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HBO Max' 12 Dates of Christmas with Corey Lay

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

HBO Max continues its quest to represent the LGBTQ community in a wide variety of programming. To add to the mix of We’re Here, Equal, and Legendary, they have added a delicious holiday treat that is our current Christmas guilty pleasure. While stuck at home with nothing to do but post selfies and watch TV, what better way to pass the time than with some holiday cheesiness and a side of fun drama? HBO’s Max 12 Dates of Christmas, set in a stunning winter wonderland, follows three hopelessly romantic singles on their journey to meet that special someone to bring home for the holidays. The show features Garrett, a gay man looking for love. 

Corey Lay, a video game and app developer & fitness trainer, was among the contestants to try his hand at love. And while he didn’t make it to the end, he made a long-lasting emotional impression on the show. In showing his emotions, he hopes to be an example for younger people watching that it’s ok to put your emotions on display, not a weakness. Corey is an LGBTQ and black community activist with an adorable smile and winning attitude…we’d gladly spend New Year’s Eve with him…and even longer.

We chatted with Corey about finding love on reality TV, first date red flags, respecting yourself in the dating world, showing your feelings, and we tackled the hot topic of putting racial preferences on dating apps and in the real world.  

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Episode 12 · 3 months ago

HGTV's Orlando Soria - Interior Designer/TV Personality

What’s a boy to do when you break up and have to move out ASAP? You become an HGTV star and become a master interior decorator, that’s all!

In the HGTV series Build Me Up, Orlando Soria, a charismatic interior designer, social media influencer and author, works with homeowners as they embrace a big life change to overhaul their home and create the fresh start they deserve. Through beautiful design, humor and a healthy dose of moral support, Orlando helps his clients transition into their next chapter by infusing their homes with uniquely personalized elements that will change their lives for the better.

We chatted about getting through quarantine on a positive note, how to spruce up your space on a budget, moving to Yosemite, love and dating during COVID, and how hot Gus Kenworthy is. Check it out!

Episode 11 · 4 months ago

Ghost Stories and Gay Things with Jen Curcio

On this episode, we chatted with comedian, storyteller, and podcaster Jen Curcio - co-host of A Touch from the Past podcast, featuring ghost stories and historical facts...with a splash of sass. Jen gave us the low down on what makes effective storytelling. She also told us some of her favorite haunted stories - did you know the Bat Man of Echo Park was a thing? Spooky! Her podcast, with co-host Clark Canez, was featured in our Metrosource article "10 LGBT Podcasts We're Listening To"...just in time for Halloween!  

On a more serious note, the discussion turned real as we talked about domestic abuse in same sex couples and how it often goes unreported due to the fear of homophobia from the police and judicial system. Jen, being the good storyteller that she is, told us her own struggle with same sex abuse in a very intimate and candid moment.  

You just never know where the conversation will go! ...with your host, Alexander Rodriguez 

Episode 10 · 4 months ago

Scissoring Isn't A Thing with Daryn Carp

Daryn Carp is the co-host of Scissoring Isn't A Thing Podcast, listed among Metrosource's Ten LGBTQ Podcasts to Listen To, where no topic is off-limits, from discussing identity to dismantling old school stereotypes about the LGBTQ+ community with your favorite celebrities and personalities. Daryn started her career as part of the Page Program at NBC, rocking the grey suit, and was assigned to assist one of the most influential pop culture icons currently on TV, Andy Cohen. They left NBC and started their own production company, Most Talkative. Since then, Daryn has hosted a number of digital shows for Bravo TV, podcasts Scissoring Isn't A Thing and Oxygen's Martinis and Murders, hosts Reality Check for People TV, and created and executive produced Tiny Talk Show for Quibi.

In this episode, we chatted candidly about lesbian representation on TV, labels in the LGBT community, reality TV, and worst dates. So...is scissoring a thing? Take a listen and find out.  

Episode 9 · 5 months ago

Drag Out The Vote with Phi Phi O'Hara

1 out of 5 members of the LGBTQ community is not registered to vote and this election and Jaremi Carey, creator of Drag Race's Phi Phi O'Hara, ain't having it. As a co-chair of Drag Out the Vote campaign, their initiative is to mobilize drag artists across America to increase voter participation in their communities this November with big name to local city Queens.

In addition to Jaremi’s Phi Phi O’Hara character, he has stayed in the social media spotlight through his photo projects of 365 Days of Drag as well as his Harry Potter inspired Wizardry series, where he recreated looks from both the male and female characters. Jaremi has one heel in the drag world, and one foot in the cosplay scene.

We chatted with him about the campaign, his time on Drag Race, and surviving quarantine with your boo.