The (Recently Decided) Closeted Straight Man Running a Gay Magazine
Neal Boulton is the editor of Genre, the gay men's magazine, and something called BastardLife.com, a bisexual men's web magazine. Clearly the man has a thing for mixing media and gender identity, as the various "anonymously sourced" items about Boulton's NYC sexing — which reek of having been planted by Boulton himself — also suggest, as does his former editorship of Men's Fitess, which is basically a magazine for straight guys to ogle other guys. Not terribly surprising, then, that his on-and-off (and back on) partner for the last 16 years, Claire, used their sometimes open relationship to sometimes enjoy the company of other women while her husband was off dabbling with homos. And now, like The Pregnant Man, they're on a road to sharing their story with the world. Read on, America, for the next great chapter of the GLBT movement.
First, or wishful thinking-ly last, stop: Page Six Magazine, where they recount meeting at an anti-abortion rally (he had a boyfriend at the time) and then spending the next 16 years, and two children later, figuring out how to identify themselves. ("For a while, Claire even had a girlfriend and Neal had a boyfriend. 'It rocked,' says Neal. 'Claire made me look like a wallflower. She's had hotter girlfriends than I've ever had.' Hooking up with members of the opposite sex was off the table.")
Meanwhile, Boulton, who aims for a career in porn, was chocking up career achievements: Running Men's Fitness for David Pecker's American Media, relaunching The National Enqurier, then getting fired from his post for putting out a magazine that was "too gay." Then there was the meeting with Jann Wenner, where they smooched and started a snowballing rumor about the twosome dating. (Wenner, of course, has his own history of relationship trouble with boyfriend Matt Nye.)
And then, supposedly, Genre publisher Bill Kapfer came knocking on his door begging him to relaunch the magazine, which is a funny story because Boulton himself has told us he was the one to approach Kapfer, get then-editor Chris Ciompi fired, and takeover the magazine with a grand plan. ("Grand," so far, means a circ jump of 20k.)
So where does Boulton stand now? In a "forever" monogamous relationship with wife Claire. And since that's the message being put forth by Boulton himself, we should expect a dry spell of Boulton sightings at Chelsea gay bars.
[Photo: Jeremy Liebman/Page Six Magazine]