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GLAAD Nominees

GLAAD, the world’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, announced the nominees for the 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards. RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 13 finalist Gottmik announced nominees in select GLAAD Media Awards categories live via GLAAD’s TikTok channel.

The GLAAD Media Awards honor media for fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues. Since its inception in 1990, the GLAAD Media Awards have grown to be the most visible annual LGBTQ awards show in the world, sending powerful messages of acceptance to audiences globally. The 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards are presented by Gilead Sciences, Inc. and Ketel One Family Made Vodka.

For a full list of nominees, see below or HERE. A tip sheet with a breakdown of nominations by media and trends among the nominees is available HERE

The 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards nominees were published, released, or broadcast between January 1 and December 31, 2021. The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies, which fund GLAAD’s work to accelerate LGBTQ acceptance, will be held in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton on Saturday, April 2, 2022, and in New York at the Hilton Midtown on Friday, May 6, 2022.

“Media can create positive change and this year’s nominees represent powerful projects, stories, and creators that positively shifted culture and enlightened audiences with new and impactful LGBTQ stories,” said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “There are more nominees this year than ever before, highlighting a growing landscape of LGBTQ visibility, and serving as a reminder of the critical role that film, television, music, journalism, and other forms of media can play in growing LGBTQ acceptance in the face of ongoing attacks against our community.”

Streaming services saw a total of 63 nominees, with cable receiving 39 nominations, and broadcast networks receiving 17 nominations. HBO/HBO Max scored the most nominations of any network with a total of 19 nominees, followed by Netflix with 17 nominees. Hulu received 7 nominations, while ABC, MSNBC, and Peacock all received 4 nominations. In the Spanish-language categories, Univision and Telemundo both received two nominations.

During a year when anti-transgender violence rose and lawmakers across the U.S. introduced an unprecedented number of bills attempting to stop transgender youth from participating in sports and accessing gender-affirming healthcare, many of the nominees at the 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards centered on transgender people and issues in timely, nuanced, and empowering ways. Of the 30 television shows nominated across Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Drama Series, and Outstanding New TV Series, 18 feature trans and/or nonbinary characters, including: 

Other nominated shows and films featuring trans and/or nonbinary people or characters include: 

A large number of nominees at the 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards also include powerful and impactful stories about LGBTQ people of color. In the film and television categories, those nominees include: 

  • Port Authority
  • Cured
  • No Ordinary Man
  • Pier Kids
  • Pride
  • Saved by the Bell
  • Sex Education
  • Shrill
  • Work in Progress
  • 9-1-1: Lone Star
  • The Chi
  • Good Trouble
  • The L Word: Generation Q
  • Pose
  • Star Trek: Discovery
  • 4400
  • The Sex Lives of College Girls
  • Sort Of, With Love
  • Y: The Last Man
  • I Am Jazz
  • Legendary
  • MTV’s Following: Bretman Rock
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race
  • We’re Here

GLAAD announced 246 nominees in 30 categories, including two new categories: Outstanding New TV Series and Outstanding Original Graphic Novel/Anthology. As LGBTQ representation continues to expand across television and streaming, the Outstanding New TV Series recognizes scripted comedy or drama series in their first season that include impactful LGBTQ stories. The Outstanding Original Graphic Novel/Anthology category recognizes an original graphic novel or an anthology of short stories appearing in the same book released by a mainstream publisher and its subsidiary labels.

“After decades of LGBTQ characters being excluded, sidelined, or misrepresented on television, it is incredibly powerful to see how many series introduced fresh, impactful, and fully developed LGBTQ characters and storylines in their first season, many of which were some of the most beloved shows of the year,” said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “The introduction of the Outstanding New TV Series category recognizes the shows and creators getting LGBTQ inclusion right from the beginning and encourages other showrunners to include LGBTQ characters and stories that enlighten and entertain in new projects.”

Each year, GLAAD presents non-competitive Special Recognition Awards to media projects that do not fit into one of the existing GLAAD Media Awards categories. For the 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards, GLAAD is presenting Special Recognition honors to eight media projects that spotlighted diverse segments of the LGBTQ community in innovative ways. The eight media projects include: All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson [filmed reading + performance]; “Alok Vaid-Menon” 4D with Demi Lovato (Cadence13/OBB Sound/SB Projects); CODED: The Hidden Love of J.C. Leyendecker (Paramount+); Jeopardy! Champion Amy Schneider; The Laverne Cox Show (Shondaland Audio/iHeartMedia); Life Out Loud with LZ Granderson (ABC News); Outsports’ Coverage of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics; and “Celebrando el Mes del Orgullo” (Telemundo). A full summary of the projects receiving Special Recognition can be found in the tip sheet with an additional breakdown of facts and figures about this year’s nominees available HERE.GLAAD’s Barbara Gittings Award for Excellence in LGBTQ Media honors a pioneering individual, group, or community media outlet that has made a significant contribution to the development of LGBTQ media. The award is named after Barbara Gittings in recognition of her groundbreaking work as editor of The Ladder, and for her appearances as an out lesbian on national news media throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis serves as Executive Producer of the GLAAD Media Awards, alongside GLAAD staff Rich Ferraro and Anthony Allen Ramos. Spencer Harvey will serve as Producer, Juana Guichardo will serve as Associate Producer, and Wendy Shanker will serve as Headwriter.

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New Season of RPDR

By: Skyler Johnson

Rupaul’s Drag Race, the hit competition series on VH1 revolving around drag queens, recently entered its fourteenth season. Fourteen new queens have set foot in the workroom over the span of two episodes, each from very different backgrounds and upbringings. Some are pageant queens (participants in drag pageants, similar to beauty pageants) and some are club queens (queens known for performing in clubs). Either way, they want to snatch the crown. Here is everything you need to know about this season’s competitors.

Alyssa Hunter

Alyssa is this season’s only Puerto Rican queen, though many queens from the island have been successful in the show, including Yara Sofia, Alexis Mateo, and Cynthia Lee Fontaine. Hunter competed in, and won, all four of Puerto Rico’s biggest pageants, and became known for her sense of fashion.

Angeria Paris VanMichaels

VanMichaels hails from Atlanta, Georgia, and is a pageant queen. Described as a “Southern Belle serving fierce fashion and face with a country charm,” Angeria already appears to be a frontrunner in the competition with a mini- and maxi-challenge win under her belt (and all in one episode).

Bosco

Bosco, from Seattle, has a lot to live up to given she’s from the same city as Drag Race royalty Jinkx Monsoon and BenDeLaCreme. Bosco identifies as the “demon queen” and “skanky alternative girl” from Seattle. Her drag character is seductive and elusive, and she takes a lot of inspiration from movie villains. She considers herself a “millennial Elvira.”

Daya Betty

Daya Betty, the drag daughter of season 12 runner-up Crystal Methyd, is notable for her punk rock aesthetics. Betty has already produced several intriguing looks, including a stone bust look for her Entertainment Weekly interview.

Deja Skye

DeJa Skye is a camp queen from Fresno, California. She has a passion for, “food, makeup, and everything fabulous.” She works as a dance and cheer instructor during the day, so you’ll know she’ll produce some sickening dance moves on the main stage.

Jasmine Kennedie

Kennedie is this season’s only New York representation. In interviews with her competitors, the other queens noted her to be the season’s most dramatic queen, so it’ll be interesting to see how she’ll do.

Jorgeous

Jorgeous, from season 14, is both the youngest competitor (21) and the shortest. She’s a fashion queen from Tennessee, popular as a club queen as well as being a noted dancer.

June Jambalaya

One of the many Los Angeles-based queens to come out of this season, June Jambalaya is originally from Jacksonville, Florida, and is influenced by the South and The Real Housewives franchise, the latter being where she crafted her drag persona.

Kerri Colby

Colby, self-described as an “otherworldly ‘alien’ goddess from the ‘7th dimension,’” is notable as a pageant queen and the drag daughter of Sasha Colby, a famous drag queen and winner of Miss Continental 2012. She’s also a member of the Haus of Colby, a popular drag family. Known for her beautiful visage, she is a clear contender for the crown.

Kornbread “The Snack” Jete

Kornbread is a camp queen popular in the LA club circuit. She first gained internet notoriety acting in the videos of popular sketch comedian Brandon Rodgers playing various characters. Beloved amongst other LA queens for her energy and fun personality, it’ll be intriguing to see where this season takes her.

Lady Camden

San Francisco’s Lady Camden, originally from Camden town in England, is a British queen known for being ladylike in her fashion and choreography, but bawdy in her humor. A ballet dancer, she once performed in Smuin ballet. She is also the third ever queen from San Francisco (the other two being Rock M. Sakura and Honey Mahofany) and is the show’s oldest contestant at 31.

Maddy Morphosis

Morphosis, from Arkansas, is by far the most controversial queen of the season, and one of the most controversial contestants of all time in the series, for being the first cisgender straight man to enter the competition. Many fans of the show have spoken against her for this reason, given Drag Race is known as a safe haven for members of the LGBT community. She currently has a partner, who is also a drag queen, and worked at Target before entering the competition 

Orion Story

Michigan camp queen Orion Story describes her drag style as “chaotic,” and “what you get when you put Barbarella on a runway on Sesame Street.” She also won Miss Michigan Drag Queen of the Year, and is the first Michigan queen to grace the runway.

Willow Pill

Willow Pill is a comedy and camp queen from Denver, known for her offbeat sense of humor and surreal performances, such as in “Digital Drag Show,” a trippy, weird video on her Youtube channel. She is also the drag daughter of season 11 winner Yvie Oddly.

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Five Ways Kids Hurt When Dad’s Not Around

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, around 22 million children have a parent who does not live in the household. That equals 26.5% of all children. Most often, it’s the father who is absent from the home, and may even be absent from the child’s life. People underestimate the impact that not having Dad around has on the well-being of children, and ultimately on society as a whole.

“More than any other project or cause that society needs to work on, we must work with passion and urgency to eliminate the systemic barriers to single-father involvement in the lives of our children,” said Dr. Joel N. Myers, founder of Dads’ Resource Center. “We must make the time to educate our neighbors about the overwhelming evidence – backed up by thousands of years of anecdotal evidence and numerous studies over recent decades that shows children develop much better when both of their parents are actively involved in their lives.”

Dr. Myers is on a mission to help shed light on the fact that there is a serious problem when it comes to child custody. The default of most courts is to simply give primary custody of the child to the mother, leaving the father pushed to the side and receiving very little time with his children. They often go from being a large part of the child’s life to seeing them on a limited basis as the court allows.

Children who do not get much involvement with their father are impacted in numerous ways, including in these five:

1. Being less physically healthy. Fewer children who are raised in nuclear families are considered to be in poor health. Research published in The Linacre Quarterly showed that 12% of children raised in a nuclear family were considered in poor health, compared to 22% of children of a single parent.

2. Having less social-emotional development. Research published in the Annual Review of Sociology finds that there is strong evidence that father absence negatively impacts a child’s social-emotional development.

3. Having less of a relationship with extended family. Divorce tends to lead to children having less of a relationship with the extended family of the noncustodial parent (i.e., grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins). The child also loses many family traditions and celebrations.

4. Experiencing more financial instability. According to research published in the journal The Linacre Quarterly, custodial mothers lose up to 50% of their household income and are more likely to receive public assistance. The median income of divorced mothers is only 47% of married-couple households. Children living with just their mother are more likely to be in poverty.

5. Learning how to be a father. Children who grow up with an absent father tend to repeat the pattern, according to research published in the journal Parenting Science and Practice. The quality of the relationship and involvement a child has with their father tends to be passed down across generations.

“Mothers and fathers give different but equally important things to their children,” added Jeff Steiner, executive director of the Dads’ Resource Center. “Children need both their parents to be fully engaged as they are growing up to have the best chance of being successful in life. But, far too often the system unnecessarily prevents fathers from being able to do so.”

Dads’ Resource Center issued a report on the impact of dads not being involved in their children’s lives. The report, titled DRC NLSY97 Analysis Executive Summary, warned that children who do not grow up with their father in their household:

  • Are less likely to graduate from high school or graduate from college.
  • Are less likely to vote, donate to a charity or volunteer their time.
  • Are more likely to have been convicted of a crime, use hard drugs, and smoke.
  • Are more likely to have intercourse before the age of 17and to need mental health treatment.
  • Make less money per year as an adult and more much likely to use government welfare programs.

Dads’ Resource Center was started by Dr. Myers, a father of eight and the founder and CEO of AccuWeather. The mission is to help combat the issues associated with children growing up without their fathers in the home. At its heart, the center is a child advocacy organization that aims to ensure that each child has the appropriate involvement and contributions from both parents.

Dads’ Resource Center has been established to benefit children of separated or divorced parents by advocating the importance of fathers having adequate opportunities to fulfill their role of fatherhood. The group helps get information regarding the issues out to the public and works with fathers to help make improvements.

LGBT flag illustration by Symara Wilson for 360 Magazine

Yuval David – Pride In the Living Room

Yuval David, celebrated and award-winning actor, host, director, and filmmaker will host and speak at The Aguda’s Pride in the Living Room event, in Hebrew termed Gaava Basalon, currently scheduled for October 17. Yuval will also be keynote speaker at an additional virtual event shared on Instagram Live on October 6, at 1 p.m. DC/NY and 8 p.m. Israel time.

Yuval’s creative mantra to entertain, uplift, and inspire transcends into advocacy, especially for Jewish, LGBTQ, Israeli, American and human rights, as well as arts initiatives.

The Aguda is the Association for LGBTQ Equality in Israel, and Israel’s pioneering LGBTQ organization. At their Pride in the Living Room events, participants, communities, and organizations come together to create safe spaces for dialogue about Judaism and the Jewish LGBTQ community.

The October 6 event will specifically focus on the challenges of Israeli and LGBTQ advocacy, especially amidst this past year, during the pandemic and with the rise of antisemitism globally. The intersection of Jewish and LGBTQ identity is filled with pride, but also the challenges of double marginalization.

According to Yuval, “Pride in the Living Room is a way to authentically share stories, express identity, and create community through bringing people into our homes, even if virtually.  This event also exposes those who don’t personally know LGBTQ+ individuals to have an opportunity to hear their story, as well as have an intimate discussion about LGBTQ+ and religious identity, and the intersection of both.”

According to Tomer Barash at The Aguda, “These events take place in Israel in living rooms in religious cities and the surrounding areas, Arab-Israeli villages, and more. These conversations lead to a growth of love and understanding in our society. For the second year, The Aguda is expanding the reach of this initiative not only in Israel, but globally through online forums, creating living rooms across the globe where the complexities of LGBTQ+ identity from all faiths are explored together, especially to promote understanding in all religious communities.”

Shira Banki, a 16-year-old who was murdered during the Jerusalem Pride March in 2015 by an extremist ultra-orthodox Jew, inspired the creation of Pride in the Living Room in 2016. The murder of Banki made it clear that there was a need for open dialogue between the LGBTQ+ community, the general public of Israel, and the rest of the world. Five years later, Pride in the Living Room continues to invite friends, family, neighbors, and the public to join in the conversation with LGBTQ+ speakers from their living rooms.

Yuval David finds it critically important to expand the reach of this initiative to people across the globe, including all religious groups. As the director of a feature length documentary exploring the intersection of LGBTQ+ and religious identity, Yuval has a great understanding of the positive impact that people of different faiths coming together can have on a community. The film, titled Wonderfully Made, focuses specifically on the aspirations and challenges of LGBTQ+ Catholics and their complicated relationship with the Church.

Beyond this initiative, Yuval advocates for marginalized communities through his creative work and social action, supporting the organizations below. 

Embassy of Israel to the United States: Keynote Speaker

Consulate General of Israel in New York: Speaker, Panelist, and MC for events and initiatives.

Shoah Foundation: Speaker and panelist for events and initiatives. Storytelling Fellow. Member of the Creative Council, creating new content incorporating testimonies filmed by The Shoah Foundation

Jewish National Fund: Host & Director of Documentary Content, Speaker and MC 

Jewish Council for Public Affairs: Speaker and Event MC. Host of video content.

–  Keren Kayemet: Speaker and panelist.

–  Stand With Us: Narrator and Host of documentary videos and social media content.  Speaker and Panelist.

A Wider Bridge: Speaker, MC, and advocate for the organization, connecting Israeli and American LGBTQ communities. Member of the Leadership Council.

– The Aguda, the Israeli LGBTQ rights organization: speaker, panelist, and host of events, including advocating on joint initiatives.

American Israel Cultural Foundation: Member, Performing Artist, and Speaker

– Chabad: Speaker and Panelist.

The Jewish Learning Institute: Speaker and Panelist.

End Jew Hatred: Keynote Speaker, Workshop Leader

Zikaron BaSalon: Keynote speaker

JewBelong: Speaker. Member of Board of Directors.

National LGBTQ Task Force: Speaker and Workshop Leader at annual Creating Change Conference; Advocate and Speaker at numerous events, including advocating to elected officials about LGBTQ initiatives; National Leadership Council;

Host and Director of Documentary Video Content

GLAAD: Partner for advocacy initiatives in press/media

Lambda Legal: Speaker and workshop leader.

Covenant House NY: Speaker at events for homeless youth

Beyond the roles mentioned here, Yuval is frequently a guest speaker, panelist, and workshop leader for Jewish organizations, LGBTQ Centers across the US and abroad, as well as LGBTQ organizations.

About The Aguda

The Aguda, the National Association for LGBTQ in Israel, is Israel’s pioneer lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organization. The Aguda is a national grassroots, volunteer-based, nonprofit human-rights organization representing the LGBTQ community. The Aguda promotes and advances new initiatives and cultivates leadership and partnership with all sectors and groups within the community. The Aguda strives for full equality for gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people. The organization aspires to create a public and social climate of acceptance and respect for the LGBTQ community and its individuals. 

About Yuval David

Yuval David is an innovative actor, host, and filmmaker with a creative mantra to entertain, uplift, and inspire. As an actor, Yuval plays major roles in short form and full-length feature films, television, theatre, web, digital media, and voice overs. These include What Would You Do (ABC), Madam Secretary, The Michael J Fox Show (NBC), Beauty and the Beast (Disney), in addition to productions with HBO, Comedy Central, DreamWorks, AFI, and theatres across the globe.

As a TV Host/Presenter, Yuval focuses on societal, humanitarian, and entertainment programming. As a filmmaker, Yuval produces, directs, and writes short and feature films, documentaries, web-series, digital and TV content, including the award-winning episodic series’: One Actor Short, Pranks of Kindness, Better World with Yuval David, What Makes You Beautiful, and numerous others.

Inspired by his Jewish and Israeli-American roots, Yuval advocates for all marginalized communities through his creative work and social action, including the Israeli Consulate, Shoah Foundation, the Jewish National Fund (JNF), Keren Kayemet, Stand With Us, A Wider Bridge, The Aguda, American Israel Cultural Foundation, Chabad, The Jewish Learning Institute, and #EndJewHate, among other organizations. Yuval is frequently invited to host, MC, and speak on behalf of cultural, humanitarian, philanthropic, social, and political initiatives and institutions.

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Planningtorock – Gay Dreams Do Come True

Acclaimed artist, singer-songwriter, producer, composer, director, and DJ Planningtorock, aka Jam Rahouja Rostron, is releasing the video to their latest release “Gay Dreams Do Come True.” The euphoric Pride anthem’s video was created as a collaboration with Butt Studios (Tame Impala, Doja Cat) and Greedy Goods (Lava La Rue). The visual is an immersive, tripped out utopian fantasy 3D world that perfectly complements the track. It’s a little Technotronic, a little Deee-lite, and ultimately an ode to romance and queer celebration, bringing the conversation around gender fluidity into the animation space.

About the video, Planningtorock said they “had so much fun making this video for Gay Dreams Do Come True”. I really wanted to celebrate and share the happiness I’m feeling right now with my baby and wife Riinu. It’s also the first time I’ve worked with a director as I usually direct my own videos and George was absolutely amazing and totally got my vision and the whole shoot was such a laugh from start to finish. Aline, who was the Director of Photography, is also an amazing queer cinematographer and a total pleasure to work with.”
The track, released in June, is the first from their new EP, Gay Dreams Do Come True. The project is set for release on October 29, 2021 through their new label, Human Level, via PIAS. Comprised of three celebratory, joyful, sweet house tracks, Gay Dreams Do Come True is Planningtorock’s aural mission to own their queer happiness, and to share that joy with anyone who wants to listen.

In celebration of the video’s release, Planningtorock will be joined with director Greedy Goons and Director of Photography Aline Belfort for an Instagram livestream discussing the visual at 9AM ET / 2PM UK on Thursday August 19th.

For the uninitiated: Planningtorock has been a disruptive voice in dance music for the last fifteen years. Initially signing with DFA via James Murphy himself, in addition to subsequently opening for LCD Soundsystem in America, Planningtorock has released four acclaimed studio albums thus far, using the personal as political on each record while playing with gender in their costumes and photos for each release. These albums, along with early collaborations with subversive innovators like The Knife and Peaches, established Planningtorock as a recognised force in politicised dance music that queers sound and explores ideas around gender, queerness, sexuality, and desire.

Planningtorock has also become a highly sought-after DJ and remixer, transforming songs with their remixes of tracks by Christine and The Queens, Robyn, Romy of The xx, and many more. Following an opening slot as a DJ for Robyn in 2019, the multitalented producer teamed up with Chanel’s sound director Michel Gaubert in 2020. Their Planningtochanel EP soundtracked the Parisian label’s Autumn/Winter 2020 show, and was the first work created in Jam’s new home city of Tallinn, Estonia. It’s also here that Planningtorock created their transformative new EP, Gay Dreams Do Come True.
Jam uprooted to the Estonian capital: a beautiful, gentle-paced city on the Baltic coast, after spending two decades in Berlin.

Already feeling restless and ready for a change, everything fell into place when the musician met their partner, Riinu, through mutual friends in Helsinki; soon, Jam relocated to Riinu’s home city full-time. Last September the couple married. LGBTQ+ marriage isn’t legal in Estonia, so the ceremony took place at the city’s British Embassy. In theory, the country recognises marriages which took place abroad. In reality, they have been struggling to get their partnership acknowledged in their home country while under a right-wing coalition government. With the prime minister now ousted over an alleged corruption scandal, Estonia is going through a time of great political upheaval. Distant hope of a more progressive government is on the horizon and Gay Dreams Do Come True represents Planningtorock’s own personal exploration of queer love.

A loud, proud, unabashed celebration, Planningtorock’s new EP Gay Dreams Do Come True stands in opposition to the tragic queer narratives which can sometimes dominate the mainstream. Indeed, Jam set out to make a record which basks in the all-consuming joy of queer love instead, and the sense of belonging, intimacy, and safety that comes with it.
Planningtorock will be playing two very special shows this fall to celebrate the EP’s release.

“Planningtorock Presents Gay Dreams Do Come True” is a live show and a party all in one to celebrate music and queer stories. Planningtorock will be performing their new ep plus classic PTR songs interwoven with them Djing their favorite tracks and influences. Invited guests and artist friends will join Planningtorock on stage to perform.

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CSR In The Digital Age: With 360 Magazine

By: Kai Yeo

“We’re all connected through culture. Basically, we all must learn to adapt. We learn more through traveling and seeing more. When you’re in a different environment, everybody must love and laugh and dance. I don’t need to know your language. But companies need to focus on connecting everyone through love, not war.” – Vaughn Lowery

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has been around for years, with its’ roots being found as early as the 18th Century. In my CSR research assignment before, I wrote that “the key idea of CSR is for companies to pursue pro-social objectives and promote volunteerism among employees (such as through donating to charity and participating in volunteer work), as well as by minimizing environmental externalities.” As an international student trying to find my career path in the United States, I find that company CSR is one of the first few things I look for when finding a suitable company to work with: how genuine they are and how much they care for their employees. The process of researching and writing my essay on CSR in the modern day and CSR within my internship site provided me with the valuable opportunity not only to learn about an important business topic, but also allowed me to develop a better understanding of what it is.

For my CSR Interview, I got the opportunity to speak on the phone with my supervisor Vaughn Lowery. His career started from “humble beginnings in Detroit to a full scholarship in Cornell University under the ILR program. From there, he became active in modeling, acting, and producing screenplays.” Now, Vaughn is the publisher and founder of leading fashion and lifestyle magazine, 360 Magazine, which is also my internship site. His job involves fostering relationships within the community and being an editorial director that curates and oversees content for all columns of the magazine. The position also entails making sure that Apple News, LinkedIn, Twitter, and all other news sites are updated. As a pop culture and design magazine, it is important to constantly be up to date with relevant content and breaking news. Being a quarterly publication, 360 is also working on their summer magazine issue. Vaughn mentions that with COVID making everything digital, the team has been working on expanding the business: creating a self-publishing division, developing e-commerce, getting sponsors, and most importantly, waiting for things to start opening back up.

With a background in studying business and company culture, Vaughn says that his education helped him design a company culture that made sense, “Transparency, cool kids, intelligence. I wanted a space for comfort regardless of race, age, and religion. Education was not the answer to my business but a part of the process to help with preparing for my magazine. The most important thing is life experiences, there are no books on it.” Vaughn emphasizes sending people in his company for events and communicating with clientele because “you can’t speak about things you don’t know.” COVID has made jobs in the media a little more mundane, but he’s excited about things opening back up and is hopeful for the future. Without in-person experiences, it is hard to understand the inner workings of media companies with everything being digitally produced.

Vaughn defines Corporate Social Responsibility at 360 Magazine as “having an environment that is inviting and inclusive, especially showcasing inclusivity.” As a magazine that promotes culture and lifestyle, it is important that everyone he works with is aware of what is going on in the world that we live in and what is happening with minority populations. He speaks about being the only African American in a lot of his school and work experiences, and he created 360 with the ideal of having more minorities and women working in his company: “We all live in the same world… and some people don’t know that. But we need representation and for people to see us. It’s not on us to educate them, but it’s on us to speak up.” 360 avidly speaks up for diversity (#metoo) and openly supports nonprofit organizations.

When asked about how veritable he thinks big companies are with CSR movements, he says that they’re doing it for a myriad of reasons. Companies get away with more stuff as a corporation, “But the responsibility is about being genuine. The board of directors and Zoom calls and the whole spiel. If they’re trying to just make money, revenue principals are not true to themselves. 360 was founded on real culture. The diversity is important. It is what it is.”

“Your company diversity is a reflection of the world, we’ve been doing this since the start of 360, we’ve been ahead of the trend.” The magazine has always featured drag queens, people who are transgender, and minorities, “This is very important when doing events and stuff, it’s a big family. We have less than 50 people. And it’s important for our clients to know that we have each other and rely on each other. That we know how to respect one another and appreciate each other, despite all odds.” Vaughn believes that diversity and inclusion of people of color has always been important, and he emphasizes that 360 will keep pushing these agendas and morals as long as he’s the head of the company. I see this in his effort to get everyone together (even if it is just on Zoom for now) to celebrate big articles, book releases, sponsorships, and so on.

As I type this interview essay, I find two key points to really reflect on: 1) assumptions about company morale and 2) why diversity is so important to me.

1) I think back on everyone else I’ve spoken to during my time as an intern here with 360, and I find that these core values that Vaughn spoke about with me are reflected in all the conversations I’ve had with him and other employees. Coming from a very structured, patriarchal Asian background, I came into this internship thinking that it would be like all my previous experiences (they talk of diversity, but it’s never really executed once you’re a part of it – school projects, internships, part-time jobs, and so on). However, no one in the company has been curt or condescending when speaking with me, and they truly mean it when they point out mistakes and gently correct me. Maybe it is because of the way I was brought up, or the environment I was most familiar in, but these good intentions had me on my toes for the first couple weeks I was here, and I’m honestly still getting used to it.

2) With the rise of Asian hate crimes in the past year, I find myself turning very reclusive and immediately trying to find fault with people when something brushes me the wrong way (though sometimes it really is a racist comment or remark). It’s been difficult having to correct people when they say my name wrong or trying to explain my culture when these simple things can so easily be looked up online. I’ve been very lucky growing up well-traveled and seeing different parts of the world, and I understand that not everyone has that privilege, but how far does “I don’t know” get you in the digital age? I need to work in a company where people are willing to learn and grow new perspectives, and I see this quality in Vaughn too as he speaks about his loneliness as the only African American in his industry when he was first starting out.

After 45 minutes of talking about diversity and the whole CSR conversation winding down, Vaughn tells me to keep doing what I love, “Understanding the industry through work experiences is how you’ll get in. It’s constantly changing.” He talks about learning to forecast and foreshadow and having connections at arms’ reach. By the end of our conversation, I felt that I learnt a lot and could have a clearer vision of what I wanted out of this internship. I’ve had the opportunities to go for company events (for brands including Lillet, Chinese Laundry, Rockstar Original, etc.), though I would really like to be able to go to a CSR event in the near future to promote these same values that I share with 360 Magazine.

To read more about Vaughn Lowery, please visit his Wikipedia and IMBD.

LGBT flag illustration by Symara Wilson for 360 Magazine

Outfest 2021

If you’re looking for new entertainment, good news: Outfest L.A 2021 has released the dates, venues, and lineup for its 39th film festival. Outfest LA is returning to in-person screenings more than a year and a half after the Covid-19 pandemic. With nearly 200 films in every genre, Outfest includes voices and stories from the entire queer community.

The nation’s leading LGBTQ+ festival will be held from August 13 to 22 in-person. Alternatively, for those at-risk or those who are outside of the Los Angeles area, Outfest also announced that nearly every film will be available for streaming as well. The 2021 LGBTQ film festival kicks off with an opening night screening of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie directed by Jonathan Butterell, marking the festival’s first outdoor gala taking place at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. On August 22, Fanny: The Right to Rock directed by Bobbi Jo Hart will be the closing night film screening at the Orpheum Theatre.

The Platinum Section will be showcasing creators of experimental LGBTQ media and performance, featuring films such as Sundance hit We’re All Going to the World’s Fair and UK documentary Rebel Dykes. The Legacy section will feature screenings of classic LGBTQ features including The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in Love by director Maria Maggenti.

Not just film screenings, the festival will also include special appearances by Max Harwood and others, with live performances by BeBe Zahara Benet and more. The fifth annual Trans and Non-Binary Summit will be presented, in addition to other special events. Outfest will also present memorial tributes to Outfest alum Ash Christian and icon Cloris Leachman.

General admission tickets are $16. More information on exact prices and films can be found on the official website.

Full list of film screenings and activities listed below:

OPENING NIGHT

EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE dir. Jonathan Butterell

Including Special in-person appearances planned by Max Harwood, Lauren Patel, Jonathan Butterell as well as Bianca del Rio.

CLOSING NIGHT

FANNY: THE RIGHT TO ROCK dir. Bobbi Jo Hart

Live reunion performance after the screening by Fanny, including members Jean Millington, June Millington, Alice de Buhr, and Brie Darling, joined by Patti Quattro and Lee Madeloni.

U.S. CENTERPIECE

THE NOVICE dir. Lauren Hadaway

DOCUMENTARY CENTERPIECE

BEING BEBE dir. Emily Branham

Special live performance by BeBe Zahara Benet.

SPECIAL TRIBUTE CENTERPIECE

THE SIXTH REEL (World Premiere) dir. Charles Busch, Carl Andress

Special memorial tribute to producer and Outfest alum Ash Christian, who passed away during the development of this film in 2020.

U.S. NARRATIVE

  • ALL BOYS AREN’T BLUE dir. Nathan Hale Williams
  • FIRSTNESS dir. by Brielle Brilliant
  • HOMEBODY (World Premiere) dir. Joseph Sackett
  • LANGUAGE LESSONS dir. Natalie Morales
  • MA BELLE, MY BEAUTY (Online Only) dir. Marion Hill
  • POTATO DREAMS OF AMERICA dir. Wes Hurley
  • SEE YOU THEN dir. Mari Walker
  • WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING dir. by Sean King O’Grady

INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE

  • THE BEST FAMILIES dir. Javier Fuentes-León
  • BOY MEETS BOY dir. Daniel Sánchez
  • A DISTANT PLACE dir. Kun-Young Park
  • FIREBIRD dir. Peeter Rebane
  • JUMP, DARLING dir. Phil Connell Screening will be accompanied by a celebrity memorial tribute to Cloris Leachman, as well as a rare, pre-recorded introduction by Cloris Leachman herself
  • KNOCKING (Theatrical Only) dir. Frida Kempff
  • LEADING LADIES dir. Ruth Caudeli
  • LOVE, SPELLS, AND ALL THAT dir. Ümit Ünal
  • SWEETHEART dir. Marley Morrison

DOCUMENTARY

  • BOULEVARD! A HOLLYWOOD STORY (World Premiere) dir. Jeffrey Schwarz
  • CRYSTAL DIARIES dir. Enyce Smith and Gina Lamb
    GEMMEL AND TIM (World Premiere) dir. Michiel Thomas
  • EVERYTHING AT ONCE dir. Alberto Fuguet
    INVISIBLE dir. T.J. Parsell – including live performance by Mary Gauthier, Jess Leary, Dianne Davidson, and other members of the cast
  • LADY BUDS dir. Chris J. Russo – Sneak Preview Screening
  • MY NAME IS PAULI MURRAY dir. Betsy West and Julie Cohen
  • NO STRAIGHT LINES: THE RISE OF QUEER COMICS dir. Vivian Kleiman
  • NORTH BY CURRENT dir. Angelo Madsen Minax
  • RAW! UNCUT! VIDEO! Dir. by Alex Clausen and Ryan A. White
  • SEDIMENTS (International Premiere) dir. Adrián Silvestre

PLATINUM SECTION

  • SOCKS ON FIRE dir. Bo McGuire – Platinum Centerpiece, will include a pre-show drag performance emceed by director Bo McGuire
  • DEATH AND BOWLING (World Premiere) dir. Lyle Kash
  • REBEL DYKES dir. Harri Shanahan and Siân A. Williams
  • WE’RE ALL GOING TO THE WORLD’S FAIR dir. Jane Schoenbrun

PLATINUM SHORTS SHOWCASE (89 min.)

  • EXORCISMS AND OTHER SUPPLICATIONS dir. Georden West
  • DWARF PLANET dir. Adrian Chiarella
  • HYENA dir. Zinzi LeMond
  • BODIES OF DESIRE dir. Varsha Panikar and Saad Nawab
  • THE CROWN WITH A SHADOW dir. JB Ghuman
  • MAN OF MY DREAMS dir. Tristan Scott-Behrends
  • NSFW (ANGRY YELLOW MEAT) dir. Woohee Cho
  • CHILDHOODS dir. Aaron Biscombe
  • F1-100 dir. Emory Chao Johnson
  • REBEL dir. Jose Alfredo and Coker Jones Garcia
  • MONSTER GIRL dir. Jake Mcclellan and Eric Griffin
  • RUN OUT GROOVE dir. Paige Henderson
  • JUPITER & EUROPA dir. Milo Ferguson
  • IN THE AIR TONIGHT dir. Tito Soto

SPECIAL EVENTSLive performance elements are subject to change as policy around Los Angeles’ mask mandate evolves.

  • AIDS DIVA: THE LEGEND OF CONNIE NORMAN
  • BALONEY – Screening will be accompanied by a live Baloney show and a Q&A moderated by RuPaul’s Drag Race star BenDeLaCreme
  • THE EXTINCTION OF FIREFLIES dir. James Andrew Walsh
  • LA QUEENCIAÑERA (World Premiere) dir. Pedro Peira
  • THE LEGEND OF THE UNDERGROUND dir. Giselle Bailey, Nneka Onuorah – (Free Screening)
  • PROGNOSIS – NOTES ON LIVING dir. Debra Chasnoff
  • SHIT & CHAMPAGNE dir. D’Arcy Drollinger – Champagne White will host a ridiculous pre-show with members of the cast and the world’s trashiest “strippers”
  • THIS IS JESSICA dir. Andrea Meyerson
  • TRANS & NON-BINARY SUMMIT
  • OUTFEST SCREENWRITING LAB LIVE READ

EPISODICS

  • BOY CULTURE – Episodes 1 & 2
  • NOAH’S ARC: THE ‘RONA CHRONICLES
  • BRIDESMAN World Premiere
  • THR PRESENTS: WORK IN PROGRESS Season 2 – FREE EVENT

LEGACY

  • THE INCREDIBLY TRUE ADVENTURES OF TWO GIRLS IN LOVE dir. Maria Maggenti
  • QUINCEAÑERA (15TH ANNIVERSARY) dirs. Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland
    Theatrical Only
  • VESTIDA DE AZUL (DRESSED IN BLUE) – U.S. Restoration Premiere! Theatrical Only

SHORT FILMS

  • 1-888-5-BLUE-YOU dirs. Jake Mcclellan, Eric Griffin
  • 2 DOLLARS dir. Robin Cloud
  • ALL THOSE SENSATIONS IN MY BELLY dir. Marko Djeska
  • ALMOST A YEAR dir. Jamieson Baker
  • AND THEN dir. Ravenna Tran
  • ARE YOU STILL WATCHING? dirs. Tali Polichtuk, Kitty Chrystal, Alex Cardy
  • AT LAST dir. Lorena Gordon
  • AUTOETHNOGRAPHY dir. Iván Reina Ortiz
  • BEAUTIFUL THEY dir. Cloudy Rhodes
  • BEFORE THE ERUPTION dir. Roberto Pérez Toledo
  • BETWEEN US dir. Cailleah Scott-Grimes
  • BLACK BOY JOY dirs. Joshua Walker, Avery Archie
  • BODIES OF DESIRE dirs.Varsha Panikar, Saad Nawab
  • BOREKAS dir. Saleh Saadi
  • BRACHA dirs. Mickey Triest, Aaron Geva
  • BREAK IN dir. Alyssa Lerner
  • CHILDHOODS dir. Aaron Alexis
  • CHLOE MARY LYDIA dir. Megan Chumbley
  • COCOON LOVE dir. Xiaowen Wang
  • CODED dir. Ryan White
  • COMPLICATED dir. Isak Kohaly
  • COVID SUMMER dir. Todd Verow
  • DAISY BOY dir. Aj Knight, Darrin Bush
  • DREAMER dir. Stephanie Osuna-Hernandez
  • DUSTIN dir.Naïla Guiguet
  • DWARF PLANET dir. Adrian Chiarella
  • EDEN dir. Sven Spur
  • EGGSHELLS dir. Slava Doycheva
  • EXORCISMS AND OTHER SUPPLICATIONS dir. Georden West
  • F1-100 dir. Emory Chao Johnson
  • FAREWELL dir. Maria Åkesson
  • FERVOR dir. José Manuel Vélez
  • FISHBOWL dir. Jacqueline Chan
  • FISHERMAN dir. Nicky Miller
  • GAYME ON dir. Giovanni Adams
  • GIRL NIGHT STAND: CHAPTER TWO dir. Jenna Laurenzo
  • GIRLS & THE PARTY dir. Paloma Lopez
  • GIRLS SHOULDN’T WALK ALONE AT NIGHT dir. Katerine Martineau
  • GOD’S DAUGHTER DANCES dir. Sungbin BYUN
  • GRADUATION dir.Robin Wang
  • GROWING FANGS dir. Ann Marie Pace
  • HEADLOCK dir. Damon Laguna
  • HOMEGOING dir. Carlton Daniel JR.
  • HOT DREAMS dir. Darci Fulcher, Vaughn Greve
  • HOW MOVING dir. Owen Thiele
  • HOW TO BE QUEER dir. Monica Zanetti
  • HOW TO DIE YOUNG IN MANILA dir. Petersen Vargas
  • HOW TO RAISE A BLACK BOY dir. Justice Jamal Jones
  • HYENA dir. Zinzi LeMond
  • IN THE AIR TONIGHT dir. Tito Soto
  • IT WAS THE DOG THAT SAVED MY LIFE dirs. Adam Golub, Sylvaine Alfaro
  • IT’LL BE OVER SOON dir. Benjamin Rigby
  • JACK AND JO DON’T WANT TO DIE dir. Kantu Lentz
  • JUPITER & EUROPA dir. Milo Ferguson
  • KWÊSKOSÎW (SHE WHISTLES) dir. Thirza Cuthand
  • LITTLE MX. SUNSHINE dir. Alessandro Nori
  • LITTLE SKY dir. Jess X. Snow
  • LUV U CUZ dir. Eric Pumphrey
  • MAMA HAS A MUSTACHE dir. Sally Rubin
  • MIND OVER TIME dir. Will Holst
  • MOTHER BUNKER dir. George Metaxas
  • MOTTA dir. Nish Gera
  • MOUNTAIN LODGE dir. Jordan Wong
  • NARCISSISTER BREAST WORK dir. Narcissister
  • NI AQUÍ NI ALLÁ dir. Ley Comas
  • NIMZO dir. Adelina Anthony
  • NOOR & LAYLA dir. Fawzia Mirza
  • NSFW (ANGRY YELLOW MEAT) dir. Woohee Cho
  • NUCLEAR FAMILY dir. Faustine Crespy
  • OF SELF-BLESSING dir. golden lionheart collier
  • OLLIES ON THE MOON dir. Brittany Campbell
  • ONLY FOR THE NIGHT dir. LaQuan Lewis
  • OUR BED IS GREEN dir. Maggie Brennan
  • OVER MY DEAD BODY dir. Quinlan Orear
  • OVER MY DEAD BODY dir. Tamiah Bantum
  • PEACE dir. Adomako Aman
  • PINE dir. Bethany Michalski
  • PINK & BLUE dir. Carmen LoBue
  • PLAISIR dir. Molly Gillis
  • POOL BOY dir. Luke Willis
  • PRIVATE PHOTOS dir. Marcelo Grabowsky
  • PURE dir. Natalie Jasmine Harris
  • QUEER ISOLATION dir. Jordana Valerie Allen-Shim
  • QUINCEAÑERO dir. Justin Floyd
  • REBEL dir. Jose Alfredo Garcia
  • RIGHT TO TRY dir. Zeberiah Newman
  • ROADKILL dir. Aliza Brugger
  • RUN OUT GROOVE dir. Paige Henderson
  • RUTH dir. Beulah Pidakala
  • SEASICK dir. Lindsey Ryan
  • SENIOR PROM dir. Luisa Conlon
  • SMOKE, LILIES AND JADE dirs. Deondray and Quincy LeNear Gossfield
  • SQUISH dir. Xavier SERON
  • STEPHEN & JAMES: BEST GIRLFRIENDS dir. Dave Quantic
  • SUPREME dir. Youssef Youssef
  • SWIMMING TO THE END OF THE WORLD dir. Todd Verow
  • TAFFETA dir. Lovell Holder
  • TAFFY dir. Jon Crawford
  • THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE dir.Elizabeth Archer
  • THE BEAUTY PRESIDENT dir. Whitney Skauge
  • THE BINDING OF ITZIK dir. Anika Benkov
  • THE CROWN WITH A SHADOW dir. JB Ghuman, Jr.
  • THE DAILY WAR dir. Karla Legaspy
  • THE FUGITIVES dir. Dami Sainz Edwards
  • THE LIGHTS ARE ON, NO ONE’S HOME dir. Faye Ruiz
  • THE MAN OF MY DREAMS dir. Tristan Scott-Behrends
  • THE NIGHT TRAIN dir. Jerry Carlsson
  • THE NUMBER 12 dir. Jed Bell
  • THE RECORDER dir. Justine Lupe
  • THE SMALL THINGS dir. Natalie Jasmine Harris
  • THE WAY WE ARE dir. Amanda Ann-Min Wong
  • THE YOUNG KING dir. Larin Sullivan
  • THEY/THEM dir. Goldbloom Micomonaco
  • THƠ dirs. Jake Villadolid, Heather Muriel Nguyễn
  • TO THE FUTURE, WITH LOVE dir. Shaleece Haas
  • TRADE CENTER dir. Adam B Baran
  • UNLIVEABLE (INABITÁVEL) dir. Matheus Farias, Enock Carvalho
  • UNTIE dir. Lane Michael Stanley
  • VALIENTE (BRAVE) dir. Miguel Melo
  • VIRGIN MY ASS dir. Adar Sigler
  • WHAT’S LEFT INSIDE dir. Michael Varrati
LGBT flag illustration by Symara Wilson for 360 Magazine

Netflix’s Pray Away Reveals Horrors of Conversion Therapy

By: Skyler Johnson

Edited By: Andrew Shibuya

Conversion therapy, or the pseudoscientific practice of changing someone’s sexual orientation, has been considered and practiced for over a century now. Dubious to many of its’ creators’ contemporaries, conversion therapy’s capacity for change has long been contested and considered futile. The practice itself is scientifically baseless and detrimental, and what is essentially man’s foolish and ineffectual attempt to change human nature. In recent Netflix documentary Pray Away, the effects and harms of this “therapy” are explored and uncovered throughout investigation of its century-long practice.

Pray Away follows ex-leaders and survivors of the “pray the gay away” movement, focusing on Exodus International, a conversion therapy organization that only ended eight years ago in 2013. The film follows several people as they detail their horrific experiences and the consequences of their both voluntary and involuntary participation in the practice.

Conversion therapy was publicly started in the 1890s, when Albert von Schrenck-Notzing stated in a conference that he was able to turn a gay man straight through hypnosis. Decades later, Eugen Steinach would later transplant the testicles of a straight man onto a gay man to “cure” homosexuality. Lobotomies, chemical castration, and aversion therapies became popular as “therapeutic” techniques. This lasted throughout the earlier half of the 20th century into the 1960s and 1970s, during the rise of the LGBT Rights Movement, when psychiatrists began to shy away from the practice. In 1973 the APA removed homosexuality from the DSM. Unfortunately, conversion therapy did not stop but was instead utilized by faith-based groups, including Exodus International.    

Talk therapy now makes up the bulk of all current conversion therapy procedures. While this may seem a lot less intimidating, the effects of this talk therapy can be powerful, especially when utilized by the wrong people. The film exposed how many ex-gay leaders weren’t licensed professionals, and how, if they believed someone were gay, it was because they had a poor relationship with their parents. And if not, they must have been sexually abused even if they were unable to recall any abuse. To a lot of young people, this thought process made sense, as many were too young to truly understand its flaws.

The film also displayed how the people involved in this movement were dishonest about the “progress” they were making. They included the story of John Paulk, once claiming to have become a straight man through the therapy. John later admits that the entire time he was consumed with gay thoughts and was mendacious about his reformation.

The documentary exhibited that there are a lot of people that still hold their beliefs. Organizations still exist that enforce conversion therapy. It’s not a thing of the past. This was highlighted by the film’s portrayal of the leader of the Freedom March, Jeffrey McCall, an ex-transgender woman living as a man with the belief that being trans is a sin. The organization’s Facebook page now has 10,000 followers and is still growing.

While the film primarily covers people that were able to escape the movement and live better lives, there remains great struggle that many people experience. The film’s director, Kristine Stolakis, decided to make Pray Away when her uncle, who had gone through conversion therapy, committed suicide. Julie Rodgers talked about self-harm, which is something that’s incredibly common, most notably in people who have undergone conversion therapy. Participants have been 8.4x more likely to commit suicide and 5.9x more likely to undergo severe depression. It’s also been connected deeply to an overall sense of hopelessness and an increase in self-hatred.

Conversion therapy is a practice that causes pain for the many people that were subjected to it. But the film did also evince that there is, at least somewhat, a way out. Many of the film’s subjects were able to enter into healthy homosexual relationships. On the film’s website, they list a variety of resources for those anguished by conversion therapy. These can be found HERE.

Missing JP Ramirez

Very esteemed make-up artist, JP Ramirez (42 year old Chicago native), who has worked with many people in the entertainment industry, including 360 Magazine, was found dead a few days ago.

Ramirez was last seen in Hell’s Kitchen this past week.

Recently, family and friends held an evening vigil in his loving memory. If anyone has information relating to his disappearance or death, please contact the authorities.

360 Latinx Editor, Javier Pedroza says, “To know JP is to love JP! Juan Pablo was one of the most sweetest and creative souls that I had the honor of knowing and create magic with. Growing up in New York City as young adults, we were discussing our future and how we would help humanity. JP had a sense of community and was always there for anyone who needed him. I will miss dancing ferocious salsa, styling together and laughter with our friend, but we will never forget his heart and soul. Rest in power amigo and thanks. Love you.”

“He was a beacon of hope, with a positive spirit that penetrated the room. We met JP on a special music presentation for our agency as a makeup artist, featuring LaJune. He will be missed but not forgotten,” says Vaughn Lowery (President of 360).

Newly appointed 360 Creative Director, Armon Hayes says, “Having had the pleasure of working with you [Ramirez] … his openness and willingness to collaborate on short notice was unparalleled. I knew I was seeing somebody special. Talent beyond what the eye can see, we’re really going to miss you and you made an impact on me.”

According to the 360 brand ambassador LaJune says,” JP was a brilliant light, his energy was exhilarating and soothing at sight! He was really talented yet very humble. I am so fortunate to have had to opportunity to meet and work with him! Losing JP is a reminder to enjoy every beautiful soul you encounter. Pray to turn the page and send light and positive vibes to your loved ones.”

Find out more about JP Ramirez and his talents from a recent interview.

A celebration of JP Ramirez’ life will be held at 7pm on Friday, August 6, 2021. The ceremony will start at 7:30pm and take place at Tito Murphy’s (346 W 46th St, New York, New York 10036.) Guests are invited to come dressed as you are, as JP loved for you. The celebration of JP’s life will include both a bar and DJ.

Juan Pablo celebration poster image via Vaughn Lowery for use by 360 Magazine
DJ illustration by Rita Azar for use by 360 Magazine

Northalsted Market Days

Looking for fun in The Windy City after a year of lockdown? Celebrate night life’s reopening at the thirty-nineth annual Northalsted Market Days®. Ranked as one of the Top Ten Chicago Festivals by Bizbash, this weekend long event is one you surely don’t want to miss. While the event was originally founded in 1982, Market Days continues to expand to become exponentially more enthralling. The estimated attendance of the festival exceeds 100,000 attendees from across the globe. As Market Days emphasizes unapologetic pride and vibrant diversity, all are welcome at this event.

Taking place from August 6–8, the live music street festival celebrates Chicago’s spirited community across a half mile in the landmark Northalsted/Lakeview district. Recognized as America’s first gay village and Chicago’s LGBTQ+ historic landmark, Northalsted welcomes guests of all ages, colors and creeds to join in on the merrymaking. The festival will sprawl across the neighborhood from Belmond to Addison.

The music festival will feature live music line-ups all day, including performers such as Trixie Mattel, Todrick Hall, Greyson Chance, The FIERCE Project, Lisa Lisa, Jody Wately, CeCe Penison, Steve Grand and many, many more. These talented musicians will electrify the festival’s six stages: the Bud Light Seltzer Stage, the Nissan Partners of Progress Stage, the Peach Presents [stage], the Dance Stage by Hydrate, the Chicago Sound Stage, and the Community Pride Stage. DJs will also be mixing and mastering tunes so guests can get their groove on.

Market Days will feature additional entertainment, including 250+ unique vendors and arts and crafts. Food and drinks will also be available at the festival. The suggested admission donation is $15, and all donations go towards Chicago’s local non-profits and fund community projects like the Chicago Pride Crosswalks.

Booths will also be set up around the festival to highlight Market Day’s sponsors. Sponsors include Bud Light Seltzer, Cutwater Spirits, Papa John’s Pizza, Aids Healthcare Foundation (AHS), Nissan, Clarity Clinic, Barefoot Wine, Geico, The Florida Keys & Key West, RCN, Weiss Memorial Hospital, Redbull, NRG, Rythm, Best Gay Chicago, Boi Mag, Grab Magazine, and GoPride.

Northalsted Market Days is easily accessed via the CTA Red Line Addison station at Wrigley Field, CTA Red/Brown/Purple Lines at Belmont, multiple bus lines, and ride share car/cab services to hotels and other lodging. The event will go on rain or shine, though it should be notes that severe weather conditions may delay performance times. To purchase tickets and learn more, please visit HERE.