Exposed: Justin

Full Name: Justin Papa

Birthday: December 22

Zodiac Sign: Capricorn

Hometown: Clovis, New Mexico

Current Town: Nashville, Tennessee

I feel the most confident when: I'm in my element surrounded by supportive people who challenge me. I've learned to be confident and comfortable in my own skin, and I truly believe that every single person has something great to offer. One of the best things about growing older is having the privileges to be selective about who and what stays within and outside of our lives, and with that control comes stability and confidence. There's nothing sexier and more attractive than someone who has learned to become confident and comfortable in their own skin.

What's one item you can't leave home without? My iPhone. It's my go-to item that manages my calendar and finances, stores music that keeps me moving, and it keeps me connected to my loved ones.

What's your favorite food? While I love cooking and dining out, I don't have an ultimate favorite food...but if I had to pick something, French fries rarely let me down.

My greatest achievement has been: Graduating from Brandeis University and beginning my career in higher education. College students are great to work with as they keep me focused, motivated, and laughing. They challenge me every single day, quite frankly I would be disappointed if they didn't. They'd be surprised to know that they teach me new things too. Teaching has been more rewarding than I ever imagined. It's pretty cool to wake up each day excited to go to work.

What do you hope your next greatest achievement will be? My expertise and interests are in global studies and international sustainable development. I look forward to contributing to education reform, especially now that it's needed more than ever. Americans have so many opportunities to better themselves, and I personally feel responsible as a global citizen for improving our education system. There are millions of people outside of the United States who want the same opportunities we have, and I'll work every day for the rest of my life to make education attainable for all peoples.

Boxers or briefs? Boxer briefs.

If you won $1 million (tax free) and had to give half of it away, who would you give it to? I'd give half of it away to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. I've been volunteering at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital for a few years now in the Hematology/Oncology Clinic. The doctors, nurses, child life specialists, and volunteers do amazing work for these patients on site and through summer camps. They're incredible people, but not nearly as incredible as the patients themselves. These kids are strong, inspirational people and I would be so lucky to have even just half of their strength and courage.

WhistlePig + Alfa Romeo F1

SHOREHAM, VT (September 13, 2023) — WhistlePig Whiskey, the leaders in independent craft whiskey, and Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake are waving the checkered flag on a legend-worthy release that’s taking whiskey to G-Force levels. The Limited Edition PiggyBack Legends Series: Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake Barrel is a high Rye Whiskey selected by the Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake drivers, with barrels trialed in their wind tunnel to ensure a thrilling taste in every sip.

The third iteration in WhistlePig’s Single Barrel PiggyBack Legends Series, the Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake Barrel is bottled at 96.77 proof, a nod to Valtteri Bottas’ racing number, 77, and the precision of racing. Inspired by Zhou Guanyu, the first Chinese F1 driver, this Rye Whiskey is finished with lychee and oolong tea. Herbal and floral notes of the oolong tea complement the herbaceous notes of WhistlePig’s signature PiggyBack 100% Rye, rounded out with a juicy tropical fruit finish and a touch of spice.

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When I started medical transition at 20 years old, it was very difficult to get the care I needed for hormone replacement therapy because there are very few providers trained in starting hormones for trans people, even though it’s very similar to the hormones that we prescribe to women in menopause or cisgender men with low testosterone.

I hope more providers get trained in LGBTQ+ healthcare, so they can support patients along their individual gender journey, and provide the info needed to make informed decisions about their body. I’ve personally seen my trans patients find hope and experience a better quality of life through hormone replacement therapy.

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Descanso Resort, Palm Springs' premier destination for gay men, just received Tripadvisor's highest honor, a Travelers' Choice "Best of the Best" award for 2023. Based on guests' reviews and ratings, fewer than 1% of Tripadvisor's 8 million listings around the world receive the coveted "Best of the Best" designation. Descanso ranked 12th in the top 25 small inns and hotels category in the United States. Quite an accomplishment!

Open less than two years, Descanso Resort offers gay men a relaxing and luxurious boutique hotel experience just minutes away from Palm Springs' buzziest restaurants, nightclubs, and shopping. Descanso has quickly established itself as a top destination for sophisticated gay travelers, earning hundreds of 5-star guest reviews and consistently ranking in Trapadvisor's top positions alongside brother properties Santiago Resort and Twin Palms Resort.

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