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Danny Wood and Jessie Chris:<br />

‘Bodyguard’<br />

New Kids on the Block member Danny Wood and Billboard’s Country<br />

Artist to Watch Jessie Chris have collaborated on an emotional and<br />

touching anti-bullying duet titled “Bodyguard.”<br />

Inspired by country singer and anti-bullying activist Jessie Chris’ music<br />

videos and anti-bullying speeches that she has given at schools, Wood<br />

composed and created a sensitive and compelling story performed<br />

together by the two. “I watched a music video and saw some anti-bullying<br />

speeches Jessie had given at schools,” Wood says. “I just started writing<br />

notes down on a pad of paper. It went from a pad on my desk to my<br />

guitar, and it turned into this song.”<br />

The 21-year-old Chris has made it her mission to visit 100 schools across<br />

America to speak to kids about bullying, while healing from her own<br />

bullying issues. Coming from Massachusetts and desiring to become a<br />

country singer made her different than the rest, causing her to be bullied.<br />

She struggled with her own self confidence, and now finds strength in<br />

those experiences.<br />

New Kids on the Block just released a brand-new anthemic song and<br />

video tributing boy bands, and celebrating their own 30 years of success,<br />

called “Boys in the Band.” The video also features cameos from Bell Biv<br />

DeVoe, NSYNC’s Lance Bass and Debbie Gibson.<br />

Members Donnie Wahlberg, Joey McIntyre, Jonathan Knight, Jordan<br />

Knight and of course Danny Wood will embark on a massive “Mixed<br />

Tape” tour visiting 53 cities beginning May 2 and ending in Hollywood,<br />

Florida, July 14. Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com.<br />


Danny, how did Jessie inspire you—<br />

actually, how did you even find her?<br />

Danny: I know her manager, Jeff. He<br />

sent me a few of her songs and then<br />

links to watch her speak at the schools<br />

with her anti-bullying campaign. I was<br />

inspired; she’s so young and talented<br />

and already giving back to kids like<br />

that, which was pretty fantastic. I<br />

thought, “Wow.” I started writing down<br />

some notes, listening to her speak<br />

and wrote the song. We recorded it<br />

and then did a video the same day. So<br />

I’m really proud of it, and I hope that<br />

people enjoy it and that it helps some<br />


Danny, did you feel that inspired<br />

that you felt compelled to create<br />

this song, and why?<br />

Danny: Yeah, I mean, I watched<br />

her speak, and her speaking at the<br />

schools hit me personally. Obviously<br />

everyone has an experience being<br />

bullied. I mean, for me, it was when<br />

I was younger in school. But also I<br />

have three kids that are between the<br />

ages of 20 and 26, and I had to advise<br />

them with social media bullying and<br />

all of that. It hit home right away.<br />

Jessie, what exactly have you been<br />

doing to combat bullying that<br />

inspired Danny to write this song?<br />

Jessie: I’ve been visiting schools in<br />

my free time for about four years<br />

now just having the kids hear my<br />

story, because I dealt with bullying.<br />

I wrote a children’s book about it,<br />

so I read my book, do some songs<br />

and hopefully help some kids who<br />

are struggling. About a year and a<br />

half ago I made a goal to visit 100<br />

schools in one year.<br />

I completed that<br />

goal, and now I still<br />

visit schools when<br />

I have time. It’s just<br />

something I like to<br />

do to help others<br />

when I have the<br />

time.<br />

Jessie, do you<br />

feel that you were<br />

bullied as a child,<br />

and if so, how so?<br />

Jessie: For me, a<br />

big reason why I<br />

was bullied was<br />

because I was a bit<br />

different. Growing<br />

up in Massachusetts<br />

I knew when I was<br />

little that I wanted to<br />

sing country music,<br />

and so kids in my<br />

school made fun<br />

of me for it. I got<br />

cyber bullied a lot. I used to even<br />

get pushed against the lockers just<br />

because I was different. It really took a<br />

toll on my self-confidence afterwards.<br />

So once I regained that selfconfidence<br />

I felt that it was important<br />

to talk to these kids in school. I don’t<br />

have an older sibling. I am the oldest<br />

sibling; I have two younger brothers.<br />

So I think some of these kids need<br />

kind of like an older sibling figure to<br />

share their story with and help them<br />

through it.<br />


Danny, the idea of a “bodyguard”<br />

in regard to bullying is a genius<br />

idea. What prompted it?<br />

Danny: I don’t know exactly how that<br />

came to me, but looking back on<br />

writing this song, it’s obvious that<br />

Jessie is a bodyguard to a lot of these<br />

kids. I mean, she is openly speaking<br />

about her experience, and that’s the<br />

best way to get through to these kids,<br />

speaking from experience. Definitely<br />

she inspired it.

As a New Kid on the Block you<br />

have an influence with kids.<br />

On your tour that you will be<br />

beginning in May, have you had<br />

any plans to perform this song<br />

with Jessie during that time?<br />

Danny: Probably not. The New Kids<br />

thing is a whole different world.<br />

This is my solo stuff, and I do it<br />

with Jessie, so I kind of keep them<br />

separate. We have to keep our<br />

show moving. People are there to<br />

see the New Kids—not to see me,<br />

but rather the whole group. So<br />

I’m going to keep the two things<br />

separate, and hopefully me and<br />

Jessie will be able to perform the<br />

song soon.<br />

If I could ask you any question in<br />

the world, what would you want<br />

me to ask you?<br />

Jessie: That’s a cool question. Now<br />

I’m trying to think; that was a really<br />

thought-provoking question. I guess<br />

I would say, “What’s your favorite<br />

color?” because nobody’s asked me<br />

that. I would say pink.<br />

OK, Danny, what’s your favorite<br />

color?<br />

Danny: I don’t really have one.<br />

If either one of you could make a<br />

statement to kids who are being<br />

bullied, what would you say?<br />

Jessie: To the kids that are the<br />

bullies I would say that if there is<br />

something going on in your life<br />

that’s making you angry or upset,<br />

you shouldn’t take that out on<br />

other kids. Also, when you bully<br />

other kids you have no idea what<br />

is going on in their personal life,<br />

and you have no idea how much<br />

harder that bullying can make their<br />

life. So just be cautious of other<br />

people’s feelings, and if you think<br />

about the golden rule we learn in<br />

kindergarten, to treat others the way<br />

you want to be treated, if we really<br />

just live by that, the world would be<br />

a totally different place.<br />

Danny, what about to the kids<br />

that are being bullies?<br />

Danny: I would first tell them that if<br />

it’s in school or social media, I live<br />

by just posting and getting out. I<br />

don’t read any of the comments.<br />

I kind of make it a one-way<br />

conversation, because it’s a lot<br />

easier to deal with. At school I<br />

would tell them that school doesn’t<br />

last forever, and they’ll eventually be<br />

out, and all those bullies usually end<br />

up being not so successful. From my<br />

own experience, when I go back to<br />

Boston and run into people that I<br />

went to school with, if they were one<br />

of the bullies they are definitely not<br />

so successful. So what goes around<br />

comes around.<br />

If you could have your ultimate<br />

stage fantasy, what would need<br />

to happen, and for Danny, you<br />

probably have had it already—so<br />

what was it?<br />

Danny: For me already, anything<br />

I’ve ever dreamt of happened. We<br />

got to play Fenway Park twice, and<br />

for five guys from Boston that’s the<br />

ultimate goal, to be able to play<br />

there. We did it a couple years<br />

ago, so I’m good. I don’t have any<br />

fantasies or wish list or bucket list or<br />

anything like that. I’ve done it all.<br />

Jessie: I would say for me just<br />

playing somewhere at home like<br />

Fenway Park or Gillette Stadium<br />

would just really be a dream come<br />

true, because that’s where I grew<br />

up, going to concerts and wishing<br />

I could be on that stage. So I think<br />

my ultimate stage fantasy would be<br />

performing at Gillette Stadium with<br />

glitter and confetti everywhere.

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THOMAS<br />

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I’ve always been<br />

afraid of HIV, but it’s<br />

gotten so bad that<br />

I’ve basically stopped<br />

having sex. Please<br />

help me! Every single<br />

time I have sex with<br />

someone, I ask him<br />

about his HIV status,<br />

when he was tested<br />

last, and I ALWAYS<br />

use condoms. But<br />

afterwards, I freak<br />

out, even if it was<br />

just oral sex. I get<br />

really paranoid that<br />

something went<br />

wrong. Sometimes I<br />

don’t even enjoy the<br />

sex I’m having, because<br />

I’m scared while we’re<br />

doing it. How can I get<br />

over this? My friends<br />

say to just relax and<br />

forget about it. - Male,<br />

Gay, 26<br />

It’s great that you’re<br />

being so vigilant about<br />

your sexual health, but<br />

it’s also stopping you<br />

from enjoying your<br />

sexuality. Where’s the<br />

happy medium? You’re<br />

already doing a lot of<br />

things that I recommend<br />


to my patients who<br />

have similar fears. But,<br />

there are a few other<br />

things you might want to<br />

consider.<br />

First, challenge the<br />

thoughts you’re having<br />

that keep screaming<br />

you’re at-risk. Those<br />

thoughts are what’s<br />

causing you to stress out<br />

and have anxiety. For<br />

most of my clients, these<br />

thoughts include tons<br />

of “what ifs.” Remind<br />

yourself that you’ve<br />

taken the steps you<br />

know to be necessary<br />

and question your “what<br />

ifs.” Educate yourself on<br />

HIV, how it’s transmitted<br />

and how it’s treated.<br />

Assuming you haven’t<br />

had recent dental<br />

work, your chances of<br />

acquiring HIV from oral<br />

sex are very low. It may<br />

also relax you to know<br />

that although you may<br />

prefer to stay HIVnegative,<br />

becoming HIVpositive<br />

is not a death<br />

sentence anymore. You<br />

can be HIV-positive and<br />

still live a very happy and<br />

healthy life.<br />

Second, PrEP might be<br />

a good option for you.<br />

Last month, I published<br />

a study in the Journal<br />

of Sex Research that<br />

showed a statistically<br />

significant decrease<br />

in sexual anxiety once<br />

gay men began taking<br />

PrEP. This medication<br />

may offer another layer<br />

of protection for you<br />

that might calm your<br />

anxieties. However,<br />

there’s a catch. Based on<br />

what you’ve said about<br />

your sexual behaviors<br />

and risk-prevention<br />

techniques, you<br />

don’t seem like you’d<br />

actually meet objective<br />

qualifications for uptake.<br />

This doesn’t mean a<br />

doctor won’t prescribe<br />

it for you, but you may<br />

want to weigh the pros<br />

and cons yourself.<br />

Third, accidents happen.<br />

Be prepared. For most<br />

sexually active adults,<br />

accidents happen when<br />

it comes to sex. Maybe<br />

a condom is forgotten,<br />

a condom breaks, or<br />

someone lies about their<br />

status (although research<br />

shows this is rare). Find<br />

out where you can<br />

access post-exposure<br />

prophylaxis (PEP). It’s<br />

a set of pills that you<br />

take daily for about a<br />

month that prevents HIV<br />

infection, should you be<br />

exposed. You have to<br />

start taking it within 72<br />

hours of the exposure,<br />

the sooner the better.<br />

It’s available at most<br />

emergency rooms.<br />

There are tons of places<br />

in NYC where you can<br />

get tested for HIV and<br />

STIs at low or no cost.<br />

Make getting tested<br />

a regular part of your<br />

sexual health practice.<br />

You’re in control and<br />

doing a great job.<br />

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When I woke up on my<br />

last birthday, James was<br />

already up, doing yoga<br />

(or meditating? Or do you<br />

meditate while you yoga?<br />

Hell if I know.) in the corner<br />

of the room. He stopped<br />

when he heard me sit up.<br />

“Good morning,” he said,<br />

sitting on the bed with me.<br />

“I have a present for you.”<br />

“I don’t need any more<br />

presents,” I smiled,<br />

wiping the sleep from my<br />

eyes. The night before<br />

we’d gone to see Book of<br />

Mormon at the Eugene<br />

O’Neill Theater, his treat.<br />

“Just one more,” he<br />

said, taking a few of his<br />

books off the bookshelf<br />

and retrieving a hidden<br />

blue box.<br />

I knew instantly from its<br />

long, rectangular shape that<br />

it was a jewelry box. I didn’t<br />

know what it could be: I<br />

hadn’t insinuated there was<br />

anything I wanted. My mind<br />

buzzed as he brought the<br />

box to the bed: silver letters<br />

proclaimed “Swarovski”<br />

across the top.<br />

“I really don’t need anything<br />

else,” I insisted. “Between<br />

this and the show, it must<br />

have cost—“<br />

“I got it because I wanted<br />

to,” he said calmly, offering<br />

the box.<br />

It was a Swarovski crystal<br />

tennis bracelet. I had<br />

mentioned something<br />

about this: an ad for cheap<br />

diamond tennis bracelets<br />

was on my Instagram feed,<br />

and I mentioned how much<br />

I liked tennis bracelets. “But<br />

the metal can’t be silver or<br />

anything that can tarnish,”<br />

I’d said about the bracelets<br />

in question.<br />

“I know it’s not<br />

diamonds,” he said, “but<br />

the metal is rhodium, so it<br />

won’t tarnish or scratch.”<br />

I extended my wrist,<br />

letting him fasten the<br />

clasp for me.<br />

Sitting there, wearing<br />

the most beautiful thing I<br />

owned with bedhead and<br />

terrible breath, I realized<br />

it was the first piece of<br />

jewelry I’d ever been<br />

given by a partner, except<br />

for a ring when I was<br />

proposed to in 2011.<br />

When I was 16, my dad<br />

took me to a gay novelty<br />

shop, where I bought a<br />

set of stainless steel rings<br />

with rainbow jewels in<br />

them. I gave one to Bill,<br />

my first love, and kept<br />

the other for myself. (I<br />

still have it.) I remember<br />

pretending he had given<br />

it to me, even telling<br />

Swarovski<br />

Crystals<br />

are a Gay’s<br />

Best Friend<br />



WEARING:<br />




people he had, because<br />

I wanted to feel special.<br />

One of my favorite movies<br />

growing up was “Some<br />

Like It Hot”: I longed for<br />

someone to fall madly in<br />

love with me and give me<br />

something pretty. I knew it<br />

was materialistic—I blame<br />

Marilyn for that—but I<br />

loved the fantasy anyway.<br />

And this: this sparkling,<br />

thoughtful gift that<br />

spawned from a comment<br />

I’d made offhandedly<br />

months ago... I felt special.<br />

“I remember the first piece<br />

of jewelry your father gave<br />

me,” my mom told me<br />

later over the phone. “It<br />

showed a certain amount<br />

of investment in the<br />

relationship. I still have it.”<br />

Back in bed, I leaned<br />

forward and kissed James,<br />

desperately wishing I tasted<br />

like peppermint. “I love it,”<br />

I said. “It’s perfect.”


What inspired you to become<br />

an actor?<br />

I was born in a small Caribbean<br />

island with a lot of limitations,<br />

especially culturally, as there<br />

weren’t many outlets for artists.<br />

Fortunately, my mom instilled in<br />

me the importance of the arts.<br />

She was an actress herself,<br />

and whenever possible she had<br />

me take part in her plays. She<br />

showed me the world<br />

through a different set<br />

of eyes. She showed<br />

me that magical<br />

feeling of being able to<br />

portray anyone and convey<br />

emotions to an audience. My<br />

mom has always been a huge<br />

inspiration for me.<br />

What projects are you working<br />

on right now?<br />

I continue working with Repertorio<br />

Español’s play El Coronel<br />

No Tiene Quien Le Escriba,<br />

and I just started a new project<br />

for a gay-themed play called<br />

“La Posteridad De Las Ratas<br />

(Buscando a Copi)” which will<br />

be playing at FUERZAfest, the<br />

first LGBTQ+ Latino arts festival<br />

in the northeast (May 8 to 19).<br />

You have been traveling quite<br />

a bit the past few years. How<br />

has that inspired you?<br />

I would say travel is my second<br />

passion, and these last few<br />

years I’ve tried to pursue it as<br />

much as possible; life is too<br />

short, and we only have one<br />

to enjoy, and there are millions<br />

of things to discover and experience.<br />

I love “getting lost” in<br />

another country, tasting different<br />

flavors and experiencing new<br />

cultures. I set myself a goal to<br />

see the Seven Wonders of the<br />

World—well, eight, including<br />

the pyramids—in the next two<br />

years. I’ve already visited three.<br />

What are your plans for World<br />

Pride month? What events<br />

will you be going to?<br />

I’m super excited for World<br />

Pride. There are so many<br />

events and parties to enjoy! I invite<br />

everyone, especially theater<br />

fans, to Repertorio Español,<br />

which will be featuring the play<br />

“Smiley” (LGBTQ+ comedy).<br />

Also, Teatro SEA will be featuring<br />

their micro theater project,<br />

celebrating love and pride. And,<br />

obviously, I will be going to THE<br />

party everyone will be talking<br />

about for years to come: Alegria<br />

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Buckingham Palace, The Imperial<br />

Court of New York held its 33rd annual<br />

extravaganza, Night of a Thousand<br />

Gowns, at the posh Marriott Marquis<br />

in the heart of Manhattan, this year<br />

benefiting the Trinity Place Shelter.<br />

The most lavish gowns and sparkling<br />

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celebrity photographers, including<br />

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Eason), captured and kept alive the air<br />

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personality, TRAX record recording<br />

artist, actor, film sensation, author<br />

and the most popular, sought after,<br />

diversity activist on the planet of<br />

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honoring diversity, it means honoring<br />

people getting together and doing<br />

something all in one space and<br />

helping so many others, and having a<br />

great time while doing it.”<br />

She went on to say, “This is a<br />

community I very much cherish.”<br />

Holiday has new music out called<br />

“Free 2 Be,” which is half dance and<br />

half rock n’ roll. According to Holiday,<br />

the message of the song is: “You<br />

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Royale Chuleta Devine and the new<br />

Emperor Imperial Crown Prince<br />

Royale Antonio T. Ventura to the<br />

throne. Queen Mother of New York<br />

Absolute Empress Coco Lachine made<br />

a glittering appearance as well. When<br />

the new empress was asked what her<br />

new title meant to her, she answered,<br />

“Right now it hasn’t sunk in for me.”<br />

The new emperor exclaimed, “I’m<br />

overwhelmed!”<br />

It was a marvelous production, a night<br />

of love, caring and bursts of color<br />

and eclectic magnificence. <strong>Get</strong> <strong>Out</strong>!<br />

magazine was proud as always to be<br />

included as a sponsor, and to support<br />

“Night of a Thousand Gowns.”

week in pictures >> BY WILSONMODELS / wilsonmodels.blogspot.com<br />


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