Photography by Ryan Pfluger in Los Angeles on September 28, 2015. Styling by Michael Cook. Hair: Dallin James at The Wall Group. Makeup: Harper at Exclusive Artists Management. Tank top by Calvin Klein. Cardigan by Tommy Hilfiger.
Since coming out publicly in 2014, Daniel Franzese — widely recognized as Mean Girls’ fabulous GBF, Damian — has proved to be anything but “too gay to function.” This year the actor embodied the role of Eddie, an instantly lovable, unapologetic HIV-positive bear on the second season of HBO’s Looking, before becoming an ambassador for the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. Now Franzese is completing the first season of the new ABC Family series Recovery Road, while continuing to voice his support for LGBT causes. “We are different and cool and fierce and strange,” he says. “That’s the beauty of our rainbow.”