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.

Follow Adrian on Instagram and visit his official website and YouTube page.



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Reinaldo Irizarry  –  Self Made Style Savant

* New Feature * Every week, this season, we will be spotlighting a badass LGBTQ person that we hope to interview. Today’s spotlight features Style Savant Reinaldo Irizarry:

New York to Los Angeles, and finally, to San Francisco. Reinaldo Irizarry is a jet-setting, style savant who has contributed to publications such as Mr. Turk, ALDO, Details & GQ Magazine. I first discovered Reinaldo in 2009, when I met him backstage at a JoJo / Joe Jonas concert in Denver, Colorado. At the time, he was a stylist for JoJo and had previously styled Adrienne Bailon, Haylie Duff and Mel B. Additionally he had his own Lookbook.nu fashion profile, which eventually blossomed into his fashion website Reyalfashion.com.

Since then he has written a book [Style Protocol: A Style Guide Engineered for Modern Men] and propelled himself as one of the premier fashion / style resources for men all over the world. Check out his impressive IG here and hopefully one day we’ll hear from him on Uncensored Visionary: A LGBTQ Podcast.

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Teddy Margas – Doing it all by bypassing the conventional

Doing it all by bypassing the conventional

Teddy Margas is an actor/comic/writer performing regularly all over the country. He hosts “The Mikey & Teddy Show” weekly in West Hollywood. He was the audience warm up comic on E!’s Fashion Police working hand in hand with Joan Rivers, Kathy Griffith and Margaret Cho. Teddy has guest starred on several television shows including FOX’s “Lethal Weapon”and his rave reviews as Edna Turnblad in “Hairspray” has piqued his musical theater interest. He is currently producer on HEY QWEEN, a talk show for Drag Queens and the like, currently being shot for Canadian broadcast TV.

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Barbara Belmont – Blazing a trail for LGBT badasses in science, technology, engineering and math

Technonerd, gadget geek, lexophile, music lover, LGBTQ+ activist, advocate for inclusion and diversity in STEM.

Barbara Belmont is a science teacher and President and Laboratory Director of American Research and Testing Inc. with a Masters in Analytical Chemistry and has been working in the science field for 15+ years. Her science interests include developing or enhancing experiments for the analytical chemistry classroom, to using analytical techniques for characterizing or investigating a chemical conundrum.

In addition to having two jobs she loves, Barbara is the treasurer for an organization called National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP). NOGLSTP’s mission is to empower lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by providing education, advocacy, professional development, networking, and peer support.

NOGLSTP educates all communities regarding scientific, technological, and medical concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people.

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Visit the NOGLSTP official website here.



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Romi Faylo – Changing the fashion landscape, one sleeve at a time

Romi Faylo was born in Uzbekistan and is based in Jaffa, Israel. As a fashion designer he currently works for the fashion brand Wilde Vertigga.

Romi studied fashion design at Shenkar, College of Engineering, Design and Art. The common factor of his designs is the lack of gender, he doesn’t design clothes for women or men. He simply wants to design beautiful clothes.

Wild Vertigga is a conceptual brand that sanctifies asymmetry, not just as a design, but as a way of life. Asymmetry represents dynamism and occurrence, while symmetrical “straight” shapes represent staticness and fixation, so our first campaign is called “Rather Naked than Straight” with a small wink to the queer community. The brand offers several non-gender items, but the brand appeals to everyone, regardless of sexual preferences, anyone who identifies with the brand’s agenda.

In addition to working for Wilde Vertigga, Romi founded, with a group of 3 people, a startup company called F.F.P. TECHNOLOGIES LTD. The project deals with the development of materials designed to spray on molds for the manufacture of seamless clothing in mass-production. Currently, they have a prototype and we are in the stage of fund raising for further development.

Follow Romi on Instagram. Follow Wild Vertigga on Instagram.



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Eric Vera – Creating a lane for himself on his own terms


Creating a lane for himself on his own terms.

Founder and owner of STER Entertainment, Eric Vera directs the network and brings his photographic eye from his project “Flight of Charleston” to help create the STER Entertainment brand. Listen to our conversation as we discuss FX’s Pose, Jessie Ware, Ru Paul’s drag race, growing up alone and more.

Follow Eric on Instagram. Visit the official Ster Entertainment website and Twitter.

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Gayish Hosts Mike & Kyle – Plowing through one gay stereotype at a time


Plowing through one gay stereotype at a time.

Kyle Getz and Mike Johnson host LGBTQ podcast Gayish. Gayish is a gay & LGBT+ podcast that bridges the gap between sexuality and actuality. Mike and Kyle talk about gay stereotypes they fit into, ones they don’t, and everything in between.

Follow Gayish on Instagram and Twitter. Visit the official Gayish website here.

 

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Adam Tabellija – Creating cocktails with a sassy twist to kickstart your kiki!

Creating cocktails with a sassy twist to kickstart your kiki!

Adam Tabellija is an actor, singer, mermaid, daddy, lover and general badass. Based in New York and born in the Bay Area, Adam is a jack of all trades, having lived 9 different lives and been on many different career paths. Currently, he is traveling the globe as an actor in the play Priscilla Queen of the Desert. In addition to acting, he utilizes his background as a former bartender to host My Gay Bartender, short film videos teaching people how to make simple yet delicious drinks.

Follow Adam on Instagram. Follow his web series My Gay Bartender on Instagram.

 

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