New year, new queer. That’s how it is over at Creative Loafing. The gay-friendly paper’s 2015 list of sexy local lust objects is out, and for the gazillionth year in a row, LGBT hotties make the cut. Meet Frankie and Jason.
A gay photographer and a gender-queer barber (top photo, left-right) give this year’s Lust List its rainbow injection with humor, candor and lessons in queerdom.
Key to his heart
With a keen eye and bedroom eyes to boot, portrait and event photographer Jason Meeks (second photo) is alternately funny and insightful in his Lust List profile.
Color us charmed with Meek’s frankness, which he also puts out there with exactly how evil his ex is, and which movie makes him cry. Stay off your phone or you might be picking up a tab alone, but be good and you could win his affections.
And if that catches your attention, he’s single to boot.
What is, to you, an ideal or best date?
A night where I get pampered, I guess. I don't really like talking about myself, and it's really always about the other person. [But], you know, for somebody to open the door, just be a gentleman, and actually have a conversation instead of “let's go out and get drunk.” … It's just really the simplest things that kind of matter the most.
What's the lamest pickup line that someone has tried to use on you?
Anything that is like, “hey baby” or “hey boy,” or something like that. And I'm just like, yeah, shut up.
What's the best way then to approach or hit on you?
Doing it kind of incognito, in a way, and striking up an actual intellectual conversation. Instead of being like, “Hey, can I buy you a drink?” and I'm like, “no.” But if you come up to me and spark a conversation, that's what sparks my interest. That's what brings me around.
Working the binary
Frankie Edwards (bottom photo) ups the queer quotient on this year’s list. A self-described gender queer, the professional barber gives the straight-but-not-narrow Loaf readers a lesson in fluidity – even if some lustful hopes could be dashed with a girlfriend in the picture.
I am gender fluid, gender queer — put them in that same category — the gray area. Some days I feel more masculine, some days more feminine, whatever. …
And as far as gender fluidity, I feel like Atlanta itself has almost grown, too. I mean we're still very backwards-ass as shit, but I feel like there's been improvements, as far as just, like, um, maybe, acceptance?
It's getting a lot more liberal, to be honest with you. My real name is Carla, and that is my birth name. … And I recently came out as gender queer, or as gender fluid, androgynous, about a year and some change ago. So it's relatively new.
I wear mostly men's clothing and prefer sometimes to be called “he” or just Frankie. So I do like that Atlanta is opening up to the idea of that, and that's one thing that I'm really passionate about
Read Frankie’s full profile for scoop on a surprise celebrity crush, guilty pleasures, and the three things that suck up most of that barbering money.
So just like last year, and the year before that, and before that, and yup, several years before that too, the Loaf gives some Lust love to its gays. Who else is on the Lust List? Give all of them the eye.
Photos by Eric Cash for Creative Loafing