Author Stephan Horbelt


She’s Still So Unusual

Here’s a woman who needs very little introduction. Cyndi Lauper has kept music lovers enthralled for nearly 30 years with a consistently unique twist on music’s most beloved genres. Most recently, Lauper shocked us all with her release of the Grammy-nominated Memphis Blues, an album of blues standards recorded in the very birthplace of rock ‘n roll, Memphis, Tenn. She has also recently released a live concert DVD, To Memphis, With Love, and is playing L.A.’s Club Nokia on Nov. 4. Lauper sat down with Frontiers to discuss her latest album and concert DVD, along with her tireless work for the LGBT community. Read more…

Bringing Scruffy Back

Let’s face it—finding a date by engaging someone face-to-face is practically passé these days! With the advent of social networking and online hookup sites, not to mention mobile phone apps that let you cruise on the go, tons of guys are meeting potential matches with their fingers. And while you’ve surely heard of certain gay faves—Manhunt, Adam 4 Adam, Grindr—there’s a possibility you haven’t yet discovered SCRUFF, a mobile phone app for the gay man who’s a little rough around the edges. Frontiers4Men sat down with Johnny Scruff, co-founder of the wildly successful app, to discuss his initial inspiration for SCRUFF, what sets it apart from similar social networking services and what we can expect from the app in the near future.

When you meet people who aren’t familiar with the SCRUFF app, how do you describe it to them?
SCRUFF is a gay social network on iPhone and Android. We are one of the most active and fastest growing global gay social networks in the world, with more than one million members worldwide. Our members use SCRUFF for a variety of reasons—making friends, seeing who’s around in a new city, finding dates, hooking up and checking out local gay events.

What was your initial inspiration for creating SCRUFF?
My co-founder Eric and I wanted to build a social network for the gay community that resonated with gay men. We were both frustrated with other services and wanted to create a new community with a brand people could get excited about. I’ve always liked scruffy guys—guys who are more rugged, a bit more masculine—and so I thought that “Scruff” would be a great name that a diverse group of men could identify with. We launched SCRUFF in August 2010 and the rest is history.

What sets SCRUFF apart from other, similar apps?
The guys on SCRUFF are definitely what sets us apart! All kinds of guys use SCRUFF—servicemen, firefighters, jocks, bears and lots of everyday guys.  We have an inclusive community that welcomes all kinds. On that note, I love that we have famous drag queens on SCRUFF!

What kind of team does it take to create a mobile phone app like yours?
There are three of us, but we all wear many different hats. It takes a lot of heart and hard work. We plan on growing our team in the upcoming year and are excited to build SCRUFF even faster in 2012.

Scruff has become more than an app recently, cross-promoting itself with nightlife events and such around the country. How are you liking that aspect of your work?
Events are definitely a perk of running SCRUFF! I absolutely love being out there at the bars aand clubs meeting other SCRUFFers. We have been fortunate to be able to cross-promote with so many incredible events, such as Bearracuda, Lazy Bear and Folsom Street Events. Our recent SCRUFF night at Town in Washington, D.C. drew more people than Pride! The owners were very happy, to say the least.

What has been the most rewarding aspect of creating SCRUFF for you personally?

The personal messages I receive from members on SCRUFF are one of the most rewarding aspects of the Read more…

I Love Sandra Bernhard—Don’t You?

As a huge fan of Sandra Bernhard, I recently jumped at the chance to talk shop with the famed comedienne. Her latest show, dubbed I Love Being Me, Don’t You?, brings her unique brand of comedy—outrageous humor, cutting satire and energetic performance, all backed by a four-piece band—to Downtown L.A.&rsq; Read more…

Stevie Nicks: Still the Reigning Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll

Stevie Nicks has enchanted music lovers with her ethereal songwriting and mystical rock goddess persona since the mid-1970s. A member of the rock supergroup Fleetwood Mac and also a successful solo artist, Nicks has once again donned her signature shawls and platform boots to promote her first solo album in a decade, the well-received In Your Dreams. The writer of such hit songs as “Dreams,” “Rhiannon” and “Stand Back,” among countless others, sat Read more…

Margaret Cho is a Stand-Up Gal

Margaret Cho has accomplished quite a lot since the last time you may have seen her. Always the button-pushing stand-up queen of social commentary, she’s gunning for the role of rock star as of late—having released the Grammy-nominated album Cho Dependent in 2010, the first acclaimed album of comedy music by a comedienne. Read more…

Derek & Romaine: An Assault on the Senses

As of First Quarter 2011, Sirius XM Radio reported more than 20 million subscribers, and thanks to recent improvements in auto sales and the general public realizing the benefits of converting to satellite radio, the company will likely reach 25 million subscribers in no time. With over 180 channels of music, sports talk, comedy, news and entertainment content, Sirius XM is the latest way for the public to stay both informed and entertained. Read more…

Jessica and Hunter Want It All!

Even if you aren’t familiar with actor/comedians Beth Crosby and JC Gardiner, you’re sure to know and love their hilarious parody of celebrity-obsessed, over-tanned SoCal culture—embodied in the personalities of YouTube sensations Jessica and Hunter. The foul-mouthed BFFs jump from your computer screen to the main stage at this month’s L.A. Pride, where Jessica and Hunter are special guest hosts for the weekend’s festivities. Read more…

Christina Aguilera

Multi-platinum recording artist and actress Christina Aguilera is no stranger to the LGBT community, having used her notoriety to bring awareness and acceptance to our struggles and successes. In 2003, she received a GLAAD Award for the use of gay and transgender imagery in her “Beautiful” music video; she has worked with the Human Rights Campaign to raise awareness for equal rights; in 2008, she publicly spoke out against Proposition 8; and in April, Aguilera was honored by The Abbey for her contributions to the community as the first honoree on the “Gay Walk of Fame” next to Elizabeth Taylor. Read more…

All Hail the Queen

April 25 had television viewers around the country—gay, lesbian, straight, trans and everything in between—on pins and needles waiting for the outcome of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 3. The competition show has for years been must-see television among the gay community, but it seemed viewers were enthralled and invested in this past season like none before.

In the end, Los Angeles resident and accomplished makeup artist Sutan Amrull took home the crown, his Read more…

Body Talker

Long before she released Body Talk, the set of three mini-albums that made up 2010’s most critically acclaimed pop masterpiece, Robyn Carlsson had made a name for herself stateside with a couple late-’90s dance-pop hits. But even Robyn herself had no idea the international recognition and worldwide success she’d receive with her latest (and unorthodox) musical venture, the lead single from which—“Dancing On My Own”—brought her a Grammy nomination. The dance music diva returns to Southern California this month with a much-anticipated White Party Palm Springs performance; Frontiers discusses with her the reasons behind releasing a trilogy, the loyalty of a gay fan base and her upcoming trip to the desert. Read more…