A couple of months ago, the folks at NYC Pride invited me to pose for their “Rise Of The Power Bears” feature. I know, right? But since my hero, Carl Siciliano of the Ali Forney Center, had already signed on, how could I refuse? Rounding out our trio was Kiehl’s president Chris Salgardo, who is also one of this year’s Grand Marshals. The above shot is the final result of two hours in a West Village barbershop, where I think photographer Steven Rosen finally decided that putting me in the chair made the size difference between those two big guys and me less apparent. Plus, I finally got Carl between my legs!