Month: June 2016

Pride 

It’s Pride Weekend in New York City. There are parties, parades and people coming together from all over the world to celebrate their personal pride. It’s a weekend about honoring and reflecting on where we were when the gay rights movement began, and how far we have come today. Pride to me is being confidant in every aspect of who you are. It wasn’t always easy for me to get here, but as a thirty-year old man, I can confidently say I am proud to be gay. But I am not just proud to be gay — I am also proud to be a brother, a son, a husband, an entertainer, a businessman and an entrepreneur. I am proud to be a listener, a trustworthy friend — an advocate for love and acceptance. Being gay is a piece of what makes up my identity, but there are many other things I also am, and to me, pride is being completely proud of the human being I have become. And while some may think of being …

Broadway Sings For Pride

Last night, I had the honor of co-hosting Broadway Sings For Pride, and it was truly an unforgettable event. I will be sharing more in the upcoming weeks, but for now I wanted to share a very personal speech I opened the show with: Good evening everyone! Thank you so much for joining us tonight to celebrate Broadway Sings For Pride’s 6th Annual Benefit Concert! We have an incredible night ahead, full of performances from the best of the best on Broadway, intimate stories to be shared by influential members of our community, surprise guests and more. Shortly after I got married about two months ago to my beautiful husband Gio Benitez (who is here tonight), I woke up on our honeymoon to an e-mail from the founder of this event, Neal, asking if I would co-host this event. When I found out one of the organizations that tonight benefits is the Tyler Clementi Foundation, I jumped at the opportunity. For those of you who know me or may follow me on social media, you …

Wireless Headphones

Whether I’m breaking a sweat at the gym or walking around New York, I constantly have music playing in my ears. I’m usually carrying a few bags and, more often than not, the wire from my headphones gets caught, tangled, or ripped out of my ears from juggling so many things. These wireless headphones sent from August International are a great solution. The earpieces are soft and cushioned, and the headband is padded. They come in six colors – I chose the sleek, deep red. Here’s what’s really cool: the headphones last for ten hours before needing to be recharged (which only takes two hours to do so). Plus, they have a built-in microphone for hands-free phone use. While wearing them, the outside world is perfectly muffled, allowing your ears to solely focus on the accentuated beats and bases emanating from those headphones. The comfort and convenience makes these a top recommendation of mine for some serious jamming! ??