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.

“Jewelry: The Body Transformed” Tracks Adornment History at the Metropolitan Museum

Beads and baubles, talismans and trinkets, shimmer and shine: since the dawn of man, we’ve been finding inventive ways to adorn ourselves. Now with Jewelry: The Body...

How Gay Is Jenifer Lewis’ “Mother of Black Hollywood”?

I dove into the audiobook version of Jenifer Lewis’ Mother of Black Hollywood without realizing what a fierce ally of the LGBTQ community she has been all along, but I’m...

A Brief Discussion of the New Socially Conscious Underwear from 5=10

We’re always on the lookout for something new in men’s underwear, and increasingly (at least with brands popular among gay men) that means something in the neighborhood of...

Three Olives Flavored Vodka Says “Happy Holidays” with a New Eggnog Flavor

Flavored vodka can offer the tantalizing taste of a lip-smacking mixed drink without all the extra ingredients and calories. While we’ve heard of some pretty decadent flavors...

This Year’s Kennedy Center Honorees Include Gay Icon Cher, Lin-Manuel Miranda

Though we spent much of 2018 with little good news to report from Washington, D.C., one bright spot was the announcement of this year’s Kennedy Center honorees. The big four are...

Who’s in the Cast of “Drag Race: All-Stars” Season 4, and Who Will Win?

Who are the queens returning to RuPaul’s runway December 14 on VH1 for a chance for glory in Drag Race: All-Stars Season 4? We predict who will slay and who will sashay away...

Never Be Royals? Follow Them in a New Book: “Modern Monarchy”

By Chris Jackson; Rizzoli; $45 from the real-life ratings juggernauts of their regal nuptials to the fictionalized recent history of Netflix’s The Crown, few subjects draw more...

Are You Wearing Purple for #SpiritDay?

On the third Thursday in October, you’ll be seeing people wearing purple for Spirit Day. Why? After a string of suicides among gay teens in 2010, Canadian high schooler Brittany...

“Why Vote?” with Carmen Carrera, Betty Who and Parson James

In this video, performers Carmen Carrera, Betty Who and Parson James weigh in on why it’s so important to vote. Carmen Carrera was a contestant on the third season of...

Genius Grants: Meet the LGBTQ MacArthur Fellows of 2018

The MacArthur Foundation has announced its 2018 MacArthur Fellows, several of whom either identify as LGBTQ or are doing groundbreaking work on LGBTQ issues. The MacArthur...

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...