A San Francisco writer with credits in Inc, Vice, and Rolling Stone, Oscar Raymundo just finished work on Confessions of a Boy Toy, an erotic sci-fi fantasy novel about a gay cyborg and his passionate affair with an older, wealthy executive. The book is set in San Francisco in the year 2049 (by which point we can probably assume that the millionaires who have taken over the city will have turned on each other and returned to a feral state) and deal with questions about objectification, self-worth, the impact of technology on society, and what it really means to be human.
Together, Jon Gibson and Amanda White run iam8bit, an epicenter of nerdy art in Los Angeles. Art gallery, think tank, production company — it's impossible to categorize exactly what their project is, aside from "the only name you need to know when thinking of the intersection of video games, creative work, and otherworldly experiences." Among the pair's finest work is crafting a space that is welcoming to queers, women, minorities, and pretty much all humans — a true treat.
Hey, who's that gregarious fellow advising a whole generation of gay-run gaming startups? Why, it's Gordon Bellamy, who keeps his fingers on the pulse of the queer game space: Incendiary Games, QuizTix, Pocket Kings, Midboss Games, Ninja Metrics, So Much Drama, and Fun Bits all look to him for guidance. He also leads the Gay Gaming Professionals group and has solid dude-bro cred, having designed a Madden football game and consulted on the Spike TV Video Game Awards. In his spare time he tri-captains the dodge ball team Hogwarts School of Bitchcraft and Dodgery.
She's a cancer research nurse, has executive-produced unHeeled: A Fashion Show for the Unconventionally Masculine, and is busy building New York City's largest queer fashion show for New York Fashion Week. Anita Dolce Vita runs DapperQ, which reaches "masculine-presenting women and trans-identified individuals," and now she's taking the fashion world by storm with Verge, a party highlighting "eight independent designers whose work is systemically rooted in notions of gender nonconformity and its intersections with race, ethnicity, and culture."
Former online editor and contributing editor at BUTT Magazine, Adam Baran's main focus these days is a fascinating documentary project called Northwest Passage. It tells the story of Travis Blue, whose childhood in a small Washington town was turned upside down one day when he stumbled across a film crew shooting the pilot of Twin Peaks. Fascinated by the transformation of his hometown into a fictional world, Blue saw his life soon came to mirror Laura Palmer's in dangerous, disturbing ways. We cannot wait to see this documentary.