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So many of us have such a reflexive resistance to any kind of orthodoxy. Our queerness often wedges itself against many traditional or puritanical systems (thank god). Our sexy #mcm @cylersays has had a particularly intimate experience with this. Here’s how he escaped and managed to flourish: “I get called brave a lot. I was raised in an evangelical cult until I was 17 when I had to proclaim my homosexuality to the congregation before being forced to start a new authentic life alone.” ✨ “I never had a sense of belonging when I was growing up. There was no one I could look up to as a role model, so when I escaped the cult, I had to begin to construct an identity without an understanding of queer history or references since I’d been cut off from secular influences.” ✨ “My whole life has been in pursuit of belonging. I couldn’t have known what that’d feel or look like when I found it. It wasn’t until I moved to NYC and discovered a community of extravagant, unashamed, radical faggot fairies that I knew what it meant to belong and to have people to call my family. I’m grateful to this city for connecting me to some of the most amazing people I’ve ever met.” ✨ “I’ve always been loud, brash, and over the top. I believe in living fully and unapologetically. Why should I edit myself to fit other’s ideas of ‘civility’ or ‘social grace’? and that belief can have a polarizing effect on the people I meet—You either love me or hate me, not much in-between. It’s that ‘fuck-you energy’ of liberation and individuality which also draws so many wonderful people into my life who want to achieve that same freedom.” ✨ “When people try to shame me for being ‘extra’ or ‘too much,’ I think back on the weird, little homeschooled outcast I was and I say, ‘I HAVEN’T EVEN REALIZED MY FULLEST FORM YET! I haven’t experienced my full evolution! If you think this is too much, just you wait!’ #GutsNYC ??????? 3️⃣ @mollyrose__ 4️⃣ ? @patmcgrathreal 5️⃣ Styling @laura_zapata ? @juliamartinsmiranda 7️⃣ @nathan.dane.walker 9️⃣ @julimartinsmiranda ? @yungmerlot . . . . . #queernyc #queerstories #nycgay #queermakeup #radicalfaerie #queerpoc #gaypride #nycqueer #gaynyc #genderqueer

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Our stunning #mcm Xavid @xaviiiiiiiiiiid was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, “Growing up queer in a South American country many families including my own, a "Machista" (toxic masculinity) mentality was the norm, but when I came out at 16, I was screaming it at the top of my lungs in the middle of a fight with my Mom and Grandma. My mother actually had a receptive and loving response. She was like, ‘Finally!’ My Abuela took it the hardest, but months after, everyone was very understanding and supportive. It was as if nothing happened.” ✨ “My life has changed completely since I moved to Canada. When I left Venezuela at 18, I was in my second year of dentistry school. I was never exposed to the broader world of the LGBTQ+ community. Initially, I was scared of judgement but living in a country where you have queer rights and parades, I was initially stunned. Since moving, I've done Fashion Marketing, Advertising and right now, I’m on a break from school chasing my 90’s supermodel dreams while learning to love myself on the daily and trying to give more love and positivity back to others.” ✨ “I'm super inspired by the feminine spirit, and all the wonderful women I had growing up around me. Maybe one day I’ll have a TV novela about my story, growing up watching my Mom and Aunts doing brujeria, or I’ll write my own. I actually would love that! You'll see exactly how dramatic I can be as a Sun Virgo with Moon in Leo and Scorpio rising, VERY DRAMATIC! ✨ “I often find myself wondering how the reaction would be if I had gotten the chance to come out to my dad when he was alive, or his family, but I guess if they come across this, they'll know.” #GutsNYC . . . . . . ??????? 1️⃣ @lashglue 4️⃣6️⃣7️⃣?@michael_the_iii . #queermodel #queerimmigrant #queercanada #gayvenezuelan ##gayvenezuela #queerstories #comingoutstory #gaycanadian #gaymodel #queerlatinx #gaylatino

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I don’t know about some of y’all but when I was in my early twenties, you couldn’t tell me nothing! I thought I had new insights that had never been considered before. So it’s a relief when you meet young people who have humility and want to learn. For example our fine nyc #mcm Carsey @mrcarsey. ✨ “It’s hard feel like I have much to say, I’m only 22 and I still feel like I have so much to learn about my story. I’m a native New Yorker; I grew up out on Long Island, and I moved to the city right after graduating high school early. I skipped out on college and moved to Manhattan to pursue an acting career, but moving here shattered my perception of the world. I saw new potential in New York, and I’ve been on a constant journey to find myself in it since, endlessly trying to turn potential into something kinetic. ✨ “It’s hard to say what I’ve done with it so far; I’m not exactly sure what my ig says about me. I don’t believe in showing my life through a Facetuned lens as it’s not an accurate portrayal.” ✨ “Most days you’ll find me in front of my bathroom mirror, mulling over my pimples, or I’ll be singing in my shower, bathing in heels, writing in my diary on the toilet. It’s my most personal space, and it’s also my stage. I don’t know how to separate the two. I want to write the deepest part of me, the ugly, the repressed, the dark, and I want to put it on my insta story lol. I guess thats my contribution, taking what I’ve been taught to be ashamed of and broadcasting it for anyone to see, in all its dirty, bombastic glory. That’s what it means to be queer to me. And maybe one day I’ll leave my bathroom and I’ll find a stage with a live audience, but even then, I’ll be in the shower singing my heart out.” #GutsNYC . . . . . #nycgay #nycqueer #queernyc #queerlatinx #gaynewyorker #queerstories #gaynarratives #gaymodel #gaystyle #queerfashion #queerculture

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Inclusivity is such talking point these days and thankfully so. But what does it mean for a country founded and built on its ideology while often resisting it as it is doing so now under this cabinet of complete assholes. ✨ Also, what does it mean to be includED in the ever-diversifying niche cultures of NYC. Somewhere we are all outsiders. Somewhere we are all home. ✨ Our #mcm Vad @vad.m , knows both sides of that coin, “Being born in post-Soviet Ukraine was humbling and liberating, and the time I spent there before I moved to the States set my values in community and in working with what you’re given. It’s why I see the work I do as part of a bigger picture, to clear paths for those with more hurdles.” ✨ “Growing up in Ukraine was tough but fun. It was a very poor country. Things like bananas were luxuries saved for birthdays or special events. Hot water would turn off after 6pm. At one point a loaf of bread was worth close to a “million dollars” because of how often our currency failed.” ✨ The value of immigration and inclusivity is the very lifeblood that has sought our country since its inception, “I get up learning the value in working for something nice and keeping those things special. I never grew up thinking that I could have whatever I wanted but rather whatever I worked for. Ukraine’s culture, however, is rampant with racism, homophobia, and misogyny and are parts of everyday culture.” ✨ These perspectives are teachings from faraway places, “It’s why I see the work I do as part of a bigger picture, to clear paths for those with more hurdles. To protect those who are targeted like poc, cis+trans women, and our lgbtq+ community.” ✨ “My inspiration comes from strong women—The ones who wake up and fight the constant battle for the right over their own bodies and minds. Growing up with feminine energy caused me both scrutiny and empowerment. I never felt more humiliated than when I was outed and never more powerful than when I stood up for myself.” ✨ (This was too hard to edit down read more below ??)

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Growing up queer is challenging. Right when you’re supposed to be figuring shit out, we’re forced to repress crucial parts of our identities that need the freedom to mature. Later, you start realizing the things you had to restrain have become the traits that have given you the most character. ✨ That oppressive wedge that drove itself between our inner lives and what we presented can, in retrospect, feel like a shield that prevented outside sources from polluting the purity of our privacy and uniqueness. ✨ Our #mcm Anderson perceived this metamorphosis where weaknesses become strengths, “being queer (more specifically being a transfag) is the ultimate opportunity to live with authenticity, and without apology. I love being able to move throughout the world in this form that I’ve sculpted; it’s taken a lot of time and work.” ✨ “Navigating fag spaces as a trans man is interesting, I never really know what I’m gonna get from people. My wish is that I can be some sort of beacon of hope for younger trans men. As much as I can, I want to lift up the queer and trans folks around me, we all deserve a little boost.” It is this communal spirit and vision which is, “thankful and privileged to be able to move through those spaces without being clocked,” and it is with the utmost diligence that we remember that, “all kinds of trans people are really beautiful, not just the ones that pass as cis!” ✨ And the places that we think of as being infertile ground for queers can come to be a restorative sanctuary. “I grew up in rural PA as a cowboy! Doing that work has brought me a ton of inner peace, and it’s still an important part of my life. Currently, when I’m not at my day job, I can be found either writing, making music, or taking photos.“ ✨ Many of us have a natural compass that wants to shepherd us toward inner peace, and the route can feel convoluted and roundabout but as Anderson has discovered on his ride thus far, if you are receptive enough you may pick up a few hitchhikers along the way—Some of whom may be other lovely editions of you. #GutsNYC #queerartists #transman #transfag #selfcare #ftm #queercowboy #gaycowboy #queerstories #transmanofinstagram #queermodel

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On social media we present the best of ourselves but there’s so much scar tissue and dark matter that we keep to different degrees. Here at Guts we like to see some of that dirt under your finger nails, especially the fine ones whose life we imagine is—merrily, merrily, merrily—but a dream. ? Joselo, a visual artist residing in Brooklyn, said something that certainly resonated with us, “I’m grown. I’m healthy. I’m about to be 30. I’ve never been better. I’ve come a long way though, I felt like a fuck up for so long. I’m an art school drop out #artschoolruinedmylife and also battled many demons and these streets have really raised me. I’m warm, I’m fuzzy, but RUN UP GET DONE UP.” ?? There is a specific type of trauma that we as queer people must compartmentalize and digest. It can make you stronger and give you character as it has in Joselo’s case OR conversely, as Abraham Lincoln once said, “Whatever doesn’t kill you fucks you up mentally.” ? “If you only know me through the gram and haven’t met me in person, there are many things that are misunderstood about me. But if you know me and I fuck with you, then generally I think I’m pretty well understood. I just wanna be happy and see my community thriving.” ??? A New Yorker of more than 11 years, though originally from the Boston area, Joselo’s been involved in NYC nightlife for a while (@maricon_nyc/DJing/photography/hosting) and has been hustling creatively and couldn’t be happier to be part of the supportive and thriving POC scene happening right now. “I have my sisters who I can relate to and carry with. My chosen family is my life.” Most of us will arrive at a place of satisfaction and peace through time, experience, and searching to problem solve your way through all the ish. If you’re in the thick of it now, just look at this fine example of personal growth, and know that good news is on the way! . . . . . ??????? 1️⃣&8️⃣ @haonguyen.jpg 2️⃣ @olszewski_ 3️⃣ @friedplatano 7️⃣ @designerhooker #queernyc #nycqueer #gaynyc #gayrolemodels #queerdj #queerartist #queerartistsofcolor #gaylatino #queerartists #gaynycmen #queernarratives #gaybody #queertattoo #queermedia #menofcolor

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NYC has an enormous gravitational pull on the world, plucking creative & marginal people out of their outlying nurseries. And just as sure as an angel falls to earth at 9.8 m/s/s, so it goes that the extraordinary and misunderstood will be attracted to NYC’s fertile streets. A microcosm where one can be both lost in anonymity or found and polished like a Warhol star.✨ Massimo @mx551m0 recalls growing up in Upstate NY, “I often felt humiliated because of the stares I’d get. Kids whispered blunt comments about my androgynous appearance. I dreamt of living with my sister in Queens and going to a performing arts school. Now that I’m here it’s hard to go back even to visit. This city is comforting though it’s still easy to feel like a lil’ tiny fish in a huge sea.”✨✨ Of course, attendant with gaining access and tolerance means occasionally feeling dwarfed by the personalities and qualifications of your peers. It’s jarring to go from being underwhelmed to racing in a shoal of ambitious peers. “Whenever I start to compare my journey to others, I actively stop and remind myself that success means many things to different people. Everyone has their path and there’s enough room and opportunity for all.”✨✨ Living in such density, it is nearly inevitable to feel dismissed or misunderstood. “I feel people don’t really grasp who I am and see a pretty-faced queer kid with a unique aesthetic—A character and model rather than an artist—the part of me I identify with most. It’s frustrating when posts of my art get dramatically less likes than photos of myself. I use clothes, accessories, and makeup to express myself but internally my soul is even more of a spinning cloud of creative energy.”✨✨ “I’m in school for photography but I’m exploring videography, sculpture, sound, and more. Art is a tool for healing and examining my experiences as a queer individual breaking the gender binary.” Is it versatility that helps artists gain control over the way they are perceived? Luckily, attractive and fashionable are not the worst attributes to have projected upon you. Soak it in beautiful boy and keep investing in those more lasting interests and virtues that will not fail you. #GutsNYC

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Although personal evolution is very crucial to Znere, he has learned that “no matter how much I change, some things stay the same.” It is this nuanced outlook that makes our #mcm especially compelling. As he learns to encompass the full scope of the human experience—From being in love, to learning the preferred nature in which it’s received; From being a starving artist, to the redemption of working a fulfilling career as a creative— he understands that “everything takes time and as I look through the universe for guidance I can only hope I don’t burn too many bridges along the way.” Inspired by the everyday creative who shows you the “can’t stop, won’t stop“ mentality, Znere is a screenplay writer which is his passion despite often having it being mistaken for modeling which he knows is a result of posting his (drop dead gorgeous ?) modeling shots due to the visual nature of Instagram. Born in Tampa, Florida, he moved to L.A., then again to NYC two years ago. Perhaps it’s apropos that the film he was most influenced by is 2003’s “The Dreamers,” a film about characters obsessed with the beauty and fantasy of cinema but eventually sheds its idyllic visage to reveal the true form and nature of how “the dream,” for all of its style, lacked the substance. It is a fitting note for Znere whose outlook is to embrace the whole of his experience within and also beyond our ephemeral curiosity. As he reflects on the plurality of our mercurial existences, let us also indulge in our superficiality as we reflect on his fine ass and his flawless skin that we’d easily give one of our kidneys in exchange for. ? #GutsNYC . . ????? ??????? 1️⃣ @montystilson 2️⃣ @lukeaustinphoto @zandwagon 3️⃣ @bkcolby . . . . . #queernyc #nycqueer #gaynyc #gaymodel #gaymodels #queerartist #queerartistsofcolor #queerartists #gaywriter #gaywriters #queernarratives

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We’ve always had our eyes ? on our #mcm @loejjie. His striking features are only magnified by a fashionably fearless POV that is editorial, androgynous, and perhaps to some, a little inaccessible and mysterious. ? Well jokes on them. Turns out he possesses an acute awareness of how his desire to be expressive through his appearance can be alienating and misunderstood. ? One of the first things we asked was if Loejjie was his real name. We thought it was a play on the Spanish fashion house of almost-similar pronunciation— Loewe— to which he modestly informed us that it is his given name, an assemblage of the first letters of his parents’ best friends’ names, which he said was not fancy at all and was pronounced kinda like Mario’s ectomorph 8-bit sibling, Luigi. ? A Brooklyn-based Portuguese-Filipino model/actor from Seattle, he decided to open a second ig account @_anime_baddie_ to offset, as he told us, “social media which has become saturated with near perfect standards,” and to create a space “where I catalog my behind the scenes, daily encounters and thoughts that others may find weird, spammy or outright silly. Everyone has a cooler online persona, and that’s ok, but I want to reflect on my early 20s and have a more accurate representation of my life.” “Some people have pointed out that I live this glamorous and easy-breezy life, which is not always the case; so I guess that’s something I feel misunderstood about.” Never judge a DVD by its stylish Criterion cover, especially one with a second disk full of humanizing bonus features. ? What interests would such an exotic and otherworldly beauty use to feed his soul? He says, anime, science fiction, styling and photography. He keeps in shape through a dedicated routine that includes yoga, pilates, dance, and long boarding. ? Don’t get it twisted y’all, some of the ones that seem to be soaring high above, may be the very ones who actually have their feet on solid ground. #GutsNYC . . ????? ??????? 1️⃣ @Youeth4 2️⃣ @Haonguyen.jpg 3️⃣ @idan.barazani 4️⃣ @Harshhy 6️⃣ @Willemverb

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So many of us have such a reflexive resistance to any kind of orthodoxy. Our queerness often wedges itself against many traditional or puritanical systems (thank god). Our sexy #mcm @cylersays has had a particularly intimate experience with this. Here’s how he escaped and managed to flourish: “I get called brave a lot. I was raised in an evangelical cult until I was 17 when I had to proclaim my homosexuality to the congregation before being forced to start a new authentic life alone.” ✨ “I never had a sense of belonging when I was growing up. There was no one I could look up to as a role model, so when I escaped the cult, I had to begin to construct an identity without an understanding of queer history or references since I’d been cut off from secular influences.” ✨ “My whole life has been in pursuit of belonging. I couldn’t have known what that’d feel or look like when I found it. It wasn’t until I moved to NYC and discovered a community of extravagant, unashamed, radical faggot fairies that I knew what it meant to belong and to have people to call my family. I’m grateful to this city for connecting me to some of the most amazing people I’ve ever met.” ✨ “I’ve always been loud, brash, and over the top. I believe in living fully and unapologetically. Why should I edit myself to fit other’s ideas of ‘civility’ or ‘social grace’? and that belief can have a polarizing effect on the people I meet—You either love me or hate me, not much in-between. It’s that ‘fuck-you energy’ of liberation and individuality which also draws so many wonderful people into my life who want to achieve that same freedom.” ✨ “When people try to shame me for being ‘extra’ or ‘too much,’ I think back on the weird, little homeschooled outcast I was and I say, ‘I HAVEN’T EVEN REALIZED MY FULLEST FORM YET! I haven’t experienced my full evolution! If you think this is too much, just you wait!’ #GutsNYC ??????? 3️⃣ @mollyrose__ 4️⃣ ? @patmcgrathreal 5️⃣ Styling @laura_zapata ? @juliamartinsmiranda 7️⃣ @nathan.dane.walker 9️⃣ @julimartinsmiranda ? @yungmerlot . . . . . #queernyc #queerstories #nycgay #queermakeup #radicalfaerie #queerpoc #gaypride #nycqueer #gaynyc #genderqueer

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Our stunning #mcm Xavid @xaviiiiiiiiiiid was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, “Growing up queer in a South American country many families including my own, a "Machista" (toxic masculinity) mentality was the norm, but when I came out at 16, I was screaming it at the top of my lungs in the middle of a fight with my Mom and Grandma. My mother actually had a receptive and loving response. She was like, ‘Finally!’ My Abuela took it the hardest, but months after, everyone was very understanding and supportive. It was as if nothing happened.” ✨ “My life has changed completely since I moved to Canada. When I left Venezuela at 18, I was in my second year of dentistry school. I was never exposed to the broader world of the LGBTQ+ community. Initially, I was scared of judgement but living in a country where you have queer rights and parades, I was initially stunned. Since moving, I've done Fashion Marketing, Advertising and right now, I’m on a break from school chasing my 90’s supermodel dreams while learning to love myself on the daily and trying to give more love and positivity back to others.” ✨ “I'm super inspired by the feminine spirit, and all the wonderful women I had growing up around me. Maybe one day I’ll have a TV novela about my story, growing up watching my Mom and Aunts doing brujeria, or I’ll write my own. I actually would love that! You'll see exactly how dramatic I can be as a Sun Virgo with Moon in Leo and Scorpio rising, VERY DRAMATIC! ✨ “I often find myself wondering how the reaction would be if I had gotten the chance to come out to my dad when he was alive, or his family, but I guess if they come across this, they'll know.” #GutsNYC . . . . . . ??????? 1️⃣ @lashglue 4️⃣6️⃣7️⃣?@michael_the_iii . #queermodel #queerimmigrant #queercanada #gayvenezuelan ##gayvenezuela #queerstories #comingoutstory #gaycanadian #gaymodel #queerlatinx #gaylatino

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I don’t know about some of y’all but when I was in my early twenties, you couldn’t tell me nothing! I thought I had new insights that had never been considered before. So it’s a relief when you meet young people who have humility and want to learn. For example our fine nyc #mcm Carsey @mrcarsey. ✨ “It’s hard feel like I have much to say, I’m only 22 and I still feel like I have so much to learn about my story. I’m a native New Yorker; I grew up out on Long Island, and I moved to the city right after graduating high school early. I skipped out on college and moved to Manhattan to pursue an acting career, but moving here shattered my perception of the world. I saw new potential in New York, and I’ve been on a constant journey to find myself in it since, endlessly trying to turn potential into something kinetic. ✨ “It’s hard to say what I’ve done with it so far; I’m not exactly sure what my ig says about me. I don’t believe in showing my life through a Facetuned lens as it’s not an accurate portrayal.” ✨ “Most days you’ll find me in front of my bathroom mirror, mulling over my pimples, or I’ll be singing in my shower, bathing in heels, writing in my diary on the toilet. It’s my most personal space, and it’s also my stage. I don’t know how to separate the two. I want to write the deepest part of me, the ugly, the repressed, the dark, and I want to put it on my insta story lol. I guess thats my contribution, taking what I’ve been taught to be ashamed of and broadcasting it for anyone to see, in all its dirty, bombastic glory. That’s what it means to be queer to me. And maybe one day I’ll leave my bathroom and I’ll find a stage with a live audience, but even then, I’ll be in the shower singing my heart out.” #GutsNYC . . . . . #nycgay #nycqueer #queernyc #queerlatinx #gaynewyorker #queerstories #gaynarratives #gaymodel #gaystyle #queerfashion #queerculture

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Inclusivity is such talking point these days and thankfully so. But what does it mean for a country founded and built on its ideology while often resisting it as it is doing so now under this cabinet of complete assholes. ✨ Also, what does it mean to be includED in the ever-diversifying niche cultures of NYC. Somewhere we are all outsiders. Somewhere we are all home. ✨ Our #mcm Vad @vad.m , knows both sides of that coin, “Being born in post-Soviet Ukraine was humbling and liberating, and the time I spent there before I moved to the States set my values in community and in working with what you’re given. It’s why I see the work I do as part of a bigger picture, to clear paths for those with more hurdles.” ✨ “Growing up in Ukraine was tough but fun. It was a very poor country. Things like bananas were luxuries saved for birthdays or special events. Hot water would turn off after 6pm. At one point a loaf of bread was worth close to a “million dollars” because of how often our currency failed.” ✨ The value of immigration and inclusivity is the very lifeblood that has sought our country since its inception, “I get up learning the value in working for something nice and keeping those things special. I never grew up thinking that I could have whatever I wanted but rather whatever I worked for. Ukraine’s culture, however, is rampant with racism, homophobia, and misogyny and are parts of everyday culture.” ✨ These perspectives are teachings from faraway places, “It’s why I see the work I do as part of a bigger picture, to clear paths for those with more hurdles. To protect those who are targeted like poc, cis+trans women, and our lgbtq+ community.” ✨ “My inspiration comes from strong women—The ones who wake up and fight the constant battle for the right over their own bodies and minds. Growing up with feminine energy caused me both scrutiny and empowerment. I never felt more humiliated than when I was outed and never more powerful than when I stood up for myself.” ✨ (This was too hard to edit down read more below ??)

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Growing up queer is challenging. Right when you’re supposed to be figuring shit out, we’re forced to repress crucial parts of our identities that need the freedom to mature. Later, you start realizing the things you had to restrain have become the traits that have given you the most character. ✨ That oppressive wedge that drove itself between our inner lives and what we presented can, in retrospect, feel like a shield that prevented outside sources from polluting the purity of our privacy and uniqueness. ✨ Our #mcm Anderson perceived this metamorphosis where weaknesses become strengths, “being queer (more specifically being a transfag) is the ultimate opportunity to live with authenticity, and without apology. I love being able to move throughout the world in this form that I’ve sculpted; it’s taken a lot of time and work.” ✨ “Navigating fag spaces as a trans man is interesting, I never really know what I’m gonna get from people. My wish is that I can be some sort of beacon of hope for younger trans men. As much as I can, I want to lift up the queer and trans folks around me, we all deserve a little boost.” It is this communal spirit and vision which is, “thankful and privileged to be able to move through those spaces without being clocked,” and it is with the utmost diligence that we remember that, “all kinds of trans people are really beautiful, not just the ones that pass as cis!” ✨ And the places that we think of as being infertile ground for queers can come to be a restorative sanctuary. “I grew up in rural PA as a cowboy! Doing that work has brought me a ton of inner peace, and it’s still an important part of my life. Currently, when I’m not at my day job, I can be found either writing, making music, or taking photos.“ ✨ Many of us have a natural compass that wants to shepherd us toward inner peace, and the route can feel convoluted and roundabout but as Anderson has discovered on his ride thus far, if you are receptive enough you may pick up a few hitchhikers along the way—Some of whom may be other lovely editions of you. #GutsNYC #queerartists #transman #transfag #selfcare #ftm #queercowboy #gaycowboy #queerstories #transmanofinstagram #queermodel

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On social media we present the best of ourselves but there’s so much scar tissue and dark matter that we keep to different degrees. Here at Guts we like to see some of that dirt under your finger nails, especially the fine ones whose life we imagine is—merrily, merrily, merrily—but a dream. ?

Joselo, a visual artist residing in Brooklyn, said something that certainly resonated with us, “I’m grown. I’m healthy. I’m about to be 30. I’ve never been better. I’ve come a long way though, I felt like a fuck up for so long. I’m an art school drop out #artschoolruinedmylife and also battled many demons and these streets have really raised me. I’m warm, I’m fuzzy, but RUN UP GET DONE UP.” ??

There is a specific type of trauma that we as queer people must compartmentalize and digest. It can make you stronger and give you character as it has in Joselo’s case OR conversely, as Abraham Lincoln once said, “Whatever doesn’t kill you fucks you up mentally.” ?

“If you only know me through the gram and haven’t met me in person, there are many things that are misunderstood about me. But if you know me and I fuck with you, then generally I think I’m pretty well understood. I just wanna be happy and see my community thriving.” ???

A New Yorker of more than 11 years, though originally from the Boston area, Joselo’s been involved in NYC nightlife for a while (@maricon_nyc/DJing/photography/hosting) and has been hustling creatively and couldn’t be happier to be part of the supportive and thriving POC scene happening right now. “I have my sisters who I can relate to and carry with. My chosen family is my life.” Most of us will arrive at a place of satisfaction and peace through time, experience, and searching to problem solve your way through all the ish. If you’re in the thick of it now, just look at this fine example of personal growth, and know that good news is on the way! . . . . .
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NYC has an enormous gravitational pull on the world, plucking creative & marginal people out of their outlying nurseries. And just as sure as an angel falls to earth at 9.8 m/s/s, so it goes that the extraordinary and misunderstood will be attracted to NYC’s fertile streets. A microcosm where one can be both lost in anonymity or found and polished like a Warhol star.✨ Massimo @mx551m0 recalls growing up in Upstate NY, “I often felt humiliated because of the stares I’d get. Kids whispered blunt comments about my androgynous appearance. I dreamt of living with my sister in Queens and going to a performing arts school. Now that I’m here it’s hard to go back even to visit. This city is comforting though it’s still easy to feel like a lil’ tiny fish in a huge sea.”✨✨ Of course, attendant with gaining access and tolerance means occasionally feeling dwarfed by the personalities and qualifications of your peers. It’s jarring to go from being underwhelmed to racing in a shoal of ambitious peers. “Whenever I start to compare my journey to others, I actively stop and remind myself that success means many things to different people. Everyone has their path and there’s enough room and opportunity for all.”✨✨ Living in such density, it is nearly inevitable to feel dismissed or misunderstood. “I feel people don’t really grasp who I am and see a pretty-faced queer kid with a unique aesthetic—A character and model rather than an artist—the part of me I identify with most. It’s frustrating when posts of my art get dramatically less likes than photos of myself. I use clothes, accessories, and makeup to express myself but internally my soul is even more of a spinning cloud of creative energy.”✨✨ “I’m in school for photography but I’m exploring videography, sculpture, sound, and more. Art is a tool for healing and examining my experiences as a queer individual breaking the gender binary.” Is it versatility that helps artists gain control over the way they are perceived? Luckily, attractive and fashionable are not the worst attributes to have projected upon you. Soak it in beautiful boy and keep investing in those more lasting interests and virtues that will not fail you. #GutsNYC

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Although personal evolution is very crucial to Znere, he has learned that “no matter how much I change, some things stay the same.” It is this nuanced outlook that makes our #mcm especially compelling. As he learns to encompass the full scope of the human experience—From being in love, to learning the preferred nature in which it’s received; From being a starving artist, to the redemption of working a fulfilling career as a creative— he understands that “everything takes time and as I look through the universe for guidance I can only hope I don’t burn too many bridges along the way.” Inspired by the everyday creative who shows you the “can’t stop, won’t stop“ mentality, Znere is a screenplay writer which is his passion despite often having it being mistaken for modeling which he knows is a result of posting his (drop dead gorgeous ?) modeling shots due to the visual nature of Instagram. Born in Tampa, Florida, he moved to L.A., then again to NYC two years ago. Perhaps it’s apropos that the film he was most influenced by is 2003’s “The Dreamers,” a film about characters obsessed with the beauty and fantasy of cinema but eventually sheds its idyllic visage to reveal the true form and nature of how “the dream,” for all of its style, lacked the substance. It is a fitting note for Znere whose outlook is to embrace the whole of his experience within and also beyond our ephemeral curiosity. As he reflects on the plurality of our mercurial existences, let us also indulge in our superficiality as we reflect on his fine ass and his flawless skin that we’d easily give one of our kidneys in exchange for. ? #GutsNYC . . ????? ??????? 1️⃣ @montystilson 2️⃣ @lukeaustinphoto @zandwagon 3️⃣ @bkcolby . . . . . #queernyc #nycqueer #gaynyc #gaymodel #gaymodels #queerartist #queerartistsofcolor #queerartists #gaywriter #gaywriters #queernarratives

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We’ve always had our eyes ? on our #mcm @loejjie. His striking features are only magnified by a fashionably fearless POV that is editorial, androgynous, and perhaps to some, a little inaccessible and mysterious. ? Well jokes on them. Turns out he possesses an acute awareness of how his desire to be expressive through his appearance can be alienating and misunderstood. ? One of the first things we asked was if Loejjie was his real name. We thought it was a play on the Spanish fashion house of almost-similar pronunciation— Loewe— to which he modestly informed us that it is his given name, an assemblage of the first letters of his parents’ best friends’ names, which he said was not fancy at all and was pronounced kinda like Mario’s ectomorph 8-bit sibling, Luigi. ? A Brooklyn-based Portuguese-Filipino model/actor from Seattle, he decided to open a second ig account @_anime_baddie_ to offset, as he told us, “social media which has become saturated with near perfect standards,” and to create a space “where I catalog my behind the scenes, daily encounters and thoughts that others may find weird, spammy or outright silly. Everyone has a cooler online persona, and that’s ok, but I want to reflect on my early 20s and have a more accurate representation of my life.” “Some people have pointed out that I live this glamorous and easy-breezy life, which is not always the case; so I guess that’s something I feel misunderstood about.” Never judge a DVD by its stylish Criterion cover, especially one with a second disk full of humanizing bonus features. ? What interests would such an exotic and otherworldly beauty use to feed his soul? He says, anime, science fiction, styling and photography. He keeps in shape through a dedicated routine that includes yoga, pilates, dance, and long boarding. ? Don’t get it twisted y’all, some of the ones that seem to be soaring high above, may be the very ones who actually have their feet on solid ground. #GutsNYC . . ????? ??????? 1️⃣ @Youeth4 2️⃣ @Haonguyen.jpg 3️⃣ @idan.barazani 4️⃣ @Harshhy 6️⃣ @Willemverb

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This #MCM is very close to our ❤️. Before I even met Cody last year, people were already telling me to get in touch with this gorgeous guy who’s moving from LA to study illustration at SVA. Well we have to return him to LA for the summer but getting to know him has been a heartening reminder that there are attractive gay men out there who are grounded, kind, and even nerdy ?. Cody, you’ve got that vibe that boys run to and it’s all about you. Thank you for bringing an element of warmth, sexiness, and cheer to Guts. We’ll be waiting with bated breathe till you come home to us. #babyboy #hapaboy #someonegreat

This #MCM is very close to our ❤️.

Before I even met Cody last year, people were already telling me to get in touch with this gorgeous guy who’s moving from LA to study illustration at SVA. Well we have to return him to LA for the summer but getting to know him has been a heartening reminder that there are attractive gay men out there who are grounded, kind, and even nerdy ?.

Cody, you’ve got that vibe that boys run to and it’s all about you. Thank you for bringing an element of warmth, sexiness, and cheer to Guts. We’ll be waiting with bated breathe till you come home to us. #babyboy #hapaboy #someonegreat