ATL na­tive takes on de­sire, racism in ‘No Fats, No Femmes’ doc­u­men­tary

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Alexan­der Eisele and Michael West­brook were vy­ing to be­come Gen­er­a­tion Tux’s “First couple of 2016” to be mar­ried on New Year’s Eve in Times Square, but af­ter all the votes were cast, a straight couple from Florida walked away with the ti­tle and a week­long hon­ey­moon at Moon Palace & Golf Re­sort in Can­cun, Mex­ico. How­ever, Eisele and West­brook’s in­clu­sion in this na­tional con­test and their decade-long love story is its own re­ward, and sig­ni­fies Amer­i­can progress to­wards ac­cep­tance of mar­riage equal­ity.

Ac­cord­ing to the AJC, the couple met on the dance floor at the Heretic in 2007.

“Through their love of mu­sic and each other, Alexan­der and Michael have stood the test of time and come out stronger than ever,” said their Gen­er­a­tion Tux bi­og­ra­phy. “Hav­ing fallen in love over ten years ago, and making it through some of life’s dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions, they al­ways knew they wanted to be at each other’s side through thick and thin. Ready to take the next step once mar­riage was de­clared le­gal for all, a sur­prise pro­posal at an At­lanta Pride event was just the first big step in this love story of epic pro­por­tions.”

Any gay man who has ever used a dat­ing or hookup app is fa­mil­iar with the term “No fats, no femmes.” It’s the bru­tal, dis­mis­sive line one will oc­ca­sion­ally find on some­one’s pro­file, and many take it a step fur­ther by tack­ing on “No Asians, no blacks.”

Film­maker Ja­mal T. Lewis, an At­lanta na­tive who grad­u­ated from More­house in 2014 and now lives in Brook­lyn, aims to

Tom Dyer, founder of Wa­ter­mark, a Florida LGBT bi­weekly news­pa­per, has sold the pub­li­ca­tion to his long­time pub­lisher and as­so­ciate Rick Claggett, ef­fec­tive Jan. 1, 2016.

Dyer founded Wa­ter­mark in Or­lando in 1994 with $20,000 bor­rowed from friends. He ex­panded to Tampa Bay the fol­low­ing year, tripling the pub­li­ca­tion’s size. Up to 20,000 of the news­pa­pers are now dis­trib­uted ev­ery Thurs­day at more than 500 lo­ca­tions in Or­lando, Tampa Bay, Sara­sota and through­out the state.

In the cur­rent “Year in Re­view” is­sue of Wa­ter­mark, Dyer talks about his mo­ti­va­tion be­hind making the pa­per suc­ceed, writ­ing, “I grew up be­liev­ing that a gay ‘life­style’ in­volved shad­owy bars, tran­sient re­la­tion­ships and guilty sex. I wanted it to be more. Wa­ter­mark would be my proof.”

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