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Jacy Topps

Journalist & Essayist

Location icon United States

Jacy Topps is a journalist and essayist. You can find her byline at VICE, InStyle, Glamour, Oprah Magazine, Bitch Media, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Slate Magazine, MUNCHIES, BUST Magazine, and Huffington Post. She has built her career as a journalist covering everything from race and food to LGBTQ topics. In addition to reporting on the intersection of culture, news and feminism, Jacy writes compelling narrative essays. She has interviewed a variety of celebrities, including Gloria Steinem, the Indigo Girls and Janet Mock. When she is not writing about food, politics, fashion or feminism, she is searching for the best wine bar in the city or binging on Lifetime movies.

Portfolio

Relationships/Mental Health

Slate Magazine
04/17/2019
For Many Queers, Coming Out Requires Going Out. But What if Chronic Illness Makes That Impossible?

Is Taking PrEP, the HIV-Preventing Pill, "On Demand" As Safe As Taking It Daily? On the Eve of the Black Party, Remembering What It Meant to Dance All Night in 1989 Anti-Trans Republicans Are Disguising Their Bigotry With Mock Concern Finding Femme: The Quiet Resistance of a Small-Town Stylist for Trans Women and Cross-Dressing Men You've probably heard of the idea of a queer "scene," perhaps most often from people who don't care for it.

Glamour
05/30/2018
I'm Choosing My Next Therapist by Race-Here's Why

"Black people don't do therapy; we go to church" is a statement I'd heard countless times in my community. We didn't discuss mental health so much in my family either. And when the concept of therapy did come up, it was doubly dismissed as a privilege purely for the rich, and something only white folks did.

Oprah Magazine
11/20/2018
Why the Holidays Are Much Better Spent Alone

During my first Thanksgiving in New York City eight years ago, I was so broke that I didn't even have money to purchase a Greyhound bus ticket to Atlanta to be with my family. I had been in the city for just a few months, so I didn't have many acquaintances.

Munchies
04/27/2018
How I Learned to Love Wine Again After Being Sexually Assaulted

Photo: Getty Images / Fertnig Before I was assaulted, I loved wine. I would say my relationship with wine might even have bordered on a minor obsession. Before I started my writing career, I had a lucrative gig as a bartender at a high-end hotel.

Man Repeller
12/29/2017
The Problem With Relationship Goals

I spent most of my teenage and young-adult years worrying about what other people thought of my choices: my clothes, my hair, my eating habits, my job, my relationships. Inevitably, this started to affect my decision-making. I took shitty jobs I didn't want because others thought they were cool; I stayed in relationships long after I should've let them go.

Medium
Revenge Can Destroy You - Member Feature Stories - Medium

I've been consumed with getting revenge on those who've wronged me for years. I'm not talking about the Lifetime movie kind of revenge, where people are pushed off cliffs or thrown out of windows, because I never did anything violent.

Race/Politics/Culture

Unearth Women
07/13/2018
What the Legalization Of Marijuana Means For Canadian Women | Unearth Women

Despite the lack of women in leadership, it has been women leading the fight within the cannabis movement in Canada, particularly the medical marijuana market. The first medical dispensary in the country was founded by Hilary Black in British Columbia in 1997, and women-led advocacy groups and activists like Tracy Curley have been paving the way for cannabis legalization for decades.

BUST
11/14/2016
Stop Telling People It Will Be Okay Because For Many, It Won't Be

"It's just an election. Why are you people so angry?" "Get over it. Your side lost. Everything will be okay. It's just an election" "Move on. You will be okay." These were the things I read on Facebook after people started to share their worries about a Trump presidency.

On Our Moon
02/16/2018
I Ended A 20-Year Friendship | On Our Moon

Her family treated me like one of their own. It was Sandra's mother who put me on birth control, and Sandra's cousins who invited me to their weddings and graduations. I vacationed and celebrated holidays with them. Her family was there for me in ways my family couldn't be.

Bust
01/24/2017
How We Turn Those Revolutionary Women's Marches Into A Political Movement

It was the protest that was heard around the world. The day after Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President, millions of people marched in protest against his presidency and agenda. The Women's March rallied more than 2 million in the nation's capital and cities around the world.

BUST
11/04/2016
What Makes Art Feminist? Janet Mock And The Brooklyn Museum Weigh In

Overcoming obstacles, redefining their fields, taking risks and creating spaces for others are what defines a trailblazer. Honoring women who make significant impact on the arts, culture and philanthropy, the Brooklyn Museum hosted Trailblazers: Women in Art. This year's ceremony was a part of the 10-year anniversary of the Elizabeth A.

Posture Magazine
Afropunk Black Girl Magic: The Face of Breast Cancer Awareness

Two years ago, Ericka Hart, a 30 year-old sexuality educator was diagnosed with breast cancer. To raise awareness and provide visibility for Black queer women who are battling with or have battled breast cancer, Ericka attended this year's Afropunk Fest in Brooklyn topless revealing her double mastectomy scars.

Bust
Angela Davis And Black Lives Matter: Why My Feminism Is Intersectional

I was once asked to finish the statement My feminism is.... It didn't take me long to come up with an answer. I'm a gay, black women. My feminism is intersectional. Whether you want to acknowledge it or not, your experiences in life are shaped by the intersection of class, race, gender, sexual orientation and identity.

Ga Voice
Sleater-Kinney Feature and No Cities to Love Review

In this issue join us for our coverage of how extremists are fanning the flames of LBGT discrimination under the Gold Dome. We also have an update on an arrest made in an anti-gay attack, photos from the Rustin/Lorde breakfast, a look at Sleater-Kinney's new album and more.

Food & Wine & Spirits

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
01/14/2019
How to Pair Rosé with Steak | Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Nothing is quite like a perfectly grilled steak and a glass of wine. However, when the two are paired, we tend to default to the old "red wine with red meat" rule. The thought is that only red wine has the richness and texture to stand up to a steak's robust flavors.

Culture Trip
02/13/2018
11 Dishes to Eat When You're in Atlanta

BBQ is undoubtedly a southern staple, but each southern region has their own style of the dish. Atlanta BBQ is eclectic because it's influenced by the various surrounding states' style, including North Carolina and Tennessee. Locals love to sit on the patio at Fox Bros BBQ and enjoy a rack of ribs or a pulled pork sandwich.

Manhattan with a Twist
02/26/2018
Pay Ode to a Literary Great at Oscar Wilde NYC

Foodies and literary-enthusiasts alike celebrated the opening of Oscar Wilde NYC in 2017. Located in the NoMad area of Manhattan, diners are greeted by Oscar himself. Okay, not exactly. They're greeted by a bronze-casted figure of him sitting on a bench outside the front of the restaurant.

Manhattan with a Twist
08/08/2017
Pop the Pink Party: The Fat Jew's Latest Rosé

While Summer is well under way, it's not over yet! Which means there's plenty of time left for pool parties, rooftop hangs and rosé. Whether your favorite hashtag is #RoséAllDay or #YesWayRosé, there's a brand new rosé on the market that New Yorkers can get excited about.

The Billfold
09/15/2016
Confessions Of A Former Wine Snob

Including the role Trader Joe's played in my reformation Autumn is upon us. As the weather cools, the breeze softens and the leaves fall, serious wine drinkers usually turn in their pinot grigio for pinot noir. To some people, autumn means pumpkin spice everything.

Manhattan with a Twist
04/17/2017
Toast to Spring with Bolla & Natura Wines

Spring in New York City is my favorite time of year. It's that time of year where the days are longer and the flowers start to bloom. It's that time of year to retire our winter clothes and soak up...

Manhattan with a Twist
07/22/2016
Bagatelle Heats Up with a Prix Fixe Lunch

Have you ever wanted to sip rosé on a patio in Saint-Tropez or drink copious amounts of champagne with friends in the French Riviera? Well you can, sort of. Nestled away in the uber-chic area of the Meatpacking District sits the infamous Bagatelle .

Manhattan with a Twist
06/13/2016
Putting the 'elit' in Elite on World Martini Day

The vodka martini is one of the most iconic cocktails around the country. There's this sophistication and prestige you feel when ordering one...at least, I always feel classy when I order one. To celebrate World Martini Day, elit Vodka decided to pay homage to classic cocktail in style.

Manhattan with a Twist
05/04/2016
Patrón's Margarita of the Year

It's that time of year again - the time when Patrón lovers gather to select the Patrón Margarita of the Year out of the top three finalists. The premier celebration featured music, passed hors d'oeuvres, shaken margaritas and an interactive experience that only Patrón can give.

Manhattan with a Twist
03/15/2016
Get Rosé Ready for the Warm Months

Spring is finally here and Summer is fast approaching. For most seasonal wine drinkers, like myself, that means getting excited about the lighter wines perfect for drinking in the heat.

Manhattan with a Twist
11/17/2015
Behind the Scene at NY Champagne Week

Some call it magic in a glass. It can be sweet or dry. Its bubbles have been known to change your mood immediately. And once a year for three years straight, New York City devotes an entire week to the magical drink known as champagne.

Books

Manhattan with a Twist
09/18/2018
Finding the Humor in Online Dating with Bye Felipe

Online dating sites and dating apps have revolutionized the way we connect, date and hook-up with people. Although dating apps have seemingly made connecting easier, they've shed light on a major problem women having been navigating for decades: the abusive retaliation by rejected men.

Manhattan with a Twist
12/05/2017
Get Thrifty!

I didn't get into thrift store shopping until I moved to New York City. Everyone here always seemed so stylish and put together. I didn't understand how New Yorkers could afford to be so chic all of the time until a friend of mine divulged her secret.

Manhattan with a Twist
05/01/2017
Blind Acceptance: A Memoir About Life, Racism and Religion

I'm not sure what I was expecting when I started to read Blind Acceptance , but what I do know is that the story blew me away. Written by Sandra Pimentel, the memoir takes readers on a journey through her childhood, the evolution of her marriage, her relationship with religion and how she navigates through the cultural complexities of the last half of the twentieth century.

Manhattan with a Twist
05/22/2015
Oh! You Pretty Things: Life in Hollywood

Written by Shanna Mahin, Oh! You Pretty Things follows Jess Dunne, a recently divorced California native, as she navigates through the not-so-glamorous side of Hollywood. The third generation Hollywood barista/aspiring chef goes from job to job, usually not giving any notice and is struggling to make ends meet. Make no mistake.

Fashion

Culture Trip
01/24/2018
10 Fashion Bloggers From Atlanta You Need to Follow

Mattie James, blogging since 2008, is now a full-time fashion and lifestyle influencer in Atlanta. From beauty regimens and seasonal must-haves to blogger tutorials, Mattie James is the go-to blog to help create your stylish lifestyle. Have questions about marketing and branding in the blogosphere? Mattie James shares her experiences in her daily podcast.

The Huffington Post
02/16/2017
Fashion As Resistance: The Everyday Rebellion

Fashion as a means of protest and resistance has been going on for decades. From Vivienne Westwood's "Destroy" t-shirts to Katharine Hamnett's "I Use A Condom" political tees to Dior models walking to Beyoncé's mix of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's "We Should All Be Feminists" speech, the fashion industry has always used its platform to raise awareness and provoke.

Manhattan with a Twist
02/23/2018
Malan Breton Presents at Style Fashion Week

Presented by Style Fashion Week, a producer of globally recognized fashion events, Malan Breton showcased his 2018 Fall/Winter collection during New York Fashion Week. Hundreds of guests, buyers, fashion insiders, media and VIP gathered in Cipriani's Midtown East location to see the collection.

Manhattan with a Twist
02/16/2016
Lingerie You'll Love For Women, By Women

The partnership between fashion and social awareness is nothing new, but if you're not familiar with Naja Lingerie , you will be impressed. They not only produce a beautifully-designed lingerie collection, but they are challenging the way we market to women and hire them.

Manhattan with a Twist
02/03/2016
It's All About the Bride! Our Chat with Alexis Wolfer of TheBeautyBean

I adore weddings. How can you not -the dresses, the champagne, the flowers? In full disclosure, I'm a bit more giddy about weddings this year because I myself, am getting married this year! So are you getting married this spring? Next Spring? Or maybe you're a bridesmaid in your BFF's wedding?

Manhattan with a Twist
02/25/2016
Di Yusupoff at Nolcha Fashion Week

The best independent fashion designers come together twice a year during New York Fashion Week to showcase their collections at the award-winning Nolcha Fashion Week. Held at the sleek venue, ARTBEAM, this year's designers showcased their 2016 Fall/Winter collections.

Manhattan with a Twist
06/25/2015
Inside Vivienne Hu's Showroom

If you haven't heard of the name Vivienne Hu , let me the first to introduce you to her. Originally from China, Vivienne Hu left her hometown at 18 years old to pursue the world of banking. By 2006, she was making a name for herself in investment banking, but things changed and she decided she wanted to be a designer.

Manhattanwithatwist
04/28/2014
Vera Wang Debuts New Bridal Collection

Vera Wang is a designer that needs no introductions. She is quite possibly the most famous wedding dress designer of our time. Although I've seen the Vera Wang name on other ventures like eyewear, shoes and jewelry, her wedding collection is the reason I fell in love with her.

NYC

Manhattan with a Twist
09/25/2015
Make Sure Irish Whiskey Is On Your Radar

While vodka is clearly the most popular spirit in the states, Irish whiskey is on a surge and ready to take over. Irish whiskey has been said to be the fastest growing distilled spirit category in the world.

Manhattan with a Twist
04/20/2016
French Flare Hits the Bowery

France? No, the Bowery. Rich in culture and outstanding cuisine, France is everyone's dream vacation. But if you can't make it to France just yet, La Gamelle, under the new direction of chef Denis Kuc and consulting chef Michael Burbella, is your perfect alternative in NYC.

Manhattan with a Twist
03/04/2016
"A Little Night Music" Withstands the Test of Time

More than four decades after its Broadway premiere, Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music , remains entertaining and majestic. Under the direction of Judith Jarosz of Theater 2020 Productions, A Little Night Music, comes to life in 2016.

Manhattan with a Twist
07/22/2015
The Upper East Side Gets a Little Bit Rock n' Roll

Rock and roll is not the first thing that comes to mind when you're thinking about the Upper East Side. Wild Horse Tavern is about to change all of that. From Executive Chef Max Renny - formerly of Fatty Cue and Fatty Crab - comes a new restaurant with a focus on innovative bar food and American rock & roll.

Manhattan with a Twist
08/17/2015
Behind the Music Notes at The Cutting Room

New York City has a very eclectic music scene and there is no shortage of live music options. But when I walked into The Cutting Room , I was reminded that all music venues are not created equal.

Manhattan with a Twist
07/03/2014
Sipping on Bubbly with Nicolas Feuillatte

What's more exciting than spending an afternoon tasting an array of champagne cocktails and indulging in delectable antipasti? Well, nothing! As the official champagne sponsor of the Tales of Cocktail, Nicolas Feuillatte , invited Manhattan with a Twist to L'Apicio for an afternoon tasting preview.

Manhattan with a Twist
10/16/2015
Offerings: Artwork Has Never Tasted So Good

Long before people were sharing their food on Instagram, Eat-Art artist, Dorothee Selz , used food as a medium for artistic expression. Doing away with the formal presentation of food, Eat-Art artists believe food is not only an experience, but can also be an expression of art that all can enjoy.

LGBT

LGBT Georgia | Gay Georgia | Gay Atlanta | LGBT Atlanta
04/21/2015
Lesbian comic Suzanne Westenhoefer performs show benefiting Pride School Atlanta - LGBT Georgia |...

Pride School Atlanta, one of the first of its kind in the region seeks to create a K-12 nonprofit school for LGBT educators, students and families, and is hoping to raise enough money to open the school this year. School co-founder Christian Zsilavetz has recruited renowned lesbian comic Suzanne Westenhoefer to join the effort and ...

Manhattanwithatwist
01/05/2015
An Inside Look at Fashion, Drag and James Belzer

I usually alternate my plans on Friday nights. One Friday, some friends and I might start out at a cute restaurant in the village and by the end of the night we're tearing up the dance floor. While the next Friday night, my plans for the evening usually are Netflix and takeout.

Issuu
The Georgia Voice - 8/1/14, Vol. 5 Issue 11

Our 2014 drag issue. We look into the beauty of queen culture. Plus, 10 things to know about Georgia marriage lawsuit, an interview with Panic! at the Disco's Brendon Urie and more.

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