90s before there were trendy hashtags blazing #ProudDad and #SGD (single gay dad) to describe the times. Here’s a taste of what I’ve read and learned so far!

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Time Doesn’t Matter in Las Vegas

The Cosmopolitan of Las VegasI knew getting my mom to Las Vegas for the first time in over 30 years was going to be one for the memory books. She hadn’t been to Las Vegas since Bally’s was the MGM Grand and you could walk across the Strip directly to Caesars Palace. This was the pre-Mirage era. A different place in a much different time. This trip she would experience something unlike anything she had before. My mother would have her own terrace one bedroom suite for three glorious nights at our home away from home, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Here’s her journey through my words and our meticulous planning.

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Black Friday Shopping for Gay Men

Poinsettia Christmas If you are like me, you prefer Christmas shopping online. Especially when it comes to bigger holiday finds and fabulous presents for the people in your life. And gay men like what they like. But they also need something new in their life and it’s up to you to find it for them. Here’s where I come along to help! Grab your Sharpie and let’s get to ordering for the gay men in your life. Even if you’re shopping for yourself. It’s alright. Get yours! And grab me a little something, too!

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When Grown Men Chase Crowns

Steven MichaelWhat does it take to enter a contest or pageant and run for a national title? You may think you have an idea but there’s so much that goes into it that no one sees. Until now. I’m going to give you my tale, take and takeaway from this year’s Mr. Gay USofA competition in San Antonio, Texas., from a competitor’s point of view. Mine. My story may be quite similar or surprisingly different than my fellow contestants, but it’s my version and I mean no offense or foul to anyone by anything I share. What happens when grown gay men chase a prestigious pageant crown?! Somethings I’ll keep to myself. Everything else will be told. Here’s what happens…

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Drag Star Ballerina Serenity Lopez

Serenity LopezIntroducing Serenity T. Lopez… breakout drag star, talented ballerina and one smart cookie with a long history of intense dance training and making her dreams come true! I am part of a close-knit drag family called The Taylors and when you are fortunate to be part of a chosen gay family like I am you are blessed to meet others who immediately become part of your new family of fast friends. I had never met Serenity until we saw her pop up through social media sharing her amazing talents she delivers during her time with the Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. Then sister went up to Chicago and competed in Miss Continental and was the one everyone was talking about when it was over. Here’s my delicious interview with the dancing doll!

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Taking On Circus Circus Las Vegas

Steven MichaelI just returned from a quick trip over to Las Vegas where I stayed at the past-its-prime Circus Circus Hotel and Casino. Now, to be a fan and follower of my blog here you know I am a faithful follower of The Cosmopolitan and have stayed there the last seven times we’ve been to Sin City. However, it may be eight. I’ve lost count. But since this was a business trip I was on a budget and opted to save some coins and find an alternative. Through my membership at Last Minute Travel Club online I found myself reserving a room in the Casino Tower at Circus Circus. Via reviews on Trip Advisor (I do my research!) and prices, placement and the like, I hit submit and my confirmation was sent. Here’s my story.

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A Pageant Contestant’s Testimony

Mr. Gay USofA ContestsI’ve become guilty of doing something I read others for many times in social media, especially Facebook. I’ll post this about that expecting everyone to know what I’m talking about and unfortunately not everyone knows the Tea. (Tea = Truth, FYI) With the push towards my run to become the national Mr. Gay USofA 2015, I’ve had a number of people ask me exactly what I was involved with. I’ve put a number of promos and adverts out to get some buzz and hype going to hopefully gain support for my attempt which has brought on what I was looking for, inquiries and quizzes. It’s hard for me to keep quiet about something I’m excited about being involved with so I’m not afraid of promoting it. Plus, I love talking about my intentions because it makes me feel even more ready!

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Discovering Who Caitlyn Jenner Is

When I first heard the rumors throughout media that Olympian star and athletic hero Bruce Jenner was beginning his transition to becoming a woman, I admit it was hard for me to believe. I just didn’t see it coming. Sure, in photos we clearly could see that he had what appeared to be some touchups or face work as Bruce and let his hair grow out. Everyone I’ve ever known to transition took a longer road than what seemed to be ahead of who we now know as Caitlyn. And in the same breath I wasn’t around her to witness or know her personally so I could never answer to what she has been going through. And man, has she ever made a splash and created an unique platform for everyone transgender that has never been seen or heard before. More, please!

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