Queer in the Wild: Happy New Queer! A Lazy Pun To Start An Ambitious Year

2017 is buried and dead and we spent last night dancing on its grave. But now I want to get past all the terrible bullshit and have a nice life maybe. I’ve got all kinds of resolutions, including getting more involved in the DSA and improv comedy, keeping my house clean and eating a fruit and/or vegetable. I’ve got a reading list and a writing list and oh boy wouldn’t you know it, this is item one - actually post three times a month on this blog.

For my first entry of 2018 I wanted to write about something that’s been on my mind a lot these past few months: role models. As a trans person I think I have a tendency to pull other people into my identity, especially when I was a kid. At age 3, I would tell people “I’m a boy and my name’s Hercules.” When I wanted to be like Roy Rogers, I got a guitar and a pony and a buckskin getup. I think there’s still that kernel of wanting to be someone rather than wanting to be like them (#transitiongoals) and putting together this list outlining the qualities that I admire rather than just aspiring to their identity as a whole is a helpful exercise for me.

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Queer in the Wild: Come Out at the Open Mic

I feel like a universal experience among queer stand up comics is deciding how out you want to be. Stand up is a unique experience. When you're onstage, you're very vulnerable. You're talking about your life and experiences and trying to get the audience to relate to you, or at the very least sympathize. You want that common point of connection so you're material is accessible, and you're trying to subvert it in some way to make it funny.

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