Start Talking Stop HIV is a new educational campaign bringing together voices from gay and bisexual men from a spectrum of backgrounds and relationships to the Epidemic that the CDC is releasing on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. I’m incredibly proud to be a very small part of this conversation along with Ken Almanza, Charles Sanchez, AJ King, and many other artists, activists, and community leaders I greatly admire.
It’s amazing how quickly everything can change. A year ago today I was living in Los Angeles, engaged to be married, and writing occasionally but mostly being a housewife between bouts of exceptionally self-destructive behavior. If you would have told me then that twelve months hence I’d be living in The South, single, and (almost) supporting myself as a full-time freelance writer I would have rewarded you with my most skeptical face—but to be fair, I don’t think 2016 worked out the way any of us expected it to…
I keep hoping that i’ll wake up and this will all have been just some crazy, messed-up dream. But it’s not a dream. This is real life. Donald Trump has been elected President of the United States. Like many of you, I’m sure, I spent a good chunk of this week in tears, scared shitless, in total disbelief. I think I’m half still in shock.
Los Angels, I’m leaving. I know this can’t come as a surprise, I’ve spent most of this summer as far as possible from you, in search of some kind of perspective on why I’m so unhappy when we’re together.
A few summers ago my friend Eli Rarey (The Famous Joe Project, Hard Decisions) showed me a script he had written, and I instantly fell in love. It was about a gay guy living on his own after a break-up, and the exterminator who shows up to deal with an uncanny infestation. The story was melancholy and absurdly funny—and it tracked very neatly to where I was in my life at that moment. Now the short film that we made out of that awesome script, The Exterminator, is premiering this weekend at the Atlanta Shorts Fest.
Wednesday is “friends’ day” here at The Novus, as well as in my everyday life. This week I’d like to draw your attention to 100 Boyfriend’s Mixtape, a new film by my very talented friend Brontez Purnell which is premiering this Saturday at Outfest.
Last week i was joined on The Novus by the lovely and gracious VivvyAnne ForeverMORE to talk about the show she recently co-produced: Work MORE! 7: Daughters of a Riot, which was a celebration of San Francisco’s hidden queer history, via the mediums of drag performance, signing, burlesque, and dance. By all accounts it was an amazing program, and now Vivvy is making her way to L.A.