Category Archives: personal

How to End AIDS

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.

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20 Days Into 2017

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…

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Scared Shitless in the Era of Donald Trump

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.

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Dear L.A., Goodbye I Love You

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.

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Talking PrEP With Tyler Pratt

Tyler Pratt
Tyler Pratt

Howdy Gang! I’m sorry to say that there is no new episode of the Novus Homo podcast this week—I’m taking a small hiatus from podcast while I explore the South’s famous hospitality—new and regular episodes will resume in June.  Instead I would like to draw your attention to this great piece on PrEP and gay sex  from Tyler Pratt, which features interviews with PreP Facts founder, Damon Jacobs, and your’s truly.

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The Shape of Home

Brenden reads the “Army of Lovers” Speech from Plato’s ‘Symposium’

For different people home means different things. For some it might be their childhood home, or the city they grew up in, or the apartment they share with their lover or best friend. For me, home is an altogether different kind of place.

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James Cerne on Nightlife, Gay Culture, & the Influence of Mario Diaz

James Cerne & Brenden Shucart (me!) in Eli Rarey’s ‘Hard Decisions’

In this episode I have the great pleasure to sit down with my Hard Decisions co-star, James Cerne.

Last year, as we labored lovingly to bring writer/director Eli Rarey‘s script for  to life, I found my becoming increasingly fascinated; I’d known James for just about as long as I’ve lived in Los Angeles, but working side-by-side I quickly realized that I barely knew him at all.

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