Matthew Dean Stewart – The Omnipresent Photographer

Corey Camperchioli, Jon Ali and Guelmo. What do those people have in common? Well, two of them have been on Uncensored Visionary. But they’ve all have had their photo taken by the prolific Matthew Dean Stewart. Whenever one scrolls through a gay Instagram timeline, there is a high probability that you’ll see multiple head shots by Matthew.

Born in Los Angeles, Matthew has always had the creative itch. In a past life, he was a musical theater performer. He soon discovered that the itch would be better suited in the form of photography. After committing to photography, somewhat full-time, Matthew has become a superstar within the realm of queer photography. Through collaboration (and just being hilarious), he has been able to build a social network of queer artists in the hopes of uplifting queer based brands and artists. Listen to this uplifting LGBTQ badass on this week’s episode of Uncensored Visionary.

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Ryan O’Connell - Special AF

“I feel like there’s such ignorance around disability, so people infantilize you.” This quote is from the brilliant and brutally honest Ryan O’Connell and speaks to people’s inability to see people with disabilities as fully autonomous and capable individuals. This is why Ryan has been so successful. His career has been based on the fact that he is honest, so honest that sometimes he doesn’t realize how honest he’s being in his writing until he finishes it.

Ryan made a name for himself through his (mostly) autobiographical, charming and witty writing for publication Thought Catalog. Sample titles include, “I Hate My Body (JK?),” “Coming Out Of The Disabled Closet” and “The Divide Between Gay Men And Straight Women.” From Thought Catalog he was able to take his career to the next level by writing and releasing his first book, “I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves.” Following his book release, Ryan made yet another pivot and become a TV writer / executive story editor. His TV resume includes Awkward., Will & Grace and Daytime Divas.

Today, Ryan achieved a major milestone: A Netflix television series. Debuting on April 12th, it showcases the highs and the lows of being gay and having cerebral palsy.

Make sure to check out his unique take on life and spam Ryan to tell him that Thomas from Uncensored Visionary wants to interview him.

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Guelmo Rosa – The Ultimate Fighter

One day Guelmo Rosa realized that being an English teacher was not his calling. So he quit, went to art school and then decided to try his hand at being an artist in New York. Born in Puerto Rico, with pit stops in The Bronx, back to Puerto Rico and eventually landing in New York, Guelmo Rosa is a mixed media artist with a passion for design and collaboration. Now only a few years into his journey, Guelmo is well on his way to building a uniquely queer based art brand.

As a proud queer Puerto Rican, Guelmo is on a mission to show how strong Puerto Ricans are and how badass queer artists can be. Make sure to visit his website (check out his dick earrings) and support a fellow Visionary by purchasing / sharing his artwork and listening to his episode of Uncensored Visionary.

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Jaimie Kelton & Robin Hopkins – If These Ovaries Could Talk

Jaimie Kelton was having fertility issues so she turned to the internet for support, but to her surprise, she didn’t find any. Instead of curling into a ball, Jaimie decided to create her own platform where lesbians could speak about making babies and the subsequent difficulties of maintaining non-traditional families. When she was introduced to Robin Hopkins, she knew that Robin was the one to help her establish and create a community of lesbians with non-traditional families. And thus If These Ovaries Could Talk was born (well after hundreds of spreadsheets, meetings, contacts, etc.).

 

The intention behind If These Ovaries Could Talk is to always learn and highlight and show the love that’s in our community. They have not only achieved that goal, but surpassed it on their funny yet poignant podcast show. Take a peek into the journeys of Jaimie and Robin and their podcast If These Ovaries Could Talk.

 

Follow If These Ovaries Could Talk on Instagram and listen to their podcast here.

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Preston Chamblee - The Balancing Act

Preston Chamblee didn’t expect it. By ‘it’, I mean his success. He began ballet training in Wendell, North Carolina at the age of 14. He then continued training at the Internal Ballet Academy in Apex, NC before heading off to the School of America Ballet (SAB) during the summers. In 2015, Preston joined the New York City Ballet and has never looked back with his breakout role of Peter Martins’ “The Infernal Machine”. Criticaldance.org describes his performance with Unity Phelan as, “With these two dancers, the piece appeared to have a more feral focus: less machine, and more inferno. It was a fabulous performance by both these young dancers.” Since then he has starred in Lauren Lovette’s Not Our Fate (2018) — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Omcr2SJMIAI.

Ultimately, he would love to “I hope to be part of a generation that can change the boundaries of what ballet can do, a generation that says we’re going to represent everyone, not just the stories that have been told before.”

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Thee Supaman – Certified Sex Specialist

Thee Supaman is here to teach you some things. When he’s not being a sexual health YouTube vlogger, he’s a PrEP advocate and nurse recruiter. Additionally, he co-hosts a podcast called Here for It with fellow LGBTQ badass Ronald Matters. In his previous life, he was a part of the U.S. Army where he played an important role in the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

With those accomplishments, Thee Supaman is well on his way to becoming a prominent LGBTQ advocate / activist. If you want to know someone with strong convictions and extensive experience championing for the rights of the LGBTQ, you’ve come to the right place. Take a peek into the mind of a true trailblazer in the latest episode of Uncensored Visionary: A LGBTQ Podcast.


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Sue Bird - The Ultimate Champion

Sue Bird with the no look pass.” That’s one phrase that is synonymous with the brilliance of Sue Bird’s basketball career. I’m not even going to lie, I’ve been a HUGE fan of Sue Bird ever since she lead the UConn Huskies to two National championships from 1998–2002. Watching her play in college was like watching a well orchestrated symphony. With her assist finesse, beautiful stroke of her shot and her leadership skills, Sue Bird is one in a million player.

After her brilliant career at UConn, she transitioned to the WNBA. The question for college players, including Sue, would be: Could she handle the rigor of the WNBA after performing so well at the college level? The answer was and is a resounding YES. She has since lead the Seattle Storm to three WNBA Championship (and played with fellow badass Lauren Jackson). After 16 years (omg I feel old) in the WNBA, Sue continues to slay as she led the Storm to a championship as recently as 2018.

Let’s support Sue Bird by tuning into her incredible show in the WNBA and let’s hope she’ll one day appear on Uncensored Visionary.

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Corey Camperchioli – Unapologetically FEMME

Unapologetically FEMME

Corey Camperchioli is going to take the world by storm with his short film FEMME. FEMME, however, is more than a short film. It’s something to celebrate as an identifier and a super power. Growing up, combined with the ‘No Femmes’ rhetoric from part of the gay community, Corey struggled with the concept of accepting his femininity, until he realized it’s what makes him unique. After coming to realize the strength in being feminine, he has been on a successful mission to empower those who identify as FEMME.

Long term, Corey hopes to turn FEMME into opportunities for a book (!), world wide traveling and speaking engagements. His ultimate goal is to get people to love themselves because of that FEMME label and not in spite of that FEMME label. Dive into his FEMME adventures in the latest episode of Uncensored Visionary: A LGBTQ Podcast.

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Pierre Hache (Kiddy Smile) — The new icon of French House


Imagine living your life and getting a call that the president of your country wants you to play for them. Well that’s what happened to Pierre Hache last June in Paris. He got the call that would allow him to perform his DJ set for French President Emmanuel Macron. Growing up, Pierre was never asked about his sexuality because he says, “Fat is never associated with sexuality, so nobody was asking why I didn’t have a girlfriend.” He didn’t grow up surrounded by gays and didn’t have any experience with the gay community until he moved to Paris. But when he found his community, he didn’t feel like he fit in…until he discovered the ballroom scene.

Today, Pierre is a ballroom constant, performing as Kiddy Smile and competing in the “runway” category. Additionally, in late 2018 he signed a deal with Next Models (Take that! everyone who called him “ugly”), he’s in the french ballroom movie “Climax” and recently released his debut album, “One Trick Pony.” With a ton of festival bookings as well as a shout out from Ru Paul, Pierre is on his way to becoming the ultimate cool kid.

Check out his song “Dickmatized” here and find out more about Pierre Hache aka Kiddy Smile on his Instagram page.



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Adrian De Berardinis – Breaking Bread – Using Food to Break Down Barriers

Breaking Bread – Using Food to Break Down Barriers

Adrian De Berardinis is a jack of all trades. He’s been a hair dresser and worked in restaurants as a chef. Today, many people know him as The Bear Naked Chef. As The Bear Naked Chef, Adrian has traveled the world teaching people how to cook on cruises, YouTube and on international television. Additionally, Adrian recently completed a stint as a chef for Michelle Obama on her ‘Becoming’ book tour.

Adrian is well on his way to becoming a media mogul and we can’t wait to see where he goes next! Make sure to listen to his intriguing Uncensored Visionary: A LGBTQ Podcast episode as we discuss cooking as an art form and community builder, his past lives, conversion therapy and more.

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