#1 After my question to him at last year's OUT100 on being a sex symbol, I finally got to more formally meet the adorable Brian Sims...who debuted his boyfriend at the event. (Not me.)
#2 After receiving a smattering of boos (the gays love their PrEP) and lots of cheers, Zachary Quinto still decided not to deliver a long speech since the Stage 48 crowd was rambunctious and drunk. After he accepted his award, host Lea DeLaria noted that the world is divided between those who did and those who did not see him in The Glass Menagerie:
#3 Speaking of which, yes, she did reference riding the fucking subway.
#4 Several Macy's models stood around looking like this and being judged by a room filled with gay men.
#5 Charming Samira Wiley thanked all of OUT's staff and her amazing parents for her award.
Jeremy Helligar's name will be familiar to pop culture junkies for his stints at Teen People and (Adult) People, but he's spent the last several years on a self-described “self-imposed exile” from NYC, travleing and living around the world—South America, Australia, Asia and Africa.
Helligar's journey is not without speedbumps, including racism (the title is a question he has heard way too often), mugging and some uncomfortable sex, the kind you pray won't happen to you but that you enjoy reading about. Also, there are good times, making this an interestingly varied read. It's not linear, it's introspective...and he does not forget to be funny.
I feel like the desire to take time off and discover one's self is a cliché...until one reaches one's thirties and forties and it all makes terrible sense. I'm completing my own memoir so it was illuminating to see how another writer in a similar situation to mine (I also worked at a teen mag, for one thing, but no, it's not true what they say about white men) approched the form.