meet the connextions team
Manny Velasquez-Paredes, Editor-in-Chief
Manny Velasquez-Paredes (MVP) is a multicultural & diversity marketing professional focusing on the Hispanic and LGBT communities. He is a social media junkie and avid traveler, who brings the traveling family’s perspective to Connextions Magazine.
MVP has lived and studied in three different continents. Overall, he has visited five continents. A graduate of MCNY's MBA program, it’s safe to assume that MVP loves to travel. In 2003, he met the man who would later become his life partner, Jose. They enjoy traveling and creating memories. Jose is a history buff, and MVP loves architecture and photography, therefore, their travels often revolve around these topics of interest, which has led them to experience some beautiful and off the path places. They became Domestic Partners in May 2011, a few months before New York approved marriage equality. In July 2011, MVP and Jose welcomed their two foster kids and they lived happily ever after roaming the world as a family.
Ross Christianson, Contributing Writer
Ross’ biggest desires are to learn more everyday and to teach people how to make their dreams come true. Now working in the service industry in Minneapolis, MN, Ross seeks to discover the world and show everyone else how easy it is, especially on a tight budget. Whether traveling or not, he is fun loving, outgoing, optimistic, adventurous, and a risk taker. Some of his favorite memories include skiing in the Austrian Alps, scuba diving in Thailand, and hitch hiking in Colorado. Ross has traveled to 25 countries thus far and cannot wait to experience what comes next!
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David Perry, Contributing Writer
As an accomplished journalist, writer and editor, David’s work appears in 19-and-counting publications, Instinct Magazine, The Huffington Post, the Edge Media Network, Connextions Magazine and Out.com among them. Covering travel, luxury, style, and adventure (with tech and science thrown in for color), David is a humor writer with a really, really, really well-used passport.
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Maria Lesetz, Contributing Writer
Maria Lesetz is a Health & Happiness Coach and founder of Lovin’ Life – a life coaching company that specializes in facilitating powerful, personal transformations in physical and emotional well-being, helping all her clients breakthrough every obstacle that stops them from living out their dreams! Maria's high-energy, passion and enthusiasm for life inspire thousands through one-on-one coaching, guest appearances on radio shows and television, motivational speaking engagements and her free Lovin’ Life e-zine available through her coaching company where you will receive upon sign-up her Worries Be Gone report: The Top 7 Tips to be Happy 4 Life!
David Duran, Featured Writer
David is a culinary, hospitality and travel writer who focuses on both domestic and international travel destinations for several different markets. His love for discovering cities and travel spots is evident as he is away from his favorite place and home base of New York City the majority of the time.
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Sarah Stanley-Evans, Contributing Writer
Blonde, calm, quiet, more organised, very imaginative, very sensitive, and worries too much! Awesome at putting flat pack furniture together, with no sense of direction. Quite sarcastic with a dry sense of humor.
Sarah loves parks, photography, chocolate, tidying and organizing, shopping, purple, grey, jewelry, make up & beauty products, Tim Burton, interior design, candles, autumn, reading, animals, equality, sparkly stuff, good manners, laughing, Harry Potter, rock music and anything if it involves being hand in hand with her beautiful wife!
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JJ Vega, Contributing Writer - In Review
With a degree in Health & Wellness, JJV loves nature and has been an avid traveler since he was a kid, when his family moved from New Jersey to Puerto Rico. Growing up in Puerto Rico, he remembers waking up at the crack of dawn to climb down a huge mountain to go to school. The oldest of 4 brothers, he left his family behind at the age of 18 to create his own life back in the US. His passions are history, reading and his husband and their children.
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Dimmi, Contributing Writer - Gaymers & Techies
Dimmi is a citizen of the world, adventurous, artistic and a self=proclaimed geek from cradle, but with an intense desire for exploration. He has studied and worked in several places including: Greece, Spain, Australia, Thailand, France and the United States of America, he continues to travel the world eagerly. He speaks fluent Greek, English, Spanish and he studies Japanese. His deep appreciation for creative expression, drawing and digital forms of art flourished and expanded through the connections he made globally and through quality time spend in many cultures. He is a published author and currently works on comics and a fantasy/sci-fi book series.
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Abigail Rome, Contributing Writer
With a Master's degree in plant ecology, Abi worked in natural areas conservation for many years in the eastern U.S. and in South America. She continues to support the cause by offering ecotours, as well as yoga retreats, to Latin America. And, she is an accomplished freelance writer. Her blogs and articles focus on same-sex marriage, as well as her travel adventures. Learn more at www.tierra-vista.org and www.abitravelblog.wordpress.com
Connextions Magazine, the Travel & Lifestyle Magazine for the LGBTQ Traveler, is your trusted resource for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer travel destinations, vacation ideas, fun travel videos, LGBTQ travel guides and the latest news relevant to our entire rainbow community. Connextions Magazine focuses on celebrating the LGBTQ Traveler providing information on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer travel, our LGBTQ culture, the diverse style of our rainbow community, adventures, gay romance, tips for Lesbian Moms, Gay Dads, Bisexual, Transgender Parents and families.
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