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Maxim Goes Gay


In the Philippines at least. And why not, after becoming so well known for their gay ways? Not exactly ditching its sex appeal, the Philippines edition of the magazine fronts pop group Mocha member Hershey, who might be gay or “gay for publicity.”

Either way, the inside pages are full of, uh, wisdom, in a less sensationalized way. The naked covergirls are, after all, only there to move the magazine off the newsstand.

Boy Abunda leads the issue’s centerpiece feature, “Gays’ Night Out At Classmate,” in which Boy and four other prominent gay men hold a roundtable discussion of gay issues inside a VIP room of Classmate, the preeminent gentleman’s club—in the company of sexy GROs (guest relations officers) and a stripper.

Writer and gay activist Danton Remoto, fashion designer Puey Quiñones, Magic 89.9 deejay Mojo Jojo, and magazine editor Carlo Tadiar join Boy, the host of “The Buzz” and “Showbiz News Ngayon,” in this not-so- private conversation about homosexuality in the Philippines.

MAXIM begins the collection of articles on gays and lesbians with a mock cover featuring another controversial celebrity, BeBe Gandanghari (formerly Rustom Padilla). MAXIM addresses the country’s most famous transgendered person in an open letter that is humorous, heartfelt and compassionate. [ABS CBN]