As protocol for social distancing and self-isolation tightens around the country per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and White House recommendations amid mounting coronavirus cases, follow this guide to staying occupied in a very gay way.
Watch queer hottie Nico Tortorella read you his book
Gender-fluid sex symbol and actor Nico Tortorella began reading a chapter a day from his book “Space Between,” a personal memoir of love, identity, and acceptance, on March 21. You can access the archived videos on his Instagram stories @nicotortorella.
Write positive reviews for your favorite LGBTQ-owned businesses
With LGBTQ bars dwindling — and perhaps more going away for good as a result of the coronavirus crisis that has shut down most gathering places — now’s the time to show them love. Head to Yelp and write positive reviews to boost business when business resumes. Don’t limit yourself to bars though. Leave reviews for more LGBTQ-owned establishments like restaurants, campgrounds, resorts, hotels, tour companies and other services.
Play a Drag Race drinking game
Every time a queen cries or rolls her eyes, take a sip of your quarantini.
Calm yourself by watching plants grow
Sure, watching plants grow sounds about as fun as re-watching “AJ and the Queen,” but during this time of high-anxiety, relaxation techniques are necessary. The Facebook page Funny Lover hosts a five-minute video titled “The Amazing Dance of Nature: Watch Plants Grow” that will have you in a moment of Zen by the end.
Sing along to your favorite Broadway musicals
With your seven-day free trial from BroadwayHD.com, you can stream a wide catalog of classic and new musicals, including “Kinky Boots,” “The King and I,” “Sound of Music” and a stage version of “Cats” that won’t have Taylor Swift terrorizing your nightmares. Pour your fancy ass a glass of bubbly and belt out your favorite show tunes for the whole gayborhood to hear.
Cook with Antoni Porowski
“Queer Eye”’s professional hotdog chef is expanding his culinary skills in a series of Instagram cooking videos he’s calling “Quar Eye: Cooking Lessons in Quarantine,” where he’ll show you how to make ordinary dishes, like omelettes, zoodles with meat, leftovers, salmon and squash and chicken. You won’t actually learn much, but whatever, he’s hot.
Binge queer TV, movies, news and podcasts
Try to limit your couch potato time while sheltering in place — spring and summer aren’t canceled quite yet — but when you do need to veg out and distract, stream new queer content including the drama film “I Am Jonas” and Fortune Feimster’s hilarious stand-up special “Sweet & Salty” on Netflix, “Q News Tonight” available live nightly at 7 p.m. EDT on its same-name website or download the “LGBT Stories” podcast from creator and host Kevin Gerdes via iTunes and Spotify.
Attend a virtual church service at Christ Lutheran Church Webster Groves
This Missouri-based Reconciling in Christ congregation became an all-are-welcome church two years ago and recently named a lesbian as its new pastor. Its in-person services are canceled for the time being, but pastor Meagan is continuing to deliver faith and testimony to anyone who wants to tune in live via Zoom through the church’s Facebook page on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. CDT and Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. CDT.
Stay fit with live workouts online
Planet Fitness is offering ‘Home Work-Ins” to members and non-members alike on its Facebook page, streamed live Mondays through Fridays at 7 p.m. EDT for the duration of the gym’s physical-location shutdowns. No equipment is needed and all classes will be 20 minutes or less. Of course, you can always rely on your thirst-trap gym rats on Instagram to give you a workout — however you see fit.
Tour museum exhibits and enjoy symphonies virtually
Tour the Lourvre’s Egyptian antiquities department and the recently restored Galerie d’Apollon, Madrid’s Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza “Rembrandt and Portraiture in Amsterdam, 1590-1670” exhibit, and the Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and Raphael’s Rooms through the respective institutions’ online portals. You also can take a self-guided virtual tour of the National Museum of Natural History in New York, made possible by the Smithsonian. The Philharmonie Berlin offers its digital library of more than 600 shows while the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is live-streaming its performances on YouTube free of charge until live in-house performances resume.
Get to know Chaturbate again
Be a good human, turn off the sex apps to mitigate the spread of all viruses, and practice self-love. You know what to do, pro.
Mikey Rox is an award-winning journalist and LGBTQ lifestyle expert whose work has been published in more than 100 outlets across the world. He currently lives in his big gay van, traveling the big gay country. Connect with Mikey on Instagram @mikeyroxtravels.