Category Archives: HERE’S THE TEA

True Confessions of a Pageant Papi

I just returned home from competing for the title Mr. Gay Sin City USofA in Las Vegas last week. For the first time ever I kept quiet about where I was headed as I prepared to propel forward to reaching my dream and again compete nationally for the title Mr. Gay USofA. It was so hard to keep quiet because I am a firm believer in being your own biggest fan and top salesman. I tend to be very vocal with all the GO! FIGHT! STEVE! I’m able to muster. I become very pep rally for myself because no one does it for me. And that’s ok. It should matter to me the most! …

Hot Topics in Gay Culture Today

When it comes to what’s happening in gay culture, Steven Michael knows exactly what’s happening or at least has an opinion about it. From RuPaul’s Drag Race to fabulous summer travel and even discussing something known as the presidential race, nothing is off limits. If it concerns me or warrants the attention of a blog post, read it here! …

Summer Essentials – Palm Springs

Am I talking about summertime already?! Yeah, it sure looks like it. It’s only the premiere of April but with sunshine blazing bright on warmer days, the inevitable is in sight. HEAT! I’ve lived here in Palm Springs for over 14 years now and have seen a few summers come and go. As a local you quickly figure out to do errands and around-town running early in the morning to get it accomplished before the afternoon heat meets your skin. We assess where to park our cars for the best shade, close up the homes to keep any extra solar out during the hot days and complain to anyone willing to listen. Day trips are a must and weekend getaways…

Bear (and Bare) With Me, Please!

Dear Followers of IAMSTEVENMICHAEL, I’m so sorry I haven’t posted anything lately but it seems a few weeks ago my site was hacked. I’ve had a tech geek look it over and correct the shade but I’m now waiting for Google to “crawl” back across my pages and clear me for take-off. It could be […]

Let Me Dance For You – The Resume

I was recently hired to choreograph a local drag entertainer for a preliminary to Miss Gay America. As I prepared for the job, creating steps and a solid concept with her, I wondered to myself why am I not pursuing this more? I have tons of experience in the industry of drag with incredible connections […]

Celebrating California Queens 2016

I just retuned from a two-day stint in Long Beach where I judged two of the Miss Gay California USofA pageants held at Executive Suite Nightclub on Pacific Coast Highway. I had one ki-ki of a good-ass time. Yes, Gawd! Alongside drag icon Tommie Ross, fellow Brother in Shine Xavier Valentino, my new Good Judy Andrew T. Michael and Miss Gay California USofA Newcomer promoter Alyssa Nicole Whitney, I assisted in crowning our new title holders: Flame Monroe – Miss Gay California USofA ’16 and The Legendary Misty Knight – Miss Gay California USofA Classic ’16. …

Happy Holidays at The Cosmopolitan

Even though we brought mom into Las Vegas for Thanksgiving, the husband and I decide 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. …

Reviewing Out and About Dad

Think 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…

Time Doesn’t Matter in Las Vegas

I 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. …

Black Friday Shopping for Gay Men

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! …