Paul Hagen Author

Paul Hagen has been the Editor-in-Chief of Metrosource since 2007. He’s interviewed many members of the LGBTQ community and our allies for Metrosource, including Augusten Burroughs, Boy George, RuPaul Charles, Margaret Cho, Jennifer Hudson, Cheyenne Jackson, Adam Lambert, Jason Mraz, Kylie Minogue, Amy Sedaris and Gwen Stefani, among others. He has also travelled from the snowy north of Sweden (to weather a night in its Ice Hotel) to a secret gay dance party on the islands of Curaçao to cover the world of gay travel. Mr. Hagen has also been an active participant in New York City’s vibrant theater scene, writing shows including The Only Thing Straight Is My Jacket at the New York International Fringe Festival, Fitz & Walloughs Get It in the End at The Ace of Clubs, The Rape of the Lock with the Judith Shakespeare Company and Unheard Of at the Blue Heron Arts Center. He is a graduate of Fordham University, lives in Brooklyn with his partner of more than seven years, and can often be heard singing at The Manhattan Monster Bar and The Duplex Cabaret and Piano Bar.

Did She Invent “Fierce?” See “Grace Jones A-Z: The Life of an Icon”

By Steve Wide with Illustrations by Babeth Lafon; Smith Street Books; $29.99 A is for Androgyny. B is for banned. C is for cowl. D is for disco. When you’re as fierce an...

Eye for the Ladies: Director Paul Feig Sharpens His Female Focus with “A Simple Favor”

Paul Feig, the man who gave us Bridesmaids and the galpal remake of Ghostbusters dives into a new film called A Simple Favor. Thrilling, sexy and stylish, it’s driven by and...

Jane Lynch and Kate Flannery Bring Big Voices and Vaudevillian Verve to Café Carlyle

You might not expect stars of the caliber of Jane Lynch (Glee) and Kate Flannery (The Office) to work so hard when performing to an intimate crowd at the Cafe Carlyle, but they...

Chris Stein’s “Point of View:” The Rise of Blondie; the End of An NYC Era

By Chris Stein; Rizzoli New York, $39.95 You likely know Chris Stein best from his celebrated position alongside Debbie Harry as part of the singular music-makers of Blondie....

How Should the LGBTQ Community Remember Neil Simon?

The late Neil Simon gave us enduring stories and unforgettable characters — along the way helping shape contemporary American theater, film and television, but what did his work...

Lend An Ear: Why Editor Paul Hagen is Only Half Listening to You

The summer after kindergarten, I was admitted to the hospital. Something was wrong with my left ear, and the doctors were having difficulty identifying a remedy. They hoped a...

What LGBTQ Readers Will Find in Mark and Jay Duplass’ “Like Brothers”

From the Cohens to the Wachowskis, Hollywood loves a pair of creative siblings, but what do the Duplass Brothers offer in their recent memoir that goes beyond what they share on...

Same-Sex Couples: Who Should Pay? Who Buys the Ring? And Whose Last Name Do You Take?

A new survey compares attitudes toward gay and straight couples when it comes to three relationship milestones: paying for first dates, choosing engagement rings and sharing last...

H. Jon Benjamin of “Archer” and “Bob’s Burgers” Revels in His Flaws with Memoir “Failure Is an Option”

H. Jon Benjamin, the actor and comedian famous for voicing characters from the titular sexy superspy on Archer to the titular schlubby burger-flipper on Bob’s Burgers,...

How Live out Loud Changed the Lives of Three LGBTQ Young People

In an emotional ceremony, Live Out Loud recognized people for making a difference to LGBTQ youth — including three of our community’s future leaders. Live Out Loud is an...

What If Noted Drag Queen Mrs. Kasha Davis Performed at the White House?

We asked Mrs. Kasha Davis of RuPaul’s Drag Race what she would do in Washington, D.C. — and she gave us a surprising answer. Chances are, unless you’ve seen her perform...

Gina Gershon Serves Jessica Rabbit Realness at Café Carlyle

The star of such steamy films as Showgirls and Bound, Gina Gershon, proves she can deliver live on stage in Wild Women Don’t Get the Blues. “It’s nice to see all my friends...