Portraits

This week’s portrait, Wyatt O’Brien Evans, is truly a Renaissance man. He is a writer, journalist, radio personality, entrepreneur, instructor, voice-over artist, public and motivational speaker and even a standup comic.

Perhaps more importantly, he has opened dialogue on a topic often overlooked in our community, intimate partner violence and abuse (IPV/A). Evans has reported and written for outlets including the HuffPost, The Washington Post, Advocate, The Bilerico Project, Baltimore Outloud, Baltimore Gay Life and Washington Blade. He has written an award winning, influential, no-holds barred series, which has been syndicated in numerous venues. 

I was at William Way when I saw a flyer for the Society Hill Dance Academy, and the photo on the flyer had two men dancing cheek to cheek. I cold-called the number on the flyer and asked to speak to the owner or manager, about her business and if she employed LGBTQ folks.

Philadelphia is the proud host of the Trans Wellness Conference. Started in 2000 by Charlene Arcila, the event has rapidly grown to become the largest free trans-specific conference in the world featuring workshops and events, keynote speakers, film screenings, community building, networking opportunities and more.

Sometimes I find my interviewees randomly. A few weeks ago at the Mariposa Food Co-op, I was leaving the store and saw a small business card pinned to the bulletin board that caught my eye from an artist running a group called “Queer [as fuck] Artists Social Media.”

Any long time readers of this column know that I am a Christmas-loving atheist. Imagine my joy to find that there’s a huge holiday event happening this month.

The Woods Campground will host a special Christmas in July weekend July 19-21, and I had a chance to speak to Tom Schneider, a camp regular who took the Best Christmas Display award six times before retiring his crown. 

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