Sebastian Fortino Author

This Is What It’s Like to Miss Your Estranged Mom on Holidays

Two years this Thanksgiving marks the last time I “saw” my mother. By this I mean a cousin put my rather bewildered mother – who does not care for technology – on...

This is What Happened When a Gay Baby Was Kidnapped From a Fortune Teller’s House on Halloween

My grandparents adopted me from my biological mother – their second daughter Lisa. Lisa was diagnosed as schizophrenic at an early age. This haunted my father his entire...

This Is the Way 1990s New York Club Kids Actually Dressed

If Jake Shears’ memoir Boys Keep Swinging was a love letter to the glory days of Manhattan night life at the turn of the century, New York: Club Kids by former club kid and...

This Is What Happened When a Young Gay Man Met Strangers on an Italian Train

Before I got on that Italian train, it was the summer of 1999, and I was a 20-year old studying in Italy. The two dozen students in the program included familiar faces from my...

Photographer Cindy Sherman: This is What Made Her Click

What better way to observe International Lesbian Day than to reconsider the work of photographer Cindy Sherman? Her work — entirely self-portraits in which she can assume any...

These Are 9 Books That Will Make Gay Men Feel Better

When they’re in a bad mood, some people can eat, drink or Netflix themselves back to happiness. But if you’re a gay man looking to get out of a funk, these are nine...

These Are 11 Reasons Milo Yiannopoulos Is Embarrassing

Conservative clown Milo Yiannopoulos recently let the world know that he’s broke. Apparently certain media platforms banning his special brand of hate means he can’t milk...

Skrebneski: This is How One Man Changed Photography

Some photo books bring to mind Hemingway’s recollections of  Paris in the 1920s: they are “a moveable feast.” The work of American famed photographer Victor Skrebneski, who...

What Will Happen in the Return of “Downton Abbey”?

When the last episode of Downton Abbey aired in 2015, many viewers felt as if they were losing old friends. So it will be quite the lovely reunion when the Crawleys and company...

This Is What It’s Like When You Have to Cancel Your Garden Party

In a city with a rich culture of urban gardening, Sebastian and his fiancé want to celebrate the work they put into their bit of earth. Unfortunately it RSVPs to their party as...

This Is What It’s Like to Be Adopted by Your Grandparents

I remember the first time I learned I was getting old. It was on the occasion of my tenth birthday. That year, my cousin Martin and his wife Margie took me to Sea Isle City in New...

New American Recipes from the Nation’s Top Foreign-Born Chefs

A Place at the Table: New American Recipes from the Nation’s Top Foreign-Born Chefs Edited by Gabrielle Langholtz & Rick Kinsel; Prestel Press; $40.00 Despite rabid...