Alexander Cheves, one of America's leading sex writers, is best known for his work as a contributing editor at The Advocate and his widely read "Sexy Beast" column. He is currently a columnist for Out Magazine and also runs the Love, Beastly advice blog, notable for its frank, unflinching answers to questions about queer sex. His work has also appeared in VICE, Them, the fetish magazine Drummer, and other magazines. He is a recipient of a 2021 Excellence in Journalism award from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association.

In 2021, Cheves was named to the Out 100 and appeared alongside Dr. Ruth and other sex educators in the Netflix special Sex Unzipped. His first book, My Love Is a Beast: Confessions, published that year from Unbound Edition Press. Within weeks of publication, the book was named the #1 bestseller in LGBTQ Literary Criticism on Amazon and the #1 bestseller memoir from Small Press Distribution, America’s largest indie book distributor. 

Cheves is half-deaf, neurodivergent, and HIV-positive. A sex worker for a decade, Cheves writes on the worsening political climate in the U.S. for people in the sex trade and the dangerous policies enacted in recent years that continue to harm artists, entertainers, and educators. 

He resides in New York City. His second book is set to publish in 2024 from Unbound Edition Press. 

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