Alexander Cheves is a queer author, columnist, editor, sex educator, advice blogger, artist, and activist. He is best known for his work as a contributing editor at The Advocate Magazine and his "Sexy Beast" column. He is currently a columnist for Out Magazine and runs the sex advice blog Love, Beastly.
His debut book, My Love Is a Beast: Confessions, published on October 12, 2021, through Unbound Edition Press. The book has been reviewed as "exceptionally brazen, epiphanic queer writing...much akin to...Jack Kerouac" (Jim Piechota, Bay Area Reporter). Within weeks of publication, it became the #1 bestseller at SPD, America's largest indie book distributor.
His work has been featured in VICE, Them, TheBody, the legendary fetish magazine Drummer, and other publications. Cheves has spoken on several radio programs, including Dan Savage's Savage Lovecast, and he appeared alongside Dr. Ruth and other sex educators in the 2021 Netflix special Sex Unzipped. He is a recipient of an Excellence in Journalism award from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. In 2021, he was named to the Out100, Out Magazine's list of the 100 most influential LGBTQ+ people. Cheves is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art & Design.
A sex worker for ten years, Cheves vocally advocates for the decriminalization of the sex trade. He opposes censorship and supports all artists, educators, and adult entertainers in the fight for free expression and access.
Cheves is hard-of-hearing, HIV-positive, neurodivergent, anti-theist, and a happy slut. In his work, he focuses on shame-free sexual health, risk-reduction, de-stigmatization, and acceptance of non-normative lifestyles and abilities. He spends his spare time with books and barbells, on tattoo tables, in art museums, and on dance floors.
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