Metro Weekly

The Magazine: Mondaire Jones

An openly gay New Yorker likely to win a seat in Congress, Mondaire Jones is one the Democratic Party’s newest rising stars.

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In the current issue, John Riley talks to Mondaire Jones, the openly gay New Yorker likely to win a seat in Congress. Jones is one of the Democratic Party’s newest rising stars. In a fascinating, wide-ranging interview, he shares his views on everything from police reform to Medicare for all to the racism he experienced campaigning — even from the LGBTQ community.

“I’ve experienced more racism than I’ve experienced homophobia on the campaign trail,” he says. “I definitely remember calling a prospective donor who holds himself out to the world as being a leader in the gay community, and asking him for a contribution, and before I could even introduce myself to him, he’s telling me that he wishes he could support me, but he does not believe that I can serve my black religious community and the gay community at the same time. Which was extraordinary, because I rarely go to church.”

Also in this week’s issue, Chris Urquiaga changes his name and revives the Macarena, meet the four young stars of the incredible new documentary Boys State, and read what Sean Maunier has to say about Orville Peck’s thrilling new album, Show Pony. Plus, take a trip with RetroScene back to 2006 for a visit to the Pride of Pets dog show and a night at Cobalt.


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