New Web Series ‘Paper Boys’ Delivers Diversity, Charisma and a Magical Twist You Never Saw Coming

2015-06-16-1434469763-3496973-paperboys_stills_01-thumbI think the unifying theme for every person in their 20’s, regardless of race, religion, or sexual orientation, is that none of us really has a clue what we’re doing. Cole, the main character of Paper Boys, is no exception to this rule. He’s trying to figure out how to land a job he loves (that will also pay the rent in one of the most expensive cities in the world), what to say to his straight best friend Daren who recently confessed he doesn’t want to marry his fiancée, and why he can’t seem to stop himself from stalking an old flame, Max, on Facebook. If all of this wasn’t enough to worry about already, Cole has also discovered that his sketchbook is, well… enchanted. Whatever Cole draws seems to happen in real life, and while this newfound power could be the answer to all his problems, he hasn’t quite figured out if it’s only going to make his life even more complicated.

Written by Curtis Casella and Kyle Cabral (Cabral also directs the series and stars as Cole), Paper Boys is a delightful new web series that takes the sometimes harsh reality of being a confused millennial trying to juggle love, a career, and a new city, and spices it up with a bit of magic to make it all the more captivating. The first two episodes have already generated over 90,000 views on YouTube, and the creators have recently succeeded in raising $10,500 via their Kickstarter campaign to create two more full episodes (and are hoping to raise even more to keep the series going).

I caught up with Kyle and Curtis, as well as Henry Lee (who plays Max), Kai Liu (who plays Rebecca), Sarah Elizabeth (who plays Charlie), and Nathan Brown (who plays Daren) over email, and asked them all about the inspiration behind Paper Boys, as well as what we can expect from future episodes — it’s all here on Huffington Post Gay Voices.

“I Swear I’ll Be Good At It!” is for sale now!


You know how when really embarrassing things happen, people have been known to shrug and sigh, “Oh well, another story for my memoir.” I used to say that a lot, and today I’m very excited to announce the publication of my e-book, “I SWEAR I’LL BE GOOD AT IT!” It’s available for download now on Amazon, you can read it on your Kindle, or using the Kindle App for Mac, PC, iPhone & iPad:


Why I Wear Purple On Spirit Day


Today, October 17th, 2013 is Spirit Day, a day to stand up against bullying and show your love & support for the LGBT community. Supporters of the cause are encouraged to “go purple” — by both wearing purple clothing and/or by adding a purple filter to your Twitter or Facebook pictures. Not sure how wearing purple is going to help LGBT youths or make any difference in the world? Check out my newest article Why I Wear Purple On Spirit Day, featured on both Thought Catalog and as an op-ed on The Advocate.

Happy Spirit Day, everyone! Stay strong!   

What My First Kiss Taught Me About Love

I’m very happy to share my first article for Huffington Post was published today. It’s a rewritten version of an article I wrote for Thought Catalog, formerly titled “Kissing Girls And (Kinda) Liking It.” It’s one of my favorite articles because it reminds me of a happy time in my life, and I share the memory with a very good friend. My first kiss may not have been with a member of the sex I’m attracted to, but it taught me an awful lot about love and romance, and that’s what the story is about. I hope you enjoy reading it!

(And as an added bonus, here I am as one-half of the most impossibly sexy 13-year-old couple you’ve ever seen. I’m so, so lucky that we’re still best friends a decade later — we’re like family.)


My first Op-ed for The Advocate is up!

Very excited to share that a Thought Catalog article I wrote a year ago is now a featured Op-ed over on The Advocate today. If you missed it the first time around, or just want to give it a re-read, you can go check it out by clicking here: That Time My Dad Made Me Go To Pride

From a closeted teenage boy to a proud grown man, Wes Janisen has grown up with the community.