Gay Sexual Outlaw essay in Daily Xtra

I answered a call for “essays about the moments you saw yourself in pop culture” from Toronto’s Daily Xtra and my essay was accepted. It’s a tribute to Debbie Harry, and a diss on the film it served as theme. it chronicles the effects of hearing Blondie’s genre-crashing track “Call Me” on me at 16.… Continue reading Gay Sexual Outlaw essay in Daily Xtra

#Queer v. 2 now with Raunch…

Today’s the release of  Volume 2 of the Anthology Hashtag Queer. My short story  “Raunch Daddy” appears . Purchase print and kindle editions at the link. Loosely based on sex work experiences, the character “Dean”  is based on the late Dean Johnson.  “I think I’m in love with Benito,” Nick confessed over a beer. “Who’s Benito?” asked Dean.… Continue reading #Queer v. 2 now with Raunch…

Red Umbrella Statement on SESTA/FOSTA

(Upon the passage of the law, I was asked by the Red Umbrella Project to draft an organizational statement.) In the current thrall, it’s a challenge to keep track of every erosion of our rights and protections being pursued, with mixed success, by the reactionaries holding our politics hostage. You may have missed that two… Continue reading Red Umbrella Statement on SESTA/FOSTA

Off the Rocks Reading in Boystown

NewTown Writers  hosted this reading at the Center on Addison.  Bringing New York in the 80’s flavor to Chicago: He’d been crossing through the Ramble by night for years, as Smart lived on the East Side and he lived on the West. He navigated its paths by moonlight, nodding to a few familiar huddles of… Continue reading Off the Rocks Reading in Boystown

“Choke a Horse” (fiction) in Off the Rocks

I’ve been attending NewTown Writers workshops in Chicago. NewTown has been actively workshopping and publishing since 1982.  “Choke a Horse,” a short story based on an earlier short memoir piece of the same title appears in this year’s anthology, Off the Rocks #21 : “What’s the charge?” Nick demanded as the cop handcuffed him. “Indecent… Continue reading “Choke a Horse” (fiction) in Off the Rocks

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

“Not that I know of” at R4F

On the night of the Summer Solstice, I filled in at the 🌈 PRIDE edition of Reading for Filth at Eastern Bloc. Told the story of being a gay sperm donor in my twenties:   Nurse Stern, who was separated from me by a Lucite wall, just like in a money bank, slid a stack of… Continue reading “Not that I know of” at R4F

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

Dominick Reading for Filth

Dominick Reading for Filth is an illustrated chapbook with transcripts from live readings, published September 2013. Available in the US, UK and Europe from CreateSpace at the link. From: “R U Available?” p. 59: I’m willing to put it all out there, to own it, to be my whole self. I’m able to love this person… Continue reading Dominick Reading for Filth

Dirty Tricks & Happy Endings

appeared in the 2013 Soft Skull Press Anthology Johns, Marks, Tricks and Chickenhawks edited by David Henry Sterry. Nonfiction. p. 281 “I never heard from Cherry again, nor did I ever seek him out. All these years later, I like to picture Cherry having really raucous and funny sex, with boys who deserve him, with a… Continue reading Dirty Tricks & Happy Endings