John Russell

John Russell is a writer and editor based in New York City. His celebrity profiles, interviews and cultural criticism have appeared on,, and in Out Magazine.

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Justin Torres’ “Blackouts” explores the gaps in gay Hispanic identity

Justin Torres writes about people on the margins, people like him: queer, bi-racial, outsiders searching for their place in culture, society, and family. The youngest son of a white mother and a father of Puerto Rican descent, his 2011 debut novel, We the Animals, drew heavily on his experience growing up in Upstate New York. Similarly, his new novel, Blackouts, centers on a young gay man searching for a better understanding of both his queer and Puerto Rican heritage.

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Blue Jean shows the devastating consequences of forcing queer teachers into the closet

Debate about Section 28 provides the backdrop for the film, as well as its tether to the present moment, when legislation is advancing across the U.S. to ban discussion of LGBTQ+ topics in schools and ban books by LGBTQ+ authors and about LGBTQ+ characters and issues. On one level, Blue Jean, which functions effectively as both a social problem film and a compelling character study, makes a distressing case for the idea that history does, in fact, repeat itself.

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A close read of Pedro Pascal playing gay in MTV’s ‘Undressed’

Pedro Pascal may be the official “hot dad” of the moment, but he wasn’t always the grizzled, taciturn guy fans of The Last of Us are currently thirsting after. Long, long ago at the turn of the last century, he was a fresh-faced young actor who went by the alias “Pedro Balmaceda” and briefly had a role playing a very opinionated and sassy gay dude in the first season of MTV’s sexy, soapy anthology series Undressed.

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“The Last of Us” delivered a gorgeous & haunting episode about a gay couple

Bill and Frank’s story could have been anyone’s. There was a time, not so long ago (anyone remember NBC’s Rise?), when some network exec might have said, “Couldn’t we just make these gays a straight couple and achieve the same thing?” But The Last of Us didn’t do that. Instead, the series conveyed its hopeful, humanist message via an elder gay couple. It showed that there is a place for us in the future, whatever that future looks like.

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