Photo: Evans Vestal Ward
When my guest Ian was growing up in the midwest, he couldn't even picture what life as a gay man even looked like. And he certainly couldn't have pictured what his life would become: parading up on stages as a performance artist, covered in brightly-colored phallic objects, to shout triumphantly in one-man shows about the pride he takes in being a sexual gay being.
When he came out of the closet in college, Ian felt like he'd just been dropped off alone at a gay bar, left to find his own way all by himself. Coming out was just the first step to becoming whatever a gay man is. His next step: exploring homosexuality in full view of the public, on stage.
We talked a lot about Pink Narcissus in this episode, and it's hard to find clips of it online. Here's a little bit:
A reflection on the work of Peter Berlin:
The mortifying Doing Time on Maple Drive:
There's a brief clip of "Make it Gay" in this week's show:
And here's my recommendation: In Their Room.
Parisian Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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