Good news for the first ever transgender man to win the title of Mr. Gay Philadelphia: Lou Cutler was named to The Advocate‘s “40 People Who Show 2014 Was a Year for Breaking Gender Rules” list.
Compiled by The Advocate‘s Mitch Kellaway, Cutler was ranked amongst the likes of Laverne Cox, Carmen Carrera, and Janet Mock. According to the magazine, “Winning Mr. Gay Philadelpha as an out trans man allowed Cutler’s audiences and readers across the country to see queer, trans male sexuality in a way they hadn’t before.”
After his June crowning, Cutler shared with us that, “[Winning] means a lot to me. … It’s kind of hard to be a gay trans man sometimes. … But I’m very proud of who I am, and I’ve worked very hard to become who I am. This, in some sense, is a dream come true for me. To be able to be part of this community, and also represent my own community—and to just be visible. It’s important for me to be out and visible as gay and trans, to show the community that not every trans person is the same.”
Congrats to Lou on his national recognition!
Every week, Philly gay gents share their local picks for Man Crush Monday. This week, Philadelphia mixed-media artist and entrepreneur Jaden Remy.
My name is Jaden Remy and my picks for Man Crush Monday comprise some of Philly's hottest single trans men.
Nothing beats having a guy in your life with a beautiful soul, magnetic personality, and pecs that would make Hercules jealous. This guy inspires me every day with his positive outlook on life.
I met Shayne years ago at my first Trans Health Conference. We’ve been through thick and thin, and I’m proud to call him my brother. He is the guy who keeps the laughter flowing in my life. Oh and did I mention he is Travis Barkers twin? Swoon!
Mel and i go back to Sisters circa 2007. He sure is a swell guy with sexy tattoos and a charming smile that can brighten your whole day.He is a brilliant artist who inspires everyone around him
I don’t think I’ve ever encountered a man quite like James. His generous, kind, loving heart makes me wish more men like him existed. But there can only be one. He is an exquisite human being, with a contagious laugh, and eyes that light up the room.
If you don’t like cats ... you can’t sit with us. This cat-loving hunk recently came into my life, with his captivating tattoos, and dreams of having an exotic cat farm. We’re notorious for exchanging cat selfies on the regular.
If there's one guy who always has great advice in my life it's Drake. A scruffy ginger who makes my heart melt with his adorable selfies with his cats—and a sense of style only fellow gingers can comprehend.
Who wouldn’t want to be rescued by this sexy paramedic? Riley is an adventurous fun-loving guy, whom i met at William Way just a few years ago. I’ve watched him blossom, and succeed in his endeavors and I’m proud to call him a friend and brother. Be careful of those dreamy blue eyes, they're bound to make anyone fall head over heals.
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Last week, G Philly broke the news that, for the first time ever, a trans man won the title of Mr. Gay Philadelphia; as a matter of fact, we weren’t the only ones that picked up the story. Lou Cutler, the newly-crowned winner, was interviewed by The Advocate about his groundbreaking victory. I published a story on Mr. Cutler’s background as an acupuncturist and his belief that alternative medicine can heal. In other words, we were celebrating Lou as a whole person. Then, the gender police showed up. Read more »
Lots of people say they have it easy, but being a top is hard work. Think of all that hip action—at top speed and (if you’re doing it right) in some of the most precarious positions. It can be exhausting, and you don’t want to be huffing and puffing after a few minutes. (Or maybe you do—but not because you’ve petered out too soon.) To stay on your a-game, you’ve got to build your strength, flexibility and endurance so you keep strong, therefore keeping him happy.
To aid you on this journey to better topping, I’ve laid out five yoga poses to incorporate into your weekly workout routine that will help you hone the physical tools you need you need for mind-blowing romps in the hay. The reigning Mr. Gay Philadelphia, Lou Cutler, demonstrates in the slideshow below. (You’re welcome, bottoms.)
Anjaneyasna: Crescent Lunge
For tops, this asana is everything. It strengthens the quads and glutes, which are key to hip-thrusting. It expands the chest and lungs, allowing for better oxygen intake. And it helps develop stamina and endurance in the thighs, so you can keep going and going and going. (Again, you're welcome, bottoms.)
Chaturanga: Low Push Up
Tops need strong arms and core. After all, they have to hold themselves up for what every bottom hopes is an extended period of time. This asana develops strength in the arms, shoulders and legs. It has a very stabilizing affect on the core, too.
This one builds strength in the hip flexors so you can keep your hips swaying. Camel also builds strength in the shoulders, upper back, thighs and arms. It expands the chest capacity for great oxygen intake to help fuel longer, more-fulfilling sessions.
Purvottanasana: Upward Plank
If the top somehow ends up on the bottom, this asana will make sure he can get the job done from underneath. This helps to strengthen the triceps and legs to keep you going without fatigue.
Virabhadrasana II: Warrior II
This asana stretches out the legs, hips, chest and shoulders. It increases stamina and improves balance for when you feel like doing it standing up.
Versatile? Thought so. We have some poses for better bottoming, too. Find that here.
“I’ve seen acupuncture change people’s lives,” says Lou Cutler, the newly-crowned Mr. Gay Philadelphia. “Acupuncture basically stimulates the body’s own innate ability to heal itself.”
The 33-year-old West Philadelphia resident, who graduated from the Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine, was practicing the art for several years at the Philadelphia Community Acupuncture clinic, and, despite several personal roadblocks, including a battle with Lyme disease, is looking to expand his private practice. Read more »