2 new local pubs target LGBTs of color

Online publishing seems to be the way to go for upstart magazines. Two local LGBT pubs recently announced their debut and have their sights set on specific audiences.

Reina is the creation of Ashlei Spivey, who apparently also goes by Vonnie Spiv.  The launch party was held July 10 at Chocolate Secrets. Here’s the mission of Reina as stated in their press kit:

The magazine envisions bridging resources in the lesbian community of color through discourse surrounding various subjects pertinent to this community. Reina believes in expanding the voice of the community. Even though the magazine is targeted to lesbians of color, there is something is this magazine for everyone. We embrace our community and our allies.

View the current issue here. According to their Facebook page, the mag’s website goes interactive on Thursday.

While Spivey’s magazine will be geared mostly to lesbians of color, BlaqOut Dallas is gearing up to be a resource for the entire black queer demographic of the area.  Fahari’s Harold Steward is behind the magazine but said, “the community is my team.” The official launch for the magazine is expected to be this fall, but he encourages everyone to visit their Facebook page until the website is built. This is the current description of the mag:

BlaqOut Dallas is an online publication that profiles the people, organizations, arts, politics and culture of the Black Queer North Texas community.

Roneka Patterson did an impressive photo shoot for the mag that can be seen on their page.

When asked if there was room for two magazines devoted to LGBTs of color in Dallas, Steward replied, “There is room for many more.”

—  Rich Lopez

Ex-principal of TX youth prison denies he gave inmates blow jobs, promised them birthday cake

John Paul Hernandez

The former principal of a West Texas juvenile prison testified Thursday that five male inmates who accuse him of sexual abuse made up the allegations in a possible attempt to get released from the facility.

John Paul Hernandez, 45, is on trial for 11 counts of abusing the inmates, including sexual assault. Hernandez’s former assistant at the West Texas State School in Pyote, Ray Brookins, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on similar charges last year. The abuse scandal led to an overhaul of the Texas Youth Commission.

Hernandez and Brookins allegedly gave the young male inmates candy and promised them birthday cake in exchange for abusing them. In some cases, the inmates were threatened with retaliation if they didn’t go along. Hernandez and Brookins would summon the inmates from their dorms late at night and take them to ball fields and darkened classrooms to carry out the abuse, according to a 2005 report by the Texas Rangers.

When authorities searched Brookins’ state-owned house at the school, they found a 16-year-old living there along with hundreds of pornographic videos, magazines and various sex toys.

All five of the inmates testified against Hernandez this week during his trial. Prosecutors are continuing their cross-examination of Hernandez today.

—  John Wright

In a Volatile Week, Refresh with Out Magazine’s Love Stories

It's been a rather heavy week, hasn't it? If you need a break from the quite depressing news, check out Out Magazine's cover story, "Twenty-Three Love Stories." 


In general in the LGBTQ community, we spend so much time fighting for equal rights, the ability to serve in the military, and the right TO love that we often don't have a lot of time to take notice of all the love around us. Out's series takes a look at twenty-three different love stories, and uses the that phrase expansively – between gay men, lesbian women, and within mixed multi-generational families.



My own contribution is the story "Three Kids, Two Dads, One Uncle." 


Having known one of the subjects for years, I was delighted to write about them. David Christmas used to be my volunteer coordinator at God's Love We Deliver, where I chop vegetables on Wednesday evenings. 

I'd always been fascinated by David's life. He's a great story teller, particularly about his days as an actor, when he was in "Dames at Sea" opposite Bernadette Peters, and about when he appeared in a screen test for the lead in "Myra Brickinridge." But David's greatest story of all was about how he ended moving in with his gay nephew Robert and his partner John, when they (somewhat unexpectedly) ended up with three new born children in just a few month's time.

You can read their whole tale here.


It's not often we hear about gay men being parents and grandparents, especially in an intergenerational way, and I'm touched I could play a part in sharing these kind mens' story.  


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Constance McMillen On Teen Suicide And Bullying; Is Voted One Of Glamour Magazine’s ‘Women Of The Year’

Constance McMillen speaks to the AP about teen suicide and also reveals that she was never a victim of bullying until after she fought her school district's decision to prohibit her form bringing her girlfriend to the prom.

Cm McMillen, 18, said she became emotional after reading about the suicides of 13-year-old Seth Walsh, of California, who hanged himself outside his home after enduring taunts from classmates, and of Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old Rutgers University freshman who killed himself after his sexual encounter was secretly streamed online.

"I read it on Facebook. I was so upset about this that I could not sleep," McMillen said. "I knew it had to be terrible for them to choose death as a way to escape what they were living in."

McMillen said she has had her own suicidal thoughts. "But I never really considered it to the point where I almost did it," she said. "Everybody thinks about it when times get hard."

Growing up in the small town of Fulton, Miss., McMillen said she wasn't bullied until school officials canceled the prom rather than allow McMillen and her girlfriend to attend as a couple. "I went through a lot of harassment and bullying after the lawsuit, and I realized how bad it felt being in that position," she said.

McMillen has also been named one of Glamour magazine's "Women of the Year" for 2010. In that article, Melissa Etheridge expressed her own pride for McMillen: “She stood up and said, ‘This is who I am.’ When someone does that, it changes the world. It gives hope.”

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Men’s Magazines Stop Pushing Unrealistic Twink Image. Now, For The Unattainable Muscled Image

Skinny twinks are so over, declare a whole slew of men's magazine editors. So goodbye to the Dior and Jil Sander prototypes and say hello to Jon Hamm, we're now being told to believes in a Times trend piece that gets recycled every 12 months. GQ's editor Jim Nelson (a homogay) claims "the twink thing seems over. When people open GQ, I don’t want them to feel like they’re looking at clothes on 16-year-olds." Adds Details editor Dan Peres (a heterostraight): "[W]e have a product to produce that, in the end, has to be relatable to a reader, a reader who wants to be able to see some vision of himself in the pages of a magazine." Because what guy doesn't wake up in the morning, do a set of push ups, and end up looking like Chris Pine? (Not that I have the frail body of Jared Leto, either.)

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—  John Wright