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Hi! I’m Beastly — known professionally as Alexander Cheves (pronouns: he/him). I am a writer, editor, and copywriter living in New York City. My work has appeared in many publications including Them, VICE, Into, Hornet, Out Magazine, Gayety, and Plus. I am a sex columnist for The Advocate Magazine — check out my column Sexy Beast. If you’d like to see more of my work, visit my website.
After a nasty college breakup, my ex-boyfriend spread rumors about me — that I was a cheater (true) crawling with STDs (false). In retaliation, I started a tell-all blog called “The Pyscho Ex-Boyfriend.” Classmates who read the blog pointed out that I wasn’t psycho — I was angry. I had opinions about relationships and, lamenting the ways I had failed my early attempts at love, I was seeking alternatives. Many of the original posts have been edited or removed entirely. They were mean-spirited and unkind.
One classmate suggested replacing “psycho” with a better word. Around this time, I was beginning to explore sexually and “beastly” — a British word for “nasty” — became a pet name from a dominant playmate. My blog became “The Beastly Ex-Boyfriend” — now shortened to “Beastly.” My boyfriend started calling me “Beastly” and the name stuck.
If you’re an editor or employer, please visit my website. I am seeking opportunities and would love to speak with you. Thank you for visiting.