Queer Slam Podcast

I appear on episode 33 of the Queer Slam Podcast along with LA-based writer Molly Thornton, who read a touching poetic tribute to queer LA. A memorable line: “the half-naked sparkle princes would gallop out of the lot and around the corner towards us/’You’re almost there, keep going!’ we would tell them….” I read excepts… Continue reading Queer Slam Podcast

10/10 Launch at SculptureCenter

(I really had to compete with the horns in the final moments…) For the launch event of Matt Keegan: 1996, contributors gathered at SculptureCenter in Long Island City in a distanced manner in their outdoor courtyard. The event also had a remote audience via Zoom.Thanks to Matt Keegan, New York Consolidated, Inventory Press, SculptureCenter, and… Continue reading 10/10 Launch at SculptureCenter

“You’ve Got Male” in 1996

“You’ve Got Male” is a reflection on my earliest interactions with the internet (dating back to 1996), and chronicles the rise and demise of our online sexual freedom, from the wild frontier of the Naughts to the passage of SESTA/FOSTA, legislation that encodes a moral panic about trafficking innocents (innocence?). It appears in the visual… Continue reading “You’ve Got Male” in 1996

“The Year Ahead 2019” in DC’s MetroWeekly

Washington DC’s long-running LGBTQ publication and website asked me to participate in this forum, alongside VA Delegate Danica Rohm, writer Gar McVey-Russell, and Obama WH Alum Shin Inouye. The questions drew out my pessimism, but at least I ended on an up note: We have to detach from the despair we’re feeling about the state of our… Continue reading “The Year Ahead 2019” in DC’s MetroWeekly

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The Velvet Collar Interviews

The creators of Velvet Collar, a comic book series which examines the lives of male sex workers and the impact of the rentboy raid, are sex worker Bryan Knight and queer comic artist Dave Davenport. I interviewed Bryan in person and Dave by email for Tits and Sass. Bryan’s describes his concept: “..all five characters are based… Continue reading The Velvet Collar Interviews

Grindr Reviews

“Even the effects of pheromones can be programmed.” The essay I published in December, “A Project in Written Persuasion”, discusses the impact of GPS-enabled cruising apps on gay culture. I called the new paradigm an efficient, globalized, government-funded ecosystem of desire. These apps grant us superpowers: we see each other through brick walls; we detect prospects with these prosthetic antennae.… Continue reading Grindr Reviews

Quoted: Lily Burana’s piece for the Cut

Highlighting the prevailing media treatment of women in sex work: “visual titillation with a side of moral rebuke,” LB discussed the rentboy.com shutdown, power narratives, agency,  and the real harm of policies conflating trafficking and sex work. A well-read sex worker knows that male prostitutes are rarely, if ever, written about, or spoken of, with such condescension. Dominick, a… Continue reading Quoted: Lily Burana’s piece for the Cut

Savage Love Column

After appearing on the podcast, Dan Savage passed a question on to me from a straight guy wanting to be an escort, for women. Despite my discouraging comments (“There is no gigolo industry…”), I received hundreds of inquiries from all over the world from men wanting to be straight male escorts. Money quote: “…pursue a… Continue reading Savage Love Column