John Russell

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  • 2 years ago

    On a recent interview for a job with a talent agency, Eli, 23, wore a man's shirt tucked into pants and boots—and a breast binder to flatten her chest. "Whenever a woman interview candidate walked out of the office, she was wearing a tight-f...

  • 6 years ago

    This year, Pride is laden with heavy political context—Stonewall's 40th anniversary, Prop. 8, marriage victories in Iowa, Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire, and the continuing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" fiasco. But good, old-fashioned demonstra...

  • 7 years ago | Culture

    Color me cynical, but when Pride season rolls around every June, I can't help but feel like that gay rainbow blends into a few predictable shades. God knows I love my Chelsea boys, with their physical perfection and enduring love of Erasure remixe...

  • 8 years ago

    If Halloween is Gay Christmas, then I guess Pride is, like, Gay Mardi Gras, right? The parade, the tourists, the hot drunk boys spilling onto the streets and out of their adorably ironic underoos—it all makes sense now! But this party's so gr...

  • 9 years ago

    Mr. Black calls itself a "dance den," and there is something very den-of-thieves, very pirate's den, about the shadowy, subterranean Noho bar. The low brick arches and exposed stone masonry bring Pirates of the Caribbean to mind, although Butt-Pir...

  • 9 years ago

    On any night of the week, there are about a kajillion things for the jaded urban party boy to do. Pride weekend is special, though. The bars will be filling up with fresh faces—out-of-towners and those bizarre New York gays who only go out du...