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Meet OUT’s June/July cover boy. You may also know him as Matt Bomer. You may now attempt to go about your Monday like nothing interesting has happened, but you will be so, so wrong. 

Here’s an excerpt from my cover story:

Bomer, whom Murphy had cast in guest roles on Glee (he played Darren Criss’s older brother) and The New Normal (as Andrew Rannells’s ostentatious ex-boyfriend), campaigned aggressively to play Felix. “Matt, out of everybody, fought the hardest for it,” Murphy tells Out. “It was that same passion that I had used to persuade Larry Kramer to give me the rights to the play.”

Murphy told Kramer they’d found their Felix. “I said, ‘I really believe in Matt Bomer.’ And Larry said, ‘But he’s so beautiful! Is he too beautiful?’”

Murphy arranged a meeting between the two men. “I was pretty starstruck,” Bomer says. “It was like meeting one of the Beatles. He was so central to my understanding and development. We talked for a really long time.” Kramer emailed Murphy immediately after: “He’s the one.”

Because Bomer knew the part would require a production break during which he would have to lose a substantial amount of weight—40 pounds—part of his original lobbying effort for the role was extensive, specific research into how, in 1984, a man dying of AIDS would see his body change. His transformation— especially in contrast to Ned and Felix’s vigorous sex scenes earlier in the movie—is a painfully, hauntingly accurate time capsule.

“I think Matt felt the ghosts,” Murphy says. “I think he felt all the shame and humiliation and degradation of all those brothers who have died of AIDS. It was a very beautiful, spiritual thing to witness.”

Filming such demanding material over the course of five months employed Bomer’s years of classical training, and it took him back to that wide-eyed 14-year-old who first read The Normal Heart. “You’re really lucky as an artist if you get a role that changes you as a person,” Bomer, now 36, says earnestly, on the brink of tears. “It taught me how to access myself on a completely different level as an artist. And it blew my mind in terms of the level of unconditional love between Ned and Felix—my goodness, if these people could incorporate this into their lives, under their circumstances, why can’t I?”

My full interview with Bomer, some adorable outtakes and more AMAZING photos will be up next week. In the meantime, as always, feel free to hit my ask box with questions/queries/exclamation points.

I’m so very lucky to get to read these things (usually) before anyone else does. I sometimes send back her drafts with word suggestions, minor corrections, or the rare frowny face in the margins. This is my favorite “celeb profile” she has written yet, by far, because it came straight from the heart. You can read her heart, and Matt’s, right there in the words, and those needed no corrections.



Matt Bomer and Mark Ruffalo in Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart

It’s all fun and games until you’re ugly sobbing at the back of the theater in front of a bunch of twinks.

It’s great, btw. Beautifully adapted and restrained in ways I’d never have expected, and perfectly, so perfectly played.

And I’ve somehow been convinced it will be especially great for twinks and kids and Tumblr and the Glee generation, or anyone who’s never seen or known the play or much or anything about the early AIDS epidemic. I hope that theory bears out. It’s only one small part of the story but it’s an important one.

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Costume jewelry

Me: Awesome, thanks. So what drag queen did you get all this off of?
Shana: My grandmother.



With great pleasure we present the cover of our forthcoming book, Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them (Bloomsbury), and with ecstatic joy we announce that the book’s introduction will be written by Cheryl Strayed.

(You can pre-order here, here, here, or here, Mom.)

Behold the beauty!



Amtrak has begun offering “writers’ residencies” to, well, writers – long roundtrip rides aboard Amtrak trains dedicated solely for the purpose of writing. 

After New York City-based writer Jessica Gross took the first “test-run” residency, traveling from NYC to Chicago and back, Amtrak confirmed that it is indeed planning to turn the writers’ residencies into an established, long-term program, sending writers on trains throughout its network of routes.

First, let’s get it out of the way: The Wire is 100 percent on board with this idea. Pun intended, because we’re writers. We love writing, and we love trains, and we love them both together…

This is literally a dream come true to me. 

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Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman share the story of their bed [x]

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Josh Hutcherson for OUT Magazine

"There’s a certain change with the times. Maybe sexual openness is viewed by older generations as promiscuity and viewed in a kind of negative, slutty so to speak sort of way, or a gross kind of way. If you look at nature, some animals are monogamous, some animals sleep with everything. I guess sexuality is confusing because it’s intimate and personal. It’s the most intimate side of yourself. You’re really showing yourself to somebody. I understand why it’s an insecure thing.

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I forget, as I said to one friend yesterday, that it’s maybe a little out of the normal realm of experience to have spent a good portion of your teens and twenties hanging out with heroin addicts. But I did, and despite some pretty fucking significant odds against it, a lot of them are still alive. 

When I met them, some of my heroin addict friends and colleagues already had 20+ years in recovery. Some were on methadone. Some were shakily rebuilding their lives (again) after a relapse. Most had gotten clean in the wake of learning they had HIV, which somehow was able to shock their sense of safety and self in a way that none of the other bottoms they’d hit had managed.

So most of these addict friends of mine were actually junkies who were simultaneously struggling with sobriety while also learning about and managing at least one disease—in addition to HIV, most also were living with hepatitis C, and most were struggling too with having to face head-on, sometimes for the first time ever, the mental health and/or sexual abuse issues that had led them chasing after a blissful high to begin with.

I learned a lot from them, not the least of which was how much fucking harder it is to get and stay clean than it is to keep doing drugs. 

Today I wanted to share a resource from one great organization I worked alongside and learned a lot from during that time.

Addiction is terrifying and ugly and hurtful and scary to basically everyone touched by it. But there are some very, very smart folks who have spent a lot of the last 30+ years working on the best ways to approach this health crisis in a pragmatic, realistic way that takes into account what we scientifically know might help save lives. 

You can start learning more by looking through the Drug Policy Alliance’s website on Harm Reduction.

Here are 3 important things that seem especially important to know right now. The bullet points are mine; the details are from a blog post Drug Policy Alliance put up today:

1. Don’t put off calling 911 if someone has overdosed

New York has a 911 Good Samaritan law, which offers some protection from drug charges for people who call 911 to report a suspected overdose. Many people panic at the scene of an overdose, fearing they or the overdose victim will be arrested for possessing small amounts of drugs. 

According to Drug Policy Alliance, 14 states plus the District of Columbia have Good Samaritan laws like this: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts,New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.

2. If you live with a heroin user, learn about naloxone, a drug that if administered immediately can reverse opiate overdoses

New Yorkers also have limited access to the opiate overdose reversal medicine naloxone. If administered right away, naloxone can can reverse an overdose and restore normal breathing.

Naloxone is generic, inexpensive, non-narcotic, works quickly and is not only safe, but also easy to use. It’s been around since the 1970s and has saved tens of thousands of lives. New York also just this week introduced legislation to expand access to it.

So many states are just now starting to take some great steps to get naloxone in the hands of more people. Hoffman’s death perfectly illustrates how terribly urgent this is. Even the Office of National Drug Control Policy is supporting naloxone in the hands of cops.


If you use heroin and no one has ever told you to avoid mixing alcohol or other sedatives with heroin because it increases your risk of overdose, we have failed you.

So. Educate yourself. Educate your friends. Love each other. Stay alive.

(This isn’t my area of expertise anymore but if you have a question or are hitting a google wall in searching for something related, drop me an ask and I’ll do what I can to help.)


TWO of my* OUT covers are nominated for American Society of Magazine Editors awards!!! This is pretty exciting.

Please please please go cast your vote for BOTH of them by LIKING the covers on this Facebook page—the top picks will compete for ASME’s reader’s choice award. OUT is up against a bunch of big mainstream entertainment publications, so we need all the help we can get—the Josh Hutcherson cover is in 2nd place right now so this isn’t even a crazy long shot if you help add to the momentum.

(Also a third OUT cover with a great archival shot of Bowie is int he running, so you should vote for that too.)

*99% of this credit goes to the photographer/editors for shooting & picking a great image, but I will accept a tiny sliver of credit for lobbying that these folks should be on the cover in the first place. And I’ll be very grateful if you help out—I never post requests like this but it’s pretty exciting for a relatively small magazine to get this far.


me & @missmissything keeping watch.

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Jessica’s grandma always told her that when you were ready for a new dog, your old dog would send them to you. This is Miss Thing, named for Jessica’s Uncle Tommy’s dog. Thank you to Tommy & Lord Trippington for helping us find her and bring her home today. (at NKLA Pet Adoption Center)


creative T-shirt styling on a Sunday night (at Viper Room)

This was such a great show. I’m so tired I don’t have great things to say but it was amazeballs fun to rock out and get sweaty with friends.



Whoa this deserve a reblog


I made this almost 3 years ago. :|

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OUT MAGAZINE | November 2013
Cover story by Shana Naomi Krochmal
Photography by Nino Muñoz

Straight Talker: Josh Hutcherson on fame, his gay uncles’ legacy, and how the best thing for his Hunger Games character might be a threesome.

Read the cover story here.