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May 20 2016
The Cure For What Ails Ya: Meet Terminally Hot Medical Student/Instastud Ryan Phelan Comments (0)
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(All images in this post via Ryan Phelan)

I have one of the fittest doctors ever, and it can be both aspirational and intimidating. I wonder how I'd react to a GP like Ryan Phelan, who was chosen by BuzzFeed as one of the country's hottest docs?

Screen Shot 2016-05-18 at 3.06.00 PM“Doctor, it hurts when I go like this.” “Okay, do it a few times and it won't anymore.”

Ryan is not only physically fit, he's a show-off; you'll find him all over social media, usually with most of his clothes off ... which at times is just what the doctor ordered. The openly gay student wants to be anesthesiologist, and he's already a knockout.

I wanted to get to the bottom of Ryan's Internet fame, his social media supremacy and his fitness tips, so I sent him some questions and he sent me some answers and, well, here ya go!

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Boy Culture: What was the first image you posted on your Instagram, and what got you into physique selfies?

Ryan Phelan: The very first picture I posted on Instagram was on top of Eyjafjallajökull, a glacier in Iceland. I was on a trip with my father. I made a “duck face,” naturally. Traveling is by far my favorite hobby—to date I've been to 41 countries and six of the seven continents! My goal is to visit all the countries before I die!

Fitness has always been a priority in my life. Playing sports throughout high school and college required me to stay in shape and work hard. In today’s society, I guess the natural flow of things is to then post selfies about it.

IMG_6563He does, in fact, own a shirt and long pants.

BC: What have been some of your favorite responses?

RP: One of my favorite things about Instagram is its ability to bring a huge variety of people together. This leads to some pretty interesting comments. I think my favorite are the ones that call me out on my nonsense. It’s important to be kept honest and humble. Plus, I love sarcasm!

Think he has no sense of humor about his online selfies? He says he loves smart-assed comments. “I think my favorite are the ones that call me out on my nonsense.”

BC: What's your favorite image you've posted?

RP: My favorite image was taken in Mykonos on a trip to Greece last summer. I’m in a Speedo leaning against a church. I like the contrast, both of color and ideas. Often times my favorite images aren’t the ones that get the most likes.

Screen Shot 2016-05-18 at 3.15.29 PMRyan's favorite snap: Bitch has good taste!

BC: What's your favorite part of your body, and is there a part that's hardest to work out/to achieve the look you want?

RP: To avoid being cliché and giving an answer about loving your whole self, I’d have to say my chest—mainly because I don’t have to work very hard on it. I thank my father for the genetics.

Ultimately I want to get my physique to a level that is pretty hard to attain while in medical school: 24-hour calls, studying, long days, etc., make dieting and working out as often as I need to very hard.

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BC: What's your advice for people who want to be fit and look good but hate the gym?

RP: The gym isn’t the only place to get fit. Fitness starts with diet. “Abs are made in the kitchen, not in the gym.” There are many alternatives to the gym—running, cycling, yoga, boot camps, etc. I would offer that once you start going more and more, the gym starts to become a place to relieve stress and achieve your goals, and thus becomes much more enjoyable.

Thinking of trying steroids to get the Ryan Phelan look fast? “The potential acute problems and unavoidable long-term effects are not worth the gain.”

BC: Common saying among people ogling bodies online: “Isn't everyone on steroids?” Do you think testosterone boosts/HGH are to be avoided, or okay in moderation, and what supplements do you use/recommend?

RP: Many, MANY, MANY people use illegal supplements, be it HGH/testosterone/steroids, etc., to get to where they want to be physically. I have never, and never plan on, using them myself. The potential acute problems and unavoidable long-term effects are not worth the gain.

I use whey protein, BCAAs, and pre-work energy in addition to a diet that is generally mainly chicken, ground turkey, veggies and salads. Butter pecan Häagen-Dazs, pizza, and onion rings get me sometimes!

Screen Shot 2016-05-18 at 2.59.54 PMTake two of these and call me in the morning.

BC: Would you ever do a video fitness series on YouTube?

RP: I’ve often considered this, as well as combining general health information that many young people are missing out on. There are a lot of misconceptions about fitness and health that are propagated in the younger generations that I wish could be fixed. Health and fitness in our country is severely lacking, with 1/3 of all people being obese. It's an epidemic that needs to be worked on from as many angles as possible.

Asked if posting provocative selfies online could affect his future employment, Ryan is confident it won't: “This is becoming less pertinent as our generation is taking over.”

BC: A recent hit piece (on a blog devoted to pictures of musclebound social-media stars!) attacked people like Bryan Hawn and Steve Grand for relying too heavily on their bodies and being narcissistic, concluding with a hope that people like them would just go away. What's the harm in doing what you're doing, and/or how would you respond to that kind of criticism?

RP: I try to avoid criticizing people for things they clearly enjoy doing. Fitness and physique are two things that take A LOT of work and people should be proud of the work that they have done. Your physical image is only one piece of the puzzle.

Screen Shot 2016-05-18 at 3.01.46 PMThing thing about narcissists is that sometimes, they have a definite point.

BC: As a third-year med student, have you ever had any concerns that your online presence would turn off patients or make potential employers/co-workers uncomfortable?

RP: Like all people, doctors and medical students have social lives. My Instagram merely is a look into my life outside of the hours of studying, library time, mock exams, or clerkships I do all day. I’ve spent the last several years studying and working nonstop to be able to be in a position to dedicate my professional life to my patients and their health. Seeing me on vacation, working on fitness, at festivals with friends, etc., shouldn’t concern employers or patients, with my intellect or ability to care for patients. This is becoming less pertinent as our generation is taking over.

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BC: When I was a kid, my doctor had a limp and literally smoked while examining me. (It was the '70s.) I was never intimidated by his physicality/perfect health/looks. As an adult, my doc is very handsome and fit. Do you think being seen by a very fit health professional helps (inspires) or can intimidate patients, and how do you expect you'll handle patients who need to be in better shape?

RP: I think it’s important that doctors and med students should be healthy. They/we are leaders in the health community and need to guide patients accordingly. I often see doctors/medical students that smoke or are overweight and I find it odd that they could then go to a patient and tell them that they need to stop smoking or lose weight. We ought to lead by example and by word, not by word alone.

Ryan thinks doctors should look and act the part: “We ought to lead by example and by word, not by word alone.”

BC: What are your future professional goals?

RP: Professionally I would love to be an anesthesiologist. I love procedural-based medicine, the ability to comfort patients in pain, and the science behind the medications. Next March will be my match year, though, so I wont know till then!

BC: What are your goals as a social-media personality?

RP: Social media is a hobby! I try not to put too much thought into it and just go with the flow!

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Apr 18 2016
Blond Admissions: Madonna's BLOND AMBITION Dancers Open Up On Their Revealing New Documentary Comments (0)

IMG_6062 copyFront: Luis Camacho. Back (L-R): Ester Gould, Reijer Zwaan, Carlton Wilborn, Kevin Stea, Oliver Crumes, Slam Gauwloos. (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

Strike a Pose, the touching documentary that catches us up on the lives of Madonna's dancers from her Blond Ambition World Tour and the ensuing warts-and-all documentary Truth or Dare, is currently playing the Tribeca Film Festival. This limited engagement was enough to score me some face time with five of the seven original dancers: Slam Gauwloos, Carlton Wilborn, Luis Camacho, Oliver Crumes and Kevin Stea (Gabriel Trupin died of AIDS in the mid-'90s and Jose Gutierez was doing another interview).

Check out my review of Strike a Pose

First, I thought I was getting them in a crowded round table session, so I only had a couple of questions prepared. After all, I'd once been in the same situation with Madonna and it had been a battle to get a word in edgewise. As I got into a cab, I received word I'd have them to myself. Gulp. Could I handle those guys? They seemed high-maintenance in Truth or Dare, holding their own in scenes alongside the planet's biggest superstar. On that topic, Slam later noted of Madonna, “She was not that insecure, you know? I think a lot of artists don’t do that because of their insecurities. She just was perfect at picking the good talent, putting it together, and just, in the end, it made her look better, too.” Kevin chimed in, “When you’re secure with yourself as a star, you want stars around you.”

I frantically dashed off some impressionistic questions. Lucky for me, I'd seen Strike a Pose as well as Truth or Dare and do know quite a bit about the subject matter, so even though I ultimately wound up sharing them with one other journalist, I was ready for these guys and wasn't too nervous that they'd gang up on me.

Making things easier, I found the boys—now men—to be extremely articulate, witty and forthcoming, as you might expect from the cast of Truth or Dare, which has been called the “grandmother of reality TV.” (I submit that Madonna might prefer “aunt.”)

If I dominated a bit, I hope the other writer can forgive me. After all, these were the guys who showed me it was okay to be gay, and who were in the position I most coveted 25 years ago: Madonna-adjacent.

As the film shows and as my life experience had already taught me, glamour is often an illusion, and reality is better anyway. 

Keep reading for my talk with the guys, and with filmmakers Reijer Zwaan and Ester Gould ...

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Feb 29 2016
The Passion Of Joey: An Interview With Joey Suarez Comments (0)

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If Joey hasn't pinged your radar yet, it's time to recalibrate.

Joey's already big on Twitter, bigger on Facebook and huge on Instagram.

This 22-year-old is a multi-hyphenate, except along with model and singer, tax man is in the mix. Yes, he's studying tax law while pursuing the arts. It's debatable which is his backup plan.

Also of note, the artist is not only out, he came out at 14 to his 11 brothers and sisters back in San Antonio, Texas, the kind of story that wouldn't have been possible the year he was born, but that's become increasingly common—thankfully!

Keep reading for my Q&A with the young artist ...

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Feb 22 2016
The YOUNGER Games: A Q&A With The Actress Behind The Show's Pansexual Publicist Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2016-02-20 at 4.28.25 PMMolly Bernard (L) in a still from Younger (Ali Paige/Goldstein/TV Land)

Actress Molly Bernard is currently spicing things up on TV Land's Younger, playing the pansexual publicist having a steamy relationship with Debi Mazar's character. The star, starring Sutton Foster, Hilary Duff, and Nico Tortorella, provides many a water-cooler moment ... or would, if offices still had those.

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Next up, she'll be seen in Sully, the biopic about pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) directed by Clint Eastwood.

Check out my interview with the multi-talented actress after the jump ...

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Nov 29 2015
Joe Putignano's Clothing, Half-Off; His Book, Even Cheaper! Comments (0)

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Statue-bodied Joe Putignano reminds us that his excellent Acrobaddict—I interviewed him here—is available for less than 5 bucks as part of a short-lived Black Friday-ish sale.

 
Oct 25 2015
In Love With Love: An Intimate Times Square Chat with hopefulROMANTIC Matt Zarley Comments (0)

4136136_origZarley in a scene from hopefulROMANTIC, which features George Takei

Even though we'd crossed paths, I'd never officially met singer Matt Zarley until our candlelit dinner at the Red Eye Grill in NYC two weeks ago. He'd been the musical guest at a Broadway Bares Solo Strips event, but that had been the closest I'd come to his orbit.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef017d408a2855970c-550wiStrutting his stuff at Broadway Bares: Winter Burlesque in 2013

Matt was in NYC promoting his biggest project yet, the original, mostly dialogue-free mini-musical film hopefulROMANTIC, described as a story about “loving, letting go, and holding onto faith that there's somebody for everybody.”

Zarley, who had a cherished relationship end last year, seemingly poured his feelings into the film, which has been in 24 short-film fests (winning awards at the Best Shorts Awards, The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival and the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival).

Check out my romance-themed Q&A with Zarley, conducted in and around Times Square, after the jump ...

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Oct 20 2015
The Big Deaths: Porn Bigshots Gino Colbert & David Forest Comments (0)

The world of gay porn continues to suffer losses. In the wake of Blue Blake's death at 52, it has recently been disclosed that legendary director (and former actor) Gino Colbert died of a heart attack at 58 back in August. (Why is this only coming out now?)
Screen Shot 2015-10-20 at 4.16.46 PMColbert made many memorable films (including some with gay, bi and trans themes), and was well-liked in the industry.

Also I just noticed that colorful porn agent David Forest, who represented some of the biggest names in the biz in a way that alienated many and that landed him a stint in prison, died that same month. Here is his obit.

Forest's first career was in music, a field in which he worked for David Geffen and built a name handling the likes of Carole King, Aerosmith and countless other marquee artists.

Forest was just 66, and died as the result of side effects from diabetes.

Although I worked in porn for years, I never encountered Forest until this past summer, when he approached me to interview his client Mark Dalton, a controversial gay-for-pay figure in porn who, like Forest, had done prison time. I found Dalton to be very charming in person, and my interview received tens of thousands of views, which made Forest ecstatic. He raved about how successful it had been, talking a blue streak to me on the phone.

On July 26, he sent his final e-newsletter update, which read, in part:

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Jul 09 2015
The High Cost Of Loving: An Interview With BOULEVARD's Roberto Aguire Comments (0)

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When Robin Williams died, some people were shocked that a man so capable of joy and mirth was secretly so tortured that he'd take his own life. The release of the final film in which he appeared provides another example of this phenomenon—a compartmentalized persona struggling to deal with reality in fits instead of accepting the totality of it. 

Without giving too much away, it ends better than Williams's story did.

Roberto & RobinBoulevard, directed by Dito Montiel, follows the late-in-life coming-out of a meek bank teller (Williams), who is attracted to and seems to do penance for what he sees as his own shortcomings by helping a street hustler (Roberto Aguire of Struck by Lightning), meeting with him furtively behind the back of his no-nonsense, film-buff wife partner (Kathy Baker).

The film probably wouldn't have Vito Russo doing cartwheels in that the Williams character, “Nolan,” is pretty miserable and the set-up is nothing new, but there is a surprising depth to the situation, and it comes not from Williams (who is good, if slightly awkwardly creepy at times) but from Aguire, whose character “Leo's” inability to cope is actually far more devastating than his john's.

Keep reading for my interview with Aguire ...

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