Lo, T

In 2006, Tom Fitzgerald and Lorenzo Marquez had been a couple for a decade when, in a fit of boredom, madness, or a much likelier combination of both, they took their backgrounds in film, music, fashion and advertising, and launched a gay-themed reality television blog called “Project RunGay.” Debuting in the closing days of the aughts blogging craze, the site brought them an immediate level of attention and acclaim that that caught them wildly off-guard, but they eventually got off the floor and came down from the ceiling in order to figure out a long-term media and publishing plan. Seventeen years later, that plan includes their eponymous web site Tom & Lorenzo, which enjoys a monthly readership in the millions, a podcast, “Tom & Lorenzo’s Pop Style Opinionfest,” listened to by tens of thousands every week, two books, about 150 bylines, and a social media presence that has all combined to successfully recast them from fan bloggers to legitimate fashion and cultural critics. They are members of GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, and Tomatometer-approved critics for Rotten Tomatoes.

Their popularity and prolific output allowed them the opportunity to accept offers to write for The Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, People, Town & Country, Vice, Philadelphia Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, Slate, Fusion, and MetroSource magazine, among others. They have interviewed actors, stylists, critics, authors, designers, fashion editors, costume designers, drag queens, reality stars, and pop stars and have reviewed films, television shows, books, costume design and runway collections.

In 2014, Perigee published their first book, Everyone Wants to Be Me or Do Me: Tom & Lorenzo’s Fabulous & Opinionated Guide to Celebrity Life & Style, which received press from Cosmopolitan, The New York Times, The Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, New York Daily News and countless other publications and web sites. They have made several appearances on NPR and SiriusXM radio. In 2020, their second book, Legendary Children: The First Decade of RuPaul’s Drag Race and the Last Century of Queer Life, was released by Penguin to critical acclaim and was featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times New York magazine, The Associated Press, Vanity Fair, Variety, and Kirkus, among others. It was named by Cosmopolitan magazine as one of the Best New Books of 2020 and by NPR as one of the Best Books of 2020 in seven categories. It has been released in Spanish and Italian language editions.

When USA Today needed an expert opinion on Marchesa’s chances to bounce back from the Weinstein controversy, they turned to T Lo. When The New York Post needed someone to explain why turtlenecks are back in style (and who absolutely shouldn’t wear them), they turned to T Lo. When Forbes noticed that backpacks were suddenly getting more expensive and wanted a bit of context, they turned to T Lo. When Glamour magazine needed good, meaty quotes on whether the Golden Globes #TimesUp dress blackout was effective or when Town & Country needed some witty observations about what Kate Middleton might wear to Meghan Markle’s wedding, or when Vox needed someone to explain the importance of the Oscars red carpet in the #MeToo age, they all turned to T Lo. For nearly two decades, Tom and Lorenzo have been a consistent source of witty, entertaining, thought-provoking observations on fashion, celebrity, television, film, books, pop culture, and LGBTQ life and issues to millions of people.

They are currently working on their third and fourth books.