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Martin Berusch
A native New Yorker, Martin Berusch grew up in the Dominican Republic and lived in China for five years. He is a graduate of Columbia University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, focusing his interests in International Relations. Martin also studied Business Administration and Marketing. He is a fitness enthusiast who enjoys rock climbing and cycling. However, his quiet passion is writing.

Martin has two children and lives in New York City with his partner, Mike Ruiz.

Entries by Martin Berusch

Spotting a True New Yorker

(1) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 3:40 PM


Photo Credit: Town Residential, "Look Up New York" campaign

Nothing defines a city better or more powerfully than the people who live and interact within it. The simple acts of residents going about their daily lives give a city its flavor, its personality,...

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A Journey Toward Increasing Self Awareness and Gratitude

(1) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 11:38 AM

Four years ago, I went on my first and, so far, only trip to India. Despite the inexplicable low-grade anxiety I felt -- knowing I was about to embark on a long and unfamiliar journey, traveling to an exotic destination -- I reassured myself that it wouldn't be much different...

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Spotlight on Kayvon Zand: An Intimate Exploration Into a Wondrous Mind

(2) Comments | Posted June 28, 2013 | 1:24 PM

Throughout the guise of spectacle and theatrics lies a well-versed talent who is equally adept at captivating his audience -- whether it is with his mesmerizing vocals or enrapturing us with the piano, the viola or the violin -- Kayvon Zand is the consummate artist. He is undoubtedly a provocateur,...

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Spotlight on Ultra Naté: Worshiping the Hero Within

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 9:00 AM

Twenty years after exploding onto international dance floors, Ultra Naté remains steadfast in the ebb and flow of change, proving that the artist's longevity is alive and well. In her two decades of making music, Ultra Naté has remained a musical chameleon and an icon of the LGBT...

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Spotlight on Isis King: Her Journey Into Self-Identity

(3) Comments | Posted March 30, 2013 | 9:00 AM

Current events on a global level are increasingly affecting our collective experience in how we view and position ourselves and others in the world. Whether we realize it or not, the exposure to new knowledge on a constant and increasingly frequent basis, along with increasing interaction between us all, is...

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Spotlight on Eric Alán: Transforming From Gritty Offshore Oil Rig Worker to Sexy Dance Artist

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 8:00 AM

These days, there is a preponderance of high-production-value music entertainment shows (which will remain unnamed), determined to throw big money at a captivated audience, which has led to the increasing desensitizing of the very audience they attempt to captivate. The end result is, more often than not, the repurposing of...

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Spotlight on Ryan Nickulas: His Path to Parenthood

(1) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 8:58 PM

2013-02-25-mediumRyanBrownhairbeard.jpgRecently I sat down with my friend Ryan Nickulas, whom you may remember from The A-List: New York. We had a chance to catch up on things, which included work and life in general. Since his A-List days, Ryan has been going full-speed,...

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A Quick Note to Mr. Romney

(9) Comments | Posted October 31, 2012 | 11:59 AM

Dear Mr. Romney:

I am a divorced father of two wonderful children, the offspring resulting from an eight-year marriage to a woman. I also happen to be gay and I am now engaged to a man, intending to marry him in the near future. I am interested in knowing whether...

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In Between Pride and Independence

(1) Comments | Posted July 11, 2012 | 4:03 PM

It was a fleeting moment, but as I turned around in my seat to drink in the sounds of cheers and applause in the room, I caught a glimpse of him, tears streaming down his face. His was the face where joy and pride had momentarily betrayed his composure. This...

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Our Collective Evolution

(1) Comments | Posted May 10, 2012 | 12:47 PM

What is it about same-gender marriage that scares heterosexual people to the point of protesting and voting against marriage equality, even when the scale is tipping in favor of such equality? Case in point: North Carolina's latest anti-gay marriage measure, an eerily familiar adagio reminiscent of California's now-defunct Prop 8...

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When DOMA Hits Close to Home

(16) Comments | Posted February 13, 2012 | 2:34 PM

Martin Berusch:

We were shocked to find out on Saturday that our friend Allan Spyere, a selfless and true champion of the LGBT community, is facing imminent deportation. Allan, a native of Brazil, who, despite being married to his American-born husband Chris and having called the United States...

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The A-List Experiment

(18) Comments | Posted November 17, 2011 | 11:03 PM

Mike Ruiz:

Having spent most of my childhood feeling out of place and isolated, I've always fantasized about colorful and perfect things that lay far beyond my immediate surroundings. The minute I could scrape enough money together, I moved to NYC with the same hope that every lost, young person...

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Does the LGBT Community Have a 'Peter Pan' Syndrome?

(5) Comments | Posted October 12, 2011 | 2:16 PM


The hot topic on everyone's lips these days is teenage bullying. Having been subjected to it myself during my youth, I feel compelled to do everything in my ability to end the cycle of despair that it causes. This includes battling another, very prevalent form of bullying to which...

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