By MH

Photos: 2Eros/Supawear

 

So, summer is here, and in case you’re confused about what to wear, it’s quite easy: swimwear! The versatile Supasurf collection from Australian Supawear even lets you lounge in style with swim shorts that sport pool-ready motifs like hotdogs, watermelon, and ice cream!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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By Gregg Shapiro

 

Photos: Focus Features

 

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville has a talent for making riveting documentaries about unexpected subjects. He took home an Oscar for 2013’s “Twenty Feet from Stardom,” about the lives of backing vocalists, and 2015’s critically acclaimed “Best of Enemies” was an intimate portrait of the contentious relationship between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley. Neville’s Mr. Rogers doc, ”Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” (Focus), joins Julie Cohen and Betsy West’s “RBG” and Jeffrey Schwarz’s “The Fabulous Allan Carr” among the best documentaries of the year so far.

 

“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” is as revelatory as it is entertaining, as uplifting as it is mournful. Opening with black & white 1967 footage of Fred Rogers, before his groundbreaking educational public broadcasting show went national, the doc makes reference to the way that Rogers became known for combining things that couldn’t be combined.

 

Rogers believed that children deserved more from TV, that children were being misled by TV. In other words, for someone in television, he hated it. And yet, he earned the love of millions of children. Before his television career, Rogers was going to go into the seminary, was ordained as a minister in 1963. His interest in early childhood education and child psychology, combined with the spiritual dimension and “wide-open Christianity” that Rogers followed resulted in the inclusive “love your neighbor, love yourself” energy of his TV work.

 

Almost any question you may have about Fred Rogers and “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” is answered here. The use of puppetry, born of the necessity of improv during a moment of technical difficulties, introduced viewer to Daniel Striped Tiger (described as “pretty much the real Fred”) and King Friday the 13th (representing conflict), who built a wall because he didn’t like or want change (sound familiar?). In fact, the show often drew parallels between the neighborhood and the outside world, dealing with grief (the 1968 Robert Kennedy assassination) and race (Rogers’ neighborly relationship with African-American Officer Clemmons). Even something as seemingly simple as the consistent way that Rogers entered the set the same way each episode, put on one of his zippered cardigans, changed his shoes and ended the show back at his house, singing a song, was thought out completely. The program had lots of “slow space,” but no “wasted space.” It was a place for understanding and safety.

 

Additional informative details include Rogers’ symbiotic relationship with the puppets, how he was a sickly child who had to learn how to make his own fun, and his fascination with numerology (watch for the explanation of 143). Rogers, a lifelong registered Republican, also testified before Congress for money and got $20 million for the PBS network. Amidst his successes, we see less popular ventures such as his prime-time show for adults “Old Friends…New Friends”, in which he wasn’t able to connect with adults on TV the way he did with kids. We learn about his mixed reaction to the parodies of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” such as “SNL”’s “Mr. Robinson’s Neighborhood.”

 

Especially revealing is the segment featuring François Scarborough Clemmons who portrayed Officer Clemmons on the show. Clemmons, who was gay, got married in 1968 because he couldn’t come out working in children’s television. According to Clemmons, Rogers eventually came around in regards to him being gay. Rogers’ widow Joanne says that they had many gay friends. Sadly, when Rogers passed in 2003, Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church cult members picketed his funeral.

 

In addition to featuring wonderful animation, the doc includes interviews with Rogers’ widow Joanne, sons Jim and John, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, NPR’s Susan Stamberg, producer Margy Whitmer, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” cast members Elizabeth Seamans (Mrs. McFeely), Joe Negri (Handyman Negri), David Newell (Mr. McFeely), François Scarborough Clemmons (Officer Clemmons), and many others.

 

The answer is yes to “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” Rating: 4.5 peaches

 

By Scott King

 

I am sick to my stomach.  George Bush 43 stole the election in 2000. It happened. Then he started a war under false pretenses and used same-sex marriage as a wedge issue and won reelection.

 

Then Obama happened. And then Twitter happened. And the birther movement. During this time, I was working on a political campaign and then for a non-profit. I spent a lot of time at hotels across the country. The lobby tv would invariably be on Fox News, and they would be investigating whether Obama was secretly Muslim or from Kenya or when and where and why he ate dog and why was he bowing to the Iranian chef.

 

This is the channel that was the first report Bush won Florida in 2000, for the record. All the other networks were saying it was Gore.

 

Sometimes evil wins. It seems lately more often than not.

 

In 2016, Justice Antonin Scalia passed away. Suddenly. I’m assuming that it was gay and feminist witchcraft that killed that disingenuous motherfucker. I was surprised. I assumed he would die with a pen in his handwriting something homophobic. Pen dipped in ink of course, from back in time when America was great and Dred Scott with the constitutionally sound law of the land.

 

It is disrespectful to talk speak ill of the dead. It is rude, trashy, and hateful. Do you have any idea how many times Justice Scalia wrote from the majority or dissenting opinion about how it was every American’s right to heal disdain on the gay community?

 

Fuck that. That motherfucker was a Satanist if I’ve ever seen one. Do as thou wilt.

 

Anyway, we all know the story of how the unfuckable Mitch McConnell got on camera for a few minutes and talked some pompous, pretentious condescending bullshit about how President Obama shouldn’t be able to nominate another Supreme Court Justice. It was like Animal Farm, turkey neck included.

 

Now Justice Anthony Kennedy is stepping down from the Supreme Court,  and there will be a very solid very conservative block of the Court that will validate and perpetuate this nana nana boo boo you thought we were adults but actually we’re just petulant puerile tyrants put here on Earth to destroy every sand castle type of thinking and jurisprudence.

 

So, do we jump in the water and play their shark game right along with them? No law no rules just blood and ambition?

 

It’s tempting, cuz I love to vent and project, but I will resist. Liberals do the right thing. Conservatives tell everyone what the right thing is to do. And then don’t do it. Don’t be gay they say, and then they have sex with gay hookers. Don’t have an abortion, but then they pay for their mistresses’ abortions.

 

Conservatives look out for the wealthy, and for preserving traditional American values. That’s what conservativism means. You have to remember that when this country was started the deck was stacked because only white men could vote.

 

But we’re here. They brought us here. We built this country, and we made it beautiful.

 

Good Christians built this country too. They also spearheaded the women’s suffrage movement, which was soaked in Temperance. What a great example of what good conservative, traditional values can do.

 

But those Queens worked for it. They made their case, and they waited patiently.

 

And they didn’t stop there. They said okay, now that we have the right to vote, what do you want to do with it? We don’t want to complain about dresses at the Oscars, but maybe we could have the right to own a credit card outside of her husband’s name. That got accomplished in the 1970s. So if someone ever asks you what feminism has ever done for anyone, after the right to vote, just tell them to shut and go shopping.

 

This will be a summer filled with beautiful parties. That’s what this issue a Peach is about.

 

I’m not saying don’t go to the party. I’m not saying don’t have a good time and enjoy the view. Just realize that we are quite possibly raving on the deck of the Titanic.

 

Dark, dark times. This new Supreme Court vacancy is not necessarily a sign of an absolute end to reproductive rights, or the right to same-sex marriage or LGBT Progressive equality. And even if it is, on the federal Judiciary level, we’re still here as citizens. We can still fight back in the local state and federal legislatures, and on every level spiritually existentially circumstantially and politically.

 

It’s dumb as fuck that we’re going to have to do so, it’s also dumb as fuck that Trump got elected, but what can you do?

 

Fight? Escape? Pour a drink?

 

All of the above. Just because the boat is sinking, doesn’t mean the party’s over. I know how to swim. Do you?

 

By MH

 

As an unavoidable staple when you are chilling it poolside, your swimwear should be more than an afterthought. With these current trends, you will cover your style as well as your modesty.

 

All Stripes

Stripes are in whether they are nautically inspired, bold, or from the streets of Paris. Add a little tilt and layering, and you have the striped trend down.

H&M Swim Short, $18

 

 

 

 

 

 

Camo Cool

Enlist the power of camo in your style game when you are at the beach or the pool. Even the skimpiest swimwear gets a little manly ruggedness with a touch of camo.

Speedo Camo Crush Turnz Brief, $44

 

 

 

 

 

Florals

Floral prints are everywhere in menswear right now, so of course, they have jumped on to swimwear as well. Adjust the print the size to your frame so if you’re small go for smaller flowers and vice versa.

Modern Amusement Hawaii Flower Swim Trunks, $37

 

 

 

 

Color-Block

Your color game can be equally strong even though you are just wearing one color. Just make sure it fits your color scheme – and avoid black altogether.

Uniqlo Men Swim Active Shorts, $30

 

 

 

 

 

Retro Styling

Maybe it’s nostalgia; maybe it’s just because the old-school vibe still has it! Retro looks from the 70s and 80s are on point this season – pair them with retro sunglasses, and you’re ready to boogie.

Addicted Swim Rocky Shorts, $70

Angel studied Industrial Engineering in Mexico, and moved to Atlanta in 2004. He is absolutely in love with the city because of all the great friends he has made here. He works in Supply Chain Strategy for a telecom company, which is perfect because he loves technology and gadgets. He also loves working out, going out, eating out, and traveling balanced with his need to stay in, order in and cuddle his fiancé’s awesomely beefy legs. Angel firmly believes that you should fill your life with experiences not things and live a great story. Follow him on Instagram @angelromero76.

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By Jamie Kirk

 

Shocker, this edition is filled with perfect bodies. Hairless pits.  Nice and manicured happy trails. V’s that start perfectly at the hips.  Swimsuits that look like they are painted to the models’ shapes. Great, just what we all need: Another reason to wear a sweatshirt to the pool and board shorts.

 

Not this year. I say we make a pact and really bare it all this year.  No covering up. No attempts at waiting until the sun goes down before we head out to the pool party. Not doing it. I say we all put on the SPF 15, 30, or whatever, grab the Yeti cooler, put on the Birkenstocks (this just in: they are back!), shower ourselves with a good ole fashion dose of self-confidence and make the best of a “not so great situation.”

 

I don’t know one person that is 100% pleased with their body. EVERYBODY –  and I do mean EVERYBODY – is self-conscious about at least one part of their body. That one area they are hesitant to show anyone. We all have that area, that one thing or two things that just look a hot mess or just freaking abnormal. It’s way too small or way too big compared to others that we have seen. Over the years we have managed to find the perfect ways to hide the “issue” – but not this summer.

 

We are going to “lean into” whatever the area is. We are going to embrace the stretch marks, not wear socks and allow the corn on our left toe to get some air; we are going to take off the wife beater and let that pimple scar in the middle of our back get some sun this summer.  We don’t have a choice… it’s time.

 

We need to stop being ashamed of how God created us or how he (or she depending on your belief system) allowed something to happen to us. It’s happened, we gotta get over it and quickly.  Whatever we are ashamed of has too much control over us.  We are allowing this little “issue” to get too much attention and focus.

 

We can easily solve this by taking back control and taking away the power and owning whatever it is. Whatever the little area of imperfection, it is likely not even noticed by anyone else. It’s like when you look in the mirror at the pimple on your nose and say to the bestie “this bump is huge” and they respond “I didn’t even notice it until you showed me.”  That is typically how this plays out. We are stressing about something that no one else is even paying attention too.

 

So this summer season, we are gonna “lean into” out body issues. We are gonna own it and not shy away from it.  Now, we do know if our little issue is really a big issue, and it is something we can control but aren’t – stuff like eating too many sweets, drinking a bit too much, visiting the tanning bed a bit too frequently or maybe just avoiding the gym and any physical activity altogether.  In that case, cry a bit, be down for a bit, dust yourself off and get over it. This is the summer of “me, myself and I,” and all three of us are coming for you.  All three of us are hitting up your pool party. Take all of us, as we are: scarred, bruised, chubby, flat-footed, small-nippled, hairy-backed, thinning hair, or flat-assed. People are attracted to confidence and this summer it’s all about showing confidence in whatever skin we happen to be in. We will no longer be held captive to our less than perfect bodies.  Watch how differently people treat you when they see you treat your body like the temple that it is.

By Gregg Shapiro

 

Photos: Andy Sturmey, Doron Gild

 

It’s been 30 years since the release of Erasure’s third album The Innocents, the disc that aided the duo of gay vocalist Andy Bell and synthesizer mastermind Vince Clarks (formerly of Depeche Mode and Yazoo) into crossing over into mainstream success with songs such as “A Little Respect” and “Chains of Love”. Of course, the gays (and the cool kids) had been dancing to them, and songs such as “Oh, L’Amour”, “Who Needs Love Like That”, “Victim of Love” and “Sometimes” for a couple of years by then. Since the release of The Innocents, Erasure has put out more than a dozen studio discs. Bell has even released a handful of solo albums.

 

An interesting musical experiment if ever there was one, Erasure’s World Beyond (Mute) is a “classical reworking” of the 10 tracks from its 2017 World Be Gone disc. Given the subject matter of the album, the current chaotic political mood, the chamber music setting, backed by Echo Collective, is quite fitting. Songs such as “Be Careful What You Wish For!”, “Oh What A World”, “World Be Gone”, “Take Me Out of Myself” and “Lousy Sum of Nothing” in particular, actually benefit from these new renditions. It’s not all doom and gloom as you can hear on “Love You To The Sky” and “Just A Little”. Nevertheless, it’s “Still It’s Not Over”, Erasure’s queerest and most overtly political statement, that is sure to have the greatest impact on LGBTQ listeners. I spoke with Andy Bell about the album before Erasure embarked on its US concert tour.

 

When the 10 songs that appear on both World Be Gone and World Beyond were originally written, did they begin in electronic or acoustic arrangements?

They were written electronically. Vince had sent me the musical parts and chord arrangements. It was done over a period of six months. I was sitting on the songs for probably three months. I was hemming and hawing. I couldn’t come up with any ideas. Once Vince and I got together…we had three writing sessions; one in London, one in Miami and one in New York. Each time we met up, all of a sudden, my confidence came. I was singing into the mic. It was almost like I needed Vince there, as my muse, for the songs [laughs]. He’s kind of a confidence booster. When I first heard the music, I thought, “Oh, wow, the music is so good, it doesn’t really need any vocals [laughs].” It sounded like a film soundtrack. It took me a while for the songs to settle in. I think I get a bit nervous when I first hear the music. I kind of don’t know what to do. You have to leave it for a while. You can listen to it, but the trick is not to listen to it too much. Otherwise you can kind of OD on the music.

 

 

You don’t want to overthink it.

Yes!

 

With the exception of switching the placement of the songs “Love You To The Sky” and “Oh What A World”, both albums are essentially mirror images in terms of the track listings. Why were those songs switched in the order?

The running order worked itself out on the electronic version. It was almost like a DJ list. It’s not like you’re telling a narrative all the way through. Each one finds its own place. When I redid the vocals for the orchestral version, I felt like “Oh What A World” was so strong. I think it had been a bit overlooked on the first version. Rather than overlooking it again, we should put it first so people notice it.

 

Can you please say something about what was involved in the decision process to rerecord the songs on World Be Gone with the Echo Collective and transform them into what they are on World Beyond?

I think it was an idea that was sparked by Daniel (Miller of Mute Records) and Vince having dinner together. I think it was because I had been working on this “Torsten” project, which was two theatrical albums (Torsten the Bareback Saint and Torsten the Beautiful Libertine), and there’s a third part to come. It was a thing of letting me explore my vocals more. When you’re singing with electronic instruments, they tend to soak up a lot of the nuances in your vocals. I feel like I have to add backing vocals, just to emphasize the choruses and things like that on the electronic versions. On the orchestral versions, I think it’s much more about the character of the voice. It was kind of a bit of an experiment to maybe bring the “Torsten” project closer to Erasure.

 

You sing about “Sweet Summer Loving” in the song of the same name and “summer romance” in the song “Love You to the Sky”. Would it be fair to say that summer is your favorite season?

Well, it would be fair to say that my new husband (Stephen Moss) is from Florida. I associate him with the sunshine. He’s got such a beaming smile. He lights up the room when he comes in. It’s about that and it’s a bit of salvation song. After I lost (longtime partner) Paul (Hickey), Stephen was instrumental in helping me through that. It’s still kind of tough. It feels like you’ve lost your home in some ways. Even though me and Stephen are building a new life together. When you’ve been with someone so long, it leaves such a gaping hole. You’re not trying to fill it with the other person. You have to find a new way.

 

To my ears, “Still It’s Not Over” is one of the most overtly queer and political songs Erasure has ever recorded. The arrangement on the song really brings out the emotional power of the song.

It’s about my love affair with San Francisco and New York City. Being out from the very beginning of my career, going to San Francisco was very hard. We were embraced by the city, by the LGBT community. At the same time, you felt the ghosts of all the people who had gone before us, especially in the U.S., who had fought to get HIV medicines and such. It’s about those polar opposites. I remember coming across an ACT UP demonstration in New York City. It was very exciting, but at the same time quite scary [laughs], because of all the things tied in with it. Especially being HIV+ myself, you kind of felt a bit like a wild animal. It’s difficult to explain it. I think the song was a nod to that and a thank you to all of the people who have helped us. I know it’s tough – the amount of times we’ve been bashed literally to the ground, physically and emotionally. The amount of times we had to get up again, pick up our stuff and start from scratch.

 

And still we rise.

Yes! It’s never over. You think there’s going to be one day when you can take a sigh of relief, but it’s never going to be over, ever.

 

The World Beyond album is not the first time that Erasure has gone all-acoustic. That honor goes to 2006’s Union Street. What do you enjoy most about the experience of rerecording Erasure songs in these kinds of musical settings?

I really love it. Union Street was one of those albums that was quite misunderstood, especially here in the UK with all of the music journalists. I have a sincere affection for country music. I was brought up on it where I grew up. When you’re singing to strings, whether it’s violins or guitars, your voice almost floats on it. That’s why I love harps [laughs], they’re very angelic. It’s like another voice singing a duet with you. I really do love singing with live instruments.

 

The new Erasure U.S. tour begins in Miami. Is this a nod to your fans in one of your home bases?

It is now. We never used to play in Florida. We didn’t have the fan-base down there. I think it’s a natural progression because we’ve played there now a number of times. The gay community is so strong and it’s building back up again, especially in Miami Beach. You feel like you’re a homecoming queen [laughs] in those kinds of places. It’s true! You’re almost adopted by the place. It’s a thrill for me to go and play there. You’re in your home territory.

 

 

 

 

By Branden Lee

 

I was torn about whether I wanted to have a summer of love or lust. Enter a new relationship or be free to hook up with as many guys as possible. Looks like the decision was made for me since the guy I wanted to date isn’t ready for a relationship.

 

It’s disappointing, but these things happen. There’s always a variety of reasons why relationships don’t work out. One person not being ready is a common issue. Some people choose to prioritize work/money/school over love, and that’s their prerogative. I’m free to do me and have fun.

 

I don’t know yet what I have planned this summer, but I know that I’m enjoying it being single. I definitely want to travel. I’ve been in Atlanta almost a year, and now I want to explore the rest of the south. I’ve never been to Florida or New Orleans. Both places are on my to-do list, along with the male denizens of those places.

 

I’m also in a new phase of life. Atlanta is no longer brand new to me. I’m settled. It’s home. I am finally over my breakup. There’s a plethora of possibilities out there. I’m free to love again when the time is right, without the baggage of still needing to get over my ex. I’m ready to explore the city. I’ve still not gone on that many dates since moving to Atlanta. Seems hard to try to find a guy to take you out to dinner. There are so many restaurants and neighborhoods in Atlanta that I’ve yet to explore.

 

Even though it hurts that my failed love interest is choosing work over me, in a way I should do the same. I came to Atlanta to pursue my dreams. I came here to write, produce, and act. The acting is going well, but I still have a lot of writing and producing to do. I need to focus on creating my art, and not being so obsessed with boys.

 

I have always thought of my love life as just as important as every other part of my life. Work, school, money, friendships, etc. Love is important. No one is truly happy if they have a great job, lots of money, a degree, friends, but no love in their life. Love, romances, having a partner, those are integral to what I want for my future. So it’s important to pursue love just as much as any other part of life. I never could understand how others choose to neglect love in favor of other aspects. A boyfriend isn’t a distraction from my goals. A boyfriend should be there to help me accomplish my goals.

 

A boyfriend isn’t a distraction, but fuckboys are. These guys that just want to waste my time, lead me on, only want to hook up, etc. Those are distractions I no longer need. Even though it is slutty summer, I need to find a balance of productivity, along with promiscuity.

 

Another nice aspect of not entering a relationship anytime soon is that I can keep hooking up with all the guys I recently hooked up with. Including married co-workers, visiting fraternity boys, DL teachers, etc. It’s slutty summer; there are no morals.

 

Summer is also mid-year and the perfect time to set into motion how we want the rest of 2018 to go. There’s still a lot to accomplish on my goals of the year list. Time to party, get wild and have fun. Along with accomplishing my goals, build my empire, and conquer Atlanta.

 

I’m really grateful that I did have the opportunity to start my life over here in the ATL. It really was the best decision I could’ve made, and it came at the right time for me. There’s so much I have experienced in my first year here, and still, a lot left to accomplish.

 

I have no idea what awaits me on the next part of my Atlanta adventure, but I’m ready for all the brand new encounters.

Branden Lee is a writer and actor living in Atlanta. Follow Branden on Instagram and Twitter @Brandeness. Watch Branden on his YouTube channel SexxxPerTease.