Debility

In many of the queer spaces I have inhabited for over a decade, I have observed and experienced how the toxic masculinity characteristic of heteropatriarchy has spun a web of femmephobic biases around anyone or anything perceived as feminine/effeminate/camp – portraying femmes as “less than.” For years, I have struggled with internalized femmephobia, often denying…

Sing, My Tongue

Of tongues singing in adoration, after coming to blows with the supremacist heteropatriarchy of nation-states. Of celebrating unbound passion, at the crux of all interpenetrating dimensions. Of climactic veneration of ceremonial vice, set amid a salubrious biome of nutritious blurs, where flesh and landscape are in indistinguishable form. Of spaces we can call our own…

XOR

The exclusive or/exclusive disjunction (symbolized by the infix operator XOR), is a connective in logic operations that yields true only when one (but not both) of the inputs/conditions is true. Sometimes expressed as “one or the other but not both”, the XOR operation can be written as “A or B, but not, A and B”….

Love and Rackets

A year ago today (June 12, 2016), an armed individual assaulted partygoers in the popular Orlando LGBTQ+ nightclub, Pulse, during Latin Night. In the worst mass shooting in US history and the deadliest single act of violence against LGBTQ+ people, the perpetrator robbed 49 human beings – the majority of them Latinx – of the…

This Side of Town

‘This Side of Town’ is part of a suite of poems entitled, ‘Of Joyrides, Backseat Loving, and Road Trips’. A while back, I shared a “sneak preview” of one of the poems in this set and today I am posting in full ‘This Side of Town’ – which was previously published in Heather, Vol. 1,…

Behind the Camera for ILFL

Client: I Live For Lucy Promotional Photography / Lyric Video 2016 From EP artwork to website design to inspiring her latest single, my collaborations with British synthpop artist, I Live For Lucy have been anything but predictable. On this occasion I am sharing the results of my work behind the camera: Earlier in the year,…

Road Trips and First True Loves

Road trips and first true loves… If you’ve ever taken a road trip concurrently with falling deeper in love with someone, you know how the whole experience is ‘a mixed bag of pleasures’: A bewildering test, incredibly exhilarating and astonishingly daunting in equal measure. During the whole ordeal, ambivalence propels you – with but the…

There Is T in Team

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: LGBTQ+ rights are about more than marriage. Queer people everywhere are still struggling to be allowed fundamental human and civil rights. Thousands of people are victims of hate crimes every year, with hundreds losing their lives simply for being/looking/acting queer. And there is a disturbing upward…

Love Wins

Yesterday the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage, making it a legal right nationwide. After decades of litigation and campaigning, the Constitution now guarantees a right to same-sex marriage, which means the number of states where gay marriage is legal rises from 37 to all 50 states. With a 5-to-4 vote, justices…

My CMYK Heart

Over the last few weeks I’ve been giving the final touches to a collection of poems, obsessively working until late at night – often exhausted after one of those long days doing the job that pays the bills – and at the expense of my life – I’ve been rather anti-social. All of the poems…