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Monday 01.17.22

JOVANI & HARPER

A conversation between the two soloists

Jovani Furlan (left) joined the New York City Ballet as a soloist in 2019. Born and raised in Brazil, 11-year-old Jovani got his start dancing at the Bolshoi Theater School in his hometown of Joinville, where the famed Russian institution has its only satellite school outside of Moscow. “I started because my grandma thought I had talent, she was like, ‘you love dancing at family barbecues so maybe you should take this test for the ballet school.’” He adds, “My party trick would be doing the splits.” Jovani also spent several years with the Miami City Ballet, first attending their school on scholarship, then joining the company and eventually being promoted to principal dancer in 2017.

 

 

Originally hailing from Dover, New Hampshire, Harper Watters (right) has been with the Houston Ballet for a decade and a soloist with the company for nearly half that time. His parents, both college English professors, signed him up for dance lessons at a young age because he had a lot of energy. “I’ve always loved attention and I’ve always been a natural performer,” he explains. Through social media and viral videos (like the one where he’s running on a treadmill in pink heels), he has also found a way to connect with a wider audience than just classical ballet lovers. “I’ve needed the self-expression that things like Instagram have given me. Being more comfortable outside the studio allows me to be more comfortable inside the studio, which then allows me to be a better dancer.” …

Monday 01.10.22

The Czech Gay Twins

The Czech Gay Twins (that’s what they’re known as to their loyal and horny fans) were not born in the Czech Republic but in a small town in Ukraine. They recently started creating OnlyFans content together after a friend advised them they’d be very popular. The twins now live in Berlin where they have continued their online erotic brand. They would tell us their exact age but it’s safe to assume they're in their mid 20’s. We decided to reach out and ask them some questions to get to know them a little better.

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Saturday 12.18.21

STEPHANIE YOUNG

On a late summer morning, we called writer Stephanie Young to talk about her latest book of poems, Pet Sounds, and about her scholarship on disparity in contemporary American poetry. What follows is our conversation alongside an excerpt from Pet Sounds, the poem “IN MY MEME.” Meow.

Trying to be a good researcher, I listened to Van Morrison’s song “Madame George,” the original take from his album T. B. Sheets, referred to throughout Pet Sounds. It was cool to hear all the voices intermix and interrupt. What drew you to writing your version of “Madame George?” I have a group of friends who get a place in the summertime to write together. Revising and revising. I was driving home from that retreat, it was in the days past CDs and yet my car still had a CD player. I had that album [T.B. Sheets] in the car. I put it on and it did that kind of Proustian thing, opening up a wormhole into the past. It opened up a history, an autobiographical story that I wanted to tell. This complicated story about being bi, and about not wanting to ever claim that because I live in a relationship that’s recognized as a cis-hetero couple in the world.

 

I was listening to that song and remembering arriving in California. That summer, there was a dryness in the air. It was probably a fire season moment. I remembered arriving in California 20 years earlier. Music holds the past; it holds these moments up. And then it opened up. I couldn’t stop listening to the song. I went on a serious bender.

 

This is a way that poetry feels related to the essay form for me. Once I started listening and had that moment of encounter that felt almost mystical or something, I’m like, “oh, research. …

Monday 12.13.21

LOEWE and Jonathan Anderson celebrate Florian Krewer’s new book at the Twist

A night full of color with GAYLETTER during the 2021 Art Basel Miami Beach

Friday 12.10.21

Inside Florian Krewer’s latest book

The publication accompanied the LOEWE SS22 Men's presentation.

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Tuesday 12.07.21

Tom of Finland 101: Raw Anatomy

After a two year hiatus, the Tom of Finland Foundation celebrated their first live Art & Culture Festival at Second Home in Los Angeles

Thursday 11.04.21

Alan Cumming celebrates the release of his latest book “Baggage” at L’Avenue at Saks Fifth Avenue

Featuring a DJ set by Lady Bunny

Tuesday 11.02.21

Mr. Mickey continues to add a little sparkle to our lives

The fashion darling, and dear friend, Mickey Boardman talks about his new fashion brand and the bitches he loves most...

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Wednesday 10.27.21

The Drag Explosion Book Party at Parkside Lounge in NYC

Linda Simpson celebrates the second re-print of her book "The Drag Explosion" with performances by Julie J, Voxigma Lo, Paris Alexander and Linda Felcher

Friday 10.22.21

Gilbert Lewis

Gilbert Lewis  is a figurative painter focused on documenting the queer male experience. Though much of his career was spent on portraiture of young men in his local Philadelphia, his consistent involvement in Philly’s queer scene and his work as an art therapist at a local nursing home also endeared Lewis to his greater community.

 

Originally from Virginia, Lewis first moved to Philadelphia in 1963 to study at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and later the Philadelphia College of Art. He was also awarded the prestigious William Emlen Cresson Memorial Travel Scholarship in 1967, which he used to travel to Italy and study the works of 14th century Sienese painters and the artists of the Florentine Renaissance. Through this education, Lewis honed his skills as a painter of watercolor and gouache. These earlier years also saw Lewis become a fixture of his Philadelphia community and find his niche painting young queer men and elders.

 

 

 

 

Lewis, Untitled (Striped Portrait), c.2000.

 

Untitled (Young Man in Disco Shirt), c. 2000.

 

Untitled (Young Man with Nose Ring), c. 2000.

 

Lewis, Portrait, 2000.

 

 

 

Lewis’ experience as a mainstay of Philadelphia’s queer community was reflected in his portraiture. The network of friends and acquaintances that he built in the city regularly sat for his portraits and were encouraged by Lewis to bring their favorite cassette tapes or CDs to play while he worked. Over the 20 years Lewis spent working as an art therapist in a nursing home, he invited many of the home’s geriatric residents to sit for his portraits as well. …

Monday 10.18.21

A toast to celebrate GAYLETTER issue 14 at The Moore hotel in New York City

Tuesday 09.28.21

Miami Beach Pride 2021 Polaroids
by photographer Robert Coombs