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Dodger Stadium to host wedding for team VP Erik Braverman & his fiancé – Los Angeles Blade

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LOS ANGELES – The biggest homestand of his life awaits Los Angeles Dodgers’ senior vice president for marketing, communications & broadcasting, Erik Braverman. On Friday, he will marry his fiancé, Jonathan Cottrell, where he works: Dodger Stadium. 
“I am grateful to the Dodgers for allowing this to happen,” Braverman, 51, told the Los Angeles Blade.
Of course, the Dodgers organization has built a reputation as host of the most well-attended Pride events in all of professional sports for several years. The team hosted the first “Gay Night” in pro sports back in 2000 and continue to celebrate its LGBTQ fans year after year. 
As L.A. Times columnist Bill Plaschke first reported, Braverman will enter the baseball diamond from the home dugout on Friday and Cottrell will walk the aisle from the visitors’ dugout. They will meet and exchange vows on the pitcher’s mound.  
It’s a dream come true for the baseball executive, but it wasn’t always so. Four years ago, Braverman told the Blade: “My dream wedding would be something small surrounded by a few friends and family… in Hawaii or somewhere tropical.” 
Somewhere tropical is ultimately, after all, where Braverman found the love of his life, three years ago. 
“We met in a swimming pool in Mexico, both visiting Puerto Vallarta at the same time,” Cottrell told the Blade. “We happened to head to the same beach club and struck up a conversation while sipping on pina coladas. The chemistry was almost instant.”
So, what changed from 2019 (besides COVID-19 and the pandemic, of course)? 
“At the time of the interview, the idea of being married at one of the most iconic venues in all of sports didn’t even cross my mind,” Braverman told the Blade. “After Jonathan accepted my proposal and Dodger Stadium became a possibility as a venue, the idea seemed perfect to both of us for so many reasons.”
As the Blade reported last August, Braverman popped the question on one knee at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant. Not in Paris, but in Las Vegas. 
“I thought it was the right time to pop the question,” said Braverman. “And given that Jonathan is from France, I thought it would be a cute and romantic idea that I thought I could pull off despite the pandemic. We are planning a honeymoon in Tahiti as soon as that becomes a possibility.”
Not much is known about Cottrell, other than he’s 31, works as a WeHo software engineer, and is also a photographer and model. So, the Blade asked him to tell us a little about himself. 
“My father is from New York and my mother is French,” Cottrell said. “My first language is French, though I did eventually grow up bilingual. My parents were missionaries and humanitarians, (and grandparents as well before them!). I spent most of my childhood in Cambodia, but lived all over the world: Haiti, Thailand, Laos, Uganda. I studied at McGill University in Montreal, earning my degree in Physics and Computer Science, number one in my class. I worked as a Software Engineer for Google for many years before diving into the tech startup world. I’ve explored photography and modeling in my spare time. I may be an engineer by training, but I’m an artist at heart.”
But is he a fan of the Dodgers?  
“I am absolutely a Dodgers fan, but to be candid, when I met Erik and he told me he worked for the Dodgers, my response was ‘That’s baseball, right?’ Being from France, I’ve had very little exposure to baseball. But my knowledge and appreciation grows every season! And I was lucky enough to be there in person when we won the World Series in 2020!”
Baseball is most definitely the theme of their wedding: Invitations sent to about 80 relatives and friends resemble a ticket stub. No doubt, there will be happy tears on Friday, despite that line from “A League of Their Own” about there being “no crying in baseball.” And the wedding ceremony will end with the sounds of the Dodgers’ unofficial anthem, Randy Newman’s classic “I Love L.A.”
The love Braverman and Cottrell have received since announcing their engagement has been overwhelming, they told the Blade: “The outpouring of support has been phenomenal,” they said in an email. “One thing we did not anticipate was how many people who are in situations where they can’t be their authentic selves are feeling encouraged and inspired by our story. We are both active on social media and welcome anyone who would like to reach out.” They asked us to share their handles on Instagram with readers: @erik_braverman and @modelcottrell”
What’s next for the happy couple after getting hitched and, eventually, a honeymoon? Do they see themselves raising pitchers and catchers of their own, perhaps? 
“Yes, starting a family is certainly in the cards,” Cottrell said. “In fact, I suspect that will be happening sooner rather than later.”
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Talley worked at Vogue during an unprecedented time of growth in the fashion industry in the 1980’s and 1990’s
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WHITE PLAINS, Ny. – André Leon Talley, a formidable iconic fashion journalist and the former creative director and one-time editor-at-large of Vogue magazine, passed away at age 73 of unspecified causes at a hospital in White Plains, an inner suburb of New York City in Westchester County, New York.
News of the famed fashion journalist’s death Tuesday was first reported by celebrity news and gossip site TMZ.
Andre Leon Talley, a giant in the fashion world, has died at 73. https://t.co/eckqP7zdwk

Talley was known for his close friendships with designers like Karl Lagerfeld, Tracy Reese, Rachel Roy, singer/actress Jennifer Hudson and Vogue magazine editor in chief Anna Wintour among others.
Talley worked at Vogue during an unprecedented time of growth in the fashion industry in the 1980’s and 1990’s. From 1983 until late 1987, he was the magazine’s the news director and was then promoted to Vogue’s creative director in 1988, a post he held until 1995. He later came back to the magazine in 1998 as the editor-at-large until his departure in 2013.
Born in Washington D.C. on October 16, 1948 and raised in North Carolina, Talley graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French Literature in 1970 from North Carolina Central University. He later attended Brown University, after he was awarded a scholarship, where he earned a Master of Arts degree in French Literature in 1972.
Talley’s early career as a journalist saw him working at Andy Warhol’s Factory and Interview magazine. He later became the Paris bureau chief for Women’s Wear Daily.
His later career saw Talley hosting his own radio show principally concerned with fashion and pop culture on Sirius XM. He also released a book The Chiffon Trenches: A Memoir on May 19, 2020, which detailed his early career start and some of the issues he encountered as a Black man.
Talley was also an LGBTQ+ icon. When asked about his sexual orientation by daytime chat show host Wendy Williams during a May 29, 2018 appearance, he stated, “No, I’m not heterosexual; I’m saying I’m fluid in my sexuality, darling.”

VideoFashion profile in 2020 marking of the release of Andre Leon Talley’s memoir, “THE CHIFFON TRENCHES.”

“I believe the people want trans inclusion, racial equality, to end misogyny so women and girls feel safe walking home at night”
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LONDON – Starting this upcoming Friday, January 21, customers standing in the queue at checkout tills and newsstands across the United Kingdom will be greeted by the sight of model and Out Trans activist Munroe Bergdof smiling back at them from the cover of the 50th anniversary special edition issue of Cosmopolitan UK.
In the cover story interview conducted by PinkNewsUK gender and identity journalist Vic Parsons, Salvadoran-American filmmaker, actor, model, and intersex rights activist River Gallo, along with writer, stylist and consultant Aja Barber, Bergdof discusses career, climate change and global warming, cancel culture, pronouns and the future of Trans rights.
“I hope there’s a young trans girl looking at this cover thinking: ‘I can do it too and who I am is not going to hold me back,’” she says.
Bergdorf adds: “I believe the people want trans inclusion, racial equality, to end misogyny so women and girls feel safe walking home at night.”
“I don’t think we have ever been as enlightened as a people as we are now, even if there is a lot of misinformation around. I do feel like the spark has been lit. Less people are passively accepting what they have been presented with and that’s an incredible thing.”
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In a commentary piece written for London-based fashion and cultural media outlet Grazia in February 2018, Bergdorf noted;
A woman is more than a vagina, than her ability to bear children, the gender she was assigned at birth, a socio-economic class, marital status or sexual history – yet every one of these points has been used to define and control a woman’s place in society. This is why feminism must serve as an inclusive tool of liberation for all female identities and experiences, not just some. This is where so many women are still getting it wrong.”
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I long to see more cisgender women in positions of influence standing up for trans women, making people aware of issues that may not affect all of us, but that we should all care about deeply.
[…]
We must learn to see all women’s experiences as worthy of being listened to within feminist discourse. Because the fact is not all women possess a functioning reproductive system, not all women have a vagina, not all women’s vaginas are pink. So, when ‘pink pussies’ are used as imagery intended to unify all women, what they are actually doing is excluding a large amount of women from feeling like they have a voice within feminism.”
Bergdof deleted her Twitter account due to the torrent of transphobic abuse she received on the social media platform PinkNewsUK reported.
“Tired of being a punching bag. Twitter is not a safe app for transgender people,” she wrote.
The activist called on social media platforms take more action to combat the abuse directed at transgender people and women online.
“It’s always been, ‘Okay, if you’re gay, this needs to be sanitized. Let’s not include anything sexual.’ It’s like, ‘Be gay without being gay’”
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NEW YORK – In a recent interview with CBS Sunday Morning, openly gay rapper Lil Nas X accused the music industry of forcing LGBTQ+ artists to “sanitize” their identities – something he refuses to do. 
“I feel like I’m definitely much more ‘out there’ with it,” he told CBS correspondent Tracy Smith. “It’s always been, ‘Okay, if you’re gay, this needs to be sanitized. Let’s not include anything sexual.’ It’s like, ‘Be gay without being gay. We don’t wanna know what happens behind closed doors, or we don’t want you to express that.’”
He added: “I’m saying that I’m gonna do that if I want to. And I want every other artist to feel the same way.”
The Grammy-winner also spoke about coming out after his Billboard chart-topping song “Old Town Road” blew up, saying it felt like the “most authentic time.”
“It’s like, I’m not doing it for attention. I’m already like the number one artist in the world right now,” he said. 
He added that “there was definitely some fear,” but “there’s always gonna be fear when you’re doing something that’s literally life-changing. But you just have to do it, you know?”
Though “Old Town Road” propelled Nas to stardom, he revealed that he wanted to “reinvent” himself by celebrating his sexuality more with his next album. 
“How do I express myself more than I did last time?” he recalled asking himself. 
“MONTERO,” the superstar’s debut studio album, was the answer. The record, which is nominated for 5 Grammy awards, unapologetically expresses his queer identity and experiences. 
Arguably, no song from the album shows this more than the title track “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name).” In the music video for the song, Nas rode a stripper pole to Hell and gave the devil a lap dance. 
“Well, you know the saying, you know, ‘Gay people go to Hell,’ or anybody in the LGBT community? So it’s like, ‘Okay, I’m goin’ to Hell.’ I went to Hell!” he said. “And now people are like, ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe he did that!’ But wasn’t I going there anyway? Why are you upset about that?”
Smith also pressed Nas on what is next. 
“I have no idea, but it’s going to be incredible,” he replied. “I’m excited for new music. I don’t know what the heck I’m gonna do yet. But it’s gonna be a fun career and a fun life.”

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