7 posts categorized "DARRYL STEPHENS"

Sep 09 2015
Why Are Gay Guys Obsessed With Storytelling?: Darryl Stephens On His New Book REQUIRED READING Comments (0)

Mad Hatter; Photo: @ericraptosh #tbt

A photo posted by Darryl Stephens (@darrylstephens) on Aug 27, 2015 at 2:06pm PDT

Darryl Stephens, one of the actors who starred in the film version of Boy Culture (2006), and who is known to many for his titular role in the series Noah's Arc (2005-2006), and/or from the series DTLA (2012), contributes this essay on the occasion of the publication of his first book, Required Reading.

As always, he expresses himself with conviction and intelligence. I'm honored to include his work on the site.—Matt

Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 1.09.55 AMI recently wrote and published a book called Required Reading: How to Get Your Life for GoodIt’s part memoir, part motivational, and intended for anyone who might be interested in discovering how I’ve managed to make it to 41 years old as an unapologetic, openly gay black man. 

Since Noah’s Arc first aired ten years ago, I’ve been hearing from people from all over the world, asking my advice on dating/relationships, or coming out to their families/friends, or navigating their careers as openly LGBT artists. The visibility that series provided me really opened my eyes to how many people are really struggling with these issues.

Initially, my book was going to be more “Dear Abby” in tone, as I’d planned to include people’s real questions on topics affecting the LGBT community and then share my advice as tidy, politically correct, inspiring responses. But as I was writing, I realized that without the context of how I came to reach these various understandings, readers would have no reason to consider my opinion worthy of their consideration. Personalizing the lessons by rooting them in my own experiences, be they “failures” or “successes,” seemed to make my conclusions more relatable. Making it personal also allowed for the tone to be more conversational, which meant that I could be honest about the things I’m still struggling with, rather than throwing advice down from the proverbial mountain top.

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Jan 11 2013
That's Hot Comments (1)
AfterElton has chosen Boy Culture as not only being among the modern movies with the best gay sex scenes, but the #1 modern movie with the best gay sex scene. So cool! So hot.
Dec 14 2010
On The Download Comments (12)

Wolfe Video has launched a new PSA asking fans of LGBT films to "Pay to Play"—to actually pay for films instead of illegally downloading them. When the Boy Culture movie was released, I had a Google Alerts set up and was shocked how many pirated files existed within weeks. I remember one site had something like 10,000 views already. Some who'd posted the entire movie on YouTube pushed back when asked to remove them, arguing that it was a public service for closeted gay kids to see the movie for free.

Celebrities including Darryl Stephens from Boy Culture have joined the campaign, which I support—because gay bitches need to get paid...

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Nov 05 2010
Boy Culture Turns 5: My Favorite Posts Comments (23)


Img_0736As of midnight tonight, it will be exactly five years since my first post. It's hard to imagine it's been that long, and a lot's changed—the tone and subject matter are different, how often I post, my limits (no nudity in a couple of years due to ad constraints). I've devoted a crazy amount of time and money and energy to this blog for a very small financial return (you couldn't guess low enough), but it's always rewarding to have this forum with which to express myself, keep my writing ability fluid, perhaps influence a couple of people here and there, share obsessions with strangers (in both senses of the word) and learn new things.

6wzn3lxTake That's Howard...can you believe this happened onstage at a pop concert?

Here are some of the posts that were most important to Boy Culture's history. For the uninitiated, some of the oldest ones refer to Boy Culture, the movie made of my novel; I started the blog at the time Boy Culture was being filmed as a way to keep people informed of the progress...and it all snowballed from there.


Some of these posts are milestones when it comes to the hits they provided but most are filled with original writing and/or photography and video and are just the posts of which I'm proudest. I hope you'll take some time to click on them and send their links around to others—and some time is what you'll need...



FROM BOY TO MAN: BC B.C. (2007): The entire history of my novella, novel and movie Boy Culture; might be my ultimate post.

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"Your pictures suck" (2008): An art critic attacks me, but not without sustaining some hits in return.

GUYDAR (since at least January 17, 2008) & ENDS OF THE WORLD (since at least January 13, 2008): Attractive men of the world—I got your backs. Your fronts, too.

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6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54f699b958834-800wiTriBeCa is for Boy lovers...

BOY ON FILM (2006): An account of the NYC launch party for Boy Culture as it played the TriBeCa Film Fest.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54f7f10b58834-800wiI was left "Reeling" by the experience

FRIENDS AND "FAMILY" (2006): The movie version of Boy Culture hits Chicago.

RAPT PUPIL (2006): The final night of Outfest with Boy Culture; I was fat but on the other hand got to meet Bryan Singer.

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DRAWN TOGETHER (2008): How my desire to draw related to my secret desire. One of my absolute favorite posts.


6a00d8341c2ca253ef00e54f2f319b8833-800wiDeath of the party—Jeff in high school, already halfway through his life

BURNING MAN (2007): Tribute to my late high school friend and first romance.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef010536a813e5970bI had the Fever for Jon-Erik Hexum

AN OBSESSION IS BORN (2009): One of my best posts about my obsession with...obsession.

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ILLINOIS DEATH TRIP (2007): Ruminations on death while revisiting a past home, and the past.

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PASSING BY (2008): Mourning the loss of a person I only met once.

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HAVEN'T WE MET? (2010): Celebrating my time with someone I've only met once—Madonna.

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Apr 09 2010
And The Boys In The Band Played On Comments (0)

A West Coast revival of The Boys in the Band (I quite liked the recent, much-maligned New York revival) features two of my favorite acting persons/personable actors, Greg Siff (as sexpig Larry) and Darryl Stephens (as eagerly self-deprecating Bernard).

Fittingly (since at least five of the original play's actors and its director died of AIDS), the production benefits AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Check it out here.

Jan 10 2009
Quite A Pair Comments (0)


Darryl Stephens—my pal and one of the stars of Boy Culture—joins DeMarco Majors in a pair of "Portraits Express" by Francois Rousseau in PREFMag (Novembre—Décembre 2008). The appearance was to help promote Noah's Arc: Jumping The Broom, the theatrical version of his much-missed LOGO show.

Didn't realize that movie had been released in October? I almost missed it myself—and yet it made over $500,000, coming close to matching the take of his much more hyped Another Gay Movie (over $600,000).

DeMarco is an out basketballer I've never heard of, but who—in shorts short—is someone I intend to research.
Dec 05 2008
Boy Culture's main boy (image from here) also won.

I'm not sure how a film that was officially released a year and nine months ago—let alone one made years before that—is just now winning another award, but I'm sure the filmmakers will take it! Had no idea it was even happening.

Boy Culture won the Indie Film Award at The 2008 Glitter Awards, held last night at The 3a8411504b9eab6984352440 Hookah Lounge in Hollywood. The Glitters were devised to honor films with gay and lesbian content, and this particular award is for "a U.S. independent gay themed motion picture...for a filmmaker, who with scarce resources, or a limited budget, has been able to bring his/her vision to the screen."

As he did at Outfest (in 2006!), Derek Magyar also took home Best Actor. Which means he won an award, not that he's on the down-low with Bryce Johnson. Though Bryce was actually there and won Best Actor In A Supporting Role for the film Freshman Orientation.

Cute Bryce won for a truly wretched, IMHO, film.

The ceremony—which featured Boy Culture alumni Magyar, Jonathon Trent, Darryl Stephens and Q. Allan Brocka as presenters—will be seen at imdb.com in January.

All the winners (The Bubble won big; it was a good movie with a ridiculously bad ending), in the order in which they were awarded (with presenters in parentheses):

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