The latest issue of Clik is hot off the press and should be in your mailbox or at the local Borders or Barnes & Noble. If you don't have a copy or haven't seen one, let's do the Rod 2.0 virtual tour.
Of the more recent issues, this is among our favorites. The content is well-balanced and the magazine is growing in terms of size and advertiser pages. (Bacardi and Patron purchased full-page ads.) There is a return to that perfect binding that we love so much—it's all in the details, boys—and enough features to stimulate both your left- and right-brain.
Let's start with our cover profile of Wilson Cruz. Last month, we interviewed the veteran actor at length and discussed his take on the industry—the casting process, Noah's Arc, politics, and, more importantly, the often-times difficult road for an out actor in Hollywood. "“I was out of the closet before it was in,” Wilson told us that afternoon. "Who else was out in 1994? Ellen didn’t even come out until a few years later.” Check the interview for more on Wilson's activism with lgbt youth, and, one or two clues into what might happen on the next season of Noah's Arc.
L. Michael Gipson profiles super-sexy DeMarco Majors, who may be the only professional basketball player to come out. DeMarco has played pro in Australia and here at home with the ABA. He will also be on the courts in the upcoming Gay Games in Chicago. DeMarco says that as a teenager, he gravitated to the courts after years of emotional and sexual abuse. "Basketball [gave] me a way to bond with men that wasn't sexual or traumatic,' he tells Clik. "I needed to do something with my experience." Also, you will definitely want to check the accompanying photo layout.
Michael Rochelle profiles Ray Cunningham, the out housemate on BET's College Hill. This is probably the first in depth profile of the newest black, gay reality phenom—who goes out of his way to remind everyone that his selection was a major step for the network. "Not only am I the first gay character for College Hill, but I'm also the first gay personality for the BET network. I'm honored but it's a huge responsibility to represent myself well because I represent a lot of gay guys."
Two other features that are guaranteed to grab your interest: First, the Cabo San Lucas travel diary by Michael Andre Adams, the well-known travel editor and host. Second, is there anything sexier than white fabric contrasting black or brown skin? The White Affair is a ten-page fashion editorial photographed by Max-Arthur Mantle on South Beach. The sun, the beach, crisp summer fashions and more than enough close-ups of super-stunna-model-future Rod 2.0 obsession Gerard Bush.
Previously:More Clik (Rod 2.0) "We Don't Feel Welcome There" (Rod 2.0) Rod 2.0 Exclusive: The Terry McMillan Interview (Rod 2.0) January Clikque (Rod 2.0) December Clikque (Rod 2.0) Fall Clikque (Rod 2.0)