Good evening Towleroad readers. Hope everyone is having a great October.
You may have noticed that we've had a new writer on the weekends. Penn Bullock, who has done a fantastic job the past few months, has had some scheduling conflicts and can't continue. I want to publicly thank Penn for the amazing work he did here. I'm also happy to say that Penn's partner Brandon K. Thorp has joined us, and those of you who have tuned in for the past two weekends have seen his byline here.
Brandon is a 28-year-old essayist and journalist working in Brooklyn. He worked for five years as a drama critic and investigative reporter with Village Voice Media, for whom he won two Green Eyeshade Awards. In 2010, a story Brandon co-wrote with his partner, Penn Bullock, exposed anti-gay activist George Alan Rekers's international affair with a male prostitute. As a result, the writing team won a 1st place award for Feature Writing with the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies and went on to produce a 4-part Rekers-related documentary for Anderson Cooper. Before moving to New York, Brandon worked for three years as a drama critic with Miami's NPR affiliate, WLRN, and currently serves as a guest anchor on Sirius XM's OutQ radio channel and writes occasionally for Gawker.
Just wanted to welcome Brandon officially. Welcome, Brandon!
A few more things…
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Also, if you're in LA, there is a Towleroad exclusive ticket discount for Next Fall at the Geffen Playhouse. It's $40 flat for the best seat available for shows from October 25 to November 13. it's a great deal because there are no fees. Use the code TLRD40 either online or by phone to the box office.
You might have noticed we recently put new SHARING buttons at the bottom of each post. Please feel free to use them liberally! When you like or share something it is meaningful and appreciated by us and does in fact make a difference in terms of our content being found on Google or on Facebook.
You should check out Reddit and Stumbleupon which are among the SHARE buttons on the far right side that might be unfamiliar to you. They are great sites, and we love having our content shared there as well.
Finally, I wanted to thank everyone for reading and give a thanks to our advertisers for your support. I want to give a special shout-out to Becks Beer, Rdio (follow us on Rdio HERE), and the Ace Hotel which have been big sponsors of the site over the past few months. Join us for Gay Pride in Palm Springs where we're proud to be a co-sponsor of the Ace Hotel's alternative programming efforts all week.
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ANDY TOWLE and MICHAEL GOFF