Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

10 Things That Got Us through the Summer

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

10 Things That Got Us through the Summer

Article excerpt

From Pride marches to Jeff Sessions' testimony, the summer was an eventful one. Here are some ways we sought relief.

THE SELFIE KING IS BACK

Kidrobot, the ultimate adult toy company, and the Andy Warhol Foundation, launched this awesome Andy Warhol Polaroid Series, 12 reproductions of Warhol in drag and his iconic imagery are a great way to introduce people under 50 to Warhol's exploration of gender, identity and vulnerability. Bonus: Profits go to the Warhol Foundation, which has given $275 million to artists.

POP CATHARSIS

On rotation all summer long was singer and activist MILCK's song, "Quiet," which became a viral anthem after her performance at the Women's March in D.C. MILCK sang alongside a group of 25 other female singers of all different backgrounds and ages in an a cappella "flash mob" choral performance. It started the #ICANTKEEPQUIET movement. In a summer with mass shootings, at least one of our editors used MILCK to rebalance.

BACK IN THE SPIN

Ray "DJ Infinite" Rivera, who was spinning at Pulse nightclub the night of the anti-LGBT massacre last year, hid patrons under his booth for safety. After a year of recovering, Rivera (who is Latino like many of the victims) is back, touring Pride festivals to raise money for the One Pulse Foundation. Sobreviviremos!

Caption: Brandon C. Hickson-Hamilton and his husband Raymond in front of the Urban Oasis house they won in an HGTV contest

GAYS WIN HGTV HOUSE

We're a little late to the news but love that Brandon C. Hickson-Hamilton and his husband Raymond beat out 51 million other contestants to win HGTV's Urban Oasis house in Ann Arbor, Michigan. …

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