GoPride.com’s official geekologist Danny Bernardo branches out with new series
Celebrating 10 years as the leading provider of online news and entertainment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in the Midwest, ChicagoPride.com today announced the launch of Boystown
, a new episodic web series written by Danny Bernardo.
Bernardo is best known in Chicago for his work in the burgeoning theatre scene, most recently with a yearlong stint with Silk Road Rising and as a new collective member and resident playwright with Bailiwick Chicago. ChicagoPride.com readers have followed his coverage of gay comic book news and his blog Geek Out
. This summer, he will add fiction writer to his list of accomplishments when his episodic series Boystown
debuts on ChicagoPride.com and the GoPride.com Network on Monday, July 16.
Following the lives, loves and hijinks of a trio of diverse gay men living in the heart of Chicago's famed gay neighborhood, Boystown
marries the subversive intrigue of Tales of the City
with the sexy escapades of Gossip Girl
. In fact, Tales of the City
, Armistead Maupin's serial take of San Francisco life in the 70's and 80's was a huge inspiration point for Bernardo.
"The first time I ever saw two men kiss romantically was when PBS aired the miniseries based on Tales of they City
," he recalls. "I got the books from the library the next day and was hooked. The honesty and humor with which he created his characters just made me fall in love with San Francisco."
In fact, Bernardo spent the first summer out of high school living in the Bay Area and studying theatre at the famed American Conservatory Theater.
"It was the first time I was out on my own and I thought, ‘I'm like these characters. This is my story.' Then I moved away for college and fell in love with another city: Chicago. I hope that Boystown
will have the same impact for those visiting or living in Chicago."
Taking a page from his literary hero, Bernardo's Boystown
will run Monday through Friday on ChicagoPride.com, with a new installment posted every day. Bernardo will utilize many of the tools of new and social media, which weren't available thirty-some years ago when Maupin's Tales
series ran in the San Francisco Chronicle
"I really want it to be an interactive piece," says Bernardo. "As the series progresses, reader comments will help shape future story lines. In the future, I want readers to share pictures through social media sites and get their stories out there. This story is for all of us."
Recognizing the visual nature of today's readership, Bernardo is partnering with many local photographers, both established and emerging, to showcase their images of gay Chicago life with each installment.
For more updates and developments of Boystown
, follow @BoystownSeries
on Twitter. About ChicagoPride.com
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