Paul Vitagliano, creator of the hyper-popular Born This Way blog, has recently released a compilation book of some of the most endearing and inspiring tales of queer childhood. The book features submissions by Barney Frank, Michael Musto, Mike Ruiz, Sia, HuffPost editor Noah Michelson, journalist Matt Baume and Unicorn Booty co-founder Kevin Ferrell, whom I interviewed for this Burning Man story.
I was originally asked to be included in the book as well, but I was in Bangkok at the time and didn’t get a chance to find a good enough photo. Regardless, Paul has invited me to read my submission next Thursday at Books, Inc. in the Castro. Greg Zhovreboff, who was instrumental in helping me start the Magnet Book Club, will also be reading his submission, so I’m looking forward to that. Won’t you join us?
And as you can see, I have now found tons of photos for the book sequel.
‘Born This Way’ in San Francisco: Thursday, January 17 at 7:30pm at Books, Inc. in the Castro.
Scott James, whom you should all remember from interviewing me for that story in the NY Times and for coming on to Magnet Book Club to talk about his novel SoMa, has invited me to do a reading as part of Litquake, San Francisco’s weeklong literary festival.
Litquake in the Castro takes place on Saturday, October 6 at 1pm (the day before Castro Street Fair). I will be joined by fellow LGBT writers and poets Meg Day, Daphne Gottlieb, Brontez Purnell and Rob Rosen.
The cool thing about this reading is that it’s going to take place outside in the midst of the Castro, Jane Warner Plaza, where the F train turns and the nudists sunbathe. And since this will probably be the only time I will ever be asked to do an event outdoors, I am contemplating doing a very special reading of Confessions of a Boy Toy. You’ll have to come check it out.
Litquake in the Castro: Saturday, October 6 at 1pm in Jane Warner Plaza in the Castro.
This Thursday, July 26, I will take part in a conversation about how gays have always been creative and resourceful in the art of hooking up. The event is being organized by the GLBT History Museum in the Castro and promises to be very interesting. More from the event:
From phone numbers on bathroom walls to posts on Facebook walls, GLBT people have found creative ways to use technology to facilitate hooking up, whether for an hour or a lifetime. This intergenerational conversation about the devices and tactics queer men and women have used to find sexual and romantic connections is the first installment in The GLBT History Museum’s new Making History Now series.
The panelists include historian Martin Meeker, author of Contacts Desired: Gay and Lesbian Community and Communications, 1940s-1970s, queer theorist Juana Maria Rodriguez, associate professor of gender and women’s studies at Berkeley and author of Queer Latinidad: Identity Practices, Discursive Spaces… and me! I will be sharing my expertise on Grindr, GuysWithiPhones and the meaning behind getting poked on Facebook. Hope you can join us!
Queer Sex and Technology: Thursday, July 26 from 7pm to 9pm at the GLBT History Museum (4127 18th Street, San Francisco).
Last month I took the stage to participate in a fundraiser for literary group, GuyWriters. The event brought several San Francisco writers together to read from hilariously trashy celebrity memoirs. Here is the video of my reading that happened that night at the Elbo Room.
I read the most ridiculous passages from Levi Johnston’s memoir. From courting a doe-eyed teenage Bristol Palin to plotting to impregnate her just to piss of her lipstick bulldog mom. From discovering there were gay people in the world to cashing in on the Playgirl photoshoot.
Good thing about having a 7-hour layover in Taipei? I finally got around to editing the video from my panel on online dating. I’m actually surprised that I managed to compress an hour’s worth of raw footage to a little over 14 minutes. But even then I knew you guys wouldn’t sit through the whole thing, so I have broken it down by questions we addressed. So you can just skip right to whatever topic tickles your mouse.
00:42 Introduction of Violet Blue, sex/tech expert
01:14 Introduction of Oscar Raymundo, gay columnist
01:40 Introduction of Jesse Starlight, dating coach
02:24 Introduction of Nick Abramovic, OKCupid’s chief strategy officer
03:50 Should I Google someone I’m interested in?
04:45 Are there major differences between straight dating and gay dating?
06:15 What is Grindr?
06:30 Are 90% of singles going out on a Friday night looking for a one night stand?
06:53 Does “Girls Night Out” really exist?
07:14 Should I be worried about my privacy?
08:41 What is the ideal OKCupid profile?
10:30 What are some of the best dating sites for single people in San Francisco?
11:54 How to deal with an online stalker?
12:55 Questions from the audience!
Also I had a pretty brilliant moment at the 9-minute mark. And jump right to the 11:30-minute mark to hear me reveal which is the best site for dudes looking for dudes ;P
And just in case you missed my introduction which drew cheers from the audience (a.k.a. all my friends), here you go: Oscar Raymundo created the pioneering “HomoTech” column, exploring the influence of technology and social media in the gay community. Today he is a tech correspondent for Rolling Stone. His writing has also appeared in Wired, Newsweek and Queerty.com. He is currently working on a futuristic gay love novel, Confessions of a Boy Toy.