Metro Weekly

Coverboy: Tyler

When people find out Tyler has an identical twin brother, they usually ask him the same question. ”No, he’s not gay,” Tyler says. The 27-year-old IT manager arrived in Washington from the ”smallest cute town” on the coast of Maine called Boothbay Harbor in 2002. He came to attend college at George Washington University. These days Tyler is busy working full time, and earning an MBA from American University part-time in hopes of one day launching his own business. In his free time Tyler likes to work out at the gym, spend time with his boyfriend of the past few months, and also have a few drinks at Nellie’s Sports Bar or Duplex Diner, where he enjoys the lime squeezes.

What’s on your nightstand?
Fresh cut flowers and a picture of mom, just like every other gay man should have.

What’s in your nightstand drawer?
That’s a state secret.

Where do you keep the condoms and lube?
In the state secret.

What are your television favorites?
The Good Life, Modern Family and the Golden Girls.

What’s the last movie you saw in a theater?
Insidious. I really like scary movies and Insidious was a really great one.

What was your favorite cartoon when you were a kid?
Everything I learned in life I learned from watching the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I learned that it’s cool to live with three athletic friends; your friend April will never sleep with you; and to drink strange green fluids from strange containers.

What superhero would you be?
Magneto from X-Men, just because he’s my favorite.

Who’s your greatest influence?
My gym buddy Brien. He’s my rock.

What’s your greatest fear?
D.C. Real Estate declining further.

Pick three people, living or dead, who you think would make the most fascinating dinner guests imaginable.
Kim Kardashian, the guy who peed on her in that video, and Kim Kardashian’s current PR agent. I want to know how somebody goes from being in a video like that to being a role model for small children.

What would you serve?
Sandra Lee Cocktails.

How would you describe your dream guy?
He has to like what Summer-y drinks. He has to like going to the pool and the gym, and he has to be able to put up with my inner fat girl.

What physical attributes do you look for in a guy?
I’m surprisingly into calves. You can tell a lot about a person from their calves, like how in shape they are.

Define good in bed.
Hands-y and creative.

Who should star in a movie about your life?
The entire cast of Star Trek the Next Generation because they’re the only ones that can do it justice.

Who was your first celebrity crush?
Elizabeth Hurley. I’m surprised that it took me as long as it did to come out of the closet.

If your home was burning, what’s the first thing you’d grab while leaving?
My homeowner’s insurance policy.

What’s your biggest turn-on?
Chocolate, cake and cookies — oh that’s the fat girl talking.

What’s the most unusual place you’ve had sex?
A lifeguard station in South Beach.

What position do you play in the big baseball game of life?
Me and my inner fat girl would hand out cotton candy and ice scream.

And what if the game needed a pitcher and catcher?
I’d be a pitcher.

What’s your favorite retail store?
Uniqlo. It’s a store in New York that I fell in love with.

What’s the most you’ll spend on a haircut?
I rather make good friends with a stylist and trade professional services.

What’s your favorite food to splurge with?
Me or the fat girl?

You decide.
The fat girl will splurge on anything and everything. If I’m in charge I go to Mr. Yogato.

What kind of animal would you be?
A penguin, because penguins are so cool.

What kind of plant would you be?
A palm tree. Because they’re always in summer-y weather and they’re usually on beaches with cute guys.

What kind of car would you be?
The Studebaker that Dorothy and Stan took to the prom in Golden Girls flashback episode.

State your life philosophy in 10 words or less.
Always enjoy what you’re doing and have no regrets.