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Phillip M. Miner
Phillip M. Miner is a freelance writer and founder of Outspoken Collection, an organization chronicling and promoting queer art. He also sits on the board of the Center for Homicide Research, a nonprofit organization that specializes in LGBT homicide research. Follow him on Twitter @PhillipMiner.

Entries by Phillip M. Miner

Photographer, Nicholas Joseph Contrera, Debuts His NYC Series, 'The Children Of Christorpher (St)'

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2016 | 6:37 PM

Photo credit: Nicholas Joseph Contrera

I always enjoy interviewing Nicholas Joseph Contrera. He's passionate, talented, and kind. He contacted me telling me about a few projects and I'm...ahem...proud to share them with you.

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Artist Brian Kenny Gets eFEMMEreal in Man-gerie; About Changing Perspectives Towards Gender and Sexuality [NSFW]

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2016 | 11:05 PM

Portrait by Daniel Jack Lyons. Styling by Jimmy Helvin.

Sometimes I get really lucky and catch an artist when their work is transforming. That was certainly the case when I asked artist, Brian Kenny, for an interview. We met in...

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Photographer Luke Austin Discusses Photographing 100 Men in 11 Cities for His New Book [NSFW Slideshow]

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2015 | 3:18 PM


Luke Austin is something of an Instagram phenom. He grew in popularity as his Instagram account broadcasted his travels around the world meeting and photographing his followers, falling in love and getting married and his success as a working photographer. I got the...

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Pansy Ass Ceramics Will Make You Look at Your Grandma's China in a Whole New Way [NSFW Slide Show]

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2015 | 10:53 AM

2015-10-06-1444151390-583225-AndyKrisPansyAss.jpg Andy Walker (left) and Kris Aaron (right) Photo credit: James Lourenco

This summer, Andy Walker and Kris Aaron started a new art project. They began painting images from gay culture on antique china and figurines -- the kind your remember from your grandma's...

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Justin Sayre Opens Up About His New Book, Husky

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 11:51 AM

Portrait by Gabe Ayala

I've been a fan of Justin Sayre's work for a while now. I watch his stand up on YouTube and love his podcast, "Sparkle & Circulate." His spot-on analysis of gay culture is always a...

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Photographer, Felipe Vasquez, Shares New Photo Series About the Dark Side of Falling in Love (NSFW)

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2015 | 6:09 PM

Chapter 1 - Body Betrays Itself

Recently, I met with photographer, Felipe Vasquez. He gave me a peek at his newest project, Soliloquy, and we discussed love, vulnerability and possession. A photograph from each chapter of Soliloquy is included throughout the...

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Photographer Nicholas Contrera Documents New York City's Genderqueer Scene

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 8:08 PM

Self Portrait by Nicholas Contrera

Nicholas Contrera and I recently met for a beer on the patio of a queer dive bar in Brooklyn. Contrera is really a dream interviewee. Almost immediately after sitting down he started telling me about the projects he...

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Addicted to Hotel Living: An Interview With Novelist Ioannis Pappos

(1) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 1:34 PM


In his debut novel, Hotel Living (out on June 23), Ioannis Pappos, a Greek immigrant who mixes his life as a management consultant with his passion for writing, presents a world of testosterone and international finance, pampered -- or roughed up -- by...

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Daniel Franzese Landed a New Role: HIV/AIDS Awareness Advocate

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 7:35 PM

Portrait by Daniel Jack Lyons

Big things are happening for Daniel Franzese. He publicly came out, created a string of popular parody videos on YouTube, landed his role on Looking, and is now an ambassador for...

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Life Coach Zachary Koval Discusses Finding Personal Acceptance Through His Queerness

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 10:32 PM

Portrait by Daniel Jack Lyons

I've been conducting this series of interviews for over a year, primarily focusing on queer artists, but I realized that artists aren't the only people whose work may be influenced or inspired by their queer identity. So...

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Singer Xavier Smith Discusses Valentine's Day and Singing About Queer Love

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 7:51 PM

Portrait by Daniel Jack Lyons

February is a busy month for Xavier Smith. The day we sat down and talked, he had just recorded his yearly Valentine's Day song, was prepping for his annual show at Joe's Pub on Feb. 11, was dashing between...

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Poet Timothy Liu Discusses Coming Out, Mormonism, and Non-Possessive Love

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 10:38 AM

Portrait by Daniel Jack Lyons

After reading Timothy Liu's latest book of poetry, Don't Go Back to Sleep, I knew I had to interview him immediately. We met for soup in Chinatown and talked about poetry, coming out as...

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Artist John MacConnell Discusses Painting Male Nudes (NSFW)

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 2:16 PM

Portrait by Daniel Jack Lyons

I became aware of John MacConnell's Instagram account this summer and was quickly hooked (flip through the slideshow attached to this post and you'll understand why). I was finally able to meet with MacConnell recently and we discussed...

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Appropriate Behavior Writer/Director/Star Opens Up About Being a Bisexual Filmmaker

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 10:05 PM

Portrait by Daniel Jack Lyons; hair and makeup by Asie Mohtarez

Desiree Akhavan's first feature film, Appropriate Behavior, is generating major buzz. Written and directed by and starring Akhavan, the comedy's website describes it as follows:

For Shirin, being part...
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The Story Behind Nasty Pig's Banned Holiday Commercial (NSFW PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 3:59 PM


Saturday morning I was lying in bed, looking at Facebook, when I came across a story about Nasty Pig's holiday commercial being taken off TV. I immediately contacted Nasty Pig's CEO, David Lauterstein, to see if he wanted to sit down...

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Porn Star And Artist Colby Keller Opens Up About Colby Does America (NSFW SLIDESHOW)

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2014 | 8:23 AM

Photo credit: Daniel Jack Lyons

Colby Keller is an interviewer's dream come true. This is the second time I've had the opportunity to sit down with Keller, and every time we hang out, I'm always struck by his intelligence and kindness. Since...

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Kyle Brincefield Talks Taking His Brand Studmuffin NYC From Chelsea Clubs to Vogue (NSFW SLIDESHOW)

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 7:39 PM


I've been aware of Studmuffin NYC by Kyle Brincefield for a while. He frequently collaborates with my first interviewee, Scooter LaForge, and I've been seeing his brand blow up this year. He was kind enough to hang out with me for...

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Narong Tintamusik Paints Porn, and No One Can Believe the Result (NSFW IMAGES)

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 5:13 PM

WARNING: This post contains sexually explicit images and language. Please read on at your own discretion.


Every time I show a friend or a past interviewee Narong Tintamusik's work, I get the same response: "Where did you find him?" The truth is I...

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Gay Serial, The Prospectives, Uses Instagram to Tell the Story of Gay Men in a Brand-New Way

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 5:34 PM

Author Adam Hurly (photo credit: Nate Poekert)

I was recently introduced to The Prospectives, a story, written by Adam Hurly, that follows a gay man making his way in New York City. Hurly is garnering attention not only because he's telling a...

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Graphic Artist Wizard Skull Talks Drawing Boners and the Power of a Massive Beard (NSFW PHOTOS)

(8) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 7:36 PM

Portrait by Daniel Jack Lyons

I remember the first time I saw some of Wizard Skull's street art. His drawing of a ripped Ronald McDonald in a speedo with French-fry pubes stopped me in my tracks. A few months later...

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