Tag Archives: Gay Culture

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! …

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…

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 […]

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! …

When Grown Men Chase Crowns

What 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…

Drag Star Ballerina Serenity Lopez

Introducing 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. …

A Pageant Contestant’s Testimony

I’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. …

Homeless LGBTQ Youth – How To Help!

Every once in a while I like to turn the focus and attention toward serious matters affecting our amazing community of brothers and sisters in need. I received a wonderful email from a sweet girl names Janessa Dayan who works with a truly giving group called Goodshop and Goodsearch. Their company motto is “You Shop. You Save. We Give.” I’ve placed the entire press release here for you to read through. I hope you take the time to check these organizations out. Happy Gay Pride Month! …