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Star Trek Discovery's Wilson Cruz

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

Actor & activist Wilson Cruz started acting as a youngin’ and toured the US as part of the Young Americans. He has made television history as the first openly gay actor to play an openly gay character in a leading role in a major TV series in, of course, My So Called Life...AND as part of the first featured gay couple in the Star Trek franchise in Star Trek Discovery as Dr. Hugh Culbert with co-star Anthony Rapp. 

Wilson appeared in the Broadway production of RENT and his list of TV/film credits goes on and on with roles in Oliver Stone’s Nixon, Johns, He’s Just Not That Into You (story of my life), Party of Five, 13 Reasons Why and my personal favorite, Party Monster. Compelling guest spots include roles in ER, Ally McBeal, The West Wing, Noah's Arc, Pushing Daisies, Shameless, and Grey's Anatomy. He has been a tireless activist for LGBTQ equality especially for at-risk youth, Wilson himself being displaced by his family for coming out. We featured Wilson on the cover of Metrsource’s October/November issue.

We chatted with Wilson on his day off from filming Season 4 of Discovery and had a very intimate chat about LGBTQ representation in the media, love and dating, ageism in entertainment, how awesome Michelle Yoeh is, Wilson's first steps on the Star Trek set, how tight his uniform is, and overcoming loneliness during COVID. We also found out what his worst date was - hint, it was at a drive-thru.  

Wilson is donating his proceeds from Cameo (personalized video shoutouts) until the end of the year to GLSEN, the non-profit working to end discrimination, harassment, and bullying based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression and to prompt LGBT cultural inclusion and awareness in K-12 schools. 

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Episode 10 · 5 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 · 6 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.  

Episode 8 · 6 months ago

Fashion Designer Mass Luciano - MASSBRANDED FOR ELIAD COHEN

From military kid to Mr. Gay World to fashion designer, this out and proud Latinx artist has literally seen the world. Currently living and designing in Hong Kong, he has been in the fashion industry for over 15 years, learning his craft at Los Angeles’ Fashion and Design Institute. His work with major, international brands includes Guess, Rock & Republic by Victoria Beckham and Lee Jeans, but it was his win as Mr. Gay Hong Kong and, ultimately, Mr. Gay World, that gave him the spark and confidence to launch his namesake brand, MASSBRANDED. We chat with him from his home in Hong Kong about this new line, MASSBRANDED for ELIAD COHEN...with host Alexander Rodriguez.  

Episode 7 · 7 months ago

Celebrity Photographer Mike Ruiz

We sat with celebrity photographer and reality TV personality Mike Ruiz for a fun chat about his latest campaign - Flex Your Vote - as well as coming out, Pride season, the reality of reality TV, and inclusivity.