DOM Magazine Shuts Down Again. Is Brazil Ready For Gay Media?


Brazilian gay magazine DOM, which had changed publishers earlier this year, has shut down circulation again. Currently published by Fractal, the same publisher of gay porn magazine G, DOM was shut down not only because of the recession and the difficulty in finding advertisers willing to support a gay publication in Brazil, but also because of internal management issues. At the time being there is no forecast of when the magazine will be available in newsstands again.

With DOM off the market, we are left with only one significant gay publication in Brazil, Junior, which is very sad in the sense that I felt both magazines complemented each other. DOM catered to a more mature and mainstream gay readership, while Junior offers a bit more of an underground approach to a younger readership. I liked that we had both, each pushing different boundaries, setting different standards, and getting advertisers used to the idea of an untapped gay editorial market in the country.

I do not get very personal or political here on MIB, but it upsets me to see that the same global companies which advertise on international publications such as Out and Têtu refuse to advertise on gay publications through its Brazilian branches. If I were to list the Brazilian brands which refuse to lend clothing to a gay publication, you would be surprised. Some of them have been featured in editorials from international gay magazines, but do not agree to be featured in a national gay publication in fear that it will be harmful to the image of the brand. Sort of shocking when you know gay customers represent probably a third or more of their businesses.

With an extremely professional group of editors behind it, DOM was the only gay magazine of its generation to manage to get renowned actors and models to pose for its covers. I hope it will be back on newsstands at some point, with stronger support from advertisers in the country.

Speedo Sundays


Felipe Anibal photographed by Rick Day for the Hot Rio portfolio from the current issue of DOM magazine.

Too Hot For Monday: Mateus Verdelho


Photographed by Jorge Figueiredo S. for the July issue of DOM magazine.

Fyi, Mateus Verdelho is going to be on the cover of the August issue of Junior magazine, so expect to see a lot more pictures of him very soon.

Brazilian Stallion


Actor Julio Rocha goes horseback riding shirtless in skinny jeans for the July issue of DOM magazine. The spread shot by Du Borsatto and styled by Luciano Bortolotti was inspired by the Chad White Equus story on Out magazine two years ago, but unfortunately Julio Rocha did not get on the horse naked like Mr. White did. View more pictures after the jump.

A First Look At The July Issue Of DOM

Here is a very exclusive picture of Carlos Freire from the portfolio shot by Rick Day for the latest issue of DOM.


Another shot after the jump.

DOM Magazine, Jesus Luz, Madonna, And The Week Rio

  • Jr071609 Actor Julio Rocha works a deep v-neck (and some self-tanner) on the cover of DOM. The July issue of the magazine, which hits newsstands this week, also features an exclusive interview with filmmaker Aluízio Abranches about his upcoming movie Do Começo ao Fim, and a portfolio with models Carlos Freire and Felipe Anibal shot by Rick Day (yes, I will post pictures as soon as I get them delivered to my mailbox).
  • Jesus Luz was not approved for a role in a Brazilian mini-series he had auditioned for.
  • Listen to a snippet of Madonna's Celebrate.
  • On more Madonna news, the stage being constructed for her concert in Marseille  this Sunday collapsed,  leaving one person dead and six injured.
  • Brasília is celebrating Gay Pride this Sunday.
  • The Week Rio is celebrating its second anniversary with a party headlined by French DJ Ben Manson on July 25.
  • Don't miss Ptown Diaries, a new documentary about Provincetown airing on LOGO next week.

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